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Ryan Callahan Made The Right Decision

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

With a week to go before the July 1 free-agent frenzy, Callahan signed a six-year deal worth $5.8 million per with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team for which he’d played just 20 regular season and four playoff games.

On Saturday, he was asked about his decision....

“There’s a lot of things that weigh into every decision,” Callahan said before the Lightning met the Canucks in a marquee Saturday night matchup.

“But that was my main goal when the season ended. That’s why I didn’t test free agency.

“I wanted to sign back here so badly. I could see the direction this team was going and what they’re trying to build here. It’s not hard to see the talent in the room....

”The team that survived the Oren Koules-Len Barrie fiasco and missed the playoffs five out of six years before last season is now on the verge of greatness, and judging by the visuals from Saturday night, the next step is coming sooner rather than later.

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No More Freebies In Florida

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Back in the good, old days of the Florida Panthers — when they were only six years removed from going to the Stanley Cup Finals and trying to kiss up to fans after trading superstar Pavel Bure — the Panthers tried mightily to put butts in the seats.

If you were a cop or fireman or any kind of first responder, freebie. If you had a military ID, freebie. If you showed up at the box office with a driver’s license from, say, Plantation or Boca Raton on a certain promo day … freebie.

Head to a car dealership, tickets would sit on the front counter. Have lunch near the Panthers’ palace of an arena, four free tickets might come with your meal. Go shopping at Sawgrass Mills, you’d surely run into a Panthers account rep with a stack of tickets.

This may be stunning to hear, but it didn’t take long for season-ticket holders to become a wee bit incensed with the Panthers’ practice of flooding the marketplace with freebies and deeply discounted tickets. Imagine spending $2,500 for lower-bowl seats right next to a family of four every night who didn’t pay a penny.

continued plus more NHL talk in Russo's NHL Insider column...

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Flaws In Vancouver’s Game

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

While the television folks pontificating from Toronto were all exercised over the selection of Eddie Lack over Ryan Miller as the starting goalie for coach Willie Desjardins, this first kick in the stones from the reality of life in the real NHL illustrated a number of real issues with which the Canucks must deal.

First and foremost is the depth on defence. When the top four are healthy the back end is pretty good. But with Dan Hamhuis seemingly not himself after taking that stick in the yob Friday night in Edmonton with no penalty called, this team definitely misses Jason Garrison.

Hamhuis struggled terribly, skating at times and trying to move the puck was an awful ordeal, most particularly on Steven Stamkos’ second goal when he couldn’t get it out of the zone while wearing a full cage. He was minus three on the night and always struggles the first few games of any season, but we know he’s not the problem....

Luca Sbisa has been nothing short of laughable as Garrison’s replacement. At one point, again in the third period, he actually centered the puck in front of his own goal, something he did in the preseason to the disbelief of all. Whether he’s going to settle down and play better is unclear, but they can’t keep him in the lineup much longer if this act persists.

Further, the collective foot speed of the group is not the best and can be exposed at times.

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Videos- Paul Stastny And Curtis McElhinney Injured On Saturday

via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Stastny was hit by Arizona’s Martin Hanzal along the boards and then was bumped again later in his shift. He headed to the locker room just 59 seconds into the game and didn’t return due to what the team labeled an “upper-body” injury.

“He’s not going to play (Sunday) and then we’ll just see,” Hitchcock said. “He took a hit there and he’s kind of day-to-day and then we’ll just see where we’re at.”

 

Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney was also injured last night and no update on his condition. 

Watch how the injury happened below...

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Video- The Key Goals From 11 Games Last Night

A little over three minutes of action from last night.

 

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You Want Rumors?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is most certainly on the hotseat. The new owners are demanding that this team be competitive and the Panthers are mired in the same old mess. Yes, they have good young players, but the older veterans brought in by Tallon haven’t done the job. Many believe he’s the guy on the hotseat. The Panthers need to win if they are to have a footprint in Florida.

- The Oilers, Stars, Wings, Panthers, Bolts, Flames and Sharks are looking for a defenceman in some way, shape or form. Perhaps they should give the Flyers a call, there’s some talk Nick Grossman and Luke Schenn are available.

- A name to watch: Calgary defenceman Dennis Wideman. He has three years left at $5.25 million per season and his name is out there. He has a “no movement” clause so he would have to agree to a deal.

- If the Panthers are to move defenceman Brian Campbell, they want a top prospect in return.

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Problems In Edmonton Plus More Hockey Talk

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- On Tuesday, Edmonton faced off against Los Angeles without injured top-liners Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Predictably, the Oilers fell short, even though the Kings were missing Marian Gaborik and Jake Muzzin. But they didn’t just lose. They got hammered, 6-1. The next night, the Coyotes hung seven on the Oilers.

As usual, it’s a mess in Edmonton. Injuries happen. It doesn’t help when they hit two of your best players. But management is responsible for providing depth when the inevitable takes place. Edmonton’s top two centers against the Kings were Mark Arcobello and Leon Draisaitl....

- What do Chris Kelly, Kris Letang, Matt Carle, Nicklas Grossmann, Dan Girardi, Stephen Weiss, Brandon Prust, and Nathan Horton have in common? Two things: They played for the eight Eastern Conference playoff teams last season, and they are overpaid within the context of their rosters and job descriptions. The point is that just about every management team is carrying an inflated salary. It happens. No GM is immune to this issue. There are reasons. Carle, Weiss, Prust, and Horton won their paydays as unrestricted free agents. Letang has the coveted puck-moving skill set. The Bruins like Kelly’s versatility and presence. Girardi, when he’s on, is a good shutdown defenseman. It’s better to have the player at a higher price than to lose him to a competitor.

more on the Oilers plus additional hockey topics including how teams deal with the second contract of a player...

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Sunday Morning Hockey Talk

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- I’m glad Nazem Kadri has good analytics. I’d be even more impressed if he was in better support position when he played in the defensive zone and didn’t turn the puck over in the offensive zone.

- Somehow Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish must have forgotten that when they won Stanley Cups, Grant Fuhr, Bill Ranford or Mike Richter were in goal.

- From the department of weird stats: Evgeni Nabokov has more career shutouts (59) than Ken Dryden, Bernie Parent, Ed Giacomin, Rogie Vachon and Curtis Joseph. That list includes three Hall of Famers, one passed over Hall of Famer and one maybe someday Hall of Famer.

more including some Mike Babcock talk which does not include any mention of him coaching in Toronto next year...

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The Life Of The Pittsburgh Penguins Equipment Manager

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Pouring coffee with Penguins head equipment manager Dana Heinze can be a revealing experience.

First, grab a Styrofoam cup, black or gold with the Penguins logo on the side. Heinze packs these for road trips and insists the Penguins are the only NHL team that travels with logo-covered cups.

But don't dare put cream at the bottom and pour. That's an inadequate mix. Instead, dump one into the other, then repeat.

Spill a little? In an instant, there's an outstretched arm offering a paper towel.

“It's the little details that set us apart,” Heinze said. “People might think it's excessive or extreme, but I think it makes a difference.”

Heinze, 46, is a master of details. The 2014-15 season is Heinze's ninth in his current role, each more obsessive-compulsive than the last.

The man who outfits the Penguins, who fixes equipment, who sharpens skates, who ensures players are offered their preferred hair product and who organizes the locker room, leaves no box unchecked.

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