The protracted summer romance between Jimmy Vesey and more than half a dozen teams around the league is over, and it’s not easy to figure out why the winner won. Having enough interest to actually get Vesey? Having a spot to give Vesey to make him think that’s the destination?
What Puck Daddy’s 2016 Summer Series seeks to do is capture those indefinable, quirky, oddities that occur every season. The Penguins introduced the NHL’s first and only live animal mascot, “Penguin Pete,” in February of 1968, their inaugural season. CCM reportedly made custom ice skates for Pete, an Ecuadorian-born Penguin on loan from the Pittsburgh Zoo, so he could learn to skate out ahead of the team.
Just weeks after Patrick Roy’s shock departure, Colorado’s search for a new head coach appears to be taking shape. There’s plenty to get into, so let’s go bullet points: • Per the Denver Post, a pair of assistant coaches — San Jose’s Bob Boughner and Chicago’s Kevin Dineen — have emerged as “major candidates” for the job. • Also per the Post, Jared Bednar — the head coach of Columbus’ Calder Cup-winning AHL affiliate in Lake Erie — is in the mix for the Colorado gig as well. • Another guy with Columbus ties, former head coach Scott Arniel, is reportedly out of contention, per the Dispatch. Arniel’s currently serving as Alain Vigneault’s right-hand man in New York. • Other names in the mix include