The Nation Notebook: Sobotka Returns, Marchand Suspended, and Hedman Hits 70

Christian Pagnani
April 07 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. 

Vladimir Sobotka returns to the NHL. Brad Marchand gets a two-game vacation before the playoffs. Tyson Jost gets his first, and Viktor Hedman reaches 70 points.

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Future Free Agents: Nick Bonino

Cam Lewis
April 07 2017 07:00AM

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Before the Penguins 2016 Stanley Cup run, Nick Bonino was largely known as a guy who seems to be thrown into big trades. In 2014, the Canucks acquired him from the Ducks in a deal for Ryan Kesler. A year later, he was moved by the Canucks to the Penguins for Brandon Sutter. 

But after playing a major role on last season’s Stanley Cup winning team, posting four goals and 18 points in 24 games on the HBK line with Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel, Bonino has put himself on the map. This summer, he’ll head into free agency for the first time in his career, hoping to ride that playoff performance to a major payday. 

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5 non-playoff teams with contending potential

Shawn Reis
April 05 2017 09:07AM

Starting next week it's going to be playoffs, playoffs, playoffs. But it's not next week yet, so let's talk about the teams that won't be there while we still reasonably can. Here are five teams that are going to be forgotten for the next couple of months, that could be making major post-season noise in future years:

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NHLN Power Rankings: Apr. 4, 2017

Scott Maxwell
April 04 2017 03:17PM

It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.

Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).

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Matthews, Marner, Nylander a historic NHL rookie trio

Evan Presement
April 04 2017 11:33AM

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Sorry in advance, Jim Matheson, but the Leafs’ rookies are really, really good. So good, in fact, that Toronto’s ‘Big Three’ may be the best trio of rookies to ever play for the same team at the same time.

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