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!
January 31 2015 05:28PM
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.
Bettman said last weekend NHL's cap would be ~$71.7-million if the dollar stayed at 80 cents rest of the way. Already down to 78.5 today.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 31, 2015
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.
January 30 2015 03:01PM
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.