World Juniors 2016 Final Four Preview

Cam Lewis
January 03 2016 08:31AM

After two close calls and a couple of blowouts, we have our final four at the 2016 World Junior Championships as Finland, Sweden, the United States, and Russia have all advanced to the semifinals. Even with Canada being knocked out earlier than many expected, the remaining teams boast a tremendous amount of talent, including a handful of draft eligible players worth keeping an eye on in the semifinals, Bronze and Gold Medal games. 

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Struggling Jonathan Drouin sent to Syracuse Crunch of the AHL

Cam Lewis
January 02 2016 11:23AM

Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that young forward Jonathan Drouin would be sent to the Syracuse Crunch, the team's AHL affiliate. 

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The Roundup

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January 01 2016 06:00AM

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Brandon Prust has a problem with the department of player safety, Zack Kassian is now an Oiler, Martin Marincin's under appreciated game in Toronto, Sean Monahan is going to get paid too, Jets have a Byfuglien sized dilemma, drafting goalies, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings. Happy New Year Nation!!

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The NHL's New Year's resolution should be to fix the way points are awarded in the standings

Cam Lewis
December 31 2015 08:00AM

The NHL will never be perfect. Everybody has ideas on how to alter the league to either improve its economics and make it more profitable or change rules around so the game is played at a different pace. We’ve heard about axing the draft or the salary cap to promote player freedom and movement, shrinking goalie pads or increasing the size of the nets to generate more scoring, and of course, there are radical ideas like getting rid of offsides or implementing some form of relegation or banishment to the AHL. 

Obviously it isn’t easy to change the rules of a professional sports league as large as the NHL. That said, my New Year’s resolution for the league (and by New Year’s resolution, I mean put into effect next season) is changing the way points are awarded in the standings. This is a very, very simple fix and it’ll result in the best teams actually finishing at the top of the standings, and if we’re really lucky, it’ll make teams actually want to end games before they make it to overtime (and the shootout *shudders*).  

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Let's talk about Martin Marincin's under-appreciated game

Adam Laskaris
December 29 2015 08:40AM

Martin Marincin has never been described as a standout offensive dynamo — this much is clear.

This season, through 22 games, he's been held off the scoresheet every single time, registering 0 goals and 0 assists. The Leafs aren't exactly swimming in offensive talent, and Marincin put up just 11 points in 85 games over two years as an Edmonton Oiler, but 0 points for any player over 22 games is quite low. Marincin's one of just three players in the league this year to have at least 20 games with a goose egg in the point column.

And yet, somehow, he's been among the Leafs' best defensive players, and arguably one of the top defensive players in the league. He's doing things virtually no one else is doing. No, seriously. At just $700,000 on a one-year deal, Martin Marincin is an absolute statistical anomaly right now.

Let's dive a little deeper to understand Marincin's game, even if it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

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