Month: July 2017

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It’s not often that you see goaltenders rise from the backup role to take on the starter role with almost immediate success. But nearly two years ago, that exactly what Cam Talbot did with the Edmonton Oilers following a trade that sent the goaltender to Edmonton from the New York Rangers. Talbot went from playing
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Aug 1, 2017 Emily KaplanESPN As the calendar turns to August, the NHL is in the dog days of its summer sojourn. Here are five storylines I’m stoked about before training camps open in September: 1. Olympic absence NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has held firm on not sending players to the 2018 Winter Olympics in
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It is a rare occurrence when Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets have an active offseason. In 2012, it was viewed as a busy summer signing forwards Olli Jokinen and Alexei Ponikarovsky. This July, the Jets inked a pair of players that already have a secured spot on the opening night roster and hopefully this
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No-trade clauses are a powerful negotiating tool for general managers and players alike. For GMs, NTCs can be used to entice a player to lower his asking price in exchange for some semblance of security. And as for players, who have very little control over their lives once drafted, NTCs give them at least some
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No-trade clauses are a powerful negotiating tool for general managers and players alike. For GMs, NTCs can be used to entice a player to lower his asking price in exchange for some semblance of security. And as for players, who have very little control over their lives once drafted, NTCs give them at least some
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It’s nearly August and Ron Francis may be through dealing. Francis, executive vice president and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, has had quite the offseason. Last week, he locked up the last restricted free-agent on the team, Phil Di Giuseppe. Last on the List The Hurricanes announced Thursday that they had inked Di Giuseppe
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It’s nearly August and Ron Francis may be through dealing. Francis, executive vice president and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, has had quite the offseason. Last week, he locked up the last restricted free-agent on the team, Phil Di Giuseppe. Last on the List The Hurricanes announced Thursday that they had inked Di Giuseppe to a
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When Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced defenseman Dan Girardi’s two-year, $6 million deal on July 1, some people questioned the deal. The Lightning were just more than a couple of weeks removed from trading Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens for one of the top blue line prospects in the game, Mikhail
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When Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced defenseman Dan Girardi’s two-year, $6 million deal on July 1, some people questioned the deal. The Lightning were just more than a couple of weeks removed from trading Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens for one of the top blue line prospects in the game, Mikhail
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The Pittsburgh Penguins locked up the final piece of their blue line last week, signing 25-year-old Brian Dumoulin to a six-year, $24.1 million deal. The contract will keep Dumoulin in Pittsburgh through the 2022-23 season. It also means that five-sixths of the Penguins’ defense is signed for the next three years. Only a couple of
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There has been quite a few moving pieces in regards to the Vancouver Canucks‘ goaltending but at the core, the Canucks look reasonably solid between the pipes. With the departure of Ryan Miller to the Anaheim Ducks and the acquisition of Anders Nilsson from free agency to fill the void, the Canucks have changed their
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It’s been more than six years since the Dallas Stars used their first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft to select a 6-foot-7 defenseman from Northeastern University. To say Jamie Oleksiak’s development hasn’t happened overnight would be an understatement. However, good things come to those who wait, right? Players of Oleksiak’s stature tend
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It’s been more than six years since the Dallas Stars used their first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft to select a 6-foot-7 defenseman from Northeastern University. To say Jamie Oleksiak’s development hasn’t happened overnight would be an understatement. However, good things come to those who wait, right? Players of Oleksiak’s stature tend to
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In the wake of the NHL’s first expansion draft in 17 years, the Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves with a large hole to fill in the roster, and Finnish goaltender Antti Niemi found himself a free agent. The Penguins didn’t have to wait long to find a suitable replacement for Marc-Andre Fleury with some NHL tenure to
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There’s no shortage of goaltending controversy stories for the Vancouver Canucks since the calendar turned to the new decade. Whether the duo has been Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider, Luongo and Eddie Lack, Lack and Ryan Miller, or Miller and Jacob Markstrom, the performance of the so-called backup has prompted some fans of the Canucks to
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Do we really know what the Blue Jackets‘ opening-night roster will look like? While many rosters spots are already taken, several prospects have set their sights on making the team this fall. In this edition of Blue Jackets’ Pressure Points, we focus on the dark horses who could surprise everyone and make the team. A
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Minutes before his arbitration hearing, Mika Zibanejad and the New York Rangers agreed to a five-year, $5.35 million contract that will basically ensure Zibanejad’s spot on the top line for the Blueshirts. At face value, the deal seems simple; the Rangers are extending terms to a young, exciting player for the long-haul while betting on
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The Vancouver Canucks are looking for improvement across the board heading into next season. After his tumultuous campaign, Ben Hutton could be the poster boy for improvement. One of the Canucks’ most surprising players of 2015-16, Hutton failed to regain his rookie form where he finished third in points among freshmen on the back end. The
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Defenseman Brian Dumoulin finally signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 24, narrowly avoiding arbitration with a doozy of a contract. The six-year deal not only pays him over $4 million a year but also locks him on with the team for longer than any player other than Sidney Crosby himself. In the 2022-23 season, the
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It’s been a long offseason for veteran defenseman Andrei Markov. After spending the first 990 games of his NHL career over 16 seasons since being drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, it was announced Thursday that the 38-year-old blueliner would not be re-signed. The Canadiens made some
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The Calgary Flames are a team with an understated amount of history. Joining the National Hockey League in 1972-73 as the Atlanta Flames, the club has been part of the league for parts of five decades and in Calgary for nearly 40 years. Despite boasting a roster that has featured numerous Hockey Hall of Fame