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Topics Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- We are 14 months away from the NHL and NHLPA being able to exercise re-openers on the collective-bargaining agreement. The league has until Sept. 1, 2019 and the PA until Sept. 15, 2019 to opt out. If either side re-opens, the agreement expires following the 2019-20 season. The sides are expected to chat informally this summer, but no formal meetings have been scheduled.

The league is expected to move to redefine hockey-related revenue in order to come away with a larger share of its 50-50 cut. There will likely be a push to set maximum contract term at five years, the hill on which Deputy Dawg Bill Daly died during the 2012-13 Owners’ Lockout III. And we have been told by a mole that Commissioner Gary Bettman has already addressed/lectured the Board of Governors on the topic of signing bonuses for the lockout season; as in, stop giving them out.

Biometrics will be a significant issue in the talks. Indeed, we’re told the issue is already arising in certain precincts. We’re told that there are teams taking the position they own the right to monitor, for instance, a players’ heartbeat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The players quite naturally feel otherwise. Who wouldn’t?

- Artemi Panarin’s decision not to engage in negotiations for an extension with the Blue Jackets was motivated solely by his desire to play and live in a major market. You (and more to the point, he) can take it to the bank that the Rangers will be all in if the transcendent Bread Man reaches free agency next summer.

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All Eyes On John Tavares

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

It’s unclear whether the Islanders will be making a pitch of their own with Lamoriello stationed in California, but there’s no doubt they occupy pole position a little more than a week out from July 1.

What the other pursuers need to focus on is the things they can offer Tavares to try and make him think twice. Money likely won’t be a big differentiator — although the Islanders are the only team that can offer a guaranteed eight-year term, while Dallas, Tampa and Vegas can trumpet their favourable tax situations.

Each of the organizations would be wise to play up the indicators that point to them being contenders both now and in the future. Tavares has appeared in just 24 playoff games across his nine NHL seasons and wants to stop the cycle of having to watch the biggest games on TV every spring.

Lifestyle perks will get his attention. Conversation about anticipated usage, role and linemates could help him warm up to the idea of a new reality.


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Los Angeles Kings Face Risk And Reward With Ilya Kovalchuk

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

The Kings cannot sign Kovalchuk until free agency begins July 1. But securing him sets off a chain reaction on the market and represents a bold move by the Kings in beating out reported suitors the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins.

It also requires the Kings to adjust their offseason strategy as they intend to extend Drew Doughty’s contract. A significant raise in Doughty’s salary likely would force the Kings to free salary-cap space. Kovalchuk would be the second-highest paid forward on the Kings, behind Anze Kopitar, and they’re wishing for at least 20 goals from Kovalchuk after they scored three total in a playoff series loss to the Vegas Golden Knights....

Kings assistant general manager Michael Futa has said “there’s obviously a bit of a risk factor,” but he has scouted Kovalchuk and said the Russian still can shoot the puck from anywhere on the ice.

Kovalchuk is not known as a defensive player, which runs in heavy contrast to the Kings’ philosophy of two-way play. But his hands and shot mentality, alongside Kopitar and Jeff Carter, warrant the risk.

“He’s very explosive,” Robitaille said. “We watched him enough last year and we feel he can [produce] in this league. The way our guys [play] — whether it’s Carts or it’s Kopi — they can hold the puck for him. He’s a great fit.”



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Erik Karlsson Still Belongs To The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

General manager Pierre Dorion was fielding phone calls for Karlsson _ and several other players _ right up until the club made the No. 4 selection in the draft Friday night but the Senators couldn’t find the right fit and if you’re going to make a blockbuster deal it had better be good because he’s the best player in the deal.

The indications are the Vegas Golden Knights were among a group of teams that tried to push to get a deal done for Karlsson before the 31 teams headed to the draft table, however, the two sides are at a stalemate with the Senators pushing for a bigger return because he’s a franchise player.

Yes, the Golden Knights are prepared to take the four years and $7.25 million left on Bobby Ryan’s contract in return, but that’s not the only team interested in making a deal for Karlsson. League sources say the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks have all shown varying degrees of interest.


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Weekend Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Way too much noise made about the fact Connor McDavid won the Ted Lindsay Award for best NHL player, as voted by the players, and Taylor Hall won the Hart Trophy, for most valuable player, as voted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Truth is, it’s the fifth time in the past 13 years that the Hart and Lindsay winners have been different players.

- The 2018 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame will be announced on Tuesday. It will include Martin Brodeur and we don’t know who else. Maybe Daniel Alfredsson. Maybe Martin St. Louis. Brodeur is the only sure thing. I’ve long been a Doug Wilson guy – and not for acquiring and trading Mike Hoffman away within hours – but to date the Hall has not agreed.

- There is an obsession in hockey these days with right shooting defencemen and the scarcity of them. The best defensive pair I ever saw had Larry Robinson playing with Serge Savard. Both shot left. Mark Howe and Brad McCrimmon were pretty great together in Philadelphia. Both shot left. Bobby Orr and Dallas Smith in Boston, both shot left. If you can play, you can play. The rest will take care of itself.

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Videos- Top Prospects Mic’d Up On Draft Day

First up is Rasmus Dahlin.



Below, Brady Tkachuk and Quinn Hughes...

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KK- A Dark Night

I am going to settle in the lazy boy for the night, will try to find a good movie or just may doze off.

It should be a slow night in the hockey workd and I will catch up bright and early on Sunday morning.

Remember, all teams at this point are 0-0-0-0!

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52 Americans Chosen At The 2018 NHL Draft

DALLAS - Fifty-two Americans were selected in this weekend's 2018 NHL Draft at the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Stars.

A total of 16 players from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program were chosen, including Ty Emberson (Eau Claire, Wis.), who became the 300th NTDP player drafted all-time.

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Video- The Best From Day 2 Of The NHL Draft

Just south of 4 1/2 minutes long.


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Video- The New York Islanders Had Two Good Days At The NHL Draft

Just ask the GM.


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