Monthly archives: May, 2012

The 10 Best Contracts in the NHL

Before the NHL lockout of 2004-05, the second contract acted as a bridge between a player’s rookie/entry level contract (ELC) and a large pay day. The second contract now serves a different purpose, thanks primarily to two factors – the 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), and Kevin Lowe’s 2007 summer of madness. However, several general



Getting Bigger, Younger, and Stronger – Three More Trade Targets

Mike Gillis spoke of adding youth, size and strength this offseason. Last week, three targets were profiled – Kyle Beach, Nikolai Kulemin, and Zac Dalpe. This week, three more players were profiled. Unrealistic targets were not considered, so don’t expect to be reading about Corey Perry or James Neal. Some of the players profiled would




Defensive Supremacy – Comparing the 2003 & 2008 Draft Classes

Weber or Doughty? Phaneuf or Bogosian? Suter or Pietrangelo? Which draft class boasts the best crop of defensemen? 




Brenden Dillon – The Next Big D in Big D?

Getting overlooked is nothing new to Dallas prospect Brenden Dillon. Being passed over at multiple NHL Entry Drafts wasn’t his first taste of disappointment, either. Dillon was overlooked as a 15-year old by every WHL team in the Bantam Draft for being too small. “I remember the whole thing. I was sitting with my dad,




Getting Bigger, Stronger, and Younger – Three Trade Targets

When Brian Burke came to Toronto in late 2008, he promised a philosophical shift to bring in “proper levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence.” The results have been mixed, but Burke has made it a priority to add those things to Toronto’s roster (Phil Kessel notwithstanding). The jury is still out whether or not




The Justin Schultz Sweepstakes: The Favourites

Where does Justin Schultz end up signing? I take a look at some of the favourites, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, and New York.