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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Four guys stand out in the race for the Selke Trophy

Cam Lewis
February 18 2015 03:47PM

With teams hitting the final stretch of the season, discussion around competition for individual awards has started to heat up. Last year, Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the forward who best excels in the defensive aspect of the game by a wide margin. This award is somewhat difficult to gauge, mainly because it’s voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, a combination of individuals who have varying stances on the validity of advanced stats in hockey, and I'm (obviously) not completely sure what each voter is going to base their vote on. Regardless, there are four players, including Bergeron, who break away from the pack as the most valuable defensive forwards in the game.

Let’s take a look

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The Calder Trophy race: Can anyone catch Filip Forsberg?

Cam Lewis
February 17 2015 08:20AM

Along with the NHL’s playoff races, the competition for the league’s individual awards is heating up as we head into the final stretch of the season. Of all the awards, the Calder Trophy seems to be the most obvious choice at this point. Filip Forsberg has already put up 19 goals and 50 points and has helped his Nashville Predators transform from a middling team into a legitimate Stanley Cup threat. While Forsberg’s season has been incredibly impressive, a few other guys — including a 19-year old rock in Florida — may give him a run for money when it’s all said and done.

Let’s take a look.

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