Afternoon Line - Logan Couture
“The letter thing is I think overblown by people on the outside. Within this room, we’re confident going forward. If we have a captain, if we don’t have a captain, if someone else is the captain, we don’t really care. There’s enough leaders in here to do a good job.”
-Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks. Much more on the Sharks from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo.
Paying For Tickets In Chicago
from Jesse Lawrence at Forbes,
According to TiqIQ, the season average for Blackhawks tickets at the United Center is currently $262.32 on the secondary market. This marks an 12% increase from last year’s season average of $234.43. The significant increase in ticket price on the secondary market comes on the heels of the team’s Western Conference Final appearance last season, though the Blackhawks ultimately fell to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games. The Blackhawks won 46 g...
Video- Gary Bettman On Expansion
Gary Bettman and George Strompolos were at the Canadian Club of Toronto today and discussed numerous topics including expansion.
You can watch more videos on different topics today at Sportsnet's YouTube page.
Still A Standstill Between Ryan Johansen And The Blue Jackets
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Where it stood as of Monday morning: The Jackets still want their leading scorer back at around $3 million a season over two years. It’s been their stance for a long time when it comes to a two-year deal, and it’s believed Overhardt came down last Thursday from the $6 million plus a year he originally asked for to less than $5 million per year. Overhardt would not comment on that information but a source confirmed it to ESPN.com.
NHL Live Back For Another Season
Hockey is back and so is NHL Live, which kicks off another season Monday at 5 p.m. ET from the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City.
NHL training camps are under way, and Steve Mears and EJ Hradek will commence their daily season previews with a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger also joins the show with the latest news from around the League, including the status of unsigned restricted free agents.
Canada Is Glad Hockey Is Back
from Michael Babad of the Globe and Mail,
“The opening of National Hockey League training camps … will be welcomed by a range of Canadian businesses including stadiums, bars and clothing retailers,” associate economist Alexander Lowy said in a weekly report on Canada by Moody’s Analytics, a sister company to the well-known ratings agency.
“Canada’s favourite professional sport often has a measurable impact on economic activity,” he said, not...
Peter Karmanos Looking For An Investor With $420M For The Hurricanes
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
Peter Karmanos, one of the most venerable team owners in the NHL, is looking for someone to succeed him as owner of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Karmanos has hired New York investment bank Allen & Co. to help him find an investor who would be willing to commit "hundreds of millions of dollars into the team but let me control it," he told TSN.
Karmanos said he wants to partner with an investor who would buy out his interest in the team over time. Karmano...
Young Avalanche Players Learning From Patrick Roy
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
“Yeah, it was different (than he’d expected),” rookie of the year Nathan MacKinnon acknowledged.
“I didn’t realize how smart he’d be. I know he was passionate, very competitive, but he understands the game so well. Everything he does there’s a reason behind it,” MacKinnon told ESPN.com.
“He doesn’t just bark at guys. He’s always thinking. It’s only my second season but I’m s...
Season Outlook For The Philadelphia Flyers
from Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet,
Biggest story line to watch: Without Hartnell, the Flyers created a sizeable hole at the top of their forward group. Hartnell was a strong fit alongside centre Giroux and right winger Vorcaek on the first line, so Berube and the coaching staff must quickly find an adequate replacement. Early reports indicate Umberger could be a fit in that role, but he hardly provides the size and physicality that worked so well with the two scorers. Others in consideratio...
Peter Mueller On The Comeback Trail In St. Louis
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Mueller went to Switzerland last season, signing with Kloten, which he led in scoring 26 goals and 46 points in 49 games, ranking third in the Swiss league.
“You talk to anyone that puts the puck in the net, you get 20 goals anywhere, you’re feeling good,” Mueller said. “I haven’t felt that in a long time. So to put up points and be looked upon to put goals in the net, it’s obviously a great fe...
Morning Line - Rick Nash
“Coming back from the concussion, it was tough for me to feel comfortable on the physical side of it. You can say maybe I was a little ‘careful,’ but it wasn’t as much being ‘careful’ as just not being comfortable in certain situations.
“When you come back from a knee injury, you might not be immediately comfortable on cross-overs, or if you have a groin pull, you can’t shift on the edge to gain speed when you come back. You don’t feel...
No #13 For The Devils
from Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media,
No one has ever worn No. 13 for the Devils and that will continue this season despite the acquisition of a player who has worn that number his entire career.
Mike Cammalleri, signed to a 5-year, $25 million contract this summer, wore No. 13 for the Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings and did quite well with it on his back. But the left winger didn’t get it in New Jersey and didn’t ask for it.
“No. I just ...
Bobby Ryan Under Observation For Possible Concussion
from Don Brennan of the OTtawa Sun,
Top scoring right winger Bobby Ryan was held out of the last half of Sunday's red-white match after he had his "bell rung" in a collision with his centre, Kyle Turris.
Ryan won't play in either of Monday's pre-season games against the New York Islanders, as doctors want to make sure he doesn't experience any concussion symptoms.
"It was a broken play," said Ryan. "Turrey was circling one way behind the net and I was circling the other. I think ...
Even With KHL Offers, Ryan Johansen Focusing On A Deal With The Blue Jackets
via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
Ryan Johansen's agent Kurt Overhardt says his client has got "several offers" from KHL clubs over past 2 months. But focus remains...
trying to get a deal done with the Blue Jackets
Morning Line - Chad LaRose
"But I couldn't give somebody me, I couldn't give them 100 percent of me. I wasn't into the game anymore and I didn't think it was fair to give somebody 60 or 70 percent of me.
"I had just built up a lot of anger towards the game. I wanted to get away. I didn't know that I would ever play again, to be honest. … I fell out of love with the sport and didn't have any passion for it. But sometimes you have to lose what you have to realize what you had."
-Chad LaRose who is trying to...
No Goalie Issues In Philadelphia With Steve Mason In Net
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers have questions about their Kimmo Timonen-less defense; questions about Claude Giroux's health and who will replace left winger Scott Hartnell; questions about whether young players such as Sean Couturier, Luke Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto can take their games to another level.
But for the first time in a while, there are few questions about the team's most important position.
That's because goalie Steve Mason rediscovere...
Dustin Byfuglien Playing Two Roles
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
I asked Byfuglien a simple question about his expectations for the season.
"Um, be back on defence anytime, right away," quipped Byfuglien, before getting serious again. "No, just have a good start and do what I do and bring to the table what I usually do. Provide a little bit of everything. Focus on defence first and the offence will come."
Just how productive Byfuglien can be during a full season in the hybrid role of playing forward at five-...
Studying The Video
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Consider a simple dump-in. For a video coach, it’s far from simple.
A defenseman retrieves the puck while an opposing forward forechecks. The defenseman turns it over. The opponent gets a chance.
In this scenario, which takes seconds to unfold, there are multiple events to log: retrieval, pressure situation, turnover, defensive-zone coverage, scoring chance against.
A good video coach logs all those events and identifies the play...
Questioning Some Of The Signings Made By The Edmonton Oilers
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Apparently, hiring all of the hockey analytics people west of Toronto wasn’t enough to save the Oilers from signing Group II free agent Justin Schultz to the single most illogical contract of the summer and, by extension, to save every other NHL front office from Edmonton.
But what else is new from this dysfunctional operation that for year upon year has whined, whined and whined some more about the collective bargaining agreement, but ap...