- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs 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 Daddy13 hrs 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 Daddy13 hrs 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.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy15 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.
• Good question. Let's ask Hayden Panettiere.
• The Winnipeg Jets have avoided arbitration with Michael Frolik, signing the winger to a one-year, $3.3 million deal. [Jets]
• The Minnesota Wild and Justin Fontaine done the same and signed a two-year, $2 million deal. [PHT]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Peter Mueller signed a 1-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, getting another chance to revive an NHL career that was devastated by concussions.
Mueller spent last season with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss-A League, notching 46 points in 49 games, good for second in the league in scoring. (Matthew Lombardi, who led the League, earned a 2-year contract with the New York Rangers earlier this summer.)
His journey in the NHL has been fraught with frustration.
He was a No. 8 overall pick for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2006, scoring 54 points in 81 games in his rookie season and then never hitting that total again.
He was traded with Kevin Porter to Colorado Avalanche for Wojtek Wolski in 2010, and then entered concussion hell. A hit by Rob Blake concussed him late in the season, and then he had another one in the following preseason. Post-concussion syndrome plagued him during his last season with the Avs. and they chose not to re-sign him.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
NBC Sports released its 2014-15 NHL schedule last week, and the reaction was that annual combination of celebration and befuddlement.
The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks getting on 13 times each? Bravo. The Columbus Blue Jackets getting one game, and John Tavares getting a goose egg? The aforementioned befuddlement ...
One interesting aspect of the schedule: The lack of Monday night games on NBC Sports Network. There are three of them scheduled before the end of the calendar year; contrast that with 10 games before Dec. 31 in the 2013-14 season.
Steve Lepore of Awful Announcing spoke with Jon Miller,NBC Sports’ President of programming, and found out that “Monday Night Football” still has some sway over the sports landscape on ESPN:
SL: Your NHL schedule was just released, you’ve kind of moved away from Monday nights this year in favor of a lot of west coast games on Wednesdays.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
The U.S. forward was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for the blow. The Czech Republic would end up scoring twice on the ensuing power play and knock out the Americans with a 4-3 victory.
The decision on Abdelkader finally arrived on Tuesday when the IIHF’s Disciplinary Board met and announced that he would be suspended for the first three games of the 2015 tournament.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy20 hrs ago
Eric Staal has a lot to prove next season.
The Carolina Hurricanes captain already had his news coach, Bill Peters, call him out this summer for an “unacceptable” one goal on the power play in 2013-14. He’s coming off his worst points-per-game season (0.77) since 2003-04.
So he’s working hard this summer. He’s been like a human training montage, complete with generic 1980s rock soundtrack. He’s pushing it to the limit! He’s got the burning heart! He’s got the touch, he’s got the power!
Annnnd he injured himself.
Hurricanes GM Ron Francis revealed on Tuesday that Staal underwent surgery to “repair a core muscle suffered during off-season training,” a procedure performed by the venerable Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.
- Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy1 day ago
It's no secret that John Tortorella's tenure in Vancouver was a disaster, but here's one story you may not have heard.
Tortorella never actually lived in Vancouver. Instead, he lived in nearby Point Roberts, which is across the American border, but only about a 45-minute drive from Rogers Arena on a good day. For practice days (which were so rare the players complained) Tortorella would drive in for a brief appearance, and then head home, leaving his assistants to handle everything else.
Mike Gillis got so frustrated with his quick turnarounds that the team eventually built a bed into Tortorella's office so he could take naps there instead of driving home. You can watch Willie Desjardins react with bemusement to the fold-out bed in this video of the Canucks showing their new coach into his office.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Kyle Dubas is being seen as a game-changing hire for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Original Six team brings on an assistant general manager that’s 28 years old, didn’t take the traditional path to the job (i.e. wasn’t an example of cronyism) and fully embraced the use of advanced analytics while the GM of the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL.
But perhaps most importantly, he attended the Marek Vs. Wyshynski NHL Draft Party at Foley’s in New York City last summer. Which we assume is what got him this sweet new gig with the Leafs.
Dubas joined us on MvsW on Monday to talk about his new gig, his player personnel philosophy, the criticisms of his hiring, the good and bad in hockey analytics, the infamous Nick Cousins case in the Soo (one relevant today, considering the Ray Rice suspension) and a few other topics.
Take a listen here: