February 04 2016 08:00AM
A few months ago, I looked at all of the moves made over the offseason with the goal of figuring out which trades and signings were good and bad, and what each teams goals were and whether or not they did a good job of making personnel changes to achieve them. Now, since an adequate amount of time has passed, I'm going to pull those assessments up, throw on my hindsight goggles, and look back on the good and the bad moves from the 2015 offseason.
The Metro Division looked pretty predictable at the end of the summer. The Penguins would run away with it, and the Islanders, Rangers, and Capitals would all grab playoff spots while the Blue Jackets would fight somebody from the Atlantic Division for a wild card berth. That hasn't happened at all.
The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils were supposed to be battling for lottery picks this year, but instead, after pretty quiet offseasons, they're both right in the hunt for playoff positions in early February. The Penguins have been tremendously disappointing, and may have made a terrible mistake not working harder to upgrade their situation on defence this summer, while the Capitals are running away with the division instead of them. And the Blue Jackets couldn't look more hopeless.
February 03 2016 12:11PM
It's been a week since Dennis Wideman's bizarre, fateful collision with linesman Don Henderson. Or hit. Or crosscheck. Call it what you will, but back on Jan. 27, the Flames blueliner did something illegal to an official, and now, he's paying the price for it.
Wideman has been suspended 20 games for his actions. He will almost certainly appeal, but for now: that's 20 games gone, and $564,516.13 in salary lost.
January 31 2016 01:01PM
The 2016 NHL All-Star game has probably been the most controversial, but interesting midseason classic in recent memory. After realizing how boring the event has become over the years, the league decided to jump on the bandwagon of the success garnered from three-on-three overtime play and host a four-team tournament instead of a typical pond hockey game between the Eastern and Western Conferences. Then, of course, the fans voted John Scott to be the captain of the Pacific Division, and despite the league's best efforts to shove him out of the game, the enforcer prevailed.
This All-Star game has been somewhat of a black eye on the NHL largely because of the way they handled the Scott situation. Fans were furious and disturbed that the league appeared to be robbing everybody of what they had voted for, and after Scott published an article on The Players' Tribune, we were all offered an inside look at just how poorly he had been treated by the league throughout the whole situation. Anyways, with all that considered, this entire thing has actually been pretty interesting. The three-on-three, NHL HITZ style tournament (along with its $1 million prize) should be more exciting than the typical try-not-to-get-injured exhibition games we've grown tired of.
So what am I getting at here? Well, since this website is a salary cap resource, here are each of the four divisional All-Star teams cap hits heading into tonight's tournament.
January 29 2016 10:17AM
A few months ago, I looked at all of the moves each team had made over the offseason with the goal of figuring out which trades and signings were good and bad, and what each teams goals were and whether or not they did a good job of making personnel changes to achieve them. Now, since an adequate amount of time has passed, I'm going to pull those assessments up, throw on my hindsight goggles, and look back on the good and the bad moves from the 2015 offseason.
The Hawks executed another successful re-tool in the midst of sinking into cap hell, hitting a home run on undrafted Russian free agent Artemi Panarin. The Colorado Avalanche have brought Avsalytics back to life and are doing their best to defy statistics, and this time, it's probably even more puzzling than last. And the Dallas Stars attempt to become the Chicago Blackhawks last summer has helped turn them into a legitimate contender. Let's get into it.
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January 29 2016 06:00AM
LeafsNation is now TankNation, Wideman runs over ref in Calgary, Barkov's contract impact on Sean Monahan, a Horvat for Douin trade possible in Vancouver, Ken Holland shouldn't have a phone at the trade deadline, Jets look to sign Byfuglien and not Ladd, Nail Yakupov positive possession in Edmonton, a look around the NHL at the break, all kinds of trade deadline scenarios and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.