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Las Vegas and Quebec City Move on to Phase II of Expansion Process

The expansion process rolls along for Las Vegas and Quebec City, as they’ve moved on to Phase II with the National Hockey League. Las Vegas and Quebec City were the only two cities to submit applications by the deadline in July, despite the league fielding requests from 16 different organizations and individuals in the run-up. […]

2015-2016 Season Preview: Colorado Avalanche

With a 39-31-12 record in 2014-2015, the Colorado Avalanche finished dead last in the tough Central Division. They had 90 points, more than Pacific Division clubs like the San Jose Sharks, Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes and more than Eastern Conference clubs like the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils. Does this […]

2015-2016 Season Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

Coming off yet another Stanley Cup victory, the Chicago Blackhawks had their work cut out for them in the off-season. Salary cap issues meant shedding some serious cash, with the likes of Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp traded away. Johnny Oduya was lost to free agency and the focus shifted to keeping the lasting core […]

Toronto Signs Jonathan Bernier for Two Years

After a team-elected arbitration hearing on Friday, goalie Jonathan Bernier has signed a two year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs to the reported tune of $4.15 million a year. Bernier was asking for $5.1 million in the form of a one year deal, with the Leafs countered with a one year deal worth $2.89 […]

Capitals Sign Marcus Johansson to One Year Deal

The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms on a contract with Marcus Johansson. The deal came on the heels of a Wednesday hearing with the arbitrator and signs the forward for one year to the tune of $3.75 million. Johansson was seeking $4.75 million a year through arbitration, while the Capitals countered with $3 million […]

Should the Hurricanes Trade Jeff Skinner?

There are generally two schools of thought involving the Carolina Hurricanes and Jeff Skinner. The first suggests that a trade is in order, that the 23-year-old from Ontario has lived out his usefulness in Carolina and needs to move along. The other school of thought favours a wait and see approach, suggesting that Skinner can […]

2015-2016 Season Preview: Carolina Hurricanes

With a 30-41-11 record to finish the 2014-2015 regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes would probably like to put the year behind them and start anew. They went 18-16-7 at home, but their road record was a dismal 12-25-4. They only managed to score 183 goals on the season, with only the Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres […]

Flyers Sign Sean Couturier to Six Year Deal

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed centre Sean Couturier to a reported six year deal worth $26 million, which amounts to an average annual value of $4.33 million. Couturier was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season, but the Flyers have elected to avoid any such trouble with this deal. […]

Cody Franson’s Very Long Summer

The Cody Franson saga continues to roll along this summer, with several teams apparently circling the wagons for the best defenceman available in free agency. What’s taking so long? Franson mentioned last Tuesday that there were “five or six teams” with “some very interested ones” among their number. “Cap situations” were cited as the obstacle […]

Rangers Avoid Arbitration, Sign Derek Stepan

The New York Rangers and forward Derek Stepan have avoided arbitration and agreed to terms on a new contract. The deal reportedly signs Stepan for six years and carries a price tag of $39 million, translating to an average annual value of some $6.5 million. Reports suggest that Stepan was seeking $7.25 million annually through […]

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