So how many folks actually got demoted to the AHL last season?

JP Nikota
July 26 2012 03:23PM

No, I mean besides anyone who has been traded to Columbus. Fans are often quick to dismiss a player's role on a team, and suggest that the player be sent to an AHL affiliate in order to free the NHL team of the cap hit. Fans of teams in larger markets are assuredly the biggest offenders, and it makes sense - their teams are the ones that can afford it.

I have put together a list of all the players with one-way SPC deals, a minimum of 82 games played in the NHL, and who were demoted to their club's respective AHL affiliate. I've also checked, in cases where the AHL stay is brief, to make sure that none of these players were simply on a conditioning stint.

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How Big Do Top-Six Forwards Need To Be?

Jonathan Willis
July 26 2012 01:06PM

Pavel Datsyuk, Dan4th Nicholas/Wikimedia Commons

How big should a group of top-six forwards be for a team hoping to make a playoff splash?

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Who do you love?

Jason Strudwick
July 26 2012 09:59AM

All coaches have players on their team who they trust above others. Part of that trust comes from the coaches pouring over stats. Which center wins the highest percentage of draws? Which defencemen has the least number of turnovers a game? Which forward hits the net with a shot most often?

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GAGNER TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW CONTRACT

Jason Gregor
July 25 2012 09:42PM

Last Friday Sam Gagner and the Oilers avoided arbitration when they agreed to pay the 6th overall pick in 2007 $3.2 million for the upcoming season. Most felt it was a fair deal, but some wondered why only one year.

I caught up with Gagner and got his thoughts on his new deal, heightened expectations for the team, Ralph Krueger and some lighthearted comments about Ted, "Hall and Ebs" and Breaking Bad.

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NHLE (D)

Lowetide
July 25 2012 08:28PM

You should know that Gabriel Desjardins' NHL equivalencies loves Justin Schultz. L-O-V-E loves.

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