Top to Bottom: Checking in with each team as the Trade Deadline approaches

Embed from Getty Images We’re four months deep into the NHL season and the trade deadline is right around the corner. Time flies, I know. By now, it’s become clear for most organizations as to whether they’ll be buying or selling at the deadline, but there are still a handful of teams that aren’t very good but are right…

Are the Edmonton Oilers actually this bad?

View image | gettyimages.com The article Mike Brophy wrote for the Hockey News recently got me thinking about the Oilers and whether they’re actually as bad as their record suggests. He essentially said that it’s absurd how bad the Oilers are after drafting first overall four times in the past six years, and that the league should…

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Eyes on the Dollar: Edmonton Oilers

View image | gettyimages.com This is a 30 part series analyzing the short and long term cap situations of each team in the NHL as we head into the 2015-16 season. The stats and information that I use in these articles is courtesy of Hockey Reference, War on Ice, and NHLNumbers.  Here the Oilers were,…

Bargain Bin Shopping: Forwards Left on the Market

View image | gettyimages.com Remember when teams were happy to hand out massive contracts like Halloween candy during the NHL’s free agency period? That certainly hasn’t been the case this summer. In fact, this has been a terrible summer for free agents, as the lower-than-expected cap ceiling has resulted in teams being more conservative ever…

Bargain Bin Shopping: Defencemen Left on the Market

View image | gettyimages.com This was a bad summer to become a free agent. The cap ceiling didn’t rise as much as many teams expected, and as a result, teams were more hesitant than ever to hand out massive contracts to the players available on the free agent market. We’re getting towards the end of summer and…

The 2015 NHL Offseason: Winners, Losers, and Everybody In the Middle

View image | gettyimages.com Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been breaking down the good and the bad of what’s happened so far during the 2015 NHL offseason. After going through all four divisions, looking at the players that teams have added and subtracted, and how they’ve spent their money, I figured I would put together a big…

The Good and Bad of the 2015 Offseason (So Far): Atlantic Division

View image | gettyimages.com Is it the start of the NHL season yet? No, it still isn’t. It’s only August. We still have two months to go until hockey starts again. Until then, all we can do is sit here and speculate what’s going to happen, which teams are going to break out, which signings were…

The Good and Bad of the 2015 Offseason (So Far): Metropolitan Division

View image | gettyimages.com Is it the start of the NHL season yet? No, it still isn’t. It’s only August. We still have two months to go until hockey starts again. Until then, all we can do is sit here and speculate what’s going to happen, which teams are going to break out, which signings were…

The Good and Bad of the 2015 Offseason (So Far): Central Division

View image | gettyimages.com Is it the start of the season yet? No, it isn’t. In fact, it isn’t even close. We still have over two months to go until the puck drops on the 2015-16 NHL season, meaning there’s a lot of time for teams to make moves, and there’s a lot of time…

The Good and Bad of the 2015 Offseason (So Far): Pacific Division

View image | gettyimages.com Is it the start of the season yet? No, it isn’t. In fact, it isn’t even close. We still have over two months to go until the puck drops on the 2015-16 NHL season, meaning there’s a lot of time for teams to make moves, and there’s a lot of time…

The Curious Case of Cody Franson

View image | gettyimages.com It’s been three weeks and Cody Franson doesn’t have a contract. If you search his name on Google, you’ll be flooded with reports that the huge, offensively minded defenceman is speaking with teams all around the league. Most recent reports suggest he’s in talks with the Boston Bruins, who recently shipped…