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Why Did Barry Trotz Resign?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

This was about money, sure. But it was about principle as well.

The Washington Capitals weren’t willing to pay Barry Trotz at a level commensurate to his peers, so the veteran head coach decided to step down just 11 days after bringing the franchise its first Stanley Cup.

It’s telling that in announcing Monday’s decision the Capitals expressed disappointment but praised Trotz: “Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.”

It is those same qualities that drove him to walk away. In Trotz’s mind, the team left him no other choice.


added 7:15pm, from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

“His representative wants to take advantage of Barry’s experience and Stanley Cup win and was trying to negotiate a deal that compensates him as one of the better coaches in the league — a top-four or five coach — so he’s looking for that type of contract,” MacLellan said Monday.

MacLellan said he was hopeful the two could agree on a “shorter-term deal,” but he said that a five-year term was a “sticking point” because that would have kept Trotz with the team for nine seasons and “there are not many coaches who have that lasting ability,” MacLellan said.


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All About The 2018 NHL Awards Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK / TORONTO (June 18, 2018) – The finalists for the top awards will act as co-hosts in this year’s 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the two-hour television event on Wednesday, June 20, live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

This year, NHL players, coaches and general managers will anchor the program, which will feature special commemorations of three tragedies that touched the hockey world and garnered immense support from the entire NHL community. Survivors and first responders from last October’s Las Vegas shooting; members of the hockey team from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.; and surviving members of the Humboldt Broncos junior team will be recognized and honored at the event. In the aftermath of each tragedy, NHL teams, current and former NHL players, coaches and fans rallied to provide emotional and monetary support to survivors and first responders.

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Barry Trotz Resigns As Head Coach Of The Washington Capitals

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via the Washington Capitals,

Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals. We are obviously disappointed by Barry's decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.

added 3:03pm, Elliotte Friedman tweets,

We had believed Trotz was a free agent this summer. That’s not correct. There was a two-year extension if he won the Cup in WASH. But, as coaches’ contracts have exploded in value, it was below the current market. Both sides tried to negotiate an extension....

But they could not come to terms. Trotz is now a free agent, as WASH will grant permission to other teams who want to talk to him.

added 3:03pm, via Washington Capitals PR department,

Barry Trotz statement-

"After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals.  When I came to Washington four years ago we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation’s capital.  We had an incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans.  I would like to thank Mr. Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great organization.  I would also like to thank our players and staff who worked tirelessly every day to achieve our success.”

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Available Goaltenders

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from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Here are 10 crease options this summer, both of the unrestricted and restricted free agent variety:

It’s no secret that Grubauer has played his last game in Washington. His opportunity to usurp Braden Holtby slipped through his fingers when he faltered upon taking the starting reins to start the post-season, and now Capitals GM Brian MacLellan has made it clear that he’ll pursue trade options for the 26-year-old keeper. Teams seeking an upgrade in goal, or franchises that need a netminder to build around, could do much worse than taking a shot on Grubauer. Of goaltenders to play at least 80 games over the past three campaigns, he ranks third with a .923 save percentage and he’s ready for his chance to be a No. 1.

Already, reports have surfaced about the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes showing interest in Grubauer and with good reason....

If this were broken down into categories, Hutton would likely sit alone as the only netminder who’s likely to be looked at as a 1B option this summer. It’s not that other netminders haven’t operated in that role before or that they’re not capable of doing so going forward, but Hutton is coming off of a remarkable season with the St. Louis Blues. He posted a league-best .931 SP and 2.09 GAA in 32 appearances, and there were stretches where he looked like the best long-term option for the Blues. It does appear as though the 32-year-old is destined for the market, though, and he’s going to get a chance to fight for a part-time job at worst and a full-time gig as a No. 1 at best.

So, which teams could use Hutton as a 1B?

more on the two above plus eight other goaltenders...

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Dave Tippett Hired As A Senior Advisor For The Seattle Hockey Group

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from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

Dave Tippett once stepped in to replace Wayne Gretzky. He played alongside and remains good friends with Mario Lemieux.

And while Tippett isn’t a similar household name for casual sports fans locally, anybody in hockey knows who he is and has been curious about where the onetime NHL coach of the year would land next.

The answer is here in Seattle.

Tippett has been hired as a senior advisor for the Tod Leiweke-run group bidding for an NHL expansion franchise and nobody is ruling out that he will eventually become the squad’s first head coach. For now, though, Tippett will help oversee the development of all aspects of the organization, including the construction of a training facility and securing an American Hockey League affiliate franchise.


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Questions Before The Draft

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

From finding a trading partner for Erik Karlsson and Max Pacioretty to why Canadians could be shut out of the top five picks, here are eight questions heading into this weekend’s draft:

Will Ottawa trade Erik Karlsson and Mike Hoffman?

The Senators have the fourth and 22nd picks in the first round, but expect them to have plenty more if Karlsson and Hoffman are moved.

In Karlsson’s case, look for Vegas as a potential destination, with a package including centre Cody Glass (sixth overall, 2017) and defenceman Erik Brannstrom (15th overall, 2017), as well as a roster player such as Tomas Tatar. Hoffman won’t fetch nearly as much now that Ottawa is painted into a corner of having to move him, but it’s not unrealistic to assume the Rangers could offer one of the first-round picks they acquired from Tampa Bay or Boston.

Which top prospect is going to tumble?

It was a year ago when Gabe Vilardi fell outside the top-10 — despite being NHL Central Scouting’s fourth-ranked North American skater — because of concerns with his skating. That’s not an issue with Hughes or Boqvist, who might be the two best skaters in the entire draft.

But there are concerns surrounding their size. It’s not that just that the 5-foot-10 Hughes or the 5-foot-9 Boqvist are short — it’s that they are also slight, with Hughes weighing in around 170 pounds and Boqvist barely tipping the scales at 154 pounds. Maybe one of the teams picking in the top-five will look past this, but with the 6-foot-3 Dobson and 6-foot-2 Bouchard also available in that area, expect one of Hughes or Boqvist to drop.


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Video- A Slightly Different Slow Motion Monday

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3 1/2 minutes of slow motion Ovechkin.


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Morning Line- Vinnie Viola

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“First of all, you have to understand one thing. I assume complete responsibility for everything that went right and went wrong since we bought the team. Obviously, we want to be a Stanley Cup contender. We’re not. How do you build trust? I think you’ve got to do it over time. To the extent that we’ve lost it, we work hard every day to get it back.”

“We rebooted in the middle of a rebuild, that’s hard to do. We lost at least part of this year to new systems, new coaches. But it seems like we are, as an organization, we are moving in the right direction.”

-Vinnie Viola, owner of the Florida Panthers.  Matthew DeFranks of the Sun Sentinel has much more on the Panthers.

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Would Brady Tkachuk Be A Fit For The Detroit Red Wings?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Brady Tkachuk

Position: Left wing

Height/Weight: 6-3/192

Shoots: Left

2017-18 team: Boston University (Hockey East)

2017-18 stats: 40 games, 8 goals, 23 assists, 31 points, 61 penalty minutes.

Why Red Wings would be interested: He would provide size, abrasiveness and skill on the wing.

TSN's Craig Button says: "Brady is in it to win it. That's all he cares about. You hear a lot about his intangibles, or his character, or his toughness, getting under the opponent's skin, I can tell you, his tangibles are excellent. He's so smart. He understands any given situation in the game at any given moment, what play needs to happen. That can be a pass, it can be a shot, it can be physical play, it can be hanging in there in front of the net and taking abuse. He's got excellent hands, he's a good skater. His skating is only going to get better as he physically matures and the strength catches up. He plays the game inside the dots, on the interior. This game is not meant to be played outside the dots, outside the guts of the action, and he's in the middle of it at all times. He makes players that he plays with better, he takes advantage of their skills and contributes to them, and he helps teams win."

read on

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The Montreal Canadiens Traded For A Less Talented Player In Max Domi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

I haven’t seen a whole lot of the Arizona Coyotes the past couple of seasons — perhaps because they were rancid.

Most of what I recall of Max Domi dates back to the world juniors, when he was pretty good — and so flashy that he made P.K. Subban look like a shrinking violet. Let’s just say that if cockiness was talent, Max Domi would have been Connor McDavid.

He isn’t.

Perhaps a couple of tough years in the desert have taught the young man how to be humble. We’ll see. He has some grit, but the younger Domi is more than just a gritty winger. Or should be. He has to be better than he showed in Arizona the past two seasons. He has skills and you know he’s going to show up, which you didn’t know with Galchenyuk from one game to the next.

What Domi doesn’t have is what Alex Galchenyuk has: Premium Grade A National Hockey League talent.


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