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Dan Girardi Announces His Retirement

TAMPA BAY – Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi announced his retirement today after 13 NHL seasons, including two with the Bolts.

“I would like to thank all my coaches, family, friends and teammates for supporting me throughout my entire hockey career,” Girardi said. “I want to thank the New York Rangers for giving me a chance to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in the NHL. Throughout those 11 incredible years I have made so many friends on and off the ice. I bled Ranger blue and gave it my all for my team, the city and the Garden faithful. I also want to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning for helping me continue my career by giving me a chance to play for such an amazing organization, city and fan base. The last two years in Tampa Bay have been so much fun for me and my family. I will always fondly remember my time here. Finally, I want to thank my wife Pamela for always being there for me and holding down the fort and to Landon and Shaye for always being daddy’s No. 1 fans.

“I gave my all every single night and left it all out on the ice. Now it’s time for the next chapter of my life to begin and I couldn't be happier...and so is my body.”

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Morning Line- Darrell Davis On The Coach’s Challenge

There are going to be so many stupid stoppages — just give the referees’ whistles to the coaches!

-Darrell Davis of 980 CJME (Regina) and you can read more too.

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Matt Moulson Keeps Playing

from Sammi Sibler of The Sporting News,

His play led him to Cornell, where he played four years with the Big Red. He was eventually drafted by teams in both the NHL and the National Lacrosse League, actually going earlier in the NLL draft (37th overall) than he did in the NHL (263rd overall to Pittsburgh). He stayed at Cornell, though, dropping lacrosse after his freshman year to focus on hockey. He led the team in scoring three times and ultimately ended up signing as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings in 2006.

His career took off, though, when he joined the New York Islanders in 2009. He posted three consecutive 30-goal seasons in his first three years with the team and became one of the top names in the Eastern Conference. Equipped with an accurate and lethal shot, good hands, excellent hockey IQ and a strong work ethic, Moulson was as good as they get, the kind of player that posted nearly one point-per-game as a reliable, consistent forward....

Starting in October 2013, things got shaky; Moulson was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Thomas Vanek, where he registered 11 goals and 29 points in 44 games before again being traded to the Minnesota Wild just months later at the deadline. He had 13 points in 20 games with the Wild before ultimately returning to the Sabres in 2014, signing a five-year, $25 million deal.

That's when things started to go downhill for the  6-foot-1, 203-pound winger....

"I definitely want one of those in Hershey," Moulson said. "I think that was a big reason why I ended up signing there was just the chance to go win."


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StubHub On Their Top-Selling NHL Teams

SAN FRANCISCO - September 18, 2019 - StubHub, the world's most trusted event marketplace, today released its third-annual NHL Preview, revealing the top-trending teams and hottest matchups going into the season, according to ticket sales.

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Hockey Thoughts As The Season Approaches

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Justin Faulk politely declined an interview request last weekend, but agent Brian Bartlett made it clear his client “has not demanded a trade and does not want to be traded. He’s like any other player in the league right now, focusing on his team. Ninety-nine per cent of the time, these don’t get out into the public. Unfortunately, this one did.”

Bartlett hesitated to call the Anaheim trade completely dead — “you never know what can happen” — but it sure looks that way. He would not comment on negotiations with either the Ducks or Hurricanes. But there haven’t been extension talks in Carolina for some time, and it is believed the ask from the Ducks was in the $6.75-million range.

- Another idea that was thrown around during negotiations was a kind of “fake cap” on escrow. The league would create a pool, and if escrow creeped over a certain figure (7.5 per cent?) money from that pool would go to reimburse the players. (That’s similar to the transfer payments the league included in the 2013 settlement.) If the money doesn’t get used, it would go to the Emergency Assistance Fund, or something like that. Don’t know if that’s the eventual solution, but it was on the table.

- One scout who watched the Flyers’ prospects a couple of times: “My goodness, Philadelphia is loaded.”

The most important of those prospects is Carter Hart, who solidified Philadelphia’s net during an unbelievable season of injury and misfortune. At the NHL/NHLPA media event in Chicago, Sean Couturier talked about how much of a difference a full-season of Hart can make.

“It was tough never knowing who was going to be the next goalie,” he said. “Guys were falling down like flies, but we found a way to stay focussed and make a push towards the end.”


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Bad Line Changes

from Justin Bourne of The Athletic,

Last season, four teams finished with 15 bench minors (Minnesota, Nashville, Colorado and the Rangers), which was reasonably close to double that of the league average. That means over 82 games they’re handing the opposing team enough free power plays to concede about four extra goals a year (and about two more than your league average team), which could potentially cost a team a win or two over the course of a season. With playoff point races as tight as they are come April, line changes matter.

How is it that something like 200-plus times per season hockey teams mess up something so simple? These line changes happen dozens of times each period, are executed by well-paid professionals with well-paid coaches, and yet it seems impossible to avoid at least a few goof-ups a season. Where are things going wrong?

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Ottawa Senators Give Thomas Chabot An Eight-Year Extension (AAV $8M)

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators have signed defenceman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year contract extension.

"Thomas is an exceptional talent and an outstanding teammate, who is impactful both on and off the ice. He is the type of player that can develop into a core member of a championship-level team in the National Hockey League," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He is an NHL all-star; an elite skater and puck-mover who plays with pace and determination. We are convinced Thomas will have a significant impact on the Ottawa Senators as we develop and grow into a highly competitive team over the coming seasons and we are extremely proud that Thomas will continue to be a key part of our team's future success moving forward. Today is a great day for the Ottawa Senators franchise."

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NHL Players On Sleeper Teams

from Sean Leahy of NBC Sports,m

Here’s who NHL players told us will be the sleeper teams of 2019-20:

Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs: “Probably New Jersey. I’m not really sure they’re a sleeper team but they’ve made a lot of really good acquisitions this summer. They’ve got the first overall pick, [Nikita] Gusev from Vegas, P.K. [Subban], and they’ve got some pretty good young guys that have been there for a while like [Nico] Hischier and [Taylor] Hall. They missed the playoffs last year but they’re always a tough team to play against. They play fast and they’re going to be a team that surprises some other teams.”

Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings: “I’d say Detroit. Everyone’s healthy right now. We have good pickups that would add depth to our team and our young core of players coming up.”

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks: “I don’t know if there are sleepers anymore, to be honest. I think Colorado’s going to be good. Maybe Vancouver. I’ve found them to be a really good team. They worked so hard last year. There’s a lot of teams that are hiding in the weeds just waiting for their turn to make a surge for the playoffs and make it count when that time comes.”

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Teammates On Dustin Byfuglien

from Jason Bell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Josh Morrissey won’t speculate on a hockey life without Dustin Byfuglien, but gets intensely personal when ackowledging how his own rapid growth in the NHL has been due, in large part, to the enormous presence of his fellow Winnipeg Jets blue-liner.

"I miss seeing him every day at the rink. He keeps it light. He keeps it fun," Morrissey said Wednesday morning from Bell MTS Iceplex.

"We’ve developed a cool relationship over the last few years.

"He was one of the big reasons for me stepping in when I first got into the league, and over the years, we’ve become good friends."

Morrissey was part of a trio of Jets offered up to take questions on a report that Byfuglien, currently on a personal leave from the Jets, might be contemplating retirement. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted early Wednesday that Byfuglien, 34, is believed to be taking the time to "ponder his NHL future."


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Do Something Gary Bettman To Prevent Brain Injuries

from Ken Dryden at the Toronto Sun,

In this transcript of his speech to be given at the University Club of New York on Sept. 19, author and NHL legend Ken Dryden implores commissioner Gary Bettman to see what everyone else does: That more must be done to prevent brain injuries in hockey …

Almost two years ago to the day, Sept. 20, 2017, I was also here in New York — to have lunch with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

I had with me a copy of my book, Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey. No one else had seen it except the publisher – it wouldn’t be in stores for a month. I wanted Gary Bettman to be the first to have a copy.

I’d known Gary for more than 20 years. We had both gone to Cornell — he arrived in Ithaca the year after I graduated. But we got to know each other a little after he was named the league’s commissioner in 1993, then a lot more after I became president of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1997. We worked together on some tough questions: Fast-rising player salaries, the crash of the Canadian dollar, the fight with the players over a salary cap that would later shut down the league for an entire season.

I found Gary smart, quirky, combative — especially in a lawyerly way — relentless, always “on,” and always driven to know more than everyone else in the room. And also a little insecure — he was an American who had never played this Canadian game. And as football and basketball commissioners had delivered for their team owners a salary cap, he hadn’t for his.


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