Welcome to the final edition of Deadline Deals, a series where I have been looking at every team in the NHL and their trade deadline plans. In the final article for this series, we will be looking at the Pacific edition. If you missed it, last week we looked at the Central. #1 Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks have had a long season, to say the least. They were absolutely decimated by injuries to start the year and had to ice a part AHL team for a while. This team had to just stay afloat in the West. They actually did a good job too. TheyRead More →

Welcome back to the third edition of deadline deals. A series where I break down what I think is best for each team as they approach the trade deadline. Today’s focus is on the Central division as we move out West! If you missed it, you can check out the Metro and Atlantic editions! #1 Chicago Blackhawks: The Hawks find themselves in a position they really have not been in years. A team really on the outside looking, with slim shots at the playoffs. MoneyPuck currently has them at a 20% chance at playoffs. With no Corey Crawford for maybe the rest of the year,Read More →

Welcome to a series where I will be looking at what each team should be doing this trade deadline. We will be looking at their future, players to buy or sell, and overall possibility of a Cup. Stay tuned for all four divisions, but today we will be breaking down the Metro! If you missed it, you can see the Atlantic Division here. #1 Carolina Hurricanes: This division is so much tougher than the Atlantic, that had 5 sellers in it. Usually I would err on the side of caution here, like I did with Toronto. However, the Canes desperately need a playoff appearance. TheirRead More →

Welcome to a series where I will be looking at what each team should be doing this trade deadline. We will be looking at their future, players to buy or sell, and overall possibility of a Cup. Stay tuned for all four divisions, but today we will be breaking down the Atlantic! #1 Boston Bruins: This is a team that people are still sleeping on. As of January 29th they have a 99.9% chance of playoffs, and 10.3% chance at the Cup. This is 2nd in the league, and only 1% below Tampa for chance at winning the Cup. These guys are my second favouriteRead More →

Welcome to the newest series on the 4th Line! This is a series where I will be looking at the top 5 draft steals. Now these won’t always just be the 6th and 7th rounders of a draft. My aim here is to find some of the best players of the draft that weren’t taken where they should have been. This means there may be late first rounders, or second rounders included. With this in mind let’s start our first draft, 2010! Honourable Mention – Petr Mrazek, Round 5, 141st Overall: I am giving Petr Mrazek an honourable mention here because finding a possible starterRead More →

Good contracts can help a team save money, and spend elsewhere, making them a much better and more dangerous team, while bad contracts can do the exact opposite, making teams have to save money elsewhere. Today I will be looking at the 10 worst NHL contracts. I am trying to take into account length left on the contract. So contracts that only have a year left got excluded, because it’s very likely it won’t hurt the team too much. I also decided to leave off contract extensions that haven’t kicked in yet. This was to make things easier. So guys like Price, and Jones didn’tRead More →

The NHL is filled with lots of good and bad contracts. Good contracts can help a team save money, and spend elsewhere, making them a much better and more dangerous team, while bad contracts can do the exact opposite, making teams save money elsewhere. Today I will be looking at the 10 best contracts in the NHL. To do this I will be excluding ELC’s because this list would be almost all ELC’s. I am also trying to take into account length left on the contract. So those contracts that only have 1 year left after this season usually take a bump. Those that haveRead More →