The Rangers and Marc Staal reportedly closing in on a new deal

Cam Lewis
January 16 2015 02:07PM

It looks like the Staal brother reunion is going to have to wait, as the New York Rangers and defenceman Marc Staal are reportedly closing in on a six-year deal worth somewhere between $5.6 and $5.9 million a year. With the signing, the Rangers will have the top end of their D-core, including Staal, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh tied up for the foreseeable future, but will have to make decisions on Martin St. Louis, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello who are all reaching the end of their deals this summer. Also, with Staal likely off the market, the summer 2015 UFA market is starting to looking really dry, which is great for guys like Jeff Petry and Cody Franson.

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The Nashville Predators are legit, even without Rinne in net

Cam Lewis
January 16 2015 10:31AM

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The Nashville Predators, who currently own the best record in the NHL, are about to begin life without the league’s best goaltender, Pekka Rinne, who will miss the next three to five weeks with a knee injury. With Rinne out of the lineup, the Predators will be forced to prove to the rest of the league that they truly are the Stanley Cup contender their record suggests they are, and that they aren’t just a one-dimensional team riding the success of their goaltender. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 16 2015 07:30AM

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Canucks will miss the playoffs, Kessel trade rumors, Flames slowing down, Oilers usual antics, Teemu the Dominator and more in this week's Roundup.

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Nobody was better than the Dominator when he was at his best

Cam Lewis
January 14 2015 09:15AM

When Buffalo raised Dominik Hasek’s number to the rafters on Tuesday night, it sparked a question regarding where he belongs on the list of greatest goaltenders of all time. While he doesn’t have the same longevity or success that legendary goalies from the same era like Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur had, when he was at his best, nobody was better than Hasek. At his peak, he was the most dominant goalie ever to play the game. There’s a reason he was called the Dominator — it certainly wasn’t just a pun on his first name. 

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Monday Musings...

Jason Gregor
January 12 2015 03:31PM

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It was another rollercoaster weekend for Oilers fans. You were on a high after Friday's convincing victory over Chicago, but the winning ride didn't last long after yesterday's loss to the Florida Panthers.

We are officially past the halfway point of the NHL season, with only the Rangers, Canucks, Panthers and Blue Jackets not playing 41 games, but we've seen 627 of 1230 games played.

Here are some thoughts on the first half and some expectations for the second.

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