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June 17 2016 05:00AM
The NHL is boring, Kessel gets it done, is Matthews really better than Laine, what do the Canucks have at 5, remembering Gordie Howe, Flames buyouts, where will Yakupov go, the NHL draft, Vegas expansion, free agency, Randy Carlyle and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
June 17 2016 01:17AM
On Wednesday, the Dallas Stars traded defencemen Alex Goligoski to Arizona in exchange for a late draft pick. Goligoski, a pending unrestricted free agent, was one of three significant UFA blueliners on the Stars roster.
That list includes Jason Demers, who is far-and-away the best right-shot defender in free agency this year and also an obvious target for the Edmonton Oilers this summer. However, it appears the departure of Goligoski does not necessarily mean that Demers will be back with the Stars.
June 16 2016 10:00PM
18 year old Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads checks in at #14 in our Nation Network draft rankings. The centre is the epitome of a playmaker, amassing 40 assists and 21 goals in 57 games. McLeod has been playing on and off with Alex Nylander, another future first round draft pick.
Lets take a look at what McLeod brings to the table.
June 16 2016 02:30PM
Avalanche NOT trading D Tyson Barrie, GM Joe Sakic tells me. LT deal preferred for RFA, or arbitration. "Either way, he'll be here" - Sakic— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) June 16, 2016
There aren’t a lot of good right-shot defencemen certain to be available in trade or via free agency this summer. Tyson Barrie was one of the few players widely believed to be on the market, a skilled offensive defenceman looking for a raise from a team that was thought to be lukewarm to the prospect.
June 16 2016 01:00PM
It is no surprise the television ratings in Canada during the 2016 NHL playoffs were down. With no Canadian teams entered it was obvious the numbers would be low. However, in the United States they had 16 teams in the postseason for the first time ever, yet their ratings were well below the past few seasons.
Despite having one of the league's best players involved, viewership for the Stanley Cup Finals was down 29% from last year and 23% from 2014. That is a massive drop, and the NHL needs to address the reality that fewer people are watching games on cable TV.