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This Is The NHL

from Phil Mushnick of the New York Post,

Given that modern marketing strategies have not yet afflicted the NHL or have been rejected by coaches and players, no scored goals were followed by look-at-me demonstrations toward the nearest TV camera, a mime of a dog urinating on the boards (or opposing goalie) or the scorer grabbing his crotch (to soon be rewarded with Subway sandwich commercial endorsements).

Instead, the scorer immediately found the nearest teammate or the one who made the pass to express and share joy and thanks.

In fact, throughout the Cup, ESPN and Turner were stuck: No slow-mo (or any “mo”) replays of players in self-aggrandizing, chest-pounding mode to show en route to commercials, as per the mindless NFL TV norm.

Sunday’s second period included that commercial for Mass Mutual Insurance, the one with snippets of interviews with NHL players, all of them reflexively referencing themselves as part of a team. The close of the ad reminds us, “It’s never I. It’s we.”


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Will The Russians Return?

from Michael Russo and Dan Robson of The Athetic,

Before Kirill Kaprizov returned to Russia this offseason, Bill Guerin asked his Minnesota Wild star if he’d consider remaining in the United States or spending his offseason somewhere other than his own country.

Maybe on Fisher Island in Miami, where he stayed for a few weeks before signing his five-year, $45 million contract last fall. Maybe even in Norway with his mentor and Wild teammate, Mats Zuccarello.

Brian MacLellan, the Washington Capitals general manager, planned to have the same conversation with Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and his other Russian players. In fact, one prominent agent who represents a number of Russian players suggested to his clients they not return home.

“Some Russians should stay in North America this summer,” the agent said. “Just a thought.”

Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that began in February and the current friction between Russia and the United States and Canada as sanctions continue to mount, there is concern among some NHL teams and the league itself that the Russian government could prevent Russian players from returning to their NHL teams later this summer.


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TSN Insiders Tonight

TSN Hockey Insiders Chris Johnson, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger joing host Kate Beirness to discuss some major topics of interest as the NHL Entry Draft and start of the free agency period are just around the corner.

Watch at TSN and read the segment's transcript.

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Rebuilds Do Take Time

from Travis Yost of TSN, 

But one interesting takeaway is that five years out, the likelihood of a team being inside of the top five is about the same as it is being inside of the bottom five. That is to say: as unique as Colorado’s wildly accelerated rebuild appears to be, it’s similarly unique to be such a poorly performing franchise for so many years.

To that end, it makes some sense why rebuilding organizations like the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators have a multi-year plan. It takes time. But it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, take forever. At some point, organizational strengths (weaknesses) will manifest themselves. For those who adjudicate the performance of front offices and player development, it gives us a reasonable timeline to work with when it comes to expectations.

Rebuilds take time, but they shouldn’t be endless. And the longer they go on, the more critical we should be of roster-building efforts.


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Parade Talk From Denver

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Avalanche coach was fighting back tears as he spoke.

"This is a surreal moment for me," Bednar said. "I'm going to try not to get emotional but I already am. We love you guys, love you."

Bednar thanked "the level of commitment and trust and patience" that Sakic and the ownership group had in him.

"They gave me my first chance," he said.

He thanked the families of all the players and coaches for their support. He also thanked his coaching staff and the Avalanche support staff.

"They do all the heavy lifting, honestly," Bednar said. "You don't even know how much work these guys do to be successful."

And then about the players, Bednar again was fightning back the tears as he spoke.

"I couldn't be more proud of these guys," he said. "I can't even explain it. I couldn't put it into words. I mean, everyone has a story and I could go through every guy and the sacrifices they made for our team. I'm amazed by every single one of them. I'm so happy for them. I'm so proud of them. I love these guys."

Bednar closed by thanking the fans for their support.

"I love you," he said. "I appreciate it. Thank you for letting me be a part of it."

much more from the parade...

added 3:49pm, watch Bednar from the parade below...

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Talking Dynasty In Colorado

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The first, glorious taste of sweet champagne from the Stanley Cup in 21 years only wet everybody’s whistle.

Avalanche Country thirsts for a big gulp of glory.

With a strong core built to last around defenseman Cale Makar and center Nathan MacKinnon, dare we dream of a hockey dynasty?...

As the Cup was waltzed around the ice during giddy moments immediately after a 2-1 victory against Tampa Bay clinched the championship on a steamy Monday night in Florida, the newly crowned champs approached franchise owner Stan Kroenke, who has built a sprawling sports empire that spans the globe from Los Angeles to London.

“The minute I came down here,” said Kroenke, surrounded by reporters in Amalie Arena, “the players were coming up to me, saying: ‘This is amazing. Let’s do it again.’”

But before taking a breath, Stan the Man quickly added: “That’s hard to do.”

read on

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

added 4:31pm,


added 4:35pm, LAK release is below.

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NHL Draft Order, All Rounds

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

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

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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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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