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NHL General Managers On The UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos at Canada.com,

“Certainly there are players who can help teams,” Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “But they’re not franchise players.”

And yet, that may not stop some teams from paying them franchise dollars. Supply and demand can make general managers do funny things. And a shallow talent pool has suddenly made big fish out of a number of mid-level free agents.

“I don’t like to overpay. That’s not in our vocabulary,” said Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney, who on the weekend traded for Chris Pronger, who is no longer playing because of injuries, but still has a cap hit of 4.9-million, in order to reach the salary-cap floor that will rise in 2015-16 to $52.8-million from $51-million.

“We can’t chase it. You sign bad deals and a year from now you’re like, ‘Why did we do that?'”

Chances are someone will pay (or overpay) for Green or Beleskey. Someone will get caught up in the frenzy and sign a contract they will soon regret. Which is why smart general managers might be better off doing what Brian Burke did several years ago: Accept a chance to visit Canadian troops in Afghanistan on July 1 and wait for the free-agent dust to settle.

“I had a bunch of general managers tell me that they’re not going for the flavour of the month. They have no appetite for that,” said agent Rick Curran of the Orr Hockey Group, who represents free agent defenceman Christian Ehrhoff. “What they do want is the guy they’ve been looking at and following for the last six months and are hoping that for one reason or another he doesn’t re-sign.”

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Hall Of Fame Inductions

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class has just been announced.  Going in are first time eligible Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger.  They are all clear Hall of Famers.  In fact Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger are players that I wrote about when I first considered them Hall of Famers.  I wasn't blogging yet when Nicklas Lidstrom reached that threshold.  I also wrote posts for the retirements of Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger.  Of course the Chris Pronger retirement is a controversy as it hasn't officially happened yet.  We all know that he will never attempt to play another NHL game but for salary cap reasons he remains active on paper and was traded to the Arizona Coyotes for his salary cap hit over the weekend.  He works for the NHL and yet somehow they still consider him an active player.

Phil Housley joins this group.  He has been long overlooked.  His retirement in 2003 predated my blogging but I have long seen him as a Hall of Famer.  Housley is the fourth highest scoring defenceman of all time with 1232.  The next highest scoring eligible defenceman who is not in the Hall is Gary Suter who is almost 400 points behind Housley.  Not including Housley in the Hall made a mockery of point totals for defencemen.

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Your Hockey Hall Of Fame 2015 Inductees

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley and Angela Ruggiero will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2015.

Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos were also inducted as builders.

Lidstrom’s election was a matter of inevitability. One of the most dominant defenders of his era, Lidstrom is a seven-time Norris Trophy winner, including six wins in seven seasons between 2001 and 2008. Lidstrom won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, earning the 2002 Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP. He became the first European to win the award and in 2008 became the first European to captain a club to a Cup title.

His international resume is equally impressive as Lidstrom won World Championship (1991) and Olympic (2006) gold representing Sweden. He became the 17th member of the “Triple Gold” club at the 2006 Turin Games.

In 1,564 games with the Red Wings Lidstrom scored 264 goals and 878 assists.

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Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov named to Hockey Hall of Fame’s 2015 Induction Class

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

It's official!

Update: The Free Press has posted a Lidstrom photo gallery, and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Jimmy Devellano about Lidstrom...

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Flyers Trade Zac Rinaldo To The Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, June 29, that the Bruins have acquired forward Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the Bruins natural third round draft pick in 2017.

Rinaldo skated in 58 games with the Flyers during the 2014-15 campaign, registering one goal and five assists for six points. Rinaldo led the team in penalty minutes with 102.

In total, the 25-year-old has skated in 223 games at the NHL level - all with Philadelphia - notching eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points with 572 penalty minutes. The forward has led the Flyers in penalty minutes the last four seasons.  Rinaldo has also skated in 14 NHL postseason games with Philadelphia, racking up 64 penalty minutes.

The 5'11'', 185-pound native of Mississauga, ON was drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Grand Rapids Griffins fill out coaching staff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:

RAMSAY AND SIMON JOIN GRIFFINS' COACHING STAFF

The Detroit Red Wings on Monday announced the hiring of Bruce Ramsay and Ben Simon as assistant coaches for the Grand Rapids Griffins. In addition, assistant coach Mike Knuble, goaltending coach Jeff Salajko and video coach Bill LeRoy will reprise their coaching roles with Grand Rapids.

Ramsay, 46, has been the head coach of the Tulsa Oilers in the ECHL and Central Hockey League for the past six seasons, compiling a 185-180-35 record in 400 regular season games from 2009-15. Most recently, Ramsay’s Oilers earned a 37-29-3-3 record in their first ECHL season and qualified for the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs, where they fell to the eventual champion Allen Americans in five games during the first round.

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Red Wings release development camp roster + teasers from Sipple

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 8:24 PM:

Here's the press release...

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Roose: Yzerman, Draper support Sergei Fedorov’s Hockey Hall of Fame candidacy

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

There's actually some doubt as to whether Sergei Fedorov will be named a 2015 inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame today at 4 PM EDT, but Kris Draper and Steve Yzerman told DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose that Fedorov's case for induction is rock-solid:

“He had a fabulous career,” Yzerman said of Fedorov. “Looking back we wish he could have spent the entire career in Detroit, but things change along the way. One of the most-talented athletes I’ve ever been around. A really, really nice guy and I hope he gets inducted.”

In a time when Gretzky and Mario Lemieux roamed NHL rinks, Fedorov was developing into one of the league’s most exciting two-way centers. A swift skater and gifted stick-handler, Fedorov was equally potent as a high-scoring center or puck-moving defenseman.

“Sergei to me was one of the most dynamic players that the game has seen,” Draper said. “There were so many different ways that he could impact a hockey game. Obviously, just an elite skaters, an elite goal scorer, probably straight out one of the fastest skaters that I’ve ever played with, and just the ability to turn on a dime, the agility that he had down low on a cycle, the strength that he had. He was almost a freak of nature with the kind of condition he was in. He was a guy that could do a lot of great things. He was a great face-off man and he could score short-handed. He could score on the power play, so a guy who could impact the game in many, many ways.”

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Los Angeles Kings Terminate The Contract Of Mike Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards, the club announced today.

The club has issued the following statement and will not comment any further at this time:

“The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team's right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract. We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time.”

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Going Right To 3-on-3 In OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Brandon Sun,

Players preferred all three-on-three, Schneider said, not only because it doesn't add more time to games but because they believe it will produce better hockey.

"What it really boiled down to was, players said, 'If we want to end games sooner going three-on-three, then having three-on-three for the longest period of time was the way to go about it,'" Schneider said in a sit-down interview last week in Las Vegas. "They think it's going to be exciting, wide-open hockey."

The AHL had incredible success cutting down on shootouts in its first season under the seven-minute overtime format split four-on-four and three-on-three. The key to it working in the NHL might be how three-on-three is coached.

"I hope three-on-three does what everyone thinks it's going to do," Schneider said. "I hope coaches don't start coaching it defensively because it could turn ugly quickly. My position always was: If Mike Babcock wants to get to the shootout, he's going to get to the shootout whether it's three-on-three or four-on-four."

Schneider is a supporter of the shootout and had to put his personal feelings aside when talking to players and attending the competition committee meeting in early June. Commissioner Gary Bettman at one point asked players which they'd prefer — the status quo of four-on-four overtime or three-on-three, and Schneider said a great majority wanted the latter.

The question of the AHL format or status quo was never brought up, Schneider said.

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