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A Five-Year Deal For Dylan Larkin

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

 DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed center Dylan Larkin to a five-year contract.

Larkin, 22, skated in his third NHL season in 2017-18 and nearly doubled his point total from the year prior by producing a team-best 63 points (16-47-63) in 82 games after 32 points (17-15-32) over 80 games in 2016-17. He became the fifth-youngest player in franchise history to lead the team in scoring, trailing only Steve Yzerman (18 years and 10 months in 1983-84), Mark Osborne (20 years and seven months in 1981-82), Marcel Dionne (20 years and seven months in 1971-72) and Dale McCourt (21 year and two months in 1977-78). The Waterford, Mich., native also ranked among Red Wings leaders with 82 games played (T1st), 16 goals (T3rd), 47 assists (1st), 61 penalty minutes (3rd), eight power-play points (T8th), two shorthanded goals (T1st), four game-winning goals (T1st), 232 shots on goal (1st), 19:50 average time on ice (4th, and most among the team’s forwards) and 56 takeaways (1st). He reached a pair of milestones in 2017-18, tallying 100 career points on Dec. 2 at Montreal and skating in his 200th NHL game on Jan. 5 vs. Florida.

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The Outlook For Martin Frk

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2018-19 outlook: Frk boasts one of the hardest shots in the league and he's right-handed, which is in short supply on this team (Thomas Vanek, Luke Glendening and Luke Witkowski are the only other righty forwards). His one-timer is weapon, particularly on the power play. Problem is, where does he fit in at even-strength?

There is no room on the top three lines for Frk, especially if rookies Filip Zadina and Michael Rasmussen make the team. Frk is strictly an offensive player who doesn't fit the fourth-line mold, but that might be the only place he can play. And even then, it might require an injury or two to get him in the lineup.

He could be the 13th/14th forward. If cap space becomes tight, Frk could be waived and, if he clears, sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins, where his entire salary would be buried.

With so much competition up front, it will be an uphill battle for Frk to crack the lineup.

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A Six-Year Extension For Christian Dvorak In Arizona

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations & General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Christian Dvorak to a six-year contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased to sign Christian to a long-term contract," said Chayka. "Christian is a highly skilled, reliable, two-way center who continues to improve each season.  He will be a key player for us in the future and we are thrilled to have him with us for the next seven seasons."

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How Does Your Team Spend Their Cap Money?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

The allocation question is a fascinating one because teams have different visions on how best to construct a Stanley Cup-calibre roster. Some organizations consistently run top-heavy payrolls that see superstars eat into huge portions of the available cap space. Other organizations, perhaps borne out of the necessity of not having superstar players available, prefer flatter spending across the board. Some teams will carve out large pieces of their cap space for their forward group – others, the same, but for defencemen or goaltending.

Now that it’s mid-August and most restricted free agent arbitration cases have resolved, we have a general sense of what each team’s cap position will be entering the 2018-19 season. As is the case every year, there’s a pretty significant divide in player payroll. Contending teams like St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Washington have $1 million or less in cap space to work with. More fiscally conservative teams like New Jersey and Carolina have nearly $20 million in space. Then there are teams like Toronto that are flush with cap space (about $14 million today), but know full well that much of that will be utilized to retain future free agents like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Jake Gardiner, and so on.

With this off-season wrapped up, I wanted to take a look at how teams decided to their cap space by position. 

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United States Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2018

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Gordon "Red" Berenson, Natalie Darwitz, Leland "Hago" Harrington, David Poile and Paul Stewart will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2018, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

The 2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration will take place at the JW Marriott Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, December 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event will go on sale on Monday, August 13, at 10 a.m. ET at USHockeyHallofFame.com.

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The Season Outlook For Trevor Daley

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Daley is an important part of a defense that often struggles to get the puck out of its zone and commits too many turnovers. He is a terrific skater who moves the puck well, getting it quickly to the forwards.

The left shooter is more comfortable playing on the right side and his ability to transport the puck takes pressure off his defense partner. Daley was slated to be paired with Danny DeKeyser last season, before DeKeyser missed five weeks with an early season ankle injury. Daley spent much of the season paired with Jonathan Ericsson.

The Red Wings signed Daley last summer at a reasonable cap hit, valuing his mobility and experience over younger players such as Joe Hicketts, Robbie Russo and Dylan McIlrath of the Grand Rapids Griffins.

If the Red Wings are out of the playoff picture in late February, they might opt to move Daley, whose no-trade clause expires 10 days before the deadline. He wouldn't be a rental, having one more year remaining on his deal, so a playoff-caliber club would have him for two postseasons, increasing his value.

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One Man’s Opinion

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from Mike Stephens of Editor in Leaf,

What the hell are the Red Wings doing?

This wasn’t intended to be read in an aghast or critical tone. I genuinely want someone to explain what exactly the game plan is for Detroit right now because I have no idea.

These aren’t your Grand Papi’s Red Wings. No sir. This version finished 27th in the standings last season, a thrilling follow-up to their 25th place showing from the year before.

There’s no sugar coating it. This is not a good hockey team....

Did the Wings at least wait until August to sign effective yet undervalued free agents for pennies on the dollar rather than overpaying when the market opened? If your answer is anything other than nope, you’re missing the trend here.

Rather, Holland came out swinging to nab Tomas Vanek, whose post-trade headshots have singlehandedly kept Photoshop financially afloat in recent years, at a $3 million cap hit.

Vanek has played on 8 different teams in the past 6 seasons, and the Wings handed him double the salary a younger and equally productive Patrick Maroon eventually earned from St. Louis 10 days later. Does that scream rebuild to you?

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Wayne Gretzky Headed To China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Wayne Gretzky is helping to promote the growth of hockey in China ahead of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games, when the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins will play preseason games Sept. 15 (Shenzhen) and 19 (Beijing).

Gretzky was named a global ambassador for the Kunlun Red Star, China's only professional hockey team that plays in the Kontinental Hockey League. He'll help with youth development and training for players aged 8-17 in Beijing and Shenzhen, with the goal of expanding to at least 20 locations in China.

Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leader in goals (894), assists (1,963) and points (2,857), will visit Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai from Sept. 12-18.

"To now have him part of the growth of hockey in China in the buildup to the 2022 Winter Olympics (in Beijing) will promote interest and participation in the sport, especially among young people," Ao Meng, Kunlin's executive director, told China Daily.

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Afternoon Line- Alexei Kovalev

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Your thoughts?

 

 

Kovalev on other topics, Google translate link.

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Emphasis On Five Points

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

Today, we look at the Atlantic. First, a quick refresher. The five categories that gave the Capitals a championship advantage — and the original story provides additional explanation on the categories — look like this:

1. Great centers
2. A game breaker
3. Offensive defensemen
4. A core hardened by the playoffs
5. Size

So how does the Atlantic division compare to the Capitals in these categories? 

A game breaker – The Red Wings lost a ton of one-goal games last season in large part because they didn’t have that elite player to pull them ahead in crucial moments. They hope they’ve got one in Filip Zadina, but we don’t even know if he’s going to make the team out of camp. It’s a little early to give him game-breaker status here.

Offensive defensemen – Detroit brought back Mike Green in large part because he was one of the few Detroit defensemen to provide offense last season from the blueline. Filip Hronek may get there one day and will get a look in camp, but he’s not there yet. Trevor Daley can skate and transport the puck but doesn’t provide a ton of offense. This is a real area of need at the NHL level for Detroit.

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