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WCOH Game 9: NORTH AMERICA VS SWEDEN

Team North America lost a heartbreaker to Russia in their previous game, completely outshooting and outchancing Ovechkin and pals in the final frame only to come up one goal short. The upstart young stars team has been full value so far this tournament, providing entertaining, high-octane hockey that puts their opponents on their heels.  The…

Let’s talk about stats vs traditionalists

Embed from Getty Images The advanced stats versus conventional hockey people fight is probably getting old for anyone watching the argument from the outside. Nevertheless, it rages on, flaring up whenever a new school person flagrantly denies conventional wisdom or an old school person balks at nerds analyzing the game with spreadsheets. Many might be surprised to find out…

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #6 Matt Beleskey

Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!  Almost every postseason there arises an unlikely hero from the middle of a team’s roster to make headlines. And any time that player is a pending…

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Happy Holidays Nations

    About this time last year we at the Nations were trying to figure out a way to make the seemingly endless lock-out interesting (and to keep the lights on as our advertisers fled in terror). Flash forward 12 months and we’re bigger than ever after adding Brian Sutherby, Daily Faceoff and getting JetsNation…

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Jets Nation Casting Call

  So NHL hockey is back and every nation site is rocking with tons of daily content, comments, arguments and the odd terrible MS paint picture or photoshop. Every site, that is, except for the baby in the network: JetsNation. I convinced Wanye to buy JetsNation.ca and develop the site as soon as they announced…

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Merry Christmas!

    May all the Nations Network writers have a very merry Christmas today and tomorrow. Unless you’re a grinch or something, then may you have a miserable humbug and successfully ruin everyone else’s good time (looking at you, Bettman). 

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A Holiday Message From the Nations

   Well it hasn’t been the merriest of Christmas seasons this year has it? Instead of squeezing present shopping around Hockey Night in Canada or Battles of Alberta, we’ve had to put up with histrionic lawyers at press conferences, game cancellation announcements and endless debates about which side of the labor argument is more reprehensible.

The NHLPA’s Recent Offer

The players union unveiled a new CBA offer this morning. It is fairly comprehensive and, unlike some of their previous offerings, has a sound basis for negotiation (from a league perspective, naturally). The most significant movement is on the issue of player share of hockey reltaed revenue. The players accept an immediate 50/50 with the stipulation…

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Some Thoughts on the NHL’s Proposal

    In case you missed, the NHL has published their proposal to the players union on NHL.com today in stark black and white for the public’s perusal. Getting past any cynical deductions about why the league would choose to finally share a proposal in living color with the fans at large, the deal itself…

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KHL Highlights – Monday, October 8, 2012

Nations contributors Steve Dangle and Andrey Osadchenko have been tabbed by the KHL youtube channel to put together KHL highlight packages for the season this year. This is their debut video – if everyone likes it, we can make it a regular feature here at the Nations. Enjoy!

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The Nations Partners with McKeen’s

  So you may have noticed some McKeen’s Hockey banners popping up here and there across the Nation. That’s because the boys over at McKeen’s are launching a new website and subscription service that will replace their excellent annual magazines.

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Nations State of the Union – July 20, 2012

    In Wanye’s Nerd Camp update, there were some questions about the Nation’s platform and some requests for some new features in comment section. With news winding down and hockey coverage entering the doldrums of August, I figured it was time for a state of the union address. Or, at least, state of the union…