Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago
Let’s say you’re flipping a dilapidated house. Your eyes are caked with plaster. Your hands are covered in splinters. You think the foundation could be solid, but they keep finding asbestos in the attic and termites gnawing at the support beams.
But then things started really turning around because, uh, you won the lottery. Upgraded kitchen. Gorgeous living room. One of those claw-footed tubs off the master suite. All the toil, all the trouble, it’s finally going to pay off …
… and then someone says the house isn’t yours to profit from.
And then he trades you to New Jersey.
“You get attached with a team, and when that’s taken from you, it’s disappointing,” said Taylor Hall, formerly of the Edmonton Oilers, now of the New Jersey Devils after the controversial trade that swapped him for defenseman Adam Larsson on Wednesday. “I feel like I’ve been a good solider for six years. I did as much as I felt I could on the ice.”
“I voiced my disappointment with what happened,” said Hall, when asked about his conversation with Chiarelli.
Unfortunately for him, Chiarelli though Hall was a solution, as well – to a different problem, on the blue line.
But will it be seen as a fair trade?
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago
The Steven Stamkos sweepstakes is over before it began.
Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the Tampa Bay Lightning star will remain a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
According to McKenzie, Stamkos has agreed to an eight-year deal with an average annual value of $8.5 million. The Lightning were the only team that could offer an eighth year on a contract, and needed to do so before July 1.
Stamkos was set to become an unrestricted free agent – arguably the most coveted in NHL history – with suitors ranging from his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs to cash-rich teams like the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres.
Congrats, Lightning fans. Well, at least until you have re-sign everyone else …
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago
Not surprising: That Jacob Trouba, the Winnipeg Jets’ 22-year-old defenseman, would get an offer sheet as a restricted free agent this summer. We had heard another Eastern Conference team was prepping one before CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty reported on Tuesday night that the Boston Bruins are planning to hand him one. Trouba is coveted. Trouba is sorta available. Odds are that he gets one, even if he doesn’t sign it.
Surprising: That the offer sheet would be so massive that a team would have to give up four first-round picks for him.
But if the Bruins want him, that’s the only avenue at the moment. Check out this General Fanager guide to teams and their offer sheet potential:
— General Fanager (@generalfanager) June 29, 2016
You probably let him walk.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago
Eric Staal would seem like a man with few options in the UFA market this summer.
He followed a 33 points in 63 games campaign with the Carolina Hurricanes with a six points in 20 games stint with the New York Rangers, following their big deadline move. Then the playoffs started, and apparently Staal forgot to set his alarm clock.
He’s 31 and doesn’t have a prayer of making near the $8.25 million cap hit he carried in his last contract. His agent says he wants a top six role and wants to play center, a.k.a. he was totally miscast in New York.
Staal did that in Carolina. Could he did it in Carolina again?
Door is not completely closed on Eric Staal returning to Carolina, but he's looking at other options/ challenges right now.
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) June 28, 2016
Staal is looking at other options, talking to other teams, but wouldn't rule out a return to Hurricanes if they did express interest.
To wit, Francis said:
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What Kyle Okposo provides a team is a rare commodity.
Sure, you can find other 6-foot, 217-pound wingers. And maybe they’re around 28 years old. And maybe they can get you between 22 and 27 goals in a good season.
But can they provide you with the versatility that Okposo can? Can they be an effective possession winger that can move up and down the lineup, but most importantly can hang on your first line as the quintessential co-star to your superstar player?
John Tavares has scored 127 points at 5-on-5 over the last three seasons. He scored 73 of them playing on a line with Okposo. But Okposo actually played more with Frans Nielsen last season than with Tavares, and excelled in that role too – 52.8 Corsi rating when they played together at even strength.
Meanwhile, Okposo has 67 goals and 117 assists in 201 games over the last three seasons, with 56 points on the power-play.
All of this is why Okposo is going to be, outside of Steven Stamkos, the most heavily courted player in free agency this summer.
(Weird how one teams sees splitting with Okposo as a means to a serious upgrade and other teams see Okposo as the serious upgrade…)
Where does Okposo end up?
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When it comes to Steven Stamkos and his free-agent motivations, you hear a lot of things. Like how much he desires to be closer to Ontario, or the weight he gives to winning a Stanley Cup or playing his natural position at center.
But in the end, Steven Stamkos is potentially the biggest free agent to ever hit the open market at 26 years old. He might only get one shot to cash in on this historic level. So the money matters. Of course it does.
The money matters to the Tampa Bay Lightning as well. What Stamkos signs for affects what Victor Hedman signs for, as well as a slew of other key players. And they need Stamkos to sign for their number due to previous overpayments, too, like Ryan Callahan.
The long-rumored offer to Stamkos from the Lightning: $8.5 million over eight years. They’re the only team that can offer him that eighth year, per CBA rules.
So let’s say the ego is unchecked and Stamkos weighs the financial gain rather heavily. Could the Lightning still retain him?
As Jaromir Jagr will tell you, the tax benefit of playing in locations like Texas and Florida is a draw for some free agents.
Roughly 26 years before Eric Lindros became a Hockey Hall of Famer, he was already being treated as such.
He was “The Next One.” He was a player whose combination of strength, size and offensive gifts was unmatched for a young player.
To understand the hype, the anticipation, the mania surrounding Lindros as he neared entrance into the NHL, just open up a wax pack of hockey cards, circa 1990.
That was when Score, the trading card company, made the unprecedented move of signing up Lindros to an exclusive endorsement deal as a junior hockey player. So a year before Lindros was eligible to be drafted, his “FUTURE SUPERSTAR” rookie card depicting him as a member of the OHL Oshawa Generals was already being coveted, as a part of a multi-card set.
This is not how things were done.
Again, this is not how things were done.
“There’s a void there,” admitted Lindros about his lack of a Stanley Cup ring.
Again, this is not how things were done.
“It feels full circle, if you understand that,” said Lindros.
Full circle, indeed.
I mean, there are few greater narratives to apply to a boy form London, Ontario ...
Eric Lindros is a Hockey Hall of Famer.
Lindros, who dominated for a stretch of years with the Philadelphia Flyers before concussions cut his years short, was elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday along with Sergei Makarov, the long-time Russian scoring champ; Rogie Vachon, long-time NHL goaltender; and coaching great Pat Quinn as a builder.
Lindros is 19th in NHL history in points per game average with 1.138. He won the Hart and the Pearson in 1995. He has just 760 NHL career games, however, in a concussion-plagued career. But after Cam Neely and Pavel Bure made the Hockey Hall of Fame, the lack of games-played became less controversial. And as Bure showed, the operative word in the title of the place is FAME.
Lindros had it. He changed the game in the 1990s. He belongs here.
Quinn was a given, and gets in over Don Cherry as a builder. He won the Jack Adams twice (1980 and 1992), Olympic gold in 2002 and other titles. He has 684 coaching wins, seventh all-time. Quinn passed away in Nov. 2014.
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There are plenty of reasons why there were lackluster ratings for Sportsnet’s second season of its billion-dollar deal with the NHL. Chiefly, it’s because it's a Canadian network covering Canadian teams that all finished outside the playoffs; and in the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the primary team it covers was intentionally attempting to lose as much as possible.
But this is a $5.2-billion, 12-year NHL deal. Which means anything that doesn’t meet lofty expectations was going to necessitate changes. And the changes have arrived.
We already learned that George Stroumboulopoulos would be replaced as host by the host he replaced, Ron MacLean. In fact, Stroumboulopoulos has left the company.
“George is an extremely versatile and creative broadcaster and we value the contributions he made to Hockey Night in Canada. We look forward to seeing what his next great project will be,” said Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers. “We are continually evaluating and evolving our broadcasts to deliver the best experience for fans.”