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Patrick Roy Decides To Leave The Colorado Organization

DENVER, CO, Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Patrick Roy, head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche, has issued the following statement:

"For the past three years, I have carried out my duties as Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche with energy, passion and determination.

I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs and bring it to a higher level. To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-Hockey Operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team's performance. These conditions are not currently met.

Today, I am informing you of my decision to leave the Colorado Avalanche organization. Though it saddens me, I have put much thought about this decision in recent weeks and have come to be fully comfortable with it.

I am grateful to the Colorado Avalanche organization, with which I remain in good terms, for letting me lead this great team. I thank all the players I have had the pleasure of coaching and the fans for their unwavering, unconditional support.

I remain forever loyal to the Avalanche with which I played 478 games, coached another 253, and won two Stanley Cups."

Patrick Roy does not intend to comment further on this announcement.

added 3:24pm, Colorado release is below...

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Extensive Coverage By ESPN For The World Cup Of Hockey

from Michael Skarka of ESPN,

ESPN.com’s World Cup of Hockey 2016 coverage will be led by four veteran and well-respected NHL journalists – Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun and Joe McDonald. Each will focus on a team or teams and provide daily updates across ESPN digital and social media platforms.

Beginning in training camp, #LevyAndMelrose (Steve LevyBarry Melrose) video segments highlighting workouts, pre-tournament games and the tournament will be featured regularly.

ESPN.com will provide extensive and in-depth coverage throughout the entire World Cup of Hockey 2016, beginning with team training camps on Sunday, Sept. 4, including in-depth coverage of every tournament game beginning Sept. 17, through the best-of-three Final beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Reporters by Team

Team USA –Burnside

Team North America –Custance

Team Canada –LeBrun

Team Sweden –McDonald

Team Finland –McDonald


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It Is “Nitty-Gritty” Time For Jimmy Vesey

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

As of midnight Monday, the high-scoring left winger will become an unrestricted free agent, and, probably, the richest member of the Harvard Class of ’16.

Likely all 30 NHL clubs would love to add a 23-year-old player who is hard-working, smart, responsible, very talented (24-22-46 totals in 33 games last season for the Crimson en route to winning the Hobey Baker Award) and, at least in relatively inexpensive for the first two years.

Vesey is finalizing a list of no more than a half-dozen teams with which he’d like to speak.

He and his agents and family held a strategy meeting yesterday to nail down that short list and discuss the relative merits of the handful of finalists.

“Just to kind of finalize our thoughts,” Vesey’s agent, ex-Boston University goalie Peter Fish, said yesterday at the Beantown Summer Classic tournament here at New England Sports Center. “We’ve all been running around doing stuff this summer, but we’re finally getting down to the nitty-gritty.”

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James Wisniewski Signs A PTO With The Lightning

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The Ice Will Be Nice At Rogers Place Arena

from CBC News,

The man who was responsible for the ice during part of Edmonton Oilers' glory days will oversee ice-making at the new Rogers Place arena.

Dan Craig, the NHL's senior facility operations director, will work with the team in Edmonton to get the ice ready for next month's opening.

The Oilers play their first preseason game at Rogers Place on Sept. 26.

Craig expects the large space may pose some challenges for the Edmonton ice-making team, which has to consider air temperature and humidity levels.

"There will be a couple of little hiccups along the way, but I think they're going to get it under control," Craig said Wednesday on CBC's Edmonton AM.

"That's always been the goal from (the initial) design of that facility, that it will be the best in the league."


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Your NHL Preseason Schedule

NEW YORK (Aug. 10, 2016) – The National Hockey League announced today the composite schedule for the 2016 preseason, which opens Sunday, Sept. 25.

Among the highlights of the 15-day, 106-game slate are the first NHL games at state-of-the-art arenas in Edmonton and Las Vegas.

After bidding farewell last season to Rexall Place, their home since joining the NHL in 1979-80, the Edmonton Oilers will launch the first season at their new downtown venue,Rogers Place. The Oilers will play host to four Western Conference rivals, meeting the Calgary Flames Sept. 26, Anaheim Ducks Oct. 4, Winnipeg Jets Oct. 6 and Vancouver Canucks Oct. 8.

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Video- John Saunders Of ESPN Dead At Age 61

Rest in peace John Saunders.


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Five Big Trades Besides Gretzky To LA

frrom Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

On the 28th anniversary of Wayne Gretzky's stunning trade to the Los Angeles Kings, here's a look at five other blockbuster deals that fundamentally shifted the foundation of the NHL:

Detroit trades Marcel Dionne and Bart Crashley to Los Angeles for Terry Harper, Dan Maloney and a second-round pick

June 23, 1975

Owner Jack Kent Cooke wanted to grab headlines for both of his Los Angeles-based teams in the summer of 1975. And so, just days after signing top NBA free agent Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Lakers, he pounced on Dionne who was coming off a 47-goal, 121-point season with Detroit. But because free agency was a nascent concept at the time, the league required compensation be given to the Red Wings. The Kings paid a steep price for the promising sniper, giving up Harper, their captain and top defenseman, along with a solid young power forward in Maloney in a deal that infuriated coach Bob Pulford.

And understandably so. Los Angeles changed dramatically after the deal.


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Videos- Shea Weber On Playing For The Canadiens And Michel Therrien On The Trade

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Shea Weber describes the feeling of putting the Canadiens jersey on for the first time, is not worried about replacing P.K. Subban, and says he’s so excited to play in front of the Montreal fans every night.




Canadiens head coach discusses the Subban for Weber trade, saying there were no issues with P.K., but in the end, you can't pass on the chance to land Shea.

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2017 Winter Classic Announcement - Chicago Blackhawks And The St. Louis Blues

NEW YORK (Aug. 9, 2016) – Representatives from the National Hockey League, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Cardinals, National Hockey League Players’ Association and Bridgestone, as well as St. Louis Government Officials, gathered today at Busch Stadium to detail plans for the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. In March, the NHL announced that the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Blues and Blackhawks at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo., on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. The event will be televised live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at noon CT.

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