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PK Subban isn't the type of character they want in Montreal.

 

Welcome Alexander Radulov.

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Montreal is what happens when the GM and coach are on their last year.

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I don't understand people reacting one way or the other to the Lucic term/money. You all follow the sport enough to know that part's entirely predictable. A team saying they have interest in a player like Lucic instantly, in the NHL today, implies 6 or 7 years at a lot of money with a likely goofy no move clause attached. That's what expressing interest in name free agents in the NHL is.

 

There was never even a 1% probability of Lucic signing for less than 5 years for less than $6 million on the open market.

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The way money is getting thrown around today is why there are work stoppages.

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36 minutes ago, Death From Above said:

I don't understand people reacting one way or the other to the Lucic term/money. You all follow the sport enough to know that part's entirely predictable. A team saying they have interest in a player like Lucic instantly, in the NHL today, implies 6 or 7 years at a lot of money with a likely goofy no move clause attached. That's what expressing interest in name free agents in the NHL is.

 

There was never even a 1% probability of Lucic signing for less than 5 years for less than $6 million on the open market.

Edmonton is overpaying to get some character in the locker room.  All of those young guys need a veteran leader.

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3 hours ago, El Dragon said:

Blues off-season in a nut shell: Lose Elliot, Backes, and Brouwer, gain Perron and Hutton.

 

I am not enthusiastic.

Should I be happy that the Flames signed Brouwer for 4 years at 4.5 million? Seems a bit rich (and long) to me. I'd almost prefer they kept Colborne at 2.5 million and used the extra money to fill another hole.

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Jets continue their tradition of signing some random guys. Shawn Matthias? Okay, whatever. Just get Schiefele done.

Nice to see Zach Redmond get a decent payday, what with nearly dying a couple years ago and all.

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Who knew Steve Ott was even still in the league? :(

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James Reimer, he of the Toronto Screwjob, lands in South Florida. 

He was good as a #2 in San Jose, so there's that. 

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Talk on TOR radio was maybe its a sign about Lulongo's recovery from off season surgery.

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Also, Panthers lock up Aaron Eggs. Which might be their best move of the off season. 

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2 hours ago, odessasteps said:

Talk on TOR radio was maybe its a sign about Lulongo's recovery from off season surgery.

Yes.  3 million+ for a supposed backup goalie is a bit much

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A lot of signings will make more sense when the trades drop next week.

 

Except for Montreal.

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Story I read was 8 years, 49 million, so a 6.125M average.

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GMGM is back as George McPhee will be named GM of the new Vegas franchise

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Good hire to start the franchise.  He will provide much needed stability.

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Phil Kessel brought the Stanley Cup to Toronto today. One of the stops was to Sick Kids Hospital...very classy move by Phil!

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Brad Richards has retired

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I have had the weirdest mental block with Richards for years, ever since he left Tampa Bay I've been repeatedly surprised to discover he was not retired. It's been bizarre and it reached a point where I got past it, but I really could not process that he was still playing for a while there.

 

Brad Richards = DELETED

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56 minutes ago, RIPPA said:

Brad Richards has retired

He retired a year ago.  He was just impersonating a hockey player last year.

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NHL released it's US national schedule and the Oilers and Connor McDavid appear (channels Enzo Amore)..... Zero times. This is the living definition of penny wise and pound foolish. You have your next great star who will transcend the sport and you give him no exposure in the US. But don't worry, we get to see the Wild 13 times!!!

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People online justifying this with "Nobody in America will watch a game featuring the Oilers" are exhibit A as to why the NHL will always be a parochial backwater of the American sports scene.

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