Just a few months ago the Ottawa Senators were the NHL’s Cinderella story. They defied the odds to even make the playoffs, then they pushed the Pittsburgh Penguins to a game 7 overtime which put them within 1 goal of playing for the Stanley Cup. This run raised expectations among Senator’s fans and ownership coming into this season as they decided to go all in and hopefully get that one step further. Sadly for Sens fans this year has been the exact opposite of that because the team currently sits 3rd last in the entire NHL with 25 points and a -21 goal differential. ToRead More →

When an NHL team is in last place in goals for (64) and has Jack Eichel, then that team has serious problems. Players earning serious dollars are underperforming, to make an understatement. Secondary scoring is…well there is not any on the Buffalo Sabres. On Monday, December 4, after the team continued to be miserable during a losing streak that included 3 straight games of no goals, GM Jason Botterill dropped the first shoe as he waived Matt Moulson (0 points in 14 games for $5 million AAV). As an attempt to bolster the bottom-six, Botterill traded for two-time Stanley Cup winner, Scott Wilson, with hopesRead More →

While Buffalo Sabres’ top center, Jack Eichel, was out with a high-ankle sprain for 21 games during the 2016-17 season, he had the opportunity to watch tons of hockey. Not just up in a suite or press box, but on television as well. In an interview, the now 21-year old was asked about a current player he watches or would model after. Of the Crosby’s and Ovechkin’s of the world, the budding star named another: Nikita Kucherov. As an offensively creative player, Eichel was impressed by the skills on display by the Tampa Bay winger en route to an 85-point season. It is easy toRead More →

Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk is currently being underpaid on a contract that pays him an Average Anual Value (AAV) of $4,250,000 until the end of this 2017-18 NHL season when he will become an unrestricted free agent (UFA). Reports indicate that the extension JVR is going to sign will be similar to the 8 Year, $5,750,000 per year extension T.J Oshie signed this summer. This theoretical deal would put JVR being paid as a solid first line winger for the next 8 years, leaving the Leafs in a very tough situation as they will be forced to choose whether or not they want toRead More →

With a quarter of the NHL’s 2017/18 season already under its belt, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on how the teams are performing at this early stage. Given that less is more, especially in today’s TL:DR society, I wanted to mix things up a little. Instead of the usual review format, we’ll be looking at each team using the form of the Haiku poem.  Today we’re looking at the teams in the Eastern Conference, starting alphabetically: Embed from Getty Images Boston Bruins While we hate Marchand Pasta is dish of the day OK results so far   Buffalo Sabres This isRead More →

Mark Stone is currently being criminally underpaid making a cap hit of $3,500,000. However, this is going to change. In the summer of 2018, the Ottawa Senator’s forward will be looking for a big raise as he becomes a restricted free agent. There have been hints at extension talks already, and while a lot can change between now and the summer, Stone’s extension is going to loom large enough over the Senator’s future that it’s important to get an early indication of what is to come. To do that, the negotiation is going to be broken down to see how much he is likely to make,Read More →