On penalty differential and the Leafs

Jeff Veillette
October 01 2016 01:12AM

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One of the things that fans, analysts, team staff members, players; everybody, really, are prone to really dialing their focus on is a hockey team's success on special teams. Playing in a situation where your team is up or down a player can, quite literally, be a game changer. So, with that in mind, let's talk about how the team is situated as far as just getting into special teams situations.

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Grit, Stats and Draft Choices - An Interview With Doug MacLean

Kent Wilson
September 30 2016 02:46PM

FlamesNation reader Cory S had an opportunity to sit down with former GM and Sportsnet analyst Doug MacLean this summer and he was kind enough to share the transcript with us. 

The interview includes a wide variety of topics, including MacLean's start in the NHL, his experiences in Columbus and his take on things like analytics, the relationship between coaches and GM's and the Flames negotiations with Johnny Gaudreau.


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Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 9/30/2016 Edition

Jonathan Willis
September 30 2016 01:00PM


Everybody loves the idea of getting something for nothing, and the NHL equivalent is the waiver wire. Friday marks the first time in the 2016-17 season that we’ve seen substantial activity, and while it’s unlikely that we’ll see a claim – most teams are busy figuring out how to deal with their own waiver issues – there are a few names worth highlighting.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 30 2016 05:00AM

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Jacob Trouba no shows at Jets camp, Babcock for coach of the year, a look back at Canucks draft picks and the season ahead, will Edmonton send Puljujarvi to the AHL, the Gaudreau dilemma in Calgary continues, every team kicks tires on Trouba, fantasy hockey, cherish your father and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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POSTGAME: Europe puts up a good fight, but Canada comes out on top

Jeff Veillette
September 29 2016 11:56PM

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Nobody expected Team Europe to get as far as they did. Pockets of players had played together before, on their own international teams, on professional teams, but there was never much of a chemistry building period for this group. That didn't matter, though, as they took a shorter warm-up camp than most, with a rougher start than all, and turned it into a Cinderella run all the way to the World Cup of Hockey Final.

There wasn't much of a shot given to them there, either. Nobody thought they stood a chance against Canada, the odds-on favourite from start to finish. To the surprise of many, they put up a very good fight. Ultimately, though, the Red and White hockey giant proved just too powerful to break through, even for a game.

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