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Ottawa Senators: Getting the Most from Sergei Gonchar

January 29th, 2011
In an article in today's Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch reports that Ottawa Senators GM Brian Murray may by trying to trade Sergei Gonchar.  The star defenceman has underachieved this year and is not living up to his three-year, $16.5 million deal signed this past summer. Everyone can agree that the Sens are ...

15 Devils? Fixing The Cap Crunch: Treating Bubble Players More Fairly

October 13th, 2010
Less than one week into the 2010 NHL season and some teams are already feeling the cap crunch.  In a typical example, the Ottawa Senators sent David Hale to the AHL after a strong camp because the team could not afford to keep him on the roster as a seventh defenseman.  ...

The Ilya Kovalchuk Rule: How Player Retirement Should Affect the Cap

July 22nd, 2010
There was an uproar this week due to the massive contract signed by Ilya Kovalchuk with the New Jersey Devils.  Not only is it the longest contract in NHL history, but it immediately raised eyebrows due to the obvious attempt to cheat the salary cap.  Kovalchuk would be paid market ...

NHL Offseason: What’s the Cap Hit For A Buyout?

June 30th, 2010
In this article, I explain how buyouts work and clear up some confusion about the cap hit for buyouts. I'll use the recent buyout of Ottawa Senators forward Jonathan Cheechoo as an example. The Ottawa Senators bought out the last year of Jonathon Cheechoo's contract this week, as expected. Cheechoo was ...

RT’s 2010 NHL Mock Draft (Round #1)

June 23rd, 2010
For those of you who can't wait until Friday, the picks from the first round of the 2010 NHL entry draft are revealed here.  The leagues general managers will be referencing the 2010 edition of RT's annual NHL draft rankings in order to make their picks.  Take a look ...

2010 NHL Draft: RT Ranks the Best Prospects

June 22nd, 2010
Here is the 2010 edition of RT's (Matthew Rutledge-Taylor's) annual NHL draft rankings. The following list is a composite of various sources including: NHL Central Scouting (CS), International Scouting Services (IIS), The Hockey News (THN), and The Sports Network (TSN). As we all know, any player can be taken with any pick.  ...

Could Jason Spezza Be Traded? Florida and Columbus Are Top Candidates

June 3rd, 2010
Rumours began to swirl this week that Ottawa Senators’ centre Jason Spezza wants out of the nation’s capital.  This after Senators’ general manager Bryan Murray gave an interview with Rogers Sportsnet on June 3rd in which he referred to a conversation he and Spezza had had at the end of the ...

What If the Flyers Had Drafted Kane?

May 30th, 2010
For the last three years, the worst team in the NHL has won the draft lottery and retained their privilege of drafting first overall.  In 2008, the Tampa Bay Lightning took Steven Stamkos; in 2009, the NY Islanders took John Tavares; and in 2010, the Edmonton Oilers will probably take ...

Will the Chicago Blackhawks Trade Marian Hossa This Summer?

May 27th, 2010
If Marian Hossa fails to win the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks this summer, he may be trying to win it with another team next year.  The ‘Hawks have over $57 million committed in salaries to 14 players next season.  Thus, they are probably already over the cap and still ...

The NHL Points System: Time To Rethink Points for Losing

May 18th, 2010
Something has been bothering me for 12 years now.  Its the point awarded for losing after regulation time has ended, in the NHL.  Before the 1999-2000 season, if a game was tied after regulation, the teams played up to 5 more minutes of 5-on-5 sudden death overtime.  If the game remained ...