Could Kris Russell work in Calgary?

Pat Steinberg
September 28 2016 10:00AM

It's one of the worst kept secrets in the NHL: Kris Russell would like to return to the Calgary Flames and the team has interest in bringing him back. 

While I can confirm the prior statement is true, it's a lot more difficult to determine the extent of interest from either side. One of the most polarizing players around these parts in recent years, Russell could be a nice addition to the Flames but only under the right circumstances. So just how would a potential Russell return work for Calgary?

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Canada wins Game 1 of World Cup Final

Jeff Veillette
September 27 2016 11:51PM

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS

Look, I'm not going to bore you with a lot of details here, because this game probably already did a pretty damn good job of boring you with its action. Or lack thereof, rather. Team Canada cruised it's way to an easy 3-1 victory in front of a half-full and nearly entirely indifferent Air Canada Centre, setting itself up for a game that actually matters on Thursday night. 

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WCOH Final 1: Canada vs. Europe

Jeff Veillette
September 27 2016 02:45PM


It may not be the most perfect narrative, but it certainly could have been worse. In one corner, we have Canada, a team that everybody expected to be here, with a suffocatingly high level of talent and execution of their system that has found a way to make greatness seem almost boring. In the other, we have Team Europe, a group of players who are old, wise, have never really played together, and may never play together again, looking to upset goliath on their own ice.

It's not very likely at all, but hey, let's make the most of the occasion.

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pGPS 2016 Draft Extravaganza: Central Division

Jeremy Davis
September 27 2016 12:15PM

Draft Review - central

Image created by the great and wonderful Matt Henderson.

Well we’re inching closer to the start of the hockey season, but before we get there, it’s time for the Big Unveiling of the full 2016 NHL Entry pGPS data set. I know. Try to contain your excitement.

Taking on the entire draft at once already produces a massive amount of information, but this year’s review is so replete with beautiful charts fashioned by our very own Petbugs, it would simply be outrageous to try to fit it into one article. That’s while we’ll be taking this journey one division at a time, with a league wide overview at the end.

Today we’ll be examining the Central Division, where another Nation Network team resides. (Hi Jets Nation!)

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Why the Jack Adams Award is Mike Babcock's to lose

Jeff Veillette
September 27 2016 09:43AM

Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY SPORTS

Every year, a panel of voters scribbles on a ballot and decides, in their infinite wisdom, who the best coach in the National Hockey League was for the season that just concluded. The winner of those ballots picks up the Jack Adams Award, which basically guarantees them a job in pro hockey as long as they want one. Often, their choice creates a ton of debate, due to the recent history of picking whoever coached the team that made the biggest standings leap.

Now, the season hasn't started yet, and I don't think it matters to him all that much, but it's hard to imagine a scenario where the ballots spit out a winner other than Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock. Here's my reasoning:

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