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TCL Staff Predictions: Eastern Conference!

As promised, The Checking Line will have extensive coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs. From Scott Lowe covering the Caps to Phil Y and James Edington on the case for the Canucks, as many other writers to fill the gaps, you can be certain that the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs will be the top subject here at TCL. As part of this coverage, we have polled 10 of our writers in order to come to a consensus on which teams will win their respective series. Knowing that some of these results would be biased, based on team affiliations, we recruited Checkers, The Checking Line Cat in order to remove these biases and make choices that would not be based on team affiliation, or, frankly, any knowl...

2009-10 Playoffs Schedule Announced

With the 2009-2010 NHL regular season coming to a close, it is time to look ahead to the playoffs. Plenty remained at stake on the final day, notably between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers. The stakes were simple, win and you're in. And the Flyers did just that in dramatic fashion. The game ended up going to a shootout with Philadelphia prevailed. The win jumped the Flyers into 7th overall while Montreal fell to 8th. As a result, Montreal has the daunting task of facing the President's Trophy winners, Washington Capitals. The Flyers will face New Jersey while Buffalo will take on Boston and Ottawa meets Pittsburgh. Out West all 8 playoff teams were known, just not the ma...

Bill Masterton Nominees

It's that time of the year again, and a lot of people begin to make their predictions over who will win which awards when the NHL holds its yearly award ceremony in Las Vegas in June. While we'll have ample time to discuss the winners of the Hart, Selke and Vezina trophy, among others, but today, we'll look at the nominees for the Bill Masterton trophy. Selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, ''The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.'' You'll normally find the feel good story of the year as the recipient of this ...

A New Ruling

The National Hockey League and NHL Players Association have been approved the new head shot rule. The new rule was put into effect immediately and will be enforced starting with tonight's games. This rule has been fast tracked since the Matt Cooke hit on Marc Savard that knocked the top centre for the Boston Bruins out for the season. This rule is a bandaid situation for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs. More discussions will be held this summer regarding the penalty for these blindside head shots. Right now, no on-ice penalty will be assessed but a player that violates this rule will be subject to supplemental discipline. Now we need Colin Campbell to do what he hasn...

Thank You Notes

It's the end of the week, which means it's time for me to hand out another batch of thank you's. This week was harder than usual, but I still found it in myself to give out some thanks, even if they're undeserved. So here we go: Thank You...Brian Burke for trading away the Leafs' first round pick this year so that that the Leafs annual late season surge would actually be in the best interest of the team. Thank You...Bruce Boudreau for clearing up the confusion among fans of whether or not Ovechkin or the boards was to blame for Brian Campbell's injury. Thank You...Vesa Toskala, for finally realizing that your save percentage should be higher than your goals against average. ...

Oh Caption, My Caption

Everyone who knows me knows that sometimes I like to be serious and sometimes I like to have fun. So let's have some fun today. If this catches on, I can make this a weekly thing like my Thank You Notes. Please share with us your own captions for these pictures in the comments section. So without further ado: "I remember back during the ice age, hockey used to be popular here" After being suspended for his comments, Sean Avery was sent all the way down to Curling. *Everybody dance now!...dun...dun dun dun* Wellwood: "Hey! Get back here with my Jos. Louis!"Plekanec: "It's just a puck man!" *Rolls up the Rim*..."I WON A DONUT!" Stajan: "I hate you so much. ...

Thank You Notes

Colton Orr delivers a piledriver to Steve Begin of the Boston Bruins The week is almost over, which means it's time to wrap up some topics with some special thank you's. I figured I'd give out this week's thank you notes on high note before the Leafs inevitably ruin the rest of my week. Since I am in a good mood, I have more thanks to give out than usual, so let's get right to it, Thank You...Atlanta Thrashers for showing your support for the ethical treatment of the elderly by calling up Chris Chelios this week. Thank You...Trade deadline for your suspense. Skipping work to find out where Chris Peluso might end up was well worth it. Thank You...Capcom for including Mikhail ...

It's a Start: GMs Take Stance Against Head Shots

It's certain that a lot of eyes collectively rolled earlier this afternoon when Colin Campbell announced that there would be no suspension for Matt Cooke, who sent Marc Savard to the hospital with a vicious hit to the head in this past weekend's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Savard's Boston Bruins. Whether Cooke ''intended'' to injure Savard and give him a second grade concussion, or whether he legitimately thought that he was going for a clean hockey hit that would have somehow had a positive effect on his team and the game doesn't even matter. Cooke injured a player, possibly for the season. Cooke made contact with Savard's head, sending him to the hospital. Why does ther...

TCL Trade Deadline Extravaganza! - Trade results here!

Below is our live, trade deadline blog. Stay logged in all throughout the day for breaking rumors, trades and analysis from our bloggers and readers! Below the chat widget will be all the trades as they happen. TCL Trade Deadline Extravaganza! Completed trades: (refresh for updates) - The Calgary Flames have acquired Steve Staois from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Aaron Johnson and a 3rd round pick. - The Nashville Predators acquire Dustin Boyd from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 4th round pick. - The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Chris Peluso from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 6th round pick. - The Anaheim Ducks have acquired Lubomir Vishno...