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Afternoon Line- Steve Simmons On John Tavares

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You don’t pay $11 million a year for ordinary, although in fairness to Tavares, he has scored 148 points in 145 games as a Maple Leaf. That isn’t ordinary. Those are Tavares numbers, year after year after year. His career is a straight line that way.

But the Leafs have needed it be more than that for the past two post-seasons. They needed a rising stock. In 12 games, seven playoffs, five pre-real-playoffs, he has eight points. That’s a 55-point pace. That’s not good enough.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on Tavares.

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Draft Stats

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via the NHL PR department,


The 2020 NHL Draft will be held virtually over two days, with Round 1 set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 6 (NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA). Rounds 2-7 will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 7 (NHLN, SN1).

* This will mark the first time the Draft has been held mid-week (days other than Friday, Saturday or Sunday) since the 1994 NHL Draft at the Hartford Civic Center which took place from Tuesday, June 28 to Wednesday, June 29, 1994.

* Holding a non-weekend Draft was a common occurrence in the early days of the event. The first 21 years of the NHL Draft from 1963 to 1983 saw prospects picked on days outside of the Friday to Sunday window.

* The Order of Selection was announced Sept. 29 upon the conclusion of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Available Players

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The message was simple yet still jaw-dropping. When asked to size up the trade market as a whole, this is how one NHL general manager framed it on Wednesday:

“The number of franchise-changing players available or being talked about each day is astonishing,” the GM said. “It’s just that no one has any room for them.”

Welcome to the 2020 version of the NHL’s off-season with a frozen $81.5 million salary cap.

There are now more than 50 names in play on the latest TSN Trade Bait board.

Each team has an incredible number of balls in the air between pushing to clear cap space, managing internal budgets, being unable to afford restricted free agents and juggling the free agent market, along with next week’s draft – oh, and all of that with one eye on the 2021 Expansion Draft.

continued with an updated trade bait board...

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Live Stream- Pre-Draft Press Conference With Steve Yzerman

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added 2:55pm, Watch the Yzerman only section below.

The show starts streaming at 12:00pm ET, Yzerman is scheduled for 1:00pm.

The stream is embedded below.


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Morning Line- Don Waddell

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"It's the busiest time after a season I've ever had in the history of being a general manager. There haven't been any days that have gone by where I haven't talked to some GMs. There's a flat cap, and a lot of teams are up against the cap. We've got a little space, but not a lot of space. Then there's the economics. Let's face it. What happened this past year and the unknown going forward, there are a lot of teams looking to move money off their books. It's been an interesting time."

-Don Waddell, GM of the Carolina Hurricanes.  Michael Smith of Hurricanes.com has more on the Canes.

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Evening Line- Seth Rorabaugh

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Video- A Lightning Party In Tampa

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via the YouTube page of the NHL.

The 2019-2020 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning brought the Cup back to the fans in Tampa Bay, making their way on boats to Raymond James Stadium before addressing fans and celebrating their championship.


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Video- Refs Mic’d During The Playoffs

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Six plus minutes of ref chatter.

via NHL.com,

The best mic'd up moments from referees throughout the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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Video- Robby Fabbri Season Highlights

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via awood40's YouTube page,

Robby Fabbri highlights from the 2019-20 Regular Season. All points included.via awood40's YouTube page,


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It’s That Time Of The Season (not really but you get it)

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