Archive for the ‘NHL’ category

Which Team Has More Formidable Top-6 Forwards: Anaheim Ducks or Dallas Stars?

July 12th, 2014
The Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks entered the 2014 offseason looking to bolster their top-six forward groups, and both teams were able to address the need impressively via trade and free agency. In late June, the Ducks acquired 2011 Selke Trophy winner Ryan Kesler from Vancouver in a multiplayer package that ...

Carolina Hurricanes’ Forward Depth Continues to Require Improvement

July 12th, 2014
Despite a great deal of attention and a few bargain additions, the Carolina Hurricanes' third and fourth forward lines remain woefully undermanned as the third week of NHL free agency approaches. The signings of fourth-line center Jay McClement and borderline NHL players Brad Malone and Ben Holmstrom will lend some support, ...

Is Brad Richards the No. 2 Centre the Chicago Blackhawks Have Been Waiting For?

July 12th, 2014
For years, the most obvious flaw in a largely exceptional Chicago Blackhawks roster was at centre. Jonathan Toews is a brilliant No. 1 pivot, but the second-line job featured a revolving door of mostly underwhelming candidates. Is Brad Richards the long-awaited solution to that longstanding issue? At first glance, the answer is ...

The 10 NHL Teams That Have Made the Most of the 2014 Free-Agency Period

July 12th, 2014
Barely two weeks into the NHL's free-agency period, most of the best talent has been signed. Many of them were snapped up within a few hours on opening day. Much of the focus by fans and pundits is on which teams signed the best players and which were the best contracts. ...

How Much Will 2014 Free-Agent Exodus Harm the New York Rangers?

July 11th, 2014
The New York Rangers had a remarkable 2013-14 season, going all the way to the Stanley Cup Final before being eliminated by the Los Angeles Kings. They had a less successful 2014 offseason. Despite the Rangers’ reputation as the destination of choice for free agents, this summer the team was less ...

Will 1st-Round Pick Kasperi Kapanen Debut for Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014-15?

July 11th, 2014
Ray Shero is no longer the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins because of his inability to draft quality players frequently enough to support a front-loaded team structure. When you have all-world competitors like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin eating up a large chunk of salary cap space, young players must be ...

The Best Remaining 2014 NHL Free Agents at Every Position

July 11th, 2014
When NHL free agency opened on July 1, it was only a matter of hours before most of the top players from this year's class inked their new deals. In the days that have followed, the trend has been for teams to hand out smaller-money, shorter-term contracts to players who carry ...

Buffalo Sabres: Should They Be Interested in Evander Kane?

July 11th, 2014
In the past few days, the seemingly ever-present rumors about Evander Kane moving on from the Winnipeg Jets have hit a fever pitch once again.  After going on Team 1040 in Vancouver, via Illegal Curve, on Tuesday, Kane seemed to all but demand a trade from Manitoba. After being asked if he ...

Brandon Dubinsky in Right Place at Right Time for Bloated Blue Jackets Contract

July 11th, 2014
Sometimes it's not about if you're good, but when you're good. Timing and perception can be everything when it comes to landing a huge contract in sports, and Brandon Dubinsky seems to epitomize that right now. On Friday, the Columbus Blue Jackets signed him to a six-year, $35.1 million contract that ...

Detroit Red Wings’ Biggest Mistakes in Each of the Last 5 Offseasons

July 11th, 2014
It is starting to become clear that Detroit is no longer the premier destination for high-end free agents. Detroit failed to acquire any of the big-name players available this offseason and will have to find alternatives to improve. As the offseason progresses, the team will explore its trade options while gaining a ...