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Montreal Trades Alex Galchenyuk. For Max Domi

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added 9:42pm, Montreal press release is below.

added 9:49pm, Arizona release is below.

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Ottawa Senators Suspend Assistant GM Randy Lee

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OTTAWA - Senators' general manager Pierre Dorion has issued the following statement on assistant general manager Randy Lee:

"As our hockey club's initial statement made clear, our Hockey Team - and our organization as a whole - will always hold our leaders, coaching staff, players and employees to the highest standards of behaviour.


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The Official NHL Draft Order

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NEW YORK (June 15, 2018) -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2018 NHL Draft presented by adidas at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The first round will take place on Friday, June 22 (7:30 p.m., ET/6:30 p.m., CT, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS) and the subsequent rounds (2 through 7) on Saturday, June 23 (11 a.m., ET/10 a.m., CT, NHL Network, Sportsnet, TVAS).

All networks also will feature pre-event coverage on Friday (TVAS at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT, NBCSN and Sportsnet at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT).

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Did Not Playing In The Olympics Help The Washington Capitals?

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from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

What if Leonsis had gotten his way and convinced his fellow owners of their short-sighted folly in skipping the Olympics?

Seven of Washington’s top eight scorers would have been automatic choices for their respective countries: (Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitri Orlov for Russia; TJ Oshie and John Carlson for the U.S.; Nicklas Backstrom for Sweden; and Lars Eller for Denmark). Backup goalie Philipp Grubauer would have gone for Germany and starter Braden Holtby would have been a candidate for Canada’s team, which would have had some interesting choices to make in goal.

Now, other Eastern Conference powerhouses would also have been affected, not just Washington. Tampa would have sent Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and probably Steven Stamkos. All three members of Boston’s top line (Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak) would have gone, as would goalie Tuukka Rask. Toronto would have been interesting: Frederik Andersen (Denmark), William Nylander (Sweden), plus Auston Matthews and possibly James van Riemsdyk (USA) would have played.

But if you go team-by-team through the NHL, you’d probably conclude that no single club would have been affected more by Olympic participation than the Caps.

more (paid subscription) plus Roberto Luongo on social media these days and other topics...

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Detroit’s UFA Wish List

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Left wing Ilya Kovalchuk is at the top of their wish list. They'd be willing to give him a two-year contract at a high salary, a source said. They believe he's capable of scoring 25 to 30 goals....

The Red Wings are interested in bringing back Thomas Vanek, 34, on a one-year deal. They would trade him at the deadline for a draft pick if they're out of the playoff race. Vanek was a good fit in Detroit in 2016-17 (15 goals, 38 points in 48 games), before being dealt to Florida at the deadline for a third-round pick....

The Red Wings are eying two 32-year-old goalies - Carter Hutton of St. Louis and Anton Khudobin of Boston. Hutton, their first choice, went 17-7-3 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Khudobin went 16-6-7, with a 2.56 GAA and .913 save percentage.

Despite reports that the Red Wings are looking to trade goalie Jimmy Howard, a source said there is no chance of that happening.

more names, like the Wings may not re-sign Frk, RFA talk too...

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Mike Hoffman And Monika Caryk Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

Mike Hoffman and Monika Caryk wanted to clear the air Friday.

They both categorically deny that either of them had anything to do with the cyberbullying of Melinda Karlsson, the wife of Ottawa Senators’ captain Erik Karlsson.

Speaking in an exclusive interview from their home in Kitchener Friday afternoon, Hoffman and Caryk, his fiancée, say they’re distraught over what happened to the Karlssons and they want to help them find the person responsible.

Caryk has hired Toronto lawyer Sheila Block of Torys LLP to reach out to the Karlssons’ representatives and the Senators to conduct a third-party investigation. They are adamant that they do not have anything to hide.


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Afternoon Line- Ken Dryden On Concussions

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For Gary Bettman, this can still be a huge win. It’s easy for any of us to see what’s wrong, even to see what’s right. What’s hard is to do right. Gary Bettman is the one who can do right, and only he can. The achievement would be his. A game that’s just as exciting to play and to watch, where the number of life-transforming head injuries to its players is drastically reduced. If he does help move the league to take these steps: no hits to the head — no excuses — some will say, sure, but it took him so long. Yet a few months after that others will say, and say rightly, yes, but at least he did act. That’s what matters.

-Ken Dryden at The Athletic where you can read more ($$$) on this topic.

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The Detroit Red Wings Announce Their Preseason Schedule

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DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2018-19 preseason schedule.

The Red Wings will hit the ice for the first time in 2018-19 by hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena. That matchup starts a stretch of three home games in four days, with contests against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and the Boston Bruins on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m. Detroit will then travel for four road games in a six-day span, visiting Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 23 (3:00 p.m.), Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 25 (8:30 p.m.), Boston on Wednesday, Sept. 26 (7:00 p.m.) and Toronto on Friday, Sept. 28 (7:30 p.m.), prior to the eighth and final preseason game against the division-rival Maple Leafs on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena.

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John Tavares Just May Re-Sign With The New York Islanders

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from Sportsnet,

Want some good news, Islanders fans? Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that it’s starting to appear more likely there’s a deal to work out that keeps him around.

“The chances are getting better and better, I would say, that John Tavares is going to remain a member of the New York Islanders,” Johnston reported ahead of Thursday’s Game 7 of the Calder Cup Final. “He’s had a real active dialogue with Lou Lamoriello in the few weeks since Lou Lamoriello has taken over the Islanders and there is a belief that there is a deal there for John Tavares and the Islanders to be made.

“That being said, we are only a week and a half out from the period where he’s able to speak to other teams and if he does not reach an extension here in that window he will be able to speak to some of those other teams and this might change. But as it is now it does appear the wind is blowing him back towards the Islanders.”

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The Mess In Ottawa

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Dorion has to trade Mike Hoffman, but he can’t. No team is going to touch Hoffman. Not unless the police quickly conclude their investigation and that find his fiancée, Monika Caryk, is innocent of serious harassment charges made by Melinda Karlsson.

If such turns out to be the case, Melinda Karlsson will be liable for defamation. She knew this going in.

Dorion has to trade Erik Karlsson before the draft, to get picks that theoretically will develop a year sooner than the ones he would get for Karlsson next year, but he can’t. Not while there’s still a shadow of a doubt as to which of Melinda or Monika is telling the truth.

The one that isn’t could spread more poison that would destroy her man’s next team.


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