Month: June 2017

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In advance of NHL free agency opening July 1, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis is axing loose ends. The ‘Canes announced Thursday, June 29 that goalie Eddie Lack and defenseman Ryan Murphy had been traded to the Calgary Flames, along with a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The Flames sent defenseman Keegan
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Flyers Prospect Shines on International Ball Hockey Stage “; } document.getElementById(“sda_1730”).style.display = “block”; document.getElementById(“sda_1730”).innerHTML = sda_html; } function _load_1730() { var xhrq_1730 = new XMLHttpRequest(); xhrq_1730.open(“GET”, “/ez_aba_load/?aba_id=1730&aba_wid=AA6363D7-7B56-47CE-A6AE-D650285A0D29&aba_did=dGhlaG9ja2V5d3JpdGVycy5lem9pYy5jb20=”, true); xhrq_1730.onload = function (e) { if (xhrq_1730.readyState === 4) { if (xhrq_1730.status === 200) { eval(xhrq_1730.responseText); } } }; xhrq_1730.send(null); } if (typeof ez_cra_check === ‘undefined’) {
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With only one day until free agency, the pieces are starting to fall into place. It’s coming down the wire and players are using teams as leverage, making their final visits and creating backup plans in the event their first choices are not an option come July 1. Marleau and Thornton Playing Hardball? (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA
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The Minnesota Wild have traded defenseman Marco Scandella and forward Jason Pominville and a fourth-round draft pick to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno as well as a third-round draft pick. The deal was originally announced by TSN’s Bob McKenzie after it was reported that the Sabres and Wild had
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The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a six-year contract worth $30.6 million, Isabelle Khurshudyan reported early Friday morning. The deal carries a cap hit of $5.1 million and is a sizable increase from the $2.57 million cap hit that he carried last season and the $2 million per season cap hit that he
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For a certain vintage of Edmonton Oilers fan, the name Dave Semenko has and always will hold a special place in their hearts.  With that said, no one held the former second-round pick in higher regard than the men who played with him during his time in the Alberta capital. Not surprisingly, all of Oil Country
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The Los Angeles Kings are on the hunt for a couple of key players this summer, and finding the right guys for the job won’t be an easy task. With the recent buyout of defenseman Matt Greene and the selection of Brayden McNabb in the NHL Expansion Draft, the Kings will be looking for Alec Martinez’s next defensive
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Forget about defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and his long-term, big-money deal. I want the ageless Jaromir Jagr in blue and gold next season. Jaromir Jagr (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports) Signing the 45-year-old Czech wouldn’t be a public relations move akin to the Buffalo Bills’ signing high-maintenance Terrell Owens to a one-year deal back in 2009 —
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On the eve of the NHL’s annual free-agent frenzy, the Anaheim Ducks find themselves in a good position. They have a strong roster with few holes, as they were able to keep Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen through the expansion draft process despite losing promising young defenseman Shea Theodore. They also shed some salary via
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Capitals Prospects Bond Over Nickelback & Netflix “; } document.getElementById(“sda_1735”).style.display = “block”; document.getElementById(“sda_1735”).innerHTML = sda_html; } function _load_1735() { var xhrq_1735 = new XMLHttpRequest(); xhrq_1735.open(“GET”, “/ez_aba_load/?aba_id=1735&aba_wid=F2C14FBF-A837-476F-A1B7-225A1C8BB528&aba_did=dGhlaG9ja2V5d3JpdGVycy5lem9pYy5jb20=”, true); xhrq_1735.onload = function (e) { if (xhrq_1735.readyState === 4) { if (xhrq_1735.status === 200) { eval(xhrq_1735.responseText); } } }; xhrq_1735.send(null); } if (typeof ez_cra_check === ‘undefined’) { if
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Kevin Shattenkirk is the biggest name slated to hit free agency on Saturday. The former Washington Capitals defenseman will have no shortage of suitors as many teams will seek to improve their blue line. A long list of interested teams has already formed, ready to make a run at the American defenseman. The New Jersey Devils will be
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For the New York Rangers, this is unchartered territory. After terminating the contract of sturdy veteran defenseman Dan Girardi via a buyout and shipping out versatile center Derek Stepan and backup netminder Antti Raanta to the desert, Jeff Gorton is bathing in cap room. Even following the news that deadline acquisition Brendan Smith inked a
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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed forward Jordan Weal to a two-year deal. General manager Ron Hextall announced the deal Thursday night. Weal agreed to stay in Philadelphia, reaching a deal less than 48 hours before he would’ve become an unrestricted free agent. The 25-year-old drew significant interest around the league after breaking out
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Rumor Rundown: Bonino, Kunitz, Daley, Cullen All Leaving Penguins “; } document.getElementById(“sda_1735”).style.display = “block”; document.getElementById(“sda_1735”).innerHTML = sda_html; } function _load_1735() { var xhrq_1735 = new XMLHttpRequest(); xhrq_1735.open(“GET”, “/ez_aba_load/?aba_id=1735&aba_wid=F2C14FBF-A837-476F-A1B7-225A1C8BB528&aba_did=dGhlaG9ja2V5d3JpdGVycy5lem9pYy5jb20=”, true); xhrq_1735.onload = function (e) { if (xhrq_1735.readyState === 4) { if (xhrq_1735.status === 200) { eval(xhrq_1735.responseText); } } }; xhrq_1735.send(null); } if (typeof ez_cra_check === ‘undefined’)
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The Boston Bruins can scratch one restricted free agent off of their “To Do” list. Noel Acciari inked a two-year, one way contract with the Bruins on Wednesday, and though his re-signing with the club likely raised few (if any) eyebrows, the salary and nature of the deal are a pleasant surprise. His $725,000 cap hit
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Nico Hischier made history for his country at the 2017 NHL Draft. Chosen first overall by the New Jersey Devils, he became the highest drafted Swiss player ever. In a year in which three in five players selected were from North America, another European player had an even greater breakthrough. Selected 45th by the Columbus Blue Jackets,
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Add yet another free agent to the list as July 1 creeps closer and closer. On Thursday the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that they bought out the remaining contract for left winger Scott Hartnell. #CBJ buy out contract of left wing Scott Hartnell:https://t.co/KB3auO974d — ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) June 29, 2017 Hartnell’s Cannon Silenced The Blue Jackets
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July 1 has become the most important holiday on the Canadian calendar. The free agent frenzy shuts down the entire country as people sit glued to their televisions, wondering who will be signed next. Canadians even shoot off fireworks at the end of the day. Canada was closed Feb. 24, 2002. Hockey is that important.
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After the Pittsburgh Penguins traded their first-round draft pick (31st overall) in the 2017 draft (along with Oscar Sundqvist) to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Ryan Reaves and the 51st overall pick, the reigning Stanley Cup champions used that second round selection on defenseman Zachary Lauzon from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The Penguins are
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We’ve all heard it before: coveted free agents don’t want to come to Winnipeg. There are myriad reasons that supposedly make Winnipeg one of the least desired destinations in the NHL every year. Cold temperatures, a fishbowl type market in which your every move is scrutinized, high taxes, and a low Canadian Dollar all contribute to
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Ryan Spooner was one of seven Boston Bruins to receive a qualifying offer on Monday. Though the B’s currently retain exclusive negotiating rights with the 25-year-old restricted free agent, theirs is a marriage that’s expected to dissolve in the very near future. The Bruins have multiple prospects (Austin Czarnik, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson) pushing for playing time. The team has
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July 1 marks the beginning of free agency in the NHL. For fans around the league, it’s like Christmas but instead of getting toys, your team gets a fancy new hockey player (whose sweater you’ll probably want in December when it’s actually Christmas). It is a time for teams to stock up for the upcoming season, to
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After their dismal 48-point season and the fact that Matt Duchene seems likely to be traded during the offseason, it’s clear that the Colorado Avalanche are entering another rebuild. Therefore, the team should avoid making any big splashes when free agency opens up this Saturday, July 1. With holes at forward, defense, and now goaltending since
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They say that you learn from your mistakes. Canucks nation better hope that holds true for Jim Benning when free agency starts on July 1. Last summer, Benning chased both Milan Lucic and Loui Eriksson, the two highest-paid players from free agency. He missed out on Lucic, but signed Eriksson to a six-year, $36 million
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Position: DefensemanShoots: LeftHeight / Weight: 6-foot-2, 201 poundsAge: 19Nation: Canada Trenton Bourque of the Owen Sound Attack. (Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.) The second of three consecutive defensemen chosen by the Blues was Canadian Trenton Bourque of the Owen Sound Attack. Bourque is nothing like previous pick David Noel. Scoring and this 19-year-old defenseman do not go
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Earlier this week it was reported that the St. Louis Blues have decided not to tender a qualifying offer to forward Nail Yakupov. This may not come as a surprise to anyone; Yakupov has not lived up to expectations since being drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2012. It is also possible that
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Hockey players are known as the toughest athletes of the four major sports. They play through serious injuries. They take huge hits without missing a shift. They slam each other into the boards all game long. But sometimes, their insane desire to play through even the worst injuries negatively impacts their health. It’s not surprising
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With all due respect to the bustling metropolises of Glendale, Arizona and Ottawa, Ontario, the National Hockey League has not set up shop in a truly iconic city anytime in recent memory. So when Las Vegas was granted an NHL franchise last June, it was new territory for the notoriously conservative league. What to Call
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After a 2016-17 season as disappointing and frustrating as the Dallas Stars and their fans endured, some changes were needed. General Manager Jim Nill and his staff have been hard at work for almost three months, and their efforts are bearing fruit. Though Nill still has work to do before he can take a break,