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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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Connor McDavid’s Huge Contract

The new deal begins with the 2018-19 season.



added 3:19pm, Edmonton press release is below...

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Where Will Some Veteran UFA Players Land?

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

From living legends to heart-and-soul types, skilled defensemen and savvy veteran rearguards, here are the 10 top veteran free agents still on the market, and a look at where they could land:

So let's have fun, who matches the destinations Clinton suggests..

Player 1-

Potential Destinations: Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights, Montreal Canadiens

Player 2-

Potential Destinations: Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins

Player 3-

Potential Destinations: Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Vegas Golden Knights

read on to find out who these players are plus more players listed....

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Training The Off-Ice Officials In Las Vegas

from Mike Cranston at NHL.com,

Near each goal five people sat in front of laptops. Behind them stood six spotters, watching, instructing and yelling. It was a whirlwind of activity as a scrimmage during Vegas Golden Knights development camp was played in front of them.

"No. 55 with a hit on 63," one of the spotters shouted. Another called out a line change. And when an extra skater came on the ice, "goalie pulled," echoed through Las Vegas Ice Center.

As the players on ice worked to impress Golden Knights officials, a different Vegas team was going through its preseason work in the stands.

They were the off-ice officials, the behind-the-scenes team of NHL employees who record the information from every game, from goals and assists to time on ice, hits, faceoff percentages and more. Every NHL arena has a team of off-ice officials working each game, and now a 31st group has been added. More than 20 people were hired and trained by NHL officials for the fast, high-tech work that starts with Golden Knights games at T-Mobile Arena in October.


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The New York Rangers Make The Signing Of David Desharnais Official

NEW YORK, July 5, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward David Desharnais.

Desharnais, 30, has skated in 453 career NHL games over parts of eight seasons with Montreal and Edmonton (2009-10 - 2016-17), registering 81 goals and 173 assists for 254 points, along with a plus-35 rating and 142 penalty minutes. He has tallied at least 10 goals in five of the last six seasons, and he has recorded 40 or more points in three different seasons in his career. In addition, Desharnais has averaged at least 0.50 points per game in five of his seven full seasons in the NHL. He has posted a 50.5% career faceoff win percentage (3,098-for-6,134), and he has won at least 600 faceoffs in three different seasons in his career. Desharnais has averaged 16:08 of ice time per game in his NHL career, and he has recorded 26 penalty minutes or fewer in each of his eight seasons in the league. He established career-highs in goals (16), assists (44), and points (60) with Montreal during the 2011-12 season.

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Oscar Lindberg Signs A Two-Year Contract With The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (July 4, 2017) –  Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, July 4, that the team has signed forward Oscar Lindberg to a two-year contract through the 2018-19 season worth an average annual value of $1,700,000.

Lindberg was selected by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21 (New York Rangers).

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