The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 4 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the player transactions that have been going on since we last recorded.  Free Agency and Player Signings are the big part of the news this time of year, every team is working hard to fill all of their vacant roster spots.  We also begin our team by team season previews this week, and this week, we’ll be focusing on the Pacific Division.  Plus, one of us got a chance to rub elbows with two current NHL referees.  We’ll have the details of all this and more, coming up next.


 

THN Season 2, Episode 4 (Episode 49) Show Notes 8/26-9/6

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.

 

Opening Tease:

  • We are back to weekly shows, and this week, we start to preview the upcoming NHL season. We’ll take a look at all 31 teams over the next 4 weeks and tell you what to expect this season.  This week, we look at all the teams in the Pacific division.  Plus, we’ll have all the other headlines from around the league, and I’ll tell you about the USA Hockey referee seminar I attended where we had a talk with 2 current NHL referees.

 

Break:

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

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subscribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

Twitch:  https://www.twitch.tv/thisoldnoob

 

 

Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Headlines

  • Summer winding down, and rookie tournaments are starting this week! http://thehockeywriters.com/nhl-prospects-tournaments-2017/
  • This is week 1 of our 4 week team by team season previews. This week:  Pacific Division.
  • More signings and PTO signings
  • Stay tuned to end of the show for details on a Fantasy Hockey League I am starting this fall (if you are in to that)

 

 

NHL Transactions: (8/26 to present)

 

 

Other Interesting Stories:

·         Jimmy Vesey 2.0:  Defenseman Will Butcher agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. It has an average annual value of $925,000.  Butcher, 22, became a free agent after not signing with the Colorado Avalanche, who selected him in the fifth round (No. 123) of the 2013 NHL Draft.  Butcher reportedly also considered the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights.  Butcher won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey last season. He had 37 points (seven goals, 30 assists) in 43 games for the University of Denver, which won the NCAA championship.  “He has an elite level brain and really good poise,” Jim Montgomery, Butcher’s coach at Denver, said last week. “Every time he touches the puck, it’s going to be a positive outcome because he makes great decisions, so that’s the No. 1 thing that stands out to me.  “He’s improved as far as his gap control and with how he angles people and moves his feet to take away time and space, and another thing special about him is his transitional passing.”  Montgomery, who had a 12-year professional playing career, compared Butcher’s style to former NHL defenseman Andrei Markov, who played 16 NHL seasons and had 572 points (119 goals, 453 assists) in 990 regular-season games.  The Associated Press reported that Butcher can make an additional $850,000 in bonuses.  All is not lost for Colorado though.  The Avalanche on Thursday signed college free agent forward Alex Kerfoot, who was a finalist for the Hobey Baker won by Butcher. Kerfoot was selected by the Devils in the fifth round (No. 150) of the 2012 NHL Draft.  Devils Cap Friendly:  https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/devils

·         Representatives for restricted free agent forward David Pastrnak and Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney were expected to resume negotiations for a new contract Friday, Bruins president Cam Neely told the Boston Herald.  “I feel confident we can get something done,” Neely said. “I think David has expressed that he loves it here and wants to play here. We want him here as long as it makes sense for us.”  The Bruins made an offer of $6 million per season for six or seven seasons earlier this offseason, the Herald reported, but Neely said there has been little activity since.  Pastrnak, 21, had 70 points (34 goals, 36 assists) in 75 games in 2016-17, by far the best of his three NHL seasons. The 25th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, he has 123 points (59 goals, 64 assists) in 172 NHL games, all with the Bruins.  His previous 2 seasons were: 51GP, 15-11-26 and 46GP, 10-17-27.  The Draisaitl contract is likely working against Boston.  Draisaitl signed a 8-yr $68M (8.5/yr) on 8/16.  Draisaitl (#3 in 2014) had 29-48-77 in 82 GP last season, and 51 pts in 72 GP the season before.

·         Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is planning to make his 2017-18 season debut in October, but playing opening night is a long shot because he still hasn’t skated since having surgery on four torn tendons in his left foot June 14.  The Senators open the season against the Washington Capitals at Canadian Tire Centre on Oct. 5.

·         Florida Panthers players, their families and their pets will evacuate South Florida on Friday in anticipation of Hurricane Irma making landfall there this weekend, with some members of the organization staying behind to help with relief efforts.  Panthers president Matthew Caldwell spent the past couple of days trying to make plans to get everyone who was in Sunrise, Florida, for training camp and the now-cancelled rookie tournament out before the storm hits.  The plane is scheduled to leave Friday morning for Boston carrying players Aleksander BarkovJason DemersAaron EkbladRoberto LuongoDerek MacKenzie, Mike Matheson, James ReimerVincent Trocheck and Radim Vrbata, along with Brandon Pirri, who was signed on a tryout; rookies; coaching staff; trainers; members of hockey operations; and everyone’s family members and their pets (20 in total).  The Panthers’ charter services don’t begin until the preseason, so Caldwell had to scramble to arrange for a plane from Swift Air, part-owned by Panthers owner Vinnie Viola. The plane has more cargo space than their normal aircraft to hold all of the necessary hockey equipment. The Panthers chose Boston because of its proximity to their AHL affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts and will begin training camp there on Sept. 23 if they are unable to return to Sunrise. Caldwell estimates the cost to evacuate will be about $150,000.

·         Coach Paul Maurice and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff each had his contract extended by the Winnipeg Jets, TSN reported Wednesday.  They were scheduled to expire following this season, according to the report. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.  Maurice, 50, replaced Claude Noel on Jan. 12, 2014, and went 43-26-13 in his first full season (2014-15) to help the Jets make their only Stanley Cup Playoff appearance since they relocated from Atlanta in 2011. He’s 136-112-33 as Jets coach, and 596-569-101 with 99 ties in 20 NHL seasons with the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg.  Maurice coached the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Final in 2002, losing to the Detroit Red Wings in five games.  Cheveldayoff, 47, has been Jets GM since 2011. Winnipeg is 216-191-51 since he was hired. The Jets finished 40-35-7 last season, seven points behind the Nashville Predators for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.

·         The rookie tournament scheduled for Sept. 9-12 between the Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida, has been canceled because of the expected impact of Hurricane Irma.  “We encourage our fans, staff and members of our community to prepare wisely and stay safe throughout the duration of this storm,” Panthers president and CEO Matthew Caldwell said. “Our strength as a community will guide us the through the difficult times ahead.”  The Predators announced Wednesday they will host the Lightning for a three-game rookie camp series at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee. The first game will be played Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. CT, the second Sunday, Sept. 10, at noon, and the third Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m.  All three games will be open to the public, and the Predators will collect $10 donations at the door to benefit Irma relief.

·         Former Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan announced his retirement last Wednesday.  Doan, 40, had been an unrestricted free agent. The Coyotes had informed Doan on June 17 that they would not be re-signing him.  Selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the No. 7 pick of the 1995 NHL Draft, Doan had spent his entire 21-season NHL career with the Jets/Coyotes franchise, which moved to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996.  Doan made the announcement in a letter to fans published in The Arizona Republic.  Doan had 27 points (six goals, 27 assists) in 74 games last season, which also was his 13th as Coyotes captain.  In 1,540 NHL games, he had 972 points (402 goals, 570 assists). He’s the Jets/Coyotes leader in all four categories.  He’s also one of nine players in NHL history to have played at least 21 seasons with the same franchise; three played more games with one organization than Doan did (Gordie Howe, 1,687, Detroit Red Wings; Nicklas Lidstrom, 1,584, Red Wings; Alex Delvecchio, 1,549, Red Wings). He’s tied for 14th for most games played in NHL history.  The Coyotes released a statement congratulating Doan on his career: “On behalf of the entire Arizona Coyotes organization, our fans and our corporate partners, we would like to thank Shane for everything that he’s done for our franchise over the past 21 years. Shane had an incredible career on the ice and we are very proud of everything that he accomplished in a Coyotes uniform. He will be remembered as one of the greatest captains in NHL history. Off the ice, Shane was a great ambassador for growing the game of hockey in Arizona and his contributions to the community are immeasurable. Shane will be a Coyote for life. Thank you Captain!”  Doan played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2004 and 2009, and in 2010 he won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who exemplifies leadership on and off the ice and has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.

·         Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne will be honored by the Anaheim Ducks following their Nov. 13 induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at Honda Center on Nov. 19.  “Paul and I are honored that the Ducks will host this special night at Honda Center,” Selanne said. “I’m also very happy that several local charities will benefit from this event. We’re looking forward to sharing this night with our fans.”  Kariya and Selanne will appear together on Honda Center ice for the first time since they combined for three goals (two by Kariya) in the Ducks’ 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings on March 4, 2001. The duo totaled 783 points in 308 games with Anaheim.  Kariya and Selanne will appear together on Honda Center ice for the first time since they combined for three goals (two by Kariya) in the Ducks’ 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings on March 4, 2001. The duo totaled 783 points in 308 games with Anaheim.  Elected to the Hall of Fame in his fifth year of eligibility, Kariya was the first pick (No. 4) in Anaheim franchise history at the 1993 NHL Draft. He was a three-time First All-Star Team selection, and finished his NHL career with 989 points (402 goals, 587 assists) in 989 games with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues.  Selanne was elected in his first year of eligibility after he had 1,457 points (684 goals, 773 assists) in 1,451 games over 21 NHL seasons with the Ducks, Winnipeg Jets, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche. He scored 76 goals as a rookie with the Jets and won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.  Kariya and Selanne headline the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Former NHL players Mark Recchi and Dave Andreychuk, retired Canadian women’s ice hockey player Danielle Goyette, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and college hockey coach Clare Drake will also be inducted.

·         Related Kariya story:  https://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/06/sports/hockey-hall-of-famer-now-a-surfer-relished-stint-at-umaine/

·         The home of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be renamed Scotiabank Arena in July as part of a 20-year strategic partnership, it was announced Tuesday.  The building has been known as Air Canada Centre since opening in February 1999.  “For the past 18 years, Air Canada Centre has not only been home to the Maple Leafs and [Toronto] Raptors [of the NBA], it has also hosted hundreds of the most popular concerts and events in the industry, helping contribute to Toronto’s well-deserved reputation as one of the top sports and entertainment destinations in the world,” said Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of the board for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Maple Leafs. “We are grateful to Scotiabank for their continued support and this expanded partnership as we look ahead to what we expect to be 20 of the most exciting years in Toronto sports and entertainment history.”

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Season Preview.  This week: Pacific Division

https://www.nhl.com/news/t-290471364

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

·         KHL is the only league to have begun the 2017-2018 Season so far…

·         Steve:  Kovalchuk

·         Wayne:  Nigel Dawes Hat Trick on 9/6 in a wild game between Barys Astana and Salavat Yulaev:  http://en.khl.ru/news/2017/09/06/357436.html   Other news:  SKA almost perfect at 5-0-2, 9/7 is 6 year anniversary of the Lokomotiv plane crash.

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve: Tuukka Rask

·         Wayne:  Referee clinic last weekend, and once again, 2 NHL Referees came to talk with us:  Francois St. Laurent and Frederick L’Ecuyer live locally, and have been coming to talk to the level 3 guys the last few years.  This year, a big part of the discussion was the fallout over L’Ecuyer’s F-bombs that were dropped with his arena mic open, so everyone in the arena and TV heard it.  It happened on 1/26/17 in Columbus in a game between Columbus and Nashville.  They also talked about each other’s path up through the ranks.

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Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next scheduled stream:

On or around Wed., 9/6

 

Topics for Next Show:

  • Free Agency update
  • Other news

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

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subscribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 3 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the player transactions that have been going on since we last recorded.  Free Agency and Player Signings are the big part of the news this time of year, every team is working hard to fill all of their vacant roster spots.  We’ll have the details of all this and more, coming up next.


THN Season 2, Episode 3 (Episode 48) Show Notes 7/27-8/25

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.

 

Opening Tease:

  • My Eclipse experience
  • Final touches on season prep
  • Not much else going on!

 

Break:

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

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

Twitch:  https://www.twitch.tv/thisoldnoob

 

Upcoming stream schedule:

  • Back to weekly starting 9/6.
  • After hiatus, we are back at it!
  • I am trying to tweet big news stories and quick commentary, so if you want timely updates, please follow me.
  • I am also planning on putting out more regular content (short videos in addition to the video version of the podcast) via our Youtube channel

 

Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Headlines

  • Summer winding down…
  • Stay tuned to end of the show for details on a Fantasy Hockey League I am starting this fall (if you are in to that)
  • KHL back in business!

 

 

NHL Transactions:

 

 

Other Interesting Stories:

·         Jimmy Vesey 2.0:  Defenseman Will Butcher, winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey last season, will choose an NHL team Sunday.  “I will be making my decision on Sunday with my family and my agent there with me,” Butcher said in an email to NHL.com on Thursday.  Butcher’s agent, Brian Bartlett, said there are as many as four teams in the mix to sign him, including the Buffalo Sabres and Vegas Golden Knights. Butcher has two more visits scheduled this week before returning home to Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, on Saturday.  “He’s in Denver now at the pro camp taking place at the University of Denver, so he hasn’t been with his family to sit down and talk about things,” Bartlett said. “The hope is we’ll sit down once he gets home and make a decision by Sunday because NHL rookie tournaments and camps are coming up pretty quick.”  Butcher, 22, was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round (No. 123) of the 2013 NHL Draft but elected not to sign with them and became an unrestricted free agent Aug. 16. A college player has four years to sign with the team that drafts him before he can become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 16 of that fourth year.  “He wants to play for team that really understands and believes in him as a player and what he can bring to an organization, so it’s weeding out the ones who just kind of want good players since every team needs good players,” Bartlett said. “The second part is which team has the opportunity and resources to give him the best chance to be a longtime professional player. We haven’t been demanding he make the team right out of [training] camp or have a roster spot. It’s about the process over the next couple of years.”  Butcher had 37 points (seven goals, 30 assists) in 43 games last season, his fourth at Denver. He was the Pioneers captain and helped them win the NCAA championship. He is the first defenseman to win the Hobey Baker Award since Matt Gilroy of Boston University in 2009, and the second player from Denver (Matt Carle, 2006).

·         College free agent forward Alex Kerfoot signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. No financial terms were disclosed.  The 23-year-old was a Hobey Baker Award finalist after scoring 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists) in 36 games as captain for Harvard University last season. He was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round (No. 150) of the 2012 NHL Draft.  “We are thrilled that Alexander decided to sign with the Avalanche,” general manager Joe Sakic said. “He’s a highly-skilled, playmaking center who is responsible at both ends of the ice. We look forward to seeing him take the next step of his hockey career with our organization.”  Kerfoot, who also considered the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers, grew up in West Vancouver, British Columbia, and played for the Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League from 2011-13.  Defenseman Will Butcher, who defeated Kerfoot for the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey after a championship season with the University of Denver, remains a free agent with a list reportedly narrowed from 12 teams to four. Butcher decided to become a free agent rather than sign with the Avalanche, who selected him in the fifth round (No. 123) in the 2013 NHL Draft.  The Avalanche finished last in the NHL in 2016-17 with a 22-56-4 record.

·         Forwards Brady Tkachuk and Oliver Wahlstrom, and defenseman Quinton Hughes were among the 42 United States-born players named Wednesday to participate in the 2017 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at KeyBank Center in Buffalo on Sept. 21.  All players selected are eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas and 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 chance to showcase their talent on a national stage,” said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations. “With input from NHL Central Scouting, this game will feature future stars of the NHL, as over 120 alumni of the event have already been selected, including Buffalo’s recent first-round selections in Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt.”  Hughes, Tkachuk and Wahlstrom were among the participants in the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan, earlier this month. The camp serves as the first step in selecting the team that will play for the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.  Tkachuk (6-foot-2, 194 pounds), the son of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Keith Tkachuk and brother of Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, will be a freshman at Boston University. He had five points (one goal, four assists) in five games at the Summer Showcase, and 54 points (25 goals, 29 assists) in 61 games for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program Under-18 team last season.  Wahlstrom (6-1, 198), who will play for the NTDP U-18 this season and is committed to Harvard University for the 2018-19 season, was one of 10 cuts by USA Hockey five days into the Summer Showcase but still made a major impression with his strong skating and tremendous shot.  Hughes (5-9, 167) is a freshman at the University of Michigan. In five games at the Summer Showcase he had five points (two goals, three assists). The left-handed shot is an exceptional skater with good vision and skill. He had 53 points (10 goals, 43 assists) in 65 games for the NTDP U-18 team last season.  Also selected for the game were defensemen Mattias Samuelsson (6-3, 205), the son of former NHL defenseman Kjell Samuelsson, and Adam Samuelsson (6-5, 230), the son of former NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson. Each will play for the NTDP U-18 team this season. Also selected was forward Jack Drury (5-11, 175) of Waterloo of the United States Hockey League. He is the nephew of U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and 12-year NHL veteran Chris Drury.  Hockey Hall of Famers Chris Chelios and Brian Leetch will serve as coachesGOALTENDERS: Drew DeRidder, USA U-18, USHL; Ben Kraws, Buffalo Jr. Sabres U18, USMAAAE; Jacob Kucharski, Des Moines, USHL; Jon Mor, USA U-18, USHL  DEFENSEMEN: Michael Callahan, Bloomington, USHL; Stanislav Demin, Wenatchee, BCHL; Ty Emberson, USA U-18, USHL; Jordan Harris, Kimball Union, HIGH-NH; Quinton Hughes, University of Michigan, BIG10; Christian Krygier, Lincoln, USHL; Cole Krygier, Lincoln, USHL; K’Andre Miller, USA U-18, USHL; Alec Regula, Chicago, USHL; Adam Samuelsson, USA U-18, USHL; Mattias Samuelsson, USA U-18, USHL; Jacob Semik, Dubuque, USHL; Spencer Stastney, USA U-18, USHL; Bode Wilde, USA U-18, USHL  FORWARDS: Braden Costello, Des Moines, USHL; Paul Cotter, Lincoln, USHL; Jack Drury, Waterloo, USHL; Joel Farabee, USA U-18, USHL; Jake Gricius, Portland, WHL; Jonathan Gruden, USA U-18, USHL; Gavin Hain, USA U-18, USHL; Curtis Hall, Youngstown, USHL; Jack Jensen, Eden Prairie, HIGH-MN; Philippe Lapointe, Lincoln, USHL; Blake McLaughlin, Chicago, USHL; Jaxon Nelson, Sioux Falls, USHL; Jay O’Brien, Thayer Academy, HIGH-MA; Ryan O’Reilly, Madison, USHL; Jackson Perbix, Elk River, HIGH-MN; Jacob Pivonka, USA U-18, USHL; Noah Prokop, Green Bay, USHL; Jack Randl, Omaha, USHL; Ryan Savage, Fargo, USHL; Colin Schmidt, Wayzata, HIGH-MN; Brady Tkachuk, Boston University, H-EAST; Oliver Wahlstrom, USA U-18, USHL; Tyler Weiss, USA U-18, USHL; Jake Wise, USA U-18, USHL

·         New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac could miss the first four months of the season after having surgery Thursday to repair a torn left pectoral muscle.  Zajac was injured during offseason training last week, and the Devils said his recovery is expected to take 4-6 months. Zajac, 32, had 45 points (14 goals, 31 assists) in 80 games last season. He has missed 20 games during the past five seasons.

·         Former NHL coach and general manager Bryan Murray, who spent time with five teams in his career, died of colon cancer on August 12. He was 74.  Murray was GM of the Detroit Red Wings (1990-94), Florida Panthers (1994-98), Anaheim Ducks (2001-04) and Ottawa Senators (2007-16), and coached the Washington Capitals (1981-90), Red Wings (1990-93), Panthers (1997-98), Ducks (2001-02) and Senators (2005-08).  “Bryan Murray’s strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks. As we mourn Bryan’s passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game — as well as his courage. The National Hockey League family sends our deepest condolences, comfort and support to Bryan’s family, his many friends and all whose lives he influenced.”

·         Former NHL forward and NBC Sports hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk was diagnosed with colon cancer last week.  “I have been working with outstanding health care professionals and expect to be back in the broadcast booth after I complete my treatment,” Olczyk said in a statement issued by the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. “Having the support and encouragement from my family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, NBC Sports and all my friends and fans means the world to me and will give me continued strength to beat this. My family and I appreciate privacy during this time as we focus our attention on my treatments.”  Olczyk, who turns 51 on Aug. 16, has been the in-game analyst for Blackhawks games on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV since the 2006-07 season. He was selected by the Blackhawks with the third pick in the 1984 NHL Draft, and played five seasons for Chicago from 1984-87 and 1998-2000.  The Blackhawks team physician said Olczyk had a procedure to remove a tumor, is recovering well, and will receive further treatment, including chemotherapy.  “Eddie Olczyk is a treasured member of the Chicago Blackhawks family and we will be supportive of him as he fights this disease,” president and CEO John McDonagh said. “We encourage our fans to keep him in their thoughts as we all look forward to having him back in good health as soon as possible.”  Olczyk had 794 points (342 goals, 452 assists) in 1,031 games for the Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs. He coached the Penguins for two seasons between 2003-05, going 31-64-10 with eight ties.  Olczyk has been the lead hockey analyst for NBC Sports since 2007, working regularly with play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick. In the past two years, he also has worked Triple Crown and other major horse racing events for NBC.

·         Tony Granato will coach the United States men’s ice hockey team at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, USA Hockey announced Friday.  The Olympics will be held Feb. 9-25.

·         Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher announced his retirement from the NHL on August 3.  Fisher, 37, made the announcement in a letter published by The Tennessean. The Predators captain had been debating whether to continue playing after the expiration of his contract last season.  “This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but I know I’ve made the right one,” Fisher wrote.  “This job I’ve been able to have for a majority of my life is so much fun. To help create that entertainment and to see the joy we can bring to people is such a unique and exciting opportunity. I’ll miss my teammates, my coaches and the game itself.  Fisher, who was named captain after defenseman Shea Weber was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman P.K. Subban on June 29, 2016, had 585 points (276 goals, 309 assists) in 1,088 NHL games with the Predators and Ottawa Senators. He was Ottawa’s second-round pick (No. 44) in the 1998 NHL Draft.

·         https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-network-2018-iihf-world-junior-summer-showcase-schedule/c-290553122   https://www.nhl.com/news/world-junior-summer-showcase-preview/c-290490506

·         Coach John Tortorella signed a one-year contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets through the 2018-19 season on July 31.  Tortorella, who was entering the final season of a three-year contract, is 84-57-16 since replacing Todd Richards on Oct. 21, 2015. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year for a second time after the Blue Jackets went 50-24-8 (108 points) last season, the best in their 17-year history.

·         The Dallas Stars will mark their 25th anniversary this season. Hosting the 2018 NHL Draft certainly will be a nice finish to that year-long celebration.  Dallas was awarded the draft, which will be held June 22 and 23 at American Airlines Center, on Saturday. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said their work building a hockey community was a catalyst for that decision.

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

·         KHL is the first league to begin the 2017-2018 Season!

·         Steve:

·         Wayne:

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve:

·         Wayne:  https://www.nhl.com/news/ryan-russell-steve-campbell-on-the-bench-short-shifts/c-290737360   USA Hockey registration!!!

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Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next scheduled stream:

On or around Wed., 9/6

 

Topics for Next Show:

  • Free Agency update
  • Other news

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

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 2 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the player transactions that have been going on since we last recorded.  Free Agency and Player Signings are the big part of the news this time of year, every team is working hard to fill all of their vacant roster spots.  We also have ownership news coming out of our local team, the Carolina Hurricanes We’ll have the details of all this and more, coming up next.


THN Season 2, Episode 2 (Episode 47) Show Notes 7/6-7/26

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.

 

Opening Tease:

  • Free Agency
  • Not much else going on!

 

Break:

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

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

Twitch:  https://www.twitch.tv/thisoldnoob

 

Upcoming stream schedule:

  • July 26, Aug 16, Aug 30 (back to weekly).
  • May be periodic solo “shows” if events warrant.
  • I am trying to tweet big news stories and quick commentary, so if you want timely updates, please follow me.
  • I am also planning on putting out more regular content (short videos in addition to the video version of the podcast) via our Youtube channel

 

Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Headlines

  • Dog Days of Summer!
  • Free Agency
  • More trades and Transactions.
  • Stanley Cup making rounds in Pittsburgh organization
  • Development camps wrap up. Next up:  Rookie Tournaments
  • Stay tuned to end of the show for details on a Fantasy Hockey League I am starting this fall (if you are in to that)
  • Hurricanes may have a new owner?

 

 

NHL Transactions:

 

 

Other Interesting Stories:

·          Brian Campbell could have tried to continue his NHL career, but it wouldn’t have been with the Chicago Blackhawks.  So rather than seek a new contract with another team, the 38-year-old defenseman decided to retire after 17 NHL seasons. He is joining the Blackhawks front office as special adviser of business and hockey operations and will work in marketing, community relations and with their youth hockey initiatives.  Campbell had 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 80 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. He signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on July 1, 2016 and was an unrestricted free agent.  Campbell had 504 points (87 goals, 417 assists) in 1,082 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. He was the Sabres’ sixth-round pick (No. 156) in the 1997 NHL Draft.  He helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2010 and won the Lady Byng Trophy in 2012, when he had six penalty minutes in 82 games with the Panthers.

·         https://www.nhl.com/news/sidney-crosby-sister-st-cloud-state-bio-short-shifts/c-290406530

·         https://www.nhl.com/news/johnny-gaudreau-jack-eichel-play-charity-game-in-boston/c-290404498

·         Defenseman Andrew Ference announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday after 16 seasons.  He didn’t play last season because of a hip injury that had limited him to six games with the Edmonton Oilers in 2015-16.  Ference, 38, had 225 points (43 goals, 182 assists) in 907 games with the Oilers, Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins. He helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011 and reached the Final with the Flames in 2004. He was captain of the Oilers from 2013-15 and won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2014, an award given to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.  Ference helped Portland of the Western Hockey League win the Memorial Cup in 1998 and played for Canada at the 1999 IIHF World Junior Championship. He was an eighth-round pick (No. 208) by the Penguins at the 1997 NHL Draft.

·         Canes have an offer on the table for the team.  (1 PM on 7/13): https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-13/greenberg-is-said-to-near-500-million-deal-for-nhl-s-hurricanes   local: http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/nhl/carolina-hurricanes/article161194563.html  Greenberg in Raleigh this week:  http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/nhl/carolina-hurricanes/article163386973.html

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve: Kris Letang

·         Wayne:  My visit to NHL store & My time at Canes development camp.

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Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next scheduled stream:

On or around Wed., 8/16

 

Topics for Next Show:

  • Free Agency update
  • Other news

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

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 1 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the player transactions that have been going on since we last recorded.  Free Agency opened on July 1, and almost every team got at least one or more new players.  We’ll have the details.  Also, there have been a lot of trades that have taken place over the past couple week.  There is a lot to talk about, so lets get started!


 

THN Season 2, Episode 1 (Episode 46) 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.

 

Opening Headlines:

  • Expansion Draft!
  • NHL Awards!
  • NHL Entry Draft!
  • Trades, Trades, Trades!
  • HOF Nominees Named
  • Qualifying offers sent to RFAs on Monday by 5 pm
  • Development camps coming up in the next couple weeks
  • Looking ahead to Free Agency

 

Break:

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

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

Twitch:  https://www.twitch.tv/thisoldnoob

 

Upcoming stream schedule:

  • July 26, Aug 16, Aug 30 (back to weekly).
  • May be periodic solo “shows” if events warrant.
  • I am trying to tweet big news stories and quick commentary, so if you want timely updates, please follow me.
  • I am also planning on putting out more regular content (short videos in addition to the video version of the podcast) via our Youtube channel

 

Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Headlines

 

 

NHL Transactions: 

 

 

 

Free Agent:

Winners:

  • Hurricanes, Stars, Red Wings, Panthers, Kings, Predators, Devils, Rangers, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Jets

Losers:

  • Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Canadiens, Penguins, Sharks, Capitals

Standing Pat:

  • Ducks, Coyotes, Bruins, Sabres, Flames, Avalanche, Oilers, Wild, Islanders (no moves?), Senators, Flyers, Blues, Lightning, Golden Knights

 

 

 

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

·         Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat were among 30 players to file for salary arbitration, the NHL Players’ Association said Wednesday. https://www.nhl.com/news/30-nhl-players-file-for-salary-arbitration/c-290306750

·         Ilya Kovalchuk will not play this season in the NHL and instead remain in the Kontinental Hockey League, his agent said Tuesday.  The forward reportedly wanted to return to the NHL. The New Jersey Devils hold his rights, so to do so Kovalchuk would have had to sign and play with New Jersey, or sign and then be traded to another team.  The New York Post said, “In end, it was Kovalchuk’s decision to return after [the Devils] made attempts to make trades. Just did not work out.”  Devils general manager Ray Shero said Saturday he would not trade Kovalchuk “for pennies on the dollar,” but was willing to make a fair deal.  “I don’t want to be an impediment for him getting back in the League,” Shero told Northjersey.com. “My intent is not to keep him out of the League.”  Agent Jay Grossman confirmed Kovalchuk will play this season in the KHL. By waiting until next season to possibly play in the NHL, Kovalchuk, who turns 35 on April 15, 2018, will become an unrestricted free agent able to sign with any team.  Kovalchuk voluntarily retired from the NHL on July 11, 2013, with 12 years and $77 million remaining on a 15-year, $100 million contract he signed with New Jersey on Sept. 3, 2010. He signed a four-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL in his native Russia on July 15, 2013.  When Kovalchuk left the NHL, his contract was terminated and he was placed on the voluntary retirement list. That allowed the Devils to maintain his NHL rights until he turns 35. Prior to then, if Kovalchuk wanted to sign with another team he would have needed approval from all 31 NHL teams.  Kovalchuk, selected by the Atlanta Thrashers with the No. 1 pick of the 2001 NHL Draft, had 816 points (417 goals, 399 assists) in 816 games with the Thrashers and Devils.

·         Passing of Dave Semenko: Dave Semenko, a two-time Stanley Cup winner and linemate of Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers, died Thursday of pancreatic cancer. He was 59.  “It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Oilers legend Dave Semenko after a short, but courageous battle with cancer,” the Oilers said in a statement. “Dave will be remembered as a fierce competitor, loyal teammate, fan favorite and dear friend to so many. His legendary toughness on the ice is surpassed only by his kindness and caring for others, and his equally legendary wit and sense of humor. Our hearts go out to Dave’s family and many friends.”  Kevin Lowe, vice chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, said the banners hanging in Rogers Place honoring Edmonton’s all-time greats were indicative of Semenko’s influence and guidance.  Semenko, a Winnipeg native, joined the Oilers for the 1977-78 World Hockey Association season. He scored the last goal in the history of the WHA, in a 7-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in Game 6 of the Avco Cup Final, and then moved with the Oilers to the NHL for 1979-80, playing with Edmonton until he was traded to the Hartford Whalers on Dec. 12, 1986.  “One of the first Oilers I met in 1978, I didn’t know at the time the impact he would have in my life and my career,” Gretzky said in a statement. “He was the toughest player I knew and yet the biggest teddy bear you would ever know. A beloved Oiler that will be missed dearly because of his kind heart and funny sense of humor. He made us all better people.”  “The news of Dave passing this morning literally took my breath away,” Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Messier said in a statement. “I loved [Semenko] like we all did. He was a great teammate, a loyal friend, a loving father and a worthy champion.”  The Oilers said Semenko was first diagnosed with cancer three to four weeks ago, after he called former Oilers head medical trainer Kenny Lowe, the brother of Kevin.   “I guess he had not been well for a couple of weeks,” Kevin Lowe said. “There was no record of any of his recent health, because he hadn’t been to a doctor in 15 years because I guess he had been the picture of health.  “The prognosis had been not great, but it felt treatable at the time, and it was just a rapid descent.” “I’m devastated,” Lowe said. “He loved what he did, this was the first year he wasn’t scouting but was an ambassador. He was the first-ever Oilers ambassador. We had so many comments from our customers and our employees of how fortunate they were to be able to work with him.  “And he was so happy, so happy of not traveling and he was really happy with the new building, the team and what he was doing, and he was really looking forward to the coming years. I’m shocked that this all went down so quick, and I’m going to really miss him.”   https://www.nhl.com/news/dave-semenko-dies-at-59/c-290217226

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Picks of the week:

  • Steve:

·         Wayne:  11-day hockey game sets world record and raises over $1 million to fight cancer.  https://www.si.com/nhl/2017/07/03/longest-hockey-game-ever-world-record-buffalo

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Honorable mention:  https://www.nhl.com/news/hockey-hall-of-famer-mark-messier-receives-order-of-canada/c-290240810 https://www.nhl.com/news/sharks-joe-thornton-brent-burns-on-cover-of-espn-the-magazine/c-290239874

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next scheduled stream:

On or around Wed., 7/26

 

Topics for Next Show:

  • Free Agency update
  • Grading the teams on their comprehensive off season moves

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

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 1, Episode 45 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the player transactions that have been going on over the past couple weeks.  Between the expansion draft in Vegas, the Entry Draft in Chicago, and all of the trades that went on surrounding them, plus the NHL Awards and some HOF announcements, there is a lot to talk about, so lets get started!

 

 

 

THN Episode 45 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 NHL.com, NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.

 

Opening Headlines:

  • Expansion Draft!
  • NHL Awards!
  • NHL Entry Draft!
  • Trades, Trades, Trades!
  • HOF Nominees Named
  • Qualifying offers sent to RFAs on Monday by 5 pm
  • Development camps coming up in the next couple weeks
  • Looking ahead to Free Agency

 

Break:

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

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

How to get in touch with us:

Twitch:  https://www.twitch.tv/thisoldnoob

 

Upcoming stream schedule:

  • July 5, July 26, Aug 16, Aug 30 (back to weekly).
  • May be periodic solo “shows” if events warrant.
  • I am trying to tweet big news stories and quick commentary, so if you want timely updates, please follow.
  • I am also planning on putting out more regular content (short videos in addition to the video version of the podcast) via our Youtube channel

 

Final Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

Headlines

 

NHL Awards Results:

  • Hart: Connor McDavid
  • Norris: Brent Burns
  • Calder: Auston Matthews
  • Vezina: Sergei Bobrovsky
  • Ted Lindsay Award: Connor McDavid
  • Jack Adams: John Tortorella
  • Selke: Patrice Bergeron
  • Lady Byng: Johnny Gaudreau
  • Art Ross: Connor McDavid
  • Bill Masterton (dedication to hockey): Craig Anderson
  • Rocket Richard: Sidney Crosby
  • William Jennings: Braden Holtby
  • Mark Messier Leadership Award: Nick Foligno
  • GM of the Year: David Poile
  • Foundation Player Award (core Values of Hockey): Travis Hamonic
  • King Clancy Trophy(Humanitarian efforts): Nick Foligno
  • Special Presentation to Bryan Bickell and Denna Laing

 

NHL Expansion Draft:

 

NHL Transactions: 

 

NHL Entry Draft:

Hall of Fame Inductees (11/13):

  • Clare Drake (Builder): Clare Drake was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builder’s category Monday, and you could practically hear the entire hockey coaching fraternity cheering.  Drake, 88, was coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears for 28 years before leaving the school in 1989, winning six University Cup championships and, perhaps more importantly, influencing hockey coaches around the world with his innovative tactics and teaching techniques. He also coached the Edmonton Oilers during the 1975-76 World Hockey Association season and was a Winnipeg Jets assistant in 1989-90.  Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz, Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock and Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock are among those who consider Drake a mentor and a huge influence on their own coaching style.
  • Jeremy Jacobs (Builder): Longtime Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder, it was announced Monday. Jacobs, the Bruins owner since 1975, has been chairman of the NHL Board of Governors since 2007.   Jacobs oversaw the Bruins’ return to the heights of the NHL when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011 by defeating the Vancouver Canucks, becoming champions for the first time since 1972.  “This was a total surprise,” Jacobs said. “I’m humbled and very appreciative.”  Under Jacobs, the Bruins have been a consistent presence in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. From 1967-68 through 1995-96, The Bruins made the playoffs 29 straight seasons from 1967-68 to 1995-96, with Jacobs serving as the owner for 21 of those seasons. In his 41 seasons of ownership, the Bruins have made the playoffs 34 times.
  • Danielle Goyette: Goyette won three Olympic medals — gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and 2006 Turin Olympics, and silver at the 1998 Nagano Olympics — and seven golds and one silver playing for Canada at the IIHF World Women’s Championship.
  • Teemu Selanne: Selanne, who set an NHL rookie record with 76 goals for the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93 and scored 684 times in 21 NHL seasons, was elected in his first year of eligibility. He broke the previous record of 53 set by Hall of Fame forward Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders in 1977-78, and his 132 points also are a record for an NHL rookie. Neither record has been approached.
  • Dave Andreychuk: Andreychuk, who was captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning when they won their only Stanley Cup championship in 2004, had been the only retired player with at least 600 goals (640) not in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was elected in his ninth year of eligibility.
  • Mark Recchi: Recchi, a Stanley Cup winner with three teams during his 22-season NHL career and the 12th-highest scorer in League history (1,533 points), was elected after waiting four years. He was the only retired player to score more than 500 goals (577) and finish his career with more than 1,500 points (1,533) not in the Hall.
  • Paul Kariya: Kariya was a three-time member of the NHL First All-Star Team who finished his NHL career as a point-per-game player with 989 (402 goals, 587 assists) in 989 games with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. He was captain of the Ducks from 1996-97 through 2002-03 and helped them advance to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the New Jersey Devils in seven games. He also helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.  Kariya and Selanne played together with the Ducks from 1996-2001 and with the Avlanche in 2003-04.  “Teemu, if I didn’t get the opportunity to play with him, I wouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame,” Kariya said.  Of playing with Kariya, Selanne said, “I played my best years with Paul, and chemistry was magic every night. I learned so much from him as a player and as a human being. It’s a great honor to share this honor with Paul.”

 

 

Free Agency

 

NHL Debuts:

 

Other Interesting Stories:

·         2017-2018 NHL Schedule Released: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-schedule-for-regular-season/c-290045466 Local highlights:

·         Home opener vs Min on 10/7, last home game on 4/7 vs TBL

  • Home Vs NYR: 11/22, 3/31
  • Home Vs Bos: 3/11
  • Other notable home games: ANA 10/29, NSH 11/26, PIT 12/29, WSH 1/2 & 1/12, VGK 1/21, PIT 2/23,  EDM 3/20
  • Bye week: 1/15-1/19
  • Anyone want to split Seas tix?

·         The New York Rangers are expected to hire former Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff as an assistant, the New York Post reported on Saturday.  Ruff would replace Jeff Beukeboom, who’s expected to move to a scouting role on coach Alain Vigneault’s staff. Ruff, 57, was fired by the Stars on April 9 after they failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs one season after finishing with the best record in the Western Conference. In four seasons with Dallas, he was 165-122-41 and has a career coaching record of 736-554-78-125 in 1,493 games with the Stars and Buffalo Sabres.  His 736 wins are fifth in NHL history behind Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville, Al Arbour and Ken Hitchcock, who succeeded him in Dallas.

·          Skipped NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced on Friday that the League and the NHL Players’ Association will sponsor feasibility studies to explore establishing future NCAA Division I college hockey programs on campuses across the United States.  The announcement was made during a press conference prior to the start of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center.   The NHL and NHLPA have agreed in this endeavor to commit funds through the industry growth fund, which is financing the initiative.   The University of Illinois will be the first to participate in the study.  “This initiative demonstrates the NHL’s support of the growth of men’s and women’s college hockey at the Division I level and we’re looking to incentivize and raise awareness to schools that may be interested in getting a Division I hockey program,” Commissioner Bettman said. “By expanding our footprint of hockey at all levels for elite programs we can inspire new players and parents to join the hockey family.  “By working to expand the number of programs, we hope to grow the game at all levels and increase participation.”  Commissioner Bettman was joined by NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider; USA Hockey Executive Director Pat Kelleher; University of Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman; President/CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks John McDonough; Buffalo Sabres Owner and Alumnus/Patron of Penn State University Terry Pegula.  Penn State added a Division I program for men and women in 2012-13, and the men’s program was ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation during 2016-17.   The University of Illinois had a successful club hockey program that finished No. 13 in ACHA Division I last season while playing in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League. Illinois is part of the Big Ten, which began sponsoring hockey when Penn State elevated its program.  “The number of players who have played college hockey and played in the NHL is growing,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. “There are a number of development paths to the NHL and college is becoming a much more prominent way to get here. We’re focused on the development leagues below college hockey as well in terms of strengthening them.”  According to collegehockeyinc.com, 32 percent of all NHL players have played college hockey at some point. There were 15 players on the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins who played college hockey.  Kevin Westgarth, NHL Vice President of Business Development & International Affairs, is proud of the effort made to expand hockey into more Division I colleges.  “It would be amazing to see a UCLA-USC game before a Los Angeles Kings-Anaheim Ducks game,” Westgarth said. “There’s certainly some big dreamers involved in this. I think the goal really is with the raising of awareness and the NHL connection and being able to use our platform to be able to announce this and explore what the cost would be at a variety of schools.

·         Dave Tippett has agreed to leave as coach of the Arizona Coyotes, it was announced Thursday.  “After some thoughtful discussions with [owner Andy Barroway], we both agreed that it was best for me to move on,” Tippett said in a statement issued by the team. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Coyotes and wish Andy and the entire organization all the best in the future.”  Tippett, 55, was 282-257-83 in eight seasons as Coyotes coach. He had the second-longest tenure with one team among NHL coaches behind Joel Quenneville, who was hired by the Chicago Blackhawks four games into the 2008-09 season, but Arizona had failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past five seasons.  “On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to sincerely thank Tip for all of his hard work and the many contributions he made to our organization,” Barroway said in the statement. “Tip is a man of high character and we are very grateful for his leadership during his tenure as our head coach.”  The announcement came five days after the Coyotes traded goaltender Mike Smith to the Calgary Flames and three days after they announced their decision to not offer a contract to longtime captain Shane Doan.  Barroway, who reportedly bought out minority owners to take full control of the Coyotes earlier this month, said there were philosophical differences with Tippett on how to build the team.  “Therefore, we mutually agreed that it is in everyone’s best interest to have a coaching change in order to move our franchise forward,” he said.  Tippett agreed to a structured buyout, the Coyotes said. On May 5, 2016, he signed a five-year contract that replaced his former agreement and also was given the title of executive vice president of hockey operations. Those moves coincided with Chayka being promoted to GM.  Tippett won the Jack Adams Award as best coach in the NHL in 2009-10, his first season in Arizona. He guided the Coyotes to the playoffs each of his first three seasons, getting as far as the Western Conference Final, in 2012.

·         New Jerseys:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-jerseys-by-adidas-unveiled-for-2017-18-season/c-290020400

·         NHL All-Stars:  https://www.nhl.com/blackhawks/news/kane-keith-panarin-named-to-2016-17-nhl-all-star-teams/c-290054912

·         NHL All Rookie Team:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-announces-2016-17-all-rookie-team/c-290053502

·         Future expansion?  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-not-considering-further-expansion-at-this-time/c-290043516

·         Development camps happening over the next couple weeks…

·         Hossa:  https://www.nhl.com/news/marian-hossa-unable-to-play-in-2017-18-season/c-290030030

 

 

 

Picks of the week:

  • Steve:

·         Wayne:

 

Honorable mention:

 

 

Listener Feedback

 

 

Close the show

 

Next scheduled stream:

Wed., 7/5 6:30 PM

 

Topics for Next Week:

  • Free Agency!!!!

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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:

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

Additionally, we are looking at ways to directly support us through a donation program.  For now, if you would like to donate, go to thehockeynuts.com/donate and you will redirected to paypal.

Finally, if you can’t support us financially through one of the programs we just mentioned, you can support us through the following:

  • Share our show with other hockey fans you know.
  • If you have the itunes app on your computer or device, subcribe to our show there. It will help us rise up the rankings.
  • Speaking of itunes, we also encourage you to give us a review on itunes, as it will also help us get noticed more there.
  • Like, comment, and share our content wherever you see us on various social media pages.
  • Get involved with the show! We are just a couple hockey fans, and we love interacting with the audience.
  • Finally, we are looking for guest hosts to come on from time to time. If you feel you can provide more insight on your favorite team or league than we are, let us know!  All you would need to join the show is a computer and Skype.

 

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Twitch:  https://www.twitch.tv/thisoldnoob

 

 

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/

 

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