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The Buyout Period This Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Note- Some went on waivers today and will be bought out when they clear.


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Jared Boll On Waivers, Will Be Bought Out

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COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Jared Boll on waivers, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. If Boll clears waivers by 12 pm on July 1, the club will buy out the final year of his contract.

“Over the past 10 years, Jared Boll has been an impact player for the Columbus Blue Jackets on the ice and one of our best ambassadors in the community and for that we are extremely thankful,” said Kekalainen. “Everyone here has great respect and affection for Jared and wish him well. This decision was a difficult one, but one that we believe is in the best interest of our club at this time.”

Boll, 30, was Columbus’ fourth pick, 101st overall in the 2005 NHL Draft. He has registered 27-35-62 and 1,195 penalty minutes in 518 career games. He is the club’s all-time leader in penalty minutes and ranks fourth in games played, trailing Rick Nash (674), Fedor Tyutin (553) and David Vyborny (543).

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Video- Best Free Agent Signings Of All Time

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Ed Belfour, Scott Niedermayer, Zdeno Chara, Adam Graves and Scott Stevens,

What do you think?


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Custance: Trouba, Fowler should be Wings’ Plan B targets

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 12:09 PM: ESPN's Craig Custance examined the "Plan B's" (I'm pretty sure that, technically speaking, it should be "Plans B," but that sounds a little stuffy) for the teams that were interested in Steven Stamkos, and in his Insider-only article, Custance suggests that the Red Wings now need to make a trade:

Detroit Red Wings

New target: Jacob Trouba

Signing Stamkos would have given the Red Wings a replacement for Pavel Datsyuk. It would have given them a headliner for their new arena and a supserstar for the next era in Detroit.

It also wouldn’t have addressed their biggest need, which is getting younger and more mobile on defense.

The Jets would move Trouba for the right price, especially with Trouba’s big contract looming as a restricted free agent and Winnipeg facing expansion draft protection challenges in less than a year. The Jets ideally want a left-handed defenseman who can play in their top four and would be willing to commit to Winnipeg long-term as part of the package back. There may not be a fit there with Detroit. If not, Holland should turn his attention to Cam Fowler.

Custance continues...

Update: NHL.com's Nichols J. Cotsonika also weighs in:

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NHL Network announces free agency coverage

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the NHL:


NHL Tonight to Continue to Provide the Latest News and Analysis Throughout the Summer

SECAUCUS (June 30, 2016) – As the 2016 free agency period begins this Friday, July 1, at 12 p.m. ET, NHL Network will provide its most-ever live coverage of the first day of free agency, with seven live hours of breaking news updates, analysis from an expert panel and interviews with newsmakers from throughout the NHL.

Starting this Friday at 11 a.m. ET, NHL Network will simulcast Sportsnet’s Hockey Central: Signing Season, followed by NHL Tonight: 2016 Free Agency live at 1 p.m. ET. NHL Network’s coverage will be anchored by Jamison Coyle and Steve Mears, with reaction and analysis from EJ Hradek, Brian Lawton, Bill Lindsay and NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen, who will all be stationed in various studio locations at NHL Network’s headquarters, plus insight from NHL Network and Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman in Toronto. At the end of the day, NHL Tonight: 2016 Free Agency Recap Show will review the notable signings to date and the latest news on remaining unsigned players.

For the first time, NHL Tonight will continue to air throughout the summer beginning Tuesday, July 5, at 7 p.m. ET to continue to provide the latest information and analysis on player signings, free agency updates and news throughout the League. From July 2-4 at 10 p.m. ET, NHL Network will re-air all five episodes of SHOWTIME Sports’ ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup, the behind-the-scenes documentary series with unprecedented access to the 2016 Eastern Conference Final featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning, the 2016 Western Conference Final with the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues, and the 2016 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks.

Additional information on NHL Network’s programming schedule is available here.

About NHL Network: As the TV home for the National Hockey League, NHL Network™ gives viewers an all-access pass to complete hockey coverage both on and off the ice, including live NHL games and special on-site coverage of NHL events, plus three signature studio shows, interviews, highlights and expert analysis from a variety of hockey insiders and former players. Additional programming includes behind-the-scenes features, player profiles and international and amateur hockey competitions. For more information on NHL Network, log on to http://nhlnetwork.com or follow @NHLNetwork on Twitter.

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‘Two things’: Stats comparisons for defensive targets and Givani Smith’s workout

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 11:10 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Tom Mitsos compares the advanced stats of Kevin Shattenkirk, Cam Fowler, Dan Hamhuis and Jacob Trouba in a superb article...

2. And via Reddit user anigrell, it turns out that Givani Smith is on Instagram, and he posted a cool video of himself and his brother Gemel Smith training for the upcoming season:

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Finding A Fit For Troy Brouwer

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Brouwer understands that the flat cap will be a factor, and so he balances the interest and decisions he'll have to ultimately make once the free-agent market opens at noon ET on Friday.

"The big guys are always going to get their money, and then it’s kind of a trickle-down effect,” said Brouwer. "What’s left? And what teams are going to have money left to offer? You have to know before going [into] free agency that you might not get to go to your first choice because they don’t have cap room for you. Or you might be No. 2 or No. 3 on their list of guys they’re targeting.’’

The fact that Steven Stamkos has made his decision and stayed in Tampa Bay is great news for the next group of UFAs, led by Milan Lucic, Kyle Okposo, Loui Eriksson, Andrew Ladd, Frans Nielsen, Mikkel Boedker and David Backes and yes, Brouwer.

Much depends on what a team needs -- but if it’s physicality, scoring and character, they would get it in Brouwer.

"You want to get a guy who has a physical element. You want a guy who scores goals in the right areas -- especially come playoff time,’’ said the same Eastern Conference scout. "[Brouwer is] a deceptive skater. Some people question the top end of his skating, but to me he just seems like a guy who, when he gets inside the top of circles, that’s where he plays his most effective game. That’s kind of where the game is headed.

more plus other topics...

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Red Wings release summer development camp roster and schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 12:57 PM:

… Camp Begins Wednesday, July 6 in Traverse City; All 2016 NHL Entry Draft Selections Slated to Attend…

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today released the schedule and preliminary roster for their 2016 Development Camp, which will be held at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from July 6-10. The camp begins on Wednesday, July 6 and features on-ice skill development and off-ice workouts each day, including scrimmages on Friday, July 8 and Sunday, July 10. The camp roster currently consists of 39 players: 23 forwards, 11 defensemen and five goaltenders.

The camp will be split into two sides, Team Howe and Team Lindsay, and will feature daily on-ice instruction and skill development from a team of coaches, led by Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Todd Nelson. Attendees will also take part in NHL-level off-ice workouts and attend classes designed to help players transition to professional hockey, while receiving feedback from Red Wings coaches and management.

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Your Top 50 UFA List

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

That sound you heard on Wednesday afternoon was not Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto imploding, but rather an armoured Brinks truck backing up to the residences of Milan Lucic, Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo.

With Steven Stamkos off the market, the NHL’s other top tier free agents still stand to cash in on Friday with large paydays.

The "frenzy" part of Free Agent Frenzy is largely gone thanks to a five-day interview period which has saved NHL GMs from themselves, but quite a few teams will still be looking to spend on Friday. A number of non-budget teams who may have been gearing up to land the "big fish" - the Red Wings, Rangers, Sabres, Islanders, Bruins and even Panthers - all have more than $15 million in salary cap space to spend. 

Even other teams who do not have a significant amount of salary cap space, such as the Nashville Predators, may still be in a position to spend. GM David Poile said he modernized his defence corps, but he still has nearly $6 million at his disposal with 21 players already signed (13 forwards, six defencemen and two goalies). Friday will be interesting.

Lucic, 28, vaulted to the top of TSN's Top 50 Free Agents list once Stamkos decided to remain in Tampa Bay for the next eight years.

continued with the top 50 UFA list...

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Decision Time For David Backes

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

At some point soon, pending unrestricted free agent David Backes will make a decision that will have ramifications on many levels.

Will Backes leave the only organization he's ever known, the Blues, who selected him in the second round of the 2003 NHL draft and appointed him the 20th captain in franchise history in 2011? If he does, who does the club turn to for its next leader?

Will Backes, who let the tears roll in a postgame interview following the Blues’ playoff loss to San Jose in the Western Conference finals, continue the quest for the organization’s first Stanley Cup? If he doesn’t, how does the team reload?

A career — and potentially franchise-altering — verdict could be known in the next 24 hours, as Backes and the Blues approach the start of free agency without a contract extension for the 32-year-old forward. Opposing clubs were allowed to begin courting unrestricted free agents last Saturday, and the period to sign them opens at 11 a.m.(CT) Friday.


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