Archive for June, 2016

Five things to know about NHL free agency (The Associated Press)

By at 30 June, 2016, 3:09 pm

The NHL free agent frenzy will almost certainly include big-money, long-term deals for the likes of wingers Milan Lucic, Kyle Okposo and Loui Eriksson, and produce a trickle-down effect for several other players on the open market.

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NHL free agent pool is deep even without Stamkos (The Associated Press)

By at 30 June, 2016, 1:33 pm

”There’s some high-end guys this year and it’ll be interesting to see what they get paid,” Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. ”Some people when they’re in this position chase obviously the most money possible,” Stamkos said …

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Judge gives ex-Islanders co-owner a 5-year prison reduction (The Associated Press)

By at 29 June, 2016, 2:31 pm

A former New York Islanders co-owner who received a 10-year prison term for a fraud conviction had his sentence cut in half Wednesday by a judge who cited his good deeds and cooperation with prosecutors. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in Manhat…

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Isles’ Josh Ho-Sang a changed man after 2015 camp dismissal (Puck Daddy)

By at 29 June, 2016, 11:54 am

Josh Ho-Sang didn’t last long during New York Islanders training camp last September. On Day 1, the second of their two 2014 first-round selections was late, prompting GM Garth Snow to send him home. Despite his very public exit from camp, there was no sit-down with Snow during the year to discuss what happened.

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Ex-NY Islanders co-owner gets prison term for fraud halved (Reuters)

By at 29 June, 2016, 11:38 am

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, June 29 (Reuters) – A former money manager who once co-owned the New York Islanders professional hockey team was re-sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison for his role in a $554 million fraud, after an appellate court…

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Odd-man out in Florida, Kulikov excited to join Sabres (The Associated Press)

By at 28 June, 2016, 3:36 pm

Dmitry Kulikov was initially excited upon learning the Florida Panthers had acquired and then signed free-agent defenseman Keith Yandle to a long-term contract last week. Little did Kulikov realize that Yandle’s addition would lead to him being the od…

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2016 NHL Free Agency Tracker: UFAs on the move (Yahoo Sports)

By at 28 June, 2016, 12:17 pm

Follow the NHL’s free agency frenzy on July 1 with this listing of players who have signed new contracts for 2016-17 and beyond.

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NHL teams’ focus turns to ‘Big Fish’ in free agency: Stamkos (The Associated Press)

By at 26 June, 2016, 5:30 pm

As team executives began gathering on the arena floor an hour before the start of the NHL draft’s second round Saturday morning, a video highlighting former No. 1 selections began playing on the big-screen video boards. The first player featured just …

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NHL Draft: McPhee grows emotional once son picked by Oilers (The Associated Press)

By at 25 June, 2016, 3:05 pm

As a longtime NHL scout and general manager, George McPhee has had a hand in providing opportunities to countless prospects at the NHL draft. It wasn’t until Saturday, when McPhee fully appreciated how significant that moment felt as a father. McPhee…

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Prolific junior scorer Alex DeBrincat lands with Chicago Blackhawks (Puck Daddy)

By at 25 June, 2016, 10:03 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The 2016 NHL Draft featured only two 50-goal scorers from this past season. One was Kieffer Bellows, who was selected 19th overall by the New York Islanders.  The other was one of the smallest players in the draft: 5’7, 165 lbs. Alex DeBrincat from the Erie Otters of the OHL, who landed with the Chicago Blackhawks at No. 39.  DeBrincat’s 51-50-111 season with the Otters was his third straight 50-50-100-plus campaign. In 2014-15, he posted 51-53-104 in his first year in Erie. Before he entered junior, he scored 54-57-111 at Lake Forest Academy, which is about 45 minutes from Chicago. Going to school just outside Chicago did allow DeBrincat to attend some Blackhawks games. But there was one issue. Growing up in Michigan made him a fan of the Detroit Red Wings. That allegiance is obviously severed now. The Blackhawks have never been shy about believing in smaller players. It’s worked out for Patrick Kane, Andrew Shaw and others. With the likes of those two, along with Tyler Johnson, Mats Zuccarello and Cam Atkinson, among others, helping shed the stigma that smaller players can’t succeed in the NHL, DeBrincat is thankful for the opportunity.  “Anyone who’s willing to give me a chance I appreciate,” he said. “It hasn’t been the easiest road but it’s worked out well.” Despite his size, DeBrincat describes himself as a “gritty goal scorer” and isn’t afraid to play a physical style. “As a small guy I have to play a little bigger than I am,” he said. Some saw late-first-round potential for DeBrincat, but like many draft prospects on that bubble he had to sit through Round 1 and wait for Saturday morning before the Blackhawks decided he was their pick. “It was a long day last night. I didn’t really know if I was going to go or not, but I’m really happy now and I’m glad that it’s over,” he said. Being surrounded by offensive talent isn’t anything new for DeBrincat. While in Erie, he was linemates with both Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome. Both were top-five picks and are two of the NHL’s brightest young stars. Being around them on a daily basis helped the young forward. “Watching them practice really improved my game a lot,” DeBrincat said. “You try to pick pieces of their game and use it in your own game. Just watching those guys and being able to play with those guys is pretty remarkable.” It will likely be a while before DeBrincat will have the chance to crack the Blackhawks’ roster. For now, he says he’ll likely be back in Erie next season and keep working. “Just improving my all-around game, making the Blackhawks as soon as possible,” he said. “It’s my goal to play in the NHL. This is just one step of the way and the work starts from here.” – – – – – – – Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY :

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