June 12 2015 09:00AM
This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!
When Christian Ehrhoff signed a ten year contract with the Buffalo Sabres in June of 2011, a lot of people were puzzled, and a little annoyed. Why was the NHL allowing these long-term, front-loaded contracts? Why was a 28 year old signing one that he would theoretically be able to play through? Why, even with the scheme, did such a talented player take so little without testing the market, from a team he became part of just hours before?
Fast forward to today. This would theoretically be the end of year four, but the Sabres are about a year removed from buying out the middle-aged German. Not only that, but the Pittsburgh Penguins, his new team, feel inclined to go with other internal options, meaning Ehrhoff will suit up for his third team in as many years.
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June 12 2015 06:45AM
Kessel trade talks heating up, does Phaneuf move as well, grading Jim Benning's first year as Canucks GM, Flames and Oilers goaltending, a draft party for the ages, Dougie Hamilton offer sheets, and all the draft and free agency news you can handle in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
June 11 2015 06:14PM
Since there is no doubt as to who we'll have ranked as the best prospect available for the 2015 NHL Entry draft, we'll start at the top.
Connor McDavid is a special talent and the consensus best available player, possessing an obscene amount of skill. He's exceptional, not only for what he can do with the puck, but also for his blinding speed, which few players in all of hockey can currently match.
For a first-time draft eligible skater, McDavid's production in the OHL was nearly unprecedented. He absolutely torched junior hockey to the tune of 120 points in just 47 games - numbers that would make people say, "nah, that's unrealistic" if he were a character in EA's NHL 15.
Join us after the jump as we profile the most dynamic talent currently outside the NHL.
June 11 2015 08:00AM
For what seems like the millionth summer in a row — but I'm sure it's more like the seventh or eighth, which is still an eternity in the NHL — the Boston Bruins are facing a cap crunch. We don't yet know what the league's ceiling is going to come to, but a reasonable assumption is that it's going to go up about $1-2 million at most. Let's be generous and say it hits $71 million, which is the outside estimate Gary Bettman keeps giving.
Read on past the jump and I'll break down what the issue is, and how the Bruins can deal with it.
June 10 2015 03:28PM
We're in for a real treat tonight, folks. It's another night of back and forth action punctuated by the inane ramblings of crazy people with microphones.
No, I'm not talking about the Rogers or NBC broadcasts Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Hawks and the Lightning. We're heading back to Glendale for a best of seven vote on the fate of the Arizona Coyotes' arena lease.
Finally, Coyotes fans have an opportunity to cheer on their team in June!