Could the New York Rangers be #ActuallyBad Enough to Win the Draft Lottery?

Pat Keogh
October 30 2017 09:00AM

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On paper, it seemed like the New York Rangers improved this offseason. 

They traded their top-line center Derek Stepan for Anthony DeAngelo and the 7th overall pick, but Tony D was considered NHL-ready and the hope was that either the player taken with that 1st round pick, Lias Andersson, or his counterpart taken at 21, Filip Chytil, would slot into the depth chart high enough that New York’s problems down the middle would be mitigated. Trusted Sportsbooks like Bookmaker suggested the Rangers would contend for a playoff spot this season, but what's gone wrong? 

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Mark Jankowski shouldn’t be the Flames’ saviour

Ryan Pike
October 23 2017 11:06AM

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Through the first eight games of the season, a common refrain among those who follow the Calgary Flames – be they media, fans or other followers – is that Sam Bennett isn’t exactly setting the world on fire at center. But that comment is often followed by a furrowed brow and a question: “What about Mark Jankowski?”

While Bennett has been struggling up the middle in Calgary, Jankowski has been eviscerating the American Hockey League. Through six games the 2012 first round pick has been a beast for the Stockton Heat, factoring into their offense in every single game. As the undisputed best center prospect the Flames have right now, it was only natural to ponder a recall.

The Flames are off to a mediocre start to the season despite being listed as contenders by trusted Sportsbooks like Bodog. Can Jankowski's recall make a difference? 

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Polak Is Going To Wreck Everything

Jon Steitzer
October 23 2017 11:04AM

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I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was break me
Yeah, you wreck me
– Miley Cyrus
– Roman Polak

Emotions and front offices have been high over the past twenty four hours. Few things are more difficult to come to terms with than the fact that the Leafs, who have watched a lot of Roman Polak over the past three years, thought it was a good idea to sign him in his broken state, to play hockey. For them. The Toronto Maple Leafs.

Anyway, it’s time for a rational discussion of this signing, so I’ve put together a handy guide to work through all our Roman Polak feelings…

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Can the Oilers afford McDavid, Draisaitl, and Nugent-Hopkins long term?

Christian Pagnani
October 12 2017 11:49AM

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The Edmonton Oilers cap situation gets serious next season. Connor McDavid's mega-extension kicks in then, which will make him the league's highest paid player at $12.5 million per year, and the Oilers will have roughly $13 million to sign 10 players, including Patrick Maroon, Ryan Strome, Darnell Nurse, Matt Benning, and Mark Letestu.

Conventional thinking is simple: Leon Draisaitl is going to play centre, Chiarelli stated as much when he signed him for $8.5 million per year. That leaves Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the third spot, and $6 million dollars is way too much for a third line centre.

McDavid, Draisaitl, and Nugent-Hopkins would combine for $27 million, or 36% of this year's salary cap. Can the Oilers afford that and build a competitive roster around them?

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Gazing Into The Crystal Ball

Jayson Spikes
October 04 2017 12:52PM

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The day has finally arrived! The puck drops tonight and the race for the 2018 Stanley Cup is on. While there are still 1,271 games to be played between now and the playoffs begin, everyone wants to talk about who will win the Cup. Will it be the Penguins getting the three-peat? The young Oilers or Leafs breaking through? Will Ovechkin, Backstrom and Holtby finally figure things out?

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