January 04 2017 08:00AM
It's been awful season for the Colorado Avalanche. Not only are they once again one of the worst possession teams in the league, but their goaltending is mediocre and nobody can score. A dry spell when you also get outshot every game sinks a team pretty quickly.
That has the club considering a fresh rebuild. With Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen up front, they are looking to cash in on their collection of young forwards and improve their blueline. According to Elliotte Friedman, Duchene and Landeskog are the most likely guys to be put on the auction block.
The Flames, on the other hand, still need to improve their forward depth. With Troy Brouwer struggling and both Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett running in place this year, Calgary's depth seems even more questionable than it did to start the year. Another quality forward - particularly a center - may help push the team forward.
So the question is: should the Flames consider putting together a package for Matt Duchene?
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January 04 2017 05:00AM
The Nation Network is pleased and proud to announce that our Editor in Chief, Thomas Drance, has stepped down to take a position with the Florida Panthers.
January 03 2017 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames have 22 healthy bodies on their roster right now, following the injury to winger Troy Brouwer last week. They've shown a reluctance to recall a player from the American Hockey League's Stockton Heat, likely in part because the Heat are doing so well that it would be a shame to pluck a youngster from that environment.
However, it seems that the waiver wire could be a fantastic place for the Flames to obtain some short-term depth. The St. Louis Blues have placed forward Ty Rattie on waivers and the Flames would be very wise to put in a claim.
January 03 2017 10:00AM
In case you haven't had your full dose of prospect content these past few weeks, here's a bit more.
January 03 2017 08:00AM
Part of being successful at international hockey simply comes down to luck.
Which country were you born in? Which countries are you eligible to play for? That's going to go a long way towards determining your success.
Take, for example, Nico Hischier. Phenomenal young player, likely with a very high draft spot a very bright future ahead of him. He gave the Americans fits in a game virtually everyone would have predicted them to win. But he's Swiss, his team doesn't have anywhere near as many players as capable as other teams do, and so, his chances of winning much internationally are pretty low.
As gimmicky as it was, that was the entire philosophy behind having a Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey. Anze Kopitar and Mats Zuccarello are two amazing players, but the chances Slovenia or Norway ever actually wins anything...
So there's a certain level of luck that goes into this. Pavel Karnaukhov was eligible to represent both Belarus and Russia internationally; where is Belarus? He went with Russia. And so.
The five Flames prospects at this tournament play for Canada, the United States, Sweden, and Russia. Those are the final four teams of the 2017 World Juniors, and so, all five Flames prospects have advanced. All will play for a medal. At least three of them will win one.