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Video- Jonathan Drouin…

... as Jonathan Drouin.


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Andrei Markov Still Unsigned

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Andrei Markov got married last week in Russia, but the honeymoon will have to wait.

“There was no honeymoon. There’s no time for that … once he’s done playing,” said Sergei Berezin, the former NHLer who is one of Markov’s closest friends, an adviser and his off-season trainer. “He took three or four days off to get married, came back and boom! Back to work. That’s the kind of person he is.”...

The Canadiens sure look like they could use Markov back on the blue line after losing Nathan Beaulieu, Alexei Emelin and top prospect Mikhail Sergachev during the off-season, while adding defensive defenceman Karl Alzner. But as time goes by, it seems less likely Markov will be back in Montreal.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin — who has said “expect the unexpected” more than once since the end of last season — has 22 players signed to his 23-man roster and still has just over $9 million left in salary-cap space. Bergevin can afford Markov, but appears reluctant to give him a two-year deal with the GM saying he had given the defenceman a take-it-or-leave-it offer. Bergevin said the same thing about free-agent forward Alexander Radulov, who ended up signing with the Dallas Stars.

Berezin said he believes Markov wants to play longer than just two more years.

“It all depends on how he feels inside,” Berezin said. “You can see his eyes are still burning and he has the fire. I would imagine another, I don’t know, five, six years, easy. The way he works, the way he wants to work is just unbelievable … it’s amazing. I’ve never seen anybody like it. Nobody I played with, nobody I work with …. nobody I know.”


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Morning Line- Jeremy Roenick On Claude Giroux

"If I was sitting in front of Claude Giroux right here today, I would say, 'You need to make amends and you need to have a bounce-back season and show everybody why you have been one of the better players over the last five years and last year was just a bad-luck situation. This team is going to run on Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Jake Voracek.

"If Claude is watching right now, I love you to death, put it back together, show everybody why you're one of the best competitors in the game and get back up into that top-scoring aspect. And don't worry about slumps and don't worry about what people think of you, just be Claude Giroux. And if he does that, this team is going to prosper."

-Jeremy Roenick on Claude Giroux.  Jordan Hall of CSNPhilly has more.

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Ondrej Palat Signs A Five-Year Extension With The Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Ondrej Palat to a five-year contract worth $5.3-million AAV, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Friday.

Palat, 26, skated in 75 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, posting 17 goals and 52 points to go along with 39 penalty minutes. The Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic native ranked third on the Lightning for assists (35) and plus/minus (+8), fourth for points and tied for fourth for power-play goals with five. Palat's 19:07 average time on ice last season ranked second among all Lightning forwards.

The 6-foot, 188-pound forward has appeared in 307 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past five seasons, collecting 74 goals and 218 points to go along with 103 penalty minutes. Palat has also appeared in 46 Stanley Cup Playoff games, registering 14 goals and 29 points. During the Lightning's 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff run, Palat recorded eight goals and 16 points in 26 games, as the Lightning lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

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Audio/Video- Elliotte Friedman On Issues Including The NHLPA And Future NHL Contracts

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Elliotte Friedman joined the Jeff Blair Show to discuss the NHL’s decision to skip the Olympics, in relation to Donald Fehr, and what that could mean for his position and how McDavid’s recent contract will change the landscape of the NHL contract.


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Calgary Signs Curtis Lazar For Two Years

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Curtis Lazar to a two-year contract.

The Flames originally acquired Lazar on March 1st, 2017 in a trade with Ottawa that included defenseman Mike Kostka in exchange for Jyrki Jokipakka and Calgary’s second round pick in 2017. The native of Salmon Arm, BC was a first round pick (17th overall) by the Senators in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Lazar played in four games with Calgary following the trade, recording three points from one goal and two assists. He also appeared in one playoff game with the Flames. Lazar has played 180 regular season games in the NHL and recorded 39 points (13G, 26A) and 36 PIM. The 22-year-old captained the gold medal-winning Team Canada squad at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships in Toronto and Montreal.

Term: 2 Years
AAV: $950,000

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The Latest On ‘The Sale’ Of The Carolina Hurricanes

via Mike Ozanian of Forbes,

Yes, Chuck Greenberg is trying to buy the money-losing NHL franchise. But all Greenberg has right now is a non-binding letter of intent. Moreover, the real price (enterpise value) is nowhere near $500 million (perhaps the $500 million includes future money the potential buyer is promising to put into the team?), according to my sources.

And by the way, Greenberg is not even close to raising the money to buy the Hurricanes. Not even for $400 million.

Perhaps that is why team owner Peter Karmanos Jr. released this statement after the initial report of the sale: "Since an offer has been made to purchase the team," the statement read, according to NHL.com, "Mr. Karmanos intends to evaluate that offer and also will continue to evaluate his other options, including retaining his ownership of the team."

Hey, I wish Karmanos Jr. nothing but the best of luck if he does sell the team. Past losses have pushed up debt to over $200 million. So the team could use some equity. And maybe at some point the Hurricaness do sell for $500 million.

But as of now $500 million is fake news.

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A New Era For The Arizona Coyotes

from Greg Moore of the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway took a moment to yuk it up at an introductory news conference at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

Posing with new team President and CEO Steve Patterson, Barroway mugged for cameras and ducked his face behind a Coyotes sweater in a show of personality that isn’t typical of NHL owners. 

It came after he used his first public comments since acquiring sole control of the team to say “today marks a new era for our franchise” and “this is a dream come true for me.”

It was entertaining and will be remembered fondly, assuming he connects on what he stated as his top priority: “The most important thing is to find a long-term home for the Coyotes in Arizona.”

The message was exactly what Coyotes fans should have wanted to hear from Barroway as he introduced himself, Patterson and coach Rick Tocchet – the latest and most important moves in a summer filled with changes. 

The team has seen more turnover than a rookie forward who can’t handle a stick since Barroway took charge in June. It’s resulted in a long list of questions, many of which have no clear answers.

Here’s what we now know and what we should watch for moving forward: 


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New Owner Will Be Welcomed In Carolina

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Finally, some hope for the future for Carolina Hurricanes fans – and not only on the ice, where the team’s future is increasingly bright, but in the (frequently unoccupied) owner’s suite as well, where Peter Karmanos is fielding an offer to buy the team.

The news Thursday that there’s a potential deal, reportedly with Chuck Greenberg, who once ran the Texas Rangers, helped save hockey in Pittsburgh and owns minor-league baseball’s Myrtle Beach Pelicans, appears to be the beginning of the end for the Hurricanes’ time in ownership purgatory, an existential malaise that has paralyzed the franchise since Karmanos lost his silent, unshakably loyal partner and his personal finances became increasingly strained.

There are still unanswered questions surrounding the deal – most notably, who is the money behind the bid? Just how ironclad is the purported promise to keep the team in Raleigh? – but any momentum toward change is positive momentum, and it’s easy to be happy about that.

The not knowing has been the worst part.


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Video- Good Landing Spots For Matt Duchene

Elliotte Friedman was on Prime Time Sports to discuss Matt Duchene, saying the Islanders or Penguins would be a fit for him.


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