Dave Hakstol’s new job as coach of the Philadelphia Flyers comes with a hefty price tag, and it’s not the Flyers who have been given the bill.
According to the Grand Forks Herald’s Brad Schlossman, because Hakstol took an NHL job while still under contract with the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team, he owes the school $100,000 as a fee for leaving the school to take a professional coaching gig. The NHL out-clause wasn’t the only one in his contract, though. Read more
The Philadelphia Flyers have named their new head coach, but it’s not a name one would have expected. And no, while he has spent the past decade being part of a winning organization, it’s not Mike Babcock.
In a somewhat surprising move, the Flyers named Dave Hakstol, who has spent the past decade as the coach of the University of North Dakota men’s hockey program, as their bench boss for the 2015-16 season. The hiring comes as coaches such as Dan Bylsma, Todd McLellan and John Tortorella, all with NHL pedigree, remain without jobs for next season.
Defenseman Mike Reilly could be the latest drafted college player to forego signing with the team that selected him to test unrestricted free agency.
According to a report from TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Reilly, 21, has officially informed the NHL and Columbus Blue Jackets that he intends to leave the University of Minnesota to turn professional. However, in addition to turning pro, Reilly has also informed the Blue Jackets that he won’t be signing with the club during the exclusive 30-day period Columbus has to negotiate with him.
Chosen by the Blue Jackets in the fourth round of the 2011 draft, 98th overall, Reilly testing the free agent market this off-season is similar to what happened with New York Rangers winger Kevin Hayes, who was a draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks but chose not to sign with the club, instead waiting for UFA eligibility and inking an entry-level contract with the Blueshirts.
As we pause briefly from the Stanley Cup playoffs, let’s turn our eyes over to Europe for a second, where the World Championship is down to four teams. Canada plays the Czech Republic in one semifinal, while Russia and the United States renew hostilities on the other side of the bracket.
If Canada hopes to move on, they’ll have to stop an ageless icon. Meanwhile, the Russians will have their hands full with a powerful teenager.
Fear not, Bruins fans, as losing netminder Niklas Svedberg might not hurt that much after all. University of North Dakota goaltender Zane McIntyre is reportedly set to sign with Boston mere months after being named the Mike Richter Award winner as NCAA Division 1 hockey’s most outstanding goaltender.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, McIntyre, who was drafted by the Bruins in the sixth round, 165th overall, of the 2010 draft, is set to turn pro this off-season and would like to ink a deal with the team that drafted him. Read more
Major junior playoffs have reached the final series, while the AHL post-season is well into the second round. An incredibly exciting 2014-15 campaign is nearing its end, so I’m opening up the Hot List a bit to younger prospects. Like those that came before them, they are the players you’ll want to know and that we’re excited to see in the NHL one day.
If the NCAA coaches have their way, home ice advantage won’t be factoring in to who captures the Frozen Four championship any time soon.
According to a report from Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald, during a meeting between college coaches last week, the issue of awarding home ice advantage to the top seeds in each regional tournament was brought to the fore and quickly batted down. Of the 59 coaches to vote on the subject, 52 voted against putting the first round of the regional tournament at the site of the higher seed.
The current format, which has four cities play host to the regional tournaments, uses neutral sites instead of giving a true home ice advantage to any of the participating clubs. Read more
Based on his record-breaking year with the U.S. National Team Development Program, Auston Matthews is looking like a game-changer for the 2016 draft. But where he plays next season may be just as revolutionary.