Former Blue Jays GM Anthopoulos to the NHL? Coyotes reportedly reach out

Jared Clinton
Former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Of all the names one may have expected to hear in connection with a job in an NHL front office, former Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos would have had to be at or near the very bottom. However, according to a report, the Arizona Coyotes have reached out to the recently crowned MLB Executive of the Year.

The Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons reported late Saturday evening that Anthopoulos has been contacted by the Coyotes regarding a “senior position or a consulting position” with the club. Simmons cited two sources who confirmed the Coyotes reached out to the former Jays GM, and Simmons said the calls caught Anthopoulos “by complete surprise.” Read more

Prospect Need to Know: Julien Gauthier gets us pumped up

Julien Gauthier  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Can you sense it, folks? It’s almost world juniors time. Sure, the tournament is a month and a half away, but players need to be making impressions on national team brass all the time and for Canadian hopefuls, the CHL-Russia Super Series can be a big boost – just as Lawson Crouse, who caught eyes last year and turned his efforts into gold.

So far, Russia has been blanked, losing all four games to the WHL and OHL. Now it’s the QMJHL’s turn to defend home turf. One player honored with that duty is in our spotlight today. Let’s take a whirl around the world of prospects.

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Captain Coyote has been very impressed with Arizona’s young pups

Ryan Kennedy
Shane Doan (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

In the history of the sport, not many players have skated in the NHL for as many games as Shane Doan – and the list continues to get smaller as the Arizona Coyotes captain keeps chugging along at age 39. Which is to say that Doan has seen a lot out there. Very few people would have expected Arizona to get off to the solid start that the Coyotes have had this season, but the team’s leader knew better than to write his boys off, despite last year’s cratering.

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Boedker scores overtime-winner after brutal Getzlaf turnover, snaps Ducks’ winning streak

Jared Clinton
Mikkel Boedker (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks came into Monday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes riding a four-game winning streak that had vaulted them from last place in the Pacific Division into the wild card conversation. Against the Coyotes, the Ducks had total control Monday, but they watched it slip away.

Within seven minutes of puck drop, the Ducks had notched two goals — one from Chris Stewart on the power play and Ryan Kelser’s first of the year — but were unable to extend the lead to three heading into the dressing room after the first frame. In the second period, the pesky Coyotes, who have exceeded expectations so far, got a goal from Anthony Duclair early to draw within one. Then Max Domi netted his sixth and seventh markers of the year to push the Coyotes into the lead.

With Anaheim chasing the game, defenseman Sami Vatanen would draw the score even and send the game to overtime before Ryan Getzlaf made a play that helped end the game in the extra frame. Unfortunately for Getzlaf, though, that play benefitted Arizona and Mikkel Boedker, not Getzlaf’s Ducks: Read more

Sunday Long Read: Pronger and Lidstrom polar opposites as Hall of Famers

Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Pronger shake hands after their 2009 playoff series. Photo by Tom Turrill/NHLI via Getty Images)

During what is now a Hall of Fame career, Nicklas Lidstrom garnered so much respect that he earned the nickname, The Perfect Human. Not The Perfect Hockey Player. Not The Perfect Defenseman. The Perfect Human. People called Chris Pronger lots of things during what is now a Hall of Fame career, too. None of them is suitable for publication on a website that might be viewed by young people. Many of those words begin with the letter ‘F’.

It was not easy to play the game the way Lidstrom did, but he made it look that way. Playing the game and preparing for it the way Lidstrom meticulously did and maintaining a ridiculously high standard on and off the ice presented its fair share of challenges. But it’s also not easy going to the opposing rink from the time you’re a kid and knowing that you’re going to be the most hated guy there. But like Lidstrom, Pronger embraced his role and status. Lidstrom wore the white hat and Pronger donned the black, and both of them managed to do it while becoming two of the most dominant defensemen of their generation.

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Prospect Need to Know: Carter Hart makes his crease case for 2016

Everett's Carter Hart  (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

It’s been a controversial week in the prospect world, as the CHL-NCAA talent war reached DEFCON 1. First, Toronto pick Jeremy Bracco departed Boston College for OHL Kitchener, then days later Carolina prospect Warren Foegele jetted from New Hampshire for OHL Kingston. This didn’t sit well with social media’s college boosters, but in the end it’s up to the players. As for Kingston, the Frontenacs just traded for Maple Leafs pick Stephen Desrocher, who won a Memorial Cup with Oshawa last year. He’ll add size and a big shot to the blueline of a team clearly going for it all. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about the world of prospects right now.


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Oilers’ McDavid headlines impressive rookie crop

Connor McDavid (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

Most of the pre-season scuttlebutt pitted two so-called generational players, Edmonton Oilers center and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel, in a duel for the Calder Trophy.

Advantage McDavid.

As the calendar flipped over to November, Eichel had racked up four goals in 11 games, putting him in a tie for 12th in rookie scoring. McDavid, meanwhile, sits atop the rookie race.

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Elimination of enforcers has made NHL a friendlier place for young players

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Max Domi (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

What was most amazing watching Max Domi buzz around the ice at Air Canada Centre with the Arizona Coyotes on Monday wasn’t the fact he was able to score his fourth NHL goal in his former home away from home. It was remarkable the ease and comfort he displayed showing off his considerable skills.

If you didn’t know he was a 20-year-old rookie, you’d think he had been in the NHL for years. Domi, who used to hang out at ACC when his dad, Tie, kept opponents honest as an enforcer with the Maple Leafs, went about his business in his ninth NHL game as one of the go-to players for a team that is a longshot to make the playoffs.

Same goes for Domi’s 20-year-old teammate Anthony Duclair. While Domi was tied with Connor McDavid for the rookie scoring lead with four goals and 10 points in 10 games, Duclair, who played 18 games with the New York Rangers last season, had five goals and seven points in 10 games.

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