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The Problems With P.K. Subban And The Montreal Canadiens

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Subban’s trade to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber proved one thing: don’t believe anything Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin says. Bergevin’s nose probably grew a bit when he told reporters at the NHL Entry Draft he wasn’t shopping Subban and simply had to answer the phone when other GMs called. When asked if it was realistic that a trade could happen, the GM said: “I would say no.”

TSN’s Bob McKenzie — the best at what he does — called the GM out when he told Vancouver’s TSN Radio 1040: “The Canadiens obviously don’t want it out there: ‘We’re trying to dump P.K. Subban.’ And in fairness to them they’re not trying to dump P.K. Subban. But I mean they’re not playing tiddlywinks on these calls, either. These are serious calls and they’re entertaining offers on P.K. Subban.”

Maybe Bergevin should buy another fancy new tie with Pinochio figures on it.

You knew Canadiens management had a big problem with Subban last February in Colorado after the defenceman lost control of the puck just inside the Avalanche blue line and fell down. It resulted in an unthreatening three-on-three the other way, but when captain Max Pacioretty gave up on his back-check, Jarome Iginla scored what proved to be the winning goal for the Avalanche.

After the game, coach Michel Therrien pointed the finger directly at Subban for the loss, calling it an “individualistic” play. It didn’t seem to matter to the coach that his captain stopped back-checking.

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San Jose Sharks Make Tomas Hertl Signing Official

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed forward Tomas Hertl (@TomasHertl48) to a two-year contract.

"We're excited to keep Tomas in the fold and are appreciative of all of his work to help get this deal done," said Wilson. "He is an extremely important piece of our team, which was magnified with his absence during much of the Stanley Cup Final. He has shown steady improvement each season and deserves a lot of credit for his commitment into what we are building here. We're looking forward to having him back to start the 2016-17 season."

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The Buyout Period This Month

Note- Some went on waivers today and will be bought out when they clear.


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Jared Boll On Waivers, Will Be Bought Out

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Jared Boll on waivers, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. If Boll clears waivers by 12 pm on July 1, the club will buy out the final year of his contract.

“Over the past 10 years, Jared Boll has been an impact player for the Columbus Blue Jackets on the ice and one of our best ambassadors in the community and for that we are extremely thankful,” said Kekalainen. “Everyone here has great respect and affection for Jared and wish him well. This decision was a difficult one, but one that we believe is in the best interest of our club at this time.”

Boll, 30, was Columbus’ fourth pick, 101st overall in the 2005 NHL Draft. He has registered 27-35-62 and 1,195 penalty minutes in 518 career games. He is the club’s all-time leader in penalty minutes and ranks fourth in games played, trailing Rick Nash (674), Fedor Tyutin (553) and David Vyborny (543).

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Video- Best Free Agent Signings Of All Time

Ed Belfour, Scott Niedermayer, Zdeno Chara, Adam Graves and Scott Stevens,

What do you think?


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NHL Network announces free agency coverage

From the NHL:


NHL Tonight to Continue to Provide the Latest News and Analysis Throughout the Summer

SECAUCUS (June 30, 2016) – As the 2016 free agency period begins this Friday, July 1, at 12 p.m. ET, NHL Network will provide its most-ever live coverage of the first day of free agency, with seven live hours of breaking news updates, analysis from an expert panel and interviews with newsmakers from throughout the NHL.

Starting this Friday at 11 a.m. ET, NHL Network will simulcast Sportsnet’s Hockey Central: Signing Season, followed by NHL Tonight: 2016 Free Agency live at 1 p.m. ET. NHL Network’s coverage will be anchored by Jamison Coyle and Steve Mears, with reaction and analysis from EJ Hradek, Brian Lawton, Bill Lindsay and NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen, who will all be stationed in various studio locations at NHL Network’s headquarters, plus insight from NHL Network and Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman in Toronto. At the end of the day, NHL Tonight: 2016 Free Agency Recap Show will review the notable signings to date and the latest news on remaining unsigned players.

For the first time, NHL Tonight will continue to air throughout the summer beginning Tuesday, July 5, at 7 p.m. ET to continue to provide the latest information and analysis on player signings, free agency updates and news throughout the League. From July 2-4 at 10 p.m. ET, NHL Network will re-air all five episodes of SHOWTIME Sports’ ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup, the behind-the-scenes documentary series with unprecedented access to the 2016 Eastern Conference Final featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning, the 2016 Western Conference Final with the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues, and the 2016 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks.

Additional information on NHL Network’s programming schedule is available here.

About NHL Network: As the TV home for the National Hockey League, NHL Network™ gives viewers an all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games and special on-site coverage of NHL events, plus three signature studio shows, interviews, highlights and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players. Additional programming includes behind-the-scenes features, player profiles and international and amateur hockey competitions. For more information on NHL Network, log on to http://nhlnetwork.com or follow @NHLNetwork on Twitter.

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Finding A Fit For Troy Brouwer

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Brouwer understands that the flat cap will be a factor, and so he balances the interest and decisions he'll have to ultimately make once the free-agent market opens at noon ET on Friday.

"The big guys are always going to get their money, and then it’s kind of a trickle-down effect,” said Brouwer. "What’s left? And what teams are going to have money left to offer? You have to know before going [into] free agency that you might not get to go to your first choice because they don’t have cap room for you. Or you might be No. 2 or No. 3 on their list of guys they’re targeting.’’

The fact that Steven Stamkos has made his decision and stayed in Tampa Bay is great news for the next group of UFAs, led by Milan Lucic, Kyle Okposo, Loui Eriksson, Andrew Ladd, Frans Nielsen, Mikkel Boedker and David Backes and yes, Brouwer.

Much depends on what a team needs -- but if it’s physicality, scoring and character, they would get it in Brouwer.

"You want to get a guy who has a physical element. You want a guy who scores goals in the right areas -- especially come playoff time,’’ said the same Eastern Conference scout. "[Brouwer is] a deceptive skater. Some people question the top end of his skating, but to me he just seems like a guy who, when he gets inside the top of circles, that’s where he plays his most effective game. That’s kind of where the game is headed.

more plus other topics...

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Your Top 50 UFA List

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

That sound you heard on Wednesday afternoon was not Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto imploding, but rather an armoured Brinks truck backing up to the residences of Milan Lucic, Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo.

With Steven Stamkos off the market, the NHL’s other top tier free agents still stand to cash in on Friday with large paydays.

The "frenzy" part of Free Agent Frenzy is largely gone thanks to a five-day interview period which has saved NHL GMs from themselves, but quite a few teams will still be looking to spend on Friday. A number of non-budget teams who may have been gearing up to land the "big fish" - the Red Wings, Rangers, Sabres, Islanders, Bruins and even Panthers - all have more than $15 million in salary cap space to spend. 

Even other teams who do not have a significant amount of salary cap space, such as the Nashville Predators, may still be in a position to spend. GM David Poile said he modernized his defence corps, but he still has nearly $6 million at his disposal with 21 players already signed (13 forwards, six defencemen and two goalies). Friday will be interesting.

Lucic, 28, vaulted to the top of TSN's Top 50 Free Agents list once Stamkos decided to remain in Tampa Bay for the next eight years.

continued with the top 50 UFA list...

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Decision Time For David Backes

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

At some point soon, pending unrestricted free agent David Backes will make a decision that will have ramifications on many levels.

Will Backes leave the only organization he's ever known, the Blues, who selected him in the second round of the 2003 NHL draft and appointed him the 20th captain in franchise history in 2011? If he does, who does the club turn to for its next leader?

Will Backes, who let the tears roll in a postgame interview following the Blues’ playoff loss to San Jose in the Western Conference finals, continue the quest for the organization’s first Stanley Cup? If he doesn’t, how does the team reload?

A career — and potentially franchise-altering — verdict could be known in the next 24 hours, as Backes and the Blues approach the start of free agency without a contract extension for the 32-year-old forward. Opposing clubs were allowed to begin courting unrestricted free agents last Saturday, and the period to sign them opens at 11 a.m.(CT) Friday.


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The Edmonton Oilers Can Actually Be A Better Team

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

They traded Taylor Hall for whom?

After reading 1,475,942 blogs that began “Should the Oilers trade Taylor Hall for,” how come the name Adam Larsson wasn’t mentioned in any of them?

After 10 straight seasons out of the playoffs, Edmonton hockey fans probably feel like lining up like a herd of buffalo ready to jump off the cliffs of the North Saskatchewan River and smash their heads in.

It’s imperative that a 48-hour timeout be called here.

Taylor Hall represents the first skate to drop.

The game is still afoot.

The day before, left winger Milan Lucic and defenceman Jason Demers both visited the out-of-this-world Rogers Place Arena that Taylor Hall now won’t play in but once a year — Jan. 12 this coming season.

If both sign as free agents, that would mean the Oilers will go into next season adding Lucic, Larsson, Demers and Jesse Puljujarvi, while subtracting Hall.


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