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.
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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.
January 12 2017 02:00PM
Let's get a simple fact out of the way right out of the gates: Matthew Tkachuk is a really good hockey player. The 19-year-old was selected by the Calgary Flames in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft. He made the team out of camp and he's found a home on the left side of Calgary's top line with Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund.
As a rookie on his entry-level contract, Tkachuk's success could potentially cause some future salary cap headaches for the Flames. Entry-level players are eligible for performance bonuses (which are added at the end of the season if they're reached) and the Flames are actually running $630,000 short on this year's cap because of all the bonuses they paid out last season to guys like Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.
If you're beginning to feel a bit worried about the cap, please don't be. The particularities of this season's rookie class will probably prevent Tkachuk from hitting a lot of his bonuses.