- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The Arizona Coyotes made history on Wednesday in their announcement of three new hires to the coaching staff.
Along with naming former NHLer Mike Van Ryn as Development Coach and Steve Potvin as Skills Coach, the Coyotes also hired Dawn Braid as the franchise’s full-time Skating Coach.
Braid is now the first woman to be hired to coach full-time in NHL history.
“It’s something that I’ve wanted to see happen,” Braid said. “The fact that they respect what I do enough to name me as a full-time coach, or to name me as the first female coach in the NHL, I take a ton of pride in that. I’ve worked very hard for this opportunity. It’s been going on for years and I just look forward to going even further with it.”
Braid is no stranger to working with in the NHL. She was actually in a part-time role last season with Arizona and has previously consulted with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
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5. NHL 17
Over the past week or so the good folks at EA Sports have been sending out the list of the top-10 rankings at each position for the players in its upcoming NHL 17 game. And boy, they’re not good.
They say they work closely with an NHL scout to come up with these rankings, and I’m sure that’s true. But either the scout isn’t very good at what he does or the system they use to evaluate players doesn’t work right — or both — because the rankings they spit out are, frankly, baffling.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will replace Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Duncan Keith on Team Canada’s World Cup of Hockey roster.
The Blackhawks released a statement from team physician Michael Terry saying that Keith was still rehabbing a knee injury and the tournament could make him more susceptible to an injury.
“As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey. We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury.”
The 32-year-old Bouwmeester is a veteran of two Olympic Games for Team Canada and also played in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. In the 2014 Olympics, Bouwmeester notched one assist in six games played, helping Canada to a gold medal.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
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• Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin enjoys some quality time with the Stanley Cup.
• As many as six candidates had interviews for the Colorado Avalanche’s vacant head coaching position. [Denver Post]
• Jamie Benn is missing the World Cup of Hockey because he’s “100 percent committed to the (Dallas) Stars. That’s why we made the decision.” [Dallas Morning News]
• The NHL and NHL Players’ Association are weighing the pros and cons of returning to the Winter Olympics in 2018. [CP via Yahoo!]
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
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By: Mike Chen
1. SJ Sharkie’s Mid-Air Peril
The late 1990s were a weird time. People enjoyed listening to nu-metal, wearing overalls was fashionable, and rappelling from the rafters was a popular thing at live events. SJ Sharkie, team mascot extraordinaire, decided that he wanted to outdo fellow Californian Wild Wing’s “I’ll set myself on fire” disaster back in 1995, committed to his usual pre-game entrance ofdropping down from the rafters a la WCW’s Sting. But this time, something wasn’t quite right, and it had nothing to do with the fact thatNorm Maracle was starting for the visiting Detroit Red Wings.
Sharkie started his routine, girded his loins, and began his descent.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
The Dallas Stars have bolstered their forward group by signing Jiri Hudler to a one-year, $2 million deal as first reported by Sonny Sachdeva on Tuesday night.
Hudler, who will reunite with GM Jim Nill after their time in Detroit, posted 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers last season. Ten of those 46 points came via the power play, which means the Stars’ fourth-ranked power play just got even better.
“Jiri brings a combination of detail, discipline and skill,” said Nill. “He has a championship pedigree and adding him to our group of forwards solidifies our depth up front, giving our coaching staff a number of options and versatility.”
As Travis Yost of TSN detailed last month, Hudler isn’t just a winger who can score at even strength and chip in on the power play, he also makes his teammates better when they’re on the ice with him, even going back as far as 2010:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The Ottawa Senators and restricted free agent defenseman Cody Ceci have agreed to a two-year contract worth $5.6 million.
The deal will pay Ceci $2.25 million in 2016-17 and $3.35M in 2017-18 but carries a salary cap hit of $2.8 million per-year. He is coming off his three-year entry-level deal.
The 22-year-old Ceci established career highs last season with 10 goals and 26 points along with a plus-9 rating in 19:18 of play. The Senators used the 15th overall pick in the 2012 draft on the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Ceci. He also took part in the 2016 World Championships with Team Canada.
Ceci held a 43.6 score, venue and zone adjusted 5-on-5 CF% and a minus-4.67 score, venue and zone adjusted 5-on-5 CF% Rel.
The Ottawa Sun said general manager Pierre Dorion and Ceci’s camp were exploring a bridge deal or a long-term contract. Eventually the two agreed to the bridge deal.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The Minnesota Wild asked, and the fans responded.
Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” will be the new goal song for the Wild beginning with their Sept. 27 preseason game against the Colorado Avalanche.
This summer, the Wild sent an email to season ticket holders asking for their feedback about the potential change from Joe Satriani’s “Crowd Chant” to the classic Prince track.
“Our in-arena experience is designed for the fans, so it’s great to be able to show them we take their feedback to heart,” said John Maher, vice president of brand, content and communications for the Minnesota Wild. “At the same time, it’s our privilege to celebrate an iconic hometown artist that clearly has had an incredible impact on our community and the world.”
During the Wild’s first home playoff game following Prince’s death on April 21, the team used “Let’s Go Crazy” for the first time as its goal song and reaction was overwhelming, which let to them soliciting feedback for a possible permanent change.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
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— Max Talbot (@Max25talbot) August 23, 2016
• No more crying, Western Conference teams.
• Bob Boughner and Kevin Dineen are looking like the two favorites for the open head coaching job with the Colorado Avalanche. [Denver Post]
• A London Knights fan believes he was cheated out a game-worn Mitch Marner jersey by the team and is considering legal action. [Buzzing the Net]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Logan Couture will find himself in Toronto next month after he was named to Canada’s World Cup of Hockey roster replacing Jamie Benn.
Awesome Logan Couture quote about Sidney Crosby's faceoff cheating: "He's on my (World Cup) team now, so he can do it as much as he wants."
— Ryan Pyette (@RyanatLFPress) August 23, 2016
“We are excited to add Logan to Team Canada. He has developed into a top player in the NHL, and his versatility will benefit our group of forwards. In making this decision the management group consulted with our coaching staff and determined that Logan was the best fit to help fill the role that Jamie was projected to play on Team Canada,” said Team Canada GM Doug Armstrong.
“We want to thank Jamie for his dedication to an extensive rehab program in an attempt to play for Canada. Unfortunately, Jamie will not be available and we wish him a speedy recovery.”