February 18 2016 09:00AM
Earlier this week, I talked about how the Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien reaching an agreement on a five-year contract extension significantly raised the value of Keith Yandle, both as a rental at the trade deadline and on the free agent market come July. It isn’t just Yandle who’s going to enjoy an increase in value thanks to Big Buff’s new contract, though. Alex Goligoski, who’s been a minute-munching machine for the Dallas Stars over the past few years, is certainly going to be a coveted asset on the open market this summer.
Since the Stars are already pretty thin on defence and they're gearing up for a long playoff run, it would be absolutely shocking if Goligoski was moved before the deadline on Feb. 29. That said, there’s no guarantee that him and the Stars are going to get a new contract worked out. Not only do they need to be careful with their spending, as Jamie Benn is set to become a UFA in July 2017, but they also have another low-key defensive rock in Jason Demers hitting free agency this summer.
This summer, it’s probably going to come down to one or the other in Dallas with Goligoski and Demers. But which player is the right one to invest in?
February 16 2016 09:00AM
At the end of the 2014-15 season, there wasn’t much positive to be said about Teddy Purcell. In his first season with the Edmonton Oilers, he scored 12 goals and 22 assists in 82 games, which was by far his lowest point-per-game production total since breaking into the league with the Tampa Bay Lightning back in 2010. That wasn’t really unexpected, though. I mean, the Oilers acquired Purcell in a “let’s swap bad contracts" deal in which Sam Gagner and his $4.8 million cap hit was shipped to Tampa Bay. Immediately after, Gagner, with $1.6 million retained by the Lightning, was dealt to the Arizona Coyotes for a sixth round pick. So I guess that kind of gives you an idea of where Purcell’s value was at back then.
Now, after spending a good chunk of the season playing alongside Taylor Hall and Leon Draisatil, Purcell has rejuvenated his career and looks more like a legitimate top-six scoring asset than some guy who’s going to be out of the league sooner rather than later. And it couldn’t have happened at a better time, as Purcell is set to hit the open market for the first time in his career this summer.
February 14 2016 09:00AM
Over the past couple weeks, I've been using the power of hindsight to break down the good and the bad of what happened over the 2015 NHL offseason. I did the same thing in mid-August, but now that we have a few months of actual NHL play to analyze, I figured it was time to go back and see how each team's moves (or lack of moves) have paid off. After going through all four divisions, looking at the players that teams have added and subtracted, and how they've spent their money, I figured I would put together a big list of which teams are winners and losers, and which teams are floating in their own category somewhere in the middle.
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February 12 2016 05:30AM
A farewell to the Leafs Captain, what impact does Byfuglien's new contract have on Hamhuis in Vancouver, Flames bench their young stars, Oilers playoff hopes, the NHL's goalie interference rule, trade deadline speculation for all teams and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
February 11 2016 01:24PM
With Dustin Byfuglien signing a five-year contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets earlier this week, Keith Yandle immediately became the most attractive rental defencemen on the trade market. That said, even though it’s very unlikely the New York Rangers will be able to afford to sign him to a new contract this summer, it’s hard to imagine they’ll let him go, considering they’re geared in win-now mode, and captain Ryan McDonagh was just recently sidelined with a concussion.
Regardless of what happens with Yandle at the deadline, it’s virtually certain that he’s going to hit the open market this summer. And when he does, there’s going to be a whole bunch of teams making calls to his agent, as nobody else available has anywhere near the same offensive prowess that he does.