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I have a few appointments today and hopefully will be back online around 1pm ET today.

Sorry for the lack of posts this morning but this takes priority.

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Los Angeles Kings Acquire Peter Budaj From The Tampa Bay Lightning

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Andy Andreoff, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

The 35-year-old Budaj (born September 18, 1982) is a 6-1, 196-pound native of Banska Bystrika, Slovakia who played in eight games last season with the Lightning, posting a 3-3-1 record, .876 save percentage and a 3.77 goals-against average.

Budaj was with the Kings for two seasons from 2015-2017, appearing in 54 games with a 28-20-3 record, a .916 save percentage, 2.15 goals-against average and seven shutouts.

Drafted in the second-round (63rd overall) by Colorado during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Budaj has appeared in 365 games over 12 seasons in the NHL with the Kings, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Colorado, posting a 158-131-40 record, .904 save percentage, 2.69 goals-against average and 18 shutouts.

Andreoff has appeared in 159 games over four seasons with the Kings, posting 24 points (13-11=24) and 214 penalty minutes.

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Afternoon Line- Ian Mendes

Last spring, the Senators fought against the perception they were a boring team as they made a deep run into the Stanley Cup playoffs. This spring, after missing the playoffs altogether, they’ve suddenly become a can’t-miss soap opera, with plot lines and story twists worthy of the back pages of tabloids.

The organization would probably love nothing more than to revert to its milquetoast persona, which included heavy debates over the entertainment value of Guy Boucher’s system.

Instead, Senators fans are resigned to their fate these days – caught in a never-ending cycle of bad news that only seems to get more bizarre with each passing day.

-Ian Mendes of TSN on the Ottawa Senators.  More from Mendes on the Senators.

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Thoughts On Dying

from Nick Boynton at The Players' Tribune,

I’ve thought about death a lot over the past few years.

About dying. And what it might be like if I wasn’t around.

I’ve struggled a ton since I retired from hockey in 2011, and I’ve faced a bunch of different personal demons. But recently I’ve been unable to shake thoughts of….

Steve Montador.

Wade Belak.

Derek Boogaard.

Rick Rypien.

I knew those guys. They were real people to me.

They played the same game I did, and when it was all said and done … they were really just suffering, man.


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Video- Highlights From The Washington Capitals Victory Parade

Four minutes to watch.


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I Don’t Even Have A Headline For This

from Shaamini Yogaretnam of the Ottawa Citizen,

Melinda Karlsson has filed an order of protection against the longtime girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman — alleging a campaign of harassment that plagued the Karlssons after the death of their son and through much of the last NHL season, this newspaper has learned.

The application for a peace bond, sworn in front of Justice of the Peace Louise Logue on May 4, alleges that Monika Caryk, Hoffman’s partner, had threatened Melinda (neé Curry) and husband Erik Karlsson from November 2017 to the date the information was sworn to.


added 5:51pm,


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NHL Ref Garrett Rank On His Way To The US Open

from USOpen.com,

Garrett Rank, 30, is a National Hockey League referee who happens to be pretty good at golf. The native of Elmira, Ontario, is a three-time winner of the Canadian Mid-Amateur title who also reached the final of the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, losing to Nathan Smith. A former hockey player, Rank overcame testicular cancer at age 22, and he worked several seasons as an American Hockey League official before joining the NHL staff in 2016. Rank, who qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open by shooting rounds of 71-71 in sectional qualifying on June 4 at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga., is sharing his experience this week with usopen.com.

As I walked off the 18th green at Shinnecock Hills after my first practice round on Monday I was in a bit of a rush, because I was scheduled to attend the Amateur Dinner that evening. I wasn’t really paying attention, and as I started toward the clubhouse, Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were coming off the 14th tee, and we crossed paths.

Just to see the fans following Tiger on a Monday for a practice round, all the cheers and encouragement from the crowd, was something you can’t experience until you’re there in person and see it firsthand. It was surreal to be inside the ropes and playing in the same competition as Tiger, a guy I watched for a long time on TV and grew up idolizing. I stopped and thought, whoa, this is a pretty cool moment.


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Now What Vegas Golden Knights?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Those writing or embracing the narrative of why their team didn’t go as far as Vegas are more than happy to grasp the final explanation, because then they don’t have to question the geniuses running their favourite squad. But if Vegas did get the core of a competitive team in the expansion draft, they certainly didn’t get the core of a Stanley Cup finalist. Which means the true explanation, if someone can ever figure it out, is what happened to that group of athletes once they were assembled and organized under the watchful eyes of Gerard Gallant.

Now, it’s what magic trick McPhee and Gallant can conjure up next.

They’ve got a fan base that now believes this is how it works and is what they’ll get every year. The most significant obstacle stopping that from happening is that the NHL rewards lousiness rather than success, so Vegas is extremely unlikely to get a franchise player in the draft this month because they don’t have a first-round pick. In the past, that’s where new teams would get the high-end talent they needed to build a contender. But Vegas traded its first-rounder, and two other picks, to Detroit to get Tomas Tatar. Given Tatar often couldn’t crack the lineup, that was a sizeable mistake.

The Knights will draft in the second round this month, but not in the third. So that’s one pick in the top 93, and none in the top 25. In terms of developing organization, that’s a punch to the solar plexus. Vegas had three of last year’s top 15 picks Cody Glass (sixth), Nick Suzuki (13th) and Erik Brannstrom (15th) so that lessens the blow to some degree.


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Report- Oliver Ekman-Larsson Will Be Staying With The Arizona Coyotes

from TSN,

Oliver Ekman-Larsson has reached a verbal agreement with the Arizona Coyotes to sign an eight-year contract extension on July 1, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports.

According to Dreger, the extension is expected to be worth over $8 million per year. He has one season remaining on the six-year, $33 million contract he signed with the team in 2013.


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Video- Drinking From The Stanley Cup With Jimmy Fallon

via the YouTube page of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,

Jimmy chats with 2018 Stanley Cup champions Alexander Ovechkin and Braden Holtby about the Washington Capitals' historic victory and invites Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith to drink from the Stanley Cup.


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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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