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Dominique Ducharme next assistant coach?

The former interim turned full-time head coach of the Montreal Canadiens is rumored to be on the verge of taking a job as an assistant with a Western Conference team. Per a few reports in French out of Montreal (see below), the former conference champion head coach could be coming to Vegas.

Of course, the Golden Knights are looking to fill not one but two assistant coach jobs with both Ryan Craig and Misha Donskov departing the VGK bench this summer.

Ducharme served as head coach of the Habs for 83 regular season games and 22 playoff games. His teams struggled mightily in the regular season posting just a .361 points percentage but were excellent on the run to the Stanley Cup Final that included beating the Golden Knights.

If the rumors are true and Ducharme does come to Las Vegas, it would mean three former NHL head coaches will stand behind the bench for the Golden Knights. It’s happened a few times before, but it’s certainly rare.

Las Vegas bidding to host World Juniors

KSDK news in St. Louis reported today that the Blues and the St. Louis Sports Commission have put in a bid to host the 2026 World Junior championship. TSN’s Gord Miller followed up by tweeting that Las Vegas, Seattle, and Tampa are also interested.

The tournament takes place in late December into January, typically utilizing two stadiums.

The 2024 version of the tournament will take place in Sweden while a location has not been announced for 2025.

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ECHL heading to Lake Tahoe

The 29th franchise in the ECHL has been awarded to Lake Tahoe via an ownership group including former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.

The team, which has not been named, will play at the brand new Tahoe Blue Event Center starting in the 2024-25 season.

The Golden Knights’ current affiliation with the Savannah Ghost Pirates began in 2022. At the time of the announcement, no details on the length of the agreement were released.

Most teams are not located anywhere near their ECHL affiliate, however, there are a handful of AHL affiliates close to their ECHL partners. It would make logical sense for the Golden and Silver Knights to look at an affiliation with Lake Tahoe when the team begins play in two years.


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  1. THE hockey GOD

    good we need more French Canadians in the franchise, after all according to Quebecans French Canadians are the best hockey players in the world, the best there ever was in eternity. Just ask the MVP of Stanley Cup playoffs, Adin Hill. Opps I mean that short French Canadian guy no. 81. I can’t spell his name. The HABS had Frank Mahovolich. The called him the BIG M, the Golden Knights have the little m. See how i didn’t capitalize the m? !

  2. THE hockey GOD

    The Lake Tahoe Snow Birds?
    The Lake Tahoe we better be on Nevada side of stateline to avoid crazy CA Taxes ?
    Tahoe Pikers
    Tahoe Lakers
    Alpine Racers
    Let’s play hockey in 12 feet of snow
    Tahoe is indian name, so woke broke cancel culture will change name to
    Big Blue Lake in middle of tall mountains hockey team
    The Lake Tahoe Professional Hockey Team. PHT
    Shooting Stars – i like this one<<<<,
    Alpine Rangers

    I am running out of ideas !

  3. TS

    Great addition to Nevada’ growing Hockey base! Tahoe is the PERFECT location for an ECHL team. Should be a real hit there, as the North also cheers on the VGK.
    Tahoe also was picked to host a Stadium Series outdoor game before( pandemic era), I believe also next season.( might be wrong) What BETTER place for Hockey than our own state’s snowy wonderland!!

  4. Doug MacLeod

    World juniors for 2025 will be held in Ottawa

  5. Constance Brannen

    We have the Golden Knights, the Silver Knights…..what about the White Knights.?

  6. TAHOE would be a natural for an affiliation with the GOLDEN KNIGHTS….then we would have both minor league affiliates in the state of NEVADA. PERFECT.

    • THE hockey GOD

      Tebow is part owners with Savannah Ghost pirates. Maybe VGK can send some of their players to both Ghost Pirates and yet to be named Tahoe BRuiser Knights ?

      “Old time Hockey, COACH!
      Eddie Shore
      Toe Blake !
      The Hanson Brothers- Slapshot

      • knights fan in minny

        get the foil

        • THE hockey GOD

          :what are you guys doing? – Coach Reggie Dunlop
          “Coach we putting on the foil” = Hanson Brothers.

          Joe McGrath: “We’re losin’! They’re burying us alive!”
          Jeff Hanson: “Eddie Shore?”
          Joe McGrath: “Piss on Eddie Shore!”
          Steve Hanson: “Old time hockey?”
          Joe McGrath: “Piss on old time hockey!”
          ” Come on guys there are scouts in the stands, start
          playing good!”

  7. Bobby

    Tahoe is awesome. Yes on ECHL White Knights, and yes on Ducharme. All the right moves these days!

  8. THE hockey GOD

    Rules of hockey explained and where shame came from

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    Daily Fantasy
    NBC Sports Boston
    Cassidy responds to popular narrative from his Bruins coaching tenure
    Nick Goss
    Wed, Jul 12, 2023, 1:04 PM EDT·3 min read
    Bruce Cassidy leads Vegas Golden Knights to Stanley Cup championship
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    Cassidy responds to popular narrative from his Bruins coaching tenure originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

    One of the persisting narratives surrounding Bruce Cassidy’s firing as Boston Bruins head coach in June of 2022 was that he didn’t connect well enough or do a good job developing young players.

    His style of coaching can be a little tough for certain guys. He’s not afraid to call out players both publicly and privately. Another criticism of Cassidy was that he treated younger players differently than veterans in some ways. Did Cassidy change his coaching style in that regard when he went to the Vegas Golden Knights?

    “I don’t know (if I did) a lot. I always disliked that narrative,” Cassidy told WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” on Wednesday morning. “When I took over the Bruins, we brought in (Matt) Grzelcyk, (Brandon) Carlo, (Charlie) McAvoy, (Jeremy) Lauzon, (Connor) Clifton, (Jake) DeBrusk, (Anders) Bjork, (Danton) Heinen. We brought in a lot of young guys. Some of them had success, others we moved on from for different reasons. But there were a lot of young players. And then it continued right to the end. I thought we brought in some more young guys, and David Pastrnak was a young guy then.

    “For me, I thought we coached those guys well, for the most part. They had success, and they’re probably going to be the foundation of the Bruins going forward, some of them. And I’ve kept in touch with some of them. So I don’t know if (the narrative) is accurate, I think it’s more the messaging that some players didn’t like, but in terms of making them better players I thought we did a good job as a staff with that. So that’s what I took to Vegas.

    “Maybe in today’s game you can’t be as direct, especially with the media, but Boston is a little different market. They asked a question and I answered it. That I took a little bit with me: How does it affect everyone else? Be a little more careful. I’ve never been a vanilla guy answering questions, and that part will probably always stay with me.”

    The Bruins did integrate a lot of young players into the lineup during Cassidy’s tenure, and a bunch of them had success.

    McAvoy is a top seven defenseman in the NHL and finished top five in Norris Trophy voting twice under Cassidy. Grzelcyk and Carlo became legit top-four defensemen under Cassidy. Clifton transformed into an everyday player and a solid third-pairing defenseman. There was a lot made of Cassidy’s relationship with DeBrusk, but the young winger scored 19-plus goals three times under the former B’s head coach, including 25- and 27-goal campaigns. Pastrnak blossomed into a superstar in Cassidy’s system as well.

    At the end of the day, the coach can only work with what he’s given by the general manager, and Don Sweeney’s poor drafting didn’t provide Cassidy with a ton of high-end young talent during his six-plus seasons behind the bench. Could Cassidy have done some things differently with a few young players? Sure, but overall, his performance in that area was more than fine.

    And it all worked out for Cassidy, who left the Bruins and led the Golden Knights to their first Stanley Cup title last season. The Golden Knights are mostly a veteran team, but they had a couple younger players play key roles in the playoffs, so there’s no question Cassidy is capable of maximizing the production of inexperienced guys.

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    NBC Sports Boston
    Updated Bruins lineup projections after Jesper Boqvist free agent signing
    Nick Goss
    Wed, Jul 12, 2023, 5:56 PM EDT·2 min read


    Updated Bruins lineup projections after Jesper Boqvist free agent signing originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

    The Boston Bruins have signed another forward to their roster in the first few weeks of NHL free agency.

    The B’s announced Wednesday the signing of center Jesper Boqvist to a one-year, one-way contract with a salary cap hit of $775,000. He’ll be a restricted free agent when the deal expires.

    Boqvist played 70 games for the New Jersey Devils last season and scored 10 goals with 11 assists. He tallied 10 goals and 13 assists in 56 games for the Devils in 2021-22. Boqvist fared poorly on faceoffs last season (33.2 win percentage), but he is skilled and strong enough to play center. He can also play on the wing. Some of his defensive metrics were impressive in 2022-23, so there’s some two-way upside with this signing.

    Boqvist has shown flashes of exciting potential but hasn’t put it together on a consistent basis at the NHL level yet. Given his talent and age (24), it’s worth it for the Bruins to bet on a breakout year from Boqvist, especially at a salary cap hit below $1 million. The Bruins will need all the center depth they can get if Patrice Bergeron and/or David Krejci retire.

    The Bruins took a chance on another Devils player, Pavel Zacha, in a trade last summer. Will they have similar success with Boqvist? Time will tell.

    The Bruins have just $5.43 million in cap space remaining, per CapFriendly. They still need to sign Trent Frederic (RFA), Jeremy Swayman (RFA) and maybe Bergeron (UFA) before next season.

    Here’s an updated lineup projection for the Bruins’ forwards at this stage of the offseason.

    Brad Marchand–Charlie Coyle–Jake DeBrusk

    James van Riemsdyk–Pavel Zacha–David Pastrnak

    Jakub Lauko–Trent Frederic–Morgan Geekie

    Milan Lucic–Patrick Brown–A.J. Greer

    Other options: Marc McLaughlin, Fabian Lysell, Johnny Beecher, Georgii Merkulov, Jesper Boqvist
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