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September 11 2015 06:45AM
The Leafs should not entertain a trade for Stamkos, Lucic to Canucks next summer begins, McDavid chooses his roommate in Edmonton, Sam Bennett to play the middle in Calgary, Penticton rookie tournament rosters announced, fantasy hockey previews, a great scrap between stars and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
September 10 2015 03:58PM
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.
After what pretty much everybody viewed as a massive overachievement in 2013-14, the Avs fell back down to earth last season, finishing dead last in the loaded Central Division. They had a busy offseason, dealing Ryan O'Reilly to the Sabres, and signing Francois Beauchemin, Carl Soderberg, and Blake Comeau, and they're going to have another busy offseason next summer as Erik Johnson is set to become a UFA, and Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie will also be in need of new contracts.
September 09 2015 02:38PM
This is something I wrote about briefly for Puck Daddy this week, but man, it's hard to figure out the deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. And it's fascinating.
September 07 2015 07:00AM
People understand that there is a different between plus/minus and goal differentials (ES or all mins) and why plus/minus is worse, right?— Garret Hohl (@GarretHohl) September 5, 2015
Most place goal differentials into either per 60 minute form or a percentage removing TOI bias. So +2/-4 is not same as +122/-124.— Garret Hohl (@GarretHohl) September 5, 2015
Earlier I had some discussions online, ending with myself being surprised with how many did not know the difference between the traditional goal plus/minus and even strength goal differentials.
Let's take a look at the Jets as an example.
September 06 2015 09:00AM
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 of course, NHLNumbers.
The Chicago Blackhawks, as everybody knows at this point, are deep in cap hell. This summer, they were forced to deal Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp and they allowed Brad Richards, Johnny Oduya, and Antoine Vermette to walk as free agents because of their cap crunch. They're currently pressed right up against the cap with less than a million dollars to spend on a contract for Marcus Kruger and a seventh defenceman. Looking further down the road, the Hawks are also going to be in tough to find a way to fit Brent Seabrook into their long term plans as he's set to become a free agent on July 1, 2016. That being said, the Hawks are still a fair bet to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions this season even though the future of many players in the organization is up in the air.