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A Day Closer To Free Agency

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With exactly 10 days to go until Free Agent Frenzy, one name has rocketed up TSN Hockey’s Top 75 list.

That would be Minnesota Wild defenceman Carson Soucy, a Group VI unrestricted free agent. To qualify as a Group VI free agent, a player must be at least 25, played three pro seasons and appeared in fewer than 80 NHL games.

The Wild was painfully close to the games played threshold that would have limited Soucy’s leverage as a restricted free agent. Soucy, 26, needed to skate in a combined 76 career regular season and playoff games (pro-rated from the usual 80 because of the COVID-19 pandemic) for the Wild to retain him as an RFA.

Soucy ended up at 66 combined career games after missing the Wild’s final nine pre-pause games due to injury and then playing four games in the postseason.

As a result, Soucy is now up to No. 19 on the Top 75, as sources say more than a third of the NHL’s teams are hungry to see him hit the market on Oct. 9.

That interest and freedom has increased his price. The belief is Soucy could well land in the $2.5 million to $3 million range on a multi-year deal.

continued with a list of the top 75 UFAs...

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Video- Top Saves From The Stanley Cup Final

Ten of them...


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Video- Just Saves, Henrik Lundqvist Saves

7 1/2 minutes long.


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Morning Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- As much as the last two months exceeded all expectations, I don’t think there’s much that will be incorporated from it as the NHL returns to normal. One thing I wondered about was weekday triple-headers. People enjoyed the extra hockey without another game at the same time. Could late-afternoon playoff games become a regular occurrence? The answer appears to be no. I understand why. Regular work schedules will resume, and afternoon games tend to mean lower food/alcohol/concession sales.

- No confirmation from team and/or agents, but word is Carolina was willing to look at eight years, $7.5 million per year on an Andrei Svechnikov extension. That’s not low, but the player is willing to bet on himself to do even better, which is why this might end up being a bridge deal — for now.

- When it comes to Patrik Laine, it sounds like he and the Jets are trying to solve an issue before it really becomes a problem. Winnipeg has term with Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. That’s what they like and it’s why I think an Ehlers trade, as has been rumoured, is not Winnipeg’s want. Laine’s next negotiation will be massive. In the meantime, the winger wants guarantees of playing with Scheifele, which the Jets aren’t so willing to give. My sense is the Jets are saying, “Let’s try and do this now before we have to negotiate again.”

There’s a legit chance it happens. Columbus, hoping to make a major move, is in there, but is there a match? Same with Carolina. Two teams that could do it: Los Angeles and Philadelphia. I’m just not sure they would. I also wonder about the Islanders. It’s the kind of stealth move Lou Lamoriello would love. But they’ve got cap issues and it’s not like he’d give us a hint.

-more Hockey Thoughts plus what's what's next for the NHL..h

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New York Rangers Statement On Henrik Lundqvist

NEW YORK, September 30, 2020 – The New York Rangers announced today that the team has bought out the final year of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s contract.

          “Few players have been as important to the Rangers franchise as Henrik Lundqvist, and we are incredibly grateful for all he has done for our organization,” said James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman, MSG Sports. “Over his 15-year tenure, he not only established himself as one of the best goaltenders to ever play the game, he has also been one of hockey’s fiercest competitors and most effective ambassadors. He will always be a part of the Rangers family.”

          “We would like to thank Henrik for his immeasurable contributions to the New York Rangers,” Rangers President and Alternate Governor John Davidson said. “From the time I met Henrik when he first came to New York in 2005, he has been the consummate professional. His tireless work ethic, passion for the game, and love of the Rangers and New York City enabled him to become one of the greatest goaltenders in hockey and one of the best players in the history of our franchise. We all wish Henrik and his family the best going forward.”

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TSN Insiders Tonight

With the Lightning being awarded the Stanley Cup, the focus begins to shift to the off-season as rumours around the league intensify. The Oilers and Bruins have inquired on defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, while the Canucks are at a crossroads with Jake Virtanen. The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss this and more in Insider Trading.

Watch at TSN.

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Postseason Numbers

via the NHL PR department,

The Lightning defeated the Stars in Game 6 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final to end an unprecedented postseason that started with players arriving in hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton on July 26 and ended with Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos hoisting the Stanley Cup surrounded by teammates on Sept. 28 – nearly one year after the 2019-20 season began on Oct. 2, 2019.

A closer look at the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Qualifiers:

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NHL Draft Order

NEW YORK (Sept. 29, 2020) -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2020 NHL Draft™ presented by EA SPORTS NHL21, which will be held virtually over two days. Round 1 will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

NBCSN, Sportsnet and TVA will provide live coverage on Tuesday, followed by NHL Network and Sportsnet on Wednesday. More details will be announced in the coming days.

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Video- Top 10 Goals From The Stanley Cup Final

Just over 5 minutes long.


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Key Dates Ahead

NEW YORK  – The National Hockey League announced the dates for the 2020 NHL Draft as well as the opening of free agency:

The 2020 NHL Draft will be held virtually over two days. Round 1 will take place at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Free agency will open Friday, Oct. 9, at 12 p.m. ET.

Traing camps open... ?

Start of the regular season... ?

added 1:31pm, more key dates below...

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