Part 3: Which Left Wingers Make the Cut in a 6-Team NHL?

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Alex Ovechkin still sits atop the players list in his position. (Nick Wass/The Associated Press)

A discussion inspired by Leafs Lunch, it’s an interesting topic to bring up the idea of who would make the cut in a six-team NHL. So, six writers from The Hockey Writers took it one step further and drafted these players by position.

In part one we looked at the top 24 centres. In part two we looked at the top 24 right wingers. So, naturally, in part three we’re going to talk about the top left wingers in the NHL that would make the cut if the league were to downsize to six teams.

For the full list and more details, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

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Saying Au Revoir to Martin St. Louis

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Former Ranger, Martin St. Louis, left his mark on the NHL and the game of hockey. (Seth Wenig/The Associated Press)

Breaking the ice for smaller players in the NHL, Martin St. Louis not only showed his ability to play the game but also demonstrated what it means to play with perseverance. Underrated and undersized, he had an unbelievable career.

With his trophy case filled, he left the game a successful NHL star with a spot within the game’s historical archives. But he also opened the doors for many other players approaching the game from his standpoint.

For the full story on his retirement from hockey, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

Oilers Sign Andrej Sekera

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Sekera bolsters the Oilers blue line. (Alex Brandon/The Associated Press)

Sticking with the 2015 edition of NHL Free Agent Frenzy and the Edmonton Oilers, the team bolstered the blue line even more with the signing of Andrej Sekera. To go along with their great offseason and front office upgrades, Sekera is a solid pick up for the Oilers.

For all the details, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

Tape2Tape (014): The Bullies Are Back on Broad Street

Tom Mihalek, Associated Press, Zac Rinaldo, Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers

Rinaldo has been penalized a few times over his career for borderline plays. (Tom Mihalek/The Associated Press)

In an NHL where physicality is under the microscope, it’s quite possible that the Broad Street Bullies are back in Philadelphia. With Zac Rinaldo in the lineup, there’s always a chance that the Flyers will be prone to some kind of borderline plays.

But it wasn’t just Rinaldo in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In fact, it was some of the unusual suspects that got the physical play going. So are the bullies back, or what?  Read more of this post

Tape2Tape (004): Florida Panthers Scratching to Trade Pick

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Panthers’ GM Dale Tallon should trade the first overall pick in 2014. (J Pat Carter // The Associated Press)

Should the Florida Panthers trade the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft? Essentially, you’re giving up either Sam Bennett or Aaron Ekblad – the two heading Central Scouting. In this week’s Tape2Tape, I explain why it would be a great idea for Florida to trade their top pick and how they can still hold on to the youth they have.  Read more of this post

Tape2Tape (003): Introducing Alexander Ovechkin, The Coach Killer

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Does Ovi have more power in Washington than we know? (Nick Wass // The Associated Press)

Controversy strikes again with Tape2Tape. But, hey, couldn’t it be somewhat true that Ovi has a say in who’s behind the bench for the Washington Capitals? He wouldn’t be the first athlete to have that much input.

This week’s column, also discussed the Matt Cooke knee-on-knee with Tyson Barrie, some of this year’s award finalists, and the first edition of the 2014 playoff obituaries brought to you by The Hockey Writers.  Read more of this post

Maple Leafs, Phaneuf Agree On Extension

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Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf signed a long-term extension with the team. (Photo by Paul Sancya/The Associated Press)

Seven years. Seven million dollars per year. That’s a large sum of money – and one that will make Maple Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf a very wealthy man. One day before the NHL’s Winter Classic, the team announced they’d locked up their captain to a long-term deal.  Read more of this post

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