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Panthers extend Ekblad

From the Miami Herald's George Richards:

The Florida Panthers’ intriguing offseason continued late Thursday night.

On the eve of the free agent market opening up, sources within the team confirmed the Panthers and emerging star Aaron Ekblad came to an agreement on an eight-year, $60 million contract extension.

Ekblad, 20, cannot sign a new deal with Florida until the NHL’s new fiscal year begins Friday at noon. Although Ekblad isn’t expected to formally sign anything Friday because of the opening of the free agency period, he will in the coming days.

The new Ekblad deal will not kick in until the 2017-18 season. Ekblad will be in the final year of the three-year entry-level deal signed after he was the top overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft.


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Happy Canada Day And Happy UFA Day Too

Enjoy your long weekend Canada and probably many in the US too for the 4th of July.

Teams can start signing UFA players at 12:00pm ET today.

Who is the first signing?

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Garrioch: Fireworks remain in store for July 1

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch prefaces free agency with one last rumor column for our perusal:

Don’t fret, folks, there’s still plenty of players to choose from and lots of money to be spent as the free agent frenzy gets underway at noon Friday.

“I think there’s going to be lots of action,” predicted one NHL insider Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours before the market was set to open. “It’s going to be busy and lots of guys are going to get lots of money.”

A lot happened Wednesday with Steven Stamkos remaining with the Tampa Bay Lightning along with two major trades — including Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban to Nashville for Shea Weber — but that doesn’t mean the amount of action should dry up, because teams have money to spend.

In fact, there will be free agents that will benefit from those deals because it means the pool of players will be smaller for those who want to use their cash to try to improve their teams.

There’s always mistakes made on July 1 but when teams have players signed on the dotted line they’ll all smile for the cameras.


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Action Ahead

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottaw Sun,

Don’t fret, folks, there’s still plenty of players to choose from and lots of money to be spent as the free agent frenzy gets underway at noon Friday.

“I think there’s going to be lots of action,” predicted one NHL insider Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours before the market was set to open. “It’s going to be busy and lots of guys are going to get lots of money.”...

- There isn’t a lot of happiness after a difficult season in Colorado and it certainly sounds like the Avalanche are trying to make changes. There’s a lot of interest in restricted free agent defenceman Tyson Barrie, but GM Joe Sakic has insisted he isn’t available. A name that surfaced Thursday is centre Gabriel Landeskog, who has a cap hit of $5.571 million through 2020-21. Anything can happen but it would be difficult to believe the Avs would give up on the 23-year-old Landeskog. For that to happen it would require a massive deal.

- There has been plenty of talk about the future of New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen as he prepares to hit the market at noon, but the possibility exists he won’t go anywhere because he should be a priority for GM Garth Snow. Sure, teams like the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals may show interest in Nielsen, but the word is with a lengthy, rich contract offer on the table from the Islanders he might just stay put in the end....


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A Few Words From Dustin Brown

from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,

Dustin Brown is always thoughtful and open with the media and he held form Thursday with some strong opinions on losing his captaincy with the Los Angeles Kings.

Brown was adamant that he doesn't agree with the decision and is upset with how it was handled by management.

"I'm not going to say [our relationship is] rosy," Brown said before he talked about needing to perform better. "I obviously don't see eye-to-eye with this decision, but I respect it and it's their [decision]. Like I said, I'm a player and they're management and coaches. Ultimately they get the say in this. My job is to be a better hockey player for my teammates and as a result, help this team win. It's a tough pill to swallow, but it's a business and I understand that."

Brown said several times that it was a "tough pill to swallow" two weeks after the Kings announced Anze Kopitar would replace him as captain, a position Brown had served since 2008.


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James Wisniewkski Bought-Out By The Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has bought out the remainder of defenseman James Wisniewski’s contract.

Wisniewski, 32, appeared in one game with the Hurricanes in 2015-16, suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during the first period of the team’s opener against the Nashville Predators. He has appeared in 552 career NHL games with Chicago, Anaheim, the New York Islanders, Montreal, Columbus and Carolina, totaling 274 points (53g, 221a).


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Two-Year Extension For Tom Wilson And The Washington Capitals


added 4:19pm, Release is below...

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Jumping In The UFA Pool Tomorrow?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Rangers are certainly one franchise that needs an overhaul of some sort after being bounced in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Boston Bruins have missed the playoffs two straight years and, to put it charitably, are in a state of transition. To put it less charitably, they seem adrift. They need help along the blue line and up front.

Even though the Edmonton Oilers made a stir Wednesday when they acquired Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for former No. 1 overall draft pick Taylor Hall, the Oilers need more help along the blue line. Edmonton is expected to make a serious run at forward Milan Lucic, who played for current Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli in Boston and won a Cup there.

The Detroit Red Wings have cap room and had been expected to make a play for Stamkos. They could now turn their attention to some of the other forwards on the market (more on that below), but Red Wings GM Ken Holland also needs to find out what his current core of young players is capable of following the departure of Pavel Datsyuk and the wake of waning productivity from captain Henrik Zetterberg. Detroit will move into a new building in October of 2017, and that's when the team needs to be arcing upward -- so Holland may be more conservative this time around because he's keeping his powder dry for next summer.


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Torey Krug Extended In Boston

added 2:51pm,


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Audio/Video- First Time Caller Patrick Kane

via Sportsnet YouTube channel,

Long-time HC at Noon fanatic, oh and Art Ross, Hart and Ted Lindsey Trophy winner, Patrick Kane finally calls into the show to discuss the craziest day ever in hockey, and why Doug MacLean is the crustiest member of the panel.


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