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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Eyes on the Dollar: New York Islanders

Cam Lewis
March 14 2015 03:46PM

It isn’t news anymore, but as we all know, the NHL’s salary cap is tied directly to the strength of the Canadian dollar. Back in January, Gary Bettman suggested that if the dollar got down to $0.80, the salary cap for the 2015-16 season would end up being somewhere around $71 million. This puts a lot of teams in a really sticky situation, since so many were banking on the cap continuing to rise. 

The New York Islanders are not one of those teams. 

The Islanders have completely turned themselves around after looking completely hopeless last season. They traded for Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk, then gave them both long term contract extensions, and signed Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin, and Jaroslav Halak as free agents, making their fans forget about the first round draft pick they gave to Buffalo in exchange for a handful of games of Thomas Vanek. 

The Islanders look like one of the better teams in the east this season and also have the cap space and prospects to continue to improve over the next couple of seasons. Let’s take a look.

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Johnny Boychuk signs a 7-year, $42 million deal with the Islanders

Cam Lewis
March 12 2015 02:41PM

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Well, the 2015 Unrestricted Free Agent market for defencemen just got a lot weaker. The Islanders and defenceman Johnny Boychuk agreed to a seven year, $42 million contract extension, so a cap hit of $6 million. Sorry Oilers fans, the dream is dead. 

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The NHL awards according to our polls — part 1

Cam Lewis
March 09 2015 08:00AM

Public opinion is fun, so I decided to poll our users to see who they thought would be most likely to take home the league's individual awards at the end of the season. Let's take a look at what our fellow users thought about the Selke, Vezina, Hart, Calder, and Norris Trophies. 

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