February 08 2015 11:07AM
We're close to 3/4 of the way through the season, the playoff race is heating up, games are becoming more meaningful by the day, and Oiler and Leaf fans are making plans for their annual No-Playoffs Spring. And since it's the first Sunday without any football to distract us why don't you go ahead and use this weeks First Star, Worst Star to ignore your family!
February 07 2015 08:00AM
As we all know at this point, the strength Canadian dollar is directly tied to the NHL’s revenue, and subsequently, the league’s salary cap. Gary Bettman suggested a couple weeks ago that if the Canadian dollar stayed at $0.80, the cap ceiling would end up around $71.5 million. If that’s the case, multiple teams who were relying on a jump in the cap ceiling to give them some much needed breathing room will be forced to change their plans.
The Philadelphia Flyers are one of those teams. Frankly, the Flyers are in cap hell even if the cap rises to a higher figure than the one Bettman suggested. They’re heading into next season with basically their entire roster intact, as they have $67.327 million tied up in 11 forwards, five defenceman (and Chris Pronger who will hit the LITR) and one goalie. As a result, they’ll have ~$4.0 million to fill a couple of holes. (They’ll also be given ~$5.0 million to replace Pronger through the LTIR replacement bonus.)
That doesn’t seem too daunting, does it?
Well, if they want to continue to be a middling team, sure, it won’t be overly difficult. But if they want to actually improve their roster, they’re going to have to do something about a lot of really, really ugly contracts that aren’t going away any time soon. The Flyers may need to sell high on some of their most valuable assets now in order to rebuild for a time down the road when they don't have quite so much of their cap tied into dead weight.
Nation World HQ
February 06 2015 02:30PM
NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and DailyFaceoff.com. Here’s a quick run through of the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy-low sell-high candidates for the week (Based on 12 team leagues).
February 06 2015 01:05PM
The Anaheim Ducks are reportedly keen on acquiring Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers, and may even be willing to include promising young defenseman Cam Fowler in the exchange.
That seems like a steep price to pay, but there may be a bit more going on here than meets the eye. Let's get into it.
Nation World HQ
February 06 2015 06:30AM
Evander Kane problems, Zack Kassian problems, Tyler Bozak potentially on the move, trusting Oilers media, Flames trade speculation, a Fantasy Hockey cheat sheet and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.