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Previewing The Montreal Canadiens

from Arpon Basu of NHL.com,

Entering this season, as much as Bergevin and Therrien might try, it will be difficult to temper expectations in Montreal.

The Canadiens are built around a young star at each of the three positions in goaltender Carey Price, 27, left wing Max Pacioretty, 25, and defenseman P.K. Subban, who is also 25 and signed the richest contract in franchise history over the offseason at eight years and $72 million, making him the defenseman with the highest salary-cap charge in the NHL.

All three of those cornerstone players are signed at least through the 2017-18 season, when Price is due to become an unrestricted free agent, and they are supported by emerging young forwards Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.

The Canadiens' clock to contend, while far from expiring, has begun to tick.

"I like the progression of our team, I like the direction our team is taking," Therrien said. "We had an enormous challenge when we arrived here two years ago, but I like the commitment and the way things have gone so far. But we haven't reached the goal yet."

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Watch below as E.J. Hradek and Don Rosen of NHL.com take a look at the Canadiens...

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Video- Who’s The Next Captain Of The Ottawa Senators?

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen was on Fan590 today to discuss the next captain of the Ottawa Senators.

Most people would say Erik Karlsson would be the guy but Warren says not so fast...

 

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Raffi Torres Will Miss More Time And The Sharks’ Captaincy Up For Grabs

via tweets from David Pollak,

SJSharks says Raffi Torres will miss first few months of season after repeat surgery on right knee  because of infection.

And McLellan confirms #SJSharks will have no captain or assistants when training camp starts.

McLellan doesn't call it a "stripping" of the captaincy, says competition will be open and Thornton, like anyone else, a candidate.

added 6:10pm, San Jose Sharks release on Raffi Torres is below...

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Taylor Hall Or Tyler Seguin?

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

The Taylor versus Tyler drama at the 2010 draft was, really, driven more by alliteration than uncertainty. Taylor Hall may not have been a slam-dunk first-overall pick ahead of fast-rising Tyler Seguin, but by the time the Edmonton Oilers brass walked to the stage in Los Angeles, it would’ve been genuinely surprising to hear them call a name other than Hall’s.

Four years later, however, you can make cracking cases for both players as preferable to the other—which is exactly what we’re about to do.

Hall and Seguin have had different experiences through the early stages of their pro careers, Seguin having been to the Stanley Cup final twice with the Bruins, while Hall has yet to see his first playoff game in Edmonton. By the same token, both players have endured their share of hardship. Hall has faced perpetual questions about when the sad-sack Oilers will turn things around, while Seguin never blended in Boston, leading to a much-needed trade to Dallas just over 12 months ago.

Beyond similar first names, these players are linked by all-world speed and skill. But if we were to draft all over again, who would you take first?

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NHL Announces Changes To The Draft Lottery

NEW YORK (August 20, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today changes to its Draft Lottery, a weighted system implemented and utilized to determine the order of selection in the first round of the NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the Clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams).

These changes will be phased in over a two-year period, beginning with the Draft Lottery in 2015.

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Steve Moore Says No Deal Yet On Todd Bertuzzi Settlement

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

Steve Moore's brother Mark says there is no deal between Steve and Todd Bertuzzi, a bombshell claim that casts doubt on claims made Wednesday by the NHL and Bertuzzi's lawyers that a settlement had been reached.

"I got a text message from Steve last night and he's very concerned," Mark Moore told TSN. "He says there is no deal yet and isn't sure what to do about all the media speculation.

"Because of the injury he has trouble making decisions and so he doesn't know how to handle the media."

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Keith Tkachuk Expects A Motivated Blues Team

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

“I think everyone in the organization was disappointed, fans clearly were, when we were up two games to none [and lost],” Tkachuk told ESPN.com in a recent phone interview. "The young guys, I think it will be beneficial to them to be a little aggravated, to see them knocked off by Chicago, which is a good rivalry here in town.

“I think you’ll see a lot of angry guys, pissed-off guys [in camp].”

Those young guys are the key to the Blues’ future and remain a bright spot for a team that has gone into recent postseasons as one of the elite squads out West and then run into some of the most fearsome opponents. 

more from Tkachuk on the Blues...

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Numerous Reports Of Kevin Hayes Signing With The New York Rangers

 

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

So how good is this Kevin Hayes?

Hayes was drafted in the first round, 24th overall by Chicago, in 2010. If that draft were to be re-held today, Hayes probably wouldn’t go in the first round. More than likely, he’d be a second round pick. At least 25 players from the 2010 have established themselves as NHL regulars and, according to our Future Watch scouting committee, at least 15 other players drafted in 2010 rank as better prospects than Hayes.

But that doesn’t mean Hayes can’t play catch-up with those other 2010 draftees in the seasons to come. He does have compelling credentials. After three middling seasons at Boston College, in which the budding power forward scored just 17 goals and 67 points in 102 games, he blossomed as a senior. Playing on a line with Hobey Baker Award winner Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold – both draft picks of the Calgary Flames, one of many teams vying for his services once he became a free agent – Hayes used his size and playmaking ability to an impressive 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games.

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added 12:35pm, New York Rangers release is below...

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Morning Line

Will Orpik be worth the $5.5 million cap hit he’ll carry in the final year of his five-year contract at the age of 39? Probably not. But the Caps are convinced he will make a very big impact on this year’s club and make them a legitimate threat in the playoffs.

-Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington on defenseman Brooks Orpik. Read more on Orpik from Gormley....

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Video- Players Prepare For The Hockey Season At Biosteel Camp

Highlights from day two of the Biosteel training camp at St. Michael’s College...

 

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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