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May 15 2015 06:45AM

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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.

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NHL Notebook-- May 13th

Anthony Petrielli
May 13 2015 05:34PM

Peter Chiarelli

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.

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2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals Preview: Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks

Cam Lewis
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? 

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Team Canada's cap hit at the World Hockey Championships

Cam Lewis
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? 

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The Eye-Test and Dustin Byfuglien's Impact on Jets

Garret Hohl
May 08 2015 02:41PM

Dustin Byfuglien --like many of the Winnipeg Jets' best players-- is a pretty controversial player. You either love him and think he's the best, or you just out right hate him.

Regardless of which category one falls in line with, almost all agree that the Big Buff has a tonne of talent in many areas but struggles in others. Very few will deny his offensive prowess, and almost everyone can remember at least one moment where a dangerous play evolves from a defensive miscue.

Which camp you lie in depends on your opinion of whether or not his strengths overcome his weaknesses.

Let's take a look at the numbers.

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