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NHL GMs On The Vegas Golden Knights And The Expansion Draft

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from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

“I do think it’s great for our league,” Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told NHL.com. “Las Vegas was awarded a franchise, and they paid a significant franchise fee to come into the league ($500 million). I think looking back, and I’m speaking a little bit out of turn here, but looking back at our league and the history of expansion, it’s tough in some of the markets that … if that team doesn’t have a chance for a few years, it’s tough to grow that fan base.

“The rest of the league, it was tough on us because we were losing good players, but I think (commissioner) Gary Bettman did the right thing. I don’t think anybody knew (the Knights) were going to be this competitive.”

John Davidson, Columbus’ president of hockey operations, said: “Through the expansion rules Vegas had a chance to get off to a successful start, and good for them. Now they’re playing for the Cup. That’s what dreams are made of.”...

In the side deal with the Blue Jackets, the Knights drafted David Clarkson, which took his $5.25 million salary off Columbus’ books, then were allowed to draft Karlsson. They also got two draft picks.

“Good for Will. He’s a great kid,” Davidson said.

 more with other GMs...

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Hockey Notes Today

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

USA Hockey’s decision to make John Vanbiesbrouck one of its most prominent faces and forces by hiring the former Rangers (and Islanders and Devils) goaltender as assistant executive director of hockey operations is, at best, a tone-deaf call and, at worst, a willfully ignorant one.

Just over a year ago, the patriarchy faced a boycott from the national women’s team over the administration’s separate and unequal treatment. Now, to replace the beloved, late Jim Johansson as the organization’s grassroots ambassador, this same body has selected an individual whose considerable accomplishments on the ice have been overshadowed by his conduct as the OHL Sault Ste. Marie general manager-coach 15 years ago, when he called his team captain, Trevor Daley, the N-word on more than one occasion and was forced to resign from his post in 2003....

continue for more on the above topic plus more items like this one,

The deal between the Islanders and Maple Leafs that allowed Lou Lamoriello to talk with John Tavares even while the exec was still under contract as a senior adviser to Toronto was orchestrated by ownership, Slap Shots has learned.

It is believed that neither Islanders’ then-president and apparently still-GM Garth Snow nor the Maple Leafs’ president Brendan Shanahan was aware of the agreement. In fact, we’re further told that Snow and coach Doug Weight were kept out of the loop regarding ownership’s talks with Lamoriello while the two men were scouting at the World Championships in Denmark.

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Saturday Hockey Notes

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Will Mark Hunter be joining Lamoriello in mid-July when he’s allowed to sign with another NHL team? “There’s nothing going on at this time,” Hunter told me. I asked if the key words were “at this time.” He just laughed. I asked Lamoriello about Hunter, whom he greatly admires. Lamoriello giggled. He also giggled, for the record, first time I asked him about him going to the Islanders.

- Washington lost Karl Alzner, Justin Williams, Nate Schmidt, Kevin Shattenkirk and Marcus Johansson from last year’s Capitals team and became a better team. Weird.

a few more hockey notes including John Tavares talk...

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Video- Martin Frk Goals

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All 11 from this season.


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Video- Puck Drop Is Getting Closer

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The fun begins Monday night at 8:00pm ET.


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Your Stanley Cup Final Picks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

How did you do with your Conference Final picks? I don't even want to discuss mine!

Who are you picking to win the Stanley Cup?

The Vegas Golden Knights have home ice advantage (6-1 at home thru the first three rounds) but remember the Washington Capitals have an 8-2 road record during the post-season.

note- original post date was 5/24/19 at 1:35pm, Will be moving this post to the top of page until the puck drops so all have a chance to see and participate.

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Barry Trotz Is In The Stanley Cup Final Without A Contract For Next Season

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from Matthew Paras of the Washington Times,

Capitals coach Barry Trotz estimated he has received about 300 text messages since his team advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a Game 7 win Wednesday over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Some of them were from people he hadn’t heard from in “a while.”

“I’ve got a lot more friends than I thought I did, which is good,” Trotz said.

Trotz, though, seemed appreciative. This postseason, the 55-year-old has admitted he’s more relaxed than he used to be. While he’s kept the details private, he said experiences in his personal life have put the game of hockey in perspective.

In the last year of his contract, Trotz has responded with the best season of his career....

But Trotz is now in a good position to see a significant raise from his annual $1.5 million salary. The question becomes: will that come from the Capitals or another team?

“He’s probably going to benefit from this too,” MacLellan said. “It’s not all not good for him. I think he’s done a good job managing it. To come in this year with so many questions — not from my point of view, the lineup questions were that big a deal — but just the emotional state of our team coming in to start the year and how to handle that, I think he’s done an outstanding job.”

read on

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Will Goaltending Be The Difference In The Stanley Cup Final?

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Thirteen years into his NHL career Alex Ovechkin is finally playing for the Stanley Cup. Postseason failure has dogged the Washington Capitals superstar.

Trouble is, goaltending is legal in the NHL, unlike the NBA. And goaltending can either carry a team to the Stanley Cup or doom it to playoff failure.

No individual athlete plays a bigger role in deciding team championships. One great goaltender can be the equivalent of an entire shutdown pitching staff.

A superstar like Ovechkin can hammer shot after shot after shot after shot at a hot goaltender and fail to propel his team. Breakaways, open one-timers, redirections, rebound whacks — a netmender in the zone can stop everything.

Conversely, one shaky goaltending performance is the baseball equivalent of the entire pitching staff tanking. 


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Uh Oh, Vegas City Officials Making Parade Plans

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from Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Sun,

The Golden Knights are four wins away from capturing the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season, but Las Vegas and Clark County officials are already making tentative plans for a celebration.

“I think this has to be a big, blowout celebration,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said as the Golden Knights prepared to face the Washington Capitals at home on Monday for Game 1....

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said he’s already talked to Metro Police and the county’s Department of Public Works about a potential parade. The one group that doesn’t want to get ahead of things, however, is the Golden Knights, he said.

“The Golden Knights really don’t want to have this discussion; there’s some level of superstition involved,” Sisolak said. “They don’t want to jinx anything revolving around any celebrations regarding their playoff success.”

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KK- Enjoy The Memorial Day Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I will be around as normal and I expect hockey news picking up on Sunday, which is media day in Las Vegas.

So check back on occasion and stay safe.

Looks like a great weather weekend, with the temperature reaching the 90's on Sunday and Monday in the Detroit area.  Hockey weather?

I was talking with a friend about the ice conditions in Vegas today and personally I haven't heard any issues with the ice conditions there, must by the dry heat!

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