Archive for the ‘NHL’ category

Ranking the 10 NHL Teams with the Worst Long-Term Salary Cap Issues

July 26th, 2016
As the opening month of the NHL's 2016 free-agent period draws to a close, many teams have invested most of their available salary-cap space for 2016-17. Some, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, have limited cap room for both next season and 2017-18. Those clubs will find it difficult to bolster ...

NHL Rumors: Latest on Jimmy Vesey, Jhonas Enroth and More

July 26th, 2016
While the NHL's free agency and trade market has slowed down dramatically at this point in the summer, there are still several moves to be made before teams report to training camp in September. One of those moves is likely to come with unsigned rookie free-agent forward Jimmy Vesey, who was drafted four ...

Brayden Schenn, Flyers Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

July 25th, 2016
The Philadelphia Flyers and center Brayden Schenn announced a new four-year contract Monday, avoiding arbitration in the process. Schenn, 24, had a career high with 59 points (26 goals, 33 assists) in 2015-16. The restricted free agent was set for an arbitration hearing Monday, where he was asking for a $5.5 ...

Do Lightning Stars Lecavalier and Richards Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

July 23rd, 2016
Between 1998 and 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted exactly two impact NHL players. They took them in the same year and even from the same team. Both would be key pieces in the only Stanley Cup win in Bolts franchise history. This summer, both players chose to retire after ...

Predictions for NHL Stars Most in Need of New Contracts

July 23rd, 2016
On July 8, we examined several NHL players most in need of new contracts before the 2017 NHL free-agent period. While one of them (Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn) has since re-signed, such notables as San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns have yet to ink new deals with their respective ...

NHL Teams That Are Doomed to Disappoint in the 2016-17 Season

July 23rd, 2016
Disappointment abounds in the NHL every season. Only 16 of the league's 30 teams make the playoffs, and that number is quickly pared to eight after the first round of the postseason. But teams disappoint for a number of reasons. Yes, failing to make the playoffs amid expectations of success is ...

Predicting the Top Candidates for the 2016-17 Selke Trophy

July 22nd, 2016
A month has passed since the 2016 NHL Awards ceremony was held in Las Vegas on June 22.Last year's biggest winner was Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. He went home with the Hart Trophy as most valuable player, the Ted Lindsay Award as MVP voted by the players and ...

Every NHL Team’s Biggest Question Mark for the 2016-17 Season

July 22nd, 2016
The 2016 offseason has been explosive and entertaining for NHL fans, with blockbuster trades and surprising destinations for free agents. The balance of power further shook with at least three impact draft picks heading to bottom-feeder locations. All 30 teams have worked hard to plug holes, but there are gaps in ...

NHL Twitter Mailbag: Which Team Is Winning the Offseason?

July 22nd, 2016
We're getting close to August, which has become about the only month on the calendar when nothing hockey-related happens. July doesn't have a lot either, but there is free agency, arbitration and usually a few trades. In August, it's pretty much impossible to get any hockey person on the phone. Everybody ...

Kevin Hayes, Rangers Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

July 22nd, 2016
The New York Rangers are betting on Kevin Hayes' future after agreeing to a new deal with the 24-year-old.  The Rangers confirmed the agreement with Hayes, who was a restricted free agent, on their official Twitter account. Hockey analyst Aaron Ward reported the deal is for $2.6 million over two years. ...