The Importance of the Face to the Face of a Franchise

Jayson Spikes
August 15 2017 01:31PM

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Summer 2017 saw the signing of Carey Price and Connor McDavid to huge contracts. And so far August has been Sidney Crosby appreciation month, as the legend celebrates his 30th birthday. All the discussion around the value these men bring to their teams. got me wondering how important the face is to the face of a franchise.

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The Nation Notebook: Tavares and the Islanders, Nate Schmidt, and PTO's!

Christian Pagnani
August 07 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article. 

John Tavares' contract situation is getting a lot of attention. Nate Schmidt and the Vegas Golden Knights go through the arbitration process. Brandon Prust lands a professional try out contract (PTO) with Los Angeles, meanwhile, Brandon Pirri is holding out for an NHL opportunity despite rumours he was signing in the Swiss league.

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Metropolitan Division

Cam Lewis
July 31 2017 10:38AM

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This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins. 

The Hurricanes looked to solve their goaltending issue, the Penguins worked to keep their Cup-winning core intact, the Capitals lost an exodus of good players, the Devils and Flyers continued to build with excellent lottery luck, the Blue Jackets haven't done much to build on a breakout season, the Rangers dropped a lot of cap to make a major free agency splash, and it's time to worry about John Tavares.

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Atlantic Division

Cam Lewis
July 29 2017 10:58AM

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This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins. 

The Panthers and Sabres are moving in a new direction again, the Lightning dealt with some housekeeping that should allow them to rebound next season, the Red Wings seem to be trying to prolong the inevitable, the Leafs added veteran leadership to their exciting young squad, the Bruins and Senators stayed completely still, and the Habs had another whirlwind of a summer. 

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Central Division

Cam Lewis
July 26 2017 10:29AM

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This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins. 

The Blackhawks went through another renaissance and brought back some familiar faces, the Predators added to one of the best young cores in the NHL, the Stars went nuts in free agency and are prime for another ride to the top, the Blues and Wild tweaked around the cap, the Jets addressed their goaltending issue, and the Avs are still very bad. 

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