Finding a new home for Mike Richards

Cam Lewis
January 28 2015 08:30AM

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Has Mike Richards really fallen that much? When you look at his numbers, aside from simple goal and assist totals, it doesn’t really seem like it. 

His statistics suggest that he may be a casualty of his environment and he may be able to resurrect his offensive production on a new team. As we all know, the two-time Stanley Cup champ and former Olympic Gold Medalist was placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Kings on Monday morning, and he made it all the way through the wire unwanted. 

Surely somebody in the NHL could use Mike Richards’ services, but as his passage through waivers suggests, nobody is going to take the risk (five more years at $5.75) without giving the Kings some salary back in return.

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Nation Network NHL Power Rankings: All-Star Break Edition

Thomas Drance
January 26 2015 11:48AM

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Photo Credit: Mike Miller/Wikimedia Commons

They've been called "the Glenn Healy" of NHL Power Rankings, they've been furiously annotated and derided as useless. And now they're here. Available across the Nation Network: it's NHL Power Rankings!

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How big is each All-Star team's cap hit?

Cam Lewis
January 24 2015 09:00AM


Here you go, just what you wanted — some cold hard facts regarding the NHL All-Star game. I know, you probably never would have guessed, but neither Team Foligno or Team Toews is cap compliant. Team Foligno seemed to go nuts with their spending money, as they came in with a cap hit of $118.227, while Team Toews was much more frugal, icing a team that would cost $114.785.

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A quick look at what effect the loser point has had on the NHL standings

Cam Lewis
January 21 2015 08:45AM

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A win is a win and a loss is a loss. Why the NHL feels the need to reward teams with an extra point for losing a little bit later on in a game is completely beyond me. It made some sense back before the 2004-05 lockout put an end to tie games, but now, with every game resulting in a win, it’s unnecessary. Through the last five seasons, the loser point has had a relatively negligible effect on the standings, but the culture of rewarding teams with one point for losing a game after regulation waters down the incentive to win. 

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The Rangers and Marc Staal reportedly closing in on a new deal

Cam Lewis
January 16 2015 02:07PM

It looks like the Staal brother reunion is going to have to wait, as the New York Rangers and defenceman Marc Staal are reportedly closing in on a six-year deal worth somewhere between $5.6 and $5.9 million a year. With the signing, the Rangers will have the top end of their D-core, including Staal, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh tied up for the foreseeable future, but will have to make decisions on Martin St. Louis, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello who are all reaching the end of their deals this summer. Also, with Staal likely off the market, the summer 2015 UFA market is starting to looking really dry, which is great for guys like Jeff Petry and Cody Franson.

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