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Follow Along On UFA Day

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Today at 12:00pm ET the fun begins and may I remind you this is a start of a marathon and not a sprint.

Sure, some of the top UFAs could sign today but the UFA period continues throughout the summer and signings can happen at any time.

TSN Tracker and Sportsnet Tracker

Below, find embedded tweets from some of the key people in the hockey world.

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Darren Helm Resigned By Detroit

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Get Dirty, Kenny

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Zero Point Zero Zero.

Yes, it's Blutarski's grade point average. Well earned, I might add. 

It's also the numbers you saw on the clock on draft day as we waited for the Wings to select at #16. No pick. Pan to Kenny. Happy. Content. Glazed. Post coital, almost. 

He'd done it and every one of us knew it. He'd shed the weight of Datsyuk's contract and that could only mean one thing: Stamkos.

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Reminder Of UFA Day Coverage On The NHL Network

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SECAUCUS (June 30, 2016) – As the 2016 free agency period begins this Friday, July 1, at 12 p.m. ET, NHL Network will provide its most-ever live coverage of the first day of free agency, with seven live hours of breaking news updates, analysis from an expert panel and interviews with newsmakers from throughout the NHL.

Starting this Friday at 11 a.m. ET, NHL Network will simulcast Sportsnet’s Hockey Central: Signing Season, followed by NHL Tonight: 2016 Free Agency live at 1 p.m. ET. NHL Network’s coverage will be anchored by Jamison Coyle and Steve Mears, with reaction and analysis from EJ Hradek, Brian Lawton, Bill Lindsay and NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen, who will all be stationed in various studio locations at NHL Network’s headquarters, plus insight from NHL Network and Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman in Toronto. At the end of the day, NHL Tonight: 2016 Free Agency Recap Show will review the notable signings to date and the latest news on remaining unsigned players. 

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Hunches And Expectations From The Hockey Insiders

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No Doubt, It Will Be An Interesting Period For Ken Holland

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Players Should Be The Focal Point Of Our Game

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

NHL overcoaching – three on the bench, one upstairs, one breaking down video – has turned hockey on its ear. Once a game played by driving forward toward the opposition net, it is now a game where most attack comes from behind that net.

The obsession with shot-blocking has created a new game where goalies, once usually the smallest and quickest players on the team, are now sought for their size, the theory being that should a puck ricochet through the bodies it will bounce off the giant wearing the oversize equipment.

Howie Meeker thinks, as does Bob Gainey, that going down to block a shot should be a penalty. We completely agree.

By sticking endlessly to “systems,” coaches lose trust in players who freelance, who take it upon themselves to change the game, who try things that don’t always work.

Today’s coaches say they want only “200-foot players,” suggesting that yesterday’s players, Wayne Gretzky and Guy Lafleur, for example, would be stapled to the bench until they learned how to play “the right way.”


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Should The Wings Target David Backes?

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Why he would interest the Red Wings: He would fill their need for a top-two center who can provide offense and their desire for a big, physical forward.

How he could fit in with the Red Wings: He would be their second-line center and play in all situations (power play, penalty killing).

What it might take to get him: Term could be the sticking point. The Red Wings would be hesitant to give more than three years and he probably wants four or five, perhaps at between $5 million and $5.5 million per season.

Three key questions: 1. How risky is it to sign a 32-year old with a lot of hard miles on him to more than three years? 2. He stepped up in the playoffs, but how concerning is his decline in production during the regular season? 3. Is it a red flag that the Blues didn't re-sign their captain – at least not yet?


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Panthers extend Ekblad

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Miami Herald's George Richards:

The Florida Panthers’ intriguing offseason continued late Thursday night.

On the eve of the free agent market opening up, sources within the team confirmed the Panthers and emerging star Aaron Ekblad came to an agreement on an eight-year, $60 million contract extension.

Ekblad, 20, cannot sign a new deal with Florida until the NHL’s new fiscal year begins Friday at noon. Although Ekblad isn’t expected to formally sign anything Friday because of the opening of the free agency period, he will in the coming days.

The new Ekblad deal will not kick in until the 2017-18 season. Ekblad will be in the final year of the three-year entry-level deal signed after he was the top overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft.


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Happy Canada Day And Happy UFA Day Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Enjoy your long weekend Canada and probably many in the US too for the 4th of July.

Teams can start signing UFA players at 12:00pm ET today.

Who is the first signing?

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