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Cleveland's protest restrictions in time for RNC violate First Amendement, judge rules

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A federal judge this morning ruled that the city of Cleveland's temporary restrictions for protests and demonstrations during the Republican National Convention next month violated the First Amendment protections for free speech and assembly....

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Cleveland's protest restrictions in time for RNC violate First Amendement, judge rules

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A federal judge this morning ruled that the city of Cleveland's temporary restrictions for protests and demonstrations during the Republican National Convention next month violated the First Amendment protections for free speech and assembly....

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Empty Netter Assists - Rutherford wins general manager award - 06-23-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Jim Rutherford (abovewas named the NHL's general manager of the year.

-Rutherford's acceptance speech:

-A roundup of all the winners and voting totals. Captain/center Sidney Crosby was named to the NHL's first team All-Star Team while defenseman Kris Letang was named to the second team.

-Host/actor Will Arnett presented (left to right) head coach Mike Sullivan, right winger Pascal Dupuis, Rutherford and Crosby as well as the Stanley Cup:

-President Barack Obama phoned congratulations to Sullivan yesterday and officially invited him and the team to White House to celebrate the Stanley Cup.

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-Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender while head coach Barry Trotz claimed the Jack Adams Award as the league's top coach.

-Holtby:

-Trotz:

-NHL owners formally approved transfer of majority ownership in the Islanders from Charles Wang to the duo of Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky.

Atlantic Division

-The Panthers signed defenseman Keith Yandle, a pending unrestricted free agent, to a seven-year contract worth a total of $44.5 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit of $5.25 million, Yandle's new deal will have a cap hit of $6.35 million. Yandle, 29, appeared in 82 games last season and scored 47 points (five goals, 42 assists). This contract - the team's largest - has a no-movement clause for the first six seasons and a modified no-trade clause the final season.  The Panthers acquired his signing rights from the Rangers in a trade this week. 

-EN Says: The Panthers really liked Yandle. This is a slight over payment for a player who - while he is an ideal example of what the modern NHL defenseman should be - has never truly been one of the NHL's elite blue liners. Yandle has been a No. 1 defenseman for some playoff teams with the Coyotes, but he hasn't really been someone you would consider a true Norris Trophy contender. That said, he's going to be the foundation of the Panthers' re-built blue line and gives them a player capable of playing in virtually every situation. 

-Panthers forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

-The Canadiens re-signed defenseman Joel Hanley, a pending restricted free agent, to a one-year, two-way contract.

Central Division

-Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane became the first American to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP. Kane also claimed the Ted Lindsay Award which recognizes the NHL's outstanding player as voted on by players.

-Kane with the Art Ross (left) and Hart (center) Trophies as well as the Ted Lindsay Award:

-Actor Michael Keaton, a native of Robinson Township, was the presenter for the Hart Trophy:

-Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie.

-Panarin:

-The Blackhawks re-signed forward Dennis Rasmussen, a pending restricted free agent, to a one-year contract worth $575,000. Coming off a one-year, two-way contract, Rasmussen, 25, appeared in 44 games last season and scored nine points (four goals, five assists). 

-EN Says: Rasmussen is a safe, reliable player who can fill in on a limited basis in a bottom-six role.

-The Blues re-signed forward Scottie Upshall, a pending unrestricted free agent, to a one-year contract worth $900,000. Coming off a one-year, two-way contract with a salary cap hit of $700,000, Upshall, 32, appeared in 70 games last season and scored 14 points (six goals, eight assists). 

-EN Says: After going to camp on a tryout basis last season, Upshall found a role on the team's fourth line and earned a one-way contract. A prototypical fourth-line energy player, Upshall also had some scoring touch. This is a fair contract for a player more than capable of filling a modest role. 

Pacific Division

-The NHL officially awarded an expansion team to Las Vegas which will begin play in 2017-18. It will compete in the Pacific Division.

-A look at the rules for the expansion draft and how the schedule will be impacted.

-Kings forward Milan Lucic, a pending unrestricted free agent, said he plans on testing the free agent waters July 1

-Kings defenseman Drew Doughty won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman while forward Anze Kopitar claimed the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy (top defensive forward) and Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (gentlemanly play).

-Doughty:

-Kings executive and former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille accepted the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy on behalf of Kopitar:

-Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, a Norris Trophy finalist, was on hand in his own distinctive style:

-“I just feel they have things headed in the right direction. They have this young core and guys still coming that are high-end players. They’re kind of all the same age. They’re a young team, but they’re going to grow quick.” - Former Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski on signing a five-year contract with the Coyotes.

-Ducks goaltender John Gibson (left), a native of Whitehall, and Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen, formerly of the Ducks, accepted the William M. Jennings Trophy which goes to the goaltenders whose team allowed the fewest goals:

-Canucks forward Henrik Sedin and his son, Valter, claimed the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership on and off the ice and noteworthy humanitarian contribution to community:

 

-Flames defenseman Mark Giordano claimed the NHL Foundation Player Award for community service:

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The big UK vote about whether to leave the European Union is happening today. The vote could have implications that go way beyond the borders of the EU. 

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NHL Awards - Rutherford wins General Manager of the Year - 06-22-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The NHL awards were announced tonight. The Penguins' lone winner was the man who orchestrated their Stanley Cup-winning season.

Jim Rutherford was named General Manager of the Year (above).  The award was determined by a panel of all 30 general manager as well as league executives, print and broadcast media.

The voting totals:

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-Penguins center Sidney Crosby finished second in voting for the Hart Memorial Trophy which recognizes "the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team." Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane won the award which is voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA). Penguins defenseman Kris Letang finished 23rd. The voting totals:

-Kane also won the Ted Lindsay Award which recognizes the "most outstanding player" in the NHL as voted on by members of the NHL's Players association. Voting totals were not revealed.

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Right winger Pascal Dupuis did not win the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Panthers right winger and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr was the award which recognizes the "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” Members of the PHWA vote on the award. The NHL did not provide voting totals for this award. 

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-Kings defenseman Drew Doughty won the James Norris Memorial Trophy which recognizes "the defenseman demonstrating the greatest all-around ability in the position." Members of the PHWA vote on the award. Letang finished fourth in the balloting. The voting totals:

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-Kings center Anze Kopitar won the Frank J. Selke Trophy which recognizes "the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." Members of the PHWA vote on the award. Crosby finished seventh in balloting. The partial voting totals:

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-Capitals coach Barry Trotz won the Jack Adams Award which recognizes "the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success." Members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association vote on the  award. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan finished fifth in voting. The voting totals:

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-Blackhawks left winger Artemi Panarin won the Calder Memorial Trophy which recognizes "the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League" or Rookie of the Year. The PHWA votes on the award. Ducks goaltender John Gibson, a native of Whitehall, finished seventh in the voting. The voting totals:

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-Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby won the Vezina Trophy which recognizes the "“goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position." The award is voted on by general managers. Gibson finished seventh in the balloting. The voting totals:

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-Kopitar also won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy which recognizes "the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." Members of the PHWA vote on the award. Penguins center Matt Cullen finished 12th in balloting. The partial voting totals:

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-Kane was formally awarded the Art Ross Trophy which goes to the league's leading overall scorer. He won this award for the first time.

-Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin was formally awarded the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy which goes to the league's leading goal scorer during the regular season. Ovechkin has won the award four consecutive season and six times overall. 

-Gibson and his former teammate, goaltender Frederik Andersen, were formally awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy which goes to the goaltenders on the team which allow the fewest goals during the regular season. Andersen was traded to the Maple Leafs earlier this week.

-Canucks center Henrik Sedin was named winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy which recognizes “the player who best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community.”

-Flames defenseman Mark Giordano won the NHL Foundation Player Award which recognizes the "NHL player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community."

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-The NHL also announced its First- and Second-Team All-Stars. Crosby was named to the First Team while Letang was named to the Second Team:

-Members of the PHWA vote on the All-Star Teams. Crosby, Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury were the only members of the Penguins to get any votes. The voting totals:

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-Gibson was named to the All-Rookie Team. Members of the PHWA vote on the team. Voting totals were not released:

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