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Would You Pay Kevin Hayes $7.1M Over 7 Years?

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Vote For The NHL Awards After The Playoffs?

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

The voting for the NHL Awards occurs before the playoffs begin, so you never know what’s going to happen after Game 82. But still, no one could have predicted how much the regular season differed from the post-season.

It raises the question: should we wait until the Stanley Cup is awarded to cast our ballots on who truly had the best season?

“Let’s be honest, this is a celebration of what went on in the regular season,” said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, who is a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy. “There’s only two teams that got to play all the way into June. Along the way, teams get knocked off. We were one of them. It just goes to show how hard it is to be there at the end.”

“I think it’s good that they vote on it right after,” said St. Louis’ Ryan O’Reilly, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and is also a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward. “It’s a long season. I don’t think I think playoff performances could definitely impact your view on a guy, especially with what he’s done in the post-season.”


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Cody Ceci Could Be The Next Defenseman Traded

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

In the past couple of days, defencemen Jacob Trouba and Olli Maatta — both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL draft — have been traded from their original teams.

There’s now a distinct possibility Cody Ceci could be the next defenceman from that class to move on from where he started.

Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said earlier this week that he has held talks with Ceci’s agent, J.P. Barry, about a potential extension — both short and long-term — but Dorion is also seriously exploring the trade market for the 25-year-old defenceman.

If the return is right, it could happen in and around this weekend’s NHL draft in Vancouver.

Ceci has had an intriguing history as a homegrown talent since being drafted by the Senators 15th overall seven years ago.

For all the high points and potential that came with his early success, the mere mention of Ceci’s name is enough to set off venom among some on social media, who have often unfairly targeted him as the whipping boy for everything and anything that has gone wrong on the Senators blueline for the past several seasons.


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Jeremy Jacobs Met With The Media Today

from Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald,

The quality of the officiating in the NHL playoffs is a subject matter with staying power in the offseason.

“I think we’re professional sports and I think we suffer with what all professional sports are trying to get done,” Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who serves on the NHL Board of Governors, said Tuesday at a Garden press conference.

“We are trying to be perfect without interfering with the game. We try and make all the correct judgments and it’s clear we are not there yet. That’s pretty vague but I’m going to stay that way.”

The Bruins were the victims of several dubious calls over the course of four series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues.

Jacobs addressed the delicate balance of maintaining the integrity of play on the ice without saturating the game with endless video reviews that take away from fan enjoyment.

“I think we will see some real changes and I’m hopeful that we can do it better in a very quick way,” said Jeremy Jacobs. “It is important that this game not be interrupted but at what cost.”


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NHL Draft And Awards Show Coverage In The USA

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 18, 2019 – American Jack Hughes and Finland’s Kaapo Kakko headline the class of the future NHL stars that will converge on Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. in Canada this week, as NBC Sports presents live, exclusive coverage of first round of the 2019 NHL Draft this Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live.

In addition, NBCSN will televise the NHL Awards this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET from Las Vegas, as the NHL celebrates the top performers of the 2018-19 season from the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will provide streaming coverage of the 2019 NHL Awards and 2019 NHL Draft.

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Afternoon Line- Sam Carchidi

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Video- Weird Stuff In the Playoffs

Weird stuff happens even in the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final.

18 1/2 minutes of weirdness.


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San Jose Sharks Send Justin Braun To The Philadelphia Flyers


added 11:52am, San Jose release is below.

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The Off-Season Is Here

from the CP at TSN,

With Karlsson off the board, any team looking for a No. 1 defenceman has to either hope veteran Alexander Edler doesn't re-sign with the Canucks and win that bidding war or go the trade route. Salary-cap concerns for San Jose, Washington and a handful of other Cup contenders could open the door to some significant player movement even before free agency starts July 1.

"I think there's been more conversation, more communication between the GMs in the last month than maybe ever since I've been a GM," San Jose's Doug Wilson said Monday. "There's so much competition, especially for the high-end player. ... There's a lot of things going on."

Already the Capitals have cleared cap space by trading defenceman Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia for Radko Gudas and used some of it to re-sign winger Carl Hagelin , the Islanders re-signed forward Brock Nelson and Jordan Eberle , the Flyers acquired the rights to pending free agent Kevin Hayes from the Jets and the Rangers traded for Winnipeg defenceman Jacob Trouba .

The trade talk is just heating up ahead of the draft Friday and Saturday in Vancouver. Pittsburgh's Phil KesselEvgeni Malkin or Kris Letang and Nashville's P.K. Subbanare among the high-profile players who could be on the move.

"There's a lot of talk," Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said. "There's a lot of different names out there. There's a lot of different ways to improve your team."

Many of those moves will set the table for free agency, where Columbus winger Artemi Panarin, centre Matt Duchene and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky are the top three players available.

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Salary Cap Talk

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