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Is It Time In Philadelphia?

from Sam Carchidi of Philly Hockey Now,

What if the power play is as bad as it has looked in the first four preseason games?

Well, if that all happens, the Flyers will certainly be in the running for super-prospect Connor Bedard, a center known as the Can’t-Miss Kid.

The Philadelphia Flyers have two preseason games left, and it’s time for the offense to show a pulse, even if these games mean less than the price of gas in 1970 (36 cents per gallon).

It’s time for the Flyers to put together their expected opening-night lineup — or close to it — on Sunday against the host Islanders. It’s the first preseason game in which new coach John Tortorella will be behind the bench.

It’s time to find out what the Flyers have. Or don’t have.

It’s time for the attack to produce more than one goal a game, their average in their 1-3 preseason.

The Flyers’ offense has been virtually nonexistent. Too many one-and-dones. Too little traffic in front of the net. Too much shooting from the perimeter.

Too little cohesiveness on the power play, which is clicking at 6.7% (1 for 15).


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Montreal Canadiens Extend Jake Allen

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes announced today that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with goaltender Jake Allen (until the end of the 2024-25 season). The deal has an average annual value of $3.85 million.

Allen, 32, played 35 games with the Canadiens last season, registering a 9-20-4 record, a 3.30 GAA and a .905 save percentage. The Fredericton, NB native also earned two shutouts.

Allen played 353 NHL career games with the Blues and Canadiens, showing a 168-126-35 record. The 6'2'' and 195 lbs netminder posted a 2.60 GAA and .911 save percentage since making his NHL debuts, in addition to recording 23 shutouts.

Drafted in the second round (34th overall) by St. Louis in 2008, Allen was acquired from the Blues on September 2, 2020, in exchange for draft picks.

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Connor McDavid Focused On Team Goals

from Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic,

You get the sense he could do it if he really wanted. He just might this season.

But Connor McDavid and 50 goals are a match that hasn’t happened — at least not yet.

“I definitely think he can,” linemate Kailer Yamamoto said. “He’s a pass-first guy, but his shot’s unbelievable.

“He’s been working towards that. He has a really good shot (to do it) this year.”

One thing is for sure: The Oilers captain isn’t going to compromise team success for any pursuit of one of hockey’s great scoring thresholds.

“This team has done the individual awards thing and the stats and all that,” McDavid said before his first preseason game Friday. “Our focus is on team only and winning games and getting ourselves into a good spot to continue to take steps forward.”

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TSN Insiders Tonight

Who are the current suitors for Coyotes' defenceman Jakob Chychrun as trade talks intensify? How did the Rasmus Sandin's contract stalemate end? After extending Spencer Knight, what should be made of Florida's goaltending situation? Is David Pastrnak close to an extension? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss this and more.

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The Bottom Six In Edmonton Could Use More Offense

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It’s a good thing the Edmonton Oilers Top 6 is pretty much set.

Because if they were looking for some help from this crop of training camp invites, it could be a lean season offensively.

Two nights after losing 3-0 in Seattle, the Oilers dropped a 4-0 decision to a Calgary Flames roster that sported 14 players who will be NHL regulars this year. Edmonton dressed (by our count) seven NHL regulars — and not a Top 6 forward or Top 3 defenceman among them.

Ryan McLeod was the best Oilers forward, skating miles Wednesday at the Saddledome in a fruitless effort. He has first-line speed, but is still working on those third-line hands, closing the night with zero shots on net in 21:09 of ice time, tops among Edmonton’s forwards.

“There are some offensive opportunities where he, upon second look, might want to do some different things,” said head coach Jay Woodcroft, who liked how McLeod looked against a mostly NHL Flames lineup. “He certainly can skate with them. Now, it’s finding a way to be offensively productive against them.”


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Salary Cap Talk For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly, as first reported by Sportsnet on Tuesday, has counseled club executives that the cap, which will increase by $1 million to $83.5 million next year, is expected to rise to an approximate $87.5 million to $88 million for 2024-25 and up to $92 million for 2025-26.

Though those represent projections and not guarantees, that would represent a two-year increase of 10.18 percent. That would signify the biggest such jump since an 11.04 percent increase over the two-season span from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

That is welcome news for Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury, who will be charged with keeping goaltander Igor Shesterkin on Broadway before he can hit the open market in, somewhat serendipitously, 2025-26.

Keep in mind that by that time, the strict no-move clauses will have expired on Chris Kreider’s and Jacob Trouba’s deals, both following 2023-24. The same holds true for Vincent Trocheck’s after 2024-25. Those will not be insignificant considerations when it comes time.

But the news does not equate to nirvana. It is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. Not with Alexis Lafreniere and K’Andre Miller coming up on second contracts after this season as restricted free agents. It will remain a challenge for Drury to negotiate those deals while facing a mere $1 million cap increase to $83.5 million for 2023-24.

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Afternoon Line -David Quinn

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If The Montreal Canadiens Had A Healthy Carey Price

from TSN,

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes admits that having a healthy Carey Price would change the team's outlook moving forward.

Price's playing future is in doubt after the team placed him on long-term injured reserve this off-season due to ongoing knee issues. Hughes told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun in The Athletic that having the six-time All-Star between the pipes would have shifted the ongoing retool of the team's roster.

“I think so,” Hughes said. “If we had a fully healthy Carey Price …”

“Those who have had that type of goalie, generally speaking, when they leave there’s a void, Obviously the Rangers are not one of those [going from Henrik Lundqvist to Igor Shesterkin].

“If we have that internally or if we were able to find that, it would be unbelievable, but certainly it’s the hardest position to find somebody you can rely on consistently from year to year — having one of them can have a huge impact.”


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Florida Panthers Extend Spencer Knight

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Spencer Knight on a three-year contract extension through the 2025-26 season.

"Spencer is a phenomenal goaltender, as well as an exceptional athlete and person," said Zito. "He has thrived in his professional career, dedicating himself to his training through his first two seasons with our organization. With this extension, we are excited about the present and future of Panthers goaltending."

Knight, 21, posted a 19-9-3 record, .908 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average over 32 games with Florida in 2021-22. His 19 wins were the most by a rookie goaltender in franchise history. He also recorded his first two NHL shutouts, joining Roberto Luongo as the only rookie goaltenders in club history to post multiple shutouts in a season. With his first career shutout March 18 at Anaheim, Knight became the youngest goaltender in franchise history to blank an opponent (20 years, 333 days), and his 45 saves Nov. 18 vs. New Jersey were the most by a rookie in club history.

Reports are $13.5M over the three years.

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