Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago
On Monday night, Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports confirmed that the termination of Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards’ contract this week stemmed from an incident at a border crossing.
Which border? The Canadian border, of course! Which is why the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating that incident, according to Katie Strang of ESPN.com:
A spokesperson for the RCMP in Manitoba told ESPN that, as of Tuesday, no charges have been brought against Richards but declined to comment further. The source said that Canadian Border Services is also involved in the investigation, but a spokesperson declined comment, citing Canadian privacy laws.
A denial from the Winnipeg RCMP on Monday was reversed on Tuesday, according to TSN’s Rick Westhead, which is now saying they can’t confirm or deny he’s under investigation.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
To call Don Sweeney “much maligned” in his early days as Boston Bruins general manager would be an understatement. Everything from his ability to maximize value in trades to the direction of the franchise has been questioned based on 72 hours of controversial transactions.
So after trading forward Milan Lucic and defenseman Dougie Hamilton, are the Bruins in a rebuild?
“No, I don’t think it’s a rebuild,” he said on Tuesday. “We have a tremendous core group of guys that will carry and even more tremendous load while we wait for these young players to find their footing.”
OK, so maybe it’s a “build” instead. Sweeney boasts that the Bruins are bringing back five of their six defenseman from last season, although that back-end saw the Bruins’ team GAA go from a 2.08 to a 2.45 year to year. (Injuries were a factor.) In that group is Adam McQuaid, whose contract received an 'F' on a Bruins draft weekend report card.
“I would look at players that have the ability to score some goals, jumping into that next level of scoring or have a full body [of work],” he said.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago
Chris Pronger was asked about it several ways, but he wasn’t going to acknowledge it.
How surreal it was to still have an active NHL contract and be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. How surreal it was to actually have been involved in an NHL trade less than 48 hours before his selection. How surreal it was to have the gatekeepers to immortality change their bylaws to grant him access, because his circumstances – a stick to the head in 2011 and post-concussion syndrome ended his career, but not his contract – were extraordinary.
"I think nothing I've done has been the easy way. I guess this would follow suit,” was the best he could muster.
All of it must be humbling for Pronger. And awkward. And frustrating. Were it not for a Collective Bargaining Agreement that has more loophole’s than grandma’s knitting, the games being played with his contract would cease. Were it not for the injury, he would still be patrolling a blueline somewhere, elbows out, stick ready to turn opponents into a kabob.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago
Sergei Fedorov and Peter Karmanos, Jr., are two members of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. Karmanos, the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, said of Fedorov that it was “pretty obvious that he was going to be a Hall of Famer.”
Which helps explain why he was willing to hand him $38 million back in 1998.
The Carolina Hurricanes were a money-losing team as the franchise moved from Hartford to Raleigh.Estimates were that the team was $25 million in the hole that year.
So what did owner Karmanos do? He put a six-year, $38-million offer sheet on Fedorov, a superstar with the Detroit Red Wings who had been unsigned during a bitter restricted free-agent negotiation with the team.
Oh, and it was a doozy of a contract, according to this 1998 piece by Michael Russo:
So this was a level of revenge. But the ultimate chance to defeat Ilitch came in 2002.
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The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee announced its Class of 2015 on Monday: Detroit Red Wings legends Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov; former Buffalo Sabres great Phil Housley; current Arizona Coyote Chris Pronger; former Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Bill Hay and Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, Jr. in the Builder category; and U.S. Olympic great Angela Ruggiero in the women’s player category.
Hall of Fame forwards and defensemen will have played a minimum of 800 NHL regular season games or recorded a minimum of 300 goals, 400 assists or 700 points.
It’s an incredible class of NHL stars.
The word “legend” gets tossed around a little too much in sports, but it’s hardly ever more applicable than in discussing defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.
He won seven Norris Trophies in his 20-season career. He won four Stanley Cups. He won the Conn Smythe. He won Olympic gold in 2006. He has 1,142 points in 1,564 games, including 878 assists, fifth highest for a defenseman in NHL history. His postseason performances were epic, including a plus-61 all-time in the playoffs, an NHL record.
He was nicknamed “The Perfect Human,” and that might have been an understatement.
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According to Andy Strickland, the Toronto Maple Leafs have told at least one team that they will retain up to $2 million of Phil Kessel’s salary annually in order to trade him this summer.
Kessel has an $8 million cap hit through 2022, which makes finding a dance partner for a trade a bit of a challenge. You look at a team like the Pittsburgh Penguins, for example, and they have $11.57 million in cap space but only have 14 players under contract. Two million in cap savings could mean two players added to that roster.
While we’re not refuting Strickland’s report, we’d say there’s a much better chance the Maple Leafs take on someone else’s bloated contract back in a trade to make the money work, rather than have that money on their cap until 2022.
Again, on the Penguins, since they seem like they’re in the hunt: Chris Kunitz ($3.85 million through 2017)?
The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce its 2015 class on Monday, and here’s what we know for sure: Nicklas Lidstrom would be in already were it not for a mandatory waiting period.
There are a couple of other presumptive locks for this year, although they carry their own caveats in ways that Lidstrom doesn’t.
Here are the odds for the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015 as we see it. Along with the players mentioned here, we expect Pat Quinn to be posthumously inducted in the “builder” category and Angela Ruggiero, U.S. women’s hockey legend, in the as a women’s player.
Keep in mind that the Hall of Fame eligible goalies will have played a minimum of 400 NHL regular season games, won over 200 NHL games, or recorded 25 or more NHL shutouts. The forwards and defensemen will have played a minimum of 800 NHL regular season games or recorded a minimum of 300 goals, 400 assists or 700 points.
And here … we … go.
Yes, this one again.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Perhaps Dougie Hamilton owes Tyler Seguin a phone call.
One imagines the Dallas Stars center might have some sage advice on how to handle the door slamming you on the backside as a bus rolls over you, which is what happened when the Boston Bruins traded Seguin in 2013. The tales of partying, criticism of his work ethic and other forms of character assassination sprung forth from unnamed sources and were passed along in the media. Hell, even a Fourth of July party he had on the day of his trade was scrutinized. How dare you have a party on the day everyone has a party!
Anyway, Hamilton was traded by the Bruins on Friday, and his sins are far worse: He actually wanted a contract that mirrored his value as a restricted free agent defenseman; and the price, and the fear of an offer sheet, was too high for the cap-strapped Bruins to retain him. So they shipped him to the Calgary Flames.
OK, let’s take this one at a time:
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago
SUNRISE, Fla. – Sam Gagner is now a member of the Philadelphia Flyers after the NHL Draft’s final big move on Saturday, when a team formerly owned by the National Hockey League traded for a league employee and his dead cap space.
Where will he play for the Flyers?
Hopefully not at center. Because according to his former general manager, he kinda sucks at it.
"At the end of the day we just didn't think he could play center at the National Hockey level for us," GM Don Maloney told the Coyotes website. "And (we) thought by moving his money around — we have a couple of young players that can put in his place that we can grow with and so we decided to move on."
Gagner had 15 goals and 26 assists in 81 games for the Coyotes last season.
This trade, man…
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