What you need to know ahead of the restaged 2022 World Junior Championships

What you need to know ahead of the restaged 2022 World Junior Championships

Codie McLachlan/Getty Images The World Junior Championship is a holiday hockey tradition like no other. This year is an exception. The tournament is still coming your way during peak vacation time, only now it’s happening mid-summer, rather than post-Christmas. Confused? Let’s recap. The 2022 WJC was set to be played as usual last December. Due … Read more

Five contenders with gaping holes remaining after the MLB trade deadline

Five contenders with gaping holes remaining after the MLB trade deadline

Every team enters the trade deadline with a wish list. No one gets everything they want — even if in San Diego it might feel that way right now. No roster is perfect. There are always holes on even the most powerful clubs, little problems the front office and manager must try to solve, game … Read more

NHL free agency – Seven potential destinations for Nazem Kadri

NHL free agency – Seven potential destinations for Nazem Kadri

Nazem Kadri is a Stanley Cup champion who had 87 points in 71 games last season for the Colorado Avalanche. He hadn’t scored more than 61 points in a season previously, turns 32 in October and is seeking a hefty payday on a new contract. The combination of those factors make Kadri a top-tier NHL … Read more

Predictions for the top NHL free agents, including Nazem Kadri, Johnny Gaudreau, Evgeni Malkin

Predictions for the top NHL free agents, including Nazem Kadri, Johnny Gaudreau, Evgeni Malkin

Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland has surveyed the NHL free-agent landscape every summer since 1997. What does he see as the 2022 market prepares to officially open Wednesday at noon? “Lots of teams are tight on the cap, so it’s going to be interesting,” Holland told ESPN. “And then other teams… you wonder if … Read more

Arizona Coyotes front office dazzles NHL draft with matching suits

Arizona Coyotes front office dazzles NHL draft with matching suits

MONTREAL — Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong smiled when he was called an “NHL draft nerd” after the first round ended Thursday night. “It was extremely fun,” he said. “We were in town early. Maybe a couple days too early. But we were excited about the draft. Had some fun with it. Put on … Read more

NHL trade, free agency buzz

NHL trade, free agency buzz

MONTREAL — The NHL’s general managers put on the eve of the 2022 NHL draft. What their meeting lacked in rules changes or policy news, it made up for with post-meeting news and buzz on trades, free agents and other league matters. Here’s a glimpse at what was said, and heard, in Montreal on Wednesday, … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup Final – Talking hockey, ‘Mighty Ducks’ and more with SNL’s Kenan Thompson

2022 Stanley Cup Final – Talking hockey, ‘Mighty Ducks’ and more with SNL’s Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson has unusual hockey roots for a celebrity NHL fan. Before he was an Emmy Award-winning sketch comedian on “Saturday Night Live,” he was a Mighty Duck. Thompson, who is hosting the NHL Awards for the second time on Tuesday night at 7 ET in Tampa, Florida, played Russ Tyler in “D2: The Mighty … Read more

The top candidates for NHL head-coaching jobs this offseason

The top candidates for NHL head-coaching jobs this offseason

There was this coach I heard about. He hadn’t yet served as an NHL head coach. His qualifications indicated he was ready to do so. So like a fan of a new indie band double-checking its coolness with a music snob, I reached out to an NHL team executive to ask how they felt about … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – Conn Smythe Watch as conference final round begins

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – Conn Smythe Watch as conference final round begins

Defining “value” in the Stanley Cup playoffs can be challenging. Although apparently not as challenging as defining “possession” in the Western Conference finals, as Edmonton Oilers fans screaming about the NHL’s offside rules after Game 1 will no doubt tell you. For me, value in the playoffs is a combination of statistical achievement and seizing … Read more