Because of how insipidly single-minded the Toronto media is, we’re going to put up with the Tavares-to-Toronto talk until Tavares signs his extension or goes elsewhere. The Flyers have been a planned goaltending destination for as long as anyone can remember. Yeah, Toronto has lusted after a high-end
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
Little doubt out there right now that the new contract Leon Draisaitl signed at midweek was at least something of an overpayment. With that having been said, Peter Chiarelli was faced with that old familiar problem: He couldn’t not-pay for Draisaitl. The idea that Draisaitl is worth $8.5 million AAV
Nice to occasionally be reminded that nothing will ever be less surprising than Jeremy Roenick, who has as many Cups as I do, being a MAGA CHUD. The idea that Sidney Crosby is somehow already 30 years old is, to me, repugnant. Imagine if he’d hit 1,000 career points two-plus years before he did?
It’s another Aug. 15, and a former high-end NCAA player will have his draft rights lapse, making him an unrestricted free agent. In the past, guys like Jimmy Vesey and Kevin Hayes were the guys who got a lot of attention. The talk about Butcher has been more muted than Vesey or Hayes, for reasons that
Taken on its face, the high end of the Calgary Flames roster is probably among the best in the Western Conference. You have Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, TJ Brodie, the entire 3M line, Sean Monahan. The good news is that basically all those guys, with the exception of Giordano (very
Everyone was very mad this week that the NHL Network put out its list of the top 10 goalies in the league. Sergei Bobrovsky at No. 3 seems an awful lot like recency bias but he’s got two Vezinas in the collection and is .923 in his five years as a starter with Columbus. After that it gets wacky: Matt
Over the weekend, Nate Schmidt and the Vegas Golden Knights had their arbitration resolved: The defender got two years at $2.25 million AAV, about half a million less and a year more than Schmidt’s camp wanted. Vegas has too many NHL-level defensemen. Currently, the team has more than $20.8 million
Not specifically related to shot attempts in general, but in particular with shot attempts as it relates to the Los Angeles Kings under Darryl Sutter. If you look at the entire Sutter era in Los Angeles, now understandably over, a clear pattern emerges. The Kings attempted the most shots in the league
(In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.) 6 – Extending John Tortorella
Ryan Johansen signed an eight-year extension on Friday that will pay him $8 million per season. This is one of those contracts where you say, “Ah maybe it’s a little high for now but if he keeps developing along this path then it won’t be for long.” Johansen is awesome, and a clear No. 1 center on a
It’s important to first make it clear that Andrei Markov isn’t a make-or-break player here in 2017. It’s Shea Weber, about to be a year older and worse than he already was, complemented by Karl Alzner and a bunch of guys who serve as nice depth pieces on most teams. When the Canadiens traded P.K. Subban
Give me all the Barys Astana games!!! Last week it came out the AHL is going to let AHLers who aren’t on two-way NHL contracts go play in the Olympics and represent their countries and all that stuff. Chris Mueller, for example, was way up there on the AHL’s scoring list last season, and has 53 NHL
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