I Used to Be an Adventurer Like You. Then I Took a Skate to the Head.

Curtis LeBlanc
December 10 2016 11:04AM

Players from the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils surprised no one on Tuesday night when they responded to a hit by the Devils’ Taylor Hall on an unsuspecting Philip Larsen.

The hit looks like a clean one—if we’re talking about the NHL rule book. Judgement beyond that depends on how you feel about a player ploughing into an oblivious, deer-like opponent in the area of the ice I like to refer to as Raffi Torres’ playpen.

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Future (Restricted) Free Agents: Leon Draisaitl

Cam Lewis
December 09 2016 09:00AM

With a three-point performance last night in Philadelphia, Leon Draisaitl upped his season total to 25 points, good for 15th in the league and second in the Pacific Division behind only teammate Connor McDavid. 

This is an excellent sign for the Oilers, obviously, because Draisaitl is producing like the player the organization hoped he would become when they drafted him with the third overall pick back in 2014. But with Draisaitl’s entry-level contract coming to an end this summer, the team is quickly going to have to determine whether or not he’s done enough to warrant a long-term contract.  

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NHLN Notebook: Concussion spotters, the best dab ever and the Vegas trademark gets denied

Zach Laing
December 08 2016 02:26PM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

Today's post is all about protectin' ya neck, being with the times and Vegas still has some work to do.

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Watch the Game Episode 17: Flames, Good Content, and New Stats Versus Old Media with Mike Fail

Watch The Game Podcast
December 07 2016 10:32AM

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Sam and Cam are joined by Mike Fail of Flames Nation, they discuss the Flames and their current woes. This includes Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Dougie Hamilton talk before transitioning over to the topic of hockey blogging. What is the perfect level of criticism? When does it, if ever, cross the line? It gets philosophical quickly on this week's show.

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The feasability of Kevin Shattenkirk's New York homecoming

Cam Lewis
December 07 2016 10:10AM

I wrote about Kevin Shattenkirk the other day as part of NHLN’s Future Free Agents series. With Brent Burns signed to an extension and off the market this summer, Shattenkirk easily becomes the class of 2017’s free agent defencemen by a country mile. He’s good, produces at an elite level, fancy stats, blah blah blah, all of that is obvious. We all know he’s an excellent player and most of the league will likely kick tires on him come July. 

But a common rumour that doesn’t seem to want to go away is the idea that Shattenkirk wants to return home to New York this summer and play for the Rangers. Elliotte Friedman mentioned this in 30 thoughts recently, other teams pulled out of trading for him because he wouldn’t sign an extension, and his damn Twitter profile explicitly says “New Yorker at heart.” 

I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’ve got some insider knowledge on Kevin Shattenkrik and what he wants to do with his free agency this summer. What I will do, though, is take a look at the Rangers’ cap situation and try to determine if this whole thing is even feasible. 

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