Kent Wilson

kent wilson

Kent has been a freelance hockey writer for several years. He is currently the managing editor of Flames Nation.ca and a fantasy prognosticator for Fanball.com. His efforts also appear for the Calgary Flames section of Hockey's Future.com.

Recent Posts

Today we continue our grading of early off-season moves. Washington tops the class in the Southeast, while in the Central Nashville wears the dunce cap.

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Despite a rather uninspiring crop of UFA’s this year, day one of the free agent frenzy was nonetheless fairly busy with more than 70 players finding new homes. There were a few bargains had, but the overall scarcity of high quality players drove the prices of a lot of middle talent guys through the roof. There’s no doubt that more than a few deals which were inked the last 24-hours will be rued a few years down the road.

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As our own Rick Moldovanyi recently noted, the Florida Panthers are a couple of expensive yachts short of the new salary cap floor of $48.3 million. With just five forwards signed and about $26 million committed to next season, Florida needs to add at least eight players and some $22 million in cap space merely to ice a team next year.

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The unqualified RFA wish list

It’s no secret that the UFA market this season is rather barren. After a few big names like Brad Richards and Tomas Vokoun, things start to get awful thin awful quick. The recent qualifying offer deadline for RFAs may have added a few players of note to the UFA pool however. Here is a list of the most interesting guys that were not tendered qualifying offers by their clubs yesterday.

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One of the most interesting parts of Gare Joyce’s Future Greats and Heartbreaks was his description of prospect interviews. For those who haven’t read the book, Joyce was allowed to peek behind the curtain of the Columbus Blue Jackets for about a year in order to research the ins-and-outs of NHL scouting and prospect procurement. He was present for the team’s draft operations roughly between 2006 and 2007.

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For the past few years, I have become intensely interested in the NHL draft: specifically, how do NHL teams make decisions on who to draft and who to pass-over? What factors do they use to determine the wheat from the Chaffe? More importantly, do these factors actually predict anything?

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The Fall of Keith Ballard

Keith Ballard was terrible in Game Four of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Formerly a healthy scratch, Ballard was pressed into action thanks to the Aaron Rome suspension. His play justified his prior scratching. In just over 15 minutes of ice time, Ballard was -2 and a contributor to both the goals scored against him – particularly the Marchand marker where he was comically stripped of the puck behind his own net by Patrice Bergeron.

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