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Lindy Ruff Joins the New York Rangers As An Assistant Coach And The Same For Pierre Turgeon In LA

NEW YORK, July 10, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has named Lindy Ruff as an Assistant Coach.

Ruff, 57, has served as a Head Coach in the National Hockey League for the last 19 seasons (1997-98 – 2016-17). In 1,493 career regular season games as an NHL Head Coach, Ruff has posted a 736-554-78-125 record (.561 points percentage). He ranks fourth among head coaches in NHL history in regular season games coached, only trailing Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, and Joel Quenneville. Ruff also ranks fifth among head coaches in NHL history in regular season wins, only trailing Bowman, Quenneville, Arbour, and Ken Hitchcock. Ruff has also coached 120 career Stanley Cup Playoff games in the NHL, and his teams have posted a 66-54 record in the playoffs (.550 winning percentage).

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have named Pierre Turgeon as an Assistant Coach, it was announced today by Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake and Kings Head Coach John Stevens.

Turgeon joins a staff that includes Assistant Coach Dave Lowry (hired on May 30), Assistant Coach Don Nachbaur (hired on June 22) and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford (entering his 12th season with the Kings), completing the staff under Stevens, who was named the Kings Head Coach on April 24.

“Pierre had great success as a player and has a tremendous hockey background on the whole.  He is a person who brings a lot of energy, passion and insight to the job along with a great deal of enthusiasm about the game,” said Stevens.  “We look forward to him adding to our team, and to our staff, a real team perspective from a person who was a high-end player, especially in the offensive zone.  We have talked a lot during the process of building a coaching staff regarding the qualities of the people we wanted to bring aboard.  We feel strongly that Pierre will help compliment myself, Dave Lowry, Don Nachbaur and Bill Ranford and we are together looking forward to the start of the season.”

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The Ever Opening And Closing Stanley Cup Window

from Dave Caldwell at ESPN,

"Whatever term you use -- windows, timing, whatever -- it's impossible not to factor how to ride the momentum of core players rising to their optimal playing years," said Mike Milbury, the former New York Islanders GM who is an NHL analyst for NBC.

"And, on the flip side, it's problematic for managers who must deal with those same players whose 'windows,' or prime years, have passed them by. Take Bill Torrey after the dynasty ended," Milbury said, referring to the Islanders' GM who amassed enough talent to win four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1980s. "Did he wait too long to convert the aging players to assets, or was loyalty to their success paramount?"

Before the 2016 NHL trade deadline, Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said he was establishing a "two-year window" for the core of his team to win the Stanley Cup, saying, "We're going for it this year, we're going for it next year, and then after that we're evaluating where we're at."

The Caps won only one playoff series in each of the past two years, although there was an enormous asterisk: They lost in the second round each time to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who went onto win the Stanley Cup both seasons. Washington had the best regular-season record in the league both years, and it lost Game 7 of the 2017 Eastern Conference semifinals to the Penguins 2-0.


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The Off-Season Moves By The Montreal Canadiens

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Canandiens,

Alexander Radulov signed on the dotted line — but in Dallas, not Montreal. Begging the question: has he been to Texas?

Alex Galchenyuk signed a three-year, $14.7 million contract with the good guys – and it’s a sign of the times that a 23-year-old star about to receive almost $15 million elicits a collective shrug. We’ve come a long way since the days when Rocket Richard sold heating oil door-to-door during the off-season to help make ends meet.

In fact, the overall reaction to the moves the Canadiens have made – including the deal that sent Mikhail Sergachev to Tampa for Jonathan Drouin, the signings of Karl Alzner and Ales Hemsky and inking Carey Price to an eight-year deal – was a collective meh. No offensive help at the centre position, the loss of Radulov and Sergachev’s move to Tampa were enough to dampen any enthusiasm for the arrival of the newbies. The fans looked, saw another edition of the CH with the potential to make the playoffs and not much more, and shrugged.

At least there remains the possibility Markov will return.

read on

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Video- What Goes On Behind The Bench At Development Camp

via the Vancouver Canucks,

MIC'D UP: Canucks assistant coach Manny Malhotra is wearing a mic while acting as a bench boss during the Summer Showdown at Prospects Camp.


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Morning Line- Arthur Staple On The Contract Situation For John Tavares

Tavares has decided to wait and the Islanders have decided to ride it out, however long it goes. It could be a month, two months or all the way into next offseason before the captain decides he likes what he sees or decides he’s headed elsewhere.

It’s not exactly a comfortable feeling, certainly for Islanders fans who have made it known on social media how they’ll react if Tavares walks away. But the fans might have to live with that queasiness for a little while, because there doesn’t seem to be any decision coming soon.

-Arthur Staple of Newsday where you can read more on Tavares.

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Hockey Talk

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- We’re told that though the Rangers fell out quickly on Patrick Marleau (three years at $6.25 million per with Toronto) once it became apparent that the winger’s term and price had escalated beyond management’s parameters, the Blueshirts did have extended, productive talks with Joe Thornton before the center decided on a San Jose encore.

If the Maple Leafs’ addition of Marleau prompts the club to solicit offers for Tyler Bozak, the 31-year-old center whose average ice time has declined from 20:57 to 16:26 over the past four seasons, expect the Rangers to be among the interested parties....

- Does anyone honestly believe it has been Brooks Orpik’s five-year contract at $5.5 million per that has kept the Capitals from winning the franchise’s historically unattainable Stanley Cup?

Wouldn’t the more likely cause of Washington’s premature demise as Presidents’ Trophy winners each of the past two seasons be Alex Ovechkin’s historical inability to raise his game when matched against Crosby, as he failed to do in consecutive second-round matchups against the eventual two-time champion Penguins?

To that point, is this the summer Ovechkin, who always has played at a million miles per hour and will be 32 when next season starts, trains seriously and gets down to prime weight and into prime condition?

more on Bozak plus other hockey topics too...

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Hockey Notes In July

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Can we please let Auston Matthews play his second NHL season before we decide how much he’s going to be paid a year from now?

- By my count, the Vegas Golden Knights will have to move at least four NHL defenceman, maybe five, between now and the start of their first season. That’s a lot of dealing to do and a not a lot of time for GM George McPhee.

- Andrei Markov may be old, slow and now married, but he can still help most NHL teams. His contract demands, though, reminds me of a David Poile line: “I love your player at $2 million” Poile has been known to tell agents. “I hate him at $3 million.”.

- I’m a big fan of many of the writers on nhl.com. But I think Gary Bettman should be forced to get on a computer and try and negotiate himself through the boxscores and stats on the website. It’s simply unworkable.

a few more, mostly Toronto releated...

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Wojtek Wolski’s Comeback

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

When he thinks back to the terrifying moments that came after he crashed head-first into the boards on that October night in Russia, Wojtek Wolski remembers fearing the worst.

“I remember thinking I was paralyzed,” Wolski said in a recent interview with The Star.

And when you watch the video of the incident in question, clipped from the third period of an otherwise unremarkable game in which Wolski was playing for the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk last season, it’s easy enough to fathom a career-ending disaster. Skating hard in pursuit of a puck, Wolski lost his footing and slid on his stomach toward the rink’s sidewall. As he went, an opposing player fell on his torso, essentially blocking Wolski from using his arms to absorb the impact. Out of control at high speed, Wolski’s helmeted head took the brunt of the blow instead. The memory of the aftermath remains vivid.

“It’s like you hear these bells just going off in your head telling you to move — to move your hands, to move your feet,” Wolski said. “It’s like the bells just got louder and louder and louder, until I started moving my hands and feet. And then it was like, ‘OK, that’s a good sign.’ It’s actually insane how the body works. It has mechanisms to protect you in those situations. It’s fascinating what happens.”

It’s fascinating, too, to hear the details of how the 31-year-old Wolski found his way from that scary scenario to a resumption of his athletic career. 


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Slow, Slow, Slow

As you can see by the sporadic posting the last few days, the news from the hockey world has slowed down.

I am not complaining, I could use the off time but I am still monitoring the hockey news and will post hockey related news.

What I won't do is post just to post, you deserve real news on real topics and not some kind of click bait.

It is slow, it is that time of year so go enjoy the summer and keep your eye on KK.

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Different Names, Same Team In Montreal

from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,

So if Les Boys are only as good as last season, that’s simply not good enough. And if they’re a little worse, that’s really not good enough. To channel Pierre McGuire, a bunch of other teams in the East — notably Tampa Bay, Toronto, Buffalo — are probably going to be stronger and the big boys — Pittsburgh, Washington and Columbus — are probably going to be just as good. So standing still ain’t acceptable.

Let’s look at the additions and subtractions. Enter Jonathan Drouin, which is obviously a big plus and I remain upbeat about the Québécois winger. But in the deal, the Canadiens lost Mikhail Sergachev, who might just morph into this generation’s Andrei Markov or better. He’s a prospect, so we’ll have to wait and see, but advance word is beyond good on this young man.

Drouin basically replaces Alexander Radulov, so it’s not progress. Drouin had 21 goals and 53 points last season, while Radu-love had 18 goals and 54 points.

The other thing to keep in mind is that the toothless wonder that is Radulov also brought a certain je-ne-sais-quoi to the team. Fans adored him and he provided much-needed spark for everyone around him, from Alex Galchenchuk to Max Pacioretty. And he was a playoff hero.

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