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What We Learned: Inside the NHL’s coach-hiring trend (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:01:42 PDT)
One of the big recent trends in hockey over the past few years has been teams in need of coaches going outside the “old boys network” of the 40 or so guys who could reliably get coaching jobs in the NHL. It used to be that if your team fired a coach, the odds were that it would then hire a guy with plenty of NHL experience, but who had been fired from another team in the somewhat recent past. You typically only get an NHL job because you are one of the 30 best hockey coaches in the world at any given time.

Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Vancouver Canucks (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:00:14 PDT)
Since their inception in 1970, the Vancouver Canucks have had a turbulent existence. John Tortorella was hired by the Canucks when Alain Vigneault was relieved of his duties after being swept by the San Jose Sharks in 2013. The thought was with Tortorella and some tweaks to the lineup, which included trading Cory Schneider for a draft pick instead of immediate help, the Canucks would trend back up towards their dominant ways of two years prior.

Enroth replaces injured Lehner for Sweden at World Cup (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:36:33 PDT)
With goaltender Robin Lehner still not fully healthy, Sweden replaced him on its World Cup of Hockey roster with Jhonas Enroth. The Buffalo Sabres' starting goalie was bothered by a right ankle injury for much of last season that limited him to 21 NHL games. Lehner underwent surgery in March and had been working to get ready for the World Cup, which begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.

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…

George McPhee prepares Las Vegas for NHL hockey (Puck Daddy Q&A) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:00:49 PDT)
In the coming weeks George McPhee will be busy in his work life and his personal life. The Las Vegas NHL team general manager will drop his two college kids off at their schools and help them move into their residences for the upcoming year. Get a quick workout in, then right back at it probably pretty consistently until 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. at night,” McPhee said of his current daily routine.

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…

Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird San Jose Sharks (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:00:57 PDT)
What Puck Daddy’s 2016 Summer Series seeks to do is capture those indefinable, quirky, oddities that occur every season. SJ Sharkie, team mascot extraordinaire, decided that he wanted to outdo fellow Californian Wild Wing’s “I’ll set myself on fire” disaster back in 1995, committed to his usual pre-game entrance of dropping down from the rafters a la WCW’s Sting. Sharkie started his routine, girded his loins, and began his descent.

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…

Chronicles of Stanley: The kids are all right; Rust's rainbow, nap (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:00:26 PDT)
The Chronicles of Stanley is an occasional series this summer that tracks the Pittsburgh Penguins as they each get their special alone time with the Stanley Cup. Weeks before his day with the Stanley Cup, Nick Bonino prepped daughter Maisie for a seat she was going to take when he brought the chalice home to Connecticut.

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.

Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 centers in 2016-17 (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:37:52 PDT)
Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 centers in the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Surely you will agree that we have each and every player slotted correctly…

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?

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

Coyotes bring back Vrbata on 1-year deal (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:06:26 PDT)
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Coyotes have brought back forward Radim Vrbata on a one-year contract.

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.]

Radim Vrbata set for third tour of duty with Arizona Coyotes (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:14:34 PDT)
Radim Vrbata had the worst non-lockout/non-injury derailed year of his career since 2003-04 last season with the Vancouver Canucks. According to Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports, Vrbata is set to return to the Coyotes on a one-year deal. After a 27-goal, 56-point season in 2007-08, he left for the Tampa Bay Lightning on a three-year deal.

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 Florida Panthers (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 13 Aug 2016 09:00:36 PDT)
Before the Panthers’ 1995-96 home-opener against Calgary, Florida forward Scott Mellanby added to the standard hat trick (and the Gordie Howe version) by ripping an unlucky rat across the dressing room and, using the same stick, subsequently bagging two goals in a 4-3 win over the Flames. After the game, goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck dubbed the feat a “rat trick” and before long, crazed fans were pelting the Miami Arena ice with plastic rodents following Panthers goals. The Cats rode the Year of the Rat frenzy all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, knocking off Boston, Philadelphia and heavily-favored Pittsburgh along the way, before they were finally vanquished by the Colorado Avalanche.

Canucks' Sven Baertschi to help animals by getting locked up (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:13:25 PDT)
The Vancouver Canucks locked up Sven Baertschi with a two-year extension in June. On Friday afternoon, the forward will get locked up in a different way in order to help out animals. As part of the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Lock-In for Love fundraiser, Baertschi, his girlfriend Laura, and other area personalities will be locked inside dog kennels until $4,000 “bail” is raised.

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.

Preseason schedule revealed; Oilers end Octane cheer team (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:30:04 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. Isobel, meet Stanley. Stanley, meet Isobel. @CushingAcademy pic.twitter.com/fr2rbxjpQX

Seguin expects World Cup return; Vegas name search down to four (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:28:47 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. Petite séance photos avec le nouveau chandail! ???? / A little photoshoot with the new jersey! ???? #GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/4rbsxusgdT

What We Learned: The problem with projecting goalscoring (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 08 Aug 2016 07:26:43 PDT)
Interesting article in the Vancouver Province over the weekend, with Jeff Paterson trying to predict the goal output for next year’s Canucks team. Last year, the team’s top-10 goalscorers netted just 137.

Canucks sign defenseman Olli Juolevi to entry-level contract (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:58:35 PDT)
VANCOUBER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks signed defenseman Olli Juolevi to a three-year entry level contract Friday.

Aaron Rome sues NHL after career-ending hip injury (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 05 Aug 2016 10:21:31 PDT)
Former NHL defenseman Aaron Rome has reportedly sued the league and his insurance company after a hip injury ended his career at American Airlines Center in 2014. The Dallas Morning News reports Rome suffered a left hip injury against the St. Louis Blues in 2014 when Rome was a member of the Dallas Stars. Rome had surgery on the hip, but did not recover to play professional hockey again.

Sabres create social media uproar with Evander Kane birthday tweets (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:48:36 PDT)
A happy birthday tweet towards troubled forward Evander Kane by the Buffalo Sabres seemed to be erased Tuesday before the team posted another happy birthday message later in the day. This prompted online questioning on why the Sabres decided to post the tweets during a week Kane has been involved in legal drama. Here is the initial tweet for Kane’s birthday that was taken down.

Evander Kane's legal troubles continue with assault lawsuit (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 02 Aug 2016 12:09:48 PDT)
Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane is being sued by a woman who alleged Kane assaulted her in December, according to the Buffalo News. The News also reported that Kane is preparing a countersuit. In late December it was reported that Kane was the subject of a sex offense investigation. After the report, Kane spoke briefly on the matter proclaiming his innocence, but then didn’t discuss it.

Landeskog's concussion story; NHL's ‘Bizarro-meter’ (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:55:08 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com. ICYMI: We're wearing these sweet jerseys and caps during batting practice on #DucksNight! pic.twitter.com/UbXJRHqHXK

Las Vegas gets ice; Gagner lands in Columbus (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:24:43 PDT)
• Vancouver Canucks forward Emerson Etem had a good time at the Vancouver Pride Parade last weekend. • Unrestricted free agent center Sam Gagner signed a one-year $650,000 contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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