February 04 2015 06:00AM
To start off the year we decided to have another round of the always loveable NationDrafts! Unfortunately, the pool ended without the fanfare that I feel that it deserved. Things ended without our winners getting the day in the sun that they're pale blotchy skin so desperately deserves. With that, I present the winners of the NationDrafts pool.
February 02 2015 10:18PM
Should I give the same introduction again? 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 if this trend continues, the cap could realistically fall even lower than the figure Bettman gave.
This predicament will certainly throw a wrench in the plans of the Los Angeles Kings. Much like many other teams in the league, the Kings were banking on the prospect of the cap ceiling going up in order to address issues like improving their roster and giving new contracts to impending free agents. Unfortunately for them, the cap won’t be rising as much as they expected, meaning they’ll have to make some tough decisions on some of their key players, especially if they can’t find landing spots for their dead weight. Stashing Mike Richards in the minors isn’t going fix this problem.
February 02 2015 03:40PM
The following is a look at the machinations and plots behind the scenes at the Nation Network. If you don't care/don't want to know please click here to read a riveting piece about the Oilers overcoming an early season insistence on using the swarm defense. You have been warned.
February 02 2015 10:38AM
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They've been called "the Glenn Healy" of NHL Power Rankings, they've been furiously annotated and derided as useless. And now they're here. Available across the Nation Network: it's NHL Power Rankings!
February 01 2015 10:00AM
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!