A look at the NHL's deadline deals a month later

Cam Lewis
April 02 2015 08:00AM

A month ago, we watched as one of the most interesting trade deadlines in recent memory unfolded. It appeared as if the deadline itself was going to be relatively anticlimactic since most of the big name players were moved before the big day. Much to everyone’s surprise, deadline day saw a flurry of moves with a handful of surprising names swapping jerseys.

How do some of those interesting moves look a month later? Let’s take a look (at 10 of them!) 

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March Madness: Tank Edition

Cam Lewis
March 27 2015 11:24AM

Tank

Earlier this week, I took a look at the playoff races in both the Western and Eastern Conferences — the NHL’s version of March Madness. Because of the 2015 draft likely being the best class of rookies in over a decade, the race to the bottom has become just as interesting as the battles for playoff positions for many fans. 

With a couple weeks left to go in the season, we have four teams who have truly stood out as the best tankers in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. Something to note, the league is changing the draft lottery format this year, and again next year to deter teams from trying to lose games. This year, they’ve lowered the odds for the worst teams in the league to have their magic ball drawn, and next year they’re drawing balls to determine the first three draft slots. 

Anyways, teams are just trying to be as bad as possible so even if they don’t get McDavid, they can still get the best consolation prize possible. 

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March Madness: The Hunt for Playoff Hockey

Cam Lewis
March 23 2015 08:00AM

March Madness! Yes, basketball isn't the only sport with a mad month of March that for some results in either madness or sadness — the NHL has two beautiful playoff races this year to keep an eye on.

We have the Eastern Conference Wild Card race with the Bruins trying their best to hand Ottawa or Florida an unlikely playoff berth. On the other side, you have the Canucks, Flames, Kings, and sorta the Sharks all battling for two spots in the Pacific Division.

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Where does Joe Thornton's legacy stand?

Cam Lewis
March 21 2015 03:41PM

In a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this week, San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton recorded the 900th assist of his NHL career, becoming the 19th player ever to do so. This accomplishment got me thinking about Jumbo Joe’s career and where his legacy will stand after he retires. Despite the fact he’s put up consistently great numbers throughout his career — in a relatively low scoring era with one and a half lockouts nonetheless — Thornton’s name doesn’t seem to be one that comes up with the game’s all-time greats. 

As we all know, this is because he’s had limited success in the playoffs, and whether it’s valid or not, he’s been labeled as a choker when it matters most. 

Where will Jumbo Joe end up on the NHL’s all-time scoring list? How much of his legacy is intertwined with his playoff success? What will his legacy by once he retires? Even though he hasn’t won anything, it’s completely valid to say he’s one of the best playmakers ever to play the game. Jumbo may actually finish his career as the greatest NHL player to never win a Stanley Cup. 

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Awarding points and the 2015 playoff race

Cam Lewis
March 18 2015 08:00AM

Earlier this year, I decided it would be a great idea to sit down and figure out how the loser point had effected the NHL standings over the past five seasons. The effect was relatively negligible, with the only real changes coming in the form of a few shuffled around playoff seeds. The only significant change was the Los Angeles Kings missing out on the 2012 playoffs — the year they won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. 

I think most people agree the current system is awful. After a few years, people have grown tired of the shootout, and fans want to see either a 3-2-1-0 point format, or they want to see the point system scrapped completely. With the recent stir around three on three overtimes becoming a likely reality in the NHL, I decided to see what effect removing the loser point or adding a different style of point scoring would have on this season’s playoff race.

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