Pre-Deadline Roundup: Feb. 27-March. 1

Cam Lewis
March 02 2015 06:00AM

Let's change it from deadline day to deadline week, or month. It seems everything interesting has already happened, and incase you haven't been paying attention, here's a quick recap of who has been given a new home over the past three days.

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Pre-Deadline Roundup: Feb. 26

Cam Lewis
February 27 2015 07:00AM

A message to NHL General Managers: please relax, slow down, and save something for the deadline. At the rate this is going, Monday is going to be about as exciting as a game against the Minnesota Wild. The Leafs did the unthinkable and unloaded David Clarkson’s contract, and jaromir Jagr is a Florida Panther. 

Here’s how it all went down:

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Pre-Deadline Roundup: Feb. 25

Cam Lewis
February 26 2015 07:00AM

It's begun! The NHL's trade deadline is only four days away and teams are already starting to make moves. Wednesday saw one of the most coveted soon-to-be-UFA D-men get picked up and a few depth forwards swap addresses. 

Here's a quick recap of what happened: 

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The Hart Trophy Race: This may be the year it isn't won by a forward!

Cam Lewis
February 22 2015 09:00AM

As we enter the final stretch of the season and teams battle for playoff positions, the races for the league’s individual awards also begin to heat up. Of all the awards, the Hart Trophy race for the league's most valuable player might be the most wide open and difficult to predict. Nobody is running away with the scoring lead, as 10 players are within seven points of first place. On top of that, this may be the first time we see the Hart award to somebody other than a forward since Jose Theodore won it back in 2002. 

I can see a lot of players getting the nod for the league’s most valuable player when it’s all said and done, but currently, 10 players stand out to me based on how valuable they are to their respective teams, how well their teams are performing, and what I think the voters will be looking at when they cast their ballots. 

Let’s take a look.

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Eyes on the Dollar: New York Rangers

Cam Lewis
February 19 2015 01:12PM

I don’t think it’s even news at this point, but as we all know, the NHL’s Salary Cap figures are directly tied to the strength of the Canadian dollar. Back in January, Gary Bettman suggested if the dollar stayed where it was at $0.80, the cap ceiling for the 2015-16 season would end up being around $71 million. As a result, this has put a lot of teams in a really sticky situation. 

I already went through and looked at the teams who are really getting messed up by the declining dollar — the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, and Philadelphia Flyers — and now I’m going to look at some teams who aren’t exactly in cap hell, but will be forced to make some difficult decisions this summer due to the shrinking ceiling. 

The first team in that category is last year’s Eastern Conference Champion and one of the hottest teams in the league, the New York Rangers. Let’s take a look at what’s happening on Broadway. 

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