Report: Nhl Salary Cap Might Not Increase In 2015-16 Season | Nhl | Nesn.com

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Who Must Step Up for the Chicago Blackhawks After Patrick Sharp’s Injury? | Bleacher Report

Canadian teams earn revenue in Canadian dollars, obviously, but player salaries are paid in U.S. dollars. A weak Canadian dollarwas an issue during the mid-1990s, and it was one of the factors behind franchises such as the Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets relocating to the United States. How would the Boston Bruins be affected by the salary cap not increasing much for 2015-16? Well, Bs general manager Peter Chiarelli would have some tough decisions to make. Boston has 12 players eligible for unrestricted or restricted free agency (six each) on July 1. The notable UFAs are Carl Soderberg and Adam McQuaid. The RFA list is longer and includes severalimportant players. Defensemen Dougie Hamilton, David Warsofsky and Torey Krug, along with forwards Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser are the five-best RFAs on the horizon. Hamilton, Smith and Krug, in particular, could be in line for huge raises. The Bruins have $56.4 million of the cap tied up in 14 players for next season, per CapGeek, which could leave them with less than$15 million to re-sign their own free agents if the ceiling doesnt rise much for 2015-16. The Chicago Blackhawks might be in even more trouble because the matching eight-year, $84 million extensions signed by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane begin next season. source: http://nesn.com/2014/11/report-nhl-salary-cap-might-not-increase-in-2015-16-season/

Fantasy top 60 ‘D’: Flames’ Giordano tops rankings – Yahoo Sports

By Steve Macfarlane , Featured Columnist Nov 7, 2014 Use your (arrow) keys to browse more stories USA TODAY Sports 28 Comments Dont look now, Chicago Blackhawks, theres another heavyweight looking to take your spot as the “other” team to beat in the Western Conference. The Anaheim Ducks this week became the first NHL franchise to hit 10 victories on the season, heading into Thursday nights action as the top team in the league standingssix points ahead of the Blackhawks with one more game played. Like the Blackhawks, who added Brad Richards via free agency in the offseason, the Ducks made an effort to improve their depth at the center positiona trend made popular by the Los Angeles Kings’ blueprint, which has led to two Stanley Cup championships in three seasons. Bringing in Ryan Kesler through a trade with the Vancouver Canucks in June, the Ducks believed they had the missing piece after losing in seven games to the Kings in the second round of the playoffs last spring. Head coach Bruce Boudreau was ecstatic upon hearing about the acquisition, gushing to NHL.com : It gives you strength down the middle. I’ve never coached a team in the NHL that’s had a second-line center that you’re going to have with Ryan Kesler. It’s a great, and it gets you excited. … In the last couple of years, we thought we were a threat. This makes us a bona fide threat to become an elite team. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2255518-have-the-ducks-supplanted-the-blackhawks-as-other-team-to-beat-in-the-west

Hossa is a given because he is one of the most consistent three-zone players in the NHL , and Saad is a young player on the rise because of his explosive speed, excellent shot and fine moves around the net. Shaw does not have All-Star talent, but he is a hard worker and a hustler who always gives Quenneville everything he has. One of Sharp’s main responsibilities was manning the right point on the first power-play unit. Richards has been moved to that position, and it’s something he may be able to do quite well. Richards (three power play points this season) has long been a power-play specialist throughout his career in the NHL. He clearly sees the ice well and is an astute passer. Richards is not the skater he was earlier in his career, and he doesn’t compare with Sharp (six man-advantage points in 2014-15) in that area. However, his deficiency can be covered by Duncan Keith, as he mans the other point spot. The two-time Norris Trophy winner can assist Richards if he gets caught in a dangerous defensive situation. Richards has a good shot from the point, but it doesn’t compare with the blazer that Sharp can fire when he has a chance to step into the puck and blast it. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2260967-who-must-step-up-for-the-chicago-blackhawks-after-patrick-sharps-injury

Have the Ducks Supplanted the Blackhawks as ‘Other’ Team to Beat in the West? | Bleacher Report

UPDATED TOP 60 DEFENSEMEN RANKINGS FANTASY HOCKEY ANALYSIS The 2014-15 NHL season is underway, so NHL.com has you covered with weekly fantasy hockey positional rankings, real-time spin updates and waiver wire advice. Pete Jensen’s top 100 fantasy forward rankings Fantasy Spin updates | @NHLFantasy on Twitter SIGN UP FOR YAHOO FANTASY The Calgary Flames have been one of the most interesting stories through the first month of the NHL season. They have gotten off to a 9-6-2 start and sit just three points behind the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division. There have been many reasons for that success, but one of the biggest has been the play of Mark Giordano . Giordano, who jumps to the head of the line in our rankings this week, leads all defensemen in assists (14) and points (19), and ranks second in goals (five) and points per game (1.12). He collected 10 of those points (three goals) over his past five games and is probably the hottest player in the league not named Sidney Crosby . He might not have been the first name you thought of when drafting defensemen for your fantasy team, but he probably should have been, especially when you consider he rolled up 47 points (five goals) over the 64 games he played last season. That production translated into .73 points per game and was good enough to rank him behind the Ottawa Senators ‘ Erik Karlsson (.90) and the Chicago Blackhawks ‘ Duncan Keith (.77) in that category. The offensive production was impressive, but the fact he appeared in 64 games is what probably pushed his average draft position to 101 overall, with an average of 17 other defenseman going ahead of him in Yahoo standard leagues. You can’t blame owners for being tentative. The production is nice, but the fact Giordano played a full season twice over his first nine years in the league was enough to scare many off. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/fantasy-top-60-d-flames-giordano-tops-rankings-170000204–nhl.html

Caps score 3 goals late in 2nd to beat Blackhawks | The Journal Gazette

The Blackhawks dominated as the first period progressed. Saad opened the scoring with 2:48 left in the period on Chicago’s 15th shot to complete a 2-on-1 break with Marian Hossa. After taking Hossa’s cross-ice pass, Saad fired a low one-timer that struck the inside of Holtby’s left pad and slid into the net. Ovechkin was penalized for an illegal hit to the head of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson with 16 seconds left in the first, and Keith scored on the power play 56 seconds into the second to make it 2-0. He swooped into the right circle and fired in a rebound through traffic. The Capitals then connected three times late in the period to take the lead. The last two goals came 42 seconds apart in the final minute. Burakovsky cut it to 2-1 with 4:57 left to complete a 2-on-1 with Troy Brouwer. After faking a pass, he closed in and fired a perfect shot over Crawford’s left shoulder and just under the crossbar. The Blackhawks were skating around in their zone following a failed clearing attempt, and Johansson tied it at 2 with 47 seconds remaining in the period on a low shot from right circle that ticked in off the stick of Chicago defeneman Brent Seabrook. Ward’s goalmouth deflection of Matt Niskanen’s shot from the point with 5 seconds left in the frame put Washington ahead. source: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141107/SPORTS2004/141109527/-1/sports12

 

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