- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy12 mins ago
Cody Eakin, a.k.a Ginger Ninja, is staying with the Dallas Stars for four more years. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reported the financial details of the contract extension:
Stars have come to terms on contract extension for Cody Eakin. Four years at $3.85 million, according to source.
The $3.85-million referenced by Heika is the average annual value. In total, Eakin will be pulling in $15.4-million.
Eakin, 24, was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2009. He was traded to the Stars at the 2012 draft for Mike Ribeiro. At the culmination of his entry-level deal, the center was given two more years and $3.8-million total to show he was worth the big bucks.
Apparently he made a big impression Stars GM Jim Nill. Eakin has one year left on his current contract, and would have been an RFA at the end of it. Guess Nill wanted to knock a few things off his future ‘To Do’ list. The deal has no current year cap implications for the Stars who are about $2.9-million away from the ceiling.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy41 mins ago
Not often do you find a coach who was respected and adored by all parts of an organization.
Al Arbour gained the love of multiple segments of the New York Islanders.
From the team to their fans to management, Arbour – who died Friday at the age of 82 – was a man who garnered positive memories from those who worked closely with him. He spent 19 seasons with the Islanders a span where he went 740-537-223. Just for perspective’s sake, Claude Julien is currently the league’s longest-standing bench boss at seven seasons. It’s doubtful he’ll make it 12 more years in Boston.
How many teams would invite a coach stuck on 1,499 games back for one more to reach an even number? The Islanders did in 2007-08, long after Arbour's last game behind the bench in 1993-94
“Al Arbour was a man who not only left us feeling like champions, but he left us with a lot of memories we carried on through life,” Isles legend Denis Potvin said on a conference call with reporters. “Al always said, that negative energy you’re feeling … turn it into a positive energy.”
Al Arbour tributes; Mike Richards vs. the law; Canadian government's hockey auction (Puck Headlines)Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
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• Cam Talbot keeps with the Ghostbusters theme in Edmonton. It's a Slimer-esque, glow-in-the-dark mask, dubbed the 'goalbuster.' [DavidOfDaveArt]
• Social media was flooded with condolences after the announcement of Al Arbour's passing. [Sportsnet]
• More info on the Mike Richards case and the implications of Canadian law. [LA Times]
• Goaltender Peter Budaj will attend Los Angeles Kings camp on a PTO. [Kings Insider]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Legendary New York Islanders coach Al Arbour has died at the age of 82.
An official cause of death was not given though Arbour had been battling dementia for quite some time. The Islanders confirmed Arbour’s passing on their website.
Arbour coached the Islanders to four Stanley Cup championships from 1980-83. He was known for his ability to motivate, as well as his large glasses, which helped give him the nickname “Radar.”
“Al will always be remembered as one of, if not, the greatest coaches ever to stand behind a bench in the history of the National Hockey League,” Islanders President and General Manager Garth Snow said. “The New York Islanders franchise has four Stanley Cups to its name, thanks in large part to Al’s incredible efforts. From his innovative coaching methods, to his humble way of life away from the game, Al is one of the reasons the New York Islanders are a historic franchise. On behalf of the entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Arbour family.”
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: August is known to be a very quiet month in the hockey world. As we wait for September to arrive and training camps to begin, let’s learn a little history about all 30 teams. Behold, our summer A-Z(ed) series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to drop some knowledge on us! Add your own choices in the comments!)
By: Jocelyn Aspa
I have no shame admitting I miss Alain Vigneault a lot of the time.
He’s sort of become the winningest coach of the Presidents’ Trophy and bridesmaid to the Stanley Cup, which includes his time with the Canucks and the Rangers. AV coached the team from 2006 up until his firing in 2013, coaching some of the best seasons this hockey club has ever seen, including that too-good-to-be-true year in 2010-11 with 117 points at the end of the regular season (let’s not talk about what happened on June 15, 2011, though).
League-wide fan favourite, Alex Burrows, recorded back-to-back hat tricks in January, 2010. The first against the Blue Jackets on January 5 in a 7-3 victory.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Every year, there's one division where you look at its potential playoff teams and say, “Yeesh, they're gonna get demolished.”
For much of recent memory, that division has been the Southeast, perhaps the single worst division in modern North American sports history. But with the Southeast eradicated by realignment two seasons ago, things have been a little wonkier.
There are obviously a lot of different ways to measure the quality of a team or a division, including but not limited to overall record, record against other divisions, on-ice performance, and so on. But the quality of a division usually tells you a decent amount about how well teams are going to do once playoffs roll around; by that point we typically have a pretty good idea of what teams are capable of doing, and it's not often that a team comes out of a weaker division and makes it all the way to, say, the Stanley Cup Final (though the divisional playoff format typically helps them do so these days).
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Two years ago, it was Semyon Varlamov, arrested after allegedly having assaulted his then-girlfriend. Prosecutors eventually dropped the domestic violence charges when they couldn’t prove them beyond a reasonable doubt.
Then it was Slava Voynov, arrested and charged with a felony count of corporal injury to a spouse. He would plead “no contest” to domestic violence charges and get 90 days in jail, along with a prolonged suspension from the NHL.
Most recently it was Patrick Kane, currently under investigation by Buffalo police after being accused by a local woman of sexually assaulting her in his home.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
When free agency began, Cody Franson was a wide-eyed 27-year-old defenseman, full of life and optimism and thinking this summer would produce a contract offer that befit his 6-5 frame and 40-point potential.
As of Thursday, Aug. 27, Franson was a frustrated 28-year-old, sitting by while dozens of defensemen were gobbled up on the UFA market. Oh, there were “talks” rumored with teams like the Boston Bruins. But nothing concrete.
Then, finally, some movement: Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports that the Buffalo Sabres and Franson are in talks, and one assumes he likes what he’s hearing: Instead of another one-year stop-gap deal, Franson and the Sabres are talking about a two-year deal.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
Where does Christian Ehrhoff fit with the Los Angeles Kings?
And does his arrival mean the end of Slava Voynov with Los Angeles?
Those are two important questions that have been asked since Ehrhoff signed a one-year $1.5 million contract with the Kings on Sunday.
It seemed to truly signal the final Hollywood chapter for Voynov, who was sentenced to 90 days in jail for domestic violence earlier this summer. He’s suspended by the NHL and the Kings.
LA Kings Insider tries to answer these questions in a Thursday blog:
While Ehrhoff’s impending signing raises the question of how the organization plans on handling Slava Voynov, at this point it is still too early to gain a firm sense of whether or not Voynov will play (or be allowed to play) for Los Angeles in 2015-16.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
The Carolina Hurricanes have liked what they’ve seen the last two years from 2013 first round pick Elias Lindholm. Enough to give him a contract extension and a raise without the luxury of seeing him play the third year of his entry-level contract.
Lindholm will make $2.5 million and $2.9 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18 respectively. Good deal for the Hurricanes? Try great deal – considering Lindholm’s upward point trajectory.
The 20-year-old center had 39 points in 81 games last season for Carolina. According to the NHL’s enhanced stats, Lindholm’s SAT Rel% was at plus-1.2, which meant his team possessed the puck more when he was on the ice than when he was off the ice.
His 60 points in 139 games is tied for third most amongst 2013 draftees. Remember, that class was supposed to rival the 2003 draft for its overall depth. Lindholm was picked fifth overall.