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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- The easy part was firing Boudreau. The hard part for Anaheim will be finding a better coach. Boudreau’s regular-season winning percentage is .659 in the NHL, best in history. Behind him, a guy named Scotty Bowman at .657 ... Boudreau is 1-7 career in Game 7s, which got him the axe. The best Game 7 coach in hockey, Darryl Sutter of the Kings: His record is 7-2. For the record, Mike Babcock is 4-4 in Game 7s.
- I like the way Larry Brooks does his job. And for most of his career, I like the way Dan Boyle played in the NHL. But the blowup the other day between the two was understandable, but not excusable for a player in decline. I’ve watched other athletes unable to deal with their own career mortality. It isn’t comfortable. By nature, athletes tend to be dishonest about their own abilities. Boyle wore that in his season ending interview in New York.
- Just to settle my own curiosity, I did a 20-year look back at first picks in the draft and came up with this number: Only eight times in the past 20 years has the first pick definitively turned out to be the runaway best player selected: Those eight players — McDavid, Aaron Ekblad, John Tavares, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Joe Thornton.
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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
The Toronto Maple Leafs will pick first in the 2016 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday.
The Winnipeg Jets were awarded the No. 2 pick, and the Columbus Blue Jackets won the No. 3 selection.
The Maple Leafs had a 20 percent chance, the best odds, to win the No. 1 pick in the draft, which will be held June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. They are the first Original Six franchise to have the No. 1 pick since 2007, when the Chicago Blackhawks selected right wing Patrick Kane.
The Maple Leafs are likely to use the pick to select center Auston Matthews of Zurich in the National League A, the top professional league in Switzerland. Matthews (6-foot-1, 210 pounds), a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters eligible for the draft. The 18-year-old won the league's Rising Star award and was second in voting for most valuable player in NLA after scoring 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games.
If chosen No. 1, Matthews would be the first American-born player since Kane to be selected first.
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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
“We’ve got to come up with some speed, some numbers, have guys going to the net,” Tavares said. “We’ve got to shoot some pucks and when there’s plays there we have to make them. It sounds simple but it’s a matter of executing.”
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NEW YORK - The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, which will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 30, at Sportsnet's Hockey Central Studio at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced during live television coverage of the event (8:00 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVAS). Both the Draft Lottery Drawing and the broadcast will take place at the CBC.
All clubs that did not qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, will participate.
For the first time, the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery will assign the top three slots in the first round of the NHL Draft - a change from prior years, when the Draft Lottery was used to determine the winner of the first overall selection exclusively.
As a result of this change, the team earning the fewest points during the regular season will no longer be guaranteed, at worst, the second overall pick. That club could fall as low as fourth overall.
Three draws will be held: the first drawing will determine the club selecting first overall, the second drawing will determine the club selecting second overall and the third drawing will determine the club selecting third overall.
NEW YORK (April 30, 2016) – Forwards Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers, Loui Eriksson of the Boston Bruins and Anze Kopitarof the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards – hosted by actor Will Arnett – at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, in alphabetical order:
via Anaheim Ducks Twitter,
"I have memories and opportunities I wish I could have back. It was the way it kind of went that whole series, for me anyway."
"We laid it on the line in Game 7. A bounce here, a bounce there, it’s a different story. But we keep saying that..."
"This one probably hurts even more than the rest of them. You look at the team, what we overcame, it was a close-knit group."
Perry says Boudreau, "Has nothing do with what we did on the ice. We have to hold ourselves accountable. I think guys are doing that."
"We have to go out next year and prove ourselves all over again. It’s a clean slate, a new year. Hopefully we can rewrite the story."
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from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
If you struggled to recognize the Blues on Friday night, you’re not alone. Those may have been the same players who eliminated the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round, but they definitely weren’t the same team.
They were slower, a tad behind most of the night and completely missing in the first two periods against the Dallas Stars. By the time it was over, they were fortunate to have lost Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals by a mere 2-1 margin at American Airlines Center.
The Blues hardly resembled the team that beat the Blackhawks in a thrilling, seven-game classic in the Western Conference quarterfinals.
“They outplayed us,” captain David Backes said. “They deserved to win this one. We got to regroup and find our game and play for a full 60 the way we did in the first series and we’ll be just fine.
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