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The Latest On Dustin Byfuglien

 

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Notes On Hockey

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Kyle Dubas would like Mike Babcock to change and be more open-minded. And then training camp opens. And same old Babcock. Clearly, Babcock wasn’t thrilled with Dubas’ signing of Jason Spezza and he couldn’t hide it or help himself and took a couple of unnecessary shots at the veteran forward.

- The Boston Bruins should teach an NHL course: How to work the salary cap? They got Charlie McAvoy for $3 million a year less than Ottawa paid Thomas Chabot. Brandon Carlo at less than $3 million a year is rather magical signing as well.

- My advice to Patrick Laine: Watch game films of last season. Try and find yourself on some of them.

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Zdeno Chara On The Changes To The Game

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Much has changed in the new NHL. The game is faster, the goals fewer, and the hits don’t necessarily keep on coming, certainly not as many of those big, explosive, seek-and-destroy hits that 5-10 years ago were the stock footage of video montages played on arena big screens across the league.

What happened to all that thump? The overall emphasis on the game’s speed, hand in hand with coaches preaching puck possession, have altered the dynamic of the hitting game, particularly for the six blue liners who suit up each night to protect the back ends of their respective teams.

“I think there is still room to make hits, and being physical is still a big part of the game,” noted Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who delivered more that 200 smacks a season, 2006-08, his first two years in residence in Boston. “But the last few years, the puck is the key — play the puck first. It is always nice to finish checks, and make big splash hits. But I think to be able to prevent the pass going through you, or stopping the play with your stick, is more effective or valuable [today] than going out there and making the big hit, and the puck goes through and someone makes a play. The puck is the key.”

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Preseason Hockey Coming To Calumet Michigan

from David Satriano of NHL.com,

The town of Calumet, Michigan, is so synonymous with hockey, it boasts the oldest indoor ice arena in North American and is considered the birthplace of professional hockey.

Built in 1913, Calumet Colosseum has withstood a lot in its more than 100 years of existence but received much-needed upgrades as the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2019.

Hundreds of communities entered, but Calumet was selected and awarded $150,000 in rink upgrades and will receive $10,000 worth of new equipment from the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund in addition to hosting a preseason NHL game between the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

"It's phenomenal. Everybody's talking about Hockeyville and this rink," rink manager Mark Peters said. "Everyone in this community has a smile on their face. We're really excited for this. Everybody's going to be able to see the changes in the rink. The sheet of ice is incredible right now."

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Alex DeBrincat Is A Star In The Making

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

DeBrincat is just the 10th player in the last three decades to score more than 68 goals in his first two seasons. His company includes Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos, but not Kane or Toews.

At this rate, he’s due for a new contract next summer with a cap hit pushing $10 million, which would cement his position as a cornerstone for the Hawks’ post-dynasty era.

And yet, he doesn’t carry himself as a cornerstone at all.

“I feel like I’m more quiet in the locker room. I try to stay out of the chirping and stuff,” DeBrincat said. “Those core guys have been there for a long time and are obviously very respected around the league. So especially my first year, I kind of stayed away and kept my mouth shut so I didn’t get in any trouble. I know them pretty well now, and it’s easy to joke around with them, but I had to keep my mouth shut until someone talked to me.”

Despite the lighthearted intentions of the media tour, DeBrincat didn’t stray far from that mouth-shut identity. He seemed amused but rarely delivered the comedy that segment hosts were looking for.

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Too Much Too Soon?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

When the Ottawa Senators announced the signing of 22-year-old defenseman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year deal worth $64 million, it was almost universally hailed as a very good move by the team. After all, Chabot has displayed an enormous amount of potential as an NHLer and will almost certainly be the Senators’ next captain. Forget that the deal will probably considered a bargain before too long, it was also a show of faith to Senators fans that after years of dysfunction, perhaps better times lie ahead.

One of the outliers in all of this was former NHL star and current television broadcaster Jeremy Roenick, who acknowledged in a tweet that Chabot, “is a great kid with some serious skill.” He then publicly expressed his amazement at what 80 career points in the NHL gets you these days...

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Afternoon Line- David Quinn

With an additional comment in the video...

 

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A New Position For Caley Chelios With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today they have officially added Caley Chelios as a member of their radio broadcast team, promoting her to the position of radio analyst & digital reporter. She will serve as color analyst for all Lightning road games and will also fill in for team founder Phil Esposito when he is unavailable for home broadcasts.

Chelios’ radio broadcast responsibilities will be her primary focus, working alongside 18-year veteran Dave Mishkin. She will continue to contribute to Lightning content initiatives including serving as a reporter/host for TampaBayLightning.com and LightningVision.  Chelios joined the Lightning in 2016 as the team’s hockey reporter.  She has since grown the role exponentially, being featured on national hockey shows, including becoming a fixture on NHL Network, providing analysis regarding the Bolts across North America.

After unofficially starting her analyst role during live web streams of Lightning Development Camp 3-on-3 Tournament games, Chelios began making appearances with Mishkin on radio during the 2018 preseason and continued for select regular season games during that regular season.

Chelios majored in communications at Northwestern University and earned a Master’s degree in journalism while also playing on the women’s lacrosse team.  She won the NCAA National Championship with the Wildcats in 2012.

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First Rounders In The Mix For A Spot On A Canadian Team In the NHL

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Here are five recent first-round picks fighting for jobs in Canadian training camps:

Evan Bouchard (Oilers)

Age: 19

Position: Defence

Shoots: Right

Draft: 10th overall (2018)

Last Year: London (OHL), 45 GP, 16 goals, 37 assists, 53 points

Scoop: Edmonton’s most glaring need on defence is a partner for Oscar Klefbom. That is Bouchard’s opening to earn a full-time spot on the roster. Bouchard broke camp with the Oil last year, scoring his first NHL goal in his seven-game audition. He earned the nickname “Old Man Bouchard” around town for his laid-back demeanour. He rarely seemed rattled on the ice. It was perhaps his relative lack of intensity or urgency that raised eyebrows at the World Junior Championship for Team Canada. Fellow Swedish import Joel Persson has gotten the bulk of the ice time with Klefbom to start camp, but Bouchard has plenty of opportunity in front of him.

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Dan Girardi Announces His Retirement

TAMPA BAY – Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi announced his retirement today after 13 NHL seasons, including two with the Bolts.

“I would like to thank all my coaches, family, friends and teammates for supporting me throughout my entire hockey career,” Girardi said. “I want to thank the New York Rangers for giving me a chance to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in the NHL. Throughout those 11 incredible years I have made so many friends on and off the ice. I bled Ranger blue and gave it my all for my team, the city and the Garden faithful. I also want to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning for helping me continue my career by giving me a chance to play for such an amazing organization, city and fan base. The last two years in Tampa Bay have been so much fun for me and my family. I will always fondly remember my time here. Finally, I want to thank my wife Pamela for always being there for me and holding down the fort and to Landon and Shaye for always being daddy’s No. 1 fans.

“I gave my all every single night and left it all out on the ice. Now it’s time for the next chapter of my life to begin and I couldn't be happier...and so is my body.”

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