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Drafting A Goalie

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

Goaltending, it turns out, continues to be a make-or-break element of hockey. And yet, teams are usually reluctant to spend premier draft capital on the young men who play the sport’s most important position. Not one of the three nominees for this year’s Vezina was taken in the first round; in fact, you’ll find two fourth-rounders — Saros and winner Igor Shesterkin — and second-rounder Jakob Markstrom. By contrast, glance over the bios of the skaters who were up for other major awards — the Hart, Ted Lindsay, Norris, Calder and Selke — and you’ll discover at least two of the three candidates for each piece of hardware were taken no lower than ninth overall. While it’s been years since we’ve seen a goalie crack the top-10, the trend of laying off tenders until your third or fourth pick might be changing. And if Saros’s success playing at five-foot-11 means anything, maybe teams will re-consider how wide a net they cast in search of a goalie.

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Morning Line- Steve Yzerman

"Geez, half the time, you're texting the guy sitting right at the table next to you," Yzerman said. "You can do that from anywhere. Whether we're doing it remotely or live, I think it has no bearing. You're going to do what you're going to do regardless. Believe it or not, it's not like we just wander around the room, kind of looking for somebody, and open up the raincoat and sell them a watch or something like that. There is a bit of a plan to it all, believe it or not."

"I personally like doing the draft remotely, albeit the second day was kind of a death march for everyone," Yzerman said. "We’re all on the floor, we’re kind of packed at our table, there’s not a lot of room, there’s a lot of distractions. I like doing it remotely and got used to it."

-Steve Yzerman, Executive VP and GM for the Detroit Red Wings.  Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press has more.

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Mike Grier Officially Named General Manager Of The San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) Owner Hasso Plattner today announced that Mike Grier has been named as the team's general manager.

Grier becomes the fifth general manager in the Sharks franchise history, preceded by Doug Wilson (2003-22), Dean Lombardi (1996-03), Chuck Grillo (1992-96), and Jack Ferreira (1991-92).

He has the distinguished honor of becoming the first Black general manager in the history of the National Hockey League.

In this role, Grier will have overall authority regarding all aspects of the Sharks hockey-related operations, including overseeing all player personnel decisions, leading the club's player evaluation process at all professional, minor, and junior levels, negotiating player contracts, directing the club's on-ice coaching and off-ice support staffs, and managing the efforts of the team's scouting department.

Grier will report directly to Plattner and President Jonathan Becher.

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A Look At 3ICE

from Sean Shapiro of The Athletic,

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kevin Fitzgerald remembers the pitch vividly.

Come play three-on-three hockey in an upstart league, all costs will be covered traveling across the United States and Canada, and you’ll get paid to do it.

“It sounded too good to be true,” Fitzgerald said. “I thought there was no way this was legit.”

Three weeks into 3ICE, the 25-year-old forward has close to $18,000 in his bank account, proving the pitch was, indeed, legit.

“I’m a guy right out of college, so after the first week that was the largest deposit I’ve ever had go into my bank account,” Fitzgerald said.

A nine-stop summer touring circuit, 3ICE is many things, but most importantly it’s a potentially life-changing financial event for the 42 players spread across six teams.

continued ($$$)

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Mike Grier Will Be Named GM Today For The San Jose Sharks

from Sportsnet,

The San Jose Sharks will announce Mike Grier as their new general manager on Tuesday, Sportsnet can confirm. It is believed he will be the first Black man in NHL history to hold the position.

Grier, 47, played 14 seasons in the NHL beginning in 1996, three of them with the Sharks. His last season was with the Buffalo Sabres and he retired from playing in 2011.

Grier replaces interim GM Mike Will, who took over when Doug Wilson stepped away in November of 2021 for medical reasons. Wilson had held the position for 19 years and resigned in April.

The Detroit-born, but Massachusetts-raised Grier has held various non-playing positions since retiring. He spent two seasons behind the bench as an assistant with the New Jersey Devils from 2018 to 2020. A year ago, he was hired as an adviser to hockey operations for the New York Rangers. He has also served as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks between 2014 and 2018.

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Playoffs Is The Goal For Rick Bowness

from Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun,

Newly-minted Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness sees a good hockey club, one he believes he’ll lead back to the promised land.

Speaking to the media for the first time since he was officially announced as the third head coach of the Jets 2.0 era in Winnipeg, Bowness acknowledged Winnipeg’s shortcomings last season and pledged to be the man to help navigate them back to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“For whatever reason (the team) lost its way last year,” said Bowness, seated beside general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff at Canada Life Centre on Monday. “Myself, my coaching staff when we get it all together, we’re going to work very closely with ownership, with management, everyone associated with this organization, and we’re going to get it back on the right track and get this team back into the playoffs.”

To do so, Bowness, who coached the Dallas Stars for the past three seasons, leading them to the Stanley Cup final in 2020 before stepping down after in May, will have to unite a fractured group. The 67-year-old is aware of some of the problems that plagued the Jets during their miserable 2021-22 season, something he and Cheveldayoff covered during the courting process.

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Video- Only The Best Today

Top Connor McDavid plays from the past season.

 

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Ten Years Ago The Minnesota Wild Made A Splash

from Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune,

Parise and Suter were the top free agents in an offseason that contained few stars. There were headlines on the pursuit of Parise, son of J.P., a North Stars legend, then head of the Shattuck Academy hockey program in Faribault. Suter seemed destined to stay in Nashville.

And then, on July 4, always Minnesota's favorite holiday, even on a Wednesday as it was this time … laziness, friends, family, shooing flies from the potato salad, maybe a ballgame on the radio with that new guy, Cory Provus, joining Dan Gladden.

It wasn't a day for ice-shattering sports news, but then came the reports before noon: The Wild had reached deals with Suter and Parise for the same money ($98 million) and length (13 years).

Minnesota went nuts. Even Ron Gardenhire and Joe Mauer were celebrating with the Twins in Detroit. They had done videos at the behest of the Wild, telling Suter and Parise they would "look great in green."

Revised history has it that the 13-year contracts were a burden. Actually, the length was a benefit to the Wild to spread out the dollars.

Revised history also says the Parise/Suter signings were a failure because the promise of a Stanley Cup run was never met. There was no such promise. The signings were done to compete again and prevent echoes in the X.

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It’s The 4th Of July

The grill is cleaned and ready to go.  

It's going to be a simple day here at the KK compound.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, asparagus and corn on the cob going on the grill around 4pm.

What are your plans to celebrate?

Please be safe around the fireworks.  I am talking from experience, as a kid I had a full pack of 'black cats' explode in my packet.

3rd degree burns, spent my whole summer on the couch and I still have the scar to prove it.

Enjoy our day/

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A Lot To Talk About

from Scott Burnside of The Daily Faceoff,

Maybe all off-seasons are wacky, but to us it just seems what lies ahead for the 32 clubs, with the draft Thursday and Friday and then free agency set for July 13 less than a week later, is more super-charged this summer than in the past.

So, yes, we’ve got stuff to get off our chest.

So, where were we?

Julien BriseBois is The Man. Full stop.
Was there ever any worry that BriseBois would find a way to free up enough cap space to (likely) return Ondrej Palat to the Lightning fold? By peddling veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh to Nashville, the Lightning have cleared more than $4 million in cap space and could clear more if they end up buying out Philippe Myers, who came in Sunday’s big deal, although that doesn’t sound like it’s part of the plan...

Preds don’t get younger but get serious
I have to admit I didn’t like McDonagh’s playoff performance too much. But any drop-off in play – and there was a drop-off – has to be weighted against the fact McDonagh was playing through injury. If he can get back to the level we saw him play at in 2020 and 2021 when he helped Tampa to back-to-back Stanley Cups,...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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