The Roundup

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September 25 2015 06:45AM

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Maybe Phil Kessel was the problem in Toronto, Leafs new radical approach to team building, Higgins breaks foot in Van, the Flames predict the Canucks season, Mark Girodano, Darnell Nurse, Connor McDavid, fantasy hockey help, a beauty scrap and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Draftkings

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5 things: What's up with the Erik Johnson contract?

Ryan Lambert
September 23 2015 01:31PM

Erik Johnson and the Colorado Avalanche agreed on a seven-year contract extension that'll pay the 27-year-old defencemen $6 million per season. Is he worth this money and term? What are the Avalanche doing here?

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Eyes on the Dollar Preseason Edition: Detroit Red Wings

Cam Lewis
September 23 2015 08:00AM

This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey Reference, War on Ice, and NHLNumbers. 

The Detroit Red Wings extended their streak of consecutive playoff appearances to 24 seasons last year, and there’s a very good chance that it's going to continue in 2015-16. The Wings didn’t have a very busy offseason, but they made one big splash in free agency, and cleaned up another one they made two years ago. The Wings added Mike Green on a three year deal, and bought out the contract of Stephen Weiss, who was signed in the summer of 2013, which should be enough to see them back in the playoffs again. Looking forward, the Wings have some difficult decisions to make, as 11 players on their roster have contracts that are set to expire at the end of the season. 

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Eyes on the Dollar Preseason Edition: Dallas Stars

Cam Lewis
September 18 2015 08:00AM

This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey Reference, War on Ice, and NHLNumbers. 

The Dallas Stars were one of the biggest disappointments of the 2014-15 NHL season. After what appeared to be a breakout campaign in 2013-14, the Stars loaded up in the offseason, adding Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky to an already strong forward group. Their forwards didn't disappoint, as the Stars managed to score more goals than anybody else in the league other than the Tampa Bay Lightning, but unfortunately, horrible goaltending resulted in a sixth placed finish in the Central Division. This summer, the Stars added a whole bunch of former Blackhawks in Johnny Oduya, Patrick Sharp, and Antti Niemi in an attempt to make everybody forget about last season. Is that going to be enough for them to make the playoffs, or are the Stars setting themselves up for another colossal failure? 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 18 2015 06:45AM

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Jake Virtanen stands out in Van, Harvey the Hound one of Flames All-time greats, Nylander will make it hard on Leafs, Ehlers ready to make the jump, protecting Connor McDavid, the NHL's growing image problem and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.

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