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Dynasty In The Making In Nashville

from Josh Cooper at ESPN,

...but one other organization has built itself as the main challenger to their dynasties: the Nashville Predators, last year's Western Conference champions who swept Chicago out of the postseason and lost to Pittsburgh in the Cup Final.

"They have a great core of young guys who are locked up," an Eastern Conference scout said of the Predators. "They're obviously enjoying it there and love it there, and obviously winning helps that. There are no guarantees in sports. That's why you play the games, but it seems like they've set themselves up for a good run over a handful of years here that they can be potentially Stanley Cup contenders."

Over the past several seasons, Predators general manager David Poile has aggressively inked his star players to long-term, salary-cap-friendly deals, and so far almost all his moves have paid off. In many respects these decisions have been more impactful than Poile's headline-grabbing trade of defenseman Shea Weber for blue-liner P.K. Subban last summer.

All-Star defenseman Roman Josi will make $4 million per year through 2019-20 on a seven-year deal he signed before 2013-14. Fellow blue-liners Mattias Ekholm ($3.75 million per-year through 2021-22 on a six-year deal) and Ryan Ellis ($2.5 million per year through 2018-19 on a five-year deal) are also locked up to smart contracts below current market value. 

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Your Starting Lineup With The Same Number

from Sean McIndoe at Sportsnet,

Team No. 33

Forwards: Henrik Sedin, Ziggy Palffy, Tony Amonte

Defence: Zdeno Chara, Dustin Byfuglien

Goalie: Patrick Roy

Only one current Hall of Famer has ever worn the number, but it’s the guy you want to build a team around in Patrick Roy. Sedin and Chara will be joining him in the Hall someday soon, so our core is a strong one. The other two forwards aren’t quite as impressive as they look, though – we’re only getting Amonte’s Ranger years and Palffy’s Kings and Bruins stints.

Still, that’s two 30-goal scorers alongside one of recent history’s best playmakers. And with two giants on the blue-line and Roy in goal, we’re guessing this team won’t have to score much to win. They’re just about the strongest team you can put together… except for one.

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Morning Line- Sean Burke

“We go into PyeongChang believing gold is realistic. The last time that Canada wasn’t favoured was back in ’94, and I played in ’88 and ’92 so I remember those days very well. But even then, when the Russians were so powerful and the Czechs weren’t far behind, you still went into the Olympics expecting to compete for a gold. Nothing is going to change this time around. But we know there’s a lot of work to do and that things are different. We have to build our team differently. We’ll be as prepared as we can possibly be when we go into PyeongChang to compete for a gold, and that will give us a chance to win.”

-Sean Burke, GM of Team Canada.  Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com has more on Team Canada.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Need To Be A Hungry Team

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The first obstacle the Maple Leafs have to overcome at training camp will be overconfidence.

Born of a strong showing in 2016-17, an unexpected playoff appearance, a raft of rookie scoring records and personal bests by others, the Leafs will enter camp in a few weeks with something of a swagger. Just don’t get too far ahead of yourself, advises village elder James van Riemsdyk.

“We had guys who played great last year,” the 28-year-old left winger conceded Tuesday as he joined the team’s summer workouts, “but when you lose in the playoffs, you have to improve. You can’t be content because things are always changing. If you get content, then you’re not looking far enough ahead about what we can do as a whole and you don’t keep taking those steps forward.”

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Video-When They Were Teenagers

Some of the NHL stars talk about their first job.

 

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Video- Elliotte Friedman With The Latest NHL Talk

Elliotte Friedman was on NHL Live last night and discussed Jaromir Jagr, college UFAs, Drew Stafford still unsigned, Jack Eichel's contract situation and the latest on David Pastrnak.

 

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The ‘Rush’ To Get To The NHL

from Allain Roy of the RoySportsGroup,

“What should I improve in my game to get to the NHL?” A question I answer almost every day in my job as an NHL agent… The answer may have varied a bit over my last 18 years of doing this job, but the constant theme that is resoundingly stressed and never going away is: “Find a way to do everything at a high pace, and when you get there, do it even faster”.  

Welcome to the new NHL, a game of fast paced action, filled with ever younger talent, and professionals that work on every meticulous detail 12 months a year.  The “clutch and grab” style that dominated the game until the late 90’s is gone, the “training camp is for getting in shape” mentality of the 80’s is far gone, this game is super-fast, and will only get faster.

With the new high paced game also comes a faster pace of churning through bodies. Where the NHL neophytes used to have a 3 to 5-year window to prove they belonged, now the clock has accelerated to about 18 months to get your passport stamped to the minors or Europe. Teams and management have less patience, younger players are better prepared, and the salary cap driven economics of the game have left only a sliver of the proverbial window open, slicing down like a guillotine every few seconds on a NHL hopefuls’ neck, before they even get a taste of the game in the “Show”.

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A Bad Year For Team Corsi

from Travis Yost of TSN,

One of the interesting debates following last season was whether or not team Corsi% – the percentage of shots in a team’s favour over a given period of time – was still a meaningful driver of game outcome.

This discussion, in part, started during the regular season. I think the genesis of this was a very tight distribution of talent across the league. Outside of Washington (great) and Colorado (terrible), it was often hard to discern which teams were legitimately good or bad. Creating a hierarchy of the other 28 teams was a difficult exercise – far more difficult than in years past.

The argument that team Corsi% had lost its predictive nature seemed to strengthen as the Pittsburgh Penguins ran through the Eastern Conference en route to a second consecutive Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh was a strong team all year, but a 51.5 per cent Corsi% over 82 regular-season games ended up as one of the lowest marks for a championship team in the modern era. And the other conference finalists – Anaheim and Ottawa in particular – weren’t world beaters here either. So, is something up?

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Francois Beauchemin Back With The Ducks

 

added 3:33pm, Anaheim release is below...

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Watching Hockey In Malaysia At The Southeast Asian Games

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

KUALA LUMPUR – For the first time in the 58-year-old history of the Southeast Asian Games ice hockey will be included in the 29th edition of the multi-sport event that starts with tomorrow’s opening ceremony in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

With the historic addition of three winter sports disciplines – ice hockey, figure skating and short track speed skating – the 29th Southeast Asian Games will include 47 sports. All ice sports will be played at the new Malaysia National Ice Skating Stadium (MYNISS). The international-size ice rink opened in time for the SEA Games at the yet-to-be-completed Empire City mall in the Damansara area located next to Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.

Although the ice rink is built in a mall, it’s not just one of many small rinks surrounded by shops as they exist throughout the continent. The ice sheet is 60 on 30 metres big, the rink has four big dressing rooms, rooms for officials and coaches, a jumbotron and a seating capacity for 700 spectators according to Susan Loh, the General Secretary of the Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation. 

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Video report is below...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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