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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Five NHL story lines that need resolutions as offseason winds down

usatoday.com — With the opening of NHL training camps about three weeks away, here are five story lines worth following: Hampus Lindholm negotiations: The Anaheim Ducks still haven't been able to re-sign the two-way restricted free agent defenseman, and what happens with the situation could affect another team.

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton lands Jimmy Vesey, earns kudos for offseason work

usatoday.com — In Jeff Gorton's second summer as New York Rangers general manager, he's proven he can be aggressive and effective without throwing caution to the wind. Any doubt about whether Gorton can deliver has been erased by an eventful summer culminated by the Friday signing of free agent Jimmy Vesey, the Harvard graduate who is viewed as an NHL-ready scoring winger.

Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes: Top six contenders to sign former Harvard star

usatoday.com — Former Harvard standout Jimmy Vesey becomes the NHL's hottest free agent at midnight ET. A long line of teams will bid for his talent. After putting up 144 points in 128 games in college, Vesey is considered to be NHL-ready.

Allen: Patrick Roy wanted it his way in Colorado

usatoday.com — Patrick Roy's resignation as coach and vice president of the Colorado Avalanche is a reminder that occasionally the old ways are the best ways in professional sports. The Avalanche were trying to be progressive when they hired Roy to coach and have input in personnel decisions three years ago.

August's Residential Edition: Career development, avoiding the next housing crisis and more

commercialappraiser.typepad.com — Residential Top Articles Thanks! Curtis D. Harris, BS, CGREA, REB Bachelor of Science in Real Estate, CSULA State Certified General Appraiser Real Estate Broker ASTM E-2018 Commercial Real Estate Inspector HUD 203k Consultant HUD/FHA Real Estate Appraiser/Reviewer FannieMae REO ConsultantCTAC LEED-GREEN Certificate The Harris Company, Forensic Appraisers and Real Estate Consultants *PIRS/Harris Company and the Science of Real Estate-Partners Since 1984*630 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 9A El Segundo, CA.

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.
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Aug 26, 2016

RT @jhascup22: Talking Rangers' offseason and what's next with @rangersreport; plus other moves and World Cup. Top Shelf podcast:  https://soundcloud.com/nhltopshelf/talking-rangers-and-top-offseasons 

Aug 25, 2016

Five story lines that need resolutions as offseason winds down.  http://usat.ly/2cbcPHF 

Aug 20, 2016

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton has done a good job this offseason, the latest example of which is landing Vesey.  http://usat.ly/2b7Lq2Y 

Aug 15, 2016

Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes: My top six contenders to sign former Harvard star.  http://usat.ly/2byVA2o 

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


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