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LA Kings Will “Do What It Takes” To Sign Drew Doughty

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from Dan Greenspan at NHL.com,

The Los Angeles Kings expect to sign defenseman Drew Doughty to a contract extension during the offseason, general manager Rob Blake said Tuesday.

"We're under the understanding we're going to do what it takes to get Drew signed," Blake said. "That's our understanding here."

Blake said he has spoken to Doughty about the timing of negotiations. The 28-year-old defenseman and the Kings can begin discussing an extension July 1.

Doughty's eight-year contract, which he signed Sept. 29, 2011, expires after next season, when he can become an unrestricted free agent. If Doughty does sign an extension, it would start in the 2019-20 season.


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Excitement Growing In Buffalo

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Friday night in Dallas, Botterill will step to the microphone and announce to the world what is widely known – Rasmus Dahlin will be the No. 1 overall pick of the NHL draft, and a new era of the Blue and Gold will be upon us.

The Swedish defenseman will be anointed the new savior just over two months after the end of an embarrassing 62-point season that saw the franchise finish last in the NHL for the third time in five years.

"It's an exciting time for our organization, and our staff has put in a lot of time to go through the process for this pick," Botterill told The Buffalo News. "It comes after a year where you can hardly be excited about our results, but we know we're getting a very good player that will hopefully have a lot of success with our organization in the future.

"Friday in Dallas will be a good celebration for us and the player," Botterill said. "Then after that, it will be time to keep discussing how he will fit in, how we will put him in the best position to succeed."

read on

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At This Time Artemi Panarin Is Not Interested In Negotiating A Contract Extension

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from Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com,

Things happen fast in hockey, including the offseason.

That became clear Tuesday afternoon, when a tweet by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman about Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin caused an instant commotion in NHL circles.

Friedman tweeted that Columbus is now testing the trade market for Panarin - who has a year left on his contract - in response to him reportedly telling the Jackets he's not interested in negotiating an extension yet.

Jarmo Kekalainen, the Blue Jackets' general manager, responded with a statement.

"Artemi is an elite National Hockey League player," the statement said. "Our position has been that we want him to be a Blue Jacket for many years and that has not changed. He has a year left on his contract, so there is plenty of time to work towards that end. Should anything change moving forward, we will address it at that time and any decision we make will be in the best interest of our club."


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The Latest On Martin Frk

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Martin Frk may yet have a future with the Detroit Red Wings, but he will not receive a qualifying offer from the team.

Frk, 24, is a restricted free agent. He made $650,000 last season, and would have to be qualified at 110 percent of that by June 25 for the Wings to retain his rights. However, Frk has arbitration rights, and by risking going before an arbitrator, the Wings could end up paying more than $715,000 for Frk for a one-year contract....

He is an engaging player with a booming, right-handed shot, but where, for example, Alex Ovechkin always seems to find a hole, Frk tends to miss the net or the puck hits a player.

The Wings might offer Frk a contract as a free agent, but he could also explore going elsewhere. One possible destination is Dallas, where Frk’s former coach with Grand Rapids, Todd Nelson, is now an assistant coach.

a bit more

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Many Teams Showing Interest In Erik Karlsson

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

There are many teams around the NHL who believe that Karlsson could soon follow Hoffman out the door, maybe even this week as the league descends on Dallas for the draft.

Karlsson has been locked in at No. 1 on TSN’s Trade Bait board since February. Already at the top of the list, there is no way for No. 1 to trend upward but the talk on Karlsson is expected to drastically heat up in the coming days.

The Karlsson Watch is on.

Karlsson, 28, holds the keys to how this all plays out – armed with both a 10-team no-trade list and the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract, the destination must be a long-term fit. It’s unlikely any team would shell out significant assets without at least getting the green light from Karlsson’s camp on a potential new contract.

The Vegas Golden Knights remain at the centre of the Karlsson Watch, the team that went down to the wire with the Senators on deadline day in February.

more, includes Top 25 Trade Bait board too...

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Sheldon Souray Has His Life In Order

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from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Former Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray has high praise for the doctors involved with the NHL and NHL Players’ Association’s substance-abuse program who helped him get his life back on track after an addiction to painkillers.

Souray said during an interview on Sunday that he has been sober for nine months now.

“Last year at this time I was so sad,” Souray said over the phone from his summer home in Idaho. “I don’t know if depressed is the right word, but I was just spinning my wheels. I just wasn’t happy … I was just not happy.”

After his oldest daughter Valentina’s 14th birthday last September, Souray decided he had to change the way he was living and get sober. He said alcohol wasn’t his problem, it was an addiction to painkillers. His career came to an end after the 2012-13 NHL season because of a wrist surgery.


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NBCSN Coverage Of The NHL Awards Show And NHL Draft

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STAMFORD, Conn. – June 19, 2018 – The future stars of the NHL will converge on American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, this week, as NBC Sports presents live, exclusive coverage of first round of the 2018 NHL Draft this Friday, beginning with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. In addition, NBCSN will televise the NHL Awards this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET from Las Vegas, as the NHL celebrates the top performers of the 2017-18 season from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will provide streaming coverage of the 2018 NHL Awards and 2018 NHL Draft.

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San Jose Sharks Trade Mike Hoffman To The Florida Panthers

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have acquired forward Mike Hoffman and a 2018 seventh round pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Florida's 2019 second round pick, 2018 fourth round pick and 2018 5th round pick.

"Mike is a skilled, consistent and hard-working player who has proven himself to be a talented goal scorer in the NHL," said Tallon. "His speed, experience and offensive abilities will bolster our top-six group."

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Another Mock Draft

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Corey Pronman of The Athletic ($$$) with his Detroit pick in a mock draft...

6. Detroit: Evan Bouchard, D, London-OHL

The rumors for months have been that the Wings are focusing in on Bouchard. The last month or so I had heard their target had turned to Hughes, so I could see him be the pick if he gets to No. 6. Barring that, I think the puck-moving blueliner from London with the big shot will be their pick.

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Marc Bergevin Made Another Questionable Trade

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from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

As recently as 2014, Bergevin had in his hands a team that was good enough to compete in the Eastern Conference Final and he had a nucleus of elite players that included Carey Price, P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty and, yes, Galchenyuk. Now two of the four are gone, rumour is Patches might well be the next to be shipped out, and Price is a tattered shadow of his former self.

The brutal reality is that Bergevin is destroying this team, one valuable piece at a time. He traded Subban — a Norris-winning defenceman who is nominated once again this year for that trophy — for a slower, less-skilled D-man who is four years older. That was a bad idea. He then shipped out a promising young puck-moving defenceman in Mikhail Sergachev to obtain a winger, Jonathan Drouin, that Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman was only too happy to dump. That, too, was a bad idea and it got even worse when Bergevin and coach Claude Julien decided to make Drouin their No. 1 centre. Did I mention he’s a winger?

But in some ways, the Galchenyuk trade is the worst of the bunch. Galchenyuk was Bergevin’s first pick as GM, the No. 3 overall selection in 2012, and Bergevin himself said Chucky would be the big, strong power centre we had all been dreaming about for 20 years.


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