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Questioning The Hiring Of Tyler Wright In Edmonton

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

I’m far from convinced that Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland made the right decision in bringing in Tyler Wright to become the director of amateur scouting for the Oilers.

Wright’s record in the past eight drafts — two heading up amateur scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets and six in the same job with the Red Wings — isn’t obviously good work. That assessment may well change as time passes and some of Wright’s picks turn into better players than they’re trending to be right now, but the obviously successful picks from those eight drafts are few and far between while the question marks are plentiful.

Let’s look at how Wright did in acquiring Big 12 players, the spine of any team, the critical players essential to any squad’s success, the No. 1 goalie, Top 4 d-men and Top 7 forwards, all the first and second line forwards and one excellent checker/two-way player leading the third line.

NHL head scouts who succeed will identify at least one Big 12 player every draft year on average, they will make the most of their Top 10 overall picks, they’ll find at least one Big 12 players outside the first round every second year, and they’ll identify at least one Team Canada-quality player every four drafts.


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Ron Francis May Be The GM In Seattle


added 9:45pm,

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

Ron Francis, who played in the NHL for 22 seasons and is fifth all time in points, is to be announced this week as the first general manager of Seattle’s incoming franchise, sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated.


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Chicago/Ottawa Trade


added 2:53pm, Ottawa release is below.

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Bar In Philadelphia Seeking Money From The St. Louis Blues

from Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY,

The Philadelphia bar that inspired the St. Louis Blues' "Gloria" fad is seeking money from the items — T-shirts, hats and other small merchandise — that were sold inside and outside of Enterprise Center during the team's run to its first Stanley Cup.

Attorney Rob McKinley, who represents The Jacks NYB,  told USA TODAY Sports that the Blues' postgame victory song, Laura Branigan's 1982 disco classic "Gloria," was only part of the equation.

The fanbase's rallying cry, "Play Gloria!" began at The Jacks NYB, and as such, McKinley said that idea comes with a price for others making a profit off it.

"The bottom line is they created this brand and supported the St. Louis Blues and their fans on the Stanley Cup run," McKinley said Tuesday.


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Five Possible Summer Trades

from Josh Wegman of theScore,

The NHL offseason has slowed down considerably since July 1. Outside of Jake Gardiner, the list of remaining unrestricted free agents is uninspiring.

However, that doesn't mean there won't be any more exciting movement, as there are still a handful of intriguing players who could be dealt this summer

Here are five players to watch:

Rasmus Ristolainen

Team: Sabres
Position: D
Cap hit: $5.4M

Ristolainen trade rumors are just pure speculation at this point, but the writing seems to be on the wall. The Sabres have acquired three other quality right-handed defensemen since February: Brandon Montour, Colin Miller, and Henri Jokiharju. That indicates Ristolainen's time in Buffalo could be coming to a close.

Ristolainen is flawed defensively, but not enough to scare other teams away. After all, he's still just 24 years old with three seasons remaining on his contract, and the blue-liner is coming off his fourth straight 40-point campaign.

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Team Chemistry Was An Issue For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

“We were a very tight-knit team, and I didn’t see that this year, almost from Day 1,” Rutherford said, referencing the championship teams of 2016 and 2017. “I didn’t see a point where our guys came together as a team.”

Often, a comment like that from a general manager can be viewed as an indictment of the coach — that his bench boss failed to bring the team’s roster together to tug on the same rope.

Instead, Rutherford decided to deflect the blame onto the players for failing to heed his coach’s message, praising his coach for the job he did keeping the locker room together to the degree that he was capable.

For his part, Sullivan acknowledged the assertion that chemistry was a problem last year.

“I do agree with it. It’s something that we’ve talked about,” Sullivan said when Madden broached the chemistry concerns. “We just didn’t quite come together as we hoped we would.”

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How A Day With The Cup Started

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

According to (Phil) Pritchard, the tradition of an NHL player getting to spend a day in the company of Lord Stanley began almost completely by accident – and can be traced back to the events of a single night in Toronto in June of 1989, during the league’s annual awards ceremony....

That evening, as the award show afterparty was winding down, Pritchard serendipitously passed within earshot of a conversation taking place between Frank Torpey then the NHL’s security chief and Flames’ forward Colin Patterson, a Selke Trophy finalist.

Patterson grew up in the north Toronto neighborhood of Rexdale and had just made a request to Torpey – was there any chance to get the Stanley Cup out to his parents’ home for a few hours the next day, so they could celebrate the Flames’ championship with family, friends and neighbors?

Torpey told him no: That security around the Stanley Cup had tightened, ever since word got out that it had appeared on stage at a strip club in Edmonton, in the immediate aftermath of the Oilers’ 1984 win.

Pritchard, who was packing up the trophies, volunteered to help.

“I introduced myself and asked Colin where he lived,” Pritchard said. “When he told me where, I said, ‘hey I can take the Cup up to you, if you want, in the morning for a few hours’ – because I had an event later that day anyway in that same part of town. 

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All Is Good With The Phil Kessel Trade To Arizona

from Julia Stumbaugh of azcentral,

In the two weeks since the Kessel trade, analysts have had time to evaluate what this off-season will mean for the Coyotes. In addition to Kessel, the Coyotes have added center Carl Soderberg and made a few other depth signings.

The addition of an 82-point winger in Kessel makes the Coyotes one of the most successful teams in the league this off-season, but he still might not be the final missing piece that the offense-starved team is looking for.

Through the first week of free agency, Sportsnet's Luke Fox ranked the Coyotes as having the 12th-best off-season in the league so far:

"A few more goals and the 2018-19 Coyotes make the playoffs. Enter Phil Kessel, whose 27 goals and 82 points last season immediately make him Arizona’s deadliest weapon. The Yotes didn’t have a 20-goal scorer or a 50-point man. Coach Rick Tocchet is the Phil whisperer. Arizona has a chance to be sneaky good."

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Colorada Avalanche Sign Andre Burakovsky To A One-Year Deal

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2019-20 season. Colorado acquired the 24-year-old winger in a trade with the Washington Capitals on June 28.

Burakovsky appeared in 76 games for the Capitals this past season, tallying 25 points (12g/13a).  He helped Washington capture its first Stanley Cup championship in 2017-18, returning to the lineup after missing the first two rounds and recording six points (2g/4a) in 13 postseason games.

Selected by the Capitals in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Burakovsky has tallied 145 points (62g/83a) in 328 career regular-season NHL games for Washington.  He has also dressed in 56 career playoff games, totaling 18 points (9g/9a). The 6-foot-3, 201-pound left wing recorded NHL career highs in goals (17) and points (38) during the 2015-16 season and notched a career-high 23 assists during the 2016-17 campaign.

“We are excited to be adding a big, fast, skilled winger like Andre,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic at the time of the trade.  “He already has a lot of NHL experience at a young age and is a Stanley Cup winner who has performed well in the playoffs.  At just 24 he is entering the prime years of his career and we feel with an added role, he will be a great addition to our team.”

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RFA Thoughts During The Summer


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