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  • A theory about the Vancouver Canucks' start (Trending Topics)

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

     

    Fan theories are all the rage these days.

    As “prestige TV” becomes more popular and widespread, the number of shows that have mysteries for fans to unpack grows exponentially. Probably you can blame Lost for a lot of that — fans never did find out the story with the time traveling rowboat — but TV these days is now just fan theory central. The nerdy McPoyle on Westworld turned out to be Ed Harris, Jon Snow turned out to be the (potentially trueborn) son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, and so on.

    With this in mind, I’ve got a fan theory for you. It’s one that flies in the face of current thinking in the NHL and even subverts my own previous assumptions. It’s about the Vancouver Canucks, and more specifically their management.

    The theory is this: Jim Benning and Trevor Linden aren’t as bad at their jobs as they seem, and are in fact trying to tank the team against the wishes of team ownership.

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    Then you can look at the bad contracts and transactions. All of them have a certain logic to them if you imagine they were intended to be red herrings to misdirect ownership.

     

  • Peter Karmanos no longer on NHL executive committee

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    PALM BEACH, Fla. – The NHL announced new members of the executive committee for the Board of Governors following the second day of meetings, Friday.

    Former Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider, who died earlier this year, was previously on the committee. Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos was not announced as being part of the committee anymore.

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    Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman and Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson were elected into the group.

    Murray Edwards of the Calgary Flames, Craig Leipold of the Minnesota Wild, Ted Leonsis of the Washington Capitals, Henry Samueli of the Anaheim Ducks, Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jeff Vinik of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Rocky Wirtz of the Chicago Blackhawks all remained on the committee. Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs remained the chairman of the committee.

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  • Maple Leafs trade Holland to Coyotes for conditional pick

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

     

    Peter Holland wanted out of Toronto and on Friday he finally got his wish. The Maple Leafs have traded the center to the Arizona Coyotes. In exchange the ‘Yotes give up a 2018 conditional draft pick.

    The relationship between the Toronto Maple Leafs and center Peter Holland had become seriously strained over the past two weeks.

    From James Mirtle of The Athletic:

    Holland, 25, was a healthy scratch in 17 of the Leafs first 25 games this season and played sparingly when in the lineup (less than 11 minutes a game). It was clear last season he was not a favourite of coach Mike Babcock, and it’s believed Holland requested a trade at some point in mid-November.

    Part of what made a deal difficult is that Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello did not want a player in return, and Holland is making $1.3-million this season.

    Holland has been more than ready for the change of scenery and a chance to start over.

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  • NHL 'trying to be as effective as possible' with concussion spotters

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    PALM BEACH, Fla. – When NHL concussion spotters pull a player from a game to get tested for a head injury, they’re not doing so to intentionally harm his team. They’re trying to help the athlete and make sure he stays healthy.

    “There are no negative reasons,” said Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Pronger, who now works with the league’s Department of Player Safety. “There has been hours and hours and hours of video watched by doctors and trainers and the concussion staff on that committee to log in and track and put together this protocol of visible signs so that – it is not an exact science but it’s the best we can do under the current knowledge that we have as it relates to the protocol etc. Will it continue to evolve? I’m sure it will as more and more information becomes readily available.”

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    After the second day of the league’s Board of Governors meeting, the NHL indicated it was fine with the spotters but said it’ll talk about them again over the All-Star break in late January.

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  • Wayne Gretzky 'a big believer' in Olympic Games

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

     

    PALM BEACH, Fla. – Amongst NHL governors, Wayne Gretzky holds a unique perspective about NHL Olympic participation.

    Now an executive with the Edmonton Oilers, Gretzky played at the 1998 Nagano Games for Team Canada. He was the GM for Team Canada in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and 2006 Torino Games.

    The decision to go to the 2018 Olympics, which has been a big storyline the last couple of days at the NHL’s Board of Governors meeting, isn’t Gretzky’s to make. But he seemed to display more positivity than most on the topic at this event. It was Gretzky’s first time as a member at the Board of Governors since his days with the Phoenix Coyotes.

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    After the Board of Governors’ Thursday meeting, there was negative sentiment about whether the league will allow its players to go in 2018. Many executives tried to point out that they didn’t see much of a tangible benefit to the NHL’s product by shutting down for two weeks in order to go to the Games.

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  • Niskanen out; Pacioretty's injury; enjoying the Leafs (Puck Headlines)

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    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.

    • Exclusive look at the most famous man in hockey on The Simpsons – SANTA CLAUS. Oh and Wayne Gretzky in a not-Edmonton Oilers uniform. [NHL]

    • Max Pacioretty got off to a slow start. Now we have an idea why. He was reportedly playing with a broken foot. [EOTP]

    • Former NHL player Kevin Stevens entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to sell Oxycodone in a Boston court. [AP]

    • The Buffalo Sabres could be getting Josh Georges back soon from a foot fracture. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

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  • Capitals owner continues support of Ovechkin's 2018 Olympics stance

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    PALM BEACH, Fla. – Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said he has no problem with Alex Ovechkin if the superstar potentially defies the NHL and decides to go to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.

    “He has given a lot to our team and he doesn’t ask for much in return and whatever he likes to do in this one, I’ll support him,” Leonsis said after the second and final day of the NHL’s Board of Governors meeting. “His mother was an Olympian. It’s a part of the tradition in the family and it is meaningful to him, and he’s kind of the ambassador and captain of the team. We don’t sit and talk about this all the time, but he needs to know, and he does know, that in this one instance I’ll have his back.”

    This echoes a sentiment Leonsis held in October about Ovechkin going to the Games, no matter what the league chooses on the matter. Leonsis has held a similar stance for prior Olympics.

     

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  • Cal Clutterbuck gets five-year, $17.5 million extension from Islanders

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

     

    If you weren’t a fan of the long-term deal the New York Islanders gave to Casey Cizikas in June, you may want to look away at their latest re-signing.

    The Islanders announced Friday morning that they’ve locked up forward Cal Clutterbuck with a five-year extension. The deal is reportedly worth $3.5 million a year, per Elliotte Friedman.

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    Clutterbuck, 29, is in his fourth season with the Islanders and was one part of the “best fourth line in hockey” with Cizikas and Matt Martin. That trio, thanks to their notoriety, have now cashed in for a combined $44.25 million since the end of last season.

    Dan at Lighthouse Hockey is no fan of this deal.

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Friday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    The weather’s getting icy in much of the United States and almost all of Canada, so hopefully you’re in the hockey spirit. Friday takes you into the weekend with a modest total of six games; here’s a look at some players in those matchups whom you might be wise to target or avoid.

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    GOALIE

    Devan Dubnyk , MIN vs. EDM ($35): You aren’t going to save much money by going with Dubnyk, but he still sticks out as a solid option in a less-than-stellar lineup of choices. The Oilers will be traveling to play in Minnesota after losing in Philadelphia on Thursday, which so you have to imagine they’ll be tired. Dubnyk won’t just be lucking into a win, though – he leads the league in both GAA (1.65) and save percentage (.946). Maybe Dubnyk isn’t the best goalie in the NHL – in fact, he probably isn’t – but you can’t argue that he hasn’t been the best so far, so he’s a safe choice.

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    CENTER

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    WINGS TO AVOID

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  • Connor McDavid says 'classless' Brandon Manning admitted to causing injury

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

     

    Connor McDavid is done defending Brandon Manning for the Nov. 2015 collision that resulted in a broken collarbone and 37 missed games for the Edmonton Oilers star last season. During their game Thursday night, McDavid was set off by comments he claimed were said by the Philadelphia Flyers defenseman that implied the play wasn’t accidental.

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    The two tangled with one another all night, and after McDavid scored in the first period, he celebrated with an intense fist pump and then had some more words for Manning.

    Following the game, McDavid sounded off.

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