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Hockey Thoughts In The New Year

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- The market’s cracking open, though. There was a shortage of scoring touch with Vegas’s success, but now there’s Pacioretty, there’s Evander Kane, there’s Mike Hoffman. What’s most interesting is that all three have different term remaining on their contracts. Kane’s unrestricted, Pacioretty’s got one year and Hoffman two. Curious to see how that affects each player’s value.

- Quote of the Week, from an anonymous GM: “God, I hope no one helps Pittsburgh get better.” I think he’s tired of seeing them win.

- Florida’s Bob Boughner didn’t like Tuesday’s blowout in Minnesota, but, generally, the Panthers are improving, with a five-game win streak beforehand. There was a mini-breakthrough last Thursday as Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau combined for 12 shots in a 3-2 win over Philadelphia. Boughner’s been on them to fire it.

“Oh my God, every day. They are both high-end players, but their identity is pass-first, shoot second. We want to change their mentality.” Which one is worse? “Barkov,” Boughner laughed. “He does everything so well, but we need him to be more selfish. There was a recent game where he had an empty net and was looking around. Drives me crazy.”


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21. All good things have to come to an end, and it did for Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak against the Islanders. New York’s lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Bruins was with them on the ice, the first time all season someone scored five-on-five against that trio.


1. With Seattle now very much in the picture, I’m curious to see how negotiations go between teams and players on no-move clauses. Some of Vegas’s strength came from other clubs who had too many and needed to escape. Will GMs resist them, or simply ask that protection not include a future expansion draft? Will players with leverage be willing to agree? Something to watch.

Good luck with that, GMs.

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/03/18 at 06:26 PM ET

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