GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Todd McLellan #hc of the San Jose Sharks during the preseason NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on September 27, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 2-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/20/15

  What everyone is talking about Last night it was about the Western Conference’s all Canada matchup, but today the focus is on the East, where Montreal has a death grip on their series, and are in good position for a sweep. ESPN, Sporting News, CBC Elsewhere, the Sharks are out of the playoffs but […]

Puck Dumps 4/19/15

What everyone is talking about It’s late and the scoreboard will still be about Saturday, but the other outlets of the world have moved on to Western Canada, where the Flames are leading the Canucks in Game 3 action. NBC, (Yahoo links to NBC feed), CBC, TSN, Scoreboard Tampa Bay 5, Detroit 1 – […]

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 12:  Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning makes a save on Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings as he's defended by Sami Salo #6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 12, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/18/15

  What everyone is talking about The Red Wings took game 1, but the Lightning are making short work of the Red Wings tonight. Goal after goal. Yahoo, CBC, Scoreboard Montreal 3, Ottawa 2 – The Senators are the only team down 2 goals so far. Your Hamburgler can’t save us now. Washington 4, […]

Inside the NHL media department

November: Intern Jared – “Hey, I’ve got a great Bobby Ryan pun all saved up!” Editor – “Well, we don’t really let interns write our headlines, especially this early in the season. Maybe later.” December: Editor: As is policy here at, we will let the intern of the month write one of the day’s headlines! […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 11:  Sami Vatanen #45 of the Anaheim Ducks scores the winning goal in the shootout past goalie Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets at Honda Center on January 11, 2015 in Anaheim, California.   The Ducks won 5-4 in a shootout.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/17/15

What everyone is talking about There were only 4 games it was the playoffs, but for some reason, there didn’t appear to be one big story that emerged from the playoffs that everyone wanted to talk about. There is a little bit of focus on Anaheim crushing the hopes and dreams of the entire province […]

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 11: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens skates up the ice during NHL action against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre April 11, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Cup Dumps 4/16/15

  What everyone is talking about The Senators opened their series with the Canadiens last night, and were beat up, both in the hockey sense of the word, but also physically, as PK Subban took a swipe at Mark Stone and broke his wrist. The Senators are going to be out for revenge, just as much […]

Oh, what the heck, let’s pick some winners

I am notoriously bad at making NHL based predictions (Sorry, Bruins), but I am also not a quitter. Without further ado, Let’s see what my (wrong) picks are. I would love to see what you have to say about the playoff and what you might really think about me. Western Conference Round 1 Minnesota over […]

Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs arrives for the ganme against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 12, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Puck Dumps 4/12/15

  What everyone is talking about The NHL season drew to a close yesterday with a 15 game bonanza. The fun didn’t stop in Toronto, where GM Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horacheck were terminated. OK, so “fun” probably wasn’t the right word. SportsNet, CBC, TSN, Scoreboard Ottawa 3, Philadelphia 1 – Ottawa is […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09:  Andrew Hammond #30 of the Ottawa Senators tends net against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2015 in New York City. The Senators shut out the Rangers 3-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Puck Dumps 4/11/15

  What everyone is talking about It’s the Senators. It’s always the Senators. This is the last day of the season, and they are in a position to win a playoff spot with a victory over the Flyers this afternoon. They’ve been on such a crazy run, but it’s still weird that we have essentially […]

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 9: The Calgary Flames salute the crowd after defeating the Los Angeles Kings during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 9, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames defeated the Kings 3-1. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Puck Dumps 4/10/15

  What everyone is talking about The Kings are out of the playoffs, and they were eliminated on the very same day that the Flames secured their spot. Why? Because it was the Flames that beat the Kings. The path is now clear for the Blackhawks to win the Cup. It’s their turn. NBC, Yahoo, SportsNet, […]

Puck Dumps 4/9/15

What everyone is talking about The confusing playoff races in both the west and the east. There are a couple of outlets that want to talk about one or two of the teams getting ready for the final games of the season, but a couple are just like “holy crap everything’s crazy”. That’s good journalism. […]

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 19: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators clears the puck against the Boston Bruins at Canadian Tire Centre on March 19, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Puck Dumps 4/8/15

  What everyone is talking about We are at the season’s home stretch, so it’s all about playoff positioning, and the biggest stories are all going to be about teams staking a claim in the post season, or at the very least, maintaining hope that they still might stake such a claim. Last night, the […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13:  Jeff Zatkoff #37 of the Pittsburgh Penguins protects the net against the Ottawa Senators during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Puck Dumps 4/7/15

What everyone is talking about The Senators and Penguins play tonight in a game that both teams must win. They are both on the brink of either playoff qualification or elimination. Strange as it may sound, the Senators seem to have the hotter goalie, and may be the better pick to win TSN, Scoreboard Buffalo […]