The NHL is expected to announce its decision on a possible expansion to Las Vegas by June 22. More details recently emerged regarding the guidelines for an expansion draft that could affect this summer’s trade market .
It was originally believed players with no-movement clause carrying partial no-trade clauses (such as Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury) wouldn’t be protected from the draft. However, that only applies to players whose contracts expire at the end of 2016-17. That also includes those with full no-movement clauses. Those with contracts that run through 2017-18 must be protected.
SAN JOSE – Things got so bad for Justin Schultz that he had to set up a fake Twitter account to keep up with the news of the day and read links to stories that interested him. That’s because his real Twitter account was so filled with vitriol and hate that he couldn’t stand looking at it.
So when a player tells you that he doesn’t read anything that’s written about him or that he’s impervious to the criticism, it isn’t always true. Some players can dismiss it, but others take it to heart. One win away from winning the Stanley Cup, Schultz can laugh about it now. But when he played with the Edmonton Oilers, he was hardly living the dream he’d spent so much of his life anticipating.
“It’s not a lot of fun getting booed in front of your home fans,” Schultz said. “It’s pretty tough to enjoy yourself when that’s happening.”
Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler is one of the good ones. He’s a candid, thoughtful interviewee, reliable for some insightful and occasionally edgy comments when questioned.
In a story compiled by Vancouver Canucks beat writer and THN correspondent Ben Kuzma and brought to our attention by Yahoo Puck Daddy, Kesler shared some thoughts on what type of coach should fill the Ducks’ vacancy. And the comments didn’t shed the warmest of light on the departed Bruce Boudreau, tapped to stand behind the Minnesota Wild’s bench next season.
We shouldn’t put words in Ryan Kesler’s mouth, as he was simply responding to being asked what type of coach would help his team the best. Whichever way he answers the question, he’ll likely list qualities Boudreau doesn’t have, as Boudreau wouldn’t be fired if he had those missing qualities. Still, Kesler’s comments provide insight on what Boudreau’s players may believe he lacked as a coach:
On June 6, Randy Carlyle will officially be exactly 17 months removed from his last coaching job, when he patrolled the bench for the Toronto Maple Leafs. But Carlyle’s absence from an NHL bench might not last much longer as he’s reportedly in the running to take over a job that was once his half a decade ago: coach of the Anaheim Ducks.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Carlyle is no longer just a potential candidate to take over as Ducks’ coach, he’s the real thing. Dreger reported Tuesday that Carlyle was set to meet with the Ducks about the opening — one that has been vacant for more than a month. That could mean a potential return to Anaheim is coming.
Carlyle has a long and somewhat successful history with the Ducks. During his six and a quarter-year tenure with Anaheim, Carlyle posted a 273-182-61 record, coached the Ducks to the franchise’s only Stanley Cup, made the post-season in five of his six full seasons and won seven playoff rounds before a rocky start to the 2011-12 campaign saw Carlyle axed in favor of Bruce Boudreau. With Boudreau out after continued post-season stumbles, though, Carlyle could find his way back to his old gig. Read more
To these eyes, it was difficult to determine exactly what Corey Perry’s level of intent was when he clipped Patrik Laine of Finland with his left leg when he was coming off for a line change in today’s World Championship game.
So I will defer to the observations of two former NHL players who have more than 2,000 games between them. And the fact that both Ray Ferraro and Bob Errey are analysts for the Canada-centric TSN broadcasts and lambasted Perry for his skullduggery provide further perspective on the situation.
The Calgary Flames announced that coach Bob Hartley has been let go, paving the way for what seems like an obvious fit: recently canned Anaheim bench boss Bruce Boudreau.
Say what you will about former Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau’s ability to succeed in the playoffs, but it’s clear his former players felt the four consecutive losses in Game 7s on home ice fell on no one but themselves. That includes Corey Perry, who has been one of the team’s longtime leaders.
Perry was shutout in the post-season, picking up four assists but failing to find the back of the net himself in the seven-game first-round series against the Nashville Predators. Perry wasn’t without his chances — he took 21 shots in the first round — but he was never able to solve Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne, and the 30-year-old winger seemed well aware that his lack of finish could very well have cost Boudreau his job.
“I take a lot of blame for what happened,” Perry said in his exit interview with media. “I didn’t score a goal. Whatever it might be. What happened, I take a lot of responsibility for that.” Read more
Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray may have sent coach Bruce Boudreau packing after another Game 7 loss, but made it clear others would be on their way out, too.
Murray ripped his players Friday after he canned Boudreau, notably criticizing their effort early in an opening-round series defeat at the hands of the Nashville Predators. The Ducks dropped the first two games on home ice before winning the next three. They ultimately lost Game 6 in Nashville before falling 2-1 in the decisive affair in Anaheim on Wednesday.
“I’d like to know where the heck they were in Games 1 and 2. The players are going to have to answer that in the next four or five days,” Murray told reporters. “Where were they? They showed up in Game 7, but where was that passion? That controlled emotion? Where the heck was that? They’re going to have to be held accountable, too.”