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One More Year For Matt Cullen

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

Matt Cullen could have retired a back-to-back champ or re-signed in Pittsburgh for a chance to three-peat.

Instead, the born and bred Minnesotan and former St. Cloud State standout has made a family decision and decided to return for a second stint and 20th NHL season with his home-state Wild, multiple sources say.

Cullen's deal is expected to be a one-year contract with performance bonuses.


added 3:14pm, Wild release is below....

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John Tavares In No Hurry To Sign A Contract

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

John Tavares is not worried about his contract situation. Even as training camp looms in less than a month, the Islanders captain and star player said the fact that he’s prepared to enter this season, the last under his current deal, without an extension is not causing him to lose any sleep.

“For me, there’s really no rush,” Tavares told Newsday in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “I’m trying to determine things, let the process run its course, keep the lines of communication open, keep it all internal and it’s been good so far … In terms of signing a new contract, there’s a lot that goes into it. To really dive into all the details, get into all the conversations I’ve had with Garth [Snow], the team and Doug [Weight], I don’t think it’s productive to the situation and the negotiating. I prefer to keep it all internal, that’s the best way to keep it all open, honest and healthy.”


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No Talking Allowed About The Vegas Golden Knights On Some Radio Stations In Las Vegas

from Ken Fang of Awful Announcing,

Las Vegas will be stepping into the major league sports realm in a short few months when the Las Vegas Golden Knights step onto the ice. But if you listen to the CBS Radio stations in the city, you wouldn’t even know they exist. It appears that the group which includes six stations has been ordered not to mention the team, not to discuss the team or even write about the team on the group’s websites and social media platforms.

The Golden Knights are preparing for their inaugural season in the NHL and have already awarded their TV and radio rights to AT&T SportsNet and Lotus Broadcasting respectively. But for CBS Radio, it’s as if the Golden Knights aren’t even playing. The cluster’s general manager Tony Perlongo spoke with KLAS-TV sports anchor Ron Futrell about this policy:

“We have a lot of other things to cover, the Knights don’t work into our coverage.”


added 6:18pm, CBS Radio made a mistake...

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An Eight-Year Extension For Leon Draisaitl In Edmonton

via an email from the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract extension, through the 2024-25 season, with an average annual value (AAV) of $8.5 million. 

The 21-year old native of Cologne, Germany completed his third National Hockey League (NHL) season in 2016-17, setting career highs with 77 points (29G, 48A), also finishing with a +7 plus-minus rating and 20 penalty minutes in 82 games.  He finished second in team scoring behind only Connor McDavid and ranked eighth among all NHL scorers.  He also set a new record for points by a German player in an NHL season, surpassing the record of 59 points, set by Marco Sturm in 2006. 

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Player Agent Allain Roy On Today’s Prospects Including Nico Hischier

from Andrew Gross of NewJersey.com,

Allain Roy, an agent since 2001 and, before that, a goalie drafted by the original Winnipeg Jets who won an NCAA title at Harvard and a silver medal for Team Canada in the 1994 Winter Olympics, has had a close-up view of the evolution of NHL prospects.

The young players, such as client Nico Hischier, selected first overall by the Devils in this year’s NHL Draft, have become intensely knowledgeable about aspects beyond just on-ice training. Video, mental and nutritional coaching are all part of the elite teen-agers’ regimens now....

“It’s a double-edged sword,” said Roy, CEO of the St. Louis-based Roy Sports Group. “There’s a lot of over-training. A lot of kids burn out early. If you have to force kids to go to practice, something’s wrong. They should want to go to practice. There’s also a fear of missing out that players have: ‘If I’m not on the ice, someone else is on.’”...

“Every year, we’re adding new staff to the menu because you have to,” Roy said. “Our jobs as agents has changed over the last eight years. In the past, it was get as much money as possible when you signed. Now, it’s developing players to have as long a career as possible. The turnover is so much quicker. Thirty-two is the new 37.”


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What Is It With The Boston Bruins And Their Young Stars?

from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins are starting to look like the University of Kentucky basketball program: Talented young players come and go in the blink of an eye, honing their skills and then moving on to bigger and better things.

For the Kentucky basketball players, “bigger and better things” means the National Basketball Association.

For the Bruins, it’s every other team in the National Hockey League.

The latest young, talented Bruin who may or may not be playing elsewhere next season — depending on whose tweets you’re reading — is right winger David Pastrnak. The 21-year-old had a sterling 2016-17 season, scoring 34 goals, but it’s the offseason that should worry B’s fans.

As always, it comes down to money. Pastrnak wants more of it. The Bruins, alas, are like the short-armed alligator in the Geico commercial....

As the Bruins determine whether Pastrnak’s playing skills make him worthy of a long-term deal for, say, $6 million per, they should also be determining what the kid’s name is worth.

We can agree Patrice Bergeron will be a Bruin for life. But he won’t be playing for life.

The Bruins should consider growing some veterans.


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Morning Line- Calvin Pickard

“If anyone had told me last August I’d be in Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) representing an NHL team in Vegas I’d have thought they were crazy.

-Calvin Pickard, goaltender for the Vegas Golden Knights.  Dave Nichols of the The Spokesman-Review has more.

Also, Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com is on the road trip with the VGK.

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Pre-Season Buzz - Which Teams Are Making Moves This Offseason

By Ryan,

Everyone gets excited for sports during preseason! Preseason is the time when all sports fans are talking about which teams are the teams to beat this year, which players are expected to stand out, and what changes have been or are being made as far as trades and other big moves amongst players and teams. With this Livescore app, you can be sure to stay in the know when it comes to the entire preseason buzz. The CBS Sports App is your go to app for all things sports, whether it be preseason, off season, or mid-season!

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Leon Draisaitl Should Stay Put In Edmonton

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The most telling pressure points for me, when it comes to Leon Draisaitl’s protracted contract negotiations with the Edmonton Oilers, is this:

Why on earth would the player ever want to play elsewhere? And why would the team ever allow him to do so?

On what other team would Draisaitl be able to, A) play nightly with the pending “Best Player in the NHL?” Or B) Get second-line centre minutes with a first-line centre that commands as much attention from opposing lineups as Connor McDavid does?

We’re not saying Edmonton is the only team in the National Hockey League that gives us the feeling that a Stanley Cup championship is imminent. There are a few teams like that (Toronto, Dallas, Calgary) and a few other mainstays (Pittsburgh, Chicago, Washington, Anaheim) that could win it any year as well.

But find me a landing spot for Draisaitl that has a better chance than Edmonton of putting a ring on his finger.


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Get To The Net

from Travis Yost of TSN,

A tried-and-true way of generating scoring chances and goals? Get as close to the net as possible.

That’s easier said than done in the modern era of hockey where defences are exceptional at pushing attacking forwards to the perimeter. Still, there are some players who have mastered the art of attacking through the heart of centre ice. Some use lightning-quick agility to duck around defenders. Others use brute strength and force to position themselves well for tape-to-tape passes and rebound opportunities. It’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all type of talent, but it is a valuable one....

A few names stand out to me on both sides of the aisle. For starters, I look at Colin Wilson – a player who lives in front of the net and has shot about 12 per cent over the course of his career – as something of a steal for Colorado. Remember, they acquired him from Nashville for just a fourth-round pick. That’s pretty darn good for a guy who has averaged about 40 points per full season over the course of his career. 

Chris Kreider (we already knew this!) and Tyler Bozak are also interesting names here. Bozak has been something of a polarizing player for most of his career, but one thing you really can’t knock is his ability to generate offence. Bozak’s scored like a top-six forward for a few years now and that’s at least partially driven by a ridiculous 15-per-cent conversion rate over 800 shots. I’d put Bozak in the ‘crafty and elusive’ category as it pertains to the short shot distances, by the way.


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