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from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Seen as the potential leader of the Ducks' blue line, Lindholm, 22, led the defense corps with 10 goals and 115 blocked shots last season. Lindholm had 28 points in 2015-16 and his plus-6 rating led the Ducks in their playoff series against Nashville.
Lindholm's average annual salary is $5.25 million, around the amount the Ducks were willing to do on a long-term deal. He will make $3 million this season, $6 million in 2017-18, $6.75 million in 2018-19, $5.25 million in 2019-20, $3.75 million in 2020-21 and $6.75 million in 2021-22.
Lindholm has remained in Sweden, missing all of training camp and the first eight games of the season as Ducks general manager Bob Murray and Lindholm's agent, Claude Lemieux, continually worked to close what had been a wide gap in negotiations.
Using other young defensemen such as Toronto's Morgan Rielly, Columbus's Seth Jones and Buffalo's Rasmus Ristolainen as comparables, Murray ultimately held firm on not going to the $5.4 million annual range that Jones and Ristolainen are making.
"It’s a business and Claude Lemieux, he had a job to do and we had a job to do," Murray said. "We wanted to get it at a fair number for the organzation so we can try to move forward with this group as best we can because, as I said before, I wanted to give this group another shot.
"I’m going to do everything in my power to keep it that way."
from Ben Shpigel at the New York Times,
At stoplights around town, motorists honk at the owner of a 2009 black Ford F-150 and snap photographs of its license plate, the one that reads, “McDavid,” in red uppercase letters. Then they speed up, straining to see the driver through the window.
Could it be? Could it really be Connor McDavid, the 19-year-old prodigy charged with restoring the woebegone Edmonton Oilers to prominence?
Because he is polite, the driver, who is not McDavid but rather a 31-year-old part-owner of a plumbing and heating company named Raffaele Papaianni, always smiles and waves at those hoping to glimpse hockey royalty. And why not? Like them, he just wanted to believe again.
Even if it is tempered, optimism does abound throughout northern Alberta, where 10 consecutive postseasons have passed without the Oilers’ presence, the longest current streak in the N.H.L. Across that decade of misery, masochism and mismanagement, Edmonton toiled through several unsuccessful phases of rebuilding, garnering three No. 1 picks before a fourth gifted them McDavid, a generational talent — “once-in-a-lifetime,” said General Manager Peter Chiarelli — who conjures the greatest Oiler of them all, Wayne Gretzky.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Between now and Dec. 1, the Jets will be the busiest team in the NHL.
They will reel off 19 games over the next 33 days, change time zones 10 times, cross the border eight times and fly roughly 26,585 kilometres. Along the way, they’ll enjoy two consecutive off-days just once — and play four sets of back-to-back contests.
These are the breaks of being one of the NHL’s most geographically isolated teams, located smack dab in the middle of the map — where it’s just as easy for the schedule maker to send the Jets east one night and west the next.
To combat the grind as best as possible, the Jets have implemented a few key changes to their routine after experimenting with sports science during an equally gruelling stretch late last season.
“We are now more focused on active recovery rather than pure days off,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said Wednesday. “We used a number of different things last year during a stretch of games every other night for a month and a half.”
added 11:47am, Anaheim press release is below.
“Sure you’re happy with the first half (of the game), but certainly not with the outcome. We’re here to win games, not pat ourselves on the back when we think we deserve it. I would have liked to see us play a whole game like that.
“We played well right from the get-go, I think the first half of the game was pretty good. But you can’t win hockey games with the number of penalties we were given. Warranted or not, you’re not going to win when you’re taking (six) in a row. I disagree with a lot of those calls, but anyway . . .
“It’s tough to win in this league. And if we’re going to be taking that many penalties, it’s going to be tough for us to win. We need every break we can get here with this hockey club. We had to stay out of the box to give ourselves a chance. We didn’t do that.”
-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins after the Bruins lost 5-2 to the Rangers. Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald has more on the game.
Catch the game highlights below...
from Yoo Jee-ho and Park Young-seo of the Yonhap News Agency,
Schneider told reporters Thursday "the biggest obstacle" is who will shoulder the expenses, such as transportation, insurance and accommodations, for some 150 NHL players if they do decide to compete here....
"I understand from the IOC's perspective that they don't want to pay players to come, but at the same time, players don't necessarily want to pay to come to the Olympics as well," Schneider said. "It's certainly not something that can't be overcome. We're optimistic that it will all work out in the end. Players love playing in the Olympics. That's why we've participated in the last five Olympics."...
Lynn White, group vice president of international strategy for the NHL, said PyeongChang organizers appear to be "well ahead of schedule with respect to the preparations for the Olympic Games." Schneider compared PyeongChang favorably to Sochi, the Russian host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
"I think they're much further ahead at this point than Sochi, roughly a little over a year out (from the Olympics)," Schneider said. "I think we're very impressed with the progress and the facilities that we've seen. I think everyone is very dedicated to having a top-notch event. We'd expect nothing less coming here. I'd anticipate that early in the new year, we should have a decision."
Post-game stories had no mention of the incident, so we are left to guess. Could have been some words were exchanged or a rules violation.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Here in cautious Northern Alberta -- where folks have been burned numerous times by buying into a rebuild that would show some promise, then quickly go up in smoke -- they’re not real sure about how much credit they should give their Oilers right now.
“We’re seven games in,” cautioned the NHL’s leading scorer Connor McDavid, after another two-point night. “We’re 6-1 and that’s a good start, but that’s all it is.”
Really? Is that really all it is?
Down the hall in a Washington dressing room where the Capitals suffered their second straight regulation defeat — something that did not happen in the entire 2015-16 season — they saw a little more than that from Edmonton.
“Their structure is what’s really noticeable,” said Caps defenceman Karl Alzner. “They’re playing more aggressive. They’re playing rushes earlier and smarter. They’re battling really, really hard.
“The new building and everything, the team’s feeling good. You can see that with the urgency in their game.”
Goalie Cam Talbot, whose save percentage jumps to .927, made 34 saves and was beaten only by Ovechkin on a rebound. He’s giving Edmonton lights-out goaltending, the caliber of which this team has not received in a decade.
The game highlight package is not available at this point, but you can watch post-game interviews below after the 4-1 win by the Oilers over the Capitals.
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