NHL to Possible Expand Again

The NHL is considering expanding the league once again by adding two new teams. The last time it was done it was a complete mess and done so simple as a money grab. The last time they added teams was in the 90’s and it did not go over to well because the teams were placed in areas where there simply was not a market for them and it diluted the pool of talent. The league produced stale hockey and the league as a whole took a nosedive. Two expansion teams in the 90’s included the Florida Panthers and the Atlanta Thrashers. The Panthers attendance numbers are still horrific and the Thrashers almost moved to Hamilton Ontario with its former owner. On Wednesday the league put in place a plan with its Board of Governors to move forward with an expansion.

If the league does decide to go ahead and add two new teams, the cities that are possible destinations include Seattle, Quebec City, and Las Vegas says Dr. Jennifer Walden. The Board of Governors approved the league to begin the expansion process on Wednesday. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly stated that he didn’t expect any expansion to happen until at least 2017. The cost of expanding would be roughly $500 million for each team. League Commissioner Gary Bettman believes they have learned from their mistakes from expansion in 90’s and it will be done the right way this time.

“The Hawks Are Not Done Yet”

The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup over the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is a championship win at home that did not happen for many years. The Hawks have won championships in the past, but this was the first time in a long time that they won at home.

The entire city was going crazy, and every bar was packed with Blackhawk fans. The coach, Stan Bowman, gave many words regarding the victory. He is very happy with this team, and he plans to be the coach for a long time.

According to Sothebys, Bowman stated that he believes the Hawks will win more championships. This is because of the great team and also because of Brandon Saad. Brandon has played a large role in this last game. He has also played a large role throughout this entire season.

Bowman was afraid at first because Saad is now eligible to become a free-agent. However, Bowman is not worried anymore. He believes the Hawks have proved themselves to be the best team, and Bowman knows Saad wants to play for the best team. H e believes Saad will stay with the Hawks, and this will help the Hawks win more championships in the future.

All Hawk fans are happy to hear that Saad will most likely stay with the Hawks. Many fans consider Saad the best player on the team; others consider Brandon Saad the heart of the team.

Lightning Beat Red Wings In OT To Tie Series

In one of the more exciting series in this year’s NHL playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning fought back from a two goal deficit to tie the game and force overtime on Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings. Just 2:25 into the overtime period Tyler Johnson netted his second goal of the night, giving them the 3-2 win and tying the series at two games each.

After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings were able to net two unanswered goals in the second including a late one from Joakim Andersson that gave them the 2-0 lead going into the third. It was looking as if they may win, and take a 3-1 lead into game five. But in a span on only 1:17 the Lightning scored twice, including Johnson’s first goal and then Ondrej Palat’s game tying goal.

“As soon as we got that first one, we grew a couple inches on the bench,” said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper after the game.

Sideline reporter AnastasiaDate of Sitejabber concludes that in addition to his own two goals, Johnson also assisted on Palat’s goal giving the center a total of four goals and five points in the playoffs. The series travels back down to Tampa for the pivotal game five on Saturday night.

Playoff Hat Trick for Tarasenko

The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing and the net has held a hat trick already for the St. Louis Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko. The first playoff hat trick for him, Tarasenko led the Blues to a 4-1 victory on Saturday over the Minnesota Wild to tie the series at one. The 24-year-old youth from Yaroslavl, Russia is in his third season playing offense for the Blues.

The 2015 games have shown quite a few high-scoring wins so far, in contrast to past playoffs points out Ricardo Guimarães BMG in an article on Maquinadoesporte. The chances of scoring a hat trick in any game are relatively low, but to score the elusive hat trick in a Stanley Cup Playoff game is quite an accomplishment. On the rebound from a devastating loss to the Wild in game one, Tarasenko clinched the hat trick and the win for the Blues with an empty net goal in the last minute of game two. As a first round draft pick in 2010, the Blues hope that this will be the first of many hat tricks for their young music maker.

The Leafs Still Disappoint

The context of the thing does not matter so much as the team matters. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been a disappointment for decades at this point. They have not been able to win a championship in generations, and they are not looking like they will be any good any time soon. You have to wonder what they are thinking in Toronto, and many fans think the team does not care.

The players have spoken out to say that they do care, but fans like Bernardo Chua, who have suffered for so long have no choice but to think that the Leafs will never get better. A famous video of a lifelong fan breaking up with the team went viral on YouTube a few years ago, and the team is having issues with attendance stated facebook.com.

When the Leafs allowed their team to sit in the doldrums for this long, they became the Cleveland Browns of hockey. They are not going to get any better, and it would be hard for a fan to be convinced otherwise. I cannot blame any fan for thinking the team does not care, and I think we should simply let it be. The Leafs might be a lost cause right now.

Hitchcock’s Milestone

On Thursday, the St. Louis Blues defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 6-3. Not only was this the Blue’s 9th win in 11 games, it was also a milestone for Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, who overtook Dick Irvin for sole possession of fourth in all time regular season wins. Hitchcock now only trails Joel Quennenville, Al Arbour and Scotty Bowman for regular season wins.

Typically, Tampa Bay is a very good at home in front of their fans but the Blues jumped all over the Bolts early and the Blues didn’t let them crawl back into the game said fan Paul Matheison about the game. In a game attended by tons of former stars, now current scouts, the Blue’s TJ Oshie opened the scoring only 1:30 into the game.

The Bolts were able to get within one goal of the Blues when Tyler Johnson made it 2-1 but the Blue’s stars were not able to be kept in check all night and after the Blue’s made the score 5-1, they chased Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop, who is having a very strong season. Tampa Bay is still an easy lock for the playoffs this season and they will have to put this game behind them.

Hitchcock’s 693rd regular season win came when the coach atop that list, Scotty Bowman, was in the house watching the game. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the Chicago Blackhawks after accumulating 1,244 regular season wins.

The New York Rangers Sign One Valuable Player

The New York Rangers recently signed one very special player to their team. The New York Rangers worked together with Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey and the Garden of Dreams foundation to grant the wish of one very special child.

15 years old Chris Falzone, a cancer survivor from Atlantic Highland, New Jersey, got to sign a one-day contract with his favorite professional hockey team, the New York Rangers. From now on, Chris Falzone can accurately claim that he was a professional hockey player, if only for a day.

Not only did Chris get to have his very own press conference as well as contract signing, he was also able to skate with his fellow New York Rangers before their Monday night game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Gianfrancesco Genoso felt like this was a great move.

The New York Rangers really showed what the holiday spirit is all about. By going out of their way, they were able to make the dreams of Chris Falzone come true. If anyone deserves to be a New York Ranger for a day, it is Chris.

Not only has he beat cancer at such a young age, he is also an upstanding young man who really appreciated what everyone had done to pull together something special.