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Evening Line- Damien Cox

... if Tavares were to become a Leaf by next season via the trade route, it would immediately vault them into the position of contender in the Eastern Conference. That would have to be tempting for the Brendan Shanahan regime. Let’s see first what Tavares does, or doesn’t do, next weekend.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star where you can read more on Tavares plus other topics...

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Marc Methot Appears To Be Dallas Bound

Good move for the Stars.

 

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added 8:39pm, VGN release is below...

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Your New Hockey Hall Of Fame Members

 

added 3:37pm, HHOF release is below...

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A Three-Year Deal For Zack Kassian In Edmonton

 

added 2:33pm, Edmonton release is below...

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Dallas Stars Will Buy Out Antti Niemi

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Goodbye To Pittsburgh

from Marc-Andre Fleury at The Players' Tribune,

Saying that the last few weeks have been bittersweet would be an understatement. As we reached the Stanley Cup finals, I knew very well that my time as a Penguin was nearing its end. I love to play. I love the game, and everything about it. Putting the mask on, diving around, stopping the puck, feeling the intensity of the game, feeling useful. I wish I could have been in net for my last game as a Penguin. But we raised the Cup, again, and it made all the sacrifices worthy. I felt proud — proud of my teammates for battling through injuries, for showing a lot of character, and for winning two years in a row. I am grateful that I had the chance to contribute to our success through the first rounds. And I feel very fortunate that the last time I have skated with a Penguins jersey, it will have been with the Stanley Cup in my hands. Not that it wasn’t an emotional moment.

Fourteen years. Nearly half of my life. I remember my first training camp, in September 2003, like it was yesterday. I was so nervous. There are so many expectations on a first-round pick, and I didn’t want to let anybody down. I just tried to do my best, and wanted to leave a good impression. But when you face Mario Lemieux in training camp, it can be quite intimidating, to say the least.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Need To Unload Players

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Even after trading Trevor van Riemsdyk to Carolina and David Schlemko to Montreal, Vegas has about a dozen defencemen and more than 20 forwards on a roster that has to be pared down to 23 names by the start of the season. Some of those players, such as defenceman Griffin Reinhart and forward Brendan Leipsic, will be sent to the minors.

But McPhee still has to move a ton of contracts out. And they are not all desirable ones.

What team is going to want Alexei Emelin, whom the Canadiens almost seemed glad to lose in the expansion draft? How about forwards David Clarkson or Mikhail Grabovski, whom Vegas had to take as part of a deal for draft picks?...

Making it even more difficult? Some of the Golden Knights’ most coveted assets — like Nate Schmidt, who is coming off his second full season in the NHL, and 21-year-olds Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch — are off limits.

“We’re not trading any young players,” said McPhee.

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Ottawa Trying To Sign Their Soon To Be UFAs

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While free agency doesn’t officially open until noon on Canada’s 150th birthday, the party already started Sunday when the league’s 31 teams were allowed to reach out to UFA’s even though no deals can be officially done until the market is open.

That’s why before Dorion left Chicago Sunday, he planned to pick up the phone or meet with representatives for goalie Mike Condon along with forwards Viktor Stalberg, Tom Pyatt and Tommy Wingels. All four are UFA’s and the Senators would like to bring all of them back but they can’t do so at any cost.

There had been progress made in talks with all four players before the focus shifted to the expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights and since all the players knew they weren’t going to be protected they didn’t want to sign any deals. Now, other teams can enter the mix which only makes the job of keeping them more difficult.

The most interesting situation to watch is backup goalie Mike Condon. He did an outstanding job in Craig Anderson’s absence during the regular season, but the two sides weren’t even on the same page when discussions were called off before the playoffs began, however, they did move closer in talks more recently.

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After Teemu Selanne, Who Else Gets In The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Teemu Selanne, the 15th highest score in league history with a batch of trophies, is considered a lock to be announced in his first year, one of four spots open in the player category, including up to two female candidates. Of 14 skaters joining the waiting list this year with a common link of  1,000 NHL regular season games, 300 goals, 400 assists or 700 points, three besides Selanne have improved chances as winners of a Cup or Olympic gold medal, Daniel Alfredsson, Alex Kovalev and Ray Whitney. Among goalies, Nikolai Khabibulin comes in with 333 wins, 46 shutouts and a Cup and Olympic gold.

Beyond Selanne, there aren’t any sure-fire picks, perhaps opening a crack for a lengthy list of players that go back to the Original Six. Many arguments have been heard through the years on behalf of multi-Cup winners Claude Provost (nine), Jean-Guy Talbot (seven) and Ralph Backstrom, Larry Hillman and Kevin Lowe (six each). It follows the narrative that not just points make a player Hall-worthy.

It’s believed one of the strongest pushes behind the scenes this year was for four-time champion Butch Goring. The veteran centre of 16 seasons as the two-way demon for the Islanders dynasty, 

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FYI, the announcement comes tomorrow.

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Top 25 UFAs - TSN Style

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

In case the last week wasn’t busy enough, the NHL’s five-day courting period for teams to interview pending unrestricted free agents opened on Sunday morning.

Teams are permitted to now make contact and discuss parameters of a potential deal, but new contracts cannot be signed until Noon ET on July 1. (Wink, wink)

With the 2017-18 salary cap upper limit set at $75 million, up $2 million from last season, nearly every team except from the Blackhawks has at least $3 million in salary cap space before taking care of some of their own restricted free agents, according to CapFriendly.com. Three teams (Arizona, Carolina and Buffalo) will need to spend approximately $6 million to get to the $55.4 salary cap floor.

Who might teams want to drop dough on?...

Here is TSN Hockey’s Top 25 Free Agents ahead of Saturday’s Free Agent Frenzy:

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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