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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Breaking Down Summer 2016: Pacific Division

Cam Lewis
October 03 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. 

Everything went according to plan in the Pacific Division last season. 

The Californian teams dominated, as the Kings and Sharks found the stride that they had misplaced in 2014-15 and the Ducks continued to roll despite a terrible start. The Flames fell back down to earth and the Canucks showed signs of aging, joining the perpetually rebuilding Oilers and the tank-happy Coyotes at the bottom of the standings. 

This year is bound to be a little more complicated. The Sharks and Kings look to be as strong as they were last season, but the Ducks have struggled mightily with the threat of the expansion draft, and the Coyotes, Oilers and Flames each made strides to improve themselves around their core of young talent. 

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Rich and Matt: A tale of two fourth-liners

Jeff Veillette
October 03 2016 07:09AM

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Fellow TLN writer Ryan Fancey brought up today that the signing of Matt Martin back in July was a bit of a questionable one. That's not something that you haven't heard before; we showed significant skepticism in the moment of and those that immediately followed in early July.

But Ryan's point was that, in having a pricey and longer-term deal, Martin could now stand in the way of a rookie who impresses in camp, because there's no way that the man who just signed a $10-million dollar contract gets cut before his first game, right?

My response: This could've all been avoided if they gave Rich Clune an NHL contract instead. It was a response that got scoffed at heavily by the social media masses, but I don't think it's an insane statement. For the sake of discussing roster management rather than pumping or dumping on either player, let's do a comparison to see if there's much of a discernable difference between what they bring. 

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WAIVER WIRE, 10/2/2016 EDITION

Jonathan Willis
October 02 2016 12:30PM

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It’s another busy day on the waiver wire. We’ve got a little bit of everything today. Famous prospects, unknown late bloomers, gritty mid-career guys trying to make it as fourth liners, and even a few proven NHL’ers trying to sneak a few more games in on their way down the career curve.  

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