Future Free Agent Profiles: Jamie Benn

Cam Lewis
December 03 2015 04:11PM

It’s time for the Dallas Stars to start thinking about Jamie Benn’s next contract. The Stars’ captain and last year’s Art Ross Trophy winner is in the fourth year of a five-year deal signed back at the beginning of the 2013 lockout season, and if he makes his way onto the free agent market come July 2017 he’ll certainly be one of, if not the most coveted pieces available. 

Benn is in the midst of another star season in Dallas. He’s leading the league in goals with 18, and he sits second in points behind only Patrick Kane with 35. If he continues at this pace, he’ll finish the year with 115 points, which would not only shatter his own career high, but also represent the best individual season we’ve seen in terms of production since Sidney Crosby scored 125 back in 2006-07. 

So yeah, I think it’s fair to say that Jamie Benn has easily established himself as one of the league’s best forwards at this point in his career. So what does that mean for the Dallas Stars? And what should we expect from his next contract? He's going to be getting an upgrade on his $5.25 million annual salary, that's for sure. 

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Future Free Agent Profiles: David Perron

Cam Lewis
December 02 2015 01:36PM

David Perron is really the only key player the Pittsburgh Penguins have hitting unrestricted free agency this summer. That said, they’re already pressed right up against the cap, and while Perron is the only notable UFA (unless you consider Ben Lovejoy and Matt Cullen to be key players) they’re going to need to sign Olli Maatta to a new contract, as his entry-level deal is set to come to an end and they're going to need to do something about the tire fire they have on their blue line. The Pens currently have nine forwards, four defencemen, and one goalie signed from their current active roster heading into next season at a combined cap hit of roughly $60 million. They’ll likely be able to fill some holes internally, but that doesn’t give them very much room to flesh out and improve their roster. 

So what type on contract can we expect for David Perron on the open market?

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Eyes on the Dollar: New Jersey Devils

Cam Lewis
November 30 2015 08:00AM

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the New Jersey Devils. It was expected the Devils, who were going into their first season without Lou Lamoriello as their General Manager since 1987, were going to be among the worst teams in the league as they searched for a new identity and built a new core through the draft. A couple months in, they’re one of the most surprising teams in the NHL, sitting just one point behind Boston for the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. 

Obviously this is hot start is simply smoke, mirrors, and Cory Schneider, so the Devils should stick to the rebuilding path and look to sell high on some of their veteran depth players when the trade deadline rolls around. A playoff run is exciting and all, but the Devils aren’t there yet, and the best thing they can do right now is load up on draft picks and prospects as they continue to rebuild their core. 

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Future Free Agent Profiles: Milan Lucic

Cam Lewis
November 25 2015 08:00AM

The Los Angeles Kings are set for another interesting offseason. Last summer, they had to flesh out a roster after terminating the contract of Mike Richards and losing Slava Voynov due to legal issues, and this summer, they’re going to have to figure out a new contracts for arguably their most important player, as Anze Kopitar is set to his free agency come July 1. Along with Kopitar, newly acquired Milan Lucic’s contract will also come to an end at the end of the season, making matters for the Kings even more convoluted. 

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Your Analytics Mean Nothing if Nobody Understands Them

Bobby Cappuccino
November 24 2015 10:48AM

I'm a "stats nerd" — or at least I'd be considered that based on my stance in the famous Corsi Battle of 2014. But what I really am is a hockey fan. I love the game. I love to watch it, play it, and learn about it. I'll use any available tool that I can have to further my understanding of this game and how it continues to evolve. 

The public emergence of Corsi was a lot of fun and really quite revolutionary for me. I imagine I'm not alone in that. I've never been a numbers guy — other than having an encyclopedic knowledge of player goal and point totals and being able to remember the jersey numbers of ~95% of all NHLers, so being so into Corsi is still kind of surprising to me. 

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