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David Pastrnak Gets A Six-Year Deal In Boston

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A Six-Year Extension For Bryan Little And The Winnipeg Jets

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The Kind Of Team The Arizona Coyotes Plan To Be

from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,

Arizona dismissed longtime captain Shane Doan, shipped goalie Mike Smith to a division rival and mutually parted ways with coach Dave Tippett – all in the span of a dizzying week that undoubtedly signaled a new direction.

While the Coyotes hope for growth and progress, they haven’t set a specific expectation for where they'll slot in amid the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

What they have figured out, though, is that developing their character as a hockey team is Priority No. 1 as training camp opens Thursday with medicals and fitness testing.

“I think that’s more important before any expectations,” first-year coach Rick Tocchet said. “I couldn’t give you, ‘Hey, we want this many points or we want to do this, we want to do that.’ The only thing I can tell you is I want to establish an identity. When teams play the Arizona Coyotes, this is their identity – this is who they are. That’s the most important thing for our organization and myself and players to establish.” 

Tocchet wants the Coyotes to be fast and poised. The team’s youngsters should help with the former, while the experience added in the summer targets the latter. Both will need to contribute to another attribute Tocchet covets: relentlessness.

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Lou Lamoriello Is On The Last Year Of His Contract

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The most intriguing impending free-agent season for any member of the Toronto Maple Leafs arguably belongs to the man in the big chair.

Lou Lamoriello found himself in the final year of his contract as the team opened training camp on Thursday morning after going through the off-season without receiving an extension, sources tell Sportsnet.

The veteran general manager remains on the original three-year deal he signed with Toronto in the summer of 2015. His future, and a potential front-office succession plan, could become a significant subplot around the team in the months ahead.

Of course, the Leafs and Lamoriello will do whatever they can to keep it a footnote.

Senior members of the organization generally refuse to discuss their contracts as a matter of course. In fact, there’s no guarantee a public announcement would even accompany a new deal at the executive level – although sources insist that hasn’t happened with Lamoriello to date.

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Almost $2M Worth Of Leafs Memorabilia Headed To The Museum Of Canadian History

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs don’t just belong to Toronto, they’re part of Canadian lore and a significant slice of the national hockey pie.

That’s what Mike Wilson kept telling himself, so as not to throw himself in front of the truck that carted away a lifetime of Leaf collectibles from his 1,000-square foot Forest Hill man cave to a new home in the Museum of Canadian History in Gatineau, Que.

Three years of negotiation with museum officials on how to best document, display and of course set a price for the bulk of Wilson’s 2,000-plus items will be finalized at a Friday announcement, believed to be the largest private stock of sports memorabilia ever sold in Canada. The MCH will pay ‘The Ultimate Leafs Fan’ a bit south of $2 million, says Jenny Ellison, curator of sport and leisure for the museum, a figure reached by averaging several independent appraisals.

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Jarome Iginla Looking For The Right Fit

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

The word his agent used was “selective.”

That is one way of describing why Jarome Iginla remains without a contract heading into training camp. As a 40-year-old free agent, he isn’t looking to sign with just anyone. He’s got a wish list of wants that likely includes playing meaningful minutes on a Stanley Cup-contending team, in a city that makes sense for his family.

Teaming up with Connor McDavid in his hometown of Edmonton might make sense. So, too, would be returning to Calgary for one last hurrah. And with Chris Kunitz gone in Pittsburgh, reuniting with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins could be the perfect fit for someone chasing that elusive championship.

The problem? It isn’t just Iginla who is being choosy.

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Now What Calgary?

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Three days before the players hit the ice, Calgary Flames ownership hit back at a mayor who tried to disingenuously use the arena as part of his re-election campaign.

Fed up with mayor Naheed Nenshi’s disinterest in trying to solve an arena problem that could ultimately send the Flames packing, team president Ken King announced Tuesday the club would no longer play along with Nenshi’s façade.

"We had an owners meeting today and have determined that we’re no longer going to pursue a new facility," said King, flanked by Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly who flew in for a hastily called owners meeting to provide answers to questions about their options.

"We’ve been meeting for months and they’ve been spectacularly unproductive and that’s unfortunate."

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Early Draft Rankings

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Let's call the 2018 NHL Draft the Year of the Defenceman; the Year of Swedish Defencemen, actually.

Two of the top four prospects on TSN's Preseason Top 20 2018 NHL Draft Rankings are Swedish blueliners, including the morning-line favourite to go No. 1 overall.

That would be Rasmus Dahlin, the 17-year-old, 6-foot-2, 181-pound left-shot defenceman who is playing his second season for Frolunda in Sweden's highest-level league, the SHL.

Nine of 10 NHL team scouts surveyed by TSN ranked the dynamic blueliner first overall. He first came to international prominence last year as a 16-year-old, playing against men in the SHL and putting together impressive YouTube and Twitter highlight reels of dazzling goals, creative playmaking and big hits.

If Dahlin were to go wire-to-wire as No. 1 and be taken first overall in 2018, it would be the first time a Swede has attained that honour since Mats Sundin, whom the Quebec Nordiques chose first overall in 1989.

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Milan Hejduk’s #23 Going To The Rafters In Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization will retire former Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk’s No. 23 jersey on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  Hejduk’s No. 23 will be raised to the Pepsi Center rafters prior to the game against the Minnesota Wild, which is now scheduled for a 7 p.m. puck drop.

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Changes The Players Would Make To The Game

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

Big Question: What changes would you make to the game and why?

You listening, commissioner? As the 2017-18 season approaches, ESPN asked NHL stars to do a little role-playing: Pretend you are Gary Bettman. What is one rule change you would institute to improve the NHL? We purposely left the question vague to gather a plethora of responses. The players sound off:...

Patrick Kane, C, Chicago Blackhawks: For the [coaches'] challenges, get the answer quicker. Don't let it be delayed as much. It's got to be quicker. Sometimes we already know what the answer is going to be a couple minutes before that. I know they need to hit the angles and figure it out to perfection, but it would be nice to see that a little bit quicker.

Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: I'd penalize guys for diving more.

Taylor Hall, W, New Jersey Devils: No three-point games anymore. I think it would make it more exciting. You look at the standings and you're like, 'Oh, so-and-so is .500.' But they're really not. They're 13-13-6, but they're really 13-19. I think it would make a big difference.

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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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