- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Las Vegas NHL team will reportedly hire Kelly McCrimmon as assistant general manager to help GM George McPhee mold the expansion franchise.
McCrimmon, 55, is the head coach, general manager and part owner of the Brandon Wheat Kings. The University of Michigan grad has worked in Brandon, one of the top teams in the Western Hockey League, since 1988.
Las Vegas has not officially announced it has hired an assistant general manager.
Despite McCrimmon’s lack of NHL experience he’s highly respected in hockey circles. The last several years, many high-end NHL players have come through Brandon writes The Hockey News.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Dennis Wideman case has already produced one odd little connection to Tom Brady.
Please recall how in NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s initial ruling, he used the private text messages between Wideman and former teammate Gregory Campbell as evidence that the Calgary Flames defenseman offered “hollow” apologies for attacking linesman Don Henderson. The NY Post among others mentioned this was “Tom Brady’s worst nightmare,” considering his own cell phone drama with Roger Goodell during DeflateGate.
Now, the connection to Brady is a bit more overt in the Wideman case. The NHLPA used the New England Patriots quarterback’s fight with the NFL as justification for upholding an arbitrator’s ruling that knocked down Wideman’s suspension from 20 games to just 10.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
Murray Craven doesn’t have an official title with the Las Vegas NHL team but that’s because he doesn’t have one specific role in one specific area.
He’s helping the team design their locker room. He’s working on the Summerlin-area construction of the practice facility, which also includes the team’s office space. He guided billionaire owner Bill Foley to hire George McPhee as the team’s general manager.
“At this point I just do the work,” said Craven who played 1,071 games in his NHL career between the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. “I know what’s out there. I know what needs to be done and that’s what I do.”
The 52-year-old Craven is a living, walking embodiment that timing can help in the successes of life. If he hadn’t met Foley while playing golf in Whitefish, Montana in the early part of last decade, he may not have had this opportunity – to help mold and create the first major pro sports team in Las Vegas.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day ago
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— Milwaukee Admirals (@mkeadmirals) July 29, 2016
• The Milwaukee Admirals are getting in on the madness of the upcoming election with their Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton bobbleheads. [@mkeadmirals]
• Just a few short days after her death, Bobby Ryan penned a heart wrenching tribute to his mother; recalling the role she played in the tumultuous childhood of Ryan. [The Players’ Tribune]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Goal celebrations have been a cherished part of EA Sports’ NHL series, where they can exist freely and without the death stare of fun-smothering critics seeking to make sports an unenthusiastic variety of vanilla.
It’s a safe space for flamboyancy, which is why we’re happy they’ve provided a happy home for Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista’s infamous “Joey Bats Flip” in NHL 17.
— Marc Quill (@MarcQuill) July 28, 2016
Executed after his series-clinching homer against the Texas Rangers last October, the bat flip became a signature move in baseball and a point of criticism for old-school fans and players like Goose Gossage, who called it a “disgrace.”LiveBaltimore1 - 0TorontoFollow Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 day ago
A little more than a year ago, the NHL announced that it had officially adopted a 3-on-3 overtime as a means of juicing goal-scoring in the league and avoiding the shootout to as great an extent as possible.
At the time, we had little understanding of what the NHL looked like at 3-on-3. From 2007 through the end of 2014-15, all NHL teams combined had played a grand combined total of just 87 minutes in that strength situation. This is a situation most teams never practiced, because it was so rare that it wasn’t worth anyone’s time to actually come up with systems or waste precious time drilling for the maybe 30 seconds a year they’d spend playing 3-on-3 hockey if they were quite lucky.
Based on the evidence available at the time, though, there wasn’t a lot of reason to believe that teams would score so much more often that it really moved the needle. A rough estimate based on goals per five minutes at 4-on-4 versus 3-on-3 showed that the league might cut shootout occurrences to once every nine games from the previous 1-in-7.5 or so.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent defenseman Matt Dumba agreed to a two-year contract worth a total of $5.1 million.
This gives the 22-year-old Dumba a $2.55 million salary cap hit over the next two seasons.
With Dumba’s signing the Wild have all their core blue liners locked up through at least the next two years. This includes Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella.
Last season was Dumba’s first full year in the NHL. He finished with 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games played. Dumba also averaged 16:50 of ice-time per-game.
He held a 47.56 score and venue adjusted 5-on-5 CF% and his 5-on-5 CF% Rel was a minus-0.71.
Earlier in the summer the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that a bridge deal was the likeliest scenario between Dumba and the Wild. Dumba’s name has also been mentioned in rumors involving Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during the summer.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Bobby Hull is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He played 411 games with the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association, scoring 303 goals and lending that league instant credibility. He led the team to two championships as a member of The Hot Line, with Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson.
All three will be inducted into the new Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame this year. But it’s Hull’s honor that has caught the ire of some hockey fans and that of Colin Fast, a columnist for Metro Winnipeg. Because for all of his exploits on the ice, history also remembers Bobby Hull’s documented incidents of domestic violence.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to a six-year contract with 23-year-old restricted free agent defenseman Connor Murphy.
Per a source, the deal is for an average annual value of $3.85 million, which comes to $23.1 million over the life of the contract. Murphy had just finished his three-year entry-level deal.
“We are extremely pleased to sign Connor to a long-term contract,” said Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka in a statement released by the team. “At only 23, Connor has established himself as a very good NHL defenseman. He’s a great skater, a fierce competitor and he has an excellent work ethic. We look forward to him taking the next step and having him on our blue line for many years to come.”
The young blue liner just finished his second full season in the NHL where he scored six goals and notched 17 points in 78 games played. He averaged 20:30 of ice-time last season as he took a big step forward from the 16:48 per-game he averaged the previous season.
This ranked third on the Coyotes overall.
Murphy held a 46.4, 5-on-5 score and venue adjusted CF% and a plus-0.28 score and venue adjusted 5-on-5 CF% Rel.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 days ago
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• Vin Scully and Bob Miller – two Los Angeles area broadcasting legends at a recent Los Angeles Dodgers game. Miller made a special trip to Chavez Ravine to congratulate Scully on 67 years with the Dodgers. [LA Kings PR]
• The Detroit Red Wings gave too many years and too much money to defenseman Danny DeKeyser. The young blue liner signed a six-year, $30 million extension with Detroit last Tuesday. [TSN]
• After some recent moves, the Detroit Red Wings have managed themselves into salary cap trouble. Is there a quick fix to get them out of it? [The Hockey News]