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Max Pacioretty Will Have Surgery For A Torn Achilles

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Max Pacioretty will undergo surgery to repair a torn Achilles. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Kevin Logel at Raleigh Orthopaedic on Wednesday. Pacioretty's expected recovery time is six months.

Pacioretty, 33, was acquired by the Hurricanes along with defenseman Dylan Coghlan from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for future considerations on July 13, 2022. He tallied 37 points (19g, 18a) in 39 NHL games with Vegas in 2021-22. The 6'2", 217-pound forward has recorded 642 points (323g, 319a) in 850 career NHL games with Montreal and Vegas. The New Canaan, Conn., native was drafted by the Canadiens in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2007 NHL Draft.

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Jacob Trouba Named Captain Of The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, August 9, 2022 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that defenseman Jacob Trouba has been named the 28th captain in franchise history.

“Since he joined the Rangers, Jacob has consistently displayed all of the qualities we want in a leader on and off the ice,” Drury said. As we look to take the next step as an organization, he is a role model for all of our players to follow and the perfect choice to be our captain.”

“Right away when I got here, it was clear that Jacob had a certain presence in the locker room and among his teammates that exemplify what you need out of a captain,” said Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant. “With where our team is at and where we want to be, he is the right person to lead us there.”

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David Krejci Back With The Bruins

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, August 8, that the team has signed forward David Krejci to a one-year contract through the 2022-23 season worth $1 million, plus an additional $2 million in performance-based incentives.

Krejci, 36, played the 2021-22 season in the Czechia league for HC Olomouc. In 51 games, Krejci led his team in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46). The Sternberk, Czech Republic native also represented his country at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China and at the IIHF World Championship in Finland. In four Olympic Games, Krejci recorded one goal and three assists. At the World Championships, Krejci finished second on his team in scoring with three goals and nine assists for 12 points to help his team win a bronze medal.

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A Five-Year Deal For Lawson Crouse In Arizona

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Lawson Crouse to a five-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to sign Lawson to a long-term contract,” said Armstrong. “He is a big, strong, skilled power forward and we look forward to him being a big part of our future.”

The 24-year-old Crouse registered 20-14-34 and 52 penalty minutes (PIM) in 65 games in 2021-22. He set NHL career highs in goals, assists (tied), points, power-play goals (3), power-play points (7) and game-winning goals (4).

Reporrs are $4.3M AAV

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Patrice Bergeron Returning For Another Season

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, August 8, that the team has signed forward Patrice Bergeron to a one-year contract through the 2022-23 season worth $2.5 million, plus an additional $2.5 million in performance-based incentives. 

Bergeron, 37, is entering his 19th NHL season, all with the Bruins. The L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec native ranks third in Bruins history in games played (1,216) and game-winning goals (74), fourth in goals (400), assists (582) and points (982). The 6-foot-1, 195-pound centerman also ranks second in Bruins history in playoff games played (167), playoff points (127), third in playoff assists (78) and tied for third in playoff goals (49).

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The Trade That Put Dominik Hasek In The Spotlight

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Dominik Hasek remembers being at home in the Czech Republic 30 years ago, on Aug. 7, 1992, on his way out for a Friday night at the movies.

He had no idea that the ringing phone he hesitated to answer as he tied his shoes would dramatically change his NHL career, putting him on the path to iconic goaltending status and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Phoning from across the Atlantic Ocean was Hasek's agent, Ritch Winter, to tell the veteran of 25 regular-season NHL games that he'd been traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Buffalo Sabres. Going the other way was goalie Stephane Beauregard and a fourth-round selection in the 1993 NHL Draft.

"I think it was 'Basic Instinct,' in English with Czech subtitles, but I can't be 100 percent sure," Hasek said last week by phone, speaking from his car near Prague. "To be honest, after that call I didn't pay much attention to the movie.


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Notes On Our Game

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- What rarely gets mentioned in the Nazem Kadri wait for a free agent contract: He’ll be 32 years old when next season begins. It’s understandable why teams are hesitant to open the vault for Kadri, who really has only had one sensational NHL season of an otherwise sound career.

- That said, if I was the Calgary Flames, I would have found a way to sign Kadri, especially after signing Jonathan Huberdeau long-term. They may have overpaid a touch for Huberdeau, but if I was GM Brad Treliving, I would still move money around to bring in Kadri as a second centre behind Elias Lindholm.

- Why doesn’t an NHL team with money to spend take a run at the restricted free agent Jake Oettinger? He could be your goalie for the next 10 years

- I have decided to adopt the Lou Lamoriello game plan for my life: Have a five-year plan that changes every day.

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The Colorado Avalanche Need A 2nd Line Center

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post

My assessment: No matter how Avalanche management might be able to juggle its roster to create cap room, whether that involve trading J.T. Compher or Sam Girard, it would be foolish for the team to pay Kadri a penny more than $26 million over the course of four years to remain in Colorado....

With this new contract, I get why Kadri wants to earn top dollar, maximize the term of the deal and play for a legit championship contender. These 25 days have revealed it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to check all three boxes on his wish list.

Kadri is certainly entitled to take all the time he wants to land the best possible deal, whether it’s with the New York Islanders, Calgary Flames or any other team in the league.

Colorado should operate on its own terms, rather than be beholden to outside market forces....

It’s also conceivable the Avs could look outside their organization for a veteran center.

Our old buddy Paul Stastny is patiently watching how the market shakes out, looking to sign with a contender to make one more run at the Cup. At age 36, Stastny is no longer the skater we fondly remember wearing a sweater for the University of Denver Pioneers or the Avalanche.

Stastny, however, is the same great team-first guy he has always been. His 21 goals and 24 assists for Winnipeg last season indicate there’s still real skill in Stastny’s stick. On a one-year deal with the Avalanche somewhere between $1 million-$2 million, he could adapt to any role to compliment Compher and Newhook.

If Sakic and new general manager Chris McFarland are willing to play the long game, they might be able to pry Jonathan Toews away from the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks sometime before the trade deadline this upcoming season.


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Video- Goals While Falling Down

All from the past season, 10 minutes to watch.


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A Few More Hockey Notes

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

-There won’t be quite the pomp and circumstance as the first time, but Slap Shots has learned that a reunion between the Rangers and Jimmy Vesey is on the horizon.

The 29-year-old famously signed with the Blueshirts as a Kevin Hayes-type free agent in 2016-17 after rejecting offers from both the Predators, who drafted the Harvard product 66th overall in 2012, and from the Sabres, who traded for his rights. Following stops in Buffalo, Toronto and Vancouver after leaving Manhattan, Vesey is coming off a solid season in New Jersey as a depth forward....

-So the myth that no one wants to play in Calgary took a hit when superb 29-year-old playmaking left wing Jonathan Huberdeau signed up for eight years at $84 million ($10.5 million cap hit).

Then again, legal bribery does have its charm....

more on tha bove topics plus a few more observations...

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