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Avalanche hire Bednar to replace Roy as coach (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:29:47 PDT)
Joe Sakic had to rush his coaching search after the abrupt resignation of Patrick Roy. After interviewing candidates with varying degrees of NHL coaching experience, Sakic ultimately chose Jared Bednar as the team's new coach. Bednar spent the past 14 seasons as a minor league coach, most recently winning the American Hockey League's Calder Cup with the Lake Erie Monsters, and the previous nine as a minor league player,.

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…

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…

Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird St. Louis Blues (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:00:27 PDT)
In November the Blues were taking on their nearest (and dearest) rival, the Chicago Blackhawks, trailing by three goals in the second period. In a matter of minutes, Alexander Steen, David Backes and Jay Bouwmeester had tied it up with Chicago, knotting the score at 5-5 heading into the third. Elise Butler, part of the St. Louis social media team, celebrated the only way she knew how: by bringing bacon into the equation.

Coyotes hire what's believed to be 1st female NHL coach (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:56:23 PDT)
The Arizona Coyotes have hired Dawn Braid as skating coach and say she is believed to be the first full-time female coach in NHL history. Braid also spent seven years with the Athletes Training Center as director of skating development. Among the skaters she worked with while there is New York Islanders center John Tavares.

Coyotes make historic hire in naming Dawn Braid as skating coach (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:08:05 PDT)
The Arizona Coyotes made history on Wednesday in their announcement of three new hires to the coaching staff. Braid is now the first woman to be hired to coach full-time in NHL history. “It’s something that I’ve wanted to see happen,” Braid said.

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…

Canada selects Bouwmeester to replace Keith at World Cup (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:29:43 PDT)
Canada selected Jay Bouwmeester to replace Duncan Keith on its roster for the World Cup of Hockey. Keith is still rehabbing a right knee injury he suffered last season, the Chicago Blackhawks said. ''We understand his decision not to participate in next month's World Cup of Hockey,'' Blackhawks head physician Michael Terry said in a statement Wednesday.

Stars add Jiri Hudler with a one-year, $2 million deal (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:25:22 PDT)
The Dallas Stars have bolstered their forward group by signing Jiri Hudler to a one-year, $2 million deal as first reported by Sonny Sachdeva on Tuesday night. Hudler, who will reunite with GM Jim Nill after their time in Detroit, posted 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers last season. Ten of those 46 points came via the power play, which means the Stars’ fourth-ranked power play just got even better.

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…

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…

Las Vegas name update; Koivu to captain Finland (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:37:57 PDT)
• Night Hawks is still the backup plan for the Las Vegas NHL franchise, but a different name has been selected for the expansion team. • The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the club has named Mark Hunter as Assistant General Manager.

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?

Sean Monahan gets 7-year extension from Flames (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:52:24 PDT)
Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan signed a seven-year contract extension worth a reported $44.6 million on Friday. ''I don't want to play anywhere else,'' Monahan said. The former sixth overall pick has quickly established himself as a two-way force for the Flames, an impact performer almost from the day he entered the NHL as an 18 year old in 2013.

After Monahan, Flames ‘work away’ at Johnny Gaudreau extension (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:40:47 PDT)
Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving had two big restricted free agents to lock up this summer, and as of Friday afternoon he’s down to one. Following Sean Monahan’s seven-year, $44 million extension, his good pal Johnny Gaudreau still remains unsigned. Both players will be in Toronto next month playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey.

Calgary Flames lock up Sean Monahan to seven-year contract extension (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:19:37 PDT)
The Calgary Flames have locked up restricted free agent first-line center Sean Monahan to a seven-year contract extension. The last two seasons the 21-year-old Monahan has blossomed into one of the top young pivots in the NHL with 125 points and 58 goals in 162 games. Last season, Monahan held a 46.99 score, venue and zone adjusted 5-on-5 CF% and a minus-1.02 score, venue and zone adjusted 5-on-5 CF% Rel.

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.

Rangers agree to terms with college free agent John Gilmour (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:41:49 PDT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Rangers have agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with college free agent defenseman John Gilmour.

Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird New Jersey Devils (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:16:29 PDT)
What Puck Daddy’s 2016 Summer Series seeks to do is capture those indefinable, quirky, oddities that occur every season. Before we begin, let it be said that the New Jersey Devils have several levels of weird in their history. Having Joe Piscopo as your most famous fan until Kevin Smith came along?

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

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.]

NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:39:51 PDT)
The New York Islanders and goaltender Christopher Gibson agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract Monday. Gibson, 23, made his NHL debut with the Islanders last season, appearing in four games during his first year with the organization. The Islanders acquired Gibson, a native of Karkklia, Finland, from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sept. 17, 2015.

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.

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.

Parise prepping for World Cup; NHL arbitration history (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:45:33 PDT)
• Zach Parise has no doubt he will be ready to play in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey for Team USA. • Dan Craig, the NHL’s senior facility operations director, will work with the Edmonton Oilers to get the ice ready for next month’s opening at Rogers Arena. Craig started his career with the Oilers before moving onto the NHL to become their ice guru.

Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Colorado Avalanche (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:00:51 PDT)
Due to a weak Canadian dollar, the owner of the Quebec Nordiques was forced to sell his team to the Denver-based COMSAT Entertainment Group. The head of that company, Charlie Lyons, was a one-time Colorado ski bum who wanted the name of the team to reflect the “extreme sports” of his youth.  As a result, “Rocky Mountain eXtreme” was picked and logos were commissioned from the team’s in-house graphic designer, Michael Beindorff. Adrian Dater of the Denver Post leaked the new team’s name, and the backlash was immediate.

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