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Video- Focusing On The Coaching Jobs

05/30/2023 at 7:59pm EDT

via the YouTube page of the NHL Network,

NHL Network insider Elliotte Friedman gives us the latest updates on what he's hearing about coaching searches around the league, including Nashville's reported hiring of Andrew Brunette.

Tom Dundon On His Team

05/30/2023 at 7:50pm EDT

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Even with a week to digest the unappetizing finish, Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon still can’t believe how the team lost.

The Stanley Cup finals will go on without them Saturday, despite outplaying the Florida Panthers in all four games in every metric except the only one that matters. The owner’s takeaway from that unlikely sweep: Let’s run it back again.

That means going to quick work on new contracts for Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal, Brett Pesce and Brady Skjei (more or less in that order of priority), and giving strong consideration to bringing back most of the Hurricanes’ unrestricted free agents, with Staal and Jesper Fast atop that list, Dundon said.

Because as bizarre as the finish may have been, the Hurricanes like their odds of getting back to that point.

“You have to look at all 97 games we played,” Dundon said Tuesday. “The last four I actually thought we played pretty well in most of them and didn’t win. You’re going to tweak around the edges but I don’t want to overreact and get worse. It’s hard to get better from where we are. It’s easier to get worse.”

While general manager Don Waddell and coach Rod Brind’Amour will meet with the media on Wednesday for the annual public debriefing, some of the offseason goals are already clear beyond a reasonable doubt in the owner’s mind.

On a contract extension for Aho, who has a year to run left on his deal: “We want to get him on an eight-year deal, done as soon as possible. It’s a top, top priority. I think we’re on the same page. It’s kind of his team now.”


TSN Insiders Tonight

05/30/2023 at 7:08pm EDT
With a four-day break until the puck drops on the Stanley Cup Final, the off-ice news is taking centre stage in the NHL. The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the latest on Toronto's general manager search, Auston Matthews' future with the Maple Leafs, Calgary's hunt for a new head coach, and more.

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Hockey's Back In South Florida

05/30/2023 at 12:18pm EDT

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

After two-plus decades of instability under different owners and general managers and a revolving door of coaches and players, the Panthers’ fans are back and are showing a hockey world that enjoys tossing potshots their way that if given reason to come, they will come.

“Historically, if you win in South Florida, people show up — they pay attention,” says longtime Panthers TV play-by-play guy Steve Goldstein. “Most of the teams are relatively new — and by new, I mean 25, 35 years. You don’t have the generations of fans. You don’t have the grandfather, the dad and the son that all went to the games. Now, what you’re seeing with the Panthers, you have the mom and the dad, and the daughter and the son are Panthers fans because their parents were.

“There’s a lot of things to do in South Florida. You can go to the beach anytime you want for free. So there needs to be a reason to come to the games. Once teams give that — and the Panthers have the last three, four years been a very good, exciting team with a committed ownership that spends big money — the attendance grows. And now, with this run, it’s off the charts.”

In an entertainment market as competitive as South Florida, you have to win. Period.

And since the Panthers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in 1996, they didn’t win a playoff round until last spring. Slowly but surely, the fans largely and understandably stopped coming.

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The New Head Coach For The Washington Capitals Is Spencer Carbery

05/30/2023 at 12:11pm EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have named Spencer Carbery the team's head coach, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

"We are extremely pleased to name Spencer as our new head coach," said MacLellan. "Spencer is one of the best young coaches in the game who's had success at every level at which he has coached. We feel his leadership, communication skills, ability to develop players and familiarity with our organization will be a tremendous asset as he makes this next step in his coaching career."

The Vegas Golden Knights Earned Their Way To The Stanley Cup Final

05/30/2023 at 10:31am EDT

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

The Vegas Golden Knights are misfits no more. Actually, they’re perfectly suited to winning a Stanley Cup.

After cuffing aside the Dallas Stars 6-0 Monday to win the Western Conference title in six games, the big, brawny, deep Knights look more like Godzilla than the Cinderella team of expansion-draft “misfits” that somehow made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018 in the franchise’s first National Hockey League season.

Even using their fourth goalie in Adin Hill, who had a 23-save shutout in Game 6, and with their best player, Jack Eichel, goal-less in the conference final, the Golden Knights were just too much for the Stars and overwhelmed them with speed, power and scoring depth in the deciding game.

Only six original misfits remain from Vegas’ inaugural roster, but three of those players scored on Monday. William Karlsson had two goals and Jonathan Marchessault one, but the biggest catalyst was wrecking-ball winger William Carrier and his fourth-line mates.


Wrapping Up The Conference Finals

05/29/2023 at 11:35pm EDT

via the NHL PR department,

Close Games and Overtime Dominated Conference Finals
* All four games in the Panthers-Hurricanes series were one-goal contests, as were three of six in the Western Conference Final between the Golden Knights and Stars. The seven total one-goal games in the round before the Stanley Cup Final were the most ever when the round is completed in 10 games or fewer.

* Overall, it was the 12th time the round before the Final featured at least seven one-goal games (regardless of how many total contests were played in the round). Three of those instances have come in the past four years (7 in 2020 & 9 in 2021).

Videos- The Vegas Golden Knights Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

05/29/2023 at 11:00pm EDT

The Golden Knights will host the Florida Panthers for the first two games of the SCF. Games are on Saturday, June 3rd and Monday, June 5th. Puck drop will be around 8:10pm ET. Every game will be on TBS, CBC, Sportsnet and TVAs.

Vegas earned their way to the Final by defeating the Dallas Star 6-0 tonight to take the series 4-2.

Below watch the trophy presentation, handshakes plus the game highlights.

Open Post- Game 6 Of The Western Conference Final Vegas/Dallas

05/29/2023 at 7:26pm EDT

Video- Goals Of The Week

05/29/2023 at 7:09pm EDT

Less than three minutes to watch.

Not Enough Available Goalies

05/29/2023 at 9:58am EDT

via Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Several teams are looking for new goalies. And the goalie market is thin. The UFA list includes Tristan Jarry, Semyon Varlamov, Adin Hill, Joonas Korpisalo and Frederik Ansdersen as the most desirable. But how many those goalies will end up back with their own teams? Certainly Hill and Korpisalo are strong possibilities and Jarry could end up back Pittsburgh, depending upon who the new GM is.

The Penguins, Senators, Red Wings, Sabres, Hurricanes and Islanders could be in the goalie market. The list could grow longer. Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now points out that the Sharks historically don’t draft goalies effectively. Maybe they should be in the market as well.

The goalie trade market could be interesting if the Anaheim Ducks were trading John Gibson or the Calgary Flames moved Jacob Markstrom. The Winnipeg Jets are expected to move Connor Hellebuyck.

From Both Sides - Vegas/Dallas

05/29/2023 at 8:36am EDT

from Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

There was a prevailing narrative when Adin Hill took over at goalie for the Golden Knights about how his role was to just not screw things up for a team with the structure in place to make a run at the Stanley Cup.

That the job of the journeyman backup suddenly thrust into starting duties for a championship favorite was to not be solely responsible for derailing those aspirations.

Hill has rejected that storyline with similar confidence and authority to the many shots he has turned away off the sticks of the Oilers and Stars in the past two weeks

The Knights are in position to advance to the Stanley Cup Final with a Game 6 victory Monday over the Stars at American Airlines Center largely because of his efforts, not despite them.

Now they might need even more from a player who has chosen a good time to play at such a high level, leading a postseason run in his first playoff appearance just as he’s about to hit free agency.


from Taylor Baird at,

New Coach And GM Jobs Could Happen This Week

05/29/2023 at 8:20am EDT

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on the weekend that Dubas is very much coveted by Pittsburgh for its GM post, to the point where the Penguins let him speak to captain Sidney Crosby and visit their facilities.

Dubas’s unexpected availability after relations with Shanahan broke down over terms of a new contract made the Pens halt a search that was down to a short list of similarly young visionaries.

The heads of the Fenway Group, which owns the Penguins among other pro sports interests worldwide, were at the Monaco Grand Prix on the weekend and expected to settle the GM question this week.

The end of the world hockey championships might also speed up some announcements.

Bergevin, who has been over there in part as a special advisor to Los Angeles Kings GM Rob Blake since getting fired in Montreal, was also on the Penguins list at one stage. It’s believed Bergevin found his time with the Kings quite rejuvenating, though jumping right back into a big Canadian market such as Toronto might dim that enthusiasm.

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen will also be headed home from Europe to deal with a coaching vacancy. Andrew Brunette, who was in line in Florida last year before it opted for Paul Maurice to replace Joel Quenneville, is getting mentioned there amid rumours the Jackets will also make a big pitch to Patrick Roy to get back under the NHL big top.

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NHL Short Notes

05/29/2023 at 12:31am EDT

* Game 6 of the Western Conference Final goes Monday at 8 p.m. ET, with the Stars aiming to even the series after facing a 3-0 deficit – and move within reach of accomplishing an NHL first – while the Golden Knights take their third shot at advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

* Jason Robertson can climb multiple franchise lists with a goal Monday, including becoming the first player in Stars/North Stars history to score six in the round before the Stanley Cup Final.

* The Golden Knights could see a new franchise record for most goals in a playoff year should either Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson or Chandler Stephenson score in Game 6.

* With just five days remaining until Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, #NHLStats spotlights Matthew Tkachuk as the player to watch after an electric Conference Final performance.

A Long Break For The Florida Panthers

05/28/2023 at 1:28pm EDT

from Alain Poupart at the NHL's website,

"We just have a plan now of what we're going to do the next few days here before we travel," defenseman Marc Staal said. "So everyone knows what we've got the next few days and we'll prepare as best we can and go from there. So, it just gets a little more structured if we know what we're doing and prepare that way."

It will be 10 days between games for the Panthers. They completed a four-game sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday with a 4-3 victory at FLA Live Arena.

While concern about staying sharp might be valid, Panthers coach Paul Maurice said he preferred the idea of his players getting additional time to recover from the wear and tear of the Carolina series, which featured four games decided by one goal, starting with the quadruple-overtime victory in Game 1.

"None of the things that you would normally have wanted to have happen has happened to us and they all turned out good, so be careful what you wish for," Maurice said. "So we've just decided not to wish for anything, just take what it is. The positive for us is we do have players that are healing.

"That quadruple-overtime game, there was a cost to it for both teams and I don't think that you get to recover from that until the series is over. … It's a big block of time off and how do you stay sharp, but I would take the rest over worrying about how sharp we're going to be in Game 1."

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Sunday Morning Hockey Notes

05/28/2023 at 8:55am EDT

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- A phone call I would make if I were Shanahan: Hello, Jon Cooper. Any interest in being a GM?

- The belief when Shanahan took over the Leafs: We are the Maple Leafs, we need to have the best of everything. The best coaches. The best front office people. The most progressive thinkers. You can’t consider Marc Bergevin, Peter Chiarelli or Jason Botterill to be the next GM if you’re still thinking that way.

- In the end, the Carolina Hurricanes suffered from not having Andrei Svechnikov and Max Pacioretty in the lineup while playing with a barely ready Teuvo Teravainen. That would be three of their top four offensive players. The Canes scored only six goals while being swept by Florida.

- The Dallas Stars have two more years of Jamie Benn at a salary cap hit of $9.5 million a season.

- ... This isn’t about taxes, salary caps, fans, and pressure about all the convenient reasons why Canadian teams don’t win. This is about getting better. This is about having a plan and a strategy and building a foundation. I saw Canadian hockey at its best in the ’70s and ’80s. The Oilers or the Maple Leafs could become one of those title teams. Or become like the 2011 Canucks, living a lifetime of what-if.

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The Dallas Stars Are Back In The Series

05/28/2023 at 1:52am EDT

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

It is easy to say – because it’s logical to project – that there’s no way the Dallas Stars are actually going to win four straight games to save their season against the Vegas Golden Knights.

This conclusion isn’t because the Stars aren’t an excellent team. They are. But so are the Knights.

It’s more math than emotion: only four teams in National Hockey League history have rallied from a 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series, and it has never happened in a conference final, where teams that win the first three games are 46-0 in advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Golden Knights, a 51-win team that had 111 points in the regular season, aren’t going to lose four straight playoff games after losing only three times in the first month of the Stanley Cup tournament.

This Stars’ comeback almost certainly is not happening despite Dallas’ impressive 4-2 road win Saturday in Las Vegas.

But the fantastic thing about sports is that you actually have to play the games.

And ask yourself this: Can the Dallas Stars win two consecutive games? Because that’s all they have to do now after halting the Knights and stealing momentum by winning Games 4 and 5 in the Western Conference Final.

The Stars no longer have to climb Mt. Everest. They just have to get up the Eiger.


Game highlights are below.

Success Or Failure Of The Payoff Teams

05/27/2023 at 11:10pm EDT

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Here is a Pass/Fail exercise for the teams that won’t hold Stanley Cup parades next month after qualifying for, and then being eliminated from, the playoffs.

Could the season nevertheless be considered successful, gaining a Pass grade for 2022-23? Or was it a failure, colossal or otherwise, thus earning an F?

That is the existential question, and here are the marks for the 13 teams that had been ousted as of Friday. Giannis Antetokounmpo has not been consulted....

Seattle: PASS for the second-year team taking out the defending champion Avalanche in a seven-game first round before pushing Dallas to seven games in Round 2.

Carolina: PASS earned with respect to the structure and work ethic the ’Canes bring night after night while ultimately undermined by the absence of their most productive forward, Andrei Svechnikov, when structure and work ethic weren’t going to be quite enough....

Boston: FAIL, as in epically, because nobody but nobody cares about their 65 victories or 135 points after they failed to protect a 3-1 first-round lead, just like nobody but nobody cares about the NBA Warriors, who won 73 games and failed to win the title. And no, it doesn’t make it any better because the Panthers have since turned into a juggernaut.

Edmonton: FAIL in coming up one round short of advancing to the conference finals and now with four series victories in eight years with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, as opposed to Pittsburgh winning the Cup in Year 4 of the Sidney Crosby-Evgeni Malkin partnership.

the rest of the teams plus more topics...

Video- Hockey Thoughts Tonight

05/27/2023 at 10:05pm EDT

The Uneasiness In Toronto

05/27/2023 at 3:06pm EDT

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Subject to change, virtually at any hour, Sheldon Keefe remains the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who definitely are in search of a new general manager and, who knows, could be looking for someone to replace No. 1 bottle washer Brendan Shanahan.

For a club that finally won a playoff round, albeit only to be shredded in five games under the claw of the Panthers, the joy ride was short-lived in Toronto. The Leafs went directly from the standard “OK, what happened?!” to “Yikes, what’s going on?”, an uncomfortable spot for any franchise.

The look is all the worse, of course, when it’s an Original Six club still searching for its first Stanley Cup title since 1967. Even worse for an Original Six club, led by Shanahan as team president, that had no backup plan in place if it chose to fire general manager Kyle Dubas or if he chose to leave rather than sign a contract extension.

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NHL Short Notes

05/27/2023 at 12:32am EDT

* A tightly-contested victory in Game 4 helped Dallas stave off elimination. The Stars now look to force Game 6 to keep their championship aspirations alive in the Conference Finals, something the franchise has already done in their history.

* The Golden Knights return home with another opportunity to close out the Western Conference Final and join rare company in NHL history with their second Stanley Cup Final appearance within their first six seasons.

* This round has the potential to be the closest Conference Finals in NHL history. Games in the 2023 Conference Finals have been tied or separated by a one-goal margin for 90.0% of total playing time (511:00 of 567:43), including 99.2% in the East (318:58 of 321:38) and 78.0% in the West (192:02 of 246:05). In the NHL's modern era (since 1943-44), the highest percentage of time teams have spent separated by no more than a one-goal margin in the round before the Stanley Cup Final is 87.7% (2002 Conference Finals).

Questions On The Oilers

05/26/2023 at 4:36pm EDT

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It’s Mailbag Friday, and we have some beauties.

So far, folks are trading Darnell Nurse, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Philip Broberg and Jack Campbell. And Kailer Yamamoto....

Let’s get started.

“Hey Mark, is Edmonton ever going to win a Cup with McDavid and Draisaitl? Or are they condemned to constant playoff exits, because the NHL has made it very hard for Canadian teams to be successful?” — @Alclembee

How has the NHL “made it very hard” for Canadian teams, Al? Edmonton has more financial resources than 90 per cent of the U.S.-based teams. They also received four No. 1 overall picks in a six-year span — one named McDavid.

When they joined the NHL they got to keep Wayne Gretzky — against the wishes of all many American owners.

Canadian fans show up and spend their money, win or lose. Not like in Denver or San Jose. Canadian cities (outside Toronto) have zero competition from NBA, MLB, college sports, etc. They’re one-horse towns when it comes to the sports dollar, with apologies to the CFL and MLS.

If the Oilers can’t win a Cup with McDavid and Draisaitl, it’s on the Oilers. Not the NHL.

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Jack Eichel's Transformation

05/26/2023 at 2:09pm EDT

from Justin Bourne of Sportsnet,

Eichel's play and the opportunity Vegas has in front of it leaves the pivot with a chance to change his reputation in a way that I’m not sure has happened for a player not-named Phil Kessel before, who also got flak for his playing style before breaking through with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both Kessel and Eichel have had people say “You can’t win with that guy,” and while Kessel proved you can win with him, he did it as the third- or fourth-most important guy on his Cup-winning teams. If Eichel were to win the Conn Smythe Trophy after his roller coaster from huge prospect to “guy you can’t win with” and back, it could fairly make us re-evaluate a lot of talented players who often just need to be put in the right situation to succeed.

It could – for the more reasonable types anyway – also make us realize there’s not some secret sauce that goes into four-round post-season success. We often treat every player who’s ever won a Cup as though they somehow discovered Michael Jordan’s water in Space Jam along the way. Having good players on a well-coached team (which has to be a dozen teams per year) who get some timely saves and breaks along the way is sometimes all it takes.

For truly talented players, I’m not sure there are many who are so deficient in defence or intangibles that you “can’t win with them,” despite plenty of players earning that label.

Eichel’s reputation had taken a beating out of Buffalo after showing himself to be a player who had a lot to learn, despite being heralded as a franchise cornerstone. He didn’t always defend well, had some maturity issues to overcome, and wasn’t quite as ready to solve Buffalo’s problems as fans had hoped. When he dug in on his own medical treatments, some considered it more whinging, rather than a player fairly advocating for the care they’d prefer.

This isn’t to weigh in on any of that, or to say that being five wins away from a Cup somehow absolves a player of all that’s come before.


One Big Piece Missing In Carolina

05/26/2023 at 10:31am EDT

from Matt Larkin of The Daily Faceoff,

This trend isn’t new during the highly successful era that began when Brind’Amour took over as head coach starting in 2018-19. Over that five-season span, the Canes have the fourth-best points percentage in the NHL at .661. But they’ve fallen short of the Stanley Cup Final all five of those seasons despite perennially being perceived as one of the best teams in the NHL.

In 2018-19: They lost the Eastern Conference Final to a Boston Bruins team that got six goals in four games from future Hall of Famers Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak.

In 2019-20: They lost in the first (second) “playoff” round of the bubble tourney, lit up again by Boston’s Perfection Lne, this time in five games, with Bergeron scoring the game winner in two of them.

In 2020-21: The eventual champion Tampa Bay Lightning took them down in five games, buoyed by a combined eight goals from Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos.

In 2021-22: Done in by the New York Rangers, who got a .949 save percentage from Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin across seven games of their round-2 matchup.

Defeated because the other team had at least one superstar-grade player. Every. Time.

Ask around the league – other players, coaches, scouts, analysts – about the Carolina Hurricanes’ identity in the Brind’Amour era, and you typically get similar answers:

“They all play the same way.”

“Total buy-in.”

“They keep coming at you in waves.”

The Brind’Amour Way has pretty much universally been perceived as a strength, but it also highlights a weakness that was on display during the Eastern Conference Final: the Canes don’t have a dominator who can will them to victory, particularly at the forward position.


The Vegas Golden Knights Needed A Better Effort

05/26/2023 at 10:16am EDT

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

They knew how hard the push would be, how desperation has this way of lifting a team’s level of play. There would be no celebration for the Golden Knights on Thursday night, no Western Conference title just yet, no Clarence S. Campbell Bowl to take pictures around.

It’s still going, folks.

Dallas apparently has something left in its pursuit of what would be a historic comeback, the Stars having avoided being swept out of this best-of-seven series with a 3-2 overtime victory before a sellout gathering of 18,532 at American Airlines Center.

It was the best we have seen of Dallas in four games.

Certainly when it mattered most.

“Our effort level wasn’t good enough,” Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault said. “Just not good enough for our group. It’s still in overtime, so it was right there for us. They played well defensively. Their desperation was higher than ours, and at this time of year, it’s about who wants it more.”

It’s true, after all: The fourth one is always toughest to get.

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