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.
Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Toronto Maple Leafs (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:00:20 PDT)
In fact, Domi holds the NHL record with 333 fights over his NHL career. To the surprise of the fans in attendance, Domi skated over to the banana, peeled it, and ate it. Anyway, one bad apple in particular named Chris Falcone provoked Domi to squirt him with Gatorade.
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.
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…
NHL 17 ratings, PTOs and Monahan's new deal (Puck Daddy Countdown) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:50:20 PDT)
Note: The column formerly known as the Puck Daddy Power Rankings. Over the past week or so the good folks at EA Sports have been sending out the list of the top-10 rankings at each position for the players in its upcoming NHL 17 game. If, for example, you were putting together a list of the best goalies in the NHL, and whatever you’re using to determine that rating puts Jonathan Quick as being tied with Carey Price for “best goalie alive,” well, maybe you need to go back to the drawing board.
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…
Ottawa Senators sign Cody Ceci to two-year, $5.6M contract (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:18:26 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators and restricted free agent defenseman Cody Ceci have agreed to a two-year contract worth $5.6 million. The 22-year-old Ceci established career highs last season with 10 goals and 26 points along with a plus-9 rating in 19:18 of play. The Senators used the 15th overall pick in the 2012 draft on the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Ceci.
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?
Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Ottawa Senators (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:43:42 PDT)
At the 1998 draft, the Ottawa Senators stepped to the microphone in the first round and drafted Mathieu Chouinard. Coming off of a 32-18 season with the Shawinigan Cataractes, Chouinard was the second goalie taken in the draft and was considered to be a solid prospect. After failing to reach an agreement on his entry-level contract, though, Chouinard opted to head back into the draft in pursuit of a new start.
Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird New York Rangers (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:13:53 PDT)
The New York Rangers won their third Stanley Cup in 1940. To the dismay of generations of Rangers fans it took the team fifty-four agonizing years to win their fourth Cup. Mercifully the taunting chants of “Nineteen forty!” forever came to an end when Mark Messier and the Rangers lifted the Cup in 1994.
Rakell replaces Steen; Luongo aging fine; DiPauli to Pens (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:59:42 PDT)
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Ottawa Senators on Parliament Hill; Vesey's Pittsburgh fit (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:35:51 PDT)
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Ottawa Senators to retire Daniel Alfredsson's No. 11 jersey (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:57:19 PDT)
OTTAWA (AP) -- The Ottawa Senators will retire former captain Daniel Alfredsson's No. 11 on Dec. 29 when they host the Detroit Red Wings.
Ottawa Senators to retire Daniel Alfredsson's jersey number (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:31:00 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators announced that longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson will have his No. 11 retired at a Dec. 29 ceremony before the team’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. Alfredsson will be the first player from the current incarnation of the team to have his number retired. Alfredsson played with the Senators from 1995-96 through 2012-13 and holds the team record for goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108).
Sakic, Roy friendship; Vesey sweepstakes; NWHL schedule (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 15 Aug 2016 11:50:23 PDT)
• The look on Taylor Hall’s face describes what the last month and a half have been like for him after he was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the New Jersey Devils. Just ask Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy. “I’m not going to say it was a blowup,” [Sakic] said.
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.
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.
NWHL partners with You Can Play; McCrimmon on Vegas job (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 03 Aug 2016 11:47:28 PDT)
• New Las Vegas assistant general manager talks about his decision to Kelly McCrimmon to join the new franchise after opting not to take a position with the Toronto Maple Leafs the previous summer. • The NWHL and You Can Play (YCP) announced a partnership to begin with the 2016-17 season. • The Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba can’t agree on money, term … and usage?
Las Vegas hires McCrimmon as assistant GM (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:24:12 PDT)
The Las Vegas expansion NHL team has done what Mike Babcock and the Toronto Maple Leafs couldn't. Las Vegas has yet to play, let alone win, a game, but the franchise succeeded in convincing junior hockey mainstay Kelly McCrimmon to make the jump to the NHL. The team on Tuesday hired McCrimmon as its assistant general manager, winning the sweepstakes for one of the sport's most well-respected executives.
What We Learned: Jimmy Vesey crisis hype (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:28:06 PDT)
Late last week, Vesey’s agent revealed that the pending UFA will not only have Boston, Toronto and maybe even Buffalo on his list, but also Chicago and New York. Now, to be fair, he’s going to get a maxed-out deal no matter where he signs, and probably a top-six role anywhere but Chicago (and even then, they might find room as a second-line wing for him), so at some point Vesey will just be going where he feels he’ll be in the best position to succeed. The larger issue, to some extent, is what Vesey’s decision means for college hockey and its relationship with the NHL.
2016-17 Preview Part 1 (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:05:00 PDT)
Corey Abbott examines how Florida, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Boston and Ottawa look going into 2016-17.
Brian Elliott finally unquestioned No. 1 goalie with Flames (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:31:02 PDT)
Brian Elliott was eager to get back in the rink on a hot summer day. After years of fending off challengers in St. Louis, the goalie has big expectations entering next season as the unquestioned No. 1 in Calgary. ''This is a big one for me so I'm really looking forward to it,'' Elliott said when introduced to the media Wednesday.
Senators agree to 4-year deal with Mike Hoffman (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:58:43 PDT)
Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion was so pleased to get Mike Hoffman under contract that he hugged another member of the club's management team. The Senators and Hoffman, Ottawa's leading scorer this past season, avoided going to arbitration by agreeing to a four-year contract worth nearly $21 million. Hoffman led the Senators in goals for the second straight season, hitting a career high with 29 goals.
NHL-National Hockey League roundup
(Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:48:48 PDT)
July 27 (The Sports Xchange) - The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with goaltender Petr Mrazek on a two-year contract Wednesday just before the arbitration hearing. The deal is worth a reported $8 million. Mrazek will receive $3.85 million this season and $4.15 million in 2017-18. - - The Tampa Bay Lightning avoided arbitration and re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year contract worth $1.9375 million per season. Namestnikov, 23, was a restricted free agent and the two sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday. He made $874,000 last season. ...
Four more years of Mike Hoffman with Ottawa Senators (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:07:23 PDT)
Last season, Mike Hoffman and the Ottawa Senators went through the always nasty salary arbitration process. Hoffman, 26, will stay with the Senators for the next four years on a contract worth $20.75-million. First reported by Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Hoffman will earn $3.8-million for during the 2016-17 season.
NHL's worst jerseys; McPhee on the job in Las Vegas (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:00:46 PDT)
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Backdraft 2009: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2009 NHL draft (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:53:55 PDT)
A look back at the 2009 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.
Anaheim Ducks re-sign F Stefan Noesen to 2-way contract (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:14:33 PDT)
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Forward Stefan Noesen has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Anaheim Ducks.
Backdraft 2008: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2008 NHL draft (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:03:56 PDT)
A look back at the 2008 NHL draft: Ranking the top 10 forwards and top 10 defensemen by career NHL points and goalies by career NHL wins.