With the 2012-13 season creeping closer, Hockey Prospectus and Craig Custance examine the rosters of every NHL team to see who is on the rise, who is declining and who could shine for the first time in the season ahead.
With Shea Weber either staying in Nashville or heading to Philadelphia, there is one more high-end defenseman off the market for 2013. Craig Custance examines the few trade and free-agent options that remain for Weber's other suitors.
Last summer the NHL watched as the Florida Panthers spent wildly to reach the salary-cap floor. This season has lacked similar spending sprees, largely because teams seem convinced the floor will change with the new CBA.
Craig Custance writes that Brendan Shanahan is playing a pivotal role this postseason, as his decisions to hand out suspensions (or in some cases, to not suspend) can have a major impact on the result of a playoff series.
Craig Custance weighs the various reactions to the NHL's decision not to suspend Shea Weber following his hit on Henrik Zetterberg on Wednesday night. While the Red Wings took the high road in not criticizing the decision, others deemed it unfair.
Craig Custance writes that Alexander Radulov's teammates with the Nashville Predators are aware of how excited he is to return to the NHL playoffs. Plus, a look at some teams that are seeking to "flip the switch" as the postseason begins.
Craig Custance writes that momentum is heading in a positive direction in Nashville, and the Predators are hoping the addition of Alexander Radulov can help spark a playoff run that will convince Ryan Suter and Shea Weber to stick around.