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Your Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductees

Official Hockey Hall of Fame press release is below...

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Remember To Play By The Rules

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants at the Star Tribune,

The NHL has implemented a significant change from last year regarding the free-agent interview period that begins next Wednesday.

In a memo sent yesterday to all teams and subsequently forwarded by the NHL Players’ Association to all agents, the league will now allow clubs and agents to discuss general parameters of a potential contract for a pending restricted and unrestricted free agent....

In the June 18 memo (read over the phone to me by an agent), the league states, “After discussions with a number of general managers, we have revised and hopefully clarified with regard to last summer the permissible parameters of player contract and communication during the applicable interview periods.

“Please be advised that clubs are permitted to discuss the potential interest in as well as general parameters of a potential future contractual relationship with another club’s pending RFA or UFA during the applicable interview periods. The clubs may not enter any agreements or make any binding offers, promises, … oral or written concerning the terms of a potential SPC (standard players contract) with another club’s pending RFA or UFA.”

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2014 NHL Draft Selection Order For All Rounds

NEW YORK (June 19, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2014 NHL Draft, June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 27 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and TSN and RDS in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET. Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 10 a.m., ET, with NHL Network providing live coverage to viewers throughout North America.

Visit NHL.com/draft for comprehensive Draft coverage, including prospect profiles, scouting reports, rankings and video.

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Evening Line

While social media and universal web access has taken the discourse to an inclusive realm, it has created an obsessive and pathologically invested fanbase and a media that stretches itself thin to fulfill the 24-hour new cycle. Take a breath folks. Go outside. Do something extraordinary. Expand your horizons. Go love up on a Bruins fan. Take a day at the beach. Spend a week without checking hockeydb.com or capgeek.com. Leave the sport alone for a few minutes. It'll still be there when you get back.

-Mike Spry of BarDown where you can read more on this topic.

I really wish I could.

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Your Presenters And Performers For The 2014 NHL Awards Show

NEW YORK (June 18, 2014) – Current and former NHL stars, including members of the 2014 Stanley Cup® champion Los Angeles Kings, headline the lineup of presenters, nominees and special guests for the 2014 NHL Awards™, the National Hockey League’s celebration of the best of the 2013-14 season, on and off the ice. Hosted by renowned television and radio broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos, the 2014 NHL Awards will broadcast live from the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC in Canada.

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What’s About To Happen

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

NHL teams have been told to expect the upper limit of the salary cap to be set around $70 million for next season — the final accounting is still being completed — and maintaining as much payroll flexibility as possible under that threshold is imperative.

Any money removed by buyouts or expiring contracts will soon be replaced by new deals, with negotiations in full swing on a number of fronts. While July 1 remains the date that unrestricted free agents can sign with other teams, players in that situation are allowed to start interviewing with potential suitors on June 25.

This is a new wrinkle in the CBA that saw a two-day trial run at the end of last year’s lockout-shortened season, with David Clarkson among the few who visited multiple cities across the continent to field pitches. That won’t be necessary this time around since the interview period opens before the June 27-28 draft, which leaves UFA’s the chance to meet teams in Philadelphia, although some may still choose to go directly to the places where they might potentially end up playing.

It is a relatively weak free-agent class — headlined by Marian Gaborik, Paul Stastny and Thomas Vanek — so most teams looking for upgrades will have to explore other avenues as well.

In speaking with general managers after their meeting in New York last week, the general opinion seemed to be that a busy trading period around the draft awaits. There are certainly big names (and big contracts) available. However, as a word of caution, we have heard this type of talk before and then had the realities of the salary cap limit movement.

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The Other Side Of Game Five: New York Rangers After Double Overtime Loss

Everyone is sending their congratulations to the LA Kings for their much deserved Stanley Cup win.  Writing up the story that is Justin Williams winning the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the 2014 NHL Playoff MVP. 

All is great, all is deserved, all is heartbreaking at the other end of the rink as the New York Rangers watch their Stanley Cup dreams come to an end for this season.

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Mats Zuccarello First Norwegian To Play In Stanley Cup Final

This 2014 Stanley Cup Final series mark the first time a Norwegian-born player has laced up the skated for a shot at hoisting the Stanley Cup.  Though The New York Rangers are down 3-1 in the series heading into tonight's Game 5 in Los Angeles he should be in the talks along with Henrik Lundqvist for Conn Smythe should the Rangers dig out of the hole and win Lord Stanley's Cup. 

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Afternoon Line

“I think with the diving, with the embellishment, I think it really detracts from the game. The players that were on the competition committee felt the same way. There’s really strong sentiment from both sides to do something about it.”

“I think they’re incumbent upon us to put in place. It’s not about really embarrassing the player, it’s about making it a better game.”

“It can become a bit of an epidemic. We want to make sure that it’s something that we can make the players know who’s doing it and I think they’d feel guilty about it.”

-Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli.  Read more from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe plus other topics too.

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The Coach’s Challenge Debate

from A.J. Perez of NJ.com,

The issues of what can be challenged and other complexities regarding replay reviews were discussed in length by the NHL's general managers at their meeting at a Manhattan hotel on Wednesday. The overwhelming sense is that coach's challenges will be a part of the game -- eventually.

"I like the idea of getting it right," new Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "That's what we always try to do. To get it right, we have to get it right. That's why we need to take our time doing it."

Rutherford said he doesn't expect the system to be approved in time for next season and the league would likely use the 2014-15 test how the system would work. Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney was a little more optimistic, saying that it was possible an agreement --- which would need the approval of the NHL Players Association and the league's owners --- could be reached before the start of next season.

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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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