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Bill Daly On Kansas City As A Possible Destination For The NHL

from Dave Caldwell at ESPN,

"Kansas City has never been entirely 'off our radar screen,'" Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, wrote in an email to ESPN.com. "We have talked to potentially interested stakeholders in the past, and it's certainly a market that in the right circumstances (including a desire by our board to entertain further expansion) our league would fairly evaluate and consider.

"In evaluating potential locations for NHL teams, we typically look at three things: One, whether the market has or is building a suitable arena facility; two, the demographics of the market and whether they suggest an ability to support an NHL franchise; and, three, whether there is qualified and interested ownership to own and operate the franchise.

"While the Sprint Center certainly checks off the first of those boxes, the other two issues remain a work in progress.

"We opened a formal expansion process in June of 2015 and we did not receive an application for a Kansas City franchise. Further, we have never studied whether the market demographics of Kansas City are likely to be suitable for an NHL franchise long-term because there has not yet been a need to do so."


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Afternoon Line- Brian Lawton On David Pastrnak’s Contract Situation

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Will Butcher Goes UFA Tomorrow

from Ryan Lambert of Yahoo,

Tomorrow is the day.

It’s another Aug. 15, and a former high-end NCAA player will have his draft rights lapse, making him an unrestricted free agent. In the past, guys like Jimmy Vesey and Kevin Hayes were the guys who got a lot of attention.

This time around, it’s former Denver defenseman and most recent Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher.

The talk about Butcher has been more muted than Vesey or Hayes, for reasons that aren’t totally clear to me. Perhaps it’s the fact that he’s a defenseman and not a high-scoring forward. Maybe it’s because the team he’s leaving is the Colorado Avalanche, and there’s no clear big-market destination either (Hayes was leaving Chicago and went to New York; Vesey left Nashville in a more high-profile spat, and also ended up in New York). Maybe it’s because Butcher is undersized for an NHL defender, at just 5-foot-10.

But let’s be clear here: Regardless of these mitigating factors, Butcher is a damn good hockey player who put up a lot of points, has represented the United States internationally and, if he were a prospect for most any team, would have been hyped to the moon.


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The Top 20 Wingers In The NHL

from NHL.com,

1. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Kane led the League in points (106) by 17 and finished second in goals (46) and third in assists (60) in 2015-16. He also had a 26-game point streak (16 goals, 24 assists) from Oct. 17-Dec. 13, the longest by a United States-born player, and won the Hart Trophy (MVP) and Ted Lindsay Award (top player as voted by his peers). Kane followed that with 89 points (34 goals, 55 assists) last season, finishing second in the NHL in points and fifth in assists, and was named to the NHL First All-Star Team for the second straight season.

The 2007-08 Calder Trophy winner as the top rookie in the NHL, Kane, 28, has scored more than 20 goals in each of his first 10 NHL seasons and has 752 points (285 goals, 467 assists) in 740 games. He's won the Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013, 2015). Kane won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2013 (nine goals, 10 assists in 23 games) and was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players.

"He always had the skill, but now I think he's putting in the time off the ice, conditioning-wise, getting prepared for the season, doing all of the little things to go from a very good player to one of the game's best, one of the elite players in the NHL," said NHL Network analyst Bill Lindsay, a forward in the League for 13 seasons (1991-92 through 2003-2004). "He has proven that the last couple of years."



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At Age 42 A Hockey Player Trying To Go Pro

from John Matisz at the Toronto Sun,

Kevin Porter won’t take no for an answer.

He won’t take “no” from player agents. He won’t take “no” from professional hockey teams.

And he certainly won’t take “no” from his mind or body. Not even at age 42, when he strolls into the arena disorientated after a day-long shift as an emergency worker.

“Hey, just wanna let you know I’m getting off a 24-hour shift,” Porter has warned his skating and skills coach Adrian Lomonaco on multiple occasions.

“He might wipe out a few times during the first drill, but he’ll get right back up,” says Lomonaco, who has also trained NHLer Sean Monahan.

“At the end of our session, we’re getting off the ice before the Zamboni comes on to flood the ice and he’s doing line drills, stops and starts all by himself.”

Despite never pursuing a career in hockey for the bulk of his adult life, Porter, a firefighter and paramedic by trade, is intent on chasing the dream through his 40s.

“I’ve got unfinished business,” he says, stonefaced.


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A Few Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- If Mitch Marner improves his shot over the summer — and more importantly improves the quickness with which he gets his shot away — he will even be more dangerous as a sophomore as he was as an excellent rookie.

- Martin Brodeur is an executive with Canada’s Olympic hockey team but I’m hearing he won’t be in South Korea for the Games. The reason? It’s too close to the NHL trade deadline. The St. Louis Blues need him at home.

- I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Nate Schmidt has a big year with the Vegas Golden Knights. He has front line talent and just needs an opportunity to show it.

read on for a look at Bryan Murray...

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Referee Patterns

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

(Imke) Reimers and her colleagues collected data from every NHL game from Jan. 1, 1996, to Dec. 11, 2015. They were interested in particulars such as a referee’s total number of games, penalties called, a referee’s years of experience, and number of games a referee worked with a specific team.

Experience varies from old-timers like O’Halloran to Garrett Rank, who first pulled on NHL stripes on Jan. 15, 2015. The veteran crew of Dave Jackson and Marc Joannette, for example, called the Montreal-Detroit game on Oct. 17, 2015. Combined, the duo had worked 205 Canadiens games and 134 Red Wings games over their careers. Conversely, Eric Furlatt was the lone referee for the Montreal-Detroit game on Feb. 11, 2002. Furlatt had only worked five Canadiens games and one Wings game before then.

Some of the results of their research:

■ A first-year referee calls an average of 24 penalty minutes per game. A second-year referee averages 18 PIMs per game. Expected penalty minutes decline by 0.262 for each additional season of experience. A two-referee team with 10 total seasons calls 2.6 fewer penalty minutes per game than a duo with no experience.

■ Each additional season of a referee’s experience with a specific team decreases penalty minutes per game by 0.972.

■ Of all the months, referees call the most penalties in October.

“What we were really interested in is if you have a regulatory agency — in banking, finance, stocks, anything, really — we are concerned with fairness,” Reimers said.

more plus other hockey topics like under 14 teams in the USA won't allow icing on the pk...

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Sad News Today, Bryan Murray Has Passed Away



added 1:46pm, Ottawa release is below...

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Still Waiting For A Contract Extension For Paul Maurice

from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,


It’s April 10, a couple of days after the Winnipeg Jets played their last game of another playoff-missing season, and head coach Paul Maurice and GM Kevin Chevaldayoff are doing their season-ending news conference.

The talk quickly turns to the status of contract extension talks for Maurice, who will be in the final year of his deal heading into the 2017-18 season, and both he and Cheveldayoff seem to agree it’s already all but a done deal.

"Paul has my full support," says Chevaldayoff.

"Every contract I’ve ever done took about 10 minutes," says Maurice.

Well, we must be in some kind of weird wormhole then, because that 10 minutes has now stretched into over four months, and with just five weeks to go before the team plays its first pre-season game on Sept. 18, Maurice is still a lame-duck head coach heading into the coming NHL season.


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Topics Of Interest Today

from Jim Cerny of The Sporting News,

...here are five important questions which still need to be answered before training camps open in four weeks or so.

Will Matt Duchene be traded, and, if so, to whom?

In one of the longer divorce proceedings in recent NHL memory, the Avalanche continue to entertain the possibility of trading 26-year-old center Matt Duchene. However, GM Joe Sakic continues to frustrate potential trade partners, Avs fans and Duchene himself in failing to pull the trigger on a deal, prolonging a situation that first picked up steam at last year's trade deadline.

Most experts believed Duchene would have had his Rocky Mountain tenure ended by now, likely by the draft in June, but Sakic -- somewhat to his credit -- seeks a major haul in return for Colorado's top trade chip. Of course, there are others -- count Islanders' general manager Garth Snow in this camp you'd have to imagine -- who see Sakic as gun shy and afraid to get burned by dealing away a player who scored 30 goals two years ago and has 418 points in 572 games despite an off year in 2016-17....

Don't the Rangers still need a center?

As mentioned above, perhaps signing Alex Kerfoot would fill the Rangers' void down the middle where the club has yet to fill the departed Derek Stepan's skates. Mika Zibanejad assumes the No. 1 center role with Stepan traded this summer to the Coyotes, and Kevin Hayes moves up from third line to second. Veteran David Desharnais signed as a free agent, but at this stage of his career, he's more of a fourth-liner and special teams option....

more on each of the above topics plus three more question...

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