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Has MacKinnon passed McDavid as the best right now? Tues Buzzcast

September 1, 2020 - 11:25 AM ET

23 Points in 13 Playoff Games. That is what Mackinnon has done. It is an amazing Stat. Last year Brad Marchand led all playoff scorers. He played 24 games. Eleven more games than MacKinnon. He was tops in playoff scoring for 2019. He scored 23 points. The same number as MacKinnon scored and...

Florida Grabs Next Power GM in Bill Zito. Pens, Taylor Hall Update. [email protected]

September 2, 2020 - 11:01 AM ET

As many of you know, I've written about this guy before and was honestly shocked when a few teams like Buffalo and Minnesota made other choices, but the inevitable has happened and Bill Zito is the new GM in charge of the Florida Panthers. It's a great move. Zito's knowledge and passion for th...

Jake Allen Traded To Montreal. Pietrangelo Signing in STL? (e3) Wed's Buzz

September 2, 2020 - 12:24 PM ET

The Canadiens Have acquired Jake Allen from the Blues....for a third-round pick....One source I talked to believes this is a salary dump to open space to sign Pietrangelo (e3) From earlier... As many of you know, I've written about this guy before and was honestly shocked when a few teams like...

The Disaster We Call "Coach's Challenge", Gaudreau Rumors

September 3, 2020 - 12:45 PM ET

Looking for Rumors All Day Long? I have updated 9 players so far today on the Rumor Chart: Hall, Krug, Markstrom, Nylander, Lundqvist, Kovalchuk, Dadonov, Braun...and Johnny Gaudreau added. Click Here. On the Coach's Challenge.... The Coach's Challenge is BROKEN. VERY Broken. What is the g...

Can You Pick Three 7's? I will help.....Fri's Buzzcast

September 4, 2020 - 3:04 PM ET

It doesn't get any better than this kids... Let's hear your picks for these three magic game 7s....Who wins and what are the scores? On Colorado vs. Dallas... The Avalanche should win, right? They were everyone's pick coming in and they are on a roll here...Can they win finish them off? I...

So Who Had Joel Kiviranta for the Hattrick In Their Picks? Best Story Ever?

September 5, 2020 - 1:10 PM ET

This is why this sport is the BEST sport EVER. Plain and simple. Here is my movie pitch.... A guy who has NEVER missed a game due to injury, Andrew Cogliano, gets hurt and can't play in Game 7 for a Dallas Star team that struggled all season but somehow in the midst of a pandemic finds the...

A Dozen Updated As Rumors Pick Up...Latest on Hall, Markstrom, Nylander, +

September 6, 2020 - 1:14 PM ET

Rumor Chart: I have updated 12 players so far today on the Rumor Chart Including: Hoffman, Hall, Krug,Pietrangelo, Gostisbehere, Subban, JvR, Markstron, Nylander, Malkin, Gaudreau and more. Click Here. On Markstrom.... The Demko performance may have muddied the waters a bit, but I still am he...

EXACTLY What Will Happen in The Eastern Conference Finals. Rumors to Come

September 7, 2020 - 2:16 PM ET

Happy Labor Day Hockey World! I truly hope you are all getting a chance today to enjoy family time and if you are fans of the Lightning or the Islanders, I truly hope you are ready to enjoy more bubble hockey!...One quick word to the fans of the Islanders, and this is from a lifelong Flyers fan.....

Ryan wins Masterton & hopefully this Allows Others to Heal; Tues Buzzcast

September 8, 2020 - 12:39 PM ET

One thing I have always noticed about Canadians is they can all tell you the NHL players who grew up in their town. Well, I grew up in NJ and in the history of the league, 23 players are from NJ. But only one players grew up on my hometown. Bobby Ryan. Even when you look at coaches, executives...

Draft Moved to October 6-7. UFA Day, probably the 9th; Wed's Buzzcast

September 9, 2020 - 12:44 PM ET

The NHL has moved the draft up about a week and this in turn has moved the UFA Day up to the 9th (or 7 days after the Stanley Cup is handed out, whichever falls later.) So UFA day is a month away. This news has really launched the rumor mill in the past 24 hours to the point where it is almost i...

Battle of Alberta For Matt Murray? Flyers/Leafs Trade Rumors; Thur's Buzz

September 10, 2020 - 12:59 PM ET

Starting today, I will be switching into full rumor mode, meaning I will be doing more, shorter posts, as well as frequent blog updates. Follow me on twitter @eklund to find out when the updates will hit and for occasional Rumor Chart "Tweet Peeks." On Matt Murray... Pierre LeBrun reported a...

Rumors: Fleury to the Leafs/Preds? Holtby, Laine; Fri's Buzz

September 11, 2020 - 11:46 AM ET

Start here today... On Fleury... Marc Andre Fleury SHOULD be getting another chance in net for the Knights, but it is really starting to look like he is moving on... Two interesting teams that I have heard in the last two days connected to MAF are Nashville and Toronto...Both would want Veg...

Pittsburgh and Minnesota make a Trade. With more to come....

September 11, 2020 - 7:47 PM ET

‪The Wild have traded for Nick Bjugstad. Another Minnesota kid goes home. The Penguins aren’t done. By a long shot. ‬Stay tuned to this spot for more....

Pens and Pietrangelo (e3) Leafs backup plan Shattenkirk, Flames and Murray

September 12, 2020 - 12:53 PM ET

Start here today... I am hearing that following Pietrangelo (who looks to be staying in St Louis although, this morning I was starting to hear the Penguins have interest in Pietrangelo...at least as of now, the Maple Leafs are considering Kevin Shattenkirk...My source also continues to confirm a...

Big Rumor Sunday. On Laine, Toffoli, Brodie, Vatanen, Hoffman.... more

September 13, 2020 - 1:15 PM ET

Looking for Rumors All Day Long? I have updated 17 players so far today on the Rumor Chart Click Here. On Tyler Toffoli... he had a great impact in Vancouver, and you could see him being part of that group moving forward, but I’m also hearing the Buffalo Sabres have reached out in someway s...

Would You Make This Trade: Malkin to Nashville for.....??; Mon's Buzzcast

September 14, 2020 - 12:51 PM ET

Evgeni Malkin is a #1 center in the NHL. He is a #1 center in any era of the NHL and he wants to be full-time #1 center. That will NEVER happen in Pittsburgh because this is Sid's team. From what I am told Malkin has accepted this and has even embraced it at times, but now it is becoming apparen...

Peter Laviolette is the new coach of the Washington Capitals.

September 15, 2020 - 9:06 AM ET

Three year deal. Do you think this is the right fit? Rumors and more to come...

Yaroslav Askarov Stock Rises As Russian Goalies Rule the NHL; Tues Buzz

September 15, 2020 - 12:06 PM ET

There are very few "sure things" when it comes to drafting NHL goalies, and therefore you only see few get picked in the first round... First-round goalie success stories include...Martin Brodeur, Carey Price, Grant Fuhr, and Andrei Vasilevski....and this year we will see another one.... Yaro...

Eric Staal Traded to Sabres for Johansson.... more

September 16, 2020 - 12:59 PM ET

Updated: WE HAVE A TRADE! The Wild have traded Eric Staal to the Buffalo Sabres for Marcus Johansson have updated several players already today on the rumor chart and will continue to do so as the day unfolds.... Domino Alerts... Brodin Extension in Minnesota Sends Waves... In the wo...

Your Rumor Fix: On Brodin, Dumba, Fleury and Fast... [email protected]

September 16, 2020 - 12:59 PM ET

I have updated several players already today on the rumor chart and will continue to do so as the day unfolds.... Domino Alerts... Brodin Extension in Minnesota Sends Waves... In the world of Flat caps and uncertain fan attendance, a 7 year/$42M extension for Jonis Brodin in Minnesota is a hu...

Is Demko Suddenly The Big Domino? WJC, Point or Pointless? Thur's Buzz

September 17, 2020 - 11:35 AM ET

He is a BIG goalie. That's for sure. But what we saw from Demko in the playoffs has made things all the more interesting in the trading market. There are enough goalies available to stock an entire new conference of teams, but how many impact goalies are there? The Canucks are talking to M...

Could Koivu be headed to MTL? PHI/CGY, Malkin, Fri's Buzz w/Kevin Allen

September 18, 2020 - 11:26 AM ET

Start here today... The Wild and Mikko Koivu are parting ways after what has been a great and long relationship.. It is becoming very apparent that Guerin in Minnesota wants the team leadership and identity to come from the young players and sometimes to do this you need to move out the older voi...

Pietrangelo To Test Market. What happened? Who Wants Him?

September 19, 2020 - 1:08 PM ET

So the big news right now is the Blues and the camp for Captain Alex Pietrangelo have broken off talks. The Blues have told him to pursue free agency? I am told also that the Blues feel they could have another shot before he signs somewhere else...that he may come back to them with a better offer...

EXACTLY What Will Happen in The Stanley Cup Final.

September 19, 2020 - 6:40 PM ET

Ok kids. I entered the last round with my best playoffs in terms of predictions EVER. I was 10-2 going into the Conference Finals and I let the world know about it. The only series I missed on going into the last round was Montreal vs. Pittsburgh and Dallas vs. Colorado. And of course we all kn...

Start Here: Calgary After Markstrom "BIG" (e4). Full Chart Update Tonight

September 20, 2020 - 1:35 PM ET

Just off the phone with a source who has told me the main reason Markstrom has yet to sign in Vancouver is the belief that Calgary has targeted Markstrom as their #1 Priority. Text from a source: "Signing Markstrom here not only sures up your #1 goalie, but also takes him from your biggest ri...

Offer Sheets Are Coming. No Doubt. Who is susceptible? Mon's Buzz

September 21, 2020 - 11:39 AM ET

Last year we were talking about Mitch Marner....but as we saw that never happened, and instead, we got Sabastian Aho....I feel this year may be similar in terms of we are talking about Barzal, but there is another hidden offer sheet out there...Maybe more than one due to the flat cap. When it com...

Rumor from Two Sources. NHL Considering Double Headers Early Next Season

September 21, 2020 - 2:32 PM ET

Spoke to a source over the weekend and another this morning and the NHL is now telling teams to expect to start the season without fans, and quite possibly in December. Among the other possibilities, the NHL is apparently trying to get opinions on there is one VERY interesting question that I have...

New Jersey Makes a Push to Bring Back Kovalchuk. Habs Want Him; Tues Buzz

September 22, 2020 - 12:10 PM ET

Start here today. Looking for Rumors All Day Long? I have updated Hall, Pietrangelo, Krug, Kovalchuk, and Laine so far on the chart today. Click Here for the Rumor Chart According to sources, the NJ Devils are very interested in bringing back Ilya Kovalchuk and this effort is being led by Ma...

Thoughts on Rumored Deal...Pens: Hornqvist to FLA for Matheson; Wed's Buzz

September 23, 2020 - 12:13 PM ET

This deal is per Kevin Weekes, although Elliot Freedman says there may be a glitch. But if the deal happens, and is in fact true, and just 1 for 1, Rutherford, one of the league's oldest and best GMs, must believe a HELL of a lot in Mike Matheson to take on what is a truly terrible contract for t...

FLA/PIT - Done Deal!! Stamkos, Virtanen, Byfuglien>Habs? Thur's Buzz

September 24, 2020 - 12:48 PM ET

Start here today.. UPDATE - Florida has dealt defenseman Michael Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour to Pittsburgh for winger Patric Hornqvist. ******* On Stamkos Return: What an incredible hockey memory last night. We know he played under 3 minutes and may have re-injured it enough t...

Buyout Central....Updated 2pm Jeff Petry Extended.. Fri's Buzz

September 25, 2020 - 11:49 AM ET

Today is the day NHL Buyouts can begin...(Tampa and Dallas may wait a bit)..so I will update with rumors and actual buyouts throughout the day, and of course once a player is bought out they become a UFA and they will be put on the Rumor Chart....which is growing by the day...This off-season is abou...

Montreal Surges to Top For Krug. Flyers and Flames Discuss Gaudreau..Laine

September 26, 2020 - 12:59 PM ET

Start here today... With the signing of Jeff Petry it now appears that Montreal and Torey Krug are closer than ever to being a match come October 9th...There are other teams with major interest of course, including of course Detroit... On Gaudreau and the Flyers... I am told this possibility...

Is Patrik Laine worth two first round picks and a top 4 D?

September 27, 2020 - 12:26 PM ET

The rumor this morning that is really taking off among my sources is that Patrick Laine's name is "sort of out there" but the asking price is two first-round picks, PLUS a current top 4 D-man, or one first-round pick and a top 2 D. The other rumor out there involves a possible Ekblad for Laine...

NHL Considering Options To Help Players & Teams Deal w/Flat Cap; Mon's Buzz

September 28, 2020 - 1:11 PM ET

The NHL is not starting in Bubbles. The NHL is not starting with fans. Those two facts are clear as day, and the NHL is aware of it all. I talked to a source this morning who said the most interesting words I have heard so far. "The playoff bubbles were incredible undertakings and the NHL...

Tampa Catches Lightning in a Bubble. 2019-20 Stanley Cup Champion

September 28, 2020 - 11:29 PM ET

The Summer of Stanley is over. The Tampa Bay Lightning are the 2019-2020 Stanley Cup Champions after defeating the Dallas Stars in 6 games to end what I believe has been the greatest hockey tournament in NHL history. We may never be able to enjoy a playoff like this one again. Where we see 24 te...

Kevin Allen. Make Your Picks: Where do the goalies end up?

September 29, 2020 - 11:42 AM ET

Note from Eklund...Kevin posted this piece where writers tried to make sense of craziness that is the goalie carousel of these next few days. Kevin sent writers a list of 16 goalies who may be on the move and the writers made their guesses... a few of you sent messages to me that they would like to...

19 Updated on Rumor Chart, Lundqvist Bought Out, Monahan to NYR? Wed's Buzz

September 30, 2020 - 11:23 AM ET

Rumor Chart: I have updated 19 players so far today on the Rumor Chart Including: Hoffman, Hall, Krug, Pietrangelo, Subban, JvR, Markstrom, Gaudreau and more. Click Here. Yes indeed! It's a good day to be a hockey fan. The next two weeks are going to be insane, and with all the work that will...