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Ducks name Nonis consultant, special assignment scout

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-03

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the club has named Dave Nonis as a special assignment scout and consultant to executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray. Nonis was most recently the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2013-15. He originally joined the Maple Leafs staff as senior vice president of hockey operations on December 6, 2008. Prior to joining the Leafs, he was the Ducks’ senior advisor of hockey operations from June – December 2008.

Katsaros: Phil Kessel Trade About Recouping Assets

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2015-07-03

Teams rarely, if ever, receive a substantial enough, or even on-par return for elite athletes. The Phil Kessel case is no different. Clubs desire to maximize asset return hinges on the prevalence of control. Often, trading elite athletes is more about recouping value for an expiring asset (expiring by contract or a need to part ways). The post Katsaros: Phil Kessel Trade About Recouping Assets appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.

Phil Kessel is Too Good for All of Us

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2015-07-03

It was Marc Savard's empty phrase, but it may be the most accurate sentence written about Phil Kessel over the last six years: He's a nice guy. Tries hard. Loves the game. When a 22 year old Phil Kessel came to Toronto, he was traded for uncertain picks - we knew the round, not the number. The Leafs, who finished dead last in the league in goals against the year prior, never addressed their goaltending needs. Phil Kessel bore the flak for years, as if he negotiated the trade, as if he posed a season's worth of .896 goaltending. He bought Burke more time than he deserved by masking the accountability of organizational weaknesses, and he did it without saying a word. People wised up to o

St. Louis a HoF shoo-in says NHL community

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-03

Martin St. Louis was a Stanley Cup, Hart and two-time Art Ross Trophy winner, Olympic gold medallist and 1,000-point scorer. The only question that remains after he announced his retirement Thursday is if St. Louis is a Hockey Hall of Famer. “Easily, for sure,” former teammate Dominic Moore said without hesitation. “No doubt about that. That to me is not even debatable. He has to be.” The view from my new full time job! I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. Thank you all!#lovedegame pic.twitter.com/MUGRaApQ6g — Martin St Louis (@mstlouis_26) July 2, 2015 St. Louis has a decorated resume: one Hart as NHL MVP, two Art Ross Trophies as the leadi

Leafs' Leo Komarov faces charges in Finland: Report

Source: Toronto Sun
Date: 2015-07-03

Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov is in some hot legal water in Finland, reports say.

The Phil Kessel Trade Playlist

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2015-07-03

Allow us to provide you with a soundtrack for your heartbreak. I cannot put into words the feelings of loss I am experiencing in the wake of the Phil Kessel trade. But luckily, a lot of others have. I present to you the perfectly (poorly) curated Phil Kessel Trade Playlist: You'll need some tissues for crying and a picture of Phil as you take a bittersweet trip down memory lane. And for the piece de resistance: And there he goes, so perfectly,The kind of flawless I wish I could be[Sidney Crosby] better hold him tight, give him all [his] loveLook in those beautiful eyes and know [he's] lucky causeHe's the reason for the teardrops on my guitarThe only thing that keeps me wishing o

NHL Rumors: Latest on Kevin Shattenkirk, Patrick Sharp and More

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-07-03

Trade talk has been one of the dominant themes in St. Louis over the past several weeks, as it seems the other shoe is dropping as a result of the team's recent playoff failures. The Blues are bringing head coach Ken Hitchcock back for another season behind the bench, but the team may not look the same in 2015-16 as a result of trades. On Thursday, the Blues traded high-profile winger T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals for Troy Brouwer, minor league goalie Phoenix Copley and a 2016 draft pick. Meanwhile, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk continues to draw attention on the trade front. Jeremy Rutherford of St. Louis Today said interest in the player is coming from Edmon

Rumors II: Devils, Blues, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Stars and Senators

Source: My NHL Trade Rumors
Date: 2015-07-03

Tom Gulitti: If the Devils are going to consider giving up a significant asset, they are going to want a player who […]

Analyzing the Return for Phil Kessel

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-07-03

As you probably have already heard, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded mercurial star winger Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, ending Kessel’s six year run with the team and giving either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin one of the top snipers in the NHL. It was rumoured that the Penguins had made a serious push for Kessel in the past week, culminating in an offer that included promising young blueliner Derrick Pouliot. What can Phil Kessel do playing alongside Sidney Crosby? (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports) While Pouliot was not part of the package headed to Toronto on July 1st, the Maple Leafs received a nice package of young players and draft picks that could help kic

Winners & Losers From Day 1 Of Free Agency

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-07-03

In recent years, July 1 was a day that teams would spend an exorbitant amount of money to bring in the best players available. That was even the case in years when the free agent contingent wasn’t that strong (David Clarkson ring any bells?). This year, things changed. Teams actually seemed to be smart with their money and as a result, clear losers were fewer than recent years. Of course, there were teams that stayed quiet. They will not be considered losers for not doing anything. Winners Pittsburgh Penguins The Penguins were finally able to find an elite winger to play alongside one of their elite centers. Whether Kessel plays with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, you can bet that the

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