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NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:47:56 PDT)
The Colorado Avalanche on Thursday named Jared Bednar as the team's new head coach. Bednar will succeed Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, who unexpectedly resigned as Colorado's coach and vice president of hockey operations two weeks ago. The 44-year-old Bednar is coming off a successful second season as the coach of the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, guiding the affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Calder Cup championship.

Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 defensemen in 2016-17 (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:27:11 PDT)
Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 defensemen in the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Surely you will agree that we have each and every player slotted correctly…

Canada picks Crosby as captain for World Cup of Hockey (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:02:26 PDT)
The process of selecting Sidney Crosby as Canada's captain for the World Cup of Hockey was a simple one. Next,'' general manager Doug Armstrong recalled. Crosby wearing the ''C'' for Canada was a no-doubter given his track record of scoring the winning goal on home ice at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, serving as captain for the undefeated, gold medal-winning team at the 2014 Sochi Games and leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to two Stanley Cups.

Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 goalies in 2016-17 (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:34:21 PDT)
Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 goalies in the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Surely you will agree that we have each and every netminder slotted correctly…

Crosby, Toews, Weber seen as familiar leaders by Team Canada for World Cup of Hockey (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:17:45 PDT)
Team Canada’s decision to choose Sidney Crosby as captain along with Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber as alternates for the World Cup of Hockey had to do with past international success, as well as their NHL achievements. The three were the leadership group for Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics, so it made sense to keep the trio together for the World Cup. “They’re great, great men who have distinguished themselves not only with their ability but with their relentless drive to get better and for success and to help their individual games but to also help Canada medal in the past or win Cups for that matter,” coach Mike Babcock said on a teleconference.

Bettman on jersey ads; Captain Pietrangelo; top left wingers (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:15:35 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 St. Louis Blues are set to name Alex Pietrangelo as the franchise’s 21st captain. • Sidney Crosby will captain Canada’s World Cup entry and Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber will serve as alternates.

Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 left wingers in 2016-17 (Yahoo Sports)
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:05:19 PDT)
Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 left wingers in the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Surely you will agree that we have each and every player slotted correctly…

Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 right wingers in 2016-17 (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:23:57 PDT)
Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 right wingers in the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Surely you will agree that we have each and every player slotted correctly…

Toronto Maple Leafs invite Brandon Prust to camp on tryout (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:03:04 PDT)
General manager Lou Lamoriello said he decided to invite the physical winger to training camp on a PTO. The 32-year-od Prust had one goal and seven points in 35 games with the Canucks last season. Prust said he believed he returned too quickly from the ankle issue, which led to his struggles after he came back.

Carey Price feels like 'old self' in recovery from knee injury (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:55:48 PDT)
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price seems mostly recovered from a knee injury that kept him out for a majority of last season. Here is the video of Price at the second annual Day With Price fundraiser to benefit the Eli Wilson Goaltending Sponsorship Fund. Price spent the day with 16 goalies who bid for, or won the chance to spend a day training with him, leading a group that came from as far as California and Prince Edward Island through a dynamic warm-up, then strapping on his new Team Canada-colored CCM pads and gloves to help guide them through on-ice drills. That meant demonstrating each drill for his old goalie coach Eli Wilson, and as Price pushed and stopped and slid around his crease, bouncing in and out of his posts, fully extending without hesitation, he looked like the goaltender that won the Hart and Vezina Trophies with a .933 save percentage in 2014-15.

Older, wiser Alexander Radulov sees Stanley Cup potential with Montreal Canadiens (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:14:05 PDT)
In a Monday meeting with local media, Montreal Canadiens forward Alexander Radulov did not hide from his past problems. Radulov, who signed a one-year $5.75 million contract with the Habs this summer, noted that he’s older and more mature and that his learning experiences from his younger days could help the Montreal Canadiens reach their Stanley Cup goal. The 30-year-old Radulov has left the league twice for the KHL after two separate tenures with the Nashville Predators.

What We Learned: Jimmy Vesey/Rangers union puzzling for both sides (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:03:22 PDT)
The protracted summer romance between Jimmy Vesey and more than half a dozen teams around the league is over, and it’s not easy to figure out why the winner won. Having enough interest to actually get Vesey? Having a spot to give Vesey to make him think that’s the destination?

Barry Trotz on Subban vs. Weber, Radulov's return, playoff disappointments (Puck Daddy Q&A Part II) (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:40:42 PDT)
Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz has a good understanding of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber. The two were together with the Nashville Predators from Weber’s draft day in June of 2003 through Trotz’s firing at the end of the 2013-14 season. Trotz saw the maturation of Weber from young second-round draft pick to the brawny, bearded blue liner with a howitzer of a shot.

Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird New York Islanders (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:42:55 PDT)
Since their inception in 1972, the New York Islanders have been a thrilling roller coaster ride. Then the Islanders hit a bit of a rough patch, but current captain John Tavares led them to their first playoff series victory since 1993. It was December 23, 2003 and the Islanders were playing the Philadelphia Flyers.

Maloney in Calgary; Islanders make play for Vesey (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:46:14 PDT)
• NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that streamlined goaltending equipment is still “a work in progress.” It likely won’t be used in the World Cup of Hockey. • The Calgary Flames have hired former Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney as a pro scout. Maloney used to work with Flames general manager Brad Treliving when Treliving was with the Coyotes organization.

Ottawa Senators on Parliament Hill; Vesey's Pittsburgh fit (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:35:51 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. He's pretty good at baseball, but @MikeTrout looks like a natural for hockey. #DucksNight pic.twitter.com/VlZFXuJ1XS

Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Nashville Predators (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:00:23 PDT)
William “Boots” Del Biaggio III served as a partner with the San Jose Sharks from 2002-2007 then bought a $25 million stake in the Nashville Predators in December of 2007 when himself and others (Predators Holdings LLC) purchased the team from Craig Leipold. While this story seems nothing out of the ordinary, six months later Del Biaggio filed for personal bankruptcy because of this thing called fraud. Del Biaggio wasn’t just your regular business man – obviously – he rolled around with a pretty lavish crew both socially and in the business world including Mario Lemieux and lived an extremely lavish lifestyle.

Price '100 percent'; Giroux's production; NHL arena facts (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:45:59 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.  Tommy's letter to @Rous_ant pic.twitter.com/DbycIftdZN

Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Montreal Canadiens (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:00:17 PDT)
[Ed. Note: Some lists chronicle the best in hockey. Others the worst. Others the most memorable or greatest or essential. What Puck Daddy’s 2016 Summer Series seeks to do is capture those indefinable, quirky, oddities that occur every season. Moments that defy prediction or, in some cases, logical explanation. Welcome to WEIRD NHL.]

What We Learned: A statistical look at Jimmy Vesey (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:06:22 PDT)
What kind of player is Jimmy Vesey? This is certainly the case whenever someone like Jimmy Vesey comes along. As I’ve said before, Vesey is a guy I’ve seen a bunch of times over his last few years at Harvard, and while I think he’s pretty good, the hype train here is getting out of control.

Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Los Angeles Kings (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:00:41 PDT)
In 2012, Dustin Penner did his best job of channeling Babe Ruth by making headlines for… eating. “I was probably at the third stage of evolution,” the forward explained to LA Kings Insider. Thanks to your affinity for breakfast foods and your ability to be a good sport, you will go down in weird Los Angeles Kings history as both a Stanley Cup Champion and a blue plate special kind of guy.

Roy resignation fallout; Trouba's value; Red Wings in limbo (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:29:52 PDT)
Nick Bonino raised $10,000 for Connecticut Children's Medical Center on his Cup day. • Just two months from their season opener, the Colorado Avalanche don’t have a coach. • After Patrick Roy’s sudden resignation, the Avalanche have nothing but questions surrounding the organization.

Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Edmonton Oilers (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:00:26 PDT)
When you think weird and Edmonton Oilers, how can the first thing you think of not be the sale of Wayne Gretzky? It was on August 9, 1988 when then Oilers owner Peter Pocklington made the move to sell Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers had just been coming off their fourth Stanley Cup and while they were looking forward to many more, The Trade happened.

Patrick Roy quit Avalanche for Patrick Roy, ending awkward era (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:08:07 PDT)
There was absolutely no other way this was going to ever end for Patrick Roy and the Colorado Avalanche. Joe Sakic was never going to fire his golfing buddy. Josh Kroenke was never going to force one of the franchise’s iconic legends out the door.

Roy resigns as Avalanche coach
(Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:55:57 PDT)
Former coach of the year Patrick Roy resigned from the Colorado Avalanche, saying he didn't see eye-to-eye with the senior management of the National Hockey League club. "For the past three years, I have carried out my duties as head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche with energy, passion and determination," Roy said of his dual roles. To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-hockey operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization.

Roy abruptly resigns as Avalanche coach and executive (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:32:29 PDT)
In a stunning mid-August shake-up, Patrick Roy stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche, citing disagreements within the organization. ''I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs and bring it to a higher level,'' Roy said in a statement. ''To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-Hockey Operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization.

NHL-Roy quits as Avalanche head coach after three seasons
(Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:21:24 PDT)
Patrick Roy has resigned as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, he announced on Thursday, saying his vision of the future differed from the organization. Roy, who was also vice-president of hockey operations, leaves after three seasons with the National Hockey League franchise. "To achieve this the vision of the coach and VP-hockey operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization," added the 50-year-old Roy.

Patrick Roy leaves Colorado Avalanche organization (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:28:30 PDT)
Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy has left the organization citing that his vision did not “perfectly align” with the organization. Roy, a Hockey Hall of Famer who won two Stanley Cups as the Avs’ goaltender, was hired before the 2013-14 season and led the Avalanche to a Central Division title and 52-22-8 record. Since then the team has failed to make the playoffs, and Roy has often found himself battling the perception that he was not friendly to the league’s analytical, puck possession movement.

Shea Weber making himself at home with Montreal Canadiens (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:04:59 PDT)
Shea Weber knows all about the outrage Montreal Canadiens fans expressed when he was acquired from Nashville for P.K. Subban. The 11-year NHL veteran made it clear in his first meeting with the Montreal media since the June 29 trade that none of that will rattle him. ''I'm not really worried about that,'' said Weber, who participated in coach Michel Therrien's charity golf tournament.

Blues to host Blackhawks in Winter Classic
(Tue, 09 Aug 2016 16:45:35 PDT)
The Chicago Blackhawks will feature in their third outdoor classic when they battle the St. Louis Blues early next year at Busch Stadium, home of Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals. Chicago lost at Wrigley Field 6-4 to Original Six rival Detroit in 2009 and came out on the losing side of a 3-2 decision at Washington in 2015. The Blues are one of Chicago's biggest rivals along with the Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and the Minnesota Wild and this will add another chapter to their storied rivalry, said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

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