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

Cam Lewis
July 25 2017 10:30AM

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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 Coyotes took a major step forward into actually contending, the Ducks navigated nicely through the expansion draft, the Flames continued their search for a legitimate goaltender, the Oilers have half of their star duos signed, the Kings shook up their front office, the Canucks are still trying to make something happen, the Sharks are moving into a new era, and the Golden Knights will play their inaugural season.

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The case for giving Leon Draisaitl a short-term bridge contract

Jonathan Willis
July 12 2017 02:53PM

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With negotiations between the Edmonton Oilers and Leon Draisaitl the team’s most important remaining task this summer, one potential outcome has received less attention than it probably should: a short-term compromise deal between the two camps, commonly known as a bridge contract.

In some ways, it would be a shock if the Oilers and Draisaitl didn’t eventually come to terms on a long-term pact, but in others a shorter deal makes sense. At the risk of over-generalizing, there are two primary reasons an NHL team might prefer a bridge deal to a long-term pact with an emerging young star, and both have some relevance to this negotiation.

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The Nation Notebook: Oilers sign Jokinen, Ovi Dances, and Arbitration Cases

Christian Pagnani
July 10 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. 

The Oilers sign Jussi Jokinen to a cheap one-year contract. Ilya Kovalchuk isn't coming back to the NHL, at least not for one more year. A bunch of players elected for salary arbitration, but almost all will settle beforehand. Alex Ovechkin gets a little wild during his wedding.

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The Nation Notebook: Free Agency, Who's Left, and Price Extension

Christian Pagnani
July 03 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.

The first couple days of free agency have passed. Are there too many no-trade and no-move clauses on long contracts? Are NHL teams finally wising up in free agency? There aren't a lot of big names left, but a lot of interesting players remain who can definitely help some teams. Carey Price owns Montreal.

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