Category Archives: The Central Division

News and notes of interest from around the Western Conference’s Central Division

St. Louis Blues Make A Coaching Change

On Sunday night, the St. Louis Blues announced that they had fired Davis Payne as their head coach, replacing him with Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock’s first games behind the bench for the Blues will be Tuesday, when St. Louis hosts the … Continue reading

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Pekka Rinne Staying In Nashville

On Thursday morning, the Nashville Predators agreed to terms on a new seven-year, $49M contract with netminder Pekka Rinne. Rinne was a Vezina finalist last year, when he posted a 33-22-9 record, 2.12 goals against average and .930 save percentage … Continue reading

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Columbus Blue Jackets Waste More Money

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced a six-year, $27M contract extension with defenseman Fedor Tyutin on Wednesday morning. If the goal in Columbus was to spend money, that’s been accomplished. But nobody’s forced them to spend their money wisely, and it … Continue reading

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Chris Osgood Retires, Not A Hall of Famer

  On Tuesday, Detroit goalie Chris Osgood retired with 401 wins. The total ranks 10th all-time, but his numbers aren’t good enough for a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Here’s why. Tweet

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NHL Free Agency: Central Division Summer Preview

The Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings continue to stay alive in the postseason, but the summer – and free agency – is an inevitable reality. We’ve already looked at the free agency decisions the Blackhawks will have to make … Continue reading

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St. Louis Blues Make Bold Statement With An Epic Trade

Friday was an incredible day in St. Louis, and could impact the future of the Central Division for years to come. The Blues started the day by trading their captain, Eric Brewer, 31, to Tampa Bay for junior defenseman Brock … Continue reading

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2010-11 NHL Central Division Preview

Last year was the first time the Chicago Blackhawks won the Central Division. Yes, that statement is correct. Not since realignment had the Hawks won the division, a function of the awful management practices that plagued the franchise for years. … Continue reading

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Western Conference Standings – Thru April 4

  With one game in-hand, the Chicago Blackhawks control their own destiny. Win their final four games, and the Hawks will secure the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Tweet

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Western Conference Standings – Through March 21

Wait… that’s not San Jose sitting atop the Western Conference with the Blackhawks any more. Yes, the Phoenix Coyotes have stepped to the front of the race for the top spot in the Western Conference. They have already played 73 … Continue reading

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Western Conference Standings – Through March 15

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