Making sense of Paul Holmgren's trades

Cam Charron
June 24 2011 02:17PM



From a stand-alone perspective, trading Jeff Carter to Columbus is not a bad trade for the Philadelphia Flyers. Everything that happened afterwards is chaotic, as Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren laid his team's foundation and future through 2012 on a roulette table.

Where the Jeff Carter trade baffles me is that it meant more than a long contract for salary cap relief, a young roster player (Jakub Voracek) and a couple of picks, one of them #8 in a pretty decent draft. Philadelphia used all the long-term money they save on a piece that they may not have needed. An oft-repeated cliché is that  the Flyers were just a goalie away from the Stanley Cup. They haven't won one since Bernie Parent.

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Free Agent Follies

Cam Davie
June 24 2011 09:36AM

Do the Canucks have enough room to squeeze in Juice?
(Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

As the start of Free Agency approaches, the Canucks management has a few, serious decisions to make on some of their pending free agents.

Do the Canucks try to re-sign everyone, given that their year went almost perfectly according to plan? Do they try some new elements? Do they give up on some organizational projects?

We'll find out starting July 1st, but until then, here's my take on what I think the Canucks should do with their pending free agents.

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Red Carpet Fashion Break

Alix Wright
June 23 2011 04:45PM

Fabulous photoshop done by Annie Mae @westxnorthwest  

                                            Awesome photoshop by Annie Mae @westxnorthwest 

Oh the NHL awards. The host is always dreadfully unfunny, half the players look miserable, and it's always fascinating to see what b list? c list? D list celebrities the NHL scrapes the barrel with to make an appearance/music performance. But it does bring me one of my favourite things in the world: hockey players in suits! Last night I did my best Joan Rivers impression. Let's see the results!

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What Do They Do Next?

Cam Davie
June 23 2011 12:51PM

What have you got ready to conjure up with those magic hands, Mike?
More wizardry? Or another Steve Bernier?

The playoffs are done and the Canucks feel one win short of ultimate glory. The awards have been presented and the Canucks were well honoured.

And now... all of a sudden... we're on to thinking about next season! Free Agency begins in 8 days and the Canucks have some issues with which to contend, starting with the fairly large list of free agents that Mike Gillis and co must either re-sign or let walk.

So ... what do they do next?

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My 2011 NHL Draft Top-30

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2011 10:03AM

I know the hockey world is swamped with mock drafts and top-30 lists at the moment, but I thought I’d add one more – mine. This is not a mock draft; rather, this is how I rank the players I feel are the top-30 prospects for tomorrow’s draft.

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