- Puck Daddy46 mins ago
The Colorado Avalanche brought in Jared Bednar as head coach not just for his winning pedigree, but also because of his strategy as a bench boss.
Bednar, who was hired Thursday morning, said he likes to push an attack mostly based on speed and pressuring the puck. The team believes will mesh will with fleet-footed forwards like Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene.
“I have a style of play I think works in today’s game,” Bednar said in a conference call with reporters. “I think you have to be an aggressive team. I think you have to – the game is getting faster every day. You have to play an up-tempo style. You have to attack. That’s not just offensively but defensively as well. I think that for us should be set from Day One in training camp – the tempo and the pace we play with and the aggressive style I would like to play. I think that’s something you start Day One in training camp and keep trying to improve and keep trying to get better in those areas every day and throughout the course of a season so your team gets better and faster as the year goes on.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Las Vegas NHL owner Bill Foley has grand visions for the image of his team
He sees a situation where many of the 42 million yearly visitors to the city leave town in a jersey with his organization’s colors and crest.
“We want the name to fit our goals and what we’re trying to accomplish and I’m really confident that we’re going to hit it and do really well,” Foley said in a recent phone interview with Puck Daddy. “I want every person from China who comes to Las Vegas to take a jersey and bring it back to Shanghai or Beijing or Hong Kong. I want everyone from Japan that comes in or from Eastern or Western Europe, I want them all to buy jerseys. We’re really trying to develop a team that has an international aspect to it.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Team Canada’s World Cup of Hockey brain trust is hopeful the team won’t be further altered due to player injury heading into the September tournament.
On Tuesday, San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture replaced Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn (abdominal surgery) at forward and then on Wednesday, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (knee) was replaced by St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.
General manager Doug Armstrong said the team had been in contact with both players during the offseason and was not caught off guard by their decisions to not participate.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Team Canada’s decision to choose Sidney Crosby as captain along with Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber as alternates for the World Cup of Hockey had to do with past international success, as well as their NHL achievements.
The three were the leadership group for Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics, so it made sense to keep the trio together for the World Cup.
“They’re great, great men who have distinguished themselves not only with their ability but with their relentless drive to get better and for success and to help their individual games but to also help Canada medal in the past or win Cups for that matter,” coach Mike Babcock said on a teleconference. “They’re fantastic guys. They know me. I know them. They know what’s expected. And probably the thing that separates them from a lot of players is, they play their best in the biggest moments.”
Toews and Crosby have five Stanley Cups between them. Weber was the captain of the Nashville Predators from 2010-11 through 2015-16 before an offseason trade to the Montreal Canadiens. He has already been named an alternate captain with the Habs.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned, the Colorado Avalanche have found their next head coach.
After spending the last two seasons as a head coach in the AHL, Jared Bednar will get his shot at the NHL as he will be the one to replace Roy behind the Avalanche bench.
“After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench,” said Avalanche EVP and GM Joe Sakic in a statement. “Jared’s track record of success as a head coach in the American Hockey League speaks for itself and he is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming coaches in our business.
“Even though we had to accelerate the process with training camp approaching, we feel we met some real strong candidates with a lot of potential to become head coaches in the NHL in the near future, continued Sakic. “I would like to thank the general managers who gave us permission to talk to key staff members at such a precarious time.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
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• 2007 Teemu meets 2016 Teemu. [Instagram]
• NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on the World Cup, jersey ads, outdoor games and more. [CP via Yahoo]
• The St. Louis Blues are set to name Alex Pietrangelo as the franchise’s 21st captain. [Post-Dispatch]
• Sidney Crosby will captain Canada’s World Cup entry and Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber will serve as alternates. [NHL]
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
[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.]
By: Kate Cimini of SI Online, Vice Sports, Excelle Sports and Today’s Slapshot
1. Do you smell what the Blues are cooking?
This may not fall under your radar as “weirdest” but I take particular delight whenever a fanbase responds so hard to a gaffe by their beloved team that it turns into a rallying cry for all involved.
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.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The Arizona Coyotes keep adding salary while the Florida Panthers found a taker for a bad contract.
In a deal with the Panthers Thursday morning, the Coyotes acquired Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse — the No. 11 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft — in exchange for a 2017 third-round pick (the better of Arizona/Detroit) and a 2018 second rounder.
Per Craig Custance, that second-round pick is conditional and turns into a third rounder if Crouse does not play enough games in Arizona this season (10) to burn a year of his entry-level contract. Also, should the Coyotes deal Crouse this season that pick remains a second.
Crouse, who is in Toronto this week for BioSteel Camp, was informed of the deal early Thursday morning by Panthers GM Tom Rowe.
“It’s a new opportunity to go into a new organization and show my talent and show them what I’m made of,” said Crouse, who’s been working out with Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome, to Sportsnet.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
In the coming weeks George McPhee will be busy in his work life and his personal life.
The Las Vegas NHL team general manager will drop his two college kids off at their schools and help them move into their residences for the upcoming year. He then will do a walkthrough of the home he bought in Las Vegas.
He will also need to finish hiring his hockey ops staff, meet with them from Sept. 6-8 to go over plans for the upcoming season and tie up any other loose ends with the organization.
“It’s basically getting up at 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. Doing two or three hours of work, texts, emails. Don’t make many calls at that hour or at those hours. Get a quick workout in, then right back at it probably pretty consistently until 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. at night,” McPhee said of his current daily routine.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
The Arizona Coyotes made history on Wednesday in their announcement of three new hires to the coaching staff.
Along with naming former NHLer Mike Van Ryn as Development Coach and Steve Potvin as Skills Coach, the Coyotes also hired Dawn Braid as the franchise’s full-time Skating Coach.
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. “The fact that they respect what I do enough to name me as a full-time coach, or to name me as the first female coach in the NHL, I take a ton of pride in that. I’ve worked very hard for this opportunity. It’s been going on for years and I just look forward to going even further with it.”
Braid is no stranger to working with in the NHL. She was actually in a part-time role last season with Arizona and has previously consulted with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames.