Kuznetsov, Rundblad, and Erixon Drawing High Praise in Hockey Circles

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Evgeny Kuznetsov’s breakout performance at the World Junior Championships has broken the ice and made the 18-year-old forward a noteable prospect in hockey’s near future. He took shifts at center in that tournament, and it’s a testament to his talent that he made it look like he had played there all his life. Kuznetsov has […]


Radulov Thriving in KHL

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Alex Radulov has had star written all over him since he was chosen 15th overall in the first round of the 2004 NHL draft. It’s no surprise that the 24 year winger old has continued to exceed promising expectations this season with his KHL Salavat Yulaev club, where in 50 games has compiled a league-leading […]


Pekka Rinne named NHL’s 3rd Star of the Month for January

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was named the NHL’s 3rd Star of the Month for January, his first such honor after having been Rookie of the Month in February 2009. Boston’s Patrice Bergeron was named 1st Star, and Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes was 2nd. Pekka racked up a .945 save percentage in 11 […]


Patient approach works for Florida Panthers’ Dadonov

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Like DeBoer, even Dadonov was a little surprised by the honor. Dadonov, 21, got word he would be going to Raleigh a few hours before he played in just his 19th NHL game. “I don’t know much about this, this is the first time they told me about it,’’ Dadonov said soon after word broke […]


Hammer Time – Anton Volchenkov Lays Big Hit

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Anton Volchenkov of the New Jersey Devils lays a big hit on Jan Mursak of the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on January 26, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.


Vancouver Prospect Sergei Shirokov Ready For Sunday’s AHL All-Star Classic

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Only his second season playing professional hockey in North America, Vancouver Canucks prospect Sergei Shirokov has become accustomed to playing in the American Hockey League All-Star. Last winter Shirokov participated in the Ducks Unlimited AHL All Star Competition and scored two goals for the Planet USA AHL All-Stars. This year, Shirokov will again look to […]


Dadonov Set To Dangle at NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition Tomorrow

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Evgeny Dadonov is all set to show off his bag of tricks in this weekend’s 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend that will take place in Raleigh, NC. Dadonov is one of 12 rookies who will participate in the SuperSkills competition that will take place this Saturday, Jan. 29 at the RBC Center. The Florida Panthers’ youngster […]


Hall of Famer Brian Leetch Discusses Sidney Crosby’s Concussion

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Sidney Crosby is officially out of Sunday’s All-Star game due to a concussion, and Brian Leetch hopes Crosby won’t have to deal with this type of injury in the future.


Hall of Famer Brian Leetch Discusses Peter Forsberg’s Return To The NHL

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Peter Forsberg is attempting a return to the NHL nearly three years after last playing with the Avalanche, and Brian Leetch says he’s looking forward to seeing Forsberg on the ice.


Blueshirt Banter Exclusive: Q&A With Brian Leetch

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Courtesy of Jim, last night I was able to partake in a Q&A with Brian Leetch and Don Mattingly at the Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan. When Jim came to me (and Joe, who was unable to make it due to the weather), I jumped at the opportunity to cover this event for the Banter. […]