March 21 2017 07:00AM
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Michael Del Zotto? In New York, he was known as DelZaster. After last season, his second year in Philadelphia, it seemed he had resurrected his career and was going to be a key piece of the Flyers blue line moving forward.
But thanks to a poor season that began with a long term injured reserve stint, the DelZaster label is back. And the timing couldn’t be less fortunate, as Del Zotto is set to his the open market this summer.
March 14 2017 08:00AM
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There’s a reason the Washington Capitals went all in at the trade deadline earlier this month. With the acquisition of Kevin Shattenkirk, likely this year’s biggest rental prize available, the Caps immediately became Stanley Cup favourites — if they weren't already.
Why the urgency? This summer, their window to win with the current group they’ve assembled is going to close. They won’t suddenly be a non-contender, or anything, but the Caps have a handful of key players on expiring contracts, and many of them simply aren't going to be able to stick around thanks to the salary cap.
T.J. Oshie is front and centre in that discussion. On one hand, he’s probably the best winger the Caps have found to play opposite Alexander Ovechkin since the Great Eight entered the league in 2005. On the other, he just turned 30 years old and cap room is tight.
March 10 2017 07:00AM
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.
Wednesday morning's NHL general manager meetings provided us with a wealth of interesting news about the landscape of the league moving forward. The league doesn't have plans to make a spectacle of the Vegas expansion draft, the salary cap could rise next season, and the bye-week is being reconsidered, but without an Olympic break in mind.
March 09 2017 04:00PM
The Canucks pulled off a heist last week when they acquired Jonathan Dahlen from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Alex Burrows. The benefits of that transaction for the Canucks have been discussed ad nauseam across the blogosphere since then, which will likely continue for the forseeable future. Alex Burrows, on the other hand, has yet to receive a proper send-off from this particular corner of the internet. So, today we look back on Alex Burrows, and his unforgettable tenure with the Vancouver Canucks.
March 04 2017 07:00AM
This is a four-part division by division look at what each team did at Wednesday's trade deadline. Who did good and who did bad?
The Capitals are going all in on their closing window of opportunity, but they'll have to get past the Penguins, who made nice, low-key additions to their depleted blue line. The Islanders yet again did nothing at the deadline, the Rangers and Blue Jackets both made minor additions, the Flyers made an odd move taking a big cap hit off Tampa Bay's hands, and the Devils and Hurricanes sold what they could.