Few things deepen your hockey geekery quite like playing fantasy hockey. For sports haters and the sports-oblivious, it’s probably bad enough to see grown adults wearing hockey sweaters out in public. What about when someone is obsessing (and sometimes muttering profanities) about a team that only exists to about 8-15 people? Still, this is the Internet, where niche obsessions can go really deep. Just fall down a rabbit hole about Star Wars extended universe if you want to get a taste. Us fantasy hockey nerdy dorks got some understandable but still sad news today: it appears to be an end of an era for Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns being considered eligible as both right wings and defensemen.
Anaheim Ducks The Ducks signed winger Max Jones. Arizona Coyotes The Coyotes acquired centre Dave Bolland and winger Lawson Crouse from Florida. Boston Bruins The Bruins made no moves this week. Buffalo Sabres The Sabres made no moves this week. Calgary Flames The Flames made no moves this week. Carolina Hurricanes The Hurricanes made no moves this week. Chicago Blackhawks The Blackhawks made no moves this week. Winger Tim Jackman, who was under contract with Chicago last season, has retired from pro hockey. Colorado Avalanche The Avalanche hired Jared Bednar as head coach. They signed winger Rene Bourque to a PTO. Winger Patrick Bordeleau, who was under contract with Colorado last season, has
After years of falling short despite often ranking among the NHL’s pre-season favorites, the San Jose Sharks made their deepest run one year after not even making the playoffs at all. That thought probably explains why, for many, the pain of falling two wins short of a first-ever Stanley Cup victory is dulled by the Sharks being (gasp) overachievers. You could call the Sharks a lot of things since Joe Thornton was traded over to sunnier climates from Boston, but rarely were expectations low enough for them to over-achieve. They did just that in their first season under head coach Peter DeBoer, however. While their turnaround made less noise than the team that beat them in the 2016 Stanley Cup