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Florida Panthers Acquire Two Picks from Arizona
SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that the Club has acquired two draft picks from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse.
Florida will receive a 2017 third round draft pick and, subject to trade conditions, either Arizona's 2018 second round draft pick or an additional 2017 third round draft pick.
“Steve Werier and Eric Joyce have been working the phones with Arizona for the past few weeks and came to Dale and I late last night with what they felt was a fair return for the cap, contract space and picks we received. Today’s transaction creates significant cap space for us in each of the next three NHL seasons, while simultaneously giving us the ability to add more good, young players to a farm system we know we need to improve,” said General Manager Tom Rowe. "We plan to use this cap space to continue to aggressively build on the steps we took this summer to construct a championship-caliber roster here in South Florida today and well into the future."
And Arizona Coyotes...
TORONTO/NEW YORK (Aug. 25, 2016) – Hockey Canada announced today that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby will serve as Team Canada’s captain at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber will support Crosby as Team Canada’s alternate captains.
Crosby, 29, has won two Stanley Cup® championships since becoming captain of the Penguins during the 2007-08 season. The 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy winner has registered 338 goals and 938 points in 707 career NHL games. Crosby captained Team Canada to gold at both the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
from John Matisz at the Toronto Sun,
Keep one eye glued on Josh Ho-Sang this coming season. He may be the sport’s most fascinating figure without a guaranteed job in the NHL.
The 2014 New York Islanders first-rounder will likely land on the farm in Bridgeport, Conn., after four years of junior. A colourful youngster with an enviable skill set on the wing, Ho-Sang is primed to get a chance to impress at the AHL level.
Among the 20-year-old’s various exploits: two years ago Ho-Sang publicly chastised Hockey Canada for not dispensing the respect he feels he deserves; and last fall he slept through Day 1 of the Isles’ main camp.
The Thornhill, Ont. product’s brash personality rubs some people the wrong way. Unfortunately for them, Ho-Sang doesn’t seem to care what other people think of him — which is admirable. On the ice, he is a supremely gifted passer and stickhandler with 337 points in 288 career Ontario Hockey League games.
Through a spokesperson, Ho-Sang on Wednesday declined multiple interview requests at BioSteel Camp. Perhaps his headline-making days are over?
more hockey topic including the ongoing BioSteel Camp...
TORONTO/NEW YORK (Aug. 24, 2016) – Hockey Canada announced today that St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been added to its 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. He replaces injured Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. Bouwmeester, 32, will be entering his 14th NHL season in 2016-17. He has registered 81 goals and 376 points in 990 career NHL games and was a member of Team Canada’s 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship squad.
added 4:10pm, Blackhawks statement below...
from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,
For the most part, off-season moves are finished, prospects are a year closer to impact and hypothetical rosters begin to take shape. Not every fan base will have Stanley Cup on the mind, but everyone is hopeful for something good this year. What is that? We take a look at all 30 NHL teams and provide a point of optimism for each.
ANAHEIM Whether or not you believe in the impact of a coach “lighting a fire” under his players, the Ducks hired Randy Carlyle to do just that. By the end of Bruce Boudreau’s tenure, the former Ducks coach seemed frustrated with his team and their lack of discipline in the playoffs. There will be no lolly-gagging under Carlyle.
ARIZONA Numbers! Stats! Analytics! The right way of thinking!
The youngest GM in the NHL, 27-year-old John Chayka, promises to present the latest interesting test case in the Fancy Stats vs. Eye Test debate. And earlier this summer he was quoted as saying “defence isn’t about defending” and went on to talk about the importance of moving the puck. This could be fun.
TORONTO (August 24, 2016) Sportsnet today announced its 2016-17 NHL national broadcast schedule, featuring more than 300 national games and three main marquee national nights –Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays, Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sundays, and Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey on Wednesdays. (See below for full broadcast schedule).
Sportsnet’s 2016-17 schedule delivers premium Canadian match-ups chock full of NHL star power. Two outdoor games in Canada headline Sportsnet’s lineup: the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg on October 23 and the first-ever NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto on New Year’s Day, which also kicks off the NHL’s yearlong centennial celebration. Two other marquee outdoor games on the 2016-17 schedule include the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
After a month on crutches, Luongo began his rehabilitation and returned to the ice Aug. 5 -- and hasn't come off since.
Although Luongo said if the season started Thursday, he probably wouldn't be able to start, he says he is feeling good and plans to be in net when the Panthers actually do open their season Oct. 13 at BB&T Center against the Devils.
"I'm excited, hopeful to be where I want to be when everything gets going," Luongo said after an informal workout Wednesday morning at the IceDen in Coral Springs.
"I started skating Aug. 5 and there has been slow progression but we've ramped it up here the past week or so and it has been good.
"I'm not 100 percent; it's a five month rehab. But I'm feeling better than I thought I would. I thought it would be a slower progression, especially on the ice. It has gone fairly quickly and I'm happy about that. If the season were to start tomorrow, I probably wouldn't be able to go. But I feel good where I'm at and I'm excited about it."
from the CP at Sportsnet,
In advance of the World Cup, the 68-year-old sat down with The Canadian Press to discuss next month’s tournament and other issues in the game, including fighting, future lockouts and European expansion....
CP: How does the cycle of lockouts get broken?
Fehr: The general sense I've had is that for a very long time now in all the salary-cap sports, every single one of them, there is a lockout in every single negotiation. The NFL even locked out its referees for God's sake. I mean, give me a break. Why do they do that? Because the way the agreements are structured (the owners) basically think they've got a free shot at the players. How do you break that? You hope you end up in a circumstance in which everybody is persuaded that an agreement, mutually acceptable, acceptable to both sides, can be reached without having to go through that. Baseball is not a cap sport. It's the only one which does not have, over the last 20 years, a history of stoppages by lockout or by strike. It took the battle royale, 94/95 (MLB players strike during which Fehr was head of the union), to persuade the owners that they didn't fight over those issues anymore ... My advice to the players is given the history, when you go into negotiation, what you do is you hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
CP: So is the answer to stopping the cycle no cap? And is that something you would ever push to get back?
Fehr: The answer is the players make those decisions as you get there. And we're a long way from there. And people talk about what the decision is -- Is it cap or no cap? Is it this or is it that or something else? -- that's not the decision you make.
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