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Different Names, Same Team In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

So if Les Boys are only as good as last season, that’s simply not good enough. And if they’re a little worse, that’s really not good enough. To channel Pierre McGuire, a bunch of other teams in the East — notably Tampa Bay, Toronto, Buffalo — are probably going to be stronger and the big boys — Pittsburgh, Washington and Columbus — are probably going to be just as good. So standing still ain’t acceptable.

Let’s look at the additions and subtractions. Enter Jonathan Drouin, which is obviously a big plus and I remain upbeat about the Québécois winger. But in the deal, the Canadiens lost Mikhail Sergachev, who might just morph into this generation’s Andrei Markov or better. He’s a prospect, so we’ll have to wait and see, but advance word is beyond good on this young man.

Drouin basically replaces Alexander Radulov, so it’s not progress. Drouin had 21 goals and 53 points last season, while Radu-love had 18 goals and 54 points.

The other thing to keep in mind is that the toothless wonder that is Radulov also brought a certain je-ne-sais-quoi to the team. Fans adored him and he provided much-needed spark for everyone around him, from Alex Galchenchuk to Max Pacioretty. And he was a playoff hero.

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If John Tavares Doesn’t Sign An Extension

Arthur Staple of Newsday answers questions from the fans and has this to say on John Tavares.

If Tavares says no thanks to any extension at any point this season, I think Snow has to trade him. There’s too much distraction in holding onto him to make a playoff run, and I can’t see how he or his teammates would be able to focus if he’d made it clear he’s out the door.

The trade request is tricky, especially if this all were to happen close to the deadline in February. Snow can ask for whatever he wants — a team’s two best prospects, their first-rounders this year and next, maybe a top-six forward off a roster — but the response would be limited with just a few weeks to go in the season.

I’d say if a trade were to be bargained before the season, it would be two A-level prospects, two draft picks (including one first-rounder) and a roster forward. Just a guess.

more plus other NYI related questions including offer sheets...

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Jussi Jokinen Signs A One-Year Contract With The Edmonton Oilers

via the Edmonto Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Jussi Jokinen to a one-year contract.

Jokinen, 34, played with the Florida Panthers in 2016-17, serving as an alternate captain and posting 28 points (11G, 17A) and 39 penalty minutes in 69 games.

The native of Kalijoki, Finland also represented Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. In 2015-16, he amassed 60 points (18G, 42A) and 42 penalty minutes in 81 games for the Panthers, ranking second in team scoring.

The 6'0", 198-pound forward has appeared in 891 career NHL games with Dallas, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Pittsburgh and Florida, accumulating 546 points (186G, 360A) and 365 penalty minutes. In addition, Jokinen has played in 56 playoff games, posting 32 points (17G, 15A) and 20 penalty minutes. 

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Kevin Klein Retires

He had back issues last season.


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Summer Observations

from John Matisz at the Toronto Sun,

Before packing it in for the summer, though, let’s pause and reflect. Here are 10 observations from a truly wild and wacky NHL off-season:

- McDavid’s compromise won’t help poster boys
On Tuesday, Connor McDavid admitted to leaving money on the table (reportedly $750,000 per year) when he signed an eight-year, $100-million contract extension with the Oilers.

We can debate for days the merits of trimming your earnings by $6 million for the good of the team. What really piques my interest is the effect McDavid’s selflessness will have on the earning potential of the sport’s marquee young forwards who are eligible next summer for second-contract deals.

Compared to an alternate universe in which McDavid accepted the reported $13.25M offer, Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Mitch Marner now will likely command fewer dollars.

McDavid is the benchmark and his actions, on and off the ice, set the dominoes in motion.

- Don’t sleep on the sneaky ’Canes
Carolina has brought in an underrated producer in Justin Williams, a defensive specialist in Marcus Kruger and a solid No. 4/5 ‘D’ in Trevor van Riemsdyk this off-season. In May, general manager Ron Francis also acquired starting goalie Scott Darling. A solid haul.

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Using Numbers To Determine The Top UFA Signings

from Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet,

Whether it was due to a weak crop of free agents or unexpectedly low growth in the NHL salary cap, there hasn’t been much ridiculous spending in NHL free agency in 2017. Most teams that were active did well for themselves, securing quality players at reasonable cap hits.

After digging into the numbers, the following 10 deals are our favourites.

C Martin Hanzal, Dallas Stars: Three years, $4.75 million cap hit
Hanzal is a capable scorer at 5-on-5, with a point production rate better than the average second-liner over each of the past four seasons. What makes him special, though, is he can play tough matchups and be his team’s primary defensive zone centre while still contributing offence. In each of the past 10 years, his team has done a better job of out-shooting its opponents when he’s on the ice as opposed to being on the bench.

C Sam Gagner, Vancouver Canucks: Three years, $3.15 million cap hit
The first of three Canucks on this list isn’t the same kind of two-way threat Hanzal is, but brings value in a specific role. Gagner hit 50 points this past season despite limited minutes, in large part thanks to his work as the right-shot finisher on the Blue Jackets power play. He’s only 27 years old and is capable of anchoring a secondary scoring line and playing a large role on the man advantage.


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What To Pay Colton Parayko

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Parayko’s camp realistically can demand $6 million to $7 million per year on a long-term deal. He could settle for a short-term deal through arbitration, but Armstrong risks paying higher salaries whenever Parayko finally signs for the long haul. Where is Parayko’s ceiling? It is far north of Shayne Gostisbehere, a power-play specialist who signed a six-year, $27 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

It is closer to the vicinity of Shea Weber, who is in the middle of a crazy 14-year, $110 million contract signed under an earlier NHL collective bargaining agreement. The marketplace is more rational in the current CBA but, like we said, Parayko is going to get paid.

All of this activity provides great motivation for the young Blues defenseman. Walman is the most interesting of the bunch, possessing some of the qualities that made Shattenkirk so valuable.


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On The Road Back For Kevin Stevens

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The reaction was jarring, a two-time Stanley Cup champion returning to the city where he was beloved and being greeted with consternation and even contempt. But maybe that’s why the Penguins decided to bring Kevin Stevens back to Pittsburgh and back to their organization in the first place. They knew he had a horrific story about addiction to tell, one that would offend many but maybe, just maybe, help a lot of kids....

The hockey players whom Stevens addressed at the camp are too young to remember that he was the NHL’s best power forward in the early 1990s. Man, he was something special, scoring 40 goals on the Cup-winning team in 1991 and 54 more when they repeated in 1992. He long will be fondly remembered here for guaranteeing a series victory against Boston in the 1991 playoffs after the Penguins lost the first two games....

Google video of Stevens’ collision with the Islanders’ Rich Pilon but be warned it is for mature audiences only. Stevens was knocked unconscious and landed face-first on the Civic Arena ice, leaving players on both teams and a crowd of 16,164 stunned and sickened. When doctors peeled the skin down from Stevens’ forehead, they looked at all the broken bones and compared the damage to someone stepping on a potato chip. They put in metal plates during a 4½-hour surgery, rolled the skin back up and needed more than 100 stitches to secure it.

Stevens scored 41 goals the next season, but many close to him will tell you he was never the same player or same person again. He always liked to drink and showed signs of being an alcoholic early in his career. But that was just the start of his problems. Addiction knows no boundaries. In January 2000 Stevens, who by then had moved on from the Penguins to Boston to the Los Angeles Kings to the New York Rangers, was arrested in a St. Louis suburban hotel for smoking crack cocaine with a prostitute. But the worst still was to come. Stevens was convicted in May on federal drug charges of conspiring to sell the painkiller oxycodone between April 2015 and March 2016.


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30 Players Filed For Salary Arbitration

TORONTO (July 5, 2017) – Thirty players have elected Salary Arbitration:

Arizona Coyotes

Jordan Martinook


Boston Bruins

Ryan Spooner


Buffalo Sabres

Nathan Beaulieu

Johan Larsson

Robin Lehner


Calgary Flames

Micheal Ferland

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A Three-Year Deal For Alex Galchenyuk In Montreal

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens announced on Wednesday that they had agreed to terms with pending-restricted free agent forward Alex Galchenyuk on a new 3-year contract. The deal will run through the 2019-20 season.

The 23-year-old is entering his sixth campaign with the Canadiens. Last season, Galchenyuk played in 61 games, netting 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points. Fifteen of those points were scored on the power play. He also suited up for all six games of the Habs' first-round series against the New York Rangers, contributing three assists and an even differential.

In 2015-16, Galchenyuk hit the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career. The Milwaukee, WI native appeared in all 82 games that season, adding 26 assists. Lifetime, Galchenyuk has played 336 games and collected 89 goals and 115 assists for 204 career points.


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