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Videos- Yzerman And Gagner Today

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Steve Yzerman on the Marc Staal trade and other topics.



Below, Sam Gagner on his signing today.

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Notes On The Game Of Hockey

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- I keep telling people what a great Stanley Cup Final this has been and they keep telling me that they don’t care and they aren’t watching … Game 2 of the Cup Final had a television rating across Canada that was about one-third of Game 7 of the Raptors-Celtics series and less than half of the Toronto-Columbus non-playoff round of playoffs.

- Paul Coffey can’t stand the gratuitous videos shown in arenas when former players return to their old towns. “I find it embarrassing,” said the Hall of Famer. “Getting booed used to be a badge of honour in the NHL. The louder you were booed, the better player you were. I liked going back to my old cities and see how loud the booing would be.”

- How is the NHL changing? “More teams are freeing up their defencemen to score than ever before,” said Scotty Bowman. “I think Peter Laviolette was the first guy to do it.” Heading into Saturday night, goal scoring among playoff defenceman was up 58% over a year ago and up 52% over two seasons ago.

a few more notes...

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Open Post- Game 5 Of The Stanley Cup Final Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And Dallas Stars

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Possibly the last game of the NHL season.  Tampa Bay leads the series 3-1 over Dallas and a win by the Lightning will make them the Stanley Cup Champions.

Puck drop just after 8:00pm ET on NBC, CBC, Sportsnet and TVAS.


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Marc Staal Headed To Detroit?

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added 7:15pm,


NYR release is below,

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Who Said It?

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“I’ve been on the phone almost constantly with other general managers in the past several days. I think there going to be a lot of movement next week. Right now, everybody is working the phones and trying to find fits. If philosophically there look to be some possible fits between your team and somebody else’s team, you start to dive a little bit deeper.

“I would anticipate most of the trades happen next week leading up to the draft.”

Who is it?

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Afternoon Line- Derek Sanderson

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“Stay healthy if you can, because being 74 really, really sucks.”

-Derek Sanderson, retired NHL player.  Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe has more on Sanderson and other topics.

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Prorating Of Salaries?

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

...there have been and questions about whether players under NHL contract — and that includes those toiling in the AHL or ECHL — might be obligated to accept prorating of their salaries if less than a full slate of games is played in 2020-21. The NHL wouldn’t be expected to start next season until January at the earliest.

(The league, with advise and consent provided by the union, is likely to take as much time as it needs to decipher its best/worst case scenarios as to getting fans in the seats at perhaps severely limited numbers next winter. That might lead to a shortened season.)

There have been murmurs that the league might seek to invoke the force majeure clause (Paragraph 17) of the Standard Player’s Contract in order to prorate pay in the event of a truncated schedule.

The fact is, if the Memo of Understanding (MOU) — crafted by the NHL and NHLPA in wake of their agreement that enabled the league to stage the 2020 Stanley Cup tournament under the twin bubbles in Edmonton and Vancouver — is worth the paper it is written on, the subject has already been adjudicated.

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One More Year For Sam Gagner In Detroit

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Video- The Jamie Benn Penalty In Overtime

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars website,

This has been a special teams series, and the Lightning are winning hands down.

Dallas is 1-for-14 on the power play so far. Tampa Bay is 6-for-15. The Lightning scored three times with the man advantage on Friday, the Stars went 0-for-3. That's a big reason why the Lightning took a huge 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"Our power play had a chance to end the game and they didn't get it done, simple as that," Stars interim coach Rick Bowness said of a 4-on-3 power play in overtime for Dallas.

Of course, the timing of the penalty on Benn is significant because of how it changed the series. Benn appears to never touch the skates of Tyler Johnson and just wrestled him to the ground, which would mean there was no tripping.

"I saw two guys going for a loose puck, their guy hooking our guy and our guy trying to fight through the hook," Bowness said. "There were two guys going for a loose puck. That's a hockey play. That's what I saw."

Joe Pavelski, who scored two goals in the game, said the penalty came at a frustrating time.

"Jamie breathes on him and the guy falls over," Pavelski said. "Whether that's the case or not, there's a little battle going on there. Playoffs, it's overtime, we expect 5 on 5. We expect to battle it out."


Watch the breakdown of the tripping penalty below.

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Some RFA Players Could Get UFA Status

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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Qualifying offers for restricted free agents are due by Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. ET. Those offers can begin to be accepted on Oct. 9 and expire on Oct. 18.

Quick refresher: If an RFA is not qualified, he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Qualifying offers to players making a minimum of $1 million must be equal to their current salary.

It will be worth paying attention to see who does not get qualified this season, with teams pinching pennies to appease owners and fall in line with a flat salary cap.

The team might even like its player but not at his current salary and could try to strike a deal for less in advance.

We scanned the pending RFA crop for a few players that will at least raise questions before being handed a qualifying offer:

• Leafs GM Kyle Dubas likes the versatility of the recently acquired Evan Rodrigues. But does he like a single-digit-goal guy at $2 million in his bottom six?

• Columbus only dressed forward Devin Shore twice in the post-season. Does a fringe forward on an offence-starved franchise deserve $2.4 million?

• Calgary’s Mark Jankowski isn’t making a ton of money ($1.75 million), but that price point is getting harder to justify.

more names and other topics too...

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