September 20 2016 02:00PM
The bad news: the Calgary Flames are in tough times, salary cap-wise. They've incurred the wrath of bonus overages and/or buyout shenanigans, the guy who's probably going to be their most expensive player remains unsigned, and they probably won't be able to bring back Jakub Nakladal. Also, does anyone even remember Freddie Hamilton anymore?
The good news: the Calgary Flames still have about three weeks to figure it all out! Hopefully they do.
In the meantime, let's take a look at what the Flames maybe should have done, and what they can still do, while we wait for them to actually do stuff again.
September 20 2016 12:20PM
What a glorious day.
Canada can knock the USA out of the tournament with a victory tonight. A win would give the Red and White a 2-0 record and guarantee them a berth in the playoff round, along with Team Europe, while the USA would play the Czech Republic in a meaningless game on Thursday.
How fun would it be to end the American's tournament after only two games? I'd say about a trillion times more fun than it was to be a fan of any Canadian NHL team last year. You've earned it.
September 20 2016 09:12AM
As everybody knows, September is Jake Gardiner Appreciation Month. I kicked off JGAM by writing about how, contrary to popular opinion, Gardiner is actually very good defensively. As I discussed in that piece, Jake has had pretty big, positive defensive impacts over the past few seasons, comparable to some of the better defencemen around the league. This time around I'm going to talk about another area where Gardiner's impacts are impressive: how he lifts his teammates.
September 20 2016 09:00AM
A few weeks ago, I completed an exercise using pGPS to look at the UFA prospects then Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis signed during his tenure at the time of their signings.
Seeing the have and have nots in terms of NHL potential proved an interesting endeavour. Unsurprisingly, Chris Tanev checked out as one of the better-rated prospects of the group when viewed through the lens of pGPS (Prospect Graduation Probabilities System) at the time of his signing.
In the comment section, and on Twitter, there were requests to do all of Mike Gillis's draft classes. Well, ask and you shall receive. Today's post will kick off a week-long series reviewing the 2008-13 draft classes with pGPS.
September 19 2016 09:50PM
Photo Credit: Dan Hamlton/USA TODAY SPORTS
We wanted fast paced, high energy hockey, and boy, did we ever get it. This was a game that not only lived up to expectation but pulled up the rest of the games surrounding it to really drive home the World Cup of Hockey's entertainment value, if not its oft-debated "legitimacy". A quick run of goals for the Russians gave the young North Americans the chance to attempt a comeback for the ages, and they almost pulled it off but fell just short in a 4-3 defeat.