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Evening Line- Ilya Kovalchuk

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“I was following the NHL last year actually more than four years ago when I was there but I saw the playoffs this past playoffs – it’s good. Obviously, it’s changed – the time’s running, and I’m not getting younger, but like I said before, we’ll see. I can’t predict the future. I feel good. I’m a young 35, and we’ll see.”

-Ilya Kovalchuk of the LA Kings at a press conference today.  Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider has more from Kovalchuk.

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Former First-Round Draft Picks Find A Landing Spot In Montreal

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from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

What do right-winger Joel Armia and defenceman Simon Desprès have in common?

Well, they both recently joined the Canadiens and they are both former first-round NHL draft picks.

The Canadiens acquired Armia last month in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets and on Friday signed the restricted free agent to a one-year contract worth US$1.85 million. On Thursday, the Canadiens announced they have invited Desprès to training camp on a professional tryout.

The Canadiens now have nine former first-round draft picks on their NHL roster list, three more on their non-roster list, plus Desprès.

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Jets Taking A Shot With Hellebuyck And The Blackhawks Now Have Cap Room

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

- UMass Lowell’s Connor Hellebuyck, age 25, cashed in on Thursday, agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Jets worth $37 million ($6.17 million cap hit). He became the Jets’ workhorse the past two seasons and was stellar in the playoffs (9-8, 2.36, .922) before Winnipeg ultimately ran out of gas vs. Vegas in the Western Conference finals.

The 6-4 Hellebuyck spent only 1½ seasons in the minors following his UML days, turning pro in the spring of 2014 after his two-year tour with the River Hawks (38-12-2).

Hellebuyck was picked No. 130 in the 2012 draft, the same year the Bruins spent their first-round pick (No. 24) on Malcolm Subban (now doing business as a Golden Knight), and the Lightning, with No. 19, chose Andrei Vasilevskiy (two years to go on his deal at a $3.5 million cap hit)....

- Perenially in a financial straitjacket — one that undoubtedly would have had longtime skinflint Bill Wirtz fitted for a real one — the Blackhawks on Thursday deleted some $5 million in cap money by shipping Marian Hossa’s $5.725 million hit (three years of it) to the perpetually lackluster Coyotes.

In return, the Coyotes shoveled 28-year-old center Marcus Kruger, and his one year at $2.775 million, to the Blackhawks, in a deal that also included Arizona acquiring forward Vincent Hinostroza (ex- of Notre Dame) and defenseman Jordan Oesterle (ex- of Western Michigan). The combined cap hit of the latter pair: $2.15 million.

If you have followed along so far, congrats on your CPA certification.

The upshot: With the $5 million “discount,” the Blackhawks entered the weekend, per CapFriendly.com stats, with a fairly comfy $9.3 million in cap room....

more on each of the above topics plus more hockey notes...

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The San Jose Sharks Are Ready For A Cup Run

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

At 29, Couture is coming off one of his best offensive seasons ever. He set a new high with 34 goals and led the Sharks in scoring during the playoffs. The crafty pivot has made a habit of showing up large in the post-season lately, with 45 points in his past 40 playoff games.

Wilson believes there are young players in the Sharks pipeline who are ready for a crack at the big time, so he didn’t add any veterans in the off-season (the Mike Hoffman trade being a quick-witted ruse that shuttled the scorer to Florida from Ottawa). Couture isn’t alone in being a leader – along with Thornton, you’ve still got Burns and Joe Pavelski around – but his time soaking up experience from those players and Marleau has come in handy.

“I got to sit beside Patty for eight years and just watch him,” Couture said. “You learn so much. A guy that sticks around the league for 19 years; they’re doing a lot of things right.”

In a Western Conference that seems very wide open right now, the Sharks are poised to be in the thick of the hunt once again. They’ve got skill at every position and the dressing room by all accounts is a great place to work. Power forward Evander Kane found that to be the case after he came over from Buffalo and he ended up signing an extension earlier this spring. Kane has had conflicts before, so why has San Jose worked so far?

“Our dressing room is very welcoming, very open,” Couture said. “There are a lot of different characters, whether it’s Brent Burns or ‘Jumbo’ or ‘Kaner.’ No one judges him for what happened in the past. We judge him for what he brings to the rink for the Sharks and we’re happy to have him.”

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Video- The NHL Network Discusses The Ottawa Senators And The Future Of Erik Karlsson

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Judge Says No To Class Action Concussion Lawsuit Against The NHL

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via Rick Westhead of TSN,

A U.S. federal judge has denied a request by a group of former National Hockey League players to certify their concussion lawsuit against the league as a class action.

Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s decision comes more than four years after the landmark case against the NHL was first filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

Had Judge Nelson decided to approve the case as a class action, some 5,000 former NHL players would have automatically become plaintiffs, hiking the stakes for the NHL and raising the league’s potential financial liability.

Now the roughly 300 former players who have either filed a lawsuit against the NHL or retained lawyers to do so will have to argue their claims individually

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A Three-Year Extension For Marc-Andre Fleury

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added 11:55am, Vegas press release is below.

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Video- Jeff Blashill On A Few Topics

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via NHL.com,

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill talks about Dan Bylsma joining the coaching staff, and strides the team has made during the offseason

 

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Audio/Video- Doug MacLean On The Montreal Canadiens/Max Pacioretty Situation

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via Sportsnet,

NHL insider Doug MacLean questions the Montreal Canadiens' strategy with Max Pacioretty, putting out a statement saying they're not offering him a contract, and basically alienating their current captain.

 

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Video- The Latest News From Around The NHL

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