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Ryan Popilchak author archives.


April 12, 2012

NHL Playoffs, First Round: New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

by Ryan Popilchak

The surprising Senators took three of four games against the President's Trophy-hopeful Rangers. So can they pull off the upset against King Henrik and the Blueshirts?

November 18, 2011

Front Office Focus: Nashville's Fundamental Shift In Cap Philosophy

by Ryan Popilchak

With last season's trade for veteran forward Mike Fisher and the recent long-term signing of goaltender Pekka Rinne, David Poile and the Preds have made a major change in their philosophy.

September 27, 2011

Front Office Focus: Searching For The Next Malhotra

by Ryan Popilchak

"Given Vancouver's success, every GM in the league should be deploying a full-blown search party to look for the next Manny Malhotra."

August 24, 2011

Premium Article Summer Skate: Northeast Division

by Ryan Popilchak

Ryan covers who our VUKOTA projections say are Trending Up and Trending Down in the Northeast Division, while Corey gives us a Name To Know on each team.

August 4, 2011

Premium Article Front Office Focus: Paying A Mile High Price For Goaltending

by Ryan Popilchak

Colorado GM Greg Sherman has made a string of questionable moves in swapping Craig Anderson for Brian Elliott for Semyon Varlamov.

July 29, 2011

Premium Article Front Office Focus: Winning With Selke Or Hart?

by Ryan Popilchak

Is it better to build your team around a Selke Trophy or a Hart Trophy winner?

July 16, 2011

Front Office Focus: How Bad Was Luongo?

by Ryan Popilchak

Exactly how bad was Roberto Luongo when his team's fortunes were on the line?

July 7, 2011

Premium Article Front Office Focus: The Price Of Becoming Competitive

by Ryan Popilchak

Is there a method to Dale Tallon's team-building madness?

June 30, 2011

Premium Article Front Office Focus: Trade Value Of A Defenseman

by Ryan Popilchak

With an eye on the deals made around the Draft, how are NHL teams valuing defensemen?

June 24, 2011

Front Office Focus: Philadelphia Throws Away A Working Model

by Ryan Popilchak

Did Paul Holmgren and the Philadelphia Flyers get yesterday's blockbuster transactions all wrong?

June 19, 2011

Front Office Focus: Kings Could Get A Discount On Doughty And Simmonds

by Ryan Popilchak

For Los Angeles, star defenseman Drew Doughty and hard-working forward Wayne Simmonds suffered down years after putting up outstanding numbers in 2009-10. Are both expected to rebound? And if so, can Kings GM Dean Lombardi sign them "at a discount"?

June 13, 2011

Premium Article Front Office Focus: How Do The Flyers Sign Bryzgalov?

by Ryan Popilchak

Paul Holmgren traded a third round pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for the exclusive negotiating rights to top free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. But how can he make the Flyers' cap situation work out?

May 29, 2011

Premium Article Front Office Focus: Bad Year For Playoff Goalies?

by Ryan Popilchak

Last postseason, everyone pointed towards to success of bargain goalies; this season it's the high paid netminders. Is there any rhyme or reason to playoff success?

April 13, 2011

NHL Playoffs, First Round: Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators

by Ryan Popilchak

Will it be the surging Ducks, or will possession carry the day for the Predators?

April 7, 2011

Front Office Focus: Sophomores Making Their Mark

by Ryan Popilchak

With all of the attention on who will win the rookie of the year, it's time to focus on who the best second year player has been.

April 1, 2011

Premium Article Front Office Focus: Will Malhotra's Injury Make Kesler Less Effective?

by Ryan Popilchak

How does Manny Malhotra's season-ending eye injury impact Ryan Kelser's role on the Vancouver Canucks?

March 27, 2011

Front Office Focus: Brent Seabrook and the Blackhawks' Cap Situation

by Ryan Popilchak

Is Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook more crucial to Chicago's success? And what does yet another long term contract do to the Blackhawks complicated cap situation?

March 4, 2011

Premium Article Front Office Focus: Penguins Catch the Stars Gazing

by Ryan Popilchak

The Hockey Prospectus staff all liked what Ray Shero and the Penguins did leading up to the trading deadline. How big of a win was the Neal-Goligoski deal?

February 21, 2011

Front Office Focus: Blues Deal First Overall Pick, Still Come Out The Winner

by Ryan Popilchak

In the most intriguing deal of the NHL's trade season thus far, Colorado and St. Louis set out to reshape their teams by swapping several promising rookies and young veterans.

February 16, 2011

Front Office Focus: A Different Take on the Versteeg Trade

by Ryan Popilchak

Considering the uncertainty of what a draft pick can be and the current makeup of the Flyers, Ryan has a different view on who the winner of yesterday's Toronto-Philadelphia trade was.

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