Sam Reinhart

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 11.57.47 PM

PHT Morning Skate: Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin pranked by moms

1 Comment

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.

Jackie Seguin and Heather Benn got a measure of revenge on their sons Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn recently.

The pair played a little Mother’s Day prank on their sons as a payback for the Valentine’s Day joke the Stars’ forwards pulled off in February.

Mob informant: NY Rangers ‘left the Stanley Cup’ at strip club. (Puck Daddy)

How Paul Reinhart helped sons Sam, Griffin and Max become top prospects. (The Hockey News)

Mike Milbury and Keith Jones look ahead to Game 7 between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, which goes Wednesday night at MSG.

Mike Babcock visited with Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula on Sunday. (The Associated Press)

Elliotte Friedman’s 30 thoughts with news and information from around the league is always a must-read. (Sportsnet)

The Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks will meet for the first time in a Stanley Cup playoff series. Here’s a look ahead to the Western Conference final:

Coyotes’ prospect Max Domi in a familiar place

Max Domi
1 Comment

As Team Canada moves to Toronto for the quarterfinals at the 2015 world junior hockey championship, Max Domi is in a familiar place.

The Arizona Coyotes’ prospect grew up watching his father Tie Domi play for the Leafs at Air Canada Centre and is quite familiar with his way around Toronto’s dressing room now occupied by Canada’s Under-20 team.

With the Canadians starting the tournament in Montreal the team used the Canadiens dressing room, a place his father was likely never welcome in.

“They’re unbelievable,” said Max Domi, comparing the two rooms. “They’re very different and a lot of history in both of them.”

The 19-year-old, who was selected 12th overall in 2013, admitted it was weird getting dressed in the Leafs’ room for practice Thursday.

“I’ve been in this one a few times so it’s a little weird walking around it and actually getting dressed in it for an actual team,” he said. “It’s pretty cool.”

Domi didn’t get his dad’s stall, which is now occupied by the Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul.

“I don’t know whose stall I have, but (Madison) Bowey’s sitting in my dad’s old stall. I told him that. He just laughed,” said Domi.

Domi was asked if he’d be seeking a trade of stalls with the Capitals’ prospect.

“No, I’m not sitting in that one, I don’t know what went on in that stall,” he joked.

Team Canada won’t care where he’s sitting so long as he continues his solid play into the quarterfinals against Denmark Friday.

Domi is behind only Sabres’ prospect, and teammate, Sam Reinhart and Red Wings’ draft pick, Dylan Larkin in the tournament scoring race with four goals and three assists in four games.

Sabres’ prospect Sam Reinhart scores twice in Canada’s win over Finland

Sam Reinhart, Anthony Duclair, Max Domi
9 Comments

Sam Reinhart scored twice and Max Domi added a pair of assists as Canada defeated Finland 4-1 at the world junior championship Monday night.

Reinhart, Buffalo’s 2014 first round pick, scored the eventual game winner at 13:34 of the second period giving the Canadians a 2-0 lead.

The 19-year-old opened the scoring at 5:32 of the first period putting home his own rebound.

Finnish captain, and Montreal Canadiens prospect, Artturi Lehkonen had the lone goal for Finland.

Zach Fucale, Montreal’s second round pick from the 2013 draft, made 27 saves for the win.

Per TSN’s Mark Masters, Fucale along with teammate Eric Comrie, a Jets’ prospect, combined for a shutout streak of 158 minutes and 26 seconds passing Jake Allen and Martin Jones’ mark set during the 2010 tournament.

Nashville Predators’ 2013 fourth rounder Juuse Saros made 32 saves in the loss.

Canadian captain, and Ottawa Senators prospect, Curtis Lazar along with Rangers’ prospect Anthony Duclair had Canada’s other goals.

Canada will look to remain perfect and lockup top spot in Group A when they face the U.S. on Dec. 31st while Finland (0-2-1), who won gold at last year’s tournament, will look for its’ first win when they play Germany on Wednesday.

Back to junior? Decisions looming for Lazar, Zadorov and others

Colorado Avalanche v Ottawa Senators
8 Comments

While several junior-eligible NHLers have already learned their fates — Aaron Ekblad, Leon Draisaitl and Sam Reinhart among them — there remain a few who don’t know if they’ll play out the season in the bigs, or go back to riding the buses.

Here’s a look at a few of the ongoing situations around the league:

Curtis Lazar, Ottawa

Lazar’s played in eight games so far and will likely hit the magical No. 9 this week (Ottawa plays Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). The 19-year-old, taken 17th overall at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has looked solid in a limited role thus far, playing mostly in a checking/energy role while averaging around 13 minutes a night — but the Sens are holding cards tight with regards to their plans.

“[Lazar’s] been very consistent and he hasn’t done anything for us not to keep him, but we have to make the decision what’s based best not only for our team, but also for him,” head coach Paul MacLean said, per the Globe and Mail. “He’s still a young man and we have to make sure he’s in the proper environment to grown into the player that we all see him potentially being.”

If we had to guess, Lazar will stick. Sens GM Bryan Murray has been effusive in his praise of the kid and MacLean has used Lazar is some pretty important situations already this year, most notably on the penalty kill.

Nikita Zadorov, Buffalo

The Sabres have already sent one of their prospects, Reinhart, back to WHL Kootenay — a move that GM Tim Murray said would allow for the organization to start “thinking more” about what to do with Zadorov.

Zadorov, 19, has appeared in just two games for the Sabres, which included 12:42 TOI and a plus-1 rating in Sunday’s 3-2 shootout win over Detroit. But there are a couple of issues with the Russian rearguard: 1) it’s tough to say if he’s ready for full-time NHL work, and 2) it’s not clear what would happen if Buffalo were to send him back to his junior team, the OHL’s London Knights.

From the Buffalo News:

Zadorov’s agent, Rolland Hedges, would like his client to play at home in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, where St. Petersburg possesses his rights. The NHL, however, says Zadorov can play only for the Sabres or in the Canadian Hockey League. The defenseman and his KHL team may not sign off on a transfer to juniors.

“Is that part of the reason he’s here? Yes,” Murray said on his radio show on WGR-AM 550. “The only option if we don’t want him here is to send him to London. If we do that, does it become a long, drawn-out affair or is it a cut-and-dry thing? We’re not sure about that.

“If he decides not to go or the transfer agreement is not signed by the KHL team and him, I’m sure that the CHL will say, ‘He’s our property,’ and then there’s going to have to be some type of agreement come to between the KHL and the CHL. I’m sure that the CHL will involve the International Ice Hockey Federation in that.”

Murray has expressed frustration about Zadorov’s situation and Buffalo’s lack of control over it. So, the situation is as murky as ever.

Bo Horvat, Vancouver

Horvat (shoulder) recently rejoined the Canucks after a conditioning stint in AHL Utica, and should make his NHL debut in the not-too-distant future (Tom Sestito, who filled in for the suspended Alex Burrows at forward, was injured Sunday against Nashville.) The ninth overall pick in ’13 is projected to be with the Canucks for the year, but that plan could change if he doesn’t show well in his nine-game cameo.

The Canucks could continue to drag things out by keeping Horvat around, then loaning him to Team Canada for the World Juniors. There’s also this to consider, from TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

Some NHL clubs and player agents have duly noted that if a team keeps an underager past the 9/10 game threshold but sends him back to junior before 39/40, there may actually be a financial benefit to the club to do so.

If a player goes back to junior in a burned first year of an entry-level deal, it’s difficult to earn the bonuses available to him. It also makes it more difficult for a player with a lesser body of entry-level work (two years instead of three) to hit a home run in the player’s second NHL contract, much more likely to have to take a lower-value bridge deal than a long-term, big dollar pact.

Anthony Duclair, New York

Duclair, the preseason sensation that made the Rangers out of training camp, is in a little bit of a different situation than those listed above because he’s not tied to the nine-game junior rule. From NHL.com:

[Duclair] did not sign his first contract until Jan. 6, 2014; six days after the deadline of Dec. 31, 2013. As a result, he has just two years remaining on his entry-level contract after this season, and is eligible for restricted free agency in 2017 no matter if the Rangers keep him on their roster or return him to the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL.

As such, the Rangers are already in the first year of Duclair’s entry-level contract and could essentially return him to Quebec whenever they see fit. That could happen once forward Derek Stepan (fractured fibula) comes off long-term injured reserve on Nov. 3.

Duclair was a healthy scratch for a couple of games in mid-October but has looked good as of late, with three points in his last five games. What’s more, the Rangers recently put veteran forward Ryan Malone on waivers.

Sabres GM can ‘start thinking more about’ Zadorov situation now

Nikita Zadorov
4 Comments

Now that the decision on Sam Reinhart has been made, Sabres GM Tim Murray can start figuring out what to do with young defenseman Nikita Zadorov.

We wrote about this a couple of weeks ago.

Zadorov, 19, has appeared in just one game for the Sabres. He’s probably not ready for the NHL. The issues is, it’s not clear what would happen if Buffalo were to send him back to his junior team, the OHL’s London Knights.

From the Buffalo News:

Zadorov’s agent, Rolland Hedges, would like his client to play at home in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, where St. Petersburg possesses his rights. The NHL, however, says Zadorov can play only for the Sabres or in the Canadian Hockey League. The defenseman and his KHL team may not sign off on a transfer to juniors.

“Is that part of the reason he’s here? Yes,” Murray said on his radio show on WGR-AM 550. “The only option if we don’t want him here is to send him to London. If we do that, does it become a long, drawn-out affair or is it a cut-and-dry thing? We’re not sure about that.

“If he decides not to go or the transfer agreement is not signed by the KHL team and him, I’m sure that the CHL will say, ‘He’s our property,’ and then there’s going to have to be some type of agreement come to between the KHL and the CHL. I’m sure that the CHL will involve the” International Ice Hockey Federation “in that.

So, what’s Murray going to do?

“I just haven’t come to that decision yet,” he said today. “That could be tomorrow. That could be in three weeks. I guess I’ll start thinking more about that now.”

A frustrated Murray added: “He stays here for us, or we assign him to London. And after that, we won’t be involved. We can’t be involved. We’ve tried every avenue, and we’ve been shut down at every avenue. We can’t send him to the [AHL].

“As per the CBA and the agreement with junior hockey and things that they do…I mean, we’re talking verbal agreements here and stuff that’s way out of our hands.”