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January 16, 2020
The Calgary Flames have made their first transaction of the 2019/2020 season with a trade of a future draft pick for D Justin Braun. The draft pick is rumored to be a future 2nd round draft pick which seems like a lot for a player on a 1-year contract.

“Is Braun a rental player? Maybe.” GM John Davidson commented Thursday afternoon. “What I do know is Braun comes in and has the capability of playing 20+ minutes of solid hockey, strengthens our defense core, gives us 7 strong defenseman that we most likely will not have to worry about all season and can play on the 2nd line power play unit. Yes – it’s potentially a short term play but we like this deal for this season.”

To make this deal work from a cap perspective, D Nikita Zadorov will start the season in the minors. Again, Davidson’s focus making this move was to ensure and lock down his top 7 defenseman for the season. When the cap expansion hits ¾ of the way through the season, Zadorov will be the first to be called up and is essentially the Flames deadline acquisition – difference being, they have made the move ahead of time.

In other news, F Michael Frolik and his $4.3M cap hit was deemed expendable by the Flames. With very little future in Calgary, Flames are choosing to use his cap hit in another manner. Frolik will be on waivers UNLESS another team has a better offer (picks or cash) prior to the waiver period.
2020 WJC King's Report
Los Angeles Kings
January 11, 2020
After what was a successful 2019 WJC where we saw Poehling named best forward and MVP and Romanov best defenceman, the bar was high for the 2020 Kings prospects squad heading to Czech Republic. 10 players took the ice in this edition, and it could have been 12 with Jacob Oloffson, who was slated as #1 centerman for Sweden had to stay home because of injury, and Niklas Nordgren for Finland not up to WJC form coming back from a 9 months injury just a few weeks ago.

Once again, GM Audet is coming back impressed and confident from what he saw.

Joe Veleno is coming back home with the gold medal and was a pivotal player for Team Canada, being the most used forward by Dale Hunter, and played over 25 min in the gold medal game.

Silver medal winner team Russia included 3 prospects from the Kings. Alex Romanov shattered any doubts left as wether is top prospect label was justified after last year’s performance. He was again the key defender for Russia and was named to the all-star team. Wingers Kirill Marchenko and and Pavel Dorofeyev played key parts in the offence as well and future looks bright for these 2.

Bronze medal winner team Sweden also included 3 Kings prospects, and oh boy they didn’t disappoint. Samuel Fagemo finished top goal and points producer of the tournament and was named to the all-star team. After almost making the NHL Kings’ opening roster, Fagemo took the WJC by storm and showed his lethal release, especially on the powerplay. Nils Hoglander finished 3rd in scoring, and could have finished maybe even higher if not for a very early game ejection against Russia in the semis. GM Audet is very excited about the feisty swede and expects him to cross over next season. He will look good next to Pettersson in Vancouver. Hugo Alnefelt was one of the best goalie in the tournament, and was a key component of the team’s success. Hugo is still only 18 and should be back next season.

Patrik Puistola also played very well for team Finland, finishing with 5 goals and 8 points in the tournament, in what was a lackluster forward group for team Finland.

Team USA included prized prospects Alex Turcotte and Nick Robertson. Robertson fared very well on the top line with 5 points, while Turcotte struggled with 2 points on the 3rd line playing wings at times. GM Audet isn’t too worried as we put a lot of blame on team USA’s weird roster deployment.

Overall, this year’s edition out did last year’s. And with players like Puistola, Robertson, Turcotte, Alnefelt young enough to go back next year, and a player like Tomasino will be in good position to make team Canada, GM Audet is more than ever confident that we will field a cup winner team in the upcoming future.
Capitals Continue The Off-season Of Upheaval.
December 20, 2019
Bachul was excited when he ended up with both McDavid and Draisaitl up the middle. It seems as though the push for a title was stepped up even more. In another blockbuster the Capitals acquired Norris Trophy winner Mark Giordano from the Carolina Hurricanes for Rasmus Ristolainen, Dante Fabbro and recently signed Ron Hainsey. The Caps also acquire Carolina's 2nd in the upcoming draft.

"I had had other discussions with previous GMs about the Hurricane's dman. Nothing ever came to fruition. Martin seemed to be very into moving him. Carolina is in rebuild mode so I get that. And at Gio's salary he is an absolute bargain. We had to get rid of Subban this off-season. His game had fallen right off a cliff. That said we needed to improve our overall two way game and Giordano does that. I think we are running Hedman, Giordano, Schmidt, Murray and Hronek and Merrill. I like it, but I think we might even try to polish that. Not sure."

There has been a ton of movement on the Caps this season with OEL, Svechnikov, Kuznetsov, Subban, Debrusk all leaving town.

Bringing in McDavid, Giordano, Coyle, and Murray will give the Caps a new look and optimism to contend.

"I am pretty excited. We have been in cap hell since I took over. Now I look at the roster we are putting out there and am really excited about how things are going. We have a few tweeks to do, but really happy how things are looking."
Other WEHL News
New York Rangers   Patrick Kane Can Be Available   (Dec 10, 2019 - New York Press)
Minnesota Wild   WILD TO WAIVE ALLEN   (Nov 26, 2019 - Minnesota Press)
Florida Panthers   Bjugstad Potentially On The Move   (Nov 23, 2019 - Florida Press)
Las Vegas Knights   Miller Wants Out Of Vegas   (Nov 22, 2019 - Las Vegas Press)
Columbus Blue Jackets   Learning Curve   (Nov 21, 2019 - Columbus Press)
Montreal Canadiens   Habs Stick Handle Another Off-Season   (Nov 21, 2019 - Montreal Press)
Toronto Maple Leafs   Season Outlook   (Nov 20, 2019 - Toronto Press)
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1. Aaron Ekblad STL 0
2. Adam Erne WAS 0
3. Adam Gaudette DAL 0
4. Adam Henrique CAR 0
5. Adam Larsson BOS 0
6. Adam Lowry PHI 0
7. Adam Pelech WPG 0
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1. Ryan Miller ANA 0.00
2. Jimmy Howard ANA 0.00
3. Corey Crawford CAR 0.00
4. Marc-Andre Fleury WAS 0.00
5. Craig Anderson PHI 0.00
6. Henrik Lundqvist DAL 0.00
7. Pekka Rinne TOR 0.00
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