Good morning, everybody! I just want to thank everyone for their kind words for Dirk yesterday. The praise is well-deserved, and a testament to the community he's built here. Jon and I have HUGE shoes to fill, but we're going to do our best to keep things rolling. We'll have more to tell you soon, but if you have a question, comment, or even, God forbid, a complaint, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @OnTheForecheck. Thanks!
Head Coach Peter Laviolette Introduced to the Nashville Media - Nashville Predators
He understands that coaches get fired sometimes.
Laviolette could help veterans like Stalberg, Cullen and Fisher – Section 303
We're all certainly hoping that's the case.
Shell Game: New Preds coach may have to give up pet turtle | nashvillepost.com
Wha? This is the worst thing ever. Maybe Frank is the turtle we need to get this ridiculous law overturned.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
These Guys Again: The Secrets to Boston’s, Chicago’s, Pittsburgh’s, and L.A.’s Postseason Success - Grantland
We've got #1 and #2, and #3 (alternate jersey, anyone?) is easily achievable. Hoping we can skip #4, but if not, let's do it IMMEDIATELY.
From Chipotle to playoff heroics: Matt Fraser etches name in history | ProHockeyTalk
I eat at Chipotle like twice a week, which I credit for most of my success too.
Carlyle in Three Acts - Pension Plan Puppets
Some folks in Toronto think giving him an extension was a bad idea.
Savvy forward Jussi Jokinen helping Penguins push to brink of Eastern Conference finals - The Globe and Mail
Six goals in the playoffs after a 57-point season...not bad for a guy off waivers.
Nash bears the brunt of the Blueshirt-bashing | New York Post
I guess $7 million is a lot of money for 40 points a year.
NHL refs don't give a hoot who wins | CBC Sports
Except the French-Canadian ones.
Paul Holmgren's 10 worst moves as Flyers general manager - Broad Street Hockey
Hey, at least the cap is going up. They're about to get another $6 million and change to play with.
Connor McDavid drafted 77th overall in KHL draft | Post-to-Post
He'll have some options if he gets drafted by one of the disaster NHL franchises like Vancouver or Toronto.
40 players try to break record for longest hockey game | Puck Drunk Love
They only have to play for another 5 days to take it.
No hockey at the Plaza; Wranglers seek another venue - Las Vegas Sun News
No rooftop games, you guys. But that also means nobody will plummet to their death at a Wranglers game in the near future. So kind of a mixed bag.