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from Ray Ratto at Deadspin,

This right here is why the National Hockey League doesn’t get it. Erik Karlsson just signed a record-setting eight-year deal worth more than $11 million per year with the San Jose Sharks without any fuss or muss. Deal framed, talked about, signed. Couldn’t be easier.

In other words, a golden opportunity missed.

The NBA has figured out that nothing amuses the audience quite like the drama of player movement, not even the games. The games are just the vegetable; the new contracts and the trades and the drama and the roasting of cash in pursuit of same are what people are in for. Only one team, after all, gets a parade; everyone else is playing for July.


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Dallas Eakins Is The New Head Coach For The Anaheim Ducks

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via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks today have named Dallas Eakins head coach. With the announcement, Eakins becomes the 10th head coach in franchise history.

"Dallas is an outstanding head coach who has worked well with our players since joining the organization four years ago," said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. "He is a tremendous leader and strategist, and deserves this opportunity."

Eakins, 52 (1/20/67), most recently served as head coach for the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2015-19. In his four seasons behind the bench, Eakins led San Diego to a 154-95-23 record and three trips to the Calder Cup Playoffs. Under Eakins, the Gulls led the AHL Pacific Division in wins, points (331) and points percentage (.608) since the division's inception in 2015-16.

"This is a tremendous honor for my family," said Eakins. "I am truly humbled. It was a privilege to serve as head coach of the San Diego Gulls during our first four seasons, and I look forward to build off that success here in Anaheim."

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Bob McKenzie’s Final Draft Rankings

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It is a lot closer than it appears; far tighter than the numbers would suggest.

Yet there he is, Jack Hughes, still No. 1 on TSN’s final draft ranking board - just as he was in September in the pre-season ranking; same as he was in late January in the mid-season ranking; and no change at all from early April and the draft lottery ranking.

This time, the 5-foot-10-1/2, 171-pound dynamic centre from the U.S. U-18 National Team Development Program sits atop TSN’s 2019 NHL Draft Final Ranking.

When you factor in that on each of the September, January and April lists, Hughes was the unanimous No. 1 – getting 10 out of 10 votes from TSN’s panel of NHL scouts – and earned eight of 10 votes in the most recent June survey, well, it seems like Hughes is in a class by himself.

But that’s just not the case.


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Video- Slowing Down The Stanley Cup Final

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4 1/2 minutes to watch.


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Indications Are Erik Karlsson Will Stay In San Jose

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added 10:06am,


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added 12:38pm, signing is official...

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Wings Hit The Jackpot In 1989 Draft And A Look At Trevor Zegras At The #6 Spot

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Their first-round selection was center Mike Sillinger. He topped 1,000 games in his NHL career, but lasted only 129 games with the Wings before being traded to Anaheim. In Roudn 2, 32nd overall, the Wings chose defenseman Bob Boughner. He never played a game for them, but topped 600 NHL games.

The picks that made history, the ones that boosted the Wings into a Stanley Cup dynasty, happened in Rounds 3, 4 and 11, when they selected, respectively, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Vladimir Konstantinov.

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Trevor Zegras

Position: Center

Height/Weight: 6-0/174

Shoots: Left

2018-19 team: U.S. National Team Development Program

2018-19 stats: 60 games, 26 goals, 61 assists, 87 points, 94 penalty minutes.

Why Red Wings would be interested: They could use more depth at center moving forward and Zegras is a tremendous passer who can get the puck to their shooting wingers.


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Carl Hagelin Re-signs With The Washington Capitals

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $11 million contract extension, with an average annual value of $2.75 million, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We are pleased to have signed Carl to a new four year contract,” said MacLellan. “Carl is a versatile player who can play on any line and is an excellent penalty killer. He is a proven winner and provides great leadership to our team.”

Hagelin, 30, a native of Sodertalje, Sweden, recorded 11 points (3g, 8a) in 20 games with the Capitals last season. Hagelin’s 2:21 minutes per game on the penalty kill ranked first among Capitals forwards since his debut with Washington on Feb. 23. The Capitals acquired Hagelin on Feb. 21 from the Los Angeles Kings for a third round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Hagelin recorded five points (1g, 4a) in 22 games with Los Angeles, who acquired him from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 14, 2018. With Pittsburgh, Hagelin recorded three points (1g, 2a) in 16 games, finishing his season with 19 points (5g, 14a) in 58 games. The 5’11”, 186-pound forward’s 54.24 shot attempt percentage (704 shot attempts for, 594 against) ranked 15th in the NHL among left wings with at least 50 games played last season.

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Afternoon Line- Stan Bowman

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"We're a week out from the [2019 NHL] Draft and we've already improved our defense, and we're going to keep looking at ways to improve our defense and the rest of our team. So, from that perspective, I expect it to be active over the next couple of weeks."...

"This is the time of year when there's a lot of player movement, with the draft and then July 1 [free agency] on the horizon. So, I think we're going to continue to look at other ways to improve our team through trades, and if none of that comes to be, we'll look at the free-agent market."

-Stan Bowman, GM of the Chicago Blackhawks.  Tracey Myers of NHL.com has more.

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Trades May Be Slow At The Draft This Season

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from Eric Francis of Sportnsnet,

One of the NHL’s most active draft day general managers believes the large number of big-name RFAs could stymie draft floor activity next week.

Brad Treliving, who has made several of his most significant moves on draft weekend, said it will be harder for him and many of his colleagues to manoeuvre as freely as they have in the past due to the cost uncertainty associated with unsigned young stars.

“You can’t go out and buy all sorts of cars before you know what the mortgage payment is,” said the Calgary Flames GM, who will arrive at the NHL Draft in Vancouver next Friday unsure how much of his $14.5 million in cap space he will have to allocate for restricted free agent Matthew Tkachuk.

“People have got to take care of that piece. Until you have some certainty there it’s hard to chase a bunch of things.

I think there are a lot of teams going in very cautious because if you don’t have (a significant RFA) this year you probably have one next year.”


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Reviewing Detroit’s 2018 Draft

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reviews the 2018 class,

Filip Zadina

Wingspan: Zadina, 19, was called up at the trade deadline so the Wings could take a look at him over a nine-game span (any longer and it would have triggered the first year of his entry-level contract). Zadina had one goal and two assists. It was a good experience for him, a taste of how hard it is to play in the NHL. Zadina did not dominate once back in the AHL (one goal, three assists the last 14 games) and it seems doubtful he’ll challenge for a spot in Detroit out of training camp this fall.

Potential: Zadina could be a game-changer if he can figure out how to score in tight areas the way he excelled in juniors.

Joe Veleno

Wingspan: Veleno, 19, is slated to play in Grand Rapids next season because even though he has a year left of junior eligibility, he started juniors at 15 after being granted exceptional status (joining the company of Connor McDavid). Veleno dominated juniors in 2018-19, so this is a beneficial situation that will allow him to move a level ahead but adjust to the pro game without going directly to the NHL.

Potential: He has improved his defensive game and could, with continued hard work, emerge as a No. 2 center behind Dylan Larkin (bear in mind even with Larkin’s inner drive, he was in his fourth season when he really started to dominate).


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