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Why Vanek was the ‘power play’ free-agency selection for Detroit
The fact the Detroit Red Wings were desperate for offensive options this summer was one of the most open secrets in NHL, but it's probably fair to say not many expected the franchise to sign Thomas Vanek. While the 32-year-old is coming off the back of a modest couple of seasons with the Minnesota Wild, Detroit feel as though a one-year contract worth $2.6 million was a very worthwhile risk to take after the Austrian was bought out of the final year of his deal. The Red Wings had been very in...

John Tavares Wants To Continue Playing For The New York Islanders
from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet, Tavares, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2018, had a clear response when asked about a possible future with the Toronto Maple Leafs. “I would not count on that,” Tavares told Sportsnet’s Andrew Walker during an appearance on Sportsnet 590 The FAN Tuesday. "I think I've always showed my commitment, my appreciation and my desire to play on Long Island. I'd love for that to continue for the long haul," h...

All George McPhee
from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN, How many resumes have you received so far? GM: I'll bet that I've had 600-700 texts, 300-400 emails, 60-70 phone calls. It's been unreal. What's difficult is you let people know you'll get back to them when we get organized. If they haven't heard from you in a week, they start texting and emailing again. What is it you'll be looking for in a coach in Las Vegas? GM: We haven't even started [looking] and probably won't until the ...

Afternoon Line- Matt Duchene
On trade rumours: "We're a team that has not been where we want to be the last couple years," he said. "Hopefully we get it back together this year, but if things don't go that way I'm sure they'll be looking to make some big changes. "All I can do is just prepare myself to help the best I can, first of all, Team Canada win the World Cup and after that the same applies for Colorado." -Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche via Scott Lewis of Sportsnet.

Block A Shot Or Not
from Travis Yost of TSN, One of the discussion points I’ve found interesting over the years is whether it’s better for short-handed teams to set up in the defensive zone for the purpose of blocking shots versus setting up false shooting lanes that allow goaltenders clean looks at shots from a distance. Going through some video during this past regular season, it was interesting to see the strategic disparities from team to team. The Boston Bruins, for example, were maniac...

Would Evander Kane Be A Fit In Vancouver?
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province, Make a play for Kane, and many believe he can’t and won’t change his off-ice demeanour. At one point Monday, a TSN 1040 poll showed 56 per cent of 700 respondents didn’t want the Canucks to make a trade pitch. Then again, make a play and others will point to an exciting 30-goal winger with a palatable contract of two more years at a $5.2-million-US annual cap hit ($6 million in actual salary). The Canucks have also had past inte...

All John Chayka
from Dan Rosen of,'s Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news. The latest edition features Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka: Just the other day you signed Luke Schenn. You already signed Alex Goligoski this offseason. Obviously you have Oliver Ekman-Larsson. What is the philosophy behind the defense tha...


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