Because It's The Cap: Los Angeles Kings Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
May 30 2017 08:00AM

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After spending three years at the top, which included two Stanley Cups and a loss in the Western Conference Final, the Los Angeles Kings have relinquished their throne. Despite finishing at the top of the league in shot attempt differential, a combination of mediocre goaltending and an inability to score goals resulted in Los Angeles missing the playoffs for the second time in three years. As a result, the guillotine was brought out, and Dean Lombardi and Darryl Sutter, the two individuals who brought the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles for the first time, were let go. 

Rob Blake has taken over the general manager duties, and boy, does he have himself quite the mess to clean up. It's been known for a long time that the Kings are in salary cap hell, and as the team continues to age and their worn down and beaten up players see their game continue to deteriorate, the situation becomes more and more bleak. In his new role, Blake is going to have to figure out whether or not this core, one that pays Dustin Brown, Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar, and Jonathan Quick a combined $26.55 million annually, can climb back to success. 

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Because it's the Cap: Florida Panthers Offseason Preview

Adam Laskaris
May 29 2017 08:00AM

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If you could say nothing else about the 2016-17 Florida Panthers, you could likely say they were a disappointment. 

A year after a playoff berth, things were looking up for the boys in red. Many even picked the so-called "Fancy Cats" (due to their heavy reliance on analytics) to be dark horse Eastern Conference, and in some cases, Stanley Cup Champions.

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The Nation Notebook: Dubas Stays, Scott vs PK, and Oshie

Christian Pagnani
May 29 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. 

Kyle Dubas is staying in Toronto despite rumours suggesting otherwise. John Scott trashes P.K. Subban. Is T.J. Oshie staying in Washington? And Alex Edler wants to be part of a rebuild in Vancouver.

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Because It's The Cap: Dallas Stars Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
May 28 2017 09:00AM

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The Dallas Stars were the NHL's most fun team in 2015-16, pounding teams into paste with their high-flying, 80s team offence. But in 2016-17, after losing both Jason Demers and Alex Goligoski to free agency, they predictably took a step backwards. The Stars' juggernaut offence collapsed down to league-average, and as a result, the team wasn't able to compensate for poor defence and goaltending and they fell by a whopping 30 points in the standings. 

General manager Jim Nill responded by firing head coach Lindy Ruff and replacing him with Ken Hitchcock, a familiar face in Dallas. Soon after, the Stars were blessed by the Draft Lottery gods, moving from eighth overall all the way to third. Nill has a lot of salary cap room and flexibility to work with this summer, and he's already made a major move trading and signing Ben Bishop to a long-term contract. It's already been a busy offseason in Dallas, and I imagine Nill, who's notorious for making big splashes, isn't finished yet.  

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Because It's the Cap: Detroit Red Wings Offseason Preview

Nick Seguin
May 27 2017 08:00AM

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The Detroit Red Wings 2016-17 season was nothing less than a disappointment. Finishing with less than 80 points for the first time since the 1990-91 season, the team ranked 25th in the league, missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter century and securing themselves a top-10 draft pick. They had the sixth worst Corsi For percentage at even strength, the fifth worst shot differential, the sixth worst team save percentage, and the fourth worst power play percentage. No matter how you cut it, the Red Wings were in the bottom third of the league.

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