Looks Like A Milan Lucic-James Neal Swap Could Happen
Milan Lucic days as a @EdmontonOilers are over. With Lucic waving his no move clause it opens up the trade to @NHLFlames. At this point sounding like a 1 for 1 trade for James Neal. @NHL — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) July 19, 2019
Jacob Trouba Agrees To Terms With The New York Rangers
NEW YORK, July 19, 2019 – The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba. Trouba, 25, skated in 82 games with Winnipeg this past season, registering eight goals and 42 assists for 50 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 58 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including games played, assists, and points. Trouba was tied for ninth among NHL defensemen in assists during the past season (tied with Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman), and he also ranked 13th among NHL defensemen in points during the season. Of the 13 NHL defensemen who recorded 50 or more points in 2018-19, Trouba received the least amount of power play ice time during the season (168:52; next lowest was Thomas Chabot – 205:41). In addition, Trouba’s 42 assists were the second-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger this past season (trailing only Morgan Rielly), and his 50 points were the third-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger (trailing only Rielly and Chabot). He also ranked sixth in the NHL in blocked shots in 2018-19 (171). The 6-3, 202-pounder led the Jets in total ice time (1,876:00), total shorthanded ice time (201:57), and blocked shots, ranked second in average ice time (22:53) and average shorthanded ice time (2:28), tied for second in power play assists (15), ranked third in assists and even strength assists (25), and tied for fourth in points (50; tied with Patrik Laine) in 2018-19. Trouba tallied 35 points (five goals, 30 assists) over the final 44 games of the regular season. He helped Winnipeg advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs during the past season, and he recorded one assist in six playoff contests.
New Arena Talks In Calgary Headed In The Right Direction
from Meghan Potkins of the Calgary Herald, A tentative deal has been reached between the city and the Calgary Flames for a new arena to replace the Saddledome. City council members will discuss the proposed agreement at 3:45 p.m. Monday behind closed doors, Postmedia has learned. Negotiations between the two camps were recently described as “productive” by the chair of council’s event centre committee. Council could potentially host a public debate on the proposed agreement before elected officials break for the summer in August, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Friday. “I look forward to continuing conversations,” Nenshi said. “I know a lot of folks have been working very hard to see if there is something there that meets the criteria that we’ve talked about — the most important criteria, of course, being public money must have public benefit. And I really look forward to seeing where people are at. “I’m hopeful there will be some stuff to talk about with the public on Monday.” continued
Audio-Video- Talking Artemi Panarin On Vladimir Putin
via Sportsnet's YouTube page, Russian hockey insider Slava Malamud joins Sportsnet 590 The FAN to discuss the reception of Artemi Panarin’s comments about President Vladimir Putin in Russia, and to speculate what might happen to the Russian NHL star.
Cap Issues For The New York Rangers
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post, Now the Rangers are officially in a bind. As expected, the club signed restricted-free-agent defenseman Jacob Trouba on Friday to a seven-year, $56 million deal that carries an annual salary cap hit of $8 million. That temporarily puts the Blueshirts into the summer allowance over the cap ceiling of $81.5 million, with just over a month to figure out how to cut some salary. That could very well include trading Chris Kreider and the one year remaining on his deal at $4.625 million, and continuing to look for anyone willing to bite on the one year and $4 million left for Vladislav Namestnikov. Certainly this also makes things more difficult for the three remaining restricted free agents — Pavel Buchnevich (with an arbitration hearing set for July 29), Brendan Lemieux, and Tony DeAngelo. It also makes the buying out of defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk (two more years at $6.65 million per) and Brendan Smith (two more years at $4.35 million per) a lot more real. If Smith clears waivers and heads to AHL Hartford, then the Rangers would save $1.25 million against the cap. continued
Mitch Marner Not Talking About Contract Situation With The Leafs
from the CP at TSN, The 22-year-old opened his Marner All-Star Invitational on Thursday night just north of the city, and while the focus was on raising money for worthy causes, the conversation inevitably pivoted to negotiations between himself and the team. "I'm just trying to stay away from the talk," Marner said. "I've been spending most of my summer up by the lake and relaxing. "(My agent has been) dealing with everything and has done a great job." Marner directed questions about contract talks to that agent, Darren Ferris, who was in attendance. Ferris declined to comment. "He's done this a lot longer than I have," Marner said. "I've got all my confidence in him." read on
Lightning, Maple Leaf Leads 2019-20 Stanley Cup Betting
It seems like only yesterday the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins to win the 2019 Stanley Cup title. And yet it seems like we’re just around the corner from the 2019-20 NHL season – and to prove it, the full title odds are already out.
Artemi Panarin On The State Of Russia
from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY, New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin rebuked the refrain from many in his native Russia — including ballet icon Anastasia Volochkova — who say they can leave the country if they are upset over the state of affairs under longtime leader Vladimir Putin. “All the major brains have already left (Russia)," Panarin told journalist Alexander Golovin who posted the hourlong interview on YouTube. "That's not the way it should be." continued
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Ron Francis Is Officially The GM In Seattle
from NHLSeatte, NHL Seattle named Ron Francis the first General Manager in franchise history on July 18, 2019. Francis brings an acclaimed skill for evaluating NHL-caliber talent and his renowned hockey IQ will determine the franchise's style of play. "After seven months of due diligence, research, conversations, interviews and evaluation, we are thrilled to announce Ron as our GM," said NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke. continued
Video- The Weird Awards
from the YouTube page of the NHL, Recognizing the weirdest, wackiest and funniest hockey personalities, teams and moments from the 2018-19 NHL season with a wide range of honors including weirdest player (Weird NHL Hart Trophy), strangest goaltender (Weird NHL Vezina Trophy) and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award Watch the 53 minute video below.
from NHL.com, The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin will visit China the week of August 4th serving as an international ambassador for the League. Ovechkin's trip to Beijing will include youth hockey clinics, a media tour and business development meetings. "It is a huge honor for me to be an ambassador for the entire Washington Capitals organization and the National Hockey League for this special trip to China," Ovechkin said. "I think it is very important to spend time to help make people all over the world see how great a game hockey is. I can't wait to spend time with all the hockey fans there and I hope to meet young kids who will be future NHL players. I can't wait for this trip!"... "We are very excited that Alex Ovechkin will be joining us in China this summer," David Proper, NHL Executive Vice President of Media and International Strategy said. "Alex represents the best in sports, as he epitomizes that combination of great talent, great personality and great sportsmanship. He is the perfect person to represent the NHL's efforts to grow hockey in China." more
Joe Hicketts Signs A Two-Year Contract
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed defenseman Joe Hicketts to a two-year contract. Hicketts, 23, skated in 11 games with the Red Wings during the 2018-19 campaign and has totaled 16 NHL appearances over the last two seasons, compiling three assists, two penalty minutes, 18 shots on goal, 26 hits and 39 blocked shots in 18:12 average time on ice. Hicketts also appeared in 64 games with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins in 2018-19 and more-than-doubled his point total from the previous season, leading the team’s defensemen with 27 points (3-24-27) in 64 games. Entering his fourth professional season, Hicketts has played 204 AHL games with the Griffins since 2016-17, posting 73 points (13-60-73), a plus-seven rating and 139 penalty minutes. He captured a 2017 Calder Cup championship as a rookie and has recorded 11 points (1-10-11), a plus-seven rating and 18 penalty minutes in 29 career AHL postseason games.
A Four-Year Deal For J.T. Compher In Denver
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward J.T. Compher to a four-year contract through the 2022-23 season. Compher, 24, finished fifth on the Avalanche with 16 goals and tied for the team lead with three shorthanded tallies in 66 games during the 2018-19 campaign. His 16 goals, 16 assists and 32 points all surpassed his rookie season totals from 2017-18. The Northbrook, Illinois, native was one of eight NHL players with at least three shorthanded, power-play and game-winning goals in 2018-19, joining Sebastian Aho, Cam Atkinson, Patrice Bergeron, Blake Coleman, Leon Draisaitl, Brad Marchand and Brandon Saad. Compher was the first Avalanche player to accomplish that feat (at least three SHG, PPG and GWG in a season) since Joe Sakic in 2000-01. Compher added six points (4g/2a) in 12 playoff games, with his four goals tying for third on the team. He set a playoff career high with two goals and three points in Game 6 of Colorado’s second-round series against San Jose on May 6, becoming the first Avalanche player to record three or more points in an elimination game since Alex Tanguay in Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final. The 6-foot, 193-pound forward finished with two goals and three points during the first round series against Calgary, with both tallies coming in the third period of overtime victories (Games 2 and 4). “J.T. has been one of our most versatile forwards over the past two years,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He plays on our power play, kills penalties and has played up and down our lineup. He has scored some big goals late in games and we are counting on him to have an even more expanded role moving forward. We are excited to have him under contract for the next four seasons.” Numerous reports is the AAV is $3.5M
One Bad Contract
from Dave Stevenson of PuckProse (Fansided), Detroit Red Wings: Justin Abdelkader Contract: $4.25 million cap hit over the next four seasons; Full no-trade clause until 2020, modified no-trade clause (depending on if Red Wings make playoffs and playing time) through 2023 The Detroit Red Wings used to be the model of consistency in the NHL. In order to remain that way for a few more seasons, general manager Ken Holland signed a bunch of bad deals. None of them look worse right now than Justin Abdelkader’s. According to Evolving Hockey, his -1.4 WAR was not only the second-worst among all Red Wings skaters, but it was also the eighth-worst in the entire league (minimum 800 minutes during all situations). continued plus one bad contract for every NHL team...
Morning Line- Ken Campbell On The Stanley Cup
So how about the players who win it start using a little bit of common sense and treat it with the respect it deserves? Part of the tradition of the Stanley Cup is the abuse it has endured over the years, almost from the time it came into existence, from being kicked into the Rideau Canal to being set on fire to being brought to a gentleman’s establishment. Treating hockey’s ultimate prize like a piece of trash is certainly nothing new. I bring this up because yesterday Robby Fabbri of the St. Louis Blues had his day with the Cup. He brought it to the rink where he played much of his minor hockey for a three-hour function and later brought it to a hospital. He had a party with his family and enjoyed the day with the guest of honor. But you know what he also did with it? He had his dogs eat spaghetti and meatballs out of it. That’s tame by Stanley Cup standards to be sure, but really? You work that hard to win that beautiful piece of hardware, which signifies the culmination of your dreams, and you let your dog eat spaghetti and meatballs out of it? Or you put your baby in there with no diaper and she poops in it? Or allow your horse to eat out of it? Toss it into a swimming pool? Or you do any host of other unmentionable things to it? -Ken Campbell of The Hockey News where you can read more on this...
Video- Detroit’s Worst Plays Of The Year
via Sportsnet's YouTube page, Day 3 of 31 Dang Its in 31 days is here featuring the Red Wings showing the world how to "properly" execute a 3 on 0 breakaway. Mostly Steve Dangle talking...
Questioning The Hiring Of Tyler Wright In Edmonton
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal, I’m far from convinced that Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland made the right decision in bringing in Tyler Wright to become the director of amateur scouting for the Oilers. Wright’s record in the past eight drafts — two heading up amateur scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets and six in the same job with the Red Wings — isn’t obviously good work. That assessment may well change as time passes and some of Wright’s picks turn into better players than they’re trending to be right now, but the obviously successful picks from those eight drafts are few and far between while the question marks are plentiful. Let’s look at how Wright did in acquiring Big 12 players, the spine of any team, the critical players essential to any squad’s success, the No. 1 goalie, Top 4 d-men and Top 7 forwards, all the first and second line forwards and one excellent checker/two-way player leading the third line. NHL head scouts who succeed will identify at least one Big 12 player every draft year on average, they will make the most of their Top 10 overall picks, they’ll find at least one Big 12 players outside the first round every second year, and they’ll identify at least one Team Canada-quality player every four drafts. continued
Ron Francis May Be The GM In Seattle
The organization itself is declining to comment, but there is word tonight that Seattle’s NHL expansion team is closing in on naming Ron Francis as its first GM. We’ll see how events unfold the next few days; things have been percolating the last few weeks. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 17, 2019
TRADE ALERT: The #Blackhawks have acquired forward Zack Smith from the Senators in exchange for forward Artem Anisimov. Smith’s contract has an AAV of $3,250,000 and is signed through the 2020-21 season. pic.twitter.com/O6bKjgCwH5 — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 16, 2019
Bar In Philadelphia Seeking Money From The St. Louis Blues
from Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY, The Philadelphia bar that inspired the St. Louis Blues' "Gloria" fad is seeking money from the items — T-shirts, hats and other small merchandise — that were sold inside and outside of Enterprise Center during the team's run to its first Stanley Cup. Attorney Rob McKinley, who represents The Jacks NYB, told USA TODAY Sports that the Blues' postgame victory song, Laura Branigan's 1982 disco classic "Gloria," was only part of the equation. The fanbase's rallying cry, "Play Gloria!" began at The Jacks NYB, and as such, McKinley said that idea comes with a price for others making a profit off it. "The bottom line is they created this brand and supported the St. Louis Blues and their fans on the Stanley Cup run," McKinley said Tuesday. continued
Five Possible Summer Trades
from Josh Wegman of theScore, The NHL offseason has slowed down considerably since July 1. Outside of Jake Gardiner, the list of remaining unrestricted free agents is uninspiring. However, that doesn't mean there won't be any more exciting movement, as there are still a handful of intriguing players who could be dealt this summer Here are five players to watch: Rasmus Ristolainen Team: Sabres Position: D Cap hit: $5.4M Ristolainen trade rumors are just pure speculation at this point, but the writing seems to be on the wall. The Sabres have acquired three other quality right-handed defensemen since February: Brandon Montour, Colin Miller, and Henri Jokiharju. That indicates Ristolainen's time in Buffalo could be coming to a close. Ristolainen is flawed defensively, but not enough to scare other teams away. After all, he's still just 24 years old with three seasons remaining on his contract, and the blue-liner is coming off his fourth straight 40-point campaign. continued with 4 more players listed....
Willie O’Ree Could Receive The Congressional Gold Medal
from William Douglas of NHL.com, Members of the United States Senate and lead sponsors of the Congressional Gold Medal bill are urging fellow senators to sign legislation that would award Willie O'Ree, the NHL's first black player, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress. If approved, O'Ree would join a prestigious group of Congressional Gold Medal recipients that includes Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball, and civil rights pioneers Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Coretta Scott King. "Please join us in honoring Willie O'Ree for his extraordinary contributions to sport, service and society by cosponsoring the Willie O'Ree Congressional Gold Medal Act," Sens. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) wrote in 'Dear Colleague' letters. continued
Team Chemistry Was An Issue For The Pittsburgh Penguins
from Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “We were a very tight-knit team, and I didn’t see that this year, almost from Day 1,” Rutherford said, referencing the championship teams of 2016 and 2017. “I didn’t see a point where our guys came together as a team.” Often, a comment like that from a general manager can be viewed as an indictment of the coach — that his bench boss failed to bring the team’s roster together to tug on the same rope. Instead, Rutherford decided to deflect the blame onto the players for failing to heed his coach’s message, praising his coach for the job he did keeping the locker room together to the degree that he was capable. For his part, Sullivan acknowledged the assertion that chemistry was a problem last year. “I do agree with it. It’s something that we’ve talked about,” Sullivan said when Madden broached the chemistry concerns. “We just didn’t quite come together as we hoped we would.” read on
How A Day With The Cup Started
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, According to (Phil) Pritchard, the tradition of an NHL player getting to spend a day in the company of Lord Stanley began almost completely by accident – and can be traced back to the events of a single night in Toronto in June of 1989, during the league’s annual awards ceremony.... That evening, as the award show afterparty was winding down, Pritchard serendipitously passed within earshot of a conversation taking place between Frank Torpey then the NHL’s security chief and Flames’ forward Colin Patterson, a Selke Trophy finalist. Patterson grew up in the north Toronto neighborhood of Rexdale and had just made a request to Torpey – was there any chance to get the Stanley Cup out to his parents’ home for a few hours the next day, so they could celebrate the Flames’ championship with family, friends and neighbors? Torpey told him no: That security around the Stanley Cup had tightened, ever since word got out that it had appeared on stage at a strip club in Edmonton, in the immediate aftermath of the Oilers’ 1984 win. Pritchard, who was packing up the trophies, volunteered to help. “I introduced myself and asked Colin where he lived,” Pritchard said. “When he told me where, I said, ‘hey I can take the Cup up to you, if you want, in the morning for a few hours’ – because I had an event later that day anyway in that same part of town. much more (paid subscriptions)
Video- Ted Lindsay On The Death Threat He And Gordie Howe Received
March 24, 1956, Ted Lindsay's fearlessness was on full display when he took to the ice after an anonymous threat to him and Gordie Howe were phoned in to a local newspaper. Dubbed the "sharpshooter" incident, Ted shares that story – and his best Marcel Bonin impression. #RIP7 pic.twitter.com/oFoD5Enpjy — NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 15, 2019
All Is Good With The Phil Kessel Trade To Arizona
from Julia Stumbaugh of azcentral, In the two weeks since the Kessel trade, analysts have had time to evaluate what this off-season will mean for the Coyotes. In addition to Kessel, the Coyotes have added center Carl Soderberg and made a few other depth signings. The addition of an 82-point winger in Kessel makes the Coyotes one of the most successful teams in the league this off-season, but he still might not be the final missing piece that the offense-starved team is looking for. Through the first week of free agency, Sportsnet's Luke Fox ranked the Coyotes as having the 12th-best off-season in the league so far: "A few more goals and the 2018-19 Coyotes make the playoffs. Enter Phil Kessel, whose 27 goals and 82 points last season immediately make him Arizona’s deadliest weapon. The Yotes didn’t have a 20-goal scorer or a 50-point man. Coach Rick Tocchet is the Phil whisperer. Arizona has a chance to be sneaky good." read on
Video- Givani Smith Feels He Could Play In The NHL
via WXYZ's YouTube page, Red Wings prospect Givani Smith thinks he belongs in NHL this season. He spoke with reporters, including WXYZ's Brad Galli, at Red Wings youth camp on Monday, July 15
RFA Thoughts During The Summer
Because, unless I’m reading this wrong, there exists a fundamental difference in the perception of value/term between the two sides and it’s going to make getting a negotiated settlement very difficult. OK, back to vacation. That bike isn’t going to ride itself to town. — Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 15, 2019 People seem to be thirsty for hockey news. While on vacation, I’m just thirsty. I laughed at someone who said, “Report Marner.” Now, I could be wrong but I’ll bet the vast majority of currently unsigned RFAs will still be unsigned when I report back for duty after Labour Day. — Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 15, 2019
Experts Review The Wings’ Summer
from Greg Levinsky of the Detroit Free Press, In Steve Yzerman's first summer as general manager, the Detroit Red Wings surprised by drafting Moritz Seider sixth overall, then in free agency added Patrik Nemeth, Calvin Pickard and Valtteri Filppula. Here's what experts have said about the moves: Moritz Seider What they're saying: "Steve Yzerman's first draft as Red Wings GM went relative well for a guy who was armed with double-digit picks at his disposal. Overall, he could have done better, but he also picked up a half-dozen quality prospects with legitimate potential for NHL success. Although his weekend began with his surprising selection of big-bodied puck mover Mortiz Seider at sixth overall, Yzerman went on to overdraft another physical presence in Finnish blueliner Antti Tuomisto (35th)." — Sporting News' Steve Kournianos "Still, you can’t help but wonder: could the Red Wings have traded down in the draft and still gotten their guy in Seider? Sometimes, it’s not just about judging the quality of draft selections, but also “reading the room” and managing assets properly. At this very moment in time, the Red Wings opened themselves up to a ton of questions." — NBCSports' James O'Brien Patrik Nemeth What they're saying: "Patrik Nemeth is a nice addition to the blue line at two years and $3 million AAV." — ESPN's Greg Wyshynski "The 27-year-old gives the Red Wings a big body (6-3, 219 pounds) who defends well and kills penalties. He is slated to play on the left side with a right-handed offensive defenseman, either Mike Green or Filip Hronek." — NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika more players
Colorada Avalanche Sign Andre Burakovsky To A One-Year Deal
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2019-20 season. Colorado acquired the 24-year-old winger in a trade with the Washington Capitals on June 28. Burakovsky appeared in 76 games for the Capitals this past season, tallying 25 points (12g/13a). He helped Washington capture its first Stanley Cup championship in 2017-18, returning to the lineup after missing the first two rounds and recording six points (2g/4a) in 13 postseason games. Selected by the Capitals in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Burakovsky has tallied 145 points (62g/83a) in 328 career regular-season NHL games for Washington. He has also dressed in 56 career playoff games, totaling 18 points (9g/9a). The 6-foot-3, 201-pound left wing recorded NHL career highs in goals (17) and points (38) during the 2015-16 season and notched a career-high 23 assists during the 2016-17 campaign. “We are excited to be adding a big, fast, skilled winger like Andre,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic at the time of the trade. “He already has a lot of NHL experience at a young age and is a Stanley Cup winner who has performed well in the playoffs. At just 24 he is entering the prime years of his career and we feel with an added role, he will be a great addition to our team.”
Video- A Slow Monday In Mid-July
The best deflections and tip-ins, all in slow motion.
Where Should They Sign?
from ESPN, While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for five of the biggest names left: Jake Gardiner, D 2018-19 team: Toronto Maple Leafs 2018-19 cap hit: $4.05 million Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: The New Jersey Devils have $19.845 million in cap space and two left-handed shooting defensemen in Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen coming off their cap next summer. The team's biggest need, besides an overall increase in quality depth, is on the blue line, even with the addition of P.K. Subban. Gardiner, and his offensive upside, would be a welcome addition. Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: The Canadiens would be a great fit. They still have some cap space to spend -- call it the Sebastian Aho savings -- and they could definitely use some talent on the left side. A Gardiner signing could be bad news for Karl Alzner, though. Dimitri Filipovic, hockey analytics writer: The Canadiens. It's weird just how little buzz there's been about Gardiner through the first two weeks of free agency, considering he came in as the best defenseman available. continued with more players mentioned...
The Three NHL Teams In The NYC Area
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post, It has been a tumultuous summer in the NHL, and so much of the action has centered around the New York area. The Devils and Rangers picked Nos. 1 and 2 in the draft, respectively, and by all accounts, both took generational players. New Jersey then traded for one of the most flamboyant and talented players in the league, P.K. Subban, while the Blueshirts countered by signing the biggest free agent, Artemi Panarin. The Islanders, who spent the past year showing the positive impact of having adults in charge, are on the verge of getting a shovel in the ground for their long-awaited new arena. There are still a couple of impactful things that could happen between now and the start of training camps in September. But the 2019-20 NHL season is going to be as interesting as any in this area in a long time, so let’s recap what has happened and what still might. Rangers The rebuilding is going splendidly, even though new team president John Davidson likes to just call it a “build.” General manager Jeff Gorton is also averse to using the word “accelerated,” as in the timeline from tearing it down to being competitive has turned out to be quite a bit shorter than most might have realized. continued
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, The success or failure of the draft class won't be known for some time — it generally takes at least two years to judge a draft — but we do have the benefit of hindsight when looking at the Wings' best and worst selections from 2008-17:... The Misses 1. G Tom McCollum Age: 29. Drafted: 30th, 2008 He played three NHL games with the Wings. Meanwhile. at 93rd in that draft, the Washington Capitals drafted Braden Holtby, their franchise goalie and a Stanley Cup champion. 2. F Tomas Jurco, D Xavier Ouellet, D Ryan Sproul Ages: 26; 25; 26. Drafted: 35th, 2011; 48th, 2011; 55th, 2011 None are in the organization anymore and all spent last season in the AHL. They’re grouped together because they were drafted ahead of Nikita Kucherov (58th, Lightning). Kucherov is the leading scorer (462 points) from this draft class and the Wings had three shots at him in the second round and whiffed. 3. F Riley Sheahan Age: 27. Drafted: 21st, 2010. Sheahan carved out a serviceable NHL career (149 points, 447 games), but he pales against the first-round picks the Wings could have landed: Evgeny Kuznetsov (26th, Washington) has 337 points in 416 games. Brock Nelson (30th, Islanders) has 124 goals among 241 points in 480 games; Charlie Coyle (28th, San Jose) has 248 points in 500 games.... more Misses and all the Hits...
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