September 06 2015 09:00AM
This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey Reference, War on Ice, and of course, NHLNumbers.
The Chicago Blackhawks, as everybody knows at this point, are deep in cap hell. This summer, they were forced to deal Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp and they allowed Brad Richards, Johnny Oduya, and Antoine Vermette to walk as free agents because of their cap crunch. They're currently pressed right up against the cap with less than a million dollars to spend on a contract for Marcus Kruger and a seventh defenceman. Looking further down the road, the Hawks are also going to be in tough to find a way to fit Brent Seabrook into their long term plans as he's set to become a free agent on July 1, 2016. That being said, the Hawks are still a fair bet to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions this season even though the future of many players in the organization is up in the air.
September 04 2015 01:30PM
Back by POPULAR demand, our old friend Professor Fancystats is here with another lesson in advanced statistics. Today we'll be covering PDO. Is it magic? Voodoo? Simple math? Tune in and find out!
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September 04 2015 06:45AM
Can the Leafs land Stamkos, trade Byfuglien or move him to forward, Giordano better with age, Brad Marchands elbow, Oilers making playoffs, projecting lineups, prospect rankings, a great scrap and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
September 03 2015 02:59PM
This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey Reference and War on Ice, and of course, NHLNumbers.
Things are changing in Carolina. For the better part of the past decade, the face of the Hurricanes franchise has been Eric Staal and Cam Ward, largely because both players were key members of the franchise’s one and only Stanley Cup championship back in 2006. Now they’re both 30 years old, their best years are behind them, and their contracts are set to expire at the end of the season. The Canes have assembled a nice core of young players, including 2015 fifth overall pick Noah Hanifin, so it’s likely that both Ward and Staal are going to be on the way out as Carolina continues to build for the future.
September 03 2015 11:19AM
Brad Marchand played the entirety of the 2014-15 season with a nagging elbow injury. So how badly did it hinder his performance in comparison with his career norms?