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Joe Hicketts Signs A Two-Year Contract

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed defenseman Joe Hicketts to a two-year contract.

Hicketts, 23, skated in 11 games with the Red Wings during the 2018-19 campaign and has totaled 16 NHL appearances over the last two seasons, compiling three assists, two penalty minutes, 18 shots on goal, 26 hits and 39 blocked shots in 18:12 average time on ice. Hicketts also appeared in 64 games with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins in 2018-19 and more-than-doubled his point total from the previous season, leading the team’s defensemen with 27 points (3-24-27) in 64 games. Entering his fourth professional season, Hicketts has played 204 AHL games with the Griffins since 2016-17, posting 73 points (13-60-73), a plus-seven rating and 139 penalty minutes. He captured a 2017 Calder Cup championship as a rookie and has recorded 11 points (1-10-11), a plus-seven rating and 18 penalty minutes in 29 career AHL postseason games.

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A Four-Year Deal For J.T. Compher In Denver

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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward J.T. Compher to a four-year contract through the 2022-23 season.

Compher, 24, finished fifth on the Avalanche with 16 goals and tied for the team lead with three shorthanded tallies in 66 games during the 2018-19 campaign.  His 16 goals, 16 assists and 32 points all surpassed his rookie season totals from 2017-18.  The Northbrook, Illinois, native was one of eight NHL players with at least three shorthanded, power-play and game-winning goals in 2018-19, joining Sebastian Aho, Cam Atkinson, Patrice Bergeron, Blake Coleman, Leon Draisaitl, Brad Marchand and Brandon Saad.  Compher was the first Avalanche player to accomplish that feat (at least three SHG, PPG and GWG in a season) since Joe Sakic in 2000-01.

Compher added six points (4g/2a) in 12 playoff games, with his four goals tying for third on the team.  He set a playoff career high with two goals and three points in Game 6 of Colorado’s second-round series against San Jose on May 6, becoming the first Avalanche player to record three or more points in an elimination game since Alex Tanguay in Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final.  The 6-foot, 193-pound forward finished with two goals and three points during the first round series against Calgary, with both tallies coming in the third period of overtime victories (Games 2 and 4).

“J.T. has been one of our most versatile forwards over the past two years,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He plays on our power play, kills penalties and has played up and down our lineup.  He has scored some big goals late in games and we are counting on him to have an even more expanded role moving forward.  We are excited to have him under contract for the next four seasons.”

Numerous reports is the AAV is $3.5M

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One Bad Contract

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from Dave Stevenson of PuckProse (Fansided),

Detroit Red Wings: Justin Abdelkader

Contract: $4.25 million cap hit over the next four seasons; Full no-trade clause until 2020, modified no-trade clause (depending on if Red Wings make playoffs and playing time) through 2023

The Detroit Red Wings used to be the model of consistency in the NHL. In order to remain that way for a few more seasons, general manager Ken Holland signed a bunch of bad deals. None of them look worse right now than Justin Abdelkader’s.

According to Evolving Hockey, his -1.4 WAR was not only the second-worst among all Red Wings skaters, but it was also the eighth-worst in the entire league (minimum 800 minutes during all situations).

continued plus one bad contract for every NHL team...

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Morning Line- Ken Campbell On The Stanley Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So how about the players who win it start using a little bit of common sense and treat it with the respect it deserves? Part of the tradition of the Stanley Cup is the abuse it has endured over the years, almost from the time it came into existence, from being kicked into the Rideau Canal to being set on fire to being brought to a gentleman’s establishment. Treating hockey’s ultimate prize like a piece of trash is certainly nothing new.

I bring this up because yesterday Robby Fabbri of the St. Louis Blues had his day with the Cup. He brought it to the rink where he played much of his minor hockey for a three-hour function and later brought it to a hospital. He had a party with his family and enjoyed the day with the guest of honor. But you know what he also did with it? He had his dogs eat spaghetti and meatballs out of it. That’s tame by Stanley Cup standards to be sure, but really? You work that hard to win that beautiful piece of hardware, which signifies the culmination of your dreams, and you let your dog eat spaghetti and meatballs out of it? Or you put your baby in there with no diaper and she poops in it? Or allow your horse to eat out of it? Toss it into a swimming pool? Or you do any host of other unmentionable things to it?

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News where you can read more on this...

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Video- Detroit’s Worst Plays Of The Year

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Day 3 of 31 Dang Its in 31 days is here featuring the Red Wings showing the world how to "properly" execute a 3 on 0 breakaway.

Mostly Steve Dangle talking...


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Questioning The Hiring Of Tyler Wright In Edmonton

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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

I’m far from convinced that Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland made the right decision in bringing in Tyler Wright to become the director of amateur scouting for the Oilers.

Wright’s record in the past eight drafts — two heading up amateur scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets and six in the same job with the Red Wings — isn’t obviously good work. That assessment may well change as time passes and some of Wright’s picks turn into better players than they’re trending to be right now, but the obviously successful picks from those eight drafts are few and far between while the question marks are plentiful.

Let’s look at how Wright did in acquiring Big 12 players, the spine of any team, the critical players essential to any squad’s success, the No. 1 goalie, Top 4 d-men and Top 7 forwards, all the first and second line forwards and one excellent checker/two-way player leading the third line.

NHL head scouts who succeed will identify at least one Big 12 player every draft year on average, they will make the most of their Top 10 overall picks, they’ll find at least one Big 12 players outside the first round every second year, and they’ll identify at least one Team Canada-quality player every four drafts.


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Ron Francis May Be The GM In Seattle

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added 9:45pm,

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

Ron Francis, who played in the NHL for 22 seasons and is fifth all time in points, is to be announced this week as the first general manager of Seattle’s incoming franchise, sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated.


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Chicago/Ottawa Trade

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added 2:53pm, Ottawa release is below.

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Willie O’Ree Could Receive The Congressional Gold Medal

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from William Douglas of NHL.com,

Members of the United States Senate and lead sponsors of the Congressional Gold Medal bill are urging fellow senators to sign legislation that would award Willie O'Ree, the NHL's first black player, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress.

If approved, O'Ree would join a prestigious group of Congressional Gold Medal recipients that includes Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball, and civil rights pioneers Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King.

"Please join us in honoring Willie O'Ree for his extraordinary contributions to sport, service and society by cosponsoring the Willie O'Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act," Sens. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) wrote in 'Dear Colleague' letters.


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Bar In Philadelphia Seeking Money From The St. Louis Blues

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from Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY,

The Philadelphia bar that inspired the St. Louis Blues' "Gloria" fad is seeking money from the items — T-shirts, hats and other small merchandise — that were sold inside and outside of Enterprise Center during the team's run to its first Stanley Cup.

Attorney Rob McKinley, who represents The Jacks NYB,  told USA TODAY Sports that the Blues' postgame victory song, Laura Branigan's 1982 disco classic "Gloria," was only part of the equation.

The fanbase's rallying cry, "Play Gloria!" began at The Jacks NYB, and as such, McKinley said that idea comes with a price for others making a profit off it.

"The bottom line is they created this brand and supported the St. Louis Blues and their fans on the Stanley Cup run," McKinley said Tuesday.


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