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Kraken mailbox. When can Seattle sign amateur free agents? Why is the AHL team not in the Northwest?

None of the goals scored by former Seattle Totems players were greater than Bobby Schmautz’s added goal in extra time in the fourth game of the 1978 Stanley Cup final.

Schmout, who died during these 76 weeks for unknown reasonsթ: On his birthday, he played 66 games for the 1969-70 Western Hockey League juvenile professional Totems. His extra-time win over Boston Garden unexpectedly tied the Cup Final 2-2 with Montreal Canadiens, who many consider to be the best in the league.

Interestingly, Schmautz reached the peak of his career, probably at his lowest level in the next game, as his jaw was broken by Mario Tremblay in one of the longest single-hit fights he had ever seen. The Canadians won that game հաջորդ the next game to win the cup, although the photo of Schmauts’s goal remains the most significant in the history of Browns.

Schmautz is the last of several former Totems to die since the NHL began serious efforts to bring the Seattle to Seattle in 2017, including Larry Hale, Chuck Holmes, Jim Hay, Ron Boehm, Noel Picard և Ed Stankiewicz: Some former totems, including Howie Hughes, Jim my Powers և Dan Brady, still live in Seattle, and Tom McVeigh lives in Kamas.

Kraken plans to honor Totems when the Climate Pledge Arena reopens this year. Let’s hope some people can see that happening.

Your mailbox questions.

Question. From @AlitudeSports. Is Kraken now able to sign free amateur agents?

A: NHL teams can sign raw college players և others as soon as their teams finish the game. Most of the NCAA teams are over, և The Frozen Four National College Championship kicks off on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Participating in Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota, St. Cloud County, Massachusetts (not from Minnesota, but somehow settled).

North Dakota captain Jordan Ordan Kawaguchi, whose team lost to Minnesota-Duluth in five extra hours last weekend, the longest game in NCAA men’s history, has just signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars. Boston College striker Mark Hardman has signed a two-year deal with Chicago, while Alex Steves of Notre Dame and Odin Tufto of Quinnipiac University have signed a three-year deal with Toronto and a one-year contract with Tampa Bay respectively.

Kraken, however, will not be able to sign anyone until they are officially part of the league, paying the latter for their $ 650 million expansion fee this month.

Whether talking to Kraken CEO Ron Francis, it will be difficult for him to break through the raw market this spring.

Such players usually want to get a deal for the current season, which reduces one year of service to the minimum number of games և the closer they are to the free agency ներին the more money. Unfortunately, Kraken is not playing this season.

Francis will watch for free amateur agents interested in next season. But a more realistic route, as mentioned last week, will discuss the expected unlimited free agents who have been left unprotected by NHL teams and will sign them before the July enlargement project, where they will be considered a rejected election.

Question. Palm Springs is not geographically very close to Seattle, so why is Kraken going with that team as their AHL subsidiary?

A: It’s technically no longer in Palm Spring, but Palm Desert, California, is close enough in just three hours by direct flight. So when the new 9,918-seater arena runs until the end of 2022, Kraken can call a player out late in the morning. More likely, Bakersfield, San Diego, and Ontario have California opponents at a distance. This saves a lot of travel compared to flying anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.

In addition, the “snow birds” of the Seattle hockey city have moved to Coachella Valley or have second homes there. There were 2,000 season tickets in connection with the intention to insure the top 5,000 subscribers of the AHL. And, of course, Live Nation Entertainment is sending music to an area close to Los Angeles և a huge base of bands and concert halls for other revenue.

H. What are the classic hockey movies (for those of us who do not want to go back to the mighty Ducks of the 90s)?

A: It all started in 1971 with “Slap Strike” starring Paul Newman. Not as a hockey documentary, but as a mockery of what hockey was all about in the 1970s. Players sitting in the stands – the police coming in their place – have actually been more than once. Understanding where today’s game is requires knowing where it was.

I have always liked the solitude of junior hockey, which was shot with Rob Lowe in 1986. In “Youngblood”, plus the long-standing Chicago Blackhawks Eric Nesterenko’s comedo. Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s “Gross Misbehavior” since 1993 is a darker film about the sad, hectic life of former NHL player Brian “Spinner” Spencer. The biography of Net Worth, shot in 1995, is based on a book depicting NHL tycoon Ted Lindsay’s struggle to create what later became the NHL Players’ Association.

Most recently, the 2013 documentary The Last Gladiators depicts the tragic aftermath of the former NHL gu-hockey. Part of Chris Neelan’s drug abuse recovery is on display here in Washington. “Miracle և People” is a documentary for 30 against ESPN 30, which depicts “Miracle on Ice” on Lake Lassid in 1980, lost from the perspective of the Soviet Union. Finally, starting in 2019, the “Russian Five” is a must to understand how the arrival of Soviet players in the Detroit Reds in the 1990s changed the modern game.

H. What does hockey mean for people living in Canada? Are there people who take it as seriously as some New Orleans Saints fans who want to know more about the pre-season game than the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina? I would love to hear a few jokes.

A: No offense to New Orleans, but in Canada hockey is on a different level of identity. The previous column described how the former Bruins coach նախկին Former Cockey’s Hockey in Canada expert Don Cherry was once voted in the CBC’s “Biggest Canadian” poll at No. 7, where he beat inventor Alexander Graham Bell և First Prime. Minister Sir John On A. McDonald.

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby (whose overtime goal gave Canada the gold medal at the Winter Olympics) surpassed LeBron James, Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Usain in 2017 in a survey of 1,500 Canadians by Infographic. և Serena Williams as the top 21St. Athlete of the century in all sportsWhen Wayne Gretsky, a newlywed, was traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles in 1988, the whole country was in turmoil, and his wife, actress et Anet Ones, accused many Canadians of organizing it, as Yoko Ono was accused of breaking it. to the Beatles.

A few weeks ago, I included the YouTube video for The Sweater, an award-winning animated film that discusses the religious nuances of hockey in Quebec. A university there even offered courses that made Montreal Canadians look like a religion.

Saturday night was literally the only time the NHL was televised in Canada, which meant that any dinner date, movie, other than hockey walks were postponed until after 10pm to watch the games. Male fans attending Saturday night games often wore suits, ties (Toronto required season ticket holders until the 1970s), hats, and women wore luxurious scarves, furs, out of respect for the event, so they could hit the city.

When Montreal և The Soviet Red Army played 3 on New Year’s Eve 1975. “On behalf of the Canadians in Montreal, I apologize on behalf of the Canadians,” Canadian striker Peter Mahovlic said in a post-match broadcast on CBC. that we did not win. ”

Similarly, in 1972. At eight-game summits, after the Soviet Union harassed the Canadian team and all its NHL stars in early competition, Boston Bruns star Phil Esposito aired post-match television, punishing Canadian fans with over-pressure to win. Paul Henderson’s last-minute eighth-minute goal to win the series in Moscow is widely regarded as Canada’s most iconic sporting moment. At that time, about 13 million people out of a population of 21 million were watching the game.

In addition, a nationwide survey conducted by the Dominion Institute in 2000 ranked Canada the No. 5 summit of any major event of its kind, lagging behind only the founding of the country in 1867, the recent Canadian Pacific Railway, and the War of 1812. its first world war. The capture of Wimi Ridge in France.

Another Dominion Institute study in 2007 ranked hockey as Canada’s second most important defining symbol, person, place, or achievement, behind only the Maple’s owner.

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