February 15 2017 08:00AM
It can be easy to get caught up in the moment, especially with something like sports. Teams are built over the course of years and years, and there's never any point in which case you can ever say they're solidly "complete". There will always be some future matter to attend to.
But the present is pretty important, too. Sports are a series of increments, and we get to watch every single moment as it unfolds in real time. So when, say, we see a team that should be exiting the rebuild stage in the midst of the playoff chase, that's progress. But when we see, in the midst of that, them lose 5-0 to a team at the bottom of the standings... well, that really doesn't look like it.
So. Are the Flames actually making progress?
The Nation Notebook: Therrien and Julien in a coaching carousel, Chiarelli on the deadline, Vermette's slash and some rumours
February 15 2017 07:00AM
The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article.
In a shocking series of events, the Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien yesterday afternoon and replaced him with the Habs archrival Boston Bruins' former head coach in Claude Julien. The same afternoon, Peter Chiarelli said his Oilers weren't going to be in the buyers market and later that night Antoine Vermette took a swing at a referee.
February 15 2017 06:00AM
Yesterday, we took a look at a few of the Red Wings that could be safe or on the move come trade deadline day. Today, in Part 2, we will wrap up the list and give some final words to Ken Holland before deadline day.
February 14 2017 01:51PM
There is nothing but heartbreak this Valentine’s Day in Hockeytown. With the deeply saddening news of Mr. Ilitch’s passing, and the Red Wings putting together their worst season in over 20 years, it is feeling bleak at Joe Louis Arena. The possibility of a March 1 st fire sale for the Red Wings is growing increasingly more likely each passing day that they fail to gain points and ROW in the standings. This is a feeling that Red Wings fans, especially millennial fans such as myself, are simply not accustomed to.
This is Part 1 of my Wings guide to the trade deadline.
February 14 2017 01:21PM
It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.
Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).