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There Is Hockey Talk In Early August

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

- Now more than three weeks post-July 1 – the start of free agency, and the ability of teams to negotiate extensions with players about to enter the final season of their contracts — it has been radio silence over at Bruins HQs.

No word yet on a contract extension for Pastrnak.

Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, last seen dancing the night away at Tuukka Rask’s nuptials in Italy, technically remain unsigned, though word around town is that GM Don Sweeney remains confident they’re done deals, each veteran pivot to sign on for one year.

Jeremy Swayman, possibly on the cusp of becoming the franchise tender, also is eligible to sign an extension. No word there either.

- All of these pending issues interrelate, though none is more important than tying down the 26-year-old Pastrnak, possibly through the spring of 2030-31. That would mean buying eight years of free agency, bringing him to age 35.

The price for that? Gigunda. Cast your eyes above to that list of 200-plus goal scorers. The other four big sticks in that group average a cap hit of $10.5 million, topped by McDavid’s league-high $12.5 million.

Keep in mind, though, McDavid inked that deal July 5, 2017. And Ovechkin ($9.5 million) was 36 when his latest deal (five years) began last October. It all points to a Pastrnak deal, at least at this hour, of somewhere around $11 million a year.

more on the above topics plus other NHL notes...

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Late Evening Contract News On Jonathan Huberdeau

added 11;13pm, Calgary release is below.

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Afternoon Line- Max Pacioretty

“I mentioned that at the end of the year that no one is really holding us accountable,” Pacioretty explained. “If we have a bad year like this, the city would be half on fire in Montreal. Here in Vegas, it’s 80 degrees, and it’s sunny. We’re getting our car washed and getting our organic food, and going to play golf.

“I was kind of like, ‘we’ve got to police this thing a little better amongst each other.’ I don’t want to say it was a country club, but you have no one from the outside holding you accountable.”...

"A lot of these guys haven’t played somewhere else so they don’t know really what it’s like," Pacioretty said. "I’ve felt myself personally it always gets the best out of you when my coach or someone else are demanding and hold you accountable and I found myself almost missing that a tiny bit when things went wrong this year."

Thomas Hall of Yahoo has more from Pacioretty...

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NHL Releases Composite Preseason Schedule

NEW YORK (August 3, 2022) -- The National Hockey League announced today the 2022-23 composite preseason schedule, a 15-day, 108-game slate played across 45 NHL and neutral-site venues in North America and Europe from Sept. 24 to Oct. 8.

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It’s All About Goaltending In Washington

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

What Washington Has: A fully-signed lineup; a legitimate, if aging, superstar scorer in Alex Ovechkin; a brand new goaltending tandem in starter Darcy Kuemper and Charlie Lindgren; two nifty-off-season acquisitions in former Senators and Maple Leafs forward Connor Brown and former Blackhawks center Dylan Strome; a deep group of forwards; an elite-level defenseman in John Carlson; decent depth signings in veteran forwards Marcus Johansson and Henrik Borgstrom, and D-man Matt Irwin.

What Washington Needs: Salary cap flexibility; a quick return to health for injured forwards Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson and Carl Hagelin; a much-improved home record (they went 19-16-6 last season)....

...the biggest gamble Caps are taking this coming season is in goal. Last year’s duo of Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov both are no longer with the organization, replaced by former Canadiens and Blues goalie Charlie Lindgren and former Colorado starter Darcy Kuemper. Capitals GM Brian MacLellan gave the 32-year-old Kuemper a five-year, $26.25-million contract, making him Washington’s No. 1 guy in net for the foreseeable future, while the 28-year-old Lindgren will spell off Kuemper in preparation for a playoff run. The Caps’ offense should give Kuemper more than enough support to win more games than he loses, but make no mistake – the pressure is squarely on Kuemper to prove his Cup-winning season with the Avs this past year was no fluke.


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John Klingberg Will Focus On This Season

from Sportsnet,

Sometimes the stars don't perfectly align. Sometimes you can't get all your ducks in a row.

After signing a one-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks, former Dallas Stars defenceman John Klingberg is looking for long-term security, but understands he can't get too far ahead of himself.

"I mean it's probably part of the plan, but I'm not going to look too far ahead," Klingberg said Monday. "I want to get long term at the end of the day. Right now, I'm signing (for) one year at Anaheim and we're going to have to take it from here. I can't focus on what's going to be there in one year. It has to be this season."


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Video- 15 Minutes Of Backhand Goals

All from the past season in the NHL.


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Notes On Our Game

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The Maple Leafs are paying $48 million this season — more than any team in hockey — for the top five players on their roster and to date they have little to show for it. In other words, they’re paying 58% of their salary cap room for 23% of their lineup. Is that new math or old analytics?

- The two-time champion and two-time finalist Tampa Bay Lightning are closest to the Leafs paying $44 million for a Top 5 that includes Conn Smythe Trophy winners in Andrei Vasilevskiy and Victor Hedman. And there are few teams better run than Doug Armstrong’s St. Louis Blues, who have won a Stanley Cup, and only pay $34.5 million for their top five players.

- In the Brendan Shanahan era, Tampa Bay has played 155 playoff games. The Leafs have played 39. If you add it up, that’s about an additional $100 million or so in playoff revenue for the club that the Lightning has taken and the Leafs have not.

- The Florida Panthers confuse me. Yes, they traded for Matthew Tkachuk. Hard not to like that. But they’ve lost Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, Mason Marchment, Claude Giroux, Ben Chiarot and quite likely smiling Joe Thornton from their playoff roster. Don’t know how that makes them better

a few more notes plus Simmons picks his all-time centers...

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Free Agency, Fedorov And Hockey Canada

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Six weeks out from training camp, the roster of unsigned free agents might challenge for a playoff spot — or would do an equally credible job as did the 2021-22 expansion Kraken.

That is a function of the flat cap that has squeezed teams and the free-agent class, as it will for at least the next two summers until the NHLPA’s escrow debt to the league is paid in full. This is a function of the 2020 collective bargaining agreement extension that fully contemplated this issue.

At this juncture, Sonny Milano is out there, and so is Tyler Motte. Paul Stastny, Calvin De Haan, Evan Rodrigues, Zach Aston-Reese, P.K. Subban, Cody Eakin, Ryan Murray, Jay Beagle and Derek Stepan are unsigned. So is Braden Holtby. So is Phil Kessel.

And even Nazem Kadri, who apparently is waiting for his preferred team to clear enough cap space to either sign him or register an already signed deal that is some general manager’s bottom desk drawer.

- So maybe the Red Wings will never erect a statue of Sergei Fedorov outside their arena, but have not the statute of limitations run out on the transcendent center’s 1998 perceived offer sheet transgression with Carolina?

It is surely past time for Detroit to retire Fedorov’s No. 91.

The two biggest miscarriages of justice in NHL awards voting of my career are: 1) Joe Thornton winning the 2006 Hart Trophy instead of Jaromir Jagr; 2) Steve Yzerman winning the 1998 Conn Smythe instead of Fedorov.

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It has raised serious questions, not only in Canada, but also surely here in the United States — about the macho, old-boy mentality that infects the sport from both from the top down and from the bottom up.

Canada deserved better from Hockey Canada. So did the sport. The organization needs a cleansing. It needs a new voice, new direction and new priorities. It needs new leadership. The past must make way for the future. The current regime must go.

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Summer Cap Issues

from Ian Kennedy of The Hockey News,

According to CapFriendly, nine NHL teams are poised to spend over the salary cap in 2022-2023. Using LTIR, however, not all of those teams are in trouble…at least not yet, but these teams will be watching their cap closely this season, and will need to crunch the numbers if they intend to make any additions to their rosters.


The acquisition of Shea Weber was a band-aid for an organization that can’t print money fast enough. They were forced to give away Max Pacioretty and throw in Dylan Coghlan to the Carolina Hurricanes for nothing, except the almost $8 million in cap relief it provided the team. 

Unfortunately for Vegas, they aren’t out of the cap crunch yet. Already over the salary cap (although they’ll be compliant due to Weber’s relief), the Golden Knights only have two-thirds of a roster signed. They still have some meaningful RFA’s (Nicolas Hague, Keegan Kolesar, Nicolas Roy) to be signed, and have no room to make an in-season trade, unless it’s again shedding money…and talent. The clock is ticking for Vegas until this cap nightmare can no longer be avoided.


The main reason the Flyers missed out on Johnny Gaudreau is that they literally did not have the money.

read on for seven more teams...

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