Early returns on Flames are positive

The Calgary Flames had about as much roster turnover as any team in the NHL not named the St.Louis Blues. Additions such as Elias Lindholm, James Neal, Austin Czarnik, Derek Ryan and Noah Hanifin have all played quite well through the first 5 games of the season. GM Brad Treliving realized that his team needed a culture change and that coming back with the same … Continue reading Early returns on Flames are positive

Eastern Conference Rankings

Rankings 1. Tampa Bay- Top 5 scorer (Kucherov), Norris Defensemen (Hedman) and Vezina Calibre Goalie (Vasielevsky). Best team in a top-heavy division. Cup or bust. 2. Toronto- I’m not sure the Leaf’s really needed John Tavares given they have Nazem Kadri and Auston Matthews but that gives them the best offense in the league, the only problem is they have a bottom 5 defense. Freddie … Continue reading Eastern Conference Rankings

George McPhee: Good Developer or Good GM?

After being picked by many a year ago to be in the hunt for Rasmus Dahlin. The Vegas Golden Knights expansion team, made the Stanley Cup Final. General Manager, George McPhee and Assistant General Manager, Kelly McCrimmon made so many deals before the expansion draft and turned this team into a contender. The Vegas Golden Knights ended up getting 3 2017 first round picks, Alex … Continue reading George McPhee: Good Developer or Good GM?

How Good is Darnell Nurse?

Edmonton Oilers Defensemen Darnell Nurse remains unsigned a few days before training camp opens. Nurse is a restricted free agent which essentially means he is the Oilers property unless another team chooses to offer sheet him which in today’s NHL where the GMs all seem to be best friends…. That is highly unlikely. Nurse is coming off a season where he led Oilers blueliners with … Continue reading How Good is Darnell Nurse?

NHL’s Most Underrated: Aleksander Barkov

In July of 2016 I was at a charity golf tournament in Saskatoon. It was 2 months before the World Cup and 4 of Canada’s coaches were in attendance; Mike Babcock, Barry Trotz, Joel Quenneville, and Claude Julien….. not bad. To interact with the people in attendance, the coaches went from table to table and you could ask them any question you wanted. Mike Babcock … Continue reading NHL’s Most Underrated: Aleksander Barkov

The Flames Have Passed the Oilers

As soon as the Edmonton Oilers drafted Connor McDavid everyone presumed the battle of Alberta to be over, but thanks to poor drafting, signings and lack of execution…. The Calgary Flames have passed the Oilers. If you’re asking me if I’d take Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl over Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau that’s an easy answer, I’d be taking Connor McDavid and a player … Continue reading The Flames Have Passed the Oilers

Why John Tavares isn’t Leaving New York

John Tavares will meet with 5 teams at his agency this week in LA. Tavares is unable to sign anything (outside of Brooklyn) until July 1st. The teams are reported to be the Maple Leafs, Stars, Sharks, Bruins, and Lightning. The Islanders are obviously in the running still and GM Lou Lamoriello will reportedly be in LA this week just to ‘stay close’ to the … Continue reading Why John Tavares isn’t Leaving New York

NHL Mock Draft: 1-15

1. Buffalo- Rasmus Dahlin Best defensemen to come into the draft in the last 20 years. There’s a reason he is being compared to Nick Lidstrom. 2. Carolina- Andrei Svechnikov 40 goals in 44 games. An absolute sniper who can score many different ways. Is he closer to Vladimir Tarasenko or Nail Yakupov? 3. Montreal- Jesperi Kotkaniemi Biggest riser in a draft that seemed to … Continue reading NHL Mock Draft: 1-15

Why a Lucic Trade Makes Sense

How many misses has Peter Chiarelli had as the Oilers GM? He’s got rid of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and essentially Mat Barzal. He replaced Hall with a combination of Larsson and Milan Lucic, he replaced Eberle with Ryan Strome, and he replaced Mat Barzal with nobody because Griffin Reinhart was taken in the expansion draft. The NHL has clearly changed throughout the last few … Continue reading Why a Lucic Trade Makes Sense

Stanley Cup Finals Preview

Nobody predicted this. A Stanley Cup Finals between the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals. At this point, many people thought Vegas would be excited about winning the draft lottery and selecting Rasmus Dahlin….. not being excited about playing in the Stanley Cup Final. For the Capitals, last year seemed to be ‘it’ for them. The Capitals lost Game 7 last year to Pittsburgh and … Continue reading Stanley Cup Finals Preview