• CWHL’s Blades select Kayla Tutino first overall, six countries represented at draft

    Jared Clinton
    Kayla Tutino and Boston Blades GM Krista Patronick (Courtesy CWHL)

    Kayla Tutino has plied her trade with the NCAA’s Boston University Terriers for the past five seasons, and she’s staying put in Beantown to begin her professional career.

    Tutino, 23, was taken first overall by the Boston Blades at the 2016 CWHL draft after an impressive season with the Terriers in 2015-16. Named the captain of the club ahead of the campaign, Tutino, a Montreal native, scored 11 goals and 30 points in 39 games to finish tied for 52nd in scoring. Over the course of her five-year stay with the Terriers, Tutino had notched 63 goals and 144 points in 164 games.

    However, even with Tutino being taken first overall, she may not be the player who has the most immediate offensive impact.

    Tutino’s 30 points were the third-most of players selected out of the NCAA, with Montreal’s first-round pick Sarah Lefort and Toronto third-round choice Michela Cava outproducing Tutino in 2015-16 with 35 and 38 points, respectively. The top scorer of the draft from the college ranks, though, was CIS standout Iya Gavrilova. Read more

  • Michal Neuvirth unveils checkerboard Czech Republic mask for World Cup

    Jared Clinton
    (via DaveArt/Facebook)

    Michal Neuvirth is going to have to have his work cut out for him when it comes to challenging for the starting gig in the Czech Republic goal at the World Cup, but if he’s hoping to stand out in the crease ahead of Petr Mrazek and Ondrej Pavelec, Neuvirth’s flashy mask should help.

    David Gunnarsson of DaveArt has revealed Neuvirth’s mask for the competition and the design is eye-popping with some interesting details, including a nod to the netminder’s NHL club and his hometown, Usti nad Labem.

    The crown of the mask is big and bold, featuring the Czech Republic flag in full, with the coat of arms scrawled into the red portion of the flag. The front blue panel is the only section of the flag without a design, as the white segment has a sketched design that shows off Strekov Castle, one of the most notable landmarks from Neuvirth’s home. Take a closer look: Read more

  • Rumor Roundup: Kevin Shattenkirk trade rumors not going away

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    Kevin Shattenkirk.(Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

    St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk remains a fixture in this summer’s NHL rumor mill. Most of the chatter still ties the 27-year-old to the New York Rangers, suggesting he could be swapped for left winger Rick Nash.

    During a recent live chat with his readers, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was asked what forward the Blues would have to package with Shattenkirk to land the 32-year-old Nash. Citing Nash’s $7.8-million cap hit through 2017-18, Rutherford proposes including Patrik Berglund ($3.7 million) or Jori Lehtera ($4.7 million) with Shattenkirk’s $4.25-million cap hit to offset the difference.

    NBC Sports’ Jason Brough believes the Blues would be making a big mistake trading Shattenkirk. He argues they could be undervaluing Shattenkirk’s worth to their D-corps.

    Shattenkirk eligibility next summer for unrestricted free agency is the main issue driving the trade rumors. Brough acknowledges the Blues’ concern about fitting a raise for him under their cap space for 2017-18.

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  • Monahan ‘positive’ Gaudreau will be signed by Flames’ opener

    Jared Clinton
    Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau (Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

    The most important move of the Calgary Flames’ off-season was never going to be a trade, draft pick or unrestricted free agent signing. Rather, the Flames’ biggest transactions of the summer were always set to be the signings of Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary’s two bright, young stars who were both restricted free agents this off-season.

    The Flames have taken care of the former, inking Monahan to a seven-year, $44.625-million deal, and they’re working on getting Gaudreau’s deal done. According to Flames GM Brad Treliving, the Flames have “every confidence” that they can find common ground with Gaudreau, but Monahan took it one step further, making it clear that he believed Gaudreau would be signed without missing a minute of action.

    “It takes time,” Monahan said, via NHL.com’s Aaron Vickers. “I’m positive he’s going to be here for Oct. 12 and be playing for the Calgary Flames. I’m not worried about it. Brad is doing his work on that part. I’m just looking forward to getting off to the World Cup and playing with him there, and continue that chemistry into the season.” Read more

  • Watch early save of the year contender from Champions League action

    Jared Clinton
    (via Champions League/YouTube)

    The KHL season begins Monday and the NHL campaign is nearly two months away from its opening puck drop, but Vienna Capitals goaltender J-P Lamoureux wasn’t about to wait to turn in a potential save of the year candidate.

    Lamoureux was making his debut for the Vienna Capitals during the opening day of Group N action of the Champions Hockey League when he found his club down not one, but two men on the penalty kill against Sweden’s Skelleftea AIK.

    With the Capitals defenders trying to clear out the front of the net and prevent an easy rebound, Skelleftea’s Adam Pettersson was left alone to the left of Lamoureux’s goal. Pettersson was spotted and received a perfect slap pass, but he slowed the puck down for a brief second, giving Lamoureux just enough time to locate the puck and dive across his crease to steal the surefire goal: Read more

  • Watch: Red Wings’ Abdelkader, Larkin take flight with Breitling

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    Detroit Red Wings forwards Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelkader with the Breitling Jet Team. (Photo courtesy of Breitling)

    Red Wings forwards Justin Abdelkader and Dylan Larkin traded in their skates for a flight of a different kind last week. The pair took the skies at the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show with the Breitling Jet Team.

    Flying at over 10,000 feet, the Breitling Jet Team maneuvered their seven L-39C Albatros Jets within a few feet of each other at speeds of up to 565mph. Abdelkader and Larkin experienced loops and barrel rolls while in flight.

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  • With strong goaltending, the kids could surprise at the World Cup

    Mike Brophy
    Connor McDavid and Hazel Mae (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

    The odds changed a bit when goaltender Matt Murray led the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup last June, don’t ya think?

    Up to then, it seemed like Team North America’s Achilles heel at the World Cup was between the pipes. How could the group of 23-and-under players possibly compete against their older and more experienced competition if they didn’t have a capable goaltender?

    Well, just ask veteran Marc-Andre Fleury how capable Murray is. The 22-year-old Murray stole the crease from Fleury and refused to give it back. He was a strong contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP that was eventually won by his teammate, Sidney Crosby.

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  • The NHL’s five most memorable gimmicks from the 1990s

    Sal Barry
    The FoxTrax puck. (Getty Images)

    A lot of great ideas came out during the 1990s: the World Wide Web, the original Playstation and The Matrix were all born in that decade. But not everything back then was great, lest I remind you of The Macarena or Zubaz pants. Likewise, the NHL in the 1990s was a time of zany jerseys, glowing pucks and home games away from home. Not all of these seemingly-outlandish ideas worked — but as Wayne Gretzky once said, you miss 100 percent of the glow pucks you don’t shoot. Or something like that.

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    1. Third Jerseys

    Gimmick: NHL teams introduced a third uniform to wear on special occasions.

    The Skinny: While a handful of teams have used a third uniform from time to time — I’m looking at you, 1980s Penguins, with your canary-yellow “Sunday” sweaters — for the most part NHL teams had two uniforms: home and away. During the NHL’s 75th anniversary season in 1991-92, the Original Six teams introduced throwback sweaters to wear at home or against other Original Six teams. This also gave those teams another jersey to sell to their fans.

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