Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul puts call out to Twitter to help find his iPhone and succeeds

You’ve done it, I’ve done it, we’ve all done it. We’ve left our cell phone somewhere and couldn’t locate it.

The terrors, the shakes, the panic sets in as you try to retrace your steps to locating it. You use someone else’s phone to call it to see if you managed to get it lost under a table after a night of shenanigans.

Or if you’re Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul you accidentally left your iPhone in a Toronto taxi cab and got scared. How does one go about recovering that? Lupul took his action to Twitter where he put out the call to his 27,000+ followers to help him find his missing phone.

Lupul offered up a reward for the user that helped find his phone: tickets to the next five Maple Leafs home games and a jersey. A pretty sweet reward if there ever was one since Leafs tickets and a jersey aren’t exactly cheap.

After just ten minutes, Lupul tweeted another update to say the phone was located. He told James Mirtle of The Globe & Mail about his ordeal and about how the power of social media came through for him.

Lupul was amazed so many people took his tweet seriously.

“It was honestly just kind of a shot in the dark,” he said. “I was half joking.

“I called [the cab company] and when I spoke to the lady, she said ‘oh we’ve been expecting your call.’ I think they’re probably so annoyed with me now. But I got it back.”

Because no one person earned the reward, Lupul said he plans to give the cab driver tickets to the Leafs next home game, which will be tomorrow night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It’s a bit of a silly story, but it’s all fun nonetheless. If you’re a hockey fan and you’re not using Twitter, you’re missing out on a lot of fun things like this as it’s one of the mediums the NHL and its players have really warmed up to to help reach out to fans. While there’s been instances like those surrounding new Ducks goalie Dan Ellis that have made it awkward for some players, you’ve got other guys like Paul Bissonnette of Phoenix that have latched onto it for all that it’s worth and made it their own personal haven for fame.

While making themselves available through such a public entity can be both awkward and fantastic for fans, guys like Lupul and Bissonnette that have embraced it through good and bad have set a solid example of how to have fun with the medium and not make it dreadfully boring or overly self-serving just the same. Sure team PR people might have a little heart attack each time something comes out, the fans are enjoying the interaction and that goes a long way to winning fans over.

Habs address blueline, acquire Schlemko from Vegas

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Having already moved on from Nathan Beaulieu, Alexei Emelin and Mikhail Sergachev, the Habs continued to remodel their defense on Thursday by acquiring David Schlemko from Vegas.

Schlemko, who spent last season with the Sharks, was acquired by the Golden Knights at last night’s expansion draft. Vegas will receive Montreal’s fifth-round pick in 2019 as part of the deal.

Signed to a four-year, $8.4 million deal last summer, Schlemko had high expectations in San Jose. GM Doug Wilson trumpeted him as a “solid puck-moving defenseman” and while Schlemko did show it at times, he also had his low points.

He was a healthy scratch midway through the year, and missed some time with a lower-body injury. All told, he had 18 points in 62 games, while averaging 16:45 TOI per night.

It’s unlikely that Habs GM Marc Bergevin is done here. While Schlemko is a decent pickup, he’s only one of five d-men under contract for next season, along with Shea Weber, Jeff Petry, Brandon Davidson and Jordie Benn. Andrei Markov is an unrestricted free agent, and it’s unclear if he’ll be brought back.

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

 

Kings add ‘tremendous all-around teacher’ Nachbaur to coaching staff

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John Stevens has added a familiar face to his coaching staff.

On Thursday, the L.A. Kings announced the hiring of Don Nachbaur as an assistant coach.

Nachbaur has spent the last seven seasons as bench boss of the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs. He has worked with Stevens before, although it’s been a while.

Their paths crossed during their playing days with the Philadelphia Flyers and American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears in the late 1980s. After that, they coached together with the Philadelphia Phantoms in the AHL. Nachbaur was an assistant coach with the Phantoms for two seasons (2000-01 and 2001-02) while Stevens was the head coach.

They made the playoffs both years but didn’t go beyond the second round.

“Don is a great addition to our coaching staff. I personally have known him 30-plus years,” said Stevens. “I played with him and have coached alongside him. He has played the game at a high level and he is a tremendous all-around teacher who is very well-rounded.”

Nachbaur joins a Kings staff that includes assistant coach Dave Lowry and goaltending coach Bill Ranford.

Here’s the new first-round draft order

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A week ago, we released the full order of selections for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Well, some stuff has happened since.

So here’s the new order for the first round, which will be selected Friday evening at United Center in Chicago:

1. New Jersey Devils
2. Philadelphia Flyers
3. Dallas Stars
4. Colorado Avalanche
5. Vancouver Canucks
6. Vegas Golden Knights
7. Arizona Coyotes
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Detroit Red Wings
10. Florida Panthers
11. Los Angeles Kings
12. Carolina Hurricanes
13. Vegas Golden Knights (from Winnipeg)
14. Tampa Bay Lightning
15. Vegas Golden Knights (from NY Islanders)
16. Calgary Flames
17. Toronto Maple Leafs
18. Boston Bruins
19. San Jose Sharks
20. St. Louis Blues
21. New York Rangers
22. Edmonton Oilers
23. Arizona Coyotes (from Minnesota)
24. Winnipeg Jets (from Columbus via Vegas)
25. Montreal Canadiens
26. Chicago Blackhawks
27. St. Louis Blues (from Washington)
28. Ottawa Senators
29. Dallas Stars (from Anaheim)
30. Nashville Predators
31. Pittsburgh Penguins

That order could still change, as there’s been plenty of speculation that some of the top picks could be in play.

Are teams like the Devils, Flyers, and Stars willing to deal?

We’ll find out soon.

Trade: Isles get Eberle from Edmonton for Strome

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Everyone knew this was going to be a massive offseason for Islanders GM Garth Snow.

And Snow has now responded in kind.

Per TSN, the Isles are on the verge of acquiring Jordan Eberle from Edmonton. No word yet on what’s headed to New York in return. Sportsnet has confirmed the move, saying all involved parties are being informed of the move.

Update: Ryan Strome headed to Edmonton in exchange, per TSN’s Darren Dreger.

The move comes after weeks of speculation about Eberle’s future with the Oilers. He had a solid regular season in Edmonton, with 20 goals and 51 points through 82 games, but struggled mightily in the postseason. He went scoreless through 13 games, finishing with just two points while watching his ice time dwindle to 14:32 per night.

Eberle is still a quality offensive talent, though, and should be thrilled about the prospect of playing with Isles captain John Tavares. Tavares, in turn, will undoubtedly be pleased with Snow’s bold move to bring in additional scoring up front, which could go a long way towards signing an extension with the Isles.

It’s safe to assume Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will feel some heat for this deal. While he did get out from under Eberle’s contract — $6 million annually for each of the next two years — Strome is coming off a disappointing year, and was exposed by the Isles at last night’s expansion draft.

That said, Chiarelli does have bigger fish to fry. Connor McDavid, the Hart Trophy winner, is eligible to sign an extension soon. Ditto for Leon Draisaitl.

Needless to say, those two contracts could be rather large.