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What Are The Islanders Up To This Off-Season?

After the Islanders selected Ryan Strome with the fifth overall pick at this year's draft, the media was treated to a little catch-up session with a handful of Islander fan-favorites including John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner, Trevor Gillies, Kevin Poulin, Micheal Haley, Matt Martin and Travis Hamonic. They all had plenty to say about the newest addition to the Islanders prospect pool as well as how their off-season has been going thus far.

Matt Moulson had ties to John Tavares when he was picked by the Islanders since they grew up together back home in Canada. But Strome is another prospect that Moulson previously knew before their...

'Yotes end draft with local flavour


Scottsdale native Zac Larraza was selected by the team he idolized this weekend, in the 7th round, 196th overall.
Photo: phoenixcoyotes.com

Six forwards and two defensemen were added to the pack on draft weekend, beginning with blueliner Connor Murphy, picked 20th overall. The 6 foot 3 native of Dublin, Ohio will play for Miami University in fall 2011 after having played only 14 games this year for the American Under-18 team due to injury, recording six points. Previous to that, he went 7-11-18 when he laced up for 35 games with the Columbus Jr. Blue Jackets. His father Gord is an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers, having played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston...

The value of a trade no longer measured in production.

 

There is a change in the way NHL contracts will be approached with the increase of the NHL salary cap. Contracts that were once deemed untradeable now have a strong bargaining value.  With teams like the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, and even the Nashville Predators riding very close to the salary cap floor;  teams such as the Blackhawks, Rangers, and even Canadiens can trade underachieving players with monster contracts for little in return.  While multiple teams have made trades that were deemed salary dumping, the new rise in the cap floor is going to allow more teams to make such moves because more teams are in need of clearing the ...

2011 NHL Draft Liveblog at The Checking Line!

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Winnipeg Has The Man Who Was There All Along

Winnipeg Has The Man Who Was There All Along Once again the National Hockey League has poached the American Hockey League and brought in another coach. On Friday, Claude Noel will be named as the new head coach of the new Winnipeg NHL franchise. Noel was one of the four interviewed coaches by new general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. Noel is well known in the city as he was coach of the Manitoba Moose in their last year, which was last season, and played in the same MTS Centre which will be used by the new NHL team. Previously he was interim head coach for 24 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2009-10 season after taking over for a fired Ken Hitchcock. He becomes the thi...

NHL Awards Tonight: Who takes home hardware and who goes home empty handed.

In this brief section, I have listed my winners of the major trophies this season. I had completely forgot the awards were tonight and need to apologize for not having the controversial conversation starter up earlier this week. Selke- The traditional Datsyukian treasure will no longer be a part of the great Russians trophy case as this seasons award will be given to, Johnathan Toews. This kid is one of the premier players in this league and is constantly underrated. After a fantastic season last year which he was arguably the best forward in the Olympics and a Stanley Cup, Toews came out this season and played his game to perfection. He will never win the Art Ross, but he is one of the...

NHL Mock Draft 2011

The NHL 2011 Entry Draft is almost here! Since our blogger mock draft fell through, I'm doing my own. After researching every team's needs, I came up with a pretty decent draft board. Only time will tell how many picks I get right, if any! Top Prospect's Section from hockeysfuture.com 1. ADAM LARSSON - Defence, Skelleftea AIK Last Year's First Round Picks: Taylor Hall (1) Top Prospects: Martin Marincin (D), Jeff Petry (D), Tyler Pitlick (C) Edmonton has so many young players up front that they can use this number one pick on Larsson. I have heard that if the Oilers do want him, they can trade down, but Larsson is also worth the number one pick. Let him develop in Sweden before...

Keep It Flashy Winnipeg

Winnipeg True North - Keep It Flashy Winnipeg As the euphoria of the new-old Winnipeg franchise continues into the draft and free agency periods some tough decisions have to be made. The first was not to give Rick Dudley a first class plane ticket from Atlanta to Winnipeg. Actually, he wasn’t given any ticket as True North decided not to keep him as general manager. Kevin Cheveldayoff was plucked from the Chicago Blackhawks organization to start off a fresh new era of hockey in Winnipeg. Cheveldayoff was given all about two hours to settle in when questions about who would be the coach of the Winnipeg franchise flooded the airwaves and newsprint. Unlike the quick dismissal of Dud...

Did we miss something?

Amid one of the most entertaining and controversial Stanley cup finals of the past few decades, it seems that rioting and talk of a fix has taken away from what was one of the most historic series of all time. In what was Vancouver’s second game 7 in the Stanley Cup, the Nuck’s of British Columbia had hoped for a second chance at glory. This time around they were favored by a large margin and perhaps the most dominant team in recent memory. With the league’s best power play, highest scoring offense, best defense, and second best penalty kill, it seemed as though the Canucks would be able to win this series in a considerable fashion. However, history and common sense do not apply to...

Thank You Notes - Year End Edition

Some call this the playoffs, others call it Roberto Luongo's personal hell. Either way this distraction is almost over and the hockey world can go back to talking about the Leafs. Anyways, with a complete disregard for the fact that the season is not over, here are some year end thank you's for a few special people. Thank You, Roberto Luongo for clarifying that you're one win away from winning the Stanley Cup. You should have also mentioned that you're one loss away from http://i.imgur.com/mXpuB.jpg Thank You, to the Green Men for showing up in Boston even though the Canucks never did. Thank You, Tomas Kaberle for your pathetic playoff beard and reminding all Leafs fans just ho...