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Sam Hitchcock's Archive

BriseBois's Risky Strategy with Point

July 2, 2019 - 9:06 AM ET

We live in strange times. The Lightning-Brayden Point staring contest is mesmerizing mostly for its inexplicability. It is shocking that the Lightning management had the audacity to ask Point to sign a bridge deal after he scored a combined 73 goals in his last two seasons (as reported by Pierre LeB...

Cirelli's Ascension

July 8, 2019 - 7:28 PM ET

With reports that Brayden Point declined an offer sheet from the Canadiens, and the price tag for Andrei Vasilevskiy rising after Sergei Bobrovsky’s new contract, it is the time of year where musing over value is front and center. And Anthony Cirelli is an interesting player to consider in this co...

Paquette Extension Sends Bad Message

July 14, 2019 - 7:37 PM ET

In the last three seasons, the Lightning have moved up two spots each year in minor penalties accrued, finally finishing first in the NHL this year. Additionally, they are the only team during that span to break the 300-minor-penalties mark every year. A lot of justified anger was directed at coach...

How Kucherov Can Win the "Rocket" Richard

July 18, 2019 - 9:17 AM ET

What would a satisfying encore to Nikita Kucherov’s Hart Trophy season look like? I don’t think the answer is as obvious as besting his 1.56 point per game mark, which would trot him past last year’s total, assuming he stays healthy. Instead, for Kucherov, after racing past his previous point...