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Artemi Panarin On The State Of Russia

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin rebuked the refrain from many in his native Russia — including ballet icon Anastasia Volochkova — who say they can leave the country if they are upset over the state of affairs under longtime leader Vladimir Putin. 

“All the major brains have already left (Russia),"  Panarin told journalist Alexander Golovin who posted the hourlong interview on YouTube. "That's not the way it should be."

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Ron Francis Is Officially The GM In Seattle

from NHLSeatte,

NHL Seattle named Ron Francis the first General Manager in franchise history on July 18, 2019.  Francis brings an acclaimed skill for evaluating NHL-caliber talent and his renowned hockey IQ will determine the franchise's style of play.

"After seven months of due diligence, research, conversations, interviews and evaluation, we are thrilled to announce Ron as our GM," said NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke.

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Video- The Weird Awards

from the YouTube page of the NHL,

Recognizing the weirdest, wackiest and funniest hockey personalities, teams and moments from the 2018-19 NHL season with a wide range of honors including weirdest player (Weird NHL Hart Trophy), strangest goaltender (Weird NHL Vezina Trophy) and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

Watch the 53 minute video below.

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Ambassador Ovechkin

from NHL.com,

The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin will visit China the week of August 4th serving as an international ambassador for the League. Ovechkin's trip to Beijing will include youth hockey clinics, a media tour and business development meetings.

"It is a huge honor for me to be an ambassador for the entire Washington Capitals organization and the National Hockey League for this special trip to China," Ovechkin said. "I think it is very important to spend time to help make people all over the world see how great a game hockey is. I can't wait to spend time with all the hockey fans there and I hope to meet young kids who will be future NHL players. I can't wait for this trip!"...

"We are very excited that Alex Ovechkin will be joining us in China this summer," David Proper, NHL Executive Vice President of Media and International Strategy said. "Alex represents the best in sports, as he epitomizes that combination of great talent, great personality and great sportsmanship. He is the perfect person to represent the NHL's efforts to grow hockey in China."

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A Four-Year Deal For J.T. Compher In Denver

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward J.T. Compher to a four-year contract through the 2022-23 season.

Compher, 24, finished fifth on the Avalanche with 16 goals and tied for the team lead with three shorthanded tallies in 66 games during the 2018-19 campaign.  His 16 goals, 16 assists and 32 points all surpassed his rookie season totals from 2017-18.  The Northbrook, Illinois, native was one of eight NHL players with at least three shorthanded, power-play and game-winning goals in 2018-19, joining Sebastian Aho, Cam Atkinson, Patrice Bergeron, Blake Coleman, Leon Draisaitl, Brad Marchand and Brandon Saad.  Compher was the first Avalanche player to accomplish that feat (at least three SHG, PPG and GWG in a season) since Joe Sakic in 2000-01.

Compher added six points (4g/2a) in 12 playoff games, with his four goals tying for third on the team.  He set a playoff career high with two goals and three points in Game 6 of Colorado’s second-round series against San Jose on May 6, becoming the first Avalanche player to record three or more points in an elimination game since Alex Tanguay in Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final.  The 6-foot, 193-pound forward finished with two goals and three points during the first round series against Calgary, with both tallies coming in the third period of overtime victories (Games 2 and 4).

“J.T. has been one of our most versatile forwards over the past two years,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He plays on our power play, kills penalties and has played up and down our lineup.  He has scored some big goals late in games and we are counting on him to have an even more expanded role moving forward.  We are excited to have him under contract for the next four seasons.”


Numerous reports is the AAV is $3.5M

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Morning Line- Ken Campbell On The Stanley Cup

So how about the players who win it start using a little bit of common sense and treat it with the respect it deserves? Part of the tradition of the Stanley Cup is the abuse it has endured over the years, almost from the time it came into existence, from being kicked into the Rideau Canal to being set on fire to being brought to a gentleman’s establishment. Treating hockey’s ultimate prize like a piece of trash is certainly nothing new.

I bring this up because yesterday Robby Fabbri of the St. Louis Blues had his day with the Cup. He brought it to the rink where he played much of his minor hockey for a three-hour function and later brought it to a hospital. He had a party with his family and enjoyed the day with the guest of honor. But you know what he also did with it? He had his dogs eat spaghetti and meatballs out of it. That’s tame by Stanley Cup standards to be sure, but really? You work that hard to win that beautiful piece of hardware, which signifies the culmination of your dreams, and you let your dog eat spaghetti and meatballs out of it? Or you put your baby in there with no diaper and she poops in it? Or allow your horse to eat out of it? Toss it into a swimming pool? Or you do any host of other unmentionable things to it?

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News where you can read more on this...

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Questioning The Hiring Of Tyler Wright In Edmonton

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

I’m far from convinced that Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland made the right decision in bringing in Tyler Wright to become the director of amateur scouting for the Oilers.

Wright’s record in the past eight drafts — two heading up amateur scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets and six in the same job with the Red Wings — isn’t obviously good work. That assessment may well change as time passes and some of Wright’s picks turn into better players than they’re trending to be right now, but the obviously successful picks from those eight drafts are few and far between while the question marks are plentiful.

Let’s look at how Wright did in acquiring Big 12 players, the spine of any team, the critical players essential to any squad’s success, the No. 1 goalie, Top 4 d-men and Top 7 forwards, all the first and second line forwards and one excellent checker/two-way player leading the third line.

NHL head scouts who succeed will identify at least one Big 12 player every draft year on average, they will make the most of their Top 10 overall picks, they’ll find at least one Big 12 players outside the first round every second year, and they’ll identify at least one Team Canada-quality player every four drafts.

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Ron Francis May Be The GM In Seattle

 

added 9:45pm,

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

Ron Francis, who played in the NHL for 22 seasons and is fifth all time in points, is to be announced this week as the first general manager of Seattle’s incoming franchise, sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated.

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Chicago/Ottawa Trade

 

added 2:53pm, Ottawa release is below.

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Willie O’Ree Could Receive The Congressional Gold Medal

from William Douglas of NHL.com,

Members of the United States Senate and lead sponsors of the Congressional Gold Medal bill are urging fellow senators to sign legislation that would award Willie O'Ree, the NHL's first black player, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress.

If approved, O'Ree would join a prestigious group of Congressional Gold Medal recipients that includes Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball, and civil rights pioneers Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King.

"Please join us in honoring Willie O'Ree for his extraordinary contributions to sport, service and society by cosponsoring the Willie O'Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act," Sens. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) wrote in 'Dear Colleague' letters.

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