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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #1 Justin Williams

View image | gettyimages.com It’s an indication of the strength of this particular UFA crop that Justin Williams comes in number 1 on our list. That’s not to take anything away from the 33 year old, who has been a high-end winger for years. But his age and the fact that he’s only scored in the 40-point range…

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The Big List of NHL Draft Resources

There is a lot of information and analysis to consider when it comes to the NHL entry draft. Hundreds of draft eligible kids, thousands of stats lines, dozens of draft coverage publications/blogs and innumerable opinions about who is going to pick whom. If you’re like me, you probably spend a lot of time clicking from tab-to-tab…

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #6 Matt Beleskey

Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!  Almost every postseason there arises an unlikely hero from the middle of a team’s roster to make headlines. And any time that player is a pending…

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NHL Player Safety Just Keeps Getting it Wrong

Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports As the clock wound down on the Flames recent 4-2 victory over the Canucks, the game descended into a series of flying body checks, chucked knuckles and post whistle scrums. This mirrored the previous game, a 4-1 Vancouver victory that ended in an ice clearing brawl and a $50,000 fine…

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Happy Holidays Nations

    About this time last year we at the Nations were trying to figure out a way to make the seemingly endless lock-out interesting (and to keep the lights on as our advertisers fled in terror). Flash forward 12 months and we’re bigger than ever after adding Brian Sutherby, Daily Faceoff and getting JetsNation…

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Draft Street and the Nations

Due to popular demand Draft Street is back on the Nations. We ran some Free Rolls for DS last year and got some really good feedback, so we approached them about getting this going again for us again this year. They finally acquiesced when I threatened to send Wanye to their house with a bullhorn and…

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Nation Gear – It’s a Riot!

      We just wanted to remind everyone there is a few Canucks Army riot shirts left. We’re only printing off a limited number of these puppies so make sure to get ’em while they’re still available. Click the link to buy and within a few weeks you will have a classy, elegant garment…

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The Budweiser Red Light

  By now most of have heard of this new Budweiser red light thing. For those of you living under a rock (or who PVR every game and zip through commercials), Bud has come up with a replica goal light which you can sync with your favorite team, install in your house, and have it…

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Advertorial: Free Fantasy Contest

    Every so often someone approaches the Nations with offers or partnerships because they think we’re great and all. A lot of the time this stuff is pretty lame so we don’t bother you, our valued readers, with it. Sometimes something good comes along though. The folks at Draftstreet sent us an email or 10…

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Merry Christmas!

    May all the Nations Network writers have a very merry Christmas today and tomorrow. Unless you’re a grinch or something, then may you have a miserable humbug and successfully ruin everyone else’s good time (looking at you, Bettman). 

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A Holiday Message From the Nations

   Well it hasn’t been the merriest of Christmas seasons this year has it? Instead of squeezing present shopping around Hockey Night in Canada or Battles of Alberta, we’ve had to put up with histrionic lawyers at press conferences, game cancellation announcements and endless debates about which side of the labor argument is more reprehensible.

The NHLPA’s Recent Offer

The players union unveiled a new CBA offer this morning. It is fairly comprehensive and, unlike some of their previous offerings, has a sound basis for negotiation (from a league perspective, naturally). The most significant movement is on the issue of player share of hockey reltaed revenue. The players accept an immediate 50/50 with the stipulation…