The way things have gone for the Predators lately, it’s like great things just keep dropping on their laps. The Montreal Canadiens, so desperate to become harder to play against, gave them an elite defenseman for an older, slightly less expensive, worse counterpart.
It is now widely acknowledged that the New York Rangers are no longer the team that we think about when we look back on their past several years. Lundqvist made just 57 appearances last season, down from 65 the year before, due in part to hip problems.
If the NBA isn’t the single most popular sports league in the world — and it almost certainly is once you take out the various major European soccer leagues — it’s pretty damn close. One thing you can definitely say about the NBA is that it is exceedingly well-run and profitable. Nike and the NBA are
Ondrej Palat re-signed with the Lightning on Friday, effectively ending the work Steve Yzerman plans to do this summer. Palat is now locked into a five-year deal that will carry an AAV of $5.3 million, so when Yzerman gets back — and, perhaps, does a little last-minute roster work –he’s going to find
One of the most intriguing teams in the NHL for this coming year has to be the New Jersey Devils, insofar as they are impossible to predict right now. There are plenty of ingredients here that would lead one to say, “This is a team that could be pretty good.” Good young forwards, some solid blue liners
Most NHL teams have had their rookie orientation camps in the last two weeks or so, and I saw in more than a few cases that someone tweeted about two prospects getting into fights during scrimmages. The fact that there’s fighting in NHL games is an unfortunate fact of life, and it’s even more unfortunate
Earlier this week, Carey Price and Connor McDavid signed two of the richest contracts in NHL history. In a few years, when neither team has won a Cup — well, Edmonton might, but Montreal almost certainly won’t — talk will immediately turn to how their contracts are onerous and maybe they should have
Man, it’s hard to imagine putting together a better team than that and coming up without even a Conference Final appearance. The Stars are in win-now mode and you have to say they’ve gotten a lot better this summer.
At this point, it seems that a lot of NHL general managers have figured out how to properly value forwards. This is simply not the case for defensemen, however. If most hockey fans have heard of you, your contract options may well run the gamut from incredibly undervalued to incredibly overvalued and
When Connor McDavid signs his biggest-deal-in-NHL history early next week, a lot of people will have a lot to say about what he “should have” done. Should have waited another year so he could wring another million dollars out of this team when he inevitably becomes the league’s first back-to-back MVP
Maybe — probably — you figure your window is open only as long as Alex Ovechkin is an effective goalscorer. Yes, Oshie had the same number of goals as Ovechkin this past season. Washington has basically two more kicks at the can here.
A quick rundown of the past few days for Chicago: Marian Hossa, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin are out, Connor Murphy and Brandon Saad are in. The problem is obviously that there’s no clear evidence these moves make Chicago better. Quite the opposite: Stan Bowman traded short-term roster stability
Nolan Patrick is more of a finisher, one supposes, while Nico Hischier is the distributor of the two. The consensus over the past few months has slowly shifted from Patrick — the clear No. 1 at the start of the season — to Hischier, who dominated both World Junior and the QMJHL. Patrick will probably
You can go into every NHL Awards Show with a black ball of despairing anticipation, and for good reason. The NHL has given you every possible reason to expect the worst with this show. To be fair, the NHL didn’t actively screw anything up, as far as I could tell.
This is all about trying to build the best possible Vegas Golden Knights roster from all the guys made available. And that roster really, truly, honestly isn't remotely good enough to make the playoffs most of the time.
The idea, one supposes, was that Vegas needs to make the cap floor, which next season figures to be in the area of $45-46 million. If your average player’s AAV is just $2 million, you’re there. There is, therefore, no real reason for Vegas to go bad-contract shopping.
One of the things to watch in this entire Stanley Cup Final series was how badly the Nashville Predators outshot the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was tied in Game 5, and only after Pittsburgh opened up a huge lead. In the first year after the implementation of the salary cap era, the Carolina Hurricanes
The Nashville Predators better hope that Ryan Ellis's injury, whatever it happens to be, doesn't preclude or in any way limit his participation in Sunday night's elimination game.
JUNE 03: Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators celebrates with teammates after scoring a second period goal against Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (not pictured) in Game Three of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The team
The stat that stands out, obviously, is giving up eight goals on 36 shots in 102:16. Before that, it took Pekka Rinne 249 minutes and 131 shots to give up eight goals. Which is why the Nashville Predators walked over Anaheim in the Western Conference Final.
At this point it will be difficult to not-have that save percentage for the series fall from .925, unless he pitches a couple shutouts, but Rinne has basically had three bad games in this postseason (Game 2 at St. Louis, Game 2 at Anaheim, and Game 1 in Pittsburgh). A 5-on-3 Evgeni Malkin bomb through