February 14 2016 09:00AM
Over the past couple weeks, I've been using the power of hindsight to break down the good and the bad of what happened over the 2015 NHL offseason. I did the same thing in mid-August, but now that we have a few months of actual NHL play to analyze, I figured it was time to go back and see how each team's moves (or lack of moves) have paid off. After going through all four divisions, looking at the players that teams have added and subtracted, and how they've spent their money, I figured I would put together a big list of which teams are winners and losers, and which teams are floating in their own category somewhere in the middle.
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February 12 2016 05:30AM
A farewell to the Leafs Captain, what impact does Byfuglien's new contract have on Hamhuis in Vancouver, Flames bench their young stars, Oilers playoff hopes, the NHL's goalie interference rule, trade deadline speculation for all teams and more in this weeks Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
February 11 2016 01:24PM
With Dustin Byfuglien signing a five-year contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets earlier this week, Keith Yandle immediately became the most attractive rental defencemen on the trade market. That said, even though it’s very unlikely the New York Rangers will be able to afford to sign him to a new contract this summer, it’s hard to imagine they’ll let him go, considering they’re geared in win-now mode, and captain Ryan McDonagh was just recently sidelined with a concussion.
Regardless of what happens with Yandle at the deadline, it’s virtually certain that he’s going to hit the open market this summer. And when he does, there’s going to be a whole bunch of teams making calls to his agent, as nobody else available has anywhere near the same offensive prowess that he does.
February 08 2016 09:45AM
We're four months deep into the NHL season and the trade deadline is right around the corner. Time flies, I know. By now, it's become clear for most organizations as to whether they'll be buying or selling at the deadline, but there are still a handful of teams that aren't very good but are right in the mix, floating around in some kind of grey area. In this month's check in, I'm going to break down where each team is at as we head into the home stretch, and who should be opting to sell their assets and start focusing on the future, and who should be interested in buying to fuel their playoff aspirations.
February 07 2016 09:00AM
A few months ago, I looked at all of the moves made over the offseason with the goal of figuring out which trades and signings were good and bad, what each teams goals were, and whether or not they did a good job of making the personnel changes to achieve them. Now, since an adequate amount of time has passed, I'm going to pull those assessments up, throw on my hindsight goggles, and look back on the good and the bad moves from the 2015 offseason.
If you're an Atlantic Division team, you either had an incredibly busy offseason, or you came into the 2015-16 season with virtually the exact same roster as the year before. The Boston Bruins summer was a roller coaster ride, filled with ups and downs, but looking back in hindsight, it wasn't as bad as many suggested it was at the time. The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs have done a solid job pushing their rebuilds in the right direction, while the Florida Panthers have finally broken out thanks to excellent play from young and old players alike. And, of course, rather than even bothering to talk about the summer the Tampa Bay Lightning had, we need to talk about what's ahead. Let's get into it.