Nineteen-year-old Aaron Ekblad and 37-year-old Willie Mitchell are more than just NHL teammates. They’re roommates. Grantland’s Katie Baker tells Bill Littlefield how Ekblad came to live with Mitchell and his wife.
Back in the day, every NHL team employed at least one fighting specialist, known as an enforcer. But now the position is becoming extinct. Former Boston Bruins enforcer Terry O’Reilly tells Bill Littlefield why that’s for the best.
NHL goalie Martin Brodeur announced his retirement after 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils and a brief tenure with the St. Louis Blues. The Newark Star-Ledger’s Steve Politi regards Brodeur as the greatest NHL goalie of all time and he joins Bil Littlefield to make the case.
Former hockey goalie Clint Malarchuk suffered a life-threatening injury in 1989 when his neck was slashed by a hockey skate. Off the ice, he’s struggled with mental health problems since childhood. He writes about both issues in his new book “A Matter of Inches,” which he joins Bill Littlefield to discuss.
The Edmonton Oilers currently sit dead last in the NHL. The Oilers also possess the league’s longest postseason drought — they haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, when they lost in seven games in the Stanley Cup Finals. Bill Littlefield speaks with John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal to find out what’s wrong with the Oilers.
The Florida Panthers topped the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night after a record shootout that saw players from both teams take multiple attempts before all was said and done.
P.K. Subban is an elite NHL defenseman. Polite off the ice, the 25-year-old loves to talk trash on it. And Subban is one of the few black players in the league. Ben McGrath profiled Subban for the New Yorker and joins us to discuss one of hockey’s brightest young stars.
With an arena under construction and a potential ownership group in place, Las Vegas looks ready for an NHL franchise. But there are some potential snags. Would a local fanbase emerge? And what about the issue of gambling? ESPN’s Scott Burnside joins Bill Littlefield.
Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau passed away this week. Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette joins Bill Littlefield to remember the man known as a “gentle giant.”
Attendance at Florida Panthers home games is bad. So bad, in fact, that beat writers for visiting teams have tweeted pictures of the half-empty arena for laughs. Bill Littlefield chats with Yahoo! Sports’ Greg Wyshynski about the Panthers’ attendance woes.