Because It's The Cap: Montreal Canadiens

Scott Maxwell
May 30 2016 11:22AM


Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

One year ago, the Montreal Canadiens were a Cup contender on the backs of an MVP performance from goaltender Carey Price. Despite any flaws the team may have had (and there were many), Price covered just about all of it, until they faced a superior Tampa Bay Lightning team in the second round.

But, they regressed very, very hard this season. After a 9-0 start, Price once again showed his value to the team...in the sense that the team fell apart when he got hurt. The backups couldn't properly take his place, and even when they did, the team couldn't score. It's not even that they were that bad (they were 11th in Score Adjusted CF% this season), but the season just fell from their grasps.

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Because It's The Cap: Buffalo Sabres

Cam Lewis
May 28 2016 10:00AM

Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

It’s time to start thinking about the playoffs again in Buffalo. The Sabres took a massive step forward last season, winning 12 more games and finishing with 37 more points in the standings than they had the previous year when they were fully immersed in the once-in-a-lifetime Connor McDavid tank-off. Unfortunately for them, and much to the chagrin of general manager Tim Murray, the Sabres’ catastrophic 2014-15 season ultimately didn’t result in them winning the golden ticket, but instead, they were handed the best consolation prize imaginable in Jack Eichel. 

After an excellent rookie season from The Other One coupled with the continued development of a strong young core developed from years of being terrible, the Sabres actually looked like a professional hockey team last season. If they can have another offseason like they did last year, in which they added Ryan O’Reilly, Cody Franson, and Robin Lehner, they should realistically be able to take another step forward, which would mean playoff hockey in Buffalo for the first time since 2011. 

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Because It's The Cap: Arizona Coyotes

Cam Lewis
May 27 2016 12:00PM

Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

The Arizona Coyotes are one of the most fascinating teams in hockey. Not only do they boast arguably the strongest collection of young talent in the NHL, but they also went ahead and completely reconfigured their front office around 26-year-old fancystats guru and co-founder of the Ontario-based hockey analytics company known as Stathletes John Chayka, who was named the team’s general manager earlier this month.

What this move clearly suggests is a fundamental shift within the Coyotes organization to focus on the use of data in player personnel decisions, which also makes them a trailblazer in professional hockey. Whether you believe in the practicality of analytics in hockey or not, what’s brewing in Arizona right now will certainly be very, very interesting to follow, especially considering they have a massive offseason ahead of them, with multiple draft picks, nearly $40 million in cap space, and damn near an entire NHL roster to flesh out. 

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Great players left off of Canada's roster

Jason Gregor
May 27 2016 10:45AM

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The final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey will be announced today. Finland, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic filled out their 23-man rosters this morning, and the remaining four teams will be named this afternoon.

When Canada's final roster is finalized there will be a lot of debate among passionate Canadian fans. Some very good players won't make the roster, but will we see ten eventual Hall of Famers omitted?

That is what happened in 1991.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
May 27 2016 08:26AM

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What the hell are the Canucks doing, why 'staying the course' is best option for the Leafs, is Stamkos feasible for Wings, how the Jets scored goals this year, Ralph Krueger a front runner in Calgary, Taylor Hall isn't so bad after all, salary cap futures for most teams, all kinds of draft news and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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