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P.A. Parenteau Is Now Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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How Much Is Mike Green Worth?

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from Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post,

After factoring in aging and recent performance, a reasonable 2015-16 estimate for Green would be between six and seven point shares skating top-line minutes for another team, a mark that would have placed him in the top 50 among all defenseman this season and in the top 25 for all right-handed blue liners.

The NHL salary cap is set at $71.4 million for the 2015-16 season, so for a team looking to garner 100 standings points during the regular season, the minimum you would expect a championship team to have, that would value Green’s performance between $4.3 and $5 million for the 2015-16 season. If he can replicate the production from this past season, he would provide $6.1 million in value, which was close to his actual cap hit for the season ($6.08 million).

However, his contract demands will likely exceed that, so the Capitals made the right choice letting him go. And now we wait to see which NHL club is willing to overpay.


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St. James: Wings qualify all NHL RFA’s

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Well, we still don't know about the fates of Tom McCollum or some of the Grand Rapids Griffins' restricted or unrestricted free agents-to-be, but the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Wings have made qualifying offers to all of their NHL RFAs, Landon Ferraro included:

So Smith's been qualified...

And now we wait on McCollum, Jared Coreau, Mitch Callahan, Louis-Mark Aubry and Nick Jensen. It already sounds like Andy Miele's fielding other teams' NHL offers, and Kevin Porter won't return.


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‘Two Things’: On the Wings’ draft picks and Lidstrom, Fedorov and the Hockey Hall of Fame

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

'Two Things':

1. MLive posted a set of videos helping fans "get to know" the Wings' draft haul;

2. And the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned a novella-sized column discussing Nicklas Lidstrom's incredibly likely induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame today at 4 PM EDT, and Sergei Fedorov's probable induction to said institution:

Continue Reading »

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The Past Week And The Rest Of This Week

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from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

This year, with such a seemingly weak free agent class, you’d think the mistakes that lead to buyouts will be minimized. Then you see Colorado give Carl Soderberg that money and you imagine that Wednesday’s opening day of free agency could see all kinds of money thrown at players simply because they are available without having to be acquired via trade.

It will be fascinating to see what kind of money is offered to players like Mike Green, Antoine Vermette and Matt Beleskey. Some GMs, however, think agents and players better be ready to make very quick decisions before the money dries up.

“The money that’s there on July 1st may not be there a few days later,” said one GM.

Interestingly, the Bruins and Rangers made decisions on the weekend to avoid tying themselves to long-term contracts they deemed excessive by moving Dougie Hamilton and Carl Hagelin, respectively. In other words, both teams demonstrated it’s still possible to say, “No.”

Other weekend takeaways:

— Most people believe the Kings will bounce back next season after missing the playoffs, and adding Milan Lucic should help. Still, it’s worth remembering that L.A. gave up its first round pick (No. 13) to get Lucic, and has already surrendered its first round pick next season in another strong draft year.

much more

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Short Hockey Notes

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

- Picking up winger Carl Hagelin from the New York Rangers was a major coup for the Anaheim Ducks because the player they gave up, Emerson Etem, hasn’t found any consistency as a former first-round draft pick. Hagelin can be a third-liner with burning speed. The Ducks may have the two fastest NHL players ­— Hagelin and Andrew Cogliano — now. They’ll both kill penalties. “The speed element in the game is getting bigger and bigger and we have to move with the times,” said Anaheim general manager Bob Murray.

- Chris Pronger is getting into the Hall of Fame on Monday as is one of the three or four best defenceman of all-time. Detroit Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom, along with former teammate Sergei Fedorov, are strong possibilities. Let’s hope that longtime University of Alberta hockey coach Clare Drake gets in as a builder, too.

- The Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks were looking to change their netminding at the NHL entry draft, but didn’t get a deal done. The Sharks could still trade for the Dallas Stars’ Kari Lehtonen, but he’s overpriced at $5.9 million. The Flames still have Jonas Hiller and will let free agent Karri Ramo walk because they have to play farmhand Joni Ortio, who can’t go to the minors anymore without going through waivers.

much more...

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KK- The Week Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We are basically on trade and UFA talk watch starting this morning.

George Malik of The Malik Report and I will be doing our best to bring you the most current news as UFA day approaches on Wednesday at 12:00pm ET.

Coverage will at least be in full mode through the Fourth of July holiday weekend and we will play it by ear if we need to extend the coverage another week.

Then a little 'relaxed' time which will allow me to plan on KK 2.0.  Do note posting will continue during this time, but news does slow down during that period.

The KK donation drive is over 75% at this time and any funds you may be able to donate is greatly appreciated.  This will be a major overhaul of KK and will include many bells and whistles.

Do understand we will continue to make KK easy to navigate, no pop-up or auto-play ads and nothing to interfere with your browsing of KK.

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From A Fantasy Point Of View, The Trades During The NHL Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Collins of Dobber Hockey,

What trades had the greatest fantasy impact? Not including players selected in the draft through traded draft picks, here are the top 10 players that were impacted in deals this past weekend.

 10. Antti Niemi

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Niemi. I wanted him to win the Vezina in 2013, and thought the Sharks threw him under a bus by not starting him in Game 6 of the first round series a couple of years back when the Kings made their historic comeback. Niemi is also pretty underrated fantasy-wise. Despite his struggles this past year, and a Sharks team that didn't give him much help, Niemi still ranked 19th in Yahoo rotisserie and head-to-head leagues (ahead of Ryan Miller, Craig Anderson, Sergei Bobrovsky and Kari Lehtonen). Now, if he signs with Dallas, he gets a chance to be the number one goalie on a team that scored the second-most goals per game last year. The only reason he isn't ranked higher is because of the uncertainty he signs in Dallas, and if he does, whether he splits starts with Kari Lehtonen. If he goes into next season as the certified number one, he jumps up to number one on this list.

 9. Mikhail Grigorenko

Probably no player has ever been as happy to get away from a team than Grigorenko is to get out of Buffalo. It may be too hasty to say the team ruined him, but it would not be surprising for a 21-year-old to very dejected after his few years there.

read on

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