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The Improved Pittsburgh Penguins?

from James A. Conley of Shnarped,

While there is still the matter of the rest of the roster to be figured out — the team has six pending RFAs and most aren’t ineligible to be demoted without hitting the waiver wire — the picture is coming into focus in Pittsburgh. That picture could conceivably include one more big trade and another free agent or two before training camp hits in September.

Again, on paper, the Penguins have had a brilliant last few days.

It remains to be seen how that plays out on the ice.


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The Situation In San Jose

from James A. Conley of Shnarped,

The Sharks have posted franchise valuation increases in every season since 2006 and hold the league’s second-longest playoff appearance streak at 10 seasons and counting.

The hockey is good in San Jose, and the fans are good as well — better than 97 percent attendance in 2013-14 for a franchise that is among hockey’s newest in a market that is one of its most unproven.

Like Pittsburgh, San Jose has a good product on the ice (if one that doesn’t always live up to expectations). But now, like Pittsburgh, the Sharks could be entering a period of turmoil off the ice.

It took a few years of viable hockey to turn Pittsburgh’s business model into a good one. Over the last decade, few teams can match the Sharks’ level of sustained success.

So if the on-ice product in San Jose is good (and it is), why are the Sharks suddenly in danger of being swept up by the NHL’s business undertow?

Certainly, a poorly negotiated television deal can’t be the straw that’s breaking the Sharks’ back?


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Marian Gaborik Trade Paying Off For The Kings

from James A. Conley of Shnarped,

Marian Gaborik made Dean Lombardi and the LA Kings winners of this year’s NHL Trade Deadline.

Now, the Kings are one game away from making Gaborik a champion.

Playing on his third team in two seasons, Gaborik started the year alternating turns between underwhelming play and injuries on an also-ran club in Columbus.

By March, his team was no sure thing to make the playoffs, and Gaborik seemed to be playing out the string on the final year of a six-year contract given up on by his twice-former team.

At 32, he was a declining asset, but one with name cachet.


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Coaches Sending Messages

from Chris Wassel at Shnarped,

Messages are often sent by coaches to the media about players, referees, and opposition on a very frequent basis. However, there are ones that just are a true cut above all reproach. They leave the world talking whether at the water coolers or on social media.

Coaches use a variety of symbols, subtle, and unsubtle code as well. This can be an interesting descent into a world that closely resembles trench warfare. Usually the most memorable moments occur then.

Viewer discretion is advised.

Coaches On Players

Some of the most shocking moments are when you see a coach simply go off on a player whether it be from the same or opposing team. In this instance, coaches calling out their own players can be downright amusing or just one of those out of nowhere moments. Again, remember all those good rants and off we go.


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The Salary Cap And The Canadian Dollar

from James A. Conley of Shnarped,

With the currencies trading places, the latest release from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman projects the cap will land at around $70 million, or less.

“Well we’ve said, and these are rough, rough projections because we don’t have enough data yet, the guesstimate was around $71 million. With the Canadian dollar down, maybe it could be 69 or 70, in that range.

“But those are just rough estimates, nothing more than that at this point.”

The cap still has yet to be officially set for the upcoming season, but any ceiling below $70 million is going to be a bit of a shock to some clubs. Consider the following.

  • As of today, four clubs — the Blackhawks, Flyers, Bruins and Canucks — would start next season within $10 million of a $69 million salary cap, and six others would be within $15 million of that ceiling, all without having yet fielded a complete 23-man NHL roster.
  • This year’s salary cap is set at $64.3 million, an agreed upon number that was set as a condition of resolving the 2012 NHL Lockout. That number is identical to the 2011 salary cap ceiling. The 2013 salary cap, which was based on projections not yet interrupted by the last lockout, stood at $70.2 million. Anything less than that would represent a relative slowdown in the growth of league revenues and, subsequently, the cap ceiling.
  • Given the new 8-year limit on free agent contract extensions (and 7-year limits on players signing with new clubs), there is less term over which teams can spread the AAV (annual average value) of a player’s contract. The difference is made up in higher AAV’s than were seen prior to the 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement.


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KK- Shnarped And Kukla’s Korner Announce A Hockey Partnership

It is with great pleasure to announce Kukla's Korner has formed a partnership with Shnarped, which connects hockey fans to their favorite professional hockey players across mobile applications.  Fans can track player news, stats, tweets, highlights and actually interact with many of the players themselves right on the app.



Shnarped connects fans to their favorite teams and players by way of a social platform.  Over 1,000 NHL players and prospects are using the platform to connect with fans and one another. An unrivalled stream of news, stats, and highlights from all the pro, college, and junior leagues in North America can be customized, allowing users to always see the content most important to them.  The core interactive feature - the pound - allows fans of all ages to congratulate the athletes and celebrate alongside their successes and players can respond in kind.  This season more hockey fans have received messages from NHL players on Shnarped than on Twitter.  The app can be downloaded for free at www.shnarped.com

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Shnarped Sees Big Growth Since Dragons’ Den Victory

Since speaking with the Shnarped Hockey guys last October – right before they very successfully pitched to the Dragons’ Den - their fan engagement platform has really taken off.   Shnarped connects fans to their favorite hockey teams and players, and has 100 NHL players plus 1000 NHL prospects using the platform.  And now this hockey season, more fans have received messages from NHL players on Shnarped than on Twitter – pretty impressive.

As founders of a charity called Hockey Players for Kids, Dustin Sproat and Kyle Hagel (who currently plays for the AHL’s Portland Pirates) recognized a problem with how fans were trying to communicate with players.   They saw lots of positive messages being directed towards players on Facebook, and lots of negative messages directed at players on Twitter.  Obviously players appreciate the positive notes, but Facebook isn’t designed for interaction with strangers and so most of these messages would go unanswered.

Shnarped solves this problem by providing a positive, youth-friendly community for fan interaction. A top-notch news and stats database provides up to the minute information about any and all players (making it great for the fantasy hockey guru), and the players that are ‘verified’ on the platform can very easily respond to their loyal fans via their core interactive feature, the pound

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The Shnarped Hockey App

There’s a great hockey app on the market called “Shnarped” that was developed by two teammates from Princeton; Kyle Hagel (currently with the Portland Pirates) and Dustin Sproat (formerly of the Cincinnati Cyclones).  We recently caught up with Dustin to discuss the Shnarped Hockey App

Q: First off, what is Shnarped?

A: Shnarped is a hockey app designed to be a social network for the hockey community.  It connects players, fans, agents, coaches, and managers of the sport we all love while providing them with the most relevant player stats, news and highlights.  The most unique feature of Shnarped is “the pound” which is like sending  a virtual fist-bump or tap on the shin pads to a player for a great game.  If you send a pound to one of our over 300 verified pro players, they can send one back.

Q: Where did the idea for Shnarped come from?

A: It grew out of a charity I was doing with my co-founder Kyle Hagel called Hockey Players 4 Kids.  We saw first hand how valuable player-fan engagement could be but we also faced a lot of challenges keeping up with all the players.  We knew there had to be a better way to stay connected and track how our buddies were doing.  That’s where the original idea for Shnarped came from and it’s grown into this fully featured hockey app.

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