5 things: Paying Andrew Ladd

Ryan Lambert
November 06 2015 02:23PM

Editor's note: Ryan Lambert talks about five things to look at with the Andrew Ladd pending free agent situation.

Let's take a look.

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5 things: Early Calder Candidates

Ryan Lambert
October 31 2015 08:00AM

We're now 10 or 11 games into the season for just about everyone in the league, and already some of the wheat in the "Calder Consideration" pool is starting to separate from the chaff.

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Five things: Is a quiet summer a good thing?

Ryan Lambert
July 10 2015 10:54AM

It's nearing mid-July and rosters are starting shape out for the next season.

Have the Winnipeg Jets done enough to make it into the playoffs once again?

Let's take a look after the jump.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #2 Jack Eichel

Ryan Lambert
June 26 2015 11:00AM

We're getting down to the nitty gritty here at the Nation Network draft profiles. In fact, we're down the No. 2 guy on everyone's draft board, and our very last profile. Yup it's Buffalo-bound Jack Eichel, who is largely considered the second- or third-best prospect to come along in the last several years (behind you-know-who this year, and Nathan MacKinnon two years back). 

A lot has been said about Eichel by this point, but here's a run-down.

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #4 - Antoine Vermette

Ryan Lambert
June 22 2015 08:00AM

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The outcome of the Stanley Cup Final will, in many ways, vindicate Stan Bowman's decisions at the trade deadline this year. He spent big to get Antoine Vermette and Kimmo Timonen (a combined cost of two second-round picks, a first, and a decent prospect) and hadn't, for most of the playoffs, gotten much out of them.

There wasn't much of a surprise there with Timonen, because the guy is like 112 years old and coming off a very serious health concern that almost ended his career. But the performance of Vermette, which has only began to sort itself out late in the run, long seemed a point of concern to say the least.

We're obviously working with a very limited data set here (just 39 games from the regular season through the end of the playoffs) but 4-6-10 in all situations and a sub-50 percent possession number on a team as good as Chicago is deeply problematic. Which goes a long way toward explaining his getting just 13:35 per game from Joel Quenneville; he hasn't averaged that few since he was a sophomore in the league, back in 2005-06.

At best, Bowman was "vindicated" with a Cup win (in much the same way the Tomas Kaberle trade once didn't-matter after the Bruins won the Cup), but at worst, the Vermette and Timonen trades could look like terrible decisions. 

And though he came on late, the fact that scoring two goals in six games was a coup probably throws Vermette's price in the UFA market into serious doubt, if nothing else.

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