What If Datsyuk Didn’t Retire Early?

Brock Seguin
March 04 2017 07:00AM

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When Ken Holland was selling off Unrestricted Free Agents two days ago it got me thinking. How did we get here? Was it just a matter of time? Did Holland’s mismanagement of the salary cap drive us into the ground? Then I came to the conclusion that this is happening because Pavel Datsyuk decided to leave and go back to Russia last spring. 

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The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week: Atlantic Division

Cam Lewis
March 03 2017 07:00AM

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This is a four-part division by division look at what each team did at Wednesday's trade deadline. Who did good and who did bad?  

The Red Wings sold for the first time in 25 years, the Leafs, Panthers, Bruins, and Canadiens are all trying to capitalize on a weak division but didn't go all in like the Senators did, and the Lightning did what they could to try to manage a cap situation that's going to make this offseason stressful. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
March 03 2017 05:00AM

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Leafs get rejected, Garth Brooks gets a banner in Edmonton, Canucks sell off, Red Wings officially begin rebuild, Treliving rolls the dice by trading picks in Calgary, trade deadline grades and hockey fight on the way to the dressing room and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Leon Draisaitl, Jack of all Trades?

Jonathan Willis
March 02 2017 03:22PM

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Even without a real third line centre this year, Todd McLellan and his staff kept bumping Leon Draisaitl over to right wing on the Edmonton Oilers’ top line. At the deadline, the Oilers brought a legitimate candidate in to fill that third line role in David Desharnais. Thus it seemed like a logical assumption that this would lead to full-time deployment of a McDavid/Draisaitl duo on the top line.

McLellan talked to the press on Thursday, and explained that such an assumption was not at all in line with his thinking on the subject.

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The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week: Central Division

Cam Lewis
March 02 2017 09:00AM

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This is a four-part division by division look at what each team did at Wednesday's trade deadline. Who did good and who did bad? 

The Stars, Avs, and Jets all sold with underwhelming results, the Blues finally moved on from Kevin Shattenkirk, the Hawks and Predators made minor additions, and the Wild payed a massive price to capitalize on their biggest window of opportunity in franchise history. 

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