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66 (aka “666”) Chicago Avenue bus route and timing stoplights to speed the buses on the route from a near-crawl to something approximating actual service. [ RedEye ] Berkshire Partners is nearing a deal to buy Portillo’s. They’re offering $1 billion. That’s a lot of hot dogs. [ Reuters ] Carmelo Anthony made Chicago the first stop on his free agency tour. The Sun-Times is all in and want him in a Bulls uniform. [ Sun-Times ] A Bridgeport jeweler had $250,000 in diamonds and jewelry stolen from its shop. [ DNAinfo Chicago ] NHL free agency is underway. No word on the Blackhawks resigning Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews yet. [ CBS Chicago ] Contact the author of this article or email tips@chicagoist.com with further questions, comments or tips. source: http://feeds.gothamistllc.com/c/35360/f/663252/s/3c122339/sc/10/l/0Lchicagoist0N0C20A140C0A70C0A10Cmidday0Inews0Ilinks0Icta0Ilooking0Ito0Isp0Bphp/story01.htm

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Instead, Miller suffered a huge drop-off in production. It appears the Blues are going to wash their hands of Miller, but he may have already found a potential suitor, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie: UFA goalie Ryan Miller is in VAN being wooed by Canucks’ brass. Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 30, 2014 Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski gave his sardonic take on the situation: The wooing I expect VAN did with Ryan Miller: “We’re the only team in your desired geography that sorta needs a goalie. Here’s what we pay.” Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 30, 2014 Outside of Vancouver, Miller’s options are limited. The majority of teams have a No. 1 goalie in place and would be loath to start a netminder controversy with a player who performed poorly with the pressure at its greatest. Fox Sports Midwest’s Andy Strickland has the key stats from last season: Ryan Miller struggled down the stretch losing 9 of 11 including playoffs. Last 5 regular season starts Miller was 0-5 88.5% 3.11 GAA #NHL Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) June 30, 2014 If Miller was out of sorts in St. Louis, some might think it’s best for him to return to the Sabres, where he enjoyed so much success. According to the OleanTimes Herald’s Bill Hoppe, that is unlikely to happen: If you care, Tim Murray said Ryan Miller’s camp hasn’t approached them, he hasn’t approached them. Not happening, folks. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2114724-nhl-free-agents-2014-latest-rumors-and-predictions-for-top-stars-landing-spots

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O’Reilly, 27, had one assist in 14 games with Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League and 45 points in 52 games with the Utica Comets, the Canucks’ AHL team. He last played in the NHL in the 2011-12 season with the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes and Penguins. Sanguinetti, 26, had two goals and five assists in 15 games with Atlant Mytishchi of the KHL. —The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with defenseman Kyle Cumiskey on a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. Cumiskey, 27, had 28 points (4 goals, 24 assists) in 45 games last season with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League. He shared 12th in the SHL, third among defensemen, in assists and shared fifth among league blueliners in points. The Abbottsford, British Columbia, native appeared in 132 career NHL regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche from 2006 to 2011, registering 35 points (9 points, 26 assists) in those contests. Cumiskey saw action in six Stanley Cup playoff games with the Avalanche in 2010, recording two points. —The New York Rangers signed free agent forward Chris Bourque , the team announced Wednesday. The Boston University product was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the second round (No. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-roundup-flyers-giroux-arrested-000049859–nhl.html

FA/Trade Grades – Part 1 – Yahoo Sports

Florida bought out veteran rearguard Ed Jovanvoski, but Willie Mitchell can take up his leadership responsibilities. Tom Gilbert was a pleasant surprise for the Panthers and he even led the team in scoring at one point during the season. He could be replaced by first overall pick Aaron Ekblad, Colby Robak or Alex Petrovic, Montreal Canadiens – C+ Added: P.A. Parenteau, Tom Gilbert, Mike Weaver Lost: Thomas Vanek, Daniel Briere, Josh Gorges, Brian Gionta, Montreal’s big off-season move so far has been the acquisition of Parenteau from Colorado for Briere. Parenteau has enjoyed success when he’s played with talented players like John Tavares and Matt Duchene. Montreal doesn’t have centers of that caliber, but they can play Parenteau on the top line, with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, or alongside Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk. Montreal shipped Gorges to Buffalo for a 2016 second-round pick. If you are looking for shot blocks on the Canadiens to replace Gorges then Mike Weaver, who the Canadiens re-signed, is a good option. Andrei Markov led the Habs in shot blocks last season, with 180, and he landed a front-heavy three-year extension worth $17.25 million. Montreal and Vanek were unlikely to come terms on a new contract, but his disappointing playoff performance certainly didn’t help. Still, he did record six goals and 15 points in 18 regular-season matches and his departure is a loss. The Habs’ top priority now is getting restricted free agent P.K. Subban signed to a new deal. Added: Alex Chiasson, Milan Michalek Lost: Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky The Ottawa Senators were faced with a losing situation when Jason Spezza requested a trade. GM Bryan Murray knew he wouldn’t get equal value in the deal, but he said from the beginning that the team would do its best to honor their captain’s wish. The Senators sent Spezza and Ludwig Karlsson to the Dallas Stars for Alex Chiasson, Nick Paul, Alex Guptill and a second-round selection in 2015. Hemsky played well for the Senators after his acquisition from Edmonton by picking up four goals and 13 assists in 20 contests. However, he wanted to see what was available on July 1. Ottawa faced the possibility of losing Michalek as well, but he re-upped with the team on a three-year deal worth $12 million. Losing Spezza will hurt his fantasy value, as Mika Zibanejad is probably the best suitable replacement right now. Tampa Bay Lightning – B+ Added: Ryan Callahan, Jason Garrison, Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman, Evgeni Nabokov Lost: Anders Lindback, Teddy Purcell Prior to the start of free agency, Tampa Bay granted Callahan a lucrative six-year, $34.8 million contract. He brings a lot of intangibles to the table, but the Lightning overspent to keep him from going into unrestricted free agency. Callahan provided valuable input into the free agent signings of former Rangers teammates Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman. Both of them are solid presences. The Bolts didn’t tender a qualifying offer to Lindback so he became available to the highest bidder. The team signed veteran netminder Evgeni Nabokov to take his place as Ben Bishop’s backup. Sami Salo is still on the open market., but Tampa made up for his departure by acquiring Jason Garrison, the rights to Jeff Costello and a 2015 seventh rounder in a very good with Vancouver in exchange for a second-round pick in 2014. Teddy Purcell was involved in a cap clearing move in a trade to Edmonton for Sam Gagner. The Lightning then flipped Gagner and B.J. Crombeen to Arizona for a sixth-round pick in 2015. The unorthodox trades allowed for a good shopping spree on July 1. Toronto Maple Leafs – C Added: Leo Komarov, Mike Santorelli, Petri Kontiola, Matt Frattin, Stephane Robidas, Roman Polak Lost: Dave Bolland, Mason Raymond, Carl Gunnarsson, Nikolai Kulemin The Leafs were spared some cap space when Bolland headed to Florida and Josh Gorges refused to waive his no-trade clause to join Montreal’s bitter rivals. Toronto brought back Komarov and Frattin after they both spent one season away from the team. They are gritty wingers who are capable of modest offensive production. Santorelli ($1.5 million) and Kontiola ($1.1 million) were inexpensive additions who are slated to compete for bottom-six spots. Robidas is coming off some bad injuries, but his leadership and right-handed shot are assets that Toronto was seeking. Raymond played for a discount in 2013-14, but he got a much better contract from the Calgary Flames. Kulemin rejoined Mikhail Grabovski on the New York Islanders. The Leafs also traded Gunnarsson to St. Louis at the draft for rugged defender Roman Polak. CENTRAL DIVISION Added: Brad Richards, Peter Regin Lost: Michal Handzus, Brandon Bollig Even though Chicago was already over the salary cap, the team managed to make a splash on July 1 by inking Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million deal. That’s a great bargain for a player who still has the ability to create plenty of offense. He’ll be the best second-line center the Blackhawks have had in quite a while. The team also re-signed Peter Regin to serve as a depth option. Chicago traded Bollig at the draft and allowed Handzus to walk as a free agent. The Hawks still have to make a move to get under the cap, but they improved their roster when it appeared as though their hands would be tied. Colorado Avalanche – C Added: Jarome Iginla, Daniel Briere, Brad Stuart Lost: Paul Stastny, P.A. Parenteau Colorado attempted to keep Stastny, but it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would test free agency. He ended up signing with division rival St. Louis, which leaves a hole down the middle for the Avalanche. Restricted free agent Ryan O’Reilly can fill that spot, but he has to be signed first. Nathan MacKinnon can also shift back to center, so it wasn’t surprising thatthe team didn’t go after a pivot to replace Stastny. Instead, the Avs signed Iginla to a three-year contract worth $16 million. Heproved he can still score when surrounded by talented players and he’ll get some good linemates in Colorado. The additions of Brad Stuart, who was acquired for a pair of draft picks from San Jose, and Zach Redmond won’t shore up a defense corps that averaged the sixth-most shots against per game last year. The trade that sent P.A. Parenteau to Montreal for Daniel Briere may also prove to be a regrettable move. Dallas Stars – A+ Added: Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky, Anders Lindback, Vernon Fiddler Lost: Alex Chiasson, Ray Whitney NHL General Managers who lament that top-line centers don’t grow on trees should take a look at what Dallas’ Jim Nill has been able to accomplish. He’s acquired Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza in back-to-back off-seasons to gives the Stars an impressive one-two punch. Dallas plucked Spezza away from Ottawa and signed his late-season linemate Ales Hemsky to a three-year, $12 million deal. The Stars also re-signed Vernon Fiddler and brought in Anders Lindback to serve as Kari Lehtonen’s backup. Dallas gave up promising youngster Alex Chiasson as a key part of the Spezza deal and they allowed veteran winger Ray Whitney to leave as a free agent. Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel remain unsigned as key restricted free agents. Minnesota Wild – B Added: Thomas Vanek Lost: Matt Moulson, Clayton Stoner, Ilya Bryzgalov Thomas Vanek was expected to join the Minnesota Wild long before the final year of his last contract expired. The former Minnesota Gophers forward inked a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Wild, which will reunite him with ex-Buffalo teammate and good friend Jason Pominville. There’s a perception that his value is declining, but some streakiness is a part of his game and playing where he essentially targeted to go from the beginning should help him be a fantasy factor in 2014-15. Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick returned to the Buffalo Sabres on July 1, but they simply didn’t work out in Minnesota. Moulson played hurt in the playoffs, which contributed to his struggles and McCormick shouldn’t be on your radar in standard leagues regardless of where he plays. Ilya Bryzgalov is looking for his next stop after an overall decent stint with the Wild. Clayton Stoner is a tough defender who could be missed, but his departure opens a spot for Christian Folin or July 1st addition Stu Bickel. Added: James Neal, Olli Jokinen Lost: Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling, Michael Del Zotto Nashville’s transformation into a more offense-oriented squad continued in free agency when they signed Olli Jokinen to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Jokinen recorded 43 points in 82 games last season and is just two seasons removed from a 61-point performance in Calgary. He could play alongside James Neal, who was obtained from Pittsburgh at the NHL draft in exchange for Hornqvist and Spalding. The Predators also cut ties with Del Zotto by not tending him a qualifying offer. The offensive-minded blueliner is still an unsigned free agent. Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm are still restricted free agents to take care of, but it’s likely that Nashville isn’t done trying to acquire some additional point-producing talent. Added: Paul Stastny, Jori Lehtera, Carl Gunnarsson, Brian Elliott Lost: Ryan Miller, Roman Polak The Blues landed arguably the best free agent in this year’s class when they signed Paul Stastny to a four-year, $28 million deal. There’s talk that he could play on the top line with David Backes and Alexander Steen, which is intriguing. St. Louis also has designs to play 2008 draft pick Jori Lehtera, who just recently agreed to a two-year contract worth $5.5 million, between Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. St. Louis snagged Carl Gunnarsson from Toronto on the draft floor in June for Roman Polak. Gunnarsson has the potential to excel in a slightly reduced role with the Blues. Ryan Miller was permitted to walk as a free agent and he landed in Vancouver. In the crease, the Blues plan to use Brian Elliott, who got a newly-minted three-year/$7.5 million contract, and prospect Jake Allen. It’s a risky plan, but St. Louis isn’t a team that relies on superb goaltending so it could work out. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/fa-trade-grades-part-1-112800991–nhl.html

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“I saw an opportunity to play on a great team and fill a role, but also these guys are relevant every year. I just thought this was a great fit. It wasn’t trying to be here long term. If it’s one year, that’s fine. Hopefully we can make it work. Who knows what can happen down the road. I can’t predict that. I’m not really worried about it. I want to get there and enjoy this opportunity.” The Blackhawks, who were just one goal shy of making it to the Stanley Cup finals themselves after losing in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference finals to the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings , have been searching for a center to add via trade or free agency. With Ryan Kesler traded to Anaheim last week, Jason Spezza acquired by the Dallas Stars Tuesday morning, and top free-agent center Paul Statsny signing with the St. source: http://espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/story/_/id/11164130/chicago-blackhawks-sign-veteran-center-brad-richards

 

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