October 03 2016 03:00PM
We're still waiting for real hockey games, but there won't be a dull day off the ice between now and the start of the NHL regular season. Monday kicks off another week and another batch of players for the waiver wire.
October 03 2016 12:00PM
This article is part of a four-part series that lists all of the transactions made by each NHL team and discusses what each team’s offseason means in the context of their division. Information and data was taken from: NHL Numbers, Hockey Reference, General Fanager, Hockey Analysis, Corsica, TSN, and Rotowire. Also, a special thanks to Sean Tierney who provided data visualization for the series.
Everything went according to plan in the Pacific Division last season.
The Californian teams dominated, as the Kings and Sharks found the stride that they had misplaced in 2014-15 and the Ducks continued to roll despite a terrible start. The Flames fell back down to earth and the Canucks showed signs of aging, joining the perpetually rebuilding Oilers and the tank-happy Coyotes at the bottom of the standings.
This year is bound to be a little more complicated. The Sharks and Kings look to be as strong as they were last season, but the Ducks have struggled mightily with the threat of the expansion draft, and the Coyotes, Oilers and Flames each made strides to improve themselves around their core of young talent.
October 03 2016 07:09AM
Fellow TLN writer Ryan Fancey brought up today that the signing of Matt Martin back in July was a bit of a questionable one. That's not something that you haven't heard before; we showed significant skepticism in the moment of and those that immediately followed in early July.
But Ryan's point was that, in having a pricey and longer-term deal, Martin could now stand in the way of a rookie who impresses in camp, because there's no way that the man who just signed a $10-million dollar contract gets cut before his first game, right?
My response: This could've all been avoided if they gave Rich Clune an NHL contract instead. It was a response that got scoffed at heavily by the social media masses, but I don't think it's an insane statement. For the sake of discussing roster management rather than pumping or dumping on either player, let's do a comparison to see if there's much of a discernable difference between what they bring.
October 02 2016 12:30PM
It’s another busy day on the waiver wire. We’ve got a little bit of everything today. Famous prospects, unknown late bloomers, gritty mid-career guys trying to make it as fourth liners, and even a few proven NHL’ers trying to sneak a few more games in on their way down the career curve.
October 01 2016 03:56PM
With each passing day, we get closer to the start of the
2016-17 NHL season and hockey games with actual value in the standings. We also
get closer to completed rosters, a fact which means the names on the waiver
wire get more interesting by the day.