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Come On Mr. Jacobs

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

We’re supposed to believe that “Mr. Jacobs” of the Bruins just might rather pass on his $33 million-plus share of the $1 billion in fees projected by Gary Bettman if the NHL adds two clubs for 2017-18 than recommend that the league in fact expand?

Sure he will.

Remember. Expansion fees are not included in Hockey Related Revenue and thus belong to the owners and owners only. And 2017-18 expansion would come two seasons before an anticipated Owners’ Lockout IV.
Spare us the consternation about the continuing numerical unbalance between the East and West if Quebec joins Las Vegas as expansion clubs.

The next round of expansion should bring a radical realignment of the NHL that could, if not should, feature a Canadian Conference.

But about the expansion draft. We raised the issue last year and are raising it again. In a league in which successful teams always have extremely limited cap space, is the NHL going to create a pair of teams that would have up to $75 million of space with which to bid on free agents?

read on for some talk about the New York Islanders' move to Brooklyn...

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Video- Raffi Torres Hit On Jakob Silfverberg

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Silfverberg was fine and kept him out for precautionary reasons.

"There was no sense bringing him back," Boudreau said. "But we've seen that before."

Torres has a history of suspensions and is facing another one after he was ejected with a match penalty for intent to injure.

"Same player every year," Ryan Kesler said. "I played with the guy [in Vancouver]. He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore."

more on the game...

via Curtis Pashelka of Working The Corners,

Sharks forward Raffi Torres is in danger of receiving another long term suspension from the NHL after he was given a match penalty for an illegal hit to the head of Jakob Silfverberg in the first period of San Jose’s game against Anaheim on Saturday at the Honda Center.

Torres was given a 10-minute misconduct and ejected from the game for the hit on the Ducks’ Silfverberg, which came with 7:15 to go in the first period. Silfverberg left the ice and did not return for the rest of the period.

According to NHL rules, any player who receives a match penalty player “shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the Commissioner has ruled on the issue.”

Torres has been suspended four times in his NHL career. 

Watch the hit below, via Sportsnet...

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Writers Make Their Predictions Regarding The Florida Panthers

from the Sun Sentinel,

Dave Hyde
Sports Columnist
Prediction: 44-28-10
Comment:The kids have grown up enough. The roster is now deep enough. The Panthers slip into the playoffs, which considering recent history is the bar for a successful season.

Harvey Fialkov
Panthers Writer
Prediction: 45-27-10
Comment: After a league-best 25-point improvement last season, the Panthers are expecting to challenge for a Stanley Cup. Coach Gerard Gallant will roll out three balanced lines filled with a half-dozen players who should score 20 or more goals. However, it’s imperative that ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr, who instantly boosts the power play, and 36-year-old goalie Roberto Luongo remain healthy.


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A One-Year Deal For Lee Stempniak And The New Jersey Devils

via an email from the New Jersey Devils,

New Jersey has agreed to terms with forward Lee Stempniak on a one-year deal worth $850,000.

Stempniak was on a PTO with the Devils.

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Carolina Hurricanes Agree To A Two-Year Contract Extension With Eddie Lack

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Eddie Lack on a two-year contract extension. The deal will pay Lack $2.5 million in 2016-17, and $3 million in 2017-18.

“Eddie has been a great addition to our locker room,” said Francis. “We feel that we have a very solid tandem in net for this season and are excited that Eddie will remain a part of that picture beyond this year.”

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The Boston Bruins Plan To Stick With A Zone Defensive System

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

By Claude Julien’s count, about half of the NHL’s teams now play man-to-man defense. Tampa Bay was one of those teams last year. The Lightning advanced to the Stanley Cup Final by playing man-to-man.

Julien does not plan to join that growing number this year.

“We’re not sold on man-to-man yet,” said the Bruins coach. “Maybe two years from now, whether the system changes or different things happen, we might say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get man-on-man here.’ But right now, our defensive game still works. Our scoring chances against are still low. We’re sticking with it.”

Julien points to the results the Bruins had in the second half last season. By then, Julien praised his players for improving their movement in the offensive zone. Defensemen pinched down the walls without hesitation. The forwards were good about keeping a third man high.

more plus numerous other hockey topics...

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Afternoon Line- Dylan Larkin

"I've wanted to be the best player in the world since I was a little kid. Over the past 10 days he has gotten a taste of what is is like to play against such luminaries as Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, along the way contributing three goals among four points in five games.

"I think I can be right there. I know it is just preseason, but it was how competitive those guys were, and how they were playing, I think in my career, that is the kind of player I want to be."

-Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on Larkin from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Are Waiting To Make One Last Cut

from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,

Part of the reason for the wait is that Hextall wants to see if he can find a trade partner to make the decision of cutting or waiving a player easier.

“We’ll see what comes along, if anything, and go from there,” he said.

He still has 14 forwards on the roster with eight defensemen and two goalies. It would appear as though his final cut will come to a defenseman, especially considering he publically said he’d rather carry seven than eight “in a perfect world.”

His world is far from perfect looking at the roster and the salaries that go along with it.

The “extra” players in Saturday’s practice were Vinny Lecavalier, Sam Gagner, Andrew MacDonald and Luke Schenn. Together, those four total $16.3 million in salary cap space while the other 20 accounted for $54.88 million.

Salary isn’t everything in a determining factor, but it sure is important. Just look at the Edmonton Oilers, who Saturday played defenseman Nikita Nikitin and his $4.5 million cap hit on waivers. If he clears, the Oilers will send him to the American Hockey League and still have all but $950,000 of his cap hit on their books.

The Oilers did this because of roster space, but the Flyers might consider a move like that because they need the $950,000 of space. As it stands they have roughly $585,000, barely enough for one call-up depending on the player’s salary.

read on

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Who Is It?

One hint- current NHL player.

- Best road city: Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary.

- Pregame meal: “On the road, it’s usually chicken parm with some pasta and salad and thousand island dressing and croutons all mixed into a huge one big mess, which is kind of gross to some but OK with others. And then at home, eggs and potatoes. I’m so tired by pasta at this point that I have to mix it up.”.

- Favorite app: Yelp.

- First car: “1981 Toyota Tercel, an SR5 hatchback. Black with gold writing of SR5 on the bottom.  I bought it from my cousins. Paid $1,000 for it, and my parents bought me new tires. No shocks, no struts, no gas gauge, no stereo but it got around. Standard, too, which is hilarious because no one can drive a standard.”

- Can’t-miss TV show: Modern Family.

Who is it?

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Video- Red Berenson And The St. Louis Blues

The St. Lous Blues are in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a mini-camp atmosphere and did a feature on former player Red Berenson, who is in his 30th year as head coach at Michigan.

Here is the feature by Chris Pinkert at the Blues website and this is the video feature on Red Berenson.


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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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