Because It's The Cap: Montreal Canadiens Offseason Preview

Shawn Reis
June 14 2017 09:00AM

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Division winners, seventh in the league in points, third in shot attempt differential, fourth in goals against. You'd think a team with all those accolades would be thought of a lot more highly than they are. But behind all the nice numbers is a team that's traded skill for size (with a bad contract to boot) too many times to call it a one-off. Couple that with an imbalanced roster and a complicated cap situation, and you have real reason for concern. Let's take a closer look at the Montreal Canadiens to see what makes this team so polarizing, and what they can do to fix it moving forward.

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No Movement Clause Expansion Draft Thread

Cam Lewis
June 13 2017 10:36AM

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June 12 was the deadline for teams to ask to players to waive their No Movement Clauses to be exposed to Vegas in the expansion draft. Players have until June 16 to accept or deny. 

Here's a list of every player with a NMC with up-to-date information in regards to their status. This article will be continually updates as news comes in. 

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Because It's The Cap: Edmonton Oilers Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
June 13 2017 08:00AM

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The Edmonton Oilers enjoyed a massive improvement from 2015-16 to 2016-17, jumping a whopping 33 points in the standings and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. A full season of Connor McDavid and Oscar Klefbom coupled with added depth around the lineup in the form of Milan Lucic, Adam Larsson, and Kris Russell helped transform the Oilers from basement-dwelling joke into a playoff team. 

Now that the organization's decade of darkness is over, it's time to take the next step forward — Stanley Cup contention. Oilers fans, and the organization as a whole, were thrilled with what the team accomplished this year, but simply reaching the second round of the playoffs and injecting some excitement into Edmonton isn't going to cut it again in 2017-18.  

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Because It's the Cap: New York Rangers Offseason Preview

Pat Keogh
June 12 2017 08:00AM

The New York Rangers have been a steady playoff team for the past decade largely due to the goaltending prowess of Henrik Lundqvist, but have unfortunately come up short these past several years, including this year’s second round exit at the hands of the totally beatable Ottawa Senators. It’s yet another disappointing end for the King with no Cup, and as he ages the Rangers’ situation becomes ever more dire; it would be a colossal failure of management to have the best goaltender of a generation fall into your lap and not be able to close the deal on at least one championship during his reign. 

As such, the Rangers, who underwent something of a retool last summer now must finish the task and revamp this squad in order to build a truly Cup contending team for the last several years of Henrik’s contract. Anything else, quite simply, would be a failure, leaving GM Jeff Gorton with a heavy task in front of him.

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The Nation Notebook: Let The Madness Begin

Christian Pagnani
June 12 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article. 

Silly season is about to begin. The Flames and Jets reportedly have interest in the Rangers' Antti Raanta. Teams have until 5 p.m. ET to ask a player with a NMC to waive for the upcoming expansion draft. There's too many rumours surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks potentially moving a core player.

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