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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
No one - not the Los Angeles Kings or Mike Richards and his representatives want to even acknowledge it due to the sensitivity of the subject matter – but there continues to be intense efforts to reach a negotiated settlement over their differences.
It sounds like talks are far enough along that it could possibly get wrapped up today, but that is by no means guaranteed.
It's a delicate and complicated case, to be sure. At least a couple of times in the last couple of weeks, settlement was believed to be getting closer, only to see it not nailed down. But the two parties have been working hard to get it done. It appears it's getting closer again. But as we so often say in difficult negotiations like these, it's not a done deal until it's signed, sealed and delivered and it's not there yet.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- A smaller system change in Boston, where the Bruins tweaked how they face an aggressive two-man forecheck. They basically moved one winger from a stationary position along the boards to a more aggressive sweep through the middle.
The biggest challenge for Boston will be that some of their defenders aren’t speed demons, and you’ve got to move quickly. That’s why opponents went from sending one attacker to two.
- The Sharks “now play a simple game” according to one opponent. “Up-and-down, and quickly. They will make you chase them.”
- It was a quiet summer for the Predators, with a couple of depth moves. That was by design.
“We were happy with the first three-quarters of the season,” said GM David Poile. “It was as good a year as you could hope for. Then, the last quarter, there was a drop-off.”
Losing in the first round can be a tough sell, but Nashville fell to the eventual Stanley Cup champions in a brutally hard series. Sometimes, it’s not when you lose, it’s who you lose to. As he thought about it, Poile looked back to 2011-2012, a season where he added Paul Gaustad, Hal Gill, Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov. “Too many moves,” he says now. “If I could do it over again, I’d know I went too far. Too much change.”
via the Edmonton Oilers,
The Oilers have named four alternate captains for the upcoming season:
- Andrew Ference
- Taylor Hall
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Jordan Eberle
Coach McLellan also stated that with Eberle's injury, Matt Hendricks will also rotate in with an 'A'.
Gary Bettman was on Sportsnet's Hockey Central today...
Part 2 is below...
(Oct. 7, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Scott Gomez to a one-year contract.
Gomez, 35, logged 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games with New Jersey in 2014-15.
The 5’11, 198-pound forward is a 15-year National Hockey League (NHL) veteran, including stints with New Jersey, New York (Rangers), Montreal, San Jose and Florida. He is a two-time NHL All-Star (2000, 2008) and won the 2000 Calder Trophy Award as the League's top rookie.
In 1,045 career regular season games, Gomez has accumulated 747 points, including 180 goals and 567 assists - which ranks 11th among active skaters. In addition, the Anchorage, Alaska, native ranks sixth among active skaters with 149 career postseason games, while his 101 career playoff points (29 goals, 72 assists) are 14th among active players. Gomez is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, winning with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003.
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
Just like we do with players and teams in some way shape or form, we’ve decided to rank the NHL’s coaches. Instead of ranking them from No. 1 to No. 30 — who am I to say [insert coach’s name] is the worst coach in the NHL? — we’ve put them into tiers.
With that in mind, here’s how we have the 30 head coaches ranked heading into the 2015-16 campaign.
TIER 1: ELITE
Mike Babcock – Considered by many to be the best coach in hockey, Babcock is accustomed having a deep pool of talent to work with. He won’t have that luxury in his first season with the Leafs.
Joel Quenneville – The roster turnover he deals with is crazy, yet he keeps leading his teams to Stanley Cup championships. His winning percentage in Chicago is a remarkable .624 and his moustache should have its own display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Barry Trotz - Trotz was able to turn one of the worst defensive teams in the league into a solid two-way squad that finished with the fifth-best goal differential in the NHL. Fans were worried that his defensive style would impact Alex Ovechkin…Ovi led the league with 53 goals.
The KK upgrade is running a bit behind schedule but should be ready to go within two weeks.
It has not been a very healthy summer for me but with a recent change of medication, I feel much better and have much more energy.
Many of you who have followed KK over the years know I have always concentrated on the game played on the ice and will continue to do so.
Many new KK members and followers on Twitter seem to appreciate the hockey talk and I have always assumed most people interested in KK are a little bit older, knowledgeable and don't want/care about some of the outlandish, off-ice stories which happen to appear every so often.
CANADIENS, MAPLE LEAFS DROP PUCK ON 2015-16 SEASON
The Canadiens and Maple Leafs drop the puck on the 2015-16 season when they meet at Air Canada Centre. This marks the seventh consecutive campaign in which these Original Six rivals will face off in their season openers; Toronto is 4-1-1 in those contests (MTL: 2-4-0), but Montreal won 4-3 last year on a Tomas Plekanec goal in the final minute of regulation. Overall, the Canadiens and Maple Leafs will meet four times this season – all before the end of February. Montreal, the defending Atlantic Division champions, has won six straight against Toronto dating to March 1, 2014 (TOR: 0-3-3).
All-Time Records in Season Openers
Montreal Canadiens: 50-30-17 (16-15-7 when on the road)
Toronto Maple Leafs: 38-42-17 (24-23-12 when at home)
Most providers if not all will be offering a free preview of NHL Center Ice starting tonight through October 27th.
I do not use Game Center Live so if you have any information or want to talk about it, feel free to do so in the comments.
NHL insider Chris Johnston discusses the most intriguing stories heading into the season, namely how the Steven Stamkos situation plays out in Tampa Bay, and what the new era in Edmonton brings.
Plus other topics...
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