July 4th, 2015 In Free Agents, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

There is no denying that one of the most exciting times of the year for hockey fans is the beginning of free agency on July 1st. With so many guys on the move, the make-up of the following NHL season is constantly evolving. In the current salary cap era, July 1st doesn't just bring about the movement of free agents, it also carries the potential...

July 2nd, 2015 In Philadelphia Flyers, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

The Philadelphia Flyers needed to shred some salary and they did just that at the NHL draft. In a bizarre trade with the Arizona Coyotes, the Flyers received the talented, but inconsistent, Sam Gagner in exchange for Nicklas Grossmann and the contract of Chris Pronger. It was a move that many did not fully understand when it was first made,...

July 2nd, 2015 In Pittsburgh Penguins, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

The Pittsburgh Penguins were out to acquire a top-six wing and they did just that. They sent Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, Scott Harrington and first and third round picks in the 2016 NHL entry draft to Toronto to acquire the services of Phil Kessel. Why did they need a top-six wing? Because the Penguins could not score enough goals. Yes,...

July 1st, 2015 In Boston Bruins, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

Remember the cute childhood fictional game where you are forced to choose one of two paths? Path A was one option, path B was the other. As it stands, the Boston Bruins chose neither path and are wandering the depths of mediocrity. A season removed from being the pride of the league, the Bruins finished the 2014-15 on the outside looking...

June 30th, 2015 In San Jose Sharks, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

Fellow writer Andrew Bensch and I wrote contrasting articles about the recent Martin Jones trade. My spin is more positive while his is more negative. For his well-written article, click here. The Start of the Jones Era News broke earlier today that the San Jose Sharks acquired goaltender Martin Jones from the Los Angeles Kings Boston Bruins...

June 30th, 2015 In Previews and Predictions, Prospects, Trades Contracts and Transactions, Vancouver Canucks 0 comments

After Benning shocked the Canuck Nation and shipped out fan favorite goaltender Eddie Lack for a pair of draft picks, he followed suit today by resigning Jacob Markstrom to a two-year deal, Linden Vey and sending out qualifying offers to Sven Baertschi, Adam Clendening, Frank Corrado and Alexandre Grenier. The surprising omission from the list of...

June 30th, 2015 In Dallas Stars, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

The Dallas Stars went big on goaltending experience during the 2015 NHL Draft, trading their 193rd pick in exchange for the former Sharks netminder. After suffering inconsistency in net, the Stars found an alternative to rotating inconsistent backup goalies. For the 2015-16 season, Stars General Manager, Jim Nill, is building a Finnish tandem...

June 30th, 2015 In Trades Contracts and Transactions, Vancouver Canucks 0 comments

On June 27th, Vancouver shipped goalie Eddie Lack to the Carolina Hurricanes for their 3rd round pick in this year's draft (Guillaume Brisebois), as well as Carolina's 7th round pick in 2016. While the Lack trade was expected, this move by Jim Benning and the Canucks caught many by surprise. The Canucks made one other trade that day as well with...

June 30th, 2015 In San Jose Sharks, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

I’ll admit it up front. I have no idea how any of the players drafted by the San Jose Sharks will pan out. I’m a firm believer in the draft philosophy of ‘best player available’. There are those that think drafts should be based on a team's positional needs. I don’t buy that. Others think it is critical to balance the draft between...

June 30th, 2015 In Ottawa Senators, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

Bryan Murray had a busy and extremely productive 72 hours. Between Thursday morning and Saturday evening he re-signed franchise building blocks Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad to reasonable deals, solved Ottawa's three-headed goalie problem, saved over $5 million in cap space and began to clear out the logjam on Ottawa's blue line. By trading Robin...

June 29th, 2015 In Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

When rumors of Dougie Hamilton being available for a trade began floating around last week, I immediately dismissed them as impossible. He's a future stud #1 defenseman that's 22 years old. "No team would be dumb enough to trade him," I thought. I wrote how it would be stupid for the Bruins to deal him for the #3 overall pick minutes before...

June 29th, 2015 In Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Trades Contracts and Transactions 0 comments

Brad Stuart spent a staggering five seasons with the Red Wings. While he wasn’t necessarily a stand out in any of them, he did exactly what he needed to do: shut other teams down. The 2008 trade deadline came with a force. The day saw 25 deals, with the likes of Brad Richards, Marion Hossa, Pascal Dupuis, Andrew Ladd, Sergei Fedorov and Adam...

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