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Evening Line- Ilya Kovalchuk

“I was following the NHL last year actually more than four years ago when I was there but I saw the playoffs this past playoffs – it’s good. Obviously, it’s changed – the time’s running, and I’m not getting younger, but like I said before, we’ll see. I can’t predict the future. I feel good. I’m a young 35, and we’ll see.”

-Ilya Kovalchuk of the LA Kings at a press conference today.  Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider has more from Kovalchuk.

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Former First-Round Draft Picks Find A Landing Spot In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

What do right-winger Joel Armia and defenceman Simon Desprès have in common?

Well, they both recently joined the Canadiens and they are both former first-round NHL draft picks.

The Canadiens acquired Armia last month in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets and on Friday signed the restricted free agent to a one-year contract worth US$1.85 million. On Thursday, the Canadiens announced they have invited Desprès to training camp on a professional tryout.

The Canadiens now have nine former first-round draft picks on their NHL roster list, three more on their non-roster list, plus Desprès.

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Jets Taking A Shot With Hellebuyck And The Blackhawks Now Have Cap Room

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

- UMass Lowell’s Connor Hellebuyck, age 25, cashed in on Thursday, agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Jets worth $37 million ($6.17 million cap hit). He became the Jets’ workhorse the past two seasons and was stellar in the playoffs (9-8, 2.36, .922) before Winnipeg ultimately ran out of gas vs. Vegas in the Western Conference finals.

The 6-4 Hellebuyck spent only 1½ seasons in the minors following his UML days, turning pro in the spring of 2014 after his two-year tour with the River Hawks (38-12-2).

Hellebuyck was picked No. 130 in the 2012 draft, the same year the Bruins spent their first-round pick (No. 24) on Malcolm Subban (now doing business as a Golden Knight), and the Lightning, with No. 19, chose Andrei Vasilevskiy (two years to go on his deal at a $3.5 million cap hit)....

- Perenially in a financial straitjacket — one that undoubtedly would have had longtime skinflint Bill Wirtz fitted for a real one — the Blackhawks on Thursday deleted some $5 million in cap money by shipping Marian Hossa’s $5.725 million hit (three years of it) to the perpetually lackluster Coyotes.

In return, the Coyotes shoveled 28-year-old center Marcus Kruger, and his one year at $2.775 million, to the Blackhawks, in a deal that also included Arizona acquiring forward Vincent Hinostroza (ex- of Notre Dame) and defenseman Jordan Oesterle (ex- of Western Michigan). The combined cap hit of the latter pair: $2.15 million.

If you have followed along so far, congrats on your CPA certification.

The upshot: With the $5 million “discount,” the Blackhawks entered the weekend, per CapFriendly.com stats, with a fairly comfy $9.3 million in cap room....

more on each of the above topics plus more hockey notes...

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The San Jose Sharks Are Ready For A Cup Run

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

At 29, Couture is coming off one of his best offensive seasons ever. He set a new high with 34 goals and led the Sharks in scoring during the playoffs. The crafty pivot has made a habit of showing up large in the post-season lately, with 45 points in his past 40 playoff games.

Wilson believes there are young players in the Sharks pipeline who are ready for a crack at the big time, so he didn’t add any veterans in the off-season (the Mike Hoffman trade being a quick-witted ruse that shuttled the scorer to Florida from Ottawa). Couture isn’t alone in being a leader – along with Thornton, you’ve still got Burns and Joe Pavelski around – but his time soaking up experience from those players and Marleau has come in handy.

“I got to sit beside Patty for eight years and just watch him,” Couture said. “You learn so much. A guy that sticks around the league for 19 years; they’re doing a lot of things right.”

In a Western Conference that seems very wide open right now, the Sharks are poised to be in the thick of the hunt once again. They’ve got skill at every position and the dressing room by all accounts is a great place to work. Power forward Evander Kane found that to be the case after he came over from Buffalo and he ended up signing an extension earlier this spring. Kane has had conflicts before, so why has San Jose worked so far?

“Our dressing room is very welcoming, very open,” Couture said. “There are a lot of different characters, whether it’s Brent Burns or ‘Jumbo’ or ‘Kaner.’ No one judges him for what happened in the past. We judge him for what he brings to the rink for the Sharks and we’re happy to have him.”

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Video- The NHL Network Discusses The Ottawa Senators And The Future Of Erik Karlsson

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Audio/Video- Doug MacLean On The Montreal Canadiens/Max Pacioretty Situation

via Sportsnet,

NHL insider Doug MacLean questions the Montreal Canadiens' strategy with Max Pacioretty, putting out a statement saying they're not offering him a contract, and basically alienating their current captain.

 

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Video- The Latest News From Around The NHL

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Cody McLeod Signs A One-Year Deal With The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 12, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Cody McLeod on a one-year contract.

McLeod, 34, skated in 48 games with the Nashville Predators and Rangers this past season, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with 111 penalty minutes. He tied for second in the NHL in major penalties (13) and ranked sixth in the league in penalty minutes in 2017-18. McLeod skated in 25 games with the Rangers during the past season, and he led the Blueshirts (min. two games played) in hits per game in 2017-18 (3.0; 76 hits in 25 contests). He led all skaters with eight hits while making his Rangers debut on February 1, 2018 vs. Toronto, and his eight hits were the most a Ranger recorded in one game during the season.

The 6-2, 210-pounder has skated in 738 career NHL games over 11 seasons (2007-08 – 2017-18) with Colorado, Nashville, and the Rangers, registering 71 goals and 55 assists for 126 points, along with 1,563 penalty minutes. McLeod ranks second in the NHL in penalty minutes and major penalties (157) since the start of his first NHL season in 2007-08. He has been credited with at least 140 hits in seven of his 11 seasons in the league, and he established a career-high with 268 hits during the 2014-15 season. During his tenure with the Avalanche, McLeod served as an alternate captain for five seasons (2011-12 – 2015-16). McLeod has skated in 38 Stanley Cup Playoff games in his career, and he helped Nashville advance to the Stanley Cup Final during the 2016-17 season.

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Marian Hossa’s Contract May Be Headed To Arizona

 

added 3:04pm,

 

 

added 3:10pm, Chicago statement on Marian Hossa below.

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All Xavier Ouellet

from Matt Cudzinowski of Canadiens.com,

Fresh off signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens, we caught up with defenseman Xavier Ouellet, who is set to relocate to Montreal in the next few weeks.

This has to be a really special time in the Ouellet household. Between signing with the Canadiens and celebrating your daughter's first birthday on Sunday, there's a lot going on.

XAVIER OUELLET: It's really exciting. I have a lot of support back home. To have this opportunity, I feel like it's a perfect fit for what I needed personally and also for my professional career. It just seemed to make sense to me and I'm extremely excited about that challenge.

How much are you looking forward to moving back home?

XO: I keep saying that we're going to have a lot of babysitters, so it's good for us, too. (Laughs) I have my mom, my little sister and a couple of friends who we can call. Everyone is so excited to have us a little closer and they can be a part of our daughter's childhood. I think it's going to be good for my family. I feel like things happen for a reason. Things didn't go the way we hoped in Detroit. Now, a new opportunity opened up. The main criteria in my decision [to sign with Montreal] was the opportunity I'm being given hockey-wise and what I can bring to this team.

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