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Imagining the Contract Negotiations of Jonathan Bernier and Toronto Maple Leafs

July 30th, 2015
The Jonathan Bernier arbitration hearing is set for Friday, with the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender asking for $5.1 million and the team offering $2.89 million, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. But if Bernier and the Leafs can work out a contract, they may not need a third-party judgment to determine Bernier's ...

NHL Power Rankings: Where Every Team Stands After Start of Free Agency

July 5th, 2015
The NHL's free-agency period has already changed the complexion of many teams. Some franchises, like the Chicago Blackhawks, are still in the process of building their squad. But many have filled out their rosters and are just about ready for 2015-16. Are the Blackhawks, the NHL's defending champions, still the best ...

Will Washington Capitals’ Busy Offseason Make Them Any Better in 2015-16?

July 2nd, 2015
T.J. Oshie, American hero, was involved in the most American of trades Thursday. The St. Louis Blues sent the shootout star of the 2014 Sochi Olympics to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Troy Brouwer, goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in 2016, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), ...

Early Ranking of the Top Unrestricted NHL Free Agents in 2016

July 2nd, 2015
The 2015 NHL free-agent class is, to put it nicely, underwhelming. There are a handful of players who can make an impact, sure, but there's almost zero star power on the market. After Wednesday, there's almost no one of major value remaining. We are 12 months from next year's free-agent period, ...

Smart FA Signings Put Red Wings in Excellent Position to Extend Playoff Streak

July 1st, 2015
Maybe life won't be so bad in Detroit without coach Mike Babcock. The Red Wings took two steps toward a 25th consecutive playoff appearance on the first day of free agency. According to Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com, they signed defenseman Mike Green to a three-year, $18 million deal and center Brad Richards ...

Blackhawks’ Trading of Brandon Saad Shows Free-Agent Dynamic Changing in NHL

June 30th, 2015
It’s as if after years of honoring unwritten rules and being too timid to confront the establishment, the NHL is becoming a place where prized restricted free agents on teams facing salary-cap issues are no longer impervious to offer sheets. Or at least, the threat of offer sheets. That’s great news for ...

Ultimate Guide to NHL Free Agency 2015

June 30th, 2015
Let the Matt Beleskey sweepstakes begin!No, wait, that’s not going to inspire enthusiasm. Let’s try this again.Enter now for your chance to win Johnny Oduya!Boy, this isn’t all that exciting.Well, no matter how you look at it, when the NHL’s free-agency period opens Wednesday, there will be zero names available ...

Dallas Stars’ Commitment to Antti Niemi Seems an Unnecessary Risk

June 29th, 2015
The logic is sound. The motivation is obvious. Heck, the contract isn't even a bad one. The Dallas Stars will spend $13.5 million over the next three seasons for the services of Antti Niemi, a Stanley Cup-winning goaltender with above-average numbers during his career. One season ago, Kari Lehtonen posted a ...

Ranking the Best Moves Involving Goalies During 2015 NHL Draft Weekend

June 27th, 2015
Trades were to be expected during the NHL draft weekend in Sunrise, Florida, but few probably expected this many goaltenders to change teams over the past two days. Seven netminders have new homes as of Saturday afternoon: Robin Lehner, Cam Talbot, Anton Khudobin, Martin Jones, Antti Raanta, Eddie Lack and Antti ...

Ranking the Most Likely Destinations for Free-Agent Forward Martin St. Louis

June 26th, 2015
The New York Rangers don't want him back, but Martin St. Louis isn't ready to retire. The 40-year-old former Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy winner will be looking for a new home July 1 after a fine yet underwhelming 2014-15 season. He had 21 goals and 52 points, his worst ...