Not a soul could have predicted it before the start of the 2010-11 season, but the trio consisting of Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin was the Toronto Maple Leafs' most productive line since the lockout.
In fact, the line amassed 110 points, which ranked as the second most productive line in the National Hockey League last season. Considering the fortunes of the Leafs in the past decade, the fact that all three players had breakout campaigns in the same season while also establishing chemistry was nothing short of a miracle.
However, with the Leafs missing the playoffs for a sixth-straight season, the short-term significance of the MGK line me...
The Columbus Blue Jackets made headlines in Ohio as they snatched up Jeff Carter from the Philadelphia Flyers. They dealt away Jabuk Voracek and a 1st round pick (8th overall - Sean Couturier) to get Carter, which seems like a potentially steep price. Carter has been injured often, but when he's healthy, he's a complete sniper. This might be what Rick Nash needs to help the jackets into the playoffs.
The St. Louis Blues took the offseason with a grain of salt this year. Overall, the team has more depth and more veteran presence. They lost some players that were fixtures on the fourth line and gained some guys that have some skill and leadership to help the younger players develop.
I originally lived in Brooklyn, NY, which for those of you outside of New York is not very far from New York City, Madison Square Garden and the New York Rangers. I lived in Brooklyn as a kid for most of the 90's but couldn't tell you a damn thing about hockey. My closest friend and his father were die hard Rangers fans so every now and then I used to see a game on TV, especially when they were in the playoffs. But still, I couldn't say I knew much. Only when I went to my friends house would I pick up a plastic stick and fool around with a ball in his driveway, but other than that, the game of hockey was a complete unknown.
I moved to Long Island with my family in 1996. ...
The Detroit Red Wings were poised to make major moves during the offseason. With the surprise retirement of Brian Rafalski, the Wings suddenly had a whopping $6 million dollars to spend in free agency. With their core locked up, it looked like a couple big name defenceman could have been Detroit-bound. But the Red Wings took the route they usually do; take a chance on a player that has the ability and just isn't in the right place.
The New York Islanders completed a trade today with the New Jersey Devils, acquiring 38-year old veteran, Brian Rolston in exchange for 31-year old Trent Hunter, an Islanders forward for all of his nine year career in the NHL.
According to TSN, the Islanders have also received a conditional draft pick in 2012 along with Rolston. (EDIT: Scratch that, the pick was taken out of the deal, making it an even swap of Rolston for Hunter)
This trade seems to work well for both teams. The Devils were looking to shed some salary as they are trying to sign RFA forward, Zach Parise before his arbitration hearing. The Islanders, on the other hand, are below the cap floor and are trying to f...
The August 1st vote is less than two weeks away and the Islanders have begun to hit the PR road hard in order to encourage Nassau County Residents to vote in favor of building a new Nassau Coliseum and keeping the only professional sports team on the Island for the next thirty years. Several commercials have hit your TV screens as well as many YouTube videos that are urging residents to vote yes.
The first commercial that I found was this one that can be found on YouTube as well, courtesy of user LBeach141
This commercial brings to light what some voters might be missing: this vote is not just about keeping the New York Islanders in their ho...
Barring an untimely injury, Joffrey Lupul will start training camp on a line with Tim Connolly and Phil Kessel.
The keyword being start.
That's not to suggest Lupul is the weakest forward on theToronto Maple Leafs' top-six unit, or that he will ultimately move down the depth chart, but he is certainly in a vulnerable position with the second-line of Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur all but set in stone---unless the line fails to rekindle its chemistry from the onset. And barring the unlikely scenario of Nazem Kadri or Joe Colborne prying the number-one center position from Connolly, and I wouldn't bet a cen...
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I hail from the rolling hills and Three Rivers of Western Pennsylvania. My athletic allegiances are easy to spot given that black and gold(*) are the only two colors I need to represent three pro franchises and their 14 world championships, spanning from 1909 and baseball’s Pirates winning the World Series(**), to the NFL’s Steelers and NHL’s Penguins both hoisting their respective trophies in 2009. I cheer for Pittsburgh.
(*) – Yes, I’m well aware that the Penguins’ current “Vegas gold” is no longer an easy match to the good ol...