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John Davidson Updates The Ryan Johansen Contract Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Columbus Blue Jackets resumed negotiations with restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen on Monday and they were "very polite, well mannered," Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said Tuesday after the NHL Board of Governors meeting.

Davidson said negotiations were expected to resume Tuesday between the Blue Jackets and Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, but Davidson did not have an update because he was in meetings here. Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekelainen and assistant general manager Bill Zito were handling the negotiations from Columbus' side....

Asked Tuesday if the organization favors a shorter term deal at this point, Davidson said, "A deal would interest us.

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BOG Approves The Sale Of The New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Newsday,

The NHL Board of Governors has approved the sale of the Islanders from Charles Wang to Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday.

The deal, which Bettman said has not been finalized, calls for Ledecky and Malkin to own a minority stake in the team once the deal is complete. They will assume majority control of the team in two years, with Wang remaining a minority owner.

Bettman told reporters the deal "provides an orderly transition, which was important to Charles."

continued

added 7:02pm,

NEW YORK (Sept. 30, 2014) -- The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors today unanimously approved the purchase of a minority stake in the New York Islanders by Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky. The purchase remains subject to completion of documentation and further League review before the transaction can be closed.

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Talking about (Griffins) assistant coaches

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

There's no polite way to say this, so I'll say it impolitely (after a day spent doing practice post stuff and prospect catch-up stuff):

Wings fans tend to find the most details about the team's assistant coaches on the days that they're hired and the days that they leave the team for other coaching opportunities. For whatever reason, while the coaches are on the job, they're more or less verboten in terms of interviews, and given both the magnitude of the changes that the Wings underwent this summer (losing both "bench assistants" and the assistant coach working video) as well as the ever-increasing importance of said coaches...

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No Movement In The Marc Staal Contract Talks

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There has been no progress whatsoever in the contract extension talks between the Rangers and Marc Staal, The Post has learned from several informed sources.

And that essentially is because there have been no meaningful talks for weeks between management and the 27-year-old defenseman’s camp.

The Rangers are believed to be offering Staal, who can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, the same six-year, $33 million deal ($5.5M per) to which they signed Dan Girardi last year when he was a pending free agent. They don’t appear inclined to move off that number.

Staal, two years younger than Girardi, is believed seeking at least $6 million per on a six- or seven-year deal, which he certainly would be able to get on the open market if he remains healthy throughout the season.

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Our Game Is Getting Great

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With an Edge,

Coaching seems to be more interested in schemes for possessing the puck, and making plays of skill with it, than they are dumping and chasing, crashing and banging, pinging and ponging.

Players are the most media-savvy ever to enter the NHL.

The sport feels ‘modern’.

Hockey appears to be pretty good at social media.

Other leagues are copying NHL initiatives (video replay, speed of play, rule changes to protect players).

Goaltending: Still very important, and excellent, but despite being the most coached position in sports, it is no longer dominating the sport at the level it once was. (Chicks dig offense)

TV deals in Canada and the US are guaranteeing major exposure.

continued

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Red Wings prospect catch-up post: on Hicketts, Nastasiuk, a pair of trades, Jensen and Nestrasil

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm still updating the practice post--slow day for the beat writers, but the Penguins are apparently already in town ahead of tomorrow night's game (7:30 PM on FSD)--but my first day back after any illness (and this time it was the Training Camp Sinus Bug of Doom, and was it ever one of those, "The one time you don't Purell your hands after shaking hands with somebody, blammo! bugs) involves catching up with the Wings' prospects.

The Grand Rapids Griffins are actually holding training camp in Western Michigan, but their roster is very smalll because the Wings are going with two "teams" at least until tomorrow night's game, if not Friday's in Toronto.

In terms of prospect news, the biggest story obviously involved Joe Hicketts signing with the Wings a week ago Thursday, and the not-so-diminuitive blueliner spoke with the Victoria Times-Colonist's Cleeve Dheensaw about signing with the Wings:

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Hockey Chat Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Craig Custance of ESPN with a chat today...

Craig, what do you see the Caps doing with Mike Green? Trotz says he wants him around, but he's in the last year of his deal, makes too much money, and the Caps need a #2 center. Is there a deal out there that you could see them making?

Craig Custance  Yeah, I still wouldn't rule out a Mike Green trade. But the Capitals are in a good spot, they don't need to deal him. They can wait for another team to get desperate and come calling. Also, keep in mind, everyone thought the Penguins were going to trade Matt Niskanen at this point last year and then they got crushed with injuries and he rescued the defense. If Washington starts getting banged up defensively, Green isn't going anywhere.

With the addition of Spezza centering a solid 2nd line and if Nichushkin makes a big jump in his 2nd season how dominant can the top line of Seguin, Benn, and Nichushkin be? Top 2 or 3 in NHL?

Craig Custance  I love that line. I wish I liked Dallas' defense better. Spezza and Hemsky now gives opposing teams something to think about. The Seguin line always saw the best d-men last year. If Nichushkin makes a jump in year two, that's definitely a top three line.

Which teams in the East and the West do you see as having a closing window in the next two - three years? I have delusions as a Sabres fan of seeing the playoffs again, as does a buddy of mine who's a Flames fan. Yes, we're heavy drinkers.

Craig Custance  Haha, Bill. Lay off the sauce, Sabres aren't making the playoffs. The Sabres are much better off being a lottery team this year. I think Boston's window is closing for the simple reason that Chara is on the back end of his career. He's such an important piece that if his game declines, they are less imposing. Out West, it's the Marleau/Thornton Sharks. I'm starting to think they take one more kick at it this year with a big year but after that it closes. I think Vancouver and the Sedins may have another good year left too.

much more

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Video- All Connor McDavid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Bob McKenzie sits down with top prospect Connor McDavid where they discuss the draft, the perceived competition with Jack Eichel, the upcoming World Junior tournament and his superstitions.

You can watch the 16:35 minute interview below or at TSN.

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Need An NHL Team To Cheer For?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet,

Are you new to hockey? A disgruntled Leafs fan? Looking for a new team to root for this season? You’re in luck.

In our first edition of Icebreakers, we’ll provide the reasons why and why notto support NHL franchises. And for additional perspective, we’ll even compare NHL teams to other North American sports franchises....

Why this team? The Lightning have become a trendy Stanley Cup pick in the East. They have an up-and-coming head coach, a deep core of young players and a true superstar in Steven Stamkos, who may be the most likable player in all of hockey. Just think what could happen if Drouin lives up to expectations.

Why not? If you’re a sports hipster, this won’t work for you. The Lightning are already big in the mainstream, despite the non-traditional hockey market. There are tons of writers and publications banking on this team to make a deep playoff run.

Other sport comparison: Carolina Panthers — Both expansion clubs from the 1990s have star players that were drafted first overall. Stamkos and Cam Newton have vaulted their teams into immediate contention, even after losing iconic franchise staples (Steve Smith and Martin St. Louis) over the past year.

more on the Lightning plus seven more Eastern Conference teams...

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The GoPro As A Training Tool

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

The NHL put GoPro cameras on the front of officials’ helmets to record that perspective twice last preseason (both in Toronto) and twice this preseason (in Buffalo and Detroit). It wasn’t for promotional purposes. It was for internal training.

The officials don’t like wearing the cameras – mounted with adhesive, blacked out with gaffer tape. But the cutting-edge footage is for education and improvement.

“You never really know what you’re going to get from it,” said Tom Masters, video manager, NHL officiating. “But hopefully there’s some teachable moments in there you can use going forward.”

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