Matt Wagner

NHL Contributor

Frequently accused of being a stealth Canadian, Matt is, in fact, a Ohio boy who got into hockey a short time before his home town was given an NHL team. Working in IT by day and obsessive compulsively following all forms of puck by night, he’s become a fan of the Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs, and a good old fashioned goalie fight. As for the accent? He watched a lot of PBS growing up. Go figure.


Goaltending still Leafs' Achilles heel

After surprisingly few changes to some of the Maple Leaf's biggest issues, GM Brian Burke appears to be betting more on new head coach Randy Carlyle's defensive focus and internal growth than any other factor.

Getting to know the KHL

A look at the KHL, the destination of more than a few high profile NHL players during the current lockout, examining their history, organization, and some of the most notable players to take part in the KHL this season.

After Offseason Changes, Are Pittsburgh Penguins Ready To March?

Despite trading Jordan Staal, the Penguins have acquired a strong collection of talent to address their needs this offseason, and appear prepared to challenge for the top of the Eastern Conference once again.

New York Rangers Could Struggle Under High Expectations

Following up their run to the Eastern Conference Finals with some of the biggest moves this offseason, are the Rangers ready to break through, or have they set the bar impossibly high for themselves?

Nashville Predators On Brink Of An Identity Crisis?

After "loading up" for a playoff run and an offseason of uncertainty and upheaval, the Nashville Predators face new struggles to maintain their longstanding identity.

Florida Panthers To Enter New Season With Litter Box Full Of Questions

Despite their surprising run to the Southeast Division crown, the Florida Panthers enter the 2012-13 season with so many questions that it's difficult to see them successfully defending it.

Columbus Blue Jackets Still In Search Of Answers

After an offseason of extensive upheavals, Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson has almost totally changed over the Columbus roster, but has he truly fixed their root problems?

Darcy Regier Changes Strategy, Sharpens Sabres Without Big Free Agent Splash

After making a big splash in free agency one summer ago, Darcy Regier and the Sabres have changed their strategy. Can their new trade acquisitions hoist Buffalo back into the postseason?

2012 NHL Draft Grades: Eastern Conference

A look at the results of the 2012 NHL Draft for each team in the Eastern Conference, including a few clear winners and several teams that left us scratching our heads.

2012 NHL Draft Grades: Western Conference

With Round 1 in the books, it's time to grade the Western Conference based on Friday night's action.

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