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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The Columbus Blue Jackets resumed negotiations with restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen on Monday and they were "very polite, well mannered," Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson said Tuesday after the NHL Board of Governors meeting.
Davidson said negotiations were expected to resume Tuesday between the Blue Jackets and Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, but Davidson did not have an update because he was in meetings here. Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekelainen and assistant general manager Bill Zito were handling the negotiations from Columbus' side....
Asked Tuesday if the organization favors a shorter term deal at this point, Davidson said, "A deal would interest us.
The NHL Board of Governors has approved the sale of the Islanders from Charles Wang to Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday.
The deal, which Bettman said has not been finalized, calls for Ledecky and Malkin to own a minority stake in the team once the deal is complete. They will assume majority control of the team in two years, with Wang remaining a minority owner.
Bettman told reporters the deal "provides an orderly transition, which was important to Charles."
NEW YORK (Sept. 30, 2014) -- The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors today unanimously approved the purchase of a minority stake in the New York Islanders by Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky. The purchase remains subject to completion of documentation and further League review before the transaction can be closed.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
There has been no progress whatsoever in the contract extension talks between the Rangers and Marc Staal, The Post has learned from several informed sources.
And that essentially is because there have been no meaningful talks for weeks between management and the 27-year-old defenseman’s camp.
The Rangers are believed to be offering Staal, who can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, the same six-year, $33 million deal ($5.5M per) to which they signed Dan Girardi last year when he was a pending free agent. They don’t appear inclined to move off that number.
Staal, two years younger than Girardi, is believed seeking at least $6 million per on a six- or seven-year deal, which he certainly would be able to get on the open market if he remains healthy throughout the season.
from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With an Edge,
Coaching seems to be more interested in schemes for possessing the puck, and making plays of skill with it, than they are dumping and chasing, crashing and banging, pinging and ponging.
Players are the most media-savvy ever to enter the NHL.
The sport feels ‘modern’.
Hockey appears to be pretty good at social media.
Other leagues are copying NHL initiatives (video replay, speed of play, rule changes to protect players).
Goaltending: Still very important, and excellent, but despite being the most coached position in sports, it is no longer dominating the sport at the level it once was. (Chicks dig offense)
TV deals in Canada and the US are guaranteeing major exposure.
Craig Custance of ESPN with a chat today...
Craig, what do you see the Caps doing with Mike Green? Trotz says he wants him around, but he's in the last year of his deal, makes too much money, and the Caps need a #2 center. Is there a deal out there that you could see them making?
Craig Custance Yeah, I still wouldn't rule out a Mike Green trade. But the Capitals are in a good spot, they don't need to deal him. They can wait for another team to get desperate and come calling. Also, keep in mind, everyone thought the Penguins were going to trade Matt Niskanen at this point last year and then they got crushed with injuries and he rescued the defense. If Washington starts getting banged up defensively, Green isn't going anywhere.
With the addition of Spezza centering a solid 2nd line and if Nichushkin makes a big jump in his 2nd season how dominant can the top line of Seguin, Benn, and Nichushkin be? Top 2 or 3 in NHL?
Craig Custance I love that line. I wish I liked Dallas' defense better. Spezza and Hemsky now gives opposing teams something to think about. The Seguin line always saw the best d-men last year. If Nichushkin makes a jump in year two, that's definitely a top three line.
Which teams in the East and the West do you see as having a closing window in the next two - three years? I have delusions as a Sabres fan of seeing the playoffs again, as does a buddy of mine who's a Flames fan. Yes, we're heavy drinkers.
Craig Custance Haha, Bill. Lay off the sauce, Sabres aren't making the playoffs. The Sabres are much better off being a lottery team this year. I think Boston's window is closing for the simple reason that Chara is on the back end of his career. He's such an important piece that if his game declines, they are less imposing. Out West, it's the Marleau/Thornton Sharks. I'm starting to think they take one more kick at it this year with a big year but after that it closes. I think Vancouver and the Sedins may have another good year left too.
from Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet,
Are you new to hockey? A disgruntled Leafs fan? Looking for a new team to root for this season? You’re in luck.
In our first edition of Icebreakers, we’ll provide the reasons why and why notto support NHL franchises. And for additional perspective, we’ll even compare NHL teams to other North American sports franchises....
Why this team? The Lightning have become a trendy Stanley Cup pick in the East. They have an up-and-coming head coach, a deep core of young players and a true superstar in Steven Stamkos, who may be the most likable player in all of hockey. Just think what could happen if Drouin lives up to expectations.
Why not? If you’re a sports hipster, this won’t work for you. The Lightning are already big in the mainstream, despite the non-traditional hockey market. There are tons of writers and publications banking on this team to make a deep playoff run.
Other sport comparison: Carolina Panthers — Both expansion clubs from the 1990s have star players that were drafted first overall. Stamkos and Cam Newton have vaulted their teams into immediate contention, even after losing iconic franchise staples (Steve Smith and Martin St. Louis) over the past year.
more on the Lightning plus seven more Eastern Conference teams...
from the CP at The Hockey News,
The 2014-15 NHL season opens Oct. 8. Here are 10 players fans should keep an eye on:
P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens Subban starts a US$72-million, eight-year contract hoping nothing changes in the way teammates and coach Michel Therrien looks at him. But that price tag comes with lofty expectations, whether or not the 2013 Norris Trophy-winning defenceman is a captain or an alternate for the Habs.
Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks If the Canucks are going to make last season a blip instead of the beginning of a downward spiral, Miller will be at the centre of the revival. After struggling with the St. Louis Blues, Miller should be back in his element facing more shots behind a weaker Vancouver roster.
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche The Avalanche waved goodbye to Paul Stastny, who went to St. Louis, knowing full well they could replace him with the Calder Trophy-winning MacKinnon. Matt Duchene doesn't hurt either, but MacKinnon is the one who could raise his game the most.
from Scott Shoshnick of Bloomberg,
The National Hockey League closed a $1.4 billion credit facility, which is more than double the previous amount, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
The person requested anonymity because the league didn’t disclose the lending pool, which was led and structured by Citigroup Inc. (C) and closed yesterday. The facility includes 20 banks and 20 investors, the person said.
NHL spokesman Frank Brown and Citi spokeswoman Natalie Marin declined to comment on the facility.
Among the 11 teams that tapped the facility are the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils, the person said, adding that three so-called parking spots are being reserved for other potential borrowers.
"He's gotten better and more consistent, but if he's truly going to be a top guy and he wants to fall into that high-end category, those players don't go for swings where they are not competing, preparing and being prepared."
-Dave Nonis, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nazem Kadri. More on Kadri from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
from Nancy MacDonald of MACLEANS,
Miller, in some ways, is an anti-athlete: complex, loquacious, cerebral. He’s an amateur photographer. He reads. He loves playing the guitar. He drives a hybrid. But he also makes pains to establish that he’s no hermit, conscious, perhaps, of his position’s stereotypes: “I’m trying to be a little more social, to be around friends and not be the weird goalie who sits in his house all day and wears the cushions out on his couch,” he’s said.
His loyalties lie with his family, his “pit crew” of core pals, and his wife, television actress Noureen DeWulf.
He spent the summer training and clearing his head. Conscious of the strain that travel exacts on players in the Western Conference, Miller put together an off-season regimen carefully designed to ramp up as the season approached. “Every year, you have to prove yourself,” he says. “You’re not handed a job.”
Although a popular narrative says Miller is fading with age, his numbers tell a different story. He hasn’t posted a save percentage under .915 in six seasons, while topping the league in shots against for the past two. He’s done this almost exclusively while propping up a basement dweller. The truth is, Miller is a difference-maker. And he’s hungrier than ever.
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