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The NHL Players Media Tour In Europe Starts Tomorrow

from Ian Thomas of Front Office Sport,

As the NHL continues to build its reach in Europe, 23 players from teams across the league are dropping into the market to help further the cause.

On August 15, the league and the NHLPA will hold its third European player media tour. The event is being held in Stockholm, Sweden at the headquarters of Viasat, which holds the NHL’s international media rights in Finland, Norway and Sweden....

When the NHL and NHLPA launched the event in 2017, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly admits that many of the league’s European-based rightsholders and media members – and even participating European-born players – had the same question: “Is this something that will just be one and done?,” he recalled....

Taking part in the event will be some of the league’s biggest European-born stars, such as Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak, Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog, Florida Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov and Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom. Those players hail from the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland and Sweden, respectively.

“If I compare this event [to the one in 2017], there’s almost a night and day difference,” Daly said. “That comes from the fact that it’s well embraced by all the parties, including the players who are taking time from their summer break to be here – they all see that we have an interest in their markets, that we’re engaged and making bigger investments so that we have a regular presence over here.”

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The First RFA To Sign Will Be?

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answers some fan mail,

Who will be the first big restricted free agent to sign?

It just seems right now that the RFA market is in a holding pattern waiting for Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner to sign. It's as if the top Group 2 RFAs, including Winnipeg Jets forwards Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point, Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen, Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser, Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski, are content to wait it out because they know Marner is expected to get the highest average annual value in his next contract, and what he signs for could dictate how the rest of the market plays out. I think Marner will eventually be the first of this elite group of RFAs to sign, and when he does you'll see the rest fall in line quickly. The soft deadline now is the first day of training camp. Toronto's players are scheduled to report for physicals Sept. 12.

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Video- Season Preview For The Los Angeles Kings

from Brett Amadon of NHL.com,

The Los Angeles Kings are out to prove last season was an aberration.

After finishing next to last in the NHL with 71 points, their fewest in a full season since they had 68 in 2006-07, the Kings hired Todd McLellan as coach April 16 to replace Willie Desjardins, who took over after John Stevens was fired following a 4-8-1 start in his second season.

"I thought our team was not used to losing," Kings assistant Marco Sturm said. "I think last year, it caught them maybe a little bit off guard … and that's why we just couldn't get out of the hole and all of a sudden, the season was over. So I think it's going to be a totally different mindset this season for sure."

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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."

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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."

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