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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
When there's nothing left to talk about, there's always rookies.
Taking a cue from our buddies over on the SI.com NBA page, who are suffering alongside us through these dog days of summer, we thought we'd have a little fun projecting the future of some of this season's most promising freshmen. Here then are our 2016 NHL rookie yearbook superlatives:
Most Likely To Be A Celebrity: Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets
There are all kinds of great hockey players in the NHL, but very few have that certain something that sets them apart as a star. Alex Ovechkin has it. P.K. Subban has it. Laine has it, too. Like his countryman (and former Jet) Teemu Selanne, Laine doesn't just score goals. He creates moments. He brings you out of your seat with the anticipation of something special happening every time he touches the puck. There aren't many players worth the price of admission on their own, but Laine is one of them.
Most Artistic: Ivan Provorov, Philadelphia Flyers
Forget all the caution flags being thrown by Flyers GM Ron Hextall. Provorov, the CHL defenseman of the year, is ready to contribute in Philly.
from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
Owner Bill Foley refuted internet reports Friday that the team has decided against “Hawks” in the name after it was reported Thursday that Black Knight Sports and Entertainment had legally secured the three names.
“Not true,” Foley said from California. “Nighthawks is still a name we’re considering, though we are probably not going to go with the others (Red Hawks and Desert Hawks).”
Foley added that two other names have been submitted for copyright, trademark and domain rights with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Those names, which he would not reveal, also would be in play pending a final decision in the coming days.
“Somebody will eventually figure it out, but I want to wait for the paperwork to be processed,” Foley said, alluding to those who are attempting to poach possible nicknames and then sell them back to him. “I hope we’ll have that paperwork done fairly quickly. I want to spend my money on hockey players, not on team names.”
Foley said he’s not sure where the idea emerged that he had eliminated names with “Hawks,” other than some Chicago Blackhawks fans had voiced displeasure on social media.
from Woody Paige of The Gazette,
Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic, linked together as teammates, colleagues and friends for 10½ seasons with the Avalanche, were split apart Thursday, causing a gaping gash.
It’s an unpleasant, ugly breakup between the hot-blooded, impulsive Roy and the even-tempered, halcyon Sakic.
Perhaps the separation of the pair, like oil and water, was inevitable with Sakic as Avs’ executive vice president/general manager and Roy as vice president of hockey operations/head coach. Unlike John Elway with the Broncos, neither Roy nor Sakic had total control. And, ultimately, they couldn’t share the reign and the reins.
Therein lies the tale of the Patty melt.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic hadn’t expected to have to call the hockey staff together for this kind of meeting in the middle of August, but he said Thursday that the search for Patrick Roy’s successor as coach would begin immediately.
“Myself and my staff are going to get together (Saturday) and look at candidates, and go ahead and look for the right guy to take us to the next level,” he said.
“We’re going to put a group of candidates together and then start the interview process,” Sakic added. “As you can probably all understand, this caught us all off guard. There’s no timetable. Obviously, we’d like to have it done before training camp. But we want to interview quite a few people and see who we all feel is the best fit.”
Sakic said none of the Avalanche assistants — Dave Farrish, Tim Army and Nolan Pratt — would be considered.
from Bill Bradley of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
Bird might be the word for the Las Vegas NHL franchise.
Franchise owner Bill Foley said Thursday night that he has registered domain names for the nicknames Red Hawks, Nighthawks and Desert Hawks. Foley said he is close to registering two other names as well.
SportsLogos.Net, which has a reputation for finding newly registered sports nicknames and logo changes, first reported the names Thursday.
The three “hawks” names for the team, which is scheduled to open play in 14 months, are registered as several different domain names by Foley’s Black Knight IP Holding Company, LLC.
While the red hawks and desert hawks do not actually exist, the nighthawks are birds that are indigenous to the state, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Also, Nighthawk was the name of the Air Force’s first stealth bomber plane, which made its maiden voyage from Groom Lake and was based out of Nellis Air Force Base.
From the Denver Post's Mike Chambers:
Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said he soon plans to go golfing with Patrick Roy, who resigned as the team’s coach Thursday. During a conference call about five hours after Roy announced in a written statement issued by a public relations agency that he was resigning, Sakic said he and Roy have no ill feelings about each other.
“We both respect each other really well. We’ve always been friends and we’ll always continue to be friends,” Sakic said. “He was contemplating this for a few weeks. It was tough on him, stressful and I know right now he’s very comfortable with his decision and probably relieved that it’s over for him. So I’m happy that he came to this decision for himself and he’s comfortable with it and ready to move on. I wish him the best.”
The Avs missed the playoffs and regressed in the standings the past two seasons, after Roy’s surprising 112-point rookie season when they won the Central Division. The Avs slipped to 90 points in 2014-15 and fell to 82 points last season.
“He didn’t have a lot of fun last year,” Sakic said. “He came to this decision on his own.”
Some will say that Roy is the coach in waiting for Montreal, should Michel Therrien not put the Habs back near the top of their division promptly this fall. But if you are Montreal GM Marc Bergevin, wouldn’t Roy be radioactive?
What GM would want a coach who demands a weighty say in all personnel issues? And what coach, considering the tepid success Roy has had at the NHL level, would want to divide his own attention that way?
Roy may be a great coach one day, or perhaps a legendary GM. Trying to be both at the same time however, is a recipe for having no job at all.
-Mark Spector of Sportsnet where you can read more on Roy.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
You’ve got to be sure.
Whether the question is, “Is Jacob Trouba a top-pairing defenceman?” Or, “Can I win a Stanley Cup with Sean Monahan as my first-line centre?” an NHL general manager has to absolutely sure he knows the answer before he starts handing out long-term deals to young, restricted free agents on just their second contract.
That is where the Jets are with their unsigned 22-year-old right-shot defenceman Trouba, a player on whom the hockey world is split. He is big (6-foot-3, 202 lbs.), mobile and shoots the puck well. But the question persists when you talk to people around the National Hockey League:
Is Trouba destined to be a top pairing defenceman on a good team? That’s the projection the Jets are facing, as Trouba’s camp is likely asking to be paid and played like a top-pairing defenceman.
Averaging eight goals and 24 points per season over his first three campaigns, the scoring numbers don’t add up to a top-pairing guy. And as one NHL exec asked, “Does Trouba make his teammates better?”
continued plus Johnny Gaudreau mentioned too...
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