Revisiting Doug Armstrong’s Drafts — 2015
We have been traveling back in time to revisit St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong’s draft record, and evaluate the claim that he is a strong drafter. For other entries in our series, view the index below: 2010: Two stars arrive 2011: Second round success 2012: A diamond in the rough 2013: A year […]
St. Louis Blues’ Mount Rushmore
Four of America’s most famous and influential Presidents are emblazoned in stone across the face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The monument was finished in 1941, and ever since, it has stood as a memory of the great men that helped shape their country. Of course, it has also served as a platform for […]
Top 10 NHL Backup Goaltenders
The Russian hockey legend and 1989 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Vladislav Tretiak once said: “there is no position in sport as noble as goaltending.” Perhaps what Tretiak ought to say is that no position is as noble as the backup goaltender. As much as the 31 NHL starting goalies have a heavy burden to […]
Coronavirus Hitting the Hockey World Hard
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, a pandemic. The disease, a virus in the same family as the SARS outbreak of 2002 and 2003, has spread around the globe. There are over 118,000 confirmed cases as of this writing, with over 4,000 confirmed Coronavirus-related fatalities. COVID-19 […]
THW’s Goalie News: Rask Hits 50; Sawchuk, Roy Make History
On a busy night of NHL action in the midst of a playoff push, some goalies stood above the rest. Plus, this is a historic day for goaltending in the hockey world. Rask Ends Flyers’ Streak on Birthday The Philadelphia Flyers haven’t lost a game since Feb. 15, a 5-3 loss in Florida against the […]
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Coronavirus Threatens Sharks Games
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) rears its head around the United States, everyone from sports leagues to state and local governments are taking significant precautions to prevent its spread. In the last few days, we’ve seen the NHL close its locker rooms to limit possible contamination between media and players. But another move outside the NHL’s […]
THW’s Goalie News: Allen’s Shutout, Brodeur’s History, Week in Review
Jake Allen pitched the only shutout of the night on Sunday, and in the process, he made some franchise history for the St. Louis Blues. Meanwhile, Martin Brodeur set some even more significant history on this date in 1999. Plus, we’ll look at the goaltending week in review. Allen Joins Blues History The relationship between […]
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THW’s Goalie News: Hellebuyck Perfect, Schneider Rebounding
During the 2019-20 season, few goalies have had more opposite seasons than Connor Hellebuyck and Cory Schneider. But on Friday, both started, and both saw fantastic results. Hellebuyck Perfect When Nikolaj Ehlers scored a goal 32 seconds into the Winnipeg Jets’ game against the Vegas Golden Knights, there was no reason to believe that that […]
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NHL Goalie News: February Greatness
The NHL’s goalies didn’t win the day on Wednesday, which featured four high-scoring games. But goalies are never short of headline-making moments, which we’ll cover in today’s Goalie News. Kuemper and Demko Duel The Arizona Coyotes and the Vancouver Canucks are fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and on Wednesday, they […]
Brian Leetch: The Road to the 1994 Conn Smythe Trophy
Brian Leetch holds the distinction of being the first American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP. The 2009 Hall of Fame inductee was one of the best offensive defensemen in the history of the game, and is arguably the finest player in the New York Rangers’ 86-year history. In the words […]
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THW’s Goalie News: Francouz Stars, Rinne Hung Out to “Drai”
The Colorado Avalanche have a rising star on their hands, both literally and metaphorically, in their backup goaltender. Meanwhile, the limited NHL action on Monday night saw one goaltending evisceration and another debut with a new team. Rinne vs. Draisaitl Every brilliant, headline-making performance by an NHL forward has a poor, unfortunate goaltender on the […]
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THW’s Goalie News: Rask Perfect, Allen Approaching Liut
The St. Louis Blues have a chase for history on their hands, while the Boston Bruins are red hot in front of an incredible goaltending tandem. Rask Perfect It’s another day of rinse, wash, and repeat for the Bruins. After a couple of brutal slip-ups against Canadian teams last week, the NHL-leaders in points are […]
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THW’s Goalie News: Hellebuyck, Incredible Free Agent Class
The action on the ice was sizzling on Thursday night, and Connor Hellebuyck put on a show. Also, we’ll take a look ahead at the pending unrestricted free agent (UFA) goalie class in the NHL. Hellebuyck Flawless Hellebuyck has as strong a case as any goalie for the 2020 Vezina Trophy. Few goalies if any […]
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THW’s Goalie News: Rask’s Streak Ends, NHL Looking at EBUGs
The NHL is considering a very controversial move in the wake of the world meeting David Ayres, the Emergency Backup Goalie (EBUG) who took hockey by storm Saturday night. But first, Tuukka Rask’s historic streak came to an end on Tuesday. Rask’s Streak Ends at 20 To say that the Boston Bruins have been dominant […]
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Penguins Acquire Sheary, Rodrigues from Sabres for Kahun
Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, who usually does his in-season work well before the deadline, is changing things up this year. Hours after trading for veteran forward Patrick Marleau from the San Jose Sharks, he’s made another big splash, acquiring Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Dominik Kahun. […]
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Sabres Acquire Simmonds from Devils
The Buffalo Sabres made a surprising move on Monday, acquiring rental forward Wayne Simmonds from the New Jersey Devils hours before the 3:00 PM ET trade deadline. The Devils will receive a conditional fifth-round pick that can become a 4th if the Sabres make the playoffs and Simmonds plays in 10 games. The Devils will […]
Sharks Trade Marleau to Penguins
Patrick Marleau, the man with the most career NHL games played without winning a Stanley Cup, is going to get another chance at one. The San Jose Sharks traded the veteran winger to the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday morning, hours before the NHL’s 3:00 PM ET trade deadline. In exchange, the Penguins surrender a 2020 third-round […]
THW’s Goalie News: David Ayres Day, Binnington Hot, Week in Review
The city of Raleigh, North Carolina is planning to celebrate the incredible and historic story its team told on Saturday night in Toronto. Plus, Jordan Binnington is red hot, and we’ll look at the week in review. David Ayres Day in Raleigh David Ayres, the Emergency Backup Goaltender (EBUG) that made history with the Carolina […]
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Kyrou May Be Blues’ Trade Deadline Secret Weapon
The St. Louis Blues may look to make moves today as the NHL’s 3:00 PM ET trade deadline approaches, but one thing is all but certain: they won’t be parting with prized prospect Jordan Kyrou. That hasn’t been a sure thing over the past several months, as negotiations for top rentals like Taylor Hall and, […]
Canadiens Deal Kovalchuk to Capitals
One day after Alexander Ovechkin scored his 700th NHL goal, Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan moved to add another top-five Russian scorer in NHL history to his roster. The Capitals traded their 2020 third-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Ilya Kovalchuk. The Canadiens will retain half of his salary. Kovalchuk, who […]
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