Author: Ryan Dadoun

Adam Oates

Report: Oates might join DeBoer in San Jose


Adam Oates was linked to the San Jose Sharks back when the head coaching position was still on the table. That job ultimately went to Peter DeBoer, but Oates might still join the Sharks’ staff as an assistant coach, per TSN.

Oates had a 65-48-17 record in two seasons as the bench boss in Washington. He was let go after the Capitals failed to make the playoffs in 2013-14, but joined the New Jersey Devils as a co-coach after DeBoer was fired. Oates has reportedly informed New Jersey that he will not return after missing out on that head coaching job to John Hynes.

As a minor, but interesting side note, Oates once accused Sharks forward Tomas Hertl of disrespecting the league back in 2013 when the then rookie forward scored a between-the-legs goal. That led to Sharks GM Doug Wilson saying that Oates should worry about his own team and not “being a caretaker of the game.”

Oates is a Hall of Famer that recorded 341 goals and 1,420 points during his 1,337-game playing career.

Blues inform Barret Jackman that he won’t be re-signed

Barret Jackman

Barret Jackman has spent his entire 803 game NHL career with St. Louis, but he will have a new home next season. The Blues have told the 34-year-old defenseman that they will not re-sign him, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jackman is coming off of a three-year, $9.5 million contract. He ranks second on the Blues’ all-time list in games played behind Bernie Federko (927 contests).

Despite his long tenure with the Blues, their decision not to retain him doesn’t come as much of a shock. Jackman logged an average of 20:40 minutes with St. Louis back in 2011-12, but his role with the team declined in each of the last three seasons to the point where he played just 16:48 minutes per game in 2014-15. He even ended up spending a couple games as a healthy scratch towards the end of the campaign.

St. Louis’ defensive core consists of Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, and Kevin Shattenkirk and the trio comes with a combined annual cap hit of roughly $16.2 million, so adding Jackman on top of that might have hindered their flexibility in other areas. St. Louis currently has about $57 million in cap space committed to 16 players next season, per General Fanager, and that’s not including RFA Vladimir Tarasenko.

Ducks reveal Getzlaf has a sports hernia

Ryan Getzlaf

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was very hard on himself in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final in what would ultimately be a 4-3 series loss to Chicago. As it turns out, he might not have been 100%.

The Ducks revealed that Getzlaf played through a sports hernia. It’s not clear when he sustained the injury and thus we don’t know how long he was dealing with the problem. He did record two goals and 20 points in 16 playoff contests, including an assist in Game 7 of Anaheim’s series against the Blackhawks.

The good news is that Getzlaf will not require surgery. Teammate Nate Thompson unfortunately can’t say the same.

Thompson, 30, is scheduled to have a shoulder operation today. He was hurt in a game against Arizona on April 11 and missed the first round of the playoffs as a result. However, he returned on April 30 and went on to record two goals and six points in 12 postseason contests.

It’s not yet known what the timetable is for Thompson’s recovery, per the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens.

PHT Morning Skate: (Video) Vince Vaughn’s passionate about Blackhawks

Vince Vaughn

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.

Vince Vaughn recently spoke about his love for the Blackhawks and, prior to Game 4, why he thinks Chicago will ultimately win this series:

Scott Gomez talks about one of his first practices with the Devils and his unusual introduction to Ken Daneyko. The story is then retold from Daneyko’s point of view. Be warned that there’s strong language in this piece. (The Players’ Tribune)

The Kelly Cup Final is going to Game 7. (

Just to highlight the sky high expectations being thrust on Connor McDavid, this picture of him with Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky has taken off:

Gretzky also recently talked about McDavid, saying that he’d “be the first guy to shake his hand if he breaks my records.” (Canadian Press)

Two Catholic leaders have put a wager on the Stanley Cup Final. (NBC Chicago)

Glendale schedules meeting to explore possible termination of Coyotes lease agreement (Updated)


The City of Glendale has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. ET to discuss the possibility of terminating its current lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes.

The Coyotes are not pleased. Nick Wood, of the law firm Snell & Wilmer, has issued the following statement on the behalf of the club:

“This is a blatant attempt to renege on a valid contract that was negotiated fairly and in good faith and in compliance with all laws and procedures. In the event the City Council initiates any action to revoke, repeal or otherwise rescind the agreement, the Coyotes will immediately take all actions available to them under the law against the City of Glendale.”

Coyotes co-owner, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc added, “This action by the City of Glendale is completely ludicrous, especially in light of the fact that myself and Andrew Barroway visited with the City yesterday and the particulars of this were never raised. In fact, we to this moment have not been advised of this other than the notification on the City website. The City of Glendale is displaying a complete lack of good faith, business acumen or an understanding of a business partnership. We want to reassure our great fans that the Arizona Coyotes are committed to Glendale and playing at Gila River Arena.”

It is worth noting that the subject of the organization’s relationship with the City of Glendale was raised during Tuesday’s state of the union and LeBlanc mentioned the Barroway meeting with Mayor Jerry Weiers, Vice Mayor Ian Hugh, and city attorney Michael Bailey. LeBlanc categorized the meeting as “good” and said that they talked about how the franchise and city could work more closely together.

“The mayor, you know, on August 5th of 2013 when we closed the deal — actually I guess it was in July when we had the vote with the city of 2013, he came up to me afterwards, and he said, look, at the end of the day I wasn’t a supporter of the deal, but I want to do what I need to do to work with the Coyotes and make things work, and I take him as a man of his word, and he reiterated that yesterday,” LeBlanc said during the press conference.

This also comes after a TSN report in May that said senior elected city officials were exploring legal grounds to void the arena management contract. The Coyotes refuted that report.

Update: Glendale’s legal challenge would focus on Arizona statute 38-511, according to Fox Sports’ Craig Morgan. The full statute is here, but subsection A states:

The state, its political subdivisions or any department or agency of either may, within three years after its execution, cancel any contract, without penalty or further obligation, made by the state, its political subdivisions, or any of the departments or agencies of either if any person significantly involved in initiating, negotiating, securing, drafting or creating the contract on behalf of the state, its political subdivisions or any of the departments or agencies of either is, at any time while the contract or any extension of the contract is in effect, an employee or agent of any other party to the contract in any capacity or a consultant to any other party of the contract with respect to the subject matter of the contract.