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January 23, 2012

Zamboni Tracks: Calm Before The Storm

by Ryan Wagman

We're expecting much bigger moves over the next five weeks, but a few minor transactions by Columbus, Nashville, and New Jersey indicated that teams were starting to prepare for the trade deadline.

January 16, 2012

Zamboni Tracks: Veteran Forward Swap, North Of The Border

by Kent Wilson and Ryan Wagman

In a challenge trade of sorts, Calgary sent underachieving Rene Bourque to Montreal for high-priced Michael Cammalleri.

January 4, 2012

Zamboni Tracks: The Hootenannies

by Ryan Wagman

A look at this season's call-ups who are on pace to be well above replacement level.

December 15, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: Carry Me Now, Or Carry Me Later

by Ryan Wagman

In what some have called a desparation move, the Habs dealt blueliner Jaroslav Spacek for underachieving Tomas Kaberle, now on his fourth team in less than a year.

December 8, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: The Big Shakeup

by Ryan Wagman

The NHL's surprisingly radical new realignment has ramifications to travel, schedule balance, playoff odds, franchise relocation, and perhaps even expansion. And by extension, the next CBA?

November 29, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: Wingers On The Wire

by Ryan Wagman

Calgary got rid of Niklas Hagman on waivers while picking up Blake Comeau. Did they create additional value through these moves?

November 24, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: Since You've Been Gone

by Ryan Wagman

Pittsburgh's played so well in 60+ games without Crosby and almost as many without Malkin. How have they done it?

November 17, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: From Coaching Swaps To Blueline Swaps

by Ryan Wagman

A challenge trade between the Blues and Blue Jackets, on the heels of coach Ken Hitchcock moving from the Columbus payroll to the St. Louis payroll.

November 10, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: No Longer Blue

by Ryan Wagman

Ken Hitchcock's back in the league, but not in place of the Jackets' head coach Scott Arniel, but for the Blues' Davis Payne.

November 4, 2011

Premium Article Zamboni Tracks: Rotating Pivots

by Ryan Wagman

A flurry of minor moves for the Coyotes, many related to the ongoing Kyle Turris situation.

October 26, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: Overstayed Welcome

by Ryan Wagman

Analyzing the recent Vancouver-Florida trade of Booth and Reinprecht for Samuelsson and Sturm.

October 20, 2011

Premium Article Zamboni Tracks: Rearranging The Deck Chairs

by Ryan Wagman

The Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers shuffle some pieces to replace a second-line winger and a second-pairing defenseman.

October 13, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: The Cap Giveth And The Cap Taketh Away

by Ryan Wagman

One man's trash is another man's treasure?

October 7, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: Dotting The T's And Crossing The I's

by Ryan Wagman

Final (?) roster shuffling in Toronto; the Blackhawks choose Emery over Salak as backup netminder.

October 4, 2011

Premium Article Zamboni Tracks: Beggars And Hangers-On

by Ryan Wagman

A couple of teams filled in veteran spare parts on their blue lines.

September 26, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: Mike Modano

by Ryan Wagman

Mike Modano retires as one of the best U.S.-born players ever; the Sabres banish underachievers Shaone Morrisonn and Ales Kotalik to get under the cap.

September 22, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: New Blood And New Contracts

by Ryan Wagman

A new era of NHL discipline begins under Brendan Shanahan; rugged defenseman Luke Schenn finally signs with the Maple Leafs; the Blue Jackets extend veteran forward R.J. Umberger.

September 21, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: Mortality and Immortality

by Ryan Wagman

Remembering the NHL ties of victims of the Yaroslavl plane crash; looking at what the newly re-signed 41-year-old Teemu Selanne can provide for the Anaheim Ducks.

September 14, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: Six Years Is A Long Time

by Ryan Wagman

The Flyers extended young power forward James van Reimsdyk six years while the Blue Jackets likewise added six years to the contract of defenseman Fedor Tyutin. Good moves?

September 13, 2011

Zamboni Tracks: Preseason Challenge Trade For Coyotes And Flames

by Ryan Wagman

Old friend Ryan Wagman returns to cover recent player transactions as smoothly as a zamboni covers the ice.

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