On Saturday a report in The Hockey News had 2016 NHL Draft prospect Auston Matthews considering offers to play in Europe next season.
According to swisshockeynews.ch, Matthews has signed with the ZSC Lions.
The Everett Silvertips own Matthews’ Western Hockey League rights and several NCAA schools have been pursuing the 17-year-old.
Sportsnet’s Damien Cox reports Matthews could earn in the neighborhood of $500,000 playing in Europe. The Scottsdale, Arizona native would still be eligible to play for the U.S. at the World Junior Hockey Championship and potentially next year’s World Hockey Championship.
Matthews appeared in 24 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team this season scoring 20 goals and 48 points.
Former NHL head coach Marc Crawford is currently the coach of Zurich and the roster features former NHLers Henrik Tallinder, Ryan Keller, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Dan Fritsche, Robert Nilsson and Ryan Shannon.
Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler got into the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week.
Though it doesn’t have the production value of say Paul Bissonnette, it certainly is something.
Take a look:
After dropping his shorts to reveal his skin-tight bathing suit, Kesler proceeds to ride one of his kid’s toy cars out to the driveway where a pick up truck dumps the water on Kesler and a friend.
The former Canuck also nominates his three former coaches Marc Crawford, Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella. Noticeably absent from those he called out is his new coach Bruce Boudreau.
According to a release by the ALS Association, the organization has received $94.3 million in donations between July 29 and Aug. 27. By comparison, during the same time period in 2013 it received $2.7 million in donations.
Related: Video: Luongo’s amusing Ice Bucket Challenge
The Florida Panthers have found their man to lead the team.
The team announced they’ve hired Gerard Gallant to be the new head coach. He was an assistant coach for Michel Therrien with the Montreal Canadiens the past two seasons and is a former Columbus Blue Jackets head coach.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon had glowing words for Gallant in the team’s press release.
“We are pleased to welcome Gerard as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach. Gerard is an excellent teacher and motivator who possesses the leadership qualities and hockey knowledge that are necessary to lead our team.”
The Panthers chose Gallant out of a field of hopefuls that included recent Carolina Hurricanes hire Bill Peters, former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, and former Stanley Cup winner Marc Crawford among others. Crawford just verbally agreed to return to his job in Switzerland.
Gallant has a lot of experience behind the bench as both an assistant and a head coach.
He worked as an assistant for three seasons in Columbus before ascending to the top job for parts of three more seasons. He’s also been an assistant with the New York Islanders as well as the Habs.
More importantly for the current Panthers roster, he was head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL and led them to back-to-back Memorial Cup titles. His best player on those teams? Panthers young stud forward Jonathan Huberdeau.
Gallant has a very young roster to work with in Florida headed up by Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, and Erik Gudbranson. He’ll have his hands full in getting this green team together and trying to get back to the playoffs.
The team will formally introduce Gallant at a press conference on Monday.
It looks like former NHL coach Marc Crawford won’t be coming back to North America.
The former Avalanche, Kings, Canucks, and Stars coach has verbally agreed to return to the ZSC Lions in the Swiss National League according to the team’s Twitter feed.
Crawford had been in the running for the head coaching jobs with both the Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins. But with the Panthers looking at Gerard Gallant and the Penguins moving on from Willie Desjardins and Bill Peters to other candidates, he’s not waiting around to see what they decide.
Crawford coached ZSC to the championship as well as the best record in the Swiss League. ZSC finished 20 points ahead of second place HC Gotteron and beat Kloten for the title. That’s probably more than you’ve ever read about the Swiss League.
Crawford won the Stanley Cup as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and won the Jack Adams Award in 1995.
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.
So… Just why are the San Jose Sharks seemingly ready to do a rebuild? Sure they can deal Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, but why bust up a Stanley Cup contender? James Mirtle asked that question and says it doesn’t make a lick of sense. (Globe And Mail)
With Jordin Tootoo on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings and destined to be bought out, they’re wondering in Winnipeg if he’d be a good fit with the Jets. (Winnipeg Free Press)
Ron Wilson and Marc Crawford are both candidates to land the coaching job in Pittsburgh. What year is it again? (Toronto Sun)
With all the talk going on about the Washington NFL team’s nickname, some have asked what’s up with the Chicago Blackhawks. (Chicago Tribune, The Hockey News)
There are some in Edmonton who are expecting the Philadelphia Flyers to trade with the Florida Panthers to get the No. 1 overall pick and take Aaron Ekblad. That’d be a bold way for the host team to make a splash. (Broad Street Hockey)
The Team USA roster for the World Junior Evaluation Camp in August was released — Have a look at who USA Hockey is looking at for the next World Junior Championships. (USA Hockey)
New Jersey Devils prospect Steven Santini is one of those names and he spoke with Tom Gulitti about getting another shot to represent his country. (Fire & Ice)
Finally… The Arizona Sundogs of the CHL have been doing anything they can to drum up attention to sell tickets including burying their owner alive. (Canoe)