Jones and Johansen swap opens NHL blockbuster season

Jeff Veillette
January 06 2016 07:24PM

So, about that false flag deal from earlier...

The Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets completed the "big deal" that had been rumoured at the start of the day. Big might even be an understatement, as 23-year-old centre Ryan Johansen and 21-year-old defenceman Seth Jones change cities, despite neither being far removed from being considered franchise cornerstones.

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Making sense of the Kings/Flyers Trade

Jeff Veillette
January 06 2016 04:29PM

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We've been double crossed! While the hockey world fixated their eyes on Columbus and Nashville, hoping to see the league's first big trade of the season, the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers hit us for a left hook, making a three-player trade full of technicalities and confusion.

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Jonathan Drouin is far from the first top-5 pick to hit the market so early

Jeff Veillette
January 04 2016 01:09AM

Yesterday, word made its way out to the public that Jonathan Drouin had requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Drouin, selected 3rd overall in the 2013 draft, is just 20 years old and is considered by many to be a top-end prospect put in a position where he can't succeed; one where the depth ahead of him inhibits his chance of playing the high-octane offensive style he became famous for when he scored 289 points in his final 128 games with the Halifax Mooseheads.

It's a crazy story, leaving many to speculate what Tampa Bay will get in return for him. Interestingly enough, Drouin isn't anywhere close to being the only top pick to move in the past few years. Here are ten others that you may have forgotten about.

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #3 - Cody Franson

Jeff Veillette
June 25 2015 06:00AM

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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy! 

When the Nashville Predators acquired Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli in February, everybody thought it was a match made in heaven. After all, the team was getting two quality players that they were familiar with, without giving up any present assets. Theoretically, it was the type of move that should've taken a good team to greatness, but instead, it was a bust.

David Poile was quick to admit that the team was forcing a square peg into a round hole. After all, the Predators are very adament about following shot handedness with their defencemen, and they already had three quality righties. As such, Franson didn't recieve the necessary playing time, didn't fit in, and will now hit free agency. But what will he command?

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TOP-10 UFA COUNTDOWN: #7 - Christian Ehrhoff

Jeff Veillette
June 12 2015 09:00AM

This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

When Christian Ehrhoff signed a ten year contract with the Buffalo Sabres in June of 2011, a lot of people were puzzled, and a little annoyed. Why was the NHL allowing these long-term, front-loaded contracts? Why was a 28 year old signing one that he would theoretically be able to play through? Why, even with the scheme, did such a talented player take so little without testing the market, from a team he became part of just hours before?

Fast forward to today. This would theoretically be the end of year four, but the Sabres are about a year removed from buying out the middle-aged German. Not only that, but the Pittsburgh Penguins, his new team, feel inclined to go with other internal options, meaning Ehrhoff will suit up for his third team in as many years.

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