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Salary Arbitration Hearing Is Over For Jacob Trouba

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Now that Jacob Trouba and the Winnipeg Jets have stood before an arbitrator and presented their respective cases, it won’t be long before an award is handed out.

While it’s possible the two sides reach an agreement before the 48-hour window the arbitrator is given to make a decision, in all likelihood this negotiation will end with the ruling on what is expected to be a one-year pact.

Whether that ruling is closer to the $4 million offer the Jets presented or the $7 million the Trouba camp asked for remains to be seen.

It’s possible the arbitrator splits the difference and comes in somewhere around $5.5 million....

It’s been written in this space that this summer represented the best opportunity for Trouba and the Jets to come together on a long-term deal and for the sake of argument, let’s use six years at around $36 million.

Now that the window for that is nearly closed, what does it mean for the long-range plans of the Jets?

That’s impossible to know at this stage of the proceedings.

read on

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What’s The Plan For The Montreal Canadiens?

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from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

There is no plan, Stan.

For weeks, Geoff Molson and Marc Bergevin have been talking about this famous plan that will somehow turn around the fortunes of the Montreal Canadiens. With the draft and the free-agency sweepstakes long gone, it’s now clear and transparent that in fact there never was any plan.

In Management 101 — a first-year course, by the way, that no one in the Bell Centre executive suites appears to have taken — we call this “managing via improvisation” and it’s not a good thing. Sadly it could be argued that it’s precisely that lack of planning that’s marred a succession of general managers from Réjean Houle on through to the bizarre tag team of Bob Gainey and Pierre Gauthier and now Bergevin.

If you disagree, explain to me Bergevin’s plan? At one point, many of us figured it was a two-word plan — John Tavares. But that was always a pipe dream only believed by those whose favourite Weezer song is Hash Pipe. I mean seriously! The most coveted free agent in modern National Hockey League history is going to come to Montreal? I don’t think so. Because Bergevin played hockey with Tavares’ agent when they were kids? Laughable.


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A New Contract For Dylan Larkin Is Getting Closer

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from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

Asked for an update on Thursday, Larkin sounded upbeat.

“It’s coming together. Maybe something pretty soon,” Larkin told The Athletic. “It goes back and forth. I’ve learned the business part of it. Between free agency and the draft and everything, it’s tough to get time to talk for my agent and Kenny. That’s part of summer and part of how it goes.”...

The extension will likely be in the five- or six-year range, which would make him a rarity among Red Wings players — guys who will be under contract to start the 2021 season. The Red Wings are in the process of burning through their questionable contracts and this season marks a bit of a breakthrough on that front. For the first time during the rebuild, the Red Wings should have a ton of cap flexibility next offseason.

more ($$$), includes cap talk and what the team may look like in a few years...

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Peter Pocklington’s New Business Venture Is A Cannabis Company

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from Jennie Russell and Charles Rusnell of CBC News,

Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington still owes the Alberta government more than $13 million from an unpaid 1988 loan for a failed meat-packing plant.

In Arizona, Pocklington and an associate have so far reneged on restitution of more than $5 million US to settle a securities fraud case involving a gold-mining scheme.

And three months ago, the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Pocklington with securities fraud in California for allegedly defrauding investors in his medical-device company and misappropriating funds.

Undaunted by creditors owed millions of dollars and a looming court fight, Pocklington is seeking investors for a new business venture: a cannabis company.


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Chuck Kaiton, Long Time Radio Voice Of The Carolina Hurricanes May Be Replaced By A Simulcast

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from Brett Haensel of the News & Observer,

For the first time in 22 years, fans tuning into a Carolina Hurricanes game broadcast this fall may not hear Chuck Kaiton on the call. Instead, they’ll likely be met by the familiar voices of John Forslund and Tripp Tracy.

Due to the ever changing landscape of the local play-by-play radio broadcast industry and a new owner known for eliminating inefficiencies, it appears the Hurricanes radio announcer-- who has never missed a game in his 39 years calling games for both the Hurricanes and Hartford Whalers organizations -- could be replaced by a television simulcast for the coming season.


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  Tags: chuck+kaiton

Trademark Agreement Reached Between The Vegas Golden Knights And The U.S. Army

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VEGAS (July 19, 2018) – Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley announced today that the Vegas Golden Knights and the U.S. Army have entered into a trademark coexistence agreement regarding usage of the ‘Golden Knights’ mark and name.

“We are pleased that we have agreed to coexist regarding the use of the ‘Golden Knights’ mark and name,” said Foley. “Our discussions with the Army were collaborative and productive throughout this entire process. We are appreciative of their efforts and commitment to reaching an amicable resolution.”

The U.S. Army has used and will continue to use the mark and name ‘Golden Knights’ and variations thereof in connection with its parachute exhibition team. The Vegas Golden Knights has used and will continue to use the marks and names ‘Vegas Golden Knights’ and ‘Golden Knights’ in connection with its professional hockey team based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Latest On Artemi Panarin’s Contract Situation

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from Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet,

After initial reports of the Jackets testing the market for their star winger due to his unwillingness to negotiate an extension with the club, Panarin and Kekalainen met earlier this month to discuss the best course forward. Little was accomplished during that meeting, however, with the Russian’s agent, Daniel Milstein, characterizing the meeting as “a good conversation,” but with “no contract progress” made.

Now it appears Panarin and his representatives are making moves to nudge the situation towards a resolution. The winger has set a Sept. 13 deadline to discuss his current situation with the club, according to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline, after which all off-ice discussions will be tabled.

That particular date — the start of training camp — means the Blue Jackets front office has roughly two months to either convince the winger to negotiate an extension (which still appears unlikely) or facilitate a trade. If neither occurs, it appears Panarin would prefer to play out the 2018-19 season with negotiations set aside, leaving all discussions of an extension until next summer, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

read on

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The Hughes Hockey Family

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from Lisa Dillman of The Athletic,

On a recent morning​ in​ early​ July, uber​ NHL​ prospect​ Jack​ Hughes​ was​ on​​ the ice at the Kings’ training facility, at an orientation camp hosted by CAA, the agency that currently advises the family. Weeks earlier, Jack’s older brother, Quinn Hughes, was taken seventh in the NHL draft by the Vancouver Canucks and the defenseman is mulling his future – whether to turn pro or return to the University of Michigan for his sophomore season.

The focus now shifts to Jack, the middle of three sons of Jim and Ellen Weinberg-Hughes, who is projected to go first in the 2019 NHL draft.

The camp in El Segundo was a chance to mix hockey with a bit of Hollywood before it becomes serious again with the World Junior Summer Showcase starting July 28 in Kamloops, British Columbia. Jack relished the chance to get some beach time and try his hand at volleyball on the sand.

“First of all, the weather in California is unreal,” Jack said in an interview with The Athletic. “The ocean, we don’t have that in Michigan or Toronto. Anytime you get the chance to come out here and learn new things, it’s really good. I love watching basketball, so I’d love to meet a guy like LeBron [James].  I love watching him.”

continued (paid subscription)...

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  Tags: jack+hughes, quinn+hughes

Video- Mic’d Up During The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Just short of 19 minutes long,


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Locked-Up Young Talent

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from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

Given the average age of NHL players to begin the 2017-18 season was a shade over 27, we considered only players who are 27 or younger.

The rankings also factored in length of contracts -- the longer the better for young talent -- and accounted only for players who are inked for at least the next three seasons. For example, the New Jersey Devils might look strong at first glance, but Taylor Hall and 2017 No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier are both signed for just two more seasons, leaving a lot up in the air.

Here are the top locked-in young cores in the NHL, when considering age and contract status.

1. Edmonton Oilers

Core: Connor McDavid (Center, 21 years old, $12.5 million AAV, through 2025-26); Leon Draisaitl (Center, 22 years old, $8.5 million AAV through 2024-25); Oscar Klefbom (Defense, 24 years old, $4.167 million AAV through 2022-23)

The Oilers might require some refinement before they ultimately win, but it's hard to argue with the core they have drafted and subsequently locked in for the next five to eight years. Then again, it's not exactly high-level managing to commit to a player like McDavid when given the opportunity. However, the pledge to McDavid's sidekick, Draisaitl, is a nice touch, and Klefbom's low cap hit will keep the salary cap at bay for some time, which lands the Oilers here at No. 1. And that's before you even mention that the Oilers also just signed their 2018 first-rounder, Evan Bouchard, adding another young asset on the blue line.

read on for ten more teams...

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