January 14 2017 12:00PM
Jonathan Toews is currently on pace for 42 points, which would be his lowest total in any season (he had 48 points in 47 games in the lockout-shortened season). The centre who is always lauded for his two-way play and ability to win just about any hockey championship ever is in the second year of a massive eight-year contract that carries a the highest annual average value in the league at 10.5 million.
Toews shares this honour with Patrick Kane, but Kane just recently won the Art Ross last season. Toews is still capable of facing opponent's top lines day in and day out, it's just he was also scoring around 70 points while doing it before. The Chicago Blackhawks would obviously like to get a little more from their top centre at the price they're paying him, but should they be worried about their investment.
January 14 2017 11:11AM
There is a big part of me that has always wanted to view hockey as a sport for good people.
The motivation for this is, at least in part, self-serving. I devote many hours of my time every year to hockey. I watch well over 82 games a season and there are hockey-based publications I read every day. I find myself emotionally involved in the fate of my team. I get excited by the potential for improvement in every offseason.
January 14 2017 09:00AM
Nic Petan needs more ice time and the Jets need him to have more ice time, if they want to push for the playoffs. The 21 year old can be a difference maker for the Jets, but only if he is given more opportunity.
With Patrik Laine on the injured reserve, now is the time to give Petan a larger role again.
Nation World HQ
January 13 2017 05:00AM
The Leafs are actually good, the Jets and Wings are quite bad, Jim Benning reveals his plans, the Flames first half and exposing Troy Brouwer, Taylor Hall goes back to Edmonton, the Adidas jersey takeover, the NHL's point system, backup goalies, Justin Schultz 2.0 and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
January 12 2017 02:50PM
The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article.
In today's notebook, we talk about shootouts, Datsyuk's return to the NHL and Bryzgalov being Bryzgalov.