February 08 2016 09:45AM
We're four months deep into the NHL season and the trade deadline is right around the corner. Time flies, I know. By now, it's become clear for most organizations as to whether they'll be buying or selling at the deadline, but there are still a handful of teams that aren't very good but are right in the mix, floating around in some kind of grey area. In this month's check in, I'm going to break down where each team is at as we head into the home stretch, and who should be opting to sell their assets and start focusing on the future, and who should be interested in buying to fuel their playoff aspirations.
February 07 2016 09:00AM
A few months ago, I looked at all of the moves made over the offseason with the goal of figuring out which trades and signings were good and bad, what each teams goals were, and whether or not they did a good job of making the personnel changes to achieve them. Now, since an adequate amount of time has passed, I'm going to pull those assessments up, throw on my hindsight goggles, and look back on the good and the bad moves from the 2015 offseason.
If you're an Atlantic Division team, you either had an incredibly busy offseason, or you came into the 2015-16 season with virtually the exact same roster as the year before. The Boston Bruins summer was a roller coaster ride, filled with ups and downs, but looking back in hindsight, it wasn't as bad as many suggested it was at the time. The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs have done a solid job pushing their rebuilds in the right direction, while the Florida Panthers have finally broken out thanks to excellent play from young and old players alike. And, of course, rather than even bothering to talk about the summer the Tampa Bay Lightning had, we need to talk about what's ahead. Let's get into it.
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February 05 2016 05:30AM
Roberto Luongo fuels Stamkos to Leafs, Canucks looking to sell, Jets have a Byfuglien conundrum, Wideman suspended 20 games, Flames roster impact now and at trade deadline, Connor McDavid is back if you didn't hear, All-star weekend madness, trade deadline wish lists and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
February 04 2016 08:00AM
A few months ago, I looked at all of the moves made over the offseason with the goal of figuring out which trades and signings were good and bad, and what each teams goals were and whether or not they did a good job of making personnel changes to achieve them. Now, since an adequate amount of time has passed, I'm going to pull those assessments up, throw on my hindsight goggles, and look back on the good and the bad moves from the 2015 offseason.
The Metro Division looked pretty predictable at the end of the summer. The Penguins would run away with it, and the Islanders, Rangers, and Capitals would all grab playoff spots while the Blue Jackets would fight somebody from the Atlantic Division for a wild card berth. That hasn't happened at all.
The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils were supposed to be battling for lottery picks this year, but instead, after pretty quiet offseasons, they're both right in the hunt for playoff positions in early February. The Penguins have been tremendously disappointing, and may have made a terrible mistake not working harder to upgrade their situation on defence this summer, while the Capitals are running away with the division instead of them. And the Blue Jackets couldn't look more hopeless.
February 03 2016 12:11PM
It's been a week since Dennis Wideman's bizarre, fateful collision with linesman Don Henderson. Or hit. Or crosscheck. Call it what you will, but back on Jan. 27, the Flames blueliner did something illegal to an official, and now, he's paying the price for it.
Wideman has been suspended 20 games for his actions. He will almost certainly appeal, but for now: that's 20 games gone, and $564,516.13 in salary lost.