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Paul has been sidelined with what is now a pretty serious health issue this evening, and he's going to be out of the loop for at least the next 24 hours. I will try to substitute as best as I can, but Wings news remains my priority, so we may miss some stories here and there.
Send Paul your thoughts and prayers. He's okay but he's more than a little tired of and frustrated by being sidelined again.
“I think if you probably talk to other owners around the league, they might think that I may spend too much money. You may hear that or whatever, but that’s my style. … You might talk to some of the other owners around the league, and they’ll tell you, ‘Who’s this new owner? What is he, crazy? Why did you give this guy money or that guy?’ Hey, it’s my decision. It was something I wanted to do.”
-Terry Pegula, owner of the Buffalo Sabres. Pegula was on WGR radio today and John Vogl of the Buffalo News has more on Pegula.
from Rob Wile of Business Insider,
Tipoff's at 9 tonight for Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Meanwhile, Boston took a 2-1 lead last night in the Stanley Cup Final.
Who's been watching the games? Mapping data group ESRI has the answer.
The firm has developed developed software called the Tapestry™ Segmentation system that classifies US residential neighborhoods into 65 unique market segments based on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics.
One of their models tracks likely basketball and hockey viewership.
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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Slava Voynov have agreed to terms on a new six-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Voynov, 23, shared the Kings postseason leadership in both goals (six) and total points (13), and he also co-led the Kings in plus-minus rating (plus-9) while appearing in all 18 postseason games for the Kings during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 6-0, 190-pounder from Chelyabinsk, Russia also established new Kings playoff records for most goals scored by a defenseman in one playoff year (six), and most game-winning goals scored in one playoff year (four), while finishing third on the team in average time-on-ice per playoff game (21:54).
from Don Muret of SportsBusiness Daily,
AEG and MGM Resorts Int’l have selected Populous to design a new arena in Las Vegas, according to Tim Romani, president and CEO of Icon Venue Group, the owners' representative for the project. AEG and MGM announced last month they had formed a joint venture to build the privately financed facility. The total project cost is $350M, of which $225-250M is hard construction costs.
The 20,000-seat arena is scheduled to break ground in the summer of ‘14 and open in the spring of ‘16. The site, between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, just off the Vegas Strip, is the centerpiece of a redevelopment by MGM, owner of those two properties.
There is no proposed major league tenant for the arena, but it will be designed to NBA and NHL standards, similar to Sprint Center in K.C., Romani said.
from Chris Lund of Ottawa Senators.com,
On trade talks:
I've called three teams so far -- actually, four -- I'll call a number more and see if anyone wants to move. There are certain reasons to move fairly high and if we don't do that maybe we're okay where we are. I have talked and nobody has really gotten back to me and I don't suspect anyone will be willing to move down but, you never know, we might have an asset that would address a need.
On slow negotiations between teams at this point:
We have a GM meeting tomorrow in Boston and I think the opportunity to talk to a variety of managers of different teams will crop up and then we'll see if anyone is really interested in engaging and trying to do something for their team.
On working with teams that have cap issues:
I think there are a couple of teams that may have to, I've talked to one or two already but nobody is in a hurry. That doesn't come in to play for some time. We'll continue to talk and hopefully see there might be somebody there. If not, we've got a pretty good group of young players. I'd like to add one more player but we'll see what happens.
Pavel Datsyuk will be with the Detroit Red Wings for another 4 years after agreeing to a 3-year extension today.
Make sure to check out The Malik Report throughout the day on additional news on Datsyuk and the Wings.
Information below provided by the NHL PR department,
LIFE OF PAI
Boston forward Daniel Paille scored his second game-winning goal in as many games, becoming the first player since 2006 – and only the second in the last 17 years – to record game-winning goals in consecutive Stanley Cup Final games (Edmonton’s Fernando Pisani, vs. Carolina in Games 5 and 6).
Someone scored consecutive game-winners in each of four straight Finals from 1992 through 1995: Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux in 1992, Montreal’s John LeClair in 1993, NY Rangers’ Glenn Anderson in 1994 and New Jersey’s Neal Broten in 1995. Each of their teams went on to win the Stanley Cup. (Elias)
Paille now has four goals in 19 games this postseason. He had four goals in 46 career playoff games entering 2013.
Three of Paille’s four goals in the 2013 postseason have been game-winners, tying him with teammate Nathan Horton and San Jose’s Logan Couture for second in the League. Paille had no playoff game-winning goals entering 2013.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
When Streit is officially signed, he will have a $5.25 million cap hit per season. That means the Flyers’ top six defensemen next year - Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Nick Grossmann, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros and Streit - will have a combined $26.85 million cap hit for 2013-14. That’s 41.8 percent of the team’s $64.3 million cap.
Since 2006-07, Streit has 241 points in 367 games. According to TSN, that is the seventh-best points-per-game average (0.66) among NHL defensemen.
That’s the good news. The bad news (besides the fact the Flyers are getting older instead of acquiring a player like Keith Yandle): Over the last two years, Streit is minus-41, tied for the worst among league defensemen.
Streit is a similar player as former Flyer Matt Carle, who signed a six-year, $33 million deal ($5.5 million cap hit) with Tampa Bay as an UFA last year. Carle, an excellent shot blocker, was 27 at the time.
Streit will help the Flyers on the power play and he will trigger the offense by getting the puck to the forwards quickly. He is also a good leader.
That said, he is on the downside of his career, and Holmgren is taking an expensive risk.
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from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,
The Blackhawks are supposed to be a great hockey team. They won the Cup three years ago and set an NHL record when they came out of the gate without losing any of their first 24 games in regulation. They recovered from a 3-1 series deficit against Detroit. They overwhelmed the defending Stanley Cup champs from Los Angeles. They went 10-1 in their first 11 home playoff games.
But something changed after Chicago dominated the first period of Game 2. The Bruins came out flying in the second period of Game 2 and have crushed the Hawks’ spirit over the last five periods. The Blackhawks are taking on the look of the Penguins. They can’t believe how hard it is to score against the Bruins. A couple of fights broke out Monday in the closing seconds....
It is a mistake to think this series is over. We know better. But the Bruins are just two wins away from another Cup and they are playing textbook, almost perfect hockey. They even managed to get it done without overtime in Game 3.
Friday is the first day of summer and the Stanley Cup is within the grasp of the Bruins. Life is good.
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