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New York Islanders Announce Barry Trotz As New Head Coach

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Looks Like Barry Trotz Will Be The Coach For The New York Islanders

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added 12:21pm,


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Trade Talk Surrounding Max Pacioretty

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Could Pacioretty be part of a package to bring back the elusive centre the Canadiens have coveted since Saku Koivu?

One rumoured landing spot is the Los Angeles Kings. GM Rob Blake has talked repeatedly about the need to add scoring punch and Pacioretty has averaged 35 goals per year in his five full seasons prior to this past one.

There has also been speculation in recent days that the Buffalo Sabres could be a potential match. They have the premier centre on the market in Ryan O’Reilly, who is two spots ahead of Pacioretty on the Trade Bait board, a better player and better fit than pending free agent Paul Stastny.

The Habs would be thrilled to pay $7.5 million signing bonus due to O’Reilly on July 1 if it meant they could land the white whale GM Marc Bergevin has been hunting his entire tenure in Montréal.

What would it take?


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The Winnipeg Jets May Have A Few Salary Issues

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Winnipeg has nine players who become a restricted free agent July 1, including goalie Connor Hellebuyck, a Vezina Trophy finalist; and defensemen Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey, who were second and fifth on the Jets in ice time per game this season.

Center Paul Stastny can become an unrestricted free agent, and forwards Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor and Andrew Copp, and defenseman Tyler Myers each has one year remaining on his contract and can sign an extension starting July 1.

Wheeler and Myers are one year away from UFA status. Laine, Connor and Copp are one year away from RFA status....

"We knew the day would come, or we hoped the day would come, quite honestly," Cheveldayoff said of the Jets' situation. "This is a pay-for-performance type of league, and certainly the way the cap works, at some point in time you're forced to make some tough decisions. This is not a unique, Winnipeg Jets-only situation, but obviously for us there are going to be some challenges. You have to systematically work your way through it the way the [collective bargaining agreement] allows you to."


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Morning Line- Mac Engel

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The shame in this is that there is no major sport that has a collection of more approaching, or agreeable, athletes than hockey. The people who cover it want to be as big as the people who play it, coach it, and run it.

But when a sport, at least in the U.S., includes well over $1,000 in start-up costs for a kid to play it, it's not hard to see why that growth is limited.

So the NHL Draft is coming to town, and chances are good you have not heard, because the home team still can't get it together.

-Mac Engel of the Star-Telegram.  More on Dallas hosting the NHL Draft.

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Draft Plans For The New York Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Unless general manager Jeff Gorton can work out an equitable deal with straw-grasping Canadiens counterpart Marc Bergevin to move up to third overall where the Rangers theoretically would have their pick among Michigan’s Quinn Hughes, likely the best available defenseman beyond presumptive first-overall Rasmus Dahlin; Boston University winger Brady Tkachuk; Finnish center Jesperi Kotkaniemi; and Halifax sniper Filip Zadina, the club is likely to remain at ninth-overall.

Even at ninth, the Rangers could have a shot at any of the aforementioned athletes other than Hughes. That is how volatile the board appears beyond the first two picks, where Dahlin is certainly going to be selected by the Sabres and winger Andrei Svechnikov is expected to be tabbed by the Hurricanes. That is why Gorton is not going to overpay to move up a few slots.

Make no mistake. Gorton is pursuing deals. Kevin Hayes is the team’s most marketable commodity.

read on

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Wants And Needs

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from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings' website,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has been adamant that he expects two to five prospects to make Detroit's opening night roster when the Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 4, regardless of what the club does in free agency or moves they may make with players currently on the team.

Holland wants Detroit to be a younger, faster and more aggressive team that will be difficult to play against.

One of the only certainties about this offseason is the Wings will sign a backup goalie in free agency since they have only two under contract in the organization - starter Jimmy Howard and Slovakian Patrik Rybar, who's slated to be the Grand Rapids Griffins starter this upcoming season.

Heading into this weekend's draft, the consensus among the Wings brass is they need to increase their offensive output. It's Detroit top priority.

This year's draft is considered to be one of the deepest in recent memory with a number of defensemen that are gifted with an array of offensive skills, a pressing need for the Wings.


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Quinn Hughes Or Someone Else?

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Why Red Wings would be interested: They need to upgrade their skill level on defense and Hughes is a tremendous skater and puck-mover.

NHL Central Scouting says: "A smooth-skating mobile defenseman who carries the puck very well and can transition from defense to offense with his feet or by making a pass. He reads the play very well and uses good positioning and the use of his angles to defend. Projects to be a top-four defenseman in today's game because of his skating and puck skills."

Red Line Report says: "Has both a good and bad side to his nature. Undersized D-man is an elite skater with a high-end offensive skill set. Explodes to speed in just a couple of powerful, effortless strides and has superb balance to allow instantaneous changes of direction. Skates the puck out of his own end and makes dangerous dashes up the ice, regularly leading the rush. Finds teammates through traffic with creative passes. On the downside, he also gets caught up ice, or out of position in own end, fairly frequently. Strong for his size and uses low center of gravity to roll off checks and maintain puck possession. Keeps his head up, advancing pucks with smart outlets. Aggressive offensive mindset -- always attacking and looking to energize the transition game. Active stick but relies too much on the poke-check and doesn't take the right angles to keep forwards to the outside. Has trouble matching up against bigger, stronger opponents, but has the hockey sense to learn."

Summary: Mock drafts are divided on Hughes. He's projected to go anywhere from No. 4 to No. 9 by many accounts. If he's available to the Red Wings, they must decide whether to take a bigger defenseman like Evan Bouchard or Noah Dobson (if either is available) or add another smaller defenseman to their system.


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Video- Missed The NHL Awards Last Night?

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Here is an 8 1/2 minute highlight package.


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Three Moving Videos From Tonight’s NHL Awards Show

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via the YouTube page of the NHL

Las Vegas first responders and the Golden Knights are honored on stage at the 2018 NHL Awards for their role in healing the city after tragedy struck just before the season began.



The Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey team joins the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas to present the Calder Trophy to New York Islanders youngster Mathew Barzal, after his breakout rookie season!

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