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The Next Key Signing Day Is January 1st

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

A select few players who signed one-year pacts this off-season, though, could be staring down a make-or-break signing period between January 1 and the trade deadline, while one player on the following list is simply intriguing due to his recent performance. So, with that in mind, here are five players signed to one-year deals whose contract situations — and potential for an extension — will be worth watching come New Year’s Day:

After a move into a top-four role on the Jets blueline and a successful season that culminated in the Western Conference final, the expectation around Winnipeg was that Trouba, 24, would be interested in inking a long-term deal that kept him with the franchise well into the future. That wasn’t quite the case, however, as the Jets and Trouba’s camp engaged in tough contract talks for the second time in the blueliner’s career, this time with an arbitrator handing out a one-year, $5.5-million contract.

But the one-year pact doesn’t give much certainty that Trouba will be around for the long haul. Would the Jets love to keep him in town? Most certainly, particularly as he continues to grow into an extremely effective two-way defenseman. If there’s no extension signed following Jan. 1 or even in the months leading up to free agency, Winnipeg might have to give some real thought to moving Trouba instead of letting another potential arbitration saga drag into another summer. That’s especially true with unrestricted free agency not all that far in the offing.

4 more players (Mark Stone, William Karlsson, Kevin Hayes and Brock Nelson)...

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Saturday Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- If controlled zone entries are such an important statistic in hockey, how come the NHL leaders who dominated last season — Connor McDavid, Johnny Gaudreau and Patrick Kane — all missed the playoffs?

- So you’re Mike Babcock, and you’ve got Auston Matthews and John Tavares on your team. And both want first power play time. Do you play them together with the man advantage or do you play them apart?

On Mark Hunter...

...He had opportunities to work elsewhere in the NHL after choosing to leave the Maple Leafs after the appointment of Dubas. He listened to job possibilities in Detroit, Montreal, and with the Islanders and probably more teams than that. But at this stage of life and his hockey life, he wants to run his own show.

He wanted to be GM in Toronto and he still has thoughts of being an NHL GM but he wants the terms and the team and situation to meet his liking. He didn’t have to jump at the first offer to come his way because as the owner of the Knights, he had the option to return.

There have been four GM changes in the NHL since the season ended and if there are four again next summer, expect Hunter to be a prominent candidate once again. But only if he chooses to be.

more on Hunter and a few more hockey notes...

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Outlandish Predictions

from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

...we’re keeping things light with 31 outlandish predictions and reality checks, one for each and every NHL team:

Anaheim Ducks
Outlandish prediction: Rickard Rakell scores 50 goals.
Reality check: Coming off back-to-back 30-plus goal campaigns, the 25-year-old Rakell has clicked at a 0.45 goals-per-game rate over the past two seasons, which ranks ninth in the NHL. Fifty goals? OK, that’s a stretch. But 40 is well within his reach.

Arizona Coyotes
Outlandish prediction: Antti Raanta wins the Vezina Trophy.
Reality check: Raanta went 13-4-1 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .945 save percentage – for the Coyotes, remember – after the all-star break last season. He’s got the talent, he just needs a little more help from the rest of the team.

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A Six-Year Extension For Christian Dvorak In Arizona

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations & General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Christian Dvorak to a six-year contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased to sign Christian to a long-term contract," said Chayka. "Christian is a highly skilled, reliable, two-way center who continues to improve each season.  He will be a key player for us in the future and we are thrilled to have him with us for the next seven seasons."

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How Does Your Team Spend Their Cap Money?

from Travis Yost of TSN,

The allocation question is a fascinating one because teams have different visions on how best to construct a Stanley Cup-calibre roster. Some organizations consistently run top-heavy payrolls that see superstars eat into huge portions of the available cap space. Other organizations, perhaps borne out of the necessity of not having superstar players available, prefer flatter spending across the board. Some teams will carve out large pieces of their cap space for their forward group – others, the same, but for defencemen or goaltending.

Now that it’s mid-August and most restricted free agent arbitration cases have resolved, we have a general sense of what each team’s cap position will be entering the 2018-19 season. As is the case every year, there’s a pretty significant divide in player payroll. Contending teams like St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Washington have $1 million or less in cap space to work with. More fiscally conservative teams like New Jersey and Carolina have nearly $20 million in space. Then there are teams like Toronto that are flush with cap space (about $14 million today), but know full well that much of that will be utilized to retain future free agents like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Jake Gardiner, and so on.

With this off-season wrapped up, I wanted to take a look at how teams decided to their cap space by position. 

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Afternoon Line- Alexei Kovalev

Your thoughts?



Kovalev on other topics, Google translate link.

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Frank RFA Talk

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

Does the restricted free-agent system work? Is there a way to make RFA status kinder to the players, while maintaining the advantages for teams?

Or should we scrap the whole thing?

"If you're going to get rid of it, what are you going to replace it with?" asked played agent Lewis Gross.

Make everyone an unrestricted free agent, at all ages. How about that?

"Sure. That's a free-market society. Who wouldn't love that? We'll let the market dictate everybody's salary," said Gross. "I think we'd all be happy with that. Well, everybody but the teams would be, that's for sure."

Gross was one of several NHL player agents we contacted recently to ask how they would reshape restricted free agency if given the chance to rewrite that section of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. (We assume they'd then get NHL owners to agree to these terms through the use of hypnosis or hallucinogens.)


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Afternoon Line- Cody Ceci

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Video- Remembering Stan Mikita

via Sportsnet's YouTube Page,



added 7:07pm, below, watch Dave Stubbs of NHL.com on Stan Mikita.

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Stan Mikita Has Passed Away

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Statement on behalf of the Mikita family

"With great sorrow, the Mikita family announces that Stan passed away on Tuesday August 7, 2018 at the age of 78. He was surrounded by his loving family whom he fiercely loved. Details of planned services will be released when they become available. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time." 

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