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Report- Derek Lalonde Interviewed With The Wings On Tuesday

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Derek Lalonde was in Detroit Tuesday to interview for the vacant head coaching job, according NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes....

Joe Smith of the Athletic profiled Lalonde after he temporarily became Lightning head coach. Cooper was in COVID-19 protocol.

Lalonde a Colorful Character
The gifted writer said Lalonde possesses an outgoing personality and self-deprecating humor that helps him connect to player. He often starts speeches with a joke. His fashion faux pas are legendary. Mismatched socks. Tie-shirt coordination that doesn’t work. Old man shoes. He often faces ribbing about his wardrobe.

“Lalonde can take it,” Smith writes, “as the short-and-stocky, bald coach notes his resemblance to Uncle Fester from “The Addams Family.” He’ll tell players that he was a Division III goalie back in the day, but he’s still got issues skating crossing over to his left.”


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Report- Minnesota Wild Trade The Rights Of Kevin Fiala To The LAK

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added 4:31pm,


added 4:35pm, LAK release is below.

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NHL Draft Order, All Rounds

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NEW YORK (June 29, 2022) -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft, July 7-8 at Bell Centre in Montreal.

The host Montreal Canadiens own the first overall selection and a League-high 14 overall; the most picks made by a club in one year since the introduction of the 7-round draft in 2005 is 13 (NY Islanders in 2006 and 2008, Florida in 2010 and Carolina in 2021).

The first round of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft will be broadcast on Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN+ in the U.S. and SportsnetTVA Sports in Canada. Rounds 2-7 will air on NHL NetworkESPN+ in the U.S. and on SportsnetTVA Sports in Canada on Friday, July 8 at 11 a.m. ET.


Round 1

1. Montreal

2. New Jersey

3. Arizona

4. Seattle

5. Philadelphia

6. Columbus (from CHI)

7. Ottawa

8. Detroit

9. Buffalo

10. Anaheim

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Hockey Players

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

I don’t know how they do it. I really don’t.

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Anthony Cirelli, who takes face-offs for a living, revealed that he had sprained the ligaments that hold the collar bone to the shoulder sometime in the Western final. He played through it. Then he dislocated his other shoulder in the next round. And had his arm stepped on.

He didn’t miss a game in the playoffs.

Valeri Nichushkin, who required a walking boot to get around, played with a broken foot. Nazem Kadri, who couldn’t tie his own skates, played with a broken thumb. Ryan McDonagh played with what was simply described as a “mangled finger.”

It seemed like everyone either had a knee sprain or a shoulder sprains. Nick Paul unfortunately had both.

Brayden Point suffered a “significant” tear to his quad muscle, which is kind of essential for skating — much less walking — at the end of the first round. The recovery time is usually four-to-six months. He was back playing in 32 days, before tearing it again after a couple of games.


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The First Muslim Player Has Won The Stanley Cup

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from Sony Sachdeva of Sportsnet,

For the first time in NHL history, a Muslim player had won the Stanley Cup, and would have his name etched upon it.

Back in the Kadris’ home province, it was a moment many a Muslim hockey lover will never forget. And one that required some agonizing moments endured before it arrived.

Omar Essawi, who’s part of the committee that runs the Muslim ball hockey league I-Slam Hockey out of North York, spent those final, tense moments of Game 6 with eyes flitting between the television and his phone, where his WhatsApp group chats were chiming away frenetically.

“Oh, man,” he says. “Whether it was the I-Slam [group chat] or another hockey group with some Muslims that I play with on the weekend, we were all just kind of anticipating, all just counting down the end of the game.”

It was the same story for Humaira Sedu, founder of Toronto’s Muslimah Athletic Club, an organization providing community for Muslim women who want to play the game. “I was counting down. I was like, ‘30 seconds, 20 seconds, 15,” she says. “My brother had just come home — he was walking in the door and I'm yelling at him, counting down the numbers, like, ‘They're doing it! They're doing it!’”


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Oskar Sundqvist On Steve Yzerman

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

“I was still nervous talking to him at the end of the season (during exit interviews),” Sundqvist said. “I was super scared. It’s kind of nerve wracking. People are scared when he walks in. But I think that’s how a GM should be.

“He has very high expectations for everybody. You can sense that he’s a successful GM. How he talks to you about his plans. He was very straight with me. He was very up front with me.

“You can see that he has goals in what he wants. He has a plan and he follows it and he doesn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks about it.”

more from Sundqvist on Seider and Bertuzzi too...

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Hometown Hockey Is No More

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from Sean Fitz-Gerald of The Athetic,

Ron MacLean says he will return to “Hockey Night in Canada” next season, but his weekly workload will be lighter, with Sportsnet confirming it has canceled “Rogers Hometown Hockey,” the show that hop-scotched the country for eight seasons.

It was not immediately clear what the cancelation meant for co-host Tara Slone, who did not return a message from The Athletic on Tuesday. A Sportsnet spokesperson said the network does not comment on personnel matters “out of respect for employee privacy.”

“There’s so much loss for some in this story,” MacLean said in an interview. “That’s first and foremost: I just think of those who are affected.”

continued (paid)

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Who’s The Prospect?

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(Prospect's) career has been marked by continued improvement. He’s 6-foot-1 and change and already 200 pounds. He gives off the aura of a player who will find a way to make it to the show. He can help a team in a variety of ways.  You could expect he would play at least two seasons at (...), although how he plays and how the Red Wings feel about him will make the final determination.  You may not see him turning pro until 2024. He will be 22 then.

Who is it?

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Playoff Numbers

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via the NHL PR department,

The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs opened with two weeks of “Mayhem” in the First Round, featured the “Battle of Alberta” in the Second Round, the second-highest scoring Conference Finals sweep in history and a Stanley Cup Final that saw the Colorado Avalanche dethrone the two-time defending champions to claim their first Cup in two decades. A few #NHLStats to tell the story of the highest-scoring playoffs since 1995:

1999 – Year that “All The Small Things” was released by blink-182, with the song becoming the in-game anthem of the Stanley Cup champion Avalanche.

562 – Goals scored in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the fifth most in a postseason that consisted of four or fewer rounds (i.e., excluding 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers).

101 – Average percentage of capacity for crowds at NHL arenas, with 1,655,687 fans attending the 89 postseason games in the first “normal” postseason since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

89 – Games played in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the most in a postseason that consisted of four or fewer rounds (i.e., excluding 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers) since 2016 (91).

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Key Dates

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June 30 ▪ Last Possible Day of Stanley Cup Playoffs

July 1 ▪ First Buy-Out Period Begins

July 2 ▪ Deadline for First Club-Elected Salary Arbitration Notification (5:00 p.m. New York Time)

July 7 ▪ 2022 NHL Draft – Round 1

July 8 ▪ 2022 NHL Draft – Rounds 2-7

July 11 ▪ Deadline for Qualifying Offers, which are not open for acceptance prior toJuly 13

July 12 ▪ Restricted Free Agents may make contact with Clubs (including their own) regarding potential interest, but may not sign new SPCs or Offer Sheets until the opening of RFA/UFA Signing Period ▪ First Buy-Out Period Ends (5:00 p.m. New York Time) ▪ Club’s ability to offer own potential UFA an eight (8) year SPC expires (11:59 p.m. New York Time)

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