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A Look At The Atlantic Division

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Back in action.

from John Vogl of The Athletic,

With most of the summertime moves completed (except possibly in Buffalo, where there’s potential for a Rasmus Ristolainen blockbuster), The Athletic’s writers in the Atlantic Division have put together their 2019-20 roster projections. Using them as a template, we’ll look at where each team ranks on a line-by-line, pair-by-pair basis....

To rank the lines and pairings, we used the player ratings from Corsica Hockey. Each skater’s rating is based on his contributions offensively, defensively, at even strength and on special teams. The scores for the lines and pairings are determined by adding the players’ ratings together.

First line
Boston: Marchand–Bergeron–Pastrnak (253.9)
Tampa Bay: Ondrej Palat–Brayden Point–Nikita Kucherov (242.2)
Florida: Jonathan Huberdeau–Sasha Barkov–Evgenii Dadonov (241.7)
Detroit: Tyler Bertuzzi–Dylan Larkin–Anthony Mantha (236.8)

Detroit's 2nd and 3rd line are ranked 7th in the division and the 4th line is at the bottom of the list.

On defense, the 1st pair of DeKeyser and Hronek are 7th.  The 2nd pair is 6th while the 3rd duo is 5th.

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Below, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on the changed in scouting for the Wings (Thursday),

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The Last Few Days

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The few days off for me, helped and I will be around with my normal schedule but news will still be slow, at least until the arbitration hearings take place beginning on July 20th.

Some players have signed, been traded, etc over the last few days, check them out if you wish.

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

- The four NHL blue liners who have collected more than Torey Krug’s 163 points over the last three seasons: Brent Burns, San Jose; Victor Hedman, Tampa; Erik Karlsson, San Jose; and John Carlson, Washington. Their average AAV next season: $8.84 million.

- The three primo free agents who Columbus failed to bring back — Sergei Bobrovsky (Panthers), Matt Duchene (Predators), and Artemi Panarin (Rangers) — signed UFA deals totaling $207.5 million. The Columbus franchise entered the league in 2000 for what was then the buy-in price of $80 million. Vegas, by the way, paid an expansion fee of $500 million to enter the league two years ago. Seattle, hoping to open for business in October 2021, ponied up $650 million . . . Bobrovsky, Duchene, and Panarin were among 12 UFAs who signed deals worth $20 million or more once the July 1 swap meet began. Their payouts, averaging upward of $70 million, held the top three spots. No. 4: Anders Lee, who rung up the Islanders for $49 million over seven years to remain with the Fish Sticks.

more including a look at the cap situation for the Bruins...

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

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Time To Relax A Bit

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In case you don't visit the KK Hockey section, it is break time for me.

Feel free to post anything worthwhile related to the Wings in the comment section.

If big news breaks on the Wings, I will pull myself out of the hammock and post.

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KK- Time For A Break

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My plan for the next 1 1/2 months is to take a few days off here and there.

I have no travel plans, will remain local and if anything big pops up, I will post.

But other than that, down time is needed although my Twitter may remain somewhat active.

I put in a request for a few days off and it was approved it (nice when the only person I report to is me).

I am not sure when I will get back at  it, but safe to say it won't be any longer than 3-4 days of exile.

So KK members feel free to use the comment section of this post to keep on eye out on things if you so desire.

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Video- Recapping Henrik Zetterberg’s Career

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awood40 on his YouTube page with highlights of Henrik Zetterberg's first 4 NHL seasons.

Watch the almost 1 hour video below.

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Someone Is Doing Some Deep Digging

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Video- Playoff Cliches

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Take a look at the best hockey talk cliches the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs had to offer.

 

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UFA Micheal Ferland Signing With The Vancouver Canucks

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added 4:26pm, Vancouver release is below.

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Information On The Wings’ Prospect Tournament And Training Camp

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that the team will return to Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., to host their annual NHL Prospect Tournament and Training Camp, as well as the 21st Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Mich.

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Afternoon Line- Matt Cullen

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I may have skated my last shift, but I'm not hanging up my skates just yet. After all, there is a sheet of ice in Minnesota that needs to be flooded every night. That's where you'll find me, sipping my thermos. Maybe, even using the hot water to get the surface nice and smooth so the next day me and my three boys can have our own little intense 2-on-2 tournament with a malt on the line, skating in the open air, on the outdoor rink, under the hanging lights, under the Minnesota stars.

For me to be able to take them to the rink and play with them on the ice, as a dad, that's as good as it gets. I couldn't ask for more. That's what I had as a kid and to be able to share it with my kids is my greatest joy.

It's funny. When I was a kid, I used to hate making those malts. Nowadays, it's not so bad.

-Matt Cullen.  Much more from Cullen at the Pens' website.

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