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Ron Burkle On A Few Topics

from Sean Gentille of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

There’s a lot to unpack in Dave Molinari’s interview with Penguins owner Ron Burkle — so it goes for guys who speak to the media about as often as Radiohead releases albums — and all of it is worth your time.

How much do you know, really, about the money man behind the NHL’s reigning quasi-dynasty, other than “he’s rich?” Not a ton. Read the entire interview. You won’t learn something; you’ll learn a lot of things....

You’ll also learn, odds are, that you share some fan DNA with a billionaire owner. Did you write off the Penguins when Kris Letang had season-ending neck surgery in April? Burkle sure came close.

“I’m a huge fan of Letang, personally and on the ice,” he told Molinari, “and I thought, ‘Well, without Letang, how are we seriously going to get there?’ So [the 2017 Stanley Cup win] had its own reasons to be incredibly fun and rewarding and exciting.”

Burkle also — shocking as it may be — is a huge fan of Marc-Andre Fleury; he called the former Penguins/current Vegas Golden Knights goalie “more of a stand-up person than you could ever imagine anybody being.”

So, it makes logical sense that a guy worth between $1.5 billion and $3 billion would throw away a fraction of that to keep Fleury around. Every NHL owner got a certain amount of money to allow Vegas into the club, and Burkle said he’d forgo the Penguins share of the expansion fee if it meant Fleury stayed on the roster.

“I wish we could have given the $15 million back and kept him forever,” Burkle said.

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Video- Donald Fehr On A Few Topics

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Donald Fehr stands on the driving range at Glen Abbey Golf Club and swings away at a series of questions facing the National Hockey League Players’ Association this off-season.

The players whose union he oversees aren’t participating in the Winter Olympics. Some are still waiting to cash cheques for last fall’s World Cup of Hockey, a tournament with a future as uncertain as the next collective bargaining agreement.

The salary cap has been growing at a snail’s pace. The gap between the NBA and NHL’s revenue has widened in favour of basketball. And last month, a few select player agents went public saying a group of unnamed NHLers are dissatisfied with the PA’s leadership....

Here are the highlights:...

On how to close revenue gap on the NBA:

"I’ll have you ask Gary [Bettman] about that, but from our standpoint, I think the international markets are key. Look, there’s only three ways to raise revenue. You can charge your existing customers more money—it’s going to be pretty hard to sell more tickets at the ACC at the moment, for example. You can go get new ones. Or you can do both.

"We are, I certainly believe, pretty well situated to take advantage of international markets. There has to be a lot of investment in the NHL [that] ownership is willing to put in, and we’ll see if they do that. We’ll see if [exhibition games in China] is a big step, a baby step, or the only step."

On the slow rise of the salary cap:

"How happy are we that there’s a salary cap at all? The answer is not. Everybody understands this, but the purpose of a salary cap is to place an artificial upward limit on what players get paid, which is below what the owners would otherwise pay....

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A Bad Summer So Far

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

The NHL off-season is far from over, although the summer sun pushes many of the league’s shot callers to the cottage or golf course so transactions tend to slow to a trickle. Most of the biggest free agents are off the board, too.

There are some noteworthy names still available to the highest bidder, but enough moves have been made to give us a sense of who the off-season winners and losers will be.

On Tuesday we looked at four teams that have improved the most this summer, so naturally we have to look at who has improved the least in our “losers” edition.

Montreal Canadiens

Every summer, GM Marc Bergevin seems determined to narrow the Canadiens’ championship window, which now seems to be all about Carey Price and how far he can carry a withering roster.

It should be noted the Habs did have some positivity, adding and signing 22-year-old Jonathan Drouin, locking up Price for eight years before his expiring deal became a concerning story line, and also re-signing Alex Galchenyuk amid a storm of trade rumours.

But overall, there was more bad here.

continue for more on the Canadiens plus Washington anc Chicago....

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Arizona Coyotes Name Steve Patterson As Their New President And CEO

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway announced today that Steve Patterson has been named as the club's new President and CEO. Barroway also announced that General Manager John Chayka has been promoted to President of Hockey Operations and General Manager.

"We are very pleased to name Steve as our new President and CEO," said Barroway. "Steve has a wealth of experience and has served as an innovative and successful executive in the NFL, NBA, professional hockey, professional baseball and college athletics for over 30 years. He's built championship teams and organizations and has managed stadiums, ballparks and arenas across the United States. Most importantly, he previously worked in our market and has the necessary corporate and political relationships to help us secure a long-term home for the Coyotes in the Valley. We're thrilled to have him join us."

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Carolina Hurricanes Announce Seven-Year Deal For Jaccob Slavin

RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Jaccob Slavin on a seven-year contract extension. The contract will begin during the 2018-19 season and carries an average annual value (AAV) of $5.3 million.

"Jaccob is one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward, and it was important to secure him with our organization long term," said Francis. "We believe he is one of the top young defensemen in the NHL today, and are thrilled that he and his wife, Kylie, have made their home in Raleigh."

Slavin, 23, posted career highs in points (34), goals (3), assists (29) and shorthanded points (4) during his first full NHL season in 2016-17. The Erie, CO, native led the Hurricanes in blocked shots (161), takeaways (83), time on ice per game (23:26) and shorthanded time on ice per game (3:07), and was tied for first in plus/minus with a plus-23 rating, the fourth-best plus/minus season in franchise history. Slavin ranked second in the NHL in takeaways, first among league defensemen in shorthanded points and tied for 10th among league blueliners in plus/minus.

Selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round, 120th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, Slavin (6'3", 205 lbs.) has appeared in 145 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, totaling seven goals, 47 assists (54 points) and a plus-24 rating. Prior to turning professional, he spent two seasons at Colorado College of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), totaling 42 points (10g, 32a) in 66 career games. Slavin represented the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Sweden.

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Video- Another Challenge For Ted Nolan Who Is Now The National Coach For Team Poland

In English with Polish captions and it runs 4 minutes.

 

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Mark Giordano Is The Recipient Of The Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award,

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames, in partnership with the National Hockey League, are proud to announce captain Mark Giordano has been named the recipient of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an athlete whose continuous, demonstrated leadership has created a positive impact on their community through sports. Giordano was presented his award earlier tonight in front of other distinguished nominees and select honorees from across the world of sports at the third annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards presented by ESPN.

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Trade Phil Kessel?

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I believe Phil Kessel will be traded. It might not happen this week or this month or even this offseason. But I believe it will happen sooner rather than later.

Tocchet’s departure could hasten the process.

It was clear in June, by the end of the Penguins’ second consecutive Stanley Cup run, that the organization wasn’t thrilled with Kessel. He scored 23 goals in 82 games during the regular season, not nearly enough for a player with his marvelous shooting skills. He had a huge goal — one of the most significant of the postseason — to beat Ottawa, 1-0, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final but scored just two more goals in the final 11 playoff games. Even though he had 23 points in the 25 postseason games, it was hard to find anyone in organization to say he was playing well.

My belief is Evgeni Malkin wasn’t thrilled to play on the same line with Kessel. And Sidney Crosby? Sullivan acknowledged Crosby and Kessel have no chemistry together. None.

Kessel has to score goals to help the Penguins. He doesn’t help the team with his forechecking or his defense. He doesn’t play any type of physical game, a big reason he has been able to play in 610 consecutive regular-season games, the 11th-longest streak in NHL history.

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Dear Fans Of The LA Kings

from Luc Robitaille at LAKings.com,

As we look ahead to the start of training camp in September, we are anxious and excited to build a dynamic roster, committed to returning to the top of the NHL.

As President of the LA Kings, I will make every effort to ensure our team is contending each and every year for the Stanley Cup.

Our hockey operations team, led by Rob Blake and John Stevens, believe in the collective make-up of this group. Since taking over back in April, they have already made improvements highlighted by significant changes to our coaching staff that will emphasize creativity, while focusing on implementing an effective offensive approach, as well as maintaining our stalwart defensive game.

Our culture remains strong and our belief that we belong at the top of the NHL has only been strengthened by these changes and our attention and focus on the following:

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Rick Tocchet Is The New Head Coach For The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed Rick Tocchet to a multi-year contract to serve as the club's head coach. Tocchet becomes the 18th head coach in franchise history. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased to name Rick as our new head coach," said Chayka. "Rick is an excellent coach and a proven winner. While with the Penguins, he won a Stanley Cup as a player and two cups as a coach. He's experienced, knowledgeable and is a great leader and communicator. He's also a former Coyotes player and assistant coach and the perfect fit for us. We're thrilled to have him re-join our organization."

Tocchet, 53, joins the Coyotes following three seasons and back-to-back Stanley Cup championships as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tocchet joined Pittsburgh on June 25, 2014 and helped the Penguins become the first team since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings to win consecutive Stanley Cup titles.

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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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