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  1. Former Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy may have once called out Matt Duchene http://www.coavalanchejersey.com/calvin-pickard-jersey-c-20.html, but he didn’t have a big problem with the popular center. Slow your roll, Colorado Avalanche fans, before you point out the video I’m going to share in just a few lines. I well remember former head coach Roy calling out Duchene for celebrating a goal. That said, Patrick Roy had no big beef with Matt Duchene when he was still head coach of the Avs. First, let’s acknowledge that the goal did mark the first time Duchene scored 30 goals in a season. It’s true he had reason to celebrate. However, let’s also remember the situation at the time. It was late in the third period of a game the Avalanche were losing 4 0. The Avalanche were in the middle of a free fall, losing eight of the last nine games. Just one week before they’d been playoff contenders. Here’s what Roy actually said “And the thing I have a bit of a hard time with is the reaction of Dutchy after he scores. It’s a four nothing goal. Big cheer — are you kidding me? What is that? It’s not the reflect that we want from our guys.” Roy went on to opine that the Avalanche had a losing mindset — and they certainly went on to lose their last three games. Duchene admitted at the time that he wouldn’t really enjoy the milestone until later. He also said the following about his relationship with Roy “We had a real good talk http://www.coavalanchejersey.com/nikita-zadorov-jersey-c-19.html, and our relationship before that was great. Everybody wanted to make a big deal out of what happened at the end of the year and it’s like, we had a great chat right after it happened to make sure everything was good. Our relationship never wavered for a second through that whole thing. The media always wants to blow everything up, and make it look like it’s two people against each other, and it was never that.” I fully believe Matt Duchene when he says his relationship with Patrick Roy was just fine afterward, and here’s why. Patrick Roy and Unfavorable Players Patrick Roy caught a lot of flak for Le Incident. You could say some of it was justifiable. Duchene celebrated a goal — he didn’t do this Or own goal the Colorado Avalanche into oblivion à la Francois Beauchemin. However, Roy displayed a teacherly mindset to his coaching — he talked all the time about the teaching learning cycle between the coaching staff and the players. I firmly believe he wanted to teach one of his best players, Matt Duchene, how to have a winning mindset. That opinion is supported by a couple of facts. First of all, Roy said it right in the interview — the team was suffering from a losing mindset. He didn’t want that losing mindset celebrating a goal that was meaningless to the team to come from his best players. The second fact is that Roy had been working with Duchene to make him a winner all season. Matt Duchene suffered one of his characteristic goal scoring slumps, scoring only one goal in all of October. According to Duchene himself, Roy pulled him aside and showed him video of Matt scoring, explaining positioning. Roy continued to support Duchene as he rebounded and even had an historic November. However, the trade rumors started around that time and persisted until the deadline. It was said that Patrick Roy wanted to trade his troublemaker. Again, I pose two facts to prove otherwise. First of all Cody McLeod Jersey, Roy didn’t take time to teach players he’d given up on. Remember P.A. Parenteau? Roy decided early on that he “wasn’t a top six forward.” He benched Parenteau and was surely integral in seeing P. A. traded. Roy never benched Duchene, not even for a shift. I also daresay that, if he’d really wanted Matt traded http://www.coavalanchejersey.com/erik-johnson-jersey-c-17.html, Duchene would have been traded. Second, Patrick Roy is almost one year removed from the Colorado Avalanche. Yet the trade rumors have become more virulent. Indeed, Duchene essentially failed under Jared Bednar, and that’s a large part of the reason it’s said both sides want a trade. None of that has anything to do with Patrick Roy. The only constant is GM Joe Sakic. Maybe he was the one exploring a trade all along. It could even be that Roy spoke up in Duchene’s defense. I own that that’s pure speculation. A final parting shot on the topic of Le Incident. I would much rather have my boss call me out publicly once rather than have the big boss dangling a transfer over my head for two years.
  2. While the Coyotes were open to adding another option to their defense in the waning weeks of the summer, the blue line appeared to be set. They acquired a partner for Oliver Ekman Larsson on the top pairing in Niklas Hjalmarsson and beefed up their depth with the signing of Adam Clendening. But what the http://www.azcoyotesjersey.com/anthony-duclair-jersey-c-9.html back end could look like when the Coyotes debut Oct. 5 is now up in the air since Jakob Chychrun is sidelined indefinitely after undergoing knee surgery Thursday to repair an injury suffered this week during offseason training. The Coyotes said Chychrun is expected to make a full recovery, and they will provide a further update once training camp begins Sept.14. They did not elaborate on the nature of the injury and declined to share any specifics about it or his recovery, so it’s unclear when, where and how the injury happened and what’s next for Chychrun – who became a social media hit earlier this summer when he posted a video of an impressive box jump during his training. This setback comes on the heels of a strong rookie debut for Chychrun, who cracked the lineup as an 18 year old just months after getting drafted 16th overall last summer. He posted seven goals and finished with 20 points in 68 games http://www.azcoyotesjersey.com/tobias-rieder-jersey-c-7.html, flashing plenty of potential as a smart, offensive minded defenseman who began to earn more ice time as his play in his own end improved. Chychrun was the third youngest player in team history to make his NHL debut; his seven goals tied for the second most among NHL rookie defensemen, and he was the first rookie defenseman in franchise history to tally a point in his first three career games. A left shot, Chychrun was expected to remain a regular in the top six and could have earned second pairing minutes with the Coyotes anticipating lefty Alex Goligoski shifting to the right side. How his second season progresses is now unclear. It’s also difficult to say how the Coyotes will respond since a timeline for Chychrun’s return hasn’t been announced. But if the 19 year old isn’t ready for the start of the season http://www.azcoyotesjersey.com/ryan-white-jersey-c-8.html, the team has options. Arizona could stay pat; it could keep Goligoski on the left. Kevin Connauton could fill out the third pairing with Hjalmarsson, Clendening and Luke Schenn on the right – although it would still be unusual if the team didn’t carry at least one extra. The Coyotes could call on a minor league player to improve their depth, if needed. Kyle Wood, a right shot, continues to develop, while Dakota Mermis and Dysin Mayo are other blue liners in the pipeline. Arizona also signed Andrew Campbell and Joel Hanley to two way contracts in July. It’s possible the team explores free agency, as experienced defensemen like Cody Franson and Dennis Wideman remain unsigned. The Coyotes could also cook up a trade; while most blue lines look finalized, a few teams seem to have a surplus. Vegas is one such team and may be open to moving lefties Luca Sbisa, Clayton Stoner or Griffin Reinhart. Buffalo, Vancouver, Nashville and Detroit also appear to have extra bodies on the back end. Regardless if Chychrun rebounds quickly or is out for an extended amount of time Alex Goligoski Jersey, the news of his injury is a tough blow for a player who showed immense promise as a rookie and a team that has him positioned as a catalyst for its growth.
  3. he New York Rangers must see an overhaul down in Hartford, otherwise the youth is in trouble. Last season http://www.rangerscoolhockey.com/brandon-pirri-jersey-c-4.html, the Hartford Wolf Pack were expected to be contenders. The New York Rangers’ top farm team owned the rights of a bevy of prospects, including Robin Kovacs. New York expected to see Hartford work as a development spot for some of their finest young talents, but quickly learned that would not be the case. One of the best writers in the business, Adam Herman, recently wrote his Top 30 Prospects series. Within the series, Herman repeatedly referenced how poorly Hartford was run as reasoning for players struggles. Seemingly the only player that played to potential was Ryan Graves, despite plenty of talent on the roster. Let’s take a look at Hartford’s offseason overhaul first. Chris Drury Takes Over The New York Rangers did not take Hartford’s struggles lightly. Rather than continuing on with the same crew for yet another year http://www.rangerscoolhockey.com/brady-skjei-jersey-c-3.html, the Rangers fired Ken Gernander and hired Keith McCambridge as their new Head Coach. Additionally, the Rangers named former Ranger Chris Drury as the new General Manger of the Wolf Pack. Drury and McCambridge will be tasked with changing what was seemingly a toxic environment in Hartford. Gernander appeared to prefer to play the veterans over the youth, despite the AHL being essentially a development program for the young players. Thus, players like Robin Kovacs and Malte Stromwall found themselves behind players like Tanner Glass. Under Drury and McCambridge Adam Clendening Jersey, the hope is that the Rangers return to prioritizing the young talent down in Hartford. Winning would be a nice bonus http://www.rangerscoolhockey.com/brendan-smith-jersey-c-5.html, but most important is that the players develop their overall games. RELATED STORY Scouting Alexander Georgiev Important Pieces Fill Out The Pack One factor that makes Hartford’s improvement even more necessary is how much young talent the roster should be loaded with. While we said that last year, this year sees another wave joining the fray. Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil could end up in Hartford, though Chytil will almost certainly play elsewhere. Former third round pick Sean Day will more likely than not play in Hartford, however, serving as one of the most critical development pieces. Robin Kovacs and Ryan Gropp are set to play in Hartford as a pair of players that must improve on ghastly campaigns. Kovacs scored two goals last season, despite being known as an offensive weapon. Alexander Georgiev is a goaltending prospect that may be the next backup goalie after Ondrej Pavelec. The team playing well in front of him will help his development plenty.
  4. The Pittsburgh Penguins offseason is coming to its close very soon. It’s been an offseason of additions and losses, but theres still time to do more. As always, Penguins hockey is on my mind and there is always something to talk about. This week, there have been a number of quick thoughts passing through my mind. We need to move in on a third line centre soon. The Pittsburgh Penguins number one priority this offseason has been to replace Nick Bonino. After Bonino signed with the Nashville predators as a free agent http://www.penguinscoolhockey.com/daniel-sprong-jersey-c-33.html, his third line centre role instantly became the Penguins main hole. There have been a number of candidates floating around. Jordan Staal http://www.penguinscoolhockey.com/garrett-wilson-jersey-c-34.html, Matt Duchene and Tyler Bozak have been the top three names for leading candidates. Out of the three, it looks like Bozak is our best bet. With preseason about a month away, the Penguins need to get a deal done. 2 This third line centre could be picked up using Olli Maatta I talked about this earlier this week, but it looks like Olli Maatta can be the expendable piece to use to acquire a third line centre. Whether it be Tyler Bozak, Jordan Staal or Matt Duchene http://www.penguinscoolhockey.com/frank-corrado-jersey-c-35.html, Olli Maatta is the young defenceman that can draw a high calibre out from these rebuilding teams. 3 Zach Aston Reese is looking very interesting The more I look at Zach Aston Reese, the more I love his potential. He was the leading goal scorer in the NCAA this past season and was also tied for the point lead. Two college players that made an impact on our current Penguins are Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary, who both play wing to Sidney Crosby. If Aston Reese can come close to what they’ve accomplished, if not more Dominik Simon Jersey, I’d be satisfied. Want your voice heard? Join the Pens Labyrinth team!Write for us! 4 I can’t wait for hockey Ending my thoughts on a lighter note here. Preseason hockey is only a month away. This offseason has felt so long and I for one am ready for the season to start. Let’s go for that three peat.