by Lyle Richardson - September 28, 2012 11:54 AM EDT
Looking at the Windy City's team, which is still recovering from a salary cap meltdown after winning the Cup.
In the two years since the Chicago Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, they’ve failed to return to those lofty heights, bowing out in the opening round of the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
by Lyle Richardson - September 27, 2012 12:50 PM EDT
Looking at the surge in spending from the Canes and the work that still needs to be done to ensure a playoff spot.
After the Carolina Hurricanes missed the playoffs for the third straight season in 2011-12, ownership gave GM Jim Rutherford the green light this summer to invest more money in the roster.
by Lyle Richardson - September 26, 2012 1:50 PM EDT
Looking at Calgary's Big 3 and their status on the trade block.
After the Calgary Flames missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season, there was considerable anticipation GM Jay Feaster would shake up his ageing roster in the off-season.
by Lyle Richardson - September 25, 2012 1:05 PM EDT
Buffalo made bold moves in an attempt at the playoffs last season, but it failed. So what's in store this season?
This time a year ago, Buffalo Sabres fans were happily awaiting the start of 2011-12. Earlier in 2011, the club was taken over by billionaire and long-time Sabres fan Terry Pegula, who gave the green light last summer to GM Darcy Regier to sign UFA defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and left winger Ville Leino to lucrative contracts, as well as acquire blueliner Robyn Regehr from Calgary.
by Lyle Richardson - September 24, 2012 1:50 PM EDT
David Krejci's name has frequently appeared in rumors, but just how much of a makeover does this team need?
The Boston Bruins are little more than a year removed from their 2011 Stanley Cup, but their inconsistent performance throughout 2011-12 and their early exit from the 2012 playoffs fuelled rumors of off-season changes.
by Lyle Richardson - September 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT
Looking at the possibility one or more of Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry is moved.
Whenever the NHL lockout ends, three key Anaheim Ducks players will face a crucial season. Winger Bobby Ryan was a fixture in the off-season rumor mill after venting his frustration in late-June over management's seeming unwillingness to dismiss the constant speculation over his future with the club.
by Lyle Richardson - September 20, 2012 1:36 PM EDT
Toronto has long been interested in Roberto Luongo, but will its falling out with Francois Allaire have an impact?
In the final hours leading up to the expiration of the NHL collective bargaining agreement, the Toronto Maple Leafs were reportedly still seeking an experienced starting goaltender.
by Lyle Richardson - September 19, 2012 1:02 PM EDT
Looking at the last of the free agents, who stand to lose the most in a lockout.
A consequence of the expiration of the NHL collective bargaining agreement, and implementation of a player lockout, is all contract negotiations between teams and players have come to a halt.
by Lyle Richardson - September 18, 2012 1:38 PM EDT
If the lockout goes longer than expected and wipes out yet another full season, it will make for interesting free agent theater.
Should the current CBA impasse turn into another season-killer and a new agreement isn’t implemented until sometime next summer, it would have an adverse impact on teams with notable unrestricted free agents.
by Lyle Richardson - September 17, 2012 2:15 PM EDT
Despite their insistence the expired CBA didn't work, owners continued to sign players until the deadline passed.
During NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's Thursday press conference forewarning a lockout, he claimed the owners believe they're paying the players too much under the current CBA.
by Lyle Richardson - September 14, 2012 2:27 PM EDT
The Roberto Luongo trade rumors are no closer to being resolved, plus much more.
With the current NHL collective bargaining agreement set to expire at 11:59 p.m. EST Saturday, don’t expect the Vancouver Canucks to trade goaltender Roberto Luongo before the deadline.
by Lyle Richardson - September 13, 2012 2:38 PM EDT
Looking at why the Jets haven't inked their young star, plus the Flyers' interest in Subban and Chicago's loaded 'D' corps.
Winnipeg Jets left winger Evander Kane was back in Winnipeg Monday promoting EA Sports’ NHL 13, but offered no word on the status of his contract negotiations.
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