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Postgame 4/13/14: Islanders defeat Sabres 4-3 in Shootout to Conclude Regular Season

The Islanders concluded their 2013-2014 season on Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Sabres and for the second consecutive game it was a victory in the shootout.

Madsen's Potential a Bright Spot for the Future

Flyers fans know the same old story. By now, they are sick of it.

Goaltending ever since 1998 has been a nightmare. The revolving door includes John Vanbiesbrouck, Jeff Hackett, Roman Cechmanek, Brian Boucher (quite a few times), Robert Esche, Antero Niittymaki, Michael Leighton, Ilya Bryzgalov, and many, many more.

Merrick Madsen, drafted 162nd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round, will look to put a stop to the carousel that has ruined careers at that position in this city. He had his chance to impress at the Flyers Development Camp a few weeks ago.

(Photo: Brenda Godwin)

Dave Bolland Trade: What it Means for the Maple Leafs

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)

You may not have known who Dave Bolland was a few weeks ago but you probably found out about him shortly after he scored the game winning goal in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final this month.

Now he's a Toronto Maple Leaf.

The Leafs made another big splash in the trade market during the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday when they acquired Bolland from the Chicago Blackhawks for three draft picks including a second round pick this year.

Bolland, 27, doesn't have the biggest frame but plays with a ton of grit. As TCL's Ron Guillet notes here, Bolland plays mostly "tough, defensive minutes." However he stil...

Flyers Finish 2013 Draft Focused on Defense

General Manager Paul Holmgren has had to deliver some awful news to Flyers fans over the last several years.

Most recently, after buying out Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov and talking draft strategy, he spoke candidly about making costly mistakes and being patient with organizational assets.

Looking at the Flyers' track record with effective draft picks sticking around in the organization could lead some to take a few tissues to dry their tears.

(1st round pick Sam Morin poses after being taken with the 11th pick. Photo by Bill Kostroun/AP)

A Look Back At Alexandre Volchkov

 

The summer of 1996 was a memorable one.  Independence Day was due out in theaters on the fourth of July, the Spice Girls were driving parents of teenage girls insane, and the internet explosion was in full swing.

Washington Capitals fans had much more to be excited about than technological marvels and aliens attacking the White House.  Their team had the number four overall pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, which was to be held June 26, 1996 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

The Caps were coming off a 1995-96 season that saw them exit the playoffs in the first round to their rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Morale wasn’t necessarily low amongst Ca...

Habs Restock The Forward Ranks In Strong Draft Weekend

 

 

When you use the third overall pick -- an extremely rare occurrence for the Montreal Canadiens -- on a player who's already blown out his knee and missed an entire season of hockey before even reaching adult age, the conversation can only go one of two directions. Either people will be elated that a player is so talented he can overcome a major injury to be included in the top three players of his draft year, or that player will be considered a major risk for the team that ends up drafting him. When it comes to Alex Galchenyuk, that conversation seems to be leaning towards the former. Despite missing almost all ...

The Couch with Erol Bal - Season Finale Wrap up

In this edition of The Couch - Erol Bal wraps up the 2011-2012 New York Islanders in a segment he loves to call - The Good The Bad and The Ugly. In true Sergio Leone fashion we break down the highs and lows of the season.

Do The Montreal Canadiens Need Quebecers On The Team?

 

Any casual sports fan would think that Montreal's hockey team is named the Canadiens because they are Canada’s team, or that they have fans all across Canada.  To be honest, only the last statement is true.

Les Habitants have always spelled Canadiens with an ‘E’ , so maybe that should give some the idea that the team itself doesn’t represent all of Canada. For now, the team represents all of Quebec, whether it be English or French, Catholic or Jewish.  I say for now, because even the most die hard fan of the Habs cannot wait for the return of the Quebec Nordiques. 

So understanding that the Montreal Canadiens are as ...

Who Will Be Next To Captain The Islanders?

There have been many great hockey players who have played for the New York Islanders that were honored in wearing the C on their jersey as captain. The most recent is Doug Weight, who announced his retirement a few weeks back and has accepted a new role with the team as an assistant coach. His leadership and advice will continue to serve well in the locker room and on the ice, but it will be time for someone new to fill the void.

Many feel that Mark Streit would be fitting for the next captain. He's one, if not the most reliable veteran on the team and produces consistently as the team's offensive defenseman who quarterbacks the power play. He arguably has been one of Garth ...