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Jacob Trouba Traded To The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, June 17, 2019 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Trouba, 25, skated in 82 games with Winnipeg this past season, registering eight goals and 42 assists for 50 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 58 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including games played, assists, and points. Trouba was tied for ninth among NHL defensemen in assists during the past season (tied with Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman), and he also ranked 13th among NHL defensemen in points during the season. Of the 13 NHL defensemen who recorded 50 or more points in 2018-19, Trouba received the least amount of power play ice time during the season (168:52; next lowest was Thomas Chabot – 205:41). In addition, Trouba’s 42 assists were the second-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger this past season (trailing only Morgan Rielly), and his 50 points were the third-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger (trailing only Rielly and Chabot). He also ranked sixth in the NHL in blocked shots in 2018-19 (171).

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Carry On As Usual

from Ray Ratto at Deadspin,

This right here is why the National Hockey League doesn’t get it. Erik Karlsson just signed a record-setting eight-year deal worth more than $11 million per year with the San Jose Sharks without any fuss or muss. Deal framed, talked about, signed. Couldn’t be easier.

In other words, a golden opportunity missed.

The NBA has figured out that nothing amuses the audience quite like the drama of player movement, not even the games. The games are just the vegetable; the new contracts and the trades and the drama and the roasting of cash in pursuit of same are what people are in for. Only one team, after all, gets a parade; everyone else is playing for July.


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Dallas Eakins Is The New Head Coach For The Anaheim Ducks

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks today have named Dallas Eakins head coach. With the announcement, Eakins becomes the 10th head coach in franchise history.

"Dallas is an outstanding head coach who has worked well with our players since joining the organization four years ago," said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. "He is a tremendous leader and strategist, and deserves this opportunity."

Eakins, 52 (1/20/67), most recently served as head coach for the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2015-19. In his four seasons behind the bench, Eakins led San Diego to a 154-95-23 record and three trips to the Calder Cup Playoffs. Under Eakins, the Gulls led the AHL Pacific Division in wins, points (331) and points percentage (.608) since the division's inception in 2015-16.

"This is a tremendous honor for my family," said Eakins. "I am truly humbled. It was a privilege to serve as head coach of the San Diego Gulls during our first four seasons, and I look forward to build off that success here in Anaheim."

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Bob McKenzie’s Final Draft Rankings

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It is a lot closer than it appears; far tighter than the numbers would suggest.

Yet there he is, Jack Hughes, still No. 1 on TSN’s final draft ranking board - just as he was in September in the pre-season ranking; same as he was in late January in the mid-season ranking; and no change at all from early April and the draft lottery ranking.

This time, the 5-foot-10-1/2, 171-pound dynamic centre from the U.S. U-18 National Team Development Program sits atop TSN’s 2019 NHL Draft Final Ranking.

When you factor in that on each of the September, January and April lists, Hughes was the unanimous No. 1 – getting 10 out of 10 votes from TSN’s panel of NHL scouts – and earned eight of 10 votes in the most recent June survey, well, it seems like Hughes is in a class by himself.

But that’s just not the case.


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Video- Slowing Down The Stanley Cup Final

4 1/2 minutes to watch.


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Indications Are Erik Karlsson Will Stay In San Jose

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added 12:38pm, signing is official...

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Carl Hagelin Re-signs With The Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $11 million contract extension, with an average annual value of $2.75 million, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We are pleased to have signed Carl to a new four year contract,” said MacLellan. “Carl is a versatile player who can play on any line and is an excellent penalty killer. He is a proven winner and provides great leadership to our team.”

Hagelin, 30, a native of Sodertalje, Sweden, recorded 11 points (3g, 8a) in 20 games with the Capitals last season. Hagelin’s 2:21 minutes per game on the penalty kill ranked first among Capitals forwards since his debut with Washington on Feb. 23. The Capitals acquired Hagelin on Feb. 21 from the Los Angeles Kings for a third round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Hagelin recorded five points (1g, 4a) in 22 games with Los Angeles, who acquired him from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 14, 2018. With Pittsburgh, Hagelin recorded three points (1g, 2a) in 16 games, finishing his season with 19 points (5g, 14a) in 58 games. The 5’11”, 186-pound forward’s 54.24 shot attempt percentage (704 shot attempts for, 594 against) ranked 15th in the NHL among left wings with at least 50 games played last season.

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Afternoon Line- Stan Bowman

"We're a week out from the [2019 NHL] Draft and we've already improved our defense, and we're going to keep looking at ways to improve our defense and the rest of our team. So, from that perspective, I expect it to be active over the next couple of weeks."...

"This is the time of year when there's a lot of player movement, with the draft and then July 1 [free agency] on the horizon. So, I think we're going to continue to look at other ways to improve our team through trades, and if none of that comes to be, we'll look at the free-agent market."

-Stan Bowman, GM of the Chicago Blackhawks.  Tracey Myers of NHL.com has more.

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Trades May Be Slow At The Draft This Season

from Eric Francis of Sportnsnet,

One of the NHL’s most active draft day general managers believes the large number of big-name RFAs could stymie draft floor activity next week.

Brad Treliving, who has made several of his most significant moves on draft weekend, said it will be harder for him and many of his colleagues to manoeuvre as freely as they have in the past due to the cost uncertainty associated with unsigned young stars.

“You can’t go out and buy all sorts of cars before you know what the mortgage payment is,” said the Calgary Flames GM, who will arrive at the NHL Draft in Vancouver next Friday unsure how much of his $14.5 million in cap space he will have to allocate for restricted free agent Matthew Tkachuk.

“People have got to take care of that piece. Until you have some certainty there it’s hard to chase a bunch of things.

I think there are a lot of teams going in very cautious because if you don’t have (a significant RFA) this year you probably have one next year.”


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We Should Be Seeing The Best The Players Have To Offer In The Playoffs

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

...Don’t we want the playoffs to be as much a showcase for skill as it is for guts? Have we gone to such an extreme with the “hardest trophy to win in sports” that triage becomes as much of the narrative as scoring goals and making plays?

It would be difficult enough to get through the tournament if the NHL actually enforced its rules. The way it is now, however, players begin beating up on each other without consequence starting with Game 1, Round 1. Cross-checks to the lower back and ribs are permitted, as if it were 1980 with Behn Wilson laying the lumber on Mike Bossy. Roughing, charging, slashing … they’re tolerated as part of the cost of the playoffs. It is about surviving as much as it is about thriving.

But it needn’t be that way, and it probably would not be that way with one simple change to the playoff format. And that would entail changing the first two rounds to best-of-five. Yes, I am fully aware of how much revenue is generated by the playoffs and equally cognizant of the hit that eliminating a potential 24 dates would represent. The past five tournaments featured 23 six-game series and 16 seven-game series across the first two rounds, so a hypothetical 55 dates would have been lost, or an average of 11 per year.

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Finally, couldn’t quite see, but was Brad Marchand blowing kisses to the crowd on his way to the bench on that disastrous line change at the end of the first period of Game 7?

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