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The Toronto Maple Leafs Need To Be A Hungry Team

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The first obstacle the Maple Leafs have to overcome at training camp will be overconfidence.

Born of a strong showing in 2016-17, an unexpected playoff appearance, a raft of rookie scoring records and personal bests by others, the Leafs will enter camp in a few weeks with something of a swagger. Just don’t get too far ahead of yourself, advises village elder James van Riemsdyk.

“We had guys who played great last year,” the 28-year-old left winger conceded Tuesday as he joined the team’s summer workouts, “but when you lose in the playoffs, you have to improve. You can’t be content because things are always changing. If you get content, then you’re not looking far enough ahead about what we can do as a whole and you don’t keep taking those steps forward.”


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Video-When They Were Teenagers

Some of the NHL stars talk about their first job.


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Video- Elliotte Friedman With The Latest NHL Talk

Elliotte Friedman was on NHL Live last night and discussed Jaromir Jagr, college UFAs, Drew Stafford still unsigned, Jack Eichel's contract situation and the latest on David Pastrnak.


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The ‘Rush’ To Get To The NHL

from Allain Roy of the RoySportsGroup,

“What should I improve in my game to get to the NHL?” A question I answer almost every day in my job as an NHL agent… The answer may have varied a bit over my last 18 years of doing this job, but the constant theme that is resoundingly stressed and never going away is: “Find a way to do everything at a high pace, and when you get there, do it even faster”.  

Welcome to the new NHL, a game of fast paced action, filled with ever younger talent, and professionals that work on every meticulous detail 12 months a year.  The “clutch and grab” style that dominated the game until the late 90’s is gone, the “training camp is for getting in shape” mentality of the 80’s is far gone, this game is super-fast, and will only get faster.

With the new high paced game also comes a faster pace of churning through bodies. Where the NHL neophytes used to have a 3 to 5-year window to prove they belonged, now the clock has accelerated to about 18 months to get your passport stamped to the minors or Europe. Teams and management have less patience, younger players are better prepared, and the salary cap driven economics of the game have left only a sliver of the proverbial window open, slicing down like a guillotine every few seconds on a NHL hopefuls’ neck, before they even get a taste of the game in the “Show”.


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A Bad Year For Team Corsi

from Travis Yost of TSN,

One of the interesting debates following last season was whether or not team Corsi% – the percentage of shots in a team’s favour over a given period of time – was still a meaningful driver of game outcome.

This discussion, in part, started during the regular season. I think the genesis of this was a very tight distribution of talent across the league. Outside of Washington (great) and Colorado (terrible), it was often hard to discern which teams were legitimately good or bad. Creating a hierarchy of the other 28 teams was a difficult exercise – far more difficult than in years past.

The argument that team Corsi% had lost its predictive nature seemed to strengthen as the Pittsburgh Penguins ran through the Eastern Conference en route to a second consecutive Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh was a strong team all year, but a 51.5 per cent Corsi% over 82 regular-season games ended up as one of the lowest marks for a championship team in the modern era. And the other conference finalists – Anaheim and Ottawa in particular – weren’t world beaters here either. So, is something up?


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Francois Beauchemin Back With The Ducks


added 3:33pm, Anaheim release is below...

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Watching Hockey In Malaysia At The Southeast Asian Games

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

KUALA LUMPUR – For the first time in the 58-year-old history of the Southeast Asian Games ice hockey will be included in the 29th edition of the multi-sport event that starts with tomorrow’s opening ceremony in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

With the historic addition of three winter sports disciplines – ice hockey, figure skating and short track speed skating – the 29th Southeast Asian Games will include 47 sports. All ice sports will be played at the new Malaysia National Ice Skating Stadium (MYNISS). The international-size ice rink opened in time for the SEA Games at the yet-to-be-completed Empire City mall in the Damansara area located next to Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.

Although the ice rink is built in a mall, it’s not just one of many small rinks surrounded by shops as they exist throughout the continent. The ice sheet is 60 on 30 metres big, the rink has four big dressing rooms, rooms for officials and coaches, a jumbotron and a seating capacity for 700 spectators according to Susan Loh, the General Secretary of the Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation. 


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Video- The Top 20 Centers In The NHL

via NHL.com,

NHL Network’s countdown show Top 20 Centers Right Now, ranking the best at the center position in the National Hockey League #NHLTopPlayers


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UFAs Still Without Work

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It’s Aug. 20th. Players are skating and getting in shape for National Hockey League training camps, which open on Sept. 11.

If your name is Daniel Winnik, P.A. Parenteau or Dennis Wideman, the deal your agent was hoping for hasn’t materialized. Now it’s a Professional Try Out, or nothing. Then there are the high-profile names, like Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan. Surely they wouldn’t stoop to attending a camp on a PTO….

Would they?

A delicious menu of unrestricted free agents remains, with some prime restricted free agents also unsigned late into August. Here is a look at some players without contracts, and what fate might befall them in the next month.

Top UFAs

Jaromir Jagr: You’d think someone would find room for Jagr’s 46 points, even if he does turn 46 in February. Maybe New Jersey, now that centre Travis Zajac is out long-term, will bring the big Czech back. We don’t see Jagr in a Canadian market, and we’re not sure a long playoff run and Stanley Cup hunt are his top priorities. Vegas? No chance. Still, he’s regular-season productive. And he’s still Jaromir Jagr. Somebody…? Anybody…?


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The Five Day Road Trip Ends For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Remember that this is an expansion team within an expansion team. The media, social media and marketing folks came from different places and must come together to execute their game plan, not unlike the players, coaches and executives. This was a great bonding experience for them, as well as an outreach mission for the Golden Knights.

To this point, they had spent about 38 hours traveling 2,272 miles together on the bus since leaving Las Vegas on Monday, taking naps, watching movies, eating snacks, playing games. They'd been up before dawn at times. They'd eaten on the run at times. They'd checked in and out of a different place each day. They had worked hard, and they had also had fun seeing new places and getting to know each other better.

And they couldn't have been nicer and more welcoming to a writer from NHL.com who wasn't on the team, just along for the ride. I can't thank them enough.

Now it was time to go home to Las Vegas, for more hard work before the veterans report to training camp Sept. 14 and the regular season opens Oct. 6.

The bus pulled out for another seven-something-hour ride over another 430-something miles, and I stayed behind to write and fly home Sunday morning.

The hope is that they will make the Vegas Golden Knights Road Trip an annual thing, a tradition, not a one-timer before the inaugural season. I think I should cover it each year, because, you know, I have experience now and NHL.com needs to be on this story. Right, boss?

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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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