June 18 2015 08:00AM
The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs are now complete, with the Chicago Blackhawks capturing the Stanley Cup. The completion of the Cup Final officially ends the 2014-15 calendar, and brings with it the beginning of the run-up to the 2015-16 season.
And one interesting part of that is the announcement by the sports books of the betting odds for the 2016 Stanley Cup winners. The Blackhawks have predictably opened as 7-1 favourites, but the Calgary Flames aren't too far behind (all things considered), opening at 40-1 odds.
June 17 2015 01:10PM
You picked your team. You watched the playoffs. You hoped to score prizes and Internet glory. Today, we make a dream come true as we announce the winner of the 2015 NationDrafts Playoff Pool.
June 17 2015 01:00PM
In what's become an annual tradition, now that the Stanley Cup playoffs are completed, it's almost buy-out season. The league-wide buy-out window opens later today, 48 hours following the completion of the Final series - though logistically, the earliest anybody would throw a player on unconditional waivers would be early tomorrow morning anyhow.
And in what has become an annual tradition, now that compliance buy-outs are over with, you will notice that very few NHL teams actually buy players out. And I'll be bold enough to definitively state that I don't think the Calgary Flames will buy anybody out, despite having a few contracts that seem a bit on the heavy side for what each player brings to the table.
For a bit of a glimpse of why the Flames won't be buying anybody out, let's take a quick walk through the options and the contracts likely under consideration.
June 17 2015 11:00AM
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The Calgary Flames hit the mid-'80s riding high! They had made the playoffs for every season since they moved to Canada. They had built up a strong core of talented players through drafting and smart trades.
But while the Flames dominated the late-'80s on the ice - winning two Presidents' Trophies, making two trips to the Stanley Cup Final and winning a Cup in 1989 - cracks began to form elsewhere.
Wanna know why the Flames fell off a cliff in the early 1990s? Take a look at these five first round selections.
June 17 2015 09:00AM
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Continuing the NHL Draft Scout Series, which was last in Sweden, we trek to another Scandanvian country, and perennial prospect producing machine: Finland.
Here, we check in with Future Considerations Finnish scout, Marco Bombino, who's got the goods on notable 'Finn' prospects for next week's NHL Entry Draft.