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Preparing For The Buyout Season

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The second and final window for the NHL clubs to use their amnesty buyouts will begin the later of June 15 or 48 hours after the 2014 Stanley Cup final concludes. The buyout window slams shut for good at 5 p.m. ET on June 30. Bought-out players become unrestricted free agents and can sign with a new club on July 1.

Each team was granted two compliance buyouts to use either last summer or this one, a clause embedded in the new CBA to provide some previously spend-silly GMs with a mulligan. Or two. Some teams have already hinted at their intentions publicly; others are remaining tight-lipped and will work the trade phones until they’re left with no other options.

In order to be bought out, the player must not be injured, however. He must also pass through waivers, although that is more a matter of formality since no one is jumping to pay Ville Leino what the 2011 Sabres are. Important to note that a player cannot re-sign with the same club that bought him out until a full calendar year passes.

Here, in brief, is what we know about where your favourite team stands on using its buyouts before the window closes.

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Down 0-2, The Minnesota Wild Make A Goalie Change

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Wild was in the driver’s seat, up 4-2 in Game 1 until with less than 13 minutes left, Kyle Brodziak burps up a puck to Ryan O’Reilly, Jamie McGinn scores and the rest of the night was pandemonium. The Wild, 5-10 all-time at home in the playoffs, went from potentially being up 1-0 in the series to now being in a 2-0 hole with Game 3 tonight (6 p.m.) at the X.

For the first time in his Wild career, Brodziak will be a healthy scratch tonight. Justin Fontaine and Dany Heatley draw in, Stephane Veilleux and Brodziak come out.

Darcy Kuemper will make his first career playoff start and fourth playoff appearance against Semyon Varlamov. It’s Kuemper’s first start since a concussion and first start since March 27 in St. Louis. Before the injury, the second-half savior won once in his final eight starts, allowing three or more goals in six of those games. He stopped all 14 shots he saw in relief of Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 2, but starting in the playoffs is a different mentality than just getting thrown in. He’s got all day to think and … not freak out.

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NHL Awards Show Announced

NEW YORK (April 21, 2014) – The NHL Awards™ return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, the National Hockey League announced today. Renowned television and radio broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos, the recently-named host of the NHL on Rogers, will host the NHL Awards, which will be held on Tuesday, June 24, at the Encore Theater. The NHL Awards will air live at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and CBC in Canada. 

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Playoff Hockey Is Back In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets will be backed by a sold out crowd in Nationwide Arena tonight -- the diehards who have endured all along, those who drifted away and have fallen back in love, and the newbies who are getting their first look at the greatest spectacle in sports ... the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said he was concerned about his players getting too caught up in the emotions of the moment and suffering an energy crash as the game moves along. But mostly he's excited, too:

"The city has earned this, the fans have earned this," Richards said. "There will be great energy in here. We've seen it before (against Nashville in the last game of last season), but it's going to be elevated here tonight."

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Waived-Off Goal For Tampa Was The Correct Call

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

I give young referee Francis Charron kudos for having the courage to correctly apply rule 69.3 and disallow the potential go-ahead goal by Ryan Callahan with 4:22 remaining in the second period and the score tied 1-1.

The overriding rational of rule 69 (Interference on the Goalkeeper) is that a goalkeeper should have the ability to move freely within his goal crease without being hindered by the actions of an attacking player. There were two instances of goalkeeper interference by virtue of the rule on the play whereby a goal could not legally be allowed to stand if the puck entered the net.

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Watch the wavied-off goal here...

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The Atmosphere In San Jose

from Katie Baker of Grantland,

Joe Louis Arena has its long history, TD Garden has its swagger, and the Bell Centre has that certain je ne sais quoi. But if I were compiling a list of favorite places to go to watch a hockey game, the Shark Tank in San Jose would be very close to the top. (Notice I call it the Shark Tank, and not the “SAP Center” — I’m still bitter that the place is no longer named after a personal computer introduced in 1995, which was just so perfectly Silicon Valley.)

The sport of hockey has long embraced the absurd — from the gap-toothed smiles to the playoff beards to the logic around letting players punch each other in the face — and few arenas gather all that kooky energy together better than the one in San Jose. Before you even enter the Shark Tank, you can sense it; there are few things funnier than watching a group of middle-aged men clad fully in aggressive shades of teal — a Hertl, a Ricci, and an Ozolinsh! — hopping off the commuter train and striding purposefully toward the arena like they’re about to pitch a VC firm. Actually, I lied: What’s funnier is watching them, later in the game, do “the chomp” with their arms while ominous Jaws music plays and an opposing player gets sent to the penalty box. Also, I forgot to mention that the players skate out of a giant shark head, complete with lit-up red eyes, at the start of every game. What’s not to love?

Of course, it helps that the on-ice product has been one of the NHL’s best over the past decade. The Sharks haven’t missed the playoffs since 2003, which gives them the NHL’s second-longest active postseason streak, after Detroit. 

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Game 3, Chicago/St. Louis Should Be Must Watch TV

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

After Brent Seabrook obliterated David Backes with an illegal hit Saturday – knocking him out cold – the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues scrummed in the corner. Backes regained consciousness, wobbled to his feet and tried to get involved, but he couldn’t keep his balance. A trainer had to hold him up against the wall.

And this is what one Blackhawk had to say to a fellow player who had suffered a brain injury:

“Wakey, wakey, Backes! Wakey, wakey!”

We can’t say for sure who it was, but Duncan Keith was the only Blackhawk in the vicinity facing Backes at that moment.

The CBC microphones didn’t pick up everything, either. Captain Jonathan Toews was right there, too, and had been jawing at Backes already. Standing with his injured teammate, Blues winger Alex Steen turned and yelled at someone: “Show some [bleeping] class!” A moment later, Steen added: “That’s [baloney], Johnny!”

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If you want to review the hit, watch below... the chatter starts around the :40 second mark...

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Video- Was Steven Stamkos Fine After Taking A Knee To His Head?

from Sean Fitz-Gerlad of the National Post,

It was not clear whether Stamkos went through a concussion protocol off the ice. It was not clear whether he met with a doctor. Lightning coach Jon Cooper suggested Stamkos received medical clearance before he returned for the third period, but he was vague.

“I can’t comment on the particulars,” Cooper said, in the Times. “For a coach, it’s ‘can the player go or can he not?’ We take every precaution on the side of the player not playing. But everyone said he’s good to go, Steven said he’s good to go, and he got stronger as the game went on, so he was fine.”

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Avs Made The Right Choice With Nathan MacKinnon

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

What sets MacKinnon apart from other teenagers trying to crack the NHL is that he has both the mind and the body to play the game at the highest level. So while the Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins can be a creative force, and made it right away too, he still hasn’t thickened beyond that rail-thin frame.

MacKinnon is a solid physical mass, which is complemented by a lightning quick first-step and the creativity to make a smart play, rather than force things.

This is an oh-so-rare quality and it was probably most evident in the first game, a come-from-behind win over the Wild, when Roy had goalie Semyon Varlamov on the bench for a sixth attacker with about three minutes to go.

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added 11:27am, Below, from Coach's Corner last night, Don Cherry talked about MacKinnon too...

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NHL Short Notes

SHARKS EXPLODE FOR SEVEN UNANSWERED GOALS
Seven different scorers found the back of the net for the Sharks as they stormed back from a 2-0 first-period deficit to defeat the Kings 7-2 in Game 2 of their First Round series, taking a 2-0 series lead.

* The Sharks set a franchise record for most consecutive goals in a game (7), scored the most goals in a home-ice postseason game and matched a franchise record for the highest offensive output in any playoff game (7-3 win at Colorado on Apr. 30, 1999). San Jose also tied their record for widest margin of victory in a home playoff game with five.

* After being outscored 14-10 in last year’s seven-game series versus Los Angeles, the Sharks have tallied 13 goals in the opening two games (6-3 victory in Game 1) this postseason.  According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Sharks have set a new franchise mark for the most goals in a two-game span in a single postseason, breaking the previous mark of 12 goals (6-5 and 6-3 victories over Los Angeles on Apr. 19 and 21, 2011).

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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.

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