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Video- Happy Father’s Day

via the YouTube channel of the NHLPA,

From sounding boards to a source for their daily dose of positivity, Max Domi, Bo Horvat, Nikita Kucherov, Taylor Hall, Nathan MacKinnon, Mark Scheifele and John Tavares weigh in on who they draw inspiration and guidance from most.


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The Pittsburgh Penguins Send Olli Maatta To Chicago

added 8:12pm,


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Hockey Talk In The Middle Of June

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The Summer of Dubas is a large piece of Ikea furniture, with some parts missing. There’s too much to do and not everything will fit. But he has to sign Mitch Marner first, before he can proceed from there. Without knowing Marner’s salary, preferably before July 1, the Leafs can’t proceed with our pertinent business.

- You’ll need to have a head on a swivel to play against the Washington Capitals now that they have Radko Gudas on defence and Tom Wilson up front.

- Since Mike Babcock last coached in a Stanley Cup Final, Joel Quenneville has made the Cup three times, Mike Sullivan, Darryl Sutter, Peter DeBoer, Claude Julien, Alain Vigneault, Peter Laviolette have all coached in the Finals twice.

a few more notes plua a look at Ron Caron, late GM for the Blues...

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Going After Jacob Trouba

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers and Islanders are among the most aggressive teams in pursuit of Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, The Post has learned, with the Devils also in the chase.

Trouba, the 25-year-old impending restricted free agent for whom the Jets are soliciting offers, would slide into the right side of the first pair for either club. But his acquisition would come at a steep cost, both in terms of personnel going the other way in a trade package and the long-term contract Trouba would command.

Winnipeg, according to several sources, has yet to give permission to inquiring clubs to speak with Trouba’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, about a contract. One would figure seven years at up to $7.5 million per season for the Michigan native — who recorded 50 points (8-42) last season, 13th most among defensemen. His 42 assists tied for ninth among blue-liners.

Question: Does the price become too high for the Rangers if the Jets demand Lias Andersson be included in the package?

For the Islanders, would Lamoriello be willing to include defenseman Noah Dobson, last year’s 12th-overall pick, in a deal for Trouba. For the Devils, would Shero be willing to send Jesper Bratt and Jesper Boqvist or Ty Smith back the other way? Smith, almost certainly not.


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Video- Party Time In St. Louis


added 6:28pm, below, a video recap of Parade Day in St. Louis.

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The LA Kings Have Bought Out Dion Phaneuf

LOS ANGELES – The LA Kings have bought out the contract of defenseman Dion Phaneuf, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

Phaneuf, acquired by the Kings during the 2017-18 season, appeared in 93 games with the Kings over the past two seasons, posting 16 points (4-12=16) and 68 penalty minutes. He appeared in his 1,000th NHL game this past season.

Originally selected by the Calgary Flames in the first-round (9th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Phaneuf has appeared in 1,048 career NHL games over his 14-year NHL career with the Kings, Flames, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs, posting 494 points (137-357=494) and 1,345 penalty minutes.

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Afternoon Line- Kevin Paul Dupont

Is that energy and grind model something the other 30 Original NHL teams will follow? Sure, to a degree, because there is no magic mojo in determination and grit. If the coach preaches it, and the players buy in to the level the Blues bought in with Craig Berube, the Cup is right there for the hoisting....

But if you’re thinking St Louis has an easy model to replicate, think again.

Playing hard and heavy, while simple in theory, just isn’t how the talent pool is being cultivated in 2019. It has never been the game taught in Europe, which delivers so many speed-and-skill players to the NHL. It’s no longer taught in the United States, either, be it on the National Team Development Program or throughout NCAA Division 1.

-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe where you can read more on this topic and other hockey notes too.

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Hockey Thoughts After The Stanley Cup Final

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- We are getting close to clarity on Erik Karlsson and San Jose. The Sharks have worked this hard. It is believed they’ve made him an offer that will challenge, if not surpass, Drew Doughty’s extension from last summer. Three weeks ago, I thought Karlsson was going back east for family reasons and a travel schedule that’s easier on the body. San Jose needs a decision, conversations have intensified, and I think they’ve got a shot.

- There’s a ton of trade talk. Among the most aggressive teams: Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Minnesota, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, Vegas, Washington and Winnipeg. Depending on how the draft goes, we could see some frenetic attempts to move up and down.

The Sabres have talked to the Rangers about Jimmy Vesey. The Flames tested the market on James Neal. The Blackhawks are looking for a defenceman. Toronto’s asking price for Nikita Zaitsev is either another defenceman, or something they can use to get one. They will have no shortage of options if they do decide to move Nazem Kadri (Winnipeg is on his no-trade list, so he’d have to be approached about it.) Loui Eriksson’s agent, JP Barry, confirmed on Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver on Friday that it is time for the winger to move on. Other teams believe the Capitals are in total "go for it" mode.

- The buyout window opens Saturday. Names to watch: Scott Darling (Carolina), Andrew MacDonald (Philadelphia), Corey Perry (Anaheim) and Dion Phaneuf (Los Angeles). Dallas’s Valeri Nichushkin is under 26, so he can be bought out at one-third, (not two-thirds of) the money, which makes him very vulnerable. You always have to keep an eye on who might be injured, therefore ineligible for one.

much more

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Morning Line- Damien Cox On The St. Louis Blues

The Blues are a memorable team to St. Louis, but they’re not a particularly noteworthy collection of NHL players. What they are is a group of athletes who fit perfectly at the right time for a relatively short period. Just like Washington did last year. Just like Vegas almost did.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star where you can read more on the Blues.

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The Buyout Window Is Open

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