October 18 2015 03:31PM
The Minnesota Wild are one of those teams that aren’t exactly in cap hell, but they’re dangling on the edge of it. As of right now, they’re pressed right up against the cap thanks to a handful of their core players owning massive free agent deals. In the next couple of years, the Wild will need to figure out new contracts for Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter, Jared Spurgeon, and Matt Dumba among others, meaning they’ll have to make some difficult decisions regarding some expensive veteran players with declining production.
October 16 2015 11:02AM
The Montreal Canadiens and Tomas Plekanec agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract extension on Friday that will keep him under control until the end of the 2017-18 season. Plekanec is one of Montreal’s most valuable, and underrated assets, so getting him locked up before he has a chance to hit the free agency market is a key victory in ensuring the team remains a contender for the foreseeable future.
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October 16 2015 06:45AM
Leafs are sports worst franchise according to ESPN, Canucks players to pick their own goal songs, a baby vs a blogger picking winners, Flames goalies, Oilers still bad, an NHL All-hipster team, Fantasy hockey cheat sheets and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
October 15 2015 12:24PM
For obvious reasons, Carey Price’s incredible Hart and Vezina Trophy winning season in 2014-15 will always draw comparisons to the year Jose Theodore had in Montreal more than a decade earlier. When Price was dominating the NHL last season, putting up MVP-calibre numbers, people immediately looked back to 2001-02 to create a benchmark for what a Hart Trophy season for a goalie should look like. Jose Theodore had far an away the best season of his career, posting video game numbers on a relatively underwhelming Habs squad that he ultimately led to the second round of the playoffs. Sound familiar?
Let’s take a look back at Jose Theodore’s unforgettable 2001-02 season in Montreal.
October 12 2015 08:00AM
13 different players have recorded their first career NHL goal so far this season, and Connor McDavid isn’t one of them. Should we all panic? No we shouldn’t. Many people had the expectation that McDavid, who tore up Major Junior at a borderline unfair level over the past couple years, would jump into his professional career and continue putting the puck in the back of the net at will. Through his first two career games that hasn’t happened, and it’s okay.
Let’s take a look at some other highly touted rookies from recent memory and put together some realistic expectations for what to expect from McDavid in his first professional campaign.