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Detroit Showing Interest In Travis Hamonic

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Sounds Like A New York Rangers/Arizona Coyotes Trade Is In The Works

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Fun day so far.


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added 1:15pm, Arizona release is below...

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Brandon Saad For Artemi Panarin Looks Like It Is Happening

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added 12:47pm, Columbus release is below...

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Chicago Ships Niklas Hjalmarsson To Arizona

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added 12:10pm, Arizon release is below...

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Jack Capuano Named Associate Coach For The Florida Panthers

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Jack Capuano has been named associate coach on head coach Bob Boughner's staff.

"I am thrilled to welcome Jack to our coaching staff," said Boughner "He is a knowledgeable and experienced voice to have behind our bench that will work well with our young players."

"I am extremely excited to join the Florida Panthers organization," said Capuano. "I want to thank Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu for putting their trust in me and Dale for giving me an opportunity to work with Bob, one of the great young minds in the game. My familiarity with the Panthers has grown a lot throughout the past few years and I'm eager to work with such a young, talented group of players."

Capuano, 50, spent over a decade in the New York Islanders organization serving as head coach of the Islanders (2010-17) and assistant coach (2005-06). Prior to joining the Islanders behind the bench, Capuano served as head coach of the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2007-10) and served as assistant coach (2006-07).

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Griffins coach Todd Nelson may be a candidate to replace Dave Tippett

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm a little late with this one, but Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman posted a Tweet last night that caused Grand Rapids Griffins fans' ears to perk up:

On the ice after the Griffins won their Calder Cup, Nelson said that he feels he has nothing left to accomplish in the AHL save winning more championships. It will be interesting to see whether Nelson feels that he's comfortable with the Griffins, or whether he chases any coaching openings that appear in the NHL. It would be a shame for the Griffins and Red Wings to lose him, but I know that Nelson's ultimate goal is to reach the NHL.

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The Athletic talks Wings draft pick ‘fits’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Athletic asked Future Considerations' Scott Wheeler to pick five prospects that represent "good fits" for the Red Wings' 9th overall draft pick, and one of the prospects is the one I believe is the best fit:

Elias Pettersson: LW, 6-foot-2, 164 Ibs, Timra IK (Allsvenskan)
FC Rank: 8

If [Owen] Tippett is one of the 2017 NHL Draft's most dynamic scorers, Pettersson is one of its most creative. He's an energetic, driven, light-on-his feet skater and creator (with and without the puck). Pettersson played in Sweden's second-tier pro league this season and was its best young player, posting 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 43 games, finishing second on Timra in scoring to Jonathan Dahlen, good for first in league scoring among under-19 forwards by a wide margin (17 more than the next closest forward).

Pettersson excels most as a skater, with high-end top speed and quick acceleration to get there. With the puck, he cuts extremely well laterally, shifting directions one-on-one or easily navigating traffic. Pettersson makes up for a lack of puck strength and physicality with his elusiveness, navigating all three zones to create space for himself and make quick, decisive plays with the puck.

He's not shy either — Pettersson is aggressive with the puck and will take it to the net to make quick plays on net or corral and finish a rebound off with excellent stickhandling. Equally capable as a passer and shooter (though he scores with a quick release rather than an overpowering kick), Pettersson is one of the more versatile offensive players in the class.

Wheeler continues...

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Trade Talk Before The NHL Draft

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- Keep an eye on Washington Capitals defenceman Karl Alzner, who will be a unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Vegas Golden Knights didn’t waste any time reaching out to Alzner, who made $2.8 million in the final year of his deal with the Caps last season. The 28-year-old Alzner had three goals and 13 points in 82 games last year but he was a solid plus-23. You can expect four or five teams are going to take a run at Alzner.

- There’s a lot of talk the Rangers could move centre Derek Stepan, who has a $6.5 million cap hit that will run through the 2020-21 season. No, the Rangers haven’t been holding an auction by any stretch of the imagination, but the talk is GM Jeff Gorton is listening to see what teams might be willing to offer on Stepan.

- The Winnipeg Jets are still scouring the market for a goaltender. Don’t be surprised if they at least study the possibility of signing UFA Brian Elliott, who spent last season with the Calgary Flames.

- The word is GM Joe Sakic is having a hard time with the marketplace for Duchene because he struggled so badly last season with only 18 goals and 41 points in 77 games with the Avs. With two years and $12.5 million le...ft on his deal, there are only so many teams that can get involved in those kinds of discussions and Duchene doesn’t have the kind of value Sakic might be looking for in return.


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Dave Tippett Moving On From The Arizona Coyotes

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway announced today that the Coyotes and Head Coach Dave Tippett have mutually agreed to part ways. A search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

"On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to sincerely thank Tip for all of his hard work and the many contributions he made to our organization," said Barroway.  "Tip is a man of high character and we are very grateful for his leadership during his tenure as our head coach.   Ultimately, we have some philosophical differences on how to build our team.  Therefore, we mutually agreed that it is in everyone's best interest to have a coaching change in order to move our franchise forward."

"After some thoughtful discussions with Andy, we both agreed that it was best for me to move on," said Tippett.  "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Coyotes and wish Andy and the entire organization all the best in the future."

Tippett was named the 17th head coach in franchise history on September 24, 2009 and compiled a 282-257-83 record with the team. 

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Bad Coach’s Challenge? Get A Penalty

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What I said a few weeks ago.


added 6:37am 6/23/17, via the CP at TSN,

The NHL is considering issuing a minor penalty for a failed coach's challenge for offside.

The penalty would be instead of losing a timeout for a failed challenge under the current rules. The league's general managers discussed the possible change at a meeting Thursday ahead of this weekend's NHL draft in Chicago.

Replay reviews for possible offside have attracted attention in the playoffs the past two years. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan got a Nashville goal wiped out in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in May. St. Louis star Vladimir Tarasenko had a playoff goal wiped out by a razor-thin offside ruling during a series against Chicago in 2016.

NHL executive Colin Campbell says the next stop for the possible rule change is the league's competition committee.

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