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Top 10 Landmark Franchise Relocations

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Many Creases on Top Goalies' Resumes

John Shannon, Sportsnet Magazine

NHL Needs to Rework Scoring System

Jonathan Willis, Sportsnet Magazine

The All-Sports All-Achilles Heel Team

Cameron Martin, The Cauldron

Putting a Bullet in NHL Shootouts

Kavitha A. Davidson, Bloomberg View

The NFL owners meetings wrapped on Wednesday in Phoenix. A hot topic was the league's imminent return to Los Angeles as all signs point to one team - maybe two - moving to Southe...(full article)

The end of the regular season is in sight, and there is little doubt this season will be known as “The Year of the Goaltender”. Goal scoring is down, and the quality of goalten...(full article)

The shootout arrived at the NHL level in the summer of 2005 as the most distinctive in a slate of rule changes designed to appeal to disheartened fans after a season lost to a la...(full article)

If you’ve had the chance to watch the Los Angeles Clippers this year, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that DeAndre Jordan is having a breakout season. He’s leading the league i...(full article)

The National Hockey League tried to add some pizazz to the game in 2005 when it decided games still tied after one overtime period would be decided by shootouts. And while commis...(full article)

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At 43, Jagr a Potential Postseason Force

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Statistics Mean Little Without Analytics

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tanding in the doorway of his suburban home, Mike Babcock smiles before mentioning that the retriever trying to sneak around him and get outside is named Mac. If you can find you...

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Political Correctness Reaches NHL

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Red Wings the Patriots of the NHL

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Debate on Best Scorers Includes Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin has reached the point in his career when comparisons and context on a generational level can give way to a much bigger range of time. The Washington Capitals forward...

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All-Star Game Not Hockey But Worthwhile

In no time at all, maybe even by the time the accursed replica Civil War cannon in Nationwide Arena fired its final volley Sunday night, the actual details of the 2015 NHL All-St...

Top Salaries: NBA, MLB, NHL and Then NFL

MLB players are well-paid, but can’t match their counterparts in the NBA in terms of average salary. The NBA has a cap on individual player salaries, but the smaller rosters help...

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Only NHL Has Proper Holiday Spirit

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Getting a Jump on 2015 Championships

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Devils Chipping Away at History

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Kings Gear for Devils' Potent Offense

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Kings Feed Off Penner's Humor

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