NHLNotebook: #TalbotForVezina, Duchene open to trade and Bickell nearing return

Zach Laing
January 26 2017 11:00AM

nhlnbook

The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article.  

In today's NHLNotebook, we look at whether or not Cam Talbot is making a case to be in the Vezina trophy conversation, Matt Duchene being open to a trade, and Bryan Bickell looking to make his NHL return.

Read Article | 37 Comments

The Maple Leafs are in a rather unusual salary cap situation

DragLikePull
January 26 2017 10:53AM

USATSI_9837785
Photo Credit: Raj Mehta/USA TODAY SPORTS

The Toronto Maple Leafs generate an outsized portion of the NHL's revenues.  The Leafs' impact on revenue is so great, in 2012 the former head of English television for CBC said that the most recent Hockey Night in Canada contract would not be profitable for the public broadcaster if the Leafs did not make the playoffs.  Because of the Toronto's financial muscle, they've typically been near the top of the NHL in spending on salaries.  And if you look at a salary cap web site, you'll see that the team is currently within about $1M of the salary cap ceiling this season.

But that number is misleading.  While the Leafs are indeed paying out quite a bit of money for salaries, a significant portion of that money is going to players who are not currently playing for the team.  In fact, it's pretty unusual just how the team's salary cap situation is structured once you look into the details.

Read Article | 0 Comments

The Mid-Season NationDraft

baggedmilk
January 26 2017 07:00AM

Make it Rain

With the second half of the NHL season well underway it's time to start preparing yourself for another round of trash talking, rivalry chirping, and, of course, a little bit of fantasy hockey. As per Nation Network tradition, I am here to tell you about a brand new NationDraft for the second half of the regular season.

Play against readers across the Nation Network in the 2016-17 Mid-Season Nation Drafts. Grand Prize is a $1000 Visa Gift Card! Enter your fantasy hockey team at nationdrafts.com for your chance to win and support a good cause! The entry fee is $20, with a portion of all proceeds going to support our charity partner, Earth Group.

Read Article | 2 Comments

Quick Numbers: Jets performance in front of all three goalies

Garret Hohl
January 25 2017 03:16PM

The Winnipeg Jets have been rolling with the three-headed-monster setup for their goaltenders, having all three of Ondrej Pavelec, Michael Hutchinson, and Connor Hellebuyck.

The arguments some made for pulling up Pavelec included giving Hutchinson and Hellebuyck rest while trying to give the team time to recover their defensive game. Some believed the skaters morale fell and would bounce back with Pavelec, and even used the first two games as evidence of such.

What do the numbers suggest?

Read Article | 1 Comments

The 3 biggest Calgary Flames worries

Pat Steinberg
January 25 2017 10:00AM

The Calgary Flames are officially in a slump. Following their 5-1 loss in Montreal on Tuesday night, the Flames have now lost four straight and eight of their last 11. With one more game before the All-Star Break and just four games between now and Feb. 13, Calgary is in a pretty pivotal part of their schedule. There's no question this team is struggling right now, but three things concern me more than anything else.

Read Article | 52 Comments