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Born In The USA- Top 10 NHL Players 25 And Under

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Hockey in the United States tends to be defined by big events, including the gold-medal game at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics, the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" gold-medal game in Lake Placid, and the championship win at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. There were also silver medals at the 2002 and 2010 Olympics.

The next era in U.S. hockey may be defined by the young talent already making their mark in the NHL. The emergence of players from the Sunbelt and other non-traditional hockey areas should continue to add to that talent base.

Here are the top 10 U.S.-born NHL players who are 25 and under:


John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

Age: 23

Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2016-17 stats: 25-16-9, 2.22 goals-against average, .924 save percentage


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Happy Birthday America

Enjoy the Independence Day festivities, celebrations and please be safe with fireworks if so inclined to use them.

I stand proud of my country today.


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Looks As If Alexander Radulov Will Be Playing In Dallas This Season

added 12:25pm,

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Alexander Radulov to a five-year, $31.25-million contract.

Radulov, 30, posted 54 points (18-36=54) in 76 regular-season games played with Montreal in 2016-17. He led the team in assists, was second in points and third in goals on the year. He went on to lead the Canadiens with seven points (2-5=7) in six playoff contests.

In four NHL seasons with Nashville and Montreal, Radulov has combined for 156 points (65-91=156) in 230 regular-season games. He has appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in all four of his NHL seasons, combining for 21 points (8-13=21) in 24 games played. He has been an even or plus player in every regular season and postseason of his career, totaling a +39 mark in the regular season and a +3 in the postseason.

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Ales Hemsky Signs A One-Year Deal With The Canadiens

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Morning Line- Brian MacLellan

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The Washington Capitals Sign Devante Smith-Pelly And John Albert

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$300,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Smith-Pelly, 25, registered nine points (4g, 5a) in 53 games with the New Jersey Devils last season. During the 2015-16 season, the 6’0”, 215-pound right wing recorded 25 points (14g, 11a) in 64 games with Montreal and New Jersey, earning career highs in goals, points and game-winning goals (5). In addition, Smith-Pelly earned a career-high three points (2g, 1a) on March 17, 2016 against Minnesota and recorded a career-long four-game point streak from March 10 to March 17, 2016 (4g, 2a). During the 2014-15 season, he recorded 20 points (6g, 14a) in 74 games with Anaheim and Montreal, marking career highs in games played and assists. Smith-Pelly has recorded 77 points (33g, 44a) in 266 career NHL games with Anaheim, Montreal and New Jersey. The Scarborough, Ont., native was drafted by Anaheim in the second round, 42nd overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft. In 124 career AHL games with Norfolk and Syracuse, Smith-Pelly has earned 76 points (41g, 35a) in 124 career AHL games with Norfolk and Syracuse.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward John Albert to a one-year, two-way contract ($650,000/$220,000), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Albert, 28, has registered 155 points (68g, 87a) in 283 career AHL games with St. John's and Manitoba. During the 2013-14 season, the Cleveland, Ohio, native recorded 45 points (28g, 17a) and led St. John’s in goals. Albert collected seven points with St. John's during the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs, leading the IceCaps to the Calder Cup Finals. He served as an alternate captain with the IceCaps for two seasons, and was named team captain of the Manitoba Moose for the 2015-16 campaign. 

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Did The Vancouver Canucks Improve Their Team?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

When you project the Vancouver Canucks’ lineup for the 2017-18 season one thing is clear following their many and varied free-agent acquisitions.

They’ve improved themselves greatly.

In Utica.

That leaves the larger question concerning the NHL team and the Canucks certainly added quantity over the weekend.

But quality? That’s another matter. Sam Gagner should give the power play a boost but over 10 NHL seasons he’s averaged 16 goals and 45 points per 80 games. He isn’t a top-six forward on a good team and he might be taking playing time away from a younger player in Vancouver.

Gagner, moreover, was the Canucks’ marquee signing, the player who was supposed to excite this fan base.

The Canucks, in fact, had a better team at the start of last season with Jannik Hansen, Alex Burrows, Nikita Tryamkin and Ryan Miller and the only way all this makes sense is if they develop their young forwards with the NHL team next season.

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The 3rd And 4th Lines For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Already holding a glut of bottom-six guys in Ryan Hartman, Vinnie Hinostroza, John Hayden, Jordin Tootoo, Tomas Jurco and Tanner Kero, Bowman added Laurent Dauphin in a trade and Bouma and Tommy Wingels in free agency. Nick Schmaltz or Patrick Sharp will be a third-liner next season, too, depending on which gets to be Patrick Kane’s left wing.

Even with Andrew Desjardins and Dennis Rasmussen becoming unrestricted free agents and Marcus Kruger having been traded to the expansion Golden Knights, the Hawks have loaded up on fringe players. Some are fast and skilled and some are big and physical, but only Hartman has showed much of a knack for scoring goals.

Throw in prospects knocking on the NHL door, such as Alex DeBrincat, Alexandre Fortin, Kyle Baun and David Kampf, and there’s no telling what the Hawks’ third and fourth lines will look like.
That’s a problem because what has separated the Hawks from the pack in their best seasons has been their depth. Their third line in 2015 featured Patrick Sharp, Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen. Their fourth line had Andrew Shaw. In 2013, their fourth line was Michael Frolik, Dave Bolland and Kruger. In 2010, their third line was Andrew Ladd, Bolland and Kris Versteeg.

The 2017-18 Hawks have nothing resembling those lines.


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Hockey Topics Of Interest

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

--With Price off the market, the biggest extension to watch for is what the Islanders can do with John Tavares. The franchise center seems to be waiting to see how the team continues to develop and what might transpire regarding its arena. With the Barclays Center on the outs, will a new Islanders arena near Belmont Park be part of the lure for Tavares to stay put?

---More questions: Do the Winnipeg Jets have scouts who watched any Sabres games last year? Three years for Dmitry Kulikov? At $4.33 million per year? They're making the same mistake Tim Murray did, expecting the same player they saw for Florida in the 2016 playoffs. But at least Murray only made a one-year mistake. Kulikov had a tough preseason back injury last season but wasn't a whole lot better in the second half than in his dreadful first half.

---Colorado seems to have waited too long to unload Matt Duchene. With Nick Bonino signed in Nashville, the Preds seem to be out and only Columbus is reportedly a serious player. How much return can the Avs expect to generate without competition for Duchene?


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A Busy Sunday For The Washington Capitals

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

In a summer when the Washington Capitals have shown little restraint in spending, the organization made its biggest deal yet Sunday evening by signing restricted free agent center Evgeny Kuznetsov to an eight-year, $62.4 million contract extension.

But because they were already facing salary cap constraints with more than $70 million of a $75 million salary cap committed to just 15 players, the Capitals were forced into a situation where they had to shed salary. That move came an hour after Kuznetsov’s new deal was announced when the team traded winger Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for second- and third-round picks in next season’s NHL draft.

With teams almost certainly aware of Washington’s bleak salary cap picture, the Capitals had little leverage in dealing a skilled 26-year-old top-six forward within the Metropolitan Division. Johansson is coming off a career year with 24 goals and 34 assists, but trading him for draft picks clears his $4.583 million salary cap hit and gives the team more wiggle room to re-sign restricted free agents Andre Burakovsky and Philipp Grubauer.


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