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Puck Daddy Power Rankings: The Ovechkin problem, Eric Staal, James Reimer (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 30 July 2014

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Wings Tab Hiller, Brewer As Assistants

Posted on 30 July 2014

With Mike Babcock’s track record of mentoring his assistant coaches to future success within the hockey community, it’s no surprise coaching vacancies on the Red Wings bench have become extremely coveted positions. DETROIT – And on Wednesday, ... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Dallas Stars, Pacific

Blue Jackets sign D’Amigo, Tyrell to 2-way deals (The Associated Press)

Posted on 30 July 2014

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forwards Jerry D'Amigo and Dana Tyrell to one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contracts. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Buffalo Sabres, Northeast

Sabres owner bids over $1 billion for NFL’s Buffalo Bills (Report) (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 30 July 2014

Terry Pegula has gobs of money. Obscene amounts. So when he purchased the Buffalo Sabres in 2011, fans were excited for a future where big-name free agents could be lured with a nice salary. The plan hasn’t worked out that way just yet, as the franchise is currently in the middle of a rebuild. Meanwhile, the other major professional sports team in Buffalo, the Bills, have been stuck treading water since the end of the 1990s, otherwise known as their glory days. Franchise founder Ralph Wilson passed away in March and Pegula’s name has surfaced as the team searches for a new owner. According to the New York Post , Pegula has submitted a bid for the Bills that is over $1 billion . Yes, that’s billion with a “b.” $1.3 billion to be exact . Bids were due by 5 p.m. ET Tuesday.  From the AP : The Bills most recently were valued by Forbes at $870 million but are expected to sell for at least $1 billion, partly because NFL teams rarely go on the market. … Because the sale process is private, Morgan Stanley will not make names of would-be buyers public. The firm will review the initial non-binding bids and is expected within the next week to determine which groups may progress to the next stage of bidding. Morgan Stanley, the bank overseeing the sale on behalf of Wilson's estate, could have the franchise's new owner lined up by the end of August, in time for NFL owners to vote on approval at the league meetings in October. Pegula faces some competition for the franchise. Rock star Jon Bon Jovi, who’s partnering with Rogers, and Donald Trump are understood to have been a part of the first round of bidding. The Sabres owner  has previously expressed interest  in keeping the football team in Buffalo. If Pegula wants to curry even more favor with the residents of Buffalo, he should just follow Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Bill Andre Reed's lead  in denouncing the competition. - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, New York Islanders

Shahanan remodels Leafs; Marchand hates Plekanec; Subban homecoming? (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 30 July 2014

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. RT @NYIslanders : #Isles training camp begins Sept. 18 @ochocinco : I'm also the back up goalie for the NY Islanders... pic.twitter.com/KWHGYdO2VQ — Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 30, 2014 • Chad Ochocinco may be in the Canadian Football League right now, but he's hoping to get back to America some way, somehow. His newest plan: backup goalie for the New York Islanders. It'll be an easy transition, since they already have a Chad Johnson in that role. • What hath the Brendan Shanahan era in Toronto wrought? No major changes to the core, but some serious adjustments to the team's depth, on and off the ice. [ Maple Leafs Hot Stove ] • The best players from every franchise in the NHL. What, no Jagr? [ ESPN ] • What do the fancy stats say about Jake Gardiner? He's really good. [ The Score ] • Alex Semin has gotten married in a secret ceremony. The whole thing is shrouded in mystery, but here's one scandalous detail: Alex Ovechkin wasn't there! Le gasp! [ RMNB ] • Dan Lacroix has joined the Montreal Canadiens coaching staff as an assistant. [ Canadiens ] • We've already talked about Steven Stamkos potentially being Leafbron , and going to play in his hometown, but what about P.K. Subban? He certainly doesn't throw any water on the question. Here comes the speculation! All hail Subbron! [ National Post ] • Paul Stewart on how an NHL official can command respect. [ Huffington Post ] • The Kings have signed Dwight King to a three-year extension worth $5.85 million. [ LA Kings Insider ] • What's the greatest hockey game you've ever witnessed? [ The Hockey Writers ] • Contract negotiations between Mike Babcock and the Detroit Red Wings are on hold. I'm skeptical they're going to go anywhere, either. [ MLive ] • Trevor Linden on Vancouver radio: "I'm not sure that the intended use of fighting - which is to protect our stars - actually works." [ Canucks Army ] • I love Joe Pelletier's hockey history. Here's some stuff on the NHL during World War II, when "errant pucks shot into the crowd at games had to be returned because of a rubber shortage." [ Greatest Hockey Legends ] • The Champions Hockey League has secured a three-year broadcasting deal with One World Sports in the U.S. [ CHL ] • Nail Yakupov talks about the upcoming season, which is terribly important for his NHL career. [ Oilers Nation ] • How bad is John Scott going to be for the Sharks? I love that this is the title of this post. [ Fear the Fin ] • Brad Marchand talks about his hatred for Tomas Plekanec. “I can’t stand him. No, I probably shouldn’t say that. I dislike him very much," he says. It's the turtleneck, I'll bet. [ CSNNE ] • And finally, here's video of Marchand saying exactly that: Continue Reading

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Kings sign LW King to 3-year deal (The SportsXchange)

Posted on 30 July 2014

The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms on a new three-year contract with restricted free agent left winger Dwight King, the team announced Wednesday. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Boston Bruins, Northeast

Former Boston Bruin Jon Rohloff leads another class-action lawsuit against NHL (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 30 July 2014

Another day, another class-action lawsuit against the NHL claiming the league took insufficient action to reduce brain injuries caused by concussions. The difference? This third one , as it stands, features just one plaintiff. The man behind it is Jon Rohloff, known to most twenty-something hocey fans as the guy you'd get multiples of in hockey card packs in the '90s. Rohloff played 150 games for the Boston Bruins between 1994 and 1997, and according to the suit, "he suffered multiple head traumas during his NHL career that were improperly diagnosed and treated by the NHL. Mr. Rohloff was never warned by the NHL of the negative health effects of head trauma." To that end, the suit alleges the following, via the New York Times :  "Former NHL players are uniting to send one resounding message: they signed up to play hockey knowing that they might get injured and dinged, but they did not sign up for brain damage.” Over the course of an NHL season, a player sustains hundreds of hits to the head. These concussive and sub-concussive impacts, when multiplied over the course of an NHL career, result in impaired brain function or deadly brain disease." Speaking to the NHL's complacency over concussive hits, the lawsuit speaks about the enforcer culture in hockey, pointing out, "there are even specific players on NHL rosters, often called 'enforcers' or 'goons,' whose sole role is to fist fight and otherwise physically intimidate other players on the ice."  "By allowing players to punch each other in the face and head repeatedly, and then return to play almost immediately," the suit claims, "the NHL continues to send the message that suffering a blow to the head is not a serious injury." Rohloff would know about fighting. He dropped the gloves eight times in his career, the last of which was an April 5, 1997 bout with Rob Neidermeyer. Last year, Rohloff popped up at a Duluth, Minnesota screening of NHL fighting documentary The Last Gladiators , speaking about the evolving enforcer role.  The lawsuit is seeking medical monitoring, injunctive relief, and financial compensation related to Rohloff's chronic injuries, medical costs, financial losses, and intangible losses suffered as a result of the NHL’s misconduct. It's also, on a cursory glance, not riddled with insanity and errors like the last one . That alone might be enough for Rohloff to be joined by a few more ex-NHLers.  Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Los Angeles Kings, Pacific

Playoff Moments: #5 OC Down

Posted on 30 July 2014

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday LAKings.com will countdown the Top 15 moments from the LA Kings improbable run to their 2nd Stanley Cup Championship. They didn’t leave any doubts, that’s for sure. The first-ever playoff series between ... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Montreal Canadiens, Northeast

Back in the fold

Posted on 30 July 2014

MONTREAL – Dan Lacroix helped the New York Rangers send the Canadiens packing eight weeks ago. Now, he’ll be doing everything in his power to see that nothing stands in the Habs' way. On Wednesday, the 45-year-old Montreal native joined the Canadiens as an assistant coach, filling the vacancy on Michel Therrien’s coaching staff after Gerard Gallant was hired as the Florida Panthers’ new bench boss back on June 21. Lacroix, who has worked as an assistant coach in the NHL for seven of the past eight seasons, including the 2013-14 campaign with the Stanley Cup finalist Rangers, is excited to begin the next chapter of his already extensive coaching career in a city he’s delighted to call his new hockey home. “I’m very proud. It’s a great opportunity to work for an organization that I grew up admiring and respecting. I had a brief stint with the team [back in 2009-10 with the Hamilton Bulldogs]. I’ve got a lot of good memories from that experience,” offered Lacroix, who spoke to members of the media via a conference call from the Eastern Townships on Wednesday afternoon. “I’m very happy to be able to come back to work with the team. I’m a little bit closer to home. It’s a little bit like a dream.” Noting that he thoroughly enjoyed working with the likes of Rangers general manager Glen Sather and head coach Alain Vigneault in the Big Apple last season, Lacroix was adamant that the decision to leave New York with several years remaining on his contract took into account a multitude of important factors. “When I signed with New York, Alain and I talked about the position, about me being the third assistant and I’d be working from the press box. He knew that I was looking for a job behind the bench. We talked about me moving behind the bench if an opportunity presented itself,” confided Lacroix, who previously worked as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders (2006-09) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (2010-13). “This is a good opportunity for me to get behind the bench again. I was always looking to improve my situation. I wanted to work behind the bench and get a little bit closer to the action. That’s the role that I prefer. “Personally, there were also family considerations involved,” added Lacroix, who began his coaching career with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats as an assistant coach back in 2002-03 after his lengthy playing career – which included 188 regular season games in the NHL between 1993 and 2000 – came to an end in 2001-02. “It’s a step closer to home, closer to my family. I’ve got a lot of family in Ottawa. I’ve got a lot of family near Montreal. I needed the support of my wife, Manon, and my kids, Daphne and Cedric, and I had that.” Familial support aside, what should make Lacroix’s transition to Montreal even easier is the fact that he’s already familiar with several members of the Canadiens’ coaching staff, including J.J. Daigneault, Clement Jodoin and Stephane Waite. He also coached the likes of P.K. Subban, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty at the AHL level, helping to guide the Bulldogs to a berth in the Conference Finals five years ago. “To have a chance to join a team like this and a staff like this is great,” offered Lacroix, who stressed the importance of establishing good lines of communication with Canadiens players once he meets with his troops in several weeks’ time. “It’s just a step up. It’s an opportunity to work for a great organization and an opportunity to work with great people. It’s an opportunity to get back behind the bench, get closer to the action and have a bigger role on a day-to-day basis.” Needless to say, he can’t wait to get started. Matt Cudzinowski is a writer for canadiens.com. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Los Angeles Kings, Pacific

Kings and Dwight King agree to terms on a new three-year contract

Posted on 30 July 2014

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings – the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions – have agreed to terms on a new three-year contract with restricted free agent left wing Dwight King, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. The 25-ye... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Florida Panthers, Southeast

Canadiens add 2 to coaching staff (The Associated Press)

Posted on 30 July 2014

The Montreal Canadiens hired Dan Lacroix as assistant coach and Rob Ramage as player development coach on Wednesday. Lacroix replaces Gerard Gallant, who left to become head coach of the Florida Panthers. Lacroix worked as an assistant coach in the N... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Atlantic, New Jersey Devils

Jets sign F Halischuk (The SportsXchange)

Posted on 30 July 2014

The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with forward Matt Halischuk on a one-year, two-way contract worth $725,000, the team announced Wednesday. Continue Reading

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