Cory Lavalette

NHL Contributor

I'm a sports fan with a background in sports writing, editing and design. I grew up in Western Massachusetts and graduated from a college in Central New York with my degree in journalism. I moved to the Triangle in early 2000. You can also read some of my work at, where I serve as the Hurricanes team writer.


Why These 5 Rookies Should (And Shouldn't) Win The Calder Trophy

The NHL's top rookies do many things well, and some not so well. A look at the five top Calder candidates.

3 Smart NHL Trade Deadline Decisions That No One Is Talking About

Three teams who were all trade deadline winners for different reasons, but not many are giving them credit.

Washington Capitals At The 2011 NHL Trade Deadline: Rumors, Needs And Expectations

The 2010-11 season hasn't gone as planned for the Caps, who are looking up at the Lightning in the Southeast. But Washington still has the firepower to be a Cup contender once they reach the...

Thanks For The Memories, Rod Brind'Amour

When the Carolina Hurricanes raise No. 17 to the rafters Friday, up with it will go the legacy of one of the game's hardest working and determined players. While he is defined by his Stanley Cup-winning efforts in 2006, Rod Brind'Amour has always been much more.

An Open Letter To Hockey Commentator Mike Milbury

Despite once climbing in the stands to pummel a fan and later earning the nickname "Mad Mike" for his managerial follies, Mike Milbury still thinks he knows best when it comes to all things hockey.

Bold Predictions For Every Team In The NHL's Eastern Conference

Bold predictions for each of the Eastern Conference teams. Could there be a Big Apple reunion? Can the Southeast net four playoff teams? Are Lindy Ruff's days in Buffalo over?

2011 NHL All-Star Game: Three Things To Watch For Over The Weekend

With the 2011 NHL All-Star Game around the corner, we count down three things to watch for over the weekend in Raleigh.

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