Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Nashville have suffered from 'Rental Flops' this year

Cam Lewis
April 11 2015 03:04PM

It's always a gamble when you move future assets for rental players at the Trade Deadline. The hope is that the player you bring in for a few months can be the one to push your team over the top and either help you make the playoffs, or go all the way to the Stanley Cup. If that doesn't happen, you're stuck watching another team enjoy your prospects and draft picks as the player you rented looks for a big contract through free agency. This year, Chicago, Nashville, and Pittsburgh have seen some pretty disappointing results for players they paid high prices for. 

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Draft Reform: Boo Lottery, Yay Auction!

Cam Lewis
April 09 2015 11:28AM

What follows is an article from Nation Network senior collective bargaining agreement correspondent and corporate lawyer @BeantownCanuck. You may remember him from his stellar work on rule 13.23, or his piece on the penalties for cap floor violations

Today Beantown discusses a way in which the NHL can move away from the classic draft format into an auction style system that maintains the fairness and continuity of the current system, but also works out some of its kinks. 

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TWO GAMES LEFT: An in-depth look at how the playoff races can play out over the next few days

Cam Lewis
April 09 2015 08:00AM

Two points separates five teams in the Eastern Conference with two games to go. The picture is similar in the West, as three teams separated by just three points of one another teams duke it out for the final two playoff spots. Simply put, these last two games are huge. Any of Calgary, Winnipeg, Detroit, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, or Boston could relinquish their spot to Ottawa or Los Angeles. 

What are the possible playoff scenarios? What’s most likely to happen? Let’s take a look.

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It all comes down to this: the Sens and Pens play for their playoff lives on Tuesday

Cam Lewis
April 06 2015 06:30AM

I’ll be honest, this isn’t what I expected from the Eastern Conference playoff race.

A week ago, I broke down the playoff race in the East and figured that it was down to three teams and one spot — the Bruins, Senators and Panthers. Since then, the Bruins have heated up, while the Red Wings and Penguins are imploding, making the standings a hell of a lot more unpredictable than they were last week. Now there’s three teams tied with 95 points and the Senators on the outside looking in with 93 points. 

The best part about it, though, is the Senators are going to face the Penguin tomorrow night in a game that will very likely determine which team grabs a playoff spot in the confusing Eastern Conference. 

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Milestone watching in Florida: Luongo and Jagr

Cam Lewis
April 05 2015 09:00AM

The playoff dream for the Panthers may be all but dead at this point, but it’s still been a pretty interesting season in Sunrise. The Panthers have an exciting core of young players, but perhaps the most interesting aspect of the team is they boast both the NHL’s active leader in wins for a goaltender and points scored by a skater. It’s an interesting blend of young talent and veteran legacy, that’s for sure. 

I’m sure most people know that already, but Roberto Luongo and Jaromir Jagr have both been tearing up their respective all time leader boards this season. Jagr currently sits fourth all time with 1,798 points, while Luongo is 11th all time with 400 wins. 

Realistically, where will these guys end up? Can Luongo get anywhere near Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur? Can Jagr surpass Gordie Howe and Mark Messier and become the second more prolific scorer in league history? 

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