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NHL Tiers for all 32 teams as the New Year Approaches

Reading Time: 8 minutesAfter an extended break due to COVID-19’s ambush on the National Hockey League, let’s take a moment to see where all 32 teams stand with 2022 at the doorstep: _________________________________ The Tampa Bay Lighting tier Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point have missed significant time, but the Lightning haven’t missed a beat. Since losing Point, Tampa Bay is 11-2-1 and currently sit atop the NHL standings with 44 points. The Lightning are as dominant as ever and will only get better with the return of its stars. To me, they remain the Stanley Cup favorites. The true...

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The State of The Islanders

Reading Time: 6 minutesEntering the season, the Islanders were considered cup contenders by most. After all, a team that made the conference finals in the previous two years would be expected to be Stanley Cup favorites. However, the Isles have had a rough start to the year. From a 13 game road trip to being decimated by a COVID-19 outbreak, it is fair to say that this team is not in the place they assumed they’d be in with 26 games already played. Now they sit at 8-12-6 (22 points) – 14th in the conference – and are 11...

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How Big Should Mika Zibanejed’s New Contract Be?

Reading Time: 2 minutesMika Zibanejed, who was acquired in a deal by sending Derrick Brassard and a 7th rounder to Ottawa, has been nothing but an astonishing player for the Rangers. He was a former 6th overall pick who can score goals at an elite level as he has demonstrated. Zibanejed had a career-high with 41 goals, but his season was cut short due to a Covid Outbreak. Chris Drury and Zibanejed have discussed a contract recently that would pay him up to $10M over the course of 7-8 years, but Chris Drury and the organization know that he...

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Adam Pelech Re-signs With The Islanders On An 8-Year Deal

Reading Time: < 1 minuteThe morning of August 6th, the Islanders crossed off “objective #1” on their offseason checklist by resigning shutdown defenseman Adam Pelech. The 26-year-old star has been vital to the Islanders’ success ever since he became a full-time NHLer in 2016. This past season he tallied 14 points (4G, 10A), 66 hits, 25 takeaways, and a +/- score of 15 in 56 games played. Yesterday Pelech inked the 8-year deal worth 46 million in total with an AAV of 5.75. Even though 8 years is too much for a player who is about to turn 27...

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Diving into Igor Shesterkin’s 4-year contract

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Rangers re-signed young netminder Igor Shesterkin to a 4-year contract paying him at an AAV of just short of $6M, at $5.65M. Shesterkin went 10-0-1 in his first 11 career starts. The young netminder has now taken a big living instep forward after backing up Henrik Lundqvist. The organization drafted Shesterkin in the 4th round 118th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Igor has already solidified himself as one of the league’s brightest goaltenders in the league and is only 25 years old. He has posted a career of 2.59GAA and a .921SV% in...

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