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Notes On The First Saturday This Year Without Hockey

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Memo to Leaf fans, Oiler fans, just about all hockey fans: It sometimes takes patience to win a Stanley Cup. Alex Ovechkin was drafted 14 years ago. Nicklas Backstrom was drafted 12 years ago. Braden Holtby and John Carlson were drafted 10 years ago. Evgeny Kuznetsov was picked eight years ago. All of them selected — the five most important Capitals — by general manager George McPhee, fired for not being able to win in Washington … The top three scorers in the Stanley Cup playoffs: Kuznetsov, Ovechkin, Backstrom.

- In Toronto, Lamoriello traded for Frederik Andersen, who was caught in a situation in Anaheim with too many goalies. In Jersey, Lamoriello traded for Corey Schneider, who was in similar difficulty in Vancouver. Now on Long Island, look for Lamoriello to make a play for Washington backup goalie Philipp Grubauer, who is a restricted free agent, and if Lamoriello gets him, look for him to sign Grubauer long-term with the Islanders.

- Brian Burke is writing a book, which should be fascinating. It won’t necessarily be the truth but it will be his truth.

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