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added 4:26pm, Vancouver release is below...

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Patrick Eaves Traded To The Anaheim Ducks

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via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks have acquired right wing Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional 2017 second-round draft pick originally acquired from Toronto in the Frederik Andersen trade.

Eaves, 32 (5/1/84), co-led Dallas with a career-high 21 goals (tied with Tyler Seguin) and ranked tied for fourth in the NHL with 11 power-play goals at the time of the trade. Eaves appeared in 59 games with the Stars this season, recording a career-high 37 points (21-16=37) with 16 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-0, 200-pound forward also led the team in power-play goals, ranked third in points and power-play scoring (11-5=16), and second in shots on goal (154).

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A Five-Year Extension For Patrik Beglund In St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS - The Blues have agreed to terms on a new five-year, $19.25 million contract extension with center Patrik Berglund.

Berglund's previous three-year deal was set to expire at the end of the season. If left unsigned, he would have become an unrestricted free agent.

Berglund has played in 60 games this season and ranks second on the team in goals (17) and is third in game-winning goals (3). He has netted 16 of those goals in his last 30 games.

Berglund has been with the Blues since being drafted by the club in the first round (No. 25 overall) in 2006. The Vasteras, Sweden-native is one of just 16 players to appear in at least nine seasons with the Blues. He has accumulated 286 points, including 145 goals and 141 assists, in 615 regular season games. Berglund has also posted 10 goals and 12 assists in 49 career playoff appearances.

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Detroit’s Defense When It Comes To The Expansion Draft

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings are expected to use the 11-player formula. Whom will they protect? Today’s focal point is the defensemen.

Protect: Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green and another to be determined. DeKeyser is a workhorse who anchors the top pairing. Green is the only D-man on the team who generates anything offensively.

Who might the third man be? It depends on what happens with Brendan Smith. He’s unrestricted this summer but has said he is open to staying. He sometimes makes questionable decisions with the puck, but he is mobile and has an edge to him, something the Wings lack. If he leaves, the Wings would need to replace him, and the UFA market is getting weaker every summer. If he can be had for somewhere in the $3.5 million-$3.75 million range, that would be a fair salary cap hit. If he is re-signed, then he’d join the protected list. It’s also possible that the Wings trade for a defenseman after the season, in which case that player would be protected.

Expose: Jonathan Ericsson, Nick Jensen, Niklas Kronwall, Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul. Ericsson is signed through 2019-20, at a cap hit of $4.25 million. Jensen could be the third guy protected if Smith is gone and there is no newcomer via trade. He makes mistakes but can recover because of his excellent skating. Kronwall is 36 and has a permanently bad knee. A conversation needs to be had at season’s end about whether he can even play next season or goes on long-term injured reserve, freeing up $4.75 million per year through 2018-19. Ouellet has good hockey IQ but is not a great skater. The jury is still out on Sproul -- he can shoot the puck but hasn't been able to establish himself on a team that sure could use more offense from the back end.


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Trade Deadline Odds

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via Bovada,

How many draft picks will be traded on the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline?

Over/Under                   14.5


How many players will be traded on the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline?

Over/Under                   34.5


How many trades will there be on the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline?

Over/Under                   17.5


Will Gabriel Landeskog be traded on the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline Day?

Yes      +250     (5/2)

No        -400     (1/4)

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As The Trade Deadline Approaches

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from TSN,

Kevin Shattenkirk has spent most of the season on the St. Louis Blues’ trade block, and, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, three potential trades have fallen through over the past eight months on contract negotiations.

The Blues have attempted to create a deal involing a long-term contract for Shattenkirk with a new team to maximize their return for the defenceman. However, McKenzie notes deals with the Edmonton Oilers (over the summer), and two other teams (one in November and one in the last month) fell through because Shattenkirk could not reach a contract agreement.

According to McKenzie, the latest offer to Shattenkirk was believed to be a seven-year deal worth $42 million contract with a $6 million AAV.

continued, many more names discussed....

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Prospect news: Kadeikin registers 2 assists in playoff win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In playoff action, in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin had 2 assists in 14:49 of ice time as Lokomotiv Yaroslavl won 7-2 over Dynamo Minsk, taking a 2-0 lead in the teams' first-round series;

In regular season action, in the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo had an assist in 8:37 of ice time as TPS Turku lost 2-1 to the Lahti Pelicans;

And in the OHL, Filip Hronek finished at -1 with a penalty taken in the Saginaw Spirit's 4-1 loss to Windsor;

In the AHL, in player reassignment news, from the Grand Rapids Griffins:

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Video- NHL Action From Thursday Night

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What To Do With Evander Kane?

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Three months after nobody wanted him, with the NHL trade deadline approaching, Kane’s value has reached an all-time high. He’s performing like the dominant player Tim Murray envisioned when he traded for him two years ago. Rest assured several teams would take him off the Sabres’ hands before Wednesday....

The disparity between the Sabres’ demands and bids they receive is likely too wide to complete a deal, but you never know. Murray holds Kane in high regard after making him the central figure in the blockbuster to acquire him from Winnipeg. But it also would be a disservice to the Sabres for him to overvalue Kane without considering all variables.

Murray should listen to offers. Wayne Gretzky was traded in 1988 after leading the Oilers to their fourth Stanley Cup in five years. It’s not as if Kane is untouchable. The same is true for any player, including Jack Eichel. If Murray can improve his team for the foreseeable future, he should pull the trigger. It makes for a tricky situation.

Kane has scored 21 goals over the past 36 games, including 20 at even strength. He’s been one of the NHL’s best forwards in recent months. Effort is not an issue. The guy plays hard even when he’s not playing well. Kane’s simple style and knack for finding soft spots in defensive coverage complements Eichel and fills a need.


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Grading The Contracts

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Past salaries aren't relevant and there's plenty of time in the offseason to think about the future. With that in mind, we're going to look at this year's contracts and decide whether they're good, fair or poor. You can do the same in the comments section.

Justin Abdelkader

Age: 29
Contract status: Signed through 2022-23
Salary cap hit: $4.75 million
Analysis: Some say Abdelkader is overpaid and that's hard to argue given his production this season – four goals, nine assists and a minus-13 rating in 42 games. But the biggest issue with Abdelkader's deal might be its length. By the time the deal expires, he'll be 37 and what will he have left in that final season given his physical style of play?
Verdict: Poor

Danny DeKeyser

Age: 26
Contract status: Signed through 2021-22
Salary cap hit: $5 million
Analysis: Like some of his teammates, DeKeyser has regressed after showing such great promise during his first four seasons. His deal might not have seemed like a bad one when he signed it last summer had he continued to make progress. But he's struggled all season, making it look like the Red Wings potentially overpaid while committing for too many years.
Verdict: Poor


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