June 28 2016 11:14AM
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The fine has been levied as a result of comments Canucks general manager Jim Benning made this past Thursday in Buffalo, in which he expressed his interest - during an appearance with Matt Sekeres and Blake Price on TSN 1040 - in Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos, a pending unrestricted free agent, and Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.
The amount is double what then-Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson was fined for tampering back in 2009, when he made significantly more suggestive and pointed comments indicating that his club was interested in pursuing the Sedin twins. You'd think that perhaps the league just doubled the Wilson fine because Benning mentioned two players, but then, that doesn't make sense, because Henrik and Daniel Sedin are two distinct individuals also, even if we often group them together for obvious reasons...
June 28 2016 08:30AM
Today is June 28th. Steven Stamkos is just 73 hours away from being able to sign with another NHL team, which, if the gossip holds, may very well be the Toronto Maple Leafs. But the debates continue to rage about where else he could head. Will he take the Buffalo Sabres' likely massive offer? Will he take the winning past of the Detroit Red Wings? Will he be another New York Rangers victim of July?
Many feel he'll end up staying in Tampa Bay. You'd think he'd have signed at this point if that were the case, but most feel that he'll give in due to their silver bullet; their tax benefit. But what if I told you that there's a good chance that the benefit doesn't actually exist?
June 24 2016 04:53PM
Welcome to the NHLN 2016 Draft Thread! Throughout the night, we'll be updating this post with analysis and interesting stuff for each selection and trade (if we, ya know, get any) as they happen. So keep clicking refresh for real-time takes! Updates from Cam Lewis (CL) and Shawn Reis (SR).
June 24 2016 03:33PM
Over the past month, we at NHLnumbers have been analyzing each team's roster and current cap outlook heading into the 2016 offseason, trying to paint a picture of what the team's summer is going to look like in order for them to achieve their short- and long-term goals. Here are all thirty articles from the Because It's The Cap series we've done with a quick primer on where each NHL team stands and what we can expect from (and hope for) from them heading into what should be a busy and exciting summer.
June 24 2016 12:18PM
With the first round of the draft only a handful of hours away and at least a couple of trades sounding pretty likely to drop within the next 24 hours, now seems like a good time to take a surface-level look at the quality of players rumored to be available.
Domenic Galamini's excellent HERO Charts provide us a great avenue to do that. I've compiled the Primary Points Per 60 and Relative Corsi For % numbers of both the forwards and defenseman that may or not be in play. These numbers give us a good look at which players teams would be smart to go after and which players teams should avoid.