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All On The Same Page In San Jose?

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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Former Sharks captain Joe Thornton said Wednesday that he and his teammates went to Lake Tahoe for a bonding session last weekend to address whatever divide that might have developed in the locker room at the end of last season.

"We all have come together," said Thornton, who lost the captaincy last month as part of general manager Doug Wilson's call for a change in the team hierarchy and culture.

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Video- We Are Getting Closer To The NHL Season

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So let's review the Top 10 plays, TSN style, from the NHL rookies last season.

 

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Video- John Davidson On The Offers Made To Ryan Johansen

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via the Columbus Dispatch,

 

 

added 2:33pm, Story on the negotions from Aaron Portzline of Puck Rakers,

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Chatting With Craig Custance

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Craig Custance of ESPN participated in an online chat today..

Who do the Bruins trade? If Krug and Smith aren't signed before training camp starts are they allowed to attend training camp?

Craig Custance  Asked a GM who he thought was the most likely to get traded and he said Boychuk or Bartkowski. Boychuk makes the most sense to me. Clears $3 million plus and is a UFA after this season. And Krug and Smith gain nothing by coming to camp without contracts. Not worth the injury risk when you're negotiating a deal.

I'm having a hard time figuring out Central. If St. louis and Chicago are given, and Wild makes it, Dallas makes it, and increfibly enough Nashville makes it, Colorado is the odd team out. Do you see this happening?

Craig Custance  I'm learning towards five teams from the Central getting in but I'm starting to think Vancouver makes a surprise playoff appearance which would give me four Central playoff teams. If I have to pick between Colorado, Dallas and Nashville for the final spot, I'm picking the Avs.

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Just Like That, The Minnesota Wild Are Down To One Experienced Goalie

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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

“All I can tell you is my full attention is on that guy right there,” Yeo said, pointing to veteran Niklas Backstrom on the ice during Wednesday’s informal practice. “He’s the one who is here, he’s the one who put in the work.

“You make plans over the summer. I mean, my staff, we’ve been making plans on who’s practicing, what practices we’re going to have, who’s playing in the exhibition games and this was under the assumption we would have Kuemps and Hards and obviously things have changed dramatically.

“We’ve gone from talking about three goalies to sitting here talking about one (Backstrom). I put on the cool face last year pretending we weren’t frustrated about [our goaltending issues], but we’re not even Day One into camp and we’re already talking about it.”

Added veteran Jason Pominville: "Knock on wood. Hopefully nothing else happens. Hopefully we don't get that 'here we go' feeling again."

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added 3:28pm,

 

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Justin Braun Signs A Five-Year Extension With The San Jose Sharks

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SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed defenseman Justin Braun to a five-year contract extension. The extension, which will commence next season, places Braun under contract with the Sharks through the 2019-20 season.

"Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," said Wilson. "He's an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponents top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons."

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The Real Issue On Not Paying Ryan Johansen

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from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

The middle class, as a general rule, is simply paid far too much in the NHL today. It’s not that these players aren’t good athletes or quality teammates, but they are generally replaceable, and they don’t contribute anywhere close to that which the top players contribute.

So teams like Columbus have to hold the line with players like Johansen, and they’ll demonize the agent while trying not to alienate the player to do that. The Canadiens pretty much knew what they had in Subban – he won the Norris Trophy in the first year of his “bridge” deal – but needed to suppress his earning power because they, like all other clubs, are paying too many non-star players in that $2-4 million range.

To the public, and to the player, teams sell the notion that the best must take less in order to help the team be more competitive. The correct and sensible model for the NHL would be to have more players at the max or close to it, and more players below $2 million. Why should Crosby take less so Nick Spaling, for example, can make $2.2 million?

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Hockey Growing Worldwide

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from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

The number of registered ice hockey players has grown to 1,779,911 according to the International Ice Hockey Federation’s annual Survey of Players that includes 68 countries. 

That’s an increase of 8.47 per cent compared to last year. There have been more players in all categories – male, female and junior players. 

The number-one country remains hockey motherland Canada followed by the United States, the Czech Republic, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and France who complete the top-10. 

But the data also offers other interesting angles. Who would have thought that Latvia has the sixth-highest number of players per capita and that Iceland is ninth before tenth-ranked USA? 

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Getting To The NHL

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This article is about a week old and I saw it when it first came out but decided to pass, but in the last few days a few KK members brought it to my attention which tells me I should have posted it in the first place.

from Emily Cornelius at The Huffington Post,

As hockey fans, one of our favorite things to do is criticize the players. 'He's a bum', 'he's washed up,' 'we are paying him how much?' It's innate. They make a ton of money to do what we wish we were doing, they can take a little ribbing from us lowly fans.

But are we giving these players enough credit? How hard is it actually to 'make it,' to 'go to the show,' to 'get the call?'

Early 2013, Jim Parcels, a former Peterborough Petes trainer and Ken Campbell, a writer for The Hockey News, co-authored Selling the Dream: How Hockey Parents and Their Kids Are Paying the Price for Our National Obsession. In the book, Parcels breaks down the odds of a kid from Ontario making the NHL. Out of the select 30,000 players they studied, 48 were drafted by an NHL team, and 39 of those 48 actually signed contracts with an NHL team. Of that 39, only 32 actually played in the NHL, and only 15 of those players played more than one full season. And finally, of that 15, only six played the minimum 400 games to qualify for the NHL Player Pension.

So if we count the 400 game league minimum for the Player Pension as having a 'career' in the NHL, then 0.16 percent will get drafted into the NHL and only 0.02 percent of hockey-playing boys in Ontario will make a 'career' out of hockey.

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Claude Lemieux On The Colorado Avalanche

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from Katie Strang of ESPN,

While most people were gob-smacked by their success, former Avalanche forward and four-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux was not. Having played with Roy in Colorado, Lemieux knew that Roy's passionate personality would take the team places no one expected.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Lemieux told ESPN.com in a recent phone conversation. “I know Patrick is a good coach, more than a good coach -- a really good coach. I knew he would have a big impact. He’s so committed to the game, he’s so well-prepared, and he understands winning. He has been a winner for life and that only translates to being contagious to players.”

Lemieux said he actually expected the Avalanche to fare far better in 2013, but knew it was only a matter of time once Roy was hired. The Avalanche lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Wild, but gained valuable postseason experience, which Lemieux hopes will aid them heading into their 2014-15 campaign. 

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