A young Jets team took much of what came their way last season in stride. Blemishes were few, and they have to be to win 52 games. They went pretty deep last season, playing and winning a Game 7, and also feeling the heartbreak of defeat. They know what it is to lose now and, more importantly, they caught a glimpse of what it takes to win.
The next year, the Hurricanes went from first in their division to fifth, missing the postseason. In , and back behind the bench in Raleigh, Maurice led the Hurricanes deep again, this time to the Eastern Conference Final where they were swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The next season, the Hurricanes missed the playoffs again with another sub. All the things that we needed to improve on have to be [improved on] and it goes with that message. With NHL training camps underway and the big trades we were all waiting for Erik Karlsson , Max Pacioretty completed the next big thing to watch around the league are the remaining unsigned restricted free agents. There are seven of them around the league and they all find themselves in a similar situation: They are either 22 or 23 years old, they are coming off of their entry-level contracts, and none of them had any arbitration rights this offseason.
As much as everyone around the league hates the arbitration process, there is no denying that it gets things done either before arbitration or during it , something Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee recently pointed out as he deals with one of the ongoing RFA situations with defenseman Shea Theodore.
And it just seems to take a while to work them out. A lot of times the big issue at play is the team preferring to sign the player to a shorter-term bridge contract, while the player tends to want the security that comes with a long-term contract.
Let us go around the league and take a quick look at the seven teams and players that still need to reach a deal. And quite honestly, neither should Toronto. At this point we have a pretty good idea of the type of player that Nylander is a really good one and he is just now entering his peak years. The concern that everyone will have here for Toronto is making this all work under the salary cap. The team spent big money on John Tavares in free agency this summer and after this season will have to sign Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner to new contracts.
They will not be cheap. Some might argue that Toronto will have to trade one of the young guys either Nylander or Marner, with Nylander usually the one being suggested but the Maple Leafs can make this work with all of them.
Darnell Nurse , Edmonton Oilers — Like the situation in Vegas with Theodore, the Oilers really need Nurse on the ice because an already undermanned unit became even thinner when the Oilers lost Andrej Sekera to injury.
He can skate with a university or junior team. Nurse appeared in all 82 games for the Oilers a year ago and set new career-highs across the board and played more minutes than anyone on the team. He set new career-highs a year ago with 25 goals tied for the team lead and 50 points for the Sabres. Still, there is a bit of a mystery as to what he can still be. At 22 he is still fairly young and probably has not entered his prime years yet, but after three consecutive years of goals and points, how much more untapped potential is there with him?
Since the start of the season there have been 31 forwards — including Reinhart — that have played at least games through their age 22 season and averaged between 0. The three best players that went on to become All-Star level players are Corey Perry , Zach Parise and Jakub Voracek , while there very few players that regressed or failed to go on to have productive careers Steve Bernier, Peter Mueller, and Ryan Strome might fit that category. So there is a chance he could still really break out, but most likely this is probably close to what you should expect from him going forward.
If you have a forward that can consistently get you 25 goals and 50 points you have yourself a pretty good top-six forward. Not a superstar by any means, but a player you can certainly win with. Miles Wood , New Jersey Devils — Wood was one of the many young players the Devils relied on last season as they made their return to the playoffs.
He was legitimately good. Added Shero, via NJ. That situation has reached a point where it remains unlikely that Trouba remains in Winnipeg long-term. They really do not want that storyline to repeat itself here. Morrissey is now signed. He is not quite a bust, but he also has not really taken a significant step forward he actually scored four fewer goals this past season than he did the year before. This was always going to be a tough season for the Detroit Red Wings. After stagnating for a few years with an aging and shockingly expensive roster, the front office finally started to commit somewhat to a rebuild and has spent the better part of the past year stockpiling draft picks and keeping an eye on the future.
Celebrating his 38th birthday in less than a month, Zetterberg was obviously a fraction of the player he was during his peak years when he was one of the best two-way players in the league and a Conn Smythe winner. Following the departures of Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov in the early s, ending that mini-dynasty era that produced three Stanley Cups, the Red Wings had a seamless transition into the next chapter of the franchise.
There was no lengthy rebuild. There was no need to tear things down and start over. There were no down years. They were able to keep the machine rolling because they had two in-house superstars already developed in Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk that were ready to take over the top spots on the team.
Niklas Kronwall still remains, but for as good as he was, those teams still belonged to the trio of Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Lidstrom. They were at their absolute best during the season when the Red Wings rolled through the rest of the NHL on their way to a championship that saw them completely outclass a Penguins team in the Final that had Sidney Crosby , Evgeni Malkin and Marian Hossa on it.
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