• Andrew Ladd wants extension with Jets, but what will it cost?

    Jared Clinton
    Andrew Ladd (Lance Thomson/NHLI via Getty Images)

    One of the most interesting potential free agents heading to market in 2016 is Andrew Ladd, but the Winnipeg Jets captain made it no secret he wants to stay in Mantioba’s capital.

    In an interview with TSN Wednesday, Ladd said he wants to get a contract extension done before the new season begins and said he feels the interest is there from the Jets. But getting it done before the season — we’re now only 40 days away from puck drop — could be difficult. Ladd knows that, however, and said that he’s aware it could take some time.

    “I’ve been around long enough that I know sometimes these things take a little time,” he added. “I think both parties are interested.” Read more

  • Legendary New York Islanders coach Al Arbour passes away at 82

    Jared Clinton
    Al Arbour passed away Friday at 82. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    The hockey world is mourning the loss of one of the most successful coaches in NHL history.

    The New York Islanders have announced that Al Arbour, the franchise’s most storied coach, passed away Friday at 82. Before his passing, Arbour was battling Parkinson’s disease and dementia at a hospice in Sarasota, Fla.

    “Al will always be remembered as one of, if not, the greatest coaches ever to stand behind a bench in the history of the National Hockey League,” Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a statement. “The New York Islanders franchise has four Stanley Cups to its name, thanks in large part to Al’s incredible efforts. From his innovative coaching methods, to his humble way of life away from the game, Al is one of the reasons the New York Islanders are a historic franchise. On behalf of the entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Arbour family.” Read more

  • Hurricanes’ youth movement continues as Lindholm signs two-year extension

    Jared Clinton
    Elias Lindholm (Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images)

    There stands to be a lot of change in Carolina over the next few seasons, but Elias Lindholm will be along for the ride thanks to a new contract extension.

    The 20-year-old winger signed a two-year, $5.4 million extension Thursday that should keep him with the franchise until at least the 2017-18 season. The extension comes in the off-season following a stellar sophomore campaign in which Lindholm notched 17 goals and 39 points while playing second line minutes on a Carolina team that needed the glimmer of hope Lindholm offered.

    “Elias played well last season, nearly doubling his offensive numbers from his rookie year,” Hurricanes GM Ron Francis told the team’s website. “We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional.” Read more

  • Futures mailbag: Marner vs. Nylander, one nasty Avs prospect and more

    Mitch Marner (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Welcome back to the THN futures mailbag, where I answer all things prospect and draft related. I’m really getting a good crop of questions coming in, so keep that momentum going, folks (hit me up at @THNRyanKennedy with the hashtag #thnfutures). With the major junior season around the corner and the Traverse City prospects tournament also coming up, I may save some questions until the action begins, for accuracy’s sake. So hold tight if you don’t see your submission right away. Let’s get to it:

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  • Watch KHLer turn two defenders inside out for highlight-reel goal

    Jared Clinton
    Juhamatti Aaltonen celebrates. (via KHL/YouTube)

    It’s too early to declare anything goal of the year quite yet, but Jokerit’s Juhamatti Aaltonen could certainly challenge for the honor with an absolutely outstanding tally he scored Thursday.

    In Jokerit’s second game of the season, Aaltonen collected the puck in the neutral zone and broke into the Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod zone with a head of steam. The first defender he met, Aaltonen broke around with speed and beat with a quick forehand-backhand deke before shovelling the puck to Tommi Huhtala.

    Huhtala dished the puck back to Aaltonen as he swung around the net with speed, then he proceeded to wait until the last moment to slide the puck between his own legs onto his backhand, get into the slot and rifle a backhand past goaltender Ivan Lisutin. The entire play is outstanding: Read more

  • AHL Logo Ranking: No. 17 – San Diego Gulls

    Jared Clinton
    San Diego Gulls logo (via SportsLogos.net/Chris Creamer)

    (The AHL has undergone a season of change and one-third of the league has changed locations or logos for the 2015-16 season. Leading up to the new season, The Hockey News will be ranking the logos of the league’s teams and offering a brief look at the history of each franchise. See the rest of the rankings in our AHL feed.)

    The San Diego Gulls are preparing for the inaugural season, but it doesn’t appear as if it’ll be an incredibly successful one for the Gulls.

    San Diego is inheriting the former Norfolk Admirals, which would have been quite the story were these the Admirals of the early-2000s. Unfortunately, the Admirals of the past eight seasons haven’t quite been the same club. Sure, the change in affiliation from Chicago Blackhawks to Tampa Bay Lightning to Ducks has had something to do with it, but the Gulls roster hasn’t been a top for any of its three seasons as the Anaheim affiliate.

    In 2014-15, there was realistically only one team worse than the then-Admirals — the 50-point, basement-dwelling Iowa Wild. But no team was as offensively stunted as the Admirals, who scored only 168 goals over the course of the season, and were it not for netminding efforts Jason LaBarbera the season could have been much, much worse.

    There are some new pieces that should make fans in San Diego feel a bit more hopeful, however. Anaheim scooped up Chris Mueller, Harry Zolnierczyk, Joe Piskula, Shane O’Brien and Matt Hackett this off-season, who will fight for starts in the AHL with either John Gibson or Anton Khudobin — whichever doesn’t land an NHL backup gig this season.

    Mueller is coming off of a 40-point campaign with Hartford, which would have tied him as the leading scorer in Norfolk this past season, while Zolnierczyk’s 44 points would have made him the team leader. Piskula, 31, and O’Brien, 32, are veteran presences — and the only players to have celebrated 24th birthdays — on a very young D-corps that includes Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour.

    Realistically, things can’t get much worse for the franchise after what was their worst season since affiliating with the Ducks. Or we hope not, at least. Read more

  • Utica Comets unveil green and blue third jersey for 2015-16

    Jared Clinton
    Utica Comets 2015-16 third jersey. (via Utica Comets)

    After an incredibly successful 2014-15 campaign, the Utica Comets aren’t afraid to hit the ice with a bold, new look.

    In time for the 2015-16 season, the Utica Comets have unveiled a brand new third jersey, one which is a departure from the club’s Vancouver Canucks-style look. In a YouTube video posted to the team’s website Wednesday, the club unveiled their new third jersey for the upcoming campaign — a green, blue and white beauty that looks more like Hartford Whalers colors than it does Canucks. Read more

  • Blues’ Berglund needs shoulder surgery, out four months. Who steps in for St. Louis?

    Jared Clinton
    Robby Fabbri (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    When the St. Louis Blues kick off the 2015-16 season, one player who certainly won’t be in the lineup is center Patrik Berglund.

    The Blues announced Thursday afternoon that Berglund, 27, will undergo surgery on his right shoulder following an injury suffered during training for the upcoming campaign. The injury, the Blues announced, stemmed from a shoulder dislocation Berglund had suffered during the 2013-14 season.

    Making matters worse for the Blues, though, is that the recovery time for the surgery is lengthy: once the procedure is performed, Berglund will have to wait four months to be re-evaluated, meaning he could miss more than half the season. Read more