• A new coach may help, but Bruins management failed to improve roster as planned
    ProHockeyTalk12 minutes ago

    A new coach may help, but Bruins management failed to improve roster as planned

    After missing the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Boston Bruins went into the offseason with three major things on their to-do list: 1. Fix the defense. 2. Get a better back-up goalie. 3. Get “heavier” at right wing. By the time the offseason was over, they’d: 1. Done nothing to fix the defense. 2. Signed Anton Khubodin to back up Tuukka Rask. 3. Signed David Backes. In other words, Cam Neely, the Bruins’ president, and Don Sweeney, the general manager, went 1-for-3. Signing Backes made the B’s heavier on right wing. There’s no disputing that. But the defense? It has 39-year-old Zdeno Chara on a top pairing with 20-year-old rookie Brandon Carlo. And it still has Adam McQuaid in a top-4

  • Capitals’ defensemen have combined for second-most assists in NHL
    Washington Post

    Capitals’ defensemen have combined for second-most assists in NHL

    DALLAS – It’s no longer an odd sight to see the Capitals’ Karl Alzner and Brooks Orpik, perceived stay-at-home defensemen, jumping into the offensive attack or positioned in front of the opposing goaltender. “They’re part of the offense,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “There’s so many times when you watch video after, and you see there’s maybe a chance that you could join and add something to it,” Alzner said. “If you don’t touch the puck, then at least you have the D-man thinking, ‘Okay, there’s a three-on-two and he can’t play it as aggressive.'” The priority of the defensemen is to keep the puck out of the net — Washington leads in the league with 2.07 goals-against per game — but the Capitals also

  • Huge if True: Will Chicago go shopping? Can they?
    Puck Daddy

    Huge if True: Will Chicago go shopping? Can they?

    DENVER, CO – JANUARY 17: Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center on January 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Blackhawks defeated the Avalanche 6-4. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images