With the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen locked in a contract dispute, Rob Vollman takes a deeper look at the analytics, revealing just how much the 21-year-old pivot is worth, and who might pay him if the Blue Jackets refuse.
Craig Custance examines each team in the Metropolitan Division as the NHL realigns. Can the Caps keep up after a quiet offseason? And, even after losing Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson, are the Devils actually trending up?
With the early rush of NHL free agency in the books, Craig Custance writes that the Red Wings emerged in fine fashion after landing Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss. Meanwhile, Cup finalist Boston missed out on its early targets.
When a player emerges on an already strong team, his minutes and production must come at the expense of others. In San Jose, Jason Demers' emergence means Rob Blake's decline is expedited that much more.