Because It's the Cap: Arizona Coyotes

Megan Kim
May 24 2017 10:02AM

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Nobody really expected the Arizona Coyotes to come out of the gate flying, although they took something of a step forward in 2015-16. If you've forgotten: They finished the year fourth in an admittedly weak Pacific Division, but strong seasons from rookies Max Domi and Anthony Duclair and Oliver Ekman-Larsson's best campaign to date gave Coyotes fans plenty of hope for the future. On top of that, the Coyotes firmly planted themselves on the analytics side of the fence when they named 26 year-old John Chayka general manager. 

Chayka went on to make some canny moves in the offseason, including taking on some deadweight in salary cap and drafting two first-round picks in Clayton Keller and Jakob Chychrun. 

You can't blame Coyotes fans for being a bit optimistic coming into the year. Not to be dramatic, but they were let down by some catastrophic sophomore slumps, a disjointed roster, and a down year by Oliver Ekman-Larsson's standards. Look -- Coyotes fans can still be optimistic. The best is ahead. Looking ahead is the way to go, because looking into the rearview mirror for this season? Not so pleasant.

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Because It's The Cap: Vancouver Canucks Offseason Preview

Shawn Reis
May 23 2017 08:00AM

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29th in the league in goals for, 24th in goals against, and 29th in points, the Vancouver Canucks just plain sucked in 2016-2017. Let's take a closer look at their roster, their salary cap situation, and the offseason that lies ahead to get a better idea how this team can correct course not so much in the short term, but in the long term. After all, with a largely veteran core and a team that isn't anywhere remotely close to contending for a Stanley Cup, there might not be a single team in the NHL that more desperately needs a full-scale rebuild.

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Because It's The Cap: Colorado Avalanche Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
May 22 2017 08:00AM

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The Avalanche just had their worst season since moving to Colorado. They went 22-56-4, finishing dead last in the league by a mile, and came terrifyingly close to matching the dark Quebec Nordiques days from the early 1990s for the worst season in the franchise’s entirety. 

And what do they have to show for it? The fourth overall pick at this year’s draft. 

The Avs have a lot of work to do in order to resurrect this dead corpse and bring themselves back up to contender status. They’ve missed the playoffs three years in a row, in six of their last seven seasons, and haven’t made it out of the first round since 2008. This season’s implosion may seem like it came out of the blue, but in reality, it’s been a long time coming. 

Thankfully, when you’re this bad, there’s nowhere to go but up. But where do you even begin? 

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The Nation Notebook: Playoff Injuries, McDavid Contract, and Sweden Wins

Christian Pagnani
May 22 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article.

The playoffs are losing bodies left and right. Connor McDavid might opt for a five-year contract like other superstars have. Sweden wins the World Championships. Phil Kessel is there for a teammate during a time of need.

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Projecting McDavid's Next Contract

Christian Pagnani
May 19 2017 03:00PM

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In his end of the year press conference, Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli talked aboutthe offseason signings he has to make in response to a question from the Edmonton Sun’s Terry Jones.

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