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Dave Tippett Felt It Was Time For A Change

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from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,

“It’s been a long go here trying to keep things going, and now with the change of ownership again – or change of direction again – the instability of the rink and stuff, it just seemed like the right time for them and for me,” Tippett said. “There’s nothing I could put my finger on. Just time for a change.”

Talks about Tippett’s future with the Coyotes had started before his trip to Chicago. How long this conversation had been going on was unclear, with Tippett just saying, “a while.” He still, however, was in Chicago because he thought it was “best just to come and get in front of everybody.”...

“You feel it’s time for a change,” Tippett said. “I feel like I needed a change now. Seemed like the right time with ownership changing and Doaner and Smitty – not that those are excuses. But just a lot of things built up and just time to try something new.”

Tippett said the decisions to cut ties with Smith and Doan weren’t part of his reason for leaving, instead citing the need for a fresh start. Asked if he agreed with the moves, Tippett said: “They were organizational moves that were made. That’s just the way it goes.”


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Breaking Down The Chicago Trades

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from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

If you’re talking production and value right now, the Hawks acquired the better five-on-five player in the Saad deal, but lost the Hjalmarsson trade....

The Hawks traded two players they wouldn’t be able to re-sign in two years. Hjlamarsson has two years at $4.1 million per remaining on his deal. Panarin has two years and $6 million per left on his contract.

By comparison, Saad has four years and $6 million per left on his deal and is younger than Panarin. Murphy has five years at $3.85 per remaining on his contract and at 24, he helps the Hawks move to a younger defense with some balance via the right-handed shot he brings.

The constantly salary-cap strapped Hawks needed contract certainty if they were going to make the most of this Stanley Cup window.

That’s the money part of Friday’s action. What about the actual play on the ice?

The Saad trade moves the Hawks back to weakening the second line in order to strengthen the first line.

Kane and Panarin formed one of the most dangerous combinations in the league. They knew where the other was and found each other with rink-wide passes that somehow got through. I realize Kane is incredibly talented and makes other players better, but Panarin made Kane more dangerous because his ability to convert one-timers allowed Kane to find more space.


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The St. Louis Blues Trying To Transition Into A Younger Team

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In separate trades Friday night, the Blues shipped out enigmatic center Jori Lehtera but also sent fan favorite Ryan Reaves packing.

Lehtera went to Philadelphia in a deal that fetched forward Brayden Schenn, while Reaves went to Pittsburgh in exchange for center Oskar Sundqvist and a swap of picks that was key to the deal.

“I think today was another significant day in what we started a year ago, in trying to transition into a younger group,” Armstrong said. “I think this is very much in tune with that game plan. This has been an active day for the St. Louis Blues.”...

The excitement was then met with some disappointment when it was announced that Reaves had been dealt. The longest-tenured Blue was drafted by the club in the fifth round in 2005 and established a faithful following here.

“That was a real difficult deal for myself and the organization,” Armstrong said. “Ryan is a leader and someone that everyone really respected. He is a real good player and we’re certainly going to miss what he brings to the team. But he’s going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season. But it was the ability to get a first-round pick, walk out of this draft with two first-round picks and a player that we have on our roster next year.”


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Don’t Do It New York Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The last thing the Rangers should do and the last thing the Rangers intend to do is to leap head-first into the free-agent pool and dole out the kinds of long-term, big-money contracts to players on the wrong side of 26 years of age that have handcuffed this franchise the past two seasons.

The temptation and the cap space in the wake of Derek Stepan’s departure to the desert are both there, all right, for general manager Jeff Gorton to outbid the world and grant defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and center Alexander Radulov lengthy deals for $40 million plus.

But that would be all wrong for this franchise, which is kind of mystery meat at the moment. This is the time for Gorton to take a deep breath and etch a plan for the future through which the Blueshirts retain maximum maneuverability and are not caught with guys who can be expected to naturally regress three or four years into their respective contracts.

The Rangers just escaped cap hell in a painful process in which they essentially were forced to shed Stepan and Dan Girardi, franchise bedrocks who became contract anvils. They are not going to take the immediate plunge back into it by signing Shattenkirk, whom they have had repeated opportunities to acquire over the past 15 months, or Radulov.


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NHL Draft Short Notes

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CHICAGO (June 23, 2017) – Following are notes from the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, held Friday at United Center:


The New Jersey Devils selected center Nico Hischier (Naters, Switzerland) with the top pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, making him the highest-drafted Swiss-born player in NHL history:

Pick # Player Team Pos. Birthplace Year
1 Nico Hischier NJD C Naters, CHE 2017
5 Nino Niederreiter NYI RW Chur, CHE 2010
9 Timo Meier SJS RW Herisau, CHE 2015
11 Kevin Fiala NSH LW St. Gallen, CHE 2014
13 Sven Baertschi CGY LW Bern, CHE 2011

Hischier also became the seventh player from outside North America chosen with the No. 1 overall selection in the NHL Draft – and first since 2012:

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Discontent bubbles as Wings get ‘their guy’ in the draft’s first round

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 9:22 AM: After two-plus hours spent "getting to know" the Red Wings' 9th overall draft pick, Michael Rasmussen, through blogging work and at least 20 updates to the Rasmussen entry...

I'm OK with the pick--Rasmussen is a 6'5" power center who goes to the front of the net and stays there--but I will readily acknowledge that there were players with more direct paths to the NHL "on the board" when the Red Wings made their pick.

The problem with getting attached to draft prospects is that there's a 1-in-31 chance that they're going to be picked by your team, and for the Red Wings, that was the case with the rest of the first round (at least after the 3rd or 4th pick), and many "fan favorites" were passed over by the Wings for a player whose skating and consistency are not expected to be NHL-ready come September.

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa suggests that the Wings have had a bad week in terms of improving their fortunes (between the expansion draft and the first round of the "entry draft")...

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St. Louis Trades Ryan Reaves To Pittsburgh

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More coming shortly...



added 10:02pm,



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Blues Trade Jori Lehtera And A Pick To Flyers For Brayden Schenn

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Red Wings draft Michael Rasmussen 9th overall

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings have drafted Michael Rasmussen 9th overall in the first round of the 2017 draft:

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Patrick Eaves Agrees To A Three-Year Deal With Anaheim

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added7:54pm, press release is below...

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