Tuesday, January 31, 2017
The New York Rangers on Tuesday signed coach Alain Vigneault to an extension through the 2019-20 season that would make him the third highest-paid coach in the league. A source told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that Vigneault's new deal is worth a little more than $4 million per season, which would place him behind only Toronto's Mike Babcock and Chicago's Joel Quenneville among the highest-paid coaches. According to the source, Vigneault will make $4 million next season and in 2018-19, and $4.25 million for the 2019-20 season.The Rangers have not missed the playoffs in Vigneault's three full seasons in New York. This year they have been a dynamic offensive team and are currently holding down the top wild card slot in the Eastern Conference with a 31-17-1 record. With 597 wins, Vigneault ranks 15th on the NHL's all-time coaching win leaderboard. He is sixth among acctive coaches. "I gave it, obviously, a lot of thought, but I feel with the young kids that we're bringing in, whatever you want to call it, the retooling, I believe we can win and can compete in a very tough league," Vigneault told NHL.com. "It was a pretty easy decision as far as you're a coach and you want to have a chance. You've got a first-class organization, so it didn't take me long."
Perreault has put up five points in his last five games for the Jets.
The slash from Perry on Perreault.. I'm sure it's ok though because Perry is a "star" right? pic.twitter.com/aJMnK10z4t— GameTimeArt (@GameTimeArt) January 24, 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
“[Varlamov] has been dealing with groin and hip issues for some time now.” He added, “After further evaluation from our team doctors, it was determined that the best road to recovery was surgery. Doing this procedure at this time ensures that Semyon will be fully healthy for the start of training camp.”The 28-year-old netminder, in his sixth season with the Avalanche, has gone 6-17-0 in 23 starts for the Avs this season. In his best season with the Avalanche (2013-14), he won 41 games and produced a .927 save percentage, and was a Vezina finalist. He had played at least 57 games in each of the three seasons prior to this. The Samara, Russia native has been dealing with many injury concerns over the past few years, however. Varlamov has struggled mightily this season, and he has the highest GAA (3.38) in the NHL, among goalies with a minimum of 20 games played. The teams said he is due back for next season. He is signed through 2019 with an AAV of $5.9 million.
Marchand has been suspended once and fined once for similar incidents, but the word on the street is that the NHL Dept. of Player safety probably didn't see this as one of the more egregious slewfoot infractions because Marchand didn't use his arms to dump Kronwall. The language of the DOPS tweet says it all--they don't consider this a slew-foot. It's a "dangerous trip" to them. Are they spot-on with this assessment? Here's the definition of slewfooting, per the NHL rulebook: Slew-footing - Slew-footing is the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice. You be the judge (you know you want to).
Boston’s Brad Marchand fined $10,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for a dangerous trip on Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 26, 2017
“It’s been really tough to have any taste of success at the NHL level as a team,” Duchene said. “Thankfully, I’ve been able to have (success) at the international level with Team Canada. And it’s something that has given me some really good experience. I know when this team, or whatever (NHL) team I’m on, is ready to win, I know I’ll be able to bring some experience to it. That’s something that fuels me, and it keeps me positive.”Now, to find a suitable trade partner. In his article, Kiszla says that Carolina's Jaccob Slavin could be a good fit for a trade. The second-year Hurricane is a Denver native and a fine young defenseman in the making, but it will likely take a few more prime pieces for the Avs to do that deal. What about the New York Islanders? Desperate to add a premier talent (with some term, no less) on John Tavares' line, would the Isles be able to part with one of their top defensemen? Could Colorado be tempted to take a package that includes a combination of a current Isles defenseman (say, Travis Hamonic), a prospect (say Ryan Pulock) and another prospect or pick? One thing we do know: Isles GM Garth Snow is desperate, having dug a deep hole for his club by doing very little to replace the top-tier talent (Kyle Okposo and Frans Neilsen) that left this summer. Jack Capuano's firing buys some time for snow, but the Isles need to show John Tavares that they are committed and ready to sacrifice by July 1st, when it becomes time to begin negotiations with Tavares on an extension. It's clearly speculative, like everything else we are going to hear leading up to the February 28th trade deadline, but we're saying the Isles are a good fit because they are one of the more desperate teams out there. They aren't the only desperate team, so stay tuned...
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
"Trouba never gave up on the chase and made a very good defensive play by utilizing a legal stick check (stick to stick contact on the shaft and below the hands of Karlsson.) Finally, the last piece of information that the referee perceived, and most likely one that caused him to throw his hand up (thinking that stick contact had been delivered to the hand), was when Karlsson had no play on the puck and took his top hand off his stick and gave the glove a little shake. It was at this point the penalty was called. Once the referee felt that an infraction had been committed the only call he could make on this play was to award a penalty shot.So, the call was bunk, but there was good news. We got to hear Sharks color man Randy Hahn bust out his Melk Man call. We'd also like to point out that Karlsson was flying and there wasn't really much that Pollock could do to get in better position (hard to skate that fast when you are watching a play). Also, there's this. Trouba got dusted on this play and made it easy for Pollock to want to blow him for something (couldn't he just give him a minor for being slow?). In the end, Pollock made the wrong call. He shouldn't have called what he didn't see. It wasn't a slash, and the Sharks shouldn't have had a penalty shot, or even a power play. It's definitely a bummer when as a defenseman you make a good play and the result is getting shafted. Too bad there's no crying allowed in hockey.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
According to Sportsnet:
Boston's Brad Marchand will have a hearing tomorrow for a dangerous trip on Detroit's Niklas Kronwall.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 25, 2017
Marchand has had his issues with slew footing in the past and has been fined or suspended on two different occasions. He was fined $2,500 during the 2011-12 season for his slew foot of former Penguins defenceman Matt Niskanen, and was suspended two games during the 2014-15 season for doing the same to then-Rangers forward Derick Brassard.The problem for those eager to vilify Marchand for the hit is that many are saying it doesn't really fit the definition of slewfoot. According to the NHL rule book, however, what Marchand did seems to fit the definition: Slew-footing - Slew-footing is the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.
After the game Leafs coach Mike Babcock didn't wanting to comment on the play, saying that kind of stuff is up to the league. When asked about Marincin's statuus he hinted that he was not seriously injured. "He'll be good," he said. The game was chippy, and also featured this hit by Leo Komarov on Flames star Johnny Gaudreau: Gaudreau was shaken up on the play, left the game, but returned. "I feel fine," he said after the game. "It's part of hockey--you're going to get hit every once in a while. He said he went through concussion protocol and checked out fine.
If you look closely at Matthew Tkachuk's motion, he appears to swing his stick into Marincin's chest at the same time as the slewfoot. pic.twitter.com/jxr1QqwW0N— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 24, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
Brent Burns was the other goal scorer for the Sharks. With his 20th goal in is 48th game Burns became the fastest defenseman to hit the 20-goal mark since Kevin Hatcher scored 20 in 48 games for Washington in 1992-1993.
Patrick Marleau became the 12th player in NHL history to score 4 goals in a period & the first since Mario Lemieux on Jan. 26, 1997 at MTL. pic.twitter.com/JnMHzKKxEO— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 24, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Claude Julien's hot seat is getting hotter by the period in Boston. The Bruins are slipping, and after going 3-5-2 in their last ten games, they are clinging by the claws to third place in the Atlantic Division. Problem is, they have played 50 games already, and when one peeks at the points per game NHL standings, the Bruins aren't looking so hot. The Bruins (1.04 ppg) are actually behind Toronto (1.15), Carolina (1.07), Philadelphia (1.08), and when those teams make up their games in hand things might even look worse for Julien and the Bruins. If they don't make the playoffs that will make three consecutive non-playoff seasons for the storied franchise. There are those that believe that Julien has been handcuffed by the poor roster decisions of management, and evidently Julien, who has been the subject of firing rumors from the last few weeks, made it clear that he's one of those believers after today's 5-1 shellacking in Pittsburgh. "This is a team that needs all 20 guys going to win," he said (see video above for the full statement). "We don't have enough talent to think we can get away with a mediocre game." Julien is the longest-tenured NHL coach, but he may not last too much longer if he keeps lofting verbal volleys, albeit subtle ones, in the direction of the Boston front office. Julien hinted that he's in no mood to fixate on his job security earlier in the week, stating that he was in no mood for "shock journalism." He also went on a long and interesting ramble about how he doesn't have time to worry about his job--it's not up to him. Here's the meat of that discussion, thanks to WEEI's Ty Anderson:
"A team that just got unraveled in the third period."— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 22, 2017
Watch Claude Julien postgame: pic.twitter.com/yEQH7rxSfD
In Julien's defense, the Bruins are among the best possession teams in the NHL, and they've fielded a relatively young, inexperienced blue line and done quite well with them. Many feel that the club, which has the lowest 5-on-5 PDO in the NHL, per Puckalytics, has been snakebitten and will soon turn things around. Whether they will, and whether Julien will be there to guide them if they do, remains to be seen.
Bruins coach Claude Julien addressed the rumors of his job security. This was his answer. pic.twitter.com/HMhDYFlTZ3— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) January 21, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Bo's head is a little tender this morning... pic.twitter.com/E98xfNrTok— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 21, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Toronto fought back from two goal deficit to beat the Sabres and move to within just one point of the Bruins for third place in the Atlantic. Toronto also has five games in hand on the Bruins.
No update on Morgan Rielly's status from Mike Babcock. "We'll know more tomorrow."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 18, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
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Saturday, January 14, 2017
Against Henrik Lundqvist, who was came in in relief for injured Antti Raanta at the beginning of the second period, Montreal made sure it did not matter. Alexei Emelin scored on a seeing-eye point shot that Lundqvist never saw to tie it (nice screen by Brian Flynn on the play), and Max Pacioretty got the eventual game winner (his 15th in 20 games) 36 seconds later when he slipped a shot through Lundqvist's five-hole after sneaking in on a breakaway. 26 seconds later Paul Byron scored his 13th of the season to send the Bell Centre to a frenzy.
"I disagree with the call" - Carey Price on the Nash goal. Wouldn't elaborate any further.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) January 15, 2017
These are the five worst GAA for goalies with 8 or more games since 12/15. Carey Price third worst. Hm??? pic.twitter.com/IWAmt3Bwmz— Chris Oddo (@thesaucerpass) January 15, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Or this, when Byfuglien catches a glance of a forechecking Tyler Pitlick: How does the commentator keep it straight after that?
When you on the penalty kill but also need camera time. pic.twitter.com/Wa0amFw1gQ— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) February 7, 2016
Ovechkin recorded his 1,000th NHL point in his 880th career game. The last to hit mark in fewer GP was Jaromir Jagr on Dec 30, 2000 (763 GP) pic.twitter.com/QiOFcfAQHu— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 12, 2017