NHL's worst jerseys; McPhee on the job in Las Vegas (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:00:46 PDT)
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Backdraft 2009: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2009 NHL draft (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:53:55 PDT)
A look back at the 2009 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.
NHL's outspoken star; Craven's Las Vegas impact (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:14:15 PDT)
• Tennis star Novak Djokovic gets ready to play ball hockey. • San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward reflects on the path that led him to NHL success. • Led by Auston Matthews, the Toronto Maple Leafs can quickly turn around their franchise.
What We Learned: What is Brayden Schenn really worth? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:48:41 PDT)
First, Luke Schenn, a serviceable third-pairing defender who was always miscast in a larger role, got a two-year deal with Arizona that should work out nicely for both sides. CSN Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio says Schenn wants $5.5 million against the cap for just one year, while the Flyers offered him a two-year deal worth a little more than $4.3 million against the cap, with the lower payout coming in year one.
NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:16:44 PDT)
The New York Rangers agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Chris Kreider on a new contract to avoid arbitration. The Rangers also agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Kevin Hayes on a contract to avoid an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 27. Hayes agreed to a reported two-year deal worth $2.6 million.
Devils' prospect sued; McPhee talks roster, analytics (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:04:23 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. A look back on the contract signing that never was.
Winners, losers in NBC Sports’ 2016-17 NHL TV schedule (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:54:21 PDT)
Backdraft 2007: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2007 NHL draft (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:58:52 PDT)
A look back at the 2007 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.
Richards talks retirement; Avs ink Grigorenko; NCAA tables 4-on-4 OT (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:37:42 PDT)
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Backdraft 2005: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2005 NHL draft (Yahoo Sports)
(Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:02:00 PDT)
A look back at the 2005 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.
John Tortorella, Killorn's contract and McPhee's managing (Puck Daddy Countdown) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:18:18 PDT)
Note: The column formerly known as the Puck Daddy Power Rankings. Fascinating interview with John Tortorella, the Lord Cardigan of the World Cup of Hockey, in which he says wouldn’t it be so nice to beat Canada in Toronto and all that kinda stuff. Tortorella also said his biggest challenge for the team is to get all the first-line players to accept the role that comes with playing third-line minutes.
Capitals re-sign Johansson to $13.75M, 3-year deal (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:39:12 PDT)
Marcus Johansson was back in Toronto for another arbitration hearing with the Washington Capitals, but this time he didn't have to go through with it. Hours before Johansson and the Capitals were set to go to arbitration for the second time, they agreed on a $13.75 million, three-year deal. Johansson got as close as the entrance to the hotel where NHL arbitration cases are heard before the deal got done.
Backdraft 2004: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2004 NHL draft (Yahoo Sports)
(Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:21:48 PDT)
A look back at the 2004 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.
Signing bonuses leading to lockout; Is Lupul done? (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:43:48 PDT)
• We think the Nashville Predators are excited to have P.K. Subban. • The Washington Capitals are offering Marcus Johansson $3.85-million. • Long Beach native Matt Nieto inked a one year deal to stay with the San Jose Sharks.
Are NHL teams moving away from analytics? (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:40:53 PDT)
Matt Pfeffer is the analytics consultant who argued against the P.K. Subban trade and was subsequently let go by the Montreal Canadiens. Pfeffer spoke with Ken Campbell of The Hockey News recently, continuing to walk away from the Subban trade like Hugh Jackman from a slow-motion explosion. Which is how we get to a point where Shea Weber is labeled an average player.
Chipchura signs one-year deal to play in KHL (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:51:24 PDT)
Veteran forward Kyle Chipchura is resuming his hockey career in the Kontinental Hockey League.
P.K. Subban showing Nashville he knows how to make entrance (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:16:43 PDT)
P.K. Subban certainly knows how to make an entrance, especially with a team more than happy to help manage his arrival in Music City. The Nashville Predators took their new All-Star defenseman on a whirlwind trip around town that featured Subban jumping on stage at a renowned honky-tonk to belt out Johnny Cash's ''Folsom Prison Blues.'' Then the Predators introduced Subban to reporters and a few fans Monday in their first chance to show off the man they picked up last month in Nashville's big trade with Montreal. ''There's no question that I'm head over heels excited about this opportunity to play here in Nashville,'' Subban said.
Kessel gets Cup; Marchand, Bruins talk extension; Hoffman hopes to stay with Sens (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:46:23 PDT)
• Phil Kessel finally gets his day with the Stanley Cup and his sister Amanda is enjoying it as well. • Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins have started discussions on an extension. • That conditional pick the Toronto Maple Leafs received from the Anaheim Ducks in the Jonathan Bernier trade?
What We Learned: How Jamie Benn's deal affects Tavares, Marchand (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:43:38 PDT)
No one needs to be convinced of Jamie Benn’s credentials for a bank-breaking contract. While we may think of Benn as being relatively young, he’ll be 28 next summer, right in line with what the best players in the league are right this second.
P.K. Subban hits Nashville, sings Johnny Cash at Tootsie’s (Video) (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:09:09 PDT)
P.K. Subban arrived in Nashville on Sunday. According to the Nashville Predators, Subban flew into the airport on Sunday morning and then took the town by storm – yellow Preds jersey with “Subban 76” on his back, black cowboy hat on his head. Then he walked a few blocks and really visited Nashville: Hitting Broadway and Tootsie’s Lounge, a legendary haunt in the city’s party district.
Blackhawks call on prospects to help them back on top (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:07:07 PDT)
Patrick Kane flashed a million-dollar smile in the photo opp, beaming from behind a table topped by the troika of hefty awards he skated off with to cap a sublime season. Chicago's 27-year-old star forward broke away with the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP, the Art Ross as the leading scorer and the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the NHL's outstanding player by fellow skaters. Missing conspicuously from silverware haul on the opening day of the Blackhawks' annual fan convention was the Stanley Cup, the championship Chicago failed to defend last spring after winning it in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
RIP Jack Riley; Vegas trademark issues (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:15:08 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. • The Reading Royals (ECHL) will wear the glorious ugly Christmas sweater featured above against the Adirondack Thunder on December 23. • The first general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jack Riley, passed away at the age of 97.
Canadiens continue to show hockey's analytics problem (Trending Topics) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:40:55 PDT)
On Wednesday night, it came out the the Montreal Canadiens had parted ways with the analytics expert they’d hired at the start of last season. Matt Pfeffer, who has worked with NHL teams in the past, is well-regarded in the hockey numbers community, and the decision not to renew his contract was therefore thought of as another bad move by a team that has recently exhibited a propensity toward them. Then Sportsnet’s Eric Engels reported as part of his ongoing coverage of the baffling P.K. Subban trade that there might be a connection behind Pfeffer’s “vehemence” on not trading Subban (he reportedly prepared an “elaborate presentation” on why the swap was a bad idea from Montreal’s perspective) and the team’s decision not to bring him back for another season.
P.K. Subban gets dodgy in Part 2 of Sportsnet sit-down (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:03:31 PDT)
We had our fun with the first part of P.K. Subban’s sit-down with Sportsnet and Eric Engels, and the second part aired on Wednesday night.
NHL can’t crack Top 50 most valuable sports franchises (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:08:36 PDT)
Forbes.com released its top 50 ranking for sports franchises. The NHL didn’t make the cut.
Did Canadiens drop analytics expert for opposing Subban trade? (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:17:06 PDT)
When the Montreal Canadiens hired Matt Pfeffer in July 2015, there was high praise for their forward thinking. The Peterborough native was an analytics specialist who had done consultation for the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s and for Hockey Canada. In speaking at the Rochester Hockey Analytics conference last October, Pfeffer detailed his work with the Canadiens and specifically coach Michel Therrien, whom he said valued his analysis.
Kris Russell, hockey culture and Jimmy Vesey (Puck Daddy Countdown) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:46:41 PDT)
Note: The column formerly known as the Puck Daddy Power Rankings. As I write this it’s been about 266 hours since the free agency period opened and Kris Russell still doesn’t have a contract for next season. On the other hand, it’s a little surprising, because there was reportedly something of a market for Russell even with the acknowledgement that blocking shots isn’t what makes you a good defenseman (not-having-to is), no matter what Bob Hartley thought.
P.K. Subban and seven things we learned from his interview (so far) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:12:55 PDT)
P.K. Subban returned to Montreal this week for a sit-down interview with Eric Engels of Sportsnet, the first part of which ran on Tuesday night. The focus of Part 1 was on his emotions surrounding the trade that sent Subban to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Shea Weber, but there were also comments about Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin’s comments about Subban post-trade.
Molson happy with Subban trade; Leafs vs. Pokémon (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:13:52 PDT)
• Montreal Canadiens president Geoff Molson gave his blessing for the P.K. Subban trade and believes his team is better off for it. • Montreal is following suit of many AHL-NHL franchises by moving their affiliate from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Laval, Quebec to be closer to the big club starting with the 2017-18 season. • The Canadiens are holding a contest for fans to name the new AHL team.