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EDMONTON, AB - APRIL 6:  Andrej Sekera #2 of the Edmonton Oilers defends his zone against Andrey Pedan #29 of the Vancouver Canucks on April 6, 2016 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The game was the final game the Oilers played at Rexall Place before moving to Rogers Place next season. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
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Canucks place Pedan on waivers, hope he won’t be another Corrado

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The Vancouver Canucks got down to nine defenseman today, placing 23-year-old Andrey Pedan on waivers with hopes of being able to assign him to the AHL.

The Canucks lost a young defenseman, Frank Corrado, to waivers last year, so fingers will be crossed that Pedan — a big, physical blue-liner — will clear. Pedan is not a top prospect, but he’s depth that the Canucks may need should they run into injuries again.

Yesterday, Vancouver sent d-man Olli Juolevi, the fifth overall draft pick in 2016, back to junior.

So, as mentioned, there are still nine defenseman on the roster. The emergence of Troy Stecher has complicated matters considerably. The 22-year-old rookie doesn’t require waivers to be sent to the AHL, but so far in the preseason he’s outplayed NHL returnee Philip Larsen, who was brought in to run the power play.

Other complicating matters include Nikita Tryamkin‘s reported out-clause that allows him to return to Russia should he be assigned to the AHL.

There’s also next summer’s expansion draft to consider, in that each team must expose at least one defenseman who is a) under contract in 2017-18 and b) played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season, or who played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons. That gives the Canucks reason to keep (and play) Luca Sbisa and/or Alex Biega, neither of whom qualify to be exposed yet.

Alex Edler, Chris Tanev, Erik Gudbranson, and Ben Hutton are the four locks to start the season on Vancouver’s defense.

Related: There’s one ‘vision’ in Vancouver this season, and that’s winning

Isles cut Dal Colle and Ho-Sang; Barzal and Beauvillier remain

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26:  Mathew Barzal poses for a portrait after being selected 16th overall by the New York Islanders during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders announced a pile of moves today.

From the team’s website:

Kyle Burroughs, Michael Dal Colle, Matthew Finn, Christopher Gibson, Jesse Graham, Josh Ho-Sang, Ross Johnston, Devon Toews and Stephon Williams were loaned/assigned to Bridgeport.

Steve Bernier, Colin Markison and Tanner Fritz were released from their PTOs.

Scott Mayfield was placed on waivers.

Dal Colle, the fifth overall pick in 2014, and Ho-Sang, who went 28th that same year, are the most recognizable names. Both players were in junior last year and are only 20 years old, so it’s no huge disappointment that they’re headed for the AHL.

The Isles still have a couple of youngsters on the roster:

Mathew Barzal, 19, went 16th overall in 2015. A center, he’s been pegged to make the team since Frans Nielsen left in free agency. (Which isn’t to say he can replace Nielsen, only that a roster spot opened up.)

Anthony Beauvillier, also 19, was the 28th pick in 2015. He’s been a pleasant surprise at camp, and so far he’s survived the cuts.

“To me, he’s one of the guys that’s emerged,” coach Jack Capuano said of Beauvillier, per Newsday. “Put him at center, put him at left wing, right wing, in all situations. He does things the right way. Some of these young guys aren’t going to come in and play top-six minutes, so what kind of role are you going to play on our team? That’s what we’re looking for right now.”

Related: Isles sign Strome for two more years — can he bounce back?

McDavid becomes youngest captain in NHL history

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 03:  Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 3, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Oilers shutout the Flyers 4-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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At just 19 years old (plus 266 days), Connor McDavid was today named the captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

McDavid becomes the 15th captain in franchise history, and the youngest captain in NHL history (narrowly edging out Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog, who was 19 plus 286 days).

Andrew Ference was the last Oiler to wear the ‘C’, but he relinquished the role a year ago.

Other former Oilers captains include Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish and Doug Weight.

Edmonton’s alternate captains will be Milan Lucic, Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Related: Talbot thinks McDavid is ready to be Oilers’ captain

 

With two-year contract extension, Coyotes expect Domingue to ‘take that next step’

Arizona Coyotes' Louis Domingue waves to the crowd after the Coyotes' NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. Domingue earned his first NHL shutout as the Coyotes won 1-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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When all was said and done, the Arizona Coyotes didn’t get very good goaltending last season. They finished with a team save percentage of just .904, one of the lowest rates in the league.

That being said, they did get one very good stretch in December and January from Louis Domingue, and for that he was given a two-year, $2.1 million contract extension.

Now Domingue, 24, is out to prove he’s for real.

“Being a 24-year-old goalie in this league is an honor,” Domingue told the Arizona Republic. “Not every goalie gets up here this fast. I’m taking it one day at a time, and it happened to me. Putting in the work and not looking too far ahead, it worked out. I’m here now, so I’m going to keep pushing the same way.”

The Coyotes still have Mike Smith under contract for three more years. As former GM Don Maloney put it, they’re “married” to him, at a cap hit of $5.7 million to boot.

Smith, 34, went 15-13-2 with a .916 save percentage last season, and he actually played very well after returning in mid-March from abdominal surgery.

So it should be an interesting battle for playing time between the young netminder and the veteran.

“He’s been solid,” GM John Chayka said of Domingue. “It looked like he had a good summer and came in in good shape. … I expect him to take that next step. Louis’ got the talent to do it. It’s now doing it.”

Hurricane Matthew forces cancellation of Panthers-Lightning preseason game

CARIBBEAN SEA - OCTOBER 3: In this NOAA handout image, taken by the GOES satellite at 1315 UTC shows Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea heading towards Jamacia, Haiti and Cuba on October 3, 2016. Matthew is a strong Category 4 hurricane, in the central Caribbean Sea and is poised to deliver a potentially catastrophic strike on Haiti.  (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
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Hurricane Matthew, which is expected to hit Florida Thursday or Friday, has forced the cancellation of tomorrow’s preseason game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers in Sunrise.

The cancellation, which was expected, was confirmed today by TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

From the Miami Herald:

The Panthers could leave for their previously scheduled weekend trip to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, a little earlier than scheduled.

Florida plays the New Jersey Devils at West Point in its preseason finale on Saturday night.

As for the storm, here’s the latest from NBC News:

Thousands of Americans were headed for higher ground Wednesday as deadly Hurricane Matthew crawled across the Caribbean and toward the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

The storm is likely to bring high winds, heavy rain and storm surges to Florida on Thursday, before crawling its way up the coast toward Georgia and the Carolinas by Friday or Saturday.