June 24th, 2016 In Free Agents, NHL Expansion 0 comments

John Lennon said it best: Nobody told me there'd be days like these. When was the last time the top two pending unrestricted free agent defensemen saw their negotiating rights traded, then signed with that team instead of testing the free agent waters on July 1? Has it ever happened? Certainly not in recent memory. These are strange days,...

June 23rd, 2016 In Edmonton Oilers, Free Agents, Long Read, Top Stories 0 comments

The 2016 NHL Entry Draft is of monumental importance to the Edmonton Oilers and their future. Having missed the playoffs for a tenth consecutive season in 2014-15, the Oilers enter their most recent off-season with one, definitive need in mind: defense. Sure, the entire hockey world has long been aware of this glaring deficiency, but the 2016...

June 20th, 2016 In Free Agents, Islanders Management, New York Islanders, Top Stories 0 comments

We covered the potential, and almost assured loss, of Kyle Okposo last week and now we start this week by taking a look at the second of the Islanders' big three free agents heading into this offseason, Frans Nielsen. Nielsen, the much loved and longest-tenured Islander forward, is coming off a ridiculously team-friendly four-year, $11 million...

June 17th, 2016 In Editor's Choice, Free Agents, Top 10 Lists, Top Stories 0 comments

With the 2016 NHL Free Agency period set to begin in about two weeks, on July 1st, we take a look back at how the contracts turned out from one year ago. Each year, general managers dish out absurd contracts to players who have not shown the consistency to be deserving of such a cap hit. 2015 was no different. It was a relatively weak free...

June 17th, 2016 In Edmonton Oilers, Free Agents, Long Read, Top Stories 0 comments

The Edmonton Oilers missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs once again in 2015-16, marking the tenth straight season in which they have failed to reach the post-season. As such, it will be yet another busy off-season for Peter Chiarelli, who will be faced with the task of not only providing major upgrades to a perpetually poor Oilers roster, but...

June 14th, 2016 In Free Agents, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

NHL free agency has become an annual phenomenon, with fans of the game, and those working within it, provided the opportunity to see each and every NHL franchise make significant changes to their existing rosters come July 1st in hopes of improving in the upcoming season. For every NHL team, there are a number of components which must come...

June 14th, 2016 In Free Agents, Long Read, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

It's a magical time of the year. July 1st, 2016 marks the beginning of the free agency period in the NHL, the first day in which a player without a contract, of unrestricted status in particular, can officially sign with a new League franchise. Every year, the top UFAs available endure a frantic and intensive period in which they tour the...

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