Mike Halford

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)
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Seguin resumes skating in Dallas, Ruff notes ‘they have flights into St. Louis every day’


The latest on Tyler Seguin (and fellow injured Stars forward Patrick Eaves), per the Dallas Morning-News:

Q: On the statuses of Patrick Eaves (leg) and Tyler Seguin (Achilles)

Lindy Ruff: “Both skated today, both progressing.”

Q: On if Seguin and Eaves will travel with the team to St. Louis for Game 3

LR: “No, but they have flights into St. Louis every day.”

Seguin, as you’ve probably heard, hasn’t played since a Game 2 win over Minnesota in the opening round.

That was on Apr. 16.

Dallas’ All-Star center returned from a partially lacerated Achilles to participate in said Game 2, a nasty injury that cost him the final 10 games of the regular season and the series opener against the Wild.

The Stars say this latest injury has nothing to do with the previous one, but reporters haven’t been privy to much information beyond that.

In speaking last week, Ruff didn’t even want to put a timetable on Seguin’s return, for fear of what an inaccurate timetable might cause.

“I really can’t,” Ruff said. “I don’t even have a guesstimate on it. I don’t even think it’d be fair. If I guessed and if I’m off, everybody else will be wondering why did he guess that?”

GM Jim Nill did say the club expected Seguin to miss the first two games of the Blues series and, as of last Thursday, confirmed Seguin wasn’t skating.

“He’s day-to-day,” Nill explained. “Once he gets on the ice, it’s probably four to five days from there.”

This series, currently tied 1-1, will resume on Tuesday from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Losing Granato might not be only change behind Detroit’s bench

Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill, left, and assistant Tony Granato watch their preseason NHL hockey game against the Blackhawks during the third period at Joe Louis Arena Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Jeff Blashill will definitely have one new assistant in Detroit next season, with Tony Granato having accepted the head coaching gig at Wisconsin.

But could other changes be coming as well?

From MLive:

Pat Ferschweiler, in his first season as an NHL assistant coach, was in charge of a power play that struggled much of the season, despite finishing 13th in the league following a late surge. It was ineffective in the playoffs (1 for 25).

Blashill didn’t rule out changing roles on the staff.

“We’ll look at everything,” Blashill said. “How I can be better is partly how we all can be better as a staff, so we’ll look at everything in totality and how we can make ourselves more productive. Our goal is to try to get better and if that’s done through our staff then we’ll certainly address that.”

Given Blashill’s the NHL’s second-youngest coach (at 42) and Ferschweiler doesn’t have a ton of experience, the Granato loss becomes even more profound. He was the only guy on staff with history as a player and former NHL head coach.

As such, all signs point to Detroit going for a veteran hockey guy behind the bench (or hockey guys, plural, if Ferschweiler isn’t retained.)

But who?

Adam Oates would be an interesting name, if Oates hadn’t recently told Sportsnet “I presume my coaching days are over,” and “I’m not planning on coaching anymore.” Remember, Oates spent some time at Detroit practices this year as a power-play/skills coach (read more from the Free Press here) and is familiar with the organization, having broken in with the Red Wings during the mid-80s.

What’s more, Oates has experience as a head coach on two NHL benches — Washington and New Jersey — and also served as an assistant in Tampa Bay.

Dan Boyle says he got an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response to ripping reporters


At Rangers’ clear-out day last week, veteran d-man Dan Boyle made quite the spectacle, demanding that the New York Post’s Larry Brooks and Brett Cyrgalis — who, unbeknownst to Boyle, wasn’t actually there — leave his interview scrum in a profanity-laced tirade.

Now, Boyle is addressing the incident.

There’s no apology coming for Brooks and/or Cyrgalis and, what’s more, Boyle insists players across the league are thanking him for doing what he did.

Some excerpts from Boyle’s Sunday appearance on SportsTalkNY.

(H/T to Yahoo for the transcript):

“Thank god for unlimited texting, because my phone has blown up in the last few days … and it’s been overwhelmingly positive in my favor.

“To rewind a little bit, of course Larry and Brett – or whatever – and there’s probably one more guy in there … I think over the course of the two years that I’ve been here I’ve never seen such negative covering of the game and negative destruction of individuals. So yes, I was upset about some of the stuff that was said about me, but more importantly, I felt like I needed to be a voice for my teammates.”

“And I can tell you that from teammates to ex-teammates to guys from other teams, that have come through here and have dealt with these individuals, it’s overwhelming how many ‘thank you’s’ I got for what I said and what they didn’t have the courage to say or couldn’t say.”

Brooks — whose reporting style has been described as “cantankerous” — has been on the Rangers beat for ages, so this isn’t his first rodeo. There were those infamous showdowns with John Tortorella, his torching of the Wade Redden contract and countless other incidents — so in terms of corroborating Boyle’s story, yeah, there are probably a few players out there with an axe to grind that loved what transpired.

Boyle, though, has some regrets.

He wishes he didn’t blow up in front of the rest of the media — “I would bet every dollar that I own that I have zero problems with 99.9 percent of them,” he said — and suggested his tirade probably should’ve happened behind closed doors.

But when it comes to his intended targets, Boyle has no remorse.

“I do not, for one second, take back what I said to Larry and Brett,” he explained. “I do not take that back for one second.”

Related: Here’s video of Dan Boyle’s profanity-laced rant

Columbus, armed with No. 3 pick, has ‘at least a hundred reports’ on Laine, Puljujarvi

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26:  (l-r) John Davidson and Jarmo Kekäläinen of the Columbus Blue Jackets attend the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Everybody was talking about the two big winners from Saturday’s draft lottery — Toronto, which won the No. 1 pick and Winnipeg, which made the biggest move up and finished with the second overall selection.

There was a third team that had itself a good draft lottery, too. Columbus came into the night holding the No. 4 spot, with the possibility of dropping as low as No. 7.

So it came as welcome news when the Blue Jackets moved up one spot — to No. 3.

“It’s a good draft, and we moved up one spot,” Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said, per the Dispatch. “That’s much better than it could have been. Much better. It’s really good. We’re happy to move up, period.”

Getting into the top three was crucial because, as draftniks have espoused over the last few weeks, there’s a definitive upper echelon of this draft comprised of Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi.

All three are predicted to be impact players and in the NHL next season.

For Kekalainen and the Jackets, this is welcome news. Though the club would ideally like to land a quality young center — remember, Columbus dealt away Ryan Johansen in the Seth Jones deal — it is more than happy to add a talented winger.

Puljujarvi and/or Laine would compliment the club’s existing stable of young talent on the wings — Brandon Saad, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Sonny Milano, Kerby Rychel — and, possibly allow Kekalainen to address the lack of depth at center by trading one of his veteran forwards.

(Right now, Columbus is looking at Brandon Dubinsky, Boone Jenner and Alex Wenneberg down the middle.)

Whatever the case, though, this much is clear — Kekalainen is excited about the possibility of adding a fellow Finn to the organization. To say Columbus has done its homework on both Laine and Puljujarvi would be a big understatement, as Keklainen quipped Blue Jackets scouts have filed “at least a hundred reports on each of them.”

“They’ve been on the radar a long time,” he said.

Avs’ Hishon signs in KHL

DENVER, CO - MARCH 04:  Joey Hishon #38 of the Colorado Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Pittsburgh Penguins at Pepsi Center on March 4, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Joey Hishon, the 17th overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has left the Colorado organization to sign overseas with Finnish-based KHL team Jokerit, the club confirmed on Monday.

Hishon, 24, was taken by the Avs in ’10 but was plagued with concussion issues from the start of his time with the organization. He missed the entire 2011-12 campaign for OHL Owen Sound, and had his first professional season cut short (in 2013) when he suffered a second concussion playing for the Avs’ AHL affiliate.

Though he did recover to eventually suit up for Colorado — appearing in 13 regular-season and three playoff games — Hishon spent the majority of his career in the American League.

Those early health issues seemed to really set his development back, costing him the opportunity to grown alongside the club’s other draftees from that time (Matt Duchene was Colorado’s first-round pick in 2009; Gabriel Landeskog was the first-rounder in 2011.)

Hishon wasn’t the only NHLer opting to sign with Jokerit on Monday, either. Blueliner Rasmus Rissanen, who appeared in six games for Carolina last season, has also agreed to join the club.