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In many ways the Jets would be better off without Byfuglien, especially if they can get a decent return. That, of course, is more easily said than done given his contract status and age (30).
If the Jets won’t — or can’t — move Byfuglien they will either have to sign him to a long-term contract or lose him outright to free agency.
Neither of those options sound very good.
-Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun on Dustin Byfuglien. Read more on this topic from Wyman.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
To the Calgary Flames faithful, GM Brad Treliving’s elevated himself to lofty status.
On the heels of the team signing captain Mark Giordano to a contract extension — essentially capping a summer in which the club also acquired and inked rising star blueliner Dougie Hamilton among a few other impressive moves — the praise for Treliving has gone off the charts.
Words of “wizard” and “genius” were all over Twitter in the aftermath of Giordano’s extension being announced on Tuesday....
And his latest signing, inking Giordano to a six-year extension which pays an average salary of US$6.75 million, has other benefits than just keeping the team’s captain in the fold.
“I do think Mark Giordano on the open market can make more than what Mark Giordano signed for here with us,” Treliving said. “Absolutely he did a good deal for himself, but I also think he was very cognizant of his team here and making sure we give ourselves the best chance moving forward to have success.”
from Arpon Basu of NHL.com,
Bergevin took a chance on two talented, underachieving forwards in the hopes they find a way to play to their potential.
The Canadiens on July 1 traded popular forward Brandon Prust to the Vancouver Canucks for Zack Kassian and a fifth-round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft. Kassian was the No. 13 pick at the 2009 NHL Draft, has scored 35 goals in 198 games, and has been traded twice. However, the 24-year-old was tied for the Canucks lead in goals per 60 minutes of ice time last season, according to war-on-ice.com, and the Canadiens hope a clearly defined role will lead to more consistent production from the 6-foot-3, 214-pound forward.
Bergevin also signed forward Alexander Semin to a one-year, $1.1 million contract July 24 after the Carolina Hurricanes bought out of the final three years of his five-year, $35 million contract July 1. The 31-year-old is coming off the worst season of his NHL career (six goals, 19 points in 57 games) but as a right-handed shot with a tremendous release and high-end skating ability, he fills an area of need for the Canadiens. He has 238 goals and 513 points in 635 NHL games in 10 seasons, including seven seasons with 20 or more goals.
"We're going to give him an opportunity, and it's the type of player we were missing when you looked at our team," Therrien said. "He's a guy who can score, who can make plays, and who's shown in the past that he can contribute to the success of a team offensively."
The bottom line for the Canadiens in 2015-16 is they need to score more goals. Whether that comes by fixing a dysfunctional power play, from contributions from new acquisitions, or through the continued development of forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, it has to happen in order for the Canadiens to take the next step.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced on Tuesday the appointment of Craig Ramsay as coaching consultant with the Club.
“We are very pleased to welcome Craig Ramsay as coaching consultant. He has an impressive hockey background, having worked as an NHL coach for over 20 years, following a playing career that included over 1,000 games played. On a consulting basis, he will be called upon regularly during the season to share his knowledge with our coaching group. Our players will also benefit from his expertise”, said Bergevin.
Ramsay, 64, has nearly 40 years of experience with seven different National Hockey League organizations. He was an assistant coach for 18 of the past 20 years, totaling over 1,500 games as assistant coach, and over 150 games as head coach in the NHL.
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed their captain Mark Giordano to a six-year contract.
Giordano, a native of Toronto, Ontario, has been the captain of the Calgary Flames since 2013. He has played his entire NHL career with Calgary, amassing 66 goals and 179 assists for 245 points along with 466 penalty minutes in 510 games.
Last season Giordano was named to the NHL All-Star Game and was a finalist for the NHL’s Foundation Player Award. Giordano was leading all NHL defensemen in scoring with 11 goals, 37 assists for 48 points in 61 games played before sustaining a season ending injury on February 25th.
via Jason Mackey tweets,
Asked GMJR if he was pursuing a trade: "Not really actively pursuing it. There’s not a lot going on right now.
"You can’t even find a lot of guys if you call them now. It’s really when we get into camp, and teams see what they have."
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Last season might have been a seminal one for the Winnipeg Jets -- who returned to the playoffs for the first time since moving back to the prairies from Atlanta at the end of the 2011 season -- but a first-round sweep at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks revealed just how much work is ahead for the hard-luck franchise.
That’s where Jacob Trouba comes in. General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has painstakingly built a big, fast, physical team, and Trouba is a cornerstone member of a young defensive corps that has a chance to be among the league’s best.
Last season, the Jets finished tied for 10th in goals against per game after years of being a league doormat in that defensive category. Trouba was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft and joined the Jets after a stellar freshman season at the University of Michigan. He made the jump from college hockey almost seamlessly, leading all rookie skaters in average ice time per game in 2013-14 and earning serious consideration for the Calder Trophy despite missing almost a month because of injury. Trouba's absence from the lineup was a factor in the Jets' missing the playoffs that spring.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Voynov remains suspended by both the Kings and the NHL and there is no timetable for a final decision on his potential return to action. That’s a problem. But it’s not one the league seems in a hurry to address.
“Once he is released, his status as a suspended player will not change until we have had an adequate opportunity to review the matter and conclude our process,” (Bill) Daly wrote. “There is no precise or projected timeline for that.”
It’s hard to imagine at this point what the NHL is waiting on aside, perhaps, from the opportunity to meet with Voynov face-to-face. It’s been nearly a year since he was arrested in October and the league’s investigation into the incident has been “ongoing” throughout....
This is virgin territory for the league, and taking careful, considered steps is understandable. But nearly a year on, it’s time to set a standard.
Hopefully, it won’t be needed as a reference anytime soon.
from Michael Smith of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
In the corner of a shared office on the fourth floor of PNC Arena, you’ll find a small desk with enough surface area to house a laptop and an extra screen, a keyboard, a mouse and a pair of books about statistical analysis. It’s the unassuming – and temporary, as a much more appropriately sized desk is en route – home to one of the more incredibly bright and insightful minds in the hockey analytics community: Eric Tulsky.
Tulsky recently joined the Carolina Hurricanes full-time as a hockey analyst, a role in which he will provide and analyze data to assist the hockey operations department and coaching staff.
“In a really broad, general level, my job is to make use of any data we can get and figure out how we can use it to improve our decision making,” he said. “On a daily basis, my job is to collect, assemble and analyze that information to provide useful input to people.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Let’s start with this: For our money, Sidney Crosby is still one of the top two or three best hockey players, if not the best player on the planet. That is a given. And it will not shock us at all that if Crosby wins another scoring title playing with Phil Kessel.
But if the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team strangely adrift since back-to-back trips to the Stanley Cup finals in 2008 and 2009, are going to get back to relevance -- never mind seriously contending for a championship -- then the key is the blue line. And the blue line begins and ends right now with Kris Letang.
For most of last season, Letang and the now departed Paul Martin were the top pairing on a defense that for most of the season was a top six or seven team in goals allowed per game. A late-season swoon that coincided with injuries to their top defensemen saw the Pens finish 10th in goals allowed per game. All in all, not too shabby. Still, the Penguins were ousted in five games in the first round by the New York Rangers, losing all four games by a 2-1 count.
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