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The Colorado Avalanche Will Have An Affiliated AHL Team Joining Them In Colorado

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche will announce an upgraded minor-league partnership with the Loveland-based Colorado Eagles next month, with the current ECHL team becoming the 31st American Hockey League franchise, according to two sources close to the situation.

Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the Avs’ top prospects and veterans on assignments will play for the Colorado Eagles out of the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. The Budweiser Events Center seats 5,289 for hockey but likely will be renovated to accommodate larger crowds.

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Bad In Colorado And Getting Good In Edmonton

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

When it all goes sour, no one remembers the flowery compliments, the strong words of commitment and belief.

That’s mostly because it was all hot air anyways, all public relations chatter designed to get people to buy tickets and invest their money and affections in the supposedly golden future of an NHL team.

Remember, for example, the words of Colorado executive Joe Sakic back in July 2013 when the Avalanche inked blue chip young forward Matt Duchene to a five-year, $30-million (U.S.) contract.

“Matt already is and will be a big part of our team’s nucleus for the long term,” said Sakic. “We all felt it was important to secure his rights.”

Well, four years later, the Avs are trying to get rid of him, and Duchene wants out. The team is terrible, and “locking up” the core of Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog (seven years, $39 million) and Nathan MacKinnon (seven years, $44.1 million) has led the Avs exactly nowhere....

The Oilers do appear set up better than any other Canadian team for a run at the Stanley Cup, and for those among us who would very much like to see the Cup back in Canada, this would be a fine thing indeed. At this point, after a quarter century of watching U.S. clubs from Carolina to California hoist the grand trophy, it hardly matters which of the seven Canadian teams manage to get the job done.

Both McDavid and Draisaitl are coming off terrific seasons. They might be Edmonton’s answer to Pittsburgh’s dynamic duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeny Malkin. But the wealth they now have may change many things for them. Moreover, we live in an age when can’t just assess hockey players on their talent. You have to assess their impact on their team’s cap situation, among other factors.

more on both teams...

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All Glen Gulutzan

The Flames report for main camp in mid-September. Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson caught up with Gulutzan as he enjoyed the final few days of his summer vacation for a Q&A about the upcoming season …

Wes Gilbertson: What’s this time of year like for a coach, knowing another season is just around the corner?

Glen Gulutzan: “Your mind is starting to shift gears a little bit — to getting back to the office — and you’re starting to get excited. I know I am, and I’ve talked to a few of the players in the last couple of days and I know they are too. I think everybody is excited to get back and get going. But I guard against gearing up too quick. This is where I kind of take time to re-charge my batteries. I know what the season looks like, I know the workload involved, so here I try to spend as much time with my family as I can and just re-charge.”

WG: What’s the big difference now, as you prepare for your second season in Calgary, compared to when you were introducing yourself at training camp last fall as the new guy?

GG: “I think the biggest difference for me, going into it now, is that we made mega changes to the style of play last year, as you know. The beginning was, ‘Is this going to work?’ but we just stayed with it. I think for me, coming into this season, I’m going to have 12 or 13 other guys — whatever we have returning — with me that are going to be saying, ‘Yeah, this is the way we do things.’ So we’ve put the markings on creating a little bit of a culture here, of what our expectations are. For me, laying all that groundwork isn’t as important now as making sure we’re refining things right away as we come in.”

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Video- Workout Time

A few of the 'name' players in the NHL putting in some work.

 

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A Two-Year Contract For Zemgus Girgensons And The Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 17, 2017) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $1.6 million.

Girgensons (6’2”, 200 lbs., 1/5/1994) will enter his fifth season as a member of the Sabres in 2017-18 after the team selected him in the first round (14th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. In his first four NHL seasons, the Riga, Latvia native has totaled 86 points (37+49) and 77 penalty minutes in 277 games.

The forward, who has appeared in at least 61 games in each of his four NHL seasons, set a new career high with 75 games played in 2016-17 after signing a one-year extension in September 2016.

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Big Loss For The New Jersey Devils, Travis Zajac Out 4-6 Months

Newark, NJ - New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero provided the following update on center Travis Zajac.

"This morning, Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle that was suffered last week during off-season training. The procedure was performed by the club's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow. Zajac's expected recovery time is approximately four to six months."

 

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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic On Matt Duchene

“I will be listening to offers. Right now it’s quiet on all fronts. But I’ll listen to offers on how we can get better. I’ll never name names but I’ll sit there and if something makes sense for the way we want to go, with our team, we’ll really look at that.”

-Joe Sakic on Matt Duchene.  More on the Avs from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.

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Why Not The Flyers?

from Sam Carchidi of the Phillynews,

The club president isn’t predicting that the Flyers’ four-plus decades without a Stanley Cup are about to end. That, he knows, would be foolish. But he likes the direction in which the team is headed under general manager Ron Hextall. He thinks the likely injection of several rookies will complement the core that features Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, and Ivan Provorov.

“Obviously, our plan is to make the playoffs this year and see what happens,” Holmgren said Wednesday in his Wells Fargo Center office. “I think what Ron is doing, and has been doing, is put our team in a position where we can make multiple playoff runs with the hopes of winning Stanley Cups along the way. That was his goal when he took over three-plus years ago. I think if you look at our team now and where we are from this moment out, that’s kind of where we’re at.”

Holmgren, who recently had cornea surgery to try to improve the almost-lost sight in his right eye, said the Flyers are a “team that’s setting ourselves up for multiple playoff runs with the idea of winning a Stanley Cup or two along the way. … I think we’re a team that’s poised to take some steps forward over the next number of years. Could it be this year? Yeah, why not?”

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The Russian Plan

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

... And Marchenko’s signing, just like that of Markov, Nesterov, Grigorenko and so on, is simply another part of the plan the Russian Hockey Federation has had since the NHL announced it wouldn’t be sending players to the 2018 Olympics. Following the NHL’s early April declaration, the RHF released a statement saying it would attempt to keep its top talent in Russia and persuade top Russian free agents to play in the KHL, giving them the opportunity to suit up in Pyeongchang — an opportunity they seemingly won’t have in the NHL cut.

Russia hasn’t medalled at the Olympics, let alone stood atop the podium, in more than 15 years. Not since 1998 has Russia won a silver medal. And it’s been more than two decades since a gold medal was awarded to the nation. Russia is planning on changing that in February, though, and it’s starting with bulking up by brining any and all potential national team members home.

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The Future Is Now The Present In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Draisaitl, in his round of phone interviews that began at noon with rights holder 630 CHED, was adamant about his long-term desire to be an Oiler. The only question to most was whether Draisaitl might have to do a bridge deal if general manager Peter Charelli was going to balk at a number more than the $7 million or so suggested by contracts of comparable players.

“For me there was never even a thought to go anywhere else or to think about going anywhere else,” Draisaitl made it clear.

“You look at options, but for me personally, I just want to be with this group as long as possible. We have such a good group and I really do believe we have something special coming up in Edmonton,” added the NHL’s eighth top scorer with 77 points during the regular season and Oilers top producer in the playoffs with 17.

The ecstasy is that the modern day dynamic duo equivalent of Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are both signed far enough into the future to take them through their prime time years of most careers.

McDavid’s eight-year extension, keeps him here for the next nine years. The captain has one year remaining on his entry-level deal. Draisaitl’s new deal kicks in this season. And there’s something to be said with both deals not ending at the same time.

Bottom line?

The future is now!

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