Breaking Down Summer 2016: Metropolitan Division

Cam Lewis
October 05 2016 12:00PM

This article is part of a four-part series that lists all of the transactions made by each NHL team and discusses what each team’s offseason means in the context of their division. Information and data was taken from: NHL Numbers, Hockey Reference, General Fanager, Hockey Analysis, Corsica, TSN, and Rotowire. Also, a special thanks to Sean Tierney who provided data visualization for the series. 

There isn't much you can really do to improve your chances at success when you play in the same division as the defending Stanley Cup Champions and Presidents Trophy winner. 

It's hard to imagine anybody getting past either the Capitals or Penguins at the top of the Metropolitan Division standings, but with the Rangers and Islanders seemingly poised to take a step backwards, one of the rebuilding teams could take an opportunity to trend upwards. 

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Should the Flames sign any of their PTOs?

Kent Wilson
October 05 2016 08:00AM

Training camp is nearing its end and the Calgary Flames still have three players hanging around on professional tryouts: Chris Higgins, Lauri Korpikosi and Nicklas Grossmann. It could be that these guys are just extra bodies to fill the veteran quota for the last two exhibition games - or it could be that the club is actually considering keeping one of them around.

Let's not bury the lede here. No, the Flames shouldn't sign any of their PTOs. The club's cap situation is precarious as things stand, and none of the players offer anything that can't be found elsewhere for nothing. 

Shorter version: they're all pretty lousy. 

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WAIVER WIRE, 10/4/2016 EDITION

Jonathan Willis
October 04 2016 02:30PM

The waiver wire list generally only gets better and better as training camps approach their end dates, and this year is no exception. Tuesday's list features some extremely interesting players.

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Breaking Down Summer 2016: Central Division

Cam Lewis
October 04 2016 12:00PM

This article is part of a four-part series that lists all of the transactions made by each NHL team and discusses what each team’s offseason means in the context of their division. Information and data was taken from: NHL Numbers, Hockey Reference, General Fanager, Hockey Analysis, Corsica, TSN, and Rotowire. Also, a special thanks to Sean Tierney who provided data visualization for the series. 

The most difficult division in hockey just got more competitive. 

The Stars, Blues, and Blackhawks took a hit in free agency, but still boast the majority of their core players that made them arguably the best three teams in the West last season. The two wild card teams, the Predators and Wild, each made major steps forward, and the Jets and Avs, the two squads who didn't make the playoffs, look like they're moving in the right direction. 

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WAIVER WIRE, 10/3/2016 EDITION

Jonathan Willis
October 03 2016 03:00PM

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We're still waiting for real hockey games, but there won't be a dull day off the ice between now and the start of the NHL regular season. Monday kicks off another week and another batch of players for the waiver wire.

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