The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 10 is live!

On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, we’ll have all the exciting NHL headlines and highlights from the last weekend of the preseason, including transactions, injury news, and suspensions.  Plus, we’ll get you set for the opening weekend of the NHL regular season.   All this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week

 

 

 

THN Episode 10 Show Notes

Week’s Headlines

 

Hurricane Matthew update

Scores

Final pre-season Standings

Eastern Conference
ATLANTIC GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10 STRK
Detroit 8 6 1 1 13 6 0 0 3-0-1 3-1-0 28 20 +8 6-1-1 Won 3
Montreal 7 4 1 2 10 4 0 0 3-1-1 1-0-1 25 18 +7 4-1-2 Won 2
Boston 7 4 2 1 9 3 1 1 1-1-1 3-1-0 15 17 -2 4-2-1 Won 2
Buffalo 7 4 2 1 9 3 1 1 2-2-0 2-0-1 14 17 -3 4-2-1 Won 1
Ottawa 7 3 2 2 8 3 0 0 1-1-1 2-1-1 21 22 -1 3-2-2 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 5 3 2 0 6 3 0 0 2-1-0 1-1-0 14 11 +3 3-2-0 Won 1
Florida 6 2 2 2 6 2 0 1 2-1-1 0-1-1 11 11 0 2-2-2 Won 1
Toronto 8 2 4 2 6 2 0 1 1-2-1 1-2-1 21 25 -4 2-4-2 Lost 4
METROPOLITAN GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10 STRK
Washington 7 4 1 2 10 3 1 1 2-0-1 2-1-1 17 14 +3 4-1-2 Won 1
Philadelphia 8 4 2 2 10 4 0 1 3-0-1 1-2-1 17 15 +2 4-2-2 Lost 1
Carolina 7 4 2 1 9 2 2 0 2-0-1 2-2-0 13 14 -1 4-2-1 Won 2
NY Islanders 8 4 4 0 8 4 0 0 3-1-0 1-3-0 16 22 -6 4-4-0 Lost 1
Columbus 8 4 4 0 8 3 1 0 1-3-0 3-1-0 18 25 -7 4-4-0 Won 1
Pittsburgh 6 3 3 0 6 3 0 0 1-2-0 2-1-0 12 14 -2 3-3-0 Lost 2
NY Rangers 6 2 2 2 6 2 0 0 2-1-0 0-1-2 19 19 0 2-2-2 Lost 4
New Jersey 8 3 5 0 6 3 0 0 2-1-0 1-4-0 18 22 -4 3-5-0 Lost 3
Western Conference
CENTRAL GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10 STRK
Colorado 6 6 0 0 12 6 0 0 3-0-0 3-0-0 16 5 +11 6-0-0 Won 6
Winnipeg 7 4 2 1 9 4 0 0 3-1-0 1-1-1 20 17 +3 4-3-0 Lost 2
St. Louis 8 4 3 1 9 4 0 1 3-1-0 1-2-1 22 18 +4 4-3-1 Won 1
Dallas 7 4 3 0 8 3 1 0 2-1-0 2-2-0 16 15 +1 4-3-0 Won 1
Minnesota 6 3 3 0 6 3 0 0 2-1-0 1-2-0 12 13 -1 3-3-0 Won 1
Nashville 6 2 2 2 6 2 0 0 1-0-1 1-2-1 14 19 -5 2-2-2 Lost 2
Chicago 6 2 4 0 4 2 0 0 2-1-0 0-3-0 14 12 +2 2-4-0 Lost 1
PACIFIC GP W L OTL PTS ROW SOW SOL HOME ROAD GF GA DIFF L10 STRK
Arizona 8 5 1 2 12 5 0 1 3-0-0 2-1-2 23 18 +5 5-1-2 Won 1
Edmonton 8 5 3 0 10 5 0 0 4-1-0 1-2-0 22 21 +1 5-3-0 Lost 1
Vancouver 7 3 2 2 8 3 0 0 2-1-1 1-1-1 19 17 +2 3-2-2 Won 2
San Jose 6 3 2 1 7 3 0 0 2-1-0 1-1-1 12 14 -2 3-2-1 Lost 3
Calgary 7 3 3 1 7 2 1 0 2-2-0 1-1-1 10 16 -6 3-3-1 Lost 1
Los Angeles 8 3 4 1 7 3 0 0 2-1-1 1-3-0 21 23 -2 3-4-1 Lost 3
Anaheim 7 2 4 1 5 2 0 0 1-2-0 1-2-1 10 16 -6 2-4-1 Won 2

Stats

POINTS
PLAYER POS TEAM GP G A PTS +/- PIM SOG PCT WG TOI PPG PPA SHG SHA SG SA
Nathan Beaulieu D MON 5 1 7 8 7 4 10 10 0 103:49 1 1 0 0 0 0
Alexander Edler D VAN 5 0 7 7 3 4 9 0 0 118:20 0 4 0 1 0 0
Phil Varone C OTT 5 2 5 7 1 0 6 33.3 1 46:58 1 1 0 0 0 0
Kenny Agostino LW STL 5 2 4 6 4 2 5 40 0 62:25 0 1 0 0 0 1
Yohann Auvitu D NJ 5 0 6 6 -2 0 12 0 0 74:19 0 5 0 0 0 0
David Backes C BOS 3 0 6 6 7 5 6 0 0 37:40 0 0 0 1 0 0
Derick Brassard C OTT 5 2 4 6 -1 2 9 22.2 0 71:59 1 3 0 0 0 0
Derek Grant C BUF 6 3 3 6 4 0 10 30 1 47:05 0 0 1 0 0 0
Mike Hoffman LW OTT 5 3 3 6 0 4 14 21.4 1 72:22 1 1 0 0 0 0
Travis Konecny C PHI 6 3 3 6 1 0 13 23.1 1 84:47 1 1 0 0 0 1
Connor McDavid C EDM 4 4 2 6 1 2 14 28.6 1 59:19 2 0 1 0 0 0
Gustav Nyquist C DET 4 2 4 6 1 2 8 25 0 64:29 0 1 0 0 0 0
Brandon Pirri C NYR 5 4 2 6 1 2 15 26.7 2 76:16 2 2 0 0 0 0
Mika Zibanejad C NYR 4 2 4 6 5 2 16 12.5 0 76:54 2 1 0 0 0 0

 

Bruins

FORWARDS & DEFENSEMEN
PLAYER POS GP G A P +/- PM TOI/G PG PA SG SA SH SO% GW FO% SG-A
David Backes C 3 0 6 6 +7 5 12:33 0 0 0 1 6 0.0 0 50.0 0-0
Ryan Spooner C 4 3 1 4 +2 4 13:31 0 0 0 0 11 27.3 2 45.7 0-0
Austin Czarnik C 6 2 1 3 +1 2 14:41 0 0 1 0 10 20.0 0 39.7 0-0
Danton Heinen C 5 3 0 3 +6 0 17:37 0 0 0 0 8 37.5 0 33.3 1-1
David Pastrnak LW 3 2 1 3 +2 0 11:54 0 0 0 0 6 33.3 0 0.0 0-1

Rangers

FORWARDS & DEFENSEMEN
PLAYER POS GP G A P +/- PM TOI/G PG PA SG SA SH SO% GW FO% SG-A
Brandon Pirri C 5 4 2 6 +1 2 15:15 2 2 0 0 15 26.7 2 52.2 0-0
Mika Zibanejad C 4 2 4 6 +5 2 19:14 2 1 0 0 16 12.5 0 50.6 0-0
Chris Kreider LW 4 3 2 5 +4 0 17:09 0 1 0 0 9 33.3 0 100.0 0-0
Adam Clendening D 5 0 4 4 +2 6 22:01 0 2 0 0 8 0.0 0 0.0 0-0
Dan Girardi D 3 1 2 3 +1 4 19:09 0 0 1 0 1 100.0 0 0.0 0-0
John Gilmour D 3 2 1 3 0 0 15:06 1 1 0 0 4 50.0 0 0.0 0-0
Pavel Buchnevich LW 4 1 2 3 +5 0 15:00 0 0 0 0 13 7.7 0 0.0 0-0

 

Canes

FORWARDS & DEFENSEMEN
PLAYER POS GP G A P +/- PM TOI/G PG PA SG SA SH SO% GW FO% SG-A
Lee Stempniak RW 4 1 2 3 +1 6 13:15 0 0 0 0 7 14.3 0 0.0 0-0
Jeff Skinner LW 4 2 1 3 0 4 13:48 1 0 0 0 10 20.0 1 50.0 2-2
Noah Hanifin D 4 1 1 2 -2 0 15:20 1 0 0 0 11 9.1 0 0.0 0-0
Bryan Bickell LW 4 1 1 2 0 0 10:09 1 0 0 0 2 50.0 0 0.0 0-0
Jaccob Slavin D 4 0 2 2 +1 0 18:26 0 1 0 0 7 0.0 0 0.0 1-1
Victor Rask C 3 0 2 2 -1 0 11:44 0 2 0 0 2 0.0 0 60.0 0-1

 

 

Signings/Transactions

  • Nikita Kucherov signs with Lightning. Forward Nikita Kucherov signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.  The contract carries an average annual value of $4.766 million.  Kucherov, 23, played for Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey 2016, where he had two goals, an assist and 13 shots on goal in four games.  Kucherov led the Lightning last season with 66 points and was second with 30 goals, and led them with 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 45 playoff games the past two seasons to help Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 and the Eastern Conference Final last season. https://www.nhl.com/news/tampa-bay-signs-nikita-kucherov-to-three-year-contract/c-282554532
  • Johnny Gaudreau signs six-year contract with Flames. Gaudreau, a restricted free agent, signed a six-year contract with the Flames on Monday. Financial terms of the contract were not released, but TSN reported an average annual value of $6.75 million, a total value of $40.5 million. A fourth-round pick (No. 104) at the 2011 NHL Draft, Gaudreau has 143 points (55 goals) in 160 NHL games and has the sixth-best point-per-game average (0.89) in the League since the 2014-15 season. https://www.nhl.com/news/flames-sign-johnny-gaudreau-to-six-year-contract/c-282542740
  • PA Parenteau claimed on waivers by Devils.  Right wing PA Parenteau was claimed on waivers by the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Parenteau, 33, signed a one-year contract with the New York Islanders on July 2, but was placed on waivers by the Islanders on Monday.  Parenteau has played parts of eight seasons in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Islanders, Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. He has 268 points (101 goals, 167 assists) in 424 NHL games.  He finished with 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists) with the Maple Leafs last season. His best season in the League was 2011-12, when he had 67 points (18 goals, 49 assists) with the Islanders.
  • Tim Bozon traded to Panthers from Canadiens. Forward Tim Bozon was traded to the Florida Panthers by the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Jonathan Racine on Saturday.  Bozon, 22, was diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis in March 2014, a rare and potentially fatal bacterial form of the disease. He spent two weeks in a coma in a hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and recovered to play 57 games in 2014-15 with Kootenay of the Western Hockey League.  Last season, his first as a professional, Bozon had five goals and eight points in 41 games with St. John’s of the American Hockey League. The Canadiens selected Bozon in the third-round (No. 64) of the 2012 NHL Draft.  Racine, 23, had one goal and nine points in 69 games with Portland of the American Hockey League last season. A third-round pick (No. 87) in the 2011 NHL Draft, he played one NHL game with the Panthers during the 2013-14 season.  https://www.nhl.com/news/canadiens-trade-bozon-to-panthers-for-racine/c-282491632
  • Kris Russell signs with Oilers. Defenseman Kris Russell signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.  It will be worth $3.1 million, Sportsnet reported.   Russell, a 29-year-old unrestricted free agent, was second in the NHL last season with 210 blocked shots in 62 games with the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames (Francois Beauchemin of the Colorado Avalanche led the League with 256). Russell led the NHL with 283 blocks in 2014-15 and set an NHL single-game record with 15 blocked shots against the Boston Bruins on March 6, 2015.  Russell had four goals and 19 points last season, and four assists in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Stars. He was traded to Dallas by Calgary on Feb. 29.
  • Nail Yakupov traded to Blues by Oilers. Nail Yakupov was traded to the St. Louis Blues by the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, and the No. 1 pick from the 2012 NHL Draft is hoping a fresh start will kick-start his career.  The Oilers received forward prospect Zach Pochiro and a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft that will become a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft if Yakupov scores at least 15 goals for the Blues this season.  Yakupov had 50 goals and 61 assists (111 points) in 252 games with the Oilers but never lived up to the billing of a No. 1 pick; he had eight goals and 15 assists in 60 games last season, his fourth with Edmonton.  Pochiro was a fourth-round pick (No. 112) by the Blues in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has not played an NHL game. The 22-year-old had nine goals and 17 assists (26 points) inn 44 games with Quad City of the ECHL last season.
  • DefensemanRasmus Ristolainen signed a six-year contract worth $32.4 million with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.  The contract, which runs through the 2021-22 season, has an average annual value of $5.4 million.  Ristolainen, who was a restricted free agent, had been skating with the Sabres without a contract since returning from the World Cup of Hockey 2016, where he represented Team Finland.  Ristolainen, who will turn 22 on Oct. 27, dressed for every game last season and led Buffalo defensemen with nine goals, 32 assists and 41 points. He also led the team in average ice time per game (25:16) and ranked 10th among NHL defensemen.  A first-round pick (No. 8) by the Sabres in the 2013 NHL Draft, Ristolainen has 65 points (19 goals, 46 assists) in 194 games during three seasons.
  • Defensemen Hampus Lindholm of the Ducks, Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets, and forwards Rickard Rakell of the Ducks are the remaining unsigned restricted free agents.
  • Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Jakub Nakladal (YA-kuhb nahk-LA-dahl) on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Nakladal $600,000 for the 2016-17 season. Nakladal, 28, appeared in 27 games with the Calgary Flames in 2015-16, totaling five points (2g, 3a) and six penalty minutes, and averaging 14:11 of ice time per game. The Hradec Kralove, Cze., native also appeared in 35 American Hockey League (AHL) games with Stockton, earning 14 points (2g, 12a). Prior to signing with Calgary, Nakladal spent the 2014-15 season with TPS Turko in Liiga, the top Finnish professional league, netting three goals and adding 12 assists (15 points) in 50 games.
  • Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired forward Connor Brickley from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Brody Sutter. Brickley will report to the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Charlotte Checkers’ training camp. Brickley, 24, made his NHL debut on Oct. 10, 2015, as part of the Panthers’ opening-night roster. He played in 23 games with Florida in 2015-16, scoring one goal, earning four assists (five points) and averaging 8:43 of ice time per game. The Everett, MA, native also skated in 45 games with the Panthers’ AHL affiliate Portland Pirates in 2015-16, notching 12 goals and earning 15 assists (27 points).  Brickley (6’0″, 203 lbs.) has scored 35 goals and earned 41 assists (76 points) in 126 career AHL regular-season games with Florida’s AHL affiliates in San Antonio and Portland. He made his professional debut at the end of the 2013-14 season, and notched 22 goals and earned 25 assists (47 points) in 73 games with San Antonio in 2014-15, his first full professional season. Prior to turning pro, Brickley played four seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Vermont. He represented the United States at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship, as well as the 2012 World Junior Championship. The Panthers drafted Brickley in the second round, 50th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Kris Versteeg is staying in Alberta, just not with the Edmonton Oilers. Versteeg, who spent training camp on a PTO with the Oilers, has signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Calgary Flames, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. The 30-year-old winger scored 15 goals and added 23 assists in 77 games split between the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings last season.  The Flames will be Versteeg’s seventh NHL team. He owns 131 goals and 313 points in 550 career games.  Calgary also locked up defenceman Nicklas Grossman to a one-year, $575,000 contract on Tuesday, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.  Grossman, 31, scored three goals and added four assists over 58 games with the Arizona Coyotes in 2015-16. The native of Sweden has 13 goals and 73 assists over 589 career games with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers and Coyotes.
  • GoaltenderMike Condon was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Condon, 26, is expected to serve as the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury while Matt Murray is sidelined with a broken hand. Condon was 21-25-6 with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage last season with the Montreal Canadiens.
  • DefensemanKlas Dahlbeck was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes. Dahlbeck, 25, played 71 games with the Arizona Coyotes last season, finishing with two goals and six assists. He has two goals and nine assists in 90 NHL games during parts of four seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks and Coyotes.
  • ForwardTeemu Pulkkinen was claimed by the Minnesota Wild. Pulkkinen, 24, had 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 70 games through parts of three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, including six goals and six assists in 36 games in 2015-16. He led the American Hockey League with 34 goals in 2014-15.
  • CenterSeth Griffith was claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Griffith, 23, played parts of two seasons with the Boston Bruins, and had six goals and five assists in 34 career NHL games.
  • Forward Martin Frk was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes. Frk, 23, skated in 67 games in 2015-16 with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Grand Rapids Griffins, scoring 27 goals and earning 17 assists (44 points). His 27 goals last season ranked second among Griffins skaters, and his 11 power-play goals led the team and ranked tied for fifth in the AHL. The Pelhrimov, Czech Republic, native has played three full professional seasons since turning pro in 2013-14, and has scored 36 goals and earned 32 assists (68 points) in 148 career AHL regular-season games with Grand Rapids. Detroit selected Frk (6’1″, 194 lbs.) in the second round, 49th overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft. He has yet to make his NHL debut.

 

Injuries

  • Sidney Crosby diagnosed with concussion. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion, general manager Jim Rutherford said Monday.  Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby sustained the concussion during practice Friday. It was his second practice with the team since helping Team Canada win the championship at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.  Sullivan did not provide a recovery timeline or specifics on what caused the concussion. Crosby did not practice Monday because of concussion testing.  Concussion-related issues caused Crosby to miss 101 games during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. He experienced symptoms after taking hits in consecutive games Jan. 1 and Jan. 5, 2011, and missed the remainder of the regular season, the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the first 20 games of 2011-12. He returned to the lineup Nov. 21, 2011, but played eight games before a recurrence of concussion symptoms sidelined him until March 15, 2012. He played 22 games and had eight goals and 37 points.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau out 3-4 months with leg injury. Huberdeau was injured with about 6:45 remaining in the first period against the New Jersey Devils when his left ankle was cut by a skate. Huberdeau was behind the net and engaged with Devils forward Sergey Kalinin when Kalinin’s right leg came up and then down on the back of Huberdeau’s left ankle. Huberdeau, 23, signed a six-year contract extension worth $5.9 million annually on Sept. 7 that begins next season. He had 20 goals and 39 assists (59 points) in 76 games last season. https://www.nhl.com/news/jonathan-huberdeau-injured-out-long-term/c-282510058
  • Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy will miss 3-4 weeks because of a lower-body injury, coach Bill Peters said on Friday. Murphy 23, was expected to begin the season on the third defensive pair for the Hurricanes. Murphy, selected in the first round (No. 12) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has 35 points (six goals, 29 assists) in 124 regular-season games.  He had 10 assists in 35 games with the Hurricanes last season, and had 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 32 games with Charlotte of the American Hockey League.
  • Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto will miss 4-5 weeks because of a lower-body injury. Del Zotto, 26, is entering his third season with the Flyers.  He had four goals and nine assists in 52 games last season. He missed the final 28 games of the regular season and the Flyers’ six-game loss to the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference First Round with a wrist injury. In 433 NHL games with the New York Rangers, Nashville Predators and Flyers, Del Zotto has 171 points (41 goals, 130 assists).
  • Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton will miss 3-4 weeks because of a lower-body injury, and defenseman Brandon Manning is week to week because of an upper-body injury. Laughton, 22, had four shots on goal in four preseason games. The No. 20 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Laughton had seven goals and 21 points in 71 games last season, the first he spent entirely in the NHL. In 107 NHL games, he has nine goals and 27 points.  Manning, 26, is a plus-1 with seven shots on goal in two preseason games. Last season, he had one goal and seven points averaging 16:21 of ice time in 56 games. It’s the most extensive playing time he’s had in parts of four NHL seasons, all with the Flyers.
  • Nick Bjugstad to miss four weeks with broken hand. Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad will miss at least four weeks because of a broken hand he sustained in the first period of a preseason game against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday 10/4.
  • Adam McQuaid, Austin Czarnik and Kevan Miller look like they might all be on the sidelines for the Bruins to start the season this week. McQuaid is day-to-day with an injury sustained in the middle of last week, Miller is being evaluated for an injury that happened in an overtime preseason Saturday win against the Flyers. Sweeney said Kevan Miller will likely be out for an extended period of time — “waiting to get latest medical report on him.”  Czarnik is out while going through the concussion protocol after sustaining a head shot from Flyers cheap shot D-man Radko Gudas last weekend.
  • CenterJack Eichel will not begin the season with the Buffalo Sabres after injuring his ankle on Wednesday.  Eichel, Buffalo’s leading goal scorer last season, sustained a high ankle sprain during a power play drill at practice. Eichel got tangled up with teammate Zemgus Girgensons and appeared to catch his skate in the ice. Eichel rolled his leg underneath him as he fell backward to the ice. He immediately screamed out in pain and needed help from his teammates to get off the ice.  The Sabres did not give a timetable for Eichel’s return, but TSN reported he could miss 4-6 weeks.  Eichel, 19, led the Sabres with 24 goals last season, his first in the NHL. The second pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Eichel is being counted on to help the Sabres attempt to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2010-11.
  • Montreal Canadiens goaltenderCarey Price has the flu and will miss the season opener at the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, MSG-B, RDS).  Price has not played a regular-season game for the Canadiens since Nov. 25, when he sprained the MCL in his right knee, ending his season. He missed his third straight practice Wednesday because of the illness.
  • CenterPatrice Bergeron is day to day with a lower-body injury and will not play in the Boston Bruins’ season-opening game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, general manager Don Sweeney said Wednesday.  Bergeron was injured at the end of practice Tuesday, but the Bruins would not expand on the nature of the injury or reveal how it happened. Coach Claude Julien described it as “not a major injury; it’s minor.” Though Bergeron won’t play Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, NESN, NHL TV), there is a chance he could join the Bruins during the rest of their season-opening road trip, which continues against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and ends against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.
  • The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today the implementation of a number of new policies and procedures to enhance the NHL/National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Concussion Protocol. While it remains an individual Club’s responsibility to identify a Player who requires removal from play and evaluation for possible concussion, the NHL and the NHLPA have agreed to provide additional support to help identify Players who require evaluation under the NHL/NHLPA Concussion Protocol. A new staff of Central League Spotters will monitor all games from the Player Safety Room in New York and will be authorized to require a Player’s removal from play for evaluation for concussion if the Player exhibits certain visible sign(s) under the Protocol, following a direct or indirect blow to the head. In-Arena League Spotters and On-Ice Officials will complement the Central League Spotters and will also monitor play for signs of possible concussion. Specified sanctions will be imposed on Clubs that violate the Concussion Protocol. Clubs that do not remove a Player who requires an evaluation will be subject to a mandatory minimum fine for a first offense, with substantially increased fine amounts for any subsequent offense. Additionally, any Player designated for a mandatory evaluation will not be permitted to re-enter the game unless and until he is evaluated by his Club’s medical staff and cleared to play in accordance with the Protocol. The staff of Central League Spotters that have been retained by the League are all certified athletic trainers who have clinical experience working in elite level hockey, and have received training on the visible signs of concussion in the Protocol. The Central League Spotters will observe every NHL game via television broadcast. The In-Arena League Spotters are also employed by the League as Off-Ice Officials. In-Arena Spotters also have received training on the visible signs of concussion and will be assigned to ensure that they will be dedicated solely to the spotting function during games in which they have been designated as the In-Arena Spotter. The In-Arena League Spotters will observe games live, in the arenas. While all Spotters (Central and In-Arena) will be able to communicate freely with one another during games, only the Central League Spotter will communicate with the Club’s medical staff if a Player requires removal and evaluation under the Protocol.  On-Ice Officials are also authorized to require a Player’s removal for evaluation if they observe a Player displaying visible signs of concussion under the Protocol, following a direct or indirect blow to the head. In addition, On-Ice Officials now have the authority to mandate the removal of a Player from the game if the Player continues to play after the Central League Spotter has communicated to the Club medical staff that a mandatory evaluation is required.

Suspensions

  • Radko Gudas of Flyers suspended six games. Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas has been suspended for six games for interference against Boston Bruins forward Austin Czarnik during NHL Preseason Game No. 96 in Boston on Saturday, Oct. 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 5:47 of the third period. Gudas was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.  Gudas is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $245,121.96. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.  https://www.nhl.com/news/radko-gudas-of-philadelphia-flyers-suspended/c-282538868
  • Los Angeles Kings forward Tanner Pearson has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and two regular-season games for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson during NHL Preseason Game No. 59 in Vernon, B.C., on Sunday, Oct. 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced on 10/5.  The incident occurred at 11:00 of the second period. Pearson was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head and a game misconduct.  https://www.nhl.com/news/los-angeles-kings-tanner-pearson-suspended/c-282398970?tid=277549076

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Two NHL goalies to debut color-changing masks. Goalie mask designs can be patriotic, pay homage to television or even honor legends. But led by Quebec-based mask artist company Sylabrush, goalie-mask designs can now change colors.  With the help of Sub-Zero white paint, Sylabrush designer Sylvie Marsolais and her partner Alexandre Mathys have created color-changing masks. Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin are the first in the NHL to debut the masks, which change when hit by water.  Sylabrush, based in the Montreal suburb of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, has designed masks for Vasilevskiy and Khudobin since 2012-13. The chin area on Vasilevskiy’s mask changes from white to Tampa Bay Blue, and reflective images of the Lightning’s logo, lightning bolts and the Russian firebird are displayed when water hits it.  For Khudobin’s mask, Sylabrush put a fierce bruin on the left side and the Bruins home, TD Garden on the right. His nickname “Dobby” is spelled out on his chin in front of the white paint that changes to brown when touched by water.   https://www.nhl.com/news/andrei-vasilevskiy-anton-khudobin-to-wear-color-changing-goalie-masks/c-282467798
  • Predators win Cup in EA SPORTS NHL 17 simulation. The Stanley Cup will be bound for Nashville if the EA SPORTS NHL 17 simulation of the 2016-17 NHL season becomes reality.  According to results of the simulation, released Thursday, the Nashville Predators will become the first team since the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13 to win the Presidents’ Trophy and Stanley Cup in the same season. The Predators are projected to finish with 110 points and defeat the Montreal Canadiens in six games in the Final.  In the simulation, Predators forward Filip Forsberg wins the Conn Smythe Trophy with 26 points in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Predators’ road to the Cup includes six-game series wins against the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars in the first two rounds, and then a defeat of the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Western Conference Final.  According to the simulation, Montreal will defeat the Florida Panthers in seven games in the first round, the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games in the second round and the Washington Capitals in six games in the Eastern Conference Final to reach the Cup Final for the first time since 1993.  Bruins, Rangers, Canes all miss the playoffs. https://www.easports.com/nhl/news/2016/nhl-17-season-simulation?utm_campaign=nhl17_hd_ww_ic_soco_twt_season-sim-nhl17-tw-100516&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cid=20982&ts=1475770145352&sf49508920=1
  • TSN Power Rankings: (go to site, countdown)  http://www.tsn.ca/capitals-open-on-top-of-nhl-power-rankings-1.583412
  • TSN Predictions: (time permitting)  http://www.tsn.ca/talent/31-bold-predictions-for-2016-17-season-1.583131

 

 

Opening Day Rosters

Boston:  D – Chara—Carlo, Krug—O’Gara, Liles—C. Miller, Morrow  F – Marchand—Bergeron—Pastrnak, Spooner—Krejci—Backes,  Beleskey—Nash—Hayes Heinen—Moore—Acciari  Czarnik G – Rask Khudobin

NYR: D – McDonagh-Girardi, Staal-Klein, Holden-Clendening.  F – Vesey-Stepan-Zuccarello, Kreider-Zibanejad-Buchnevich, JT Miller-Hayes-Nash, Grabner-Pirri-Fast.  G – Lundqvist-Raanta

Carolina – D – Slavin-Faulk, Hainsey-Pesce, Hanafin-McKeown.  F – Skinner-Rask-Stempniak, Nordstrom-Staal-Nestrasil, Teravainen-Lindholm-Aho, Bickell-McClement-Frk

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Schedules:

Boston:  @CBJ 10/13, @TOR 10/15, @WPG 10/17

NYR:  NYI 10/13, @STL 10/15, SJ 10/17, DET 10/19

CAR:  (first 6 games on road) @WPG 10/13, @VAN 10/16, @EDM 10/18

NCAA Minute:

USCHO Poll:

  Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 North Dakota -45 2- 0-0 995 1
2 Boston University -5 1- 0-0 912 4
3 Quinnipiac   1- 0-1 893 2
4 Minnesota-Duluth 2- 0-2 828 6
5 Notre Dame   2- 0-0 699 9
6 Boston College 1/1/2000 657 5
7 St. Cloud State   0- 0-0 654 7
8 Massachusetts-Lowell 0- 0-2 652 8
9 Minnesota   2- 0-0 571 13
10 Denver 0- 2-0 511 3
11 Providence   1/1/2000 443 10
12 Harvard 0- 0-0 442 12
13 Michigan   1/1/2000 412 11
14 Minnesota State 2- 0-0 354 19
15 St. Lawrence   1/1/2000 255 16
16 Northeastern 0- 1-1 248 15
17 Yale   0- 0-0 208 18
18 Air Force 1- 0-1 160 NR
19 Ohio State   1- 0-1 151 NR
20 Bowling Green   0- 2-0 63 14

(Maine 27th)

Results:

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Non-Conference
7:07 ET Western Michigan 5 @ (20) Ferris State 3         Box  
7:00 ET (16) St. Lawrence 2 @ Penn State 4         Box  
Exhibition
7:00 ET USA Under-18 Team 2 @ (4) Boston University 8         Agganis Arena, Boston  
Friday, October 7, 2016
Atlantic Hockey
7:05 ET Sacred Heart 0 @ Army West Point 4         Box  
7:05 ET Holy Cross 8 @ Niagara 2         Box  
7:05 ET Robert Morris 3 @ RIT 6         Box  
WCHA
7:07 CT (14) Bowling Green 1 @ Bemidji State 2         Box  
7:07 CT (17) Michigan Tech 1 @ (19) Minnesota State 3         Box  
Non-Conference
4:30 MT Air Force 2 vs. (5) Boston College 1         Box  
7:00 ET Vermont 5 @ Clarkson 2         Box  
7:30 MT Ohio State 3 @ (3) Denver 2         Box  
7:00 ET Rensselaer 1 @ Maine 5         Box  
7:35 ET Arizona State 2 @ (9) Notre Dame 9         Box  
7:07 CT Wisconsin 2 vs. Northern Michigan 3         Box  
7:00 ET Miami 3 @ (10) Providence 4         Box  
7:00 ET (16) St. Lawrence 6 @ Penn State 3         Box  
7:00 ET (15) Northeastern 2 @ (2) Quinnipiac 2 OT       Box  
7:07 AT (13) Minnesota 6 @ Alaska-Anchorage 0         Box  
7:05 ET Alabama-Huntsville 0 @ Connecticut 6         Box  
7:30 ET Union 4 @ (11) Michigan 3         Box  
7:00 ET Colorado College 0 @ Massachusetts 3         Box  
7:15 ET (6) Minnesota-Duluth 4 @ (8) Massachusetts-Lowell 4 OT       Box  
7:37 CT Canisius 0 @ (1) North Dakota 6         Box  
7:00 ET (20) Ferris State 1 @ Western Michigan 2         Box  
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Atlantic Hockey
7:05 ET Holy Cross 4 @ Niagara 4 OT       Box  
7:05 ET Robert Morris 6 @ RIT 5         Box  
WCHA
7:07 CT (14) Bowling Green 1 @ Bemidji State 4         Box  
7:07 CT (17) Michigan Tech 0 @ (19) Minnesota State 4         Box  
Non-Conference
6:00 ET (4) Boston University 6 @ Colgate 1         Box  
7:00 ET Rensselaer 2 @ Maine 4         Box  
7:05 ET Arizona State 2 @ (9) Notre Dame 4         Box  
7:07 CT Wisconsin 6 vs. Northern Michigan 5         Box  
7:00 ET Miami 2 @ (10) Providence 1         Box  
7:00 ET (15) Northeastern 2 @ (2) Quinnipiac 5         Box  
7:07 AT Alaska 4 @ Alaska-Anchorage 1         Box  
4:05 ET Alabama-Huntsville 0 @ Connecticut 4         Box  
5:00 ET Union 0 @ (11) Michigan 4         Box  
7:00 ET Colorado College 7 @ Massachusetts 4         Box  
7:00 ET (6) Minnesota-Duluth 1 @ (8) Massachusetts-Lowell 1 OT       Box  
7:07 CT Canisius 1 @ (1) North Dakota 4         Box  
7:00 ET Bentley 5 @ New Hampshire 1         Box  
7:05 ET Clarkson 3 @ Vermont 2         Box  
4:05 MT Ohio State 3 vs. Air Force 3 OT IceBreaker     Box  
7:05 MT (5) Boston College 3 @ (3) Denver 1   IceBreaker     Box  
Exhibition
7:00 ET USA Under-18 Team 2 @ (12) Harvard 5         Bright Hockey Center, Boston  
7:07 CT Alberta 3 @ Omaha 2         Baxter Arena, Omaha, Neb.  
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Non-Conference
4:00 ET Sacred Heart 2 @ Merrimack 1         Box  
4:07 AT (13) Minnesota 6 vs. Alaska 3         Box  

 

 

KHL Minute:

  • Magnitogorsk produced another powerful display to crush Avtomobilist 6-0 as Sergei Mozyakin set yet another record. When he converted a defense-splitting pass from Jan Kovar to make the score 2-0, Mozyakin scored his 250th regular season KHL goal and took his points tally in Magnitogorsk to 421. That matched Evgeny Korshkov’s club record tally, established in 2004 after 10 seasons in the Southern Urals.
  • According to the form table, this was a home banker. Jokerit had been struggling to find its game all season, while CSKA was imperious at the upper end of the Western Conference table despite two defeats in its last two games. But the Finns pulled off a shock victory 6-3, recovering from a tough start to score four unanswered goals after the midway point and improve on a recent run of six defeats from seven games. Brian O’Neill was the catalyst for the win, scoring a hat-trick.
  • Barys captain Brandon Bochenski spoke to khl.ru, about his 149 career goals in the League, his dreams for the future, the language and lifestyle in Kazakhstan and the reasons behind his move from North America. When Brandon Bochenski recently dispatched the puck into the Neftekhimik net, he became the top scorer of all the foreign players who have graced the KHL. The American’s account now stands at 149 goals.

 

 

Picks of the week:

 

Wayne

 

Steve:

 

Nick Foligno donating $1M

 

 

Close the show

 

 

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On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, We’ll have all the exciting details of the World Cup finals.  We also discuss the NHL headlines and pre-season highlights from the past week.  Then, we give you our bold playoff predictions and who we think will win the individual awards.  All this, plus some College Hockey talk, the KHL minute, and our picks of the week!

 

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On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, The world Cup starts to wind down, as the NHL Pre-season gets going.  We’ll have all the surprising details of the World Cup semi-finals as well as Game 1 of the final.  We also discuss the NHL headlines and pre-season highlights from the past week.  Then, we finish our weekly team preview segments and give you team-by-team previews of all 7 teams in the Central Division.  All this, plus the KHL minute, and our picks of the week.

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The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 7 is live!

On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, we get you caught up with all the World Cup preliminary round action.  We also discuss the NHL headlines from the past week.  Then, we give you team-by-team previews of all 7 teams in the Pacific Division.  All this, plus the KHL minute, and our picks of the week!

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Episode 7 Show notes:

World Cup stories:
• Results & Schedule: https://www.wch2016.com/scores-schedule

o Sept. 17
 Team Europe 3, Team USA 0
 Team Canada 6, Team Czech Republic 0
o Sept. 18
 Team Sweden 2, Team Russia, 1
 Team North America 4, Team Finland, 1
o Sept. 19
 Team Europe 3, Team Czech Republic 2 (OT)
 Team Russia 4, Team North America 3
o Sept. 20
 Team Sweden 2, Team Finland 0
 Team Canada 4, Team USA 2
o Wednesday 9/21
 Team North America 4, Team Sweden 3 (OT)
 Team Europe 1 , Team Canada 4
o Thursday 9/22
 Team Finland vs. Team Russia, 3 p.m., ESPN, SN, TVA Sports
 Team USA vs. Team Czech Republic, 8 p.m., ESPN2, SN, TVA Sports
o Semifinals (single elimination; A1 vs. B2, B1 vs. A2)
o Saturday 9/24
 Semifinal 1, 7 p.m., ESPN2, CBC, TVA Sports
o Sunday 9/25
 Semifinal 2, 1 p.m., ESPN, CBC, TVA Sports
o Final (best-of-three)
o Tuesday 9/27
 Final Game 1, 8 p.m., ESPN, CBC, TVA Sports
o Thursday, Sept. 29
 Final Game 2, 8 p.m., ESPN2, CBC, TVA, TVA Sports
o Saturday, Oct. 1
 Final Game 3, 7 p.m. (if necessary), ESPN2, CBC, TVA, TVA Sports
• Team North America defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who missed a 4-3 loss to Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 on Monday with an upper-body injury, is returning to the United States to be examined by Florida Panthers doctors. Initial reports said Ekblad had a concussion, but Sportsnet reported Tuesday it was a neck injury. https://www.nhl.com/news/panthers-defenseman-aaron-ekblad-leaving-world-cup-early/c-281977738
World Cup/NHL observations:
• Team USA’s surprising exit from the tournament
• Wayne’s Canadian consipiracy: Divide and conquer!
• Team Europe’s surprising dominance and play of Jaroslav Halak
• Tweets from players on NA vs Swe on 9/21: https://www.nhl.com/news/north-america-sweden-world-cup-finish-nhl-reaction/c-282024306
• Phil Kessel’s tweet shortly after USA loss to Canada on 9/20
• Hockey tech: Green screen boards. Distracting?
• Hockey tech: Ref cam? https://www.nhl.com/news/ref-cam-providing-must-see-footage/c-281993030
• Team web sites taking on general look of NHL.com

NHL stories:
• Dmitry Orlov signs one-year contract with Capitals. Restricted free agent defenseman had eight goals, 29 points last season https://www.nhl.com/news/capitals-sign-orlov-to-one-year-contract/c-282015510
• Penguins deliver season tickets with side of Stanley Defending champs surprise subscribers with a day with the Cup https://www.nhl.com/news/penguins-deliver-season-tickets-with-side-of-stanley/c-282022452
• Michel Therrien denies criticizing Max Pacioretty. Coach ‘never said those things’ about Canadiens captain https://www.nhl.com/news/canadiens-michel-therrien-denies-criticizing-max-pacioretty/c-281981112
• Columbus Blue Jackets forward David Clarkson failed his physical Wednesday and will not begin training camp because of a back injury, president of hockey operations John Davidson said. “Every time he tries to work out, it’s bothersome,” Davidson told the Blue Jackets website. Clarkson, 32, played in 23 games last season, missing time because of the injury, among other ailments. He had two goals and two assists. Clarkson has four years remaining on a seven-year, $36.75 million contract he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs before the 2013-14 season. https://www.nhl.com/news/david-clarkson-to-miss-start-of-training-camp-due-to-injury/c-282010386
• Forward Julien Gauthier scored two goals and goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic made 31 saves to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 6-4 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in the championship game of the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup (Traverse City prospects tournament) at Centre Ice Arena on Tuesday. Gauthier, chosen No. 21 in the 2016 NHL Draft, scored twice in the second period when the Hurricanes scored three unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead. Carolina won the championship for the second time and its first since its tournament debut in 2009. https://www.nhl.com/news/traverse-city-tournament-top-players/c-282004264 Final Standings: 1. Carolina 2. Detroit 3. Columbus 4. NY Rangers 5. Dallas 6. St. Louis 7. Minnesota 8. Chicago. Rangers’ Jimmy Vesey led all scorers w/ 5G, 2A. Complete stats available at: http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/scoringleaders.html?leagueid=505&seasonid=16091&maxnumplayers=all&sortby=pts
• The next generation of United States-born NHL hopefuls will be in the spotlight at the 2016 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday 9/22. The event will feature 42 of the top U.S.-born players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft who were picked by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting. “This event provides some of the best U.S. players eligible for next year’s NHL draft the opportunity to showcase their talent on a national stage,” said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations. The teams will be coached by Hockey Hall of Fame member Mark Howe and United States Hockey Hall of Fame member John Leclair. A link to full rosters is contained in the show notes of this episode. https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-nhl-draft-hopefuls-in-spotlight/c-282017202
• Defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who injured his thigh during the offseason, said Monday he will not be able to start training camp with the Detroit Red Wings. Kronwall had surgery on his right knee in January and injured his left knee in March. Kronwall was unable to play for Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Jan. 18 and missed 15 NHL games, and sat out three games in March because of a sprained right knee. Kronwall, 35, had three goals, 23 assists and a minus-21 rating in 64 games last season, his 12th with Detroit. https://www.nhl.com/news/niklas-kronwall-to-miss-start-of-training-camp/c-281990654
• Restricted free agent forward Ryan Strome agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Financial terms were not released, but TSN reported an average annual value of $2.5 million. The No. 5 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Strome finished with eight goals and 28 points in 71 games last season, a decline from the 17 goals and 50 points he scored in 2014-15. He had four points in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Islanders advance to the Eastern Conference Second Round, their first playoff series victory since 1993. Strome, 23, has 32 goals and 96 points in 189 NHL games, all with the Islanders. https://www.nhl.com/news/islanders-agree-to-contract-with-restricted-free-agent-ryan-strome/c-281958620
• The Las Vegas NHL franchise has received deposits on all 16,000 season tickets available for the 2017-18 season. The season-ticket drive began in February 2015 with a goal of 10,000 deposits. More than 5,000 tickets were sold within two days and 9,000 season tickets were sold within a month of the launch, according to the franchise. Las Vegas will play at T-Mobile Arena, which has a seating capacity of 17,500 for hockey games.
• Forward Tomas Fleischmann on Monday accepted an invitation from the Minnesota Wild to attend training camp on a professional tryout. Fleischmann, 32, has played 11 NHL seasons, most recently with the Chicago Blackhawks, who acquired him and forward Dale Weise in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens for forward Phillip Danault and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft on Feb. 26. Fleischmann also played parts of four seasons with the Washington Capitals and one with the Anaheim Ducks, under Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. Fleischmann has 137 goals and 335 points in 657 NHL games with the Capitals, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Ducks, Canadiens and Blackhawks. He scored NHL career highs of 27 goals and 61 points for the Panthers in 2011-12.
• Joffrey Lupul starts training camp on injured reserve. Maple Leafs forward still not ready to go after sports hernia surgery in February
• Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell will need two weeks to recover after having surgery to remove scar tissue resulting from an appendectomy. Rakell, 23, was hospitalized in Sweden after he was scratched by Team Sweden from a World Cup of Hockey 2016 pretournament game against Team Finland on Sept. 10. Rakell, a restricted free agent, had 20 goals and 23 assists in 72 regular-season games, and a goal and an assist in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Ducks last season.
• Forward Tyler Seguin has a hairline fracture in his heel and his status for Dallas Stars training camp will be re-evaluated in a week, general manager Jim Nill said Saturday. “Upon returning to Dallas [on Friday], Tyler Seguin underwent an MRI that detected a hairline fracture in his heel,” Nill said. Seguin sustained the injury playing in a World Cup of Hockey 2016 pretournament game for Team Canada on Sept. 9 against Team USA. Seguin pulled out of the tournament Wednesday and was replaced by Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly. https://www.nhl.com/news/dallas-forward-tyler-seguin-has-hairline-fracture-in-heel/c-281876444
o Toronto Rookie Tournament – 9/11-9/13 – Ott, Mon, Tor, Pit Winner – Toronto (3-0)
o Young Stars Classic, Vancouver, BC – 9/11-9/14 – Win, Cgy, Van, Edm Winner – Edmonton (3-0)
o Tampa Bay Rookie Tournament, Estero, FL – 9/12-9/15 – Fla, TB, Nsh, Was Winner – Florida (3-0)
o Buffalo Prospects Challenge, Buffalo, NY – 9/12-9/14 – Bos, Buf, NJ Winner – Boston (2-0)
• Most teams announced their training camp rosters this week, see NHL.com for your team.
• Notable PTO’s this week:
o D James Wisniewski to Tampa Bay
o D Matt Bartkowski to Ottawa
o G Anders Lindback to NJ
o F Daniel Cleary to DET
o F Tomas Fleischmann to Min
o F Jiri Tlusty to Col
o F Sean Bergenheim, F David Booth, G Yan Danis to ANA
World Cup/NHL observations:
• Team USA’s surprising exit from the tournament
• Wayne’s Canadian consipiracy: Divide and conquer!
• Team Europe’s surprising dominance and play of Jaroslav Halak
• Tweets from players on NA vs Swe on 9/21: https://www.nhl.com/news/north-america-sweden-world-cup-finish-nhl-reaction/c-282024306
• Phil Kessel’s tweet shortly after USA loss to Canada on 9/20
• Hockey tech: Green screen boards. Distracting?
• Hockey tech: Ref cam? https://www.nhl.com/news/ref-cam-providing-must-see-footage/c-281993030
• Team web sites taking on general look of NHL.com

• Pacific Division Team Previews:
o Anaheim http://thehockeynuts.com/mid-summer-report-anaheim-ducks/
o Arizona http://thehockeynuts.com/mid-summer-report-arizona-coyotes/
o Calgary http://thehockeynuts.com/mid-summer-report-calgary-flames/
o Edmonton http://thehockeynuts.com/mid-summer-report-edmonton-oilers/
o Los Angeles http://thehockeynuts.com/mid-summer-report-los-angeles-kings/
o San Jose http://thehockeynuts.com/mid-summer-report-san-jose-sharks/
o Vancouver http://thehockeynuts.com/mid-summer-report-vancouver-canucks/

• KHL Minute:
o CSKA had their 10-game winning streak snapped by Barys Astana, 4-0 on 9/20. Goalie Henrik Karlsson pitched the shutout while 4 different Barys players scored a goal a piece. The loss drops CSKA to 10-2 while Barys improved to 3-5-1
o Valeri Nichushkin’s KHL interest no surprise to Stars. The Dallas Stars would not be surprised if restricted free agent forward Valeri Nichushkin plays in the Kontinental Hockey League this season, general manager Jim Nill said. CSKA Moscow said Tuesday it has agreed to terms with Nichushkin, 21, on a two-year contract. “I’m not going to be surprised if he does sign there,” Nill said Monday. “They know our offer. They know where we’re at. It’s his decision. I’m not going to stop that. https://www.nhl.com/news/valeri-nichushkins-khl-interest-no-surprise-to-dallas/c-281958826
o EDM – Nikita Nikitin, D – Signed with European team Avangard Omsk (KHL-Russia)
o Standings rundown: http://en.khl.ru/standings/

• Picks of the week
o Wayne: Major Junior starts regular season play this week. OHL on Wed. 9/21, QMJHL on Thu 9/22 and WHL 9/23. Americans don’t care, but leagues are huge in Canada. Primary source of NHL prospects. All players 16-20 yrs old. US has junior leagues too, but they are considered lower level. Elite players in US generally go play in CHL or play in lower level junior leagues until they graduate from HS, then they attend a NCAA school. I prefer NCAA route. Here’s why…
o Steve:
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On this episode of the Hockey Nuts Podcast, we get you caught up with the NHL headlines from the past week.  We also get you caught up with everything that has happened to date in the World Cup pre-tournament games.  Then, we give you team-by-team previews of all 8 teams in the Atlantic Division.  All this, plus the KHL minute, and our picks of the week.  Enjoy!!

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The Hockey Nuts logo finalSeason 1, Episode 5 of the Hockey Nuts Podcast has gone live!  In this episode, we get you caught up with the headlines from the past week.  We also update you on the final rosters for all 8 World Cup of Hockey teams.  And We have all of the TV broadcast information for the pre-tournament exhibitions as well as the tournament itself.  Then, we give you team-by-team previews of all 8 teams in the Metropolitan Division.  All this, plus the KHL minute, and our picks of the week.  Enjoy!!!

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Mid Summer Report: Washington Capitals

download (31)By Wayne Hallee @waynehallee9 at thehockeynuts.com
As we enter the dog days of summer, activity around the NHL slows down.  Most of the big-name free agents are off the board, and everyone is enjoying some much needed time off before everything heats up in the fall.  During this time, we are taking a look at all 30 teams to see where they are and what they still need to do.  Today, we look at the Washington Capitals

Last Season’s Finish:  56-18-8, 120 pts, 1st in the Metropolitan Division, Lost in the 2nd round of the playoffs

Key Arrivals:

  • F Lars Eller (Trade)
  • F Brett Connolly (UFA)
  • F Brad Malone (UFA)

Key Departures:

  • F Jason Chimera (NY Islanders)
  • F Michael Latta (Los Angeles)

Breakthrough Candidates:

  • F Stanislav Galiev
  • F Zachary Sanford

Unsigned RFA’s (as of 8/16)

  • D Dmitry Orlov

Current Cap Situation as of 8/16/16(source: generalfanager.com)

  • League salary ceiling: $73,000,000
  • League salary floor: $54,000,000
  • Current salary cap hit: $69,545,126
  • Current salary cap space: $3,454,874

 

Expected active roster

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, T.J. Oshie, Lars Eller, Justin Williams, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Daniel Winnik, Tom Wilson, Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky, Brett Connolly, Stanislav Galiev
Defensemen
Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Dmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney
Goalies
Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer

 

Outlook:
Washington had a great regular season.  Well, enough about last year…   No, seriously, the
Capitals finished with 120 points and the president’s trophy last season, but once again, fell way too early in the playoffs, this time, to the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins.  Playoff disappointments have dogged this team for nearly 10 years now.  Over the past 10 seasons or so, they consistently rank among the top regular season teams, but, they have yet to get out of the second round of the playoffs during that time.  This season, the Capitals bring back virtually the same team they had last season.  They should cruise through the regular season once again, but time will tell whether they can finally put together a long playoff run.  They are certainly due for one.

Mid Summer Report: Pittsburgh Penguins

download (30)By Wayne Hallee @waynehallee9 at thehockeynuts.com
As we enter the dog days of summer, activity around the NHL slows down.  Most of the big-name free agents are off the board, and everyone is enjoying some much needed time off before everything heats up in the fall.  During this time, we are taking a look at all 30 teams to see where they are and what they still need to do.  Today, we look at the Pittsburgh Penguins

Last Season’s Finish:  48-26-8, 107 pts, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division, Won the Stanley Cup

Key Arrivals:

  • None

Key Departures:

  • F Beau Bennett (New Jersey)
  • D Ben Lovejoy (New Jersey)
  • G Jeff Zatkoff (Los Angeles)

Breakthrough Candidates:

  • F Oscar Sundqvist
  • F Scott Wilson
  • D Derrick Pouliot

Unsigned RFA’s (as of 8/15)

  • None

Current Cap Situation as of 8/15/16(source: generalfanager.com)

  • League salary ceiling: $73,000,000
  • League salary floor: $54,000,000
  • Current salary cap hit: $75,299,999
  • Current salary cap space: $0 ($2,299,999 over cap)

 

Expected active roster

Forwards
Evgeny Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Patrik Hornqvist, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kunitz, Eric Fehr, Nick Bonino, Oskar Sundqvist, Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust, Tom Kuhnhackl, Scott Wilson, Pascal Dupuis
Defensemen
Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, Trevor Daley, Ian Cole, Justin Schultz, Derrick Pouliot, Brian Dimoulin
Goalies
Marc-Andre Fleury, Matthew Murray

 

Outlook:
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup.  You can’t have a much better season than that.  It didn’t come without struggles, though.  On January 1, 2016, they were sitting in 10th or 11th in the east, and on the outside, looking in on the playoff picture.  But after New Year’s, they just got better and better as the season went on.  They finished the season winning 14 of 15, before losing their last regular season game, which was essentially a throwaway game.  They stayed white hot throughout the playoffs.  The scariest part for everyone that is not Pittsburgh fans is, They are returning almost their whole entire team this season.  They did lose a few role players, but those guys can easily be replaced by young guys.  The only issue they have at the moment is that they are currently $2.3 million over the salary cap ceiling.  Pascal Dupuis (and his $3.75M cap hit) is on long term injured reserve, and will not be returning to hockey, so they are allowed to go over by the amount of his salary, but that still leaves then tight against the cap this season.  But for now, Pittburgh is in great shape, and are poised for another deep playoff run again in 2016-2017.

Mid Summer Report: New York Rangers

download (29)By Wayne Hallee @waynehallee9 at thehockeynuts.com
As we enter the dog days of summer, activity around the NHL slows down.  Most of the big-name free agents are off the board, and everyone is enjoying some much needed time off before everything heats up in the fall.  During this time, we are taking a look at all 30 teams to see where they are and what they still need to do.  Today, we look at the New York Rangers

Last Season’s Finish:  46-27-9, 101 pts, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division, lost in the first round of the playoffs

Key Arrivals:

  • D Nick Holden (Trade)
  • D Adam Clendening (UFA)
  • F Michael Grabner (UFA)
  • F Nathan Gerbe (UFA)
  • F Josh Jooris (UFA)
  • F Mika Zibanejad (Trade)
  • F Jimmy Vesey (UFA)

Key Departures:

  • D Keith Yandle (Florida)
  • F Eric Staal (Minnesota)
  • F Viktor Stalberg (Carolina)
  • F Derick Brassard (Ottawa)
  • D Dan Boyle (Retired)

Breakthrough Candidates:

  • F Pavel Buchnevich
  • F Josh Jooris
  • F Brady Skjei

Unsigned RFA’s (as of 8/16)

  • None

Current Cap Situation as of 8/16/16(source: generalfanager.com)

  • League salary ceiling: $73,000,000
  • League salary floor: $54,000,000
  • Current salary cap hit: $70,500,000
  • Current salary cap space: $2,500,000

 

Expected active roster

Forwards
Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, J.T. Miller, Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner, Tanner Glass, Maxim Lapierre, Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg, Nathan Gerbe, Josh Jooris, Jimmy Vesey
Defensemen
Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Klein, Nick Holden, Brady Skjei, Dylan McIlrath, Adam Clendening
Goalies
Henrik Lundqvist, Antti Raanta

 

Outlook:
The Rangers had a strong season last year, but ran into a white hot Pittsburgh Penguins team in the first round of the playoffs.  The Penquins quickly dispatched the Rangers in 5 games, en route to their 4th Stanley Cup Championship.  But, this article isn’t about the Penguins.  In this off season, the Rangers were pretty active in order to keep their team competitive.  First, they traded Keith Yandle to Florida for a draft pick, because they knew they wouldn’t be able to fit him under the Salary Cap.  Then, they let Eric Staal and Vicktor Stalberg go to free agency.  Then, they made a trade with Ottawa that sent Derick Brassard there, and brought in Mika Zibanejad.  Zibanejad is younger (23 vs 28) and cheaper (by about half) than Brassard, but last season produced only 9 fewer points.   Finally, they won the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes and signed him to an entry level contract just last week. Oh, and by the way, defenseman Dan Boyle also retired.  So the Rangers have fixed some of the cap issues that they have been dealing with, all while keeping most of the core of the team together.  They will have to rely on some younger players that they didn’t have to last season, so there will be some growing pains there, but at the end of the year, the Rangers should find their way back into the playoffs for the 11th time in the last 12 years.