March 13 2012 03:12PM
News broke earlier today that the league will allow Alexander Radulov to join the Nashville Predators for the balance of this season, and for the playoffs, without being subject to rule 13.23 of the CBA and having to pass through waivers. This is a little bit odd, and required a special agreement between the NHLPA and NHL. While Radulov still has to meet with KHL officials, the path is cleared on the North American side of things for the winger to make his NHL return.
March 13 2012 12:15PM
Stud goaltender Cory Schneider is having another standout campaign backing up Roberto Luongo in Vancouver. This season, Schneider has appeared in 26 games, he's sporting the third best save percentage of any NHL goalie with more than 20 starts, and in terms of his quality-start percentage: he's been more reliable between the pipes than Luongo. Schneider is young, he's smart, he's articulate, and his goaltending mechanics are impeccable. At this point, it's not a stretch to list Cory Schneider among the league's best young goaltenders, and with his contract expiring this summer the notion of adding Schneider to the roster has opposing teams and fan-bases salivating.
Take Tyler Dellow and Jonathan Willis, two of the smartest Oilers fans out there, who have actively fantasized about the Oilers signing Cory Schneider to an Offer Sheet. If you're a team that needs to address your starting goaltending, you're not going to do better than Cory Schneider this offseason. Yes, there's a chance that Cory Schneider could take up the starters mantle in the postseason for the Canucks; but with Roberto Luongo's immovable contract on the books through the return of Christ, it remains very likely that Schneider will begin next season wearing colours other than Canucks blue.
But how will that process unfold? Will any teams sign Cory Schneider to an offer-sheet? Will he be taken to arbitration? Will he be dealt at the draft? Read past the jump for your complete guide on Cory Schneider's impending restricted free agency.
March 12 2012 02:49PM
The article it went with was vile, but this is still the best picture ever.
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March 12 2012 12:53PM
Patrick McNally has been recognized by the ECAC for his impressive rookie season.
Canucks prospect Patrick McNally (drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 NHL draft), has followed up on his Yandle-esque senior year of Prep hockey with a stellar freshman campaign for the Harvard Crimson this season. Jeff Angus looked at his development a few months ago, and generally speaking McNally has successfully reigned in his freelancing style, while remaining a standout offensive defenseman.
Late last week, McNally's play was recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) who nominated him as one of three finalists for the conference's "Rookie of the Year" award. Read past the jump for analysis of his chances at winning the award.
March 12 2012 11:45AM
Jensen (centre) celebrates a goal with line-mates Boon Jenner and Lucas Lessio.
Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen does it all for the Oshawa Generals. He plays on the first penalty-kill unit, he's been deployed in the slot, along the half-wall and at the point on the first unit power-play (which has finally begun to congeal, and become potent). At even-strength he plays difficult minutes, and based on their deployment, Jensen's line (he plays regularly with 2nd round picks Boone Jenner and Lucas Lessio) is clearly Oshawa's featured two-way group.