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Enough Of The Shootout

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Stinson of the National Post,

NHL training camps opened on Thursday, so there was the requisite talk about working hard, making the best of opportunities and, of course, “compete level,” since a law was passed two years ago that prevented anyone associated with the league from saying “competitiveness.”

There was little talk of luck. No one really wants to open a 10-month slog by saying their team needs luck, but it remains that every team in the NHL does. Luck matters more than it should in this league, because it still settles regular-season games with the shootout.

Rather than eliminate the game-ending coin flip, the NHL instead chose to tinker around the edges: a quick scrape of the ice after regulation time to improve ice quality and a change of ends for overtime that will force each time to have to use the further bench, which increases the chances of poor line changes that lead to odd-man rushes.

Will these moves have a noticeable effect on cutting down the number of games — almost 15% of them — that are decided by hockey’s version of a home-run hitting contest? Possibly. But the changes aren’t going to catch teams by surprise. Having to make long changes just might encourage teams to be extra cautious when making them, rendering overtime periods less exciting than they already are, when too often it seems that both sides are willing to take their chances with the dice roll at the finish.

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Red Wings Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-morning round-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' training camp begins this morning at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, with three teams skating from 9:30 AM till 1:45 in the afternoon (the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau has the players' numbers available, too, as well as the roster for Saturday night's Celebrity and Alumni game). As Paul's been helming the blog, I need to catch you and myself up with what's going on in Red Wings news...In about two hours.

So I'm going to go against the grain and do Ye Olde Source-By-Source Summary of what's transpired over the past two days.

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Video/Audio- Bob Cole Ready For Another Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bob Cole joined Prime Time Sports yesterday to discuss calling Saturday night hockey games on Rogers/Sportsnet.

 

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The Cap Situation In Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Krug finished a spectacular rookie season with 14 goals and 40 points, and shocked the kind of charge into the B’s power play that would make a defibrillator jealous.

He also finished fourth in the Calder Trophy voting, and then watched two of the award finalists (Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat) get locked up with three year, $10 million contracts as RFA’s. It’s natural that Krug thought a healthy payday was coming to him, and Boston’s offer of one year and $1.25 million – the exact same deal given to Matt Bartkowski – seemed like a bit of a lowball offer.

It’s also lower than what Krug made last season when he toped $1.75 million based on salary plus the $850,000 in bonuses he earned by reaching a few milestone statistics (25 assists and 40 points). Technically he’d be taking a pay cut with what the Bruins currently have on the table as an offer. That’s a tough sell to a skilled player ready to take off, but that might be why Johnny Boychuk has been front and center about the trade rumors.

“There’s times when you get paid very well, and there’s times when you don’t,” said (Jeremy) Jacobs. “That’s how the [salary cap] system is built, and it’s functioning and doing very well. We’ve never had more money to spend than we have right now, and we spent every cent that we had.

“It isn’t like these people are necessarily underpaid. [It’s not like] they can’t live on it. They just want to do better. I don’t blame them. I can’t think of a person in this room that doesn’t want to do better. But their time will come, and if they’re great players moving forward then they’ll be compensated as they get older.”

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Wild sign Kuemper, suspend Harding

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Minneapoils Star-Tribune's Michael Russo:

Thanks to Josh Harding’s broken foot, Darcy Kuemper got his one-way contract. On the eve of players taking the ice for the first time, the Wild conceded in its standoff with its young goalie by signing Kuemper to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

“I’m super excited to continue this journey with the Wild and can’t wait to see and get back on the ice with my teammates,” Kuemper said in a text message.

The move comes a day after veteran Ilya Bryzgalov agreed to a tryout and hours after General Manager Chuck Fletcher met with Harding to try to establish how he got injured in an off-ice incident Sunday involving an altercation with a teammate.

Soon after the meeting, Fletcher made the decision to suspend Harding. During the time he recovers, Harding won’t be paid a prorated portion of his $2.1 million salary and he won’t count against the Wild’s salary cap. The paperwork was filed and all parties were notified late Thursday.

In the meantime, Fletcher said Thursday night that Kuemper’s signing won’t affect Bryzgalov’s tryout. If Kuemper’s not one of the top-2 goalies in training camp, the Wild can sign Bryzgalov and assign Kuemper to Iowa of the American Hockey League without waivers.

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Centre Ice Arena releases Red Wings training camp schedule with some tweaks

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings released their training camp schedule and roster on Wednesday, and Centre Ice Arena has posted a companion schedule for those of you who weren't aware of the last-minute tweaks in terms of practices before and after the Red vs. White game on Sunday, as well as some of the practice drills' topics:

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Evening Line - Jon Cooper

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"He's an investment for us.  isn't just, 'Well, he was a high draft pick, let's throw  him into the lineup and he's going to come in here and be our MVP.' That's not how he should be looked at by everybody. He's a 19-year old junior hockey player that's trying to work his way into the National Hockey League. We want him to not only perform this year, but 10-15 years down the road. For me, there's no rush on Jonathan Drouin. Let's see where he fits in, if he makes the team. We're very confident in his abilities."

-Jon Cooper, head coach of the Tamap Bay Lightning on Jonathan Drouin.  A bit more from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

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More Fans Needed At Avalanche Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of The Denver Post,

Unlike recent years, the Avalanche is a "cap team" again, one with a payroll coming close to the NHL's $69 million cap ceiling for the 2014-15 season. Under the ownership of the Kroenke family, led by Stan and son Josh, the Avs' cap-averaged payroll entering Wednesday was $67,279,762 — up about $15 million from the highest it got last season.

What might surprise fans is that the Kroenkes agreed to substantially increase payroll despite the Avs being in the bottom five of the NHL in ticket revenues last season, at about $26 million. The Avs' ticket revenue was low enough that it qualified for the NHL's revenue-sharing plan, a complicated formula that helps buffer teams whose revenues dip for whatever reason. Several years of losing teams saw Avs attendance slide, and while the team is a winner again and season-ticket sales have improved from last year, some of the financial aftereffects of the losing years are still being felt.

That is why Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic is both thankful to the Kroenkes and hoping fans will reciprocate by coming out to games more often this season.

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Stan Bowman Will Play The Waiting Game Before Making A Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Powers of ESPN,

The Blackhawks are around $1.3 million over the $69 million cap and would have to shed more cap payroll if they wanted to include Teuvo Teravainen or any of their other prospects on the NHL roster.

Bowman believed the Blackhawks would be able to locate a trade partner in the coming weeks.

“I think leading into training camp most guys want to get going,” Bowman said Thursday before the Blackhawks open training camp at Notre Dame. “Like I said, everyone sort of has a plan that they like how things go. Then a week from now, your plan might have to be changed because players you expected to do something [don’t do something.]

“A lot of teams have some high hopes for some of the young players and then you get them in games and you realize, well, they’re a young player, they’re not going to be able to do what I thought they might. It’s a bit of a waiting game at this point. We’ve had a lot of discussions over the last weeks or months, but until guys get on the ice not a lot changes from July until now. I think we’ll see that play itself out over the next couple weeks here.” 

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Peter Chiarelli On Trading A Defenseman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com,

 "... you don’t wish one of these d-men to be traded, but we just have too many d-men. So at some point I’m going to have to do it, and most of the teams in the League will like one of these defensemen. And I know everybody’s wondering 'will he make a move?' 'will he make a move?' but I’m going to see what’s going to happen, see who fits well with whom."

The trade market right now is "pretty good," according to Chiarelli, and has been that way all summer.

"I've said that I'm looking to trade a defenseman, but I'm very eager to see the competition," he said. "There's spots, there are no restrictions - if I have to open with eight D, I can, so there's no real pressing need to do it, other than it's not ideal."

The Bruins nearly opened last season with eight defensemen, before Kevan Miller was the final cut.

"Seven spots ideally, but I could carry eight."

more on the Bruins...

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