January 04 2017 03:20PM
The Vancouver Canucks claimed Reid Boucher off of the waiver wire this morning, and there was much rejoicing - after all, Vancouver fans had grown accustomed to the notion that Jim Benning and co. might never make a waiver claim again.
There is still a little bit of discontent among the fanbase however, as Ty Rattie (who we endorsed) slipped by the Canucks to the Carolina Hurricanes. Between that and Matt Nieto being waived by the San Jose Sharks this morning, there are some questions about the process behind making multiple waivers claims in close succession.
Which means it's time to dive back in to our trusty Collective Bargaining Agreement.
January 04 2017 10:42AM
It's time to continue our trek though the Red Wings lineup to end the 2016 calendar year. If you missed our review of the top six, you can check that out here. For now though, we're going to attempt to tackle what can only be labeled as the bottom six (plus some extras). As we covered before, figuring out who is assigned to which line is impossible with this team. The line juggling has become out of control but we're going to do our best here to straighten some things out for you. Regardless of where they may land in the lineup, we're going to get an unclose look at everyone on the roster.
January 04 2017 08:13AM
If you take the Red Wing fandom out of it for a minute, that final 23-ish minutes of hockey at the Centennial Classic was some of the most exciting hockey that I’ve seen in a long time. With that said, the Red Wings failed to capitalize on a few great chances in overtime and ended up dropping a point to the Maple Leafs.
January 04 2017 07:00AM
The Coyotes claim Alex Burmistrov, the Islanders want to get rid of Jaroslav Halak, Rasmus Dahlin is making a name for himself, and Colorado might be willing to part with Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog for a good, young defenseman.
January 04 2017 06:42AM
Last season, fans were calling for Jimmy Howard to be traded. His mediocre play as the Red Wings starting goaltender had been holding the team back for the last couple of years. And, when he fell to injury, backup Petr Mrazek rose to the occasion, posting a .951 SV% and 1.31 GAA through January and the first half of February.
Now that the Wings had a young goalie with a high ceiling, there was no need for the aging Jimmy Howard and his $5.3 million cap hit. Unfortunately, his contract doesn’t come off the books until 2019-20. Due to this, Howard was deemed “untradable”.
As it turned out, this was a blessing in disguise for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard has been the strongest player on the team with stats that rank him with the best goalies in the league. Before falling to an MCL Sprain that is keeping him out 4-6 weeks, he was making a strong case for himself as a Vezina Trophy candidate.