June 03 2015 09:00AM
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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!
If you're looking for a veteran presence that Chicago might be inclined to let walk, especially from that blue line, Johnny Oduya seems as likely a candidate as anyone. While he is part of the four-headed beast that arose in these playoffs because Joel Quenneville literally doesn't trust anyone else to patrol the blue line, Oduya best matches the description of a guy who will probably be allowed to walk.
The reasons why should be clear enough: He'll be 34 on Oct. 1, he probably wants one last multi-year deal, he probably wants a raise from his current $3.375 cap hit per NHLNumbers.com, and he's wrapping up a season in which he was vilified for much of the year by his own fans.
Stan Bowman is a smart general manager and while it's not totally clear how he's going to address his blue line's depth problems, giving a 34-year-old coming off a bad year multiple seasons and a raise doesn't seem like part of the plan. So in other words, it's very likely that Oduya is available to the highest bidder come July 1.
June 02 2015 08:48PM
Just five weeks into his tenure as GM of the Edmonton Oilers, Pete Chiarelli has been doing most of his talking behind closed doors since unveiling Todd McLellan as his head coach rather than publicly as the Oilers prepare for the NHL Entry Draft.
June 02 2015 03:35PM
June is the month of McDavid as we lead up to the draft on June 26th. As such I think it’s only fitting that we start by looking at how Connor McDavid’s point production rates compared to the last several 1st overall picks.
June 01 2015 10:28AM
The Chicago Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup final again, and Brent Seabrook along with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and Niklas Hjalmarsson will be vying for their third Stanley Cup.
Bryan Bickell played sixteen regular season games and four in the playoffs (in the 2010 season), but that wasn't enough to get his name on the Cup. You either have to play 41 regular season games or one game in the Stanley Cup Finals. The NHL does make exceptions for players who didn't meet the standard due to injury or other extenuating circumstances.
Seabrook has been a significant contributor during the Hawks magical seven-year playoff run, but rumours about him being traded due to the Hawks pending salary cap issues keep swirling.
June 01 2015 08:30AM
June already, huh? That means we're in the ballpark for drafting McDavid. We are mere weeks away, but that's a story for another day. This story is about the Mailbag. Today, we take a look at the questions you've sent in for our panel of writers. If you have a question, you can email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. With that I present another edition of the Mailbag - enjoy.