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Still Quiet In Chicago

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from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

With 12 forwards, five defensemen and two goaltenders, the Hawks have more than $71 million committed already, and a few spots left to fill. Talks with Kruger continue to inch along slowly, though Bowman said Tuesday that the two sides were “close” to a deal. Defenseman prospect Stephen Johns is the front-runner to make the team out of camp, so that’s another $800,000. And the Hawks want to add another veteran defenseman, whether it’s bringing back Oduya somehow (his cap hit was $3.375 million this past season) or Kyle Cumiskey, or signing someone such as Christian Ehrhoff.

Next year’s salary cap will be $71.4 million, so salary-shedding trades are still coming. The Brandon Saad trade did little to prevent that, as Artem Anisimov and Marko Dano gobble up the salary earmarked for him. Sharp and Bickell still are the leading candidates to be dealt, as they combine for a $9.9-million cap hit, each with two years left on his contract.


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Anaheim Ducks/Kevin Bieksa Agree To Two-Year Extension

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Kevin Bieksa to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Bieksa, 34 (6/16/81), was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft on June 30, 2015. Bieksa collected 56-185=241 points with a +22 rating and 879 penalty minutes (PIM) in 597 career NHL games with Vancouver. Among all-time franchise defensemen, the 6-1, 198-pound blueliner ranked sixth in scoring, assists and games, and fourth in PIM. Among franchise playoff leaders for defensemen, he led in goals (10), ranked third in appearances (71) and sixth in scoring. Bieksa helped lead Vancouver to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final vs. Boston, earning 5-5=10 points in 25 postseason games.

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On The Mike Richards Terminated Contract

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from Eric Macramalla at Forbes,

... However, let’s assume the Kings terminated the Richards contract after learning he was arrested in connection with the unlawful possession of OxyContin.

If that’s the case, expect the Kings to have a tough time upholding the termination of the Richards contract in the event the NHLPA files a grievance....

Why the uphill battle for the Kings? The reason is the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse And Behavioral Health Program Policy.

This Drug Policy sets out specific drug treatment protocols that must be followed in the case of an arrest or conviction related to drugs. Since it was collectively bargained between the Union and the NHL, adhering to the Drug Policy is not optional for teams; it’s mandatory. For example, a team cannot simply elect to ignore the collectively bargained terms for the sake of convenience. The whole idea behind the Drug Policy is to get players the help they need. The focus of the Drug Policy is ultimately rehabilitative and not punitive.

Any departure from collectively bargained terms may be met with a grievance.


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Do The Vancouver Canucks Know What They Are Doing?

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Benning is apt to be judged by how well many of the young prospects the club has and continues to bring in under its umbrella do as their careers unfold. Certainly, the early reports on him as a negotiator and as a trader are not particularly good, although there’s no way any of his trades can be fully judged yet.

But the dismissal of Laurence Gilman Thursday seems to be yet a monumentally bonehead move for two reasons.

First, the contract negotiation work in which Gilman had a massive hand during the Mike Gillis years was infinitely superior to the couple of early samples of contract work we’ve seen from this regime. If ever there was a clear strength from the old crew it was in this area, both in negotiating the hard ones and getting guys to take less to stay here. Yet they kiss off the guy largely responsible. How the owner can sit there and watch this happen is anyone’s guess.

Second, Gilman had an outstanding relationship with the powers that be in the NHL’s head office. Losing that longevity of rapport for the money they paid Gilman makes no sense, even if they decided that the wizard who signed Derek Dorsett and Luca Sbisa should continue in that role and Trevor Linden will forever be listed among Gary Bettman’s favourites.

It’s not that we didn’t know it was coming, given Gilman had no hand in negotiating anything other than dinner reservations for these guys, but the stupidity of it hits home when it happens.


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Los Angeles Kings Statement On Slava Voynov

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LOS ANGELES – Earlier today, Slava Voynov entered a no-contest plea to a single misdemeanor, domestic violence charge. The Los Angeles Kings have issued the following statement relating to this development:

“We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just. Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message. We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment.”

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T.J. Oshie Traded To The Washington Capitals

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ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have acquired right wing T.J. Oshie from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for right wing Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set,” said MacLellan. “He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal. We also want to thank Troy for his contributions to our organization on and off the ice and wish him well in St. Louis.”

added 4:58pm, St. Louis release is below...

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KK- It Is An Extended Holiday Weekend

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Canadians may still be celebrating Canada Day, Americans may have started early with the 4th of July weekend.

Me, I will be around, doing what I do but maybe with a pop in hand on occasion.

Enjoy, be safe and check every so often for any hockey news.

Also, please consider the KK Donation Drive if you haven't done so at this point.  Thanks.

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Paul Martin Says Thank You To Pittsburgh

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from Paul Martin at The Players' Tribune,

There are many more people I’d like to thank, but most importantly, I’d like to thank the fans. You were all so supportive and passionate. When I arrived here, I was a defensive specialist — definitely not a household name. I used to have a joke when I was driving around town with friends and spotted someone in a Penguins jersey. “Hey, there’s a no. 7!” You see so many 7s in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, most have an 8 before or a 1 after. Sid and Geno run the town. Whenever I would see an actual Paul Martin jersey, I’d usually pop my head out the window and say hello.

I’ll never forget the kids who would come up to me and say, “You’re my favorite player. I want to play just like you.” That never stops being an incredible feeling.

So thank you, Pittsburgh. And hello, San Jose. I can’t catch a break. I’ve got some stiff competition in the team store with Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Burns … I might have to buy a bunch of teal no. 7 jerseys and circulate them around the city. Keep your eye out.


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Slava Voynov Plea Deal

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added 2:50pm, more via Hammond tweet,

DA says conviction will result in Voynov deportation. Defense is objecting to that, saying it is not mandatory. Some debate.

Judge clarifies that possible Voynov deportation is a matter for immigration court, not this court.

added 2:52pm, Hammond...

Judge has accepted plea agreement.

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Afternoon Line- Zack Kassian

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“I can play physical, I can grind it, and I like the cycle game, but at the same time, I like to make plays and I like to score goals. When I’m at my best, I can do both. When you’re young and you come into the league, you have to kind of find your role and find what you can do. There were a lot of bumps in the road, but I think over the years, I gained a lot of maturity. I’m excited to be part of the Canadiens and I’m excited to have a fresh start and become the player I can be.”

-Zack Kassia of the Montreal Canadiens.  More at the Canadiens' website.

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