Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

Kevin Allen has been USA TODAY's hockey writer since 1986, and has spoken hockey fluently since he was a young man growing up in Wayne, Mich. He has covered roughly 570 NHL playoff games, 25 Stanley Cup finals. and seven Olympic tournaments. He wrote his first NHL story in the 1970, and covered his first playoff series in 1983-84. He believes Gordie Howe is the best all-around player in ...

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Kevin Allen: Corbyn is in ascendancy, get used to it!

brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk — On Saturday July 9, huge numbers of Labour Party members converged on City College for the AGM of the District Labour Party. As there were far too many to fit into the hall in one go there had to be three 'sittings'. This meant a lot of hanging around. Nobody minded.

Eight NHL teams to watch on trade market this offseason

thestar.com — While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their salary cap crunch or upgrade their roster.

Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

usatoday.com — While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their salary cap crunch or upgrade their roster.

Eight of the biggest NHL offseason surprises

usatoday.com — As we enter Day 3 of the free agent season, here are eight of the biggest offseason surprises beyond the two blockbuster trades and Steven Stamkos' decision to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning: 1. Taylor Hall is gone from the Edmonton Oilers and Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov are still there.

Best of the rest: Top 11 remaining NHL unrestricted free agents

usatoday.com — Day 2 of the NHL free agent signing season is for bargain shoppers. Here are the 10 most intriguing players still available in the marketplace: 1. Defenseman Jason Demers: A right-hand shot, Demers was considered the best free agent defenseman. However, his price tag of $5 million isn't easy for many teams to fit in their budget.

NHL free agents fly off the board early on Day 1

usatoday.com — The NHL free agent season started at noon ET and by 12:31 p.m. most of the top available players were gone and teams had committed almost $250 million to their contracts. Within the first five minutes, Milan Lucic had a seven-year deal for $42 million with the Edmonton Oilers and Loui Eriksson agreed to terms with the Vancouver Canucks for six years and $36 million.

Ranking the winners through Day 1 of NHL free agency

usatoday.com — After the first half-day of the NHL free agent signing period, here are the 15 teams that have done the best job of improving their outlooks this offseason: 1. Tampa Bay Lightning: Everyone thought Steven Stamkos was gone, and he's still the face of the team.

NHL free agency 2016: Gut reactions to biggest signings

usatoday.com — Steven Stamkos' decision to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning has deflated the buzz surrounding the start of the 2016 NHL free agency period. But that doesn't mean the days ahead won't be active ones.

Blue Jackets GM: Seth Jones part of a promising team

usatoday.com — When Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen peruses the 2015-16 standings he doesn't truly believe what he sees. "I know we were 27th (in the NHL) and it was real disappointing," Kekalainen said. "But we are not as bad as that."

Eight winners before NHL free agency begins

usatoday.com — The NHL free agent signing period starts at noon ET on Friday, but several general managers have already made significant moves to improve their teams. Here are the teams that have made the most progress so far: 1.
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Jul 11, 2016

Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason:  http://usat.ly/29PRT7m  https://t.co/IXxaEnslXf

Jul 10, 2016

Top Shelf podcast: Recapping free agency, and Coyotes coach Dave Tippett stops by:  http://bit.ly/29qEzRT  https://t.co/W3pMOkawta

Jul 02, 2016

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