The dog days of summer are upon us and most hockey fans are filling their days hunting Pokemon until players report to training camp in a few weeks. Let’s take a look at what went on in the hockey world this last week of July 2016.

Evander Kane Deserves the Chance to Change, but Nothing More

Here at The Bloggers’ Tribune, Cat Silverman took the time to give us a thoughtful and well-reasoned outlook on Evander Kane and his legal/personal problems. She explains why everyone has the right to prove they can change – but he is not owed anything from a hockey perspective.

Stat of the Union: A Hockey Analytics Roundtable

The state of hockey analytics, and their place in the modern game. A collection of writers from every corner of hockey Twitter discussing the evaluation of analytics. Put together for NHLnumbers by Adam Laskaris.

 

New Names, Same Expectations for Maple Leafs Goalies

Newfoundland’s smartest export Ryan Fancey takes a look at what Maple Leafs fans should expect from their new goaltenders this season.

Breaking down the US National Junior Camp roster

This is a very thorough and insightful look at every player invited to the evaluation camp for Team USA’s World Junior team from American superfan Jake Baskin.

AHL Rule Changes: the end of the enforcer

Over at Pension Plan Puppets, Katya Knappe takes a look at some rule changes and how they will impact how the AHL game is played.

Brad Marchand is worth a lot of money

He often doesn’t get the respect he deserves because so many opposing fans hate him – but Brad Marchand will be asking for a lot of money next summer and he’s worth every penny.

 

There were some very weird contracts handed out this week

The Red Wings add to their list of bad contracts by signing Danny Dekeyser to a 6 year – $30 million contract.

Restricted Free Agent Calle Jarnkrok apparently wants nothing more than financial stability as he signs an inexplicably long contract with an AAV of $2m.

 

Things are always fun when Down Goes Brown is around

Five NHL blockbusters that apparently almost happened

 

Two of hockey’s best getting a few pointers from Toronto’s favourite adopted son #HDMH

 

Tyler & Andrew & Marcus & Connor & Nav; that’s a lot of #elite in one place.

 

The Leafs and Coyotes take care of some RFA business

Maple Leafs re-sign Holland and Corrado

Meanwhile in Arizona, the Coyotes sign Michael Stone to a bridge deal while locking up Connor Murphy long-term

 

The Bloggers’ Tribune Prospect Depth Charts:

Columbus Blue Jackets from Jeremy Crowe

Vancouver Canucks from JD Burke

New York Rangers from Tom Hunter

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