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Teams That May Have Interest In Jacob Trouba

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Boston Bruins

As the team believed to be considering an offer sheet for Trouba, you can expect GM Don Sweeney to at least kick the tires.

Torey Krug would have to be part of a package that includes a draft pick or forward prospect, but the Bruins don't have much leeway when it comes to the salary cap either.

Detroit Red Wings

Could it be a happy homecoming for the Michigan product?

The Red Wings would certainly like to have Trouba on the right side along with Mike Green.

Would a package involving Danny DeKeyser make sense?

DeKeyser is a guy the Jets tried to sign as a college free agent and is under contract with an average annual value of $5 million for the next six seasons after signing an extension last summer.

more teams listed...

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Team Europe Defeats Team Sweden 3-2 In OT To Advance To The World Cup Final

Team Europe will now face Team Canada in a best of three series which will run on Tuesday, Thursday and if needed, Saturday. The first two games start at 8:00pm ET and Saturday at 7:00pm.

Here is the OT goal from Tomas Tatar.



added 4:17pm, A closer look at the reviewed OT goal is below...

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Open Post- Team Europe vs. Team Sweden In World Cup Semi-Final Action

Team Europe meets Team Sweden with the puck dropping just after 1:00pm ET on ESPN, CBC and TVAS.

The winner moves on the face Team Canada in a best of three series which starts on Tuesday night.

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Clarke MacArthur Helped Off The Ice After A Possible Blindsided Hit

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

After missing most of last year with post-concussion syndrome, the Senators forward had to be helped off the ice by his teammates after taking a huge hit from blueliner Patrick Sieloff during a training-camp scrimmage on Sunday morning.

MacArthur was down in the corner and was unable to leave without assistance from his teammates. Given his history with concussions, there are concerns about his career. This wasn’t a good sign and MacArthur didn’t return to the scrimmage.

It appeared to be a blindside, ugly hit by Sieloff, a defenceman.

So upset was Senators winger Bobby Ryan with Sieloff, who was acquired from the Calgary Flames in the deal for Alex Chiasson this summer, they dropped the gloves near centre.


Picture of MacArthur being helped off the ice is below...

added 12:32pm, video of the hit is below too....

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  Tags: clarke+macarthur

Will Last Year’s Playoff Experience Help The St. Louis Blues?

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“As a team being able to experience that, we’ve had a core here that’s been here for a while now but we’ve never been able to push through like we did last year,” Kevin Shattenkirk said. “To finally break through like that was again another learning experience, another eye-opening lesson for us to know that it only gets harder each round you go.”

The Blues ran out of gas in the conference final. They appeared exhausted after playing grueling seven-game series against the Blackhawks and Stars.

If they had closed out each series in six games against the Blackhawks and Stars, you have to believe that a different, stronger, faster, fresher Blues team would have eliminated the Sharks in the conference final.

That argument, however, is impossible to prove. Heck, it might even be silly to bring it up. But you definitely have to wonder, don’t you?

Whatever the case, the majority of this Blues roster no longer has to wonder what it takes to push through three grueling rounds to reach the Stanley Cup Final.


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Canada/Russia Has Lost Its Luster

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Six years later and almost everything but the result has changed.

The walk into the Air Canada Centre Saturday felt nothing like walk into the Olympic Arena in Vancouver in 2010. The feel in the rink, the feel in the city, the feel in the country. Just not the same.

That old feeling, that same old tension, just wasn’t found. The combination of nerves, fear and excitement wasn’t there. It isn’t something you can necessarily invent. It happens quite naturally, builds on its own, leaves your stomach searching for something to settle it.

The result was the same — Team Canada outplaying, outshooting, outscoring Team Russia in a matchup that is no longer for the ages. The days of Canada-Russia meaning something extraordinary are over. The disparity in talent between the two nations is too wide.


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How The Winnipeg Jets May Handle The Jacob Trouba Trade Request

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

It's obvious Cheveldayoff isn't going to trade Trouba to the next GM who calls, even though the demand has gone public.

And Trouba is bang-on.

There are plenty of teams in the NHL who would like to bring a talented right-handed shooting defenceman on board.

All the Jets need to do is find a team willing to part with a suitable package and have the money available to pay Trouba what he and his agent believe he is worth.

As a draft-and-developing team, losing the prime years of Trouba's career is a blow for the organization.

That's why the Jets won't be shy about waiting a little longer to make a deal that makes sense.

If the request was made in May, you can be sure plenty of teams have called with an offer.

Getting fair market value for a player who has publicly declared he wants out can be a challenge, but Cheveldayoff has an attractive asset in his possession and he's going to try and get as much back for Trouba as he can.


added 10:45am,


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Bill Foley Wants A Minor League Hockey Team In Las Vegas Too

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Foley has had preliminary discussions with AHL president Dave Andrews and team senior vice president Murray Craven is overseeing the process by which the farm team will be established. It is expected to cost Foley around $5 million to join the AHL if he opts for his own team, far less if he partners with another NHL team early on. Foley paid a record $500 million to join the NHL after the league awarded him his franchise on June 22.

“It’s like building another team from scratch, only cheaper,” Craven said of a start-up AHL team.

Foley said he is contemplating sharing an affiliation at the start, then eventually going his own way once Las Vegas has enough players to stock its own roster and that of whatever ECHL team it eventually ties into. Foley has had extensive talks with an NHL team — he wouldn’t say which — about sharing the AHL affiliate for 2017-18. He did say the NHL team he’s considering doing business with owns its AHL team.

In that case, it’s likely the Ontario Reign, which is owned by AEG, the company that owns the Los Angeles Kings. Or it could be the San Diego Gulls, a team owned and operated by the Anaheim Ducks. Foley has forged friendships with the ownership of both the Kings and the Ducks. However, the other six AHL teams that play in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division are also owned by their NHL affiliates.

“We’re still trying to figure out what we want to do,” Craven said. “The choices (for expansion) aren’t that numerous.”


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Crosby Over Ovechkin Again

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It is on nights like these, fair or not, that superstar players either add to their mystique or ... the complete opposite.

And on this World Cup of Hockey semifinal night, No. 87 rose above everyone else yet again, while No. 8 struggled mightily.

"It's like the five-tool guy vs. the home-run hitter: The five-tool guy finds more ways to win all the time," said a Western Conference head coach not involved in the tourney, via text message after Canada's 5-3 semifinal win Saturday.

"Full-court player vs. half-court player," added an Eastern Conference GM not involved in the World Cup, via text message during the third period.

World juniors, NHL playoffs, men's world championships, Olympics and now World Cup: Crosby owns Ovechkin by any definition.

No question, if you had Crosby and Ovechkin swap uniforms Saturday night, Ovechkin might have had a better chance of scoring with Team Canada boasting a deeper squad.


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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, sidney+crosby

Fixing Team USA

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Team USA’s dead horse has been kicked often enough, but it is fair to say that no one has left, or will leave, this tournament with a more damaged reputation than John Tortorella, who was able to coax nothing at all from a flawed roster constructed with flawed ideology (into which the coach surely had significant input) and whose lineup decisions were inscrutable, even to the bitter end.

The hierarchy requires a complete overhaul, though that might be easier said than done given the political turf protection within USA Hockey. But the leading candidates to take control of the next best-on-best American squad should be New Jersey general manager Ray Shero, Rangers GM Jeff Gorton, Pittsburgh assistant GM Billy Guerin and New Jersey assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald.

Coaching candidates would include New Jersey’s John Hynes, Pittsburgh’s Mike Sullivan, Nashville’s Peter Laviolette and, perhaps most intriguingly so, Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper, who holds dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship.

The charismatic North American kids were a revelation, showcasing an elite level of speed, skill and creativity that created an enormous high, which unfortunately came crashing down in the wake of their elimination once everyone realized that brand of hockey would disappear either for forever or until the next time this tournament is held.

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