- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
5. The Rangers' decision-making
Pretty strange to see Glen Sather's decision on Derick Brassard over the weekend.
The market these days is one of growth and so his getting $5 million isn't in and of itself shocking. He's a decent driver of possession and put up 45 points last season. In today's NHL, that's maybe worth about $5 million. In theory. If it can be sustained.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Terry Pegula has gobs of money. Obscene amounts. So when he purchased the Buffalo Sabres in 2011, fans were excited for a future where big-name free agents could be lured with a nice salary. The plan hasn’t worked out that way just yet, as the franchise is currently in the middle of a rebuild.
Meanwhile, the other major professional sports team in Buffalo, the Bills, have been stuck treading water since the end of the 1990s, otherwise known as their glory days. Franchise founder Ralph Wilson passed away in March and Pegula’s name has surfaced as the team searches for a new owner.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Chad Ochocinco may be in the Canadian Football League right now, but he's hoping to get back to America some way, somehow. His newest plan: backup goalie for the New York Islanders. It'll be an easy transition, since they already have a Chad Johnson in that role.
• What hath the Brendan Shanahan era in Toronto wrought? No major changes to the core, but some serious adjustments to the team's depth, on and off the ice. [Maple Leafs Hot Stove]
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Another day, another class-action lawsuit against the NHL claiming the league took insufficient action to reduce brain injuries caused by concussions.
The difference? This third one, as it stands, features just one plaintiff. The man behind it is Jon Rohloff, known to most twenty-something hocey fans as the guy you'd get multiples of in hockey card packs in the '90s.
Rohloff played 150 games for the Boston Bruins between 1994 and 1997, and according to the suit, "he suffered multiple head traumas during his NHL career that were improperly diagnosed and treated by the NHL. Mr. Rohloff was never warned by the NHL of the negative health effects of head trauma."
To that end, the suit alleges the following, via the New York Times:
"Former NHL players are uniting to send one resounding message: they signed up to play hockey knowing that they might get injured and dinged, but they did not sign up for brain damage.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Let’s state this right off the hop: Teemu Selanne is done in the NHL. His tear-filled victory tour with the Anaheim Ducks was a satisfying North American farewell for Selanne, even if NHL fans could watch the legendary sniper until the sun explodes.
But the fact remains they still could watch him next season -- on YouTube clips or pirated streams -- if Selanne decides to continue to his career back in Finland with the team he started his career with back in 1987, Jokerit.
He told Sports.ru that he’s considering an offer from Jokerit owner Roman Rotenberg to play for his club next season, its first season as a member of the KHL.
“Of course, it would be nice to go back on the ice again. But not all so simple. In the next three weeks will take a decision,” said Selanne.
Selanne talked about Jokerit and the KHL before, and there’s been some debate about whether he was speaking about playing for the team.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Arbitration is a nasty little process. Teams have to argue why their players aren’t worth what they think they’re worth. Players have to suffer through insulting lowball offers, because that’s how the game is played.
P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens are playing that game now, with the star defenseman’s arbitration hearing looming on Friday. According to Elliotte Friedman, Subban is seeking $8.5 million. That would make him the third-highest paid defenseman in the NHL next season in base salary, behind Shea Weber (an offer-sheet inflated $14 million) and Ryan Suter ($11 million) and ahead of Dion Phaneuf ($8 million).
The Canadiens are seeking $5.25 million, the aforementioned lowball offer. That would slot Subban’s base salary in-between Marc Staal ($5.45 million) and Paul Martin ($5 million), two very good defensemen who still aren’t qualified to shine Subban’s Norris.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Jake Gardiner gets mentioned more frequently in trade scenarios than conditional draft picks, and that might not end despite his new 5-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The restricted free-agent defenseman signed a 5-year, $20.25-million deal that’ll give the Leafs $4.05 million against the cap.
So it’s a very cap-friendly deal for a puck-moving 24-year-old defenseman, which brings us to the most salient point: There’s no trade or move protection in the contract, according to Chris Johnston, which obviously keeps the door open for a potential move down the line if the opportunity presents itself.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Dustin Brown may have brought the Stanley Cup back to his hometown of Ithaca, New York, for the second time in three seasons this summer, but that doesn't mean he's beloved by Empire State residents. Especially not when that second Stanley Cup came at the expense of the Rangers.
So naturally, if you're a FedEx delivery guy who also happens to be a Rangers fan, delivering a package to Dustin Brown might not be the happiest of occasions. And if your emotions get the better of you, you might decide to write him a little message, to let him know who's boss, who really rules.
It's not exactly Devils fans chanting "1940!", but that's still a pretty biting response. It's impressive for Brown to be so biting, especially since he doesn't have any teeth.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan’s job of hiring assistant coaches this summer will reportedly begin with a Hockey Hall of Famer and seven-time Stanley Cup champion.
According to Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News, the Sabres will announce sometime in the next week the hiring of Bryan Trottier as an assistant coach. The team told Gleason nothing is planned at the moment.
Nolan and Trottier have history together. The two joined the New York Islanders in June 2006 when Nolan was hired as head coach and Trottier was named player development director. Nolan was fired two years later, while the team decided against renewing Trottier's contract after the 2009-10 season.
Trottier is just the start for the Nolan and the Sabres, who cleaned house behind the bench after the season.