Author: Mike Halford

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Journeyman Janik retires, named assistant of Arizona’s AHL affiliate


Doug Janik, who appeared in nearly 200 NHL contests over a 10-year career, has retired from professional hockey and joined the coaching ranks.

On Tuesday, the Coyotes announced that Janik would serve as one of Ron Rolston’s assistants with their new AHL affiliate in Springfield. Janik, 35, spent last season playing in the Italian League, and made his last NHL appearance with Detroit during the 2011-12 campaign.

All told, Janik played for five different clubs during his NHL career — the Red Wings, Sabres, Lightning, Stars and Canadiens — with his best season coming in ’06-07, when he scored 11 points in 75 games for the Lightning.

Janik wasn’t the only assistant Arizona hired on Tuesday.

Mike Bavis, 45, joined Springfield after nearly two decades on Boston University’s staff, including four seasons as associate coach under longtime bench boss Jack Parker.

PHT Morning Skate: Is St. Louis a Hall of Famer? What about Zubov?


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Rangers beat writer Andrew Gross, who spent the last two seasons covering Martin St. Louis for The Record, says No. 26 should get into the Hockey Hall of Fame, though “perhaps not on the first ballot.” (

“To me the turning point was when Paul got there, and we started to see the turnaround and what we needed to do.” That quote comes courtesy Jets captain Andrew Ladd, in discussing his team’s improvement under head coach Paul Maurice. (

Sports business columnist Geoff Baker breaks down why none of Seattle’s three rumored expansion groups were able to complete the application process. (Seattle Times)

Since we started this with a Hall of Fame debate, why not end with one? ESPN discusses Sergei Zubov’s candidacy. (ESPN)

Chiasson wants $2.45M in arbitration, Ottawa counters at $1M

Ottawa Senators v Philadelphia Flyers

The Senators and forward Alex Chiasson are nearly $1.5 million dollars apart on salary heading into Thursday’s arbitration hearing.

More, from the Sun:

Numbers confirmed by the Sun reveal the Senators winger will be looking for the arbitrator to grant him a salary of $2.475 million at Thursday’s hearing, while the club will counter with an offer of $1 million.

Although it’s believed the Senators will win the case, there are, of course, no certainties. And if the arbitrator does rule in favour of Chiasson, the club is expected to try and trade him.

Chiasson, 24, was one of the key pieces acquired in last summer’s Jason Spezza trade to Dallas, but had a disappointing inaugural campaign in Ottawa; he scored just 11 goals and 26 points in 76 games, and was a healthy scratch in a pair of the Sens’ opening-round playoff loss to Montreal.

Still, Chiasson is an intriguing player.

At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, he has power forward size and showed potential during his rookie campaign in Dallas, scoring 35 points in 79 games during the ’13-14 season, and two more in six playoff appearances.