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Puck Lists: 7 RFAs who should be signed by now (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:20:06 PDT)
(Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Dennis Wideman and the ‘concussion defense’ slippery slope (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:38:17 PDT)
When the NHL gets litigious, it’s usually because it’s desperately trying to maintain the status quo against an interloper that threatens it. Like when Jim Balsillie attempted to use bankruptcy court to circumvent NHL rules and obtain ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes. The NHL fought him in court, and ultimately reinforced its right to determine the owners of its teams and the locations of its franchises.

Did Red Wings overpay Danny DeKeyser with 6-year deal? (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:21:30 PDT)
The Detroit Red Wings signed 26-year-old defenseman Danny DeKeyser to a six-year, $30-million deal on Tuesday that carries a $5 million cap hit. Did the Red Wings overpay here? DeKeyser, 26, has established himself as a top-four regular since being signed out of university in the spring of 2013.

What We Learned: What is Brayden Schenn really worth? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:48:41 PDT)
First, Luke Schenn, a serviceable third-pairing defender who was always miscast in a larger role, got a two-year deal with Arizona that should work out nicely for both sides. CSN Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio says Schenn wants $5.5 million against the cap for just one year, while the Flyers offered him a two-year deal worth a little more than $4.3 million against the cap, with the lower payout coming in year one.

Winners, losers in NBC Sports’ 2016-17 NHL TV schedule (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:54:21 PDT)
Pierre McGuire

Why NHL fired arbitrator from Dennis Wideman case (repost) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:14:54 PDT)
James Oldham has been the neutral arbitrator for the NHL and NHLPA for over a decade, hired to preside over grievances concerning the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Oldham confirmed to Sports Business Daily’s Liz Mullen that the NHL had dismissed him after he overturned Gary Bettman’s ruling on one of the most controversial cases in NHL disciplinary history: Dennis Wideman’s 20-game suspension last season for attacking an official. The NHL and the NHLPA declined comment on Oldham’s termination.

Huge if True: How will the Canucks get a scoring winger? (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:27:49 PDT)
In this case, as in the case of the Calgary Flames several years ago, the “it” is merely making the playoffs, something more than half the teams in the league do annually. To that end, GM Jim Benning has recently undertaken the task of beefing up his club’s defense and trying to bolster its offense simultaneously. Benning traded picks and a promising young former first-rounder for Erik Gudbranson in May, publicly admitted to being in on the P.K. Subban trade market (and getting a tampering fine as a result), and then signing Loui Eriksson on July 1.

Why NHL fired arbitrator from Dennis Wideman case (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:06:24 PDT)
James Oldham has been the NHL and NHLPA neutral arbitrator for over a decade, hired to preside over grievances concerning the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

What We Learned: How Jamie Benn's deal affects Tavares, Marchand (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:43:38 PDT)
No one needs to be convinced of Jamie Benn’s credentials for a bank-breaking contract. While we may think of Benn as being relatively young, he’ll be 28 next summer, right in line with what the best players in the league are right this second.

Rangers agree to terms with Jooris, McIlrath, Hughes (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:00:28 PDT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Josh Jooris and restricted free agent defensemen Dylan McIlrath and Tommy Hughes.

NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:49:01 PDT)
The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free agent forward Josh Jooris and re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dylan McIlrath on Friday. Jooris, 26, skated in 59 games with the Calgary Flames this past season, registering four goals, nine assists and 39 penalty minutes. The Rangers also agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Tommy Hughes.

Backdraft 2000: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2000 NHL draft (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:37:48 PDT)
A look back at the 2000 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.

Las Vegas NHL expansion team hires George McPhee as GM (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:04:10 PDT)
As general manager of the NHL's expansion Las Vegas franchise, George McPhee wants to build a team that will entertain fans in a unique market and bring hockey's hallowed trophy to the desert sooner rather than later. Named the first GM in franchise history Wednesday, the seasoned McPhee had the deep resume to convince owner Bill Foley to choose him from among seven candidates. Now it's up to him to build Las Vegas from scratch to begin play in 2017-18, a task he knows won't be easy.

Puck Lists: 7 UFAs still worth taking a chance on (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:55:29 PDT)
The data-driven Carolina Hurricanes just bought this guy out, so one might wonder what the story is there. The problem is that he played just one game for Carolina — or anyone else for that matter — last season, then got bought out this summer.

What We Learned: Market set for a Sean Monahan extension (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:49:31 PDT)
Winnipeg re-signed Mark Scheifele to an eight-year, $49 million deal ($6.125 million AAV), and Colorado gave Nathan MacKinnon seven years and $44.1 million ($6.3 million AAV). MacKinnon is, after all, a No. 1 overall pick who won the Calder as an 18-year-old when both he and Scheifele were rookies. In the last three seasons they’ve had shockingly comparable NHL careers: Scheifele has 216 games played, MacKinnon 218.

Shanny on Matthews; Tkachuk signs ELC; Gretzky recruits Lucic (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:51:59 PDT)
• Interview with Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan on franchise’s centennial celebration, Mitch Marner’s weight, Matt Martin & Roman Polak signings, and early Auston Matthews impressions. • Not sure if this is considered tampering, but Wayne Gretzky called Milan Lucic to tell him to go play in Edmonton. • The Calgary Flames wasted no time and inked Matthew Tkachuk to his three-year entry level contract.

Subban vs. Weber; Stars' goaltending options (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:59:50 PDT)
• Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw gives a detailed interview about his exit from the Chicago Blackhawks and what Habs fans should expect from him. • Francis Bouillon, who played for both the Predators and Canadiens, explains the differences between Subban and Shea Weber: “P.K. is like your little brother at home — sometimes you like him, sometimes he’s all around you when you’re not feeling good.

Dave Cameron, Paul Jerrard join Flames as assistant coaches (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:53:47 PDT)
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard have joined the Calgary Flames coaching staff under new head coach Glen Gulutzan.

Subban's fit in Nashville; 24 players elect arbitration; Whitney the caddie (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:13:58 PDT)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com. Look, who has arrived! After a long journey @Max25talbot is in Yaroslavl. Tired, but happy ???? pic.twitter.com/6CJAH8Pg9A

Yzerman, Red Wings and lockouts (Puck Daddy Countdown) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 06 Jul 2016 06:48:13 PDT)
Note: The column formerly known as the Puck Daddy Power Rankings. Pretty easy to make fun of the Blue Jackets for having one of the worst and most expensive salary structures in the NHL. The Red Wings have about $4 million in cap space free, but entered the free agency period with one of the largest spending budgets in the league.

Anaheim Ducks sign Jared Boll, Mason Raymond, Jeff Schultz (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:11:40 PDT)
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Forwards Jared Boll and Mason Raymond and defenseman Jeff Schultz have agreed to contracts with the Anaheim Ducks.

UFA Frenzy: Western Conference (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:54:00 PDT)
Ryan Dadoun grades the West.

NHL Free Agency Leftovers: First & Second All-Star Teams (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:30:21 PDT)
The big names didn't last long when the bell rang on NHL free agency on July 1. Here's a look at the best of the rest on the open market.

What We Learned: Panthers well-positioned for leap forward (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 04 Jul 2016 07:55:19 PDT)
Last season the Florida Panthers enjoyed something of a fluke run of success. Pretty impressive, but there were holes in the Panthers game that portended trouble ahead. Low shot totals, underwater possession, etc. Strong talent on the first two lines, a great top pairing on defense, and he’s-still-doing-it talent in net from Roberto Luongo buoyed them anyway, before they eventually lost in the first round of the playoffs, to a good Islanders club in six games.

Sabres acquire goalie Anders Nilsson in trade with Blues (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 02 Jul 2016 20:48:19 PDT)
The Buffalo Sabres agreed to sign goalie Anders Nilsson to a one-year, $1 million contract after acquiring his rights in a trade with St. Louis on Saturday. The Sabres gave up a 2017 fifth-round draft pick to the Blues in announcing the trade. A person with direct knowledge of Nilsson's contract told The Associated Press the player reached an agreement with Buffalo.

Panthers continue aggressive offseason by signing Demers (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 02 Jul 2016 16:32:12 PDT)
On Saturday, the Florida Panthers signed defenseman Jason Demers to a $22.5 million, five-year deal as they continued to overhaul their blue line. Florida isn't afraid to spend this offseason, as it showed in locking up top defenseman Aaron Ekblad on a $60 million, eight-year extension and trading for and signing Keith Yandle to a $44.45 million, seven-year contract. While others have hesitated to shell out long-term, big-money free agent deals, new Panthers general manager Tom Rowe has taken an aggressive approach with his group in win-soon mode.

NHL Free Agent Frenzy 2016: All the small contracts (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:05:01 PDT)
Not every signing is earth shattering on free agent day. Still the addition of less heralded players can mean the difference between winning and losing in the post-season; even though we may not know it right now.

NHL teams make splashes in opening hour of free agency (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:09:33 PDT)
Milan Lucic and Kyle Okposo, two of the NHL's top free agents, took full advantage of two of the league's worst teams eager to pair a veteran with a young star. Okposo, coming off a 22-goal year with the New York Islanders, moved upstate to join the Buffalo Sabres, who haven't made the playoffs since 2011 or finished higher than seventh in their division in three years. Lucic, who scored just 20 times last season with the Los Angeles Kings, is following the money to play for the lowly Edmonton Oilers.

Avalanche busy in free agency Friday, sign Colborne, Tyutin (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:57:58 PDT)
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche were busy in free agency Friday, signing a crop of players that includes forward Joe Colborne.

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