Posts Tagged ‘Vincent Lecavalier’

Flyers and Capitals rack up 56 penalty minutes in first period line brawl

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By Mike McMahon

The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals were at it again on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, adding to their long history of big hits and huge fights.

Their latest incident occurred at 11:59 in the first period when Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn hit Caps center Ryan Stoa into the rounded boards at the end of Washington’s bench. The hit itself was clean, but that didn’t stop a line brawl from breaking out. When the dust settled, Philly center Vincent Lecavalier and Washington defenseman John Erskine were handed game misconducts, Caps forward Tom Wilson racked up 17 PIM as a total of 56 were meted out. For his part in the melee, Schenn received five minutes for fighting, while teammate Wayne Simmonds was charged with two separate two-minute minors.

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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • Top Line: NHL concussion lawsuit looks thin; Don Cherry’s future; more links

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    Former NHL player Gary Leeman is leading a concussion lawsuit against the NHL.

    Gary Leeman and the other nine players have to hope a big name joins their lawsuit against the NHL. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • A legal analyst takes a look at the case of the 10 players who are suing the NHL for conspiring to hide information about the damaging effects of concussions. Going by this, it’s quite unlikely that anyone who is involved with the league is losing much sleep over it.

    • This story suggests the future of broadcasting legend Don Cherry is up in the air as a result of the new Canadian broadcasting deal. That’s probably accurate, at least in the sense that, at this point, no one, not even Grapes himself, appears to know how this will play out. Not quoted in this story, though, is Scott Moore, the President of Broadcast at Rogers, who spoke last night on CBC Radio’s As It Happens. Essentially, he said he considers Cherry and Hockey Night In Canada host Ron MacLean to be vital parts of the program, adding that he’d already reached out to Cherry. Moore certainly gave the impression of a man who wanted to keep Grapes on board.

    • That massive $5.2 billion deal came together quickly and with very little fuss, writes Jordan Heath-Rawlings.

    • Only $5.2 billion? The rest of the sporting world mocks this puny deal. Except maybe the National Lacrosse League. This one probably looks pretty good to them.

    • The upshot of this deal for the NHL? It changes the financial underpinning of the system. Teams that previously fretted about the bottom line will soon have a guaranteed revenue stream that directly impacts their ability to sign players. For a team like the Oilers, it means their bevy of young stars could remain with Edmonton for life. For a team like the Coyotes, it means there’s no chance they will miss the revenue triggers that would have allowed them to exercise an escape clause and leave Arizona. There’ll be a lot more written about this in the coming days.

    • TSN may be losing NHL hockey, but it won’t give up “The Hockey Theme.”

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  • Published On Nov 27, 2013
  • Top Line: NHL’s most stupid new rule; Habs honor Lac Megantic; more links

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    Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals

    Under a new league rule, Alex Ovechkin’s trademark sweater tuck is verboten. (Elsa/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The league announced last week a brilliant and impactful rule change that prohibits the tucking in of jerseys. Alex Ovechkin, however, ain’t too happy about it . . . and he might have a point about how it appears to have been passed without player consultation. Expect this quiet protest to pick up steam.

    • The Canadiens honored the survivors, and victims, of the tragedy at Lac Megantic last night, packing their preseason opener with an emotional wallop.

    • The second day of preseason play and we already have our first nasty headshot of the season. You can be sure the game or two that Jordan Nolan is suspended for will send a serious message of non-tolerance for these shenanigans, right?

    • Oh, Nolan thought it was a clean hit? OK then, sorry about the misunderstanding.

    • Forget that they lost the game to St. Louis in the shootout and that there were maybe 1,500 diehards in the stands. Last night offered glimpses of hope for the long-suffering Dallas Stars. Tyler Seguin looked quick and creative. Kevin Connauton was menacing. John Klingberg was a ballerina with the puck. Cody Eakin was in the middle of everything. And first rounder Valeri Nichushkin had two goals and NINE shots on net. This looks like a team on the right path for the first time in a long time.

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  • Published On Sep 16, 2013
  • Top Line: Tyler Seguin story never ends; Hall of Fame chatter; more links

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    Tyler Seguin is introduced to the media in Dallas.

    According to a Bruins legend, Tyler Seguin’s just a good kid who needs a wake-up call, is all. (Mike Fuentes/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Cam Neely never pulled any punches on the ice, but it sounds like he’s ready to put a stop to the demonization of Tyler Seguin in Boston.

    • In Toronto, they’re ready to recast the Maple Leafs as the winners of the Phil Kessel trade in the wake of all the Seguin silliness. If anyone’s actually thinking that, they would be wrong. Kessel for Loui Eriksson, Dougie Hamilton, Jared Knight, Joe Morrow, etc., etc. still looks pretty lopsided for Boston.

    David Shoalts offers his thoughts on the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.

    • If you weren’t familiar with Geraldine Heaney, here’s your introduction to the Bobby Orr of women’s hockey.

    • After 23 years, “The Fog” has finally lifted on the Hall of Fame. Me, I would have given the nod to Pat Burns first, but there’s no arguing that Fred Shero was overdue for recognition.

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  • Published On Jul 10, 2013
  • NHL free-agency winners and losers: Penguins, Kings headline 2013 list

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    Prime NHL free agent Vincent Lecavalier signed with the Philadelphia Flyers

    With a five-year, $22.5-million deal, Vincent Lecavalier, 33, looks like a future Flyers buyout candidate. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    There’s a good reason why so many hours are spent parsing the possibilities, news and impact of the NHL’s free agent frenzy.

    We all love the idea of a quick fix.

    Coming hot on the heels of the draft — a day when we talk about how much better every team will be so many years down the road — free agency is a chance to fill in the cracks now, to turn a mediocre team into a good one or elevate a good team into a Stanley Cup contender.

    Or lead a team into financial ruin.

    Hey, the easy road is never quite as easy as it looks. That’s why most teams either stayed out of the deep end of this year’s underwhelming pool of free agents or simply made smaller moves that allowed them to tread water. In many cases, that was the right course of action. But others held their noses and jumped. Here’s how they fared:

    FREE AGENT TRACKER: Who’s available, who signed

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  • Published On Jul 08, 2013
  • Top Line: Ottawa’s next captain; latest free agent signings; more links

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    Mike Babcock

    The Wings’ Mike Babcock is happy with the team’s offseason so far despite losses. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Ottawa Senators will have to name a new captain to replace the departed Daniel Alfredsson. Don Brennan says there’s only one choice.

    • The Sens have another job to fill as well and they’re hoping they can find the answer internally.

    • Steve Simmons’ Sunday column kicks off with the thought that this week’s Mikhail Grabovksi-Randy Carlyle conflict sounds a lot like the 2012 krefuffle between Nazem Kadri and Ron Wilson. It doesn’t matter who you are or how good you are. Somewhere there’s a coach who is going to hate you.

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  • Published On Jul 07, 2013
  • Top Line: Unofficial start of free agency; Arizona Coyotes stay put; more links

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    Goaltender Mike Smith signed a new six-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes

    The Coyotes aren’t leaving Arizona and neither is goalie Mike Smith, who signed a new deal. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The NHL’s free agency period doesn’t officially start until Friday, but because of an NBA-style signing moratorium that was implemented in the new CBA, the fun actually starts today.

    Elliotte Friedman explores what this might mean in his weekly 30 Thoughts column.

    • The Glendale city council approved a multi-million dollar deal that will keep the Coyotes in the Phoenix suburbs … at least for the next five years. Actually, make that at most for the next five years. This franchise is on its last legs in Arizona, and the deal clears the way for the new owners to head out of town some time after the new arena is built in Seattle. Oh, and they’re the Arizona Coyotes now. That helps, right?

    • It’s official: Mike Smith has a new deal with the Coyotes.

    • No team will have three players count more against the cap than Pittsburgh after the Penguins agreed to a new eight-year deal with Kris Letang. Hope they don’t mind a lot of Joe Vitale/Robert Bortuzzo types filling out the roster.
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  • Published On Jul 03, 2013
  • Report: Vincent Lecavalier to sign with Philadelphia Flyers

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    Coveted NHL free agent Vincent Lecavalier will sign with the Philadelphia Flyers

    Former Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier will join the Flyers, but it’s unclear if they have enough cap space. [AP]

    By Allan Muir

    Someone needs to check with Paul Holmgren and make sure he got that memo about the salary cap going down next season.

    You have to assume Philadelphia’s GM either missed it or isn’t very strong at math after sources began reporting that he had signed free agent forward Vincent Lecavalier to a five-year, $22.5 million deal (not $23.5 as Tim Panaccio first reported below).

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  • Published On Jul 02, 2013
  • Top Line: Letang talks deteriorate; trade talks heat up; more links

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    Kris Letang

    Kris Letang is negotiating with the Penguins over a new contract. (Fred Vuich/SI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • It seems like the Penguins and Norris-finalist Kris Letang aren’t that far apart on the numbers that define their current contract negotiation. But Rob Rossi says take another look and you’ll realize this isn’t going well at all.

    • Here’s another take on the Letang situation.

    • Next up on the Philadelphia Flyers goalie carousel…Jaroslav Halak?

    • The NHL’s director of Central Scouting says the top four picks could play in the league next season.

    • St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong says the Blues “could walk out of this draft with eight first round picks if we want to.”

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  • Published On Jun 29, 2013
  • Top Line: Vincent Lecavalier’s legacy; Kris Letang off to Toronto?; more links

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    Vincent Lecavalier was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lighting.

    Many people think Vincent Lecavalier will end up with the Canadiens, but is Montreal a good fit? (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Hockey memories are only a small part of Vincent Lecavalier’s legacy in Tampa.

    • Adding Lecavalier would seem to go against the strategy of Montreal GM Marc Bergevin, but he has to give some thought to bringing in his former teammate. But not too much, right? Can you imagine Lecavalier playing in that fish bowl?

    Darren Dreger speculates on market interest in Lecavalier and on who else could be on the move.

    • Kris Letang has rejected an eight-year, $54 million offer from the Penguins. There’s probably still a little room for GM Ray Shero to work with here, but not much … and there’s not much time left either if he wants to get it done before the draft.

    • Here’s why Letang might be negotiating himself out of town.

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  • Published On Jun 28, 2013


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