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Viktor Arvidsson Gets A Seven-Year Deal With Nashville

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

Viktor Arvidsson received a new contract Saturday befitting a breakout star, with the Predators signing the energetic forward to a seven-year, $29.75 million contract, Arvidsson's agent told The Tennessean.

Few unheralded NHL players last season surprised more than Arvidsson. Expected to be a secondary contributor, Arvidsson erupted offensively with 31 goals and 61 points as part of Nashville's top line, tying for the team lead in each category. 


Arvidsson had an arbitration hearing today.

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Scouting Bobby Orr

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

GANANOQUE, Ontario — The little kid with the brush-cut blond hair and the endearing smile strolled through the door of the restaurant here on King Street. His hockey team had just lost to the local Gan boys, a season-ending defeat in the provincial playoffs. But everyone, especially the scouts from Boston, was gushing about the 13-year-old sprite from way up north in Parry Sound.

A few years later, the same kid would be the talk of all the NHL, bringing fans across North America to their feet on nearly every shift. No one had ever seen the likes of Bobby Orr. And on this night, March 31, 1961, the hometown players from this picture-postcard hamlet along Thousand Islands rose and applauded as Orr, all 112 pounds of him, entered the Boston Cafe.

The Gan boys knew something. They had no idea exactly what would unfold in the years ahead, but it was obvious the kid with magic in his stick would be skating off to places far beyond small-town Canada.


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Help With Shooting Percentage

from Travis Yost of TSN,

A couple of weeks ago, we tried to determine the NHL’s best individual shooting talent. The exercise was reasonably straightforward: observe the actual shooting percentages of forwards and measure it against the expected shooting percentages for those forwards based on shot distance, angles, type, game state, and so on. The forwards at the top of the list – names like Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Nikita Kucherov – consistently beat expectations and added a bunch of wins for their team in the standings.

I had a series of follow-up questions from that post and one particularly stood out to me. A reader noted that while the above analysis measured an individual’s ability to consistently drive his own shooting percentage, it didn’t show whether a player had the ability to drive up the shooting percentages of those around him.

It’s a fascinating question – one that is really a measure of playmaking ability more than anything else. The tricky part here is that I think there are a lot of ways for a player to enhance the shooting percentage of his teammates. The obvious one is being a star distributor or passer. But what about the guys who are truly lethal 5-on-5 goal scorers? Surely defences shade their structure to suppress their open looks from time to time, but the offset is that the player’s teammates have more ice and room to work. These are two completely different skills, but both could lead to the same end result.


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Morning Line- An Eastern Conference Executive

Asked Thursday about a report from a respected Russian journalist citing Russian players are claiming the league has behind closed doors put together a second 2017-18 schedule — this one featuring an Olympic break in case NHLers go to the Games — an Eastern Conference executive put it this way. “I can’t say anything on that other than the league has already committed the all-star game to Tampa for next January and a lot of the business and promotional deals will start coming together next week. So, if they are going to scrap the all-star game in favour of the Olympics — and I personally don’t think they are — they’re running out of time to do it”

via Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun who covered a few more topics at Dominic Moore’s sixth-annual Smashfest ping-pong charity tournament last night 

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Time Is On The Side Of The New York Islanders Regarding A Contract For John Tavares

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New Yorki Post,

It has been three weeks since John Tavares became eligible to sign a contract extension with the Islanders, and yet he still remains without a long-term commitment to the team.

With each passing day, anxiety rises that the superlative captain will leave the only organization he has known. The 26-year-old has one year left on his contract at a club-friendly $5.5 million salary-cap hit, and general manager Garth Snow likely knows it would be prudent to trade him sooner rather than later instead of letting him walk away next summer for nothing.

But a quick poll by The Post of people in and around the NHL came back with a consensus that this is a case where patience is a virtue, and there is no need to panic — not yet, at least.

It also has been considered not out of the realm of possibility that Tavares could play this year out with Snow listening to all the calls that come in. If no deal is made, then Snow will hold out hope to still re-sign Tavares before he can reach unrestricted free agency next July 1.


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Printed Season Tickets In Montreal Will Cost More

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens have informed fans by email that tickets for the 2017-18 season will be available in mobile format only. Season-ticket holders will receive the tickets electronically on their smartphones, which can then be scanned at the Bell Centre.

Those who want printed tickets can obtain them for an additional cost of $150, plus taxes, per seat. So a Canadiens fan with two season tickets will have to pay $344.92 just to get printed tickets.

Season-ticket holders also pay an administration fee of $100, plus taxes. So two sets of printed tickets, plus the administration fee, will cost $477.14, plus the cost of the seats.

In the letter to season-ticket holders, Canadiens management cites security, ease of use and environmental sustainability as reasons for the change. Some fans, however, are calling the new fees a cash grab....

However, one elderly longtime season-ticket holder said he doesn’t own a smartphone and has no choice but to pay the extra fee.

“They don’t think about this stuff,” said the season-ticket holder, who wished to remain anonymous for fear the Canadiens will revoke his seats. “And if you read the letter, you’ll see that they just jammed it at the bottom of the letter with this nice little surprise.

“I’d be willing to bet that 99 per cent of the season-ticket holders will opt for this extra fee,” he added. “Soon they’ll be charging to use the urinal and escalator, or breathe the air from your seats. ”

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Testing, Can You Hear Me, Testing

A great idea!

via the Florida Panthers,

Join us for the 2017 Florida Panthers Broadcast & Game Presentation Camp on August 8!

The camp is for children ages 13-17 who want to learn more about broadcasting and what goes on behind-the-scenes at an NHL game.

Activities Include:

-Radio play-by-play

-On-camera segments

-Public address announcing

-Hands-on work

-Behind-the-scenes in the control room

-Instruction from Panthers broadcasters and more!

The registration fee is $50 per child and space is very limited. Completing the application does not guarantee admission.

Please contact the Client Experience team at 844-4CE-TEAM or clientexperienceteam@floridapanthers.com with any questions. 

My dream as an announcer would be this... I know wrong sport but still...

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Goalie Numbers

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Player evaluation in hockey can be a complicated process, and perhaps never more than when it comes to evaluating goaltenders, an aspect of the game that has tended to confound both the eye test and data analysts. Scott Cullen takes a look at goaltenders using expected goals against.

For years, goals against average was a popular method to evaluate goaltenders, as if the number of shots allowed was something under the goaltenders control. So, to move beyond that, save percentage seemed to be a better indicator of goaltending proficiency. That’s an improvement, but there is still plenty of room for more details to be part of the evaluation process.

The focus now seems to be on finding a way to include shot quality as part of the evaluation. As Mike Smith could show you, or Tuukka Rask could show you, teams don’t necessarily allow the same quantity or quality of shots against.

One way to try to incorporate shot quality into goaltender measurement would be to include expected goals against and compare it to the actual goals against. Expected goal models are not perfect, and are still being refined, but they do attempt to address differences related to shot quality from one goaltender to another.


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A Five-Year Deal For Colton Parayko And The St. Louis Blues

Aribtration day was today.




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Kyle Okposo Returned To The Ice Yesterday

from Jessi Pierce at NHL.com,

Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo skated in a game at Da Beauty League on Wednesday, his first since missing the end of the regular season because of an undisclosed illness.

Okposo took to the ice at Braemar Ice Arena, 19 miles from his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. He missed the final six games of last season for the Sabres after feeling ill before the start of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 28. The 29-year-old reportedly was hospitalized for less than a week after being admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center on April 2.

"Obviously seeing a teammate go through something like that and struggle to get healthy is tough," Sabres forward Hudson Fasching said. "He's such a good guy and going through a lot with that whole deal, trying to figure out what was wrong.

"I'm just happy he's healthy and happy for him to get back."

Okposo, who did not speak to media, gave a wave when the announcer drew the attention of fans during his first shift in the 4-on-4 game. 


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