The Ducks send Carl Hagelin to Pittsburgh for David Perron and Adam Clendening

Cam Lewis
January 16 2016 02:03AM

The Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins decided to wait well into the night to strike a deal, but at 3:00 A.M. Eastern Time, Bob Mackenzie reported that Carl Hagelin was being swapped for David Perron and Adam Clendening. Both Clendening (RFA) and Perron (UFA) are free agents this summer while Hagelin was signed to a four-year, $16 million deal by the Ducks prior to the beginning of the season, so this deal offers the Ducks some long-term salary relief while giving Pittsburgh an intriguing player to help with their offensive woes. 

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Rumour: The Blues are shopping Kevin Shattenkirk, and everyone should be interested

Cam Lewis
January 13 2016 08:00AM

It’s been speculated for quite some time that Kevin Shattenkrik, because of his soon-to-be unrestricted free agent status, will be shopped around the league by the St. Louis Blues. Recently, Frank Seravalli confirmed that speculation by reporting on TSN that the Blues have Shattenkirk’s name floating around the trade market as they look for scoring help. While nothing appears to be imminent, there’s no doubt that a lot of teams are going to be interested in Shattenkrik’s services, even if he's set to hit free agency in July of 2017. 

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There might actually be something to this numbers-defying Florida Panthers team

Cam Lewis
January 11 2016 07:30AM

The Florida Panthers’ 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers last night extended the team’s winning streak to 12 games, the longest of the sort in franchise history, and has catapulted the team into a comfortable lead at the top of the Atlantic Division standings. Last night’s game had everything you would expect from the classic Oilers and Panthers rivalry, featuring a questionable open ice hit on Taylor Hall that was followed up by another questionable hit on Aaron Ekblad, all of which was eventually tied up by multiple fights and a very anticlimactic finish bogged down by a well executed trap. 

Lost beneath all that action was the fact the Panthers were absolutely eaten alive, as the Oilers posted a 65.7 corsi for percentage in all situations and also outshot Florida 24 to 14 overall. Anti-analytics people must be doing cartwheels. This has been a common theme for the Panthers who, while winning games at an elite pace, are in the basement of the league in possession numbers. When looking at Florida’s underlying stats, and watching them get hemmed down by the Oilers of all teams, it’s hard to imagine that this story is much more than a mirage like the ones we’ve seen so many times in the past. But digging down even further, there might actually be something there. 

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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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