Author: Jason Brough

Canadian Dollar Advances To Highest Level Since March 2008

Will the battered loonie affect Canadian teams’ budgets?


With the Canadian dollar languishing around $0.77 US and showing no signs of reversing its precipitous decline



…the Province newspaper in Vancouver spoke to Glen Hogdson, the chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada, to learn how it could affect Canadian NHL teams.

“The rich teams, they probably will not see the same growth in franchise value,” Hodgson told the paper. “When we’re at par, the Canucks could spend the same as the Kings. Now they have to stop and pause. The so-called ‘level playing field’ has now been tilted.”

While Hodgson believes Canadian teams will ultimately “get through it,” it will be interesting to see if any purse strings get tightened. The Winnipeg Jets and Ottawa Senators already have internal budgets that make spending to the cap unlikely. (For the record, the Jets have said the situation is “not as bad as people might think.”)

Quebec City’s odds of landing an expansion team may also be hurt. The Nordiques moved to Colorado in 1995, in large part as a consequence of a weak Canadian dollar.

Quebecor confirmed today that is has applied for a team:

Related: Why NHL fans should care about the plunging Canadian dollar

Laviolette will ‘figure out’ 3-on-3 overtime on the fly

Peter Laviolette

Predators coach Peter Laviolette concedes that 3-on-3 overtime, which the NHL has confirmed for the upcoming season, will be a “learning on the fly” kind of thing.

“All of it presents new challenges,” Laviolette told The Tennessean. “Anytime, I think, that rule changes come into play, you’ve got to figure out how you’re going to handle those rule changes, how you’re going to address them with your team. I think we’ll get there. We’ll figure that out once we get going.”

At the very least, Laviolette can consult with the organization’s AHL coach, Dean Evason, in Milwaukee. The AHL introduced 3-on-3 overtime last season.

According to Evason, the key was keeping players fresh, because if “you’re tired on 3-on-3, the ice surface is so big, you can get exposed very quickly.”

In a related story, the risk for the NHL is that coaches do what coaches do and find a way to coach the offense out of 3-on-3. As we’ve learned watching international hockey, more time and space doesn’t always lead to more goals. When coaches are worried about getting “exposed,” they can get pretty conservative.

That being said, it’s hard to see how 3-on-3 overtime doesn’t achieve its goal of reducing the number of shootouts. How sizable a reduction is the big unknown.

Related: Teravainen on 3-on-3 overtime: ‘I think it’s great’

Leafs name new goalie coach

Philadelphia Flyers v Toronto Maple Leafs

Steve Briere is the new goaltending coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced today.

From the press release:

Briere joins the Leafs after serving as the owner and head instructor of Canadian Professional Goalie Schools in addition to his role as goaltender coach with several Junior level teams (the NAHL’s Topeka Roadrunners as well as the USHL’s Fargo Force and Des Moines Buccaneers).

Toronto fired its most recent goalie coach, Rick St. Croix, in April as part of a major housecleaning. St. Croix had taken over for Francois Allaire, who quit in 2012.

The Leafs also announced today that Ari Vuori has been named the director of European scouting.

Datsyuk’s rehab taking longer than expected

Detroit Red Wings v Philadelphia Flyers

When Pavel Datsyuk underwent ankle surgery in June, there was hope he’d be ready to start the regular season.

That hope appears to have faded.

Via MLive and Puck Daddy, the 37-year-old told that the rehabilitation time has proven to be considerably longer than first thought. As a result, he may be out of action four or five months, which could push the start of his season into November.

Datsyuk only has two years left on his contract. While he still has the ability to dazzle, his injury log is only growing longer as his time in the NHL winds down. He hasn’t played more than 70 games since 2009-10.

That Henrik Zetterberg, the Wings’ other great center, and Niklas Kronwall, still their best defenseman, are each 34 years old only adds to the urgency to make a run at the Stanley Cup, before the reins are officially handed to the next generation.

Related: On the difference between ‘good’ and ‘big-time’ players

Would the Sedins waive their no-trade clauses?


With three years left on their contracts, and with a management group that wants its prospects to develop in a “winning environment” surrounded by good veteran role models, the Sedin twins are in no imminent danger of being traded by the Vancouver Canucks.

But that didn’t stop Swedish newspaper Expressen from asking the 34-year-old brothers about the possibility.

Predictably, the twins said they had no intention of finishing their careers with any other team. Even if it meant a better chance at winning a Stanley Cup.

At the same time, they didn’t outright say they wouldn’t waive their no-movement clauses should the Canucks ever ask them to. Like, say, in the final year of their deals (2017-18).

For now, the fact the twins were even asked about such a scenario may be the main takeaway here. If the Canucks miss the playoffs next season, or if they make them and lose again in the first round, expect the calls for a more drastic rebuild to grow even louder in Vancouver.

Daniel Sedin had 76 points last season. His brother, Henrik, had 73. They each have a $7 million cap hit.