Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.

Wealth advisor lays out Do’s and Don’ts for NHLers who make big bucks — and want to keep them

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Jack Johnson. (hristian Petersen/Getty Images)

NHLers spend most of their youth climbing the ranks, making sacrifices and pushing themselves to the limit just for a shot at the big time. When they finally get there, the reward is the opportunity to play in the best league on the planet – and to get paid handsomely for it. But holding onto that money isn’t always easy, which is where professionals such as Roman Fradkin come in.

A wealth advisor with RBC Dominion Securities in Winnipeg, Fradkin works with around 20 NHLers, including Jonathan Bernier, Dale Weise and Alexander Burmistrov. His mission is to make players see the light when it comes to saving and investing the right way, because a pro athletes’ earning window may be lucrative, but it’s also small. “You’ve got six or seven years to make 50 years worth of money,” Fradkin said.

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Jack Eichel vs. Alex Galchenyuk: Who has the better pump-up music?

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Alex Galchenyuk (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

It’s an image seen on pretty much every hockey broadcast: the player, getting ready for the game, earbuds in, eyes locked in concentration and shoulders rocking in rhythm to the music coursing through their iPod. But what are they listening to?

In the case of Buffalo’s Jack Eichel and Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk, we’ve got the answer:

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The Colorado Avalanche are in a perilous spot right now

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Gabriel Landeskog (Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

You would think that heading into the All-Star break in a playoff position would be enviable, but let’s look at precisely where the Colorado Avalanche are right now: smack in the middle of the most dangerous division in the league, the Central. Nashville is one point back with two games in hand, while Minnesota is two points back with three games in hand.

So how does GM Joe Sakic approach the trade deadline, which is basically a month away?

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Chris Stewart fought Torey Krug: are we OK with this?

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Chris Stewart fights Boston's Torey Krug (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks laid several types of beatings on the Boston Bruins last night. The most obvious was on the scoreboard, where The Flock came away with a 6-2 road victory. On a more individualized basis, there was also the mismatched fight between Anaheim’s Chris Stewart and Boston’s Torey Krug.

Stewart comes in at 6-foot-2, 231 pounds. Krug, an offensive defenseman, is 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds. Here’s what happens when those combinations of atoms collide:

 

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Prospect Need to Know: Meet Sweden’s top 2016 NHL draft hopeful

Rasmus Asplund  (Photo by Markku Ulander/AFP/Getty Images)

The CHL Top Prospects Game runs this Thursday in Vancouver and it will be a strange year for the showdown. To begin with, three of the top four prospects in the NHL draft aren’t even eligible to participate – Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi all play in Europe. On top of that, hometown hero Tyler Benson of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants will miss the contest due to a lingering injury, so his captaincy of Team Cherry has been ceded to top defenseman Jakob Chychrun instead. The other bad news out west is that Red Deer center Conner Bleackley (Colorado) will miss six weeks with a fractured kneecap. The Rebels host the Memorial Cup, so at least his season’s not finished. Let’s get to the rest of the prospect world:

 

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How much money would you offer Steven Stamkos?

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Steven Stamkos (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

It has been one of the unceasing sagas of the 2015-16 season and it’s by no means over yet. The contract status of Steven Stamkos has been a hot topic in Tampa Bay dating back to last year, but with the Lightning captain up for unrestricted free agency in the summer, the urgency is apparent.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Bolts have made an offer of $68 million over eight years, for an average of $8.5 million per season. Is that enough for Stamkos?

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Jonathan Drouin’s trade value is “dropping by the minute”

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Jonathan Drouin (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

We know that Tampa Bay left winger Jonathan Drouin wants a trade – that has been made abundantly clear in recent days. But what is the value of the 20-year-old on the market? I surveyed a handful of NHL execs and posed this question: If Lightning GM Steve Yzerman called up and asked what he could get in exchange for Drouin, what would they offer? The answers may be a bit hard to swallow if you’re a Tampa fan.

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Carolina’s rookie defensemen are growing up fast

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Noah Hanifin (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes may not make the playoffs this season, but take a look at their blueline and there’s a lot to be excited for in the near future. Justin Faulk is already the best player on the team, while prospects such as Haydn Fleury, Trevor Carrick and Roland McKeown are on their way. In the middle, you have NHL rookies Noah Hanifin, Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin, all of whom are contributing well beyond their experience. It must be fun to project what this ‘D’ corps will be like in three years and in fact, that’s exactly what the Canes are doing.

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