Hockey NHL Off-season thread

Millz

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It's the off-season so lets discuss stuff

Mike Yeo was hired by the Blues to take over as head coach after Hitchcock retires. I like the move.

Here's the article...

Blues tab Mike Yeo as Ken Hitchcock's successor in 2017

The St. Louis Blues added Mike Yeo to their coaching staff Monday as an associate for the coming season, while also announcing he'll take over as head coach for the retiring Ken Hitchcock in 2017-18.
Rick Wilson has also been added to the staff for 2016-17 as an assistant coach.
General manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement:
We’re excited to have Mike Yeo join us an an associate coach for next season and to become the next head coach for the St. Louis Blues for three years after that. For being 42 years old, he’s got a lot of experience. He’s won a Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh, he’s taken an American League team to the finals and you saw the good job he did in Minnesota in taking that team to the second round. What excites me is his experience, but with his age, he can really relate to today’s players and it’s an exciting day for our team.
"I want to be surrounded by good people," Yeo said. "I know we have that here, from ownership to management to coaches to the team they've built.
"I want to win Stanley Cups. I believe we've got a group that should go into every season with that mentality."
Hitchcock signed a one-year deal on May 31 to remain as head coach for the 2016-17 season, while announcing that it would be his last as a NHL bench boss.
"I feel really confident that the team and the franchise is going to be in great shape with Mike at the helm," Hitchcock said. "We feel like we've got a great staff. It's a staff that’s really connected to each other and sees the game in a similar fashion. For the future and for the present, we're in terrific shape. We've got people that are teachers first and coaches second.
"I think it's going to allow the players to grow more."
 

Unity

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#2
It's the off-season so lets discuss stuff

Mike Yeo was hired by the Blues to take over as head coach after Hitchcock retires. I like the move.

Here's the article...
I don't know Mike Yeo well outside of him eliminating us from the playoffs last year. I trust Millz's judgment though and he vouched for him. Hopefully it works out well - I do like that he'll be in our system for a year first.
 

Millz

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Yeo was with PIT when they won the Cup so there's that too...we also hired Rick Wilson to replace Brad Shaw and I believe Wilson was with Dallas when they won in 99. I like having guys who have been through it and won it.
 

Babe_Ruth

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#4
The Canadiens have to make a move for a top six forward, in my opinion. It was great that Galchenyuk emerged has a 30-goal scorer, but that’s just not enough. They need to had another body out there. They have a few good young prospects, but Michel Therien doesn’t really like giving ice time to younger players. He barely gave Galchenyuk any ice time last season and he scored thirty goals.
 

Crypticshock

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#5
Babe - let's not forget we have a more vocal voice behind the bench this season. Muller will have an impact with the young guys. I can see MB trying to land a decent FA or sliding up in the draft to pick a guy that can come in the line up now. Lekhonen and Reway may be able to make an impact to, depending how the early camps go. McCarron and Sherbak will also be trying to make their presence known. They got a really good core - it's just getting the right supporting cast now.
 

EdgeHead

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#6
Bergevin will do what he did all year long; nothing. I no longer have faith whatsoever in this staff, from top to bottom. I want him to prove me wrong so bad but I won't hold my breath.
 

Babe_Ruth

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Bergevin will do what he did all year long; nothing. I no longer have faith whatsoever in this staff, from top to bottom. I want him to prove me wrong so bad but I won't hold my breath.
I think he will, and I truly believe, if healthy the Canadiens are going to finish near the top in the Eastern Conference next season. Most of the pieces are in places for a Cup run. Bergevin just needs to add one or two more, IMO.
 

Crypticshock

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#8
I think there will be some changes in Montreal. Poaching Muller was a good one. Bergevin learned last year his team is not as deep as he thought it was. If they struggle with a healthy Price - Therrien will be the first to go.
 

Babe_Ruth

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I think there will be some changes in Montreal. Poaching Muller was a good one. Bergevin learned last year his team is not as deep as he thought it was. If they struggle with a healthy Price - Therrien will be the first to go.
For good reason. There's no way this team shouldn't be a contender for the Cup with a healthy Price playing 65+ games.

I'm not a fan of Therrien, but I understand why Bergevin kept him, and that's because Price was out all season pretty much. He's still a terrible coach, but he's proved himself enough with healthy price to get a "second chance" after last year's terrible season.
 

Major

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#10
The Blackhawks traded Bickell and Teravainen for draft picks. I'm happy with the move if it frees up cap space.
 
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