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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
So, who is No. 1 on the TSN Trade Bait board du jour? That would be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but it depends on the Oilers’ plans in free agency.
For now, Nugent-Hopkins remains a valuable luxury at centre with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
But if the Oilers do indeed land left winger Milan Lucic, who visited Edmonton on Tuesday and got reacquainted with his old GM Chiarelli, then Taylor Hall will rocket to the top of the list.
Hall, 24, is Chiarelli's premier trade chip up front — aside from McDavid and Draisaitl. He presents the best opportunity to bring back a top-pairing defenceman the Oilers so desperately crave on the right side.
more and the top 15 trade bait players listed too...
“Obviously there’s a lot of thoughts that go through your head, as the time ticks away here, you wonder what’s in store for you and your future. You still hope something can get done [with the Islanders], but it’s a business. I never thought it would get this far, but this is how these things go.”
-Matt Martin, soon to be a UFA. More on Martin from Arthur Staple of Newsday.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
To sum up, the Oilers, who are in desperate need of top-tier defencemen and have one of the best young left wingers in hockey, are preparing a massive contract offer for Milan Lucic.
Only in Edmonton.
Just imagine the outrage locally if this was a Jim Benning joint.
If the Oilers end up signing Lucic, and a few in Edmonton think it’s a virtual fait accompli, and it ends up a six-year commitment and squeezes out one of their good young forwards, Vancouver may feel just fine about being among the bridesmaids, yet again.
The Canucks have earned a reputation for finishing second this decade. Remember them chasing Shane Doan, Justin Schutz, Drake Caggiula and the Stanley Cup?
Missing out on a 28-year-old, hard-playing power forward who is asking to be signed well into his 30s would not be the worst thing to happen to the Canucks this off-season.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
I think members of the Hockey Hall of Fame voting committee sat around, pondered all their choices for the Class of ’16, and in the true spirit of 21st century media, decided to go full click bait on us.
Meet the new class of the HHOF: the one without Mark Recchi.
This is where the click-bait masters would show the pictures of those admitted to the Hall on Monday: Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon, and Pat Quinn. And right next to them, the silhouette of the unchosen Recchi, with the big bold question mark floating over his head.
Recchi, now five years into retirement, his last of three Stanley Cups fresh in hand as he left Boston, should have been ushered through the FastPass door. But the Hall is not Disney World, and Recchi will have to wait another day to be granted entrance. Hopefully, he won’t have to wait more than 365 days.
Take this for what you will, from CSNNE's Joe Haggerty:
According to a hockey source, Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins “are preparing an offer sheet” this week for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba as an aggressive option to land a No. 1 defenseman after trades didn’t pan out at last weekend’s NHL Draft.
The Bruins have watched Trouba closely for some time, and clearly have an interest in the 22-year-old D-man with size, offensive abilities and a workhorse nature that’s seen him average more than 22 minutes of ice time per game since entering the league as a 19-year-old.
Trouba is coming off a six-goal, 21-point season while playing in 81 games for the Jets, and was a career-best plus-10 for Winnipeg. With Trouba, a restricted free agent, and the Jets locked into big money deals to fellow right shot D-men in Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers, the writing has been on the wall for some time that the Jets would need to give one of them up.
Now it appears the Bruins may be willing to put their money, and their assets, where their interest is, and come up with an offer sheet that totals a minimum of $47 million for Trouba’s services.
Continued with an explanation as to why that financial total is important...
NEW YORK (June 28, 2016) – The Vancouver Canucks organization has been fined $50,000 for violating NHL By-Law 15, the National Hockey League announced today.
“Canucks General Manager Jim Benning violated the provisions of NHL By-Law 15 relating to inappropriate public comments by speaking generally to his Club’s potential interest in players under contract to other NHL Clubs,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
“I spoke with Jim and accept his representation that he intended no harm with his comments and that he will handle similar questions from the media differently in the future,” the Deputy Commissioner added.
The League will have no further comment on the matter.
added 1:10pm, Jim Benning statement below...
from Travis Yost of TSN,
In terms of big unrestricted defencemen left, it’s about Jason Demers and Dan Hamhuis. That lack of depth is not going to stop teams from combing through the rest of the pool. After all, each team is going to carry seven or eight defenders, and most rosters right now need at least one extra body.
The question that generally comes up in these instances is really about differentiation. How can you spot a capable fifth defenceman and isolate him from a group of six or seventh defenders? It’s not an easy exercise – certainly not as easy as we have it with forwards, where individual point scoring can reasonably capture player talent by itself.
One of the things I use for differentiation purposes is the application of multi-year z-scores, which lets us grade defencemen against one another using multiple criteria. To me it’s a necessary exercise, particularly since our evaluation of defenders really does need to span multiple performance metrics.
Here, we will use z-scores to compare individual defencemen against all other league defenders another using six statistical measurements: team relative impacts (both for and against) on shot differential and goals, individual point scoring, and individual shot generation.
Almost seven minutes of bloopers...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
This is courting period and the Edmonton Oilers, thanks to Connor McDavid's franchise-altering impact, have a better shot these days at doing just that.
Like many teams this week, the Oilers have invited players to visit their city and sell them on the market and team, and on Tuesday pending unrestricted free agents Milan Lucic and Jason Demers were scheduled to be in town to do just that, sources told ESPN.com.
That's a normal part of this UFA speaking window and it doesn't mean the Oilers have a leg up. But they're certainly doing their best to sell themselves to potential UFA targets.
We told you last month about Edmonton's strong interest in Lucic, GM Peter Chiarelli knowing the hulking winger well from his Boston Bruins days together, and Lucic is intrigued, given the possibility of riding shotgun with No. 97 on the up-and-coming Oilers.
But Lucic will certainly consider several offers that will be on the table come Friday because the winger is seen by most as the No. 2 UFA, behind Steven Stamkos.
As for Demers, he's in demand as well, agent Bob Sauve saying Tuesday that several teams have already called about the Dallas Stars blue-liner whose contract expires Thursday at midnight.
more plus Habs interested in Dale Weise and Vladimir Sobotka possibly returning to the Blues...
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The Stamkos camp, led by agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports, essentially controls the situation. They’ve had an open interview period to speak with rival teams since Saturday and also enjoy the protection of a no-movement clause in the player’s expiring deal.
As a result, they would have to be central in orchestrating the first sign-and-trade agreement in NHL history.
For teams looking to add Stamkos there may even be a benefit to completing that sort of maneuver with the Lightning. They would have to part with an asset, sure, but it also offers the chance to lower the player’s eventual cap hit by spreading it over eight years rather than the maximum seven they could offer on the open market.
(If Stamkos’s price is $80-million over the length of the deal, for example, that amounts to an $11.43-million annual cap hit on a seven-year contract and $10-million on an eight).
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