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  • Jonathan Toews better player than Steve Yzerman, says Steve Yzerman

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago

     

    TAMPA – Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks has earned comparisons to Hockey Hall of Famer and Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman since he entered the NHL. 

    “Well, we [both] wore No. 19,” quipped Yzerman, now the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    It goes well beyond that, of course. They wereboth young captains. By the end of Yzerman’s career, he personified the kind of dominant two-way center that Toews has been defined as being since he joined the league in 2007. And then there’s the winning thing: Yzerman won three Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, and Toews could win his third with the Blackhawks against Yzerman’s Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.

    All that said … who’s the better player?

    Yzerman said it’s no contest.

    It’s Toews. 

    “The reality is that Jon is bigger, stronger … better. He just is. Tremendous all-around player, great person,” he said, pumping tires mightily before the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa.

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  • John Hynes hired by NJ Devils, becomes NHL’s youngest coach

    Puck Daddy19 hrs ago

    John Hynes was born on Feb. 10, 1975. 

    Patrik Elias was born on April 13, 1976.

    The former will coach the latter next season.

    Hynes, 40, will be announced at the next head coach of the New Jersey Devils at a Tuesday press conference, as the AHL Wilkes Barre-Scranton coach gets the big promotion from his former boss.

    He replaces Lou Lamoriello, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens as Devils coach. He has the strength of three men!

    GM Ray Shero promoted Hynes to the Baby Penguins’ head coaching gig in 2010. Hynes made the playoffs in all five years he was head coach, although his teams lost in the second round three times and the conference finals twice. He had a record of 231-126-27.

    To the surprise of absolutely no one that believes Lou Lamoriello still has more than a guiding hand in crafting the Devils, Hynes played his college hockey at Boston University.

    What kind of coach is he? Rich Chere of the Star Ledger writes: “Wilkes-Barre/Scranton gave up the fewest number of goals in the AHL this past season, but the team also scored goals. The club's goals-differential was plus-49.”

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