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Dmitry Kulikov Headed To Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Just saw BUF and FLA reps at Central Registry table. I think this might be Kulikov

Hearing Kulikov to BUF. Not sure of return yet.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Datsyuk’s agent on the contractual trade to Arizona

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sovetsky Sport's Elena Korsun quotes the TASS News Agency, which spoke with Pavel Datsyuk's agent regarding the Wings' trading of Datsyuk's contract to the Arizona Coyotes:

"Before leaving, Pavel signed the document in his contract [approving] a trade to another team. He always wanted to help Detroit," said [agent Dan Milstein] to TASS. "He also signed his retirement papers before his departure, and tomorrow we'll send those out to Arizona, and after tomorrow he can sign a contract with a KHL team."

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The Chicago Blackhawks Will Miss Andrew Shaw

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

The Blackhawks needed a player like him, a player with heart.

But it's not like he has an abundance of talent. From a skill standpoint, frankly, there's nothing he does all that well.

His best attribute might be that he's willing to fight for space in front of the net and can tip pucks past goaltenders with virtually any part of his anatomy.

The truth, however, is that Shaw is a mediocre talent and the Hawks couldn't afford his asking price.

He was a fan favorite on a small, soft team that had few gritty players, and Shaw -- despite being only 5-foot-11, 180 pounds -- played like one of the Hawks' biggest players.

And Hawks fans will miss him.

GM Stan Bowman tried to sign him, but Shaw thought he was worth more than the Hawks were willing to pay, and that's why he's in Montreal today, in part because he was a victim of the salary cap, but also because he put too high a price on his limited ability.

Joel Quenneville will not be happy that Bowman could not retain one of the coach's favorite players, though they did trade Teuvo Teravainen in hopes of having enough cap space going forward to keep Shaw around, and they did about all they could to keep Shaw in Chicago.

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Nothing Yet From The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers made like the person on line at the deli counter of a supermarket whose ticket is numbered 81 while Ticket No. 1 was being served. Which is to say, the Blueshirts waited … and waited … and waited through a night largely devoid of drama that began with Toronto’s first-overall selection of Auston Matthews.

The Blueshirts did not move Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider or Kevin Klein (Klein surfaced Friday as possible trade bait). The Blueshirts are not offering their assets at a discount. And while Kevin Shattenkirk remains in St. Louis after a deal with Edmonton collapsed, the Rangers are not pursuing the right defenseman with only one year remaining on his contract prior to potential free agency.

But it is not as if the carriage turned into a pumpkin at midnight. This was not the trade deadline. Gorton, whose team has selections 81, 98, 141, 171, 174 and 201 as the draft concludes with rounds two through seven on Saturday, will continue to work on deals in advance of July 1 free agency.

The Rangers have $56 million in cap space committed to a shadow roster of 15 players (two goaltenders, five defensemen and eight forwards), thus leaving $17 million to complete the 21- or 22-man roster. That $17 million would include the approximately $9 million to $10 million it likely would take to re-sign impending restricted free agents Kreider, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes and Dylan McIlrath (if not traded).

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What Did Columbus Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he would take the best player available, regardless of position. Then, he turned his back on the best player available and everyone at First Niagara Center knew it. The media on the risers raised their eyebrows and a vocal crowd keened.

What was this man doing?

Kekalainen was in discussions all afternoon with his counterpart from Calgary. If he wanted to move Sergei Bobrovsky’s fat contract and gain some cap relief, Calgary was a good partner. If he wanted to trade down in the process, Calgary was a good partner, and so was Edmonton.

There was a deal to be done. Toronto was not trading out of the No. 1 hole; the Leafs wanted Auston Matthews. Winnipeg was not trading out of the No. 2 hole; the Jets wanted Patrik Laine. That left Kekalainen with the prime trading asset in the draft, the No. 3 pick. He talked all afternoon. He did nothing.

The Finnish GM sent his Finnish scout to the microphone to announce that the Blue Jackets had selected Pierre-Luc Dubois of Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Say what?

Where was the other Finn?

Nothing against Dubois, who won the QMJHL’s Best Professional Prospect award. He is a versatile center who fills an area of need. He might be a terrific player in a year or two or three. The point is this: Every scout in the world rated three players at this draft as NHL-ready. The third was Jesse Puljujarvi. After him, there was a cliff.

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The Leafs Have Their Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Now he becomes the most important player to pull on a Leafs sweater in more than three decades.

The team will be mindful not to bill him as such, but after essentially punting on the 2015-16 season to set itself up for the chance to pick No. 1, it’s tough to conclude otherwise. Matthews is the organization’s first top draft choice since Wendel Clark in 1985 and stands to become the cornerstone piece of a long-overdue rebuild.

Scouts project him out as a high-end No. 1 centre – the Leafs haven’t had one of those since Mats Sundin – and some compared him to Joe Sakic during a draft year where he dominated the Swiss League while playing for the Zurich Lions.

That Matthews will enter the NHL as a player of high interest during its centennial season is only fitting. Roughly 25 years have passed since the league embarked on a sunbelt expansion strategy designed to attract new fans and players to the sport.

He instantly becomes a poster child for that movement.

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

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The Calgary Flames Have A Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of TSN.

“We were linked to every goaltender from Timbits to senior men’s league on Sunday nights,” Treliving said, laughing. “We might’ve talked to them all, too.”

Elliott, 31, led the league in save percentage last season with a .930 mark. He also started 18 of the Blues’ 20 playoff games this spring, bringing St. Louis to within two wins of the Stanley Cup final.

“You see his game, he’s sort of a late bloomer,” Treliving said. “Maybe he doesn’t get the fanfare of a lot of other guys, but when you dig into the numbers, he’s one of the best goaltenders in the league for the last number of years.”

After losing out on Frederik Andersen to Toronto earlier in the week, the Flames were believed to have kicked the tires on Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury and maybe even Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky before finding a sweet spot in St. Louis.

Elliott’s reasonable contract at $2.5 million, plus the relatively low acquisition cost to acquire him, made him a worthwhile proposition for Calgary - especially considering they were the last team standing in need of a starter.

The Blues, meanwhile, wanted to turn the crease over to 25-year-old Jake Allen, who split the starts with Elliott last season.

“I just felt when you look at the combination of the player, the person, the acquisition cost, the contract, we thought it was a smart move for us,” Treliving said. “It was hard to find people to say a bad word about him. As we looked around, this one just made sense. If we don’t have an extra second-round pick, we don’t have a goaltender tonight.”

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The TSN Insiders After Day One Of The Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Other teams can now talk to Steven Stamkos but the TSN Hockey Panel explains why that doesn't mean he's done with the Lightning. They also look at a move the Red Wings made that will help them pursue Stamkos.

Watch James Duthie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie here, available for all geo locations.  They also discussed the Edmonton Oilers, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ben Bishop, Marc-Andre Fleury and contract situations in San Jose.

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Enticing Steven Stamkos

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings have several selling points to Stamkos:

-- He could be their franchise player, filling their No. 1 center spot for the foreseeable future.

-- Stamkos can form a strong 1-2 punch in the middle with soon-to-be 20-year-old Dylan Larkin, who they have talked about moving to center.

-- He would be playing in a new building in 2017-18 when Little Caesars Arena opens.

-- He would be close to his Toronto home without the intense media spotlight of Canada's largest city.

-- The franchise has qualified for the playoffs 25 consecutive seasons.

-- The club is committed to spending to the cap every year.

-- They have young talent in the pipeline.

-- He could be their next captain after Henrik Zetterberg retires.

If Stamkos leaves the Lightning he'll have other suitors. The Maple Leafs are expected to make a big pitch. Some reports say the Buffalo Sabres could offer as much as $12 million a season. The Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks also have been mentioned as possible suitors.

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All About The First Round Of The 2016 NHL Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 24, 2016) – Following are notes from the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, held tonight at First Niagara Center:

MAPLE LEAFS SELECT MATTHEWS FIRST OVERALL

The Toronto Maple Leafs selected forward Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) with the top pick, making him the seventh U.S.-born player to go No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft and the first since 2007:

Year 1st Overall Pick Team Position Birthplace
1983 Brian Lawton MNS C New Brunswick, N.J.
1988 Mike Modano MNS C Livonia, Mich.
1995 Bryan Berard OTT D Woonsocket, R.I.
2000 Rick DiPietro NYI G Winthrop, Mass.
2006 Erik Johnson STL D Bloomington, Minn.
2007 Patrick Kane CHI RW Buffalo, N.Y.
2016 Auston Matthews TOR C San Ramon, Calif.

RECORD-SETTING OPENING ROUND FOR U.S.-BORN PLAYERS

Twelve U.S.-born players were selected in the first round of the draft, an NHL record. Five of those players grew up in the St. Louis area: Matthew Tkachuk (No. 6 overall, CGY), Clayton Keller (No. 7 overall, ARI), Logan Brown (No. 11 overall, OTT), Luke Kunin (No. 15 overall, MIN) and Trent Frederic (No. 29 overall, BOS).

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