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Alex Galchenyuk inks two-year, $5.6 million bridge deal with Canadiens (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:56:28 PDT)
Just when you thought the bridge contract in the NHL was dead the Montreal Canadiens go and sign RFA Alex Galchenyuk to a two-year deal. The 21-year old forward will carry a $2.8 million AAV in each of the next two seasons, per Pierre LeBrun . Galchenyuk will remain an RFA and have arbitration rights after the deal is up. From the Habs: Galchenyuk, 21, played 80 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15. He set personal highs in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46). Three of his goals were tallied on the powerplay and scored one winning goal. The 6’01’’, 198-lbs forward maintained a +8 differential and was assessed 39 penalty minutes, while maintaining an average of 16:25 of ice time per game. Galchenyuk added four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +1 differential in 12 playoffs contests. There was plenty of drama from Galchenyuk’s end of things in the lead up to a deal finally getting done. Remember the KHL “threat? ” Or when the forward fired his long-time agent , Igor Larionov, and hired Pat Brisson? All in the past now that GM Marc Bergevin has signed up his young pivot. With a deal done, now we can go back to wondering where Galchenyuk will play in the Canadiens’ lineup next season. He’s considered a center, but Bergevin cast doubts about that being his long-term role in the organization at his end-of-season presser . “I can’t tell when or if he’ll be a center,” he said. He obviously found success on the wing this past season. And as Marc Dumont of Habs Eyes on the Prize broke down earlier this month, Galchenyuk’s done just fine when he’s been at center, despite Bergevin’s worries. If the Canadiens can upgrade their wingers, giving Galchenyuk a full-time role down the middle will serve them well as his continues his development. - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS :

Canadiens sign restricted free-agent Galchenyuk (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:46:59 PDT)
MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens and restricted free-agent Alex Galchenyuk have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

Leafs lowball Bernier; Bruins blame game; NHL last chance team (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:48:49 PDT)
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Winter Classic logos unveiled; Bruins/Habs alumni game announced (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:45:18 PDT)
The NHL, Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens had their press gathering for the 2016 Winter Classic on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, where we learned several uber-important facts about the blessed event  The Bruins and Canadiens will have an alumni game on Dec. 31, the day before the Classic. Huzzah! The Bruins and the Canadiens unveiled their cool, old school logos for the Jan. 1 event, which will take place at the home of the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Huzzah! There was no jersey unveiling … boo!  There was much thanking of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, almost to a nauseating level. Probably because Kraft was having a really, really bad day for reasons that had nothing to do with the Winter Classic. “Through their combined 34 Stanley Cup and Super Bowl titles the Patriots, the Bruins and the Canadiens all have been dominant in their respective sports,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The majesty of their accomplishments set against this spectacular backdrop promises a truly memorable New Years Day for 2016 and a truly special celebration for our sports."  Lumping the Patriots into this? Give. Me. A Break. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] And there was a lot of joking about the heat – because it was in the 90s in Foxborough, and it will obviously be much cooler come January in Massachusetts.  “I promise you the temperature will be a little different. Maybe colder than what you want,” said Kraft, who made no obvious Deflate-Gate reference at the news conference. (Sigh).  Either way, it’ll still be a fun event at the East Coast Classic, which shall no longer have non-Blackhawks Western Conference teams. Snark aside, bravo on bringing back the alumni game. The Blackhawks and Washington Capitals didn’t have one for the 2015 Winter Classic , and this is generally the most joyous non-Winter Classic element of the weekend. Seeing (hopefully) Ray Bourque strap his pads on for Boston and face the likes of (hopefully) Guy Lafleur for Montreal will no doubt stoke hockey nostalgia charm. Maybe Saku Koivu will come back for this occasion. Maybe we can pull Tim Thomas out of hiding.  Hopefully Bruins/Canadiens legend Hal Gill will return and play for both teams in the alumni game, because how many guys are adored by fans of both franchises? As for the logos. Montreal:

Winter Classic to bring Bruins, Canadiens to home of Pats (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:35:02 PDT)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots.

2015-16 Preview Part 1 (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:00:00 PDT)
Dadoun previews five Atlantic Division teams.

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Previewing the East in the middle of the off-season (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:15:41 PDT)
Dobber Hockey launched in 2005 and Dobber and his staff have hitched their wagons to Puck Daddy to preach fantasy hockey to the Yahoo masses since 2009. Now that the smoke has (mostly) cleared from an offseason that saw numerous big names switch jerseys, we are now ready to discuss the fantasy implications of these moves. Let’s take a tour around the NHL to find out how these changes could affect player fantasy values entering the 2015-16 season. We’ll start with our preview of the Eastern Conference teams. The Western Conference preview will be up Thursday.    Atlantic Division Boston Bruins If Don Sweeney were a fantasy GM, he’d be the guy that you’d poke fun at for getting fleeced. Regardless, the cap situation left by his predecessor had backed the Bruins into a corner. But many Bruins simply don’t possess the fantasy value that they used to … Torey Krug seems likely to log the even-strength minutes that will be left by Dougie Hamilton, which could help improve his overall point total. Krug’s power-play ice time per game last season (2:37) was actually more than Hamilton’s (2:30) … Matt Beleskey should take on Milan Lucic’s role as the resident power forward who will score a little. Never mind his sizable contract – the quality of his linemates could prevent him from reaching 20 goals … With the Bruins now trending downward for next season, is Tuukka Rask still a top-5 goalie? A top-10 goalie?    Buffalo Sabres Following this offseason, there are some exciting times ahead for the Sabres. Just don’t expect major gains in 2015-16 while this team continues on its rebuild course. Overall, this team contains a ton of x-factors fantasy-wise … Jack Eichel should be drafted in most fantasy formats as a sleeper, although you won’t want to draft him too early in single-season formats … Don’t overvalue Ryan O’Reilly either, as O’Reilly seems to offer a better real-life game than a fantasy game … Is it possible that the first Sabre drafted in your fantasy league is Evander Kane? Don’t forget that he will also be making his Sabres debut this season … Sabres’ goalies must have felt like they worked at a tire factory last season, as they faced more rubber than any other NHL team (35.6 shots per game). Keep that in mind when drafting Robin Lehner. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Detroit Red Wings Best known as a veteran team, the Red Wings brought in - guess what - more veterans during the offseason. But we can’t argue Ken Holland’s brilliance, so we applaud his players’ subsequent contributions to fantasy teams through the years … Detroit seems like the perfect home for Mike Green, whose role in Washington had been diminishing. Green averaged under 16 minutes of even-strength ice time last season, which in essence made him a fifth defenseman. An ESTOI increase means that a return to 50 points is not completely out of the question … At this stage in his career, Brad Richards is probably a late-round pick at best in single-season Yahoo leagues. However, he could be a sneaky early-season pickup with Pavel Datsyuk likely on the shelf to start the year following ankle surgery. Florida Panthers Since the Panthers are a cap floor team attempting to rebuild with youth, there’s very little to see here fantasy-wise … The most significant offseason acquisition was that of Reilly Smith, who was acquired from Boston along with Marc Savard’s contract for Jimmy Hayes. Yet Smith will still need to battle for minutes with youngsters Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, and Jonathan Huberdeau and of course the venerable Jaromir Jagr … If you’re in one of those deep keeper leagues that rewards physical play, you may want to get your hands on first-round pick Lawson Crouse (6-3, 212 lbs.) Montreal Canadiens If you’ve played fantasy hockey for a number of years, you’ve probably been disappointed by Alexander Semin by now. But remember that the last time he signed a one-year contract, he was a point-per-game player. Don’t expect him to pull that off again this season, but he could very well be a top-6 forward for the offensively-challenged Habs … Although he is still only 24 years old, Zack Kassian will have a lot to prove. A power forward who has shown great hands at times, particularly with the Sedins in Vancouver, Kassian will need to improve his defensive game in order to stay out of Michel Therrien’s Chateau Bow Wow and thus earn top-6 minutes … Looking for an extremely deep sleeper? Try defenseman Mark Barberio, who was an afterthought for the Lightning during last year’s playoffs. Habs fans may remember Barberio from his QMJHL days, when he recorded point-per-game numbers for the Moncton Wildcats. Ottawa Senators The Senators don’t spend money like a Canadian politician with an expense account, so the offseason moves were also kept to a minimum here … The most significant offseason move was the trade of onetime goalie of the future Robin Lehner to the Sabres. This move opens the door for late-season sensation Andrew Hammond to not only sell more cheeseburgers in Ottawa, but also to earn a full-time NHL roster spot. The prospective Hammond/Craig Anderson goaltending battle will be one to watch. Hammond earned more wins (20) over 24 games than Anderson did (14) over 35 games. So does that mean the Hamburgler will be the starter come opening night? Not necessarily - he turned around and lost the starting job in playoffs. Either way, it will be worth keeping an eye on. Tampa Bay Lightning There is very little change on this roster, but this time it’s for all the right reasons. The trick for the Bolts will be attempting to keep all their young talent together once contracts begin to expire. In fact, there’s not much to add here when your top offseason acquisitions were Erik Condra, Tye McGinn, and Jeff Tambellini. There’s still oodles of fantasy goodness on this team, just nothing new to report. Toronto Maple Leafs If you want change, then you’ve come to the right paragraph, because there’s never a dull moment in Leafland. We all know that Phil Kessel is out and that Lou Lamoriello and Mike Babcock are in. And the list of new players seems endless … If the Leafs wanted to go about this rebuild properly, they weren’t going to make a splash with the big names. So their two most significant additions are P.A. Parenteau and Shawn Matthias, who could be top-6 forwards on the Leafs, unlike their previous teams. Keep in mind that they will probably be trade chips later in the season. Same with Mark Arcobello, who always seems to be a trade chip anyway. One other thing to consider - with no Phil Kessel you may be looking at no 60-point players. And probably only a small handful of 40-point players.

Cunneyworth returns for 2nd stint to coach Sabres' AHL team (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:13:13 PDT)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Randy Cunneyworth is returning to the Rochester Americans for a second time to coach the Buffalo Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate.

What We Learned: Why are teams waiting on Cody Franson? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:58:29 PDT)
The apparent sticking point in all these Cody Franson negotiations, which have stretched on impossibly long to this point, is that Franson would like a team to sign him for more than one year. Not that he's hard-lining that, but it's definitely a preference. And the thing is, teams should be falling all over themselves to give him that kind of term. Franson is 27 years old and to all appearances greatly helps his team. In a lot of respects, he could be considered a high-end No. 3 defenseman or a low-end No. 2. This despite being on rotten Toronto teams for the last three seasons and generally having a lot asked of him. He pushes positive possession, suppresses opponents' shot attempts, generally outscores the other team, and so on. He also makes the teammates with whom he shares the ice post better numbers than they do without him. In short, Franson looks like a defenseman who should be pulling what you'd consider to be, say, Brooks Orpik money. Maybe that's not a good example, so here's a better one : Young(er) Andrei Markov.

Winners, losers in NBC Sports’ 2015-16 NHL TV schedule (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:41:45 PDT)
NBC Sports Group announced its 2015-16 NHL schedule on Monday, with 105 NHL regular-season games spread between the networks.  The NBC schedule can be found here , and the NBCSN schedule is here. Some teams made out great. Some teams … not so much. Here’s a look at the winners and losers in NBC’s 2015-16 TV schedule. LOSER: Connor McDavid He’s the most hyped NHL prospect since Sidney Crosby. Teams literally tanked last season for a chance to draft him. And what does that translate into for the Edmonton Oilers on American TV, after zero appearances in 2014-15? ONE GAME! McDavid will be on NBCSN on March 1, against the Buffalo Sabres. Yes, Jack Eichel was the only way for Connor McDavid to get on NBC. Clearly, someone at the network read too much into the dismal ratings for the NHL Draft. Connor McDavid getting one game on NBC doesn't help the game in the U.S. Unless this the NHL's sneaky way to sell more Center Ice subscriptions.  WINNER: Outdoor Games Along with Montreal and Boston in the 2016 Winter Classic from Foxboro, NBC will air both of the NHL’s Stadium Series games: Chicago at Minnesota on Feb. 21 and Detroit at Colorado on Feb. 27 in primetime. That’s pretty awesome, if completely understandable given the ratings Chicago and Detroit are going to generate for these games.  LOSER: Mike Babcock His former team was on 15 times last season and 16 this season; his new team is on just once … against his former team, on March 13. We can’t get one Kessel vs. the Leafs game on NBCSN? WINNER: Colorado Avalanche The Avs missed the playoffs last season but see their NBC Sports time increased by five games. LOSER: Dallas Stars Add Patrick Sharp to a mix that includes Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza. Subtract a game: Dallas has only three appearances on NBCSN and none on NBC, after four total last season. Doesn't this team have star power? Do these people even read the ESPN Body Issue? (Well, does anyone really read it?) WINNER: Ed Snider Despite missing the playoffs last season, the Philadelphia Flyers jumped from 16 to 18 games on NBC and NBCSN this season, matching the total for the Pittsburgh Penguins. One of these teams added a 40-goal scorer to play with arguably the best player in the world. The other is the Flyers.  LOSER: New Jersey Devils As late as 2013-14, the Devils had seven games on NBC or NBCSN. Last season they were down to two. This season, they’re down to a single game against the Minnesota Wild on January 10. Not even against the Rangers or Flyers! NBC can smell the rebuild.  WINNER: Wednesday Night Cap NBCSN is airing six games after its RIVALRY NIGHT matchups featuring home dates for the Kings (twice), Sharks, Avs (twice) and Ducks. Hooray for Left Coast (and Colorado) hockey! LOSER: RIVALRY NIGHT Look, we’ve all had a chuckle at the extraordinarily loose definition of RIVALRY NIGHT. And while this season’s installment brings us some legit blood feuds (Rangers in Brooklyn vs. the Islanders) and logical heat (Detroit vs. Tampa Bay, for playoffs and Yzerman). But then we get a parade of “hey, they played for the Cup in the last 20 years, they must BE RIVALS!” games like Blackhawks vs. Flyers and the Red Wings against the Capitals and Flyers; and that Canadiens vs. Penguins games, because … uh … Kessel was a Leaf? Michel Therrien coaches the Penguins two coaches ago? Sergei Gonchar? WINNER: Tampa Bay Lightning The Stanley Cup runner up jumps from five games to eight games, including appearances on Rivalry Night and Sunday Night Hockey. LOSER: Anaheim Ducks The Sharks and Kings are on a combined 21 times. The Ducks, Western Conference runner up? Four times, down from seven last season. The hell? *** Here’s the full breakdown of appearances. The number in parentheses is last season’s total. PACIFIC DIVISION Anaheim Ducks: 4 (7) Arizona Coyotes: 1 (1) Calgary Flames: 0 (0) Edmonton Oilers: 1 (0) Los Angeles Kings: 10 (13) San Jose Sharks: 11 (13) Vancouver Canucks: (0) 0 CENTRAL DIVISION Chicago Blackhawks: (21) 20 Colorado Avalanche: 12 (7) Dallas Stars: (3) 4 Minnesota Wild: 12 (11) Nashville Predators: 4 (1) St. Louis Blues: 11 (11) Winnipeg Jets: 0 (0) ATLANTIC DIVISION Boston Bruins: 12 (17) Buffalo Sabres: 5 (11) Detroit Red Wings: 16 (15) Florida Panthers: 1 (0) Montreal Canadiens: 6 (2) Ottawa Senators: 0 (0) Tampa Bay Lightning: 8 (5) Toronto Maple Leafs: 1 (2) METROPOLITAN DIVISION Carolina Hurricanes: 1 (3) Columbus Blue Jackets: 1 (1) New Jersey Devils: 1 (2) New York Islanders: 5 (0) New York Rangers: 13 (14) Philadelphia Flyers: 18 (16) Pittsburgh Penguins: 18 (19) Washington Capitals: 11 (13) MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS

Datsyuk meets Hulk; Johansson's arbitration ask; Canadian dollar future (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:31:20 PDT)
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NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:28:52 PDT)
The Glendale City Council voted unanimously Friday to end their six-week legal dispute with the Arizona Coyotes in a move that will keep the team playing at Gila River Arena. The city and Coyotes have been fighting over the 15-year, $225 million lease for Gila River Arena since the council voted last month to terminate the agreement. - - - The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with free agent forward Alexander Semin on a one-year contract.

Alexander Semin joins Montreal after 3 years with Carolina (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:13:57 PDT)
The Montreal Canadiens have signed Alexander Semin to a one-year contract for $1.1 million. The forward who once scored 40 goals with Washington has spent the last three seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina owes the 31-year-old Russian $14 million over the next six years.

Canadiens take on Alex Semin with 1-year, $1.1 million deal (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:55:19 PDT)
What's the perfect example of a "low risk/high reward" signing in the NHL? It's Alexander Semin signing a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Montreal Canadiens, which the 31-year old forward did on Friday. From the Habs : “We are very pleased to have reached a short term agreement with Alexander Semin. Alex is a pure goal scorer with a good shot. We believe his addition to our group of forwards will strengthen our offensive production and our powerplay. A veteran winger with size, Semin has reached the 20-goal plateau seven times since the beginning of his NHL career 12 years ago. His signing represents a great opportunity for the organization and for Alex’s career,” said general manager Marc Bergevin. Semin was bought out earlier this month by the Carolina Hurricanes after three years in Raleigh. The Hurricanes owe Semin $14 million over the next six years, so his signing with a new NHL team would be about the best fit and not the price tag. Semin struggled in Carolina, recording 6 goals and 19 points in 57 games last season. But now he'll be motivated and have a chance for a re-birth in Montreal under Michel Therrien ( that  relationship should be fun to watch). "I want to try because last year was a bad season for me," Semin said on a Friday conference call. "I [didn't] score [many] points, I [didn't] play well. I'm [trying to] going back to how I can play. I think team [can] help me and I can help for the team too." Semin agent, Mark Gandler, stated this week in an interview with SovSport that his client was reviewing a few NHL offers while sending some pointed comments toward Carolina head coach Bill Peters. “[Semin’s] career can only go up. He is still young. His buyout was under unique circumstances and the (Hurricanes) coach did not understand Sasha’s game,” he said, as translated by HockeyVIPS.com . Regarding the possibility of going to the KHL, Semin shot that down. "I'm still younger," he said. "I want to play here. My family likes living here, and I like [it], too." Bergevin makes a small investment into something that could provide big returns. And if it fails, it's a small blip on the radar. MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS :

NHL receives expansion bids from Las Vegas, Quebec City (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:40:50 PDT)
Bill Foley has put his money down on an NHL expansion team in Las Vegas. The two cities moved one step closer to joining the NHL as expansion teams after the league announced Tuesday it has received applications from prospective ownership groups in both markets, a day after a deadline for submissions. The Las Vegas bid was submitted by Foley, a billionaire businessman who has spent the past seven months exploring the level of interest for professional hockey in the gambling mecca.

Oilers to honor Sather; Nicholls talks concussion lawsuit; Kopitar talks starting (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:10:01 PDT)
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What We Learned: Craig Smith and an education about arbitration (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 20 Jul 2015 06:05:30 PDT)


Winners and losers in 2015-16 NHL schedule mileage (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:26 PDT)
For yet another year, Pacific Division teams will be burning up the jet fuel for travel. The one and only Dirk Hoag , former head of On the Forecheck , looked at the NHL’s schedule and came up with an estimate of how many miles teams will travel. Teams in the Pacific Division occupy six spots in the top-10.  Behold the table below that shows … Edmonton's Connor McDavid will go way, way further to play his hockey games than Buffalo's Jack Eichel in their rookie years. Miles and back-to-backs games go through the 2013-14 season, the first year of the NHL's current divisional format.  The table was originally released by OTF:  Team 2015-16 Miles 2015-16 B-to-B  2014-15 Miles  2014-15 B-to-B  2013-14 Miles  2013-14 B-to-B  San Jose Sharks 50,362 14  45,318  11  57,612  10  Edmonton Oilers 49,401 9  45,597  11  45,192  12  Dallas Stars 48,419 12  48,216  12  46,660  13  Calgary Flames 48,341 12  38,874  10  48,970  12  Vancouver Canucks 45,711 13  45,173  12  48,510  17  Anaheim Ducks 44,653 11  46,967  13  48,568  14  Los Angeles Kings 43,750 13  44,100  9  48,432  14  Colorado Avalanche 42,901 10  44,167  12  49,007  10  Winnipeg Jets 42,380 12  42,027  9  46,477  10  Florida Panthers 41,891 14  42,786  12  45,136  14  Carolina Hurricanes 41,558 16  40,800  16  38,879  20  Minnesota Wild 40,976 15  41,178  13  44,273  13  Tampa Bay Lightning 40,974 13  37,221  12  43,102  12  St. Louis Blues 40,649 12  38,965  14  39,328  13  Arizona Coyotes 40,504 15  49,818  13  52,633  12  Montreal Canadiens 39,947 16  37,135  16  39,327  17  Chicago Blackhawks 39,332 13  40,074  15  38,680  18  Ottawa Senators 38,796 14  33,421  13  34,850  16  Boston Bruins 38,236 11  38,938  16  42,389  17  Columbus Blue Jackets 37,602 18  35,139  19  36,597  17  Nashville Predators 36,971 12  42,096  11  39,810  15  New Jersey Devils 36,271 12  33,597  18  33,151  22  New York Rangers 36,089 17  36,113  13  29,839  13  Washington Capitals 35,487 13  36,487  16  36,250  17  New York Islanders 35,015 15  33,214  16  29,933  18  Philadelphia Flyers 34,811 15  31,272  14  34,929  14  Buffalo Sabres 34,201 15  37,022  19  34,812  13  Toronto Maple Leafs 33,880 16  34,020  18  35,975  16  Pittsburgh Penguins 33,660 17  32,444  17  37,061  17  Detroit Red Wings 33,487 17  34,179  12  35,324  15 Hoag also made an incredibly detailed spreadsheet on this .  A few reactions to this… • The Detroit Red Wings must really, really love playing in the Eastern Conference. Per the 2011-12 super schedule , Detroit traveled 42,865 miles. On this graph they will travel an estimated 33,487 miles. Those 9,378 or so fewer miles go a long, long way. In 2011-12 the Blue Jackets, the other former Western Conference team moved East, went 42,831 miles. On the above graph they will travel an estimate 37,602 miles. • A total of 14 teams will travel fewer miles than last year. Which means 16 teams will travel more.  • I’m amazed the Philadelphia Flyers don’t travel the fewest miles for the second straight year. Have they lost their favored status with the NHL? • Teams that joined the Central Division after the 2012-13 season seem to still have the screws put to them from a travel perspective. Out of the top-10 most traveled teams, the only Central Division teams are relative divisional newbies Dallas, Winnipeg and Colorado. Minnesota is the fourth-most traveled Central team. They rank 12th overall. So much for that whole realignment limiting their miles.  • San Jose will travel the most miles for the second time in three years since the new alignment. Guess that’s the price you pay for being able to play Putt-Putt in the middle of winter. • The Western Conference team with most back to backs is the Arizona Coyotes. Seven Eastern Conference squads have more with Columbus topping out at 18. Columbus will travel close to 2,902 fewer miles than Arizona. Would you rather play three more back to backs or travel 3,000 more air miles? • The top-three most traveled Eastern Conference teams, Florida, Carolina and Tampa, all play below the Mason-Dixon line. The South will rise again! • After Jan. 18, the Penguins will not have to leave the Eastern timezone. • The Nashville Predators will travel 5,125 fewer miles than a year ago and only play one more back-to-back. They owe the NHL schedule maker a cold one. • Hopefully McDavid knows how to pack a suitcase.  - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS    

NHL punishment for O'Reilly?; Penguins sale update; expansion costs (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:33:17 PDT)
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Canadiens re-sign Bournival to 1-year, 2-way contract (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:43:47 PDT)
MONTREAL (AP) -- Forward Michael Bournival agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

NHLPA releases arbitration dates; Holtby, Stepan and Bernier set for late July (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:36:26 PDT)
The NHL Players’ Association has posted the dates for arbitration hearings, which means … this basically puts a deadline on when the restricted free agent player will likely end up being re-signed. And as far as the big names go … Philadelphia and Michael Del Zotto: July 21 Washington and Braden Holtby: July 23 New York Rangers and Derek Stepan: July 27 Also, the Toronto Maple Leafs filed for arbitration with goaltender Jonathan Bernier (July 31 hearing date). The Edmonton Oilers filed for arb with defenseman Justin Schultz (July 24 hearing date). Can't make a deal? Call in the Priceline Negotiator! Players really don’t like it when its club files for arb, but it is a lever teams use if it’s having trouble signing a player. A player can go through club-elected arbitration once in his career. Sometimes – very rarely – an arbitrator rules after hearing both sides of the argument where the team says a player isn’t worth what he’s asking. The player shoots for much higher.  For example, in 2011 the Nashville Predators said Shea Weber’s comparable was Keith Yandle who had recently signed a five-year extension worth $5.25 million annually . The arbitrator (understandably) disagreed and handed Weber a one-year $7.5 million settlement. Also, the Predators filed on Weber, and his camp was not exactly pleased with this development, which likely helped lead to the offer sheet debacle the following summer and Weber eventually getting $13 million lump sum in his bank account every July 1 since. So in some ways it all worked out for him.  P.K. Subban went through arbitration with the Montreal Canadiens last summer, but then negotiated an eight-year extension after the process.  Detroit's Gustav Nyquist and Arizona's Mikkel Boedker filed for arbitration this offseason but came to agreements with their respective teams already.  An arbitration case can be quite damaging to a player’s relationship with a team, just because he gets to hear all the reasons why his team thinks he’s lame. It’s not a fun process for all involved, but it’s a way to get a contract done. So around when will your favorite ‘arb player’ possibly get a new contract? The list! PLAYER ELECTED FILINGS Arizona Coyotes Phil Samuelsson - July 21, 2015 Brendan Shinnimin- July 20, 2015 Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone - July 27, 2015 (settled) Calgary Flames Lance Bouma - July 22, 2015 Paul Byron - July 30, 2015 Josh Jooris - July 28, 2015 Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino - July 20, 2015 Mathew Clark - July 22, 2015 Minnesota Wild Erik Haula - July 31, 2015 Nashville Predators Craig Smith - July 20, 2015 Colin Wilson - July 28, 2015 New Jersey Devils Eric Gélinas - July 21, 2015 Adam Larsson - July 29, 2015 New York Rangers Derek Stepan - July 27, 2015 Ottawa Senators Alex Chiasson - July 23, 2015 Mike Hoffman - July 30, 2015 Philadelphia Flyers Michael Del Zotto - July 21, 2015 Toronto Maple Leafs Taylor Beck - July 24, 2015 (settled) Washington Capitals Braden Holtby - July 23, 2015 Marcus Johansson - July 29, 2015 CLUB ELECTED FILINGS Edmonton Oilers Justin Schultz - July 24, 2015 Toronto Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier - July 31, 2015 Behold The Score’s piece on arbitration for some extra details.  - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS

Kostitsyn brothers reunited on Torpedo in KHL (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:47:32 PDT)


What We Learned: How much is Derek Stepan really worth? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:47:46 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)   Last week in this space, the subject of what Ryan O'Reilly is worth was discussed at length , and in the end the conclusion was that, by the end of that hefty deal, Buffalo would likely have gotten more or less full value from the contract. And this contract is important, straight away, in determining the value of Derek Stepan, who now has an arbitration date scheduled with the Rangers and currently looks for all the world like he's going to get there without a new contract having been signed. It's fair to say that this would be a disaster for the Rangers. In a best-case scenario, New York gets him on what they hope is short money for one or two years before he hits unrestricted free agency. In a worst-case scenario, he gets pissed off and feels like he really ought to test the market when that one or two years is up. The obvious thing here is that locking him up long-term is an imperative. While he's hardly an elite center in this league, he is a clear No. 1, so the fact that they haven't even offered him a reasonable, lengthy contract borders on negligence. Further, the fact that the player may be asking for as little as $6 million, depending upon whom you believe, makes the situation flatly bizarre. If the ask is a $6 million AAV for anything more than four or five years, why is this deal not already signed? Most GMs in this league would climb an erupting volcano to get a player like that locked down at that price point. On some level, though, you have to accede that Jeff Gorton just took this job and therefore probably has a lot of stuff to figure out. But on another, that should be a slam dunk. This is especially true because Stepan is coming off one of those great “bridge” deals that is supposed to lead to an amicable, lengthy extension that leaves both sides satisfied. Stepan is coming off the best two seasons of his career — as most players will at 23 and 24 as they move toward the peak of their productive years — and he was asked to take less money then to make more money now. He did his part, so why haven't the Rangers? Currently*, 13 centers in this league make more than $7 million annually, and if the question is whether Stepan is currently one of the 14 best centers in the league (i.e. if he should join that group), the answer is maybe. But another 10 are in the range from $6-6.875 million, and the upper end of that feels like a comfortable group for Stepan right now, who just turned 25.

Canadiens star Pacioretty injures knee (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:22:56 PDT)
MONTREAL (AP) -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has a knee injury and could miss most of the preseason.

Max Pacioretty sidelined 12 weeks after off-ice knee injury (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:08:38 PDT)
The Montreal Canadiens start the 2015-16 season on Oct. 7 on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs. There's now a possibility the guy who’s led them in scoring in each of the past four seasons won’t be in the lineup at Air Canada Centre. This week’s Friday Afternoon Bad News Dump comes from the Canadiens, who announced that Max Pacioretty injured his knee during an off-ice workout and is expected to be back in 12 weeks. Twelve weeks brings us to early October, right before next season begins. The 26-year old Paciorety is coming off the best offensive season of his career after posting 37 goals and 67 points for the Habs. He was also the team’s second-leading scorer in the playoffs with five goals and seven points in 11 games. Without being able to finish his off-season program and losing out on training camp, it will be interesting to see how long it takes us to see a 100-percent Pacioretty again. Then again, he does seem to have this knack for returning early from injury. - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

Red Wings sign Tangradi to 1-year deal (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 09 Jul 2015 06:33:11 PDT)
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings have signed left wing Eric Tangradi to a one-year contract.

Fan poll ranks Montreal Canadiens as top sports brand in Canada (Eh Game)
(Wed, 08 Jul 2015 10:53:57 PDT)


20 Q's with Grapes; Oilers blueline backlog; NHL 16 now with mascots (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:24:40 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

UFA Grades - Part 2 (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:33:00 PDT)
Corey Abbott looks at the free agency period for the Atlantic and Central Divisions.

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