You haven’t had enough wild speculation about the 2017 NHL expansion draft yet, right? As the Dallas Stars and every other team prepares, every fan wants to know who’s protected, who’s traded, and which teams may have to expose better players.
Mike Heika discussed this with Stars fans in his Monday chat:
Simple math is some teams have protection problems and some do not. The Stars have no problem trading for a goalie that needs protection. Many teams have goalies they want to protect but cannot. That creates an opportunity for both teams. Likewise, one team might have an open slot to protect a defenseman, while another might not.
I think Jim Nill will do a good job either trading players who he can't protect or working a deal to give up draft picks instead of players.
If I'm guessing right now, I would think Jamie Oleksiak would be lost. After that, Curtis McKenzie or Adam Cracknell.
There’s more at the link, including one to the full chat. [SportsDayDFW]
Sean Shapiro of NHL.com has ranked the disappointments, the surprises, and more among the Stars’ 2016-17 forward corps for WFAA Channel 8.
Meanwhile, if you’re already getting either hyped or agitated over “rumors” that Tyler Seguin will be traded for Carey Price, Sean invites you to slow your roll.
That's not even a rumor. Was a twitter musing from one hockey writer. Read nothing into it https://t.co/QVV6YQPCHh— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) April 25, 2017
Julius Honka and Roope Hintz are practicing with the Finnish National Team (and GM Jere Lehtinen) for the IIHF World Championship this May.
At Finland's World Championship practice today, Julius Honka was on the top defense pair and Roope Hintz was centering the second line.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) April 25, 2017
Meanwhile, John Klingberg and his brother Carl are both in camp for Team Sweden. (Translation: The Brothers K! Calle and John. On the same team! #TreKronor Cool feeling!)
And an “exhausted” Auston Matthews will take a break back home in Arizona rather than play for Team USA in May. [ESPN]
Hockey tonight! The second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs begins:
- Game 1 of the #MDK matchup between the Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues begins at 7 p.m. Central time in Scottrade Center.
- And if you can stay awake, Game 1 of the Edmonton Oilers vs. the Anaheim Ducks starts at 9:30 p.m. Central time in Honda Center.
There was a lot of overtime in the first round. A lot. As in a record-setting lot.
The postseason-honors news continues with Travis Hamonic and Wayne Simmonds announced as finalists for the 2017 NHL Foundation Player Award.
Is the new streamlined equipment making NHL goalies better? Ken Campbell discusses it with goalie analyst Steve Valiquette. [The Hockey News]
By the time you read this, the Vancouver Canucks will probably have announced the hiring of 46-year-old Travis Green – current bench boss of their AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets – as new head coach. [TSN]
VAN close to finalizing contract with Travis Green to be new head coach. Assuming no last-minute hiccups, announcement in next day or two.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 25, 2017
Elliotte Friedman talks about the New York Islanders’ path to a possible John Tavares extension, and speculates on possible roles for alumni Mike Modano and Richard Matvichuk in the Stars organization, in his latest 30 Thoughts. [Sportsnet]
In Kelly Cup news, tickets for the Allen Americans’ Mountain Division Final series against the Colorado Eagles are on sale now.
Finally: If you can never get enough of goalie fights, the ECHL has you covered. The netminders in a recent matchup between the Orlando Solar Bears and Florida Everglades seem to have felt left out during a line brawl, and the rest is history. Enjoy.