The goaltender paradox is one of the last and most difficult-to-overcome issues remaining in hockey. On the one hand, some of the best goaltenders of all time were lightly regarded as amateurs – or not [...]
  • WINNIPEG, MB Ð April 08: Jets Kyle Connor (81) skates with the puck during the NHL game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators on April 08, 2017 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg MB. (Photo by Terrence Lee/Icon Sportswire)
    By Ryan Wagman, September 16th, 2017
    The goaltender paradox is one of the last and most difficult-to-overcome issues remaining in hockey. On the one hand, some of the best goaltenders of all time were lightly regarded as amateurs – or not [...]
  • WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana (13) makes a pass during an NHL game on March 16, 2017, at the Verizon Center, in Washington, D.C. between the Washington Capitals and the Nashville Predators. Nashville won 2-1 in overtime. 
 (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire)
    By Ryan Wagman, September 16th, 2017
    Most teams scout in a variety of leagues to help replenish the minor league ranks with NHL-potential talent. Both historically and currently, the most popular destinations have been the three leagues of the CHL, the [...]
  • CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 23: The Las Vegas Golden Knights select center Cody Glass with the 6th pick in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft on June 23, 2017, at the United Center, in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)
    By Ryan Wagman, September 16th, 2017
    Given the rare chance to build an organization from scratch, the Vegas Golden Knights could have taken many different approaches to building up. They could build for now, using the expansion draft to select veteran [...]
  • MONTREAL, CANADA - DECEMBER 26: Sweden's Jonathan Dahlen #27 skates during preliminary round action against Denmark at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)
    By Ryan Wagman, September 16th, 2017
    An old team with little to be hopeful for in either the near or mid-term future, the Vancouver Canucks managed to brighten an otherwise dark system with two deadline day swaps. For a team that [...]
  • April 6, 2016: Toronto Maple Leafs Right Wing Kasperi Kapanen (37) [9616] in action during the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)
    By Ryan Wagman, September 16th, 2017
    Apres Matthews, le deluge. After Matthews, comes the flood. The Brian Burke era in Toronto, begun with so much truculence and aggression – at least from the front office – ended with a whimper. As [...]