Because It's The Cap: Calgary Flames Offseason Preview

Ryan Pike
June 08 2017 10:26AM

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The Calgary Flames had an eventful 2016-17 season. Armed with a new head coach in Glen Gulutzan, new contracts for Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, and a pair of new goaltenders in Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson, they seemed poised for a big year. They stumbled out of the gate, boasting the league's worst record through the first month of the season – leading many observers to write them off.

But the Flames managed to turn things around, going on a few really strong runs and adapting over time to Gulutzan's puck possession system. They managed to make the playoffs for the second time in three seasons and while they were swept in four games by Anaheim, they turned a lot of heads for the way they went toe-to-toe with the Ducks.

This offseason, it's up to general manager Brad Treliving to make enough tweaks that the Flames can actually beat the Ducks the next time they face them in the playoffs. The team has a few holes due to some expiring contracts, but they also have a good amount of cap space to utilize to fill them.

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Because It's The Cap: New York Islanders Offseason Preview

Christian Pagnani
June 05 2017 12:00PM

The New York Islanders have their most important offseason in recent history and it all hangs on what happens with John Tavares. Tavares has one more year left on his team-friendly contract before he can hit free agency for the first time in his career. Getting him extended is paramount. 

The Islanders didn't make the playoffs, but finished 24-12-4 under head coach Doug Weight after he replaced Jack Capuano midseason. Weight is now the full-time head coach and general manager Garth Snow can focus on manoeuvring things around before the expansion draft and resolving the Tavares situation.

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Because It's The Cap: Philadelphia Flyers Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
June 05 2017 09:00AM

The Philadelphia Flyers were a weird team with a weird roster last season. The team finished with a bottom-10 Goals For percentage at even strength but a top-10 Corsi For percentage. That would generally indicate that they were on the wrong side of some poor luck. But is that actually the case? 

Their goaltenders had a terrible time, posting a 91.7 even strength save percentage. A lot of that can be pinned on the defence, as the Flyers blueline was largely a nightmare, allowing many high danger chances and giving up turnovers at inopportune times. Then there's their 6.6 even strength shooting percentage, which is much more confusing. The Flyers have a load of skilled forwards, but struggled immensely to finish. 

All in all you have a roster with upside and a lot of holes and flaws that ultimately performed as you'd expect. For their efforts, though, the Flyers were rewarded nicely at the draft lottery. They moved all the way up from No. 12 to No. 2, giving them a massive boost in their rebuild that already features an interesting core of young talent. 

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The Nation Notebook: Vegas is Ready, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Evander Kane to L.A.?

Christian Pagnani
June 05 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article. 

The Vegas Golden Knights might be making moves as soon as this week. Ilya Kovalchuk is newly connected to teams like San Jose, St. Louis, and Toronto in the latest rumours. Dallas might have one of their former first-round draft picks returning next season. Could Evander Kane be heading towards Los Angeles?

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Because It's The Cap: Tampa Bay Lightning Offseason Preview

Shawn Reis
June 03 2017 09:00AM

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In 2015, Tampa Bay made the Stanley Cup Final. In 2016, Tampa Bay made the Eastern Conference Finals. In 2017, Tampa Bay missed the playoffs by one point, thanks largely -- but not entirely -- to star center Steven Stamkos missing three quarters of the season.This is a good team that had a bad year. Let's take a closer look at their roster, salary cap situation, and the path that lies ahead in getting this team back on track.

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