The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 6th

Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans.

Blackhawks re-sign Jordan Hendry

Peter Forsberg: Should he stay or go?: I asked The Clash what they thought about this. They rolled their eyes at my lazy punk rock reference.

Clarke MacArthur arbitration amount raising questions about system: As it should. Seriously, in what ridiculous hockey galaxy would MacArthur be worth $2.4 million?

Maxim Afinogenov signs with SKA St. Petersburg: Man, Russians really love SKA music. I would have guessed they’d be more into techno or one of its ilk instead, but to each his own, right? [S-see it what I did there? … Sorry.]

NHL R & D camp will test new rules: But will there be robots?

Senators hire Kurt Kleinendorst – Kleinendorst. Now that’s a last name.

Penguins announce their all-time team – What, no Darius Kasparitis? I demand a recount.

Wild sign center John Madden – I know you’re expecting a “Boom” joke here, but all I can think is “What a waste.” He seems better suited as a great role player on a contender.

Willa Ford says Mike Modano should stick it to Dallas by signing with Detroit – First lesson of Blogging 101: When you can post a photo of someone who looks like Willa Ford – for legitimate reasons – you do it. Joe clearly was awake for that session.

Teemu Selanne plans to re-sign with Ducks, should Paul Kariya follow? – That could be a lot of fun, even though it would probably be like one of those sad, past-their-prime rock band reunions … (Speaking of which, how was Soundgarden at Lollapalooza?*)

Oilers sign Martin Gerber – The return of “Gerber baby.” Some scoffed at the signing, but it seems like a solid low-risk, medium-reward move.

Kovalchuk update: No real news today – Expect that to be the theme Saturday and Sunday, but Monday should hold answers.

Nabokov press conference – Man, the Edmonton Oilers sure have taken a lot of abuse over the years …

Chelios retires – I know what most of you are thinking: “Wait, he didn’t retire already?”

Red Wings owner welcomes Modano to Detroit – Sorry again, Stars fans.

Coyotes say their season ticket sales are “significantly higher” than reports – I wonder what they mean by “significant” though.

NHL 2K11 gets an earlier release set for Aug. 24 – Is this a sign of desperation from 2K Sports? It sure smells like it.

Tim Thomas “ahead of schedule” on rehab from hip surgery – Ah, old men and their hips. (See, I can rebound from that whole “no more Chelios old jokes” thing …)

Hossa’s day with the Cup – A sad one for lazy hockey humorists worldwide. The dream is over. Time to go back to Rick Dipietro quips again.

* For the record, I loved Soundgarden in middle school and would gladly pay to see them if they toured in my area.

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    Panthers officially add Chris Pronger to front office

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    Earlier this month, it was reported that the Florida Panthers were talking to Chris Pronger about joining their front office.

    Exactly three weeks later, the Panthers confirmed the move during a conference call with GM Dale Tallon.

    Dan Murphy of Sportsnet is reporting that Pronger’s official title will be “senior adviser to the president of hockey operations”. So basically, he’ll be working closely with Tallon.

    Pronger has been with the NHL’s Department of Players Safety since the start of the 2014 season.

    “Chris has spent the last three years working for the League’s Department of Player Safety and is ready to move into a more competitive, executive role,” Tallon said in a release. “One of the most dominant defensemen of his era, Chris’ winning resume and wealth of hockey knowledge will be a great asset to our hockey club. We’re thrilled that he has chosen to join the Panthers organization.”

    The 42-year-old is now free to join a team because his last player contract has (finally) expired, and he’s no longer on anyone’s payroll.

    This move is hardly surprising considering Pronger has already mentioned on numerous occasions that he’d like to be a general manager one day.

    Plenty of trade chatter now that freeze is over

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    The NHL trade freeze officially ended at 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday morning, but we haven’t officially seen any moves. Still, expect some transactions to go down in the very near future.

    According to TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie, there are a few specific names that might find themselves in new cities sooner than later.

    Per McKenzie, the Carolina Hurricanes are very interested in new Golden Knights defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who they acquired from Chicago during the expansion draft.

    The former Blackhawk is 25 years old, and he had 16 points and 29 penalty minutes in 58 games during the 2016-17 season.

    McKenzie also mentioned the strong possibility of the Oilers dealing Jordan Eberle at some point, but he also added that a deal isn’t necessarily close. A trade could occur on Friday.

    Eberle had 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games, but he was nowhere to be seen during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as he had two assists and a minus-6 rating in 13 games.

    The fact that Eberle comes with a cap hit of $6 million doesn’t help his odds of sticking around in Edmonton. After all, they’ll need all the cap space they can get for Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl‘s extensions.

    For over a week now, the Minnesota Wild have been at the front of the line when it comes to trade rumors. The Wild have bodies they can move on the blue line, as they were able to keep Matt Dumba, Marco Scandella and Jonas Brodin away from Vegas.

    Now, it sounds like Scandella may be the player most likely to move in the next little while.

    Going back to McKenzie’s Twitter timeline, he suggests that Brodin is the player they least want to part ways with, while Scandella is the one most likely to be dealt.

    The Arizona Coyotes have already made some noise this week. They traded for Nick Cousins, moved Mike Smith to Calgary and parted ways with Shane Doan. But TSN’s Darren Dreger believes there will be more movement in the desert.

    Now all we need is for two teams (or more) to pull the trigger!

    PHT Morning Skate: Expansion draft winners and losers

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    –As you’ve probably heard, the Vegas Golden Knights put their roster together last night. The Score looks at three takeaways from their initial roster. Landing Nikita Gusev from Tampa Bay was a nice acquisition for GM George McPhee. (The Score)

    –Sportsnet’s Luke Fox put together his observations of last night’s NHL Awards ceremony. Mike Babcock just can’t buy a Jack Adams Award, Connor McDavid left with a lot of hardware and actor Jacob Tremblay took a little shot at the Canucks. (Sportsnet)

    –Sean McIndoe looks at the five best goalies that have ever been exposed in an expansion draft (prior to last night). People forget, but the Sabres left Dominik Hasek unprotected in the early 90s, but the Anaheim Ducks and Florida Panthers opted not to select him. (The Hockey News)

    –Former hockey player Denna Laing suffered a devastating injury on the ice that left her paralyzed. Yesterday, she had the honor of presenting an award and getting a standing ovation. (NBC Sports)

    –Some teams took a major hit in the Vegas expansion draft, while other teams made out just fine. The Washington Post breaks down the winners and losers of last night’s expansion draft. It was a pretty tough night for the Panthers and Islanders. (Washington Post)

    –Sportsnet did a great feature on top draft prospect Nolan Patrick. Here’s a look at how Patrick became the player he is today:

    Vegas has 15 d-men, but won’t keep them all

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    The Vegas Golden Knights suddenly have 15 defensemen.

    Just don’t expect all 15 to remain Knights for long.

    “We’re going to have to move some defensemen,” general manager George McPhee said Tuesday, “because we’re going to claim a bunch.”

    So, who might get flipped?

    Well, a highly touted youngster like Shea Theodore, acquired in a trade with Anaheim, is unlikely to go. Theodore, 21, could be a core member of the Knights for years to come.

    Deryk Engelland probably won’t be going anywhere either. He just signed a one-year contract with the Knights, and he already has ties to Sin City.

    But a 32-year-old like Marc Methot? He could be dealt. The Dallas Stars are reportedly quite interested.

    A few others could be on the move, too, but we’ll have to wait to find out which ones.

    Here’s the full list of d-men that officially became Vegas property today:

    Jake Bischoff
    Deryk Engelland
    Alexei Emelin
    Jason Garrison
    Brayden McNabb
    Jon Merrill
    Marc Methot
    Colin Miller
    Luca Sbisa
    David Schlemko
    Griffin Reinhart
    Nate Schmidt
    Clayton Stoner
    Shea Theodore
    Trevor van Riemsdyk