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“This is what I do. I was a hockey player for 18 years and now I’m a coach. That’s what I do. That’s my job. I want to go to work. I want to work.”
-Randy Carlyle, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks. More from Eric Stephens of the OC Register.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets media day was well along Wednesday when Lori Schmidt of WBNS radio threw a question at the three players who sat at the front table: With much left unchanged, what is the reason to think that this year will be any different from last year?
Quietly, captain Nick Foligno breathed: “Good question.”
It is the central question.
Expectations were high at this time last year. Some pundits made the Jackets the chic pick to win the Metropolitan Division, despite the team’s shortcomings on defense and, after the Ryan Johansen trade, at center. The Jackets started 0-7, fired their coach and wondered what happened to their goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky, best friend of orthopedists on two continents.
They were out of the playoff hunt by Thanksgiving. They finished last in their division and 27th in the league. They return the same players, by and large.
So, they sell the process. “Come grow with us,” as John Davidson, president of hockey operations, said again Wednesday. It is September, and they have yet to lose a game. It is a time for hope. They sell that, too.
from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,
A training camp begins Thursday with physicals and Friday's first practice at the the IceDen, the new-look Florida Panthers ignored the old axiom "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" this offseason.
Instead of tweaking a roster that won an Atlantic Division title last season with a franchise-record 47 wins and 103 points, the Panthers were arguably the busiest franchise in the NHL over the summer.
They overhauled everything from their logo and jerseys to trainers, equipment managers, scouts, assistant coaches and front office. Including rookie Mike Matheson, Florida will have four new blue-line starters on last year's seventh-ranked defense. In all, there could be 8-10 fresh faces on the Panthers' season-opening 23-man roster come Oct. 13.
Co-owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu invested more than $220 million in signing five free agents while also locking up their talented young core of Vincent Trocheck, Aaron Ekblad, Reilly Smith and Jonathan Huberdeau for years to come.
FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars have released the following statement on behalf of Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Strader regarding his cancer diagnosis:
"With the start of the NHL season almost upon us, I wanted to share an update on my condition with everyone who has been kind enough to reach out over the past several months. In early June 2016, a tumor was found in my bile duct. I was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a fairly rare and aggressive form of cancer.
"There is no cure for my cancer. However, at this point in time, it is treatable. With advancements in all areas of cancer treatments evolving so quickly, I'm fighting every day and doing everything the doctors tell me. The Stars' organization, the fans and the entire NHL family have been so supportive. It has meant so much to me, my wife Colleen and our entire family to know that we are not in this fight alone. I will work as many games as my condition and my treatments allow. Thank you again for all your love and support."
Fans wishing to send their notes of support to Strader can do so by emailing WellWishesForStrader@
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a one-year, $2.57 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Orlov, 25, registered 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in 82 games with the Capitals last season. The 5’11”, 212-pound defenseman played in all 82 games in 2015-16 for the first time in his career after missing the 2014-15 season due to injury. Orlov set career highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus (+8) and game-winning goals (3) last season and ranked tied for first among Capitals defensemen in goals and third in assists and points. He tallied an assist in his 200th NHL/Capitals game on April 9 at St. Louis and earned two assists and was plus-4 against New Jersey on Feb. 20. Orlov extended his career-long points streak to four games with his third career multi-point game (1g, 1a) on Nov. 25 against Winnipeg. He has earned 60 points (14 goals, 46 assists) in 201 career NHL games with the Capitals and was drafted by Washington in the second round, 55th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft. Orlov was the 20th defenseman selected in 2009 and ranks tied for ninth in assists, 10th in points, 11th in games played and tied for 12th in goals among defenseman in the 2009 NHL Draft class.
Over/Under Point Totals (Alphabetically)
Anaheim Ducks - 2016-2017 Regular Season Points
Arizona Coyotes - 2016-2017 Regular Season Points
Boston Bruins - 2016-2017 Regular Season Points
from the CP at Sportsnet,
For years, the league wondered when the club would make a leap. This might be their year.
"I really feel like we’re going in the right direction," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a recent interview. "We made some moves this summer that I think had some shock and awe, not intentionally, but it was part of what we’ve been trying to do. I’m anxious. I’m excited to get the season going."
Chiarelli was hopeful of snapping the playoff drought, if also realistic.
On average, the minimum for a playoff spot in the west over the past three seasons was 92 points. Edmonton had 70 points a year ago, the worst mark in the conference and only one more than the league-worst Toronto Maple Leafs. Even getting to 87 points, which landed the Minnesota Wild a playoff spot last season, would require a 17-point improvement, a significant and perhaps unreasonable jump for any club to expect.
"I guess, never say never," Chiarelli said. "We improved last year, believe it or not by (eight) points. And we're going to improve again."
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
Here's a look at NHL.com's top 11 players from the 2016 tournament (listed alphabetically):
Tyler Bertuzzi, LW, Detroit Red Wings: The 6-1, 190-pound left wing had four goals, five points, a plus-1 rating and 17 shots on goal in four games for the runner-up. He enjoys playing physical and getting in the face of his opponent, but has vowed to become a more all-around player and showed flashes of that in the tournament.
Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, Columbus Blue Jackets: The No. 3 pick in the 2016 draft came as advertised. He showed great speed, strength and refused to be pushed around. Dubois (6-2, 207) had one goal, five points, a plus-4 rating and six shots to help the Blue Jackets take third place.
Luke Johnson, C, Chicago Blackhawks: The right-shot center, chosen in the fifth round (No. 134) of the 2013 draft, had 11 goals and 21 points for the NCAA national champion University of North Dakota. He had one goal and 11 shots in four games. Johnson (5-11, 198) had five power-play goals, and led North Dakota in faceoff percentage (54.9 percent), faceoff wins (394) and faceoff attempts (718).
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
Jarome Iginla enters his 20th NHL season — third with the Avalanche — still looking like a prizefighter in his prime. The right winger’s only body fat is of the essential kind, and his appearance offsets his age, 39, as well as the status of his contract, which expires after this season and could be his last.
At Joe Sakic’s celebrity golf tournament earlier this month, Iginla repeatedly said that his ability to play physical at this stage of his career will lead him to success — this season and perhaps beyond.
“I want to be better than I was last year,” said Iginla, whose 22 goals in 2015-16 were second on the team but fewest since his rookie season in 1996-97. “I had a good start last year, a tough middle and a good last quarter — as far as my play. At times I got away from being gritty or aggressive enough. I’d like to get back to that. I’m not trying to save myself for anything. I want to come back and be physical, a net-front presence and I still enjoy playing a lot. I still feel good. I feel strong. I want to be apart of, first of all, the playoffs, and I feel that we can do that. And once you get there, you never know, but with this group it’s getting better and better.”
The New York Islanders agreed to terms on a two-year, $5 million deal with forward Ryan Strome on Tuesday.
Last season, Strome scored eight goals and added 20 assists in 71 games with the Islanders.
The Mississauga, ON native was drafted fifth overall in 2011 and posted career highs in goals (17), assists (33) and points (50) in 2014-15.
In his first pro season in 2013-14, Strome scored 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists) in just 37 games with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
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