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.