Free Agency 2017: The Market For Wingers

Cam Lewis
June 30 2017 11:00AM

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Free Agent Frenzy is almost upon us. We’ve gone through an Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and on Saturday, the annual tradition of throwing a bunch of money at players will begin. Over the next few days, I’m going to dive into the unrestricted free agent market and map out who’s available and who’s going to be interested.

I've looked at the market for goalies, defencemen, and centres, so I'll finish off with the wingers on the open market this summer. You're going to have a hell of a time adding a good centre or defenceman, but there's actually a lot of interesting options for good depth up and down the wings this summer. 

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Free Agency 2017: The Market For Centres

Cam Lewis
June 30 2017 08:00AM

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Free Agent Frenzy is almost upon us. We’ve gone through an Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and on Saturday, the annual tradition of throwing a bunch of money at players will begin. Over the next few days, I’m going to dive into the unrestricted free agent market and map out who’s available and who’s going to be interested.

I've looked at free agent goalies and defencemen, now I'll move on to forwards. You want to add a good, top six centre to the mix? Good luck. Boy oh boy. 

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Free Agency 2017: The Market For Defencemen

Cam Lewis
June 28 2017 11:57AM

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Free Agent Frenzy is almost upon us. We’ve gone through an Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and on Saturday, the annual tradition of throwing a bunch of money at players will begin. Over the next few days, I’m going to dive into the unrestricted free agent market and map out who’s available and who’s going to be interested.

Yesterday, I looked at the abundance of solid goaltenders floating around free agency. Today, I'll take a dive into the much, much thinner market for free agent defencemen.

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Free Agency 2017: The Market For Goaltenders

Cam Lewis
June 27 2017 08:00AM

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Free Agent Frenzy is almost upon us. We've gone through an Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and on Saturday, the annual tradition of throwing a bunch of money at players will begin. Over the next few days, I'm going to dive into the free agent market and map out who's available and who's going to be interested. 

Let's start with goaltenders. This summer's biggest prize, Ben Bishop, has already been locked up to a long-term deal, but there are still a handful of solid goalies on the market. There are probably more solid goalies than opportunities right now, which could make for an interesting market. 

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Feature: Remembering the birth of the Predators, Thrashers, Wild, and Blue Jackets

Cam Lewis
June 21 2017 10:26AM

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The National Hockey League underwent a massive period of growth during the 1990s. At the 1989 Board of Governors meeting, the league put forward the goal to expand from 21 clubs to 28 by the turn of the century.

In the early 90s, the league added the San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to the family. It also saw the movement of the Minnesota North Stars to Dallas, the Quebec Nordiques to Colorado, Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix, and Hartford Whalers to North Carolina.

The facelift was completed in 1997. The NHL awarded franchises to Nashville, Atlanta, St. Paul, and Columbus, meaning the goal of 28 teams would be surpassed. Not all four franchises would come into the league at the same time, though. The Nashville Predators got to come into the league first because their arena was already built. After that, the Atlanta Thrashers would join in 1999 and the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets would follow in 2000.

Earlier, I looked at the expansion teams of the early 90s, what worked for them and what didn’t. Now, let’s look back on Nashville, Atlanta, Minnesota, and Columbus, four teams who have seen massively different results and what the Vegas Golden Knights can learn from them as they navigate through their expansion process.

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