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Roy addresses his decision to quit the Avs

ESPN's Craig Custance spoke with Patrick Roy as Roy addressed the media in Quebec City, discussing his decision to leave the Colorado Avalanche last month:

When he resigned, Roy cited philosophical differences with the way the Avalanche were being run. He was one of the few coaches in the NHL with say over personnel, but it wasn't enough say to keep him satisfied.

"The type of players and stuff like that, we didn't necessarily agree on," Roy said. "It goes beyond that. It was people working for the team and stuff like this that we were a little bit different."

The timing of Roy's resignation put Colorado in a tough spot, but he wanted to make sure he wasn't rushing into the decision.

"I really needed to make sure it was the proper decision," Roy said. "It was important for me to have no regrets."

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Avalanche hire Jared Bednar as head coach

Update: Here's the Avs' press release:

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A possible free agent signing and a possible Avs coaching resolution

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Joe Sakic reacts to Patrick Roy’s resignation

From the Denver Post's Mike Chambers:

Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said he soon plans to go golfing with Patrick Roy, who resigned as the team’s coach Thursday. During a conference call about five hours after Roy announced in a written statement issued by a public relations agency that he was resigning, Sakic said he and Roy have no ill feelings about each other.

“We both respect each other really well. We’ve always been friends and we’ll always continue to be friends,” Sakic said. “He was contemplating this for a few weeks. It was tough on him, stressful and I know right now he’s very comfortable with his decision and probably relieved that it’s over for him. So I’m happy that he came to this decision for himself and he’s comfortable with it and ready to move on. I wish him the best.”

The Avs missed the playoffs and regressed in the standings the past two seasons, after Roy’s surprising 112-point rookie season when they won the Central Division. The Avs slipped to 90 points in 2014-15 and fell to 82 points last season.

“He didn’t have a lot of fun last year,” Sakic said. “He came to this decision on his own.”

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On Tyson Barrie’s arbitration case

The Colorado Avalanche and Tyson Barrie went through the arbitration process on Friday, and the Hockey News's Ken Campbell discusses the ramifications thereof:

Barrie had his case heard by arbitrator Elizabeth Neumeier Friday morning and has until 48 hours after the completion of the hearing to render her decision. The two sides have until that time to come to a contract resolution, however. If they do prior to the decision, the arbitrator’s decision will not be made public. It’s expected that if Barrie goes the distance he’ll receive somewhere between $4 million and $6 million a season on a two-year deal. Barrie asked for $6 million on a one-year deal, while the Avalanche requested salaries of $4 million and $4.25 million on a two-year deal. Since the Avalanche were the party taken to arbitration, they had the option of selecting a one- or two-year deal. That forced Barrie to come up with a salary figure for the second year of the deal in arbitration, a figure that is not available.

The Avalanche have the option of walking away from the ruling, which would immediately make Barrie an unrestricted free agent, but it would be shocking to see them take that course of action. What is more likely if the Avalanche are not happy with the ruling is they could trade him. There are no limitations on trading a player who has been taken to arbitration and since Barrie does not have a no-trade clause in his contract, the Avalanche would be free to trade him anywhere in the league.

There has been a lot of talk of a potential trade to the Edmonton Oilers, where Barrie would be a very good fit as a puck-moving defenseman who can produce points. The Oilers have talented forwards, but what they’re missing right now is a defenseman who can get the puck to them.

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Avs, Barrie go to arbitration

From the Denver Post's Terry Frei:

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Matheson on Barrie, Yakupov, Tkachuk the younger and much more

Among the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's "Short Shifts," after a Hockey World spent selling Milan Lucic and Justin Faulk as "fits" for the Edmonton Oilers:

• The Avs probably look at [Justin] Faulk’s contract and say that’s Tyson Barrie’s comparable, and not a cent more. They have a good point. The restricted free-agent Barrie is probably looking for north of $5 million per, so they’ll trade him.

• [Gary] Unger played 914 straight games in the NHL, second longest consecutive-game streak, but his body was damaged after he finished playing.

“I’ve had both my knees and hips replaced,” said Unger. “Not wear and tear so much. I fell off a motorcycle, with Andy Moog in Penticton. Now they’ve fixed my knees and I’m not bow-legged anymore. Now they’re straight and my whole skating stance is really different.”

• We keep forgetting that the Oilers will almost surely trade Yakupov at the draft, and here’s what was proposed at the trade deadline: Yak to New Jersey for their No. 7 D-man Eric Gelinas. Gelinas was subsequently traded to Colorado for a third-round draft pick. Yak’s a good kid, works hard. Is that all he’s worth?

• Most NHL scouts praise winger Matthew Tkachuk’s underrated passing ability, especially on the power play, as much as his shooting skills. Plus, he was a leader on the London Knights and only 18.

Matheson continues at extended length...

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Jagr ties Gordie Howe on the NHL’s all-time points list

From NHL.com:

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr tied Gordie Howe for third place in all-time NHL points with a first-period assist against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Thursday.

Jagr has 1,850 points, equal to Howe and trailing Mark Messier (1,887) and Wayne Gretzky (2,857).

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Eric Gelinas goes to Colorado

From Sportsnet's John Shannon:

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It’s linesman-hitting night in the NHL!

This play is definitely going to be reviewed by the NHL, but I'm not sure what decision they're going to make. Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman got hit very hard by Nashville Predators forward Miikka Salomaki, and as Wideman gets up and goes to the bench, linesman Don Henderson...do we go with "gets in the way" or "got clipped by Wideman?" Both things appear to have happened:

At 1 AM, TSN posted this:

Afterwards Wideman said the incident was "completely unintentional and I already apologized to him".

"Throughout my career I think I've treated every official with the utmost respect and I'd never try to intentionally hit a linesman or ref," explained Wideman. "I was kind of keeled over and at the last second I saw him and couldn't avoid it. I couldn't see him and didn't know where to go or how to get away from him. It was an accident and I feel really bad about it."

Update: For comparison's sake, see: Milan Loosick...I mean Milan Lucic...slugging Jay Sharrers in the face while trying to get at Cody McLeod:

That'll get reviewed, too.

added 7:17am, Wideman's explanation, watch below...

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Jarome Iginla scores goal 600

Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla scored his 600th goal on Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings:

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Saturday Headlines involve Avs trade rumors and All-Star talk

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox discussed several topics during their "Saturday Headlines" segment, and they stated that:

1. The NHL's concussion-spotting system was reviewed, and it may move to the Department of Player Safety;

2. There are both rumors of Patrick Marleau going to Colorado and the Avalanche having to rid themselves of Tyson Barrie, and there are rumors about Patrick Wiercoch going to Colorado as well;

3. Cox noted that Martin Brodeur believes that the NHL is going toward larger nets, and that people won't notice them;

4. And Friedman stated that the NHL will decide on whether the All-Star Game has a 3-on-3 format sometime this week.

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Dreger addresses Matt Duchene trade rumors

From TSN's Darren Dreger:

Thursday's Insider Trading segment created a buzz around the NHL with news the Colorado Avalanche is considering trading Matt Duchene.

Credit to long-time Avs beat writer, Adrian Dater for putting us on this trail. As we reported, there has been conversation between Ottawa and Colorado, and some believe that as long as the Avalanche are willing to keep Duchene in trade conversations, the Sens - as well as other teams - will continue to listen and investigate the possibilities.

Duchene displayed his talent on Thursday night, scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Boston.

It seems unlikely Avs general manager Joe Sakic will move Duchene. Sakic might be using Duchene’s name as fodder in trade discussions that could lead to an entirely different move involving different players.

The reality is, Colorado is feeling the pain of past decisions to trade Ryan O'Reilly rather than sign him, and allowing Paul Stastny to get scooped by the St Louis Blues as a free agent.  The Avs may have been able to manage without one of the two players, but not having either has taken a toll.

There doesn't appear to be a sense of desperation in Colorado, but there has been an ample amount of frustration which may have prompted Sakic to start making calls. Ottawa is equally frustrated from the top down, so the two teams potentially doing business makes a lot of sense.

Continued with talk about the All-Star Game's format, the Boston Bruins' goaltending and World Cup coaching decisions.

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Avalanche need help on ‘d’

From the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:

The Colorado Avalanche have hit a Rocky Mountain low. And, the talk amongst league executives is the heat is on.

The Avs have been treading water for the past 13 months and they’ve started off this season with a lousy 4-9-1 record. If they don’t get their act together quickly then they’ll miss the playoffs for a second straight year under the guidance of General Manager Joe Sakic and VP of hockey operations/coach Patrick Roy.

The Avs have started this year the way last season finished and the word is Sakic has been calling around desperately trying to get help.

The club starts a seven-game road trip Tuesday in Philadelphia that will make or break their season when it wraps up Nov. 23 in Winnipeg.

Sources say the Avs badly want help on defence.

Continued with many more trade rumors..

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Tyson Barrie suspended for three games

From the NHL:

AVALANCHE’S BARRIE SUSPENDED THREE GAMES FOR CHARGING AND INTERFERENCE

NEW YORK (Oct. 17, 2015) – Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has been suspended for three games, without pay, for charging and interference against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres during NHL Game No. 63 in Anaheim on Friday, Oct. 16, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 11:30 of the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Barrie will forfeit $41,935.47. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

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Praising Nathan MacKinnon as the ‘Avalanche’s most important player’

ESPN's Katie Strang suggests that Nathan MacKinnon is the Colorado Avalanche's "Most Important Player":

The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native had a bit of a sophomore slump last season, though he was sidelined for significant time with a foot injury and played only 64 games for the Avs, finishing with 14 goals and 28 points. Part of that dip in production was indicative of the team’s struggles as a whole, as the Avs regressed and missed the playoffs. And let’s not forget that MacKinnon was plagued by an unsightly 6.33 percent shooting percentage, which seems like a fluke more than anything. The good news is he was still creating chances, finishing fifth overall in shots per 60 minutes (11.01) among those who played more than 200 minutes, according to hockeyanalysis.com.

With Mackinnon set to enter training camp healthy, his production will be essential this season, especially given the departure of two-way center Ryan O'Reilly. Though MacKinnon has played primarily on the wing since joining the Avs, center is his natural position, so he could provide flexibility for Colorado depending on how things shake out with the rest of their lineup.

Matt Duchene figures to slot in as the No. 1 center, with the Avs hopeful that newcomers Carl Soderberg and Mikhail Grigorenko can fill important roles down the middle as well. The Avs already know they can count on last season’s leading scorer, veteran winger Jarome Iginla, for production (he had 29 goals and 59 points) and for Gabriel Landeskog to be a key contributor.

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Francois Beauchemin signs with Colorado

3 years:

3 years, $4.5 million AAV:

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Brooks: Hawks no dynasty

The New York Post's Larry Brooks argues that the Chicago Blackhawks may be a dominant team, but are no dynasty:

The Blackhawks are a historically excellent team produced by a model hockey operation. Their three-in-six in the hard cap era is a noteworthy accomplishment. Sharp management is the constant linking this cap era with everything that came before it. That and Scotty Bowman, who keeps finding rings the way kids find Easter eggs.

But the rush to canonize these Blackhawks and include them with the dynastic Canadiens, Islanders and Oilers is foolish. Three-in-six is something, all right, but it isn’t four straight, five straight, four-in-five, or 19 straight series.

It’s the same as the Red Wings’ three-in-six from 1997-2002, better than the Devils’ three-in-nine from 1995-2003, one more than the Avalanche’s two-in-six from 1996-2001, and though those teams didn’t have to deal with the cap, they did have to deal with one another — and a perennially powerful Dallas team — at the top.

And I would take all of those teams over this Blackhawks squad in a fantasy tournament, just as I would take the Red Wings that went four-for-six from 1950-1955 in hypothetical all-time matchups.

It’s a double-edged blade. Just as the cap has made it more exponentially more difficult to keep a powerful team intact, it has also diluted the opposition. The bar just isn’t set as high. No great team, by the way, has ever faced less of a challenge than the five-time, 1956-60 champion Canadiens once Detroit ownership exiled Ted Lindsay in the summer of 1957.

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LeBrun: Avs won’t be trading O’Reilly

Via Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun managed to posit a late-night trade deadline scoop, and it comes from the mouth of Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, discussing a player who won't be in play this year:

[Joe] Sakic and the Avs rarely tip their hand, but it's clear regarding O'Reilly because he has just one more year on his contract after this season and a big decision has to be made this offseason. He either gets signed long-term or he gets traded. O'Reilly's name has been out there in trade rumors all season, but the reality is that it's an offseason decision, not a Monday decision.

"Ryan is part of our core," Sakic said. "My intention is that at the end of the year I want to try and re-sign him. That will be the goal with Ryan. That being said, we're not going to want that same distraction going on all year next season, either. But he's a guy I want to have here. And hopefully we can work something out this summer."

Continued, and there were some...shenanigans...at the end of the Wild's 3-1 win over Colorado on Saturday, with Cody McLeod in the spotlight again...

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Garrioch talks Habs, Briere on the move, Petry and Flyers’ possible blueline sale

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch has made a helluva case for Antoine Vermette as the league's most useful player available at the trade deadline (in no small part because the Arizona Coyotes forward used to be a Senator), and Vermette's far from chopped liver, but these parts of his Sunday rumor column are more interesting than Vermette talk or discussion of Team Canada WJC coach Benoit Groulx's future:

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin has been working the phones to try to get help up front. Yes, the Habs have had a great first half, but they'd still like to get a little more size among their forwards for a long playoff run. They waived blue-liner Bryan Allen and his $3.5-million contract. He was sent to the club's AHL affiliate in Hamilton and the Habs are hopeful someone will deal for him ... If a team is looking for experience, a possible option is Colorado C Daniel Briere. A UFA with a $4-million cap hit, he's being used in a fourth-line role by the Avs. Briere, 36, could be a nice fit for a team in the East and the Avs wouldn't want much more than a draft pick in return. The Islanders could use a guy like Briere. They have little experience ... A possible fit for the Wings: Oilers' D Jeff Petry. Detroit GM Ken Holland was on Edmonton radio last week and indicated he needs a right shot. Petry is a UFA and a Michigan native.

Ryan Kesler's also from Michigan, and the Wings were supposedly in trade talks for him, too, but that didn't happen. A player's Michigan ties haven't fared into the Wings,' "We want to trade for guy over the other one" decision-making process since the Jimmy Carson trade.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall is getting antsy to make deals. Philly has virtually no shot at making the playoffs, coach Craig Berube is on the hot-seat and Hextall wouldn't mind clearing out cash. While the Flyers would like to move blue-liners Nick Schultz, Carlo Colaiacovo and Michael Del Zotto, the guy teams really covet is Braydon Coburn. With a $4.5-million cap hit through 2016-17, Coburn is highly regarded and could bring a good return. There's also interest in centre Brayden Schenn, who has a cap hit of $2.75 million through next season.

Garrioch continues...

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Martin Hanzal’s elbow on Erik Johnson: is it a matter of player culpability?

One injury, two very differen takes. Again, via Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian, this time it's Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal hitting Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, and the Coyotes' announcers are more critical of the hit than the Avs' announcers:

Does Johnson leaning down on the follow-through of his shot = "Well Martin Hanzal is so strong..." and an unintentional elbow, well, shit happens?

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Garrioch discusses Avs’ struggles, possible GM’s meetings trade talk

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch discusses the outline for the NHL's general managers' meetings in Toronto on Tuesday and issues several trade rumors, but the thrust of his column involves the Colorado Avalanche's struggles:

The honeymoon is over for Patrick Roy in Denver. After an avalanche of success in his first season as head coach, Colorado has taken a step backwards and you have to think if his name wasn't Patrick Roy he would be getting a lot more heat.

Five points out of a playoff spot and sitting at No. 13 in the West, the tension is starting to grow after a horrible start by the Avs.

Last year, they averaged 16,295 at 41 home games. This year, the Avalanche rank No. 24 in the league at 15,088 through eight home games. Some believe the players are starting to squeeze their sticks.

NHL executives are waiting with baited breath to see if general manager Joe Sakic and Roy (who has a say in every move) get antsy and want to start dealing young players in an attempt to get immediate help.

They'd better be careful.

Garrioch also believes that the NHL's GM's meetings might lay the groundwork for trades in the case that the salary cap remains steady or goes down:

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Summarizing Cox and Friedman’s comments from Saturday’s ‘mini Hotstove’

Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman had about 70 seconds' worth of time to issue their version of the Satellite Hotstove on Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, but they sped-talked their way through the following topics:

1. Cox says questions were surrounding Kaberle-Rangers participation in Kaberle's skate in Toronto today as the New Jersey Devils have had Scott Gomez around for over a month, but he can't travel with them on the road as he's not under contract/can't be paid;

Kaberle is allowed to travel with the team, per an NHL memo, for about 10 days before the team has to sign him or let him go, so the Rangers have to make their decision in another 7 days.

2. Friedman reports that while Taylor Hall remains on the IR with a sprained knee, Hall can at least skate early next week, though his timeline has not changed;

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A note regarding defenseman Cory Sarich’s condition

There's been a significant amount of confusion regarding some Tweets made by former Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cory Sarich today, so the Avalanche issued a summary of Sarich's condition:

Sarich Recovering Following Cycling Accident

15-season NHL veteran planning to return

Veteran NHL defenceman Cory Sarich was injured in a cycling accident while training in Invermere, BC, on the morning of Monday, July 21, 2014. Sarich was struck by a motor vehicle and was airlifted to a hospital in Calgary, AB. He is in stable condition and his injuries are not considered life-threatening. The full extent of his injuries and the timeline for his recovery and return to the NHL is unclear.

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Garrioch on Sharp, the Penguins, Vanek, Niskanen and Stastny

You are probably familiar with the dynamics of the Joe Thornton situation (seems like the theory is, "Take the 'C' away, see if he waives the no-trade," as ESPN's Craig Custance reported), you are probably familiar with the dynamics of the Ryan Kesler trade (he says he's going to where deserves to be, and in Vancouver, it's, "Everybody thought he was a dick"), so:

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch pulled double-time in covering the Sens' picks, Jason Spezza's situation (what's so bad about a guy turning down a trade to a team that's on his no-trade list? Emo GM Bryan Murray will tell you) and positing a Sunday rumor column, and he addresses a situation we haven't necessarily talked about as of yet:

There has been a lot of controversy in Chicago over whether the Hawks have been trying to deal forward Patrick Sharp or not. While it was heavily denied by Sharp’s agent Rick Curran that his client was on the move, Sharp’s name has been popping up all over the place in trade talks. Several teams say he’s available, so it will be interesting to see if he’s still there when push comes to shove after this summer. The Hawks are already over the salary cap and will have to cut money somewhere.

Garrioch also notes that it's a little ironic that the Penguins say they're going to be "aggressive" in free agency given their cap situation...

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Garrioch part 2, pre-draft rumor boogaloo

TSN's posting double doses of Insider Trading videos due to the massive amount of pre-draft trade talk, and I should've known better than to simply post the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's update on Jason Spezza's situation without looking for a rumor-related column on other Sun newspaper sites (the Ottawa Sun doesn't always post articles on his columnist page in a timely manner).

The Toronto Sun posted Garrioch's wining-and-dining update, and I need to say this out loud: while this summer's class of unrestricted free agents-to-be is particularly thin, I have the sinking feeling that we're going to see more classes like these--where second-line players and second-pair defensemen are the ones who hit the market and make top-player money, serving as the main source of player-value inflation (as yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika suggested).

The wining-and-dining period is great in terms of allowing teams to explain their expectations for players, and vice versa, but the number of offers these players are receiving over the course of consecutive days are driving up their asking prices considerably (of course, there are no numbers being exchanged wink), and I really get the feeling that we're going to see Paul Stastny and Matt Niskanen become $7 million players come July 1st.

Anyway, here are Garrioch's updates regarding Stastny...

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Mid-afternoon pre-draft round-up: on Kesler Watch, Vanek Watch, Board of Governors stuff and Stastny

Updated 3x at 4:24 PM: Amongst this afternoon's news from the Board of Governors' meetings and the Trade-and-wine-and-dine-a-palooza...

1. It's time for Kesler watch to kick into an even higher gear?

2. Thomas Vanek is in demand:

3. Sportsnet's Mark Spector reminded us that quite a bit of this draft-day-draft-pick-trade talk is...talk...

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LeBrun: Dan Boyle, Paul Stastny hot commodities as ‘wining and dining’ gets underway

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun has filed a significant set of "rumblings." Among his insights, he reports that Dan Boyle and his agent, George Bazos, are drawing interest, with the soon-to-be-38-year-old Boyle insisting upon a two-year contract...

"It’s not to say that I can’t play any longer than that, but mentally and physically I’ve committed myself to two years. I feel great right now," Boyle said. "The only thing I know for sure is that I have two very good years left in me and then I can see after that."

While neither Boyle nor Bazos would divulge which teams had already shown interest, other sources around the league confirmed Toronto, Detroit and the New York Rangers were among the several teams that have shown interest in Boyle.

One source described the Maple Leafs' interest as "serious." And the Rangers are also very interested, especially pending the outcome of talks with UFA D-man Anton Stralman.

LeBrun also reports that Paul Stastny's testing the market, as it were...

"Paul’s first choice is to re-sign in Colorado but we’ll listen to what teams have to say and make an informed decision," [agent Matt] Keator told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning.

According to a source, the St. Louis Blues were among the many teams that reached out to the Stastny camp. Given the Blues’ pursuit of Jason Spezza, getting Stastny instead would be a cheaper acquisition in terms of not having to give up assets to get him.

And LeBrun continues, discussing the Panthers' desire to possibly deal the #1 overall pick and Brian Gionta's negotiations with Montreal.

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Paul Stastny, like so many other unrestricted free agents-to-be, will play wining-and-dining field

Via Chris Nichols (you should be reading him and following him on Twitter), the Denver Post's Adrian Dater reports that unrestricted free agent-to-be Paul Stastny is going to do what the vast majority of the unrestricted free agents-to-be will do: he's going to listen to other teams' offers during the "wining and dining" period:

I talked with Joe Sakic late tonight. His update on Paul Stastny is this: he met with Matt Keator, Paul Stastny’s agent today in Las Vegas.

The news is mixed: Stastny wants to “see what’s out there”, Sakic reports. So, we are officially entering into the period where teams are free to call Stastny and Keator and put on the full-court press. BUT, as I reported yesterday: essentially Stastny/Keator have made a vow to Sakic and the Avs: that they will circle back Colorado and give them the right of first refusal to keep him.

The Avs will then be faced with the decision to either come up on their existing offer for him (Sakic won’t say exactly what it is, but it’s safe to say it’s between $5 million and $6 million per year) or let him go. It’s dangerous territory for sure. Some team can just make some blowout offer to him for god knows how much money and it might be too good to pass up.

But, Sakic said the talks with Keator were “good.” So, hey, sounds like absolutely anything can happen still and it’s going to be an interesting few days.

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Patrick Roy discusses his Jack Adams Award-winning season

After capturing the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach (as judged by the NHL's Broadcasters' Association), Patrick Roy spoke with NHL.com's Shawn Roarke about his honor:

For his part, Roy admitted some surprise in being at the NHL Awards again. He figured once he walked away from the game as a player, his trips to the end-of-season gala had ended as well. So, when the opportunity came to go to the 2014 edition with a chance to claim another honor, Roy embraced it for all it was worth.

"I was trying to not expect anything from it to be honest," Roy said of whether he thought he would win. "I understood that I was against coaches [who] had outstanding years, and that's exactly what John and Mike have done with their teams. Being here was probably the thing I was very excited about. When I retired, I never thought it would be possible. It's fun to see it happening."

Now, though, he has a Jack Adams Award to add to all the other individual awards Roy won during a playing career that landed him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. But he says he can't compare winning something as a player to winning a different award as a coach.

"When you are a player, you always focus on team goals, and at the end if you are up for the Vezina [Trophy] or the Jennings [Trophy] or winning a Stanley Cup or a Conn Smythe, you are happy. All year, we focused on one day at a time. All year, we focused on partnership, trust and respect. That is what I prefer thinking of [rather] than saying is it more important to win the Jack Adams or a Vezina or a Conn Smythe Trophy. I'm proud of everything I have been doing as a player and now I am very happy to be in this position."

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NHL Names All-Rookie Team

From the NHL:

NHL ANNOUNCES 2013-14 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

NEW YORK (June 24, 2014) -- The National Hockey League today announced the 2013-14 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players named as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.

Also named to the All-Rookie Team are two members of the Anaheim Ducks, goaltender Frederik Andersen and defenseman Hampus Lindholm, and Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug.

Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each NHL All-Rookie Team member’s outstanding season:

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NHL Names post-season All-Star team

From the NHL:

NHL ANNOUNCES 2013-14 ALL-STAR TEAMS

LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2014) -- Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, who each earned his third career berth on the First All-Star Team, head the list of players voted to the 2013-14 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Crosby received First Team honors for the second consecutive season, while Chara earned a spot on the First Team for the first time since 2008-09.

Joining Crosby and Chara are two second-time selections to the First Team, right wing Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks. The squad also features two first-time recipients, left wing Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Bruins.

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Getting ready for Hockey Hall of Fame selection day

The Toronto Star's Kevin McGran penned a fine summary of today's events surrounding the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2014 induction class...

When the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are announced on Monday afternoon (TSN, 3 p.m.), it could be the first time in history that no Canadian player is on the list.

There are some obvious first-time candidates — stars who haven’t played pro in three seasons — who should be shoo-ins: American forward Mike Modano, Czech goalie Dominik Hasek and Swedish centre Peter Forsberg.

There are Canadians worthy of consideration for the first time — defenceman Adam Foote and winger Mark Recchi — and many who have been eligible before but didn’t make it: Eric Lindros, Paul Henderson, Rob Blake, Theoren Fleury, Paul Kariya and Dave Andreychuk.

...

At most, the hall can induct four retired male players and two females. Coaches, general managers and owners can also enter as builders. There is no limit, but it’s typically one a year.

And while McGran continues with a, "What shall we do if there are no Canadians are inducted? Is that bad for Canada" theory, the Glibe and Mail's James Mirtle suggests that the Hall's Selection Committee (whose machinations remain secret) should induct Forsberg's long-time competitor for the "most dominant forward of the late 90's" award in Eric Lindros:

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Matheson ponders Rick Nash’s disappearing act and more in Hockey World columns

The New York Rangers' salary structure is quite top-heavy, so both the Rangers' beat writers and those following the team from afar have suggested that the Rangers will have to use a cap-compliance buyout on either Rick Nash or Brad Richards.

The combination of Brad Richards' resurgence under Alain Vigneault (to the tune of 51 points for his Capgeek-listed $6.67 million cap hit) and Rick Nash's struggles (39 points in 63 games and a no-show come playoff time for a cap hit of $7.8 million) have those in the know suggesting that Nash is the odd man out.

This morning, the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson wonders where Nash's game went given that the 6'4," 213-pound winger's become a perimeter player in the first of three "Hockey World" columns:

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Matheson discusses Ray Whitney’s future, Lecavalier as a buyout candidate and shares Bowman thoughts

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson discusses a wide range of topics over the course of three Hockey World articles, pondering the fate of 42-year-old Ray Whitney, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer...

“I’ll be 42 years old and there won’t be a lot of people banging down the doors,” he said.

If it’s not the right location, like a Western Conference team — his family plans on staying in the desert this winter, Whitney might retire. He’ll be in management someday, if he wants to dive it into as Todd Marchant has done in Anaheim, Calif., where he’s head of player development for the Ducks.

“It was not a great year … I’m not sure there are a whole lot of options out there,” Whitney admitted. “The legs are still there, but it’s nearly impossible to get the legs moving when you’re over 40 and playing eight to 10 minutes and only on the power play. After the first 10 games, I was on the second line, but the last three or four months, it was the fourth. They went with youth and they do have some good kids. I can’t deny that.”

Wondering whether the Flyers will buy out Vincent Lecavalier after signing him to a 5-year deal that's become a millstone...

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NHL lists start times for first round’s Game 7’s

From the NHL:

NEW YORK (April 29, 2014) – The National Hockey League today announced updated start time information for the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

  • The starting time for a potential Game 7 of the series between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, if necessary, has been set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 30, in New York. In the U.S., the game would be seen on NBCSN, MSG and CSN Philadelphia. In Canada, the game would be televised on TSN and RDSI.
  • The starting time for Game 7 of the series between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild has been set for 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday, April 30, in Colorado. In the U.S. outside of the Colorado and Minnesota markets, the game will be seen on CNBC. In Canada, the game will be on TSN and RDS2.   
  • The starting time for Game 7 of the series between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings has been set for 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 30, in San Jose. In the U.S., the game will be televised on NBCSN outside of the San Jose and Los Angeles markets. In Canada, the game will be televised on CBC and RDS.

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Mr. Cooke heads to New York…

It's been a violent night in the NHL, but Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke's knee on Tyson Barrie stole the show, and as a result...

Multiple reports from the Avs and Sportsnet's John Shannon confirm that Barrie's out for 4-6 weeks (i.e. for the season) with a sprained MCL. And Stephane Robidas went to the hospital after Ryan Garbutt's knee broke Robidas' leg...Garbutt stayed in the game and scored a goal.

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Matt Cooke up to old tricks vs. Avs

Updating Monica's post:

I guess we can only hope for so long before Matt Cooke does what Matt Cooke does, per USA Today's Kevin Allen:

Key Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie left Monday's game after absorbing a knee-on-knee hit from the Minnesota Wild's Matt Cooke.

Barrie grabbed his knee after spilling to the ice and was unable to put any pressure on his left leg as he went straight to the dressing room.

The Avalanche announced that he wouldn't return to the game.

Cooke received a two-minute penalty for kneeing.

From SomeHockeyVideos, Ray Ferraro, on the TSN broadcast, told Gord Miller that Barrie said, "I'm done" as he skated by the bench:

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Teemu Selanne takes a victory lap, shares it with former teammate J-S Giguere

At the end of the Anaheim Ducks' regular-season-ending 3-2 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche, Teemu Selanne took a victory lap--and he shared part of it with former Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who's also retiring after this season:

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Jason Demers’ hit to Tyson Barrie’s head…Looks bad

It's not a late-season game without a dirty hit or two, so Stephane Quintal and the Shanahan-less Department of Player Safety might want to look at a hit which occurred during the Colorado Avalanche's 5-1 loss to San Jose:

Tyson Barrie took a hard hit from Jason Demers, and the Denver Post's Terry Frei reports that the shoulder-to-head hit yielded...The kind of injury update you'd expect from Patrick Roy's playoff-bound team:

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David Backes ‘jumps’ Nathan MacKinnon, and Patrick Roy is not amused

Patrick Roy was not happy after his Colorado Avalanche defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-0 on Saturday--during what was part of a much larger and nastier set of scraps between the two teams (as Puck Daddy's Jen Neale notes)...

Here's the hit in question--and, uh, Roy...Has a point?

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Matheson runs the gamut of hockey stories in this week’s ‘Hockey World’

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's Hockey World mega-column's been chopped into 4 bite-size blog entries, and this week, he has a conversation with Nashville Predators GM David Poile, he suggests that the Oilers ought to draft Leon Draisaitl over Aaron Eklbad at the 2014 draft, and amongst his "This 'n' that" notes...

Ted Nolan will likely be getting a three-year contract from the Buffalo Sabres when they return from their Western Conference road swing, which earns a two-thumbs up from Drew Stafford. “He’s a great motivator; he’s extremely simple on his philosophies,” said Stafford, who has been in Buffalo for eight seasons. “He tells us, ‘Look what you get to do for a living … it’s a special opportunity, don’t take it for granted. Show up and compete for a couple of hours.”

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Patrick Roy reflects upon his ‘return’ to Montreal via TSN interview

On Tuesday evening, Patrick Roy will officially coach against the Montreal Canadiens for the first time, and ahead of the reunion, Roy spoke with TSN's Michael Farber for 10 minutes, reflecting upon the ups and downs of his tenure with the Canadiens and his contentious split from the team. TSN transcribed some of the highlights thereof:

Farber asked Roy if the raising of his number to the rafters put his difficult exit from Montreal behind him.

"I have to say yes it did, but for me it was before that," explained Roy. "When I retired I was already in peace in what happened in Montreal, and when Pierre Boivin and Bob Gainey came over to my house and talked about retiring my jersey and start talking to me, (asking) how do you feel...I said I'm already in peace, I've already moved on. I understand that hockey is a business, I made a mistake, and I'm sure on the other side they felt like they made a mistake as well. But at the end I'm not there to judge. I was so happy to get back into the Canadiens family."

The article continues, and the video's intriguing.

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The Morning After Skate

Before we get started with this the morning after skate this morning take a moment to reflect upon those that have served your country – no matter where you call home. Without those whom came before we would not be here today.

Now - Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.

In Case You Missed It

New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens

Power Play goal all around in the Bell Center last night.

The opening goal of the game came just shy of the two minute mark in the second period as Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher would give the home team the early lead.

It would be a holding call to Canadiens Francis Bouillon for holding that would give the Islanders their second power play of the period, this one leading to a slap shot goal from Pierre-Marc Bouchard to tie the game.

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Matheson engages in a fascinating conversation with Rob Blake about the suspension process

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's posted at least half of his weekly Hockey World articles on his blog page (I believe that he's still working on "Ask Matty" as I'm posting this, and I don't see any "Short Shifts" yet).

Especially given a) the fact that Don Cherry decided to suggest that John Scott and Cody McLeod require the sympathy of fans who don't understand "their role" or their obligation to "make a difference" and b) the endless suggestions that it's up to players and only players to police themselves when Sportsnet's John Shannon so wisely suggested that coaches, GM's and owners also share responsibility for employing players in "punishing" roles (we tend to forget that both players, coaches, GM's and owners are generally concerned about their team's well-being and competitive interests ahead of safe working environments)...

It's refreshing to hear now-NHL Department of Player Safety employee Rob Blake tell Matheson that there's a significant amount of push-back from teams when players are facing Sheriff Shanny's Wheel of Justice:

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The Morning After Skate

Welcome to the morning after! A recap of the games from the night before and quick hit hockey news.
In Case You Missed It
Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers
After defeating the Montreal Canadiens last night the Maple Leafs traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers.
 

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Patrick Roy makes his return to the NHL, has a tiff with Bruce Boudreau

Oh dear, it looks like Patrick Roy is indeed back in the NHL, and he had a wee tiff with Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau at the end of the Colorado Avalanche's 6-1 win over Anaheim:

Why was he upset?

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First Morning After Skate

October is finally here!  Pumpkin spice everything is returning everywhere and hockey is back!  No lockout (other than the US Government) and NHL games that matter in October.  Every morning here on Kukla's Korner (well the main page at least until my own little spot has been carved out and is ready) I will give you a recap as to the games that happened last night (in some cases while you were sleeping), some highlights on hockey news, and end with a line up as to who will be playing tonight.

In case you missed it

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A Burgundy Letter of Condolences.

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Like everyone else here at Kuklaskorner, I wish I had something of a lighter nature to talk about today. This summer has been filled with death, and having to write another post about former players passing away so soon after my Wade Belak post is extra tough. I hoped that would be the only piece I’d have to write about a player death in a good long while. I certainly wasn’t expecting to find myself by my computer ten days later, trying to find another way to put my thoughts into words about a tragedy that has stunned the entire hockey world. But here goes.

I remember when princess Diana died, and where I was at the time. I was sitting in my younger brothers room, playing NHL 96 on SNES, when my father came in and said “turn it off and check the news, there’s been an accident and you need to see this”.

I also remember where I was when I heard that Michael Jackson had died. In bed, sleeping. My girlfriend who had just left for work called me and woke me up with the news.

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Is Jose Theodore Back?

From Terry Frei at ESPN,

Just when you think it’s safe (or advisable) to write off Theodore… He rallies.

Just when you think it’s time to say he’s got his groove back… He falters.

That’s not all that dissimilar to the pattern of his tenure with the Canadiens, but now he’s a 31-year-old goalie trying to save his career.

The guy has more goaltending lives than Felix “The Cat” Potvin.

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