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NHL Power Rankings, Mid-December Edition

by Darryl Reina

Dec 11, 2014 11:45 PM

There are 11 NHL teams all within five points of each other at the top of the standings, but the Blackhawks, Ducks, Red Wings, Penguins and Blues headline our rankings. Read more »

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On Toronto's Five-Year Extension For Jake Gardiner

by Sam Metrick

Aug 7, 2014 9:00 PM

The Leafs signed Jake Gardiner to a five-year extension worth $20.25 million, which is a fair value for a defenseman of his ability even though a two-year bridge deal would have been less risky. Read more »

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs

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Nashville's Center Problem

by Sam Metrick

Aug 7, 2014 4:31 PM

With Nashville being a small market team, the franchise has financially strict parameters. David Poile has always done his best to work around that, often resorting to short-term solutions to try to keep the team in the playoff hunt. Read more »

Tags: Nashville Predators, IQ

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Grading The Deals: Blackhawks Extend Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews

by Sam Metrick

While it may seem impossible for the Blackhawks to put talent around their two young superstars, it is unlikely that they will have any issues due to the rising salary cap and other talented players on long term deals already under contract. Read more »
Benning Shaking Up The Canucks

by Sam Metrick

Weeks after stepping in as general manager of the Canucks, Jim Benning has already had a huge impact on the club. It is now very obvious that the Canucks have committed to a a semi-rebuild, adding new prospects, draft picks and also making signings to keep the club in the playoff hunt for the 14-15 season. Read more »
The Top Ten 2014 Unrestricted Free Agents

by Sam Metrick

Paul Stastny, Thomas Vanek, Marian Gaborik and Jarome Iginla are some of the biggest names in free agency. Read more »
Recapping The 2014 Stanley Cup Finals

by Sam Metrick

Considering the Kings had five players who could have been awarded the Conn Smyth, itís safe to say that their star power and depth were the key reason to their success. Read more »
Previewing Kings/Rangers In Stanley Cup Finals

by Sam Metrick

The Kings had a far more difficult path to the Finals, coming back from 3-0 against the Sharks and beating the rival Ducks before taking down the defending champs in the Blackhawks. Read more »
2014 NHL Power Rankings At Start Of Playoffs

by Darryl Reina

The Bruins appear to be the consensus pick by many to win the Stanley Cup, though the Rangers may be that one dark-horse team to win it all. Read more »
2014 NHL Power Rankings At The Olympic Break

by Darryl Reina

The Ducks, Blues, Blackhawks, Penguins and Avalanche move into our Top-Five NHL Teams at the Sochi Olympics break. Read more »
2013-14 NHL Power Rankings

by Darryl Reina

The Bruins, Blackhawks, Penguins, Kings and Rangers are in the top-five of our preseason NHL Power Rankings. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Hypocritical Bruins Extend Three

by Nick Obergan

Usually, I applaud teams for signing young core players for multiple years, allowing a successful team (in this case, a Stanley Cup winning team) to maintain chemistry and consistency, but there is a lockout ongoing. Read more »
Redoing The 1999 NHL Entry Draft

by Nick Obergan

The 1999 draft was the one that GM Brian Burke has built his entire career around, acquiring both of the Sedins for the Canucks. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Oilers Extend 2010 1st Overall Pick Taylor Hall

by Nick Obergan

The Oilers should be elated about locking up an important piece of their puzzle in Taylor Hall, but the one worry is health. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Flyers Buy High On Hartnell, Simmonds

by Nick Obergan

Power forwards Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers were recently rewarded for career years with a new six-year contract each. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Hurricanes Sign Jeff Skinner Long-Term

by Nick Obergan

The positive momentum has yet to stop for the Carolina Hurricanes this offseason. After trading for and extending Jordan Staal, signing Alexander Semin to a no-risk one-year contract, GM Jim Rutherford announced the team had come to terms with former Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner on a long-term deal. Read more »
Redoing The 1998 NHL Entry Draft

by Nick Obergan

Pavel Datsyuk was drafted 171st overall in 1998, but would go first if we redo the draft, even ahead of Vincent Lecavalier. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Rangers Steal Rick Nash

by Nick Obergan

The Blue Jackets chose quantity over quality in their long anticipated trade of Rick Nash. Read more »
Grading The Deal: A Wild Day For Parise, Suter

by Nick Obergan

The Minnesota Wild came out as big winners in free agency by Zach Parise and Ryan Suter Read more »
Grading The Deals: New Deals For Crosby, Quick et al

by Nick Obergan

Breaking down the big contracts signed by Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Quick, Ondrej Pavelec, Cory Schneider, Dennis Wideman, Jarret Stoll and more. Read more »

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