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Could the Canucks land Stamkos, trading Nazem Kadri, turning the lights out on Nail Yakupov, analyzing Bettman’s decision to uphold the Wideman suspension, looking back at the NHL off-season winners and losers, plenty of trade deadline speculation, a couple good scraps, fantasy hockey and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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In the Roundup we go around the Nation Network and give you some of the best articles of the last couple weeks. Every once in a while it’s good to know what other teams are doing, or maybe you find an interesting article you wouldn’t have found otherwise. (Posted across all Nation Network team sites)


Could the Canucks land Stamkos?

Is Alex Burrows willing to waive his No trade clause?

Top 5 trade destinations for Alexandre Burrows

Quantifying the impact of Jake Virtanen’s speed

Lebrun: “Lots of interest” in Roman Polak

Frank Corrado threw some massive shade at the Canucks

The Leafs are getting John Tavares too

Leafs: Trading Joffrey Lupul

Top 5 trade destinations for Nazem Kadri

Wideman still suspended: Breaking down Bettman

Flames: Potential deadline trading partners

Looking at the Flames salary cap situation

Revisiting the Flames vs the Pacific Division


Yakupov: Turn the lights out

What do you do with Nugent-Hopkins?

Nail Yakupov shouldn’t be playing with Mark Letestu

Connor McDavid and 5 point nights – Scrap of the week

Star Fight: Shea Weber vs Antoine Roussel

More from around the Network…

Red Wings: 5 potential trade destinations for Jimmy Howard

NHL: First star, worst star of the week

What makes up a hockey player and the intangible never discussed

NHL: The Pacific War Room

Looking back: NHL off-season winners and losers


  • BlueMoonNigel

    Not sure what to make of the Reb media report that the Gaudreau family has a full-court press on Baby Boy and his agent and Treliving to have Johnny play closer to home. Seems that the family’s concern for Johnny’s well-being prompted the call with Mama Gaudreau being the most vociferous. Johnny and his agent have neither confirmed nor denied the report according to Reb. The story goes on to say that the Islanders would be the most probable dance partner for the Flames with Harmonacat likely being moved for the same reason as Hockey. Another source quoted in the story said a Flames-Islanders’ trade would involve a lot more than 2 players. It would include some bad contracts and draft picks. Presumably Calgary would also want a goalie considering the chaos in the crease there. That Garth Snow historically makes player moves like a glacier and this deal could make or break Treliving’s career as a GM. no one expecting the deal to happen by the end of he month. Reb says it is more likely to happen by 01 July.

  • Whackanuck

    Mama Gaudreau? Johnny needs to play closer to home?

    Little boys grow up. Doubt he wants to be anywhere near mommy’s apron strings. This is momma upset because he had a few beer at a Super Bowl party.

  • For Pete's Sake!

    There is a very real possibility that every Canadian team in the NHL could miss the playoffs this year.

    No Canadian team has won the cup in 23 years. Up until the end of the 1980’s, Canadian teams dominated the Stanley Cup playoffs winning more cups than American teams.

    Why are Canadian teams so bad in today’s NHL? Why can’t they get better?

    I have a theory but I’d like to hear some of yours.
    My theory is that up until the end of the eighties, skill was more rewarded in the NHL than brute strength and defensive hockey. When Bettman took over, the way the rules of the game were implimented were Americanized and brute strength and defensive play was more rewarded by the officiating than protection of skilled players.

    Canadian fans, for the most part, will not support the kind of boring defensive hockey most of the good American teams play. That’s why our teams suffer. Because mostly, they don’t play that boring American game.

    I may be out to lunch on this but please tell me if I’m wrong. And if I’m not, how are we ever going to change the current regime? Or are we going to have adopt the American style of hockey to ever win a Stanley Cup in Canada again?

    • piscera.infada

      There is no American vs. Canadian style of hockey in this sense.

      I would argue that what you’re seeing is nothing more than parity. The league and thus the talent is so stratified that the Canadian teams are at a disadvantage simply because the only make up roughly 23% of the league.

      It’s an interesting discussion because, as you state, Canadian teams have not won a cup in 23 years, but I don’t think that’s anything more than just the way it shakes out. Frankly, people in this country love to do this “hockey summit” thing every time there’s a perceived threat to “Canada’s hockey supremacy”. Maybe we (as Canadians) need to get over that?

      Honestly, it’s pretty easy. The Canadian teams haven’t been collectively strong since the 80’s (imagine–a time when Alberta was the death knell of the entire league). A lot has changed since then, but there’s no doubt in my mind that eventually that pendulum will swing back, and there will be strong Canadian teams again.

      Except the Canucks, of course…

      • For Pete's Sake!

        With 7 teams out of 30 in the NHL, the law of averages says that a Canadian team should win the cup at least once every 5 years. That’s if true parity exists.

        I can’t help thinking that the way the current NHL game is played and officiated, is skewed against the style of hockey most Canadian teams play.

        Something in the way the league is working has definitely shifted against Canadian teams. And it started in the Bettman era.

  • Nick Seguin

    Last time I looked best trades happen when both teams get what they need as much as want . Like Schultz being traded mainly he needs to be gone so whatever we get should be ok . Then like needing a Shatenkirk or Hamonic or even both of them . If it takes Yak and Klefbom for Shakenkirk I do it but would only give Klefbom for Hamonic as his asked the Isles to let him go . Making trades needs consideration by both G M s involved . The Oils problem always sees them wanting to win where as the real need is to get the position filled at best price . If they don’t give what is fair they won’t get what the team needs and they need 2 D really bad .