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Adam Henrique Signs A Five-Year Extension With The Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Adam Henrique to a five-year contract extension through the 2023-24 NHL season.

Henrique, 28 (2/6/90), owns four career 20-goal seasons, including a career-best 30 in 2015-16. The 6-0, 195-pound center has collected 142-151=293 points with a +4 rating in 512 career NHL games with Anaheim and New Jersey. Among players selected in the 2008 NHL Draft, Henrique ranks tied for fourth in goals and ninth in points.

Acquired from New Jersey with Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 third-round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick on Nov. 30, 2017, Henrique combined for 24-26=50 points with a career-high +11 rating in 81 games last season with Anaheim and New Jersey. He ranked third among NHL leaders with eight game-winning goals (GWG) following his Ducks debut (Dec. 1-Apr. 7). Henrique finished the regular season leading Anaheim in GWG, ranked tied for second in goals, and tied for third in power-play goals (4).

The Ducks went 33-15-9 in Henrique’s 57 games, in which he recorded 20-16=36 points with a +17 rating and 14 PIM. Henrique posted the second-longest point streak to start a Ducks career at five games (3-3=6), behind only Teemu Selanne’s 15-game streak in 1995-96.

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A Six-Year Deal For Elias Lindholm In Calgary

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added 12:38pm, Calgary relese is below.

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Video- Top Goals From the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, All In Slow Motion

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It will take 4 1/2 minutes of your time.


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A Look At The Detroit Red Wings

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2 1/12 minutes to watch.



Nicholas J. Cotsonkia takes a look at the Wings too.

What they still need

Difference-makers. The biggest reason the Red Wings have fallen off after a quarter-century of success is the erosion of their top-end talent. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retired in 2012. Center Pavel Datsyuk returned to Russia in 2016. Center Henrik Zetterberg is 37 and battling back problems, and although he is expected to return this season, it is not certain. The Red Wings need to draft and develop not just NHL players, but impact players. Can Zadina be one?


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Questions On Detroit’s Goaltending

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers questions from the fans...

Q: What is going on with the Red Wings’ goaltending situation, now and in the future? Is this the last year for (Jimmy) Howard? Why was (Jonathan) Bernier signed for three years? Why not one or two years? Are any kids in the system close to making the jump (to the NHL)?

A: Howard is entering the final year of his contract. I think the Red Wings will sign him to a one- or two-year extension. None of their junior/college/European prospects is close to being NHL-ready. I believe the organization would prefer Howard, even at age 35 in March, over Grand Rapids goalies Harri Sateri and Patrik Rybar in 2019-20. And it appears to be a thin free-agent market for goalies in 2019, assuming Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus) and Pekka Rinne (Nashville) sign with their teams.

I think they will have a Howard-Bernier tandem for the next two or three years.

Bernier wasn’t going to sign for one year and they might not have gotten him for two years. They felt comfortable with three years because it’s safe to assume none of their prospects will be NHL-ready during that time.

read on for more Q & A including more goalie talk and do the Wings need to tough guy...

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Drowning Accident Presumed To Have Taken The Life Of Ray Emery

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via Alan Rutherford of the Hamiton Spectator,

A man in his thirties is presumed drowned after failing to emerge from an early morning swim around the docks of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.

The man was with a group visiting a friend's boat when they decided to jump in the water around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

'They went out for a swim and unfortunately he did not emerge after diving in,' said Insp. Marty Schulenberg. "We responded along with Hamilton Fire and EMS. Unfortunately, our efforts on the water and in the area just around the piers were met with negative results."

The Niagara Police Dive Unit was called in for what is being described as a recovery.

"They are deployed right now," said Schulenberg. "They are starting to go into the water."

A RHYC member who knows the owner of the boat says it was part of a sailpast at the club Saturday.

"He had some friends on the boat and they were enjoying the boat and the day," said Richard Seeley. "He's pretty upset."

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Talking With Ted Lindsay

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Craig Custance of The Athletic recently spent some time with Ted Lindsay,

Aside from being one of the best left wingers to ever play the game, Lindsay put all his personal success and comfort on the line by organizing the first NHL players’ association in 1957, along with Bill Gadsby, Doug Harvey, Fern Flaman, Gus Mortson and Jim Thomson. He did it because he saw young players shipped out on a moment’s notice. He saw injured players discarded. He observed a former Maple Leafs star selling broken sticks for a quarter, in an attempt to squeeze out extra money. So he organized.  And those efforts had massive repercussions.

From a pure hockey standpoint, it likely cost the Red Wings a few more Stanley Cups, because Lindsay was banished to the Blackhawks in a trade with fellow Hall of Famer Glenn Hall — an attempt by team management to cut off any union talk by removing Lindsay from the equation in Detroit.

From a personal standpoint, it cost Lindsay a relationship with Red Wings general manager Jack Adams and, on some level, Gordie Howe, whose support for the association efforts wasn’t on Lindsay’s level.

much more (paid sub.)

added 9:28am,


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Why Did The New York Rangers Sign Cody McLeod?

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is the principal every bit as much as the principle in this case, if not more so. Because though there might be an argument to be made that a youngish, finesse-oriented team such as the Rangers could benefit from having an enforcer/protector in the lineup, it represents a leap of faith to believe Cody McLeod is the individual to cast in that role.

Been there. Did almost nothing to warrant a return. Yet, after batting their eyes at impending Las Vegas free agent Ryan Reaves without reciprocal interest then passing on the opportunity to acquire Matt Martin from Toronto, the Blueshirts for some reason decided to bring McLeod back to Broadway for an encore, re-upping the 34-year-old winger for a one-year deal worth $750,000.

In theory, a player with McLeod’s résumé could protect and defend younger teammates from abuse. More realistically, in this era when the notion that one player could be a deterrent against, say, head shots is largely discredited, McLeod at least would present a credible threat of retaliation in the event of a cheap shot against a Ranger.

continued plus a few more topics...

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Hockey Notes In Mid-July

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Forget age and money: My top 11 centres in the NHL. You pick the order. Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Anze Kopitar, Nathan MacKinnon, Mark Scheifele, Evgeny Kuzenetsov, Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Sasha Barkov, Evgeni Malkin, Patrice Bergeron … After that: Ryan Getzlaf, Tyler Seguin, Steven Stamkos, Jack Eichel, Nick Backstrom, Sean Couturier, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Johansen and Toews. Again, you pick the order.

- Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver all missed the playoffs in the NHL last season and really, none have done anything this off-season to leave the impression that they’ll be back competing for a spot. The difference: Edmonton has McDavid, Montreal has Carey Price. Either at their best are capable of carrying teams a long way.

- The best line in the NHL last season was William Karlsson centring Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith — and really, did anyone see that coming?

a few more hockey notes...

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Evening Line- Ilya Kovalchuk

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“I was following the NHL last year actually more than four years ago when I was there but I saw the playoffs this past playoffs – it’s good. Obviously, it’s changed – the time’s running, and I’m not getting younger, but like I said before, we’ll see. I can’t predict the future. I feel good. I’m a young 35, and we’ll see.”

-Ilya Kovalchuk of the LA Kings at a press conference today.  Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider has more from Kovalchuk.

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