The Good and Bad of Trade Deadline Week: Pacific Division

Cam Lewis
March 02 2017 07:00AM


This is a four-part division by division look at what each team did at Wednesday's trade deadline. Who did good and who did bad? 

The Canucks finally bit the bullet and began to sell off their aging assets, the Sharks and Ducks both made slight upgrades to their forward depth, the Flames took a gamble on a player who could help them long-term, the Coyotes went half-in on their fire sale, and the Oilers curiously stood still with their first playoff berth in a decade potentially on the horizon. At the end of it? Things probably aren't much different than they were before. 

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What can the Flames expect from Curtis Lazar?

Ari Yanover
March 01 2017 04:30PM

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The Calgary Flames are not contenders. They appear to be on the upswing, and odds are looking good they'll make the playoffs this season, but they aren't a major threat to win anything yet. They're a team that is not in any position to rent players for a playoff run.

And for the most part, they stuck to their word. Michael Stone may or may not turn out to be a rental, but at 26 years of age, he certainly fits into the Flames' age group.

And so does 22-year-old Curtis Lazar. He's the fifth 2013 first round pick the Flames have acquired: a month older than Morgan Klimchuk, who has yet to make his NHL debut; and younger than Sean Monahan, Hunter Shinkaruk, and Emile Poirier. Following the trade, Brad Treliving was emphatic that this was a long-term move, and Lazar was a part of the Flames' plans for the future.

Contrast that to, say, the 35-year-old Radim Vrbata. The Flames are aware they're still building a team, and they decided to spend assets on someone they expect to be a part of it for years to come.

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Davidson vs. Desharnais

Jason Gregor
March 01 2017 02:00PM


Brandon Davidson was a rare feel good story in a gloomy era of Oilers hockey. He overcame testicular cancer and as a sixth round selection in 2010, beat the odds of making it to the NHL. Very few 162nd overall picks play in the NHL, but to date Davidson has dressed for 91 NHL games.

He is a great story, but was he going to be part of the Oilers future?

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NHLN Power Rankings: Feb. 28, 2017

Scott Maxwell
February 28 2017 03:27PM

It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.

Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and (don't worry, it's only the standings).

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The Nation Notebook: Capitals go all in, Burrows, Boyle, Pulkkinen dealt in pre-deadline trades

Christian Pagnani
February 28 2017 07:00AM


The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article.

More trades! Washington acquires Kevin Shattenkirk. The Leafs add depth at centre. The Canucks finally act like the sellers they should have been years ago. Pulkkinen gets another NHL shot and who is left to be moved between non and Wednesday's deadline?

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