Looking back at the lopsided Danny Grant/ Henry Boucha swap

Mike Commito
August 27 2016 09:04AM


With little else going on in the off-season, we powered up the Wings Nation time machine to head back to August 27, 1974 to zero in on the time Detroit traded Henry Boucha to Minnesota in exchange for Danny Grant. 

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What's Johnny Gaudreau going to make on his next contract?

Jacob Stoller
August 27 2016 07:11AM


Putting pen to paper on the Sean Monahan contract may have checked one of the final boxes on the Calgary Flames summer to do list, but it turned the spotlight to another box that remains unchecked.  The Flames' other young star, Johnny Gaudreau, remains a restricted free agent late in to the offseason and the clock is ticking for Calgary and Gaudreau to get a deal done. 

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Will Jake Virtanen Start the Season in the AHL?

J.D. Burke
August 26 2016 01:00PM

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The Canucks have a series of difficult questions to face at the onset of training camp. Paramount among them is whether they can accommodate Jake Virtanen as a feature on their opening night lineup.

It's not even a matter of regression, or whether Virtanen has done anything to loosen his grip on a full-time job. By all accounts, Virtanen had one of the best second halves among all Canucks' forwards; a distinction worth making, but one that perhaps undersells his body of work last season as a whole, truthfully. He's apparently been putting in serious work this off-season, too.

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Using pGPS: Mike Gillis UFA Prospects

Ryan Biech
August 26 2016 11:00AM

Hockey season is on the horizon, so news is really starting to pick up the pace. At the moment, we are counting down the top 20 prospects within the Canucks organization, some of which the current regime acquired.

At the moment, Jim Benning's left no stone unturned as he continues to look for ways to add to the current prospect pool. The Canucks are rumoured to be in the hunt for NCAA UFA Matt Benning. Yes, he is related, it's Jim's nephew -- and he plays with Adam Gaudette, too.

Given that rumoured interest, we used pGPS to look at M. Benning, and an underwhelming 3.1% went onto becoming NHL regulars. I tweeted this out, merely as a 'for your information', but someone asked a question that got the wheels turning:

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 26 2016 05:00AM

ROUND-UP 

Leafs scaring off free agents, Ken Holland's worst GM moves, why Giordano still can't make the World Cup team, Jets and Oilers need Captains, grading Chiarelli to date, why fighting is still part of the game, looking at Team North America and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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