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Numerous Reports Of Kevin Hayes Signing With The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

So how good is this Kevin Hayes?

Hayes was drafted in the first round, 24th overall by Chicago, in 2010. If that draft were to be re-held today, Hayes probably wouldn’t go in the first round. More than likely, he’d be a second round pick. At least 25 players from the 2010 have established themselves as NHL regulars and, according to our Future Watch scouting committee, at least 15 other players drafted in 2010 rank as better prospects than Hayes.

But that doesn’t mean Hayes can’t play catch-up with those other 2010 draftees in the seasons to come. He does have compelling credentials. After three middling seasons at Boston College, in which the budding power forward scored just 17 goals and 67 points in 102 games, he blossomed as a senior. Playing on a line with Hobey Baker Award winner Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold – both draft picks of the Calgary Flames, one of many teams vying for his services once he became a free agent – Hayes used his size and playmaking ability to an impressive 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games.


added 12:35pm, New York Rangers release is below...

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Morning Line

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Will Orpik be worth the $5.5 million cap hit he’ll carry in the final year of his five-year contract at the age of 39? Probably not. But the Caps are convinced he will make a very big impact on this year’s club and make them a legitimate threat in the playoffs.

-Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington on defenseman Brooks Orpik. Read more on Orpik from Gormley....

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Video- Players Prepare For The Hockey Season At Biosteel Camp

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Highlights from day two of the Biosteel training camp at St. Michael’s College...


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New Islanders Owners Can Focus On Hockey

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from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

The popular response yesterday was somewhere between "Yippeeee!" and "Here we go again." Islanders fans were ecstatic to hear that finally there was hope because the team will change hands. They are also realistic enough to know they felt exactly the same way when Charles Wang bought the team 14 years ago.

On these very pages back then, one fan was quoted as saying, "What does this mean? Hope." Another said, "Things can only get better."

We all should be wary, but for the life of us, people here can't help feeling that way again. Yes, yes, we remember the "Gang of Four" and "the Millstones" and the incomparable John Spano. Wang was supposed to make us forget all of them. Sometimes, he made us wish we had them back.

Fact is, it just has not worked out. It has not worked out for Wang, what with reported losses of $20 million a year. And it sure has not worked out for the team, with its embarrassing streak of not having won a playoff series since 1993. They have flirted with the worst fate a pro team can have: appearing irrelevant in its own market.

Things can only get better. For once, they just might.

The one huge reason is that this time, the buyers know they are getting only a hockey team and not a real estate bonanza.


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Red Wings overnight report: NHL.com’s ‘30 in 30,’ Sheahan’s ‘first’ and charitable news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I had this date marked on my calendar, so: NHL.com's "30 in 30" series discusses the Detroit Red Wings today, and the NHL dropped a hint as to what was coming via a YouTube video in which EJ Hradek and Dan Rosen posited a 2014-15 season overview:

I disagree with Hradek and Rosen on one point: the Red Wings haven't exactly been a "destination" for free agents for some time now.

"In article form," Rosen penned three of the five articles that constitute the "30 in 30" examination, and we might as well kick things off with his interview with Mike Babcock regarding the State of the Wings.

Babcock suggests that the Wings received key contributions from Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening and Tomas Tatar, and that "the kids" are essential to the team's success going forward:

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On the Bertuzzi-Moore settlement and the status of both parties as human beings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore lawsuit saga never involved any sort of incident that occurred while Bertuzzi was a member of the Red Wings...

But I can tell you for a fact that during his pair of stints with Detroit (2007 and 2009-2014), Bertuzzi's mere presence cost the team die-hard fans who refused to root for the team as long as "that scumbag" was on the team, Bertuzzi's presence prompted insistence that the team was "cursed" as long as #44 was in Detroit, and Bertuzzi's presence brought out both apologists and, "Until he pays I will never truly respect the man" fans.

On Tuesday, though we'll likely never know the terms thereof, Bertuzzi, the Canucks, Marc Crawford and the NHL finally settled with Steve Moore and his high-profile lawyer, Tim Danson, in an out-of-court settlement that narrowly averted Danson's desire to "put the game on trial."

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50 days and counting…

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

A quick note as summer wanes and the leaves begin, ever so slowly, to turn: 50 days. 50 days from tonight, Montreal faces off with Toronto to start their 2014-15 season. After signing his new contract, PK Subban will be cemented on the blue line. New Hab PA Parenteau will make his debut up front, looking to build on the success he's had over the past few years in New York and Colorado. Manny Malholtra will bring poise and defensive prowess on the third line. Will the Habs name a captain in the next 7 weeks? Will they sign another forward, or make a trade, to fill the one remaining, glaring hole up front on the wing? Which young guns will step up at training camp and earn a spot on the roster? 

Will Carey Price be healthy? 

Lots of quesitons, and very few answers at this point. We will start to get them soon enough. Until then, keep enjoying your summer and getting ready for what promises to be another exciting season for le tricolore. 

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Canadian Press: Moore-Bertuzzi lawsuit settlement reached (officially), will remain confidential

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Well I guess that's that, per the Canadian Press (and it's good news regarding this afternoon's "Hold Your Horses" news):

A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, more than 10 years after the infamous on-ice attack ended Moore’s career.

Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed the case has been "settled in its totality" but said the terms are confidential.

The multimillion-dollar lawsuit had been scheduled to go to trial Sept. 8.

"We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email.

Messages seeking comment from Moore’s lawyer, Bertuzzi’s agent and the Canucks were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Continued, and here's hoping that both Steve Moore and Todd Bertuzzi will be able to move on and move forward with their lives. Moore's lived his life in suspended animation for the past ten years, and Bertuzzi spent that time growing into a kind, decent, genuine human being.

Bertuzzi deserves to pay for his horrific and unconscionable act, but he is a human being, not a monster, and he's a good person who did a very bad thing; Moore fully deserves to spend his settlement reestablishing a sense of normalcy in his life and finding personal and professional fulfillment which are long, long overdue.

As for the whole "confidential" spiel, expect details to leak out over the next week or so in the Toronto newspapers. I'd imagine that the NHL and the Canucks probably paid into the settlement.

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A Five-Year Contract Extension For Clarke MacArthur In Ottawa

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Is the Red Wings’ logo the 4th-best NHL emblem?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I've been waiting for this one...The Hockey News has been releasing its list of the top NHL logos in ascending order, and today, THN's Rory Boylen suggests that the Red Wings' logo is the 4th-best NHL emblem:

Coming in at No. 4 in our logo rankings is the Winged Wheel of Detroit, which has been a long-standing symbol in the NHL – and it has roots in Montreal. The Detroit NHL team hasn’t always been called the Red Wings. They were called the Falcons and the Cougars before James Norris purchased the team in 1932.

With the name Red Wings came a logo that has stood the test of time and represents a perfect fit with the Motor City. The crisp, clean, detailed, yet simple red and white look has only been modified a couple times in team history – and not since 1949.

Because longevity was not a factor in our rankings, we had to look at this logo again for the first time – and we still loved it. Never was there any chance of the Red Wings falling out of the top five. The only dissenting opinion we had was that it should have been higher than No. 4.

Think you can design a better logo than this Detroit beauty? Now’s your chance. Get those creative juices flowing and send your artwork to editorial@thehockeynews.com. At the conclusion of our logo rankings, we’ll share some of our favorite reader designs.

Boylen continues and discusses the evolution of the Winged Wheel...

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