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A Look At Some Of The Teams In The Soon To Be Renamed Division D

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly, How did the Flyers’ chief nemeses do? Let’s start with Pittsburgh, which won the No. 1 seed in the conference last season. GM Ray Shero rolled the dice at the trade deadline, and none of the deals that brought him Jarome Iginla, Douglas Murray and Brenden Morrow panned out, as the Boston Bruins vanquished them in four games in the...
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July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

A Change Of Attitude In Minnesota

from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press, Keith Ballard is a crusty, old, no-excuses defenseman. Matt Cooke has been a borderline psycho. Together, they bring a much-needed dose of attitude to the local hockey team. As a result, the Wild might have improved this offseason, even though the front office's main goal has been to reduce payroll. One of the Wild's great...
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July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Winnipeg Jets About To Spend Some Money

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, Anybody with spare coffee beans, please ship to MTS Centre, c/o Kevin Cheveldayoff. The Winnipeg GM might be the busiest executive in the business this summer as the Jets enter their third season of post-Thrasherdom. Cheveldayoff will have to figure out what to do with five significant restricted free agents: ex-Bruin Blake Wheeler...
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July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings morning report: on the long journey

As noted in the early overnight report, Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with both Red Wings TV and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness about the long, long (emphasis on "long") road ahead of even the process that the vast majority of the prospects taking part in the Wings' summer development camp face, and this morning, MLive's Brendan Savage picks up that conversation...
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July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Brooks: Lockout was the last straw for Kovalchuk; Russian NHL’ers almost stayed in KHL for 13 season

The New York Post's Larry Brooks posits a, "It was the lockout" theory regarding the reasons behind Ilya Kovalchuk's decision to retire from the Devils and return to Russia, and he also drops something of a bombshell regarding the intentions of several Russian superstars who ended up playing for their respective NHL teams during the 2013 season along the way: ...
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July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Brendan Shanahan’s Hall Of Fame Case

This is the third of my Hall of Fame cases for the male players in the class of 2013.  I have already written about Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer.  Today I turn my attention to Brendan Shanahan.  Here is what I wrote when I first considered him a Hall of Famer and here is what I wrote when he retired. In order to make his Hall of Fame case I will use the Keltner List...
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July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings early overnight report: ‘off-day’ prospect talk, Wings camp video, Weiss and the WingEast

While I was sleeping in after penning last night's post-scrimmage entry, MLive's Brendan Savage penned updates regarding Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist and the exit of Damien Brunner, and the Red Wings' prospects, who will be taking part in morning practice sessions only on Sunday, spent their only "off-day" playing paintball and touring Camp Grayling: Continue...
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July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Good luck with that, Sergei

This has to be the dumbest thing I've read this month. CSKA Moscow GM and former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov just hired an American-born coach in John Torchetti to helm the team, but The Score reports that Fedorov engaged in some typical summertime KHL bombast while speaking with Sovetsky Sport, made a downright stupid (and I don't like to use the term "stupid" very...
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July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

MLive’s Savage updates statuses of Nyquist, Andersson and soon-to-be-Devil(?) Brunner

I kind of collapsed last night, so I apologize for the lateness of these updates: MLive's Brendan Savage spoke to Red Wings GM Ken Holland about the statuses of restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson, and Holland told Savage that he hasn't begun negotiations with either player yet (as he told me on Thursday, he's not concerned about Brendan Smith...
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July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Sunday’s Red Wings development camp on-ice sessions will take place in the morning—for both teams

The Red Wings' summer development camp's schedule has changed for Sunday, with both teams skating in the morning: 8-8:45 AM: Team Yzerman: Tomas Storm Skills Development/Andy Weidenbach Power Skating 9-9:50 AM: Practice for both Team Yzerman and Team Lidstrom 10-10:50 AM: Team Lidstrom: Tomas Storm Skills Development/Andy Weidenbach Power Skating I'm trying...
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July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Regier On Trading Miller And Vanek

from Chris Ryndak of Sabres.com, Starting goaltender Ryan Miller and leading scorer Thomas Vanek are two players that Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said have garnered interest from other teams. Both players are set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2013-14 season. Regier said it would be fair to assess that, with the way the market is now, it’s...
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July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Would Phaneuf Be A Fit In Edmonton?

from Jonathan Willis of The Cult of Hockey, Former Maple Leafs assistant general manager Bill Watters was interviewed on Oilers Now on Friday, and he had both an interesting rumour and some harsh words for Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf. In part, here’s what he had to say: Dion Phaneuf should be dispatched as soon as they possibly can and the story I hear is that Edmonton’s...
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July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Brunner Headed To New Jersey?

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice, The Devils appear to be closing in on signing unrestricted free agent forward Damien Brunner, according to a report out of Switzerland. Nicola Berger of the Swiss newspaper Neue Luzerner Zeitung reported this morning that Brunner “appears to be headed” to the Devils and “they’re doing a lot of background work on him right now.”...
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July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Impressions from the scrimmage at the Red Wings’ summer development camp a.k.a. overnight report

In front of jam-packed stands and a suite overflowing with Red Wings amateur scouts, the Wings' coach, the Grand Rapids Griffins' coach, and Ken Holland, Kris Draper, Ryan Martin and Jiri Fischer, the Wings' prospects finally got to tangle with each other in a game situation. It wasn't exactly three periods' worth of hockey--two 30-minute periods, with a running...
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July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Scott Niedermayer’s Hall Of Fame Case

I am writing about the Hall of Fame cases for the three male players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the 2013 class.  I have already written about Chris Chelios.  Today is Scott Niedermayer's turn and Brendan Shanahan is still to come.  Here is the post I wrote when Niedermayer retired and here is my post when I first considered him a Hall of Famer.  In order to...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Audio from the scrimmage at the Red Wings’ summer development camp

I apologize for the lateness of this post, but I had some social obligations to take care (stop laughing...I have a life...sort of...), and as such, I ended up spending about 90 minutes hanging out with pals spending the night at Centre Ice Arena to snag training camp tickets (they go MLive's Brendan Savage has already penned a recap of an event which was absolutely dominated...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

KHL Or Not?

from the CP at CBC, Most tend to believe it's an isolated incident, with two agents and one former agent and general manager singling out the once-in-a-generation circumstances that led to Kovalchuk leaving and the Devils permitting him to go without keeping his contract in place or preventing him from signing with a KHL team. "I don't think it's an epidemic...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Ray Emery The Best UFA Signing This Summer?

from John Boruk of CSNPhilly, Ray Emery may be the top offseason acquisition this summer. No, not just the Flyers' best free-agent find. The best free-agent signing of any team. Disregard the organization, the player and the circumstances for a moment. Acquiring a goaltender who posted eye-popping numbers this previous season -- 17-1-0 record, 1.94 goals-against...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Two-Year Contract For Jake Muzzin In LA

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a new two-year contract with defenseman Jake Muzzin, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Muzzin, 23, appeared in 45 games for the Kings last season, recording 16 points (7-9=16) and 35 penalty minutes.  Among NHL rookie defensemen he ranked second in goals, tied for fifth in assists, tied...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: on Mantha, the Wings’ defense (prospects and current players) and UFA haul

Amongst the Red Wings-related news that popped up this morning: While speaking with Ken Holland regarding the Wings' scouting appointments, MLive's Brendan Savage inquired as to the progress of one Darren Helm, and Holland very politely said the equivalent of, "He's doing okay, but it's only been two days": "Looking at the sixth-month history,...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Bad Reviews Of Perron In St. Louis

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey, Three St. Louis sports writers, Dan Greenwald, Bernie Miklasz and Jeff Gordon, have weighed in on David Perron leaving St. Louis for Edmonton, with both Greenwald and Millasz saying Perron was part of a culture of entitlement in the Blues dressing room that needed to change. Greenwald goes so far as to label the group of St. Louis...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Getting all the names straight regarding the Red Wings’ amateur scouting personnel shuffle

As the Red Wings haven't issued a formal press release regarding the hiring ot Tyler Wright as the team's director of scouting and Jeff Finley's promotion to head scout, it's been a little difficult to keep track of all the names surrounding the Wings' amateur scouting shuffle. The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline confirmed that Wright and a trusted right...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Bergeron Officially Extended By Boston

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 12, that the club has signed forward Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season.  Bergeron’s salary is worth an annual cap figure of $6,500,000.
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Kovalchuk’s new nickname ‘The Fraud’

“I am never surprised by anything that happens in this game today.” Lou Lamoriello sure got that right Thursday while participating in an unanticipated conference call with media memebers after the shocking news that Ilya Kovalchuk had bolted for Russia. But as Lamoriello said, we can't really be surprised anymore, can we? Especially in this case when Kovalchuk's...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Putting The ‘D’ In The Big ‘D’

from Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, The Stars will wear uniforms with a new shade of green this season. But underneath those sweaters the red will run deep. Red Wings red. If you can’t beat ’em, copy ’em. That’s the blueprint the Stars sought when they signed Jim Nill as their general manager. Nill spent 19 seasons in the front office of the...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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