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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
- Veteran NHL linesman Don Henderson, brutalized by Dennis Wideman’s blindside assault during a game on Jan. 27, three weeks ago required neck surgery to repair damage from the hit and friends of his worry that his officiating career may be finished.
Henderson, 47, was near the boards, with his back to Wideman, when the Flames defenseman skated into him, inexplicably lifting his arms and knocking Henderson to the ice. Typically not one to engage in rough stuff, particularly during his four-year stint with the Bruins, Wideman appeared to leave his feet when making contact — a move that usually would bring a charging call and/or game misconduct if it were perpetrated against another player....
- ... If Holland is convinced Mrazek is his No. 1, the most obvious salary “fix’’ would be to move Howard, the 32-year-old ex-UMaine Black Bear. Howard is on the books for three more years at $5.3 million per, a fairly comfortable number for a No. 1, especially with his solid résumé. One possible move would have the Wings retaining, say, a third of his salary. The acquiring team would have a proven No. 1 for roughly $3.6 million (cheaper than Mrazek) and the Wings would have to carry only $1.7 million of his cap hit.
- Once the Oilers moved Taylor Hall to New Jersey to acquire puck-moving defenseman Adam Larsson, it meant all of the top six picks in the 2010 draft were no longer with the clubs that drafted them.
No. 7 that year, Jeff Skinner, remains in Carolina, where GM Ron Francis has opted instead to move out virtually everyone else — notwithstanding the somewhat curious move to bring back struggling goaltender Cam Ward on a new two-year deal.
To recap the 2010 top six:....
more on each of the above topics plus other hockey topics...
Bettman is doing the bidding of the NHL’s 31 owners and fighting the suit with everything he can muster. It might save money in the short term, but the long term is a different story. The NFL’s case is instructive. Litigation, discovery and the power of the federal government eventually directed king football to dedicate $1 billion to the health and welfare of its former players. Bettman has this case history with which to contend. What is more, he has a peeved U.S. senator after him. It cannot end well for the NHL.
Bettman is waiting for a scientific consensus for legal reasons. Meanwhile, he is telling 4,300 former players that the league does not care about them — and, by ignoring what is known, and by making only token efforts to improve player safety, he is telling 700 current players that odds are the vast lot of them probably won’t commit suicide. It is a craven message to the sport, its athletes and its fans.
-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch on the class-action lawsuit the NHL faces on concussions. Read more from Arace on this issue.
Nashville, Tenn. (July 26, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Calle Jarnkrok to a six-year, $12 million contract. The contract will pay him $1.7 million in 2016-17, $1.8 million in 2017-18, $2.1 million in 2018-19, $2.2 million in 2019-20 and 2020-21, and $2 million in 2021-22.
A player elected arbitration date was scheduled for August 4th.
Press release is below...
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed head coach Bill Peters to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season.
“Bill is a talented, young coach in the National Hockey League,” said Francis. “We are happy that he has made a commitment to the Hurricanes, and that he will be a major part of the team continuing to grow.”
from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet,
Tavares, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2018, had a clear response when asked about a possible future with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“I would not count on that,” Tavares told Sportsnet’s Andrew Walker during an appearance on Sportsnet 590 The FAN Tuesday.
"I think I've always showed my commitment, my appreciation and my desire to play on Long Island. I'd love for that to continue for the long haul," he said. "I think you look at some of the greatest players in the game, they have been able to spend their entire careers somewhere and I hope I'm in that same position.
"Obviously being from Toronto, people are going to make those connections...It is what it is. It's nothing I can control. I just want to go out there and be the best player and best person I can be for the Islanders, day in and day out, and I'm just going to focus on tomorrow and the upcoming season," said Tavares, whose Game 6 overtime winner in April helped New York to its first playoff series win in 23 years.
from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN,
ESPN.com: How many resumes have you received so far?
GM: I'll bet that I've had 600-700 texts, 300-400 emails, 60-70 phone calls. It's been unreal. What's difficult is you let people know you'll get back to them when we get organized. If they haven't heard from you in a week, they start texting and emailing again.
ESPN.com: What is it you'll be looking for in a coach in Las Vegas?
GM: We haven't even started [looking] and probably won't until the new year. There are lots of coaching changes in a season, so we want to take a look at what might be there later in the year. A coach has to obviously understand the X's and O's, but more importantly he has to be someone the players really respect. Not only as a coach but as a person. You want a guy that's a lot of things: smart, approachable, unflappable, confident, hard-working, organized, all of those things. Good with the community, good with the media. That's the sort of thing we'll be looking for.
ESPN.com: Have other GMs contacted you about staying away from their players in the expansion draft?
GM: I called [Islanders GM] Garth Snow to say, "Thanks for everything, it was a great experience and you really helped me get the other GM job." He said, "Just remember that during the expansion draft." Then he said, "Now that you're back to being a manager, I can't wait to see you look old again."
On trade rumours:
"We're a team that has not been where we want to be the last couple years," he said. "Hopefully we get it back together this year, but if things don't go that way I'm sure they'll be looking to make some big changes.
"All I can do is just prepare myself to help the best I can, first of all, Team Canada win the World Cup and after that the same applies for Colorado."
-Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche via Scott Lewis of Sportsnet.
The fact the Detroit Red Wings were desperate for offensive options this summer was one of the most open secrets in NHL, but it's probably fair to say not many expected the franchise to sign Thomas Vanek. While the 32-year-old is coming off the back of a modest couple of seasons with the Minnesota Wild, Detroit feel as though a one-year contract worth $2.6 million was a very worthwhile risk to take after the Austrian was bought out of the final year of his deal. The Red Wings had been very interested in Alexander Radulov, who ended up signing for Montreal, but a late swoop for Vanek may end up looking like a very smart piece of business come the end of next season.
from Travis Yost of TSN,
One of the discussion points I’ve found interesting over the years is whether it’s better for short-handed teams to set up in the defensive zone for the purpose of blocking shots versus setting up false shooting lanes that allow goaltenders clean looks at shots from a distance.
Going through some video during this past regular season, it was interesting to see the strategic disparities from team to team. The Boston Bruins, for example, were maniacal about blocking shots. They used goalie Tuukka Rask in something of a secondary role, essentially deciding that if they couldn’t block the shot, he’d have to bail them out.
The Vancouver Canucks were the polar opposite. Vancouver, to my eye, seemed to let an awful lot of shot volume arrive at the doorstep of goaltending duo Ryan Miller and Jakob Markstrom.
The shot data we have on both of these teams suggests something of a systemic difference. Going through the last six years of team performance on the penalty kill, no team blocked a higher percentage of shot attempts than the Bruins last season (36 per cent). Only four teams blocked a smaller percentage of shot attempts than the Canucks did last season (22 per cent). To my surprise, one of those four teams was the 2011-12 edition of the Canucks – a team that earned the Presidents’ Trophy.
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