Notes And Numbers On The NHL Draft
NEW YORK (July 24, 2021) -- A total of 223 players from 14 countries and 38 leagues worldwide were selected in the 2021 NHL Draft, held virtually Friday (Round 1) and Saturday (Rounds 2-7). Following is a breakdown of draft picks by position, birth country and league:
Detroit Draft Report Day 2
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today selected six players during the second day of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The Red Wings began the day by trading up in the second round to draft defenseman Shai Buium (36th overall), then selected left wing Carter Mazur in the third round (70th overall), center Red Savage (114th overall), center Liam Dower Nilsson (134th overall), defenseman Oscar Plandowski (155th overall) and center Pasquale Zito (166th overall).
Video- Steve Yzerman And Kris Draper After Day 2 Of The NHL Draft
Starting very soon.
Sam Reinhart Trade From Buffalo To Florida Is Official
The Sabres have acquired goaltender Devon Levi and a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Sam Reinhart. pic.twitter.com/6VowODArDo — Sabres PR (@SabresPR) July 24, 2021
Tony DeAngelo Is An Unrestricted Free Agent
NEW YORK, July 24, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has bought out the contract of defenseman Tony DeAngelo. DeAngelo skated in 167 games with the Rangers over parts of four seasons (2017-18 – 2020-21), registering 19 goals and 73 assists for 92 points, along with 139 penalty minutes.
Video- Shai Buium Meets With The Media
Nine minutes long. Also, if there are any more videos of Detroit prospects, you can watch the at Detroit's YouTube page. r
Cam Atkinson To Philadelphia Jakub Voracek To Columbus
TRADE: #CBJ have acquired forward Jakub Voracek from the @NHLFlyers in exchange for forward Cam Atkinson. Voracek was originally drafted seventh overall (2007) by the Blue Jackets and posted 39-95-134 in 241 career games with the club from 2008-11. — CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) July 24, 2021
Mike Smith Signing Is Official In Edmonton
EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have signed goaltender Mike Smith to a two-year contract extension with an average annual value of $2.2 million, the team announced Saturday. The 39-year-old is coming off a strong season that saw him post a 21-6-2 record in 32 regular season appearances, including three shutouts, a 2.31 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Smith has played 642 career NHL games with the Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Arizona Coyotes and Oilers, compiling a 283-254-76 record with 42 shutouts, a 2.69 GAA and .912 save percentage.
Open Post- Day 2 Of The 2021 NHL Draft
Watch on the NHLN, SN and SN NOW beginning at 11:00am ET. Detroit picks today- Round 2 #38, Round 3 #70, Round 4 #102 & #128, Round 5 #134 and Round 6 #166. An active discussion in the open post from Day 1, let the conversation continue.
A Six-Year Deal For Cale Makar In Colorado
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has signed defenseman Cale Makar to a six-year contract through the 2026-27 season. Makar, 22, was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and was named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 2020-21. He recorded 44 points (8g/36a) in 44 games, the only NHL blueliner to average a point-per-game last year. Makar joined Steve Duchesne (82 points in 82 contests with Quebec in 1992-93) as the only defensemen in franchise history to average a point-per-game in a single season (among qualified players). The 5-foot-11, 187-pound rearguard was the first defenseman to average a point-per-contest at age 22 or younger since Brian Leetch with the New York Rangers in 1990-91 (1.10).
Videos- The Montreal Canadiens Drafting Of Logan Mailloux
via Sportsnet's YouTube page, Marc Bergevin directly addressed the controversial decision to draft Logan Mailloux, and explained why the organization felt comfortable taking on the player. Below, the ESPN crew discuss.
Video- Missed Day 1 Of The NHL Draft?
Watch every pick in 6 1/2 minutes.
Seth Jones On His Way To Chicago
Emly Kaplan, Chris Johnston and Frank Seravalli all with thd tweet. For picks and a player. Trade call hasn’t happened yet. But Seth Jones indeed headed to Chicago https://t.co/C2Hb72F5BR — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 23, 2021 added 6:59pm, $9.5 aav for Jones. 7 years. https://t.co/yXFpZnlSQS — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2021 He still has a year left on current contract. added 7:05pm, It's 8 years, not 7, AAV is the same. added 7:45pm, one more update belw.
Sebastian Cossa Certainly Is A Confident Goalie
from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now, Sebastian Cossa’s confidence level might loom almost as large as his towering frame. Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman swapped first-round picks with the Dallas Stars in order to grab Edmonton Oil Kings netminder Cossa with the 15th pick of the 2021 NHL entry draft. The move made Cossa the first goaltender selected in the draft – exactly as it should be, according to Cossa. “I thought I had a strong season,” Cossa said. “My play kind of earned it for me. The confidence I have in my game, I think I’m going to be the best goalie in the draft. “ I think I got picked where I should be.” At 6-foot-6, 210 poiunds, Cossa is a towering presence between the pipes. He posted a WHL-leading .941 save percentage in 19 games last season. “When I’m at the top of my crease, there’s not a lot to shoot at,” Cossa said. “Still recognizing that and patterning my game after that. My hands don’t have to move as much. My depth control is a big focus part for me. “There’s bigger holes with bigger goalies but when I’m seeing the puck very well I definitely use my size to my advantage.” continued
Notes From Day 1 Of The NHL Draft
NEW YORK (July 23, 2021) -- Following are notes from the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft, held virtually Friday night. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 24 (NHL Network, Sportsnet, SN NOW). SABRES SELECT OWEN POWER WITH FIRST OVERALL PICK The Buffalo Sabres selected University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power first overall. The 6-6, 213 lb. Mississauga, Ont., native was the No. 1-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. Power recorded 3-13—16 in 26 games with the Wolverines during his freshman season in 2020-21. Buffalo selected first overall for the fourth time in franchise history: Gilbert Perreault (No. 1 in 1970) was the first-ever draft pick in Sabres history and still holds franchise records for games played, goals, assists and points; Pierre Turgeon (No. 1 in 1987) ranks seventh in career points by a first overall pick (515-812—1,327); and Rasmus Dahlin (No. 1 in 2018) has led Buffalo blueliners in points in each of his first three NHL campaigns.
Videos- Simon Edvinsson And Sebastian Cossa Tonight
Detroit picks in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft. Simon Edvinsson up first, Sebastian Cossa is below. added 11:29pm, Detroit press release on Cossa is below.
Stream- Steve Yzerman And Kris Draper After Tonight’s NHL Draft
Coming soon. added 11:48pm, below watch an interview with Simon Edvinsson
Late Evening Line- Bob McKenzie
Mailloux was ranked 35th on TSN’s final draft rankings, but many NHL clubs who still “ranked” Mailloux on their respective draft lists indicated they would not be drafting Mailloux because of his criminal action in Sweden. It was stunning to hear his name called in the 1st round. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 24, 2021
The First Round Of The 2021 NHL Draft
I'll be addig the picks to this post. Owen Power goes to Buffalo with the #1 pick. Seattle pick is Matthew Berniers.
A Four-Year Deal For Taylor Hall In Boston
BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 23, that the team has signed forward Taylor Hall to a four-year contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $6 million. "The Bruins are excited that Taylor wanted to remain a Boston Bruin and we are thrilled to have signed him to a multi-year contract," said Sweeney. "He is an impact player that brings speed, scoring, skill and two-way commitment to our lineup. He fit seamlessly into our locker room and will be an integral part of our organization's goal to compete for the Stanley Cup." Hall, 29, was acquired by the Bruins at the 2021 NHL trade deadline. In 16 regular season games with the Bruins, Hall recorded eight goals and six assists for 14 points. In 11 playoff games, the 6-foot-1, 206-pound forward tallied three goals and two assists for five points.
Open Post- 2021 NHL Draft
The NHL Draft begins at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, and TVAS. The Wings have the 6th and 22nd picks in the 1st round. Turning this over to you for your comments and have some fun tonight.
Zach Hyman is Going To End Up In Edmonton
Toronto and Edmonton will work on compensation agreement for Hyman. I don’t believe the Oilers are interested in giving up more than a late round draft pick. Oilers seem fine with a 7 or 8 year agreement. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2021
Arizona Coyotes-Vancouver Canucks Trade
Beagle, Eriksson, Roussel and 9th overall pick are coming back. GM Bill Armstrong has been active. I think other picks are also involved. https://t.co/dkkiAWGSt1 — Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 23, 2021
New York Rangers-St. Louis Blues Trade
Blais and a 2nd give the NYR more flexibility financially moving forward. https://t.co/S7MAntDlXT — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2021
via the Philadelphia Fyers, The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for the club's first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Flyers' own second round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and defenseman Robert Hagg, according to President of Hockey Operations & General Manager, Chuck Fletcher.
30 Trade Targets
from Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff, Happy NHL Draft Day 2021. There’s plenty on the move, so hurry up and dive in to read about the 30 Trade Targets in play before everything changes. 1. Jack Eichel Center, Buffalo Sabres Age: 24 Contract: 5 years remaining at $10 million AAV Scoop: The asking price for Eichel seems to be “fantastical” by all accounts. Teams are on high alert in the hours leading up to the first round of the NHL Draft. The Rangers, for one, were calling around to teams inquiring about a pick inside the Top 10 – believed to be part of the ask from Buffalo to get into the Eichel ballpark. Buffalo wants a futures-type transaction with multiple picks and prospects. It’s still difficult to imagine a scenario in which Eichel returns to the Sabres next season, but this weekend should be a strong indicator of the odds on that. 2. Seth Jones Right Defense, Columbus Blue Jackets Age: 26 Contract: 1 year remaining at $5.4 million AAV Scoop: There is no doubt the Chicago Blackhawks are working hard to pry Jones loose from Columbus. The belief is Chicago is not willing to part with either Alex DeBrincat or Kirby Dach in a deal. The leverage Chicago has is there are few markets where Jones is willing to sign long-term – and that have the ability or interest in trading for him. Chicago is one of them. The difficulty for Columbus is teams do not want to pay twice, both the acquisition cost to get him, then the cost to sign him. continued
Videos- Alex Nedeljkovic And Michael Rasmussen Meet With The Media
Nedeljkovic first, 18 1/2 minutes. Rasmussen is below.
On Waivers Today For Buyout Purposes
Tony DeAngelo (NYR) and Lean Bergmann (SJ) are on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 23, 2021
Videos- Nedeljkovic Saves And Larkin Questions
Four minutes to watch the saves from Alex Nedeljkovic in 2021. Below, a few questions for Dylan Larkin.
What Will The Wings Do With Their Two First Round Picks Tonight? What Do You Want Them To Do?
Detroit has the 6th and 22nd pick in the 1st round of the NHL Draft tonight, 8pm ET on ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, and TVAS. So this is a two part question, feel free to answer one, both or none. What will the Wings do with their first round picks tonight and/or what do you want them to do? No rules to this, have some fun and let's drop the puck (in 83 days).
Morning Line- Larry Brooks
The Rangers have made a considerable financial commitment to Goodrow. That was the easy part. Now management must make the commitment to build a unit around the new man and put him in a position in which he can make the most impact. If not, if the idea is to just throw him onto a line with, say, Kreider and Filip Chytil, the Rangers might just as well have given the money to me. -Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on the Rangers.
Why The Carolina Hurricanes Moved Alex Nedeljkovic
from Sara Civian of The Athletic, Nedeljkovic was in a unique situation as a 25-year-old pending RFA goalie with only so many NHL games under his belt. The way he swooped in during Petr Mrazek’s injury and excelled had potentially earned him a big payday. He was arbitration-eligible and asking for a contract with a $3.5 million average annual value. That was already high from the Hurricanes’ perspective, and if they went to arbitration, there was some risk of the salary being set even higher. The lack of comparables to point to — goaltenders who had made it to the NHL on similar paths — made it hard to predict the outcome. “We tried to get a contract done with Ned, and we couldn’t get one done. The agent was playing very hard,” Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said in an exclusive interview with The Athletic on Thursday. “He’s got an arbitration case that (could have paid him) somewhere around $3, $4, $5 million.... But why couldn’t the Hurricanes have avoided arbitration by just paying the $3.5 million he was seeking? While Nedeljkovic has tons of potential and is coming off a great season, the Canes weren’t ready to take a big-money chance on a player with a relatively small sample of success. Let’s remember that Nedeljkovic has only played 29 regular-season NHL games. Yes, he has a .928 save percentage over that span and was in the top five in goals saved above expectation this past season, but he also has a .904 save percentage across a concerning larger sample: 154 games in the AHL. And in his only NHL season with more than one game played before 2020-21, he had an .887 save percentage and 3.05 GAA. more (paid sub.)
Video- How Would Zach Hymen Do In Edmonton?
TSN Director of Scouting @CraigJButton joins @JayOnrait to discuss the Zach Hyman situation with the Oilers. pic.twitter.com/jEStu132dT — JayOnSC (@JayOnSC) July 23, 2021
The Draft And The New Goalie In Town
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, "It's going to be an interesting day and an interesting weekend," general manager Steve Yzerman said Thursday.... "In some cases you're talking about players that didn't play this year," Yzerman said. "For our scouting staff, it was a challenge for them to see some of the players and travel to get to certain locations was challenging, interesting. "But Kris (Draper, the Wings' director of amateur scouting) and his staff have been very diligent and thorough and done the best they could. Ultimately, this draft class, moving forward, is the most unpredictable, generally, of a very unpredictable process."... The Wings have been linked with Swedish forward William Eklund, Michigan forward Kent Johnson, junior forward Mason McTavish, or defensemen such as Luke Hughes (United States National Team Development Team) or Simon Edvinsson (Sweden). And the pool of players who could go to the Wings at 22 is even wider and deeper. Yzerman and his scouting staff are ready. "I don't want to say we have no clue (of how things will shake out), we have somewhat of a clue, but that remains to be seen," Yzerman said. "It's going to be very unpredictable. I don't know what other teams, what their lists, are (like)." With the Wings still in the midst of a rebuild, expect them to go after the best player available, and not for need at a particular position. more (paid) from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
TSN Insiders Tonight
TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun provide the latest on how Zach Hyman's talks with the Oilers and Leafs are progressing, Tampa Bay's desire to unload Tyler Johnson for cap space, the hunt for defencemen by western Canadian teams, and much more. Watch at TSN plus a transcript of the segment.
Regular Season Schedule For The Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today released their schedule for the 2021-22 season and the team's 96th overall in the National Hockey League. The Red Wings will open the season at home on Thursday, Oct. 14 versus the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Little Caesars Arena will host 17 weekend home games (four Fridays, 10 Saturdays and three Sundays), spanning through the regular-season finale on April 29 on the road at the New Jersey Devils. This season's 82-game slate, which includes a 20-day break spanning from Feb. 3-22 for the NHL All-Star Game and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, features 26 games against Atlantic Division rivals, three games against the eight teams in the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division (24 games) and two games against all 16 Western Conference foes (32 games).
Steve Yzerman The Trader
from Kevin Alen of Detroit Hockey Now, One of Steve Yzerman’s strengths as a general manager is a willingness to be creative and varied in his problem-solving. While Detroit Red Wings fans were debating whether the Red Wings should draft a goalie with the sixth pick in the NHL draft Friday, Yzerman was busy hammering out the final details of acquiring goalie Alex Nedeljkovic from the Carolina Hurricanes.o Nedeljkovic is 25 and was a Calder Trophy Finalist last season. He was 15-5-3 last season with a 1.90 goals-against average. “We are pretty excited about it,” Yzerman said. “He did very well this year and everyone within our organization is familiar with him because of his local ties. The Red Wings gave up a third-round pick, and the rights to UFA Jonathan Bernier. It’s not Yzerman’s way to gush, to be overly effusive in his praise. But this deal is another reason for fans to celebrate Yzerman’s skill as a trader and mover and shaker. This is Detroit’s goalie for today, and it’s possible he is the goalie for the future, a guy who will grow with this rebuilding team. continued
Notes On The NHL Regular Season Schedule
NEW YORK (July 22, 2021) – The NHL’s 2021-22 regular season will commence Tuesday, Oct. 12 with a doubleheader, highlighted by the Tampa Bay Lightning raising their third Stanley Cup championship banner before facing the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena. The second game on the opening night of the 2021-22 season will feature the NHL’s 32nd franchise, the Seattle Kraken, who will play their first regular-season game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The Kraken will play their first home game on Saturday, Oct. 23 when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks at Climate Pledge Arena.
Who Said It?
“While I’ve been on this sabbatical, I’ve thought many things. Long walks. There are many social inequities in the United States, and I am glad they are being addressed. Great things. I think we can all agree with that. But it’s become a tsunami of social change and tsunamis are indiscriminate. They’ll wipe out the good and the bad and anything in its way, and I don’t think that’s right. It makes heroes out of people that aren’t heroes, and villains out of people that aren’t villains, and maybe worst of all, a social tsunami is too quick to point a finger and too quick to declare guilt by legacy, and I’m not going to accept that. Just because bad things happened in the past doesn’t mean I’ve got to be guilty for things that happen today. I don’t buy that. Who is it?
Live- Steve Yzerman Today
I'm join late, but you can rewind and when it is complete, it will be indexed and you can start at the beginning if you wish.
Kyle Dubas Believes In His Leafs
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun, ... But after a season where the Leafs finished first in the North Division, produced two all-stars in Matthews and Marner and made improvements in defensive play, Dubas isn’t bringing a sledgehammer to the main roster, at least to those under contract. Also, Jason Spezza, Wayne Simmonds and Travis Dermott have been re-signed and Dubas made the Jared McCann trade with Pittsburgh to keep Alexander Kerfoot and defenceman Justin Holl safe from the Seattle expansion draft. “I understand some may look at it and say ‘this group hasn’t gotten it done’ and ‘why aren’t there significant changes?’,” Dubas said. “But for better or worse, I believe in this group, believe they’re going to get it done and believe that they’re going to win. I believe in them as players, I believe in them as people. I understand that comes with a certain doubt because of the fact we have not broken through in the playoffs, but it’s my belief they will. I know that decision lies on me and what the risk is for me. “We’re going ahead that way, so I’m comfortable with it. I believe we’re going to see the best version of this group next season that we’ve seen yet and I’m willing to bet everything on that.” more
Shayne Gostisbehere To Arizona
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, a 2022 second round draft choice and a 2022 seventh round draft choice from the Philadelphia Flyers. The 28-year-old Gostisbehere recorded 9-11-20 and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 41 games with Philadelphia in 2020-21. He also scored five power-play goals and nine power-play points this season. “We are very pleased to acquire Shayne,” said Armstrong. “He is a very good offensive defenseman and an excellent skater. He will be a solid addition to our blueline this season and will be a key power play player for us.”
New York Rangers Sign Barclay Goodrow For Six Years
NEW YORK, July 22, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with Barclay Goodrow on a six-year contract. Goodrow, 28, skated in 55 games with Tampa Bay this past season, registering six goals and 14 assists for 20 points, along with a plus-16 rating and 52 penalty minutes. He established a career-high in plus/minus rating in 2020-21, and he led the Lightning in plus/minus rating during the season. Goodrow also led Tampa Bay in hits (111) and ranked second on the team (min. 20 games played) in shot attempts percentage at 5-on-5 (55.6%) this past season. He registered all of his 20 points in 2020-21 at even strength. Goodrow also recorded six points (two goals, four assists) and a plus-four rating in 18 playoff games while helping the Lightning win the Stanley Cup. He tied for second on Tampa Bay in hits (68) and ranked second among Lightning forwards in average shorthanded ice time (2:02) in the playoffs. In addition, Goodrow ranked fourth in the NHL (min. 20:00 of shorthanded ice time) in power play goals against per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time in the playoffs (1.64; he was on the ice for only one power play goal against in 36:40 of shorthanded ice time).
Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic Headed To Detroit
Hearing Detroit is acquiring goalie Alex Nedeljkovic from Carolina@TSNHockey @TheAthletic — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 22, 2021
Afternoon Line- Kyle Dubas
Judging by this quote from Kyle Dubas today, the 2021-22 Maple Leafs season will take on a "Last Dance" kind of vibe. The vision isn't changing. It's now or never for results. pic.twitter.com/FKspBo43Pl — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 22, 2021
A Three-Year Extension For Michael Rasmussen
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today signed center Michael Rasmussen to a three-year contract extension. Rasmussen, 22, skated in 40 games with the Red Wings in 2020-21 and recorded 12 points (3-9-12) and 26 penalty minutes. As a third-year pro and second-year NHLer, Rasmussen ranked among team leaders with nine assists (T5th), 26 penalty minutes (T3rd), 72 hits (2nd) and 28 blocked shots (9th). After spending the entire 2019-20 campaign with the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins, Rasmussen racked up six points (2-4-6) in seven games with Grand Rapids last season before earning a promotion to the NHL. The 6-foot-6, 229-pound center also saw his average time on ice jump from 12:50 over his first 20 games of the season to 16:46 for the final 20 games, marking the fourth-most by a Red Wings forward over that span. Rasmussen also logged 18 points (5-13-18) in 18 games with the Graz 99ers of Austria's IceHL in the fall prior to returning to North America for the start of Detroit's training camp.
Shea Weber’s Playing Days Could Be Over
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin doesn’t expect Shea Weber to play next season and the team captain’s career could be over as a result of numerous injuries he was trying to play through. The 35-year-old defenceman played through a thumb injury, along with ankle, foot and knee problems during the Canadiens’ playoff run to the Stanley Cup final. Bergevin said that the pain has become too much for Weber to handle, adding it took him a lot of therapy just to be able to go on the ice for a practice. Weber has five seasons remaining on his contract with an annual salary-cap hit of $7.857 million. Bergevin believes the NHL will allow the Canadiens to put Weber on long-term injured reserve which would provide salary-cap relief from his contact. continue for Price and Drouin talk...
A Few Pending Transactions
and then there’s Zach Hyman. If TOR desires a draft pick, could be done today at 8 years. If not, 7 years when free agency opens. Either way, should come in around $40M…. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 22, 2021
KK- Time For Another KK Donation Drive
The last KK Donation Drive kicked off on October 5, 2020 during the pandemic and was a success. Fast forward to today with another Donation Drive. Although this past season was limited in games played, people did come back to KK to get the latest hockey news. For those of you who wish to donate I prefer payment via PayPal and also have a GoFundMe account set up too. Another payment method I'm using is Zelle, which is a way to send a donation through your bank. The email address to use is pk at kuklaskorner dot com KK members who have donated in the past will receive at least a year of no ads on KK with a donation of $20. First time donors will receive the same benefit with a donation of at least $25. Any amount you can afford is greatly appreciated. From revenue being down almost 90% during the pandemic I have seen growth of incoming revenue and visitors since the NHL started playing in January. It continues to grow to this day. Thanks again.
The Calgary Flames Lose Their Leader
from Eric Francis of Sportsnet, Known for 17 years in Calgary as the type of guy who’d block a shot with his face to win an exhibition game, Mark Giordano’s ultimate act of selflessness came in the dying hours of his storied Flames tenure. “Going through this process just tells you about the guy,” said general manager Brad Treliving, who spoke “hourly” with his captain leading up to Seattle’s decision to draft the fiercely loyal defender. “He’s telling me, ‘you’ve got to make the smart play here -- remember, I’m 38 years old.’ As much as he’s dying to stay here he looks at it through, ‘what’s best for the long-term interest of the club.’ Totally selfless all the time.” Simply put, no team lost more to the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday than the Calgary Flames. For the Flames it’s a devastating blow at a crucial time, depriving a reeling organization of its leader and its poster boy for perseverance, hard work and dedication. continued
The Expansion Draft Did Not Help The Nashville Predators
from Gentry Estes of The Tennessean, The Seattle Kraken didn’t take the bait. They didn’t reach a sweetened deal or voluntarily pay up for Matt Duchene or Ryan Johansen in the NHL’s expansion draft. Instead, they took a bargain in Calle Järnkrok. And the Nashville Predators winced and took a loss. Strange as it might sound, retaining their two top centers – given their long-term deals and overpriced salaries – was the worst thing that could have happened to the Preds on Wednesday night. They’d have much rather lost Duchene or Johansen than Järnkrok. Which speaks to how complicated things have become. A pivotal offseason for the Preds has accelerated into an eventful flurry of recent activity, and it has done so without a decipherable direction from general manager David Poile. He’s not gearing up. He’s not rebuilding. Really, what he’s doing is trying to erase his own mistakes. continued
One Less Left Handed Defenseman For The Wings
from Max Bultman of The Athletic, In Detroit, meanwhile, the selection has two ripples: First, it means Troy Stecher is staying put. The 27-year-old right-shot defenseman signed a two-year deal with the Red Wings last fall but had been considered the favorite for Seattle to pick due in part to his favorable advanced-metric profile. The Kraken front office has an analytics-driven reputation, so the thought was that Stecher would have made for a natural pick, and that belief only amplified throughout the day as Seattle’s defense picks leaked and many were tilted toward left-handed shots. Instead, though, he’ll stay with the Red Wings, leaving Detroit with a deep right side between Stecher, returning minutes leader Filip Hronek, young defender Gustav Lindstrom and top prospect Moritz Seider, who is expected to make his NHL debut this season. Cholowski’s departure does leave a hole on the left side, though, with just Danny DeKeyser and newly acquired Nick Leddy under contract for this season. Detroit certainly could opt to play one of the four right-shot defensemen on their off-hand if those six are the players they want in the lineup, but they also have room (and the cap space) to sign at least one free-agent defenseman, whether it be for depth or as a projected regular. more (paid subscription)
The Seattle Kraken Picked Players With An Eye Towards The Future
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, The Seattle Kraken looked at Carey Price, Vladimir Tarasenko, James van Riemsdyk, Ryan Johansen, Matt Duchene and others during the expansion draft process and said ‘No thanks, I’m good.” In doing so, the NHL’s newest franchise put itself in pole position to race towards a new epoch of roster construction. The easy takeaway from Friday’s made-for-TV event was that Ron Francis left talent on the table. But the most significant thing he did was avoid putting a bad contract on the books. “We think that's a valuable thing to have right now, especially in a COVID environment with the flat cap,” said Francis, the Kraken's general manager. “We went through our choices and there were some good players that were out there; maybe we weren’t comfortable with the cap hit on some of them, so we tried to draft the best team possible we could and still keeping our cap space available just to hopefully do some things as we move forward.” In the very near term that will mean spending some money when the free-agent market opens next Wednesday. They staked claim to defencemen Jamie Oleksiak and Adam Larsson, plus goaltender Chris Driedger, during this week’s UFA interview period and are expected to take a run at Jaden Schwartz, among others, on the open market. But Seattle showed patience during the 72-hour period where the rest of the NHL sat and waited on the sidelines while it selected 30 players. read on
Looking For Side Deals?
Francis was asked if he could ballpark how many trades the Kraken have in the drawer now that they will pull out when the trade freeze lifts at 1 p.m. ET Thursday. "Probably a lot less than you guys think there might be." — Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) July 22, 2021
Players Selected By The Seattle Kraken In The NHL Expansion Draft
SEATTLE (July 21, 2021) -- The Seattle Kraken, set to participate in their inaugural National Hockey League season in 2021-22, selected 30 players – one from each club with the exception of the Vegas Golden Knights – Wednesday in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck. The Kraken's complete selections by position (and ordered alphabetically):
Open Post- NHL Expansion Draft For The Seattle Kraken
The Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken begins at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2, Sportsnet ONE, SN NOW and TVA Sports in Canada. Next important date is Thursday at 1pm ET when the trade freeze is lifted. NHL Draft starts at 8pm ET on Friday, July 23rd. Let the discussion begin even though all the players headed to Seattle were leaked throughout the day. View that list below along with what Seattle is required to do. I actually had much more on the expansion draft but since names were leaked earlier today, no need for all that extra reading.
Looks Like Dennis Cholowski Is Headed To Seattle
Dennis Cholowski. That's the Seattle selection from Detroit. Apparently the Kraken were unable to reach him for much of the day. — Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) July 21, 2021
The NHL Regular Season Schedule For The 2021-2022 Season Will Be Released Tomorrow
NEW YORK (July 21, 2021) -- The National Hockey League today announced the 2021-2022 NHL regular-season schedule will be revealed on Thursday’s 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on ESPN. John Buccigross will join the night’s anchors Elle Duncan and Kevin Negandhi to break down the preview of the upcoming NHL season schedule. Following ESPN’s SportsCenter reveal, NHL Network’s NHL Tonight will extensively analyze and preview the 2021-22 NHL schedule at 7 p.m. ET. Host Tony Luftman with analysts Brian Lawton and Dave Reid will break down key matchups, storylines and Playoff favorites throughout the program.
Carey Price Not Selected In the Expansion Draft
Numerous hockey insiders reporting Seattle did not pick Carey Price. It will become official shortly aft 8pm ET tonight.
Live Stream- The Word On Woodward Today
The stream starts at noon and I will embed it here when available. One of the guests will be Bob McKenzie. There is a teaser video below with Bob McKenzie plus another video of Ken Kal and Carley Johnston boating on Lake St. Clair. Watch the 2 videos below and again the Word on Woodward will be embedded here when available.
How Good Will The Seattle Kraken Be?
from Michael Traikos of the National Post, The Seattle Kraken are going to be very good. How good? Well, we’ll have to wait until Wednesday night’s expansion draft to see whom GM Ron Francis selects to play for the NHL’s 32nd team. But based on the players who are available, as well as what’s out there in free agency, don’t be surprised if they challenge the Golden Knights for first place in the Pacific Division. This is a team that potentially could have Carey Price, Mark Giordano, Vladimir Tarasenko and Yanni Gourde — and that’s without taking into account the various trades that might already be in the works. For all we know, Seattle could also end up with Zach Hyman, Dougie Hamilton and Gabriel Landeskog — not to mention the “misfit” types like Vegas’ William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault, who just needed an opportunity to show what they can do in the league. With $81.5-million to spend, here is a look at what Seattle’s roster could look like: read on
Seattle Close To Signing Two UFA Defensemen
Further to Frank's reporting, Adam Larsson has a four-year deal with #SeaKraken -- hearing it'll be a $4M AAV. Seattle locked him during its exclusive UFA/RFA interview period. https://t.co/7HAV5aVD3C — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 21, 2021
Not Much Trade Talk Involving The Seattle Kraken
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, • It’s strikingly quiet. Those who worked through the 2017 Vegas expansion say that process was “much louder” than this one. There’s been much less communication with other teams from Seattle than there was from the Golden Knights. Does that mean Seattle has fewer trades planned? We’ll see. But, they’ve definitely not been as active across the league. • They’ve targeted some free agents. What’s going to be interesting is if that means those players are going to be Seattle’s selection from other NHL teams, or the Kraken are going to know they have a deal “in the drawer,” and take a second player from certain clubs. Two teams to watch for — Florida and St. Louis. The Kraken are locked-in on Panthers goalie Chris Driedger. Do they also add someone like Frank Vatrano, or is Driedger the pick? They’re also interested in Jaden Schwartz. If they’re convinced they’ve got something, do they add Schwartz now, or take Vince Dunn and add the winger later? No confirmation on this, but a couple teams think the Kraken like Blake Coleman, too. • On Carey Price: boy, this is so close to call. They’ve done their deep dive and know everything there is to know. The Canadiens seem to think it’s possible they lose a defenceman (Cale Fleury, Brett Kulak) instead. What a wild story this turned into. At the very least, the Kraken wanted Montreal to sweat and if they’d pay to keep Price. read on
Report- Jonathan Bernier Going To The UFA Market
Another goalie hitting the market. Hearing that Jonathan Bernier will be available on July 28 after making the decision to see what’s out there for him. He was with the @DetroitRedWings for the last 3 seasons. — Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 20, 2021
TSN Insiders Tonight
The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the Canadiens' approach as they wait to see whether Seattle selects Carey Price in the expansion draft, the Jets and Habs being among several teams inquiring about Rasmus Ristolainen, the Coyotes continued interest in trading Oliver Ekman-Larsson, how confident the Wild are to extend RFA Kirill Kaprizov despite the forward receiving a big offer from the KHL, and much more. Watch at TSN.
Who’s Headed To Seattle?
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, Here is a list of unprotected Wings, with the likeliest to be picked by Seattle at the top. There are also pros and cons associated with each player, relative to why Seattle would, or would not, pick the player. Troy Stecher - Pros: Depending how the Kraken fill out the remainder of their roster, a player like Stecher does a nice job complementing the lineup. The Wings saw that last season, as Stecher supplied energy to the lineup with his all-out style of play and had impressive defensive analytic numbers. Stecher is only 27, he has one year left on his contract at an extremely manageable number ($1.7 million) and he’s from nearby Vancouver. Perfect team guy in the locker room. - Cons: There are many Stecher types available for Seattle in this draft, some younger and cheaper. If Seattle decides to load up with some big names, that might be a consideration. The Kraken might be just as intrigued by younger defenseman Dennis Cholowski off the Wings' unprotected list. Another Vancouver kid, younger (age 23), and under team control for three more years. read on ($$$) for more names...
Video- The Latest From Elliotte Friedman
The latest @SeattleKraken targets per @FriedgeHNIC include Yanni Gourde and Jaden Schwartz.@Jackie_Redmond | #NHLNow pic.twitter.com/DhUCOI9OI0 — NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) July 20, 2021
Afternoon Line- Dr. Peter Millett On Vladimir Tarasenko
“Vlad’s shoulder is very stable and strong. He told me it is more stable and stronger than it has felt in a long while. To me, it feels rock solid. There is no doubt, Vlad will be 100 percent ready for the upcoming season. I am confident he will be ready to play and that he will make a big impact for his team.” -Dr. Peter Millett who performed the most recent shoulder surgery on Vladimir Tarasenko. Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic has more (paid) on this topic.
The Final Mock Draft From TSN
from Craig Button of TSN, The final TSN Hockey Mock Draft sees some movement throughout the Top 10, but Michigan’s duo of Owen Power and Matty Beniers aren’t going anywhere. Power remains the clear choice at the top of the draft with the Buffalo Sabres selecting a defenceman first overall for the second time in four years after Rasmus Dahlin in 2018. The 18-year-old possesses a unique combination of skill, hockey sense and superior size that is comparable to Tampa Bay defenceman Victor Hedman. At No. 2, Power’s Michigan teammate Matty Beniers becomes the first draft pick in Seattle Kraken history. They would also become the first collegiate players to go 1-2 since Boston University’s Rick DiPietro and Wisconsin’s Dany Heatley in 2000 and the first teammates since Montreal Jr. Canadiens Rejean Houle and Marc Tardif in 1969. Mason McTavish vaults up from the Ottawa Senators at No. 10 to the New Jersey Devils at No. 4. An offensive player with an accurate shot who competes well in one-on-one battles, McTavish had 11 points in seven games for gold-medal-winner Canada at the U-18 World Championship in May. At ninth, the Vancouver Canucks get Kent Johnson, a centre who played at left wing this past season and is adaptable up front. continue for the list. William Eklund slotted at #6 for the Wings.
History Of NHL Expansion Through One Man’s Eyes
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun, The Seattle Kraken, the National Hockey League’s 32nd team. will be unveiled Wednesday, another chapter in the league’s eventful expansion saga: PAY TO PLAY On June 2, 1967, league president Clarence Campbell was proudly walking around the ballroom of Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel at the expansion draft with six cheques for $2 million each in his breast pocket. By 1970, Vancouver paid $6 million for the Canucks, then the fee went up to $7.5 million when the defunct World Hockey Association Oilers, Nordiques, Whalers and the original Jets merged. Ottawa and Tampa Bay paid $45 million to come aboard in 1991, rising $5 million later that decade for the Predators, Wild, Blue Jackets and Thrashers. In today’s world of arena perks and broadcast rights, compare those ‘67 bargains to $500 million US that Bill Foley paid for the Vegas Golden Knights in 2016 and the $650 million the Kraken just ponied up. NOT-SO-ORIGINAL SIX A few serious hockey buffs refuse to call the Leafs, Canadiens, Bruins, Red Wings, Rangers and Blackhawks ‘the Original Six’, as Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton and Ottawa were established by the early 1920s and prior to ‘The Six’, the NHL was a two-division 10-team outfit. The Montreal Maroons, meant to appeal to the city’s anglophone fans, came into the four-team league with Boston in 1924, with the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Americans the next year among other entries. After a few relocations, including to St. Louis and Philadelphia, teams began falling by the wayside. With the demise of the Brooklyn Americans in 1942, it left six clubs who played exclusively the next 25 years. continued
Fan Proposed Trades
from Max Bultman of The Atletic, Usually, most of the proposals included in the mailbag are lopsided — some hilariously so. That’s part of the fun, and this version is no exception. But every time, there are two or three ideas that really make you think, even if they’re still not likely to come to fruition. That’s true this year, too. So, without further ado, the 2021 offseason “Who says no?” mailbag. Detroit trades Bertuzzi to Toronto for Alex Kerfoot and Travis Dermott Because Bertuzzi’s name has been connected with the Leafs, many fans’ proposals revolved around Toronto. Kerfoot and Dermott are both good players in their current roles, but they’re not the kinds of pieces that are going to entice the Red Wings to move a 26-year-old top-six winger, even as an unsigned RFA. Detroit says no. Detroit trades Bertuzzi to Toronto for Rasmus Sandin and a second-round pick The future-based return in this proposal is more in line with the Red Wings’ direction. Sandin is a good young defenseman who hasn’t yet been an NHL full-timer but might become one right away if he stepped into the Red Wings’ left side. He’s also played on the power play in Toronto, which is something the Red Wings need organizationally. In that sense, you can see the logic in the abstract. more ($$$) Bertuzzi proposals plus other names...
Back And Forth On Gabriel Landeskog
from Mike Chambers and Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post, Kiz: Has the Avalanche taken its captain for granted? General manager Joe Sakic left Gabe Landeskog exposed in the NHL expansion draft, hoping to sign his 28-year-old winger to a new team-friendly contract in free agency. Landy is loyal to a fault. But nobody likes to feel under-appreciated. I’d be surprised if Landeskog’s next game is in a Seattle Kraken sweater. But I’m beginning to worry his 10-year run with Colorado just might be done. What about you? Chambers: Kraken GM Ron Francis is probably deep in his recruiting pitch to Gabe and his wife right now, having exclusive interview and negotiating rights with all the big free agents who weren’t protected. That’s what this has come to — a four-day opportunity for Seattle to recruit its first captain and make Gabe realize he can make $8 million annually and have a chance to win immediately. I think the Avs are betting Gabe takes less money and lesser term to remain in Colorado, where he knows he can win, but exposing their ideal captain to an expansion team that needs a leader is a dangerous game. Kiz: I got the impression during the playoffs Landeskog was starting to grow weary of being considered a replaceable part on a Colorado roster where Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar are set up to be the big-name, big-money stars. continue for more of this...
Health Updates And More
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, Larkin (neck) and Bertuzzi (back surgery) have begun light skating, but coach Jeff Blashill, also at Monday's event, isn't saying for sure the two forwards will be ready to begin training camp. "(Larkin's) progressing in a manner that we think he'll be ready," Blashill said. "In those two months (before camp) things happen. Certainly I would never guarantee anybody would be ready, things can happen. But I know Dylan is at LCA (Little Caesars Arena) on a daily basis and he's progressing. "Same with Bert. They're in the same boat that way, which is probably nice they can do that together. They're different injuries, but they're moving at the same rate together." more, Fabbri and Blashill on Leddy...
NHL Expansion Draft Notes
via the NHL PR department, NHL EXPANSION DRAFT NOTABLES * The oldest player to date selected in an NHL expansion draft is Bobby Hull, picked at age 40 by the Jets in 1979. Hull played 18 games with Winnipeg in 1979-80, notching 4-6—10. * Two 37-year-old goaltenders have been claimed in an expansion draft: Terry Sawchuk by the Kings in 1967 and Mike Vernon by the Wild in 2000. Sawchuk played 36 games with Los Angeles, while Minnesota traded Vernon to Calgary the day of the expansion draft. * The youngest player to date selected in an NHL expansion draft is Mike Corrigan, picked at age 21 years, 146 days by the Kings in 1968.
Video- Jeff Blashill Today
via the YouTube page of Brad Galli, From a community event Monday: Jeff Blashill talks ahead of expansio draft, entry draft, and what Nick Leddy brings to Red Wings.
Sometimes I Just Stare
I am not against analytics but sometimes I just get lost. I am old-school when judging hockey talent and team play and do wonder what Sam Pollock would have to say? Updated with a year by year breakdown positive value probability #NYR pic.twitter.com/gmnL0PV6D2 — Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) July 19, 2021
Chris Driedger Appears Close To Signing With The Kraken
As we await what SEA decides with Carey Price, word is that the Kraken are closing in on FLA’s Chris Driedger at 3x$3.5M. I dont believe that precludes them from selecting Price, but one goalie appears locked-in. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 19, 2021
Detroit’s Preseason Schedule
The countdown is on! #LGRW Details: https://t.co/gjOSJLBUve pic.twitter.com/tNImJacHt2 — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 19, 2021
Seattle Going All Out For The Expansion Draft
NEW YORK / TORONTO (JULY 19, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced the special guests taking part in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft™ presented by Upper Deck. The Seattle Kraken™ will reveal its initial roster for its 2021-22 inaugural season live from Gas Works Park in Seattle on Wednesday, July 21, at 8 p.m. ET. on ESPN2 in the U.S. and on Sportsnet ONE, SN NOW and TVA Sports in Canada.
Really Getting In To The Game
More than one person has recently told me I should start betting o the NHL games since I am an expert. Yes I have been a fan of our game when there were only six teams in the NHL and I will always watch a game at a drop of a dime. I will admit I know the game well and in my head I know I would be successful betting on NHL games I read all the pre-game reports and have visited sites like sports betting NJ to check out all the available wagers.
On The Right Path
from Max Bultman of The Athletic, The Red Wings have surely progressed, and may even be entering a new stage, in their rebuild — one in which many of the players deemed most essential are young enough to still project that way four years from now. The organizational health and depth have also reached the point where it’s not so naive to believe in that future. But as with the 2017 list, plans — and trajectories — change fast in the NHL. The Red Wings have their work cut out for them to make sure their current one actually results in a brighter future. more (paid subscription)
So Much Talk
Many in the hockey world are writing about what could be happening with certain players and teams as we approach the expansion draft on July 21st. I probably could do a post every five minutes but as has always been with KK, I pick and choose what I believe you are interested in. Understand I am following all the talk and will post when necessary, but I am not going to post everything just to gather hits and stir up conversation. That is my style and most of you know that. So stay tuned, if something meaningful happens, you will know about it.
Final Draft Ranking By Bob McKenzie
from Bob McKenzie of TSN, The reality was that Owen Power was on course and highly likely to maintain No. 1 prospect status for the 2021 NHL draft, but his performance at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship in May sealed the deal in no uncertain terms. Playing against men – and some of the top professional players in the world – the 18-year-old, 6-foot-6 University of Michigan freshman defenceman from Mississauga, Ont., was a top-pairing force, playing big minutes for Team Canada en route to the gold medal. So, it was no surprise that — just as they did in TSN’s mid-season rankings in April — 10 out of 10 NHL scouts surveyed ranked Power No. 1 on TSN’s Final 2021 NHL Draft Rankings. It was unanimous, obvious and fully deserving. “If there was any debate who the No. 1 prospect was, and I’m not sure there was, but if you were looking to create or engage in a ‘Who’s No. 1’ debate, [Power] ended that at the Worlds,” said one NHL head scout. continued with top 100 list....
What Is Adam Larsson Going To Do?
from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal, Good-bye to Adam Larsson? Say it ain’t so. There’s been rumblings all week from Bob Stauffer on Oilers New that a new contract between Larsson, 28, and the Oilers is no sure thing. These rumblings only grew louder over the weekend with first the Cult of Hockey’s Kurt Leavins reporting the Oilers may now be looking at signing Tyson Barrie and not Larsson. Wrote Leavins: “I do get mixed signals on the status of the (Larsson) negotiation. One source that would have an opportunity to speak with both sides in that negotiation thinks Larsson may in fact hit the UFA market, if for no other reason that to see which way the wind is blowing. When Philadelphia acquired Ryan Ellis on Saturday, I believe that subtracted Larsson’s most likely suitor from the equation. But there could be others, including Seattle. Edmonton is also still talking with Tyson Barrie. I wonder if in the event that Larsson walks, does Barrie sign here instead and fill that hole at 2RD? The price tag may not be much different.” Next, US hockey weriter Frank Seravalli said much the same on the Daily Face-off podcast. As the OilersAccess account on Twitter put it: “Frank Seravalli says that at this point, the Oilers and Adam Larsson are unlikely to get something and Larsson will head to the market. He adds that Tyson Barrie has a real chance to stay in Edmonton.” continued or... Though deal is not done, Adam Larsson should come in at 4 x $3.9 M if/when he signs w/EDM. If he went to market, could probably push near Chris Tanev numbers ($4.5 M AAV). Suspect he’ll stay as a leader and core player in EDM tho. — Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) July 17, 2021
Statement From Gary Bettman On Luke Prokop
Statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Luke Prokop’s (@lukeprokop_6) decision to publicly come out as gay: pic.twitter.com/4S7rWI872W — NHL (@NHL) July 19, 2021
Nick Leddy Will Help
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Yzerman is trying to balance stoking the rebuild with improving the current team, and Leddy checks that latter box because of his experience and his offensive instincts. He's in the last year of a contract with a $5.5 million salary cap hit, and with 121 playoff games to his credit, he's likely to attract offers at next season’s trade deadline — so he could also ultimately benefit the future. As it stands now, the Wings’ top-four defense corp next season shapes up to be Seider, Leddy, Filip Hronek and Danny DeKeyser. The Wings made DeKeyser available in the expansion draft, but the Seattle Kraken will be eyeing either Troy Stecher, a 27-year-old right-shot with a $1.7 million salary cap hit, or Dennis Cholowski, a 23-year-old former first-round pick whose development has disappointed. In addition to the phone call from Yzerman — “it was all positive things,” Leddy said —Wings captain Dylan Larkin texted to welcome Leddy, as did Frans Nielsen and Thomas Greiss, his former teammates with the Islanders. The messages were similar: “Nothing but great things about the organization,” Leddy said. more ($$$)
Morning Line- Elliotte Friedman
The facts are this: it is absolutely impossible for Seattle not to seriously consider this. There are extremely legitimate on- and off-ice reasons to select Price. He could be Seattle’s closer, and the Marc-Andre Fleury standard-bearer for the franchise. He played junior hockey in the state, wife Angela is from Washington. And, word is they are seriously considering it. -Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet has more on this plus other topics...
Now It Is Up To Seattle
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, There was no way to completely trade your way out of trouble with these expansion-draft rules. That’s why Ron Francis remained so upbeat even after watching a flurry of transactions designed to limit options for his Seattle Kraken. “We certainly think there’s going to be some good players available,” said Francis. When the anxious wait ended Sunday morning with the NHL’s protection list release, Francis and his staff found themselves with a group of potential players that included former all-stars, current team captains and promising young pros. They also had more big names with contracts to match available than the Vegas Golden Knights saw during their expansion draft process in 2017. Chalk that up to a tight-money, flat-cap environment and the fresh memory of mistakes made four years earlier. The fundamental question now facing the Kraken before submitting their final expansion selections on Wednesday morning is how many big contracts to take on. Francis has the green light from ownership to spend to the $81.5-million cap -- and must select players making at least $48.9-million in this draft -- but protecting available space is an advantage they can maintain over most of the league for months and years to come. “The one thing we think is extremely, extremely important in this environment is cap space,” said Francis. There will be some tricky calls. Here’s a look at the 10 most intriguing players left unprotected for the Seattle expansion draft: continued
Some Well Known Names Available For The Seattle Kraken
from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Among the surprise names now available to the Kraken in Wednesday’s NHL expansion draft is Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price, the onetime Tri-City Americans junior team standout coming off a stellar playoff performance in which he made the championship round. Price’s exposure to the draft on a list made public Sunday is one of the more jarring developments and leaves the Kraken with decisions to make. The Kraken, which received the final list Saturday afternoon, must decide whether Price’s salary-cap hit of $10 million for four more seasons is an anchor worth taking on in hopes of a late career resurgence akin to what Vegas got four years ago in plucking veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Other prominent unprotected names the Kraken could be in on include Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, a top-line forward and unrestricted free agent mired in a contract impasse, and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton, another free agent whose protection status had been uncertain after that team allowed him to make preliminary inquires on the open market. St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko, a former perennial 30-goal-scorer slowed by recent shoulder surgeries and who recently requested a trade from that organization, was also notably left unprotected. continued
Detroit’s Expansion List
#RedWings protection list: Bertuzzi, Erne, Fabbri, Larkin, Rasmussen, Smith, Vrana, Hronek, Leddy, Lindstrom, Greiss. Exposed: Namestnikov, Nielsen, DeKeyser, Stecher. — Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 18, 2021 added 10:37am,list from the NHL is below
Expansion List For 30 NHL Teams
NEW YORK (July 18, 2021) -- The National Hockey League announced today the Available and Protected Lists for the 30 NHL Clubs who will provide players to the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck. The Kraken's selection of 30 players, one from each NHL Club with the exception of the Vegas Golden Knights, will be revealed live from Seattle in a special 90-minute broadcast on Wednesday, July 21, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 in the U.S. and Sportsnet, SN NOW and TVA Sports in Canada. ESPN’s Chris Fowler will host and be joined by former NHL player Dominic Moore. Fellow NHL alumnus Kevin Weekes, who has provided commentary and analysis for NHL Network and Hockey Night in Canada, will be reporting from various iconic Seattle locations. The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft is being conducted under the same rules for the Kraken as the Golden Knights in 2017. Current NHL teams were able to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender, or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender. More Expansion Draft rules are available here.
Talking Hockey In Mid-July
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - The eight-year deal worth $8.45-million per season signed Saturday by Dallas defenceman Miro Heiskanen is just the latest example of how much the Leafs overpaid for Mitch Marner at $10.9 million per season and how much the Sabres overpaid for Jack Eichel at $10 million a year. Heiskanen had 26 points in Dallas’ Stanley Cup run of 2020. Marner has 25 career playoff points. Eichel has none. - I asked an NHL coach if he was surprised by how often the highly skilled Tampa Bay Lightning dump and chase the puck in their offensive structure. His answer surprised me: “Even the elite ‘possession’ teams are still dumping it in 60-70% of the time. It’s the reality of the NHL,” the coach texted. - More than one NHL forward has told me: You don’t want to go into a corner with Shea Weber. Or stand around the Montreal net, for that matter. You can’t quantify what all that means in a hockey game, but you will see a difference when Weber is missing from the Montreal lineup next season. - Zach Bogosian could become the first NHL player to change teams because of COVID-19 restrictions. Bogosian wants to return to an American-based team where his family won’t have to face the kind of restrictions it faced in his first season with the Leafs. But all that could change as Ontario opens up ever so slightly and the Blue Jays story certainly helps. - For reasons not completely explained, the Leafs have virtually ignored drafting and developing goaltenders in the Brendan Shanahan era.... more on the last topic plus other hockey notes...
Talking Player Movement
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, - Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving didn’t make any deals but we’re told it’s not for a lack of trying. A league executive told this newspaper Saturday afternoon that Treliving has a “a lot of balls in the air” and another added that the Flames are “open for business.” Naturally, the name everybody is keeping an eye on is winger Matthew Tkachuk. His future with the Flames is clouded at best and the indications are the St. Louis Blues are making a hard run to acquire Tkachuk, the son of legendary former winger KeithTkachuk, who still makes his home there. The Blues aren’t the only team in pursuit by they are considered by many to be the frontrunner because Keith works as a scout for St. Louis and would be 100% behind this move. St. Lous will expose forward Vladimir Tarasenko in the expansion draft and if Seattle does select him that will take money off the books. However, Tkachuk isn’t the only name being discussed. The talk is the Flames are also trying to find out what the market is for centre Sean Monahan. This is the second straight summer the Flames have tried to trade the under-performing Monahan, who had 10 goals and 28 points in 50 games last season. There are several teams looking for help in the middle, including the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators, so Monahan may be a fit if those two clubs want to make a move.... - The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to acquire Seth Jones from the Columbus Blue Jackets and that’s left GM Stan Bowman trying to clear up roster space. The word Saturday was the club is trying to move RFA D NikitaZadorov to make room for Jones. more
Report- UFA Gabriel Landeskog Will Have An Exclusive Window To Sign With The Seattle Kraken
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, The Avalanche will omit left wing and team captain Gabe Landeskog from its expansion-draft protective list when it’s released Sunday morning, according to a league source. The move will give the Seattle Kraken exclusive rights to recruit the pending unrestricted free agent long before free agency opens July 28. It will also allow the Avalanche to protect another forward. All potential free agents left unprotected for the expansion draft can exclusively interview and potentially sign a contract with the Kraken between Sunday morning and Wednesday night’s expansion draft. If Seattle and Landeskog agree to a deal before the draft, Landeskog would count as the Kraken’s one selection from the Avalanche. Landeskog, 28, is presumably looking for a long-term deal with an annual cap hit of more than $7 million — and $49 million over seven years is probably what he wants. The Avs, meanwhile, are more likely coming in around $30 million over five years ($6 million annual cap hit) — hoping that their nine-year captain and 10-year player accepts a home-town discount. continued