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  1. A good move for a Canuck division rival. Hakan is a smart dude and follows a lot of hockey outside of North America. Expect to see the Flames even use some of his smarts in the late rounds as that is all they have this year. Also he may be a big part of some SHL veterans signing UFA contracts too. Calgary Flames Hire Hakan Loob As Head European Scout JUNE 18, 2018 AT 11:19 AM CDT | BY GAVIN LEE The Flames are bringing a familiar face back into the organization. Today the team announced that they’ve hired Hakan Loob as their head European scout, giving the IIHF Hall of Fame player another opportunity to contribute to the NHL. Loob had been serving as either General Manager or President of Farjestads in the SHL since 1996, but retired from his position with the team in 2017. GM Brad Treliving released a statement on the hiring: It’s not just in Europe that Loob should be well respected. Selected in the ninth round by the Flames in 1980, he would become the first Swedish-born player to score 50 goals in an NHL season and was a huge part of the team’s 1989 Stanley Cup victory. After an incredible 429 points in 450 NHL games, he returned to Sweden and continued his career as one of the best players the country has ever seen. After retirement from his playing career, he quickly moved into management and has brought an unparalleled level of success to the franchise. The Flames have no picks in the first three rounds of the draft this season, but it will be interesting to see if Loob can have any impact on some of their later selections right away. His greatest impact could be felt just in convincing young players to head to North America, allowing Calgary to spend late-round picks on players who might otherwise stay in Europe.
  2. Thought this was interesting for those of us that remember all the shenanigans that went on after the 'Wideman Incident'. Did he get greedy or was he done wrong by the league and the courts?
  3. NHL reportedly asked Brad Marchand to stop licking people Steven Psihogios Puck DaddyApril 26, 2018 Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand has been warned, stop licking people. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Yes, you read that right. And if you watched Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs you know exactly what I am talking about. In case you missed it, in Game 1 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs, Toronto forward Leo Komarov was closely embraced by Boston’s Brad Marchand. The NHL was not a big fan of that, apparently. According to Elliotte Friedman in his 31 Thoughts column, the Bruins received a phone call from the National Hockey League. “After Game 1 of the Toronto/Boston series, the Bruins got a, “We’d prefer if you could tell Brad Marchand to stop licking people” phone call from the NHL,” Friedman reported. I can imagine the NHL has not been forced to make too many of those phone calls over the years. Was what Brad Marchand did weird? Completely, but it was technically within league rules. Now that the Bruins agitator has been handed a warning, I am sure you will not see him pulling the same stunt on Steven Stamkos or any members of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2. Or maybe he will, it is Brad Marchand. Found this hilarious and in need of it’s own thread! Once a scumbag, always one.
  4. My condolences to EK and his wife on this tragic news. No one should have to bury their child. My thoughts are with them on this sad day.
  5. Bo Horvat is signing autographs and taking pictures today at the Rogers store upper floor of metrotown next to bell! Ends at 1pm so hurry down there!
  6. Hard not to shake your head at those sheep who follow these puppeteers and attend rallies that are essentially undermining their own country's ability to provide them with social programs INCLUDING money for environmental management programmes. Sure, let's mess up Canada as easy pickings and Trudeau will help us The latest proof is in, although the facts have been obvious for many years. Foreigners are financing and organizing opposition in Canada to natural resource development, part of an anti-fossil-fuel campaign that is costing our economy an estimated $15 billion this year, due to lack of access to international markets, and much more in lost capital investments. Perhaps the most recent little gem will finally get the chattering class to acknowledge reality: A leaked U.S. document preparing mass-action protests against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. It sets out goals and operating principles for a clandestine organization designed to drive political resistance under the guise of an independent rank-and-file protest movement. “Action Hive Proposal” was written by Cam Fenton, an employee of, a California-based NGO “building a global grassroots climate movement.” Using insect analogies (theirs, not mine) the “Hive” contributes money, action and organizational experience and technical know-how, while a “Swarm” will generate mass action. Fenton is explicit about its “Purpose & Shared Goals: This group is coming together to support mass popular resistance to construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.” This is not the only U.S. organization devoted to blocking development of Canada’s oil and gas reserves that, incidentally, would compete with America’s own resources. Vivian Krause, a Vancouver-based researcher and writer, has documented the money funnelled through Tides Foundation, New Venture Fund and the Oak Foundation to impede Canadian hydrocarbon growth, especially the oil sands. These organizations are bolstered by a coterie of narcissistic celebrities whose vacuous certainty is outdone by their ignorance of science and economics and their extravagant carbon-intensive lifestyles.
 All this brings to mind when, as minister of natural resources, I wrote an open letter labelling certain environmental groups as “radicals,” financed in part by non-Canadian donors. The derisive outcry was deafening from media, opposition parties, ENGOs and even a few timorous senior executives in the oil and gas business. I defined radical as opposition to every major resource project. Moreover, I issued a challenge to any environmental organization to name a single pipeline project that it supported. The silence was deafening. Possibly because my definition sounded too reasonable, the media never reported on my explanation of the definition or the challenge, which I reiterated numerous times. What I said was factual then and has been conclusively proven to be true over the past six years. Trying to shut down fossil-fuel development is not viewed as radical to many environmentalists, even though the economic consequences would be disastrous. Or perhaps it was impolite in Canada to use the “r” word. It was obviously politically incorrect. Irrespective of terminology, we have undoubtedly reached a crisis resulting from unrelenting opposition to pipeline construction, abetted by foreign funding and a federal government obsessed with green ideology. It is telling that opponents are unimpressed by governments’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They understand that Canada cannot make a meaningful difference to international emissions, since our output represents only 1.6 per cent of the global total. Their focus is on the oil sands, which they claim can measurably add to the global supply of oil, so keeping fossil fuels in the ground is their goal. The fact the oil sands only represent a minuscule one-thousandth of global emissions makes it the wrong target. But symbolism is everything. Militants are indifferent to the terrible damage they are inflicting on our economy, First Nations and the poor, all without any measurable impact on global warming. Further, they assert that Canada has a moral responsibility to make costly but ineffective sacrifices, even though other countries are not doing their share. The B.C. government’s campaign against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proves there is no point in succumbing to extortionate demands or making costly concessions to achieve an elusive social licence. The goal posts keep moving. By now, that must be evident even to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and federal Natural Resource Minister Jim Carr, though they will never admit it. At what point might Kinder Morgan headquarters in Houston cancel the project in frustration with its mounting financial and reputational risk? That would landlock Canada’s energy for a very long time, a disastrous result, which is the goal of opponents. It is time for Parliament to declare the pipeline a work “for the general advantage of Canada,” thereby removing most dilatory tactics (but not social resistance). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should also tell foreign agitators to butt out of Canadian affairs.
  7. NHLPA Poll Results

    The players have spoken: Crosby, McDavid headline NHLPA Poll The players have spoken and Sidney Crosby stands above his peers as the most difficult NHLer to play against. The National Hockey League Players' Association revealed the results of its 2017-18 Player Poll on Wednesday and the three-time Stanley Cup Champion of the Pittsburgh Penguins received almost 30 per cent of the votes in the category. Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid was second at 23.7 per cent. More than 500 players were surveyed by the NHLPA on more than 20 hockey-related questions during their annual team meetings between the preseason and last month, covering topics regarding skills, coaches, officials, arenas, teams and on-ice matters. Other highlights include Washington Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom voted as the league's Most Underrated Player and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens voted as the goalie who is most difficult to score on. Crosby took the most categories in the poll, as he was also voted the best role model and the player who would be a great coach once he retires. McDavid led in two categories - for fastest skater and player you would select to start a franchise. The players were polled on several other questions, such as which player they would want on their team to win one game, which coach they would most like to play for, which team has the best fans and their opinions about some of the game's all-time greats. The full results of the Player Poll are as follows: Who is the league's fastest skater? Connor McDavid - 81.0% Michael Grabner - 3.6% Nick Leddy - 2.4% Dylan Larkin - 2.2% Chris Kreider - 1.6% (Skaters only): Which goalie is the most difficult to score on? Carey Price - 41.0% Jonathan Quick - 12.1% Pekka Rinne - 9.3% Sergei Bobrovsky - 8.2% Braden Holtby - 5.0% Who is the most difficult player to play against? Sidney Crosby - 29.9% Connor McDavid - 23.7% Patrick Kane - 4.6% Shea Weber - 4.1% Anze Kopitar - 3.2% Who is the toughest player? Ryan Reaves - 44.7% Milan Lucic - 14.8% Zdeno Chara - 4.0% Micheal Haley - 3.2% Matt Martin - 2.7% Who is the most underrated player? Nicklas Backstrom - 8.6% Jaden Schwartz - 6.8% Nikita Kucherov - 6.2% Aleksander Barkov - 6% Which player is the best role model? Sidney Crosby - 33.0% Jonathan Toews - 9.6% Patrice Bergeron - 6.0% Shea Weber - 3.1% Patrick Marleau - 2.6% Which player would you select to start a franchise? Connor McDavid - 48.6% Sidney Crosby - 23.8% Auston Matthews - 5.8% Jonathan Toews - 3.1% Erik Karlsson - 1.9% Which coach would you like to play for? Joel Quenneville - 16.5% Jon Cooper - 14.2% Gerard Gallant - 11.6% Mike Babcock - 7.5% Peter Laviolette - 4.9% Which current assistant coach should be the next head coach? D.J. Smith (Toronto Maple Leafs) - 8.3% Todd Reirden (Washington Capitals) - 7.4% Ulf Samuelsson (Chicago Blackhawks) - 5.1% Steve Ott (St. Louis Blues) - 5.1% Lindy Ruff (New York Rangers) - 4.2% Which player would be a great coach once they retire? Sidney Crosby - 5.7% Derek Stepan - 4.5% Jason Spezza - 4.5% Matt Cullen - 4.5% Jonathan Toews - 3.6% Who is the best referee? Wes McCauley - 47.8% Kelly Sutherland - 17.7% Tim Peel - 4.4% Dan O'Halloran - 2.7% Trevor Hanson - 2.7% Which is your favourite rink to play in? Bell Centre (Montreal) - 24.8% United Center (Chicago) - 21.9% Madison Square Garden (New York) - 14.6% Staples Center (Los Angeles) - 5.4% Bridgestone Arena (Nashville) - 4.9% Which rink has the best ice? Bell Centre (Montreal) - 28.0% Rogers Place (Edmonton) - 21.7% Bell MTS Place (Winnipeg) - 6.6% Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul) - 6.0% Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary) - 6.0% Which rink has the worst ice? BB&T Center (Sunrise) - 16.8% Gila River Arena (Glendale) - 10.7% Barclays Center (Brooklyn) - 10.7% Honda Center (Anaheim) - 8.6% PNC Arena (Raleigh) - 5.9% Which team (excluding your own) has the best fans? Chicago Blackhawks - 30.4% Nashville Predators - 19.4% Montreal Canadiens - 18.8% Toronto Maple Leafs - 4.8% Winnipeg Jets - 4.3% Who is the best forward of all time? Wayne Gretzky - 72.7% Mario Lemieux - 11.3% Sidney Crosby - 4.9% Jaromir Jagr - 3.1% Peter Forsberg - 2.3% Who is the best defenceman of all time? Bobby Orr - 61% Nicklas Lidstrom - 29.1% Ray Bourque - 2.6% Paul Coffey - 1.8% Scott Niedermayer - 1.3% Who is the best goalie of all time? Patrick Roy - 39.3% Martin Brodeur - 33.2% Dominik Hasek - 13.6% Carey Price - 3.0% Ken Dryden - 3.0% Who is one player, current of former, you would like to have as a teammate? Wayne Gretzky - 13.4% Sidney Crosby - 8.0% Mario Lemieux - 6.3% Peter Forsberg - 4.6% Nicklas Backstrom - 3.7% Who was your favourite player growing up? Peter Forsberg - 8.4% Steve Yzerman - 8.2% Joe Sakic - 7.4% Nicklas Lidstrom - 5.3% Mats Sundin - 4.2%
  8. NHL linesman's $10.2M lawsuit against Calgary Flames, Dennis Wideman sent to arbitration Queen's Bench justice stays lawsuit and rules it is an employment issue By Meghan Grant, CBC News Posted: Mar 02, 2018 3:23 PM MT Last Updated: Mar 02, 2018 8:52 PM MT NHL linesman Don Henderson was hit by Calgary Flame Dennis Wideman during the second period of a game in Calgary on Jan. 27, 2016. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press) A $10.2-million lawsuit filed by an NHL linesman against the Calgary Flames and defenceman Dennis Wideman has been stayed by a judge and ordered to be heard by an NHL arbitrator. Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Justice Willie deWit made the ruling Friday afternoon after the defendants applied to stay the lawsuit earlier this year. $10.2M lawsuit filed against Flames, Wideman DeWit agreed with the defendants' position that NHL linesman Don Henderson must abide by the agreement between the NHL and its members — including officials — which says disputes like this one fall under the umbrella of employment issues and must be dealt with through league arbitration. Henderson had argued the matter should remain in court because, based on their prior involvement with Wideman's suspension, league commissioner Gary Bettman and the league showed bias. Henderson cross-checked Henderson was hit by Wideman during a game against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 27, 2016. In the second period, Wideman took a hit from Predators' Miikka Salomaki. Moments later, Wideman was skating toward the Flames' bench when he cross-checked Henderson, who had his back to the defenceman. Wideman was suspended for 10 games. Play Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman hits linesman LISTEN 00:00 01:22 Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman hits linesman1:22 In his statement of claim filed last April, Henderson said he was still not able to work because of his injuries, suffering "a limitation of activities and loss of enjoyment of life." The lawsuit claimed Henderson suffered head and neck injuries and a concussion when he was "violently struck." The injuries cost Henderson $10 million in lost income and future earnings, according to the lawsuit, which also seeks $250,000 in general and special damages. Speaking with reporters in Calgary on Friday before deWit delivered his decision, Bettman refused to comment on the lawsuit because it was before the courts.
  9. Seems to be many players sitting tonight just days before the trade deadline. Does this not mess with the integrity of the game? The standings? You should have to play regardless. What if the players sitting tonight don't get traded. They sit again? Nash, McDonough, Grabner all reportedly sitting tonight as per TSN. McDonough nursing an injury but the others healthy.
  10. I'm with Connor on this one. Its getting stupid with the challenges. I get why the rule is there. Maybe play with the rule and allow the skate to be above the blue line? Too many nice goals and plays getting tossed.
  11. Yup, it is a few days early but somethings happened to me in the past week that compelled me to put something out there for all to consider. I am assuming the vast majority of those posting/reading CDC are very much living with what I will term "first world problems" in that getting food, shelter and medical care is pretty much a given. I don't for a second assume that none of you or yours is 100% healthy or isn't facing some big challenge in life and maybe even facing mortality but, again, I assume that most are having pretty minor challenges in life and having spirited hockey discussions can therefore become an important thing in life. Wouldn't it be nice if the entire world could have such a luxury - that having silly chats about professional hockey players was important as all the other things were under control? If you are with me to this point, try and stay here for the the following that I have only tweaked a little to protect the kid/family if anyone should recognize this. At a hockey camp for kids recently, one kid came the first day with full goalie gear that was so ill-fitting and, too boot, he simply horrible. I mean the type of horrible when you know that no matter how many hockey camps his parents would invest in, he would be marginally better at his absolute peak than air in stopping anyone from scoring from pretty much anywhere on the ice and perhaps even from the stands. He also had one of the most ridiculous haircuts ever for a goalie - hair was always in his face and it bugged me to the point I almost screamed a few times "you will see the bloody puck better if you could actually see anything!!!". However, the kid showed up each and every day until the last day when he was missing. I selfishly thought "whew, I don't have to struggle showing him stuff that he won't ever really use today and can concentrate on the 'better' kids". At the end of the session, was signing the little certificates all the kids get when this lady is waiting for me to come off the ice and identifies herself as the missing kid's mom. Her eyes are red - from crying I guess, perhaps had a fight with the kid...whatever, I am late for an appointment. I am selfishly thinking that she is going to want something done for her son missing due to some lame excuse. She comes to me and hands me a card - a hand-drawn Christmas card with a big goalie holding the hand of a little goalie - it is from the kid. He says how much he loved the camp and loved me showing him stuff. He says it made him feel like a real goalie He is sorry he couldn't be at the last session as his chemo was moved up a day (I see the word "chemo" and my head explodes....dark spots around the edges stuff). It got worse. He went on to say on the back that he hopes he can come to the next camp if the doctors allow it but it was a big deal this time and they are not so sure he can come. He said he loved me for being his friend and wished me a wonderful Christmas. He thanked me for not bugging him about his hair wig like all the kids in the dressing room did (I don't dress with the kids, we use the officials room - explains the hair...yup, I am officially an awful human). I was (and am while writing this) a teary mess. I spoke to his mom - he has brain cancer. He will be lucky to make it to the summer if they cannot get the latest course of treatment to shrink the inoperable tumour. I went home and cried for about an hour. To everyone on CDC, particularly those I spar with on occasion (often?) - MERRY CHRISTMAS AND ALL THE BEST FOR 2018. I say this sincerely and from the heart. Life is short. I am young but not so young as to be as short-sighted as I was to have a kid snap me out of it. A kid that may not live for all of 2018 let alone get to be my age and get to argue about silly things on a hockey chat site. Please enjoy your time, your friends, your SO, your family and most of all your life. I started a thread so that if ANYONE else wants to share a story or simply wish the rest of CDC good wishes at this time of year, please partake. Moderators, please feel free to delete if you must and I will cut/paste onto a status update but either way I hope any/all that read this think hard about what is really important.
  12. rogers cbc new deal

    Galleries New Rogers, CBC ink deal to keep Hockey Night in Canada on CBC until 2026, streaming included Deal gives CBC rights to digitally stream HNIC games on various apps and websites for length of contract CBC News Posted: Dec 19, 2017 12:35 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 19, 2017 12:35 PM ET Hockey Night in Canada, hosted by Ron MacLean and featuring Don Cherry will continue to air on CBC until at least 2026 as part of a new deal with NHL hockey rights holder Rogers. ((Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images) ) 8 shares Facebook Twitter Reddit Google Share Email CBC and Rogers have signed a deal that will see Hockey Night In Canada stay on the CBC's airwaves until at least 2026, and permit games to be streamed online and via numerous CBC apps for at least that long as well. The two sides announced an agreement on Tuesday that expands on a previous deal that saw Rogers produce and broadcast NHL games, airing some of them on CBC on Saturday nights during the regular season, and other days during the playoffs. This past season, Hockey Night in Canada was the most watched television program in Canada every Saturday night, reaching 18 million Canadians, or 50 per cent of the country's population. Rogers secured exclusive national broadcast rights for all NHL games in a 12-year deal that began in the 2014-2015 season. The two sides had partnered from Day 1 of that deal, an agreement that was set to expire in June 2019. But the extension announced Tuesday expands it even more by cementing the current arrangement on the broadcast side and giving the CBC the right to stream all nationally broadcast NHL games on the CBC Sports app, the forthcoming "over-the-top" CBC TV app and on the website. Games will also stream on various Rogers digital streaming properties, but the deal gives the CBC the rights to digitally stream the games until 2026. Those digital rights include the current NHL season, in addition to the seven seasons that follow. Rogers to offer all Sportsnet content in streaming service Twitter signs deal with NHL and MLB to livestream games "CBC has been an excellent partner over the years, and we are excited to extend our relationship," Rogers Media president Rick Brace said in a release. "Hockey Night in Canada is the most celebrated hockey brand in the country and is steeped in tradition. We are committed to working together to ensure it reaches the widest possible audience." Financial terms of the deal were not released, but the CBC did not pay to have hockey on the network. If the deal lapsed in 2019 as originally planned, CBC would have had to replace more than 300 hours of prime time content to compete against the popular Saturday night (and weekday playoff) hockey games. Report Typo or Error Send Feedback To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. Comments FAQ Login | Signup
  13. During the interview, Timothy Fern thought he was going to die. All 24 passengers in the Saskatchewan plane crash survived. I noticed he had a Canuck pennant and posters of Price and Luongo on his wall. A green jersey with his name and number 31 was also on the wall. Let us hope Montreal of Vancouver will win the Stanley Cup in his lifetime.
  14. Bitcoin Mining Operation CEO and COO wanted

    I am looking for people with upper management experience for a Bitcoin Mining Start-up. And I like discussing Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash and cryptocurrencies as well. anyone else into mining, even on a small scale?
  15. Ouch...
  16. Look like we got a first leak of the 2018 Winter Olympics jersey... More to come will be posted on here for the revealing... USA Primary Look like Nike is going to a chrome route now... (Maybe Canada will get a gold one, that'll be a nice touch for winning gold last winter Olympics in Sochi) But I'm not too sure about this whole pattern on the sleeves... This reminded me of soccer, especially when Goalies wearing one of those long sleeves... yikes Update: 4:17pm Found another for an Alternate version of the jersey, this one look better than the Primary. Canada The Rest
  17. Stand down, Canucks fans! Brock Boeser will make his much-anticipated season debut tonight vs. the Winnipeg Jets.
  18. Sam Bennett, what's wrong?

    Just heard (TSN 1040) that 18 year old Sam Bennett is a scratch tonight so Jagr can play. What's wrong with Bennett, and could we steal him out of Calgary like we did with Granlund?
  19. Hockey Canada has announced its pre-Olympics tournament rosters and there are several links to the Canucks in both the coaching/player departments: Article : Team Canada has named its roster for the 2017 Sochi Open and the Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov which both take place in August, The Sochi Open, which will take place from Aug. 6-9 in Russia, will mark the first pre-Olympic action for Team Canada as general manager Sean Burke looks to form his roster for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. Canada will also play in the Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov in St. Petersburg later in August, with a different roster which was also released Tuesday. Both rosters are made up almost entirely of players currently skating in Europe. "We're going to play these two events in August, hopefully find out a lot of things that we have. But we're going to have to also find out some of the things we don't have," said Burke. Renney: We won't be treated as underdogs "Any player that's eligible, whether he's playing in North America on an AHL contract or in college, junior, we don't want to leave any stones unturned." Among the most recognizable names on the Sochi Open roster are former NHLers Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Kozun, Daniel Paille, Mason Raymond, Max Talbot and Linden Vey. Former Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters will dress for the tournament, along with Kevin Poulin, who was named to both rosters. Notable names on the Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov roster for Team Canada include Cam Barker, Carlo Colaiacovo, Taylor Beck, Ryan Garbutt, Derek Roy and goaltender Ben Scrivens. Kevin Klein, who retired from the New York Rangers earlier this month and then signed in Switzerland, is also on the tournament for Aug. 14-17 Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov. Below are the full rosters for both tournaments. 2017 Sochi Hockey Open Forwards: Justin Azevedo, Gilbert Brulé, Brandon Buck, Kevin Clark, Andrew Ebbett, Bud Holloway, Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Kozun, Ben Maxwell, Brandon McMillan, Eric O’Dell, Daniel Paille, Mason Raymond, Max Talbot, Linden Vey Defence: Chay Genoway, Geoff Kinrade, Patrick McNeill, Maxim Noreau, Mat Robinson, Jonathan Sigalet, Karl Stollery Goaltenders: Justin Peters, Kevin Poulin 2017 Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov Forwards: Taylor Beck, Sean Collins, Cory Emmerton, Ryan Garbutt, Andrew Gordon, David McIntyre, Jacob Micflikier, Trevor Parkes, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Derek Roy, Greg Scott, Paul Szczechura, James Wright Defence: Cam Barker, Carlo Colaiacovo, Stefan Elliott, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Kevin Klein, Shawn Lalonde, Craig Schira Goaltenders: Kevin Poulin, Ben Scrivens Didn't yet see this posted but wouldn't surprise me if it's somewhere and I missed it.
  20. Steven Stamkos is four days away from unrestricted free agency after nearly a full year of negotiating with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said last weekend not to “rule anything out,” but Stamkos is still the runaway leader atop TSN’s Top 40 Free Agent list. At 26, Stamkos can become the youngest superstar to hit the open market in league history. Around the NHL, teams have been clearing salary cap space to make a run at Stamkos. The Vancouver Canucks were the latest team to do so on Monday, placing forwardChris Higgins on waivers for the purpose of buying out the final year of his deal. If Higgins is bought out on Tuesday, Vancouver will have nearly $11 million in space to try and finally land the heir apparent to Henrik Sedin at centre. Detroit shipped Pavel Datsyuk’s $7.5 million cap hit to Arizona last Friday. The Red Wings have nearly $18 million in space after forward Drew Miller re-upped with a $1.025 million deal on Monday. Sabres GM Tim Murray said Saturday he could go as high as $12 million per year for Stamkos, while checking all of the other boxes with his interest in Stamkos “only as a centre” and in “geography” with his team located just on the other side of the lake from Markham, Ont. Aside from the Canucks, Red Wings, Sabres, Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Rangers, could there be a dark horse team out there for Stamkos? What about the New York Islanders, where Stamkos could play on a line with close friend John Tavares for the foreseeable future? New York has oodles of cap space. Insider Trading: Stamkos watch heats up With the free agent courting period now open, The Insiders discuss what to expect from Steven Stamkos, Loui Eriksson and Kyle Okposo, as well as who might be targeted with an offer sheet. Stay tuned. The Stamkos chatter is only just heating up. Since TSN’s Top Free Agent list was last released earlier in June, a few names have jockeyed up and down the list. Jimmy Vesey joins at the No. 6 spot, given that two teams have now said he could immediately join their roster in a top-six role out of Harvard University. He becomes a free agent on Aug. 15 — though the Sabres have exclusive negotiating rights until then. Veteran defenceman Brian Campbell rose after the Panthers decided to sign Keith Yandle to a monster new deal. James Reimer fell since no team appears to be in the market for a No. 1 goaltender anymore. Forwards Matt Martin and Darren Helm both joined the list, since a premium is going to be placed on skating this summer, with the league focusing on speed. Ben Lovejoywas also added after an impressive Stanley Cup playoff run with the Penguins. Pittsburgh chose not to qualify 25-year-old defenceman Justin Schultz at $3.9 million, as expected, making him a pending UFA. Schultz said his intention is to re-sign in Pittsburgh, so he could always come to terms on a deal for less than that prior to July 1. Thomas Vanek and Jared Cowen also joined the list after being bought out of their contracts last week. Here is TSN’s Top 40 Free Agent list as we approach Friday’s Frenzy: THE TOP 40 FREE AGENTS RK PLAYER TEAM POS AGE GP G PTS 15-16 1 Steven Stamkos TBL C 26 77 36 64 $7.5 M 2 Milan Lucic LAK LW 28 81 20 55 $6 M 3 Kyle Okposo NYI RW 28 79 22 64 $2.8 M 4 Loui Eriksson Bos LW 30 82 30 63 $4.25 M 5 Andrew Ladd CHI LW 30 78 25 46 $4.4 M 6 Jimmy Vesey Harvard LW 23 33 24 46 - 7 Mikkel Boedker Col RW 26 80 17 51 $3.75 M 8 David Backes StL C 32 79 21 45 $4.5 M 9 Frans Nielsen NYI C 32 81 20 52 $2.75 M 10 Jason Demers Dal RD 28 62 7 23 $3.4 M 11 Troy Brouwer StL RW 30 82 18 39 $3.66 M 12 Brian Campbell Fla LD 37 82 6 31 $7.14 M 13 David Perron Ana LW 28 71 12 36 $3.81 M 14 Kris Russell Dal LD 29 62 4 19 $2.6 M 15 Jamie McGinn Ana LW 27 84 22 39 $2.95 M 16 Dan Hamhuis Van LD 33 58 3 13 $4.5 M 17 Lee Stempniak Bos RW 33 82 19 51 $850 K 18 James Reimer SJS G 28 40 2.31 .922 $2.3 M 19 Eric Staal NYR C 31 83 13 39 $8.25 M 20 Darren Helm Det RW 29 77 13 26 $2.13 M 21 Shane Doan Ari RW 39 72 28 47 $5.3 M 22 Matt Martin NYI LW 27 80 10 19 $1 M 23 Jiri Hudler Fla RW 32 72 16 46 $4 M 24 Luke Schenn LAK RD 26 72 4 16 $3.6 M 25 Justin Schultz Pit RD 25 63 4 18 $3.9 M 26 Jason Chimera Wsh LW 37 82 20 40 $2 M 27 Radim Vrbata Van RW 35 63 13 27 $5 M 28 Teddy Purcell Fla RW 30 76 14 43 $4.5 M 29 Ben Lovejoy Pit RD 32 66 4 10 $1.1 M 30 Roman Polak SJS RD 30 79 1 16 $2.75 M 31 Kris Versteeg LAK RW 30 77 15 38 $4.4 M 32 Thomas Vanek Min LW 32 74 18 41 $6.5 M 33 Dale Weise Chi RW 27 71 14 27 $1.03 M 34 P.A. Parenteau Tor LW 33 77 20 41 $1.33 M 35 Shawn Matthias Col LW 28 71 12 28 $2.3 M 36 Sam Gagner Phi C 26 53 8 16 $4.8 M 37 Chad Johnson Buf G 30 45 2.36 .920 $1.3 M 38 David Schlemko NJD LD 29 67 6 19 $625K 39 Jared Cowen Tor LD 25 37 0 4 $3.1 M 40 Jhonas Enroth LAK G 28 16 2.17 .922 $1.25 M
  22. Canucks Coach Willie Desjardins comments regarding his current state with the Canucks
  23. How Do You Win a Stanley Cup?

    How do you win a Stanley Cup? I asked Trevor Linden that in Penticton, when the young stars were playing the week before NHL training camp opened up. He said, "Build a playoff team, then get them through the regular season." Well, the playoffs have been confirmed. Now we see if this team has what it takes. Here is how the lines will look, heading into the postseason: Because we do not know when Zack Kassian or Brad Richardson will return, we still need to factor them into the lineup for next week. 1. Sedin - Sedin - Burrows / Sedin - Sedin - Burrows 2. Higgins - Bonino - Vrbata / Matthias - Bonino - Vrbata 3. Dorsett - Richardson - Kassian / Kenins - Horvat - Hansen highlighted means currently injured 4. Higgins - Horvat - Hansen / Matthias - Vey - Dorsett Where does Kenins fit in once Richardson and Kassian return. Maybe Kassian and Kenins take turns in and out of the lineup. On Defence, Alex Edler must be with with Chris Tanev. Edler is at his best when he has a solid stay at home defence partner like Tanev to cover his mistakes. 1. Edler - Tanev 2. Hamhuis -Weber 3. Bieksa - Sbisa What do you think the lines should be? Have your say below...