First Star, Worst Star: February 1, 2015

jeanshorts
February 01 2015 10:00AM

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SUPER BOWL WEEKEND!! I hope everyone bought enough tonnage of beer and chips and pizza and wings. It's the one day a year where it's acceptable to eat your weight in deep fried foods and pass out on the toilet by 8PM. But in the mean time, let's check out who was the best, and the best of the worst in the NHL this week!

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Eyes on the Dollar: Chicago Blackhawks

Cam Lewis
January 31 2015 05:28PM

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It’s been beaten to death at this point. We all know the Canadian dollar is plummeting, and we all know it’s a nightmare for the NHL. It’s going to really hurt Canadian markets, but since a large chunk of the league’s hockey related revenue is based on Canadian teams, American teams are also going to be hit with some repercussions. In short, the most noticeable effect all teams will face is the salary cap. While many expected the cap to rise to around $75 million before the 2015-16 season, Gary Bettman suggested a couple weeks ago that if the Canadian dollar fell to $0.80, the cap ceiling would be around $71.5 million. The Canadian dollar is now at $0.79, so the cap could realistically fall even lower than the figure Bettman gave. 

With that being said, a lot of teams who were quietly counting on the cap to bump up a little bit are in a really, really rough position moving forward. The Chicago Blackhawks are at the top of that list. With Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane’s colossal extensions set to kick in next season, they’re going to have to do a lot of work to do this summer. 

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STOP REWARDING FAILURE

Robin Brownlee
January 30 2015 03:01PM

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Why should the NHL continue to reward the Edmonton Oilers for on-ice failure and organizational ineptitude by giving them a better chance to select the cream of the crop at the Entry Draft while more successful teams line up behind and wait their turn? It shouldn’t.

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JOHNNY GAUDREAU

Lowetide
January 30 2015 09:30AM

Early mentions of Johnny Gaudreau from trusted online sources were promising but read like a distant bell: Kirk Luedeke's initial thumbnail sketch told of an undersized wizard who was years away and needed at least one growth spurt. From humble beginnings, Johnny Gaudreau never stopped exceeding expectations.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 30 2015 06:39AM

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Trade speculation begins, Canucks better without Bieksa, Stamkos to Toronto, Ryan O'Reilly watch, Phaneuf an Oiler, size in the NHL matters, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Roundup.

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