January 04 2017 02:00PM
Since the implementation of Paul Jerrard's more opportunistic, aggressive penalty kill we've started seeing a steady rise from among the league's worst to about middle of the pack, which is a positive trend given how often this Calgary Flames team is penalized. It's not perfect by any stretch of the means, but it's on a good trajectory.
One major opportunity exists: elevating the second penalty kill unit to a higher level. To do that, it should include Sam Bennett as a near permanent fixture in place of Matt Stajan.
January 04 2017 06:42AM
Last season, fans were calling for Jimmy Howard to be traded. His mediocre play as the Red Wings starting goaltender had been holding the team back for the last couple of years. And, when he fell to injury, backup Petr Mrazek rose to the occasion, posting a .951 SV% and 1.31 GAA through January and the first half of February.
Now that the Wings had a young goalie with a high ceiling, there was no need for the aging Jimmy Howard and his $5.3 million cap hit. Unfortunately, his contract doesn’t come off the books until 2019-20. Due to this, Howard was deemed “untradable”.
As it turned out, this was a blessing in disguise for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard has been the strongest player on the team with stats that rank him with the best goalies in the league. Before falling to an MCL Sprain that is keeping him out 4-6 weeks, he was making a strong case for himself as a Vezina Trophy candidate.
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January 04 2017 05:00AM
The Nation Network is pleased and proud to announce that our Editor in Chief, Thomas Drance, has stepped down to take a position with the Florida Panthers.
January 03 2017 12:30PM
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Happy New Year! We're actually a few days into 2017 already, but that doesn't change the fact that we're now able to look back on December. It was a good month for the blue and white; their 7-4-3 record brought them ever closer to being comfortably in a playoff spot. Like we did a month ago, let's see how the team progressed from November to December.
January 03 2017 10:38AM
The Coyotes claim Alex Burmistrov, the Islanders want to get rid of Jaroslav Halak, Rasmus Dahlin is making a name for himself, and Colorado might be willing to part with Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog for a good, young defenseman.