Because It's the Cap: Winnipeg Jets Offseason Preview

Megan Kim
June 01 2017 11:00AM

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Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: The Winnipeg Jets were (and are) a better team than their 2016-17 record indicated. Unfortunately for them, you don't make the playoffs by being better than your record indicates. You make the playoffs by... posting a good enough record. And the Jets? They did not do that.

It wasn't all doom and gloom for the Jets, though. There were plenty of bright spots in an underwhelming season, and we all know what the brightest spot of all was. 

By the grace of the hockey gods, Winnipeg ended up with the second overall pick in the 2016 Entry Draft, and voila -- a Patrik Laine, goal-scorer extraordinaire, at their disposal. That went better than anybody could have hoped, and if the season didn't go exactly as planned, at least the Jets can tally up a Calder Trophy finalist to their name. The bottom line? Barring a Laine sophomore slump and factoring in the rest of the talent on the roster, Winnipeg fans can look forward to the future with hope in their hearts. 

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Because It's The Cap: Carolina Hurricanes Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
May 31 2017 06:24PM

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The Carolina Hurricanes are an interesting team. For a couple of years now, they've boasted strong possession numbers, but nothing has come of it. Last year, though, the Canes went on a little bit of a run, working their way into the playoff picture despite being written off before the season even started. The team boasts a ridiculously good young blueline and some interesting talent up front. Poor goaltending and an inability to score has held this team in the basement, but with so much young talent, it seems the Hurricanes are poised to not only end their eight-year playoff drought, but become contenders in the Eastern Conference. 

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Because It's The Cap: Los Angeles Kings Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
May 30 2017 08:00AM

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After spending three years at the top, which included two Stanley Cups and a loss in the Western Conference Final, the Los Angeles Kings have relinquished their throne. Despite finishing at the top of the league in shot attempt differential, a combination of mediocre goaltending and an inability to score goals resulted in Los Angeles missing the playoffs for the second time in three years. As a result, the guillotine was brought out, and Dean Lombardi and Darryl Sutter, the two individuals who brought the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles for the first time, were let go. 

Rob Blake has taken over the general manager duties, and boy, does he have himself quite the mess to clean up. It's been known for a long time that the Kings are in salary cap hell, and as the team continues to age and their worn down and beaten up players see their game continue to deteriorate, the situation becomes more and more bleak. In his new role, Blake is going to have to figure out whether or not this core, one that pays Dustin Brown, Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar, and Jonathan Quick a combined $26.55 million annually, can climb back to success. 

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Because it's the Cap: Florida Panthers Offseason Preview

Adam Laskaris
May 29 2017 08:00AM

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If you could say nothing else about the 2016-17 Florida Panthers, you could likely say they were a disappointment. 

A year after a playoff berth, things were looking up for the boys in red. Many even picked the so-called "Fancy Cats" (due to their heavy reliance on analytics) to be dark horse Eastern Conference, and in some cases, Stanley Cup Champions.

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The Nation Notebook: Dubas Stays, Scott vs PK, and Oshie

Christian Pagnani
May 29 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. 

Kyle Dubas is staying in Toronto despite rumours suggesting otherwise. John Scott trashes P.K. Subban. Is T.J. Oshie staying in Washington? And Alex Edler wants to be part of a rebuild in Vancouver.

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