- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent defenseman Matt Dumba agreed to a two-year contract worth a total of $5.1 million.
This gives the 22-year-old Dumba a $2.55 million salary cap hit over the next two seasons.
With Dumba’s signing the Wild have all their core blue liners locked up through at least the next two years. This includes Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella.
Last season was Dumba’s first full year in the NHL. He finished with 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games played. Dumba also averaged 16:50 of ice-time per-game.
He held a 47.56 score and venue adjusted 5-on-5 CF% and his 5-on-5 CF% Rel was a minus-0.71.
Earlier in the summer the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that a bridge deal was the likeliest scenario between Dumba and the Wild. Dumba’s name has also been mentioned in rumors involving Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during the summer.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Bobby Hull is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He played 411 games with the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association, scoring 303 goals and lending that league instant credibility. He led the team to two championships as a member of The Hot Line, with Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson.
All three will be inducted into the new Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame this year. But it’s Hull’s honor that has caught the ire of some hockey fans and that of Colin Fast, a columnist for Metro Winnipeg. Because for all of his exploits on the ice, history also remembers Bobby Hull’s documented incidents of domestic violence.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to a six-year contract with 23-year-old restricted free agent defenseman Connor Murphy.
Per a source, the deal is for an average annual value of $3.85 million, which comes to $23.1 million over the life of the contract. Murphy had just finished his three-year entry-level deal.
“We are extremely pleased to sign Connor to a long-term contract,” said Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka in a statement released by the team. “At only 23, Connor has established himself as a very good NHL defenseman. He’s a great skater, a fierce competitor and he has an excellent work ethic. We look forward to him taking the next step and having him on our blue line for many years to come.”
The young blue liner just finished his second full season in the NHL where he scored six goals and notched 17 points in 78 games played. He averaged 20:30 of ice-time last season as he took a big step forward from the 16:48 per-game he averaged the previous season.
This ranked third on the Coyotes overall.
Murphy held a 46.4, 5-on-5 score and venue adjusted CF% and a plus-0.28 score and venue adjusted 5-on-5 CF% Rel.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
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• Vin Scully and Bob Miller – two Los Angeles area broadcasting legends at a recent Los Angeles Dodgers game. Miller made a special trip to Chavez Ravine to congratulate Scully on 67 years with the Dodgers. [LA Kings PR]
• The Detroit Red Wings gave too many years and too much money to defenseman Danny DeKeyser. The young blue liner signed a six-year, $30 million extension with Detroit last Tuesday. [TSN]
• After some recent moves, the Detroit Red Wings have managed themselves into salary cap trouble. Is there a quick fix to get them out of it? [The Hockey News]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters (beginning at the 28:00 mark) and NHL free-agent forward Sam Gagner joined the Marek Vs. Wyshynski podcast this week, as Peters discussed the team and his new contract.
We also asked him if he already had plans for Teuvo Teravainen, the potentially brilliant young forward that was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks along with Bryan Bickell in a salary dump this summer.
Peters said he sees Teravainen skating with Sebastian Aho, a Finnish rookie, and Elias Lindholm, who had 39 points in 82 games last season.
“I know exactly where I see Teravainen slotting in. I have Aho, Lindholm and Teravainen,” said Peters. “Now, where they go, I don’t know. Lindy played a little center for us last year, at the end of the year, and was very good. Teravainen was very successful in Chicago playing the off-wing, as a right winger. He also has some ability to play center. I think that’s going to be a line. That way, one guy can take faceoffs on the right side in the ‘D’ zone and the other guy can take faceoffs on the left side in the ‘D’ zone and all three are responsible defensively.
“Not that I’ve given that line any thought,” he said.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Last week in this space, we discussed whether the Vancouver Canucks would be able to trade for a scoring winger. Given the team’s need and its inexplicable pursuit of “playoffs at all costs,” it seemed quite likely that they’d be motivated.
At the time, though, the idea that Evander Kane would be the target was a little farfetched. It at least seemed like better options — or at least less controversial ones — would be readily available from places like Detroit.
However, the past several days seem to have changed all that.
Kane was arrested late last week for allegedly harassing three women, and potentially choking and pulling the hair of one of them. He has been charged with only one count of criminal trespass (for refusing to leave a bar) and four of non-criminal harassment. These are basically minor charges, but the court documents ain’t pretty.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The Minnesota Wild may change their longtime goal song to a piece made by an iconic local musician.
For Game 6 of the first-round of last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Wild made the switch to honor Minneapolis born Prince, who had died days before the game.
The Wild also celebrated the life of Prince before the game and offered several other tributes.
That game the song blared through Xcel Energy Center during every home goal as the Wild clawed back from a 4-0 deficit to eventually lose 5-4.
Overall it seemed to fit well with the building energy and put the crowd into a heightened state of celebration. You can even hear some fans singing the lyrics in this video.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
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6. Ken Holland
What do you suppose goes on in Detroit these days?
I’ve long said that the hardest part of Ken Holland’s job was always walking down the hall and asking Nick Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg, “What do you want to get paid next year?” That was all he had to do to appear successful for a period of about a decade. But then Lidstrom retired and the team took a small step back, but continued to lose ground as a truly competitive team each year since.
Lidstrom retired in 2012, and here are the Red Wings’ playoff runs since then: 14 games (lost to eventual Cup champs Chicago in second round), five games (lost to Boston in first round), seven games (lost to eventual Cup runners-up Tampa in first round), five games (lost to eventual Eastern Conference runners up Tampa in first round). Not great, but they’ve also had some tough outs three of four years.
Perhaps more worrisome, though, are the point totals: 56 in 48 (a pace for less than 96), 93, 100, and 93 again. Diminishing returns to be sure.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Having the Chicago Blackhawks enter your rookie free-agent courtship is like making time with a woman at a bar just as Leonardo DiCaprio and his posse roll up next to her. “Hey, can I buy you a drink and fly you to Ibiza and have you met my friend Spider-Man?”
This isn’t to say the Blackhawks are going to land NCAA wunderkind Jimmy Vesey when he can officially sign on Aug. 15, just that they’re on the short list and clearly in the hunt. GM Stan Bowman took in summer league games while Vesey skated in Foxboro.
From Scott Powers at The Athletic, speaking with agent Peter Donatelli:
“He really has no idea where he’s going to be,” Donatelli said. “It’s going to be up to the teams to sell him. … Yes, [we have criteria], but we’re interested in what the teams say rather than telling the teams what they have to say.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day ago
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• Defenseman Matt Carle signed a one year, $700,000 contract with the Nashville Predators. [The Tennessean]