State of the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have missed the playoffs in five consecutive seasons after making them in six consecutive years from 1999 to 2004. Their win total has decreased for five straight years and the near future isn’t looking much brighter unless Brian Burke can pull some magic this summer.

Bettman: No big cap changes expected for 2010-11

Commissioner Gary Bettman said during a press conference at United Center that he doesn’t expect the NHL salary cap to change all that much next season.

OFF-SEASON GAME PLAN: NEW YORK ISLANDERS

The arrival of John Tavares didn’t immediately turn the New York Islanders into contenders, but they improved dramatically from the year before, so that’s a start.

Off-Season Game Plan looks at the rebuilding Islanders and what they could do this summer to augment their young core.

Red Wings learn lesson in cool from captain Nicklas Lidstrom

The Red Wings don’t panic. I sometimes question if they even have a blood pressure, because they remain even-tempered even when faced with a stressful challenge.

The lone hint of alarm approaching tonight’s crucial Game 2 against the Sharks was Dan Cleary’s displeasure with his accuracy off the tee during a relaxing round of golf during the team’s day off Friday.

Daniel Carcillo points a (bitten) finger at Marc Savard

Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Daniel Carcillo anticipated he would be involved in some unpleasant incidents during last night’s playoff game with the Bruins at the Garden.

An act of cannibalism was not one of them.

Carcillo
insisted that he was bitten in the finger by Bruins center Marc Savard during a scrum to the left of the Flyers net at 5:55 of the second period. The forward didn’t expose the indented digit in the visitors dressing room, but he had some harsh things to say about Savard.