April 04 2016 02:23PM
It’s fantastic to have really good young players. That’s exactly what the Calgary Flames have in Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. At 22 and 21 years of age respectively, Gaudreau and Monahan sit first and second on the Flames in both goals and points, and are pillars for the organization to build their forward group around for years to come.
That being said, when you have good players, you also have to pay them as such. That’s exactly what Flames general manager Brad Trevling is going to have to do this summer, as both Gaudreau and Monahan’s entry-level contracts are set to expire on July 1. Obviously the Flames are going to look to get both of their star forwards locked up to long-term extensions this summer. But how much is it going to cost them? And how are the bricks going to fall around them?
April 01 2016 10:36AM
Last week, resident shipper/receiver extraordinaire, Chris the Intern, was cruising Reddit (instead of doing his job) and found this list that talks about various changes the world has seen since the Oilers last made the playoffs. Today, we're going to break down the list, add some new stuff, and cry profusely. Buckle up, friends, cause this one is depressing.
April 01 2016 10:34AM
There’s only (just over) one week left! Over the past few days, the Western Conference Wild Card race settled itself out pretty quickly, as the Minnesota Wild hammered the Colorado Avalanche, essentially dashing whatever playoff hopes they thought they had left. With that being out of the picture, there are only two major races to focus on in the final week of the season: The Eastern Conference Wild Card, and Tank Central.
In terms of the East, it’s fair to say that Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders are in, but the Bruins, Red Wings, and Flyers are still battling for two playoff positions. And in terms of tanking, wow, this is a tough one. Six different teams are within only three points of each other for last place, so there’s only a slight margin of error for these teams as they try to increase their lottery odds.
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April 01 2016 05:00AM
Leafs are the right fit for Jimmy Vesey, the Canucks are bad and there is more than one way to tank, Wings honor Mr. Hockey, who will the Flames be moving this summer, Yakupov requests trade, his agent speaks, how good is Auston Mathews, the trade deadline a month later, daily fantasy and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
March 29 2016 09:00AM
It's been a month since the NHL's Trade Deadline, and while the whole spectacle was really, really boring, there were still a handful of deals made that are worth talking about. In total, we had 11 buyers who actively spent prospects and draft picks in order to improve their teams down the stretch. But was it worth it? Did these deals actually make the teams better? How do those deals look now?
Well, to give a brief teaser: The Kris Russell deal is still as bad as it was a month ago, not signing or trading soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Loui Eriksson is still really confusing, Eric Staal hasn't been a major help on the New York Rangers, and Andrew Ladd looks like he never left Chicago in the first place. In general, it was a pretty bad seller's market, so it was pretty hard for buyers to mess up here, but some still found a way to do so.