The Flyers announced the hiring of Rick Tocchet as team president. Previous to being in Philadelphia, he was with Pittsburgh for 18 years and helped them win two Stanley Cups. The former player is famous for his hard-nosed playing style and tough demeanor on the ice. He’s also friends with Marc Savard, who played alongside him at Boston University before joining the Bruins when they drafted him their first pick overall in 1990.,
The “jeremy roenick hall of fame” is a list of the best players in the history of the Philadelphia Flyers. The list includes names like Rick Tocchet, Marc.
Few of us were shocked when Travis Green was dismissed by the Vancouver Canucks. His hold on the job was shaky to begin with, and the Canucks had just three victories in their first 13 games.
Few of us were shocked when he was replaced by Bruce Boudreau once again. Boudreau is the NHL’s version of The Wolf from “Pulp Fiction,” the person you call in to clean up a terrible mess while cracking a few laughs. If the Canucks’ ownership believed this squad had a chance to make the playoffs, there was only one person to contact. It’s a plus that he understands how to train highly competent young players.
So, why were none of these occurrences unexpected? It’s because NHL fans sometimes have a bizarre, Borg-like hive mind where we think something will happen and then it occurs. As in the case of Jack Eichel being dealt to the Vegas Golden Knights: We knew Vegas could pay the most for him, and we knew owner Bill Foley still wanted a No. 1 center for his Pokémon collection of NHL players, so this was the least fascinating option. We simply had a feeling.
Other choices and occurrences are expected by the majority of hockey enthusiasts. As a result, we’ve chosen to look into these frequently held ideas. Based on the likelihood of the occurrence, we either confirm your assumptions or offer needles for your balloons in the NHL Assumptions Test. Which, come to think of it, is an assumption in and of itself.
Assumption: Rick Tocchet will be the Philadelphia Flyers’ next coach.
It’s odd to see a Flyers team with no distinct personality, given that the franchise’s emblem conjures up images of gap-tooth grins and on-ice attacks. Tocchet, who played with the Flyers for two stints and totaled 621 games and 1,815 penalty minutes, understands the attraction. In the sense that anybody who gets even a smidgeon of success out of the Arizona Coyotes gets an accomplishment multiplier, he’s a touch overrated as a head coach. (For further information, see Darcy Kuemper and Don Maloney.) His teams were never able to match their consistently good defense with adequate offense.
Tocchet is presently working as a studio analyst for TNT, where he plays Paul Bissonnette’s snarky elder brother.
The probability is 75%. The allure of “ex-Flyer returns to make Flyers great again” is likely too powerful for the team to resist. However, keep in mind that (a) Tocchet may enjoy being on TV, (b) GM Chuck Fletcher’s undying admiration for interim coach Mike Yeo, and (c) there are other intriguing candidates out there, including former Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery, who is not only a former Flyers player but also coined the nickname “The Legion of Doom” for the Eric Lindros line.
Okay, and then there’s (d) the money side of things. Alain Vigneault will earn $5 million per year from 2023 through 2024. Tocchet earned $1.5 million as the Coyotes’ head coach and is paid handsomely as a TV commentator. Between the person they hired to coach and the guy they’re paying to not coach, that might be a lot of cheddar…
Assumption: The Arizona Coyotes will finish last in the Western Conference.
We’ve lauded GM Bill Armstrong’s thorough dismantling of the Coyotes, who has indicated his intention to rebuild the franchise via the draft and now has the resources to do it. The Coyotes are on the wrong track after 25 games: Their.240 point % is the lowest in the NHL, placing them 32nd in the league and making them excellent lottery picks.
The probability is 90%. The Coyotes’ season just became a bit more intriguing, as Scott Wedgewood and Karel Vejmelka put up outstanding goaltender efforts and won them points in the standings. However, goaltender Carter Hutton is on his way back to the lineup, which is excellent news for their basement stay. Arizona is expected to finish last in the Central Division, according to Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic, with a league-low 54 points and a 98 percent probability of finishing last. However, there’s always the possibility that the Ottawa Senators may find a way to be even worse.
Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to be dealt to a contender.
Fleury was acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks to fortify their goaltending in a last-ditch effort to resurrect the team as a contender. Regrettably, he began the season playing under Jeremy Colliton’s defensive scheme. Colliton is no longer with the Blackhawks, who have gone 8-5-0 since starting the season 0-9. But it’s probably too late: MoneyPuck has Chicago’s chances of reaching the playoffs at 5.1 percent.
As a result, the focus naturally shifts to Fleury, the Vezina Trophy winner from last season, and if he’ll play the balance of his contract year with a new club. What team wouldn’t want to have a three-time Stanley Cup winner in their net? Colorado and Edmonton, we believe, would!
Probability: a quarter of a percent. I believe Fleury’s desire to play for a contender is outweighed by his want to avoid uprooting his family for the second year in a row. He and his family are said to be content in Chicago. Perhaps an opportunity will arise that will allow Fleury to relocate. The Blackhawks could listen to trade proposals if Fleury’s trade protection goes beyond his 10-team list — he’ll have to want to play for any club tries to trade for him — but that’s no guarantee he wants to be traded.
The Tkachuks are hockey aristocracy in St. Louis, having grown up seeing their father Keith score 427 points in 543 games with the Blues. In the offseason, there was a heated “Matthew Tkachuk for Vladimir Tarasenko” rumor that never materialized. Matthew, 23, and Brady, 22, are two young American standouts who have the potential to be the Blues’ scrunchy faces for years to come.
The probability is 40%. Matthew is in the last year of his contract before becoming a restricted free agent. He claims he’s pleased in Calgary and that he and his agent will discuss a contract after the season. Brady seems to be content in Ottawa: He’s in the first year of a seven-year contract deal with the Senators that will keep him there until 2027-28, with a complete no-movement provision beginning in 2025-26.
However, in the Gateway City, there is a strong yearning to bring the guys back. “Brady was in attendance for the Stanley Cup parade for the Blues. For both brothers, the fit has always been brutally evident. But one may now be within reach, bringing a set of qualities that the Blues lack “In the Post-Dispatch, Ben Frederickson wrote:
In the near future, Matthew is a possibility. Brady could need a bit more time. This, however, may happen. Eventually.
Assumption: The Sedins will be the Vancouver Canucks’ co-general managers.
So they won’t be on the same Hall of Fame plaque as the Canucks, but they’ll share general manager duties?
There’s precedence for a two-headed monster as general NHL manager, both unofficially and when Les Jackson and Brett “Ambassador of Fun” Hull were appointed to lead the club in Dallas. That worked well until they signed Sean Avery, after which it failed miserably.
Last summer, Daniel and Henrik Sedin were appointed as special consultants to the general manager. Despite their lack of expertise, the twins have previously been linked to controlling the Canucks after the organization sacked Jim Benning, the general manager they had been counseling.
Chances are that it will happen 20% of the time. It’s important to note that this is the likelihood for the present job vacancy. There’s little question that the Sedins will continue to learn the ropes of management in the hopes of one day heading this business. However, they are more likely to serve as understudies to someone like former Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, who would be interested in a president of hockey operations post but not in a long-term role as general manager.
The twins are not yet ready, but they will be soon. Which is going to be incredible: does the other one feel the cap hit if one of them makes a trade?
Assumption: The NHL will pay attention to talents like Connor McDavid and improve its star protection.
This could conceivably involve more rule enforcement during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when players like McDavid may go a whole series without receiving a penalty.
0% is the probability. Are you new to the site? Tom Wilson has a significantly better chance of winning the Lady Byng.
Assumption: The Islanders will fight back to make the playoffs.
It seemed nearly unthinkable before the season that the New York Islanders would start the season in the Metro Division cellar, 12 points out of a playoff berth, playing their first five games at UBS Arena. The venue includes 17 bars, which is great news for Islanders fans.
With a roster afflicted by injuries and enough COVID-19 absences to force game postponements, they’re 18th in goals-against average (2.95) and 31st in goals per game (2.05).
36.2 percent is the probability. That was the Islanders’ playoff likelihood as of Wednesday, according to MoneyPuck’s number crunchers. The Athletic’s Dom Luszczyszyn is less tolerant of the Islanders’ early-season collapse, projecting the team to finish with 86 points and an 87 percent probability of missing the playoffs.
Because of their front-loaded travel schedule, the Islanders will play 35 of their remaining 61 games at home. Now all they have to do is, you know, win there.
Tuukka Rask is presently an unrestricted free agent after undergoing offseason hip surgery. He’s been working out in Boston, most recently as an emergency fill-in for the Bruins when Linus Ullmark was put on the COVID-19 protocol. He’s spending time with Boston goalkeeper coach Bob Essensa, even before practice.
All of this is likely to be unpleasant for Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman, the two goaltenders who have taken over for Rask.
The probability is 99.9%. “We haven’t hidden from the fact that if he’s healthy and wants to play, he’s likely to be part of our group,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney said. Adding Rask would give the squad the boost it needs from a midseason trade, and they’re a team that could use it.
In the NHL, as we all know, there are no guarantees. This one, though, gets close.
There are three things to know regarding Zegras’ assistance.
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1. I’ve been asked a few times whether this Trevor Zegras-to-Sonny Milano goal has leapfrogged Connor McDavid’s instant classic, in which he sliced the Rangers’ defense like a head of lettuce, to the top of the goal of the year rankings.
To be honest, the debate reminds me of those Oscar years when a masterpiece of the art form wins Best Picture over a picture with more cultural significance. For example, “12 Years a Slave” is unquestionably a timeless masterpiece. There’s no denying that “The Wolf of Wall Street” has become a more prominent element of our cultural debate. “Spotlight” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” are both worth seeing.
That is to say, McDavid’s goal is one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen, but it isn’t the one that topped Scott Van Pelt’s “SportsCenter” and won Michael B. Jordan’s praise on the same night. “Connor doing Connor things” and “Wait, they can do that in hockey?” are two different things.
2. Sonny Milano deserves a shout-out. How many times has a shooter botched the finish, sabotaging an all-timer highlight pass? “That would have been a difficult one to be a ‘no goal,’” Zegras said. Milano, on the other hand, was really signaling the pass from in front of the goal. “He was shouting ‘Michigan!’” says the narrator. In response to the incident, Zegras stated: “”I ended up just flipping it over the net because of the lacrosse play” he pulled in front of the Sabres’ goal before the pass. He has excellent hand-eye coordination. He took care of the rest.”
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3. According to Zegras, this play has never been effectively completed before. The closest we’ve been in the NHL was when Pavel Datsyuk tried a behind-the-net aerial pass to Dan Cleary, who would have had an open goal if he’d connected. Unfortunately, the endeavor was unsuccessful. But then we wouldn’t have had the visceral delight of working on “The Flying Z” this week, would we?
The week’s winners and losses
Bruce Boudreau is the winner.
The man shows up in Vancouver, the Canucks win two straight games, the crowd shout “Bruce, There It Is,” and owner Francesco Aquilini tweets stuff like “Gotta love it!” It couldn’t have happened to a better person. That’s Boudreau.
Timing is a loser.
As pivotal as this moment is for the Canucks in 2021-22, they still have 22 points in 27 games and a 14.1 percent probability of reaching the playoffs. According to Aquilini, he may have delayed too long to terminate everyone. That might turn out to be prophetic.
Alain Vigneault was the winner.
It’s a small sample size, but having almost $10 million owing to you by a team that’s trying all it can to show you weren’t the issue must be a strange sensation.
New voices, new losers
Mike Yeo and Bruce Boudreau have returned to the bench. Jim Rutherford, who has been around since the Hartford Whalers, Marc Bergevin, who was Montreal’s general manager two weeks ago, and Mike Gillis, who is the peak of NHL recycling in that he may return to the club that fired him, are all rumored candidates for the GM post in Vancouver. “One dinosaur out, another dinosaur in,” Akim Aliu stated caustically, “and we wonder why hockey culture isn’t evolving.”
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Robin Lehner was the winner.
I don’t always agree with Lehner, but I admire him for the courage with which he stands by his beliefs. He prioritized his mental health and opted out of the 2022 Olympics, thus jeopardizing his opportunity to be Sweden’s starting goalkeeper in the post-Henrik Lundqvist era. Other NHL players are concerned about the COVID-19 limits in Beijing, as well as the possible dangers. None of them have yet prioritized their worries above the opportunity to represent their country on the ice. As always, Lehner was unwavering in his acts, and his actions may have cleared the door for others who share his fears.
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Hockey-related income comes out on top.
According to Forbes, the NHL’s hockey-related income is expected to rise “from a predicted $4.8 billion this season to $5.4 billion in 2022-23” and then to $6 billion in 2025-26, a 22 percent increase over the current season. There’s no indication on whether the owners want to arm Gary Bettman with robot components and install him as commissioner for the next 30 years.
Arizona Coyotes are the loser.
The Coyotes have had quite a week, going from dismissing reports that the club is for sale and may move to Houston to confirming that they would not be forced out of their Glendale arena due to unpaid bills. According to the team, “the earliest indications are that it looks to be the consequence of an unfortunate human mistake.” It’s human to make mistakes; it’s heavenly to rush to pay off outstanding tax bills and unpaid arena fees in order to avoid having to play NHL games at a local figure skating rink.
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