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Paul MacLean Signs Three-Year Extension With Ottawa

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via Chris Lund of OttawaSenators.com,

The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Paul MacLean to a three-year contract extension. The 2013 Jack Adams winner signed a three-year deal when he was hired as head coach of the Sens on June 14, 2011. The new deal will begin at the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season.

In his two season with the Senators, MacLean has coached the team to a 66-48-16 record (a .592 win percentage) and has been a finalist for the Jack Adams award as NHL Coach of the Year twice, winning his first this past June. The Sens have made the playoffs both seasons, winning their 2013 first round matchup as a seven seed over the No. 2 Montreal Canadiens in five games.

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Waiver Wire Action Today

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Ryan Rishuag of TSN tweets...

Mikhael Grabovski on unconditional waivers

Eric Belanger also on waivers, unconditional, buyout coming

Darrel Powe, Johan Hedberg, Aaron Asham, also on waivers

Hal Gill and Greg Zanon placed on unconditional waivers as well today likely for buyout purposes. All players cleared from yesterday.

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Notable Tweets Of The Morning

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Where Will Matt Cooke Land?

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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It's not official yet and can't be for another day, at least.

But the evidence is accumulating that Matt Cooke won't be with the Penguins in 2013-14.

Cooke, a blue-collar winger, is on the cusp of unrestricted free agency, and will be eligible to sign with any team Friday.

General manager Ray Shero acknowledged Wednesday evening that precedent strongly suggests that, now that Cooke is about to be free to move on, he almost certainly will do so.

"Most guys, if they get [to unrestricted free agency], there's more money, or they want a change," Shero said.


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Happy Independence Day

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Enjoy the day and the very long weekend too and be careful with the fireworks.

I will be monitoring all the hockey news today and of course will be around tomorrow and the weekend as the UFA signings start.

added 8:52am, Thanks to a Sean Leahy tweet for this pointer...

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Today’s Talking Points

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Sorry to be late with this, but George is sick and I have been trying to conserve some energy, anticipating a big day tomorrow when UFA Day starts...

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings continue talking to Filppula's agent, but it doesn't appear as if he's lowered his asking price of 5-7 years at $5 million or more a season.

Tampa Bay and Columbus might have interest. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman knows Filppula well from his days in Detroit. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen also has ties with Filppula, his fellow Finnish native.

If the Red Wings lose Filppula and are unable to land Weiss or Ribeiro, they might offer Cullen a short-term deal (two years). He is 36, but is a decent skater and playmaker and can play all forward positions. But, he has limited offensive ability.

The Red Wings have some interest in right wing Jarome Iginla, who brings many desirable qualities (offense, toughness, leadership), but also raises some concerns (he's 36 and has a lot of mileage). Detroit wasn't on his list of four teams he agreed to waive his no-trade clause to join when Calgary dealt him to Pittsburgh late in the season.

Detroit is not prepared to make huge offers to top free agents David Clarkson (New Jersey) or Nathan Horton (Boston). Clarkson could command a seven-year deal worth more than $5 million per season. Horton reportedly is seeking $6 million or more a season.


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Why aren’t the Wings getting any of the bigger names out there? Because they all want too much. Vincent Lecavalier wanted a five-year contract. There were almost a dozen teams interested in him, and all but the Philadelphia Flyers balked at giving a slow-paced 33-year-old that much term. The Wings would have given Lecavalier $4.5 million per if he’d taken a two-year deal. Boston’s Nathan Horton is hotly pursued, but he wants to play someplace warm. New Jersey’s David Clarkson is pushing for a seven-year deal in the $6 million per season range.

Have the Wings lost their appeal as a go-to destination? The Wings are willing to pay when the player is worth it — they just extended Datsyuk for $22.5 million and three years, for example. They didn’t lose out on Ryan Suter or Zach Parise because of money. They would have matched what the Wild gave each player last summer (13 years, $98 million). They lost out on those two because Parise is from Minneapolis and Suter is from Madison, Wisc., and his wife is from Bloomington, Minn. They both opted to play at or near what is home for them. Just like Danny DeKeyser did when he picked the Wings out of all the suitors he had in March. Can’t control geography.


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The Rest Of The NHL Awards

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Most of the NHL awards were announced during the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Outstanding was the First and Second All Star Teams.  These were finally announced today.  I can now definitively announce that if I had an award ballot, the nominees for all the awards I was interested in would not have changed.

The First All Star Team consists of Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, PK Subban, Ryan Suter and Sergei Bobrovsky and the Second All Star Team consists of Alexander Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, Martin St Louis, Kris Letang, Francois Beauchemin and Henrik Lundqvist.  Ovechkin is the first person ever to make two different All Star Teams in the same season.  He made First Team All Star on right wing and Second Team All Star on left wing.  Perhaps this is the reason the NHL attempted to bury the post-season All Star teams by announcing them the day before July 4th.  It does seem a little silly but it was inevitable.  Last year James Neal made First All Star Team at right wing and came within one vote of making Second Team All Star at right wing.  The problem is that most wingers today spend time playing both wings and it is an antiquated idea to pick them as left wingers or right wingers.

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Colaicovo Talks After Learning He Is Being Bought Out

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from Bill Roose of the Wings website,

As a newlywed, the last thing Carlo Colaiacovo thought he’d have to do this summer was shop for a new job.

“I got married over the weekend, so it was something that wasn’t even on my mind,” he said. “I’ve been hearing a lot of rumors over the last couple of weeks, but I really didn’t know what to believe because I haven’t heard from anybody of importance.”...

“I came into Detroit last summer because I knew I was a top-four guy that could play in a situation there,” said Colaiacovo, who collected one assist in six regular-season games. “I went through some difficulties last year that I would rather not talk about, but I still believe that I’m a guy who can play top-four on any team. I believe that I’ve proved that through my play, but they have some young guys who they relied upon real hard and some guys that they’re going to lean towards next year. So who knows where I would have fit in there?”


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Need A Dman? How About Kuba?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Florida Panthers decided to buy out the remaining year of Filip Kuba's contract on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old blue liner, who signed as an unrestricted free agent last summer, carried a cap hit of $4 million next season.

It is not a compliance buyout, meaning the buyout amount will count against the Panthers' salary cap.

Since the deal included a no-movement clause, Kuba does not have to clear waivers to become an unrestricted free agent.

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Top 10 UFAs

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from Tim Wharmsby of CBC,

We'll publish a full list of free agents once it's released on Friday, but for now here are our 10 most intriguing unrestricted free agents:

Jarome Iginla -- He's 36, but durable, and although his production has dipped slightly, only Alex Ovechkin (371) and Ilya Kovalchuk (309) have scored more goals than Iginla's 280 since the 2004-05 cancelled season.

Danny Briere -- He's looking to stay in the East. He's 35 years old and his production has dipped to 22 goals over the last two seasons, compared to 60 in the two seasons before that. But he always has been a big playoff performer.

Ilya Bryzgalov -- Will anybody be willing to take a risk on this strange soul? His two-season stint in Philadelphia was a disaster, but he's only two years removed from his best days in Phoenix and only 33 years old.

Andrew Ference -- At age 34, he has played the best hockey of his career in the past two seasons. Not big, but he does play physical. He is a top-four defender who can help out on the power play and penalty kill.

Valtterri Filppula -- The 29-year-old Finn is two years removed from his most productive season of 23 goals and 66 points. Can he flourish on another team after playing behind Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg in Detroit?

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