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from Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg,
As it prepares to inaugurate a team in Las Vegas, the National Hockey League has hired a monitor to watch for suspicious gambling activity, which can be an early warning of cheating in the sport.
Financial terms of the contract with sports data company Sportradar AG weren’t disclosed.
It’s the latest U.S. sports deal for Sportradar, which is part owned by the National Football League. The Swiss company is also close to a six-year, $250 million contract with the National Basketball Association that would provide the league’s data to global betting houses. When that deal is complete, Sportradar will be in business with three of the four major U.S. sports leagues.
Below, read the NHL press release...
from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,
Are they covered on defense?
The Kings signed unrestricted free agent defensemen Tom Gilbert and Zach Trotman to help fill out the defense, but the Kings would be in a difficult spot if an injury were to occur.
The Kings still have Doughty, Muzzin and Alec Martinez, but beyond that, the skill level drops off. Matt Greene, Brayden McNabb and Rob Scuderi are on the roster, and prospects Derek Forbort and Kevin Gravel could push for NHL spots. Scuderi is 37, and Greene last played Oct. 13 and cleared buyout waivers in June. Luke Schenn, who had been acquired along with Lecavalier in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers last season, signed with the Arizona Coyotes as an unrestricted free agent.
Can Dustin Brown rebound?
During the past 10 months, Brown was dropped to the third and at times fourth line, and lost his captaincy, a role he had since 2008....
from Terry Frei and Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
NHL assistant coaches Bob Boughner of the San Jose Sharks and Kevin Dineen of the Chicago Blackhawks have emerged as major candidates in the Avalanche’s search for a head coach to succeed Patrick Roy.
Boughner is a former Colorado defenseman. Dineen is a former University of Denver standout and a former head coach of the Florida Panthers. The Avalanche wouldn’t comment on either Boughner or Dineen, or any other candidates, saying only that the team’s preliminary phase of the interview process continued....
The other candidates in the evolving field to succeed Roy are Jared Bednar, head coach of the Cleveland (formerly Lake Erie) Monsters, who recently won the AHL’s Calder Cup; fellow AHL head coach Travis Green of the Utica Comets; Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert; and New York Rangers associate head coach Scott Arniel.
from the AHL,
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2016-17 season, the league’s 81st year of operation. The season, comprising 1,116 games, begins on Fri., Oct. 14 and concludes on Sat., Apr. 15.
Teams will play 76 games each (38 at home, 38 on the road) with the exception of Pacific Division members Bakersfield, Ontario, San Diego, San Jose, Stockton and Tucson; those six teams will play 68 games each (34 home, 34 road).
continue for the full schedule...
"I'm happy to finally be here, I'm excited to be back in the NHL.
"To be part of Montreal is huge. It's a hockey town and they always want to go on a run for the Cup and that's the main reason I chose Montreal."
-Alexander Radulove of the Montreal Canadiens. The CP at TSN has a bit more.
via the Toronto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the hockey club has signed free agent goaltender Jhonas Enroth to a one-year contract worth $750,000.
Enroth, 28, appeared in 16 regular season games with the Los Angeles Kings, posting a record of 7-5-1 with a .922 save percentage and a 2.17 goals against average. In 147 career regular season NHL games, Enroth has amassed a record of 50-66-15 with a .911 save percentage and a 2.80 goals against average. The Stockholm, Sweden native was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (46th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
from David Satriano of NHL.com,
How will Mika Zibanejad fit in?
The Senators traded Zibanejad and a second-round pick in the 2018 draft to the Rangers for Brassard on July 18. Zibanejad plays in all situations, takes faceoffs and likely will be the first-line center. But how he adjusts to wherever he plays is crucial.
"He's just scratching the surface at age 23," Gorton said. "There's not a lot of guys that have done what he's done as far as score 20 before that age. He kills penalties. He's really emerged on the draws. Since he's come in, he's got better every year, and I think we're just scratching the surface."...
How many games will Henrik Lundqvist play?
Lundqvist is second among active goalies in NHL wins (374) behind Roberto Luongo of the Panthers (436). One of the most durable goalies in the past decade, Lundqvist had the highest GAA of his NHL career (2.48) last season.
Lundqvist made 64 starts last season and has started 81 playoff games over the past five seasons. It would not be a stretch to say 27-year-old backup Antti Raanta, who went 11-6-2 last season, will start more games than he did last season.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Here are six teams that have the best shot to return to the playoffs in 2016-17, ranked in order from most to least likely.
2015-16 record: 38-38-6, 82 points
Points out of playoff spot: 11
No team will be more scrutinized in 2016-17 than the Habs. Can you trade away a Norris Trophy winner in his prime and become a better team?
Well, when you consider that 2015-16 was an unmitigated disaster and that 2015 Hart Trophy winner Carey Price is finally healthy and ready to go, the answer — in the near term, at least — is yes.
P.K. Subban has a new karaoke bar, but Montreal still owns one of the league's definitive No. 1 defencemen in Shea Weber, who's hot off a 20-goal season. Alex Galchenyuk busted out last season with 30 goals, and he's just 22. A healthy Brendan Gallagher (he missed 29 games last year) and the signing of free agent Alexander Radulov inject a needed scoring punch. And although Andrew Shaw might be overpaid at $23.4 million for the next six years, he should scratch, claw and bite for every penny.
Better goaltending, more offence and a nastier edge makes the Habs a contender in the relatively open Atlantic Division.
read on for five more teams...
“If you ask me, I’m going to play as long as I feel good and feel I can contribute. My body feels great right now. Training has gone really well. I don’t feel like I’m 35 years old physically.
“Who knows? If we had won a Stanley Cup back in 2011, maybe my perspective would have changed. I’m at the point in my career where I really want to win a Stanley Cup and I’ve wanted to win one for 30 years and I’ve dreamed about it for 30 years and I’ve been as close you can get.
“I’m going to keep playing for that. I’ll take whatever role it takes to help my team get there.”
-Kevin Bieksa of the Anaheim Ducks. Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province has more on Bieksa.
Vesey’s summer league games were often attended by NHL GMs, with Chicago’s Stan Bowman a regular attendee. Coach Joel Quenneville hit the Wednesday night circuit in Foxborough, Mass., once too. Yes, the games were open to the public and anyone can say they were there to watch anyone. But come on. The optics aren’t good for the Hawks in this one at all. Repeating: You were watching a player who was someone else’s property and just waiting to pounce. Not cool.
Meanwhile, the Boston media fawned over the hometown boy ad nauseum. But Vesey was probably spooked by the tough treatment given to Bostonian Jimmy Hayes, whose subpar play was worthy of scrutiny, and decided he didn’t want to deal with it.
-Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News where you can read more on The Jimmy Vesey Watch...
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