May 15 2015 12:47PM
I can’t say I’m surprised at all. The New York Rangers made easy work of the Penguins in the first round, then proceeded to steal their second round series from the Washington Capitals. Even when the Caps were up 3-1 in the series, it was nearly impossible to count the Rangers out. The Tampa Bay Lightning were almost on the wrong side of an epic collapse of their own, letting the Canadiens back into the series after going up 3-0.
Although their paths getting to this point have been a little unpredictable, these are the two teams that belong here. I don’t think this Eastern Conference Finals matchup comes as much of a surprise to anybody as the Rangers and Lightning really are the cream of the crop in the East. On one hand, you have last year’s Eastern Conference Champions and the President’s Trophy winners, and then you have the team who looks poised to become the league’s next powerhouse. Then you also have Martin St. Louis and Ryan Callahan facing their former teams in a playoff series, which is pretty cool.
Are the Rangers bound for another shot at their first Stanley Cup since 1994? Or are the Lightning ready to establish themselves as the team to beat in the East? Let’s take a look.
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May 15 2015 06:45AM
Todd McLellan and Oilers real close, will there be an Eakins and Leafs reunion, Flames season recap and stockpile of draft picks, Eddie Lack could be on the move, summer plans, NHL draft, free agency, playoffs and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
May 13 2015 05:34PM
NHL teams getting compensated for rival clubs poaching their management members is not new, but similar issues are already arising since the last time they decided to get rid of this rule.
When the league moved away from compensating teams for hiring management personnel, it was because everyone felt this was restricting candidates from getting hired. A team would rather mine through the minor ranks and hire someone for free than give up assets to bring in someone at a price.
May 13 2015 07:30AM
The Ducks and Hawks are set to square off in the Minnesota State Division, uh, I mean, the Western Conference Finals. I apologize in advance for the Might Ducks movie references, but this is the first time the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks have ever met in a playoff series, so it’s necessary to do so. The Hawks are pretty similar with the Conference Finals, as they’ve made it this far for the third year in a row, and for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. The Ducks, on the other hand, haven’t been this far in the playoffs since way back in 2007 when they beat the Red Wings and then went on to win their first ever Stanley Cup.
The Ducks have made it look pretty easy so far. Gordon Bombay, err, I mean, Bruce Boudreau’s squad has only lost one game so far throughout the first two rounds of playoffs, and they’re fresh off absolutely dominating the Flames in five games. The Hawks haven’t really had it too tough either, though.
Chicago was pretty much everyone’s favorite to come out of the West, but based on the way the Ducks have carved their way through the first two rounds, this could be a pretty interesting series. Anaheim hasn’t been challenged yet, so how will they fare against the toughest competition available?
May 10 2015 04:46PM
Team Canada is icing one of its best rosters at the World Hockey Championship in recent memory. The team features a wealth of NHL superstars up front that could (really should) help Canada win its first Gold Medal since 2007, or even its first medal overall since 2009. Even though the roster is made up of players who didn’t make the playoffs, the team is stacked, and they look like they could be a Stanley Cup contender on paper (but they may have to fix their goaltending first).
Before this team could play in the NHL, though, not only would they have to figure out their goaltending situation, they would also have to become cap compliant. How big is this stacked Canadian World Championship team’s cap hit for the 2015-16 season?