10 NHL Players Whose Production Will Drop in 2017

Posted 12/19/2016 - 15:08 by HockeyPolls

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa tore through the first two months of the 2016-17 season. With 16 goals in 33 games, he's on pace for 40 goals this season. Unfortunately, Hossa's among several players whose production could drop over the remainder of this season. 

Florida Panthers Owner Vincent Viola Nominated as Secretary of Army

Posted 12/19/2016 - 10:06 by HockeyPolls

Billionaire financial magnate and Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola was named Secretary of the Army by President-elect Donald Trump on Monday.

"We are honored and humbled to see Mr. Viola nominated as the Secretary of the Army. We could not be more proud for Vinnie and his dedication to our country," Panthers president and CEO Matthew Caldwell said in a statement.

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 11 Poll

Posted 12/19/2016 - 02:05 by HockeyPolls

Eleven weeks are in the books, and what a time it's been for fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets. We're nearly at the Christmas holiday, and there's nothing but good cheer for coach John Tortorella and his crew.

There's a long way to go still, but it looks like there will be springtime hockey in Ohio. The Blue Jackets moved to the tip top of the Bleacher Report NHL Power Rankings (which is the upper case name of a tremendous bar and grill in downtown Columbus; try the pot roast sandwich—you'll thank us).

NHL Players Most Likely to Be Traded Due to the Expansion Draft

Posted 12/17/2016 - 11:36 by HockeyPolls

With the NHL's Las Vegas expansion franchise unveiled as the Vegas Golden Knights, it remains to be seen which current NHL players will make up their inaugural roster.

Dark-Horse Candidates for NHL Awards in 2016-17

Posted 12/16/2016 - 18:14 by HockeyPolls

The NHL season is about 30 games old, and we are seeing award candidates emerge across the major categories. No one can be surprised that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is posting an amazing resume or even that Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is delivering at a high level.

The Case for the Vegas Golden Knights to Tank Right from the Start

Posted 12/16/2016 - 06:29 by HockeyPolls

Uncertainty is the order of the day surrounding this summer’s NHL expansion to Las Vegas. There hasn’t been expansion in the salary-cap era, and there will certainly be wheeling and dealing—not only between the new Vegas Golden Knights and the league’s 30 other teams but also between those 30 clubs as each tries to protect its most valuable players.

Sorry, but Sidney Crosby Was Not Canada's Top Athlete in 2016

Posted 12/15/2016 - 18:03 by HockeyPolls

Earlier this week, a media panel unveiled its choice as the top Canadian athlete of 2016. To the chagrin of many in the hockey world, the honour went not to Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby but rather to Olympic swimmer Penny Oleksiak.

The panel had a good reason for the decision: Oleksiak, not Crosby, was the deserving winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy.

NHL Prospects Running out of Time to Prove Themselves

Posted 12/15/2016 - 17:31 by HockeyPolls

Not every pick in an NHL draft pans out. While some become league superstars, others battle to adjust to the speed at the game's highest level. Many never make it at all, but some plug away in the hockey version of purgatory—bouncing between the minors and the NHL until they become a regular in one or the other. 

Philadelphia Flyers Power Forward Wayne Simmonds Is the NHL's Biggest Bargain

Posted 12/15/2016 - 17:26 by HockeyPolls

DENVER—Wayne Simmonds will earn $4.3 million in base salary for the 2016-17 NHL season, which, divided by 82, means he is making $52,439.24 per game with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is definitely a 1-percenter, a man making an enormous amount of money to play a game for a living. 

Kris Letang Injury: Penguins D Out Multiple Weeks Due to Lower-Body Injury

Posted 12/15/2016 - 13:35 by HockeyPolls

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be out for at least the next two weeks after suffering a lower-body injury. 

Per Michelle Crechiolo of the Penguins' official website, head coach Mike Sullivan announced Letang's injury and said his star would miss "a couple of weeks."

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