2016 IIHF World Championship Semifinals: Canada vs. USA

Ari Yanover
May 21 2016 10:00AM

When Team Canada and Team USA first met this tournament, it was their very first game of the preliminaries. Neither had their full roster yet, and neither knew just what was in store for them.

Still, Canada took the game by a dominating 5-1 score. Patrick Maroon may have opened the scoring just under five minutes into the game, but it didn't take even 30 seconds for Taylor Hall to respond. Following in his footsteps were Brendan Gallagher, Matt Duchene, Boone Jenner, and Brad Marchand, as Canada outshot the States 33-25 and Cam Talbot came away with a 96.00 SV%.

Today, they meet again: in the semifinals, and for the right to compete for gold tomorrow against Finland. Canada wants to defend it; the U.S. wants to improve on their bronze medal performance from last year. The puck drops at 11:15 a.m.

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Is Jesse Puljujarvi worth "blowing away" the Columbus Blue Jackets?

Christian Roatis
May 21 2016 08:00AM

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Oh Elliotte, how you tease us. 

The screenshot above is from Elliotte Friedman’s latest 30 Thoughts column, and it’s one that undoubtedly perked up a lot of interest around these parts.

The Columbus Blue Jackets may consider trading down from the third overall spot. The spot affording whichever team there to select Finnish wunderkind Jesse Puljujarvi.

Let me in on this action. 

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2016 NHL draft eligible prospects to watch at the Memorial Cup

Ari Yanover
May 20 2016 02:00PM

The Memorial Cup kicks off tonight when the OHL champion London Knights take to the ice against the host Red Deer Rebels. Game 2 will be on Saturday, when the WHL champion Brandon Wheat Kings play the QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

It's the final bit of junior hockey on the season - and for some, the final chance to impress. Matthew Tkachuk headlines all draft-eligible players at the Memorial Cup this year, expected to go in roughly the fourth to sixth overall range. The Flames are right on the outside edge of that, so they might be picking him up - but there's a fairly good chance he goes to one of the enemy instead.

Tkachuk isn't the only player to watch, though. The Memorial Cup is a brief tournament with a limited player pool, but there are still a few more players to see in it that the Flames might just pick up in a month's time.

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Brandon Bollig

Ryan Pike
May 20 2016 12:00PM

Brandon Bollig was acquired by the Calgary Flames at the 2014 NHL Draft. It was Brad Treliving's first transaction as general manager.

Bollig has just completed the second season of his current three-year deal that pays him $1.25 million against the salary cap. He played primarily on the fourth line. He was healthy scratched for roughly a third of the season. When he did play, he was okay.

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RFA Profiles: Arnold, Agostino, Elson, Van Brabant

Pat Steinberg
May 20 2016 10:00AM

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The Calgary Flames have a number of decisions to make this offseason with their pending restricted free agents. All in all, Calgary has 13 potential RFA's on their hands, but there's no guarantee all of those players will end up qualifying for restricted status. The first four players we'll profile are short on NHL experience but all pose interesting questions when it comes to their future with the Flames organization.

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