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Top Players At The World Junior Summer Showcase

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The players, coaches and executives at the World Junior Summer Showcase know that summer hockey results have little bearing on how a season could unfold.

"It's summer," United States coach Bob Motzko said. "All the athletes here, you're not in midseason shape."

However, many players stood out during the eight days of games and practices at USA Hockey Arena and made strong first impressions in their goal of playing at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo.

Here are NHL.com's top 10 players from the World Junior Summer Showcase, in alphabetical order:

Lias Andersson, F, Sweden (New York Rangers)

Andersson scored three goals in five games, including two in a loss to the U.S. on Wednesday. He played a role at the 2017 WJC but has the look of someone who wants to be a leader in 2018.

"Lias was here last year and he was good but he didn't make the same impression he does now," coach Tomas Monten said. "Lias is a player that leaves everything on the ice every time. That's a big key factor for your team. We need the leadership, that kind of work ethic on the ice."

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Early August Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The Forecaster has Auston Matthews going from 40 to 42 goals — I think more — and from 69 to 75 points. That 75 points would tie him with William Nylander for the Maple Leafs lead in scoring ... One surprise to me, the Forecaster has Connor McDavid going from 100 points to 97 — I’m thinking 110 is more likely. But the magazine loves Leon Draisaitl in Edmonton and has him going from 77 points to 91 ... The scoring champ prediction is not Sidney Crosby or McDavid, the likely choices. It has Evgeni Malkin winning the Art Ross.

- Peter Karmanos is asking for $500 million US for the Carolina Hurricanes, who have trouble selling tickets. Good luck to him. Bill Foley paid $500 million for the Vegas franchise and many wondered why the price was so high.

a few more hockey notes, remember it is early August...

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Afternoon Line- Larry Brooks On John Tavares

Maybe this all works out for the Islanders. Maybe they get their rink. Maybe they get through the season in Brooklyn without anyone suffering an injury owing to poor ice conditions. Maybe the very young guys on the cusp make it. Maybe the young guys who have underachieved the past couple of seasons will thrive with Doug Weight behind the bench from beginning to end. Maybe the Jaro Halak-Thomas Greiss tandem in nets is more efficient than it was a year ago, and maybe general manager Garth Snow will be emboldened to yield a couple of assets for shorter-term help when the opportunity arises.

Maybe then, Tavares will put his signature where his heart is. The truth is, he has had five weeks to do it and has not.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on Tavares.

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David Backes Working To Improve His Game

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The 6-foot-3-inch, 221-pound Backes is 33 years old, not always a kind age to power forwards. Legs that once propelled Backes through puck carriers did not fire with their previous velocity. By the time he closed on opponents, the puck was long gone.

The feedback started midseason from the bosses: president Cam Neely, GM Don Sweeney, and then-coach Claude Julien. It was not the kind that makes players comfortable.

“Just honest evaluation of, ‘Hey, this is where my game’s lagging perhaps, the way the game’s trending, and how we need to keep up,’ ” Backes said. “We need to be honest in order to improve ourselves. That was a recognition, probably in January in conversations with Cam, Don Sweeney, and a little bit with Claude. This was the way I needed to improve myself. I’ve really taken that to heart and put the time in this summer.”

Backes has been training to emphasize agility, quickness, and explosiveness over bulk and power. He wants to accelerate to cruising speed quicker to help him keep pace with linemates and be more a bother to other teams.

Backes has something to prove: that he is not an overpayment. A $6 million annual price tag is a premium to pay for 38 points. The Bruins, however, aren’t the only club feeling buyer’s remorse on 2016 purchases.

Consider the deals signed by Kyle Okposo (seven years, $42 million), Milan Lucic (seven years, $42 million), Andrew Ladd (seven years, $38.5 million), Loui Eriksson (six years, $36 million), and Frans Nielsen (six years, $31.25 million). So far, they look inflationary.

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Mad In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

I love the passion of the Habs debate, but this is crazy. I feel like there’s a level of bitterness to the discussion of the Canadiens this summer that’s unprecedented and, honestly, most of that anger is coming from the fans in the pro-Bergevin camp.

They simply cannot accept any criticism of Habs general manager Marc Bergevin or his team. It is downright bizarre.

I have been a journalist for a very long time, mostly writing about arts and culture. Yet, I have never seen anything like the abusive commentary that has been tossed my way since I started writing What the Puck in this space at the beginning of 2016. I’m a big boy and can handle it, but still....

Whatever happened to civilized debate? Let me just say this loud and clear, once and for all: I am a Habs fan. You can’t take that away from me. You can say I’m an idiot — as you often do — but you can’t say I don’t love the Canadiens.

What is odd is this notion that you can’t be a Habs fan and be vehemently opposed to the direction the team’s going in. Some claim I have invented this division amongst Habs fans. But that’s absurd.

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Jakob Chychrun Had Knee Surgery Today, Out Indefinitely

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun underwent successful knee surgery today to repair a knee injury that he suffered this week during offseason training. Chychrun is expected to make a full recovery but will be out indefinitely. The Coyotes will provide a further update once training camp begins on September 14.

Chychrun totaled 7-13-20 with 47 penalty minutes (PIM) in 68 games as a rookie with the Coyotes in 2016-17. He was originally drafted by Arizona in the first round (16th overall) in the 2016 Entry Draft.

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Don Maloney Named VP Of Hockey Operations In Calgary

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving made the following announcement with regards to the hockey department; Don Maloney was named Vice President of Hockey Operations. Maloney will continue to report directly to General Manager Brad Treliving.

Maloney originally joined the Flames in 2016 as a Pro Scout following nine seasons as Executive Vice President, General Manager and Alternate Governor of the Arizona Coyotes. Prior to joining the Coyotes in 2007, he spent the previous 10 seasons as a member of the New York Rangers’ front office, most recently serving as the team’s Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager.

Additionally, the Flames have re-signed Assistant General Managers Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall. Conroy is entering his fourth season in his current role after serving four seasons as a Special Assistant to the General Manager. This will be Brad Pascall’s third season as the Flames Assistant General Manager and the General Manager of the Flames AHL affiliate Stockton Heat.

The Flames also announced Derek MacKinnon as the Director of Pro Personnel; Rob Sumner and Fred Parker as Assistant Directors of Amateur Scouting working under Director of Amateur Scouting Tod Button; and Chris Snow changing titles to Director of Hockey Analysis.

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Mike Fisher Hanging Up His Skates

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

The career of arguably the most recognizable player in Predators history ended Thursday when captain Mike Fisher announced his retirement in an exclusive for The Tennessean.

Fisher played 1,088 NHL games across 17 seasons with the Predators and Ottawa Senators. The 37-year-old became synonymous with the Predators franchise during six-plus seasons, totaling 237 points in 413 games. 

At the conclusion of the Predators’ season following a six-game loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final, Fisher cited “faith, family and then hockey” as his personal priorities

"Everyone wants to win in this game, no one probably more than me," Fisher said in June. "But there's other things. At the end of the day, this is a game. It's an important part of my life, but it's not everything."

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Video- A Confident Aaron Ekblad On Last Season And The Upcoming Season

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Aaron Ekblad talked to reporters about the disappointments of last season, injuries, and his new attitude towards off-season training.

 

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Minutes Before Arbitration Calvin de Haan Agrees To A One-Year Deal With The New York Islanders

 

added 10:01am, press release is below...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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