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Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: Montreal Canadiens (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:26:18 PDT)
(The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!)   Last Season In Emojis

Canadiens to have 4 alternate captains this season (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:55:58 PDT)
MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens will play with four alternate captains this season: defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban and forwards Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty.

Montreal goes sans captain instead of choosing Subban or Pacioretty (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:55:40 PDT)
This is going to be hard to believe, but the Montreal Canadiens announced they will have no captain for the 2014-15 season and will instead of have four "assistant captains ": Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban.  I know, right? “Assistant captains?” This franchise has been around since the Jurassic Era and it doesn’t know they’re called “alternates?” Who’s running social media over there … an American? Less surprising is that the Canadiens opted not to name a captain. First, because it’s not unheard of: The Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres have gone without one; the San Jose Sharks are expected to do the same in their halfhearted “rebuild” of leadership. But mostly because the Canadiens recognized the delicate situation they had here. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Hockey: It's time to join a league today! ] Carey Price is basically the captain, except he can’t be one because he’s a goalie. Max Pacioretty is captain material, but so is P.K. Subban, who along with Price is a pillar in the team’s foundation. It becomes a BIG DEAL if Subban isn’t named captain; and yet it’s also a BIG DEAL if he is named captain, because it creates another entry point for his critics. Ask Dion Phaneuf what life’s like with the media on your rump about nebulous “leadership” critiques every season. So the Habs opted for a system in which the two foreign guys always wear the ‘A’ while Subban and Pacioretty will alternate the alternate. GM Marc Bergevin said: "We'll start with P.K. at home, Max on the road and the other two guys will [wear letters] every game."  (That's per NHL rules, by the way, which states there can be only three alternates each game if there's no captain.) This is a Cirque du Soleil level of contortionism to avoid having to name either Pacioretty or Subban captain, but hey, whatever works. They clearly don’t think Subban’s ready for the role, and that’s fine. Better to do this than what the Washington Capitals did in 2006, when Olaf Kolzig was the de facto captain, Alex Ovechkin was considered too immature for the ‘C’ (even though Crosby already had it) and the team named Chris Clark their captain. Yes, THE Chris Clark. The Canadiens are kicking the can down the road a bit. Maybe the situation gains clarity over the next 82 games. 

What We Learned: Do NHL players actually care about Corsi? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:05:07 PDT)

MacKinnon's ready to dominate; expansion pros and cons; Malone signs with Rangers (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:04:30 PDT)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • Malcolm Subban’s mask is quite awesome. [ SCoC via Dielairbrush ] • Nathan MacKinnon is ready for a big year: “I expect more out of me. I feel like I can really take the next step this season. I had a year of growth, but now I need to prove that I can be a dominant player in the league more than last year.” [ Yahoo ] • Sean McIndor examines the pros and cons of NHL expansion. [ Grantland ] • Alex Ovechkin skated with some special needs kids this week and was even asked out on a date by one of them. [ RMNB ] • Great read on Saku Koivu’s lasting legacy in the Montreal community. [ Sportsnet ] • The NHL’s interest in advanced statistics could be a boon for hockey fans. [ Eye on Hockey ] • The New York Rangers made it official on Thursday by signing Ryan Malone to a one-year, two-way deal worth $850,000. [ Blueshirt Banter ] • Guy Lapointe’s no. 5 will be retired by the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 8 before their game against the Minnesota Wild. [ Canadiens ] • Are the improvements made by the Nashville Predators this summer enough for them to take a big step forward? [ Section 303 ]  • Despite their playoff failures, maybe the San Jose Sharks shouldn’t be labeled “chokers” after all. [ Last Word on Sports ]  • Fantasy hockey draft coming up? Be sure to check on the latest injury updates. [ Dobber Hockey ] • Please welcome At Even Strength, a site dedicated to covering women’s hockey. [ AES ] • More scoring in the OHL? Bring it on. [ Buzzing the Net ]  • Washington State is investigating four WHL teams for possible child labor law violations. Players may have been paid less than the state’s minimum wage. [ King5 ]  • Great satire: “Upcoming NHL 15 patch puts Martin Brodeur on every NHL team, extending his career forever” I'd take it over the U2 album. [ Lighthouse Hockey ] • From Al Montoya’s new bucket to Braden Holtby’s patriotic lid, there are some cool new goalie masks  coming out this season. [ Hockey by Design ]  • Finally, players aren’t the only ones who participate in training camp, officials do as well:

Experts Mock Draft (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:56:00 PDT)
Corey Abbott gives his thoughts on a recent mock draft he took part in with some fellow experts.

Ducks extend Boudreau; Murray talks Ryan, Methot; Subban for Habs captain? (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:19:29 PDT)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

Saku Koivu retires from NHL after 18 seasons (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:06:15 PDT)
Saku Koivu retired Wednesday after an 18-year NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks and the Montreal Canadiens. The four-time Finnish Olympic medalist and cancer survivor announced his decision through the NHL players' association. The Ducks decided they wouldn't attempt to re-sign Koivu earlier in the summer. The 39-year-old Koivu spent his first 13 NHL seasons with Montreal, becoming the first European-born captain in the Original Six franchise's history in 1999.

Finland's Koivu hangs up skates after 18 seasons
(Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:51:33 PDT)
Saku Koivu, a four-time Finnish Olympian who battled back from blood cancer, announced his retirement on Wednesday after 18 National Hockey League seasons. Koivu, who played his first 13 seasons with Montreal and the last five with Anaheim, scored 255 goals and set up 577 others over 1,124 NHL games. "Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey, first in Finland and then in the NHL, I feel truly blessed and fulfilled," Koivu said. Koivu, 39, captained the Montreal Canadiens for 10 seasons, tying Jean Beliveau for the longest tenure in club history.

Saku Koivu retires after 18 NHL seasons, leaving impact on and off the ice (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:46:30 PDT)

P.K. Subban makes his case for captaincy of the Canadiens (Yahoo Sports)
(Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:13:40 PDT)
P.K. Subban recently signed an 8-year $72 million contract and is key piece of the Montreal Canadiens' present and future plans. But at 25 years old, is he ready for the weighty responsibility of wearing the 'C' for the NHL's most storied franchise?

Fantasy specialists: Who helps in each category (NHL)
(Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:00:00 PDT)
When drafting a fantasy hockey team, it's always important to make sure you address every statistical need. The goal is to put together the best possible well-rounded roster.

How many points will your NHL team earn in 2014-15? (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:27:30 PDT)
One of the harbingers of the upcoming NHL season is the release of 2014-15 odds from ye olde oddsmakers, and seeing how quickly they change as wagerers do their wagering.  Bovada released its annual regular-season point total over/unders on Tuesday, and already some of the lines have moved. But here they are upon their initial release; keep in mind these are betting lines, meaning they’re set up to entice you to wager rather than being to-the-digit predictions of teams’ point totals. From Bovada: Over/Under Point Totals Anaheim Ducks - 105˝ Arizona Coyotes - 80˝ Boston Bruins - 112˝ Buffalo Sabres - 65˝ Calgary Flames - 71˝ Carolina Hurricanes - 81˝ Chicago Blackhawks - 111˝ Colorado Avalanche - 98˝ Columbus Blue Jackets - 90˝ Dallas Stars - 89˝ Detroit Red Wings - 91˝ Edmonton Oilers - 80˝ Florida Panthers - 70˝ Los Angeles Kings - 106˝ Minnesota Wild - 98˝ Montreal Canadiens - 93˝ Nashville Predators - 76˝ New Jersey Devils - 83˝ New York Islanders - 81˝ New York Rangers - 95˝ Ottawa Senators - 78˝ Philadelphia Flyers - 90˝ Pittsburgh Penguins - 105˝ San Jose Sharks - 102˝ St Louis Blues - 105˝ Tampa Bay Lightning - 94˝ Toronto Maple Leafs - 88˝ Vancouver Canucks - 88˝ Washington Capitals - 88˝ Winnipeg Jets - 80˝ ***  A few reactions: 1  The 112-point Colorado Avalanche getting their points set at 98.5 is interesting. Many are predicting a point regression for the Avs, but will it be steeper than that? 2. The Sabres’ 65 points are of course the lowest betting total in the league. And while we all assume they’re Dishonor For Connor, keep in mind that their 52-point season last year was the first time a team finished with less than 60 points in an 82-game season since the 2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers. It doesn’t happen often. 3. Um, 93.5 points for the Montreal Canadiens? What’s the French phrase for “automatic over, collect profits in a few months”?  

Eriksson leads fantasy injury bounce-back candidates (NHL)
(Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:00:00 PDT)
Year after year, injuries alter the fantasy hockey landscape. It's tough for fantasy owners to anticipate them and even more difficult for your team to remain in contention when your players are affected by them.

Quintal to continue as NHL head of player safety (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:24:02 PDT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL has decided to keep Stephane Quintal in his role as the league's senior vice president of player safety, dropping the interim tag for the former defenseman.

Subban, Karlsson lead fantasy defensemen rankings (NHL)
(Sat, 06 Sep 2014 07:00:00 PDT)
With the 2014-15 NHL season inching closer by the day, has you covered with positional fantasy rankings. Based on Yahoo eligibility, projected lineups, past performance, injury history and each insider's opinion, Matt Cubeta (centers), Matt Sitkoff (left wings), Pete Jensen (right wings), Brian Metzer (defensemen) and Justin Goldman (goalies) bring you up to speed by identifying all the players worth targeting at each position in your upcoming drafts.

Camp Spotlights Part 2 (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:27:00 PDT)
The second half of our look at the big questions facing teams going into the 2014-15 campaign.

Canes eager to get a feel for new coach Peters (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:37:57 PDT)
The Carolina Hurricanes are eager to get a feel for their new management. With training camp coming up later this month, the Hurricanes are ready to find out how their new bosses - general manager Ron Francis and coach Bill Peters - are going to run things. Goalie Cam Ward said Thursday that he's spoken to his new coach 3-4 times on the phone and ''from the small amount of time I've talked to him, I view him as a straight shooter.'' Ward said he expects Peters to install a ''strong foundation and a sound structure.'' But he noted that it will be up to the players to put that plan in motion and prevent the Hurricanes' playoff drought from reaching a sixth year. ''A coach can only do so much.

Oilers' Hall back atop fantasy left wing rankings (NHL)
(Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:00:00 PDT)
With the 2014-15 NHL season inching closer by the day, has you covered with positional fantasy rankings. Based on Yahoo eligibility, projected lineups, past performance, injury history and each insider's opinion, Matt Cubeta (centers), Matt Sitkoff (left wings), Pete Jensen (right wings), Brian Metzer (defensemen) and Justin Goldman (goalies) bring you up to speed by identifying all the players worth targeting at each position in your upcoming drafts.

Puck Daddy’s Summer of Disappointment Series: The misery of all 30 NHL teams (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:57:41 PDT)
As is our August tradition here at Puck Daddy, we turned the mic over to readers, fans and other bloggers for a special summer series.  This time it was “The Summer of Disappointment”; a.k.a. “Puck Daddy’s Most Disappointing Summer Series,” for the snark-lover in you. The basic premise: Asking devotees of certain teams to tells us their most disappointing player, team, season, moment, transaction, executive and aesthetic choices in the franchise’s history. Much pain was relived. Much agony was recaptured. Jen Neale was the curator on this one, and pulled off a marvelous summer series. Here are the “Summer of Disappointment” entries for all 30 teams. Please feel free to revel in the misery of others. Anaheim Ducks Arizona Coyotes Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Calgary Flames Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Edmonton Oilers Florida Panthers Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild Montreal Canadiens Nashville Predators New Jersey Dev ils  New York Islanders New York Rangers Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins St. Louis Blues San Jose Sharks Tampa Bay Lightning Toronto Maple Leafs Vancouver Canucks Washington Capitals Winnipeg Jets *** It's been, er, an interesting summer for us here. Thanks for supporting the blog, and we can't wait to start talkin' hockey in the present tense in a few weeks.

Blackhawks, Kings, Bruins and Penguins lead NHL betting odds (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:24:00 PDT)
Looking at the latest Bovada betting odds for the NHL’s 2014-15 season, a few things are clear about wagering on the division champions.  1. The Metro Division might be the only one that could turn you a decent profit, provided the Pittsburgh Penguins stumble post-Bylsma and the New York Rangers don’t automatically ascend to the top spot. 2. The Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Louis Blues are getting mad respect as contenders in the Atlantic and the Central, but the Bruins and Blackhawks are still top dogs.  3. Not only aren’t the New York Islanders ever on TV, but the odds-makers give the Edmonton Oilers a better shot at winning the Pacific than the Isles have in the Atlantic. 4. Based on those 11/2 odds for the Colorado Avalanche, Bovada's obviously on the Corsi bandwagon too.  Here are the latest odds from Bovada:

Fisherwood pregnant; drafting goalies; Sigalet talks MS battle (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:22:01 PDT)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Toronto hockey humour graffiti update: Yup, it's still there. — SeanFitz_Gerald (@SeanFitz_Gerald) September 2, 2014 • Hockey is coming. • Mike Fisher may miss most of this season with the Nashville Predators but he’s already slipped one past the goalie. [ Yahoo Celebrity ] • Would giving a training camp invite to Dustin Penner be a good idea for the Montreal Canadiens? [ A Winning Habit ] • Carol Vadnais, who spent 17 years in the NHL with six teams, passed away at age 68 over the weekend after a battle with cancer. [ Gazette ] • With all the recent talk about expansion, let’s not forget that inaugural season’s are really, really difficult. [ Japers’ Rink ]  • After a dynamite college career what can we reasonably expect from Johnny Gaudreau with the Calgary Flames this season? [ Flames Nation ] • Really good read on new Flames goalie coach Jordan Sigalet and his fight with multiple sclerosis. [ The Blade ] • It’s OK to draft a goaltender, even if they are hard to project. [ Raw Charge ] • The New York Rangers will have some work to do in order to replicate last season’s success. [ Bergen Record ]  • The Los Angeles Kings have celebrated with Stanley this summer. Some, like Martin Jones, included owls in the partying. [ Jewels From the Crown ]  • After making a splash up front over the summer, the New York Islanders still have to see improvement on the blueline. [ Islanders Point Blank ] • Which WHL players could make the NHL leap this season? [ Buzzing the Net ] • From the Silver Monster of Chinese Taipei to Agaves Guadalajara of Mexico, here are the 55 IIHF member country champions of the past year. [ IIHF ] • In a fantasy hockey auction league? Here are 10 bargains to keep an eye on. [ Dobber Hockey ] • The Minnesota Wild have some questions in net. Here’s another one: should they re-sign Ilya Bryzgalov? [ Hockey Wilderness ] • Finally, here's former NHL ref Bill McCreary and his glorious mustache taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:

Ryan Johansen and finding comparable talent (What We Learned) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:20:31 PDT)
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.) The Ryan Johansen saga stretches on and on in Columbus and neither side seems willing to budge especially far from their dug-in positions on the matter of the young center's new contract. Everyone agrees a two-year term seems wise, but when it comes to the money, not so much. Johansen wants $7 million per. The Jackets would prefer that number be $4 million per. You can see the issue. Anyone not directly involved with Johansen professionally or personally likely recognizes that $7 million is a big ask, but that the Jackets' number is probably not enough to be commensurate with a kid who just turned 22 a month ago and already has a 33-goal season under his belt. So it was a little surprising for Columbus to come out over the weekend and say, basically, that they're not unwilling to go into the season without Johansen signed, and would likely just bump every center on the depth chart up a spot. This would, of course, be detrimental to Columbus's chances of winning. That gets to the issue of what Johansen is really worth, and specifically, what would be a fair price to pay him for the next two years. It must be said that $7 million per is not a reasonable ask for Johansen's camp considering what we know of the NHL's newly rediscovered penchant for dishing out “bridge contracts” to guys whose entry-level deals are expiring; if elite players like P.K. Subban can take much shorter money than that, so too should Johansen. That's a semi-reasonable argument. But you gotta pay your talent, and Johansen's camp could contend that their client is very demonstrably the biggest talent on the team, as long as you ignore that troubled first-107-games-of-his-career stretch, in which he only scored 14 goals and 19 assists. So the question that needs to be hashed out is simple: Is Johansen actually this 33-goal guy? He is pretty clearly not the six-to-nine-goals guy of the first two years of his career, which were troubled to say the least (and not always through any fault of his own, though the AHL healthy-scratches can't be that far from his memory). But if you're paying someone $7 million, you better be damn sure that's the kind of production you're getting. Otherwise, it's all acrimony. There is no sure way to know the future, of course, and every player develops differently, but you can start to construct a pretty reasonable expectation for what Johansen might be able to bring in his age-22 season based on statistical looks at other 21-year-old players who put up similar numbers to him. Pretty simple, really. For one thing, you have to keep in mind that players' shot and point production tends to increase steadily from ages 18 to 24 or 25, so the likelihood that Johansen takes a step back in that regard doesn't seem particularly large. The good news is that the comparables for players who produced similar to Johansen in their age-21 seasons since the 2005-06 lockout (when goaltending was at a level similar to today's numbers, and with players who are mostly still in the league) are of a good quality. Among the six players who put up similar shots per game (2.89 in Johansen's case) and a high shooting percentage (13.3) when they were 21, Johansen was fifth in points (63) and tied for fifth in goals (33, deadlocked with some kid named Sidney Crosby). The rest of the company looks pretty good too: Steven Stamkos, Evgeni Malkin, Eric Staal, Phil Kessel. That alone tells you how rare a season Johansen enjoyed last year. All five of those guys went on to significant success as point producers, obviously, and are for the most part very deservedly among the highest-paid players in the game. Speaks very well for Johansen's ability to claim he's elite. However, it's worth noting that while those six guys were the only ones in the nine seasons to put up at least 2.8 shots per game and shoot at least 13 percent, Johansen trailed dramatically in both those categories. None of the other players put up fewer than 3.09 shots per game, some 7 percent more than Johansen. That's a number which is not insignificant. Further, lots of guys can put up high shooting percentages, and thus score a lot of goals, in one- or even two-season bursts. So is that success sustainable? In short, no. All those guys — save for Crosby, with whom Johansen was tied — posted higher shooting percentages as 21-year-olds, and all of them — save for Crosby, again — also saw their scoring efficiency take a big hit in their age-22 seasons. Even when accounting for Crosby's huge jump forward in shooting percentage, the average decline in shooting percentage among this elite group was 2.88 points (or a drop of 16.8 percent of their total shooting percentages). Most also saw their shots per game increase significantly (an extra .28 shots per game, or an increase of 9.08 percent), though, which helped to even out the goalscoring issue.  But again, they were shooting at truly stratospheric levels to begin with, meaning that their shot volumes and percentages were both miles ahead of Johansen's, so any kind of dropoff for them wouldn't be nearly as noticeable as one for a player whose numbers were not quite so sterling.  That is, if Johansen regresses in terms of shooting percentage and still increases his shots per game in ways that are more or less in line with these other averages, he should still see a decline in goal production even as his shots go up. This is by no means scientific, because again, every player is different, but it wouldn't be surprising at all to see Johansen bump his shots per game up to the 3.1 or 3.2 range (up about 9 percent), but his goal number overall still drop because his shooting percentage could drop by something like 2.3 points to the 11.6 percent area. And wouldn't you know it, that's right in the area of his career shooting percentage of 11.2. If those numbers hold up, that puts his goal total at about 30 goals or so on about 260 shots. Which, finally, brings us to the question of who shoots in the area of at least 11.6 percent in their age-22 seasons and scores 30-plus goals? You're looking at elite company for Johansen: Crosby and Malkin both make the list again, but most of the others get bumped off. In favor of Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alex Semin, Tyler Seguin, Bobby Ryan, and Anze Kopitar. Here, too, we see very strong company. And while Johansen would, once again, be at the lower end of this list in terms of production (his theoretical shot and goal totals would scrape the bottom), there's no arguing that these are legitimately excellent players. It seems that those banking on a big step back for a player of Johansen's caliber probably won't end up making money on such a beat. Even if you build some serious wiggle room into the comparables (just 3 shots per game instead of 3.15, and a shooting percentage of 10 instead of 11.6), you're still coming up with a small list of guys who are almost exclusively first-line players forwards. There's one outlier on that new list, and it's Devin Setoguchi; Johansen doesn't play with a distributor of Joe Thornton's caliber, and probably never will. So no, Johansen's probably not worth $7 million per season. Yet. At least, last season is not something for which you give him $7 million and hope he justifies it. But he probably will be within the next two seasons. He obviously isn't on the level of Crosby or Malkin or Ovechkin or Stamkos or Kessel or Kopitar or Kovalchuk or most of the other guys mentioned above (he's better than Setoguchi, it goes without saying), but if your name keeps popping up on statistical lists with them, then that has to mean something. Johansen's breakout was last season, and it's one that it would frankly be surprising to see him repeat this year. With that having been said, betting considerable success, even if there is a slight step back, would be a mistake. You take 30ish goals from just about anyone.  This kid is going places, but he needs to realize he hasn't arrived quite yet. What We Learned Anaheim Ducks : Who's the starting goalie for the Ducks next year? Don't ask Bruce Boudreau, because he doesn't know yet . Arizona Coyotes : Expansion would help the Coyotes because all the fees from it would help keep them afloat . Know what else would help? Moving to a real market. See ya. Boston Bruins : Former Bruins first-round pick Zach Hamill, who hasn't been in the NHL since he got 16 games in 2011-12, signed with a Finnish team this weekend. The Bruins took him one pick before the Sharks selected Logan Couture. Buffalo Sabres : The Rochester Americans will play a game in Buffalo on Oct. 29. So many NHL games at First Niagara next season, eh? Calgary Flames : That Tyler Dellow saying about “You don't become the Chicago Blackhawks by loading up on their rejects?” Someone might want to let the Flames know . Carolina Hurricanes : Eric Staal has been dealing with a lot of injuries the last few years, but now he thinks he's good and healthy again. I think the term here is “cautious optimism.” Chicago Blackhawks : If Jeremy Morin doesn't get anything done this season , he probably won't get anything done in Chicago ever. Colorado Avalanche : Avs prospect Tomas Vincour may or may not be coming over to play in the bigs next season. Even his Czech league team, though, seems a bit iffy on it. Columbus Blue Jackets : Columbus prospect Markus Soberg might become a very, very good junior player this season. Because what the Jackets need is more high-quality prospects coming in. Don't have enough of those yet. Dallas Stars : This summer has led to almost unbridled enthusiasm for the Stars' chances in the coming season. So here's a list of lingering concerns to let all the air out of things. Detroit Red Wings : An associate economics professor at the University of Michigan Flint argues that the Red Wings' new arena would be a bad investment for both the city and state . You don't say. Edmonton Oilers : Craig MacTavish says Justin Schultz has “ Norris Trophy potential ” for some reason. He almost certainly does not. Florida Panthers : P.K. Subban practicing at the Panthers' practice rink is the biggest Panthers news of the weekend. Great. Los Angeles Kings : Marian Gaborik will lead the Kings in goals this season? That's a prediction I wonder about. But him scoring 40, I think, is doubtful. Minnesota Wild : Mike Yeo doesn't know who his starter is yet, but this might just be the first time in NHL history a returning playoff team has a three-way battle for the spot . Montreal Canadiens : Carey Price was recently named an ambassador for First Nations people . This is a really nice story.  Nashville Predators, America's Favorite Hockey Team : The Preds probably won't be too affected by NHL expansion. Take all the guys at the bottom of their roster. They dare you. New Jersey Devils : Before he got the invite to Devils training camp, Scott Gomez was thinking about retirement . This is basically the exact opposite of surprising news. Dude's made almost $63 million in his career. New York Islanders : Ryan Strome is going to have a “breakout” season ? Just another reason to bet on the Isles doing very well in the East. New York Rangers : Glad that's settled . Ottawa Senators : Looks like the Senators might re-extend their affiliation deal with Binghamton soon. Hey, great. Philadelphia Flyers : Ron Hextall says he likes to look at all the analytics before making decisions about his team, but also will keep Steve Mason as his starter despite the high risk of regression to garbage numbers. Hmmm. Pittsburgh Penguins : The Pens say Derrick Pouliot will be ready to start the season , and having his former junior coach behind the bench likely means that he can expect a pretty big role. San Jose Sharks : The Sharks might still trade those Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau guys? No kidding. St. Louis Blues : A Blues fan giving Brian Elliott's new contract a better grade than Paul Stastny's is shocking. I'm not sure about that one at all. Well, I am sure about it: It's crazy. Tampa Bay Lightning : Andrei Vasilievsky is probably going to play in the AHL this season , and that'll be good for Syracuse's chances. Dude's career save percentage in the comparable KHL is .923. Which is pretty good. Toronto Maple Leafs : William Nylander might be the most exciting rookie with a chance of making the Leafs in a long time. I'd be really excited to be able to watch this kid 82 times a year. Vancouver Canucks : Jim Benning maintains his own personal depth chart for every team in the league , made out of felt. See, he's just as big a nerd as you are. Washington Capitals : Barry Trotz says he'll still keep a close eye on the Preds next season. What a nice fellow. Winnipeg Jets : Yeah, no kidding . Gold Star Award

Former NHL defenseman Vadnais dies (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:06:03 PDT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former NHL defenseman Carol Vadnais, a six-time all-star, has died. He was 68.

Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Toronto Maple Leafs Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:36:53 PDT)

Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Vancouver Canucks Edition (Puck Daddy)
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Jersey Fouls: An Avalanche of failure; Wild consolidation; Kovalchuk hate (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:05:05 PDT)
Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at for inclusion in future installment.

Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Pittsburgh Penguins Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:24:14 PDT)

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