Future Free Agents: Cody Franson

Cam Lewis
May 25 2017 07:00AM

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After two disappointing seasons in Buffalo, Cody Franson is headed back to the free agent market. He didn't really gel with the Sabres, as you can see based on his worse-than-usual production, but Franson is still the same big, skilled defenceman who can shoot bombs from the point, making him an attractive option for many teams in need of depth on the blueline. 

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Because It's The Cap: Colorado Avalanche Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
May 22 2017 08:00AM

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The Avalanche just had their worst season since moving to Colorado. They went 22-56-4, finishing dead last in the league by a mile, and came terrifyingly close to matching the dark Quebec Nordiques days from the early 1990s for the worst season in the franchise’s entirety. 

And what do they have to show for it? The fourth overall pick at this year’s draft. 

The Avs have a lot of work to do in order to resurrect this dead corpse and bring themselves back up to contender status. They’ve missed the playoffs three years in a row, in six of their last seven seasons, and haven’t made it out of the first round since 2008. This season’s implosion may seem like it came out of the blue, but in reality, it’s been a long time coming. 

Thankfully, when you’re this bad, there’s nowhere to go but up. But where do you even begin? 

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Future Free Agents: Justin Williams

Cam Lewis
May 17 2017 07:00AM

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A couple years ago, the Washington Capitals brought Justin Williams in on a two-year deal in order to help win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. That didn't happen, and now Williams is set to hit the open market once again this summer and will be a hot commodity for a team looking for that grizzled veteran to help get them over the hump. 

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NHL Conference Final Preview: Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks

Cam Lewis
May 12 2017 10:50AM

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This is a series between two teams who finally got over the hump. After being eliminated on home ice in game seven three years in a row, the Ducks downed the young Oilers earlier this week, ending a streak of playoff frustration that's lasted for the past decade. The Predators, on the other hand, have always knocked on the door, but have never made it inside. This year, that's changed, as the Preds downed the Blues in order to advance to their first Conference Final in franchise history. 

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Future Free Agents: Joe Thornton

Cam Lewis
May 06 2017 07:00AM

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Joe Thornton is a free agent. You know what team means? It's time to speculate whether or not his time in San Jose is over or not. This is a narrative we've heard for years, but after the team went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, it's even more difficult than ever to imagine Thornton playing anywhere else. Could it happen this summer? 

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