Breaking Down Summer 2016: Central Division

Cam Lewis
October 07 2016 07:00AM

This article is part of a four-part series that lists all of the transactions made by each NHL team and discusses what each team’s offseason means in the context of their division. Information and data was taken from: NHL Numbers, Hockey Reference, General Fanager, Hockey Analysis, Corsica, TSN, and Rotowire. Also, a special thanks to Sean Tierney who provided data visualization for the series. 

The most difficult division in hockey just got more competitive. 

The Stars, Blues, and Blackhawks took a hit in free agency, but still boast the majority of their core players that made them arguably the best three teams in the West last season. The two wild card teams, the Predators and Wild, each made major steps forward, and the Jets and Avs, the two squads who didn't make the playoffs, look like they're moving in the right direction. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 07 2016 05:00AM

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Connor McDavid named Oilers Captain, the best Leafs jokes on the Internet, Canucks navigating potholes, Tkachuk has made the Flames for now, Red Wings have a new - MUST SEE goal celebration, Jets making the playoffs, the World Cup, Fantasy hockey, previewing every division in hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Highlights from the waiver wire, 10/6/16 edition

Jonathan Willis
October 06 2016 02:15PM

After yesterday’s craziness – everybody cleared, which means 30 NHL general managers are confident they have a better backup goalie than Reto Berra and a better seventh defenceman than Mark Barberio – today’s waiver wire is a little quieter. It is fairly rich in defencemen, though, including 346-game NHL veteran Clayton Stoner.

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GDB -2.0: Final pieces of the puzzle

Jason Gregor
October 06 2016 12:30PM


Almost There

The Oilers have 30 players -- 18 forwards, ten defencemen and two goalies -- remaining in camp and Todd McLellan has two games to determine his opening night 23-man roster. However, he won't have to make seven cuts in the next five days.

Andrew Ference will start the season on the long-term injured reserve. He'll be on the roster for one day and then moved to LTIR. Matt Hendricks and Iiro Pakarinen will start the season on the injured reserve. Kris Versteeg has a groin injury and is out at least a week. McLellan and his staff will monitor these final two games to determine who stays and who starts the season in Bakersfield, but the evaluation won't end when the initial 23-man roster is named.

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Report: Oilers to trade Yakupov to Chicago?

Zach Laing
October 06 2016 11:08AM

According to Barstool Sports, the Oilers could be moving Nail Yakupov to the Chicago Blackhawks. 

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