Jason Brough

Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin makes a pass during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Stars expect Seguin to miss at least first two games of Blues series

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The Dallas Stars aren’t expecting to have Tyler Seguin for at least the first two games of their series with the Blues.

“He can’t skate yet, I can say that,” GM Jim Nill said yesterday, per the Dallas Morning News. “He’s day-to-day, and once he gets on the ice, it’s probably four to five days from there.”

The Stars host the Blues Friday and Sunday before heading to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday.

It’s not entirely clear what’s keeping Seguin off the ice. His original injury was a partial cut of his Achilles, but his new injury may only be related to that.

This morning, Stars coach Lindy Ruff reportedly wouldn’t (or couldn’t) provide an estimate on when Seguin might start skating.

Parise hoping to avoid back surgery

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 11:  Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on December 11, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Zach Parise is hoping he doesn’t need surgery to fix a herniated disc in his back.

“It’s too early to tell, but I’m optimistic that therapy and the rehab is working really well, that we’re going to be able to avoid that,” the Wild forward said, per the Star Tribune.

Parise’s injury caused him to miss the entire first round of the playoffs, no doubt a factor in Minnesota’s six-game loss to Dallas.

But the 31-year-old anticipates he’ll be able to start training sometime in the middle of the summer, and that he’ll be ready for training camp.

“I’m not worried about next year, the start of next year, I’ll be fine,” he said.

Given Parise is signed through 2024-25, with a cap hit of $7.54 million, the Wild will be hoping he’s right, and that this won’t be an ongoing concern.

Parise’s back-diving contract pays him an annual salary of $9 million through 2019-20.

Detroit’s new arena will be called Little Caesars Arena

A scale model shows the proposed Red Wings hockey arena hockey and local area plan with mixed use buildings and parking garages Monday, June 29, 2015 at the preview center for "The District", the new entertainment corridor Olympia Entertainment plans to create around the new hockey stadium, located inside Comerica Park.  (Elizabeth Conley/The Detroit News via AP)

To nobody’s surprise, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings will be called Little Caesars Arena.

From today’s announcement:

The 20-year naming rights agreement averaging more than $6.25 million per year paves the way for Little Caesars Arena branding on the roof of the arena, on the exterior, at entrances and at center ice, among other opportunities. … The agreement is estimated to be the largest investment in a naming sponsorship for a building whose sole professional sport is hockey.

Little Caesars was, of course, founded by Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch.

The Wings are scheduled to move into their new home in 2017. Once they do, Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome will become the oldest arena in the NHL, not counting Madison Square Garden, which recently underwent a $1 billion renovation.

The Edmonton Oilers will move into a new building next season.

Related: Flames ‘remain committed’ to arena plan, which city report called ‘not feasible’

Here are PHT’s second-round playoff predictions

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf knees in front of an empty net after the Ducks' 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators during Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The Blackhawks are out.

The Kings are out.

And most surprising of all, the Ducks are out

What’s not surprising? PHT’s first-round predictions did not go so well. Only three of us went above .500, and most of us (not me, of course, I’m really smart) lost our pick to win the Stanley Cup.

Here’s how things stand after round one:

Brough: 5-3
Halford: 4-4
O’Brien: 5-3
Dadoun: 3-5
Tucker: 5-3
Alfieri: 4-4
Just Flip A Coin: 3-5

As you can see, the virtual coin struggled. But in its defense, it was the only one to pick the Predators to upset the Ducks. (The virtual coin actually grew up in Nashville and went to Vanderbilt. It lives on the internet now, but Tennessee will always be home.)

Anyway, all we can do now is put the first round behind us. We’re not gonna dwell on it. That would be pointless. On to the second round…

Dallas Stars versus St. Louis Blues

Brough: Blues in 5
Halford: Blues in 6
O’Brien: Blues in 6
Dadoun: Blues in 6
Tucker: Blues in 6
Alfieri: Blues in 6
Just Flip A Coin: Stars

San Jose Sharks versus Nashville Predators

Brough: Sharks in 6
Halford: Sharks in 6
O’Brien: Sharks in 6
Dadoun: Sharks in 5
Tucker: Sharks in 6
Alfieri: Sharks in 6
Just Flip A Coin: Sharks (the virtual coin married a girl from the Bay Area, that’s why)

Washington Capitals versus Pittsburgh Penguins

Brough: Capitals in 7
Halford: Capitals in 7
O’Brien: Penguins in 6
Dadoun: Capitals in 6
Tucker: Capitals in 7
Alfieri: Capitals in 7
Just Flip A Coin: Penguins

Tampa Bay Lightning versus New York Islanders*

Brough: Lightning in 6
Halford: Lightning in 6
O’Brien: Islanders in 7
Dadoun: Islanders in 7
Tucker: Lightning in 6
Alfieri: Lightning in 6
Just Flip A Coin: Islanders

*Yes, this series started yesterday. Everyone had to get their pick in before then. Here’s a screenshot from my phone to prove it.


The new Florida Panthers logo has reportedly been leaked

Boston Bruins v Florida Panthers

The new Florida Panthers logo has apparently leaked onto the internet. You can see it below, via Paul Lukas of Uni Watch.

It’s been known for a while now that the Panthers would be wearing new duds next season, and there was informed speculation that the “completely different” design would be military themed.

Panthers owner Vincent Viola is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the 101st Airborne Division.

Here’s the logo of the 101st Airborne Division:


And here, apparently, is the Panthers’ new logo: