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Craig Cunningham Now A Pro Scout For The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed Craig Cunningham to a two-year contract to serve as a pro scout. In addition to his scouting responsibilities, Cunningham will assist in player development with the Coyotes' prospects. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Soon The Busy Off-Season Begins

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

Although the on-ice season is nearing its close, the off-ice season will be as busy as ever. Here are some important dates and events ahead, and some related storylines to keep an eye on.

BUYOUT WINDOW: OPENS JUNE 15 OR 48 HOURS AFTER STANLEY CUP FINAL

Any general manager tied to a terrible contract they'd prefer to escape from has an option to rid himself of it, for a price.

From the time the window opens to when it closes on June 30, general managers can buy out a player. The cost of a buyout is paid out over twice the number of remaining years on the contract and the rate is one-third of the remaining salary for players younger than 26, and two-thirds for players 26 and older. Any player who is still recovering from a regular season injury, however, cannot be bought out, and players can only be bought out after clearing unconditional waivers.

After a player is bought out, they will still count toward the team's salary cap. CapFriendly.com explains how you calculate that cap hit and you can always use their buyout calculator to run a simulation of your own:

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Why The Empty Seats In Ottawa?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

It must be Eugene Melnyk.

The only logical explanation for fans negatively stealing so much of the spotlight from the Senators unexpectedly wondrous ride through the playoffs has to be a growing, general contempt for the team’s owner, for one reason or another.

That must be the main reason why, in the hours leading up to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, there were still so many tickets available.

It was sad how the prospect of empty seats at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday night was a hot topic that overshadowed the fact the Senators were one of just three teams still with a shot at winning the Stanley Cup heading into Tuesday night.

Can you imagine? The Senators still in contention for the NHL’s most prestigious hardware on May 23? They didn’t even make the playoffs last season. Not many thought they would this spring, either. Especially when they lost their No. 1 goalie for long periods of time while he helped his wife fight cancer, not to forget a likeable leader to an 18-month battle with concussion problems.

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The Nashville Predators, Really?

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

It was more than a decade ago that the NHL sacrificed an entire season and forwent the awarding of the Stanley Cup in the name of implementing a hard salary cap to ensure cost certainty and competitive balance.

And when the ugly lockout was finally over, one of the happiest sounding voices emanated from Nashville.

“We’re very excited and optimistic,” Predators general manager David Poile said back in 2005. “We’re much closer to having a fair playing field, and for us to be real competitive right out of the gate.”

It only took a dozen years, but the Predators’ presence in their first Stanley Cup final might be the ultimate demonstration of the grand design behind Gary Bettman’s hard slog of a lockout. A case can be made that the NHL has reached peak parity. Tiny Nashville, the last team to qualify for the playoffs, is the last team standing in the Western Conference. Bitty Nashville, the 16th seed in the league’s 16-team playoff tournament, is the first bottom seed to qualify for the final since the NHL expanded from six to 12 teams in 1967-68 (this according to research by Randy Robles of the Elias Sports Bureau).

And exactly nobody saw it coming. Hockey players have long boasted that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in pro sports.

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from John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News,

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Report- The Colorado Avalanche Have Interest In Kyle Dubas

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

...respected Toronto-based Sportsnet and NHL Network reporter Elliotte Friedman on Tuesday said that the Avalanche had asked for and received permission to speak with Maple Leafs assistant general manger Kyle Dubas, 30, about a job with the Colorado organization. Presumably that would involve something more than a parallel move for Dubas, with Sakic moving up in the Kroenke Sports hierarchy and-or a massaging of job titles in the hockey front office.

Team president Josh Kroenke three weeks ago said of Sakic: “Joe’s leash hasn’t changed at all. Nobody wants to get the Avalanche back to where they were, where we all expect them to be, more than Joe Sakic. We’re going to continue to give him every resource at his disposal and I’m going to help him in any ways he sees that I can. At the end of the day, Joe wants what’s best for the Colorado Avalanche. Whether that’s him in his current role or something else, it doesn’t matter. Joe Sakic is committed to making the Avalanche better.”

On Tuesday night, Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said, “We will not comment on rumors.”

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Does The ‘Window To Win’ Really Close?

from Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal,

Every year, there seems to be a new catchphrase that circulates around the hockey world, and often, many of them become overused.

Some I loath include ‘200-foot player’, ‘puck luck’ and ‘compete level’ (mainly because it is often grammatically incorrect when used).

People criticize players for using clichés, yet the aforementioned words and phrases are said or written just as regularly by fans, media and bloggers. Hockey clichés are a like a powerful virus which infects many, and a new strain has popped up in Edmonton recently: “Window to win.”

The basis of this preposterous saying suggests a team has only a certain time frame to claim a championship. Some go as far as suggesting you need to win when one of your star players is on their entry-level contract, because their production-per-dollar ratio is excellent. It is a good theory, but it hasn’t been a factor recently.

The previous six Stanley Cup winners had no such player. The last team to hoist the Cup with major producers on their entry-level deals was the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, when Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were in the final year of theirs.

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There Will Be A Game 7 Between The Ottawa Senators And Pittsburgh Penguins

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

There will be a tomorrow for the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators have forced a dramatic Game 7 to decide which team will represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup final after they scored a clutch 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, sending the crowd of 18,111 — just short of a sellout — at Canadian Tire Centre into hysterics.

Yes, the East final will go the distance.

With the Senators trying to get to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2007, Mike Hoffman scored the winner early in the third period and goaltender Craig Anderson came up big, sending the series to Game 7 on Thursday night at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena. The victor will will face the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup final, starting Monday.

“We wanted to force Game 7 and that’s what we did — especially in the second period,” forward Zack Smith said. “Andy was huge tonight again. He’s the difference.”

Smith said he knew people thought they were finished.

“That’s fine with us. I feel it’s been that way for most of the year and playoffs. That’s fine, we’ll play that role,” Smith said.

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The Better Team Lost Last Night

from Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins did everything they needed to do Tuesday night against Ottawa to advance to the Stanley Cup final — except actually win the game.

They fired 46 shots on the Senators, they had fewer giveaways and they dominated faceoffs. They were the better team Tuesday in the 2-1 Game 6 loss and they clearly are the better team overall.     

The Penguins ran into a hot goaltender in Craig Anderson and thus lost a game they should have won. Now they must regroup one more time and get ready for Game 7 Thursday.

This wasn’t a case of the Senators outplaying the Penguins. The Penguins let one get away and they know it. They know they should have won this game given how well they played. And they weren’t afraid to say as much after, which bodes well for Thursday.

“We played a good game,” Sidney Crosby said. “We probably deserved better but that happens sometimes. We really did a lot of good things in this game.”

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Videos- Coach’s Corner Last Night

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed Sens/Pens, Ducks/Predatora and remembering defenseman Bill White.

 

 

Below, Cherry and MacLean recap Ottawa's win last night.

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