- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy33 mins ago
Mike Babcock makes his return to Detroit – well, in the regular season – as the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
But rather than facing a Red Wings team that had to throw away the script when he departed, he faces one that’s trying to continue the legacy of success he helped build there. Jeff Blashill, the new head coach, is preaching the same kind of pace and puck control that Babcock did.
And like Babcock was with the Wings, GM Ken Holland’s the reason he’s there as head coach.
The Detroit Free Press’ Mitch Albom asked Leafs president Brendan Shanahan about the disciples of Holland, who are not only coaches but also GMs like Jim Nill with Dallas and Steve Yzerman with the Lightning.
"I'll give Kenny the credit," Shanahan says. "There are certain organizations in hockey that have the kind of leader that makes you want to stay in the game.
"Kenny, Jimmy Nill, they were good, they were fun, they were pros and they were kind. And I think that's why you see a lot of Red Wings stay in hockey.Fri, Oct 94:30 PM PDTToronto at DetroitPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy59 mins ago
Mike Richards and the Los Angeles Kings have reached a settlement on the forward's terminated contract.
A resolution was announced by both the Kings and the NHLPA.
The NHLPA's statement:
“The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) have reached a settlement agreement regarding Mike Richards’ standard player contract. The settlement amicably resolves the grievance filed by the NHLPA on August 10, 2015 in response to the Los Angeles Kings’ termination of Richards’ contract. Richards is an Unrestricted Free Agent.”
The Kings' statement:
The Los Angeles Kings have reached an agreement with Mike Richards to resolve the grievance filed in relation to the termination of his NHL Standard Players Contract. The terms are agreeable to all parties. We will not be commenting further on the terms.
Los Angeles terminated Richards’ contract on June 29 for what the team called a “material breach.”Fri, Oct 97:30 PM PDTArizona at Los AngelesPreview Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
By Benjamin Zweiman RotoWire Hockey Writer
Targeting players like Saad is a good way of finding value for Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey. Here are a few more value plays who will make constructing a lineup a little easier.
GOALIE Michael Hutchinson, WPG vs. NJD ($20) - Chances are, Hutchinson will start Friday as the Jets open the season with back-to-back road games. If so, Hutchinson gets a nice matchup against a Devils team that finished 28th in goals last season and doesn't seem likely to have a much improved offense this year. He comes dirt cheap in comparison to the evening's highest-priced goalie, Henrik Lundqvist ($39).
CENTERFri, Oct 94:00 PM PDTWinnipeg at New JerseyPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Chicago Blackhawks spent a third summer since 2010 celebrating a Stanley Cup championship and a fifth off-season since 2009 recovering from playing hockey into late-May, early-June.
The off-seasons have been short. Three of them have featured parades and parties, and not a lot of time for the players to prepare for the following season.
Six Blackhawks – Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson -- have been on board for all three Cup wins. And as the off-seasons have come and gone, the way they’ve prepped themselves for next year has evolved.Fri, Oct 94:30 PM PDTChicago at NY IslandersPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
One RFA defenseman down, two to go, as the Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Simon Despres to a five-year contract extension. After an abnormally slow eight minutes, the financial details were reported by Renaud Lavoie of TVA:
The average annual value of $3.7 million is incredibly reasonable. According to General Fanager, the only Ducks defenseman earning more than Despres in the years to come (so far) are Cam Fowler and Kevin Bieksa.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
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• The Empire State Building welcomes the New York Islanders to Brooklyn ... even though the building is in Manhattan. It's the thought that counts, right?
• The NHL and NHLPA have set escrow at 16-percent for the first quarter of the season. [TSN]
• Alex Burmistrov will not face supplemental discipline for his high hit on Patrice Bergeron. [CSNNE]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Five days. Five whole days. That’s how long Scorch lasted on this Earth. From Scorch's immediate unveiling, it never stood a chance to last. The backlash began immediately and only multiplied once the dark history behind those big, googly dead eyes was learned.
After the Abbotsford Heat relocated to Adirondack, N.Y. ahead of the 2014-15 American Hockey League season, a new mascot was needed. The Heat had Hawkey, a red-tailed hawk. But the Adirondack Flames decided to use this new mascot to pay homage to a 150-year old tragedy that is part of the city’s history.
Auditions were held on Sept. 5, just under a month before Scorch’s big reveal. Inside Heritage Hall at the Glen Falls Civic Center, home of the Flames, six individuals showed off their moves to songs ranging from Men Without Hats’ “The Safety Dance” to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” to the immortal “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
NEW YORK – Janine Weber was recently speaking with some 12-year-old girls, and had a question for them: What do you want to be when you grow up?
After a few expected answers, one of them told her, proudly: “I want to be a hockey player.”
Weber smiled. “I think it’s pretty cool that now they can be professional hockey players.”
A native of Austria who attended Providence College, Weber was the first free agent to sign with the four-team National Women’s Hockey League, one of two professional women’s leagues in North America. Her team, the New York Riveters, opens its inaugural season on Sunday in Stamford, Conn., against the Connecticut Whale.
(The afternoon game at Chelsea Pier, CT, is sold out; there are tickets available for the Buffalo Beauts’ debut against the Boston Pride at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11 at HarborCenter. Manon Rheaume, the first woman to appear in an NHL exhibition game, will drop the first puck.)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
The New Jersey Devils needed a captain, so they put the ‘C’ on a defenseman, which is their wont.
Andy Greene was named the 11th captain in team history, replacing defenseman Bryce Salvador and following in the tradition of defensemen Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer and Bruce Driver.
The team actually had a stretch of six years with captains at the forward spot – Patrik Elias, followed by Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise – but this makes two in a row on the back end.
Why Greene? Well, he’s signed through 2020 for one, with a no-trade clause. He’s a career Devil, for another. But he’s also the team’s oldest player (32) among its defensemen, which is the most promising area of the lineup. You could do a lot worse than having Greene as the role model for Adam Larsson, Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill and Damon Severson, as he’s been during the start of their careers.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
A little while back I wrote a column saying that goaltending controversies are almost always overblown by the media and that, in reality, teams usually ought to have a pretty good idea of which of their goalies is the best.
One team that is quite notably going through a goaltending controversy right now, entirely because they put themselves in this position, is the Calgary Flames.
This is a club with a lot of evidence as to which of their goaltenders gives them the best chance to win every night, and unlike most goaltending controversies, this isn't some ginned-up story to fill column inches: By all appearances, they legitimately just don't know which of their three (three? Three.) goalies to play.
First and foremost, they have Jonas Hiller, a long-time NHL starter who is self-evidently at least average and sometimes a little above that. He's in the final season of a two-year deal that pays him $4.5 million against the cap. He is the guy they should be playing most of the time because he is the one with the best career stats by far. In general, you want your goalie to be the one that's clearly good rather than the one that is more of a mystery.