Category Archives: The Capital

2016/17 NHL SEASON-EXPECTATIONS!

The 2016/17 NHL season is about to begin! Here are the four season preview that I’ve been working on in the past four days! Be sure to share the videos with friends!

Will the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators push for playoff contention?

Is tanking over for the Oilers? Could the Flames clinch a playoff spot with NHL-calibre goaltending? Are the Vancouver Canucks looking to Nolan Patrick?

Could the Nashville Predators be the powerhouse of the Central Division? Will the Winnipeg Jets trade or sign Jacob Trouba?

Will the Washington Capitals win another President’s Trophy?

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Time and Place

If you’re trying to make an impression for your new team, one thing you could do is board a well-liked veteran in a team scrimmage.

There’s your impression. It’s a negative one, and you might not be well-liked your fellow teammates.

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A New Beast of the East?

The Senators dove into a transition period by refreshing its personnel, from its general manager Pierre Dorion and the employment of a new head and associate coach. The Ottawa Senators grabbed two slices of Swiss cheese this week in recruiting former Swiss National League coaches Marc Crawford and Guy Boucher.

On May 18, Guy Boucher was named the head coach of the Senators. After Eugene Melnyk missed out on the Bruce Boudreau sweepstakes by just a million dollars, Guy Boucher was next in line. Boucher was also rumoured to be the top choice for the Toronto Maple Leafs before they gave bags of cash to Mike Babcock.

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Evgeni Melnyk’s Plan

Who wants to get rid of a perfectly fine hockey rink? The Canadian Tire Centre will not be home to the Ottawa Senators in the year of 2021. Four and a half months later, Eugene Melnyk got his way.

Eugene Melnyk wants a new multiuse rink to replace the current home of the Ottawa Senators, the Canadian Tire Centre. Mr. Melnyk obviously wants to have full control over the rink, which is why he pursued the development of a rink with RendezVous Lebreton Group.

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Capital Improvement

The Ottawa Senators saw Bryan Murray step down from his duties as General Manager Sunday, April 10. Murray has served the Ottawa Senators eleven seasons, both as a coach and general manager. Murray has become a senior advisor for a young team that has not seen a deep playoff run since 2006-07. The 73 year-old is currently battling stage 4 colon cancer, and the Senators made a wise move in naming Murray’s protégé Pierre Dorion as the new general manager on Sunday, April 10. With the Sens out of playoff contention a year after being saved by the Hamburglar, what can fans expect?

With the firing of head coach Dave Cameron, the Senators should hire a well-known coach instead of a rookie. The Senators should therefore look to spend top dollar instead of a low price for a rookie coach that does not have NHL experience.

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Gambling Protection

2017 might be the year of the Expansion Draft. Las Vegas might be the first expansion team that will be granted an expansion draft. Per Lighthouse Hockey and Darren Dreger of TSN, the basic outline before the expansion draft will be as follows:

  • Teams can protect either 3 defensemen, 7 forwards and 1 goalie, or 8 skaters and 1 goalie, per Darren Dreger.
  • However: Teams can only lose one player per expansion team. (So if there’s only one team, you only lose one player).
  • Prospects and “first- and second-year pros” are exempt and don’t need to be protected.

2017 might be the year of the Expansion Draft. Las Vegas might be the only team that will be granted an expansion draft. If so Which players will be protected by each Canadian NHL team?

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And so It Begins

The Toronto Maple Leafs traded Dion Phaneuf, Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert, and Cody Donaghey to the Ottawa Senators for Jared Cowen, Colin Greening, Milan Michalek, Tobias Lindberg and a 2017 second-round pick.

The Ottawa Senators acquire an unpleasant seven-million dollar contract which expires in 2021. Phaneuf is a good second pairing defenceman who will likely play alongside Erik Karlsson. Look out for the Erik-Dion offensive punch on the powerplay.

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Hitting the Delete Button

Going into the 2015-16 season, the league increased the salary cap by $2.4M from $69M 2014-15. The salary cap could increase by a maximum of $3.1M for the 2016-17 season, but with the free-falling dollar, the NHL will not likely rise by the max of $3.1M from the cap of $71.4 in s2015-16.

The need for more salary cap space has never been higher (except for the Winnipeg Jets who have $25M of space). Ten of the stronger NHL teams are restricted to less than three million dollars of cap space. The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning likely want to improve their roster for a deep playoff run, but are restricted by a lack of cap space.

Each team in the NHL has at least one bad contract, in assessing performance for money. Ryan Callahan of the Tampa Bay Lightning is effective, but overpaid at $5.8M. Brandon Dubinsky is paid to $5.85M be a second/third line center.

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The Youth Movement

The Ottawa Senators are looking forward to playing an exciting second season under the helm of head coach Dave Cameron.

After an awful first half of the 2014-15 season that was following the same script as the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Senators found a way to turn their season around thanks to a coaching change.

Dave Cameron became the new bench boss. Goaltending from the Hamburglar surprised the hockey universe. Defence was strong. Scoring from the youth accelerated the team’s climb for a playoff spot. But they weren’t ready in the playoffs.

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Fresh Twine Protectors

It’s the five words that hockey fans love to hear from Gary Bettman on draft day: “There has been a trade,” and there were many that favoured the addition of goaltending depth.

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