Author: James O'Brien

Paul Bissonnette, Jay Rosehill

Kings announce cuts, including BizNasty from his PTO

The Los Angeles Kings reduced their training camp roster to 34 players on Saturday, kicking 18 out of the mix. The biggest name, at least from a “social media impact” standpoint was Paul Bissonnette, aka “BizNasty.”

Here is the full list, via the Kings:

Assigned to Ontario (AHL):

Justin Auger – RW
Patrik Bartosak – G
Jonny Brodzinski – C
Nic Dowd – C
Nick Ebert – D
Kevin Gravel – D
Adrian Kempe – LW
Maxim Kitsyn – LW
Zachary Leslie – D
Alex Lintuniemi – D
Kurtis MacDermid – D
Alex Roach – D
Scott Sabourin – RW
Valentin Zykov – RW

Released from Pro Tryout:

Sean Backman – RW
Paul Bissonnette – LW
Ryan Horvat – LW
Kevin Raine – D

It sounds like Bissonnette and other PTO options may also play in the AHL:

The biggest pros from a hypothetical call-up would be 1) wacky tweets and 2) glorious fight photos like this post’s main image.


Ryan Reaves, Paul Bissonnette
Via AP
Paul Bissonnette, Mike Rupp
Via AP
Via AP

(Tough to top that main image, though.)

Patrick Kane tries to focus on hockey

Patrick Kane

Even with all that’s happened off the ice during the last week in particular, Patrick Kane is trying to keep his mind on hockey.

That was his message heading into Saturday’s preseason game for the Chicago Blackhawks, as outlets such as report.

“Especially after the past couple of days, right now, I’m just trying to focus on the game tonight, coming out in practice today and trying to get better, focus on that. But I don’t really have anything to say about what transpired over the past, whatever it’s been, 72 hours,” Kane said. “My focus is here on the game tonight and I guess I’ll also congratulate the Chicago Cubs on clinching a playoff spot.”

The 26-year-old did take a moment to thank fans, the Blackhawks organization, his family and girlfriend during this time, noting that “everyone’s kind of stuck with me through the whole thing.”

For more from Kane’s point of view, check out the full article.

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Report: Blackhawks sign Seabrook to big eight-year extension

Brent Seabrook

The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly signed defenseman Brent Seabrook to an eight-year extension worth approximately $55 million ($6.875 million per season), according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun’s updated terms.

Update: The Blackhawks confirmed the signing of an eight-year extension. As with most NHL teams, they didn’t share the exact cap hit, total cost or other details of the contract, so keep in mind that these numbers may serve as close estimates.

Sportnet’s Elliotte Friedman originally broke the news of the extension. He provided more contract details, which are especially relevant to those who are a little concerned about Seabrook, 30, declining toward the middle of this deal.

The rugged yet offensively useful defenseman is currently in the final year of a deal that nets a $5.8 million cap hit, so he gets a solid raise and the security that comes with a lengthy extension.

One would assume that he may only have one or two short-term deals left in him once this extension runs out, especially considering his physical style.

The cap situation will probably be tight for the Blackhawks in 2016-17, but they’ve (reasonably) taken an approach where they lock up core players and then let supporting cast details work themselves out. Seabrook might not be as obvious a member of the team’s “nucleus,” yet he’s been a big part of their successes over the years.

He got rewarded for that on Saturday, at least according to Friedman.

Again, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman must really hope that the cap rises a little faster in 2016-17 and beyond: