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Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton popped up earlier this week in the NHL rumor mill, but a more likely trade candidate is Dennis Wideman.
Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton popped up earlier this week in the NHL rumor mill. TSN's Pierre LeBrun reports there's talk the 23-year-old blueliner could be available.
LeBrun said he doesn't think the Flames are shopping Hamilton. While at least one team inquired into the defenseman's availability, LeBrun said talks didn't get far.
The Flames acquired Hamilton from the Boston Bruins prior to the 2015 NHL draft, re-signing him to a six-year, $34.5-million contract. Since joining the Flames, his performance at times was inconsistent. However, they appear committed to keeping him on their blueline.
A more likely Flames trade candidate is veteran defenseman Dennis Wideman. The 33-year-old is eligible for unrestricted free agency next July and doesn't have a long-term future in Calgary. He has a full no-movement clause, but the Flames could ask him to waive it if they're out of playoff contention by the March 1 trade deadline.
WITH LINDHOLM SIGNED, WHAT HAPPENS TO FOWLER?
Prior to the Anaheim Ducks re-signing defenseman Hampus Lindholm, there was a report linking him to a deal with the Colorado Avalanche and captain Gabriel Landeskog. As noted by Chris Nichols of Today's Slapshot, TSN's Darren Dreger said the Ducks and Avalanche had a conversation involving the two players, though Ducks GM Bob Murray wanted nothing to do with trading the 22-year-old blueliner.
With Lindholm finally under contract, any talk of swapping him for Landekog is put to rest. However, this isn't the first time Dreger's mentioned Landeskog as a possible trade candidate this year. On June 30, he reported the Ducks and Avs had discussed a Landeskog-for-Lindholm swap.
Landeskog surfaced again in the rumor mill later in the summer. On July 30, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Sun included the 23-year-old left winger among five players the Canucks should pursue in the off-season.
So far, however, there's no indication out of Denver the Avs are willing to put their captain on the trade block. He's in the third season of a seven-year, $39-million contract and his $5.5-million cap hit isn't easy to move, especially this early in the season.
Landeskog's no-trade clause doesn't kick in until 2018-19, so he can be dealt anywhere this season without his permission. His performance through 2016-17, and that of the Avs, could determine if he becomes a trade chip.
It'll be interesting to see if the Lindholm signing puts an end to the Cam Fowler trade rumors that were flying around since late-June.
The Ducks freed up some cap space for Lindholm's new contract by placing concussed defenseman Simon Despres and his $3.7-million annual cap hit on long-term injury reserve. However, they must find cap room for Despres when he's ready to return to the lineup.
Throughout the off-season and into October, trade chatter linked the 24-year-old Fowler ($4 million cap hit) to the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings. That talk could be muted for now, but will likely flare up again when Despres is ready to return to the lineup.
Rumor Roundup appears regularly only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).
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The case against Evander Kane stemming from a nightclub incident in June is coming to a close, and Kane, 25, will reportedly see the charges against him dismissed.
Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane found himself in legal trouble this off-season when he was charged with one count of criminal trespassing and four count of non-criminal harassment, but the case against the 25-year-old will reportedly be adjourned and dismissed.
Buffalo’s 7 Eyewitness News reported Thursday evening that an “Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal,” also referred to as an ACD, could be entered as early as Monday, which could eventually lead to the case against Kane being dropped.
According to 7 Eyewitness News, the ACD could see the case against Kane adjourned for more than six months and after a set period of time, the charges would be dismissed if Kane can display good behavior.
The charges against Kane stem from an incident at a nightclub in late June. It was alleged that Kane was involved in confrontations with four separate people, including a bouncer at a bar called Bottoms Up and a woman, who Kane allegedly grabbed by the throat and attempted to push into a car.
According to the Buffalo News, the police reports said Kane “threatened complainant and made derogatory comments to her,” and a second report alleged that another incident saw Kane grab a woman by the arms and attempt to force her out of the bar. The Buffalo News also reported a source said Kane engaged in a physical confrontation with the bouncer, and video had been captured of the altercation.
Kane voluntarily surrendered himself to police in late-July, leading to the surreal image of the Sabres sniper being handcuffed outside of the city’s Central Booking Bureau. Throughout the process, Kane has maintained his innocence and his lawyer, Paul Cambria, asserted that Kane would continue to do so.
“I can guarantee Evander is not pleading guilty,” Cambria told 7 Eyewitness News.
The reportedly soon-to-be dropped charges against Kane aren’t the first time he has found himself in hot water during stay in Buffalo. Kane was previously under investigation relating to incident involving a woman in December 2015. He was cleared of any wrongdoing and no criminal charges were ever filed against Kane.
At the rink, Kane has also found himself in trouble with management and the coaching staff. Kane was suspended by the team in February for missing a practice after attending the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto. Sabres GM Tim Murray also said Kane’s off-ice incidents haven’t been good for the player or organization.
“Whether he has done these things or not or he’s guilty of these things or not, it’s not something I like getting up in the morning and reading about, that’s for sure,” Murray told the Olean Times Herald’s Bill Hoppe in July. “We’re going to let the process happen. We’ll go with whatever the ruling is. Whatever the ruling is, we’re obviously going to have a sit-down (talk).”
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Some of the teenagers playing in the NHL this season have made decisions about their futures easy with their fine play. It's not so clear-cut with others, though.
The Year of the Teenager continues in the NHL, which means a lot of teams will be faced with some vexing decisions in the next week or so. Or not. With the 10-game threshold for burning a year on entry-level deals coming closing in, some of those decisions have already been made and the players aren’t going anywhere. Rather than list the players among to top 10 rookie scorers who are still teenagers, it would probably be more efficient for us to rhyme off the ones who are not – William Nylander, Devin Shore and Jimmy Vesey. Perhaps at no time in its history has the league boasted such a wealth of young talent.
And the line between staying and going, at least at this point in the season, is becoming clearer for a lot of young players. Obviously, the notion that Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs is going anywhere other than on the next road trip is laughable. Travis Konecny has proved he deserves a much longer look in Philadelphia and it would be a surprise if Anthony Beauvillier is sent back to junior anytime soon.
Part of the reason for that is because those outside of the NHL make a bigger deal of the 10-game threshold than those inside it. The collective bargaining agreement stipulates that any player 18 or 19 years old is considered to have played a full professional season if he plays 10 or more games in the NHL. (To be clear, he has to play in 10 games, not simply be on the roster for 10 games.) But the important distinction to make is that 10-game provision only counts for burning a year off his entry-level contract. It does not accrue a season for the purposes of unrestricted free agency. The player has to play 40 games before that happens, so the teams actually have quite a bit more time to make a decision. A player such as Jakob Chychrun would be one that would fall into that category. As long as he proves he belongs in Arizona's top-six defensemen, he'll be around. But if his play falls off, the Coyotes effectively have a half a season to determine what to do with him.
And in some cases it might actually be beneficial to burn that year on a player’s contract. Take Sean Monahan for example. In his first year with the Calgary Flames, he played 75 games, scoring 22 goals and 34 points. Then he followed that up with back-to-back 60-point seasons that led to a seven-year deal worth $44.6 million dollars. If the Flames had returned Monahan to junior hockey in the first year of that deal, he’d be entering his third year of the contract this season and who knows how much more the Flames would be paying for him after this season? On the other side of the coin, that year in the NHL likely prepared him much better and led to him being able to score 60 points each of the past two seasons. There’s no real right or wrong with it.
Which is why teams don’t get too worried about it when it comes to players who are playing regularly and producing. Where it becomes much more of a dilemma is with a player such as Dylan Strome of the Arizona Coyotes. Strome has scored 240 points in just 124 games of junior hockey last season, but found himself a healthy scratch for the fourth time in seven games when the Coyotes played the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night. Joining him in the press box was Lawson Crouse, a 19-year-old with a man's body whom many thought would be NHL-ready this season.
The Coyotes have a real dilemma on their hands with Strome. They know they’ll get killed even more than they are if they keep throwing a rookie-heavy lineup out there every night. So with Strome, do they keep spotting him in every other game, which would buy them a little more time before sending him back to junior? And even if they do, is there anything to be gained by having Strome dominate at the junior level? But do you keep him around for this season and have him in spot duty, then risk the embarrassing proposition of perhaps sending him to the minors next season?
And what of players such as Pavel Zacha and Matthew Tkachuk? Mikhail Sergachev has played just three of eight games for a Montreal Canadiens team that finds itself in first place overall and has an abundance of veteren defensemen. Those are the ones where the next week or so are going to provide the most difficult decisions for NHL teams. The ones at the top of the rookie scoring race and those who are making regular contributions probably aren’t going anywhere for the time being.
Watch Kunlun Red Star defenseman Zach Yuen become the first Chinese player to score for the KHL expansion team.
Zach Yuen made some history Thursday, becoming the first Chinese player to score for the KHL’s Chinese expansion team, the Kunlan Red Star.
In his 23rd game of the season, Yuen redirected a pass from teammate Tomas Marcinko eight minutes into the first period for the game’s only goal. It was his third point of the season and the Red Star went on to beat Amur 1-0 for their 11th win of the season.
Yuen is one of four Chinese players to have suited up for the Red Star this season, but is the only one averaging more than five minutes of ice time, logging just over 11 minutes per game.
Yuen was the first ever defenseman of Chinese descent to be drafted when the Winnipeg Jets made him a fourth-round pick in 2011. The 23-year-old blueliner had a three-game stint with the Toronto Marlies in 2013-14 and played three seasons in the ECHL before he signed with the Red Star this summer.
Although he was born in Vancouver, both of Yuen’s parents were born in China and immigrated to Canada.
In 2015, New York Islanders’ sixth-round pick Andong Song became the first Chinese-born player drafted to the NHL. Song moved from Beijing to North America at age nine and is playing this season with the USHL’s Madison Capitols.
The Beijing-based Red Star are now 11-12-0 on the season, and currently sit one point back of a playoff spot in the KHL’s Eastern Conference.