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from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
Alain Vigneault, one of the top candidates for the Rangers' coaching job, was in New York on Friday, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
With the whole Rangers front office en route to the East Coast from California, it's believed Vigneault was in New York to meet with team owner James Dolan.
A team spokesperson and spokesperson for Dolan declined to comment when reached via email Friday night.
Vigneault met with the Rangers earlier this week in La Quinta, Calif., during the team's organizational meetings and made a strong case for himself to succeed the recently dismissed John Tortorella.
However, even if the Rangers choose to offer Vigneault the job, he might have a tough choice to make.
Multiple sources told ESPNNewYork.com that Vigneault is a top candidate for the vacant coaching job with the Dallas Stars. He interviewed with general manager Jim Nill before flying to California to meet with the Rangers.
Another name competing for the Rangers' job is one of their own -- Mark Messier.
from the CP at Sportsnet,
Calgary’s current needs are size and talent at centre, more size on their third defensive pairing, plus a shooting right-winger to replace Iginla, Feaster said.
"We have to get bigger and we have to get harder to play against," the GM said.
Feaster fought the term "rebuild" as he traded away the team’s captain and top defenceman during the season. He joked Friday that via "therapy" he’s accepted that rebuilding is what Flames are doing.
His intention, however, is to make that process as short and as painless as possible.
"I don’t think there is a quick fix," Feaster said. "We have to do a better job as an organization in drafting. We think that over the last three drafts or so, we’ve done a better job, but (there’s) not enough players that are pushing through right now. We have to a better job developing players. Once we draft them, we do the right things to develop them.
"We have to continue to add assets. We can’t keep trading away high draft picks and trying for that solution that gets us through and gets us to the playoffs at the expense of the foundation."
Feaster hinted he’s willing to package current Flames into draft-day transactions.
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Kris Letang will have UFA status July 2014.
from Craig Custance of ESPN (paid subscription),
As of Thursday afternoon, Letang's camp hadn't heard from Shero but anticipated that negotiations would get serious within the next week.
In his comments to the media on Thursday, Shero made it clear that his priority is to sign Letang, but he didn't completely rule out a trade. It's going to come down to negotiations and how much of a discount Letang is willing to provide Pittsburgh to stay with that group. If he hits the market, his ticket would be huge.
As a free agent, the starting point would be $7-8 million per season at max length. To stay in Pittsburgh, it may have to be an eight-year deal closer to $6.5 million. Letang understands that the best deal will come on the open market; it's just finding out how big the difference is going to be. Those are conversations the two sides still need to have. And executives around the league will be watching closely.
The feeling from those I spoke with on Thursday is that Letang will sign an extension with Pittsburgh. It's a similar situation to Staal in that the best move would be to trade him if there's not a deal to be struck, but it's different in that the Penguins don't have two other world-class defensemen already on the roster the way they did at center last year.
"He's just entering the prime of his career," one Western Conference executive said of Letang. "He's an impact defenseman who generates offense, plays on your power play and is a competitive guy. They're going to try to get something done. These are hard players to find."
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Asking the Flyers to not get in on the action is like asking 95 percent of all hockey cards not to depreciate in value. It’s in their DNA. It’s what they do.
Unfortunately, evidence suggesting constant roster turnover isn’t the ideal way to construct a Stanley Cup-winning product continues to mount. But it looks as if we’re in for another summer of significant renovations in Flyers land. Given their more recent history of deals, that should be terribly unnerving news for their fans.
Don’t get me wrong – I’d take 30 owners like Flyers czar Ed Snider and his intense desire to win over some miserly financial bottom-line owner any day of the week. Some of the impetus for the addition of Streit (and likely another NHL blueliner such as pending UFA Ron Hainsey in the weeks to come) is justifiable; once Philadelphia lost star d-man Chris Pronger to the scourge of concussions, it set in motion a massive house-of-cards collapse on the back end (one exacerbated by the departure of Matt Carle).
However, as more than a few veteran NHL observers (most notably, former Flyers nemesis Bobby Holik) have said more than once, the consistent inconsistency of whom that franchise chooses to build around has a negative effect on the process. It’s tough to argue against that line of thought, particularly when you examine Philly’s success-to-failure ratio on the trade front in the past two off-seasons.
from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,
Divorces don’t happen overnight. Most times, you can hear them coming.
Loose comments? A chilly change in tone? If you’re a Coyotes fan, you were jolted by both before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said time was running short on the city of Glendale. He said “stuff’s gonna happen” in the next two weeks. He even tossed out the visual of a boarded-up Jobing.com Arena.
Not what you expect from a life partner.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly acknowledged for the first time that the Coyotes might not be playing in Arizona next season. He said the puck was in Glendale’s end, assuming all city-council members actually would catch the metaphor.
It sounded a lot better when we were on the 1-yard line.
from Rick Carpiniello of Rangers Report,
- One thing I don’t get, and it seems simple to me, is why the NHL doesn’t make two amendments to its playoff overtime procedure. First, why do the team switch sides? What is the point of forcing both teams to make the long change in the first (and third) OT? I know, the long change sometimes results in a bad change and an offensive chance. I think it also results in more careful play, more dump-and-changes, and probably results in more too-many-men penalties (or missed penalties). I just don’t see why teams can’t defend on the side of their bench for the entire overtime. I think it would improve the OTs.
- The other thing is, there are no TV timeouts during overtime, which is good for us, but not necessarily good for the game. We heard all about how tired the players were in Game 1’s triple-OT (partly, I’m going to repeat, due to the long change). Part if that is because there are no breaks for all the players to get a breather and for the ice to be shoveled, as there are in every period all season long, and the first three periods of every playoff game. Why not just schedule a quick timeout, instead of once after the 10:00 mark, but also after the 5:00 mark and the 15:00 mark? Would add two or three minutes to the OT, total, and make for a better OT, just as not switching sides would. I think players would be fresher, more chances would be taken, maybe the OTs would even end more quickly.
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The leader in the clubhouse would be Alain Vigneault. That, of course, excludes the other leader in the clubhouse named Mark Messier.
This is the state of the Rangers’ search for a coach that paused yesterday following Vigneault’s visit on Tuesday with general manager Glen Sather and front office personnel at the club’s organizational meetings in La Quinta, Calif.
The former Vancouver coach is believed to have made a favorable impression on Sather, though an offer to replace John Tortorella does not seem imminent. That could change, however, if the Stars make a time-sensitive offer to Vigneault, who has previously interviewed with Dallas GM (and former colleague) Jim Nill.
(Pittsbugh, PA June 13,2013) The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Evgeni Malkin on an eight-year $76 million contract extension, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The deal begins with the 2014-15 season and runs through the 2021-22 campaign, and has an average annual value of $9.5 million. He will earn $9.5 million for each of the eight seasons.
from Jordan Heath-Rawlings of Sportsnet,
A newspaper headline in early May summed the situation up: “Mike Smith makes case for Canada’s 2014 Olympic team.” And somewhere, Patrick Roy, Ed Belfour or Brodeur did a spit-take with their morning cornflakes. Mike Smith? The 31-year-old laid out a biography that would, to put it politely, make him unique among NHLers who have worn the red-and-white in an Olympic crease in recent years: “I played a year in the East Coast League, four years in the minors and found my way to the NHL,” Smith reflected. “It was an endurance race for me. Not a sprint.” That a goalie with Smith’s modest pedigree can so easily join the discussion is a clear indication that the blue ice that once belonged to blue-chippers may now be an open competition, claimed by whoever enters February 2014 with the hottest glove hand.
So where does that leave Steve Yzerman’s Team Canada? Grasping at Crawfords. And Devan Dubnyks. And James Reimers. Good players all, and they might not be bad Olympic goalies. But there’s no evidence they’ll be great ones. It’s an uncomfortable feeling for Canadian hockey fans—but we should have seen it coming. Of the past 15 Vezina Trophy nominees, just three were Canadian—Steve Mason in 2009, Brodeur in 2010 and Luongo in 2011. The 2013 award marks the second straight year without a Canadian nomination, and the fifth without a win.
As a whole, the 36 Canadian netminders who made an NHL appearance this season combined for a 2.58 GAA and a .911 SP. The American, Russian, Finnish and Swedish goalie contingents all had better numbers. And Canadians were increasingly playing smaller roles. Though they made up 43.9 percent of NHL netminders, Canadians played just 38.5 percent of the games. (Finns, in contrast, represented 9.8 percent of goalies and played 14.4 percent of the games.) A decade ago, that wasn’t the case—the Czechs, thanks largely to the work of the sublime Dominik Hasek, were the only nation with comparable on-ice goaltending stats, and Canadians represented 57.1 percent of the goalies while playing 58 percent of the games. Two decades ago, there weren’t even enough non-Canadian goaltenders to make a fair comparison. It’s not just that Canada’s no longer the only fish in the pond, it’s that the other fish are growing rapidly.
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