Ribeiro risk; giant Swiss in D.C.; CHLPA part deux (Puck Headlines)

Jen Neale
Puck Daddy

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• The Washington Capitals have invited 6-foot-6, 236-pound Swiss defenseman Eliot Antonietti to their development camp. Someone in the comments referred to the 21-year-old as Swiss Chara (like 'Swiss Chard', get it?!). He should make the team on beard-merits alone. [RMNB] 

Mike Ribeiro has seen his share of controversy throughout his career. The 34-year-old center was recently bought out by the Arizona Coyotes after behavioral issues. Will another NHL team take a chance on him? [CBS Sports]

• Players in the CHL tried to unionize back in 2012, but were plagued by many embarrassing miscues. The CHLPA is trying to give it another go, this time with Jerry Dias, President of Unifor, Canada's largest private-sector union, at the helm. Note: Jimmy Hoffa could not be found for comment on the plans for the USHL. [Yahoo! Sports Canada]

• Jonathan Quick took the Stanley Cup home to Connecticut and raised $5,113 for his late youth hockey coach Jason Pagni's daughters. The Kings goalie attributes much of his success to Pagni, who was killed in a car accident back in January. [Courant]

• Lightning fans have Ryan Callahan to thank for influencing Brian Boyle to head down south. Boyle signed a three-year, $6-million contract with Tampa Bay after doing his due diligence and speaking with his former New York Rangers teammate. [The Tampa Tribune]

• Speaking of the Lightning, they are still feeling aftershocks of the Brad Richards trade - six years later. [Raw Charge]

• Stop me if you've heard this before: the Maple Leafs have goaltending issues. Here are some suggestions as to what Dave Nonis can do to fix said issues. Spoiler alert: PLEASE SIGN ILYA BRYZGALOV. [The Leafs Nation]

• "This isn't to say that the five-year, $27.5 million deal to which the Caps signed Orpik is a good one, or that it wasn't the worst signing of free agency. At Orpik's age, he's only going to get worse, and he takes up more cap room than some of his "comparables" ... But he's clearly an NHL-caliber player — a substantial improvement over the numerous replacement ... blueliners the Caps have tossed over the boards in the past year or ten  — and one that has legitimate on-ice value for a team that was short on defensemen who won't turnsomething good into a disaster. Couple that with penalty-killing utility and, potentially, off-ice intangible value, and maybe, just maybe, the Capitals will gain something helpful from this deal... for a little while, at least." Excellent analysis of the Brooks Orpik contract with the Caps as it relates to Corsi. [Japers' Rink]

• "... the Florida Panthers announced that they have hired two assistant coaches to join head coach Gerard Gallant and current assistant coach John Madden ... The new additions are Mike Kelly, former head coach and general manager of the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs, and Mark Morris, former head coach of the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs." [Panther Parkway]

• Wrapping up the first week of Free Agency Frenzy [Dobber Hockey]

• Kings' forward Kyle Clifford underwent successful surgery to repair a slight fracture of one of the bones in his wrist. His recovery time is placed around six-to-eight weeks. Unfortunately, the doctors were unsuccessful at making him look less like a zombie. [LA Kings Insider]

• Per GM Ron Francis, the 'Canes roster is pretty much set for camp, and they likely won't be making anymore moves. Here's a preview of what they're going to send out on the ice. [Cardiac Cane]

• Answering the question, 'Are the Canadiens better than last year?' [Eyes on the Prize]

• For all the history buffs, an interesting story on the birth of the National Hockey League in 1917 during World War I. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• An analysis of Benoit Pouliot's puck possession fancy stats [MC 79 Hockey]

• Say good-bye to Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins have practiced since 1987. The B's are building a new practice facility in the Allston/Brighton area set to debut in 2016. [Days of Y'Orr]

• Buy NHL 15 and get a $25 discount on GameCenter Live - both worth it. [PastaPadre]

• Finally, here's Sam Bennett showing off his hands during Flames prospect camp:

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