Breaking Down Summer 2016: Atlantic Division

Cam Lewis
October 06 2016 12:00PM

This article is part of a four-part series that lists all of the transactions made by each NHL team and discusses what each team’s offseason means in the context of their division. Information and data was taken from: NHL Numbers, Hockey Reference, General Fanager, Hockey Analysis, Corsica, TSN, and Rotowire. Also, a special thanks to Sean Tierney who provided data visualization for the series.  

For the first time ever, the Atlantic Division is The Battle of Florida. 

Much to the surprise of everybody who knows what hockey is, the Florida Panthers finished the 2015-16 as the Atlantic champs. And now, after an excellent offseason, it looks like they aren't just going to be an anomaly, they're going to be there to stay. The Lightning also managed to do the impossible and extend the Steven Stamkos era in Tampa, but  they still aren't safe from difficult cap decisions. 

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Kucherov's contract dispute more complicated than it seems

Jacob Stoller
October 06 2016 04:32AM

Of all the holdouts occurring in training camps right now, one holdout in particular affects not only the state of their team in the present day but well beyond this season alone. Tampa Bay Lightning restricted free agent Nikita Kucherov is a rising star with a nose for the net that has helped the 23 year-old reach 28 and 30 goal seasons in his last two seasons. Without a contract in hand, Kucherov is not participating in the Lightning's training camp as it stands right now. With the Lightning's season opener on October 13th fast approaching, the clock is ticking on a deal to be completed. 

What's the hold up in negotiations? Why haven't the Lightning locked up their top scorer?

It's not as easy as it seems. 

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Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 10/5/2016 edition

Jonathan Willis
October 05 2016 01:30PM

It is a particularly busy day on the NHL waiver wire, which features at least one NHL-caliber forward, defenceman and goaltender. Most teams still have a lot of bodies in training camp, but the names on today’s list have to be tempting.

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Trimming the Fat: Chris Thorburn's best traits are off-ice impacts, so keep him there

Garret Hohl
October 05 2016 01:29PM

Over the past two seasons, Chris Thorburn has spent more games played on one of the top-three lines in 5v5 TOI than the line with the fourth highest TOI. He's rarely been a healthy scratch, yet all evidence points out to him being one of the weakest links on the team.

If someone were to ask me to quickly summarize the Winnipeg Jets' chances of making the playoffs in 2017, it would not be too difficult: The Jets are a team that has the horses to make some noise, but it all depends on whether they actually choose the right ones.

The usage of Chris Thorburn is one of those choices that will shape the Jets' season to come.

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Breaking Down Summer 2016: Metropolitan Division

Cam Lewis
October 05 2016 12:00PM

This article is part of a four-part series that lists all of the transactions made by each NHL team and discusses what each team’s offseason means in the context of their division. Information and data was taken from: NHL Numbers, Hockey Reference, General Fanager, Hockey Analysis, Corsica, TSN, and Rotowire. Also, a special thanks to Sean Tierney who provided data visualization for the series. 

There isn't much you can really do to improve your chances at success when you play in the same division as the defending Stanley Cup Champions and Presidents Trophy winner. 

It's hard to imagine anybody getting past either the Capitals or Penguins at the top of the Metropolitan Division standings, but with the Rangers and Islanders seemingly poised to take a step backwards, one of the rebuilding teams could take an opportunity to trend upwards. 

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