Corey Abbott looks the 2015-16 seasons for the Maple Leafs and Oilers, who are both hoping for brighter futures.
For many players, the hockey world championship is just the build-up to a bigger occasion. Whether they're looking to earn a spot at the World Cup of Hockey in September or to make a good impression ahead of the NHL draft, the tournament in Moscow and St. Petersburg offers players a chance to meet or exceed expectations. ''I think we have a few guys that are in that situation,'' U.S. coach John Hynes told The Associated Press after practice in St. Petersburg.
Just like how NHL players hit the road, so too do hockey wives. While the Toronto Maple Leafs were off playing on the road, some of the significant others took the opportunity to jet off to Mexico, which is where we begin on this week’s episode of Hockey Wives.
The Arizona Coyotes will promote 26-year-old John Chayka to general manager, making him the youngest GM in NHL history, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The Coyotes have scheduled a news conference Thursday to introduce Chayka, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official announcement has not been made. Chayka will replace Don Maloney, who was fired on April 11 after nine seasons as GM.
John Chayka will be named the next general manager of the Arizona Coyotes, replacing Don Maloney who was fired on April 11. The team has said it will have a “major press conference” Thursday morning where a source said Chayka will be announced as the team’s GM. ESPN’s Craig Custance initially reported the news. The rest of the structure of the team’s hockey operations will also be announced. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today ] The Coyotes hired the 26-year-old Chayka last summer as assistant GM to bring a more analytical element to the organization. When Arizona relieved Maloney of his duties, co-owner Anthony LeBlanc talked up Chayka’s abilities , but also noted he didn’t want the organization to go too strongly in an stats-driven direction. “He has absolutely been a very impressive hire. A very poised young man – mature beyond his years. He’s been an incredibly positive addition to this organization. I really got to witness it first hand when I sat in the war room in Pittsburgh for trade deadline,” LeBlanc said. “Just the sheer amount of knowledge he brings. But at the end of the day it’s not like it’s a new thing in sports – it’s obviously been well documented, the importance of analytics. But it’s not the be-all-end-all. I’m not sitting here saying we’re going to turn ourselves into a Wall Street firm and have 25 kids here doing numbers, but I think there’s a fine balance and that’s what we’re trying to find.” Originally it was believed the Coyotes were interested in the services of 30-year-old Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas. But Dubas, who also strongly pushes analytics in hockey, said he doesn’t believe he’s ready to take over a general manager’s role. Arizona also reportedly spoke with Dallas Stars assistant general manager Les Jackson, but no deal was reached. After that point Chayka appeared to be the front-runner with the Coyotes reportedly looking to hire an experienced assistant GM to help Chayka . They will also reportedly expand role of coach Dave Tippett. Chayka is co-founder of Stathletes, “a Canadian company, founded with the purpose of developing a comprehensive statistical database to drive winning in hockey through real, actionable data.” The Coyotes roster has a lot of young talent, but also some questions that need to be addressed. Declining goaltender Mike Smith is still under contract for another three seasons at $5.67 million per-year. Captain Shane Doan needs to make a choice if he wants to play another season. And if the 39-year-old Doan decides on another year, what will the Coyotes pay him if he wants to return to the team? Doan just finished a four-year $21.2 million contract. The Coyotes haven’t made the playoffs since the 2011-12 season. Arizona's opening was the only general manager vacancy still unfilled this NHL offseason. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper
The Toronto Maple Leafs are riding high. That’s what winning something like the draft lottery will do to a team and its fan base. The biggest prize at the draft is arguably Auston Matthews, the skilled American centre. The Maple Leafs have been craving a player like that for some time, and may have potentially found their next superstar pivot.
Despite the lottery win, the Maple Leafs still have plenty of work to complete as the summer runs on. They started that by officially signing Russian defenseman, Nikita Zaitsev to a one-year entry level deal. The big blueliner is an excellent skater, has an accurate and heavy shot and is blessed with NHL size.
Lamoriello on Zaitsev: "We all feel in the organization that Nikita can play in the top-4 next year … we've all spent some time with him"
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) May 2, 2016
Zaitsev was never drafted into the NHL but has worked hard and turned himself into the best defenceman in the KHL. He was regularly relied upon in both ...
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Good luck charm in tow. pic.twitter.com/F9a7EKoRqI — #TurnUpInTeal (@SanJoseSharks) May 2, 2016 • The cat has to be photoshopped right? ( San Jose Sharks ) • The second-round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins has been marred by dirty plays. [ ESPN ] • Why Penguins goaltender Matt Murray isn’t a “hot goalie.” The Penguins are up 2-1 on the Caps currently. [ Washington Post ] • The Penguins should keep starter Marc-Andre Fleury on the bench in favor of Murray. Fleury has been out the entire playoffs because of concussion symptoms. [ Post-Gazette ] [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today ] • What was the narrative of Game 3 between the Capitals and Penguins? Pittsburgh won the game 3-2. ( Japers’ Rink ) • Former Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau “always had the sense” he would get fired if his team didn’t win a Stanley Cup this year. [ Orange County Register ] • The Nashville Predators need some luck in Game 3, and a win against the San Jose Sharks. San Jose is currently up 2-1 on Nashville. [ Tennessean ] • Live camera of the cat that ran across the ice in Game 1 between the Sharks and Predators at SAP Center. [ Maddie’s Fund ] • Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic appears to be OK after taking a Shea Weber slapshot to the head in Game 2 of their second-round series against Nashville. [ CSN Bay Area ] • The Sharks’ power play has been dominant this playoff. In their second-round series against Nashville, they’ve converted on 3 of 5 opportunities. [ Blades of Teal ] • The New York Islanders have no plans to rush goaltender Jaroslav Halak back from a lower body injury or use him as a backup in their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Halak hasn’t played in nearly two months. [ Newsday ] • The Dallas Stars are a balanced hockey team and essentially have three first lines. Their third line with Antoine Roussel, Radek Faksa and Ales Hemsky has been solid in their second-round series against the St. Louis Blues. [ Blackout Dallas ] • Can the Stars continue to go deep in the playoffs if they continue to flip-flop their goaltenders? A lot of the Stars’ success is built on their two-goalie system with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi. [ Dallas Morning News ] • The Blues penalty kill has been perfect so far against the Stars’ powerful power play. [ St. Louis Post-Dispatch ] • The stature of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has grown these playoffs. Hedman has excelled without defense partner Anton Stralman who has been out all postseason. [ Tampa Bay Times ] • Bob Hartley made some questionable choices at times as Calgary Flames coach. Hartley was fired Monday morning. [ Matchsticks and Gasoline ] • Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel was snubbed in the Calder Trophy voting. Eichel was not one of the finalists released by the NHL on Monday. The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. [ WYRK ] • How will the Arizona Coyotes attack the draft this year? The team will pick seventh and currently doesn’t have a general manager. [ Today’s Slapshot ] • Amanda Kessel hopes that playing for the NWHL’s New York Riveters will better her chances of returning to the Olympics with the U.S. Women's National Team. [ Sports Illustrated ] • The Florida Panthers signed Swedish free agent defenseman Linus Hultström. [ Sportsnet ] • André Tourigny, a former NHL assistant coach, has signed a five-year contract with the Halifax Mooseheads. [ CBC via Yahoo ] • An offseason fantasy outlook for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets. [ Dobber Hockey ] • The Sioux Falls Stampede selected Grand Rapids (Minn.) High School forward Gavin Hain with the first overall pick in the 2016 USHL Phase I Draft on Monday. [ Sioux Falls Argus Leader ] • Go behind the scenes with Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden at the NHL Draft Lottery. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY