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Video- Talk On All The UFA’s And RFA’s

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Renaud Lavoie joined Sid and Danielle to talk about all the unsigned RFA's and free agents in the NHL, making for an exciting upcoming season.


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All Shandor Alphonso, NHL Linesman

from William Douglas of NHL.com,

Hockey players are pretty banged up by season's end. How banged up or worn out were you and other officials at the end of the season?

"Everyone's got their bumps and bruises they work through all season. At the end of the season you're a little bit banged up and definitely just tired from all the travel, from everything. I took a full week off where I didn't train, I didn't skate, I didn't do anything. Took a full week of just letting my body heal and relax, and after that I got back into the gym. It's not as intense as the players, because we're not constantly being body-checked and constantly going through the pace of practice. But we get beat up, and a lot of guys go through bumps and bruises just like the players."

How long were you off skates this summer?

"Not very long. I play in a men's hockey league. We started in early April. I maybe took a week off from the gym and I think I probably played that week I was supposed to be healing. I still enjoy playing and I miss it in the winter, so once the summer comes and my summer league starts up, I'm excited to get on the ice, play some hockey and yell at the refs just for fun."

more Q & A...

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Video- Weird Stuff From The NHL In The 90’s

via the NHL's YouTube channel,

We're going retro this time with the best of the 1990s Weird NHL featuring the same bloopers, own goals, missed chances, goaltending flubs and mascot mishaps you see today, only older looking and in standard definition!


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Morning Line- Justin Bourne

The skill sets that makeup star players in the NHL today would be borderline unrecognizable to those who marveled at the speed of a Guy Lafleur, the cannon shot of an Al MacInnis or the brawn of a Clark Gillies. It’s extremely rare today that one player is good enough at one thing, or even two things, to where it allows us to say “that’s the one raw ability that makes that player better than everyone else.” There are exceptions, but they’re few. The full list: McDavid’s speed, Ovechkin’s one-timer, maybe Shea Weber or Zdeno Chara’s shot, though I’d argue their shots weren’t even considered their most important attributes for their given teams during their prime years. Every player today is so good at everything, that being elite in one or two of the basics of the game is no longer enough to earn status as an elite player.

-Justin Bourne of The Athletic where you can read more on this topic.

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Video- All-Decade NHL Team

Mike Johnson of the NHL Network names his all-decade NHL team.

He includes a second team too.


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Video- Season Preview For The Florida Panthers

ferom Jon Lane of NHL.com,

After an aggressive offseason, the Panthers are confident they will not only reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs but make a deep run. Florida hired three-time Stanley Cup-winning coach Joel Quenneville on April 8 and agreed to a seven-year contract with two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on July 1.

The Panthers also signed defenseman Anton Stralman and forwards Noel Acciari and Brett Connolly, who bring playoff experience to a core led by forwards Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck, and defensemen Aaron Ekblad and Mike Matheson.

The commitment to winning has energized the Panthers and their fans.

"What management did in free agency, you couldn't have asked for anything better," said Barkov, who is entering his second season as Florida captain. "We got a really good goalie, a defenseman and a couple of forwards. That's all we needed. I just can't wait to get back to training camp and start from there."


Watch their season preview below.

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Sergey Kocharov, VP of Communications For The Capitals Hit The Jackpot

from Matthew Paras of the Washington Times,

The Washington Capitals’ main spokesman won $1 million from a July 27 Powerball drawing, according to the Virginia Lottery.

Sergey Kocharov, the Capitals’ vice president of communications, bought five lottery tickets on an impulse when at Harris Teeter on Kings Mill Lane, letting the computer randomly select his numbers. One of Kocharov’s tickets hit the first five numbers: 1-19-31-48-61.

“I was surprised,” Kocharov said in a press release. “I always hear about jackpot wins. It feels great!”

continue for a bit more...

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Snapshot Of The Top 2020 Prospects

Earlier today Craig Button tweeted this...



Now he is giving us a little briefing on each.  Make sure to check out his recent Twitter timeline for the other names mentioned.


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Video- Spotting A Concussion

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

A 13-minute video produced by NHL Studios in conjunction with the National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association created to help players, parents, coaches and team medical staff at all levels of hockey recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion and better understand how to proceed when a player is suspected to have suffered a concussion.


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Don Waddell Staying In Carolina

RALEIGH, NC - Tom Dundon, Chief Executive Officer, Owner and Governor of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has re-signed President and General Manager Don Waddell to a multi-year contract extension.

"Don's leadership and experience are invaluable to our organization and I'm happy we were able reach an extension," said Dundon. "Don and I have a great relationship and he is someone I trust. I'm excited to continue to build a championship team with Don."

"I'm thrilled to sign an extension with the Hurricanes and I look forward to continuing the success we experienced last season," said Waddell. "We have a first-class organization, a great fanbase and a team we feel is built to contend for the Stanley Cup. My family and I are excited to stay in Raleigh for years to come."

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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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