Category Archives: Hard Hits

HARD HITS: How the Jeff Skinner contract by Sabres sets up the market

IT’S DONE! We have signed forward Jeff Skinner to an eight-year contract with an average annual value of $9 million: https://t.co/X4sumuHW7H pic.twitter.com/Wwzk9qbPSk — Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) June 8, 2019 The much rumored new contract for Jeff Skinner finally came to … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: To Trouba or not to

As the calendar finally turns to June, there are at most four games left to play in the Stanley Cup. With Game Three in the books and the Bruins delivering a message to the Blues with a 7-2 blowout in … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Bunch of Jerks prove winning division overrated

By show of hands, how many of you had the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final? Unless you live in Raleigh or maybe even Hartford, I’m guessing the answer is no. The thing about underdogs like the Hurricanes and … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Make Hockey Great Again

Okay. Before you stop and cringe at the cheesy title, let me just point out that it was the easiest thing I could come up with. Basically, the first thing that entered my mind, I used. Why do we need … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: A Chaotic Return for Tavares, Sean Avery, and the Islanders

Unless you were living in a cave or on vacation without WiFi, Thursday night marked the long anticipated return of John Tavares to Long Island. The former Islanders captain got what was expected from irate fans when the Maple Leafs … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: NHL All-Star Weekend and Trade Deadline

That went well👍🏻🥇 What a great weekend. So much fun. Thanks to San Jose for hosting! #NHLallstar pic.twitter.com/9mTH0BInBC — Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) January 27, 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend came and went in San Jose. They were a great host with … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Trotz has surprising Islanders in first place

A good coach can make all the difference. For years, the Islanders have been viewed by many observers as an afterthought in the metro area. Despite a rich history and tradition that includes the Stanley Cup dynasty of winning four … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Hayes is the best center on the Rangers, Pay him!

Let me start off by saying what’s been on my mind for a while. How long exactly? Try since February of last season. There are many different perspectives on what needs to happen going forward for the Rangers. I’m here … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Canadiens take risk in dealing away Galchenyuk to Coyotes for Domi

When the deal between the Canadiens and Coyotes came down on Friday, it coincided with the one-year anniversary of Montreal trading top defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev to the Lightning in exchange for forward Jonathan Drouin. Drouin’s underperformance in his first … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Larry Brooks needs to retire

HARD HITS By Derek Felix You would think after what 2018 Conn Smythe winner Alexander Ovechkin has been through that everyone who covers him would be happy. Many of the hockey media expressed their joy for the outstanding postseason the … Continue reading

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