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Seattle Kraken Preparing For The 2021-22 NHL Season

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Ron Francis held his first pro scouting meetings during the last week of January. The general manager of the NHL's newest team, soon to be called the Seattle Kraken, gathered the scouts in Seattle so they could get to know each other and start preparing for the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.

They had no idea what was to come.

Francis hasn't been to Seattle since. Instead of moving there in the first half of the year as planned, the former GM of the Carolina Hurricanes has worked from home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Instead of watching the rest of the 2019-20 season live, the scouts sat through a pause of more than four months and watched the postseason remotely as it was played without fans in the stands in the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto. They never got to see the end of the American Hockey League season. It was canceled.

"This year's just been …" Francis said, his voice trailing off. "You kind of roll with the punches."


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Shawn Horcoff On The Prospects

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from Brett McWethy of the Wings website,

During his appearance on the Red & White Authority, Horcoff weighed in on several of the Red Wings' young players and prospects. He also confirmed that Filip Hronek, Gustav Lindstrom, Michael Rasmussen and Filip Zadina will travel back to the United States and be eligible to rejoin the Red Wings' Training Camp roster, whenever it begins.

On 2020 first-round pick Lucas Raymond
"He's a really good player. You can just see the talent and skill and sense that he has. But even more so, the drive he has. He's got this quiet confidence. He knows that he's good, but he wants to be great. He just seems motivated and even more dedicated to being the best player that he can. So there's lots to like about Lucas."

On 2020 second-round pick William Wallinder
"He's a big, raw kid. There's some ability there. Obviously, he's played well, and been a name to kind of follow for the past few years. There's some fine tuning in his game that he's going to need to do. He needs to get bigger and stronger. Needs to find more dedication in the gym. But there's lots of raw ability there. The development staff likes raw ability, so we're looking forward to working with him."

On Filip Zadina
"It's important that Z's playing. He's a guy that really developed a lot last year, and it was important for us to have him get reps.


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A January 15th Start?

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added 8:47am,

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Whatever Happened To The NHL?

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from Sam Fels of Deadspin,

As is always the case, every so often you look up and wonder, “Hey, how come I haven’t heard from the NHL in a while?” And the answer always comes back, “Oh right, because they’re galactically stupid.” And then you go on about your life. It’s good to have solid things to hold onto at this point in time, to make sure the current doesn’t carry you off into madness.

You haven’t heard much about the NHL because they can’t, as it was ever thus, unfuck themselves. As we’ve briefly covered, because the info and news only drips out, they’re currently struggling to find a start date, or system, for the 2020-2021 season as the owners attempt to claw back things they already agreed to in order to get the playoffs off the ground last summer. Needless to say, the players are less than thrilled, and have answered the owners’ request with a specific finger.


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Morning Line- James van Riemsdyk

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“How much revenue was going to be created [this season] was certainly accounted for. The agreement was made four or five months ago … and we prepared for different scenarios that could happen. It’s not like we did this agreement in January and then the pandemic hit and it’s a different world we’re living in. This agreement was negotiated with all this in mind and trying to map out the next few years.”

“We wanted to get a little bit of stability to the industry, and to help teams and players plan for different things going forward, As players, we’re ready to roll and ready to play and uphold the agreement. We’re just waiting to hear from the owners, but we’re ready to get started.”

-James van Riemsdyk of the Philadelphia Flyers.  Sam Carchide of the Philadelphia Inquirr has more on this topic.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

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Why have Alexis Lafreniere and Jack Hughes been denied the chance to play in the World Juniors by their respective clubs? Could there be a number of outdoor games with fans when the season starts? TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Frank Seravalli discuss this and more.

more and watch the segment too...

added 5:30am 12/4/20, or watch it below.

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Legal Action Is An Option For The NHLPA

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from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The NHL Players’ Association’s lawyers are investigating whether to file an unfair labour practice complaint with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) or pursue a grievance with an arbitrator if the NHL decides to cancel the upcoming season, two people familiar with the matter told TSN.

If the league decides against playing the 2020-21 season, a complaint to either the NLRB or an arbitrator would be the process the NHLPA would follow to try to get players paid.


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Afternoon Line- Don Waddell

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Video- NHL Insiders And Player Agents Discuss The NHL At This Point

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via the YouTube page of LineMovement,

It's Real Kyper at Noon, Episode 62, as Nick Kypreos is back to catch everyone up on the NHL Offseason, with our first “Roundtable”! Doug Maclean, Allan Walsh, & Ian Pulver join Kyper in discussing the NHL Return to Play in a wide-ranging conversation with each guest providing some unique perspectives through different angles.

January 1st was the ultimate goal, but by the sounds of it, that has become increasingly unrealistic in recent weeks. A key discussion point was the battle between the players and owners currently, with Gary Bettman asking to re-negotiate a new, more “covid-friendly” CBA.

How can agents help facilitate this problem and get their players back on the ice? The unfortunate part of all of this is the uncertainty and contract negotiations involved, but also the NHL relies on revenue from fans more than almost any professional league.

Watch the just over an hour show below.

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Four Teams Show Interest In Playing Home Games Under The Sky

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Let’s begin this quickie blog with a caveat: it’s a long shot.

But…at least four NHL teams are investigating the possibility of playing home games in outdoor stadia if it will allow them to have fans in attendance.

Again, there are no guarantees in COVID times, “but it is being explored,” one executive said Wednesday.

None of the clubs would comment, but they are Anaheim, Boston, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. According to multiple sources, it was the Kings who first considered the idea several months ago. Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group also owns Dignity Health Sports Park, located 15 miles from the Kings’ home, Staples Center.


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