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Afternoon Line- Jason Spezza On Jamie Benn

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"You'll find that he's not as quiet and introverted as maybe he leads on. He's the leader in our room, he's one of the funniest guys in our room, he's involved in a lot of the stuff that goes on in our room...He's a big part of our room. He truly is a natural leader, the way he plays and the way he acts, we're lucky to have a guy like him, and you can see him grow into it even more. You go out and win the scoring title and then follow it up where he finished second this year. I think he has the inner belief that he is one of the best top five players in the game. Whether people talk about it or not, we know it and he knows it, and I think that confidence kind of rubs off on everybody."

-Jason Spezza of the Dallas Stars on Jamie Benn.  Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has many quotes from the Dallas players before tonight's game agains the St. Louis Blues.

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Tom Wilson Fined For Last Night’s Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 29, 2016) – Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been fined $2,403.67, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for kneeing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary during Game 1 of the teams’ Second Round series in Washington on Thursday, April 28, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

See the hit below if you missed it.

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Bruce Boudreau Done In Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

added 12:29pm, Press release is below...

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Players Who Can Be Exposed In The NHL Expansion Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Important to note some of the information starting to come out regarding the expansion draft process.

via Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Sometime this week, the NHL and NHLPA agreed on expansion draft rules. No-move clauses are protected, and teams will not be able to expose those players. What’s next? A meeting of the NHL’s Executive Committee, the most powerful group of 10 owners. It’s chaired by Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs. It’s expected that group will be called together in the next week or two. If they approve, the final hurdle would be a full Board of Governors meeting. We’re getting close to knowing one way or the other.

and...

 

 

so...

 

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The Unpopular Team Playoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One way to get a quick idea how popular NHL teams are is to look at their attendance during road games.  This shows how many people care enough about a given team to go see them when they come to town.  This season the top three teams in terms of road attendance were Montreal, Chicago and Detroit.  None of these teams remain active in the playoffs.  The top team by road attendance that is still active in the playoffs is Pittsburgh who sit at number six.  The Penguins are the only team in the top ten by road attendance who remains in the playoffs.  Tampa Bay is the worst remaining playoff team with the 27th worst road attendance.

All of this means that this is a playoff of teams that do not excite many hockey fans.  Fans may support their home team but the remaining teams have limited support way from home.  This will hurt NHL TV ratings during the playoffs.  Fewer fans will watch the playoffs.  This is in addition to the fact that no Canadian team made the playoffs and this has hurt Hockey Night in Canada ratings.  Declining rating will lead to declining revenue for the NHL.  Since the salary cap is linked to NHL revenue this could be significant.  It could lead to reduced salary caps in the future.

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Friday Morning Hockey Thoughts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- While all of the SoCal attention is on Boudreau, there’s no clarity yet with Darryl Sutter and Los Angeles. His contract is up, and he’s said several times he will be back. The question — for anyone who may be looking — is whether or not he or anyone else on his staff becomes available. The Kings take pretty good care of them. John Stevens is believed to be the highest-paid assistant coach in the NHL and, if Sutter ever leaves, is assumed to be the heir apparent.

The evaluation in Los Angeles isn’t just why the Kings lost to the San Jose Sharks. It’s also why they blew what was a 12-point division lead on Jan. 6 and why, when they could have clinched the Pacific Division, they couldn’t hold a 3-0 second-period lead over the Winnipeg Jets on the final Saturday of the regular season.

- Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher received a vote of confidence from owner Craig Leipold during the playoff series against the Dallas Stars. Fletcher said he “needs to decompress,” but will meet with interim head coach John Torchetti, probably early next week.

Is the coaching job open?

“I think you could say it’s somewhat open,” Fletcher replied. “We haven’t had time to talk yet about his vision. He had to inherit everything. I want to hear his view on how he would push forward. He came in and did a good job, deserves a chance to explain why he should be the guy.”

- If there’s one thing Fletcher strongly disagreed with, it’s that his players lack character. While the GM admitted it was “a brutal year,” he is angry at suggestions they did not try.

“We had to fight to get into the playoffs, including win a big game at Colorado. We fought right to the end against Dallas.” What he does believe is “they did not buy in to how we wanted them to play.”

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NHLPA And The NHL Are On The Same Page When It Comes To Expansion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

The National Hockey League and the Players’ Association have agreed upon the rules of engagement for an expansion draft.

While the NHL’s executive committee has yet to recommend expansion, this is a major hurdle cleared.

The NHL has hundreds of steps to go through before expansion can potentially become a reality and getting an agreement with the NHLPA was viewed as near top of the list. The executive committee would not have recommended expansion to the NHL’s board of governors for the purpose of a vote without an agreement in place with the NHLPA, and in particular, a resolution on how existing no-trade and no-move clauses will be handled.

An NHL source confirmed the agreement on Friday morning but would not offer specifics on the expansion draft.

Time is getting tight for the NHL if it is going to expand. The league has stated if it is going to expand for the 2017-18 season it would have to inform general managers prior to this year’s upcoming entry draft in late June. A source said Friday if expansion is going to move forward, mid-May is the timetable for an announcement.

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Larkin’s advanced stats look similar to ‘rookie years’ of Tatar, Nyquist

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Tom Mitsos examined Dylan Larkin's rookie season as compared to Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist's first 80 NHL games from an advanced stats standpoint:

Larkin's first 80 games in the NHL were fairly successful. He started the season strong with 15 goals and 18 assists in his first 48 games. After the All-Star break, he couldn't keep the same level of production and had just eight goals and four assists in the remaining 32 games.

Tatar (19 goals, 15 assists) and Nyquist (11 goals, 17 assists) didn't have as many points in their first 80 games, but they were in and out of the lineup playing with different teammates each time they were called up.

How do Larkin's first 80 NHL games compare to Tatar (Dec. 2010-March 2014) and Nyquist (Nov. 2011-Jan. 2014)? Let's take a look at the five on five numbers:

Mitsos continues...

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Khan: Tomas Tatar frustrated with up-and-down season

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Tomas Tatar regarding his up-and-down 2015-16 season during the Wings' locker room clean-out day, and he found Tatar to be particularly frustrated with his season's production (or the lack thereof):

"I know I could be way better," Tatar said. "I'm disappointed I couldn't help more; my expectations were a little different than how the season went. My goals were way higher than they end up, but it was different stuff this year than it was last year. It was different position for me, so I guess what the numbers are saying is the way it is now."

Tatar has 21 goals – eight fewer than his team-leading total of 2014-15. His point total dipped from 56 to 45. He also logged less ice time, averaging 14:21, down from 16:13 the previous season.

Tatar attributed some of his struggles to being moved around various lines.

"I think the position was way different this year than last year, after last season playing most of the time with Pav (Datsyuk) and Helmer (Darren Helm)," Tatar said. "This time I was kind of around the lines. With different position comes different responsibility. Wherever I played I tried to play best, bring the energy as much as I could.

"It was a little tougher to get comfortable, I was squeezing the stick almost all season. The goals I set were hard to end up (with), so it was kind of disappointing for me."

Khan continues...

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Understanding Joe Thornton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Even when DeBoer wasn’t with the Sharks, he viewed Thornton as the solution.  He never tied San Jose’s postseason inadequacies, which included losing in the first round to the Los Angeles Kings in 2014 after a 3-0 series lead, directly to Thornton.

“It’s a misconception,” DeBoer said.  “When you hear that, and when you are around Joe Thornton, you realize how ridiculous it is. This guy is exactly what you want in your dressing room and on the ice if you are trying to win a championship.”

Thornton’s regular-season scoring rate is .98 points per game and his playoff scoring rate is .75 points per game. But most of the game's stars, including Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, see their production decrease in the postseason when checking is more relentless.

From 2006-12, a period when the Sharks were suffering from annual postseason disappointment, Thornton registered 69 points in 79 playoff games. He had a goal and two assists, and looked strong, in the five-game first-round triumph against the Kings. San Jose begins its series with the Nashville Predators on Friday night (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

“The fact that he hasn’t won (a championship) has nothing to do with him or the effort he puts in,” DeBoer said. “I don’t think he could be a better leader or example or have more passion for winning. He’s just one of those guys whose stars haven’t aligned yet.”

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