Because It's The Cap: Pittsburgh Penguins Offseason Preview

Scott Maxwell
June 19 2017 02:27PM

For the first time in nearly 20 years, an NHL team has won back to back championships, as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their second Stanley Cup in as many years. Despite a barrage of injuries, the Penguins overcame and went all the way.

However, with every Cup championship, there's the party, and then there's the hangover that is the cap hell of the offseason. I'm sure Jim Rutherford will ignore it by plugging his two Cup rings in his ears, but if the Penguins want a chance at a threepeat, they'll have to play it smart.

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J.D. Burke’s Top 100 Prospects for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft

J.D. Burke
June 19 2017 11:13AM

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As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, the Nation Network Prospect Profile countdown concluded on Friday with Nico Hischier checking in as second overall in favour of Nolan Patrick in first. That wraps up the consensus part of Canucks Army’s prospect ranking series.

This year, I wanted to make the process as transparent as possible. That means opening up my own list to the public and offering insight into my decisions concerning each player’s ranking.

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Because It's The Cap: Nashville Predators Offseason Preview

Shawn Reis
June 19 2017 09:00AM

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Coming into the season, a lot of people expected the Nashville Predators to contend for the Stanley Cup. They didn't fit the bill of contenders in the regular season though, finishing 8th in the Western Conference. But they found their form in the playoffs and came within two wins of their first Cup in franchise history. 

But Nashville still has work to do. They came 11th in the league in goals for, which is good. They came 15th in the league in goals against, which is good. They had a 51.4% Corsi, which is good. But you need to be great to win the Stanley Cup.

Let's take a closer look at the Predators' roster and salary cap situation so we can get a clearer idea of what this team needs to do in the offseason in order to take the step from challengers to champions.

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The Nation Notebook: Vegas Begins Its Wheeling And Dealing

Christian Pagnani
June 19 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 NHL trade freeze is on until Thursday as teams wait for Vegas to pick their team. There were some surprise names on the unprotected side of things, but hold on before projecting them onto Vegas' roster, or your favourite team, as there might be a side deal already in place to prevent that. The NHL puts out the official salary cap for next season. The Coyotes are broke and need to find a way to the salary cap floor.

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Because It's The Cap: Chicago Blackhawks Offseason Preview

Scott Maxwell
June 18 2017 06:23PM

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After a disappointing first round exit to the St. Louis Blues in 2015-16, the Chicago Blackhawks returned with a vengeance, storming their way to first place in the Western Conference, and once again being one of the Cup favourites in the playoffs.

They then proceeded to get sweep in the first round, limited to only three goals, including none at home. So, long story short, they choked. I don't care if the analytics said they weren't guaranteed to beat Nashville like every MSM said they would, just accept and enjoy the narrative of Chicago Blackhawks: Chokers. Savour it.

Anyway, they come into this offseason like every other offseason for the last 7-8 years: in cap hell. It'll take more of Stan Bowman's magic, or the stupidity of other GM's, whatever you want to call it, to get them out of this pickle, before they are doomed to mediocrity for eternity...or at least until their core's contracts are up.

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