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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 23:  Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his third period goal against the St. Louis Blues in Game Six of the Western Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 23, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 6-3.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Report: Blackhawks’ Shaw asking for $4.5 million AAV


Andrew Shaw is looking for a raise. A substantial one at that, based on reports at the NHL Draft.

The 24-year-old Shaw is a pending restricted free agent at the end of a two-year, $4 million deal that paid him $2.5 million this season, in which he scored 14 goals and 34 points in 78 games and followed that up with four goals and six points in six playoff games, before Shaw and the Chicago Blackhawks were bounced in the first round.

It was previously reported the Blackhawks expected to re-sign Shaw, especially after freeing up cap space by trading Bryan Bickell to Carolina, in a deal that also cost Chicago skilled forward Teuvo Teravainen.

Now, well, there could be another twist in the plot, given the amount of money Shaw is reportedly asking for.

The Blackhawks, as per General Fanager, have about $6.39 million in projected cap space for next season but only nine forwards under contract for 2016-17 on their NHL roster. So, yes, they’re still sweating the salary cap, even with the Bickell contract gone.

The draft brings about a litany of trade speculation and rumors, and both Shaw and teammate Marcus Kruger are on that list.

The Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday that the Blackhawks have had discussions with Shaw’s agent, Pat Brisson, but there had been no progress.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Given the Hawks’ cramped situation against the cap, Bowman may have to decide between keeping Shaw and Marcus Kruger, who makes about $3.1 million, a salary in the range of what Shaw is likely to command.

The Hawks have searched for trade partners for Kruger, according to a source, and they are also seeking partners for Shaw in case they cannot strike a deal. The Hawks are shopping 2011 first-round pick Mark McNeill as well, according to reports.

Report: Yandle, Panthers agree to terms on seven-year deal

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 27:  Keith Yandle #93 of the New York Rangers skates against the Boston Bruins during the third period at TD Garden on November 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Rangers 4-3.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Florida Panthers and general manager Tom Rowe felt trading two days ago for the negotiating rights of Keith Yandle was a “risk worth taking.”

Rowe also revealed later that evening that the two sides were already negotiating a new contract.

Following the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday, news broke that Yandle and the Panthers had agreed to terms on a new seven-year contract, according to a report from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

The Panthers have not made an announcement confirming the deal.

Yandle, 29, was a pending unrestricted free agent defenseman coming off a 47-point season with the New York Rangers.

Twenty-two of those points also came on the power play for New York, while the Panthers had the 23rd-ranked power play during the regular season at 16.9 per cent.

NHL Awards: Blues’ star Tarasenko graces the cover of NHL 17

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Vladimir Tarasenko scored a career-high 40 goals during the regular season, as a star with the St. Louis Blues. And now, he’s on the cover of EA Sports’ NHL 17, which is set to be released Sept. 13.

More than six million votes were cast on Twitter and, as Tarasenko beat out Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars) and Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) in the voting competition.

“It’s an incredible honor to represent my teammates and all the Blues fans around the world on the cover this year,” said Tarasenko, as per the Blues’ website. “As a player, it’s a big deal to be fan selected for something like the Cover Vote, and I’m excited to be involved in the game this year.”

Weber takes Messier Leadership Award

Shea Weber beat out Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) and John Tavares (New York Islanders) for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which honors players for their on-ice leadership and contributions within the community.

Henrik Sedin captures the King Clancy Trophy

Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin was named the winner of the King Clancy Trophy for the first time in his NHL career.

The award recognizes leadership on and off the ice as well as humanitarian contributions in the community.

Henrik and twin brother Daniel Sedin are not only the Canucks franchise leaders in numerous categories — including games played, goals and points — but they are heavily active in the community, giving back to causes like BC Children’s Hospital.


Most significantly, Henrik alongside his wife, brother Daniel and sister-in-law, made a joint $1.5 million donation to help build a brand new BC Children’s Hospital in 2010.

Flames’ Giordano receives NHL Foundation Player Award

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was the recipient of the NHL Foundation Player Award for 2015-16, “recognizing an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork — to enrich the lives of people in his community.”

Matt Martin (New York Islanders) and P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens) were also finalists for the award.

The NHL Foundation will now present $25,000 to a charitable organization of Giordano’s choice. As per a release from the league, Giordano has selected the Calgary Flames Foundation, which lends support to the Calgary School Board and the Team Giordano initiative.

Former teammates Andersen, Gibson win the Jennings

The Anaheim Ducks will go into next season having split the goaltending tandem of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, however the pair was recognized Wednesday for winning the Jennings Trophy.

The Jennings Trophy goes to the goalies having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals against during the regular season.

Andersen and Gibson finished with a league-low of 192 goals-against for the Ducks this season.

However, keeping both goalies for the future simply wasn’t an option for Anaheim.

On Monday, Ducks GM Bob Murray traded Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a first-round pick this year and a second-round pick next year.

‘Hockey is my passion’: Jagr receives Masterton Trophy

At the age of 44, Jaromir Jagr just keeps on going.

Despite his age, Jagr scored 27 goals and 66 points in 79 games for the Florida Panthers this season.

Pascal Dupuis and Mats Zuccarello were also finalists for the award.

Kopitar wins the Lady Byng in addition to the Selke

Anze Kopitar was a two-time winner on Wednesday, as he took the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in addition to the Selke Trophy.

During the regular season, he managed 74 points in 81 games with only 16 penalty minutes.

2015-2016 Lady Byng Trophy Voting, Top 20 Finishers

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Anze Kopitar, LAK 817 (52-25-17-11-4)
2. Aleksander Barkov, FLA 475 (24-21-12-7-7)
3. Loui Eriksson, BOS 388 (10-12-22-27-13)
4. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY 371 (17-19-6-10-8)
5. Ryan O’Reilly, BUF 270 (10-12-11-7-10)
6. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 248 (6-13-9-15-7)
7. Tyler Seguin, DAL 222 (1-11-19-10-10)
8. Patrick Marleau, SJS 200 (9-5-12-2-9)
9. Joe Pavelski, SJS 87 (3-0-4-10-7)
10. Jaromir Jagr, FLA 52 (3-1-2-1-2)
11. Frans Nielsen, NYI 52 (2-0-3-3-8)
12. Matt Cullen, PIT 51 (3-3-0-0-0)
13. Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH 50 (0-2-4-4-4)
14. Sean Monahan, CGY 46 (1-1-1-6-6)
15. Jared Spurgeon, MIN 42 (3-0-1-2-1)
16. Sam Reinhart, BUF 38 (0-3-2-1-4)
17. Brandon Saad, CBJ 30 (0-2-1-2-5)
18. Patrick Kane, CHI 29 (1-0-3-0-4)
19. Alexander Wennberg, CBJ 26 (0-1-2-2-3)
20. Joe Thornton, SJS 25 (2-0-0-1-2)

NHL 2015-16 All-Star teams

First All-Star Team

G Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

D Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
C Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
RW Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
LW Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

Second All-Star Team

G Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning

D Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
D Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
C Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
RW Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
LW Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

All-Rookie Team

G John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

D Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers
D Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues
F Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
F Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
F Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks

New Kings captain Anze Kopitar wins Selke Trophy


There was stiff competition for the Selke Trophy, but in the end, Anze Kopitar garnered more votes for the award than Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Kesler.

Selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, the Selke Trophy is awarded to the forward who “best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”

This season, the 28-year-old Kopitar scored 25 goals and 74 points in 81 regular season games, while averaging almost 21 minutes of ice time as well. He was also dominant at five-on-five, with a Corsi For rating of 57.4 per cent, and 2.98 goals-for per 60 minutes compared to 1.78 goals-against per 60 minutes, as per

He was also recently named the new captain of the L.A. Kings.

Bergeron has dominated the Selke landscape, winning the award three of the last four years and being a finalist in five straight years, while Kesler won it back in 2011.

2015-2016 Selke Trophy Voting

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Anze Kopitar, LAK 1145 (77-36-20-7-2)
2. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 996 (46-52-27-11-4)
3. Ryan Kesler, ANA 424 (9-20-24-17-23)
4. Jonathan Toews, CHI 409 (5-16-28-29-20)
5. Joe Thornton, SJS 166 (3-3-12-17-4)
6. Aleksander Barkov, FLA 115 (2-5-4-10-10)
7. Sidney Crosby, PIT 73 (2-2-5-4-2)
8. Sean Couturier, PHI 62 (0-1-2-10-15)
9. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 55 (0-3-2-5-9)
10. Filip Forsberg, NSH 51 (2-3-1-1-2)
11. Joe Pavelski, SJS 46 (0-2-4-3-3)
12. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH 42 (0-2-4-2-2)
13. Jordan Staal, CAR 32 (0-1-3-2-4)
14. David Backes, STL 32 (0-0-3-4-5)
15. Alexander Steen, STL 27 (0-0-0-7-6)
16. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, OTT 25 (1-0-2-1-2)
17. Frans Nielsen, NYI 24 (2-0-0-1-1)
18. Mark Stone, OTT 22 (1-0-0-3-3)
19. Adam Henrique, NJD 13 (0-1-0-1-3)
20. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 13 (0-0-1-2-2)

Patrick Kane captures Ted Lindsay Award


Patrick Kane is the winner of the 2016 Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL’s most outstanding player as voted on by his fellow players.

Kane led the league in the regular season with 106 points (46 goals) and was the only player to reach the 100-point plateau as he capturing the Art Ross Trophy.

He set new single-season career highs with goals and points. In fact, prior to this season, he had hit the 30-goal mark only once in his career.

He beats out Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who finished the season with 48 wins to match the single-season record held by Martin Brodeur, and Dallas captain Jamie Benn, who finished second in the league with 89 points, including 41 goals with the high-flying Stars, for the award.