June 20 2016 10:00AM
Marc-Andre Fleury was putting together a pretty good season before a concussion on March 31 sidelined him for a month. By the time he was taking full part in practices again, Matt Murray had already won a playoff round.
Fleury ultimately only played two games en route to the Penguins' fourth Stanley Cup: the first he came in as relief during a 4-0 seemingly hopeless cause; the second, he lost with a .840 save percentage.
And thus, things seem clear for the Penguins. Murray is the guy now, and Fleury might have to go. Ideally, they keep him around as the season starts, in case Murray falters - but the expansion draft could also force things, as the Penguins would have to protect Fleury over Murray.
Fleury isn't meant to be a backup, though. And there are just a few teams in the league who need a starting goaltender, Calgary chief among them. It's a match made in heaven.
... Or is it?
June 19 2016 12:00PM
After yet another successful regular season that ultimately ended in playoff disappointment, the Anaheim Ducks let go of head coach Bruce Boudreau and chose to move on by taking a massive step backwards (both figuratively and literally) by hiring Randy Carlyle to man the team’s bench for his second tenure.
And that’ll just be the beginning of the shuffling in Anaheim this season, as a wealth of free agents, a strict internal budget, and the imminent threat of an expansion draft will result in significant changes to the Ducks’ roster over the summer.
June 18 2016 10:00AM
The NHL's most entertaining team is in a tight jam.
The Dallas Stars are stuck in a very abnormal cap situation. They have just 11 forwards, 4 defensemen, and 2 goalies locked up, with $13 million in cap space. While that isn't a huge issue, the two goalies account for almost 18% of the cap, and the team had the sixth worst save percentage this year. This was a team that made it to game 7 of the conference semifinals this year without Tyler Seguin, and could very well be a Cup contender if they improve in net, but it won't be easy.
June 17 2016 11:00AM
The San Jose Sharks are fresh off of their best season in franchise history. It didn’t have the storybook ending that fans had hoped for, but even reaching the Cup finals has to be considered a major leap forward for the franchise. But where do they go from here?
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June 17 2016 05:00AM
The NHL is boring, Kessel gets it done, is Matthews really better than Laine, what do the Canucks have at 5, remembering Gordie Howe, Flames buyouts, where will Yakupov go, the NHL draft, Vegas expansion, free agency, Randy Carlyle and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.