The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 44 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the action in the NHL Stanley Cup Final.  We’ll also take an in-depth look at the upcoming expansion draft.  We’ll have all the headlines, plus our picks of the week, coming up next!


THN Episode 44 Show Notes

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.  Penguins Highlights courtesy of Mike Lange and the Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network.

 

Opening Headlines:

  • The Stanley Cup has been raised! We’ll have all the details.
  • The Calder Cup has been awarded.
  • Silly Season has begun!
  • Expansion draft is up next, along with the awarding of NHL individual awards.

 

Break:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

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Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

NHL Playoffs!

https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs

 

 

Penguins (2) vs. Predators (WC2)

Penguins win 4-2 |  Series Coverage

Gm 1

Mon, May 29

Pittsburgh 5 Nashville 3 Penguins lead 1-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 2

Wed, May 31

Pittsburgh 4 Nashville 1 Penguins lead 2-0 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 3

Sat, Jun 3

Nashville 5 Pittsburgh 1 Penguins lead 2-1 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 4

Mon, Jun 5

Nashville 4 Pittsburgh 1 Series tied 2-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 5

Thu, Jun 8

Pittsburgh 6 Nashville 0 Penguins lead 3-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH
Gm 6

Sun, Jun 11

Pittsburgh 2 Nashville 0 Penguins win 4-2 RECAP GAMECENTER WATCH

 

 

 

 

Other News:

 

Transactions

 

  • Bob Boughner was named coach of the Florida Panthers on Monday. “I always wanted to coach at the end of my career,” Boughner said. “I worked hard at it and spent a lot of time developing players. I put in my time and I’m ready. I learned the craft and I have a lot of knowledge of the League. I’m going to make the organization proud, and I’m going to make the fans proud.”  Boughner, 46, was an assistant with the San Jose Sharks for the past two seasons under coach Peter DeBoer and reached the Stanley Cup Final last season. He coached Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League for eight seasons and won the Memorial Cup in 2009 and 2010, and was an assistant with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Scott Arniel’s staff in 2010-11.  This is Boughner’s first job as coach in the NHL, and he’s the 15th coach in Panthers history. The former NHL defenseman had 72 points (15 goals, 57 assists) in 630 games during 10 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche before retiring in 2006.  Boughner replaces Tom Rowe, who was reassigned by the Panthers on April 10. Rowe finished the season as coach after Gerard Gallant was fired on Nov. 27. The Panthers were 35-36-11 and were 14 points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference after winning the Atlantic Division last season.  General manager Dale Tallon said he knew right after he interviewed Boughner about two weeks ago that he had found his man. Tallon said Boughner came to the interview with two stacks of files, one including analytics information and the other detailing philosophy.  “Bob impressed us like no one else,” Tallon said. “All the years I’ve been in the business, Bob was the most prepared. His preparation, his passion knocked us out of the park.”  Boughner was teammates with Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr in Pittsburgh from 1999-2001, and he has ties to other Florida players; His son is close friends with defenseman Aaron Ekblad, and he coached forward Derek MacKenzie in Columbus, goaltender James Reimer in San Jose, and defensemen Mark Pysyk and Alex Petrovic at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.  Boughner reportedly interviewed with the Sabres for their coaching vacancy and last year was a finalist for the Avalanche coaching job that went to Jared Bednar after Patrick Roy’s resignation.  Tallon said he interviewed 15 candidates and talked to about six more. Among those reportedly interviewed were University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery and former Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.  “I started off with a list,” Tallon said. “I made a long list of guys from all walks — junior coaches, college coaches, AHL head coaches, assistant coaches — and I wanted guys that were probably newer, not necessarily the most experienced. Being a head coach in the NHL wasn’t really the No. 1 criteria for my list that I put together.  “I wanted new voices, new faces, new attitude, more of a contemporary look. I didn’t want to go back. There were a lot of good coaches that had NHL coaching experience that I had good conversations [with], but they weren’t exactly what I felt was necessary for us moving forward long term. That was my plan of attack and I identified a lot of different names. Obviously, Bob was on the list and then we started paring that down. This was the right choice.”  The Sabres are now the only NHL team without a coach.
  • GoalieJoonas Korpisalo signed a two-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.  Financial terms of the contract were not released, but The Columbus Dispatch reported Korpisalo, 23, would make $700,000 in 2017-18 and $1.1 million in 2018-19, for an average annual value of $900,000. He could have become a restricted free agent July 1.  Korpisalo was the backup to Sergei Bobrovsky this season after being recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League on Jan. 10. Korpisalo was 7-5-1 with a 2.88 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 14 games (13 starts).  The Blue Jackets selected Korpisalo in the third round (No. 62) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He is 23-16-5 with a 2.68 GAA and .915 save percentage in 45 NHL games the past two seasons.  Because Bobrovsky has a no-movement clause in his contract, Korpisalo could be exposed to the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft; Columbus can protect one goaltender.
  • Tyler Toffoliand the Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a three-year, $13.8 million contract (average annual value of $4.6 million), general manager Rob Blake announced Wednesday.  Toffoli could have become a restricted free agent July 1.  The 25-year-old forward had 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in 63 games last season. He missed 19 games with a lower-body injury and had minor surgery on his left knee after the season.  His 31 goals in 2015-16 were an NHL career high and led the Kings. He had 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 26 games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs to help the Kings win the Cup.  In 293 NHL games, all with Los Angeles, Toffoli has 175 points (84 goals, 91 assists). The Kings selected Toffoli in the second round (No. 47) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere to a $27 million US, six-year contract extension. The 24-year-old Gostisbehere had seven goals and 39 points in 76 games this season, a dropoff from a sensational rookie season that saw Flyers fans chanting for “Ghost.”  He’ll have a salary cap hit of $4.5M and earn $6 million in salary each of the first two years of the deal. He’ll get $5.5 million in 2019-20 and $3.25 million in the final two years of the contract.  He had 17 goals and 46 points as rookie. He won the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenceman and finished second in voting for the Calder Trophy given to the NHL’s rookie of the year.  Gostisbehere scored four overtime goals over the course of the season, becoming the first NHL rookie to do so, and set Flyers and NHL records with a 15-game scoring streak from Jan. 19 to Feb. 20, 2016. Gostisbehere was also voted to the league’s All-Rookie team.  In 142 career NHL games, Gostisbehere has 24 goals and 61 assists for 85 points.  http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/philadelphia-flyers-shayne-gostisbehere-contract-extension-1.4154625
  • TheNashville Predators signed defenseman Yannick Weber to a one-year, $650,000 contract on Tuesday, the team announced.  The 28-year-old is coming off his first season with the Predators after spending the previous three with the Vancouver Canucks. He played a career-high 73 games, recording one goal and seven assists.  During the postseason, Weber served on the team’s third defense pairing alongside Matt Irwin. In 22 games, he collected one assist while averaging 11:09 of ice time per game.  Weber was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
  • TheWinnipeg Jets have agreed to a one-year, one-way contract with forward Marko Dano worth $850,000, the team announced Tuesday.  Originally a first-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013, Dano was traded to the Jets in the deal that sent Andrew Ladd, Matt Fraser and Jay Harrison to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2016.  Dano appeared in 38 games for Winnipeg last season, scoring four goals to go along with 11 assists. The native of Austria missed 26 games in the middle of the season due to a lower-body injury.  For his career, the 22-year old has registered 42 points across 107 NHL games.

Injuries

  • Defenseman Erik Karlsson could miss the start of next season for the Ottawa Senators after having successful foot surgery Wednesday.  “Erik underwent surgery earlier today in Charlotte, North Carolina, to repair torn tendons in his left foot,” general manager Pierre Dorion told the Senators website. “The tears, which occurred during this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, were found during an MRI as part of an extensive medical evaluation following the season.  “The recovery from this surgery is expected to take approximately four months. This timeline leaves us hopeful that Erik will be fully recovered and healthy to start the 2017-18 regular season.”  Karlsson, 27, led Ottawa with 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in the playoffs, helping the Senators reach the Eastern Conference Final, where they were eliminated in seven games by the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.   He also revealed after the Eastern Conference First Round that he had two hairline fractures in his left heel sustained blocking a shot during the regular season. Dorion also said Karlsson had muscle damage in his ankle.  The Senators captain had 71 points (17 goals, 54 assists) in 77 games and is a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman for the fourth time. He won the award in 2012 and 2015.

Milestones/Records/Honors/Deaths:

Suspensions/Fines: 

 

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

·          With the Stanley Cup Final now over, the Draft order is now finalized:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-draft-order/c-280973262

  • The Calgary Flames will move if they don’t get a new arena, Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke said Wednesday. “We’re not going to make the threat to leave. We’ll just leave,” Burke told a season-ticket holder at a business luncheon at the Canadian Club of Calgary, according to the Calgary Sun. “We still have a building that [opened] in 1983, the oldest in the League by more than 10 years.”  Burke refused to take questions from media after the event.  Flames president and CEO Ken King issued a response to Burke’s comments.  “Brian Burke runs Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames and he and many Calgarians have strong views about this topic. However, he is not our spokesperson regarding a new events centre for our city. We remain committed to our dialogue with the City and very optimistic we will get to a positive conclusion. We admire everyone’s enthusiasm on this subject.”  Scotiabank Saddledome has been the Flames’ home since it opened and is the second-oldest arena in use in the NHL. Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers, opened in 1968, but a $1 billion renovation was completed in 2013.  Scotiabank Saddledome was flooded to the eighth row of seats in June 2013, but the arena was repaired in time for the Flames to start their preseason schedule on time in September.  King said the Flames moving was an option in a letter to fans posted to their website April 2.  “In response to a question, are you going to use the threat of moving as a tactic, I said we would not. I also said we would ‘just move,'” King wrote. “The facts are we need a solution and if it is deemed that there is no made-in-Calgary solution we will have to make a decision at that time, which logically could include deciding to move the team. It is merely one out of a few possible outcomes if we are unable to reach a deal with the city that will work for both sides.”  Commissioner Gary Bettman has said the Flames need a new arena.  “I think everybody knows the new arena is important on a whole host of levels for a whole host of reasons,” he said March 15 while in Calgary. “You’ve got to get from here to there, and since I tend to be an optimist by nature I’m hoping that on both sides, not that there are sides, but the city and the Flames can figure this out.  In August 2015, the Flames unveiled CalgaryNEXT, an $890 million plan for a new hockey arena, covered football stadium and a multisport field house in Calgary’s West Village, and another location just north of the Saddledome also has been billed as a possible option.  “[Scotiabank Saddledome] was built in the 1980s,” Commissioner Bettman said. “They don’t build buildings like this anymore. It’s a grand old building. It’s got a great roof line. It’s historic in many ways. But these aren’t the facilities that our hockey teams typically have … this is an old, antiquated building.  “And in terms of amenities for the fans, which is the most important thing, it doesn’t hold a candle to what’s been done in new arenas.”

·         Rumors:  Salary Cap Flat,

·         Andrew Barroway holds all of the cards.  The Philadelphia-based hedge fund manager became the sole owner of the Arizona Coyotes on Monday upon completion of his transaction to buy out the club’s minority owners, according to multiple reports.  Barroway initially purchased a majority stake in the Coyotes in December 2014, while Monday’s move sees him attain full ownership of IceArizona, LLC, a group backed by Anthony LeBlanc and George Gosbee among other minority partners, who purchased the Coyotes in 2013.  Prior to the sale to IceArizona, the league held ownership of the Coyotes for a four-year period beginning in 2009.  The full sale to Barroway means LeBlanc, who doubled as the Coyotes’ president and CEO, and co-owner Gary Drummond, who later became the Coyotes’ president of hockey operations, will relinquish those roles at the end of the month, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.  “The reorganization is an effort to consolidate and strengthen the ownership and to resolve various disputes among the existing owners,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports. “We believe this will better position the club to achieve a long-term solution in the Valley.”  The Coyotes’ focus will now turn to ensuring their future in the desert. The team has one year remaining on its lease at Gila River Arena in Glendale.  Earlier this year, proposal to build a new arena on the campus of Arizona State University fell through. Meanwhile, a subsequent discussion to build a new facility in the East Valley has garnered little support from the Arizona legislature.  According to Morgan, a new arena in downtown Phoenix is among the top possibilities being considered by Barroway.

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Expansion Draft Candidates:

 

The Hockeynuts.com Power Rankings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

Team (reg season rank)

  1. Pittsburgh (5)
  2. Nashville (15)

 

  1. Ottawa (14)
  2. Anaheim (4)
  3. Edmonton (11)
  4. Washington (1)
  5. NY Rangers (3)
  6. St Louis (12)
  7. Chicago (2)
  8. Minnesota (6)
  9. Columbus (9)
  10. San Jose (7)
  11. Boston (8)
  12. Montreal (10)
  13. Toronto (16)
  14. Calgary (13)
  15. NY Islanders (17)
  16. Tampa Bay (18)
  17. Philadelphia (19)
  18. Winnipeg (20)
  19. Carolina (21)
  20. Los Angeles (22)
  21. Florida (23)
  22. Dallas (24)
  23. Detroit (25)
  24. Buffalo (26)
  25. New Jersey (27)
  26. Arizona (28)
  27. Vancouver (29)
  28. Colorado (30)
  29. Las Vegas (31)

 

 

 

AHL Calder Cup Playoffs:

  • Theahl.com
  • Bracket: http://theahl.com/stats/playoffs/56
  • Western Final: Grand Rapids (DET) vs. San Jose (SJ)
  • Eastern Final: Providence (BOS) vs Syracuse (TB)
  • The Grand Rapids Griffins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, won the 2017 Calder Cup on Tuesday night by defeating the Syracuse Crunch, 4-3, in Game 6 of the series. The Griffins had to overcome a 3-2 third period deficit to secure the series clinching win and were able to do it thanks to a pair of late goals from Tyler Bertuzzi and Martin Frk.  Bertuzzi, who scored nine goals during the playoffs for the Griffins, was named playoff MVP for his performance.  He was the Red Wings’ second-round draft pick (No. 58 overall) in 2013. He got his first taste of NHL action this season when he appeared in seven games with the big club. He did not record a point in those games.  During his time with the Griffins, however, he managed to score 12 goals and add 25 assists in only 48 games. His production was a sharp increase from where it was a year earlier in the AHL (during his first year of pro hockey he had 30 points in 71 games).  This championship is the second in the history of the Griffins, with both of them coming in the past five years.

 

 

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve: I was going to select that story of Roman Josi and Mike Fisher visiting that young cancer patient Trip Phinney, if that’s OK…

·         Wayne:   https://www.theplayerstribune.com/scott-darling-goodbye-chicago/

 

Honorable mention:

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next Week’s scheduled stream:

Wed., 6/14 6:30 PM

 

Topics for Next Week:

Where we are:

How to support the show:

This show is a labor of love for us, but it does cost us money each month to produce.  So, we are exploring options to allow you, our listener, to help us cover the costs of producing it.  For starters, we have set up affiliate relationships with a couple companies.  In the future, we may have more, but for now, you can support us through your purchases at Amazon.com and HockeyMonkey.com (Hockey Monkey is a hockey equipment provider).  Your purchases there will not cost you a dime more, but a small percentage of your purchase will come back to us.  In order to support us through our affiliates, simply go to our web site at TheHockeyNuts.com, and click on the appropriate affiliate link on the right side of the page.  Coming soon: Seatgeek.com

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