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Drew Stafford Re-Signs With The Winnipeg Jets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


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Dougie Hamilton About To Be A Long-Term Member Of The Calgary Flames

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via Darren Dreger tweets,

Hamilton extension is 6 yrs and close to $34.5 mil total.  Flames pushed for 8 yrs and Hamilton wanted 5. Good compromise.

Yr by yr for Hamilton:  1)$5.5 mil 2)$5.5 mil 3)$5.75 mil 4)$5.75 mil 5) $6 mil 6)$6 mil. Ltd no trade clause in years 5-6.

Bruins made offers on 4-5-6 year terms. Best offer to Hamilton was 6 years at $5.5 average. Obviously both sides believed change was best.

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Take Or Pass UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Below, I’ve compiled some thoughts on two groups of players – those I would consider buying up when unrestricted free agency opens up, and those I would pass on for myriad reasons. A lot of this is talent based, but in many instances, I’m also considering the player’s rumoured asking prices – which, of course, is a primary driver in determining whether the player in question can out-perform his theoretical contract.

Best Buy Recommendations

Eric Fehr (C) – Looking for some size in your lineup? If so, Eric Fehr may be worth your time. Fehr’s coming off of a pair of really strong seasons in Washington, chipping in 31-points in 2013-2014, and 33-points in 2014-2015. But, kind of like a couple of the other depth forward options you see in this lineup, Fehr’s numbers get more impressive as you move away from the counting numbers. Whereas a player like Erik Condra may offer you a speed and versatility option, Fehr offers you the hulking, effective forechecking style that manifests positively in his numbers. Like, for example, his ridiculous Goal% over his career – at 55.1% (5-on-5 only), he’s sandwiched between the likes of Jamie Benn and Joe Thornton, which is pretty good company. 

Andrej Sekera (D) – Andrej Sekera is what I’d consider a ‘soft buy’ – I think he’s a really solid defenseman, but I also think that the market’s going to reward him fairly considerably for years of performance.

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Afternoon Line- A2Y Style

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St. James on Semin and Weiss

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I don't see a "fit" here, but the Free Press's Helene St. James does:

Should the Detroit Red Wings take a chance on a just-discarded big Russian who shoots right-handed?

The Carolina Hurricanes used the last chance possible this year to affect a buyout, putting Alexander Semin on waivers Tuesday, the first step toward a buyout. The Wings had considered doing so with underperforming Stephen Weiss but opted not to, especially after weekend news of surgery to Pavel Datsyuk.

Semin, 31, has his assets -- he's 6-foot-2 and 200-pound right-shooting right wing, which, in and of itself, appeals to the Wings, a stable full of lefties. He'd make them heavier, which is something they lack especially with Johan Franzen's future iffy. Semin is a former 40-goal scorer who had 22 goals as recently as 2013-14. But he's spotty, too -- last season saw him produce just 19 points in 57 games.

Some team will take a chance on him when he becomes a UFA, and it'd make sense for the Wings to get into the mix if Semin can be had as a reclamation project (say, one year and $2 million). Semin would be crazy not to want to come play in Detroit with Datsyuk, even though that might not happen till November.

She also addresses the Weiss buyout, or the lack thereof:

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It Appears Martin Jones Is On His Way To San Jose

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Weiss remains a Wing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 12:34 PM: The Red Wings didn't waive Stephen Weiss today, so he's going to remain a Wing unless the team can find a trade partner.


Edit: The Wings have until 5 PM to buy him out, but the practice of putting players on waivers almost always happens at noon EDT.

Update: Here's the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness on Weiss:

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Alexander Semin On Unconditional Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Michael Smith of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Alexander Semin on unconditional waivers Tuesday with the intent of buying out his contract.

Semin was notified of the club’s decision Tuesday, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and he will need to clear waivers at noon Wednesday prior to being bought out.

Semin, 31, signed a five-year, $35 million extension with the Hurricanes in March 2013, and he has three years remaining on his contract.


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The Latest On Mike Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Mike Richards, whose contract has been terminated by the Los Angeles Kings, is part of an ongoing investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for an off-ice incident, a source told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the RCMP in Manitoba told ESPN that, as of Tuesday, no charges have been brought against Richards but declined to comment further.

The source said that Canadian Border Services is also involved in the investigation, but a spokesperson declined comment, citing Canadian privacy laws.


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What Don Cherry Says On Phil Kessel And Dion Phaneuf Makes Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Stop holding your breath for the Toronto Maple Leafs to deal away Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, says Don Cherry.

“They’re not getting traded,” the Hockey Night in Canada icon told Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Tuesday.

“First of all, you wouldn’t get fair value for them right now. [Kessel] is a 30-goal scorer. He can put the puck in the net. And Dion, I remember when he was with Calgary, he was a Norris Trophy [finalist].”...

Cherry believes Toronto will refuse to sell low on its core players and give new head coach Mike Babcock a chance to get their games into shape.

"[Babcock] has a knack for turning guys around and straightening them out," Cheery said. "[Kessel] will report in shape this year, not 10 pounds over and laughing that he only skated 10 times in the summer.

"Give [Babcock] a chance with those guys, and if he can't do anything with them, then you're going to have to get rid of them. But they won't be traded."


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