Author: Ryan Dadoun

P.K. Subban

Subban working out with former Olympian Ben Johnson


In an effort to improve his speed and agility, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has enlisted the help of former Olympian Ben Johnson.

“We started working together three times a week, but we’ve gone down to two a week,” Johnson told TSN. “I don’t want to overload his muscles. He’s doing strength and acceleration and some agility. He’s going to be even better, even faster next year.”

Subban is coming off of a strong season where he recorded 60 points and averaged 26:12 minutes per contest. He finished third in Norris Trophy voting behind only Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson.

Subban declined to speak to TSN about his training and agent Don Meehan speculated that it was in an effort to protect Johnson from media scrutiny. Johnson won the gold medal for the men’s 100 meters in the 1988 Olympics, but lost the medal due to a positive steroids test. The International Amateur Athletics Federation banned him for life in 1993 following a positive test for excess testosterone. He was able to return in 1999 due to procedural errors only to once again fail a drug test.

Quebecor seeks partners in Quebec City bid

Calgary Flames v Ottawa Senators

Quebecor’s goal of bringing the NHL back to Quebec City took a big step forward when the NHL announced that it would look at expansion bids exclusively from them and Las Vegas, but the media and telecom company’s work is far from done.

To help cover the $500 million expansion fee, Quebecor is seeking investors.

“Submitting this application is one more step towards our ultimate objective of making sports an additional growth segment,” president and CEO Pierre Dion said, per TSN.

“We will soon be approaching potential partners, which we believe will attract high interest levels.”

Quebecor has also begun talks with possible sponsors.

Aside from the expansion fee, there are other potential road blocks that might prevent the second coming of the Quebec Nordiques. One is the Canadian dollar’s decline and while NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t anticipate that being a problem, there’s also potential geographical headaches that might lead to the east coast Quebec City team being put in the Western Conference.

Former first-rounder Gormley accepts Coyotes’ qualifying offer

Brandon Gormley

Defenseman Brandon Gormley might just be 23 years old, but he’s running out of chances to prove that he can be a regular in the NHL.

Gormley was a restricted free agent this summer and ended up accepting the Arizona Coyotes’ qualifying offer, according to Fox Sports Arizona. Based on the fact that he came with a $810,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level last season, Arizona had to qualify him at $850,500. The deal is two-ways and he would earn $67,500 if he spends the 2015-16 campaign in the minors, but he would first have to clear waivers.

He was taken with the 13th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but has struggled to maintain a roster spot with the Coyotes. He had four points in 27 contests with Arizona in 2014-15 and another 10 points in 23 AHL games.

“He’s at a stage where it’s either fish or cut bait, to be honest,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney said. “This offseason and training camp are very important for him. The good thing is, we have roster room available for him to get the job if he earns it.”

How do Voracek, Giroux compare to the most expensive duos?

Carolina Hurricanes v Philadelphia Flyers

How would you rate Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux compared to the other elite duos in the league?

Once Voracek’s new eight-year, $66 million extension begins in 2016-17, the Flyers top two forwards will cost a little over $16.5 million annually in cap space. There are just three duos that are currently more expensive: Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews ($21 million combined), Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby ($18.2 million), and Anaheim’s Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf ($16.9 million).

That’s some pretty tough company to be compared to. Toews and Kane have led Chicago to three Stanley Cup championships while Malkin and Crosby have also won the Cup and combined for three Hart Trophies. Perry and Getzlaf have their names on the Cup too and while that was back in 2007, Perry is also a Hart Trophy and Rocket Richard Trophy winner while Getzlaf has ranked fourth in total points over the last three seasons.

By comparison, over the four seasons since Voracek was acquired from Columbus, the Flyers have only won one playoff series and neither Voracek or Giroux have claimed a major award. The closest either came was when Giroux finished third in the Hart Trophy vote in 2014.

That being said, even if the top items of their resumes don’t measure up to some of the other elite duos, they certainly compare favorably in other ways. Over the last three season, Voracek and Giroux have combined for 396 points, putting them behind Malkin/Crosby (419), but ahead of Perry/Getzlaf (379), and Toews/Kane (370). On top of that, at 25 years old (26 in August), Voracek is the youngest player of those listed, so he’s had the least amount of time to work on his resume.

Finally, there’s the matter of the team built around each set of elite forwards. Philadelphia over the last few years has suffered under the weight of bloated contracts to older players. Part of that has come from a need to use band aid solutions defensively to compensate for a lack of desirable homegrown blueline options. With some promising defensemen now developing in the Flyers’ system, perhaps that will change.

Because at the end of the day, it won’t be about how many points Voracek or Giroux accumulate in the regular season. That’s certainly is relevant, but they will ultimately be judged on what happens in future playoff runs.

PHT Morning Skate: Want to design Cory Schneider’s mask?

Cory Schneider

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.

The New Jersey Devils are holding a contest to design a mask for Cory Schneider. (

The argument in favor of the Nashville Predators trading Shea Weber within the next year. (Puck Daddy)

Did you enjoy Jonathan Quick’s look at the league’s elite snipers? Because he’s doing a second part to it and is taking requests. (Quick on Twitter)

Leo Reise Jr. passed away at the age of 93. The former defenseman played in 494 NHL games and won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 1950 and 1952. (Associated Press)

The Chicago Blackhawks are getting a new practice facility. (

Ken Daneyko wrote about Lou Lamoriello, who he feels is a “once-in-a-generation hockey mind.” (The Players’ Tribune)