Weekend Update: New Year, New Team?

Week 14: January 1 - 7, 2018 Trading blockThe Montreal Canadiens turned heads this week as they make both literal and theoretical moves, trading back-up goalie Al Montoya to the Oilers in exchange for a conditional fourth-round 2018 draft pick, and allowing rumors of a Max Pacioretty trade to spread ravenous around the league. Their … Continue reading Weekend Update: New Year, New Team?

Canadian Hockey Media is Like No Other

When you're a professional athlete, being criticized by the media unfortunately comes with the job. Recently, hockey media in a few cities have taken their role to another level and many fans question if it's warranted. In Canada particularly, sports media can be a bit overwhelming for athletes. Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal cover hockey like … Continue reading Canadian Hockey Media is Like No Other

Favorite Players of the “Puck it Up!” Staff

Every NHL fan has a different story about their favorite player. For some, it’s a matter of who you grew up with, who you remember liking as a kid, who scored at your very first NHL game. For others, it’s more about experiences, the players that were the nicest when you met them. Some fans … Continue reading Favorite Players of the “Puck it Up!” Staff

Winner Takes All? : A Deeper Look Into Trades

In almost every trade in sports, a “winner” and “loser” is declared a little while after the news has broken. The NHL is especially notorious for this, specifically when it comes to “1-for-1” trades (a trade where one player is traded for one player evenly with no cash, prospects, picks, or other players involved). This … Continue reading Winner Takes All? : A Deeper Look Into Trades

The Importance Of P.K. Subban

The word ‘cocky’ gets thrown around a lot in the sports world. Cocky is defined as “having and showing confidence in a way that is annoying to other people”, and this definition is very broad. In the NHL along with many other leagues, there is a celebration whenever a goal is made (such as an … Continue reading The Importance Of P.K. Subban