Panthers GM Dale Tallon will propose coaches challenge during GM meetings

It’s always easier to get involved in a cause if something affected you directly. You’ll see this happen often with celebrities; they will sometimes get involved in charitable efforts when their children or other loved ones suffer from a disease.

By that train of thought, it’s not shocking that Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is leading the charge to give NHL coaches the right to challenge one call per game (if they still have a timeout). After all, Tallon’s team would have benefited from such a rule after Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr more or less made a goal happen because he interfered with Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the topic will be on the agenda for Tuesday’s general meetings and that Tallon sent the information to NHL Senior VP and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. Dreger also shared the specifics of Tallon’s proposed rule change.

The introductory criteria for Tallon’s proposal for a coach’s challenge are as follows:

> Applies only to goal-related plays

> Challenge must be issued within prescribed time limit

> Team must have timeout left to issue challenge

> Unsuccessful challenge results in loss of timeout

> Successful challenge results in no loss of timeout

> One challenge per team per game

Addressing the coach’s challenge system is something we took a look at last week and hey, look at that, they want to check into it further.

Seems pretty straightforward and reasonable, right? Much like in the NFL, an unsuccessful challenge will cost a team a timeout, which means that the new rule wouldn’t really add that much time to a contest in most cases. Either a challenge will be successful (and therefore worth the time spent) or it won’t and there will be one less available break in the action.

One bonus is that a coach cannot challenge a play as frivolously as an NFL one would; they only get one opportunity as opposed to two chances like their pigskin counterparts. Let’s not forget that NHL teams only get one timeout per game, too, so losing that could be a big blow for teams that commit a poorly timed icing or need to draw up a play late in a game.

What do you think? Should coaches be allowed to challenge specific plays? Let us know in the comments.

Blues name Larry Robinson as new senior consultant to hockey operations

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Larry Robinson has joined the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues made the announcement Thursday, revealing that Robinson has joined the organization as a senior consultant to hockey operations.

Based on the comments of Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, it sounds like Robinson will work closely at times with head coach Mike Yeo. It could also further help the development of an already impressive defenseman in Colton Parayko.

“Bringing someone like Larry in, I just think, helps our hockey operations from top to bottom,” said Armstrong, per the Blues website.

“His ability to talk to Mike Yeo about coaching — that’s one area that we don’t have on our staff is a former head coach. You can think you know what Mike’s going through but I don’t know what Mike’s going through. Larry does. So he’s going to be able to relate to him on a lot of the things that he’s going to go through.

“He’s coming in as a consultant. I can learn a lot from him, our assistant coaches can, Parayko can. There’s not an area of our hockey operations he can’t touch to make us a better group.”

Robinson was most recently the director of player development with the San Jose Sharks, however it was reported in May that he would not return to that organization for this season.

Looks like Matt Duchene will make preseason debut tonight vs. Stars

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According to reports, there is substantial interest from other teams in Matt Duchene. That said, he remains with the Colorado Avalanche for now and will, it appears, make his preseason debut Thursday against the Dallas Stars.

Earlier this week, Darren Dreger reported on TSN that as many as eight teams have interest in Duchene, with the Senators aggressively pursuing the 26-year-old forward.

According to Mike Chambers of The Denver Post, Duchene will be in the lineup tonight versus the Stars.

Trade speculation has been swirling around Duchene for months now. He reported to training camp last week, and has since said his status with the Avalanche is a “day-by-day” situation.

“I love playing hockey. I want to win,” Duchene told The Denver Post. “That’s the biggest thing on my mind. I’m trying to get better every time I touch the ice right now.”

Habs prospect Juulsen out six weeks with fractured foot

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Tough news for the Montreal Canadiens and prospect defenseman Noah Juulsen on Thursday.

The Habs have announced that the 2015 first-round pick is expected to be sidelined six weeks after suffering a fractured foot on Monday.

The Habs selected Juulsen with the 26th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft following his 52-point regular season with the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League.

This past spring, Juulsen appeared in two playoff games for the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps. He turned 20 years old in April and it seemed like the Habs were going to give him a serious look to make the NHL club out of training camp.  

“We like the way he skates and his transition game,” said head coach Claude Julien earlier this week, before the injury was revealed. “He’s going to get a chance to make this team and if he doesn’t he’s not going to be too far away.”

Fight Video: Lappin, Puempel land some good shots in preseason tilt

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Who says players don’t care about preseason hockey?

Matt Puempel and Nick Lappin are trying to earn spots on their respective clubs, so they know they may have to do the little things others aren’t willing to do to stick around in the NHL.

On Wednesday night, that involved dropping the gloves against each other. These two seemed to be in mid-season form when it came to throwing punches.

Neither player is considered a tough guy. Lappin had 17 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Devils last season, while Puempel has 28 penalty minutes in 79 career NHL games.

Here’s the video footage of the scrap:

By the way, the Rangers won 4-3 in overtime.