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From Jim Gintonio at the Arizona Republic,
Coyotes assistant Rick Tocchet has decided not to return to the team, an NHL source has confirmed.
Tocchet is expected to join the staff of new Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Barry Melrose, whose appointment is expected to be announced at a news conference on Tuesday.
from Gare Joyce at ESPN,
The best stories from the second day of the NHL draft are the dark horses, prospects who fly well under the radar. Here are three names to write down and remember.
Jesper Samuelsson (seventh round, No. 211 overall to Detroit)
The final selection in any draft is usually just fodder for a trivia question. When Detroit owns that last pick, though, you’d better make note of it. More than any other franchise, Detroit has managed to find NHL stars in the late rounds, which is like finding diamonds in a coal mine.
read on and two more dark horses…
From Channel Canada:
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Georges Laraque drops the gloves and calls the shots when he slides into the main chair as guest host of Off The Record (OTR), tonight at 6 p.m. ET on TSN.
Not one to back down from a good fight – or a good debate – Laraque will ask the hard-hitting questions to the show’s guests, which include Penguins teammate Gary Roberts, who will be featured in-studio during the Up Front and Next Question segments of the show. [...]
The other guests on tonight’s show will include Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice-President Jim Devellano. Together, Laraque and the guest panelists will take on the key newsmakers and hottest sports topics of the day, including NHL free agency.
In nearly 2,600 episodes, Laraque is the first NHLer to ever host the show.
This is appearing on Canada’s OTR only, not the ESPN version. But it should be available in the online video archives at TSN after the show, for anyone (Pens fans!?) who may be interested.
Kukla’s Korner has launched a contest today at 99designs.com, inviting our artistic-minded hockey friends from around the internet to design a great new logo for the website
There’s a $200 prize for the best logo and we intend to implement the winning entry into KK’s new website design coming later this summer (with the hard work of Kevin at Venn Communications, I should add).
All the details can be read in the brief. Contest closes in 7 days.
Note: submissions must be submitted via 99designs.com. Please don’t email them to us directly as they will not qualify for the prize.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
Since the implementation of the cap, however, it’s the teams with either the willingness to keep pace with the rising cap ceiling or with sufficient cap space which more often than not wins the bidding wars for the top UFA players.
With the salary cap ceiling expected to rise to $56 million and the cap floor to $40 million, which teams could be this summer’s big spenders?
The Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings appear to have little reason to make a big splash in this summer’s UFA market, as it would seem to be in their best interest to use their available cap space to keep their roster together. But if GM Ken Holland has money to spend never rule out the possibility of his landing a top UFA player
read on for more teams…
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the team has re-signed forward Andrew Ladd (6-2, 201) to a two-year contract.
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Dan Cloutier may not be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Cloutier was expected to be bought out over the weekend after being put on waivers but, according to CKNW radio in Vancouver, there are questions regarding a team’s ability to buy out a player with an injury.
The NHL buyout period seems to be heating up.
Three more players have been placed on waivers Monday for the purpose of being bought out if they clear waivers tomorrow at noon, The Washington Capitals Ben Clymer and Carolina Hurricanes’ Jeff Hamilton and David Tanabe.
Damien Cox in The Spin at the Toronto Star,
There are a number of highly qualified, highly respected and thoughtful hockey people on the selection committee of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Who’d have thought they could screw up so badly?
Last week, they announced the next Hall of Fame class, and it’s a good one - Glenn Anderson, Igor Larionov, linesman Ray Scapinello and the late Ed Chynoweth.
Sadly, however, the 18-member selection committee again booted the ball so badly on honouring women in the game that it has seriously discredited itself and soiled the reputation of this hockey institution.
It’s so rare I fully agree with a Cox rant. But it happens, and this is one such occasion.
From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,
John Anderson just may want to send his old pal Bruce Boudreau a thank-you card.
Given Boudreau’s success this season – he was named NHL coach of the year after a lengthy coaching stint in the minors – it made it easy for the Atlanta Thrashers to sign Anderson as their new coach.
Like Boudreau, Anderson has been a great success story in the minors, winning five championships including the American League crown this year with the Chicago Wolves.
And if you really want to get to know John Anderson, you can check out his recent experience getting a makeover. From spa treatments to new suits, it seems Anderson was getting ‘dressed for success’ even before he got tapped for the Thrashers’ job. Video below:
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