CTE and the NHL

Just the other day, the New York Times released an article which further proved the relationship between the NFL and the degenerative brain disease, CTE. Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, studied 111 brains from former NFL players. Out of those 111 brains, all but one of them had CTE. To many people, this article was shocking. To me, it was anything but. The connection between head trauma and detrimental effects to the brain have been there in plain sight for

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Murray Proves Hockey Players are the Best

When people become any combination of rich, powerful, or famous, their personality is often affected negatively in an exponential fashion. There is no better example of this than professional athletes. You can hardly go a day without seeing an athlete arrested for domestic abuse or drug possession. In today’s sports culture, this is especially troubling. Children look up to these athletes as role models. They idolize them, and they’re too young to know that their actions are wrong. They see

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Nostalgia is a Hell of a Drug

The Pittsburgh Penguins need a third line center. Not just any third line center, they need the best third line center in the league. The Penguins advantage at center has been a common link in all three of their most recent championships. Crosby, Malkin, Bonino was the best group of centermen boasted by any team in the league. Crosby and Malkin took the hard matchups, which allowed for Bonino and the HBK line to excel. An underwhelming Bonino replacement like

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Change

If you were expecting any big moves today from the defending Stanley Cup champions, you were probably immensely disappointed. The Penguins added depth defenseman Matt Hunwick and backup goaltender Antti Niemi. Neither of these players are going to make or break the Penguins next season and that should be noted. However, the best moves that are made on July 1st are often the ones that aren’t made. The Penguins didn’t overpay for any of their unrestricted free agents and that’s

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To Build A Superteam

Matt Duchene is going to be traded this summer. Joe Sakic cemented this as an indubitable fact when he made Duchene’s availability public. He was supposed to end up in Long Island last week. Islanders GM, Garth Snow tried to package Hamonic and a first round pick in the deal. Joe Sakic didn’t bite, despite being pressured to move Duchene. The Islanders have moved on. They traded their best trade chip in Hamonic to Calgary for a collection of draft

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Penguins Acquire Reaves

The Pittsburgh Penguins just won back to back Stanley Cups by rolling four skilled lines. So, it only makes sense that they would move out of the first round to acquire an enforcer. There’s no way to defend this trade. It was a bad deal. By all means, Ryan Reaves is an absolute badass. He’s the best at punching guys in the face, and there’s no arguing that. He’s a great human being off the ice and an incredible teammate.

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Farewell Flower

I’ve never known the Pittsburgh Penguins without Marc-Andre Fleury. He was the first pillar in the Penguins dynasty that we know today. He was my childhood goalie. He was guy who always stopped after practice to talk to the fans. He was the team prankster. He was the smiling face that always kept the mood light when things were tense. He was the heartbeat of one of the closest-knit sports team I’ve ever seen. Marc-Andre Fleury was a lot of

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Sin City

In only 48 hours, Las Vegas is finally going to take one player from every team. Only, they won’t be taking the best players available. And they’ll be better off, too. For months, Golden Knights GM George McPhee has been making side deals with teams. When the protected lists dropped yesterday, McPhee already knew them inside and out. He’s the most powerful man in the hockey world right now. Picking strictly through the expansion draft, Vegas won’t have a good

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Fleury Forever

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. And that seems to be the case when it comes to Marc-Andre Fleury. Next week, the 32 year old will be selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL expansion draft. It’s important to remember that Fleury didn’t have to go there. Before the emergence of Matt Murray, Jim Rutherford made a commitment to number 29. In November 2014, Fleury signed a four-year deal that included a modified no trade clause. Fleury

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Back to Back

They did it. Oh my God. They did it. The Pittsburgh Penguins are back to back Stanley Cup champions. There are times that you just want to pause life & cherish the moment forever. This is one of those times. We just witnessed history. The first defense to win without a Norris vote getter. The most points by a rookie in Stanley Cup playoff history. The second coach ever to win back to back championships to start his tenure. The first

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