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Follow The UFA And Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With the UFA and trade talk about to heat up, below you will find a Twitter list of around 100 people I follow.

The tweets are live and this post will remain at the top of KK until July 4th or so.

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A Dispute Within The NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

After months of rumblings that a group of player agents are upset with the NHL Players’ Association’s leadership, the dispute described by a union source as a “witch hunt” spilled into the open on Tuesday during the union’s annual meeting.

In front of the 30 players in attendance in downtown Toronto, NHLPA special assistant to the executive director Mathieu Schneider and union lawyer Bruce Meyer condemned player agents Anton Thun, Ritch Winter and Kurt Overhardt, according to Overhardt.

Overhardt told TSN that one of his clients attending the meeting informed him Schneider accused the three agents of misleading clients when they said the NHLPA has stonewalled requests for information about union finances.

“It’s shameful that the NHLPA is spending more time targeting its members and agents than it is servicing its members,” Thun said in an interview Tuesday.


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Everything Is Good With Connor McDavid’s Proposed Deal

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

It isn’t finalized yet, but Connor McDavid’s new deal with the Edmonton Oilers is in the neighbourhood of $13.25 million for eight years. (Neither the Oilers nor McDavid’s agent, Jeff Jackson, would comment.) That’s a win for everyone.

Initially, the Oilers worried their captain might only want five years, but they get him for maximum term. It’s a win for McDavid — for obvious reasons.

The thing to remember here is this is for all of his prime years. Pittsburgh could “back-dive” Sidney Crosby’s contract. He’s making $3 million per season at ages 35, 36, and 37. The new CBA doesn’t allow that for McDavid.

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are making $13.8 million in the first four years of their mega-deals with Chicago. It goes to $12 million in Year 4 but down to $6.9 million in Year 8, when both will be 34. McDavid won’t be into his 30s by the time this ends.


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Dylan McIlrath Likely Staying In The Detroit Organization

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The one player the Detroit Red Wings picked up at the trade deadline this past season is likely to be back with the organization next season....

While McIlath hasn't panned out in the NHL after being selected 10th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2010 draft, McIlrath turned out to be a very good addition for the Wings’ top affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. He played all 19 playoff games en route to the Calder Cup championship. McIlrath, 25, is a pending unrestricted free agent, but the organization would like to keep him.


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Three-Year Contract Extension For Mike Condon In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced today that the club has signed goaltender Mike Condon to a three-year contract extension. The contract will carry an average annual value of $2.4 million ($1.7 M in year one, $2.5M in year two, $3M in year three).

Condon, 27, was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for the team's fifth-round draft pick in 2017 on Nov. 2, 2016. He went on to play in 40 games for the Senators in 2016-17, posting a 19-14-6 record with a 2.48 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and five shutouts.

His first season in Ottawa featured several team records, including playing in a franchise-best 27 consecutive games between Dec. 1, 2016, and Feb. 4, 2017. He became the fastest goaltender in franchise history to record five shutouts, when he did so in his 32nd game on Feb. 16 versus the New Jersey Devils. Along with Craig Anderson, the duo became the first pair of goaltenders in franchise history to each record at least five shutouts in one season while matching the franchise best (10) that was established in 2001-02.

The 6-2, 197-pound native of Holliston, Mass., was also named the Molson Cup Award winner as the team's top player in both December and January.

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Brendan Smith Staying With The New York Rangers

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via Bob McKenzie tweets,

NYR and Brendan Smith are close to finalizing what is expected to be a four-year deal.

It will be an AAV of $4.35M.

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Patrik Berglund Out Until December After Shoulder Surgery

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(June 28, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that Blues center Patrik Berglund has undergone successful surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder.  

Berglund suffered the injury while performing his offseason conditioning program in Sweden.  He is expected to be sidelined until December.  The surgery was performed by Blues Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Rick Wright, Dr. Matt Matava, and Dr. Matthew Smith yesterday at the Washington University Orthopedic Center. 

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Toledo Walleye earn ECHL’s ‘Overall Award of Excellence’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the ECHL:

Toledo receives 2016-17 Overall Award of Excellence

The ECHL announced on Monday that the Toledo Walleye have been selected as the 2016-17 recipient of the ECHL Team Award of Excellence. It marks the third consecutive season and the fifth time in the last eight seasons that the Walleye have received the award.

The award recognizes the ECHL organization that executes a well-rounded business plan including, but not limited to, sales, marketing, media relations and merchandising while also distinguishing themselves in their community, on and off the ice.

The other finalists were the Colorado Eagles, Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits and South Carolina Stingrays

During the 2016-17 season, the Walleye set a new single-season attendance record with over 254,000 fans while posting 30 sellouts in their 36 games. Toledo saw a 17 percent increase in merchandise sales during the regular season and a 25 percent increase during the playoffs while also donating over $320,000 to local charitable organizations.

On the ice, the Walleye set 33 team and individual records while winning the Brabham Cup for the second time in the last three seasons while advancing to the Western Conference Finals.

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Wings catch-up post: Mostly talking about free agency decisions to come

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I spent the past two days on my back with a post-draft cold, so here's a catch-up post rounding up the Red Wings-related news that's hit the wires over the past two days.

First, however, I've got something to say about the Spencer Foo-less Wings (Foo will sign with Calgary on Saturdat), and I'm sure you've already said it: DON'T DO IT, KENNY!

You and I already know by now that the Red Wings are going to sign a veteran unrestricted free agent defenseman come Saturday. All the beat writers are reporting that the Red Wings' free agent interest clusters around Dan Girardi, Ron Hainsey, Trevor Daley and a couple other mid-30-something free agent defensemen who could fit into the Wings' cap figure (if Johan Franzen's LTIR $ is taken into account).

Maybe this is just me, but I don't like the prospect of the Wings playing Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green and another veteran defenseman ahead of Nick Jensen, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul.

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Griffins news catch-up post: On Nelson and the Coyotes, Street, Paterson, the home opener and ‘lids’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note over the past two days:

1. Griffins coach Todd Nelson was blunt when he spoke with the media after winning the Calder Cup, stating that he felt he had nothing left to accomplish in the AHL, save winning more championships. When I shook his hand after his media availabilities were over, I had a feeling that I was saying goodbye.

I was not surprised to hear that the Red Wings have granted Nelson permission to speak with the Arizona Coyotes about their head coaching job, and I would not be surprised if Nelson, who's 48, will jump with both feet if he's given the opportunity to coach the Coyotes.

What I don't know is how the Red Wings will replace Nelson in Grand Rapids. Mike Knuble would probably be the leading candidate to replace him, and the Wings may have to scramble to get someone in place to coach the summer development camp.

2. The Red Wings re-signed Griffins forward Ben Street to a one-year extension on Tuesday, and given the likely turnover of an AHL-championship team's roster, re-signing the 30-year-old Street was a safe move to secure the services of a serviceable veteran who can play a supporting role in the NHL and can serve as a scoring forward in the AHL...

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