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Litter Box Cats Jul 25, 2016

Atlantic Division Offseason Report: Tampa Bay Lightning

Bolts keep the band together for another Stanley Cup run After making it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014-15, the Tampa Bay Lightning fell one game short of that plateau this season, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in game seven of the Eastern Conference Final. Sure, the Florida Panthers took the regular season crown in the Atlantic, but by virtue of their back-to-back deep playoff runs, the Bolts still have to be considered the top dog in the division. Tampa Bay was able to sign potential prize of the free-agent market, Steven Stamkos to a new max eight-year deal. In addition to that...
Pension Plan Puppets Jul 18, 2016

The Toronto Maple Leafs, taxes, and parity

Parity is a lie! Parity! That’s the world that the NHL used to sell the salary cap. Everyone will have to spend up to the same amount of money, and no financially strong teams can use their muscle to hoard all the quality free agents. It all sounds nice in theory, and I’m sure some teams love keeping the Red Wings, Maple Leafs, and New York Rangers in check, but there isn’t real parity going on, not at all. While each team could offer the same amount of money to a player, what he gets paid will differ drastically. Take the Steven Stamkos watch for instance, you know those months where...
Silver Seven Jul 11, 2016

The Chet Sellers and Luke Peristy Podcast - Episode 34

The awards! The draft! Free agency! We catch you up on everything! Hello! If you've missed the last few weeks of off-season hockey, you've probably got a lot of questions - did Erik Karlsson win the Norris? Who did the Senators draft at #12? Did they win the Steven Stamkos sweepstakes? We're here to fill you in, and - spoiler alert - Chris Kelly is prominently involved! Get ready! And remember, you can check out past episodes of the show in our archives, and subscribe via RSS or iTunes!
Pension Plan Puppets Jul 11, 2016

From the Branches: Is this thing turned on?

Finding hockey news in July is like finding sense in a Steve Simmons column. I'm sorry, my eyes are full of laugh-tears at Simmons' latest column. I won't link to it, but the title is, "Did Leafs' pitch overwhelm Stamkos?" and it's basically a morality tale of being too needy on your first date with your childhood sweetheart. Here's the interesting detail from the column. "He left the meeting with the Leafs, and apparently turned to his advisors and said: 'No more meetings.'" Simmons is spinning it as ridiculously as he can, painting the pitch as way too overwhelming for Stamkos. I don't...
Toronto Sun Jul 10, 2016
Simmons Says: Did the Leafs' pitch overwhelm Stamkos?

Simmons Says: Did the Leafs' pitch overwhelm Stamkos?

Did the Maple Leafs lavish sales pitch to Steven Stamkos somehow convince the free agent he wanted no part of Toronto hockey?
Artic Ice Hockey Jul 8, 2016

AIH 20416 Episode 42: Bad Trades & Bad Signings

It's been a wild few weeks in the NHL, with the wildest time coming in the span of about an hour last June 29th, when two crazy trades took place (along with the Steven Stamkos decision to stay in Tampa Bay, but that actually became the third biggest story of that day. MADNESS!). To talk about the trades, we first spoke with Sunil Agnihotri (@sunilagni on Twitter) of Copper And Blue about the Oilers deal that sent Taylor Hall to New Jersey. Then, we had a conversation with Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont on Twitter) of Habs Eyes On The Prize about the PK Subban for Shea Weber trade, as well as a...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 8, 2016

What advanced stats say about new Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek

The Detroit Red Wings signed a number of forwards on July 1, the first day of free agency. After missing on Steven Stamkos, the Red Wings attempted to address their scoring problem by signing Frans Nielsen and Thomas Vanek. Vanek...
Raw Charge Jul 6, 2016

The hockey world has Steven Stamkos to thank for the flurry of signings on July 1

You’re welcome. Where were you when Steven Stamkos re-signed with the Lightning? After more than a year’s worth of will-he-or-won’t-he-leave-Tampa, when Stamkos finally revealed he wouldn’t be taking his services outside of Tampa exactly one week ago, it set into motion how free agency would play out two days later. So all that excitement when the clock struck noon on Friday, July 1? The hockey world has Stamkos to thank for that. So much so that Sportsnet’s John Shannon says players should send thank you cards to the captain. .@JSportsnet thinks players should be sending...
Denver Post Jul 6, 2016
Eric Veilleux named head coach of San Antonio Rampage, Avs’ affiliate

Eric Veilleux named head coach of San Antonio Rampage, Avs’ affiliate

Eric Veilleux, who was the 2013-14 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League coach of the year, was named head coach Wednesday of the Colorado Avalanche's AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage.

PHT Morning Skate: Stamkos talks up Drouin, who’ll be ‘a stud in this league for a long time’

Hes also thrilled to be locked in long-term with his good friend, Victor Hedman.
Raw Charge Jul 6, 2016

Quick Strikes for Wednesday, July 6

Arbitration news, the latest free agency signings, exploring Vegas names, offseason check-ins, & news from around the NHL in Wednesday's links. Steven Stamkos had a special reason to stay with the only NHL team he's ever called home. [ESPN] Lightning forwards Alex Killorn and Vladislav Namestnikov filed for arbitration yesterday. [HockeyBuzz] Former NHL defenseman "Leapin' Louie" Fontinato passed away over the weekend at age 84. [Guelph Today] There are many Hall-of-Famers who can testify that the NHL Entry Draft doesn't mean everything. [Sportsnet] Making up for recent salary dumps, the...
New York Post Jul 3, 2016

Why structure of these 3 contracts points to another NHL lockout

Signing bonuses will become a hot-button issue around which the NHL coalesces leading into the 2020-21 Owners’ Lockout IV, because some contracts — such as the ones Steven Stamkos signed to remain in Tampa Bay, Andrew Ladd accepted to move to Brooklyn/Long Island and, to a lesser degree, Kyle Okposo took to go to Buffalo...
The Ledger Jul 1, 2016

Lightning ink Hedman to 8-year extension

After watching captain Steven Stamkos' negotiations go down to the wire, the Lightning wasted no time Friday in locking up another franchise foundation.
Raw Charge Jul 1, 2016

Andrei Vasilevskiy signs 3-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning

While retaining the 21 year old was not a question, the future of goalie Ben Bishop becomes one. The saying goes that Vasy Cometh and as the following verse says, Vasy is done this afternoon. I don't mean that as in an end-point as-so-much a not-in-need situation regarding his contract status.  Andrei Vasilevskiy signed a 3 year contract extension on Friday to compliment the extension inked by defenseman Victor Hedman (and compliment the deal done on Wednesday for Steven Stamkos). The Russian netminder, whose numbers in the 2016 NHL Eastern Conference Finals (a .925 save percentage and a...

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