- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Late July means that arbitration news begins trickling out. Last summer, no players actually went to arbitration. All 21 settled with their teams before the two sides met in a Toronto conference room to argue their case.
Twenty players elected arbitration this summer, and three others are heading there because of their clubs.
On Monday, Vladimir Sobotka was the first player to have his hearing. Of course, Sobotka wasn’t there, as he signed a three-year deal to play with Omsk of the KHL. He was, however, awarded a one-year contract for $2.725 million, which will be honored if he ever returns to the NHL.
Sobotka’s KHL deal includes an opt-out clause after each season beginning next summer.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Last month, after the Columbus Blue Jackets offered restricted free agent Ryan Johansen a two-year bridge contract, the 21-year old forward called it a “slap in the face.” He wanted a longer-term deal — four years or more — but the team was in the mood for something along the lines of a two- or three-year term.
Three weeks later, it appears a bit of progress has been made. According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, sources have told him that Johansen’s camp approached the Blue Jackets with a two-year offer after originally wanting a four-year pact.
Baby steps are still steps and if both sides can agree to a bridge, the next move is obviously determining Johansen’s worth, which could take another couple weeks.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The friendy rivalry between Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will continue for at least the next nine seasons after the Chicago Blackhawks pair inked matching 8-year, $84 million contracts last week to remain in The Windy City.
Their personal competition doesn’t just take place on the ice, but off it, as well.
At last summer’s Blackhawks Convention, the two took part in a dance-off during one panel, with the captain breaking out the moonwalk and “Showtime!” going with the patented Kaner shuffle. While Toews deserved bonus points just for breaking away from his usual Captain Serious mood, Kane played it perfectly doing his thing to get under the skin of his buddy.
Round 2 took place on Saturday during the 2014 Convention and once again, Kane defended his title:
Puck Daddy chats with NHL 15 producer Sean Ramjagsingh about moving to next-gen, improved physics and living crowdsSean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 days ago
Q. You didn’t put out NHL 14 on the next-gen consoles last year. What did the extra time allow you to do for NHL 15 ?
RAMJAGSINGH: Not being on next-gen last year allowed us to really focus on NHL 14 and push how much we could do with 14 . At the same time, not being on gen-4 for launch was a good thing for us because we could leverage a lot of the learning from the other games in the EA Sports family; so games like FIFA and Madden led the way. There’s new hardware that comes up, there’s new technological things, hurdles you need to overcome that don’t always necessarily benefit the end user. You need to spend time figuring out how to develop on those consoles before you can actually deliver the cool stuff. By not being there for Year 1 we were able to let the FIFAs and the Maddens of the world kind of figure out all of the technological hurdles so we can spend more time focusing on the features for NHL 15 .
Were there one or two things that you either couldn’t get into NHL 14 or wanted to improve upon that you couldn’t get into NHL 15 ?
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 days ago
Martin Brodeur is still waiting. It’s July 17 and the 42-year old future Hall of Fame goaltender remains a free agent after cutting ties with the New Jersey Devils, the only NHL organization he’s ever known. As he waits, he’s spending the week in Lake Tahoe, participating in the American Century Championship golf tournament for the fourth straight year.
Almost 2,800 miles away, Brodeur’s three sons, Anthony, Jeremy and William are participating in development camp with the Devils. Anthony was drafted by the Devils last June in the moment of the 2013 draft when his dad announced the pick. Now entering their draft years, Jeremy will play for Oshawa of the OHL, while William heads to famed prep school Shattuck-St. Mary’s.
As Brodeur’s three boys begin their hockey careers, his remains at a standstill. After moving on from the Devils, he and his agent, Pat Brisson, held talks with several teams after July 1, but nothing materialized.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 days ago
Confirmed by the Buffalo News, it's a five-year pact worth $23 million for Ennis, who was a restricted free agent, and a raise from the just over $2.8 million AAV he earned during his two-year bridge deal.
From the Sabres:
Ennis is now the Sabres' second-highest paid forward, behind Matt Moulson; and along with Cody Hodgson, the three are locked up until the end of the 2017-18 season.
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The 2018 men's Olympic hockey tournament will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, the first time that Asia has hosted the Winter Games since 1998 in Nagano. , the Korean team is ranked 23rd, but that number may not be good enough to see them participate in four years time.
All 23 Olympic hockey tournaments have seen the host country take part and the Korean Ice Hockey Association is doing all it can, like looking for a foreign head coach, to improve its standing in order to ice a team in 2018. That's in response to a bit of pressure from the IIHF.
That “progress,” according to IIHF president Rene Fasel, is a world ranking of 18th, as he mentioned :
After going winless at the Division I Group A world championships in April, Korea was relegated to Group B for 2015. They will need a stronger showing against the likes of the Netherlands, Lithuania, Great Britain, Estonia and Croatia to bolster their hopes of playing among the world's elite in four years time.
Geneve-Servette of the Swiss league were hoping that Matthew Lombardi would stay for the upcoming season, but when an NHL team comes calling it’s tough to say no.
That NHL team turned out to be the New York Rangers, who signed the forward to atwo-year, $1.6 million deal on Wednesday, adding to their depth up front.
The Rangers made the Stanley Cup Final last season in part because of their depth. That area of strength up front took a hit this summer with the departures of Brian Boyle, Brad Richards and Benoit Pouliot. Lombardi will join Derek Stepan, current restricted free agent Derick Brassard and Dominic Moore down the middle.
It's a low-risk, high reward move for general manager Glen Sather. When healthy, Lombardi showed a scoring touch, with his 53-point year in 2009-10 before injuries derailed his career.
Those injuries limited Lombardi to 92 NHL games from 2010-11 to 2012-13. But last season he was productive leading the Swiss league in scoring with 20 goals and 50 points in 46 games.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 days ago
Victorious Russian athletes were already having a great 2014. Winning a medal at the Sochi Olympics in February or gold at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in May means you're a hero in your homeland. And those heroes have been rewarded handsomely.
After handing out Mercedes to medal winners from Sochi, Russian president Vladimir Putin rewarded the men’s hockey team who won gold at this year’s worlds in Minsk. The players, like Alex Burmistrov and Anton Khudobin, began showing off their new wheels on social media Tuesday.
The Russian medalists also received monetary rewards, with $120,000 going to those who won gold, $76,000 to silver medalists and $52,000 to Olympians who took home bronze. No word yet on what kind of cash prize the hockey players found inside the glove compartments of their new cars.
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