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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic On Matt Duchene

“I will be listening to offers. Right now it’s quiet on all fronts. But I’ll listen to offers on how we can get better. I’ll never name names but I’ll sit there and if something makes sense for the way we want to go, with our team, we’ll really look at that.”

-Joe Sakic on Matt Duchene.  More on the Avs from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.

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Why Not The Flyers?

from Sam Carchidi of the Phillynews,

The club president isn’t predicting that the Flyers’ four-plus decades without a Stanley Cup are about to end. That, he knows, would be foolish. But he likes the direction in which the team is headed under general manager Ron Hextall. He thinks the likely injection of several rookies will complement the core that features Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, and Ivan Provorov.

“Obviously, our plan is to make the playoffs this year and see what happens,” Holmgren said Wednesday in his Wells Fargo Center office. “I think what Ron is doing, and has been doing, is put our team in a position where we can make multiple playoff runs with the hopes of winning Stanley Cups along the way. That was his goal when he took over three-plus years ago. I think if you look at our team now and where we are from this moment out, that’s kind of where we’re at.”

Holmgren, who recently had cornea surgery to try to improve the almost-lost sight in his right eye, said the Flyers are a “team that’s setting ourselves up for multiple playoff runs with the idea of winning a Stanley Cup or two along the way. … I think we’re a team that’s poised to take some steps forward over the next number of years. Could it be this year? Yeah, why not?”

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The Russian Plan

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

... And Marchenko’s signing, just like that of Markov, Nesterov, Grigorenko and so on, is simply another part of the plan the Russian Hockey Federation has had since the NHL announced it wouldn’t be sending players to the 2018 Olympics. Following the NHL’s early April declaration, the RHF released a statement saying it would attempt to keep its top talent in Russia and persuade top Russian free agents to play in the KHL, giving them the opportunity to suit up in Pyeongchang — an opportunity they seemingly won’t have in the NHL cut.

Russia hasn’t medalled at the Olympics, let alone stood atop the podium, in more than 15 years. Not since 1998 has Russia won a silver medal. And it’s been more than two decades since a gold medal was awarded to the nation. Russia is planning on changing that in February, though, and it’s starting with bulking up by brining any and all potential national team members home.

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The Future Is Now The Present In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Draisaitl, in his round of phone interviews that began at noon with rights holder 630 CHED, was adamant about his long-term desire to be an Oiler. The only question to most was whether Draisaitl might have to do a bridge deal if general manager Peter Charelli was going to balk at a number more than the $7 million or so suggested by contracts of comparable players.

“For me there was never even a thought to go anywhere else or to think about going anywhere else,” Draisaitl made it clear.

“You look at options, but for me personally, I just want to be with this group as long as possible. We have such a good group and I really do believe we have something special coming up in Edmonton,” added the NHL’s eighth top scorer with 77 points during the regular season and Oilers top producer in the playoffs with 17.

The ecstasy is that the modern day dynamic duo equivalent of Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are both signed far enough into the future to take them through their prime time years of most careers.

McDavid’s eight-year extension, keeps him here for the next nine years. The captain has one year remaining on his entry-level deal. Draisaitl’s new deal kicks in this season. And there’s something to be said with both deals not ending at the same time.

Bottom line?

The future is now!

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One More Year For Matt Cullen

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

Matt Cullen could have retired a back-to-back champ or re-signed in Pittsburgh for a chance to three-peat.

Instead, the born and bred Minnesotan and former St. Cloud State standout has made a family decision and decided to return for a second stint and 20th NHL season with his home-state Wild, multiple sources say.

Cullen's deal is expected to be a one-year contract with performance bonuses.

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added 3:14pm, Wild release is below....

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John Tavares In No Hurry To Sign A Contract

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

John Tavares is not worried about his contract situation. Even as training camp looms in less than a month, the Islanders captain and star player said the fact that he’s prepared to enter this season, the last under his current deal, without an extension is not causing him to lose any sleep.

“For me, there’s really no rush,” Tavares told Newsday in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “I’m trying to determine things, let the process run its course, keep the lines of communication open, keep it all internal and it’s been good so far … In terms of signing a new contract, there’s a lot that goes into it. To really dive into all the details, get into all the conversations I’ve had with Garth [Snow], the team and Doug [Weight], I don’t think it’s productive to the situation and the negotiating. I prefer to keep it all internal, that’s the best way to keep it all open, honest and healthy.”

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No Talking Allowed About The Vegas Golden Knights On Some Radio Stations In Las Vegas

from Ken Fang of Awful Announcing,

Las Vegas will be stepping into the major league sports realm in a short few months when the Las Vegas Golden Knights step onto the ice. But if you listen to the CBS Radio stations in the city, you wouldn’t even know they exist. It appears that the group which includes six stations has been ordered not to mention the team, not to discuss the team or even write about the team on the group’s websites and social media platforms.

The Golden Knights are preparing for their inaugural season in the NHL and have already awarded their TV and radio rights to AT&T SportsNet and Lotus Broadcasting respectively. But for CBS Radio, it’s as if the Golden Knights aren’t even playing. The cluster’s general manager Tony Perlongo spoke with KLAS-TV sports anchor Ron Futrell about this policy:

“We have a lot of other things to cover, the Knights don’t work into our coverage.”

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added 6:18pm, CBS Radio made a mistake...

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An Eight-Year Extension For Leon Draisaitl In Edmonton

via an email from the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract extension, through the 2024-25 season, with an average annual value (AAV) of $8.5 million. 

The 21-year old native of Cologne, Germany completed his third National Hockey League (NHL) season in 2016-17, setting career highs with 77 points (29G, 48A), also finishing with a +7 plus-minus rating and 20 penalty minutes in 82 games.  He finished second in team scoring behind only Connor McDavid and ranked eighth among all NHL scorers.  He also set a new record for points by a German player in an NHL season, surpassing the record of 59 points, set by Marco Sturm in 2006. 

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Player Agent Allain Roy On Today’s Prospects Including Nico Hischier

from Andrew Gross of NewJersey.com,

Allain Roy, an agent since 2001 and, before that, a goalie drafted by the original Winnipeg Jets who won an NCAA title at Harvard and a silver medal for Team Canada in the 1994 Winter Olympics, has had a close-up view of the evolution of NHL prospects.

The young players, such as client Nico Hischier, selected first overall by the Devils in this year’s NHL Draft, have become intensely knowledgeable about aspects beyond just on-ice training. Video, mental and nutritional coaching are all part of the elite teen-agers’ regimens now....

“It’s a double-edged sword,” said Roy, CEO of the St. Louis-based Roy Sports Group. “There’s a lot of over-training. A lot of kids burn out early. If you have to force kids to go to practice, something’s wrong. They should want to go to practice. There’s also a fear of missing out that players have: ‘If I’m not on the ice, someone else is on.’”...

“Every year, we’re adding new staff to the menu because you have to,” Roy said. “Our jobs as agents has changed over the last eight years. In the past, it was get as much money as possible when you signed. Now, it’s developing players to have as long a career as possible. The turnover is so much quicker. Thirty-two is the new 37.”

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What Is It With The Boston Bruins And Their Young Stars?

from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins are starting to look like the University of Kentucky basketball program: Talented young players come and go in the blink of an eye, honing their skills and then moving on to bigger and better things.

For the Kentucky basketball players, “bigger and better things” means the National Basketball Association.

For the Bruins, it’s every other team in the National Hockey League.

The latest young, talented Bruin who may or may not be playing elsewhere next season — depending on whose tweets you’re reading — is right winger David Pastrnak. The 21-year-old had a sterling 2016-17 season, scoring 34 goals, but it’s the offseason that should worry B’s fans.

As always, it comes down to money. Pastrnak wants more of it. The Bruins, alas, are like the short-armed alligator in the Geico commercial....

As the Bruins determine whether Pastrnak’s playing skills make him worthy of a long-term deal for, say, $6 million per, they should also be determining what the kid’s name is worth.

We can agree Patrice Bergeron will be a Bruin for life. But he won’t be playing for life.

The Bruins should consider growing some veterans.

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