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Alex DeBrincat Is A Star In The Making

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

DeBrincat is just the 10th player in the last three decades to score more than 68 goals in his first two seasons. His company includes Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos, but not Kane or Toews.

At this rate, he’s due for a new contract next summer with a cap hit pushing $10 million, which would cement his position as a cornerstone for the Hawks’ post-dynasty era.

And yet, he doesn’t carry himself as a cornerstone at all.

“I feel like I’m more quiet in the locker room. I try to stay out of the chirping and stuff,” DeBrincat said. “Those core guys have been there for a long time and are obviously very respected around the league. So especially my first year, I kind of stayed away and kept my mouth shut so I didn’t get in any trouble. I know them pretty well now, and it’s easy to joke around with them, but I had to keep my mouth shut until someone talked to me.”

Despite the lighthearted intentions of the media tour, DeBrincat didn’t stray far from that mouth-shut identity. He seemed amused but rarely delivered the comedy that segment hosts were looking for.

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Too Much Too Soon?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

When the Ottawa Senators announced the signing of 22-year-old defenseman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year deal worth $64 million, it was almost universally hailed as a very good move by the team. After all, Chabot has displayed an enormous amount of potential as an NHLer and will almost certainly be the Senators’ next captain. Forget that the deal will probably considered a bargain before too long, it was also a show of faith to Senators fans that after years of dysfunction, perhaps better times lie ahead.

One of the outliers in all of this was former NHL star and current television broadcaster Jeremy Roenick, who acknowledged in a tweet that Chabot, “is a great kid with some serious skill.” He then publicly expressed his amazement at what 80 career points in the NHL gets you these days...

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Afternoon Line- David Quinn

With an additional comment in the video...

 

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A New Position For Caley Chelios With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today they have officially added Caley Chelios as a member of their radio broadcast team, promoting her to the position of radio analyst & digital reporter. She will serve as color analyst for all Lightning road games and will also fill in for team founder Phil Esposito when he is unavailable for home broadcasts.

Chelios’ radio broadcast responsibilities will be her primary focus, working alongside 18-year veteran Dave Mishkin. She will continue to contribute to Lightning content initiatives including serving as a reporter/host for TampaBayLightning.com and LightningVision.  Chelios joined the Lightning in 2016 as the team’s hockey reporter.  She has since grown the role exponentially, being featured on national hockey shows, including becoming a fixture on NHL Network, providing analysis regarding the Bolts across North America.

After unofficially starting her analyst role during live web streams of Lightning Development Camp 3-on-3 Tournament games, Chelios began making appearances with Mishkin on radio during the 2018 preseason and continued for select regular season games during that regular season.

Chelios majored in communications at Northwestern University and earned a Master’s degree in journalism while also playing on the women’s lacrosse team.  She won the NCAA National Championship with the Wildcats in 2012.

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First Rounders In The Mix For A Spot On A Canadian Team In the NHL

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Here are five recent first-round picks fighting for jobs in Canadian training camps:

Evan Bouchard (Oilers)

Age: 19

Position: Defence

Shoots: Right

Draft: 10th overall (2018)

Last Year: London (OHL), 45 GP, 16 goals, 37 assists, 53 points

Scoop: Edmonton’s most glaring need on defence is a partner for Oscar Klefbom. That is Bouchard’s opening to earn a full-time spot on the roster. Bouchard broke camp with the Oil last year, scoring his first NHL goal in his seven-game audition. He earned the nickname “Old Man Bouchard” around town for his laid-back demeanour. He rarely seemed rattled on the ice. It was perhaps his relative lack of intensity or urgency that raised eyebrows at the World Junior Championship for Team Canada. Fellow Swedish import Joel Persson has gotten the bulk of the ice time with Klefbom to start camp, but Bouchard has plenty of opportunity in front of him.

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Dan Girardi Announces His Retirement

TAMPA BAY – Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi announced his retirement today after 13 NHL seasons, including two with the Bolts.

“I would like to thank all my coaches, family, friends and teammates for supporting me throughout my entire hockey career,” Girardi said. “I want to thank the New York Rangers for giving me a chance to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in the NHL. Throughout those 11 incredible years I have made so many friends on and off the ice. I bled Ranger blue and gave it my all for my team, the city and the Garden faithful. I also want to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning for helping me continue my career by giving me a chance to play for such an amazing organization, city and fan base. The last two years in Tampa Bay have been so much fun for me and my family. I will always fondly remember my time here. Finally, I want to thank my wife Pamela for always being there for me and holding down the fort and to Landon and Shaye for always being daddy’s No. 1 fans.

“I gave my all every single night and left it all out on the ice. Now it’s time for the next chapter of my life to begin and I couldn't be happier...and so is my body.”

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Morning Line- Darrell Davis On The Coach’s Challenge

There are going to be so many stupid stoppages — just give the referees’ whistles to the coaches!

-Darrell Davis of 980 CJME (Regina) and you can read more too.

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Matt Moulson Keeps Playing

from Sammi Sibler of The Sporting News,

His play led him to Cornell, where he played four years with the Big Red. He was eventually drafted by teams in both the NHL and the National Lacrosse League, actually going earlier in the NLL draft (37th overall) than he did in the NHL (263rd overall to Pittsburgh). He stayed at Cornell, though, dropping lacrosse after his freshman year to focus on hockey. He led the team in scoring three times and ultimately ended up signing as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings in 2006.

His career took off, though, when he joined the New York Islanders in 2009. He posted three consecutive 30-goal seasons in his first three years with the team and became one of the top names in the Eastern Conference. Equipped with an accurate and lethal shot, good hands, excellent hockey IQ and a strong work ethic, Moulson was as good as they get, the kind of player that posted nearly one point-per-game as a reliable, consistent forward....

Starting in October 2013, things got shaky; Moulson was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Thomas Vanek, where he registered 11 goals and 29 points in 44 games before again being traded to the Minnesota Wild just months later at the deadline. He had 13 points in 20 games with the Wild before ultimately returning to the Sabres in 2014, signing a five-year, $25 million deal.

That's when things started to go downhill for the  6-foot-1, 203-pound winger....

"I definitely want one of those in Hershey," Moulson said. "I think that was a big reason why I ended up signing there was just the chance to go win."

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StubHub On Their Top-Selling NHL Teams

SAN FRANCISCO - September 18, 2019 - StubHub, the world's most trusted event marketplace, today released its third-annual NHL Preview, revealing the top-trending teams and hottest matchups going into the season, according to ticket sales.

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Hockey Thoughts As The Season Approaches

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Justin Faulk politely declined an interview request last weekend, but agent Brian Bartlett made it clear his client “has not demanded a trade and does not want to be traded. He’s like any other player in the league right now, focusing on his team. Ninety-nine per cent of the time, these don’t get out into the public. Unfortunately, this one did.”

Bartlett hesitated to call the Anaheim trade completely dead — “you never know what can happen” — but it sure looks that way. He would not comment on negotiations with either the Ducks or Hurricanes. But there haven’t been extension talks in Carolina for some time, and it is believed the ask from the Ducks was in the $6.75-million range.

- Another idea that was thrown around during negotiations was a kind of “fake cap” on escrow. The league would create a pool, and if escrow creeped over a certain figure (7.5 per cent?) money from that pool would go to reimburse the players. (That’s similar to the transfer payments the league included in the 2013 settlement.) If the money doesn’t get used, it would go to the Emergency Assistance Fund, or something like that. Don’t know if that’s the eventual solution, but it was on the table.

- One scout who watched the Flyers’ prospects a couple of times: “My goodness, Philadelphia is loaded.”

The most important of those prospects is Carter Hart, who solidified Philadelphia’s net during an unbelievable season of injury and misfortune. At the NHL/NHLPA media event in Chicago, Sean Couturier talked about how much of a difference a full-season of Hart can make.

“It was tough never knowing who was going to be the next goalie,” he said. “Guys were falling down like flies, but we found a way to stay focussed and make a push towards the end.”

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