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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    The Rangers bring back Matthew Lombardi to the NHL.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rangers...2324--nhl.html

    GMan, your thoughts?

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Bargain basement

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by GatorMan32 View Post
    Bargain basement
    Yeah, I think its a low risk signing. Only way I can see it not working is if Lombardi forgets how to play in the NHL. Think he'll be a nice support on the lower lines. Rangers should have healthy competition there.

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by GatorMan32 View Post
    Bargain basement
    Enjoy Lee Stempniak, too. He didn't live up to the expectations with the Penguins last year after the trade deadline. Maybe he'll turn out for NY. The PensBlog wrote an interesting post on him.

    http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives...stempniak.html

    So I guess it's a blessing he won't be returning to Pitt.

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    I'll take the re-signing of Simon Despres, especially at a price of < $1M per season ($900,000). Despres played well with Pittsburgh in his opportunities. I also liked his performance in the playoffs in 2013. He really stepped up at times even when the defense was hurt.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/news/pengui...1468--nhl.html

    Pittsburgh also names Mark Recchi as player development coach:

    https://sports.yahoo.com/news/pengui...6290--nhl.html

    I don't know about this one. Sounds like Mario is bringing back an old crony to have a job with the team. Don't know how much Recchi will actually improve and develop young players.

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Feel like this thread needs a bump.

    Red Wings sign F Tomas Tatar to a new three-year contract.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-...with-red-wings

    "The Detroit Red Wings have been known for relying on aged veterans over the years, which is true even today, but there's a growing movement of youngsters that are pushing their way to more responsibility for the club. One of the most exciting members of that group of young pups is 23-year-old Tomas Tatar. The Red Wings just announced they have signed the restricted free agent forward to a new three year deal.

    According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Tatar's deal comes with a $2.75 million annual average. That's an awfully reasonable deal for a budding forward. Not only that, but Tatar will still be a restricted free agent when the deal ends, giving the Red Wings a little bit of protection should Tatar progress rapidly over the life of this contract.

    Tatar, a former second-round draft pick of the Red Wings, had 19 goals and 39 points in his first full season with the club. He appeared in 73 games after he made a total of 27 appearances over the previous two seasons combined.

    Like most prospects in the Red Wings system, Tatar paid his dues in the AHL. He spent three full seasons and most of the lockout-marred 2012-13 season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He was a top producer for the club and helped the Griffins to the Calder Cup title in 2013.

    Tatar also had a splendid international campaign, making Slovakia's Olympic team and putting up eight points as a member of their World Championship squad last spring.

    The young Slovakian has accomplished a lot over his brief professional career, but the best may be yet to come.

    With Tatar locked up to a multi-year deal, the Red Wings can shift focus to getting a deal done with restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who also appears to figure prominently in the club's future. The Wings also will have to leave some room to sign Daniel Alfredsson, who is still reportedly mulling his future. It is expected he will sign with Detroit if he decides to return to play next season.

    With a lot of the old guard getting older in Detroit, players like Tatar will have extreme value going forward and eventually could help lead the team into the next era of Red Wings hockey."

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    Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA to host an outdoor NHL game.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sharks-...7459--nhl.html

    "SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings are going to take their rivalry outdoors next season.

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    The NHL announced Wednesday that the Pacific Division foes will meet at the 49ers' new home in Santa Clara on Feb. 21. The $1.2 billion Levi's Stadium beat out the San Francisco Giants' cozier confines at AT&T Park for the game, which is part of the NHL's growing Stadium Series.

    This will be the second straight year the NHL has staged an outdoor game in California. The Anaheim Ducks beat the Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 54,099 on Jan. 25.

    Sharks Chief Operating Officer John Tortora expects the game at Levi's Stadium to attract a capacity crowd of 68,500 for a scintillating spectacle of ice in Silicon Valley.

    ''We think this will be one of the bigger sporting events the Bay Area has ever seen,'' Tortora said.

    The NHL's first outdoor game in Northern California features a fierce and fan-pleasing matchup.

    In the latest and perhaps most dramatic chapter of the playoff history between these franchises, the Kings eliminated the Sharks in the first round last season to become the league's fourth team to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games. Los Angeles went on to win its second Stanley Cup in three years.

    ''The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California, the intensity of last season's playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi's Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry,'' NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

    The NHL has been taking its game to iconic outdoor venues more and more over the last decade.

    The new Yankee Stadium, Boston's Fenway Park, Chicago's Wrigley Field and Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor are just a few of the notable names to host hockey in recent years. The league previously announced that the Washington Capitals would host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at a site to be determined.

    The Sharks will be the 14th team since 2003 to host an outdoor game. The league has averaged 56,942 fans at each of those contests.

    NHL Senior Vice President of Events Don Renzulli said the outdoor games have been popular because they allow the league to do things such as flyovers during the national anthem and create a more festive atmosphere with large crowds that smaller, enclosed arenas can't offer.

    ''It's all kind of wrapped up into one big event and that's what makes it pretty special,'' he said.

    Renzulli said the Sharks have wanted to host an outdoor game for years and the league began more serious discussions with the team last summer. He said the league waited until it saw how the Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium played out.

    The temperature for that contest in Los Angeles was 63 degrees, but concerns about ice conditions turned out to be unfounded.

    ''If we can make it in L.A., we can make it in Santa Clara,'' Renzulli said. ''And then we just have to hope that Mother Nature plays well in the sandbox with us.''

    The weather in Santa Clara is typically warmer and drier than in the more scenic San Francisco, which is about 45 miles north, but Renzulli and Tortora said it was more of a competition between venues than cities.

    While the Giants' waterfront ballpark offered dramatic backdrops of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline for television viewers, the league chose the 49ers' digs because football stadiums typically offer better sightlines, more flexibility on the rink's configuration and the ability to host a larger crowd.

    Renzulli said that AT&T Park, which holds about 42,000 fans, could still host an NHL game the next time the Sharks bid in a year or two.

    Tortora said the larger Levi's Stadium will help lower the average price of a ticket, which he said will cost $150. He said 67 percent of the tickets will be at or below that price and the team is not concerned about selling out the venue."

    Kings and Sharks is a hot choice here. The two clubs bring a rivalry to the table as well as recent history, with the Kings eliminating the Sharks in the 2014 NHL playoffs.

    I like how the league is keeping the ticket prices in tact for this game. Seems reasonable around $150, to me. That is considering the cost of other outdoor games. I remember when the Winter Classic was in Pittsburgh, just to go to the game cost an arm and a leg. And that was back in 2011...

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    Post Re: 2014 NHL Off-Season Thread

    Recent NHL news:

    Senators sign G Craig Anderson to a 3-year extension. The deal averages to $4.2 M per season. This means that 23-year old Robin Lehner will have to wait before assuming the starting role. Anderson saw the majority of playing time in 2013-2014.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-pu...145935256.html

    G Jean-Sebastian Giguere announces retirement after 16 years in the NHL.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/goalie-...0178--nhl.html

    The NHL is likely to change the format of the draft lottery system, within the next 2 years.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-dra...4567--nhl.html

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