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Going Right To 3-on-3 In OT

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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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Antti Niemi Signed By The Dallas Stars

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added 2:18pm, Dallas release is below...

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Ken Holland’s Plan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

"Where's Mule going to be in September?" Holland asks. "Certainly we expect him to be healthy. Everything I'm told is that he's making good progress. He's healthy. He's practicing. We expect him to be ready."

There's the top-six forward who, when he's right, is better than anyone available in free agency.

By Holland's count, the Wings have 14 forwards, seven defenseman and two goaltenders -- all of whom helped Detroit earn 100 points last season and scare the beejesus out of Stanley Cup finalist Tampa Bay in the opening round of the playoffs.

If anything, the Wings have an abundance of NHL-ready young players, and it's unlikely that all of them will be able to play in Detroit. That's why Holland may be busier trying to make trades than he is shopping the free-agent market.

"I'll explore trades, but to make an upgrade it's tough to match up money and identical needs," he said. "I'm exploring it -- if there's a player with a dimension who can make us better."

Bottom line: The Wings are a young team on the rise energized by a new coach. There are worse things Holland can do than stand pat with this roster.

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Jay Beagle Re-Signs With The Washington Capitals

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ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Jay Beagle to a three-year, $5.25 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We are pleased to re-sign Jay to a new three-year contract,” MacLellan said. “Jay is a hard-working player who plays multiple positions and is an excellent face-off man and penalty killer. Jay has improved steadily since joining our organization and has always brought his game to a different level in the playoffs.”

Beagle, 29, set career highs in goals (10), assists (10) and points (20) in 2014-15 and tied his career high in games played (62). The 6’3”, 212-pound center earned a career-high three points (2g, 1a) on Feb. 11 at San Jose and recorded three of his four career multi-point games last season. The Capitals are 17-0-4 all-time when Beagle scores a goal and were 15-0-1 in 204-15 when he earned a point. In 254 career NHL games with Washington (2008-15), Beagle has registered 47 points (23g, 24a) and 97 penalty minutes.

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LA Kings Have Interest In Signing Andrej Sekera And Drew Stafford Still Talking With Winnipeg

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

- The Kings still have interest in re-signing UFA blueliner Andrej Sekera and perhaps with the Mike Richards buyout they can find enough cap space to do so. But if not, it’s believed 10 teams have shown interest.

- Drew Stafford's agent Steve Bartlett said Monday morning that he continues to talk with the Winnipeg Jets but doesn’t have a deal done. Stafford was a good fit there as a trade deadline pickup but finding the right parameters to stay put is always a challenge. Still, I hope this one gets done, sometimes the fit is more important than just making as much money as possible. Stafford looks good on that roster.

many more updates during this busy time...

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Afternoon Line- Pierre McGuire On The Boston Bruins

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“Hopefully they’re going to groom this new brand of Boston Bruin players. If you’re a Bruins fan, player or coach that’s your hope. And these guys are worth their weight in gold in terms of leadership and understanding what it takes to play in the league. I say this because I’m such a big fan of certain players on that team — one of them is Patrice Bergeron, one of them is Brad Marchand, another one is Zdeno Chara, another one is Chris Kelly — so you ask yourself the question: How do they feel right now? And I can’t think they feel very good about it.”

-Pierre McGuire via WEEI where can read more from McGuire on the Bruins.

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Christian Ehrhoff Wants To Play For A Team With A Chance To Win The Cup

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via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

... unrestricted free agent Christian Ehrhoff can still help a team for sure, the 32-year-old coming off a tough season injury-wise but still a terrific skater and passer.

"I’ve had a number of clubs call me to let me know that they’re going to be interested [when the market opens]," veteran agent Rick Curran told ESPN.com Monday morning.

This time around, it’s not about looking for the monster, long-term deal.

"That’s not his priority, his priority is to get with a club that’s competitive and has a chance to challenge for a Cup," said Curran.

Read into that that they’ve already heard from the more obvious playoff contenders.

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P.A. Parenteau Is Now Available

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MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday that the team has bought out the contract of Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau. The 32-year-old forward was under contract with the Club until the end of the 2015-16 season.

"I would like to thank Pierre-Alexandre for his time as a Montreal Canadien and wish him the best with his career. It was a difficult decision to make, but we feel it gives us more flexibility as we continue to improve our club and provide our young prospects with an opportunity to earn a spot on our roster," said general manager Marc Bergevin.

Parenteau was acquired by the Canadiens from the Colorado Avalanche on June 30, 2014 with a fifth round pick in 2015, in return for forward Daniel Brière. Parenteau recorded 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists) in 56 regular season games with the Canadiens in 2014-15.

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Video- You Want To Take It Slow Today?

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Part 2 of the best slow motion action from the NHL regular season.

 

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What Will The Top UFAs Get In Terms And Dollars?

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from Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet,

July 1 is rapidly approaching and with it, the NHL’s free agent season. As with most years, the 2015 crop lacks elite talent, with the top names available being largely of the good-but-not-great caliber. Still, there are players available at every position who can help a new team.

Here we look at the ones likely to attract the most attention and the most dollars from prospective bidders.

Justin Williams
He’s at the top of the list and has been great value for a long time. He’s currently wrapping up a four-year, $3.65 million contract after previously playing on a five-year, $3.5 million deal.

Williams, a 33-year-old winger coming off a 41-point campaign, checks off a few boxes. He’s long been an analytics darling, with his teams consistently out-shooting the opposition by a ridiculous margin when he’s on the ice, regardless of how difficult his assignments are. He’s also a proven playoff performer who won the Conn Smythe in 2014.

A multi-year deal somewhere in the $5 million range seems probable, with the value dependent on term. Williams is easily worth $5 million now and should rebound offensively outside Los Angeles, but he may only have two or three years left at that level.

continue for a look at Ribeiro, Martin and Green...

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