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A Seven-Year Contract For Evander Kane In San Jose

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There’s Always Next Season

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“Next season,” said Abdelkader, of how quickly the Wings can re-enter the playoff picture. “We’re real close as a team. We’re going to have some young players who’ll get an opportunity to play on the team. We’ll have growth from within, (if) veteran guys maintain their levels (of production), young players will an opportunity to play and help the team,”

“It’s a league that’s so tight.”

more, including comments from DeKeyser and Helm...

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It Is Now Kyle Dubas And Everyone Else In Toronto

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

When Brendan Shanahan started navigating his way through the Bermuda Triangle he’d built in the Toronto Maple Leafs front office, there was no way for him to keep all of Lou Lamoriello, Mark Hunter and Kyle Dubas happy.

He weighed his options and elected to hang on to his most precious resource. He named Dubas the general manager on May 11.

That left the others with a choice to make.

For Lamoriello, it meant either staying on in a powerless senior advisor role with the Leafs or finding more influence elsewhere. We should not be surprised he’s now the New York Islanders president of hockey operations – working alongside his son, Chris, and in possession of “full authority over all hockey matters with the organization.”

For Hunter, passed over in favour of a man 23 years his junior for the Leafs GM job he desperately coveted, it meant swallowing his pride or moving on. He did what many people in that situation would do.


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Todd Nelson Receiving Offers For Assistant Coaching Position In The NHL

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from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

Todd Nelson is on the short list of AHL coaches ready to be an NHL head coach. Until he receives such an offer, Nelson is in the process of figuring out the best path to get there.

The Grand Rapids coach won a Calder Cup last year with the Griffins. His team made the playoffs again this season and now, according to NHL sources, multiple NHL teams have reached out to him about the possibility of taking an assistant coaching job with their clubs. It’s believed the Dallas Stars and at least one other Western Conference team have expressed interest. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has also talked to Nelson about the assistant coach opening in Detroit, following the departure of John Torchetti.

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Video- Round 3 Chatter

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Both on the ice and in the dressing room.


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Eastern Conference Final Game 7 Notes

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NEW YORK (May 22, 2018) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals will decide the Eastern Conference Final in Game 7 Wednesday night at AMALIE Arena in Tampa (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Eastern Conference Final has required a seventh and deciding game.

The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights in a best-of-seven series beginning Monday, May 28.

If the Lightning advance, they will host Game 1 against the Golden Knights at AMALIE Arena in Tampa. If the Capitals advance, they will play Game 1 on the road against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

While the Lightning and Capitals never have met in a winner-take-all contest, and have not played one in the 2018 postseason, Game 7 is familiar territory for both.

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Why No Hockey Players On ESPN’s World Fame 100 Issue

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from Sachin Dave Chandan of ESPN,

For ESPN The Magazine's third annual World Fame 100 issue, we calculated the most famous athletes in sports. For the second year in a row, no hockey players cracked the top 100.

Here's why. First off, to create the list, we started with more than 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries, then had ESPN's director of analytics, Ben Alamar, rank them based on a formula that took into account three fame factors: endorsement dollars; Google Trend score, which measures how often a name is searched, using Cristiano Ronaldo's score of 100 as a baseline (the higher the better); and social media following. (Since not all athletes are on every platform, we used only the number from their most popular account.)

Remember, this is a global ranking of fame. While hockey is an international sport, other sports have a much larger worldwide footprint. Thus, the most players on the World Fame 100 -- including No. 1, Ronaldo -- come from soccer, the biggest game in the world. Even though the NHL is the most popular league in Canada, that country's population is miniscule compared with, say, India (more than 1.3 billion) -- which helps explain why 10 cricket players from the Indian Premier League, which has a viewership of 316 million, made the top 100, while no NHL or Major League Baseball players did.

The two highest-ranked hockey players on the full list were who most people would suspect, but No. 3 was a bit of a surprise:

continued (Ovechkin at #133, Crosby at #157 and Kovalchuk at #193...

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Lou Lamoriello Named President Of Hockey Operations For The New York Islanders

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from the New York Isanders,

The New York Islanders announced today the hiring of Lou Lamoriello as President of Hockey Operations. He will have full authority over all hockey matters with the organization. 

"We are grateful to Larry Tanenbaum and the Toronto Maple Leafs for their courtesy in allowing this move," Managing Partner of the Islanders, Scott Malkin said. "We are committed to giving Lou every resource and the full support of the entire organization as we pursue our program to compete at the highest level." 

"I am excited to join such a storied franchise and look forward to working with Scott Malkin and the entire New York Islanders organization," Lamoriello said. 


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The Latest On Mark Hunter

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via Bob McKenzie tweets,

Expectation is that while Mark Hunter is departing TOR, because he has time remaining on his contract, one of the conditions of his departure is that he will not be permitted to work for another team until after 2018 draft and free agency period.

Which is to suggest he won’t necessarily be restricted from working for another team for the remaining year of his TOR contract, but it will be later in the summer before he would be permitted to do so.

TOR could have had Hunter run the 2018 draft but didn’t want someone who had expressed a desire to leave the organization doing it. So they agreed to part ways now, albeit with a condition on when he could begin working for another NHL team.

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About The Vegas Golden Knights

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...McPhee didn’t just pick players who could be more significant players in the NHL than they had been given the chance to be. He hit home runs, the most notable one being William Karlsson from the Columbus Blue Jackets. In two of his last three games as a Blue Jacket, Karlsson didn’t get 10 minutes of playing time from John Tortorella. Columbus saw more value in Josh Anderson and Alexander Wennberg than Karlsson.

Deryk Engelland was better as a Golden Knight than as a Calgary Flame. Alex Tuch delivered more for Vegas than Minny ever thought he was going to deliver for them.

In retrospect, McPhee did a superb job, but not because he was given a list of all-stars and former first-round picks to choose from. He selected well, and more than a few of his selections turned out better than he could possibly have imagined....

It’s a wonderful tale, the hockey story of the year, but also one that detracts from many of the traditional beliefs of the sport. It really shouldn’t be this easy.

But Vegas has made it look easy. No fluke. No special treatment. Lots of sweat and hard work and dedication made it happen.

Still, having a successful expansion outfit is one thing. Having one this successful is quite another.


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