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Panic / Don't Panic: 2020 NHL Off-Season

Panic / Don't Panic: 2020 NHL Off-Season

Welcome to my annual panic/don’t panic column. It’s typically reserved for mid-July, but mid-October is now the equivalent. It’s the early-off-season juncture in which we peek at a handful of relatively inactive teams and assess whether their fan bases should worry about the lack of major roster turnover.It’s worth noting that, unlike in most off-seasons, there’s still a decent amount of hope for teams to make improvements as we reach the 10-day mark of free agency. With the early UFA negotiation window removed and , the market has slowed down, and a few big names remain available, most...

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Oct 19
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Brock McGillis on Changing Hockey Culture, Being an LGBTQ Role Model and More

Brock McGillis on Changing Hockey Culture, Being an LGBTQ Role Model and More

On the latest episode of The Hockey News One-on-One, senior writer Matt Larkin sits down with Brock McGillis to discuss a bunch of topics, including:- Flashing back four years ago to when he came out publicly as gay. How much has his life changed?- What he's learned most from the experience of coming out- Describing a typical day in his jam-packed life- What it's like being a role model for gay athletes- His work teaching hockey players that being different is OK - His major upcoming projectAnd more!Plus: A fantasy draft of RuPaul's Drag Race cast membersThe Lightning defenseman was...

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Sep 28
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How – and why – QMJHL prospect Yanic Duplessis came out as gay

How – and why – QMJHL prospect Yanic Duplessis came out as gay

It was 2019, and Diane Dandurand couldn’t sleep. She knew something was troubling her teenage son, Yanic Duplessis. They were about as close as a parent and child could be. Sixteen years earlier, he was born six and a half weeks premature, and Diane always felt a bit more maternal or protective than your average mom. She knew Yanic so well that she could always detect even the slightest change in his mood. He wasn’t himself. He insisted he was fine, but her heart told her otherwise. He was typically such a happy kid.Yanic grew up in Saint-Antoine, N.B.. He was a charismatic leader who made...

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Sep 26
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Top 30 Trade Candidates to Watch This Off-season

Top 30 Trade Candidates to Watch This Off-season

Any Bachelor fans out there? Those of us who watch know host Chris Harrison manages to hype every season as “the most dramatic ever.” And that’s how it feels looking toward the 2020 NHL off-season trade market.No, seriously, this could be the most dramatic off-season ever. The flat salary cap of $81.5 million will squeeze many franchises into trading away players they would’ve kept under normal, non-COVID circumstances in which the cap was set to rise to somewhere between $84 million and $88 million. As a result, more big names than normal seem to be floating around the rumor mill since...

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Sep 24
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Western Conference Goalie Carousel: Who Stays? Who Goes?

Western Conference Goalie Carousel: Who Stays? Who Goes?

Earlier this week, who could make significant changes at goaltender this off-season. Now it’s time to examine the Western Conference. I estimate as many as five teams in the West could have new starters for 2020-21. The Pacific Division’s Canadian teams in particular have potential for major upheavals.CALGARY FLAMES: Re-sign Talbot or chase a big-ticket starting goalie?The sum of David Rittich’s and Cam Talbot’s efforts in 2019-20 amounted to…adequate? Rittich’s inconsistency eventually opened the door for Talbot to take over as the starter. He was outstanding this season and carried that...

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Sep 10
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Meet the professor helping people mobilize against racism in hockey - TheHockeyNews

Meet the professor helping people mobilize against racism in hockey - TheHockeyNews

If you’re familiar with Dr. Courtney Szto’s Twitter feed, you already know she’s a hockey fanatic. One of her most joyful contributions to fighting hockey boredom during the COVID-19 pandemic has been her collection of indoor dangling videos. It should thus come as no surprise that, before she became an assistant professor at the school of kinesiology and health studies at Queen’s University, her doctoral work focused on hockey. It was an excuse to hang around rinks, she jokes, but her passion for the game drew her to a subject that transcended the fun side of playing it.Around the time she...

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