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Evening Line- Damien Cox

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

... if Tavares were to become a Leaf by next season via the trade route, it would immediately vault them into the position of contender in the Eastern Conference. That would have to be tempting for the Brendan Shanahan regime. Let’s see first what Tavares does, or doesn’t do, next weekend.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star where you can read more on Tavares plus other topics...

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Marc Methot Appears To Be Dallas Bound

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Good move for the Stars.


added 8:29pm,



added 8:39pm, VGN release is below...

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Ken Holland Making Calls

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press Monday afternoon that he, assistant general manager Ryan Martin and head coach Jeff Blashill “have been on the phone with lots of agents and players.”...

The Wings don’t have much money to spend on free agents – they are about $8 million below the $75 million salary cap ceiling, but have to resign the likes of Tomas Tatar, Andreas Athanasiou and Xavier Ouellet. Coming off a 25-goal season, and four straight 20-goal seasons, Tatar, 26 is going to get in the $5 million range (the Capitals just gave T.J. Oshie, who had 33 goals, eight years at an average of $5.75 million).

The Wings most of all could use help on defense. Someone like Trevor Daley maybe could be had for a year, or Dan Girardi – either one would add a little offense to the back end, and assuage some of the concern over Niklas Kronwall. He is playing on a bad knee, and there is doubt about how effective he can be.

There is interest in adding a forward, too, but it may have to be somebody who can be had for less than a million. 


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Your New Hockey Hall Of Fame Members

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


added 3:37pm, HHOF release is below...

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A Three-Year Deal For Zack Kassian In Edmonton

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added 2:33pm, Edmonton release is below...

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Dallas Stars Will Buy Out Antti Niemi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Botterill’s Patience Mantra Will Be A Tough Sell

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

The last thing a Sabres fan wants to be asked in this town is for more patience. You might as well ask him to eat boneless wings with ranch dressing.

Six consecutive non-playoff seasons and a lot of unwarranted flak towards the diehards have made things from a hockey perspective pretty miserable around here.

But new GM Jason Botterill really doesn't have a choice.

The former Sabre-turned-executive came over from the hugely successful Penguins organization and inherited a slow, underachieving team with depleted depth from a predecessor who tossed away draft picks like they were penny candy.

That, along with the salary cap headaches of Matt Moulson, Josh Gorges, Zach Bogosian and Tyler Ennis, isn't going to be resolved overnight.

Yet there is still hope. Bogosian and Ennis could turn into a pair of interesting reclamation projects for new head coach Phil Housley, who has promised to implement a fast and aggressive system.

And, following years of questionable decisions and approaches to running their hockey and football teams, Terry and Kim Pegula seem to finally be on track to getting it right.

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Red Wings Qualify All RFAs Except For Goaltender Jake Paterson

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul


added 12:28pm, from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings, as expected qualified RFAs Tomas Tatar, Andreas Athanasiou, Xavier Ouellet, Martin Frk and Brian Lashoff, retaining their rights.

The Red Wings drafted Paterson, 23, in the third round in 2012 (80th overall). He appeared in only two AHL games with the Grand Rapids, spending virtually his entire pro career with the ECHL Toledo Walleye.

Paterson appeared in 81 regular season games and nine playoff contests with Toledo. He went 34-13-1, with a 2.28 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 2016-17.

Paterson played in 166 games for the Spirit over parts of five seasons and finished his OHL career with the Kitchener Rangers.

The Red Wings have four goalies under contract in their system - Jimmy Howard, Petr Mrazek, Jared Coreau and Matej Machovsky, a free agent from the Czech Republic inked to a one-year deal.

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Goodbye To Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marc-Andre Fleury at The Players' Tribune,

Saying that the last few weeks have been bittersweet would be an understatement. As we reached the Stanley Cup finals, I knew very well that my time as a Penguin was nearing its end. I love to play. I love the game, and everything about it. Putting the mask on, diving around, stopping the puck, feeling the intensity of the game, feeling useful. I wish I could have been in net for my last game as a Penguin. But we raised the Cup, again, and it made all the sacrifices worthy. I felt proud — proud of my teammates for battling through injuries, for showing a lot of character, and for winning two years in a row. I am grateful that I had the chance to contribute to our success through the first rounds. And I feel very fortunate that the last time I have skated with a Penguins jersey, it will have been with the Stanley Cup in my hands. Not that it wasn’t an emotional moment.

Fourteen years. Nearly half of my life. I remember my first training camp, in September 2003, like it was yesterday. I was so nervous. There are so many expectations on a first-round pick, and I didn’t want to let anybody down. I just tried to do my best, and wanted to leave a good impression. But when you face Mario Lemieux in training camp, it can be quite intimidating, to say the least.


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The Vegas Golden Knights Need To Unload Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Even after trading Trevor van Riemsdyk to Carolina and David Schlemko to Montreal, Vegas has about a dozen defencemen and more than 20 forwards on a roster that has to be pared down to 23 names by the start of the season. Some of those players, such as defenceman Griffin Reinhart and forward Brendan Leipsic, will be sent to the minors.

But McPhee still has to move a ton of contracts out. And they are not all desirable ones.

What team is going to want Alexei Emelin, whom the Canadiens almost seemed glad to lose in the expansion draft? How about forwards David Clarkson or Mikhail Grabovski, whom Vegas had to take as part of a deal for draft picks?...

Making it even more difficult? Some of the Golden Knights’ most coveted assets — like Nate Schmidt, who is coming off his second full season in the NHL, and 21-year-olds Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch — are off limits.

“We’re not trading any young players,” said McPhee.


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