June 21 2016 09:01AM
With the 2016 NHL draft just a few days away(!), it's time we turn our attention to one of the more cruel annual traditions of the first round and beyond: draft day slides.
We see it every year: Cam Fowler, Brandon Gormley, Emerson Etem, Hunter Shinkaruk, Travis Konecny. The list goes on.
Let's take a look at some of the top-ranked players from this year's draft, and see which ones are candidates to continue the tradition.
June 21 2016 01:35AM
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Soo.... that happened. Some of us felt that the Leafs would pick up a new goalie, others felt they would hold on, and out of nowhere, the Leafs continued their tradition of stealing any spotlight back for themselves, making the biggest trade on a more active than anticipated day, sending a 1st and a 2nd round pick to Anaheim for Frederik Andersen.
Some love the trade. Some hate it. Now, most of us have had the chance to sleep on it, or if you're a night owl like myself, barricade yourself in thought. Here are a few things worth considering before making a final judgement call.
June 20 2016 06:53PM
There's rarely a Tampa Bay Lightning story these days that doesn't somehow relate to Steven Stamkos, but it's a shame so many fail to recognize the greatness of this team besides simply #91.
Though this franchise hasn't achieved a championship on this side of two lockouts, they've been a consistent contender as just about anyone as of late, in either conference
It's easy to think their window of contention is gone if their superstar forward doesn't stick around ... but there's plenty to like about this team than simply one player.
June 20 2016 11:16AM
Rumours have been flying left and right with what the Winnipeg Jets are going to do with Jacob Trouba. This hasn't been an irrational and baseless sequence of speculation, there is lots of uncertainty with Trouba. The restricted free agent has a high ceiling and could become a great defenseman in the league, there isn't much doubt about Trouba's potential. But the Jets are rather loaded with right shot defenseman and because of this, a long term extension might not be logical. If Trouba's sticking point in negotiations is a long term deal, the Jets may have to party ways with their 22 year old defenseman.
Many teams will certainly give Kevin Cheveldayoff a call regarding the young D-man, but one team in particular that has reportedly expressed interest is the Colorado Avalanche. Trade talks have been surrounding two of the teams stars in Matt Duchene and Tyson Barrie but chatter of Barrie being on the move has been silenced with Avs general manager Joe Sakic reiterating that the team won't move Barrie.
This opens the window to speculate if a trade could be had between the two teams involving Duchene and Trouba. Should Kevin Cheveldayoff give Joe Sakic a call about a deal regarding the two?
June 20 2016 10:00AM
Marc-Andre Fleury was putting together a pretty good season before a concussion on March 31 sidelined him for a month. By the time he was taking full part in practices again, Matt Murray had already won a playoff round.
Fleury ultimately only played two games en route to the Penguins' fourth Stanley Cup: the first he came in as relief during a 4-0 seemingly hopeless cause; the second, he lost with a .840 save percentage.
And thus, things seem clear for the Penguins. Murray is the guy now, and Fleury might have to go. Ideally, they keep him around as the season starts, in case Murray falters - but the expansion draft could also force things, as the Penguins would have to protect Fleury over Murray.
Fleury isn't meant to be a backup, though. And there are just a few teams in the league who need a starting goaltender, Calgary chief among them. It's a match made in heaven.
... Or is it?