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March 04 2016 05:30AM

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Trade deadline winners and losers, the Tank is really on in Toronto, Canucks hang onto Hamhuis amidst criticism, Jets have no Captain, Flames fleece the Stars, Todd McLellan goes Ham, the world's best unsigned prospect, World Cup rosters and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKIngs.

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The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week 2016: Metropolitan Division

Cam Lewis
March 03 2016 04:03PM

Well, that was a really boring trade deadline. I guess we can't be too surprised, as the salary cap has pretty much eliminated the possibility of legitimate, blockbuster hockey trades, essentially turning deadline day into a barren wasteland yard sale for slightly above average rental players to be sold off for mid-round draft picks. So in order to make this somewhat interesting, I figured I would take a look at the good and the bad of what we should now be referring to as 'deadline week,' as a good chunk of the major moves came days before TSN and Sportsnet put on their annual feature where they tried really hard to convince us that a flood of exciting deals always come in the afternoon.  

The Washington Capitals came into the deadline as by far the best team in the Eastern Conference, and they came out of it even stronger. The New York Rangers, who haven't had a first round draft pick in years, went all in by acquiring Eric Staal, while the Islanders don't seem to know whether they're going for it or not. After years of making big splashes, the Penguins remained relatively quiet, but not as much so as the Flyers and Blue Jackets, who stood completely still as the deadline passed them by. Let's get into it. 

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The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week 2016: Central Division

Cam Lewis
March 02 2016 01:13PM

Well, that was a really boring trade deadline. I guess we can't be too surprised, as the salary cap has pretty much eliminated the possibility of legitimate, blockbuster hockey trades, essentially turning deadline day into a barren wasteland yard sale for slightly above average rental players to be sold off for mid-round draft picks. So in order to make this somewhat interesting, I figured I would take a look at the good and the bad of what we should now be referring to as 'deadline week,' as a good chunk of the major moves came days before TSN and Sportsnet put on their annual feature where they tried really hard to convince us that a flood of exciting deals always come in the afternoon. 

In the Central Division, we had the end of the Andrew Ladd era in Winnipeg, and the beginning of the Andrew Ladd 2.0 era in Chicago as the Hawks absolutely loaded up in pursuit of their fourth Stanley Cup in seven year, while the Jets begin to shift into rebuild mode. The Colorado Avalanche, who own the worst possession numbers in the league, fooled themselves into thinking they should be buyers and somehow managed to improve their roster without heavily mortgaging their future at all. And also, there were a handful of teams, the Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, and St. Louis Blues who did pretty much nothing worth talking about. Oh yeah, and the Dallas Stars made possibly the worst deal of any teams in the league on deadline day. Let's get into it.  

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The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week 2016: Pacific Division

Cam Lewis
March 01 2016 09:00AM

Well, that was a really boring trade deadline. I guess we can't be too surprised, as the salary cap has pretty much eliminated the possibility of legitimate, blockbuster hockey trades, essentially turning deadline day into a barren wasteland yard sale for slightly above average rental players to be sold off for mid-round draft picks. So in order to make this somewhat interesting, I figured I would take a look at the good and the bad of what we should now be referring to as 'deadline week,' as a good chunk of the major moves came days before TSN and Sportsnet put on their annual feature where they tried really hard to convince us that a flood of exciting deals always come in the afternoon. 

In the Pacific Division, we have the Calgary Flames who did a really, really good job getting value for their major assets, and the Vancouver Canucks who pretty much did the exact opposite. There's also the San Jose Sharks, who got hosed on one deal, but then made up for it a few days later. And the Anaheim Ducks, who flew under the radar and picked up some good, low-key assets for virtually nothing of substance. 

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Meet Anatoly Golyshev, who might be the world's best unsigned prospect

Jeff Veillette
February 28 2016 03:04AM

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UPDATE: We've followed this up with a piece on Golyshev's draft eligibility in 2016 and how he concluded his season. Click anywhere in this sentence to read on.

The "free wallet". Brian Burke popularized the phrase in the hockey world in the midst of his tenure with the Maple Leafs, to signify young, unrestricted free agent prospects added to the team without having to give up any form of compensation. The premise was sensible, even if most of his wallets turned out to have been empty. After all, why wouldn't you want to stock your cupboards up with as many potential NHLers as possible?

The hockey world stretches across many leagues in many countries, and in those leagues, you'll find a ton of players that are free to be picked off by NHL teams. Most aren't worth the aggravation, but every so often, somebody sticks out and catches the eye of the rest of the world.

But what if I told you that the best of these thousands of players isn't getting even the slightest bit of attention and that he's hidden in plain sight? Enter Anatoly Golyshev.

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