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Afternoon Line- Pat Caputo

Ah, the Leafs still have issues on the blue line, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Toronto captures multiple Stanley Cup championships the next decade.

-Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press.  Caputo writes about the changes to the Wings and Leafs plus discusses the state of Detroit sports.

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Summer Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Robin Lehner is Lamoriello’s latest goalie. He is 6-foot-4. Same height as Fred Andersen. Once inch taller than Cory Schneider. Size matters to Lamoriello, especially in goal.

- If Vinnie Hinostroza is the prize the Arizona Coyotes claim him to be, why would the semi rebuilding Blackhawks trade him away as part of the Marian Hossa contract swap? It’s not like Stan Bowman to being giving away quality talent.

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Artemi Panarin Would Look Good Wearing A Boston Bruins Sweater

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Blue Jackets realize that they’ve lost Artemi Panarin, their star left winger who still has a year left on his deal. They know that the 26-year-old wants to be in a big city with a large, vibrant Russian population, which means he’ll most likely end up back in Chicago, or maybe LA or somewhere in the Ranger-Islander-Devil metro-NY area.

Panarin will be an unrestricted free agent next July 1, after only four seasons in the NHL, and he has full control of the narrative and the pay rate — the latter likely to land around the $9.5M per season the Bolts recently handed fellow Russian Nikita Kucherov on an eight-year deal.

Boston can’t match any of those cities on the Russians-per-square-inch scale, but the Hub is a world-class city with a perennial playoff contender, and the Bruins could accommodate his salary. He would be the dream answer to landing David Krejci an elite winger on the second line, leaving the Bruins with arguably the two top left wingers in the game.

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The Bottom Line Is Jacob Trouba May Not Want To Play In Winnipeg

from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Well, if you accept that there is no good reason why the Jets wouldn’t have made Trouba the same kind of lavish, multi-year offer they’ve made to so many other top players in recent years, there are only two possibilities: the offer still isn’t lavish enough; or, more likely in my view, the problem this time around is the same as the problem last time around — Trouba doesn’t want to be here.

If that’s the case, the clock is ticking for the Jets. Because two years from now, Trouba will become an unrestricted free agent. And if you think he’d stick around when he didn’t have to, after everything that’s gone on the last two years, you’re delusional.

Trouba is a solution for the Jets on the ice. That’s not up for debate.

But he’s a problem off it — one that only got bigger Friday.


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Matt Dumba Agrees To A Five-Year Deal With The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

As​ Sportsnet’s​ Elliotte​ Friedman​ reported​​ in the wee hours of the morning and The Athletic confirmed soon after, the Wild and Dumba will avoid a Monday arbitration date by agreeing to terms on a five-year, $30 million contract. The contract carries a $6 million cap hit and will make the 23-year-old defenseman the Wild’s third-highest paid player next season behind only Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. That would be dependent on restricted free agent Jason Zucker coming in at a lower price following his career-high 33 goals last season.

Last season, Dumba set career-highs in games played (82), goals (14), assists (36), points (50), game-winning goals (four), power-play assists (10), time on ice per game (23:48), shots (176), hits (136) and blocked shots (112). 

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added 9:57am, Minnesota Wild release is below.

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Salary Arbitration Hearing Is Over For Jacob Trouba

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Now that Jacob Trouba and the Winnipeg Jets have stood before an arbitrator and presented their respective cases, it won’t be long before an award is handed out.

While it’s possible the two sides reach an agreement before the 48-hour window the arbitrator is given to make a decision, in all likelihood this negotiation will end with the ruling on what is expected to be a one-year pact.

Whether that ruling is closer to the $4 million offer the Jets presented or the $7 million the Trouba camp asked for remains to be seen.

It’s possible the arbitrator splits the difference and comes in somewhere around $5.5 million....

It’s been written in this space that this summer represented the best opportunity for Trouba and the Jets to come together on a long-term deal and for the sake of argument, let’s use six years at around $36 million.

Now that the window for that is nearly closed, what does it mean for the long-range plans of the Jets?

That’s impossible to know at this stage of the proceedings.

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What’s The Plan For The Montreal Canadiens?

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

There is no plan, Stan.

For weeks, Geoff Molson and Marc Bergevin have been talking about this famous plan that will somehow turn around the fortunes of the Montreal Canadiens. With the draft and the free-agency sweepstakes long gone, it’s now clear and transparent that in fact there never was any plan.

In Management 101 — a first-year course, by the way, that no one in the Bell Centre executive suites appears to have taken — we call this “managing via improvisation” and it’s not a good thing. Sadly it could be argued that it’s precisely that lack of planning that’s marred a succession of general managers from Réjean Houle on through to the bizarre tag team of Bob Gainey and Pierre Gauthier and now Bergevin.

If you disagree, explain to me Bergevin’s plan? At one point, many of us figured it was a two-word plan — John Tavares. But that was always a pipe dream only believed by those whose favourite Weezer song is Hash Pipe. I mean seriously! The most coveted free agent in modern National Hockey League history is going to come to Montreal? I don’t think so. Because Bergevin played hockey with Tavares’ agent when they were kids? Laughable.


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Peter Pocklington’s New Business Venture Is A Cannabis Company

from Jennie Russell and Charles Rusnell of CBC News,

Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington still owes the Alberta government more than $13 million from an unpaid 1988 loan for a failed meat-packing plant.

In Arizona, Pocklington and an associate have so far reneged on restitution of more than $5 million US to settle a securities fraud case involving a gold-mining scheme.

And three months ago, the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Pocklington with securities fraud in California for allegedly defrauding investors in his medical-device company and misappropriating funds.

Undaunted by creditors owed millions of dollars and a looming court fight, Pocklington is seeking investors for a new business venture: a cannabis company.


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Chuck Kaiton, Long Time Radio Voice Of The Carolina Hurricanes May Be Replaced By A Simulcast

from Brett Haensel of the News & Observer,

For the first time in 22 years, fans tuning into a Carolina Hurricanes game broadcast this fall may not hear Chuck Kaiton on the call. Instead, they’ll likely be met by the familiar voices of John Forslund and Tripp Tracy.

Due to the ever changing landscape of the local play-by-play radio broadcast industry and a new owner known for eliminating inefficiencies, it appears the Hurricanes radio announcer-- who has never missed a game in his 39 years calling games for both the Hurricanes and Hartford Whalers organizations -- could be replaced by a television simulcast for the coming season.


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Trademark Agreement Reached Between The Vegas Golden Knights And The U.S. Army

VEGAS (July 19, 2018) – Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley announced today that the Vegas Golden Knights and the U.S. Army have entered into a trademark coexistence agreement regarding usage of the ‘Golden Knights’ mark and name.

“We are pleased that we have agreed to coexist regarding the use of the ‘Golden Knights’ mark and name,” said Foley. “Our discussions with the Army were collaborative and productive throughout this entire process. We are appreciative of their efforts and commitment to reaching an amicable resolution.”

The U.S. Army has used and will continue to use the mark and name ‘Golden Knights’ and variations thereof in connection with its parachute exhibition team. The Vegas Golden Knights has used and will continue to use the marks and names ‘Vegas Golden Knights’ and ‘Golden Knights’ in connection with its professional hockey team based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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