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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.
The kings of sudden death are now the kings of the American Hockey League.
Patrik Nemeth scored 14:30 into overtime as the Texas Stars captured their first Calder Cup championship with a 4-3 win over the St. John's IceCaps in Game 5 of the Finals at Mile One Centre on Tuesday night.
Nemeth, a second-round draft pick by the Dallas Stars in 2010 who played five playoff games with the parent club also earlier this spring, netted the Cup-clincher off an outstanding individual effort. With the teams skating four-on-four, Nemeth scooped up the puck at his own blue line, raced up the right side, went inside-out on a St. John's defender and backhanded a shot over the glove of Michael Hutchinson for his first goal of the entire postseason.
Texas finished the playoffs with a 6-0 record in overtime, with all six wins coming on the road.
Watch the winning goal below and the post-game ceromony....
Somewhat ironically, on the same day that the Mercury News's Mark Purdy reported that the San Jose Sharks want to renegotiate their cable TV deal, their cable TV provider, Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, made a controversial personnel decision. The Mercury News's David Pollak reports that long-time Sharks color commentator Drew Remenda has been informed that his services will no longer be needed:
"They decided not to renew my contract," Remenda said Tuesday. "It wasn't because of anything I did or anything wrong. It was explained to me they wanted to take the broadcast in a different direction. Honestly, we parted amicably."
Remenda, who just completed his 13th season as television analyst alongside Randy Hahn, was an assistant coach with the Sharks from 1991 to 1995 before becoming an analyst. Prior to his TV spot, he was the radio color commentator working with Dan Rusanowsky.
"When I first got there as an assistant coach, they asked me what was my goal," Remenda said. "I said I hoped I'd be there for five years. I ended up being there for 20. I would love to tell you there's some big conspiracy there, but they've been great to me."
Remenda said he had "kind of an inkling," his contract might not be renewed, so hearing the actual words from chief operating officer John Tortora was not that difficult.
"The hardest thing is to think I'm not a San Jose Shark any more," Remenda said.
The Mercury News's Tim Kawakami retweeted this at 11 PM EDT, and this qualifies as late-breaking blockbuster news of a sort. The Mercury News's Mark Purdy reports that the "rebuilding" San Jose Sharks have a very large problem that's harming their off-ice viability:
Simply put, the Sharks' local television contract is not acceptable to them. They think it stinks. Stinks so bad, in fact, that it could affect the team's long-term ability to stay in San Jose and the Bay Area.
This has nothing to do with the departure of popular television analyst Drew Remenda, which was made public Tuesday. That's unfortunate, but comparatively small potatoes.
How serious is the concern over the Sharks' television deal? I have learned and confirmed that National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman has taken the extraordinary step of personally intervening in the matter. Bettman has contacted high-level honchos at Comcast corporate offices in Philadelphia to see if the Sharks' local television deal can be reworked. Comcast is the parent company of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, which broadcasts Shark games. So far, the Bettman talks have not been fruitful.
Here's the issue: The Sharks' local deal pales compared to most other NHL teams. The team is in the middle of a long-term contract with Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area that yields the Sharks $7 million per season. And it has 14 more seasons to run.
The Calgary Sun's Eric Francis had a conversation with new Flames GM Brad Trevliving on Monday afternoon, and Treveling made two particularly telling remarks, first addressing the suggestions that his team is bidding for Jason Spezza's services...
“It’s categorically false,” said the Calgary Flames new GM, making his first public response to a report out of Ottawa saying the Flames offered up Jiri Hudler, Mikael Backlund, “possibly” Dennis Wideman and a second- or third-round draft pick.
“I haven’t made any such offers. That’s 100% fantasy island. I saw it early Sunday online and had to read it a couple times and had to remind myself ‘oh ya I’m the Flames GM. Interesting.’ ”
And then speaking bluntly and honestly about the fact that, yes, general managers actually talk to each other about potential trades on a regular basis:
Nine different teams have lost the Stanley Cup the past nine seasons, six of them from the Eastern Conference. The opening is there as always for Leafs management. This isn’t the West. Playing catch-up in the East is not impossible.
-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun and you can read more on why the Leafs may be closer than some people may think.
Bob McKenzie of TSN joined NHL Live today and discussed Evander Kane and would the Winnipeg Jets move him.
Up next was Cam Ward moving from Carolina then the coaching job in Pittsburgh was the next topic.
McKenzie also talked about the Vancouver coaching position.
The final topic was the Jason Spezza talk.
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Mike Brown to a two-year contract.
During the 2013-14 regular season, the 28-year-old Brown posted five points (two goals, three assists) and 75 penalty minutes in 48 games with San Jose. Brown also registered two points (one goal, one assist), a plus-one rating, and 26 penalty minutes in six postseason games, including scoring his first career postseason goal in game vs. Los Angeles.
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Alex Stalock to a two-year contract.
During the 2013-14 season, the 26-year-old Stalock posted a 12-5-2 overall record to go along with .932 SV%, 1.87 GAA, and two shutouts in 24 games. Stalock finished ninth in the League in goals-against average (1.87), but did not play in enough games to qualify among the League leaders. Furthermore, Stalock set a new Sharks franchise record for longest shutout streak, posting 178:55 of scoreless play ranging from Jan. 5 at Chicago to Jan. 27 vs. Los Angeles. In three relief appearances during the 2014 postseason, Stalock posted a .929 SV% and 2.05 GAA.
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