The NHL rang in the new year with another spectacular display between two of the league’s more popular teams in America’s capital. The Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals played a tight and exciting game in the seventh annual Winter Classic. In the end, it was the home team that triumphed in a game that went all the way down to the wire.
The home team took an early 2-0 lead with a couple of early goals. Just seven minutes into...
The Flyers may have turned a corner, finding their comeback identity and pulling off a stunning comeback of the Capitals.
Kimmo Timonen blasted the game-tying goal with nine seconds left in regulation and then set up Ruslan Fedotenko for the game-winner in over time to beat Washington, 5-4. It capped off a one-goal, three-assist night for Timonen, who resurrected his team with two primary assists and a goal in the final 10 minutes of play.
(Pictured: Defenseman Kimmo Timonen is greeted by teammates after scoring the game-tying goal with nine seconds left in regulation. Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
When Garth Snow took over as general manager of the New York Islanders, he eventually set out on a mission to turn a lowly franchise into a contending hockey team by building through the NHL draft and developing talent from within (Photo Credit: Official New York Islanders/Flickr).
He took over in 2006, but did not start his rebuilding campaign until 2007-2008. Players such as Jeff Tambellini, Sean Bergenheim and Frans Nielsen began to slowly earn full-time roster spots with the organization.
The following year saw some other fresh faces like Jack Hillen, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo and Blake Comeau in orange and blue gear for the majority of the season. Since then, John Tavares has taken over this team while management weeded out a few bad apples and traded away some young talent that was not prospering on the island.
The Capitals announced Thursday that forward Jay Beagle has re-signed with the team on a three-year contract worth $2.7 million.
Beagle, 26, is a gritty third or fourth line center. He played in 41 games last season, accounting for four goals and one assist. Beagle also racked up 23 penalty minutes.
Beagle became a favorite of interim coach Dale Hunter down the stretch last year and throughout the Caps' playoff run. It was much publicized that Beagle was getting more ice time in the playoffs than captain Alexander Ovechkin.
The Washington Capitals have announced the signing of 26-year old defenseman Jack Hillen to a one-year, one-way contract worth $650,000.
Hillen spent last season with the Nashville Predators, appearing in 55 games and scoring six total points. In his previous two seasons with the New York Islanders, Hillen had 22 and 21 points respectively.
Hillen is the second player added by General Manager George McPhee during the 2012 free agency period, to go along with Joey Crabb who was signed Sunday. Hillen and Crabb were teammates at Colorado College from 2004-2006.
McPhee still has some work to do to fill the holes on the blue line, mainly the one left by Denn...
There had been talk since the start of free agency that the Islanders were going to look to add a top six forward as well as a top four defenseman. So far, General Manager Garth Snow has traded Trent Hunter to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for veteran winger, Brian Rolston. It was seen as mostly a cap floor move as his salary brings them closer to that goal, but he also will provide veteran leadership, a booming slap-shot and a top-six presence as long as he stays healthy.
But the defenseman has yet to be found.
The Islanders went into the off-season with six defenseman already under contract with Mark Streit, Andy MacDonald, Travis Hamonic, Mark Eaton, Mike Mottau and Mil...