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Afternoon Line- Arpon Basu On Andrei Markov

If you missed it earlier today, Markov announced he will play in the KHL.

 

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Video- Will You Watching The Hockey Games At The Olympics?

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Tim and Sid discuss whether people will still watch the Olympics despite the NHL electing to skip the tournament.

 

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Andrei Markov Will Not Return To Montreal

MONTREAL - Andrei Markov will not be back with the Canadiens for the 2017-18 season. The veteran defenseman will be available to speak with reporters via conference call on Thursday afternoon (the release note says at his request).

Markov has spent his entire 16-year NHL career to date as a member of the Canadiens. Narrowly missing the 1,000-game milestone with 990 career games under his belt, the Russian rearguard sits sixth on the franchise's all-time leaderboard for games played. He has also suited up for 89 postseason tilts during his time with the Habs.

Since making his NHL debut in 2000, Markov has racked up 572 regular-season points, including 119 goals. He finished his final Canadiens campaign tied with Hall-of-Famer Guy Lapointe for second place in team history for points by a defenseman, and is ranked third for goals from the back end.

The 38-year-old blue-liner was drafted in the sixth round, 162nd overall by Montreal in 1998 and became a Canadian citizen in July 2010.

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NHL Stars Should Be More Involved With The CBA

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The best players in the NHL have historically sat on the sidelines during collective bargaining, but it's time for the likes of Crosby and McDavid to get involved.

So Connor McDavid is “really upset” about NHL players not participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. In that case, McDavid might want to take a number and get in line because there are a lot of star players who feel the same way. Sidney Crosby doesn’t like it, either. But the NHL is not in the business of catering to their star players, particularly when they feel it doesn’t serve their business interests very well.

Some star players, particularly those of the Russian variety, have talked about going rogue and playing in the Pyeongchang tournament anyway. So make no mistake, the star players who have the most to lose by not playing in the Olympics are not a happy bunch.

And that’s all well and good, but now is the time for those same players to use their clout to shame the NHL into doing the right thing in 2022 and their own Players’ Association into enshrining it into the next collective bargaining agreement. 

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The Boston Bruins Make The Ryan Spooner Signing Official

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 26, that the team has signed forward Ryan Spooner to a one-year contract worth $2,825,000.

"We are pleased with the process and are happy to have Ryan's contract resolved. His agent, Murray Kuntz, and Ryan were both very professional, and our group was well prepared as they had worked very diligently prior to arriving at a settlement point," said Sweeney. "We know Ryan has the offensive skills to be an impactful player, especially while on the power play. We expect Ryan to continue to take the necessary steps with his development to be an even more complete, two-way player."

Spooner, 25, skated in 78 games with the Bruins in 2016-17, recording 11 goals and 28 assists for 39 points. His 18 power play points were good for fourth on the team. Spooner also skated in four playoff games for Boston against the Senators, logging two assists. He established career highs in all offensive categories during the 2015-16 season, tallying 13 goals and 36 assists for 49 points in 80 games. In his five-year NHL career, the 5-foot-10, 184-pound forward has played in 214 games, compiling 32 goals and 85 assists for 117 points.

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid On Not Being Able To Participate In The Olympics

“I’m really upset about it.

“You want to be able to represent your country on the highest stage, and the Olympics is obviously the highest stage possible. To know that you might not be able to represent your country at the Olympics for another four years for sure. … Even if you’re able to in four years, it’s disappointing.”

-Connor McDavid via Luke Fox of Sportsnet.

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Arizona Coyotes Name Two Assistant Coaches

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed John MacLean and Scott Allen to multi-year contracts to serve as assistant coaches on Head Coach Rick Tocchet's staff. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. MacLean and Allen will work alongside Goaltending Coach Jon Elkin and Video Coach Steve Peters.

"We are very pleased to have John and Scott join the Coyotes organization," said Chayka. "Both individuals bring a wealth of hockey knowledge and coaching experience to our team and we are confident that they will be great additions to Head Coach Rick Tocchet's staff."
 

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They Were Just Storylines

from Sean McIndoe at Sportsnet,

• Wait for Duchene deal continues
• What will Vegas do with D-man surplus?
• Still no bites for Jagr, Iginla, Doan

The writers in charge of the NHL’s off-season script are struggling.

They spent the last year opening up all sorts of interesting storylines and plot holes, with lots of fun ways they could go. But now the summer is here, the credits are about to roll, and there are still all sorts of loose ends to tie up.

They’ve wrapped up a few. The Dallas Stars finally got that goalie they’ve been hunting for years, the touching Kevin Shattenkirk homecoming played out pretty much like we all expected, and the Connor McDavid contract plotline came together nicely. Some of it feels kind of derivative – haven’t we seen this Blackhawks roster already? – but for the most part it’s been fine.

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Heck, I recall many of the media we depend on telling us the off-season was going to be crazy, oops!

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All Johnny Gaudreau

from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,

DI: What was your biggest takeaway this season with the Flames?

JG: Probably the resiliency of our team. We had a tough start this season. I think we were like 5-10. Coming around Thanksgiving we were out of a playoff spot. The statistics of when you’re out of a playoff position at Thanksgiving is really high (to miss the playoffs). It’s difficult to fight your way into a playoff spot, but our team did it. We had a great second half of the season and we played some good hockey in the playoffs. Unfortunately we got swept, but I think we could have won a game or two there and the series could have been a little different. It’s a learning experience for us. We have a really young team, a lot of good, young leaders on our team and some older leaders that us young guys get to learn from. We’re pretty fortunate with the group we have in Calgary. We had some pretty big signings this offseason (including Union College star Spencer Foo and trading for defenseman Travis Hamonic and goalies Mike Smith and Eddie Lack). I’m really looking forward to next season, too.

DI: I bet your phone was blowing up recently after your interview on 94.1 WIP. They asked you about coming to the Flyers someday and you said it would be great. Did that small spark set off your Twitter account?

JG: Yeah, the way the question was asked I said, “It would be sweet to play in your hometown.” I think if you ask any player in the NHL if they’d like to play in their hometown at some point they’d all say it would be pretty sweet. You’ve got friends, you’ve got family, you’ve got kids you went to school with, you’ve got teachers, you name it. You’ve got people that will be supporting you. The people support me down here, like it’s crazy down here. I’m just really fortunate they follow me up in Calgary. I love Calgary, don’t me wrong. It’s a great city and they’re so passionate about our team. It’s a real hockey city. I really enjoy it up there, don’t get me wrong, but I think if you ask any player if he wants to play in his hometown they’d say it would be pretty cool to do that. I’ve still got five more years on my contract and who knows…if we’re playing well up here in Calgary I could end up staying another four or five years there because I love the city so much. It’s tough to have all those articles come out when it’s something so small, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

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Canada Names Rosters For Two International Tournaments

from TSN,

Team Canada has named its roster for the 2017 Sochi Open and the Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov which both take place in August,

The Sochi Open, which will take place from Aug. 6-9 in Russia, will mark the first pre-Olympic action for Team Canada as general manager Sean Burke looks to form his roster for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games....

Among the most recognizable names on the Sochi Open roster are former NHLers Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Kozun, Daniel Paille, Mason Raymond, Max Talbot and Linden Vey. Former Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters will dress for the tournament, along with Kevin Poulin, who was named to both rosters.

Notable names on the Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov roster for Team Canada include Cam Barker, Carlo Colaiacovo, Taylor Beck, Ryan Garbutt, Derek Roy and goaltender Ben Scrivens.

Kevin Klein, who retired from the New York Rangers earlier this month and then signed in Switzerland, is also on the tournament for Aug. 14-17 Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov.

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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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