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Tomorrow, finalists for the NHL Awards will be made available to the media from 2:30pm until 4:00pm ET. in Las Vegas.
Even though the atmosphere is much more relaxed than let's say a post-game dressing room plus all different types of media probably have been granted access, I don't think I would want to be in Sidney Crosby's shoes.
Assuming he will be in attendance, I am sure he will face a barrage of questions regarding the current state of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The hockey media types will want his opinion and will ask him the same type of questions but with different angles. The media who are in attendance for the event itself, well you don't know what type of questions Crosby will be asked and it could be a long 1 1/2 hours for Crosby.
At an event where everything usually has a positive vibe to it, it just may be the opposite for Crosby.
added 2:30pm, Just received an update, Crosby will not be at the media availability event tomorrow but will be at the Red Carpet event on Tuesday.
added 2:42pm, This may explain the reason why Crosby is not available (Babcock too) on Monday.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
In the last three years, while fighters have left the NHL via retirement and attrition (and in Boogaard’s case, a death via drug and alcohol overdose on May 13, 2011), younger sluggers have not filled the gloves they’ve left on the ice. Within this window, players who fit this category are Patrick Bordeleau, Luke Gazdic, Tom Wilson, and Anthony Peluso. There’s more going out than coming in.
The NHL revolves around a cycle of refreshing. Mark Recchi goes out on top. The Bruins give most of his shifts to Tyler Seguin, then coming off his rookie season. Nicklas Lidstrom closes out his glorious career. The Red Wings ask Danny DeKeyser and Brendan Smith to assume some of the shifts taken by the best defenseman of his generation. Martin Biron retires last October. Cam Talbot, 26, takes over as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup with the Rangers.
And on and on and on. The exception, however, looks to be in the mitt-dropping segment.
Come July 1, John Scott, George Parros, Mike Rupp, Krys Barch, Kevin Westgarth, Steve MacIntyre, Zenon Konopka, Deryk Engelland, and Arron Asham will be looking for work. They may not get it in the NHL. Their current employers may not replace their pugilistic skills with more of the same.
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I do believe we have a frustrated San Jose Sharks fan.
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According to Newsday's Arthur Staple, the New York Islanders may own the 5th overall pick in the NHL draft, but they don't plan on using it to draft an 18-year-old:
he Islanders have the fifth pick in Friday's draft and, rather than going into draft weekend looking to add to their prospect pool as in years past, Islanders general manager Garth Snow is looking to trade that pick for NHL-ready talent after an unsuccessful season.
"We're open to trading the pick for someone we think can come in and help us right away," Snow said recently.
After spending last summer plugging smaller holes and prioritizing long-term deals for his own restricted free agents, Snow clearly wants to upgrade his roster this summer. He began doing it early, trading a fourth-round pick May 1 to the Caps for the rights to goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who signed a four-year, $18-million deal three weeks later to become the presumptive No. 1 goaltender the Isles haven't had.
The Islanders still need a backup or two, with Evgeni Nabokov having turned down a one-year offer. But now Snow's main focus is using that fifth pick to find either a top-pair defenseman or a top-line left wing to play alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Defencemen I’d take ahead of Ryan McDonagh: Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, Zdeno Chara, P.K. Subban and Ryan Suter. And that’s it until Erik Karlsson starts playing both ends of the ice.
- Los Angeles wants to keep leading playoff goal scorer Marian Gaborik — they’ve offered three years and $15 million, which would require a hometown discount of sorts. To keep Gaborik and (Mike) Richards, it means sacrificing a veteran free agent defenceman like Willie Mitchell or Matt Greene.
- Somebody is going to pay Anton Stralman a lot of money in free agency and somebody is going to end up disappointed.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- There is no doubt (Brad) Richards will receive attractive offers from a number of clubs. He will be made more than whole on his new contract. He will get to choose. But just as this most amicable of divorces wasn’t sought by the Rangers, it wasn’t sought by Richards, either. His heart was/is all here even if his head knew it would not be possible to stay. So it will be another dramatic change for Richards, now 34, who doesn’t like changing routines much at all.
- It sounds as if the Rangers have allotted approximately $4 million per to keeping Stralman, likely for a three- or four-year term. … The Blueshirts, by the way, are expected to pass on qualifying defenseman Justin Falk, who played in one game after Dec. 29, 2014 — the season finale when Girardi was rested. Falk, who is owed nearly $1.025 million on his qualifying offer, will become an unrestricted free agent.
- Instant karma in Pittsburgh, isn’t it, where ownership and upper management’s hissy fit — which accompanied the dismissal of GM Ray Shero and road to perdition on which coach Dan Bylsma was sent — has been duly noted around the league.
- The Hall of Fame selection committee meets on Monday. Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano should be slam-dunks in Year 1 of eligibility. Peter Forsberg is a trickier case, but clearly belongs. Of course, so does Eric Lindros.
Wait: Rob Blake isn’t in yet?
read on for more Rangers talks...
NEW YORK (June 21, 2014) – The NHL today announced the home openers for all 30 clubs for the 2014-15 regular season. The League’s complete 1,230-game schedule will be released tomorrow – Sunday, June 22 – at 4:00 p.m. ET.
FULL LIST OF HOME OPENERS, 2014-15 SEASON
Anaheim Ducks: Friday, Oct. 17 vs. Minnesota
* Arizona Coyotes: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Winnipeg
Boston Bruins: Wednesday, Oct. 8 vs. Philadelphia
Buffalo Sabres: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Columbus
Calgary Flames: Wednesday, Oct. 8 vs. Vancouver
Carolina Hurricanes: Friday, Oct. 10 vs. NY Islanders
Chicago Blackhawks: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Buffalo
Colorado Avalanche: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota
Columbus Blue Jackets: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. NY Rangers
from the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Gerard Gallant has been named the club’s new head coach.
“We are pleased to welcome Gerard as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach. Gerard is an excellent teacher and motivator who possesses the leadership qualities and hockey knowledge that are necessary to lead our team.”
from Matt Larking of The Hockey News,
Just as I know I’ll drop an obscene amount of my budget on a quarterback this summer, I know we’ll see a new class of Clarksons and Stephen Weisses on the NHL market, especially with the cap rising. Here are five UFAs I expect will be vastly overpaid. I’m not saying they stink – only that they’ll earn more than they should.
1. Paul Stastny
Weiss was a 30-year-old pivot with a career high of 61 points coming off an injury shortened campaign, and Detroit still decided to pay him $4.9 million per season. Stastny, a 28-year-old pivot, has topped the 70-point mark three times, is relatively healthy and lit it up with 10 points in seven playoff games this spring. After a subpar 2012-13, it seemed preposterous that he’d match the $6.6-million average annual value of his expiring deal. A year later, he could find $7 million on the open market. Enough teams are desperate at his position that we should see a bidding war. He’s a No. 2 center about to earn No. 1 money. Stastny is solid, but he’s not that good.
read on for the other four players...
As stated, Kesler is a tremendous player and could end the Blackhawks’ nonstop carousel at No. 2 center. He would have an instant chemistry with Kane, given their international play together in past Olympics. That’s all good. But there are always prices to pay. It just seems, for the Blackhawks, the move is not worth what the prices could be.
-Tracey Myers of CSNChicago on the report (Garrioch) stating Kesler wants to play for Chicago or Pittsburgh. Read more on this topic.
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