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Happy 4th Of July

Enjoy the day and the weekend everyone.

Weather here in southeast Michigan looks great for all kinds of activities.

But do be safe and don't think you are invincible when it comes to fireworks.

As a 14 year-old, had a 40 pack of Black Cats go off in my leg pocket due to high heat, spent the rest of the summer on my couch with 3rd degree burns.

I was lucky I did not lose my leg so again, please be careful.

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Connor McDavid Fever Is Upon Us

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

They came, they saw, they were entertained by the Oilers’ newest star Connor McDavid.

Nearly 3,000 curious fans flocked to Rexall Place Friday for the Edmonton Oilers orientation camp to see the No. 1 draft pick in the flesh for the first time. Though McDavid only went through a few on-ice drills, fans let out raucous cheers when he casually shot the puck into an empty net.

The 18-year-old centre, who signed his entry-level contract with the Oilers Friday morning, wore a bemused grin as he described the attention for a simple practice, coming through the tunnel from the dressing room to the ice and hearing cheers from scores of fans in McDavid jerseys and T-shirts.

“It was awesome,” McDavid said. “Just a normal practice. We weren’t doing anything too special.”

Awesome, but a little different for McDavid to have so many people turn out on a blistering hot summer day to watch a teenager, along with fellow draft picks such as Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl go through their work outs.

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Joel Ward Signs With The San Jose Sharks

 

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A Seven-Year Contract Extension For Ryan O’Reilly In Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 3, 2015) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Ryan O’Reilly to a seven-year contract extension.

The Sabres acquired O’Reilly (6’0”, 210 lbs., 2/7/1991) from the Colorado Avalanche with Jamie McGinn on June 26 in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher and the 31st pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Prior to joining the Sabres, O’Reilly played in Colorado for six seasons, recording at least 50 points in each of the last three full NHL seasons. The Clinton, Ontario native tallied 55 points (17+38) in 82 games last season as a member of the Avalanche.

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Brandon Prust On Being Traded To Vancouver By Montreal

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“Did I have any idea I’d be traded? No, no. I had no clue. I know on July 1 there’s a lot of action and I’m going into the last year of my contract. But after the playoffs I had (a postseason career-high goal and three assists in 12 games, and some industrial-strength work), I didn’t think there was any way they’d trade me.

“A few of the boys texted me,” Prust said of his now former Canadiens teammates. “Their reaction was quite the same for everybody – they were in shock. ‘What the hell?’ that was basically the reaction.”

There was more pragmatic feedback coming from Prust’s parents, Kevin and Theresa.

“Their first reaction was, ‘Oh man, now we have to stay up late to watch all your games,’ ” he said with a laugh. “They don’t miss a second of a game. People were telling them, ‘PVR it and watch it the next day,’ and they’re saying, ‘Yeah, right, like we’re going to do that.’ ”

Some observers were suggesting that Prust was on thin ice with the Canadiens the minute he ran afoul of referee Brad Watson in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal vs. Tampa Bay.

He was thrown out of the match, then fined $5,000 for having alleged in post-game comments that Watson had insulted and sworn at him, remarks for which he later apologized.

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A Six-Year Extension For Brandon Saad In Columbus

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Brandon Saad to a six-year contract through the 2020-21 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.  Saad was acquired by Columbus from the Chicago Blackhawks along with center Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta on Tuesday.

Saad, 22, has posted 52 goals and 74 assists for 126 points with 44 penalty minutes and a +44 plus/minus rating in 208 career NHL games and added 15-19-34, 16 penalty minutes and is +16 in 67 career playoff games, helping Chicago win a pair of Stanley Cup championships in 2013 and 2015.

“Adding a player of Brandon's caliber is exciting for the Columbus Blue Jackets organization and our fans and we are extremely pleased to have reached this long-term commitment that assures he will be an important part of our team for years to come," said Kekalainen.

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Will Any NHL Team Take A Chance Signing Andrei Kostitsyn?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

It’s a long shot.

It might even be longer than that.

But the odds haven’t kept Andrei Kostitsyn from clamouring for an opportunity to return to the NHL. He isn’t picky about where it happens. He’s willing to sign a cap-friendly, one-year deal. All he’s really asking for is a chance.

“I’m ready,” Kostitsyn told Sportsnet from Minsk, Belarus on Thursday night. “I want to say when I come there again I’ll be excited like it’s the first time. I’m doing my best — training hard and working hard.

"I'll try to score lots of goals like I know I can."

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Anaheim Ducks Name Dave Nonis As Special Assignment Scout And Consultant

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Dave Nonis as a special assignment scout and consultant to Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray.

Nonis was most recently the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2013-15. He originally joined the Maple Leafs staff as senior vice president of hockey operations on December 6, 2008. Prior to joining the Leafs, he was the Ducks’ senior advisor of hockey operations from June – Dec., 2008.

A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Nonis was the senior vice president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks from 2004-08. He joined the Canucks in 1998 as senior vice president, director of hockey operations after four seasons as the National Hockey League’s manager of hockey operations. Working at the NHL office, Nonis helped create the 1994 Collective Bargaining Agreement and worked with the league’s arbitration team.

Nonis played hockey for the University of Maine (1984-88) and was team captain for two seasons. He led his team to back-to-back NCAA tournaments and graduated with a B.A. in 1988. He played one season professionally in Denmark before returning to the University of Maine in 1989 to join the coaching staff.

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Watching Hockey In Canada

from Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter,

In hockey-mad Canada, TV audiences for NHL games are tumbling, thanks in part to cord-cutting and digital media.

It turns out the country's national game is hardly immune to a generational shift in overall TV viewing habits. "In our research, we noticed that for the NHL, as well as for other pro leagues, there is a migration to online and mobile at the expense of TV. I mean why not, we see that for many kinds of content," Kaan Yigit, president of Toronto-based Solutions Research Group, told the Hollywood Reporter.

For cable giant Rogers Communications, which last year threw CAN$5.2 billion (US$4.1 billion) at the NHL for the exclusive national TV and Internet rights to NHL game broadcasts in Canada over the next 12 years, the recent Stanley Cup playoffs began well, thanks to five Canadian NHL teams in action during early rounds.

But ratings slid in the final two rounds as Canadian teams fell by the wayside, according to Numeris audience data. An average audience of 2.39 million for the final round fell 12 percent from the average audience of 2.72 million viewers for the 2014 championship final round.

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The Way Early Power Rankings

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So, it seems like the perfect time to assess all of the wrangling and shifting of pieces that has taken place in the past two weeks with our offseason Power Rankings.

28 Carolina

It's going to get worse before it gets better in Carolina while GM Ron Francis wades through tricky contract waters with netminder Cam Ward and captain Eric Staal.

29 Toronto

You can't spell rebuild without the letters c-e-l-l-a-r, and it's hard to imagine the Leafs being anywhere but the basement of the NHL next spring. Too early to start talking about the Auston Matthews sweepstakes?

30 Arizona

Not sure how the Coyotes avoid ending up here at the end of next season, even with Boyd Gordon returning to the desert and Zbynek Michalek and Antoine Vermette being repatriated after deadline trades last season. What are the chances both are on the block again next March?

the other teams...

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