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Video- The UFA Moves This Week

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Two Detroit Players Have Filed For Arbitration

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Players Who Have Filed For Salary Arbitration

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TORONTO (Aug. 1, 2021)  The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced that 17 players have elected Salary Arbitration:

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Video- Every Point From Dylan Larkin During The 2021 NHL Season

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via the YouTube page of awood40,

Dylan Larkin highlights from the shortened 2020-21 regular season. All points included.

Watch the 24 minute video below.

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There’s Always Next Season

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from Dave Poulin at the Toronto Star,

Falling almost a month later than the usual July 1 because of COVID-19 interruptions, it still had the same hollow feeling that it always has for me. People pack up anxiously, shouting “goodbye” and “have a good summer.” Some rush to catch flights, others just look to escape.

Somehow I’m always the last to do so; it just takes me longer.

Maybe that’s by choice. Maybe it’s just to enjoy what I’ve always loved doing a little bit more. I was often the last out of the locker room as a player, always as a coach. I’m not sure I even left the building on many nights as a manager. Now, in the world of media, I fully understand that I’ve been fortunate to have seasons to look forward to and reflect upon.

This was different in so many ways, since it feels like the last two seasons have run together. The craziness of the pandemic ensured that. Perhaps it was fitting that the same team won the last two Stanley Cups. We can just blend the Tampa Bay Lightning’s successes together.

Walking out of the studio Wednesday, thoughts of all the moves made filled my head. How it all might play out in the season ahead consumed me on the ride home.

Also, things will be close to back on track for the next regular season. That in itself is comforting. We had joked during the day about relearning the divisions, and how teams would fare after the necessary geographic challenges of the past season had restructured everything. And as always, my own thoughts went to the teams I work most closely with, and how they would be affected.

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We Are Officially In The Dog Days Of August

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I slept until 10am, that should tell you we are now in the slow period of the NHL season.

News will be slow for the next month or so, but I am not complaining.  I could use a nice break from a season like no other.

I will continue to do what I do, post real news and avoid the click bait material.

A few off days coming up but not yet.  I am around, keeping an eye on things but don't expect much news.

Everyone needs a break, from GMs to players, time to do just that.

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Recent Observations

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Now the Maple Leafs are trying to convince folks that they are equipped to win the Cup with a Petr Mrazek-Jack Campbell tandem in nets?

Or are they trying to convince themselves?

- Free-agent day malpractice by Joe Sakic and his group in Colorado, which couldn’t or wouldn’t come up with the $5.91 million per that incumbent goaltender Philipp Grubauer received on six-year free agent agreement with Seattle, and consequently were forced to sacrifice highly regarded prospect Conor Timmins, a first-rounder and a conditional third to acquire Darcy Kuemper from Arizona to fill the vacancy in nets.

- What, $22.5 million over five years wouldn’t have been enough to entice middle-sixer Brandon Saad to sign with St. Louis, so the Blues had to toss in a full no-trade clause to get the 28-year-old winger to sign on the dotted line?

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Evander Kane Statement

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Derek Stepan Joins The Carolina Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Derek Stepan to a one-year, $1.35 million contract.

"Derek is an experienced two-way center who can play in all situations," said Waddell. "We're thrilled to add another veteran to our lineup."

Stepan, 31, tallied six points (1g, 5a) in 20 NHL games with Ottawa last season. The 5'11", 196-pound forward has posted 485 points (168g, 317a) in 759 career NHL games with the Rangers, Coyotes and Senators. Stepan has also skated in 106 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, registering 54 points (20g, 34a). He has represented the United States internationally at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning gold, as well as the 2011 IIHF World Championship, the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The Hastings, Minn., native was drafted by the Rangers in the second round, 51st overall, of the 2008 NHL Draft.

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NHL Plans A Full Investigation After Allegations Made Against Evander Kane

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Below, see how this came to light

added 6:46pm, SJS statement is below.

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