Because It's The Cap: Columbus Blue Jackets Offseason Preview

Scott Maxwell
June 18 2017 11:25AM

After a season that saw them finish fourth worst in the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets lottery in 2016 was a very good representative of their 2016-17 season, in that the results were good, but they still managed to find a way to screw it up. In the case of the draft, it was passing on Puljujarvi to pick Dubois, and in the case of the 2016-17 season, it was deciding that they "got away from what made them good during their 16 game winning streak".

While many think the Blue Jackets run was unsustainable, they were kind of right, in that they were a good team that looked great. But, they're still a good team, and they might be able to become a great team pretty quickly, but only if they make the right moves.

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Because It's The Cap: Minnesota Wild Offseason Preview

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June 16 2017 12:32PM

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The Minnesota Wild went into the 2016/17 season with an abundance of optimism. New head coach Bruce Boudreau was going to be the coach to take the Wild, a perennial playoff underachiever to the next level, and in the process, he would shed his reputation as a great regular season coach who struggled come playoff time. Unfortunately for him and fans in Minnesota, the playoff reputation reared its ugly head again in the first round against St Louis.

Now, the Wild are in a tough cap situation, and will almost surely lose an upper-echelon player from the roster to Las Vegas. The question for the Wild will be what can they do this summer to finally take the next step in the playoffs. (Hint: Don’t trade a first round pick for Martin Hanzal!)

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Because It's The Cap: Anaheim Ducks Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
June 15 2017 08:00AM

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For the first time since 2013, the Anaheim Ducks won a Game 7 on home ice, knocking out the Edmonton Oilers in the second round to reach the Western Conference Final for the second time in three seasons. So they made it over one hump, but unfortunately, they weren't able to get over the other. The Nashville Predators, for the second year in a row, took down the Ducks in the playoffs, this time en route to their first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance. 

All in all, it was a good season for the Ducks. Obviously the goal for a team with three core players in their early 30s is a Stanley Cup, but reaching the Conference Final is no small feat. Now the Ducks will head into an offseason with some major challenges as they try to maximize the value of their assets before the Vegas Golden Knights can take advantage. 

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NHL Draft Scout Series: Sweden

Christian Roatis
June 14 2017 04:02PM

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Chugging along steadily with the NHL Draft Scout Series, we cross the pond to Sweden, factory of great defenceman and a seemingly ageless people (yes, I’m looking at you Henrik Lundqvist).

To talk about the 2017 crop of Swedish prospects for the NHL Draft, we are joined by FutureConsiderations scout Chapin Landvogt after the jump.

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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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