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Chris Kane breaks down the latest fantasy information from the Western Conference – the streaks, the slumps, the line combinations and much more.

Wild West: General Manager Ratings – Los Angeles

By |2020-06-01T15:18:26-04:00June 1st, 2020|The Wild West|

In part eight of our look at the Western Conference GMs, we will look at Rob Blake in Los Angeles who served as Assistant General Manager for the Kings for just under four years, before being named the GM of the team at the end of the 2016-17 season. Category Ratings: 5: below average 6: [...]

Wild West – General Manager Ratings – Dallas

By |2020-05-18T10:29:15-04:00May 18th, 2020|The Wild West|

In part six of our look at the Western Conference GMs, we will look at Jim Nill in Dallas. Before being hired in Dallas as GM in 2013, Nill was with Detroit for over 24 years in player development and as Assistant GM for almost 15 of those years. The Red Wings won four Stanley [...]

Wild West: General Manager Ratings – Colorado

By |2020-05-11T15:46:01-04:00May 11th, 2020|The Wild West|

In part five of fifteen in our look at GM ratings in the West, next up is Hall of Famer Joe Sakic in Colorado. I’ve always been a fan of Sakic as he hails from Burnaby, BC like me and we played soccer against each other as kids (I like to think I helped his [...]

Wild West – General Manager Ratings – Chicago

By |2020-05-04T13:53:12-04:00May 4th, 2020|The Wild West|

In part four of fifteen in our look at GM ratings in the West, we will focus on Chicago and GM Stan Bowman who might be a little concerned with the recent firing of President John McDonough and whether the new hire might replace him. Or perhaps Bowman will have his role elevated? Chicago is [...]

The Wild West – General Manager Ratings – Calgary

By |2020-04-27T16:55:05-04:00April 27th, 2020|The Wild West|

In part three of fifteen in our look at GM ratings in the West, we will focus on Calgary and GM Brad Treliving who chose a life of hockey over pizza. Before being hired in Calgary as the GM, Treliving was the Assistant GM in Arizona from July 2007 to April 2014. He was unemployed [...]

Wild West – General Manager Ratings – Arizona

By |2020-04-20T12:33:50-04:00April 20th, 2020|The Wild West|

In week two of our look at GM ratings we will focus on Arizona and GM John Chayka. He was hired as a 26-year old after serving as the assistant GM for 11 months and 12 days under prior GM Don Maloney. Rating: 5: below average 6: average 7: above average 8: top ten 9: [...]

Wild West – General Manager Ratings – Anaheim

By |2020-04-13T13:07:57-04:00April 13th, 2020|The Wild West|

It is always a subjective result when looking back at a general manager of an NHL team and rating them based on their success, because ultimately they are only successful if their team wins the Stanley Cup. In the salary cap era, it is a very difficult job, but the four pillars I’d consider the [...]

Wild West – Western Graduating Rookies

By |2020-04-06T13:28:41-04:00April 6th, 2020|The Wild West|

We will look at each graduated rookie (26 or more games in the NHL) for each of the Western Teams and see how they fared this season. Anaheim Sam Steel – It is easy to look at only six goals in 65 games as a disappointing season, but Steel was able to hold his own [...]

Wild West: Western Teams Draft History – Part Three of Three

By |2020-03-23T14:16:41-04:00March 23rd, 2020|The Wild West|

With the break in the NHL, this is as good a time as any to post the final four teams in the West and look back at their draft history from 1999 on. I’ve charted each year with the team’s point total (blue), the NHL average point total (green), the average number of NHL games [...]