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Pre-Season Buzz - Which Teams Are Making Moves This Offseason

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By Ryan,

Everyone gets excited for sports during preseason! Preseason is the time when all sports fans are talking about which teams are the teams to beat this year, which players are expected to stand out, and what changes have been or are being made as far as trades and other big moves amongst players and teams. With this Livescore app, you can be sure to stay in the know when it comes to the entire preseason buzz. The CBS Sports App is your go to app for all things sports, whether it be preseason, off season, or mid-season!

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Leon Draisaitl Should Stay Put In Edmonton

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The most telling pressure points for me, when it comes to Leon Draisaitl’s protracted contract negotiations with the Edmonton Oilers, is this:

Why on earth would the player ever want to play elsewhere? And why would the team ever allow him to do so?

On what other team would Draisaitl be able to, A) play nightly with the pending “Best Player in the NHL?” Or B) Get second-line centre minutes with a first-line centre that commands as much attention from opposing lineups as Connor McDavid does?

We’re not saying Edmonton is the only team in the National Hockey League that gives us the feeling that a Stanley Cup championship is imminent. There are a few teams like that (Toronto, Dallas, Calgary) and a few other mainstays (Pittsburgh, Chicago, Washington, Anaheim) that could win it any year as well.

But find me a landing spot for Draisaitl that has a better chance than Edmonton of putting a ring on his finger.


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Get To The Net

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from Travis Yost of TSN,

A tried-and-true way of generating scoring chances and goals? Get as close to the net as possible.

That’s easier said than done in the modern era of hockey where defences are exceptional at pushing attacking forwards to the perimeter. Still, there are some players who have mastered the art of attacking through the heart of centre ice. Some use lightning-quick agility to duck around defenders. Others use brute strength and force to position themselves well for tape-to-tape passes and rebound opportunities. It’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all type of talent, but it is a valuable one....

A few names stand out to me on both sides of the aisle. For starters, I look at Colin Wilson – a player who lives in front of the net and has shot about 12 per cent over the course of his career – as something of a steal for Colorado. Remember, they acquired him from Nashville for just a fourth-round pick. That’s pretty darn good for a guy who has averaged about 40 points per full season over the course of his career. 

Chris Kreider (we already knew this!) and Tyler Bozak are also interesting names here. Bozak has been something of a polarizing player for most of his career, but one thing you really can’t knock is his ability to generate offence. Bozak’s scored like a top-six forward for a few years now and that’s at least partially driven by a ridiculous 15-per-cent conversion rate over 800 shots. I’d put Bozak in the ‘crafty and elusive’ category as it pertains to the short shot distances, by the way.


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‘Three Things’: On Kasper Kotkansalo, room for improvement and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of 2017 draft pick Kasper Kotkansalo:

Kotkansalo, whoi will play for Boston University this season, was at the Red Wings development camp last month and the skills tests gave him an idea of what he needs to improve if he wants to continue moving up the hockey ladder.

"It was like lateral movement was kind of tough for me," he said. "But I think as we get the test results, we also kind of know what to improve on, whether it's like the 10 yards or the 30 yards, if you got to improve on your start or something like that. The results will tell that.

"I had a meeting with the GM and the coaches ... and we were pretty much on the same page on what are my strengths and what I got to improve on. One thing is skating, like the mobility of the skating, and also getting shots through there so two big things for me."


2. WDIV's David Bartkowiak Jr. penned a list of 5 Red Wings players who must improve this season (I'd add the rest of the roster to his list)...

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Broadcasters Announced For The Vegas Golden Knights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

VEGAS (August 15, 2017) –  Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz announced today, August 15, that the team has hired their first-ever television and radio broadcast teams. Dave Goucher (pronounced GO-sher) will serve as the team’s TV play-by-play announcer, while Shane Hnidy (pronounced NIGH-dee) will serve as the TV color commentator. In addition, the team has hired Dan D’Uva (pronounced DOO-vah) as the team’s radio play-by-play announcer.

Goucher and Hnidy will call games on the television home of the Golden Knights, AT&T SportsNet. D’Uva will call games on the radio home of the Golden Knights, FOX Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM.

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The Boston Bruins Have No Plans To Trade David Pastrnak

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Two weeks after saying he hadn’t made as much progress in contract talks with David Pastrnak as he would like, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney knocked down trade rumors surrounding the talented right winger.

“Not trading Pastrnak,” was Sweeney’s terse comment in an email to a Globe reporter Monday night.

So enjoy the rest of the summer, Black and Gold fans, it appears the best young shooter in the Boston lineup since Tyler Seguin isn’t going anywhere. For the moment, that’s also the status of his contract talks.


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The NHL Is Missing An Opportunity By Not Going To The Olympics

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from Emily Kaplan at ESPN,

In September, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will each travel 6,000-plus miles across the Pacific to play two preseason games. The exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai -- the NHL's first venture into China -- signal that the league might emulate a strategy the NBA initiated more than a decade ago. Growth opportunities in Asia, as the NBA has learned, are significant.

That's why it's perplexing -- and, to many, disappointing -- that the NHL is skipping the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

But the NHL isn't just whiffing on a chance to expand its global footprint. The Olympic boycott is a momentum killer when it comes to promoting the league's young talent, especially in the United States.


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Bill Daly On Kansas City As A Possible Destination For The NHL

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from Dave Caldwell at ESPN,

"Kansas City has never been entirely 'off our radar screen,'" Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, wrote in an email to ESPN.com. "We have talked to potentially interested stakeholders in the past, and it's certainly a market that in the right circumstances (including a desire by our board to entertain further expansion) our league would fairly evaluate and consider.

"In evaluating potential locations for NHL teams, we typically look at three things: One, whether the market has or is building a suitable arena facility; two, the demographics of the market and whether they suggest an ability to support an NHL franchise; and, three, whether there is qualified and interested ownership to own and operate the franchise.

"While the Sprint Center certainly checks off the first of those boxes, the other two issues remain a work in progress.

"We opened a formal expansion process in June of 2015 and we did not receive an application for a Kansas City franchise. Further, we have never studied whether the market demographics of Kansas City are likely to be suitable for an NHL franchise long-term because there has not yet been a need to do so."


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The overnight report: On Athanasiou’s contract, Cholowski’s options and multimedia

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, the Red Wings are unlikely to re-sign Andreas Athanasiou until the team sorts out its salary cap situation:

The lone unsigned restricted free agent on the roster is forward Andreas Athanasiou. And it’s likely to stay that way for a little while, as the Red Wings deal with the salary cap issues.

General manager Ken Holland said he’s exchanged offers with Athanasiou’s representatives as talks continue.

The Red Wings will get $3.95 million of salary-cap relief with Johan Franzen gets placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR), but that will only leave approximately $1.4 million for signing Athanasiou (likely not enough money) and recalling a player from Grand Rapids during the season if someone goes on short-term IR.

The Red Wings are likely to waive or trade a player — or maybe someone like Sproul (knee surgery) might not be ready to start the season — to get comfortably under the salary cap ceiling.

2. Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff took note of Dennis Cholowski's decision to sign with the WHL's Prince George Cougars:

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Evening news: On Bryan Murray’s dollar deal, Trevor Daley, projected points and Brady Gilmour

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Hockey News's Jared Clinton penned an article in which he highlighted Bryan Murray's top ten career "moments," and one of the highlights is certainly a memorable move for Red Wings fans:

Acquires Kris Draper from Jets — June 30, 1993

Looking through Murray’s history as an NHL GM, it’s awfully evident that he was the architect of some incredible trades involving some Hall of Fame players. However, while it may not include a talent of that calibre, the Draper acquisition stands as one of the most unique in NHL history because of what the deal cost Murray, then GM of the Detroit Red Wings, to complete: one dollar.

At the time, Draper was a relative unknown, four years removed from being drafted by the Jets in the third-round of the 1989 draft. But the Red Wings saw something in the youngster, who had played only 20 NHL games to that point, and acquired him for future considerations, the result of which was the exchange of one single dollar.

Murray would never get to see the deal pay off as he was off to the Florida Panthers by the 1994-95 season, but Draper would become an integral part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams in Detroit, skating in more than 1,000 games with the franchise and winning a Selke Trophy in 2003-04.

2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Danny DeKeyser when DeKeyser helped out at the Wings' youth hockey camp last week, and Kulfan and DeKeyser discussed the addition of Trevor Daley to the Wings' blueline:

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