May 27 2016 04:52PM
Wait and see.
I've heard this a lot in the last couple of days.
And honestly, this cult-like "wait and see" mantra actually blows my mind even more than this trade.
You see, I understand the reasoning behind the trade. I don't agree with it, clearly. But I understand it.
But I'm supposed to just ignore Benning's track record of poor decision-making and asset management and instead trust that this time his platitudes about Gudbranson, who I have nothing against, are correct?
Haven't we seen enough, folks?
May 27 2016 01:00PM
Steven Stamkos, defiant to the last minute, returned from a horrifying, potentially life-threatening blood clot injury to play for the Tampa Bay Lightning in their game seven loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals. It could very well be his final game as a Bolt.
The former first overall selection, four-time All-Star and four-time 40-plus goal scorer (once 60) is set to hit unrestricted free agency on July 1st. Once Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi secured Anze Kopitar's services well into the next decade, that made Stamkos the unquestioned prize of his free agent class. That fact is likely to manifest itself in a sea of suitors followed by a lucrative contract that might run the millions into double-digits annually.
Most are operating on the assumption that the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning are the preeminent head of the pack, but I wouldn't rule out the field. Is there a team in the league that wouldn't benefit from adding Stamkos to their lineup? Probably not and you can count the Vancouver Canucks among the more needy of the lot. Let's see if there's a match.
May 27 2016 11:00AM
The Canucks are confusing and sometimes hard to love. This week we bid farewell to an affectionate teen, say hello to a new guy, and watch some Canucks actually win something!
May 27 2016 10:45AM
The final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey will be announced today. Finland, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic filled out their 23-man rosters this morning, and the remaining four teams will be named this afternoon.
When Canada's final roster is finalized there will be a lot of debate among passionate Canadian fans. Some very good players won't make the roster, but will we see ten eventual Hall of Famers omitted?
That is what happened in 1991.
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May 27 2016 08:26AM
What the hell are the Canucks doing, why 'staying the course' is best option for the Leafs, is Stamkos feasible for Wings, how the Jets scored goals this year, Ralph Krueger a front runner in Calgary, Taylor Hall isn't so bad after all, salary cap futures for most teams, all kinds of draft news and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.