NHLN Notebook: The Bruins look lost, Claude Julien Fired, Islanders on the rise under Doug Weight

Cam Lewis
February 08 2017 07:30AM

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The Boston Bruins fired head coach Claude Julien and did so in a way that made the organization look as classless as possible. On the other side of that coin, the Islanders have gone on fire since firing Jack Capuano and replacing him with Doug Weight. 

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NHLN Notebook: Hitchcock's firing, Greiss' extension, and the Disasterous Avalanche

Cam Lewis
February 02 2017 11:18AM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article.

Poor goaltending costs Ken Hitchcock his job, good goaltending gets Thomas Greiss an extension and could singlehandedly save the Islanders' season, and the Avs are a complete disaster. 

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Future Free Agents: Ben Bishop

Cam Lewis
January 27 2017 11:48AM

Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class.  

Ben Bishop is the biggest name set to hit this year's free agency market. It's obvious at this point that his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning is coming to an end, but which teams would be interested in throwing a bunch of money at a franchise goaltender this summer? 

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Top to Bottom: Contenders, Tankers, and That Big Mess in the Middle at the Halfway Point

Cam Lewis
January 16 2017 09:00AM

It's more of a 'Bottom to Top' but 'Top to Bottom' sounds better. This is a monthly feature where I'll do a dive into each team's underlying numbers to see if they match up with where they currently sit in the standings. 

Three months down, three to go. We're halfway through the 2016-17 NHL season. At this point, we can stop talking about who's over and underachieving, because at this point enough time has passed to accurately determine who's actually good and who's actually bad. 

With that in mind, I'm going to split the league into five categories: Legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, surefire playoff teams who aren't quite at the top of the class, basement teams who are fighting for last overall, teams in purgatory who aren't bad enough to tank but won't compete for a playoff spot, and middling teams who could occupy the last few spots depending on external factors. 

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Future Free Agents: Karl Alzner

Cam Lewis
January 11 2017 12:00PM

Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class. 

With Brent Burns signed in San Jose, the 2017 unrestricted free agent defenceman market gets very thin very fast. You have Kevin Shattenkirk as your clear cut top option, especially for those teams who need a boost in production from the blue line. Then, after him, you have Karl Alzner, the best option for a team looking for a steady, consistent, shut down guy. 

But as we've seen over the past few summers, teams are becoming skeptical of handing big contracts to stay at home defencemen like Alzner who contribute little offensively. Is he still going to be able to command the salary of a top pairing defenceman on the open market? With the league's gradual shift to analytics, is he still a valued commodity? 

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