January 23 2013 10:03AM
Every so often someone approaches the Nations with offers or partnerships because they think we're great and all. A lot of the time this stuff is pretty lame so we don't bother you, our valued readers, with it.
Sometimes something good comes along though. The folks at Draftstreet sent us an email or 10 recently pitching us on an interesting salary cap draft contest that's free to enter. Oh and you can win cash prizes. Free cash is always good, so we want to pass the details along to you.
Anyways, here's the gist:
January 22 2013 08:50AM
Welcome back to the second half of our new Weekly Moves column. If you haven't aleady seen it, check out Brent's breakdown of the notable Eastern Conference transactions spawning from the ratification of the new CBA. I have been given the task of breaking down the same types of movement out West, and will do so following the jump.
January 22 2013 08:47AM
'Yes, I really did get four guys on waivers this week, and hopefully next week I'll get four more.'
Hello all, and welcome to Weekly Moves, a column about the moves made by NHL teams that should appear here every Sunday night at least up until the trade deadline. Chase Warren, Josh Lile, and myself will be alternating writing the column each week, so if you hate one of us, 2/3rds of the time you're in luck! Normally the column will cover all waiver transactions, trades, recalls, relevant demotions, and signings (that affect the NHL team). However, given the sheer volume of moves made in the last week, I decided it's prudent to eliminate all waiver transactions that did not result in a player being claimed, as well as all 'recalls'. This column owes a large debt to Christina Kahrl's 'Transactions of the Week' at Baseball Prospectus, but I hope it can grow out of that potential shadow.
I'll be covering the Eastern Conference this week, Chase will have the Western Conference. Next week, Josh will take everything.
January 20 2013 11:36AM
Not a bad weekend for Joffrey Lupul. A win on opening day, and a $26-million payday.
Toronto was rumoured to be in discussions with Lupul last night, and today they inked him to a five-year extension. Lupul was slated to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Joffrey Lupul has some offensive talent and bounced around the league with stints in Anaheim, Edmonton, and Philadelphia before clicking on Toronto's top line with Phil Kessel. Since then, he's boosted his assist totals, and has produced like a dynamic offensive player worth of extension.
But the contract is problematic, especially locking up a player with a track record like Lupul's. Here's why:
January 19 2013 09:24AM
by Kareemadel, via Wikimedia Commons
Keeping in mind Derek's solid post from yesterday, we at NHL Numbers nevertheless felt a need to put together a NHL Power Rankings list for the coming season (in fact, the first "full" NHL season during which this site has functioned). Including me, Jonathan Willis, Derek Zona, Cam Charron, Kent Wilson, and Chase W., each contributor was asked to make their rankings and include a brief sentence or two summary on their ranking. Jonathan used those rankings to create a composite ranking, and now I weave in the prose. To save some space, the commenters I'm using below include one whose ranking was a bit of an outlier from the others and one who provides a pretty good summation. Let's get to them, starting with a real hack pick if I ever saw one...