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OHL Pondering a Return Without Body Checking ...Thoughts?

November 1, 2020 - 1:14 PM ET

As we are still in standby mode with several UFAs and RFAs out there, it is interesting to see what other leagues are considering to get the game going again. The OHL is in talks that have turned controversial with the proposal the league return without body checking. With all we know about ho...

Pt I: Is your team better off than they were 4 yrs ago? Atlantic;Mon's Buzz

November 2, 2020 - 1:18 PM ET

In the world a professional sports we often live in the reality of “What have you done for me lately?” There was a time when General Managers could have a five-year plan and stick with it. Yet lately, a three-year plan seems almost too long for the short attention spans and patience of the moder...

PT 2: Is your team better off than they were 4 years ago? Metro; Tues Buzz

November 3, 2020 - 4:09 AM ET

The Carolina Hurricanes 2015-16 Season Record: 6th in the Metro with 86 Points. 2015-16 Playoff Result: Missed the Playoffs 2016 Summer Signings: Biggest signing was Lee Stempniak 2016 Summer Trades: None 2016 Summer Coaching/GM Changes none 2016 Best Draft Pick: Two First ROund Picks....

RUMORS Swirling...On Hoffman, MAF, Gaudreau, Vatanen, Ghost..Wed's Buzz

November 4, 2020 - 12:39 PM ET

Rumor Chart: I have updated 9 players so far today on the Rumor Chart Including: Click Here to See the Entire Rumor Chart.> I will continue the series "Are you better off than you were four years ago." The Logjam may be about to break in the UFA Market..and it appears to be driven by three pl...

Rangers Sign Strome. 2 years 4.5 per

November 5, 2020 - 10:18 AM ET

More to come. Solid number. A little high? What are your thoughts? Pacific Division: "Are you better off than you were four years ago" to come later....

Pt 3:Is Your team better off than they were 4 years ago? Pacific;Thu's Buzz

November 5, 2020 - 1:34 PM ET

Before looking at the Pacific, it is interesting to note that teams in the Pacific Division of 2015-16 who did NOT play in California were…....terrible. The Coyotes finished 4th in the division, TWENTY points behind the Sharks. All 8 teams in the Central Division finished with more points than bo...

Mike Hoffman Close on Signing?

November 5, 2020 - 7:37 PM ET

Hearing Hoffman is down to just a few teams and a decision is imminent. Possible teams....Boston, Columbus, Nashville, Vancouver, Montreal....a few more possibilities...but per two sources, a signing is imminent....

PT 4:Is your team better off than 4 years ago? Central; Fri's Buzzcast

November 6, 2020 - 11:58 AM ET

Finally, we complete our series with a look at if the teams in the Central Division are "Better off now than they were 4 years ago?" Plenty of drama in this division all the time! On TuneIn Radio Listen to the HockeyBuzzcast w/@Eklund @sportsology & @MikeInBuffalo on iTunes (https://t.c...

You're the GM: Last Day for Buyouts Today. Who Would You Buy Out?

November 7, 2020 - 12:34 PM ET

Big day in the NHL today, especially if you are an Islanders fan.. Today is the last day for buyouts...and there are specific rules.. Per Arthur Staple "Only players with higher than $4-million cap hits can be bought out; only those on the club’s reserve list at this past season’s deadline, so...

Rumor: Isles and Barzal talking 3 years 6.5per

November 8, 2020 - 4:04 PM ET

No idea how the Isles can make this happen with the amount of cap space they have ....Lou must have a plan but of course only Lou knows.......

January Start, Possible Olympics Pause, All on the Table; Mon's Buzzcast

November 9, 2020 - 10:20 AM ET

I think we can all agree a November without NHL hockey is pretty rough. Especially now with the virus spiking again....we need some hope. Today, with news that the Pfizer Vaccine is running at a 90% effective rate, there is some renewed hope of hockey games with fans in the seats once again...an...

That time Alex Trebek missed a breakaway. by Erik Brady; Tues Buzzcast

November 10, 2020 - 12:28 PM ET

Ek's Note: I will be updating my rumor chart all day and be getting back to rumors later on, but we lost two Canadian legends over these past few days, Jeopardy's Alex Trebek and Howie Meeker...Hockey Night in Canada icon. Erik Brady, formerly of USA Today, sent me this fantastic piece remembering...

Rumors: Barzal, Hoffman, Vatanan, Haula, Chara, Wed's Buzzcast

November 11, 2020 - 11:42 AM ET

Rumor Chart: I have updated 10 players so far today on the Rumor Chart Including: Click Here to See the Entire Rumor Chart.> Lets get back to some ole fashioned rumors... Gary Bettman has come out and said the NHL is considering shortening the season and it appears that the divisions will be...

Ek's '21 Divisional Alignments, Playoff Formats, Predictions; Thur's Buzz

November 12, 2020 - 12:12 PM ET

With the new season coming now less than 2 months away, Gary Bettman has come out and admitted that there will likely have to be a one-season temporary shift to divisions who can make travel easier and take out certain variables. So, that being said, I figured I would take a shot at what the four...

Who's your 2nd Favorite Team & who is your LEAST favorite team? Fri's Buzz

November 13, 2020 - 12:48 PM ET

Hey there hockey world. Today we once again ask the questions that we ask every few years because it's a lot of fun to find out AND I am always amazed at how different the answers are each time we ask. Who is you favorite, second favorite, and LEAST favorite team? In general, we tend to...

Oilers talking to Erik Haula(e3)

November 14, 2020 - 2:08 PM ET

Just got this as a text. The Oilers would be very strong up the middle if they were to add Haula. The feeling is that this signing could lead to a trade Haula to Vegas down the line for Marc Andre Fleury. More coming ......

Hoffman and Montreal? Habs Have to Make a Deal First?

November 15, 2020 - 2:17 PM ET

The Canadiens are still searching for offense and Mike Hoffman looks like a definite option, IF.....they can first clear space. It will cost the Habs $5M per year? Is he worth it? More coming including a full update of the rumor chart tomorrow......

What's Your Favorite Reverse Retro Jersey? Mon's Buzzcast

November 16, 2020 - 12:18 PM ET

Just in time for the gift-giving season, the NHL and Adidas have hit it out of the park with these new jerseys...Truly incredible...the return of the Nordiques and the Whales! (Secretly I was hoping for a NJ Devils inspired Colorado Rockies Jersey...The Jersey Almost Hills) Besides the Obvious N...

Completely Disagreeing With Kevin Allen's Rule Change; Tues Buzzcast

November 17, 2020 - 12:38 PM ET

Kevin Allen in his last blog proposed a rule change that both he and Tom Laidlaw feel is an absolute no-brainer...eliminating the ability for the shorthanded team to ice the puck freely. You should for sure read his blog for his reasoning, but I will now give you my reasoning as to why I feel this...

NHL can't pro-rate salaries, so more deferrals are needed...

November 18, 2020 - 12:07 PM ET

We all remember the fun that baseball had with their salary structure last year...The season almost didn't happen at that point until the players finally decided to play at the prorated-rate and have a season. Well, the NHL and NHLPA added something to their new deal that would NOT allow player...

NHLPA Holding Meeting, rumor NHL wants to change CBA; Wed's Buzzcast

November 18, 2020 - 2:47 PM ET

Well, things may have turned from bad to worse today...but no need to panic yet.. The NHLPA is holding a major phone meeting at 4pm today to discuss the concept that the NHL may want to renegotiate the recently agreed upon CBA given the pandemic. The NHLPA is afraid the NHL may force the players...

Should we worry about next season? what is really happening? Fri's Buzz

November 20, 2020 - 12:17 PM ET

We live in a world that is at least partially based on worry. We worry about the virus every time we leave the house. We worry about our kids. We worry about our country. We worry about our livelihoods now and post-pandemic....we are not short on worry... We look to sports to give us somethi...

Three Wacky Predictions You Can Take to The Bank. I’m Sure You’ll Agree.

November 21, 2020 - 2:28 PM ET

So those of you who have been reading me for many years now already know that I like to throw out wacky predictions before the season begins. You also know that every year I get a few of these right and enjoy bragging about them for the rest of the year. I usually put out anywhere from 10 to 30 pred...

Source: NHL/PA deadline in one week, and a creative solution to get it done

November 23, 2020 - 1:22 PM ET

I am doing a full rumor chart update for this evening, but here is the latest. The NHL/NHLPA deadline for a mid-January start is one week from today.. I was told this by two team reps and one NHLPA guy familiar with how these talks are going... "It's not dire, but time is really short, and a fe...