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Visiting Peter Pocklington

from Marty Klinkenberg of the Globe and Mail,

Peter Pocklington’s house lies in a gated community in the California desert. The Spanish-style bungalow he shares with his wife of 43 years is on a street lined with tall, impeccably spaced date palms. There are cactuses with sharp quills in the roundabouts, and golf carts parked outside nearly each million-dollar residence. In the distance, jagged mountain peaks fade from view like a Lawren Harris canvas.

Hockey’s original rock-star owner has a deck that overlooks an emerald fairway along one of Palm Desert’s private golf courses.

Hummingbirds flit around the pool and hover over a hot tub fed by a cascading waterfall. The home is elegant, but more understated than his previous address at the nearby Vintage Club. There, Pocklington had a helipad and a house with a retractable roof. Bill Gates, Charles Koch and Philip Anschutz were among his neighbours.

The eccentric swashbuckler who once owned the Edmonton Oilers lives behind a black wrought-iron gate and a trellis wrapped lovingly with magenta bougainvillea. ...

Revered and reviled, Pocklington once presided over one of the greatest dynasties in sport. It has been 20 years since he sold Edmonton’s NHL team and fell from grace as one of Canada’s most infamous businessmen. At one point, his empire exceeded more than $2-billion in sales, and included massive real-estate holdings, one of Canada’s largest trust companies, chicken-processing plants, food-processing firms, and a beef– and pork-packing house. None of that brought as much satisfaction and fame to him as the Oilers....

He muses about returning to hockey.

“I say to myself, ‘Goddamn it, Peter, grow up! You really want to get back into that cesspool?’ “I love the players, I love the contact, I love to win. The problem is the damn players’ agreement. Minimums and maximums … it just doesn’t work. Because of that, there is probably less than a 50-per-cent chance that I will do it, but I sure would love to. I miss being with the guys. We had a hell of a run.”

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The Philadelphia Flyers Trade Nick Cousins To The Arizona Coyotes

 

added 10:07pm,

 

 

Arizona release is below...

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Evening Line- Mark Lazerus

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Changes At The Top Of The Arizona Coyotes Organization

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway announced today changes to the Coyotes front office. President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc and President of Hockey Operations Gary Drummond have stepped down from their duties, effective immediately. Barroway also announced that General Counsel Ahron Cohen has been named as the Club's new Chief Operating Officer.

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Additional Information On The NHL Awards Show

NEW YORK (June 16, 2017) - 100 Greatest NHL Players honorees Wayne GretzkyMario LemieuxMarcel DionneBob GaineyTed LindsayMark Messier,Denis Potvin and Bernie Parent will be among the presenters for the 2017 NHL Awards™ and NHL Expansion Draft™ presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 21. In addition to presenting, the Hockey Hall of Famers - joined by fellow NHL100 honoree Grant Fuhr - will be recognized during a special segment in the event honoring the best hockey players in the world and top performances of the 2016-17 season, and featuring the reveal of the first members of the NHL’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights. Hosted by actor Joe Manganiello and featuring a performance by alt-rock band Arkells, NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live from T-Mobile Arena at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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Key Dates For The Next Six Days

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

Friday, June 16: Deadline for players to waive no-movement clause for expansion draft
Teams were required to ask any player with a no-movement clause to waive it for the expansion draft by Monday afternoon — you can find a full roundup of those requests here — but the players don’t have to give their answer until Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Friday also marks the deadline for any player to go on waivers prior to the expansion draft.

Saturday, June 17: Beginning of trade freeze, signing moratorium, deadline to submit protection lists

3:00 p.m. ET marks the beginning of a trade and waiver freeze that won’t be lifted until Thursday, the morning after Vegas’ picks are unveiled. Starting at this time, the 30 existing NHL teams will also not be allowed to sign or re-sign any players. The only exception here are the Golden Knights themselves, who can make trades with other teams, and begin negotiating with unprotected RFAs and UFAs on Sunday morning.

5:00 p.m. ET marks the deadline for teams to submit their expansion draft protections lists to the league office.

Sunday, June 18: Protection lists approved, UFA/RFA interview period opens

At 10:00 a.m. ET, the league is expected to make each team’s protection lists public as Vegas begins the selection process. At this time, Vegas can begin negotiating with pending RFAs and UFAs left unprotected by their clubs. If the Golden Knights sign one of these players in this window, it will count as their selection off that team’s roster for the expansion draft.

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Two Views On The Jonathan Drouin Trade

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

He might even turn out to be a very good player.

But it won't be for the Lightning.

And that's fine.

Au revoir, Jonathan, and don't let the Zamboni door hit you on the way out of town. Then again, if the Zamboni door is in the defensive end, there's no chance Drouin will be anywhere near it....

The Lightning traded an often moody, sometimes selfish, occasionally petulant, one-dimensional, streaky player for one who has a chance to become a top-pair defenseman — the rarest of NHL commodities and something the Lightning needs more than anything in this world.

read on

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

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Here Comes The Vegas Golden Knights

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

You must be out of your (bleepin’) mind!”

It has been almost four years to the day when former NHLer Murray Craven uttered those words. At that time, Bill Foley, his golfing buddy and fellow cottager up in beautiful Whitefish Lake, Mont., had just informed Craven of his plan to pursue an NHL team for Las Vegas.

Craven’s reaction speaks for itself.

Some 48 months later, Craven can still vividly recall standing on his dock as Foley, who had pulled up in his boat, dropped that Vegas bombshell on him.

So much has changed since then. Foley is now the majority owner of a Vegas franchise that will begin play this fall at the beautiful T-Mobile Arena. And Craven is the team’s senior vice-president, his duties ranging from overseeing the construction of the franchise’s state-of-the-art practice rink to selecting toilets for the team’s dressing room complex. (Of note: He picked the models that are attached to the walls so it’s easier to clean the floors underneath).

All in the name of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, an NHL franchise unlike any we’ve seen before.

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Huh? I Don’t See It Either Regarding John Tavares

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Blue Jackets’ second priority is acquiring a game-changing forward, preferably a top-line center. It is going to hurt. I don’t know what is in any deal with Las Vegas, but in any case, there will be pain in the deal, and there will be more pain if the Jackets can swing something for an elite sniper or playmaker.

There is talk that John Tavares — a terrific No. 1 center — is available in trade. I don’t see it. If you are the New York Islanders, you sign Tavares, and if you are Tavares and won’t sign with the Islanders, you wait a year, drive a Brinks truck to the free-agent market and choose your destination.

I would bet the Blue Jackets have made a play for Tavares and offered a boatload of assets, but any deal would be contingent on Tavares agreeing to a contract. I don’t see it.

more on the Blue Jackets...

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Marc-Andre Fleury Says Goodbye To Pittsburgh

from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,

Marc-Andre Fleury arrived at PPG Paints Arena Thursday afternoon for cleanout day knowing that this will likely be the last time he ever steps foot inside the Pens locker room.

Fleury, who has spent the past 12-plus seasons as the Pens' franchise goaltender, has a face - and a smile - that has become as synonymous with Pittsburgh hockey as Sidney Crosby or Mario Lemieux.

"It's been such a long time, a great ride," Fleury, 32, said. "I've met a lot of good people. This feels like home for me."

Fleury has tried his best not to think of the future, wherever that may be. The emotions are too strong.

"I tried not to too much because as you can see, I'm struggling with this," Fleury said with red eyes. "I just tried to enjoy the moment. I tried to remember the good times."

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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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