Imagine having a hangover without the party. That’s how some in the Washington Capitals organization felt during the off-season. It was bad enough that they fell – again – to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a second-round series, even with home-ice advantage
Depending upon how you look at 2016-17, Bruce Boudreau and the Minnesota Wild either exceeded expectations or did exactly as one might predict. On another bright side, players enjoyed career years (Mikael Granlund, Devan Dubnyk) and others seemed revitalized (Eric Staal, Mikko Koivu) under Boudreau. On the other hand, the Wild still fell in the […]
When looking at the 2016-17 season for the Colorado Avalanche, a wide array of responses seem reasonable. At least Jared Bednar gets some time to gather his wits? Patrick Wiercoch is gone, and the team almost certainly won’t see Will Butcher sign.
The Winnipeg Jets once again missed the playoffs last season, finishing seven points out of a wild card spot in the Western Conference. The Jets have a good, young nucleus of forwards, led by Calder Trophy finalist Patrik Laine, and defensemen, and there should be added pressure on this group to challenge for a playoff […]
A disappointing — and very sudden — exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs led to a number of changes for the Chicago Blackhawks this offseason. The Blackhawks finished first in the Western Conference standings at the end of the regular season, posting
The Nashville Predators entered the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs as the second wild card team in the Western Conference. When the postseason was over, they were two wins away from a championship, sweeping Chicago in the opening round and beating St. Louis and Anaheim to reach the Stanley Cup Final. There have been changes in […]
Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain and arguably the best player in the game, celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday and he did so with a very special guest — the Stanley Cup, a trophy he has hoisted three times in his National Hockey League career. “It’s just a number,” Crosby told the Penguins website […]
The Tampa Bay Lightning was among the hottest teams in the NHL down the stretch of the 2016-17 regular season, but it wasn’t enough to make the playoffs. The Bolts finished one point out of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. It was a disappointing end to a season of high expectations, […]
Expectations were relatively low for the Ottawa Senators at the start of the 2016-17 season. Having missed the playoffs in two of the previous three seasons not much was expected from them, even as they seemed to overachieve for most of the season and entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic […]
The Florida Panthers entered last season with high expectations, given their playoff appearance in 2016 and a busy summer of acquisitions and signings that followed. There has been significant change both on and off the ice for the Panthers since April. The days of Jaromir Jagr in a Panthers uniform appear to be over.
Mike Babcock, Auston Matthews, and the rest of the Toronto Maple Leafs made impressive strides last season. With some big contract decisions looming as Matthews and others will soon see entry-level deals dry up, Toronto invested in some pricey, older players who’ve experienced virtually everything you can in the sport. PHT will dive into the […]
After making the playoffs for all 26 seasons since 1990-91, the Red Wings finally failed to reach the postseason in 2016-17. There was a sad symbolism of this being the end of an era in another way, as the Red Wings played their final games at Joe Louis Arena. At the moment, the Red Wings […]