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DATER’S DAILY: Vegas-Montreal Trade, Tortorella In Philly




On this off-day, Friday, between Games 1 and 2, let’s do some NHL notes, links, observations and the like, starting with that big trade yesterday that nobody seems to have noticed, between Montreal and Vegas involving Shea Weber.

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  • Well, maybe the reason nobody cared is because Shea Weber probably will never play an NHL game again (Montreal Hockey Now)
  • John Tortorella is the new coach of the Flyers. We get the full breakdown here on why, from our own Sam Carchidi (Philly Hockey Now)
  • I don’t know. I just wonder why team after team after team keeps investing heavily in Torts, when he seems to have a shelf life of about three to four years, tops, with any team before they burn out on him. I actually really like guys like Torts – no-nonsense, politically incorrect sometimes. But this feels like too much of a retread hire.
  • People in Pittsburgh are still wondering if Evgeni Malkin makes sense cap-wise, everything-wise, moving forward (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
  • The latest on the Johnny Gaudreau contract situation in Calgary (Calgary Hockey Now)
  • Random link on a late, great baseball announcer (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • “Unrivaled” – the story of the Avalanche-Red Wings rivalry, will air June 26 on ESPN and also ESPN+. All the big stars will be on it, with fresh reflections. Yours truly will be on it too. Hey, if you want to get a head start on what the rivalry was like, I wrote a book on it (Amazon)
  • My old pal Mike Russo from Minnesota has a nice story here on Minnesotan Erik Johnson (The Athletic)
  • A story on Jack Johnson (Hockey News)
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I agree with your comment about Torts feeling like a retread hire. But for the most part, who isn’t a retread hire in the NHL?


Bednar 🙂

John Hansen

And Jon Cooper.

Glendon Gulliver

The top tier in sports loves to hire retreads. The GM motto must be Party like it’s 1999 and then hiring a coach who was last a winner in 1999. I don’t know if it is playing it safe or that they think 10-20 years later that old magic will reappear. Then after a few losing seasons, where the coach cannot relate to the younger players, they get fired. Just the Same Old Song and Dance!


JJ has been an incredible signing by the Avs. Tough, physical, experienced – – and a thirst for the Cup that has helped the Avs this season. JJ naysayers are all around but he made a great block in game one of the Stanley Cup and he adds a physical presence that is very much needed. Nothing would make me happier than seeing JJ skate around the ice with Lord Stanley.

Glendon Gulliver

J.J. has been a valuable part of the team, as has everyone else who has contributed. Sometimes desire and grit are more important than talent. Everyone knows their role and has been willing to accept it. Getting to and winning the Cup are about team effort. As widely reported, it is rare that the top two teams are in the final. Lesser teams, with less talent, have often gotten to the final and even won the cup.


Will there be opportunities to see the story in Germany at some point?

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