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Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Boston Bruins from A to Z (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:00:08 PDT)
(Ed. Note: August is known to be a very quiet month in the hockey world. As we wait for September to arrive and training camps to begin, let’s learn a little history about all 30 teams. Behold, our summer A-Z series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to drop some knowledge on us! Add your own choices in the comments!) By: Sarah Connors , associate editor at Stanley Cup of Chowder A. Art Ross

What We Learned: What Jake Voracek tells us about usage and player value (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:08:17 PDT)
Late last week, Jakub Voracek signed a hefty contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers that made him a player with the 10th-highest cap hit in the league (tied with Eric Staal and Ryan Getzlaf). The initial reaction most people had to that deal probably ranged somewhere between, “Well, Jake Voracek isn't a top-10 player in the league, so that's a dumb contract,” and, “He doesn't deserve as much money as Ryan Getzlaf,” and “He's only getting paid because of Claude Giroux.” [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] These are three related but separate ideas, all of which imply that Voracek isn't “worth it” in some way. But even at a baseline, if you believe that's the case, this was one of those contracts that was unavoidable because he puts up points, drives play, and stays healthy. Voracek has 189 points in his last 212 games — good for 10th in the league over that stretch, and 14th in points per game — with a possession share that hasn't dipped below 52.8 percent in the last three seasons. He has also missed exactly zero games in that time. That is a player providing significant value, even if he were just a hop-along to an elite player, which he isn't. In short, Voracek is very, very good, and the perception that he's a product of playing with Giroux, while understandable, isn't all that fair to him. He and Giroux form a lethal partnership, to be sure, but it isn't because Giroux carries the water . In his first season with the Flyers, under Peter Laviolette, it seems the club didn't really understand what it had in Voracek. As you can see below, he was protected from tougher competition to some extent. But it appears he was used more as a shutdown guy in the lockout season, the first in which he spent most of his time with Giroux (in truth, the Flyers were just not very good and got pushed around a lot; that actually qualifies as favorable usage relative to the rest of that dreadful team, which averaged 44.5 percent offensive zone starts). And the last two seasons, now a permanent fixture with Giroux, he's been used more or less the same way.

Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Arizona Coyotes from A to Z (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:00:42 PDT)
(Ed. Note: August is known to be a very quiet month in the hockey world. As we wait for September to arrive and training camps to begin, let’s learn a little history about all 30 teams. Behold, our summer A-Z series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to drop some knowledge on us! Add your own choices in the comments!) By: Catherine Silverman , news desk operations at  Today's Slapshot A. Avco World Trophy Champs

Puck Daddy's Summer Series: The Anaheim Ducks from A to Z (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:01:38 PDT)
(Ed. Note: August is known to be a very quiet month in the hockey world. As we wait for September to arrive and training camps to begin, let’s learn a little history about all 30 teams. Behold, our summer A-Z series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to drop some knowledge on us! Add your own choices in the comments!)  by  Liz Brownstein , contributing writer at  Anaheim Calling A. Anaheim Arena

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Previewing the West in the middle of the off-season (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:06:59 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 change 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. Here is our preview of the Western Conference teams. You can read our Eastern Conference preview here .    Central Division Chicago Blackhawks The roster purge that seems to hit the Blackhawks after a Stanley Cup win will have a significant fantasy impact, as expected. Top-6 forwards Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp were the victims this time, as they were traded for a group of less significant parts. The roles of Saad, Sharp, and Johnny Oduya may have to be filled by Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, and Trevor Daley, respectively. One of the two forwards will have the opportunity to center the second line, while both should easily slide into the top 9. Daley, meanwhile, is capable of logging the major minutes on the second pair that Oduya used to. The cap reshuffle should also open up more opportunity for Teuvo Teravainen and perhaps even Artemy Panarin. Teravainen may also even fill that second-line center position himself. He will be a major sleeper entering this season after scoring ten points in 18 games during the playoffs. Panarin scored 62 points in 54 games in the KHL last season. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Colorado Avalanche Bringing in Carl Soderberg to replace Ryan O’Reilly isn’t really an upgrade, but O’Reilly’s salary demands and the new cap world deemed that necessary. Soderberg’s upside is as a potential second-line center, however he could be more third-line material if Nathan MacKinnon at center again. That could be a huge problem, as Colorado’s scoring talent plummets dramatically beyond the second line. One of those third-liners could be Blake Comeau, who the Avalanche also added via free agency ... Meanwhile, Mikhail Grigorenko will try to get his career back on track playing for his old junior coach Patrick Roy. He’s a perfect example of why you don’t bring your prospects up too early … Francois Beauchemin should be able to log major minutes just like he did in Anaheim, but he won’t be leaned on for offense as much as the Avs attempt to reduce their shots against total (33.2 shots against/game in 2014-15, 26th in NHL). Dallas Stars After missing the playoffs this past season, the Stars made two of the more interesting moves this offseason. Maybe the most intriguing move of the offseason was bringing in Antti Niemi to battle for the starting goalie job with Kari Lehtonen. Right now, this appears to be a timeshare in the making. Lehtonen has played close to 60 games in each of the past four full seasons, but 2014-15 was his worst season (2.94 GAA, .903 SV%) since his Atlanta Thrasher days. With Dallas’s woeful defense, too bad it isn’t possible for Niemi and Lehtonen to be out on the ice at the same time … The other major move was the trade for Patrick Sharp to add to an already potent scoring attack. With Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin forming a first-line unit, it would make sense to pair Sharp with Jason Spezza on what will be a very potent second line. Expect Sharp to bounce back from the disappointing 16 goals and reduced ice time he experienced in his final season in Chicago. Minnesota Wild The Wild’s lineup already seems to be set, so this has been a very quiet offseason. The major order of business of Chuck Fletcher’s offseason was to re-sign last year’s surprise success story, Devan Dubnyk. There is some risk in drafting Dubnyk because of his overall career numbers, but he should be a top-10 goalie in fantasy drafts nonetheless … Playing for his hometown team seemed to factor into Mike Reilly’s choice to play for the Wild. There are numerous defenseman above him that have solidified NHL roles, so there’s no guarantee that he’ll spend the entire season in the NHL. Still, he’s a must-own in keeper leagues … Just when you thought Ruslan Fedotenko had retired five years ago, he’s back in the NHL on a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild. Nashville Predators After last year’s somewhat unexpectedly successful regular season, the Predators elected to stay pat with their roster, electing to keep centers Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher … Would you have ever thought Cody Hodgson would be the victim of a contract buyout? Yet here he is in Nashville, attempting to revive his career like an old country and western singer. Not only was 2014-15 his worst season, but it could have been one of the worst seasons by any forward who played a full season last season (13 points and a -28 in 78 games). The Predators have a stack of players that can play center, so it’s possible that Hodgson gets lost in the shuffle if he doesn’t find a way to stand out. St. Louis Blues The Blues attempted one tweak to retool their core after yet another early-round playoff exit. That need for change meant that the energetic T.J. Oshie was out, traded to Washington for Troy Brouwer. The former Capital, who scored 21 goals last season, seems to be a natural fit on the Blues’ second line. Brouwer is a valued power-play contributor, scoring 14 of his 43 points last season with the man advantage. The danger for Brouwer might be if a youngster such as Ty Rattie or Dmitrij Jaskin makes an impression, which could mean that his minutes are reduced. Other than the Oshie/Brouwer trade, the Blues will enter the season with basically the same lineup as last season. Winnipeg Jets The Jets, like some of their Central Division rivals, seemed to remain status quo during the offseason. With virtually no significant free agent signings from Winnipeg, the return of Alex Burmistrov was the most noteworthy addition. After scoring 63 points in 107 games over the past two seasons in the KHL, Burmistrov will attempt to prove why he was deserving of a high first-round pick by the organization when it was based in Atlanta. He won’t have an easy time of it, since Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault, and Mark Scheifele also play the center position … This isn’t an addition to the Jets’ organization necessarily, but top prospect Nikolaj Ehlers should be able to jump to the NHL in 2015-16 after tearing it up with back-to-back 100-point seasons in the QMJHL.

Happy 90th, Ted Lindsay; design Schneider's mask; Quick's lesson in Elite Snipers 101 (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:58:14 PDT)
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What are the Vancouver Canucks getting in Brandon Sutter? (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:34:51 PDT)
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 shall now and forever be known as ‘Brandon Sutter Love-fest Day’. First, there was Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford saying that Sutter, who he dealt to Vancouver in a package for Nick Bonino earlier in the day, was “one of my favorite guys.” This was the second time the GM has dealt the center in three years. Then there was Canucks general manager Jim Benning calling Sutter a “foundation piece” during a Tuesday conference call. He also said he’s moving towards trying to get the 2016 unrestricted free agent locked up to a contract. Benning also sees Sutter as a leader of the younger Canucks along with Bo Horvat. In case you were wondering, this is the same Brandon Sutter whose career-high for points is 40, and has never scored more than 21 goals. Considering that two general managers have professed their undying adoration for Sutter, clearly he will get a hefty raise from his current two-year $6.6 million contract. Sutter, 26, is set to hit the unrestricted free agent market next summer.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Sutter’s Corsi-for % was 49.19, per Natural Stat Trick last season, and his CF rel% was a minus-4.16. Then again he was a third-line center playing a lot of the harder defensive minutes.  He also had fewer points than Bonino (39 to 33) last season, though he did score six more goals (21) than Bonino.  Like Benning said, "foundation piece." Said Canucks Army: Sutter is a legitimately good defensive centre in my estimation, and has generally fared well by the shot based metrics when he's been fortunate enough to play with competent line mates (like healthy Beau Bennett or Steve Downie). He's not a positive puck possession player though, and he's scored at a paltry rate during his Penguins tenure.  In spite of the praise lauded on Sutter, ultimately the Canucks essentially acquired a third-line center. As Canucks Army also notes, Sutter will basically replace Brad Richardson as Horvat will move up the depth chart. The aging Sedins (both 34) are still there, but really how much do they have left? Again, Sutter is good, but is Benning overrating him to some degree? “He’s a hockey guy, he’s an easy-going guy. He understands the game, he understands how things work, he understands things aren’t going to always go right,” Pens GM Jim Rutherford said. “He can always adjust to that.”  If Sutter ever wanted a big-time long-term deal, now’s the time. Strike while the iron is hot, Brandon! - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS :

Penguins send forward Sutter to Canucks for 2 players (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:56:25 PDT)
One Rutherford has now traded twice. The Penguins sent the 26-year-old Sutter to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday in exchange for forward Nick Bonino and defenseman Alex Clendening. The teams also swapped 2016 draft picks, with Pittsburgh getting Vancouver's second-round selection and the Canucks receiving a third-round choice from the Penguins.

Penguins upgrade depth by adding Nick Bonino, Eric Fehr in separate moves (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:17:43 PDT)
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ bottom six has been an issue and general manager Jim Rutherford spent Tuesday addressing that need. Rutherford solidified his roster down the middle by acquiring Nick Bonino from the Vancouver Canucks and signing Eric Fehr, who spent nine of the past 10 seasons with the Washington Capitals. The full deal goes: Pittsburgh sends Brandon Sutter and a 2016 third-round pick for Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round pick. There is no salary retention involved. (What is Sutter feeling today knowing he’s now been dealt twice by Rutherford in the span of three years?) Meanwhile, Fehr signs for three seasons at $2 million per. The only monkey wrench in that deal is that the 29-year old forward underwent elbow surgery last month and is expected to miss 4-6 months. He also can give Mike Johnston some flexibility and move to the wing, if needed. Fehr and Bonino combine for a $3.9 million cap hit and will fill the center spots on the Penguins’ third and fourth lines. Sutter carries a $3.3 million cap hit, so that’s some good management there by Rutherford. Bonino won’t become a UFA until 2017, while Sutter can hit the open market next summer. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Pittsburgh also helped their possession numbers out with Fehr and Bonino. Sutter struggled at driving possession, while Fehr and Bonino did both that and aided their linemates, as Own the Puck's HERO charts show .  For the Canucks, well, what are they doing? Are they looking for future flexibility with a number of expiring contracts next summer ? Or maybe they’re just #AllInForAuston? How are the 34-year old Sedins feeling today looking at that roster? MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS :    

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

Capitals' Braden Holtby signs $30.5 million, 5-year deal (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:47:16 PDT)
Braden Holtby signed a $30.5-million, five-year contract with the Washington Capitals on Friday, a day before an arbitrator was expected to rule on an amount for a one-year deal for the goaltender. The 25-year-old Holtby, who was a restricted free agent, had a career season with 41 victories, a 2.22 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and nine shutouts in 73 games. Holtby's contract will count $6.1 million against the salary cap over the next five seasons.

And Now For Something Completely Serious: Ranking The Top 25 NHL Right Wingers In 2015-16 (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:22:03 PDT)
Top 25 NHL Right Winger Rankings: There's a lot of goals on the right side, from elite scorers such as Patrick Kane, Corey Perry and Vladimir Tarasenko at the top of the rankings to the best of the rest in the 'Honorable Mentions.'

What We Learned: Craig Smith and an education about arbitration (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 20 Jul 2015 06:05:30 PDT)

Loonie value dropping; Maatta making progress; O'Brien back in Anaheim (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:20:35 PDT)
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NHL-National HOckey League roundup
(Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:36:27 PDT)
July 16 (The Sports Xchange) - The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a multi-year contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal reportedly is worth $7.75 million over two years. Del Zotto, 25, recorded 32 points in 64 games last season. His 10 goals led all Flyers defensemen and he set career highs with four winning goals and 119 shots on net. --- The Washington Capitals signed center Zach Sill to a one-year, two-way contract and right winger Chris Brown to a two-year, two-way deal. ...

Ryan Kesler gets hefty 6-year contract extension from Ducks (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:38:01 PDT)
Center Ryan Kesler got comfortable quickly with the Anaheim Ducks, and the club let him know the feeling is definitely mutual. ''I definitely feel a part of the core group now,'' Kesler said. Kesler had 20 goals, 27 assists and 75 penalty minutes last year in Anaheim after spending his first nine NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks.

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 or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS    

Ducks sign Kesler to six-year extension
(Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:23:36 PDT)
(Reuters) - Forward Ryan Kesler, who came to Anaheim last season after spending the first 10 years of his NHL career with Vancouver, signed a six-year contract extension with the Ducks, the team announced on Wednesday. Financial terms were not released, but according to the Orange County Register, Kesler's contract is worth $41.25 million with an average annual value of $6.875 million through the 2021-22 season. "I think it's tough to say one point that made me part of the group," Kesler told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday.

NHL-Ducks sign Kesler to six-year extension
(Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:19:33 PDT)
Forward Ryan Kesler, who came to Anaheim last season after spending the first 10 years of his NHL career with Vancouver, signed a six-year contract extension with the Ducks, the team announced on Wednesday. Financial terms were not released, but according to the Orange County Register, Kesler's contract is worth $41.25 million with an average annual value of $6.875 million through the 2021-22 season. "I think it's tough to say one point that made me part of the group," Kesler told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday.

Ryan Kesler signs six-year $41.25 million extension with Ducks (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:36:26 PDT)
Ryan Kesler will call Southern California home for many, many more years. The Anaheim Ducks re-signed the 30-year-old center to a six-year, $41.25 million contract extension  that will kick in for the 2016-17 season. There's a no-movement clause the first five years of the deal and a limited no-trade clause in the final year,  per TSN's Darren Dreger. This all comes in at $6.875 million per-year. The amount sounds about right for Kesler, who is a bit better than your average No. 2 center. But that’s a good amount of years for a guy who will turn 31 years of age before opening night this season. And say goodbye to a big name on the summer of 2016 unrestricted free agent market. Anaheim acquired Kesler from Vancouver as part of a package for Luca Sbisa and Nick Bonino last summer. They wanted him to be a type of jerk two-way second center who could push the Ducks past the second-round of the playoffs. And he was a major contributor to the team with 13 points in 16 postseason games played for the group that lost in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final to the Chicago Blackhawks. He had 20 goals and 27 assists with Anaheim last season, and lost his sort of ‘lightning rod’ type status he had with the Canucks earlier in his career. He didn’t have to worry about being booed on the road, and his home fans showing some level of scorn towards him as well ... (cough) Vancouver fans (cough). Regardless, this was a deal that was going to get done. Kesler often fondly talked about how he wanted to stay in Anaheim. The Ducks never showed any signs of trepidation on trying to re-sign him. This is a team that was only one game from a Stanley Cup Final, and general manager Bob Murray has done his best to keep this group together (and happy) for the most part, so it could have another shot next season.  The down side? The Ducks have Kesler through 2022 and Corey Perry ($8.625 million per-year) and Ryan Getzlaf ($8.25 million per-year) locked up through 2021. All three are 30. Unless all three have Teemu Selanne's magical anti-aging powers, those will be some old dudes making big money.  In the short term, the issue for the Ducks may come next offseason when defensemen Simon Despres, Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen all hit restricted free agency. Vatanen is the highest-paid of the trio at $1.2625 million. No doubt they will all want large raises, especially Lindholm a budding star who is on the final year of his entry-level contract. Goaltenders John Gibson ($721,666) and Frederik Andersen ($1.15 million) are also being cheaply paid and will hit RFA next summer.  - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO SPORTS            

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.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds hire Drew Bannister as Sheldon Keefe's successor (Buzzing The Net)
(Sat, 11 Jul 2015 05:23:51 PDT)

Penguins want techies; Toews not scared of cap sell-off; wallaby sale gone bad (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:21:18 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 . Looks like @fleury96 has been taking #CanesCamp notes from @Tolchinsky10 . — Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) July 9, 2015 • Amazing puck handling by Carolina Hurricanes prospect Haydn Fleury with the behind the back goal. [ @NHLCanes ] • Attention all tech entrepreneurs: the Pittsburgh Penguins want you and your ideas to enhance the fan experience. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ] • Mirtle: It's a buyers market and the remaining free agents are scrambling as the money dries up. [ Globe & Mail ] • Colby Armstrong said playing with Phil Kessel on the Toronto Maple Leafs was 'frustrating.' That should go over well... [ Puck Drunk Love ] • Ryan Miller could have been traded by the Vancouver Canucks instead of Eddie Lack (and other revelations from the team.) [ The Province ] • Jonathan Toews isn't worried about the Chicago Blackhawks precarious salary cap position and moves made for relief. He believes the team can keep up their success. [ Winnipeg Sun ] • If there is any doubt the New Jersey Devils are now Ray Shero's team, look to the parting of ways between 31-year employee, executive vice president of hockey operations/director of scouting David Conte and the team. [ Fire and Ice ] • Bruce Arthur: Why can't the NHL free agency period be a circus like the NBA's (i.e. DeAndre Jordan dramarama)? [ The Star ] • Could it even be remotely possible that Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning end up parting ways? [ The Score ] • A financial adviser and a race car driver have been convicted of defrauding at least 13 NHL players to the tune of $30-million. [ Reuters ] • Resigning Braden Holtby should be the Washington Capitals No. 1 priority. [ Too Many Men on the Site ] • Highly anticipated Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin draws closer to his chance at the big show. [ Today's Slapshot ] • The Columbus Blue Jackets have already made some massive moves this off-season; however, their work is not done. [ Along the Boards ] • Nashville Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey decided to delay his transition to the NHL to protect his future, should this hockey thing not work out. He's returning to Harvard to finish his degree. [ NHL ] • The New York Islanders are attempting to keep a part of the team in Long Island with the Cantiague Park practice facility. Only thing is it might be against New York state law. Cue the political ruckus about to ensue. [ Isles Beat ] • "Who are the best two-way centers in NHL over past 5 seasons?" [ Hockey Analysis ] • The Boston Bruins want players on their roster who are excited to don the black and gold. [ The Pink Puck ] • "David Poile and the gang drafted this year with a nearly singular focus, and then addressed some roster holes via free agency. Is it enough? And are the pieces the correct ones?" [ On the Forecheck ] • Fantasy hockey alert: The best and worst free agent defensemen signings, cap-hit wise. [ Dobber ] • Cutler Martin, defenseman for the University of Michigan, was nabbed by PETA for attempting to sell a pet wallaby. Yes, you read all of that correctly. [ Buzzing the Net ] • Best wishes to David Pollak. After 44 years in news and the last eight as the Sharks beat writer, he's moving on. [ Mercury News ] • Boston College alums face off against Boston University alums in the Comm Ave Charity Classic at Walter Brown Arena benefiting the fight against ALS. Some notable attendees: Johnny Gaudreau, Brian Leetch, Cory Schneider, Chris Krider, Charlie Coyle, and Adam Clendening. [ Bruins Daily ] • Finally, Jimmy Hayes heads home: - - - - - - - Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD . MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:  

Shea Theodore talks sawmills, Seattle, being a Canadian in an American high school (Interview) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 09 Jul 2015 19:06:51 PDT)
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Shea Theodore is about a month shy of turning 20 years old. Compared to many kids his age at prospect camps around the NHL, he has something the others have yet to develop: A personality. Theodore, drafted in the first round of 2013 (No. 26 overall) by the Anaheim Ducks, is a pretty likeable young man. While his contemporaries are honing their abilities when speaking with the media, the defenseman is at home chatting. The offensive-defenseman is patiently waiting for his opportunity to make it to the big show. And the Ducks have been very clear that he's not being hurried into the pros. (They learned their lesson with Cam Fowler.) He stopped for a couple minutes following Anaheim's prospect camp scrimmages to chat with myself, Elliott Teaford and Mark Whicker , both of the LA News Group. Have the Ducks given you any indication as to where they’d like you to be in your training? Bob Murray said he’s not going to rush you along. So where do you see yourself and making the roster? This season? Next season? I’m assuming I’ll start out in the minors. They’ve got a pretty solid top six right now with [Kevin] Bieksa coming in. I’m not trying to rush myself or get too down on myself if I don’t make the team right away. It’s not really an expectation of mine. BUT, then again, I’m trying to work hard and move my way up the ladder of the depth chart. That’s all I’m trying to do right now. Because it’d really hurt to be in San Diego for a few months now? (Laughs) Yeah… There are worst places you could be… (Big smile) Yeah, it’s tough . What was the biggest difference between Seattle [Thunderbirds of WHL] and Norfolk [Admirals of AHL] last year? The speed and the size is obvious a big difference. You go from playing with 16 and 17 year old guys to 25, 26 year old men who are a couple years pro. I thought I handled myself pretty well in those games. I know you have lots of support all over the ice. I felt like my offensive, my puck skills, weren’t really helping me out in games, but I felt like I played a pretty good game. I’m excited for next year. What did you want to prove in Seattle last year to yourself? Speaking about things you wanted to improve in your game, things you wanted to establish. I think just going into the season it was more of my defensive game. I know that’s what Bob wants me to really focus on. I felt like I went into the year and came out a plus player on a team that was OK, we had our ups and downs. But I felt like I was really on the defensive side of the game a lot more. I played a bigger d-role. I was playing lots of minutes. I had a fun year. It was good for me.

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

John McLean and the skill of manning goal at 6-foot-9 (Puck Daddy Interview) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:05:46 PDT)
There has been a giant sighting in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia. His name is John McLean and he’s a 6-foot-9 goaltender who Vancouver invited to its annual prospect rite of passage into hockey adulthood known as development camp.   The self-described “late bloomer” is 25 years old and hopes the growth of the tall goaltender can help with his dream of trying to make the NHL. McLean never really had a goaltending role model growing up. That’s because most netminders were short. They weren’t the cat-like behemoths that man the net in NHL games this day and age. He can now look to the likes of the 6-foot-7 Ben Bishop and the 6-foot-5 Pekka Rinne for style pointers. We chatted about Eagan, Minnesota native about his height and his ability to man the net. Last season with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League he had a 3.54 goals against average and .895 save percentage in three games. His best collegiate year at Division-III Gustavus Adolphus College came in 2013-14 with a 1.96 goals against average and .920 save percentage. Q: Did you ever have trouble finding equipment? MCLEAN: Sure, I’ve had problems since I hit my growth spurt. Going through Reebok, they’ve just been so mind blown of, ‘How do we make a chest protector for this guy? How do you make skates when …' I have a size-15 shoe so they just take a trace of my foot and made me a skate. My pads, they just make into the biggest length possible. It’s really nice, the new NHL rule is they make pads according to the player’s height now. That will work out to my advantage. I’ll be able to get a bigger pad next year and I’ve just kind of struggled a little bit with different stuff growing up. There’s a shoe and hockey repair store in St. Paul called George’s Shoe and Skate Repair and they’ve done a lot of things for me in the past by cutting apart old chest protectors and sewing them on to make sure they fit my body.   What are you looking to get out of Canucks development camp? What I’m looking to gain is I’ve never really had interest from the NHL level before and I’m just really thankful for the opportunity that I have here just to show people that I’m a late bloomer and show them that I really am 6-foot-9 and I just really want to make a good impression and show my work ethic and my character on and off the ice. What do you mean show them that you really are 6-foot-9? A lot of people they don’t really, I’m not sure they believe it. Or, ‘Can this guy really play? Can he move if he’s that big?’ I just want to show people that I can and that’s pretty much it. What’s your style? I really just get my body in front of the net. I wouldn’t say I’m a butterfly goalie or standup goalie. I just play my own way a little bit like Ben Bishop. Sometimes I use my flexibility to my advantage and sometimes I stay deep in the net and make myself as big as possible. Growing up I wasn’t able to mimic or take a goalie’s game and use it as my own. The last couple of years watching Ben Bishop and Pekka Rinne and Scott Darling, I’m able to pick up some of the things they do and use it to my advantage. What ‘things’ have you been able to pick up from bigger goaltenders? Especially Scott Darling. He really just stays between the post. You won’t see him flopping all over the place, which is fine – to be really athletic sometimes – but you really just want to use as little movements as possible and use your size to your advantage and he does a really good job of that. I’ve been watching a lot of film on him and watching a lot of film of myself just to make sure I don’t overreact and I stay square to the puck.  What other sports did you play growing up? I always played hockey. I grew eight inches my freshman year of high school. No one expected me to be as tall as I am. I just played hockey growing up. My dad played hockey at St. Cloud State and I really didn’t play another sport besides golf. It was 5-foot-8 to 6-foot-4 and then I grew an inch every single year after that until I hit 6-foot-9. I was a goalie from about eight years old. I just stuck with it. I had lots of growing pains and lots of transition, because when I hit my peak height I was probably 30 or 40 pounds less than I am right now. I really had to fill out my body and work on the physical side of that as well. Why do you think you’re a late bloomer? The filling out from a weight perspective? For sure. I was very uncoordinated. It took a long time. I had different coaches working with me just working different techniques. Lots of one-on-one training, lots of juggling, lots of weights just lots of stuff to focus on me and developing into my own body. It was a long process, but I’m glad I stuck with it because it’s finally starting to pay off. What are your overall goals? I’m just hoping to get better every single day and I just want to play for whoever wants me. That’s what I’m working for, I’m working for a contract. Do people joke about your height? I mean, I think everyone is a little shocked at first, but everyone here is super welcoming and no one really talks about it too much. We’re all here for the same reasons – which is to get better and we want to make this team, so they just want to treat me like any other guy. It’s more the spectators or people who don’t play hockey are very shocked and drawn to my height, which is cool. - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY  

Bruins sign new deals for Hayes, Connolly, DeFazio (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:27:22 PDT)
BOSTON (AP) -- Forward Jimmy Hayes' new deal with the Boston Bruins will pay him $2.3 million a year for three years.

Stepan's future; moneypuck in Toronto; Jamaica hits the ice (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:15:43 PDT)
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What We Learned: The case for Ryan O'Reilly's contract (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:44:03 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.) Friday afternoon, while everyone was getting good and prepared for the Independence Day weekend, the Sabres snuck in a contract that surprised the hell out of the hockey world, and seems to have even led to many a derisive chuckle from the peanut gallery. “Seven years and $7.5 million for Ryan O'Reilly? Seems like a whole lot.” It is, in point of fact, the largest contract ever given to a Buffalo Sabre, and it therefore seems at least a little bold — especially because, in three years' time, Jack Eichel is going to get a much, much bigger one — to give that kind of money to a guy who is perceived as having never in his life played first-line minutes. But in terms of how he was used by Patrick Roy, something over which he has no control, his minutes are often more difficult than those of, say, Matt Duchene, who gets the benefit of much easier zone starts but only slightly harder competition. And over the last four seasons, the total amount of 5-on-5 ice time separating them every night is 17 seconds, in O'Reilly's favor. So just to get that out of the way: O'Reilly played slightly harder minutes against roughly comparable competition to Clear No. 1 Center Matt Duchene Who Is Great. What's more, there is and has been this odd perception that O'Reilly is somehow not an effective producer, despite the fact that he has more points per 60 minutes (1.83) over the last four seasons than guys like Ryan Johansen (1.71), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1.69), Paul Stastny (1.66), and so on. He's also in the same neighborhood as Nicklas Backstrom (1.86) and Joe Pavelski (1.87), etc. That's not a huge number — it's tied for 43rd among centers over that span — but it's better than most people give him credit for. On the other hand, he's one of only 20 centers in the league to clear 0.7 points per game overall and 250 games played since 2011-12. The rest of his company is pretty good , though. Tavares, Backstrom, Getzlaf, Seguin, Toews, Thornton, Sedin, Kopitar, Eric Staal, Pavelski, Couture, Ribeiro, Krejci, Duchene, Bergeron, Stepan, Nugent-Hopkins, Jeff Carter. Elite company, that. And wouldn't you know it: The average 2015-16 cap hit for the other 19 guys on this list is about $6.5 million, though a lot of those guys are on deals that were signed at least two years ago, when the cap was lower, or are older and therefore not going to get as much money. That number also doesn't include that coming deal for Derek Stepan, whose contract will at least be close to O'Reilly's if it doesn't exceed it.  Anze Kopitar, for example, would likely make well north of his current $6.8 million cap if he hit the market this summer, despite the fact that he is four years older than O'Reilly. People would give him O'Reilly money happily, and feel they got a discount. And while Kopitar is better, he's also had a better supporting cast, and a coach who actually knows how to run a hockey team successfully over the long haul. In addition, though, O'Reilly has, over the last four seasons, actually been among the best producers on the power play in the entire league. Among all forwards , his 4.96 points per 60 minutes of power play time is 29th in the league. Almost everyone ahead of him is an elite forward in this league (Seguin, Stamkos, Hall, both Sedins, Kessel, Kane, etc.). But even still, the problem with O'Reilly, who has 90 goals 246 points in 427 career games, is that if you're looking at just his point production you are doing him a disservice. (That's right, folks, it's time for a look at O'Reilly's underlying numbers!!!!) He is, in fact, elite-level valuable in terms of his ability to drive possession numbers for his team, which is admittedly terrible at this sort of thing. All those middling stats about scoring at 5-on-5 become world-class when you talk about possession. Among all forwards, the improvement Colorado has seen in its possession numbers — which, you have to keep in mind, tend to be dreadful — when O'Reilly is on the ice is 35th in the league. The improvement from about 46 percent to 50.3 percent is a big, big jump. It's like going from a garbage team like this past season's Toronto club to a very middling one like Minnesota. In addition to all that, O'Reilly is also an clear No. 1 faceoff man among heavily-used centers, placing 26th in the league at 5-on-5 over four seasons, which has a certain amount of value — though not as much as people will generally believe — to a club that got murdered at the dot last season; Buffalo's 44.9 percent on draws was 30th in the league and not particularly close to the teams that tied for 28th and 29th (the Rangers and Canucks at 46.7 percent). But, if you're not convinced O'Reilly is worth that kind of money, you're not going to be convinced by the good but not great scoring lines, strong possession numbers, top-level faceoff stats, and so on. The fact is, most of that data says he's probably not worth $7.5 million. You have to keep in mind that, while he played with good forwards a lot of the time, the defense behind him was typically underwhelming at best.

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