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Just What The Blue Jackets Needed

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets gained 20 assists this weekend. That is no small thing. It is just what they were looking for, and they got it in the form of Artemi Panarin, who may be the most gifted forward to ever pull on a Union Blue jersey.

OK, there was Sergei Fedorov — but he was 35 when he washed up on the shores of the Scioto. And there was Rick Nash, and we can argue about that. It’s a good argument to have right now. Panarin is 25. He was acquired Friday in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. He is a left wing with elite-level creativity, vision, puck-handling skills and shooting ability.

The Jackets gave up Brandon Saad and prospect goaltender Anton Forsberg in the deal. They exchanged draft picks. They also acquired a bottom-six center in Tyler Motte....

“Look at our series against Pittsburgh,” Tortorella told The Dispatch. “I thought we outplayed Pittsburgh quite a few minutes in that series, but for us to score a goal it took seven or eight chances. Pittsburgh goes down the ice, they make something out of nothing and it’s in the back of our net. That’s what this guy (Panarin) can do. That’s where this changes us. It’s another level offensively for our team.”


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Winnipeg Needs Goaltending

from Ted Whyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was working on a deal on NHL draft weekend and thought he had something hammered out before it fell apart.

There’s no guarantee he was trying to acquire a goaltender but he has never denied that he is shopping for one, so it would make sense.

With no trade completed, the Jets left Chicago with only one new goaltender in the fold — 18-year-old Swede Arvid Holm, whom they drafted in the sixth round, 167th overall.

Something more impactful has to get done in that area between now and next Saturday, which is when the NHL free agency period opens.

“We’re going to be active obviously,” Cheveldayoff said at the conclusion of Saturday’s draft.

“We’re going to a take a look at whatever is available to us and if there’s a good opportunity there that can help us, we’ll jump at it. We can start talking to free agents at midnight tonight. We’ve got a list of names lined up to reach out to their representatives and see if we’re a fit for them as far as they want to consider us.”

read on for more on the Jets...

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Hockey Notes After The NHL Draft

from Steve Simmons of hte Toronto Sun,

- Nashville needs some help at centre. Word around is the Preds are kicking tires on the ancient free agent, Joe Thornton?

- A former NHL player worries about the pressure that awaits first draft pick Nico Hischier and second pick Nolan Patrick coming in the years directly after McDavid and Matthews. “They’re not those kind of players,” he said. “I had hoped Nolan would drop a few spots, to maybe five. He’s going to be a good player. I just don’t want people expecting too much from him.”

- George McPhee had all the power heading into the NHL expansion draft. Now the Vegas GM has a roster with way too many defenceman. “Now we can hold him hostage the way he held us hostage,” said an NHL GM. “The power has shifted.”

- How important is your backup goaltender in today’s NHL? Consider this: most teams will average 14 back-to-back games this coming season. Most teams don’t play their starter back-to-back. That’s 28 points up for grabs without your starter. “A backup goalie can be the difference between being in the playoffs and missing the playoffs,” said a Western Conference GM just after the draft Saturday. The goalie market is flooded. “There’s too many goalies, not enough jobs.” Former starters who may not get a starting job include: Ryan Miller, Steve Mason Cam Ward, Antti Niemi, Semyon Varlamov, Jonathan Bernier, Kari Lehtonen, Eddie Lack, and Brian Elliott.

- The biggest waste of space: Rating a draft after it has just happened. The truth: Nobody knows which players are going to turn out and which ones aren’t. You want to know who won? Call me in five years.


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Video- Gary Bettman Is Your Host For The 2017 NHL Draft

via NHL.com,

Hear what Commissioner Gary Bettman has to say to some of the newest members of the NHL, as he's mic'd up for the NHL Draft.


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Numbers From The NHL Draft

CHICAGO (June 24, 2017) – A total of 217 players from 14 countries and 29 leagues were selected in the 2017 NHL Draft, which concluded Saturday at United Center.

Following is a breakdown of draft selections by birthplace and league:

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Open Post- 2017 NHL Draft

update, Sticky has been removed, original post was on 6/23/17 at 3:55pm.

Both NBCSN and Sportsnet starts their coverage at 6:30pm ET and I believe the first round of the draft starts just after 7:00pm.  

Rounds 2-7 will be on the NHL Network and Sporstnet starting at 10:00am tomorrow.

This post will remain at the top of KK thru the NHL Draft.

To help you out for the next day. or so...

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Travis Hamonic Headed to Calgary

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added 11:46am, Calgary release is below...

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Draft Order For Rounds 2-7

CHICAGO (June 24, 2017) -- Following is the order of selection for Rounds 2-7 of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas today at United Center in Chicago (10 a.m., ET/ 9 a.m., CT, NHL Network, Sportsnet).

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T.J. Oshie On His New Deal

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Wasnington Post,

The 33-goal scorer was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. This deal will run until Oshie is 38. According to CapFriendly.com, Oshie’s deal includes a modified no-trade clause in all eight years. In the first four years, Oshie has a 15-team list of places he can’t be traded to, and in the final four years, it’s a 10-team list. Oshie said “there’s a very slim chance” he’ll be going through this free agency process again, indicating he could finish his career with the Capitals.

“Term was something we were very interested in,” Oshie said. “… Security is one thing. I’ve played on a couple one-year deals before this, and just the certainty of having the security and not having to worry about it, just play your game and working on winning games instead of getting points or getting goals. It’s nice to just approach the game to win.”...

“I feel like my game almost got freed up,” Oshie said. “It was a new opportunity for me to kind of take back a little bit more of that offensive side of the game. Luckily, I’m a right shot, so I fit in pretty well on the power play. I feel like we’ve had a lot of chemistry going with Ovi and Nick. I mean, you can almost put anyone out there with those two guys and they’re going to put points on the board.

“Just all around, I felt so comfortable and so welcomed in Washington. Honestly, I felt freed up to go out there and play the game that I wanted to play, and I think it fit in well with the team structure.”


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Dave Tippett Felt It Was Time For A Change

from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,

“It’s been a long go here trying to keep things going, and now with the change of ownership again – or change of direction again – the instability of the rink and stuff, it just seemed like the right time for them and for me,” Tippett said. “There’s nothing I could put my finger on. Just time for a change.”

Talks about Tippett’s future with the Coyotes had started before his trip to Chicago. How long this conversation had been going on was unclear, with Tippett just saying, “a while.” He still, however, was in Chicago because he thought it was “best just to come and get in front of everybody.”...

“You feel it’s time for a change,” Tippett said. “I feel like I needed a change now. Seemed like the right time with ownership changing and Doaner and Smitty – not that those are excuses. But just a lot of things built up and just time to try something new.”

Tippett said the decisions to cut ties with Smith and Doan weren’t part of his reason for leaving, instead citing the need for a fresh start. Asked if he agreed with the moves, Tippett said: “They were organizational moves that were made. That’s just the way it goes.”


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