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The Rangers fired head coach Alain Vigneault at the end of the season. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Finding AV’s Replacement

May 2, 2018

By Peter Valentino Earlier this month, the Rangers decided to fire head coach Alain Vigneault, ending a five- year reign behind the bench. His time as head coach was a slow and steady decline from his run to the Stanley Cup...

John Tavares will become the biggest name on the market when his Islanders deal expires (Courtesy of Twitter).

The Tavares Sweepstakes

April 18, 2018

By Peter Valentino Every offseason, there is one star player who goes into free agency that attracts the eyes of the hockey world. A few years ago it was Steven Stamkos, and last year it was Kevin Shattenkirk. This year, it will be c...

Alex Ovechkin's Capitals are just one of the teams that could make some noise in the Stanley Cup playoffs (Courtesy of Twitter).

2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

April 11, 2018

By Peter Valentino The Stanley Cup Playoffs are of the best playoffs of the four major North American sports.  The atmosphere in the arena, the rollercoaster of emotions and the overtime finishes, it’s all incredible.  So without furth...

Conor McDavid is the frontrunner for the Hart Trophy (Courtesy of Twitter).

Who Takes the Hardware?

April 4, 2018

By Peter Valentino Since we have a week to go until the playoffs begin, and it’s still pretty hard to see who is going to be in and out (especially out west), I’ll choose to go with the individual awards at the end of the year. ...

How Does Hockey Succeed Down South?

How Does Hockey Succeed Down South?

March 21, 2018

By Peter Valentino I lived in Fayetteville, North Carolina, from 2003 to 2008. While I was there, the Carolina Hurricanes won their first Stanley Cup. The team played in Raleigh, which was about an hour’s drive north, but I really did not ...

Marc Andre Fluery has been a stalwart for the surprise Vegas Golden Knights. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Pacific Standings: Can Vegas Do It?

March 14, 2018

By Peter Valentino In the history of expansion teams, no team has ended up above .500 in their inaugural season in any of the four professional sports. Some have managed to go far in their second season, and the Florida Panthers made it to the ...

Brad Marchand's Boston Bruins are one of the hottest teams in the NHL. (Courtesy of Twitter)

How Will the Atlantic Division Finish?

February 14, 2018

By Peter Valentino Of the four divisions in hockey, the Atlantic is hands down the least competitive. Three teams handily have a playoff spot, then a 20 point gap separates the 4th-best team in the division. The Bruins, Lightning and ...

The New Jersey Devils are just one of the teams competing for a Metropolitan Division Championship. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Analyzing the NHL’s Metropolitan Definition

February 7, 2018

By Peter Valentino The NHL All-Star break has passed and teams are preparing for the second half of the season accordingly. Probably the most competitive division this year is the Metropolitan, with all teams within 10 points of eac...

The Las Vegas Golden Knights currently sit at the top of the NHL's Western Conference. (Photo Courtesy of Twitter)

Are the Golden Knights Serious Contenders?

January 31, 2018

by Peter Valentino When the Vegas expansion bid was approved in June of 2016, the universal opinion among fans was that it was another wasted money-grab by Gary Bettman. The team was seen as another Arizona Coyotes, ...

The Rangers are struggling and currently find themselves on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Why the Rangers Should Sell

January 24, 2018

By Peter Valentino NHL Teams are divided into four groups: consistent Stanley Cup contenders (Blackhawks, Kings, Penguins), consistent playoff attendees (Canadians, Rangers, Blues, Capitals, Lightning) occasional playoff attende...

Bob McAdoo was fired on Monday, along with general manager Jerry Reese (Courtesy of Twitter).

How to Fix the Giants

December 6, 2017

By Peter Valentino In the span of a week, the Giants have gone from laughingstock to complete comedy act with the benching of Eli Manning. The final act was the firing of head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry...

Zach Britton and the Orioles bullpen was a major reason for their 2016 success despite poor starting pitching. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Bombs and Bullpen

October 4, 2017

By Peter Valentino A lot of Mets fans were disappointed in the returns on the trades made in July and August of this year. Essentially every trade return was some level of relieving prospect and while most Mets fans were underwhelmed wi...

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