Welcome to Tom’s VHN Daily, where we list the day’s most interesting, entertaining and informative links.
Arizona’s top draft pick was convicted for bullying a black, mentally-disabled teen. (AZCentral)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking for a new AGM if you want to drop them a resume. (PittsburghHockeyNow)
Speaking of firing your AGM, Florida continues to change things up under new GM Bill Zito. (FloridaHockeyNow)
Even though it’s kinda quiet right now, it doesn’t mean we won’t see some movement still. Here are six names that could be on the move yet. (The Score)
I’ll be honest. When it comes to winning in sports, I feel like “if you ain’t first, you’re last.” Intelligent hockey fans know what’s going on with their team. Chicago needed to write a letter to tell fans they’re rebuilding? Apparently. So is Boston next? (Boston Hockey Now)
We here at VHN hoped that Friday’s virtual GM meeting would shed light on when next season might begin. But as TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports, that didn’t happen. He did, however, suggest the league would like a big-time opening whenever that may be. (TSN)
When it comes to Anthony Duclair, I wouldn’t touch him with a 10-meter cattle prod (bonus points if you get that reference). But Christian Arnold says the Islanders should make it happen. (NYI Hockey Now)
Are you into analytics or not? I’m a big believer in the eye test to judge a player, but those fancy stats do have a place. Just not in the locker room, according to Sharks associate coach Rocky Thompson. (SanJoseHockeyNow)
That’s it for today. Look for another edition of Tom’s VHN Daily every weekday!
AHL Pushes Season, Henderson Silver Knights Start to Feb. 5
In a move that was perhaps foreshadowed last week in comments made by Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley, the American Hockey League announced today a revised start date of February 5, 2021.
That means the Henderson Silver Knights will have to wait even longer to make its debut as the Golden Knights’ AHL affiliate.
For the past three seasons, Golden Knights top prospects have developed in Chicago with the Wolves. While Chicago is easy enough to get to and from, Vegas sought to follow the model of many western NHL teams and purchase its own affiliate.
On February 6 of this year the Golden Knights announced they had purchased the San Antonio Rampage franchise, relocating the team to Henderson, Nevada for the 2020-21 season. The Silver Knights are now part of the Pacific Division, playing 68 games compared to the remainder of the league which plays 76. Win percentage is used to determine standings.
Owning and operating an AHL team in the same area keeps costs down and simplifies operations. Development coaches have an easier time keeping an eye on prospects. Scouts can double-dip on games between Henderson and Vegas. The cost of moving a player up and down is minimized when there’s no flights or hotels involved. Plus game-day recalls go from a hurried packing of a bag and panicked attempt to make a three-hour flight to a short drive across town.
But now Silver Knights fans will have to wait just a little longer to see the team make its AHL debut. Will a similar NHL timeline follow? That remains to be seen but seems more likely than ever.
Tom’s Daily: Bill Foley Talks to THN; Taboo Offer Sheets; More on Miller
Tom’s Daily is packed on VHN today: VGK owner Bill Foley sat down with The Hockey News, a former UND player sounds off on Coyotes prospect Mitchell Miller, Remembering Joey Moss and more.
Looks like that red “fourth” jersey is a go! Seriously, it will look better when the real thing is released. Trust me. (VegasHockeyNow)
I’ve never understood why offer sheets even exist if they’re so taboo. Why even have them? That said, there’s quite a few RFAs waiting for deals in this uncertain cap world. Here’s a look at eight vulnerable big name players. (Sportsnet)
How does Devon Toews new deal affect the Colorado Avalanche moving forward? (ColoradoHockeyNow)
Remebering Joey Moss. (TSN)
What is going on in Boston with Zdeno Chara? It sounds like we may have some movement in one direction or another rather soon… but will it mean the B’s go full “circle of life” on the blueline? (BostonHockeyNow).
Former Washington Capitals assistant coach Reid Cashman looks to put his bubble experience into practice as the new head coach at Dartmouth. (College Hockey News)
A former UMD player thinks North Dakota should move on from Mitchell Miller. Not your typical knee-jerk take here, but raises some very interesting points. Get ready to hear Miller’s name A LOT in the near future – this isn’t going away quietly nor should it. (Grand Forks Herald)
We talk a lot about the NHL here for good reason, but youth hockey is struggling amid the pandemic too. Massachusetts has shut down rinks for two weeks because of a spike in cases (NBC Boston); Almost 200 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to youth hockey in neighboring New Hampshire and now testing sites are being overwhelmed (WMUR); and a youth team in Ann Arbor has six confirmed cases (All About Ann Arbour). As the second wave of infections picks up as predicted, we’re going to see more news like this across the country.
That’s it for Tom’s Daily. Keep your browser pointed to VHN for more news, notes and commentary from Vegas and around the hockey world.
Tom’s Daily: Bullying; Bertuzzi Arb; Daley Retires
Tom’s Daily features news and notes from around the NHL in digest form.
Looks like the Vegas Reverse Retro jerseys are due to be announced in mid-November, along with several other teams according to Sports Business Journal. Not to be confused with the just-released golds.
I know a lot of people balked at the Islanders only getting two second round draft picks back for Devon Toews, but that haul would come to look pretty good in the days after the deal. Now Colorado has inked the promising young defender to a four-year deal. (NHL)
Trevor Daley has called it a career, and the Pittsburgh Penguins hire him as a hockey operations advisor. Many in the hockey community see Daley as a future GM. (PittsburghHockeyNow)
Tyler Bertuzzi received a $3.5M award in arbitration today. The 25-year-old was seeking a one-year, $4.25M deal while the Detroit Red Wings had countered at $3.15M. (TSN)
Arizona Coyotes top draft pick Mitchell Miller was charged with assault and violating the Ohio Safe Schools Act in February of 2016 for bullying an African American classmate with developmental disabilities. (AZCentral)
That’s it for today’s Tom’s Daily. Keep your browser pointed to VHN for the latest in the world of hockey.