Tag Archives: Hard Hits

HARD HITS: How good are the Islanders?

Mat Barzal celebrates a goal in another Islanders win. They’re off to a hot start in Year Two under Barry Trotz. How good are they? AP Photo by Jim McIsaac via Getty Images It’s Year Two for the Islanders under … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Hot starts by late signings prove one thing

For the whole summer, Mikko Rantanen couldn’t reach agreement with the Avalanche on a new contract. Like many pricey Group II free agents, the high scoring right wing remained unsigned. It didn’t matter. He waited until September 28 to sign … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: How to spice up the NHL offseason

Let’s be honest. The NHL offseason has become boring and predictable. All the action takes place in the week leading up to July 1, which is basically the only day in free agency that’s hectic. It reminds me of that … Continue reading

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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: 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: 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: Ovechkin and Caps silencing critics

Through three games of the most unpredictable Stanley Cup Final, it’s Alexander Ovechkin and the Caps needing just two more wins to capture the franchise’s first Cup. In a virtuoso performance following a bizarre introduction from game show host Pat … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Former Rangers having impact for Lightning

When Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller were traded to the Lightning at the very end of the trade deadline, they went from a hopeless situation on Broadway to a pressure packed one in Tampa. No stranger to deep runs in … Continue reading

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