NHLN Notebook: NHLPA rejects Olympic offer, Franchise values and McDavid on pace to make history

Zach Laing
December 02 2016 05:00PM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

Will the NHL be at the next Olympics? Are there any broke NHL teams? What about Connor McHistory?

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Forbes Ranks Canucks as 7th-Most Valuable NHL Team: Why It's Concerning

Vanessa Jang
December 02 2016 04:58PM

Since the team's peak years from 2009-2012, the Vancouver Canucks organization has enjoyed their fair share of ups and downs. It's no secret the team has been on a decline over the past few years especially, though. Some remain hopeful and optimistic about the present, while others would like to see a regime that solely focuses on the future. 

On Wednesday, Forbes released their annual NHL Valuations for 2016. At the top of the list were the cream of the crop Original Six, while the smaller hockey markets crowded the bottom. Being a Canadian market in a city that seemingly lives and breathes hockey, the Forbes listed the Vancouver Canucks as the 7th-most valuable NHL franchise. Sounds impressive right? It definitely is, but there are also some concerns that may arise within business operations.

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Watch the Game Episode 15: The Cap Strapped Blackhawks with Scott Powers

Watch The Game Podcast
December 02 2016 03:02PM

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Cam and Sam welcome Scott Powers of The Athletic: Chicago to talk about the Blackhawks, a team who currently sit in first place in the NHL despite going through another episode of their annual cap crunch fire-sale this past summer. 

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The Case Against Kris Russell Part 1

Matt Henderson
December 02 2016 02:30PM

Alright. I’ve been overly damned cheery for weeks on this site. I think it’s a pretty much non-stop stream of happiness since the season began, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Oilers are on the verge of doing something incredibly unadvisable: Extending Kris Russell. It makes so little sense for so many reasons, and yet here we are. Let’s have a conversation about this.

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The most (and least) improved Leafs of November

Jeff Veillette
December 02 2016 01:55PM

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Yesterday, we went over the Leafs' statistical progress as a team over the month of November. The overall conclusion was that they're getting pucks closer to the net and that the spike in puck-stopping has gone a long way in making the team Actually Good (TM). Continuing the trend, I dove into just about every statistic that I could pull out for October and November for individual players at and came up with three names in each direction that deserve to be pointed out for their progression from month to month.

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