Missing out on Stamkos closes a shortcut, but isn't a roadblock

Jeff Veillette
June 29 2016 05:41PM

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Before we get into this topic, let's make a few things clear. Firstly, Steven Stamkos isn't a traitor for choosing to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was under no obligation to sign in Toronto; ultimately, the choice was his, and he went with what he thought was best for him. Secondarily, this isn't the time to go "oh, well, the Leafs were better off without him anyway". Because that probably isn't true either.

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The Oilers Trade Taylor Hall to New Jersey

baggedmilk
June 29 2016 01:26PM


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Wait... let me compose myself. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! *faints* The Oilers have reportedly traded Taylor Hall to New Jersey straight across for Adam Larsson.

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Exploring the options for Steven Stamkos through Twitter

Adam Laskaris
June 29 2016 10:59AM

In a perfect world, every team in the NHL would like Steven Stamkos on their roster.

But in reality, there's only going to be one team that ends up with him when he hits free agency on July 1st.

Where it is is anybody's best guess. There's been rumours of front-runners and dark horses emerging, but until his deal is finalized, there will be theories swirling everywhere about where Stamkos is going, how much he'll sign for, and why. 

From the wonderful world of hockey Twitter, here's a take from each fanbase on why Stamkos should go to their city. 

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The End Of The Eric Lindros Trade Chain

Cam Lewis
June 28 2016 03:12PM

Not only can we put an end to the “Is Eric Lindros A Hall of Famer?” argument, we can also close the book on the blockbuster trade that sent him from the Quebec Nordiques to the Philadelphia Flyers before his career even began. 

After being passed over six times, Eric Lindros, who scored 372 goals and 493 assists over 760 NHL games, was finally inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame this week. Interestingly enough, on the day he was inducted, the Colorado Avalanche also didn’t offer defenceman Brandon Gormley a qualifying offer, making him a free agent, and officially putting to bed a string of players acquired by the Avs that began when the franchise, back when they were still in Quebec City, drafted Lindros first overall in 1991. 

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NHL fines Canucks $50k for 'inappropriate public comments' violating tampering By-Law

Thomas Drance
June 28 2016 11:14AM

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As expected, the Vancouver Canucks have been levied an enormous $50,000 fine by the NHL for violating the league's tampering By-Laws, the league announced on Tuesday.

The fine has been levied as a result of comments Canucks general manager Jim Benning made this past Thursday in Buffalo, in which he expressed his interest - during an appearance with Matt Sekeres and Blake Price on TSN 1040 - in Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos, a pending unrestricted free agent, and Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

The amount is double what then-Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson was fined for tampering back in 2009, when he made significantly more suggestive and pointed comments indicating that his club was interested in pursuing the Sedin twins. You'd think that perhaps the league just doubled the Wilson fine because Benning mentioned two players, but then, that doesn't make sense, because Henrik and Daniel Sedin are two distinct individuals also, even if we often group them together for obvious reasons...

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