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The Process Continues

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The next few strokes of that process begin Sunday when the NHL Scouting Combine takes place in Buffalo, and lasts until June 2.

Holland, assistant general manager Ryan Martin, director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright, and several other executives from the Red Wings front office will spend time in Buffalo sifting through over 100 draft-eligible players.

“It’s an opportunity for us to get to know them, ask questions, find out a bit about who they are,” Holland said. “You have all the top players in one (city). I like to say it’s sort of like painting a picture.

“This is another chance to gather information and learn a little more about them.”

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The Edmonton ‘Plan’

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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This just in from the Oilers, news that the team has hired: “TheOilers have hired Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros as assistant coaches.”

My take

If I’m not mistaken, we now know what The Plan is for the Edmonton Oilers: axe all the asst. coaches, keep the same coach, GM and almost all the same players and see how that turns out.

In other words, The Plan is to bet the mediocre Edmonton Oilers of 2017-18 were a fluke, while the strong Oilers of 2016-17 were the real deal and the team can bounce back to that higher level.

It looks like we’ve got a full slate of new assistants in Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Emanuel Viveiros, and that’s a fine and encouraging development, given how horrendous the Oil’s special teams were last year and the strong pedigree of the incoming coaches.

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Capitals vs. Golden Knights: Why the Stanley Cup Final will be Iconic

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There is never a dull moment when it comes to the Stanley Cup Final. However, this year is set to be even more compelling; this is because the teams battling each other have both notable differences and a lot in common. To begin with, the Washington Capitals will be playing their first Cup Final in 20 years. Overall, this is their second final ever. The Capitals have come this far after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Eastern Conference Final. Their opponents for the final are the Golden Knights of Las Vegas. Below is a look at why many fans are paying close attention to the NHL lines as the game proves to be classic.

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Notes On The Stanley Cup Final

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FIRST-TIME WINNER GUARANTEED AS VEGAS, WASHINGTON REACH CUP FINAL
After each winning their division during the regular season, the Golden Knights and Capitals will meet in a best-of-seven showdown to determine which club will win its first-ever Stanley Cup. Game 1 is set for Monday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

* This marks the sixth Final in NHL history – and first in 11 years – to feature two clubs each chasing their first-ever Stanley Cup. Either the Golden Knights or Capitals will become the 19th active franchise to win the Cup.

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Morning Line- Dave Feschuk On Steven Stamkos

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Maybe it’s fitting his nickname is “Stammer.” Synonyms include “Falter,” “Wobble” and “Repeat.” This is the same player who emerged from his only trip to the Stanley Cup final with zero goals and one assist in six games.

As much as the hockey world has accused Ovechkin of being unfit to lead in big moments, it’s Stamkos who is building the more compelling resume for post-season underperformance.

-Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star where you can read more on Stamkos.

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Report- The Pittsburgh Penguins Will Try To Trade Phil Kessel

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from Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins are trying to trade Phil Kessel.

That's according to Mark Madden of the team's flagship station, 105.9 FM. He made the statement on his radio show yesterday.

According to Madden, the Penguins are going to try to move Kessel to another team this offseason, and "Kessel is OK with that."

As Madden phrased it, "the key word is try." He couched the chances of a potential deal happening because of Kessel's $6.8 million price tag and his reputation of being a hard player to coach.

Madden cited "sources close to the Penguins and to Phil Kessel." His explanation for Kessel's endorsement of a potential trade stems from two points.

The first of which is Kessel's alleged displeasure over the fact that he hasn't been able to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin full-time, instead being used as the balancing point for head coach Mike Sullivan to spread his top talent over three scoring lines.

The second is "underlying dissatisfaction" between Kessel and Sullivan.

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What David Quinn Brings To The New York Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

They were talking about practice at Thursday’s introductory press conference for David Quinn. The 35th coach of the Rangers talked about practice, so did general manager Jeff Gorton, and so did lettermen Kevin Shattenkirk and Kevin Hayes, both of whom are familiar with Quinn’s methods.

In fact, they talked about practice so much at the Garden that Allen Iverson’s head must have hurt by the time the festivities had ended.

Attention to detail, work habits and sound defensive structure are the tenets by which the Rangers will live and breathe playing for Quinn. This will mark a dramatic and refreshing change from the previous regime, under which practices became fewer and farther between (and less constructive) and the papier-mâché structure eroded as Alain Vigneault’s tenure reached five years.

In one sense, this move from the veteran with 1,216 NHL games and 648 career victories to this NHL neophyte was a radical one in keeping with the organizational philosophy to go young. 

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Watch below as the New York Rangers recap David Quinn's hiring day in 60 seconds.

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What Would You Do?

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Video- Mic’d Up Western Conference Final Clinching Game

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Just a little under 4 minutes to watch.

 

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Video- Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman Met With The Media Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Steve Yzerman on the season and playoffs.

 

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