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July 22 2016 05:00AM
Leafs stop making Matthews wait, Toronto offer could have given Stamkos highest cap hit, Canucks reportedly have interest in Evander Kane, can ice time make the Brouwer contract worth it, all Chiarelli and Puljujarvi in Edmonton, analytics not as clear cut as people may think, the best and worst NHL jerseys, Tyson Barrie watch, Brad Richards retires and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
July 21 2016 02:00PM
Every year we hear some derivative of "skilled, but is he too small to play professionally?" or "has the tools, but can he make it work in the NHL at his size?"
These types of statements portray that short players almost never make the NHL and the ones that do must be very special. However, what's actually happening tells a different story from this common misconception.
July 21 2016 09:00AM
We're now well into the so-called 'dog days' of summer, where the days are longer and the amount of hockey news is sparse. Free agent signings, meanwhile, have also essentially ground to a halt. As we discussed in our roundtable last week, the pickings are pretty slim - but that isn't to say the cupboard is completely bare. Sometimes, teams manage to come to terms with a player who makes a significant impact well after July 1st. While this has become increasingly rare, there are always bargain signings at this stage in the summer that pay dividends down the round. In Vancouver, the Canucks have had their fair share of hits (and misses) with late signings. With so little else going on in Canuckland these days, let's have a little fun and take a look back at some late - that is, after July 15 - signings in team history.
July 21 2016 07:00AM
The watch for the missing piece of Edmonton’s defense got a bit of an update via an indirect source on Wednesday. Edmonton didn’t sign a defender. Their competitors haven’t signed or traded one either. On Wednesday the Colorado Avalanche signed 22 year old center Mikhail Grigorenko to a one year $1.3 million dollar deal.
July 20 2016 11:00AM
We're into mid-July around the hockey world and the Calgary Flames still have four restricted free agents left to re-sign. The most prominent names are forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan (along with Freddie Hamilton), but blueliner Tyler Wotherspoon hasn't signed yet either. (Also on the market: unrestricted free agent Jakub Nakladal).
Given the quiet marketplace for blueliners, I've heard the question on Twitter (and elsewhere): why haven't Wotherspoon and/or Nakladal re-signed yet?
If you want a short answer, here it is: Ladislav Smid.