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June 19 2015 06:45AM
Oilers and Flames need help in the pipes, Cam Talbot, Eddie Lack, as many as 8 teams interested in Phil Kessel, top 5 trade destinations for Dion Phaneuf, McDavid, Kassian, Hudler, NHL buyout options, a great scrap, free agency, draft profiles and more in this week's Roundup
June 18 2015 05:30PM
While all the talk in this upcoming draft is centred around Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, 2015 could become the year of the defenseman given the huge crop of talented CHLers available. We've already profiled one Saint John Sea Dog in our countdown, and today we'll look at another: the aggressive and very well-rounded Czech import Jakub Zboril.
June 18 2015 03:30PM
To be completely honest and up front, I think we've underrated Pavel Zacha fairly significantly. The massive Czech centreman fell well short of lofty expectations in his first full season in North America, but has still garnered enough recognition within the scouting community to get top-10 consideration in 2015.
Join us after the jump to explore one of 2014-15's biggest statistical disappointments that could still turn out to be very, very good.
June 18 2015 11:00AM
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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!
Paul Martin, 34, is getting a bit long in the tooth, but he remains a sturdy defensive defender with the ability to transition the puck and win the territorial matchup against top-of-the-roster competition. If you're sensing that the theme of our unrestricted free agent countdown is "he's useful, but kind of old!" then you're catching on.
The American-born Martin will be among the best blue liners available on July 1, and has the ability to significant improve the complexion of a club in need of an upgrade on the back end in the short-term. He's 34 though, and we might reasonably expect him to begin to incur diminishing returns going forward (and there's reason to believe he might already be on the down swing).
Read on past the jump for more.
June 18 2015 09:42AM
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On the heels of Anthony Peluso's head scratching contract extension, the Winnipeg Jets continued to lock up restricted players this week by agreeing to terms on Thursday with quietly effective 24-year-old blue-liner Ben Chiarot.
The deal is worth $1.7 million in total, which the club disclosed, and will carry an annual average value of $850,000. That's a not insignificant raise for Chiarot, who comes in at a significantly higher price point than the $660,000 he was entitled to had the Jets opted to qualify him.