NHLN Notebook: All-Star recap, No Ads on Jerseys, Mike Smith, Vlady Tkachev

Christian Pagnani
January 30 2017 12:38PM

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The All-Star weekend is over, so we can get back to talking about things that matter... Like the All-Star weekend in hindsight! 

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Who should play on Matthew Tkachuk's line?

Ari Yanover
January 30 2017 10:00AM

Matthew Tkachuk is an asset the Flames didn't even know they had when the season started.

He was a question mark. Would he make the Flames out of camp? Evidently, yes; he had the size going for him, and the talent level, too. But would he be able to stick around past nine games?

Fifty-two games into the Flames' season, he's tied for third in team scoring. So apparently... yes.

Tkachuk isn't just performing well; he's one of the Flames' best players already. And as someone who can play both wings, the Flames have a great opportunity with him. Now, it's just a matter of where they end up putting him.

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Saturday Seven: All-Star Weekend

Curtis LeBlanc
January 28 2017 01:25PM

It's the NHL All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, California, which means all of us are forced to stop watching real hockey for three days while the league indulges itself with another profit-fuelled pageant.

But it's for the fans, really.

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By the Numbers: Jacob Trouba is developing into an elite defender

Garret Hohl
January 27 2017 01:03PM

This last summer, Jacob Trouba supposedly requested a trade from the Winnipeg Jets due to feeling that given the chance he could play as a bonafide "number one" defender in the NHL.

Since his return, Trouba dominated the NHL and it shows in the numbers.

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Future Free Agents: Ben Bishop

Cam Lewis
January 27 2017 11:48AM

Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class.  

Ben Bishop is the biggest name set to hit this year's free agency market. It's obvious at this point that his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning is coming to an end, but which teams would be interested in throwing a bunch of money at a franchise goaltender this summer? 

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