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For The Sake Of Lindy Ruff, The Dallas Stars Need A Good Start

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News answered some questions...

If the Stars get off to that really bad start again this season do you think Ruff gets fired during the season?

Heika: He will be on a very hot seat if they get off to a slow start. That said, Jim Nill is a very patient man....

Do you think GM Nill is in the market for another d-man? Maybe Franson or Ehrhoff? What about a possible trade for Phaneuf? Or do you think he waits and see's what the kids bring to the table?

Heika: They are set for right now, I believe. Plus, their contracts are in a good place, so taking on a big contract with a lot of term could create some real issues down the road when raises need to be given.

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Why Hasn’t A Team Signed Cody Franson?

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

It’s now four weeks in to free agency. Franson’s still not signed. How can it be?

Corsi analyst: Franson set to “become one of wealthiest players.”

This will be a bigger mystery if you’re a devout believer in Corsi-based player analysis. Several writers have been saying for some time that Franson scores exceedingly well on Corsi counts.

In December this past season, James Mirtle of Toronto’s Globe & Mail laid out the case: “Franson has also grown into a top pairing role, logging 275 of his 348 even strength minutes (80 per cent) alongside captain Dion Phaneuf so far this year. Despite those minutes and some tough situations, when Franson has been on the ice, the Leafs have been a 50 per cent possession team, nearly 4 per cent better than when he’s on the bench. He drives play, and more than ever, teams are looking for that.”

Then there was analytics writer Steve Burtch, a Leafs fan and perhaps Franson’s biggest on-line booster, writing for Sportsnet: “To put it plainly, Franson produces offensively amongst the elite D-men in the NHL. His possession impacts are amazingly consistent, and have never been negative. He has shown an ability to both reduce shot-attempts against and increase shot-attempts for. And goals-for and against improve significantly when he is on the ice compared to what one would expect based on his usage. … Franson’s on-ice impact and potential UFA status this summer combine to create a very unique combination, and rumours are already spreading that his camp will be seeking a deal worth $5 million-plus annually…. However things play out, Franson is set to become one of the wealthiest players in the NHL a year from now, and for a long time to come. Because despite what the eye test says, he deserves it.”

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Audio/Video- Bill Daly On Expansion

via Sportsnet,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly joined Prime Time Sports to talk about potential expansion in the league, and what makes Las Vegas such a unique market.

 

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A Multi-Year Extension For Sean Couturier In Philadelphia

from the Phiadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 6-3, 197-lb center Sean Couturier to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Couturier, 22 (12/7/1992), recorded a career-high 15 goals and added 22 assists for 37 points in 82 games for the Flyers in 2014-15. Following the season, Couturier helped lead Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championships where he recorded three goals and added four assists for seven points in 10 games.

Couturier appeared in all 82 games for the second consecutive season and has appeared in 287 out of a possible 294 NHL games. He has also appeared in 198 consecutive games, which is the third-most active streak on the Flyers (Jakub Voracek: 226 & Brayden Schenn: 208).

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Quick Reaction To Today’s Trade By The Vancouver Canucks

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

For the first time since the Vancouver Canucks originally picked up Adam Clendening, the team finally made a trade where the immediate reaction isn’t to tear out one’s own hair.

Not that this deal is by any means one which will put the Canucks into the playoffs for sure, because at this point that’s looking to be a long shot at best. What it does is get them some insurance at the second-line centre spot in case Bo Horvat can’t seem to make anything happen with his expected promotion — a strong possibility given the wingers he’ll be playing with bear no resemblance to Mike Bossy.

Brandon Sutter gives the Canucks a right-handed centre to take all the key defensive draws on the right side of the ice, which can be handy, and it makes them a little bigger and tougher down the middle, which is certainly an asset in the Western Conference. Canucks general manager Jim Benning considers Sutter a fellow who will be the leader of the young group of players he hopes to assemble here, being slightly more experienced yet still within hailing distance in age of the likes of Horvat, Jake Virtanen, Sven Baertschi, Brendan Gaunce, Jared McCann and the rest he hopes will adorn the roster.

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How About Releasing The Salary Numbers When A Player Signs?

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

It’s become an offseason hobby for NHL fans on Twitter, one popularized by TSN analytics columnist Scott Cullen: Wait for a team to publicly announce a signing, note its refusal to actually mention the dollar value of the deal, and then see how many minutes it takes for a media insider to get the goods. So far, nobody has made it past 10.

All of which raises an obvious question: Why are NHL teams doing this? Why bother taking the time to announce news without bothering to include, you know, the actual news?

If there’s a good reason for the practice, it’s a well-kept secret. I recently asked one PR rep from an NHL team that doesn’t disclose terms about the logic behind the practice, and he admitted he wasn’t aware of any particularly good reason for the policy. A player agent offered up the theory that some teams may exclude salary info “based on a philosophical belief the information is confidential,” but quickly added that “there is no legal basis for this assumption and contract terms are readily available on the NHLPA’s public website.” 

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Pittsburgh Penguins/Vancouver Canucks Trade

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round pick from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Brandon Sutter and a 2016 third-round pick, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The second-round draft pick acquired by Pittsburgh is Anaheim’s 2016 second-round selection.

The third-round choice that Pittsburgh is sending to Vancouver is the compensatory pick awarded from Buffalo for hiring Dan Bylsma as head coach earlier this summer.

Bonino is signed through the 2016-17 season and carries an average annual value of $1.9 million. Clendening is signed through the ’15-16 campaign.

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A Three-Year Contract For Eric Fehr In Pittsburgh

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Eric Fehr to a three-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal runs through the 2017-18 season and has an average annual value of $2 million.

Fehr, 29, has played most of his 10-year NHL career with the Washington Capitals. He posted 19 goals, 33 points and a plus-8 in the 2014-15 campaign with Washington. His goal total was the second-highest mark of his career.

The 6-foot-4, 212-pound center was a key member of the Capitals’ penalty kill unit in ’14-15, logging 1:23 shorthanded minutes per game. The defensively reliable center won a career-high 52 percent of his faceoffs.

Fehr underwent elbow surgery June 3 and faces a recovery time of 4-6 months.

Fehr has been a plus or even nine times in his NHL career, and has broken the 30-point plateau three times, including each of the past two seasons.

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These Two Words- NHL Lockout

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

NHL lockout.
 
It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day.
 
Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign.
 
While another hockey work stoppage may not be on the radar of most - the lost half-season of 2012-13 still all too fresh - a group of the league's highest-paid players are already gearing up for the possibility.
 
New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan became the latest player to negotiate protection in his contract in case of labour strife when he inked a six-year, $39 million deal on Monday.
 
Technically, the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement runs through Sept. 15, 2022 - or shortly before the opening of training camps for the 2022-23 season. But either the NHL or NHLPA can opt out of the agreement on Sept. 15, 2020.
 
That's why quite a few players, like Stepan, have negotiated hefty signing bonuses to be paid on July 1, 2020 - before any side could possibly opt out.

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Cap Issues May Return Next Year For The New York Rangers

from Andrew Gross of The Record,

Not to be an alarmist, but next summer also promises to put the squeeze on the Rangers.

The Rangers and Stepan avoided arbitration on Monday as the No. 1 center agreed to a six-year, $39 million deal with an average cap figure of $6.5 million that leaves the team with approximately, $400,000 in cap space under the $71.4 million ceiling.

There are no projections yet what the cap will be for 2016-17.

But with Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller slated to be restricted free agents, next summer also figures to be a costly one for the Rangers, especially with all three arbitration eligible.

Keeping a core group together in the financial minefields of a salary-capped NHL is a tough tightrope to walk and there are casualties. This summer, it was Carl Hagelin, an RFA dealt to the Ducks in order to free space to re-sign Stepan.

Team president Glen Sather, still the general manager at the time of the trade, told the speedy left wing it was a sad day for the organization in having to deal him.

A likely departure next summer will be defenseman Keith Yandle, who cost Sather a first-round pick and top prospect Anthony Duclair on March 1. Yandle is working on the last season of a five-year, $26.25 million deal with a cap hit of $5.25 million. The Rangers can afford him now because only half of his cap figure counts against the Rangers, the other half is charged to his previous team, the Coyotes.

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