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Available Players

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The message was simple yet still jaw-dropping. When asked to size up the trade market as a whole, this is how one NHL general manager framed it on Wednesday:

“The number of franchise-changing players available or being talked about each day is astonishing,” the GM said. “It’s just that no one has any room for them.”

Welcome to the 2020 version of the NHL’s off-season with a frozen $81.5 million salary cap.

There are now more than 50 names in play on the latest TSN Trade Bait board.

Each team has an incredible number of balls in the air between pushing to clear cap space, managing internal budgets, being unable to afford restricted free agents and juggling the free agent market, along with next week’s draft – oh, and all of that with one eye on the 2021 Expansion Draft.

continued with an updated trade bait board...

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Morning Line- Don Waddell

"It's the busiest time after a season I've ever had in the history of being a general manager. There haven't been any days that have gone by where I haven't talked to some GMs. There's a flat cap, and a lot of teams are up against the cap. We've got a little space, but not a lot of space. Then there's the economics. Let's face it. What happened this past year and the unknown going forward, there are a lot of teams looking to move money off their books. It's been an interesting time."

-Don Waddell, GM of the Carolina Hurricanes.  Michael Smith of Hurricanes.com has more on the Canes.

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Evening Line- Seth Rorabaugh

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Video- A Lightning Party In Tampa

via the YouTube page of the NHL.

The 2019-2020 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning brought the Cup back to the fans in Tampa Bay, making their way on boats to Raymond James Stadium before addressing fans and celebrating their championship.

 

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Video- Refs Mic’d During The Playoffs

Six plus minutes of ref chatter.

via NHL.com,

The best mic'd up moments from referees throughout the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

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A Day Closer To Free Agency

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With exactly 10 days to go until Free Agent Frenzy, one name has rocketed up TSN Hockey’s Top 75 list.

That would be Minnesota Wild defenceman Carson Soucy, a Group VI unrestricted free agent. To qualify as a Group VI free agent, a player must be at least 25, played three pro seasons and appeared in fewer than 80 NHL games.

The Wild was painfully close to the games played threshold that would have limited Soucy’s leverage as a restricted free agent. Soucy, 26, needed to skate in a combined 76 career regular season and playoff games (pro-rated from the usual 80 because of the COVID-19 pandemic) for the Wild to retain him as an RFA.

Soucy ended up at 66 combined career games after missing the Wild’s final nine pre-pause games due to injury and then playing four games in the postseason.

As a result, Soucy is now up to No. 19 on the Top 75, as sources say more than a third of the NHL’s teams are hungry to see him hit the market on Oct. 9.

That interest and freedom has increased his price. The belief is Soucy could well land in the $2.5 million to $3 million range on a multi-year deal.

continued with a list of the top 75 UFAs...

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Video- Top Saves From The Stanley Cup Final

Ten of them...

 

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Video- Just Saves, Henrik Lundqvist Saves

7 1/2 minutes long.

 

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Morning Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- As much as the last two months exceeded all expectations, I don’t think there’s much that will be incorporated from it as the NHL returns to normal. One thing I wondered about was weekday triple-headers. People enjoyed the extra hockey without another game at the same time. Could late-afternoon playoff games become a regular occurrence? The answer appears to be no. I understand why. Regular work schedules will resume, and afternoon games tend to mean lower food/alcohol/concession sales.

- No confirmation from team and/or agents, but word is Carolina was willing to look at eight years, $7.5 million per year on an Andrei Svechnikov extension. That’s not low, but the player is willing to bet on himself to do even better, which is why this might end up being a bridge deal — for now.

- When it comes to Patrik Laine, it sounds like he and the Jets are trying to solve an issue before it really becomes a problem. Winnipeg has term with Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. That’s what they like and it’s why I think an Ehlers trade, as has been rumoured, is not Winnipeg’s want. Laine’s next negotiation will be massive. In the meantime, the winger wants guarantees of playing with Scheifele, which the Jets aren’t so willing to give. My sense is the Jets are saying, “Let’s try and do this now before we have to negotiate again.”

There’s a legit chance it happens. Columbus, hoping to make a major move, is in there, but is there a match? Same with Carolina. Two teams that could do it: Los Angeles and Philadelphia. I’m just not sure they would. I also wonder about the Islanders. It’s the kind of stealth move Lou Lamoriello would love. But they’ve got cap issues and it’s not like he’d give us a hint.

-more Hockey Thoughts plus what's what's next for the NHL..h

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New York Rangers Statement On Henrik Lundqvist

NEW YORK, September 30, 2020 – The New York Rangers announced today that the team has bought out the final year of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s contract.

          “Few players have been as important to the Rangers franchise as Henrik Lundqvist, and we are incredibly grateful for all he has done for our organization,” said James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman, MSG Sports. “Over his 15-year tenure, he not only established himself as one of the best goaltenders to ever play the game, he has also been one of hockey’s fiercest competitors and most effective ambassadors. He will always be a part of the Rangers family.”

          “We would like to thank Henrik for his immeasurable contributions to the New York Rangers,” Rangers President and Alternate Governor John Davidson said. “From the time I met Henrik when he first came to New York in 2005, he has been the consummate professional. His tireless work ethic, passion for the game, and love of the Rangers and New York City enabled him to become one of the greatest goaltenders in hockey and one of the best players in the history of our franchise. We all wish Henrik and his family the best going forward.”

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