Future Free Agent Profiles: Brent Burns

Cam Lewis
December 11 2015 07:30AM

By now, we all know that this summer’s free agent crop is absolutely loaded with talent. In fact, it might actually be the best group of players to hit the open market at the same time since the NHL implemented the salary cap back in 2005. But what about the 2017 UFA class? While next, next summer’s group doesn’t boast names like Steven Stamkos and Anze Kopitar, there are still a handful of franchise changing players who could possibly become free agents. 

Like Brent Burns, for example, who, aside from owning arguably the best beard in hockey, has cemented himself as one of the league’s elite offensive defencemen over the past few seasons. Since the beginning of the 2013 lockout season, Erik Karlsson and P.K. Subban are the only defencemen in the NHL who have  scored more points than Burns has, and this season, nobody in the league has produced more individual shot attempts. 

So, what will Burns command if he hits the open market? And are the Sharks going to be able to afford it? 

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The Roundup

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December 11 2015 06:30AM

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Leafs fans still think Stamkos is coming, Oilers and Flames both heating up, a look back at the Evander Kane trade, Prust happy with fine for spear on Marchand, NHL expansion, 2016 draft lottery and salary cap, a big left hand, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings

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The NHL's 2016-17 cap ceiling and this summer's UFA class

Cam Lewis
December 09 2015 04:55PM

A couple of days ago at the league’s Board of Governors Meeting, Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the NHL’s salary cap could go up by roughly $3 million next season. He also went on to say that this was a “very, very, very rough projection” and that next year’s cap will “depend on a variety of different factors” like the strength of the Canadian dollar and the revenue the league can generate. It’s important to remember that this time last year, Bettman suggested that the cap for the 2015-16 season would be around $73 million, but as we know, it ended up being less than that. 

If this is the case, and everything goes according to plan, we’ll be looking at somewhere around a $74.5 million salary cap ceiling for the 2016-17 season, which could be interesting as we head into a summer that boasts one of the best free agent classes of recent memory. 

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Top to Bottom: Checking in with each team two months into the season

Cam Lewis
December 07 2015 02:58PM

We're two months into the NHL season! The Jets and Lightning are underachieving because of issues on special teams, it seems like an AHL team could compete for a playoff spot in the Pacific Division, and the Dallas Stars are scoring like a team straight out of the 1980s. Let's look up and down the league at our legitimate contenders, bubble teams, and write-offs. 

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Are the Edmonton Oilers actually this bad?

Cam Lewis
December 05 2015 07:49PM

The article Mike Brophy wrote for the Hockey News recently got me thinking about the Oilers and whether they’re actually as bad as their record suggests. He essentially said that it's absurd how bad the Oilers are after drafting first overall four times in the past six years, and that the league should do something to ensure that teams aren’t constantly rewarded for their ineptitude. He also talked about a coach named Scott McLellan and the Columbus Blue Jackets selecting Erik Johnson first overall in 2006, but that’s beside the point. 

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