Because It's The Cap: Ottawa Senators

Scott Maxwell
June 02 2016 10:00AM


Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

The Ottawa Senators are a sight to behold. After all, this is a team that should be contender every year, with guys like Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Bobby Ryan, Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris putting the puck in the net, and Erik Karlsson driving the back end.

The problem is that that is all they have. Sure, they have some decent depth pieces, but not players good enough to be in the role that they play on a Cup contender. This is a team that has the cap space to add a couple key pieces, but Eugene Melnyk is too cheap to open up his wallet, and actually try to build a team.

No worries though, just Moneypuck this team, and they can get to the promised land, considering that's the type of method they need to go for. Wait, what's that Melnyk? Experienced players don't need analytics, form your experience with horse analytics? Well, toss that idea in the garbage.

Yeah, this team might be screwed.

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Because It's The Cap: Montreal Canadiens

Scott Maxwell
May 30 2016 11:22AM


Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

One year ago, the Montreal Canadiens were a Cup contender on the backs of an MVP performance from goaltender Carey Price. Despite any flaws the team may have had (and there were many), Price covered just about all of it, until they faced a superior Tampa Bay Lightning team in the second round.

But, they regressed very, very hard this season. After a 9-0 start, Price once again showed his value to the team...in the sense that the team fell apart when he got hurt. The backups couldn't properly take his place, and even when they did, the team couldn't score. It's not even that they were that bad (they were 11th in Score Adjusted CF% this season), but the season just fell from their grasps.

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Because it's the Cap: Calgary Flames

Scott Maxwell
May 26 2016 11:00AM


Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

If there's one thing that we learned about the Calgary Flames after this disappointing season, it's that this is still a young, rebuilding team. I mean, it's not often that a team that is in the conference semifinals drops all the way to drafting sixth overall in one year, without the intention of blowing up the team going into the season. Even though it wasn't an ideal year for the Flames, it definitely didn't hurt the team the way the season played out. If anything, it helped add a top pick to an already young and talented team, while exploiting the team's flaws that were covered up by the 2014-15 miracle.

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2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals Preview: St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

Scott Maxwell
May 15 2016 11:28AM


The biggest story of the West has been the parity in this year's playoffs. The Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, and Anaheim Ducks, well known elite playoff teams, have all been bounced in the first round, while known chokers in the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues are the two remaining teams in the playoffs. So the question remains: which team will choke now?

No, that shouldn't be the storyline for this series. The Blues and Sharks are two very excellent, deep teams that have finally conquered their demons to get this far. The winner is going to be tested, as whoever comes out will not leave unscathed. It's a war of attrition, so may the deepest team win.

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: Down Goes the Rinne Wall

Scott Maxwell
May 13 2016 08:31AM


After the hockey gods cruelly punished us with a terrible game seven yesterday, it seemed almost certain today that they would return the favour, and reward us with a much better game in a duel between the Nashville Predators and the San Jose Sharks. However, the gods decided to spit in our face, as the Nashville Predators decided to not show up to their game seven in a 5-0 loss.

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