Not everyone can be Jeff Gorton. On Thursday, Gorton signed Brandon Pirri to a one-year, $1.1 million contract, capping a summer in which he added a slew of inexpensive bets that come as low-risk and potentially high-reward acquisitions. It has brought in Mika Zibanejad and a second-round pick via trade as well, and added UFAs Pirri, Jimmy Vesey, Josh Jooris, Nathan Gerbe, Michael Grabner, Adam Clendening, Michael Paliotta and John Gilmour.
Look, there are exceptions, but new head coach press conferences feature the same basic terms and buzzwords. After witnessing the high-octane Pittsburgh Penguins skate opponents ragged on their way to the 2016 Stanley Cup, any reasonable coach would throw “speed” into their phrasing. Still, the Colorado Avalanche have been so deeply buried by even the most basic of modern measurements that you had to wonder: would they learn from Patrick Roy’s struggles? Can someone come in and at least attempt to keep up with the pack? We won’t know for sure anytime soon, but hey, at least Jared Bednar seems to be saying the right things as he transitions from the AHL to the Avalanche’s head coaching gig. When
Marek Hrivik said that he has had discussions with members of the organization suggesting that his development is on a good pace and that he is "close." Hrivik said that he plans to be ready to battle for a spot in training camp. (NYR) He said that it's going to be a challenge to make the Rangers but it's his "goal" and "dream" to play and stick in the NHL with the Rangers. (NYR) Hrivik said that he felt good about his game during his call ups and noted that he was playing a different kind of role with the Rangers than he was with the Wolf Pack. (NYR) He said that ultimately the decisions that are made on who stays and who doesn't are out of his control and that all he can do is focus on his