‪The Nation Notebook: NHL/Flames meet to talk officiating, Is there a market for Lazar? and what it's like to be a GM on deadline day. ‬

Zach Laing
February 24 2017 07:00AM

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In today's Nation Notebook, we look at the latest news around the league.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
February 24 2017 05:00AM

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Is Kris Russell an opportunity or a trap, Leafs considering a Mike Richards comeback, Brandon Sutter is way overpaid in Van, what do the Flames do with Sam Bennett, Oilers are making the playoffs, remembering Mike Ilitch, loads of trade talk, NHL power rankings, Jonathon Toews and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Three worse giveaways than Petr Mrazek's from Tuesday night

Sam Blazer
February 23 2017 02:25PM

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Whenever a goalie plays the puck, coaches and fans alike hold their collective breath for the worst. Normally it just leads to a ring around the boards and not much comes of it. In the case of Petr Mrazek this past Tuesday, he played the puck and gave it straight to Josh Bailey for an easy goal.


It was a terrible blunder and a bad look in a year full of them for the Wings. In reality though, it isn't that bad. 

I'm being serious.

That's why I am here to show you three worse giveaways than what Petr Mrazek did the other night.

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Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Metropolitan Division

Cam Lewis
February 23 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner.  

The Metropolitan Division is stacked. At the time this article was written, four of the top five teams in the NHL standings were all from the Metro. The Pittsburgh Penguins look even better than they did when they won it all last year, and the Washington Capitals are gearing up for one final run with this group of players. The Columbus Blue Jackets have come out of nowhere, and the New York Rangers have enjoyed a renaissance. Even the bad teams in the Metro, the Islanders, Devils, Flyers, and Hurricanes aren't pushovers. So, what do you do in order to make yourself work your way out of this division come playoff time? 

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The Nation Notebook: Florida rising, Toews isn't bad, and unsure sellers

Christian Pagnani
February 22 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article. 

The Tampa Bay Lightning are facing the reality of having to sell at the deadline, while their neighbors in down south Florida have rocketed up the standings after finally getting fully healthy. Also, Jonathan Toews is doing his best to put to bed the narrative that he's over the hill. 

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