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New Arena Talks In Calgary Headed In The Right Direction

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from Meghan Potkins of the Calgary Herald,

A tentative deal has been reached between the city and the Calgary Flames for a new arena to replace the Saddledome.

City council members will discuss the proposed agreement at 3:45 p.m. Monday behind closed doors, Postmedia has learned.

Negotiations between the two camps were recently described as “productive” by the chair of council’s event centre committee. Council could potentially host a public debate on the proposed agreement before elected officials break for the summer in August, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Friday.

“I look forward to continuing conversations,” Nenshi said. “I know a lot of folks have been working very hard to see if there is something there that meets the criteria that we’ve talked about — the most important criteria, of course, being public money must have public benefit. And I really look forward to seeing where people are at.

“I’m hopeful there will be some stuff to talk about with the public on Monday.”


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Audio/Video- Talking Artemi Panarin On Vladimir Putin

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Russian hockey insider Slava Malamud joins Sportsnet 590 The FAN to discuss the reception of Artemi Panarin’s comments about President Vladimir Putin in Russia, and to speculate what might happen to the Russian NHL star.



Mark Fischer of the New York Post on the remarks from Panarin...

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Mitch Marner Not Talking About Contract Situation With The Leafs

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from the CP at TSN,

The 22-year-old opened his Marner All-Star Invitational on Thursday night just north of the city, and while the focus was on raising money for worthy causes, the conversation inevitably pivoted to negotiations between himself and the team.

"I'm just trying to stay away from the talk," Marner said. "I've been spending most of my summer up by the lake and relaxing.

"(My agent has been) dealing with everything and has done a great job."

Marner directed questions about contract talks to that agent, Darren Ferris, who was in attendance.

Ferris declined to comment.

"He's done this a lot longer than I have," Marner said. "I've got all my confidence in him."

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Artemi Panarin On The State Of Russia

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from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin rebuked the refrain from many in his native Russia — including ballet icon Anastasia Volochkova — who say they can leave the country if they are upset over the state of affairs under longtime leader Vladimir Putin. 

“All the major brains have already left (Russia),"  Panarin told journalist Alexander Golovin who posted the hourlong interview on YouTube. "That's not the way it should be."


added 7/19/19 at 8:33am,


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Ron Francis Is Officially The GM In Seattle

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from NHLSeatte,

NHL Seattle named Ron Francis the first General Manager in franchise history on July 18, 2019.  Francis brings an acclaimed skill for evaluating NHL-caliber talent and his renowned hockey IQ will determine the franchise's style of play.

"After seven months of due diligence, research, conversations, interviews and evaluation, we are thrilled to announce Ron as our GM," said NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke.


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Video- The Weird Awards

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from the YouTube page of the NHL,

Recognizing the weirdest, wackiest and funniest hockey personalities, teams and moments from the 2018-19 NHL season with a wide range of honors including weirdest player (Weird NHL Hart Trophy), strangest goaltender (Weird NHL Vezina Trophy) and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

Watch the 53 minute video below.

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Ambassador Ovechkin

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from NHL.com,

The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin will visit China the week of August 4th serving as an international ambassador for the League. Ovechkin's trip to Beijing will include youth hockey clinics, a media tour and business development meetings.

"It is a huge honor for me to be an ambassador for the entire Washington Capitals organization and the National Hockey League for this special trip to China," Ovechkin said. "I think it is very important to spend time to help make people all over the world see how great a game hockey is. I can't wait to spend time with all the hockey fans there and I hope to meet young kids who will be future NHL players. I can't wait for this trip!"...

"We are very excited that Alex Ovechkin will be joining us in China this summer," David Proper, NHL Executive Vice President of Media and International Strategy said. "Alex represents the best in sports, as he epitomizes that combination of great talent, great personality and great sportsmanship. He is the perfect person to represent the NHL's efforts to grow hockey in China."


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Lightning, Maple Leaf Leads 2019-20 Stanley Cup Betting

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It seems like only yesterday the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins to win the 2019 Stanley Cup title. And yet it seems like we’re just around the corner from the 2019-20 NHL season – and to prove it, the full title odds are already out.

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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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