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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Patrik Berglund will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Friday.
Berglund injured his shoulder training for the upcoming season. He initially dislocated the shoulder during the 2013-14 regular season.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Rick Wright of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Berglund will be re-evaluated in four months.
Berglund, 27, tallied 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 77 regular season games with the Blues last year. In addition, the 6-foot-3, 217-pound forward contributed four points (two goals, two assists) in six 2015 postseason appearances.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
One of the great things about this time of the year, the days after players have started to drift back into NHL cities in anticipation of training camps starting in a matter of weeks, is to project, to dream, to imagine what might be.
And what better thing to imagine than which of the 30 teams will still be standing in June at the start of the Stanley Cup finals?
It is an exercise in fancy and maybe a little fancy stats with intuition and common sense thrown in, although we know that hat sense is oft-times uncommon come playoff time....
Nashville Predators versus Columbus Blue Jackets
When this matchup actually unfolds next spring, I will preface all coverage with “as first reported by ESPN.com.” Because it could happen. For a stretch last season Nashville was the best team in the NHL, led by Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne and two-time gold medalist and team captain Shea Weber. The Preds swooned down the stretch and were bounced in the first round by Chicago but should learn from that experience and once again be a playoff team in spite of the intense competition bound to unfold in the Central Division. Columbus, meanwhile, was last fall’s Eastern Conference darling but a rash of injuries dashed playoff hopes early. Still, the Blue Jackets played hard and were tied for the league lead in wins after March 1. Add Brandon Saad to an already hard-working, talented team and factor in former Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky in goal and this is a team ready to make noise.
Prediction: Columbus in 7; Scott Hartnell with the Cup-winner on a rare breakaway after the Nationwide Arena cannon inadvertently fires during a Nashville power play in double overtime.
four more matchups...
While I don't loathe Kings loopholing contract like some do - I'm a Lamoniello guy after all - this all comes back to Lombardi's failure
Dean could have bought out MR, didn't. Could have dropped hammer on Voynov, didn't. Now he's hypocritical at best/moral bankrupt at worst
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
This is not a list of the "best" player on each team but the most important. And important is a relative term to be sure.
To be honest, Vanek has been relatively disappointing since signing a three-year contract with the Wild in the summer of 2014. In fact, he was relatively disappointing before signing the deal but that didn’t stop general manager Chuck Fletcher from bestowing a three-year deal worth $6.5 million annually on the skilled winger.
The Wild are at a kind of crossroads having made the playoffs in three straight seasons, advancing to the second round in each of the last two appearances. Fletcher has assembled an enticing blend of veterans led by Parise and Suter -- the undisputed leaders on this team -- and impressive youngsters, including Jonas Brodin, Jason Zucker, Erik Haula, Matt Dumba and newcomer Mike Reilly. Fletcher also locked up Vezina Trophy nominee Devan Dubnyk for the long haul after acquiring the netminder from the Arizona Coyotes last season.
via Rick Westhead of TSN,
Former Los Angles Kings forward Mike Richards has been charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance, the RCMP announced Thursday morning.
Richards was charged on Aug. 25 and has not yet entered a plea. Richards has a court hearing on Sept. 10.
Richards was arrested on June 17 in Emerson, MB at about 2pm, RCMP constable Paul Human told TSN.
Canadian border guards found “some pills in a single bottle” during a random search of Richards’ car and he was arrested by RCMP, a source told TSN. “It was clearly a small quantity intended for his personal use,” the source told TSN.
added 10:42am, Westhead has added more to the original story including this...
Previously published reports have said the pills were OxyContin. A source close to Richards declined to say whether he has had a prescription for the narcotic pain reliever.
It's likely that at the Sept. 10 court hearing, the case will be adjourned for at least several weeks because Richards' legal team has not yet obtained through discovery police documents related to the case.
Under Canada's controlled drug and substances act, prosecutors will be able to choose whether to proceed with the case summarily, which is typically the case for first-time offenders, or through an indictment, which is used for repeat and serious offenders.
from Brian Hutchinson of the National Post,
Debbie Weiss lives with her partner and four children in Beverly Hills, on a narrow, tranquil street with spectacular views. An art dealer who likes hockey, she claims a soft spot for Canadians. “I think Canadians are nice,” she says. Even Justin Bieber, who rented a house on her street last winter.
There were “no issues at all” with the notorious Biebs, says Weiss.
She can’t say the same of another Canadian, Francesco Aquilini, a wealthy Vancouver-based businessman and developer.
With his two younger brothers, Aquilini manages his family’s vast real estate holdings and a “global conglomerate portfolio” that includes the Vancouver Canucks hockey team. Aquilini is the club’s chairman and a National Hockey League governor....
He also has property in Beverly Hills, a two-acre lot on Loma Linda Drive, right next to Weiss’s home, in fact. After buying the spread for a reported US$7.2-million, he had the 60-year-old, 3,700 square-foot residence pulled down.
Last year, he announced plans to build a 26,000 sq.-ft. house on the property, partially cantilevered over a steep hillside and featuring an indoor basketball court, bowling alley, two bars, two swimming pools and underground parking for 10 cars. And, according to the Beverly Hills Courier newspaper, “moat-like water features protruding over” downslope homes and a pre-school.
Weiss and other residents were appalled. Aquilini’s proposed “megamansion” was too big for the neighbourhood, they agreed.
from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,
What do currencies have to do with hockey business? Quite a lot actually, the best hockey players are paid with money in many countries on three continents, and no salary is immune to the changing values of these currencies.
The weakening of the Canadian Dollar is an issue for Canadian NHL teams, one that is often reported whenever such discrepancies arise to the U.S. Dollar. However, the biggest impact of the global currency fluctuations of the last two years is felt elsewhere in hockey.
Among the large-scale currencies that weakened the most is the Russian Ruble which, same as some other currencies, dropped due to falling commodity prices but also due to sanctions and counter-sanctions that followed due to territorial conflicts with Ukraine.
Each Ruble a hockey player earns in Russia is worth less than half the U.S. Dollar value it was worth two years ago. Also in countries economically connected to Russia, such as Belarus and Kazakhstan, this crisis was to a less drastic extent felt in the form of a currency drop. Both countries are also part of the Kontinental Hockey League that also includes one team each from Croatia, Finland, Latvia and Slovakia.
from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,
The progression of the Anaheim Ducks the past three seasons has been impressive. They've advanced deeper into the Stanley Cup Playoffs every year since 2013, a run most teams would love to have.
However, each of those seasons has ended with a Game 7 loss at home, the latest to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Western Conference Final.
"When you go through those things, the only way to gain [experience] is to go through it," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "Hopefully our guys learned some lessons again this year. I learned some things. We can get ready for the next season and approach next year with the same attitude we had at the start of this one, on a mission to get back to have that opportunity again."
Anaheim is well-equipped for another long ride, and its offseason moves confirmed that their time is now with Getzlaf, Corey Perry 30 years old and Ryan Kesler 31 on Aug. 31.
"That group is not satisfied until we win a Stanley Cup," Kesler said after signing a six-year contract extension July 15. "When we do win that Stanley Cup, I don't think we'll be satisfied then either. We're going to want another one. We have the group to do it. We have all the pieces. We just need to put them together."
Dan Rosen of NHL.com answered some emails...
Do the Kings have enough offense to contend for the Stanley Cup? Is the defense strong enough to get through the regular season?
At this point I'd have to say "maybe" to both because of a host of question marks and concerns. I'm just not sure what to think of the Kings at this point. I want to think they'll be good enough to get into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which is why I picked them in our 30-in-30 series, but I'm not sold on them being a legitimate Stanley Cup contender at this point. That's not to say they can't be or won't be because we know their history, but the defense looks thin on paper, even with the addition of Christian Ehrhoff and the brilliance of Drew Doughty, and they're not as deep at center as they have been in the past. They have Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, but no Jarret Stoll or Mike Richards. Andy Andreoff and Nick Shore have a lot to prove. Trevor Lewis is serviceable, but he's not going to surprise anyone.
Another big concern that I have for the Kings is how they respond to Darryl Sutter's coaching. Sutter has been great for the Kings, helping them to win the Stanley Cup twice, but his hard-driving style is one that wears on a team after a while. We saw signs of that happening last season. Are the Sutter-led Kings going in the wrong direction?
One other concern is that the Kings have a way of dominating possession but not getting enough out of it. Last season, they led the League in shot-attempts percentage (55.37), but they were 10th in shots on goal per game (30.9) and 18th in goals (2.66). When you dominate possession the way the Kings did, you would want them to generate more production out of it.
read on for questions on the Wings, Flames, Cody Franson, Penguins and Rangers...
In many ways the Jets would be better off without Byfuglien, especially if they can get a decent return. That, of course, is more easily said than done given his contract status and age (30).
If the Jets won’t — or can’t — move Byfuglien they will either have to sign him to a long-term contract or lose him outright to free agency.
Neither of those options sound very good.
-Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun on Dustin Byfuglien. Read more on this topic from Wyman.
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