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.

Buffalo Sabres push hard for NCAA star Jimmy Vesey

Jimmy Vesey (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

According to Mark Divver from the Providence Journal, the Buffalo Sabres sent an armada to Boston in the hopes of convincing left winger Jimmy Vesey to sign with the franchise. Vesey, whose rights were acquired from Nashville in the lead-up to the draft, is skating in his hometown and has a frenzy of activity surrounding his free agency decision.

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New Jersey rewards Kyle Palmieri with long-term deal

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Kyle Palmieri (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils have locked down their leading scorer from 2015-16, giving right winger Kyle Palmieri a five-year contract worth an average of $4.65 million per season. Palmieri, who was raised in New Jersey, put up 30 goals and 57 points for the Devils, but now the pressure is on to repeat and even surpass that. Luckily, the U.S. NTDP product will have some more help this time.

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Who should host the historic 100th Memorial Cup?

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The Edmonton Oil Kings, led by Griffin Reinhart (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The CHL just announced the bidding guidelines for the 100th Memorial Cup, which is to take place in 2018. While hosting duties are usually given out on a rotating basis to a team from the OHL, WHL or QMJHL, the centennial showdown is open to cities from all three circuits – so while technically it should be the Quebec League’s turn, it may not turn out that way.

The three leagues will conduct their own bid processes and then submit up to two potential hosts by Nov. 16, 2016. A National Site Selection Committee will hear the bids no later than Jan. 31, 2017 and make a final decision by the first week of February.

So which cities could we see in the running? Let’s break it down.

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Tyson Barrie, Jaden Schwartz headline player arbitration list

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Tyson Barrie (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The NHLPA released the list of players who have elected to take their teams to arbitration this summer and it’s a pretty impressive assortment of talent. And though many of these contract negotiations end up coming to a close before the actual hearing begins, there are some very interesting cases here. Check out the list:

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Ten American hockey heroes for the Fourth of July

Steve Christoff and captain Mike Eruzione hop over the boards  (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)

It’s the Fourth of July in the United States, which means hot dogs, fireworks and Uncle Sam costumes. But we’re The Hockey News, so we’re going to concentrate on hockey. USA Hockey may not have as many gold medals or international titles as Canada or Russia, but there have been some pretty dramatic championships in America’s history. Here’s a look at the true patriots of the sport:

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The Top 10 GMs in the NHL

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Steve Yzerman. (Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

Fantasy drafts consist of choosing players, but what if you had the No. 1 pick in a GM pool? It’s a pretty important position, one we may see Las Vegas filling in the near future. Who is the best of the bunch? We surveyed a cross-section of agents (who deal with GMs and their staffs on a frequent basis) and prominent reporters to get the answer.

The two criteria: (a) best in terms of talent evaluation, trade savvy and salary-cap savvy; and (b) smartest rebuild. That way, we didn’t just get 10 GMs whose teams happen to be doing well. And to continue the theme of constant vigilance, we’ve also included a projection of who each GM’s top center, D-man and goalie will be in three years. Those “Down the Middle” depth chart positions are the most crucial in the NHL. Note that even some of the best GMs have work to do there. You will also find each GM’s most savvy recent move and one he’d probably like to have back.

*NOTE: This feature originally appeared in the June 20 edition of The Hockey News magazine. It has been updated but does not take into account any of the July 1 signings

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