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Likely To Be Traded

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

So, which players are most likely to be dealt this season? Put it this way: If you're thinking of buying a new jersey, you might want to hold off before having it personalized with the name and number of any of these guys.

​BOBBY RYAN, LW, OTTAWA SENATORS: The Sens have lost two top players — Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza — during the past 15 months. They can't afford to lose a third, which is why the ongoing negotiations between the team and Ryan are so crucial. Ottawa is ready to ante up in order to lock Ryan in long term, but the winger wants some non-financial assurances before he signs. Ryan took issue with the way he was used at times by coach Paul MacLean last season and he wants the chance to prove that he can be Ottawa's go-to guy....

DAM McQUAID, BOSTON BRUINS: It's clear they'll have to make a deal soon to address some pressing cap issues. The question is, who do they sacrifice off a team that has legitimate Cup aspirations? The expectation is that they'll move a defenseman, but it won't be Johnny Boychuk and his expiring contract. Despite the relief he'd provide, he's too valuable a part of their top four. That leaves McQuaid as the most likely option. Plenty of teams would be interested in his size and physicality, even if his thinking lags behind the play at times....

more players...

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NHL GMs On RFA Ryan Johansen

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Speaking with the group of current and former GMs, a couple of themes emerged:

• They were unanimously on board with the Blue Jackets offers to Johansen and all agreed they were more than fair. For the record, the Blue Jackets have offered deals of $6 million for two years, $32 million for six years and $46 million for eight years.

• While the majority felt the Jackets tactic of going public runs counter to their style, they could certainly understand Davidson’s and Kekalainen’s frustrations.

• None of them would trade Johansen.

While most of them said the public flogging of Overhardt, in particular, is counterintuitive to their negotiation style, they acknowledged their might be some behind-the-scenes dynamics of which only they know. And they all sympathized with the Blue Jackets. All GMs spoke to thn.com on the condition of anonymity.

more

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Afternoon Line - Ilya Bryzgalov

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Friday Afternoon Hockey Talk

Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat today...

Who will win the Connor McDavid sweepstakes and finish at the bottom this year?

Katie Strang  I don't think it will be Buffalo. That team made significant strides. Don't see it being Calgary or Buffalo, either. Both teams have talented youngsters and solidified their goaltending. I'm really not sold on Ottawa this year, but that would be a pretty precipitous decline. Edmonton, perhaps? Shoot, even Arizona could really take a tumble if Mike Smith has a bad year.

Rebound year for Letang - is he arguably the most important piece for Pitt to make a deep run?

Katie Strang  His performance is key, especially with the loss of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, but he'll have help along the blue line from Paul Martin and Christian Ehrhoff. Two most important pieces? Crosby, duh. And Marc-Andre Fleury. Quite the test with him entering the last year of his contract without an extension. Has to prove himself to earn that.

The most important question tonight:Who will win Lord Stanley?

Katie Strang  Hard to pick against Chicago, but I like the Lightning as my sleeper team in the East.

much more

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Claude Giroux Injured On First Day Of Camp And Will Miss Around Two Weeks

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Ryan Whitney On a PTO With St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - The Blues have invited defenseman Ryan Whitney to training camp as a professional tryout.

Whitney was invited to Blues training camp last season. He played in seven games in 2013-14 with the Florida Panthers.

The Boston native has appeared in 481 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Panthers, registering 50 goals and 209 assists (259 points).

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All Henrik Samuelsson

from John Cullen of Shnarped,

This week, John chats with Henrik Samuelsson, one of the stars for the Edmonton Oil Kings during their run to the Memorial Cup last season, and one of the prospects considered to have a very good chance to make the Arizona Coyotes this fall. Henrik is both a native of Arizona(he was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in Scottsdale) and the son of former NHLer Ulf Samuelsson. He also grows a playoff beard that makes him look like a Viking.

How would your most hated opponent on the ice describe you as a player?

HS: I think most of my opponents would probably describe me as a nice, caring guy. I’m never really trying to hurt anyone out there.

JC: (laughs) You’re not serious.

HS: (laughs) No, I’m being incredibly sarcastic. I’m pretty sure if you ask anyone that’s played me, they’ll call me any name they can think of, say that they hate me, stuff like that. I’m pretty chippy out there, I have some moves.

JC: Is that something that’s genetic? I feel like your dad pissed some players off out there.

HS: I don’t know, but my dad was a chippy player, my older brother is a chippy player, so maybe that’s it. I just love pissing people off out there, it’s fun to get other players off of their game.

much more and not your same old interview...

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Get Ready For

- We want to get off to a fast start.

- Our goal is to improve defensively.

- Get into the playoffs and we have a chance to win the Cup.

- I feel great, tried a new off-season training program and/or changed my eating habits.

- I worked on my skating.

- We did a lot of fishing or golfing.

- The players here in camp are the ones I am concerned about.  The others, they are not here so until they get here, not part of our plans.

Any more?

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The New York Islanders Have Had Enough Of The Losing

from Stephen Lorenzo of the New York Daily News,

The Islanders entered training camp in 2013 with some optimism after reaching the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. But after a season in the basement of the Metropolitan Division in 2013-14, the Islanders arrived at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday to open training camp with a bit more fire and a sense of urgency.

“We all want better,” defenseman Travis Hamonic said. “I’m tired of going home and watching the playoffs on TV, man. I’m just real sick of it. I think everybody in this organization, and I think we want to be back in the playoffs and pushing for a championship and it’s something that I honestly think we can do. I’ve believed it for a numerous amount of years and that’s part of the reason I signed my contract (a seven-year deal signed last season) for as long as I did. I think we can we win with this group.”

continued

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Just Like That, Korean Hockey Teams Are In The Olympics

from Adam Steiss of IIHF.com,

The Korean men’s and women’s national teams will be competing on home ice at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeonChang, following a decision by the IIHF Congress to grant the country automatic entry into the ice hockey events.

“After careful deliberation and discussions with the IOC and the Korea Ice Hockey Association (KIHA), we have decided to grant an automatic qualification to the men’s and women’s national teams for PyeongChang 2018,” said IIHF President René Fasel.

The decision came following meetings held during the 2014 IIHF Semi-Annual Congress, where the KIHA presented a comprehensive four-year plan to intensify the development of the men’s and women’s teams. The plan has the backing of the IOC, the Korean government, and national sponsors, who together with the KIHA have pledged to invest over $20 million U.S. into the national team program in the leadup to the Games. 

continued

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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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