The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week 2016: Central Division

Cam Lewis
March 02 2016 01:13PM

Well, that was a really boring trade deadline. I guess we can't be too surprised, as the salary cap has pretty much eliminated the possibility of legitimate, blockbuster hockey trades, essentially turning deadline day into a barren wasteland yard sale for slightly above average rental players to be sold off for mid-round draft picks. So in order to make this somewhat interesting, I figured I would take a look at the good and the bad of what we should now be referring to as 'deadline week,' as a good chunk of the major moves came days before TSN and Sportsnet put on their annual feature where they tried really hard to convince us that a flood of exciting deals always come in the afternoon. 

In the Central Division, we had the end of the Andrew Ladd era in Winnipeg, and the beginning of the Andrew Ladd 2.0 era in Chicago as the Hawks absolutely loaded up in pursuit of their fourth Stanley Cup in seven year, while the Jets begin to shift into rebuild mode. The Colorado Avalanche, who own the worst possession numbers in the league, fooled themselves into thinking they should be buyers and somehow managed to improve their roster without heavily mortgaging their future at all. And also, there were a handful of teams, the Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, and St. Louis Blues who did pretty much nothing worth talking about. Oh yeah, and the Dallas Stars made possibly the worst deal of any teams in the league on deadline day. Let's get into it.  

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The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week 2016: Pacific Division

Cam Lewis
March 01 2016 09:00AM

Well, that was a really boring trade deadline. I guess we can't be too surprised, as the salary cap has pretty much eliminated the possibility of legitimate, blockbuster hockey trades, essentially turning deadline day into a barren wasteland yard sale for slightly above average rental players to be sold off for mid-round draft picks. So in order to make this somewhat interesting, I figured I would take a look at the good and the bad of what we should now be referring to as 'deadline week,' as a good chunk of the major moves came days before TSN and Sportsnet put on their annual feature where they tried really hard to convince us that a flood of exciting deals always come in the afternoon. 

In the Pacific Division, we have the Calgary Flames who did a really, really good job getting value for their major assets, and the Vancouver Canucks who pretty much did the exact opposite. There's also the San Jose Sharks, who got hosed on one deal, but then made up for it a few days later. And the Anaheim Ducks, who flew under the radar and picked up some good, low-key assets for virtually nothing of substance. 

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Meet Anatoly Golyshev, who might be the world's best unsigned prospect

Jeff Veillette
February 28 2016 03:04AM

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The "free wallet". Brian Burke popularized the phrase in the hockey world in the midst of his tenure with the Maple Leafs, to signify young, unrestricted free agent prospects added to the team without having to give up any form of compensation. The premise was sensible, even if most of his wallets turned out to have been empty. After all, why wouldn't you want to stock your cupboards up with as many potential NHLers as possible?

The hockey world stretches across many leagues in many countries, and in those leagues, you'll find a ton of players that are free to be picked off by NHL teams. Most aren't worth the aggravation, but every so often, somebody sticks out and catches the eye of the rest of the world.

But what if I told you that the best of these thousands of players isn't getting even the slightest bit of attention and that he's hidden in plain sight? Enter Anatoly Golyshev.

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Future Free Agents: How much more can we expect from the ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr?

Cam Lewis
February 27 2016 09:00AM

It was one year ago that the Florida Panthers sent a second round pick in 2015 and a conditional third round pick in 2016 to the New Jersey Devils for a 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr. It certainly seemed random at the time, but now, after 77 games over parts of two seasons in Sunrise, it looks like one of the best things that’s ever happened to the franchise. 

“Hopefully [he'll bring] some offence, stability and leadership,” general manager Dale Tallon said after he had pulled the trigger on the Jagr deal. “It's a good opportunity for him to mentor some of our young guys and show them how hard they have to work to get to his level. It brings stability to our young team and gives us an opportunity in the next 20 games to make a good run to make the playoffs.” And that's exactly what he's done.

As we know, they didn’t make the playoffs last season. But this year, the ageless wonder has been instrumental in lifting the Panthers to the top of the Atlantic Division and into consistent relevancy for arguably the first time in their franchise history. 

I think it’s fair to say that Jagr has blown just about everybody’s expectations out of the water. We all assume that he’s going to slow down, yet he continues to find new ways to produce and help team win. But how much more does he have left in him? Can we expect him to be back next season with the Panthers and their growing core of young talent? 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
February 26 2016 05:30AM

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Canucks wheeling and dealing with Flames, Hawks interested in Hamhuis, Leafs start the fire sale, have considered Bickell, Jets ponder good bye to their Captain, Flames have plenty to sell, McLellan ready for changes in Edmonton, breaking down the "value" of a draft pick, the network launches it's first baseball site and all the trade deadline news you can handle in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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