So what do you think of the new look? I know that if you're looking at this from your phone... you love it. But not too shabby on the desktop as well, eh?

 

Great feedback below in the comments, thank you. Our view is limited to what we see on our screens/platforms so getting feedback from what you see on your particular screen is helpful. Keep in mind that this new look was just launched and we fully expected a pile of minor tweaks and fixes.

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The Flyers have bought out the contract of Ilya Bryzgalov, who is now a (rich) unrestricted free agent.

Some more injury news about what the players played through in the Final:

- Bryan Bickell had a "Grade 2" knee sprain and played the last 10 games with that.

- Marian Hossa has a "bad back", per TSN

- Toews, of course, had a concussion, though they'll never admit that he had one and played with it. So they're calling it "bell rung".

- Patrice Bergeron had a broken rib, torn cartilage and a separated shoulder.

- further speculation that will leak out will include the injuries to Jagr, Chara and Horton. And I suspect that Toews has another injury that he played through the entire postseason with.

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Congrats to the Blackhawks - from start to finish, one hell of a kickass season. Shocking finish, too. Who would have thought that a team you are beating with two minutes left could come back and break your hearts like that?

Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe trophy. He had seven goals and nine points in his last eight games. Seven goals in the last eight games before winning the Cup, well that will get you the Smythe every time.

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David Krejci won the playoff scoring title. The second time he's done that. He had 23 points in 2011 and now 26 points in 2013. He has 73 points in 81  career playoff games. He had 73 points in his career season back 2008-09, but that was in 82 games.

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Bryan Bickell's goal gave him 17 points for the playoffs. Hands up if you figured he would finish second on the Cup Champions in points? Well he did. And was fifth in the league. And in unrelated news, his agent just died and went to heaven. He's an unrestricted free agent next week.

Several sources are saying that Michal Handzus played with a broken wrist and a torn MCL.

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Top-scoring non-Cup Finalist - Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin. They each had 16 points, tied for sixth.

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The Jets signed Claude Noel to a one-year extension. And that's how it's done. If you don't make the playoffs but you like your coach, you give him a one-year extension so he's not a lame duck in the season ahead, but at the same time you're not stuck with his contract for long if you have to fire him. So the Phoenix Coyotes gave Tippett how much for how long?

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Martin Havlat underwent groin surgery and will be out indefinitely. More importantly, he now cannot be bought out by the Sharks. So there you go.

If I'm Mike Komisarek, I'm going in for voluntary groin surgery. Just make something up, invent the pain, keep insisting that it's there.

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The Wild have given Niklas Backstrom a three-year extension worth $10.25 million. So he's off the FA market. Fortunately for Darcy Kuemper, Backstrom is a Band-Aid Boy. And not to sound callous, but Backstrom doesn't get that contract if Josh Harding isn't stricken with MS. Harding is a good goaltender who could be a starter, but he's a fragile goalie and last year's diagnosis and subsequent treatments make his availability even more uncertain. I'm still eyeing Kuemper as a keeper option come draft day.

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The Penguins traded Alex Grant to Anaheim for Harry Zolnierczyk, beefing up their minor-league affiliate with a player who can certainly be called up if they need him.

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I wondered about this one, and now it becomes even more curious - the Panthers acquired Bobby Butler in the TJ Brennan trade and yesterday they signed him to a two-year deal. I don't know if it's a one-way deal, but he does have to clear waivers. I think he starts with the big club and if they play him on a favorable line he could surprise.

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And to close things off for another season…. CBC's closing montage:

 


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E_johnson said:

E_johnson
... With respect to the font size... I am unable to enlarge the font in safari. Easy fix for developers.

Great reads nonetheless.
June 26, 2013
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
... I find the site loads much, much faster on my ipad, awesome smilies/smiley.gif
June 25, 2013
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toddmackay said:

toddmackay
... Hey Dobber!

I like the fact that the ramblings are on the left side now. It's my go to spot and the first link I look for when I access the site so now it loads even faster! I viewed this with chrome on a laptop and it worked normal as usual. I played with the width manually and love the fact that you used adaptive web design! There's a lot of debate these days on building a mobile site vs a desktop site or using this approach and I prefer the latter even though it takes more time to implement. The only thing is that this may look a little long and scrunched on a tablet. Perhaps a middle view is necessary with a different break point? (see bostonglobe dot com for a great example)

Really the only thing that is a little hard on the eyes in the font in some places (like this text box) and the ramblings intro on the main page. Other than that, I like what you did!

Cheers,
June 25, 2013
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woodrow said:

woodrow
... I like the new feel to the site. Everything is sharper in Chrome and easier to read I find. It seems a little weird looking at ramblings on the left and tweets on the right, but that is just minor and I know I'll get used to it.

One recommendation I would have is that I noticed over the past week or so that one could load older tweets and scroll down to the last time where you left off reading the tweets. You can't do that now and, I for one, miss that option, as I always found a lot of good information in the tweets section. There were always a lot of links to different articles and I found it quite worth the time to scroll through this list. If you can bring that option back, please do.

Overall, from what I've seen so far, it all looks great. B+
June 25, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Thanks habby!

FYI everyone, back check is seeing this site as if he is on a smart phone, when he is on a PC. That is the issue. We will be adding an 'go to full version' link that will fix this. But a quick fix for now would be to turn wireless off of your Kindle or another device in your home.
June 25, 2013
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habby said:

habby
new layout and site Thanks for all you do for us in the hockey news area.I love getting your pool programs both the hockey and baseball.Keep up the good work.
June 25, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Horror fan, my site is reading your lap top as if it is a mobile device. That happens to me sometimes on some sites if I activate wireless on my Kindle. I guess it confuses the Internet? So when I shut off wireless on the Kindle it fixed the issue.
June 25, 2013
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horrorfan said:

horrorfan
actually slightly different (continued from below) What I told you was the ramblings page. Rather on the main page, it's the same up until 'Full Ramblings', instead it shows each article one under each other.
June 25, 2013
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horrorfan said:

horrorfan
could be my laptop... But there is no longer a left and right margin and it's all centered under each other. The order is:

Search -
Ramblings (with read more link) -
Fantasy Ranking -
Login Form -
Logo -
'Your Detals/Logout etc -
A couple ad spaces -
Full Ramblings/Comments

Though at my work, on the desktop it looks fine. This laptop has IE8 so maybe I need an upgrade? Or something else? Anyone else experience this?
June 25, 2013
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canucker16 said:

canucker16
... Not quite following some of the other comments/complaints about the new look. For me, I always view from Chrome on my laptop, and the site looks essentially the same for me, save for the ramblings and tweet page in different spots. If this improves viewing from a smart phone for others, then great!
June 25, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
smakovits Hey smak,

This is another weird comment. My computer screen is a 36 inch, so I'm used to seeing half the screen as black...but anyway, the new version is the same width as the old version. Exact same. If you're seeing it differently, then it's your computer settings.

Last year, recognizing that "this is 2012" I expanded the website's width by 15%. That width is still there right now. I looked at tsn.ca and can see that my site is within 10% of theirs.
June 25, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Back Check I don't understand what you are saying at all. You don't indicate if you are looking on your lap top, or PC, or phone, or tablet. In no place do I "rehash" stories on other sites. The ramblings are in the same spot on your PC as before, except on the left side. And the ramblings are the first link offered if you are on your phone. Top line, click it.

I have received far more complaints about the Tweets being there and this is the first one about the Tweets not being there...so that's a unique comment for sure.

I'm also not sure about your statement about my attempt to save money? This cost a lot of money. If I wanted to save money I would have left the site as is. Again, I'm confused...

Anyway, I could go on, but the bottom line is - not one thing about your comment makes sense to me. I'm completely, 100% confused. Perhaps you meant to write to TSN? If you want to explain further and have a few minutes, flip me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Thanks man!
June 25, 2013
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smakovits said:

smakovits
increase the page view size I dont know what the exact word is, but this is 2013, so most people dont have 1024x768 monitors any more. Sure, I am on a larger 24" screen, but half the screen is wasted with black space. Everything is just way too narrow. Can we increase the width to make the content fit better?

With it being so narrow, the front page looks horrible. left side, ramblings, right side twitter and that adds up to like a third of the viewable content. in the end, real content is only like 25% of my screen, so the overall design seems slightly flawed. I know it has always been similar, but the new design emphasizes things.
June 25, 2013
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back check said:

back check
... Sorry Dobber, I'd have to rate the new site a fail. I understand that you are trying to create a platform that can be used for both mobile devices and on desktop/tablets, but this format is hard to follow and requires too much scrolling down. The beauty of the old site was the clear divisions between differentsources of info. I could always count on three articles appearing together - a great format that conveys the site has real content, not just a rehash of info from other sites or TV based sports stations. The ramblings were easyto find and the cut off usually presented a good teeser that made you want to "read on". The tweets on the side were also a good placement as I could read a few as I opened the site, but I won't go to a special seciton just to see what people are tweeting.

I hope that this beta site is in transition (I though you said rambling would be on the left hand side of the page?) and that the final product will be better. The truth is it is very hard to creat one platform for both mobile and desk top. The demands, user preferneces and asthetics are just different. I know it is an attemtp to save some money in a business that is difficult and where amrgins are tight, but I think it may be penny wise pound foolish in the end.
June 25, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Font - totally agree guys. I think the site looks great, but font is small. However, I didn't notice it earlier, I have a big screen at home and so does the developer. So thanks for the key feedback!
June 25, 2013
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MrBlackthehockeyguy said:

MrBlackthehockeyguy
... If any coach in the league deserves a long term deal its Tippett.
June 25, 2013
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Font I agree with Pengwin...I think the use of a sharper sans-serif font would be a better choice
June 25, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
New Format Like: Ramblings on left. Tweets on right. Good stuff.
Dislike: It may be my own settings (desktop computer with Chrome) but the text/font on this page is just hard to read. Fuzzy... I don't know. I haven't changed my way of surfing/loading this page... but it sure looks different. Unpleasantly different - like I probably won't read the ramblings daily because of the difficulty in simply reading the text. (Like when you have to email your buddy and tell him that he shouldn't be using six different font, size, and colour changes in his business email signature.)

Overall... C+.
June 25, 2013
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Reddawg said:

Reddawg
... Desktop version is good, but I can't stand the mobile version...is there anyway to add an option at the bottom like most mobile sites to revert to classic/desktop?
June 25, 2013
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
new site design oh man, I was worried at first. I use IE10 and the site looked horrible. Then I tried with Chrome and everything looks good.

Anyone running IE needs to make sure they have 'compatibility view' turned off or the site would look like garbage.
June 25, 2013
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iamlilc said:

iamlilc
New site Looks great on the iPhone, but I think you need a "Full Forum" link under Hockey Forums.

The desktop version is quite nice. Good job overall!
June 25, 2013
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Site change Simply love it on my desktop.
June 25, 2013
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Ed. said:

Ed.
Komisarek Komi probably welcomes his buyout. He gets a wad of cash for not playing, and he can hit the FA market, go to training camps for tryouts, whatever it takes to land a new NHL job. He has definitely declined, but without that anchor of a contract dragging him down he might talk somebody into giving him a bottom pairing role.
June 25, 2013
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Ed. said:

Ed.
Komisarek Komi probably welcomes his buyout. He gets a wad of cash for not playing, and he can hit the FA market, go to training camps for tryouts, whatever it takes to land a new NHL job. He has definitely declined, but without that anchor of a contract dragging him down he might talk somebody into giving him a bottom pairing role.
June 25, 2013
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Ed. said:

Ed.
Komisarek Komi probably welcomes his buyout. He gets a wad of cash for not playing, and he can hit the FA market, go to training camps for tryouts, whatever it takes to land a new NHL job. He has definitely declined, but without that anchor of a contract dragging him down he might talk somebody into giving him a bottom pairing role.
June 25, 2013
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Anze said:

Anze
Best team won the cup Period.

I like the the format, easier on the eyes.
June 25, 2013
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CallMeJerry said:

CallMeJerry
... Fantastic on the phone, Dobber. Is there an app I can download?
June 25, 2013
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Rollie1967 said:

Rollie1967
new format! WOW! I dont have to squint! much brighter/clearer, easier to read. (desktop only). awesome job.

crazy finish to the game. Love watching the players get the Cup, loved the Jamal Mayers interview. Bring on the draft!
June 25, 2013
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