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Colorada Avalanche Sign Andre Burakovsky To A One-Year Deal

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2019-20 season. Colorado acquired the 24-year-old winger in a trade with the Washington Capitals on June 28.

Burakovsky appeared in 76 games for the Capitals this past season, tallying 25 points (12g/13a).  He helped Washington capture its first Stanley Cup championship in 2017-18, returning to the lineup after missing the first two rounds and recording six points (2g/4a) in 13 postseason games.

Selected by the Capitals in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Burakovsky has tallied 145 points (62g/83a) in 328 career regular-season NHL games for Washington.  He has also dressed in 56 career playoff games, totaling 18 points (9g/9a). The 6-foot-3, 201-pound left wing recorded NHL career highs in goals (17) and points (38) during the 2015-16 season and notched a career-high 23 assists during the 2016-17 campaign.

“We are excited to be adding a big, fast, skilled winger like Andre,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic at the time of the trade.  “He already has a lot of NHL experience at a young age and is a Stanley Cup winner who has performed well in the playoffs.  At just 24 he is entering the prime years of his career and we feel with an added role, he will be a great addition to our team.”

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RFA Thoughts During The Summer


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Video- A Slow Monday In Mid-July

The best deflections and tip-ins, all in slow motion.


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Where Should They Sign?

from ESPN,

While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for five of the biggest names left:

Jake Gardiner, D
2018-19 team: Toronto Maple Leafs
2018-19 cap hit: $4.05 million

Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: The New Jersey Devils have $19.845 million in cap space and two left-handed shooting defensemen in Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen coming off their cap next summer. The team's biggest need, besides an overall increase in quality depth, is on the blue line, even with the addition of P.K. Subban. Gardiner, and his offensive upside, would be a welcome addition.

Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: The Canadiens would be a great fit. They still have some cap space to spend -- call it the Sebastian Aho savings -- and they could definitely use some talent on the left side. A Gardiner signing could be bad news for Karl Alzner, though.

Dimitri Filipovic, hockey analytics writer: The Canadiens. It's weird just how little buzz there's been about Gardiner through the first two weeks of free agency, considering he came in as the best defenseman available.

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The Three NHL Teams In The NYC Area

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It has been a tumultuous summer in the NHL, and so much of the action has centered around the New York area. The Devils and Rangers picked Nos. 1 and 2 in the draft, respectively, and by all accounts, both took generational players. New Jersey then traded for one of the most flamboyant and talented players in the league, P.K. Subban, while the Blueshirts countered by signing the biggest free agent, Artemi Panarin.

The Islanders, who spent the past year showing the positive impact of having adults in charge, are on the verge of getting a shovel in the ground for their long-awaited new arena.

There are still a couple of impactful things that could happen between now and the start of training camps in September. But the 2019-20 NHL season is going to be as interesting as any in this area in a long time, so let’s recap what has happened and what still might.


The rebuilding is going splendidly, even though new team president John Davidson likes to just call it a “build.” General manager Jeff Gorton is also averse to using the word “accelerated,” as in the timeline from tearing it down to being competitive has turned out to be quite a bit shorter than most might have realized.


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Waiting On Justin Williams

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

It has been a mostly successful offseason for the Hurricanes, who have avoided pitfalls -- Aho’s contract and the goalie situation -- while addressing weaknesses with Haula and Dzingel.

But only mostly.

Their summer won’t be an unqualified success until they get an answer from Justin Williams, with the captain still deliberating whether to come back for another season or retire.

The expectation within the team is that Williams will return, but no one but Williams really knows what he’ll do, and even he apparently doesn’t know yet. (He declined to comment via text message Friday.)

The Hurricanes need Williams back, perhaps less for what he does on the ice than what he does in the dressing room. The culture and atmosphere Williams and Rod Brind’Amour constructed from scratch last season is a fragile thing that needs tending and nurturing. Even in a reduced on-ice role at age 37, no one is better equipped to finish the job than Williams.

His presence is absolutely vital for the Hurricanes to have a chance to continue their ascent, and Williams is more than capable of doing that in a reduced role.


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Consistency Needed From The New York Islanders

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

... Which brings us back to the present, to that aforementioned executive, Lou Lamoriello, who has had an underwhelming summer thus far after his team played over its talent level before getting swept in the second round by the Hurricanes.

Lamoriello seemingly bungled the negotiations with goalie Robin Lehner — the Vezina Trophy finalist who continued his tour of candidness by exposing the ultimatum he was given from Lamoriello: Sign now or forever hold your peace. That one left everyone around the league scratching their heads, as Lehner went to sign an extremely modest one-year, $5 million deal with the Blackhawks...

Credit is due for Lamoriello getting three of his core pieces from this past season — captain Anders Lee, along with forwards Brock Nelson and Jordan Eberle — to all sign relatively team-friendly deals. But a roster that lacked top-tier talent behind Mat Barzal remains exactly that. Even the possible trade of defenseman Nick Leddy before training camp in September won’t result in the windfall the team needs to contend this season.

This was always considered a long-term plan, a work in progress. The aforementioned coach, Barry Trotz, deservedly won the Jack Adams Award in his first year behind the bench. And he might be unable to keep the squad from taking a step back this year.

But now the timeline is set. By the time the Islanders move into their new digs in 2021-22 — assuming there isn’t a lockout — they will need to consistently win to keep the people coming.

The Islanders are once again a big league team. Sooner rather than later, it will be on them to meet those expectations.


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Jordan Binnington Agrees To Terms With The St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUISJordan Binnington has agreed to a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues worth an annual average value of $4.4 million.

Binnington, a restricted free agent, avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to the deal on Saturday.

His arbitration date had been set for July 20 in Toronto.

"I'm happy to get this deal done with the St. Louis Blues," Binnington told stlouisblues.com. "To the city of St. Louis, thank you for welcoming me in and trusting me to do me. I'm excited and motivated to keep doing my job and keep bringing success to the St. Louis Blues organization."

"We are pleased to have Jordan signed for two more years," added Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong. "His play was outstanding and we look forward to seeing him continue to be a major contributor for our team."

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The Last Few Days

The few days off for me, helped and I will be around with my normal schedule but news will still be slow, at least until the arbitration hearings take place beginning on July 20th.

Some players have signed, been traded, etc over the last few days, check them out if you wish.

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

- The four NHL blue liners who have collected more than Torey Krug’s 163 points over the last three seasons: Brent Burns, San Jose; Victor Hedman, Tampa; Erik Karlsson, San Jose; and John Carlson, Washington. Their average AAV next season: $8.84 million.

- The three primo free agents who Columbus failed to bring back — Sergei Bobrovsky (Panthers), Matt Duchene (Predators), and Artemi Panarin (Rangers) — signed UFA deals totaling $207.5 million. The Columbus franchise entered the league in 2000 for what was then the buy-in price of $80 million. Vegas, by the way, paid an expansion fee of $500 million to enter the league two years ago. Seattle, hoping to open for business in October 2021, ponied up $650 million . . . Bobrovsky, Duchene, and Panarin were among 12 UFAs who signed deals worth $20 million or more once the July 1 swap meet began. Their payouts, averaging upward of $70 million, held the top three spots. No. 4: Anders Lee, who rung up the Islanders for $49 million over seven years to remain with the Fish Sticks.

more including a look at the cap situation for the Bruins...

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

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KK- Time For A Break

My plan for the next 1 1/2 months is to take a few days off here and there.

I have no travel plans, will remain local and if anything big pops up, I will post.

But other than that, down time is needed although my Twitter may remain somewhat active.

I put in a request for a few days off and it was approved it (nice when the only person I report to is me).

I am not sure when I will get back at  it, but safe to say it won't be any longer than 3-4 days of exile.

So KK members feel free to use the comment section of this post to keep on eye out on things if you so desire.

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