Now who’s the best in the NHL?

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June 28 2017 04:01PM

The dust has finally settled after the completion of the expansion and amateur draft. The question remains, after all the additions and subtractions, who is the team to beat in 2017-18?

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Free Agency 2017: The Market For Defencemen

Cam Lewis
June 28 2017 11:57AM

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Free Agent Frenzy is almost upon us. We’ve gone through an Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and on Saturday, the annual tradition of throwing a bunch of money at players will begin. Over the next few days, I’m going to dive into the unrestricted free agent market and map out who’s available and who’s going to be interested.

Yesterday, I looked at the abundance of solid goaltenders floating around free agency. Today, I'll take a dive into the much, much thinner market for free agent defencemen.

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Free Agency 2017: The Market For Goaltenders

Cam Lewis
June 27 2017 08:00AM

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Free Agent Frenzy is almost upon us. We've gone through an Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and on Saturday, the annual tradition of throwing a bunch of money at players will begin. Over the next few days, I'm going to dive into the free agent market and map out who's available and who's going to be interested. 

Let's start with goaltenders. This summer's biggest prize, Ben Bishop, has already been locked up to a long-term deal, but there are still a handful of solid goalies on the market. There are probably more solid goalies than opportunities right now, which could make for an interesting market. 

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The Nation Notebook: NHL Draft, Vegas Picks, and the Free Agent Window Begins

Christian Pagnani
June 26 2017 07:05AM

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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 draft is over and now the focus shifts to free agency. Picks were traded, rumoured players were finally moved and a few that were guaranteed are still awaiting a new destination, while some surprising names switched teams. Las Vegas has their roster and their inaugural draft class to boot. The window to talk to pending unrestricted free agents has opened. Matt Duchene hasn't been traded yet and what's going on with Ilya Kovalchuk?

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The Worst Ballot Possible For Each Award

Scott Maxwell
June 22 2017 03:58PM


The NHL awards are always quite controversial. Despite the fact that it might be pretty straightforward to, you know, pick the best player for each award, it's never that easy, as not everyone has the same mindset. While most people tend to make the correct picks, sometimes people make the wrong picks. Like, really wrong. So, it's time to expose them.

I present to you the worst ballet's possible for each award. Basically, I'll be looking at each award, and picking the worst candidate given a vote in each position. So, the worst candidate for a first place vote, the worst candidate for a second place vote, etc. While we won't know who actually made these votes, just imagine that it's Steve Simmons, or someone of that ilk.

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