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Morning Line- Andrei Markov

"I wish P.K. only the best and good luck with his new team. "P.K. is a great person, a great guy, a great hockey player. He's just enjoying his life, having fun. You have to know the kind of person and player he is.

"It's not always easy playing with him, but I had lots of fun doing so. And I probably learned some new things from him."

"I don't know [Weber] personally but his numbers and the way he plays prove he's one of the top defensemen in the league, and everybody knows that. He's been a captain in the NHL for many years and he's going to bring a different style of game and leadership to our team. I'm looking forward to that.

"The changes? Who cares about my opinion? I'm going to keep it [to myself]. Management knows what they're doing. I'm 100 percent sure that they're not making any moves to hurt our team. They only want to make us better."

Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens.  Read more on Markov from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com.

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Advanced stats and ‘eyeball tests’ can live together

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' notes:

This has not been the summer of analytics in hockey: This has been the summer of an escalating tug of war between old school thinkers and the numbers zealots.

There were high-profile numbers firings in the analytics departments in Edmonton and Montreal, but one NHL executive views the ongoing numbers vs eyeballs debate through his progressive ways: “If someone tells me it’s all about analytics, and some do, I have no time for that person and that view. And if an eye-ball guy tells me it’s all about what you see, I have no time for that person’s opinion either.

“The game is changing, evolving. The more information you have, the better prepared you will be. This isn’t baseball where there are closer to absolutes. This is a game with moving parts. We have to take the information we have, use it in context, trust your coaches and scouts for what they see. It has to be a collaborative effort.

“There’s no one way of doing things anymore. The principles of success remain the same as they’ve always been. There are just more ways of looking at things now.”

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Praising Brad Richards

The New York Post's Larry Brooks spends a fair portion of his Saturday notebook discussing the purported plan for a single-team arena to be used by the New York Islanders, but he finishes with this:

Brad Richards, who announced his retirement this week, leaves a legacy as one of the most well-liked, admired and respected players of his time among his peers.

The 36-year-old’s stay with the Rangers did not quite work out as conceived by either party, but there is no question Richards’ presence elevated the club’s professionalism and credibility throughout his three years on Broadway.

And he would have been back for more if not for the punitive cap-recapture amendment to the CBA out of the 2012-13 lockout that was aimed squarely at No. 19 and the Rangers.

There was a Cup early with Tampa Bay (with the Conn Smythe in 2004) then another late with Chicago. That no-look pass in the 2015 clincher for the Blackhawks was a jaw-dropping work of art few could have conceived, let alone executed. It is his single-frame highlight moment.

Richards had a great career for which he was quite handsomely compensated. The league is poorer without him.

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Off-Season Hockey Notes

from Mike Brophy of The Hockey News,

Some hockey thoughts from a scribe who wonders what the heck happened to the off-season:...

HALL OF VERY GOOD: Still trying to figure out why Rogatien Vachon was chosen to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. My recollection of him was he was a very good goalie, but not a great goalie proving once again, it’s not what you do, but who you know. The Hall of Fame is for great players; not very good players.

SHOULD-BE HALL OF FAMERS: Theoren Fleury, Steve Larmer, Rick Martin, Paul Kariya, Alexander Mogilny and (it pains me to say) Tom Barrasso

EVANDER KANE: Not saying he is guilty of anything, but when is Evander Kane going to grow up? This kid has superstar skill, but rank amateur decision making ability. He is only 24 years old so there is plenty of time to grow up, but you have to wonder how long teams will want to bother with him

YOUNG GUNS SCARING VETS: Spoke with a few veterans who will be participating in the World Cup and to a man they said they fear playing Team North America, the team made up of players 24 years old and younger. One player summed it up by saying, “We are in a no-win situation. We are supposed to beat them so if we do, it’s no big deal. If we lose it is an embarrassment.” Frankly, I wouldn’t take it that far, especially now that Matt Murray of the Penguins has served notice that he’s a legitimate NHL goalie.

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The Changes In St. Louis

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Doug Armstrong did not consider saying goodbye to David Backes and Troy Brouwer and trading Brian Elliott an enjoyable exercise.

Backes was St. Louis’s captain. Brouwer, acquired the year before from Washington for T.J. Oshie, punched in 18 goals while dressing in 82 regular-season games. Elliott posted a .930 save percentage, the best mark in the league of any goalie appearing in at least half of his team’s games.

Armstrong’s roster, however, had progressed to the threshold where difficult decisions were required. Backes is 32. Brouwer turns 31 on Aug. 17. The 31-year-old Elliott was splitting time with 25-year-old Jake Allen. The Blues have younger players improving and lining up for raises. Calgary, desperate for a starting goalie, was willing to pay the price.

So a team that hit the wall in the Western Conference finals now finds itself in a state of transition that was not only required, but one that might leave it refreshed for another dash through the Central Division minefield.

“The time that I’ve been here with David, we’ve had five really good regular seasons and four really disappointing playoffs,” Armstrong said. “Last year’s playoffs, I certainly wouldn’t call them disappointing. They weren’t the ultimate goal. But it was a move in the right direction. I thought with last year’s team, we extended that window all the way through last year. With that group, I didn’t feel we’d be able to bring everybody back, just because of the age of the players and what we were doing. That was the year, and I thought the guys took great advantage of it.”

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Luke Schenn Signs With The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased to sign Luke to a two-year contract," said Chayka. "He's a good, young defenseman and we feel we can optimize his performance here. He will be a solid addition to our blue line."

The 26-year-old Schenn registered 4-12-16 and 82 PIM in 72 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. The Saskatoon, SK native has recorded 28-100-128 with 409 PIM in 566 career games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 6-foot-2, 229 pound Schenn was drafted in the first round (fifth overall) by the Maple Leafs in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

 

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Kevin Hayes Reaches An Agreement With The New York Rangers

 

Press release is below...

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About The NBC Sports Group NHL Schedule

from Chris Peters of CBSSports,

Here are the five big things you need to know about the NBC NHL schedule for 2016-17, including how many times each team will be on:

1. Blackhawks will appear a league-high 21 times nationally, Flyers get 20 games

The league's most popular brand in terms of TV viewership, ticket sales and merchandise is unsurprisingly going to get a lot of run on NBC's platforms. On top of playing in their third Winter Classic next season - Jan. 2 against the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium - the Blackhawks will have 25 percent of their regular-season schedule visible to a national audience. They are the biggest ratings driver the league has and NBC is going to milk that for all it's worth. This is the same amount of Blackhawks games they ordered for last season....

The Philadelphia Flyers, however, also have an extremely robust national TV schedule. They'll be on 20 times next season.

It should be noted that both Philadelphia and Chicago have all of their non-nationally broadcast games broadcast on regional Comcast Sports Networks, which are under the same umbrella as NBC Sports. That allows NBC to pull their feeds without having to send a full broadcast crew to those games.

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Report- Evander Kane Arrested On Misdemeanor Charges

from Lou Michel, Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich and Dan Herbeck of the Buffalo News,

Three Buffalo Police detectives were seen meeting Kane outside the Central Booking Bureau in City Court around 11 a.m.. They put handcuffs on Kane and accompanied him into the City Court building. Kane turned and walked away from a Buffalo News reporter when she asked them if he had any comment.

Although Kane voluntarily turned himself in to police, he still proclaims his innocence and plans to fight the charges, his attorney, Paul J. Cambria, told The News.

“Without a doubt, he plans to defend himself against these charges,” Cambria said....

Sources familiar with the case told The News Kane will face one count of misdemeanor criminal trespass – for allegedly refusing to leave the bar.

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added 5:27pm, The Buffalo News updated the story with this...

Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane was charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment today in connection with an incident at a downtown Buffalo bar last month.

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Looks Like Chris Kreider Agreed To A Contract Before Today’s Arbitration Hearing

added 9:35am. Rangers' release is below...

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