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Brad Richards will remain with Rangers for at least one more season

From TSN's Bob McKenzie: NYR will not be using their remaining compliance buyout this summer so Brad Richards will remain a Blueshirt. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 28, 2013 For the next calendar year, anyway... Continue reading "Brad Richards will remain with Rangers for at least one more season"
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Columbus Extends Contract Of Head Coach Richards

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Head Coach Todd Richards to a one-year contract extension through the 2014-15 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Richards, 46, has led the Blue Jackets to a 42-38-9 record in 99 games behind the bench, including a 24-17-7 mark and franchise-best .573 winning percentage in...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Jokerit Helsinki bought by Russian ownership that plans on shifting team to KHL in 14-15

This finally came out in English, and it's huge news: a pair of Russian billionaires bought Jokerit HC of the Finnish SM-Liiga, and at present, they plan on moving one of Finland's elite hockey franchises to the KHL during the 2014-2015 season. From the KHL's English-language website (and it should be noted that KHL VP Gennady Velchkin has already stated that he doesn...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Hey, hey, bracket-town

The Detroit Free Press's "best nickname in Michigan sports" bracket is down to Mr. Hockey vs. The Captain... Which follows fans having named Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels the best Michigan sports broadcaster, Claude Lemieux the most hated opposing team's athlete and the 1997 Wings' Cup win as the best Michigan sports championship. Not bad, the so-called...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 10 Possible Trade Targets Surrounding The NHL Draft

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, (2) Leafs’ defenceman Dion Phaneuf. He has one  year left at a cap hit of $6.5 million, then he’s an unrestricted free-agent. He’s got the C in Toronto but there’s been a love-hate relationship there with Phaneuf, who gives the fans some offensive pop and lots of hitting, but isn’t  high-grade defensively. They might want...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Team USA names 2014 Olympic team executives

From USA Hockey: David Poile (Nashville, Tenn.), general manager and president of hockey operations for the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators, will be formally introduced as the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Olymipc Men's Ice Hockey Team at a press conference tomorrow (June 29) in New York City it was announced today by USA Hockey. “We couldn'...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: on Jake Paterson, Filppula, UFA’s, Lecavalier, shootouts and Nyquist

Today's Red Wings-related news stories involve more tangentially-related Wings news than anything else, but we'll start with good news regarding a Wings prospect, via RedWingsFeed and the Saginaw Spirit: Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson will have the opportunity to further impress both the Detroit Red Wings and the Canadian National Junior program over the next...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

A Look Back At The 2003 Draft

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, In much the same way that the upcoming 2013 draft class has been characterized as the year of Seth Jones/Nathan McKinnon/Jonathan Drouin, it was that way 10 years ago too – except the names at the top were Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal and Nathan Horton. But it turned out to be so much more than just the Big Three. The hometown...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Sports Broadcasters name Gustav Nyquist their Red Wings rookie of the year

From the Red Wings' PR department: GUSTAV NYQUIST NAMED RED WINGS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BY THE DETROIT SPORTS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION … Skilled Swedish Forward Appeared in 22 Games for Detroit During 2012-13 Season … Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been named the 2012-13 Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Alfredsson Will Return For Another Season

No surprise Daniel Alfredsson will return next season. He has been leaning this way all month. Good news. #Sens — Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) June 28, 2013
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Why Hockey Organizations Trump All Others

In a world filled with Footballers being arrested, LeBron addressing his haters, and other HOT news stories, this ad in today's Boston Globe deserves as much attention. Continue reading "Why Hockey Organizations Trump All Others"
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Live Stream- The Blackhawks Parade With The Stanley Cup

Watch all the festivities below, coverage has just started. Continue reading "Live Stream- The Blackhawks Parade With The Stanley Cup"
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Vinny watch

Two years ago, Canadiens fans had Jagr Watch. Look back a bit further, to the summer of 2009, and it was Vinny watch. That year, the Canadiens were celebrating their 100th anniversary as an organization, and Bob Gainey was actively trying to build a contender. We all know how that turned out - not well - but through it all the Habs courted a 6'4'' centre from Quebec named...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Morning Line

“I have tremendous respect for the coaching fraternity and for the art of coaching, I don’t take it lightly. I understand the benefit of experience. “But I have a lot of experience in this game and in winning. I’m not 32. I’m 52. There’s a little bit of water under the bridge. I’ve learned a lot. My experience shouldn’t be discounted or under-appreciated, either...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Keith Acton Leaving Columbus For Associate Coaching Job In Edmonton

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets Assistant Coach Keith Acton is leaving the club’s staff to become associate coach of the Edmonton Oilers, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  Acton joined the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach in June 2012. "We appreciate Keith's contributions to our hockey club during his time with the Blue Jackets. This...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Torn on Tanger

One schmuck's opinion:  Kris Letang is a very good NHL defenseman.  Kris Letang is an outstanding offensive NHL defenseman. But if Letang were reading this column, I'd have to say this right away:  Those media reports stating Penguins' management feel Paul Martin, and not you, was the best Pens' defenseman this season? They're right, bro. It appears we...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Garrioch posits a pair of articles regarding Alfredsson’s future and trade rumors

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch posited a pair of articles on Thursday evening, first addressing the future of Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson... It's Decision Day for Daniel Alfredsson. League sources confirmed to the Sun the Senators captain will inform GM Bryan Murray and his Kelowna-based agent J.P. Barry Friday by telephone from his home in Sweden...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: taking things with a grain of salt, Lecavalier talk and Jurco in Slovak

Thursday was most certainly a strange day in terms of the players that the Red Wings may end up targeting during free agency, and those targets will continue to change as teams buy out players between now and July 4th, as the Wings make whatever moves they end up making at the draft on Sunday (it will air on TSN and NBCSN from 3-8 PM), and based upon who ends up not re-signing with...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 20 Adjusted +/- Ratings

As I start this summer's series on sabermetrics and hockey, I will start by looking at the leaders in adjusted +/- ratings.  This is a method that uses +/- ratings as a counting stat and adjusts each player relative to a team baseline.  Usually I use a 50 game cutoff for players to adjust in order to make sure that judging the players by their team baseline is meaningful....
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Allen: Dan Bylsma to coach Team USA at 2014 Olympics, David Poile to serve as GM

Per USA Today's Kevin Allen: USA Hockey is putting the band back together for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, although the members will have a different place on the stage. According to two people with knowledge of the decision, the Nashville Predators' David Poile will be the team's general manager, while Pittsburgh Penguins Ray Shero will be his associate...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

On Letang, Ryan trade rumors and Lecavalier’s status

Amongst some Thursday evening signing and/or trade rumors... The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Rob Rossi went on both Toronto sports radio stations yesterday evening to posit the suggestion that Kris Letang's agent might attempt to engineer a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs if the Penguins don't extend his contract, and this evening, Rossi suggests that the Penguins have...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Ducks retain ‘Reverend Lovejoy’

This one slipped through the cracks (Thursday was quite busy!), from TSN: The Anaheim Ducks signed defenceman Ben Lovejoy to a three-year, $3.3 million contract extension on Thursday. The deal is worth $1 million next year, $1.1 million in 2014-15, and $1.2 million in 2015-16. The 29-year-old, who signed as a free agent with Pittsburgh in 2008, was acquired from the...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- Bettman And A Little Daly Talk After The BOG Meeting

Video via Sportsnet, the majority of the video is Phoenix talk...  
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

UFA Stalberg Looking For More Ice Time

from Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago,  Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg said Thursday he would likely play next season wherever he could get the most consistent playing time. Stalberg will become an unrestricted free agent next week after spending the last three seasons with the Blackhawks. Stalberg had nine goals and 14 assists and averaged 14:07 of ice time...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Bobrovsky Contract Talks Are Not Progessing

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers, It's looking increasingly likely that the Blue Jackets and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will reach July 1 (Monday) without a new contract for the Vezina Trophy winner. For that matter, it could drag into free agency on July 5, too. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Bobrovsky's agent, Paul Theofanous, met Wednesday in New York...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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