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Connor Hellebuyck Agrees To A One-Year Deal With The Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets announced they have agreed to terms with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on a one-year contract with an average annual value of $2,250,000.

Hellebuyck, 24, appeared in a career-high 56 games for the Jets last season, going 26-19-4 with a 2.89 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and four shutouts. Against Central Division opponents, the product of Commerce, Mich. went 12-3-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .937 save percentage. He played the most games of any goaltender age 23 and younger in the NHL last season. In 82 NHL games, Hellebuyck has a 39-30-5 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

Hellebuyck was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round (130th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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All About Hockey At The Winter Olympics

from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,

Today marks exactly 200 days until the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will open. With the Olympic ice hockey tournaments in PyeongChang not far away, we take this summer day to look forward to what will be the pre-eminent event on the international calendar in 2017/18. 

Where will games be played?

The 2018 Olympics features two venues for hockey, the 10,000-seat Gangneung Hockey Centre and the Kwandong Hockey Centre (capacity 6,000). Both arenas have an international ice surface. All ice sports will be played in the coastal city of Gangneung. The KTX high-speed train is being extended to PyeongChang and Gangneung. Travel time between Seoul and the Incheon airport to Gangneung will thus be reduced to 68 minutes. 

Who is the favourite?

Typically, Canada would have been considered the favourite as it has won the gold in three of the last four Olympics (except 2006), but the Russians must be mentioned as well because several top NHLers have returned to the KHL for the coming season to ensure they can play in Korea. There is most definitely an uncertainty for the other teams, a sense of the unknown, which will make the Olympics exciting in its own right, in a different way from the NHL years. 


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Afternoon Line- Ron MacLean On The Chances On Another Cup For The Pittsburgh Penguins

“I would never bet against Crosby, and I’m really impressed with Matt Murray’s goaltending. With Kris Letang coming back—that’s something they didn’t even have—I think there’s a very, very good chance. That team’s strong enough to do it again.”

-Ron MacLean of Hockey Night in Canada.  Luke Fox of Sportsnet has more comments from MacLean on Calgary, Toronto, Vegas Golden Knights and Connor McDavid.

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Sunday Morning Hockey Talk

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- I love hockey negotiations. The Stanley Cup champions played Brian Dumoulin on their first defence pair in the playoffs and now are trying to lowball him in salary arbitration ... Nashville is doing the same with Austin Watson, who played large playoff minutes. It’s like David Poile tells agents on occasion: “I love your player at $2 million. I hate him at $3 million.”

-The upper NHL brass will tell you there is no contingency plan for NHL players to go to the Olympics in South Korea, so I wonder: Why hasn’t Hockey Canada or USA Hockey named coaches and general managers for the next Olympics? It’s expected Sean Burke and Willie Desjardins will head up Team Canada. But it’s almost August, and still no announcement.

- Every kid I know keeps the ticket from the first sporting event they ever attended, or maybe the biggest one. And now the Montreal Canadiens aren’t just getting rid of tickets. They’re charging extra for them. How dumb is that? ... My bet: They’ll end up changing that policy.

- This is the last year on Lou Lamoriello’s contract with the Maple Leafs. How long before an announcement is made about some kind of contract extension.

- So Johnny Gaudreau, who grew up in the Jersey-Philadelphia area, said it would be neat to play near home one day and everybody goes screaming to their windows. Truth is, if you asked most NHL players whether they would want to play close to home, they would say yes. Even if they weren’t telling the truth.

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Short Hockey Notes

fom Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Again, there are still 10 weeks until the season begins, but the net of the Islanders’ offseason moves equates to acquiring Jordan Eberle and a future second-rounder in exchange for Travis Hamonic, Ryan Strome, Jean-Francois Berube, Mikhail Grabovski’s $5 million cap charge, a couple of prospects and a future fourth-rounder.

Kind of bizarre.

- Jaromir Jagr’s chance of landing in Vegas — where he could play for Gerard Gallant, his former coach in Florida — presumably would be much, much better if only McPhee hadn’t been No. 68’s general manager in Washington during the bad old days of 2001-04, don’t you think?

more topics NYR related....

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Viktor Arvidsson Gets A Seven-Year Deal With Nashville

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

Viktor Arvidsson received a new contract Saturday befitting a breakout star, with the Predators signing the energetic forward to a seven-year, $29.75 million contract, Arvidsson's agent told The Tennessean.

Few unheralded NHL players last season surprised more than Arvidsson. Expected to be a secondary contributor, Arvidsson erupted offensively with 31 goals and 61 points as part of Nashville's top line, tying for the team lead in each category. 


Arvidsson had an arbitration hearing today.

added 8:04pm, Nashville release is below...

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Scouting Bobby Orr

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

GANANOQUE, Ontario — The little kid with the brush-cut blond hair and the endearing smile strolled through the door of the restaurant here on King Street. His hockey team had just lost to the local Gan boys, a season-ending defeat in the provincial playoffs. But everyone, especially the scouts from Boston, was gushing about the 13-year-old sprite from way up north in Parry Sound.

A few years later, the same kid would be the talk of all the NHL, bringing fans across North America to their feet on nearly every shift. No one had ever seen the likes of Bobby Orr. And on this night, March 31, 1961, the hometown players from this picture-postcard hamlet along Thousand Islands rose and applauded as Orr, all 112 pounds of him, entered the Boston Cafe.

The Gan boys knew something. They had no idea exactly what would unfold in the years ahead, but it was obvious the kid with magic in his stick would be skating off to places far beyond small-town Canada.


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Help With Shooting Percentage

from Travis Yost of TSN,

A couple of weeks ago, we tried to determine the NHL’s best individual shooting talent. The exercise was reasonably straightforward: observe the actual shooting percentages of forwards and measure it against the expected shooting percentages for those forwards based on shot distance, angles, type, game state, and so on. The forwards at the top of the list – names like Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Nikita Kucherov – consistently beat expectations and added a bunch of wins for their team in the standings.

I had a series of follow-up questions from that post and one particularly stood out to me. A reader noted that while the above analysis measured an individual’s ability to consistently drive his own shooting percentage, it didn’t show whether a player had the ability to drive up the shooting percentages of those around him.

It’s a fascinating question – one that is really a measure of playmaking ability more than anything else. The tricky part here is that I think there are a lot of ways for a player to enhance the shooting percentage of his teammates. The obvious one is being a star distributor or passer. But what about the guys who are truly lethal 5-on-5 goal scorers? Surely defences shade their structure to suppress their open looks from time to time, but the offset is that the player’s teammates have more ice and room to work. These are two completely different skills, but both could lead to the same end result.


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Morning Line- An Eastern Conference Executive

Asked Thursday about a report from a respected Russian journalist citing Russian players are claiming the league has behind closed doors put together a second 2017-18 schedule — this one featuring an Olympic break in case NHLers go to the Games — an Eastern Conference executive put it this way. “I can’t say anything on that other than the league has already committed the all-star game to Tampa for next January and a lot of the business and promotional deals will start coming together next week. So, if they are going to scrap the all-star game in favour of the Olympics — and I personally don’t think they are — they’re running out of time to do it”

via Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun who covered a few more topics at Dominic Moore’s sixth-annual Smashfest ping-pong charity tournament last night 

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Time Is On The Side Of The New York Islanders Regarding A Contract For John Tavares

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New Yorki Post,

It has been three weeks since John Tavares became eligible to sign a contract extension with the Islanders, and yet he still remains without a long-term commitment to the team.

With each passing day, anxiety rises that the superlative captain will leave the only organization he has known. The 26-year-old has one year left on his contract at a club-friendly $5.5 million salary-cap hit, and general manager Garth Snow likely knows it would be prudent to trade him sooner rather than later instead of letting him walk away next summer for nothing.

But a quick poll by The Post of people in and around the NHL came back with a consensus that this is a case where patience is a virtue, and there is no need to panic — not yet, at least.

It also has been considered not out of the realm of possibility that Tavares could play this year out with Snow listening to all the calls that come in. If no deal is made, then Snow will hold out hope to still re-sign Tavares before he can reach unrestricted free agency next July 1.


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