Marcus Smith

Who is the Blackhawks' most important player?

Duncan Keith showed exactly how much he means to the Blackhawks this past postseason, as the Cup wouldn't have been raised in Chicago without him.

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1dScott Powers

Hall of Fame debate: Marian Hossa

With three Stanley Cups, more than 1,000 points and a few seasons left to play, is Marian Hossa an obvious choice for the Hall of Fame committee?

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1dSean McIndoe

Grantland: Surprisingly sane NHL offseason

With the tightening salary cap making GMs more conservative, the story of the offseason was restraint as teams got smarter with their money and insane free-agent spending went by the wayside.

Tyler Seguin: next Dallas Cowboys WR? (0:14)
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How to Sell a Stadium in Six Easy Steps

With excitement about the Flames' postseason run breeding anticipation for this coming season, it is an opportune moment for CSEC to lay out its new stadium plans.

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3dScott Burnside

Who is the Canucks' most important player?

His twin and linemate, Daniel Sedin, will be along for the ride, but it's Henrik Sedin who will determine much of the Canucks' fate this season.

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3dPierre LeBrun

Hall of Fame debate: Joe Thornton

Even if he never wins a Stanley Cup, is Sharks veteran Joe Thornton destined for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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7dBen Arledge

Arledge: Teams best-, worst-suited for 3-on-3 OT

Which teams are best-suited for 3-on-3 overtime this season? Which teams look like they'll struggle? We project each team's two lines, then rank them 1-30.

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4dSean McIndoe

Grantland: Arbour more than a pair of glasses

Whether collecting Stanley Cups as a player (four) or a coach (four more), the bespectacled Al Arbour was the ultimate winner and the leader of the kinds of teams we'll never see again.

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Remembering Hall of Famer Al Arbour

Legendary Islanders coach Al Arbour is remembered by the hockey community following his passing at the age of 82.

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Top tweets of summer

What do NHL players do during the offseason? Tweet! Here are some of our favorite social media posts from the summer.

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7dCraig Custance

Who is the Red Wings' most important player?

Assuming he can stay healthy, no one will have more to do with the Detroit Red Wings' success than 37-year-old two-way dynamo Pavel Datsyuk.

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8dKatie Strang

Hall of Fame debate: Dave Andreychuk

Dave Andreychuk forged -- and sustained -- a fantastic career through hard work and determination, so does that earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame?

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8dSean McIndoe

Grantland: Five NHL rules you need to know

So, you think know the NHL rule book front to back? Well, get a load of these hidden loopholes that rarely -- and in some case never -- come up in actual games.

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8dScott Burnside

Who is the Wild's most important player?

The Wild are poised to take the next step as Cup contenders, but that won't happen without meaningful contributions from Thomas Vanek.

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11dMatthew Coller

Coller: Regression candidates for 2015-16

Getting an early start on your fantasy hockey draft preparation? Here are 15 players bound for regression that you should avoid.

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15dKatie Strang

Hall of Fame debate: Theo Fleury

Theo Fleury defied the odds in building an impressive career despite the deck being stacked against him, but is he Hall of Fame worthy?


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Lightning announce that talented backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy had surgery to remove a blood clot. Out 2-3 months.

Kings defenseman taken into custody

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is holding Slava Voynov without bond set in connection with his no contest plea to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Los Angeles Superior Court. Voynov had been held by Seal Beach Police since July 7.

Record asking price for Penguins

The ownership group, which includes Mario Lemieux and billionaire Ron Burke, is seeking $750M for the franchise. The sale price could be lower if a buyer agrees to forgo development rights on the old Civic Arena site. The current record for a U.S.-based NHL franchise is the $320M paid for the Devils in 2013. (via Trib Total Media)

Patrick Kane not asked about trade waiver

The Blackhawks have not asked Kane whether he'd be willing to waive his no-move clause in order for him to be traded, a source told ESPN's Scott Powers. Kane is under investigation for an incident that allegedly occurred at his home in Hamburg, New York. Story

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