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from the Edmonton Oilers,
Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference has been named this year’s recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is presented annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.
Ference will be honoured at the 2014 NHL Awards Gala, being at the world-famous Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ference's work in the community encompassed a variety of community initiatives, including several projects on behalf of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF). In addition to these endeavours, Ference was involved in many of his own charity initiatives, most notably the November Project, the Hope Mission Shelter and leading the way on a Christmas toy delivery to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat today...
Who do you think will be the Penguins next head coach?
Katie Strang I like the idea of promoting John Hynes from their AHL club. He's been highly touted internally and is regarded as a guy with a good feel for making in-game adjustments. In the wake of Bylsma's axing we have learned that was one of the biggest knocks on him (during the Olympics too). Also think Ulf Samuelsson could be an attractive candidate as well. Has a son in the Pens system as well ...
If Rangers were to trade Rick Nash could they get a 1st round pick in next week draft?
Katie Strang Yes, he still has that sort of talent and size to command that value despite a very disappointing playoff performance this spring. Remember though, he has a full no-move clause so they can only move him if he consents. And not sure the Rangers have made a decision on what they would like to do with him yet.
With the St. Louis Blues passing on Miller in favor of an Elliot/Allen tandem, what do you think the Blues need to add in the off-season to push over the hump? Is the a top 6 forward the Blues should add to give their team more depth?
Katie Strang I think it had more to do with money than anything. Blues are facing some financial difficulties from the sounds of it.
The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship is set to take place in Montreal and Toronto and Team USA is wasting no time getting ready for the tournament being hosted in the neighboring Great White North.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the 42 players that have been invited to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 2-9, in Lake Placid, New York. The players will audition for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015, in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.
The complete list of players invited to the 2014 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.
from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,
That the Canucks management team of President Trevor Linden and GM Jim Benning are talking to Bylsma, the former Stanley Cup winner (2009) and NHL coach of the year (2011) with Pittsburgh, should be no surprise. The surprise may be that Bylsma, recently fired by the Penguins, appears not to be the frontrunner in what is shaping up as a comprehensive search that will include as many as eight candidates.
Linden said this week that the coaching search may not conclude until after the NHL Entry Draft, June 27-28 in Philadelphia. That likely means Bylsma won’t be their man, as he reportedly had an excellent interview with Florida GM Dale Tallon last week and is believed to be the frontrunner there.
continue for more on the Canucks' coaching search...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
No surprise, but the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings have already reached out to Marian Gaborik's camp to try to get something down to keep the pending UFA in the fold. Gaborik led all players in goals in the playoffs, with 14.
Veteran blue-liner Andrei Markov of the Montreal Canadiens remains unsigned as the clock ticks toward July 1. "No news. I don't expect anything to happen any time soon," Markov's agent, former NHLer Sergei Berezin, told ESPN.com via text Wednesday morning. "But you never know."
Veteran agent Steve Bartlett remains in talks with the Tampa Bay Lightning about pending UFA Ryan Callahan: "Good-faith talks with Tampa continue, hard to handicap at this point," Bartlett said via email Wednesday morning.
more topics including it appears Evgeni Nabokov will be going the UFA route...
If Gary Bettman is indeed speaking with Comcast regarding the TV contract of the San Jose Sharks, he should also bring up the Center Ice package on Comcast.
In my opinion, it is a shame Comcast only offers two HD channels for their Center Ice programming on a nightly basis. What makes matters worse, Comcast often leaves one of those HD stations blank while showing a game on a standard definition channel.
It is 2014, not 2004, all games should be made available in HD, end of story.
While we wait for the NHL talk to pick up, I would like to ask you two questions.
Where will Jason Spezza end up?
The same question on Ryan Kesler, what team will trade for Kesler or will he remain in Vancouver?
Regarding Spezza, supposedly he has listed some teams he will not accept a trade to. They include teams located in Canada, the Panthers, Blue Jackets and maybe a few more.
Kesler also has a list of teams he doesn't want to be traded to.
Since both players can somewhat control their destiny, it does make it more difficult to trade but I believe both will be moved.
How about you?
from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,
... it will be telling to see what happens to the large number of free agent enforcers this summer, with quite a few set to be unrestricted, a quirk of enforcers mostly getting short-term contracts. In addition to Thornton, George Parros, Paul Bissonnette, Kevin Westgarth and John Scott, among others, are without deals.
“I think if you look across the league, you look at more and more teams rolling four lines and getting some production out of the fourth line, like we’ve had for a number of years,” Neely said.
“If you look at certain players, their ice time is two or three minutes a game. I think coaches probably look and say, ‘I could really use someone who could give me six, seven, eight, 10 minutes a game.’ I think that’s where you see things going, more than just fighting getting out of the game completely.”
That, of course, was what Thornton was for the Bruins.
“Everybody’s been talking about it for a few years that the guy that does nothing but sit on the bench and play one minute a game isn’t as relevant as they used to be, and I’ll definitely agree with that,” Thornton said. “But because there’s only a couple of them in the game, I’m not sure why the guys that can play and have played get thrown into that grouping.”
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The bottom line on trading Kane, or any member of Cheveldayoff's team, has to be about benefitting the organization. Cheveldayoff isn't going to be offered a roster player of equal value. Teams are going to try to pry Kane away from Winnipeg with packages of picks and prospects.
For a fan base already screaming about the here and now, making a deal for tomorrow would be untenable.
The other side of the equation is maybe we've seen the best of Kane and he's never going to be a consistent 30-goal guy. Under that premise, trading Kane now would seem to be the right move if the return is strong. There's little evidence, however, to suggest Kane won't continue to improve and become a better and more valuable player.
Kane is flawed in that he doesn't see the ice very well and his goal production to date has been inconsistent. He might argue the same can be said of his linemates, and it's true Kane has been forced to play with a bit of a dog's breakfast during his three seasons in Winnipeg. He's also been an infrequent member of the No. 1 power-play unit. If Kane is to grow he needs both more opportunity and higher-quality opportunity.
Moving Kane would be premature. It's time to find out precisely what he is as a player and how far he can grow. Install him as the left wing on the top line.
Cheveldayoff will want to see if Kane can soar with these Jets before booking him on another out of town.
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