Rinaldo pledges ‘more hockey sense’; Pens’ fancy stats hire; Pulkkinen re-signs (Puck Headlines)


• How is this man NOT the face of hockey?! [@Burnzie88]

• Zac Rinaldo says he’s bringing ‘changes’ to his game with the Boston Bruins. He says he’s adding ‘more hockey sense.’ We’ll believe it when we see it… [Bruins Daily]

• Before the Seattle can get an NHL team, or even a legitimate shot at one, the locals have to do a lot more work. [Seattle Times]

• The Pittsburgh Penguins hire War-On-Ice co-founder Sam Ventura as a hockey analytics consultant in their hockey ops department. [Trib Live]

• Get ready to feel old: 10 years ago today, the Penguins won the frozen envelope draft lottery for the opportunity to draft Sidney Crosby. [Pensburgh]

• Teemu Pulkkinen has re-upped for a year with Detroit. [Red Wings]

• Controversial player, Patrick Kaleta, wants to stay in the NHL. He knows his past is muddied. He believes his reputation is born of him just ‘following orders.’ [Buffalo News]

• Taylor Hall recognizes the hype surrounding the Edmonton Oilers going into this upcoming season. He’s cautiously optimistic. [Edmonton Journal]

• Tyler is an Islanders fan who pulled his mother from the car after she passed out, while driving, and crashed into a tree. Shortly after, the car burst into flames. He happens to also be on the Autism Spectrum, but that hardly means anything when it comes to his heroics. Way to go, Tyler! [Islanders Insight]

• Did Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray acquire the best goaltender available when he picked up Robin Lehner at the draft? [Die By The Blade]

• Semyon Varlamov has been the only Russian on the Colorado Avalanche since 2011. Adding Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov to the roster bring him a little closer to home despite being thousands of miles away. [Denver Post]

• Mark your calendars: puck drops October 11th for the National Women’s Hockey League. Take a look at the complete schedule, along with locations to catch a game. [NWHL]

• Dobber’s fantasy hockey annual review was once only available in The Hockey News. Now he’s publishing on his site. Here’s his analysis of the Arizona Coyotes. [Dobber]

• By the numbers look at why Cody Franson remains unsigned. [NHL Numbers]

• “The longer a player stays in college hockey the lower his odds are of making the NHL.” Interesting, no? Check out the analysis to backup this claim. [Hockey Buzz]

• Chronicling Alex Ovechkin’s career from the very beginning through the eyes of a fan. [The Classical]

• Down Goes Brown’s “NHL Offseason Bizarro Rankings: Western Conference Edition.” [Grantland]

• A hockey card collector and his (hilarious) war with Panini America; not the sandwich, the hockey card manufacturer. [Puck Junk]

• Anze Kopitar has one year left on his current contract. Rumors say negotiations on the next deal have begun. What could the very accomplished super star earn? [Jewels From The Crown]

• Fancy stats alert: Can young NHL players be trusted defensively? [TSN]

• Profiling Nos. 6-10 of the top prospects in the Red Wings system. [Octopus Thrower]

• The OHL is in full management carousel mode. Greg Ireland of the Owen Sound Attack has left to coach Germany’s Alder Mannheim. [Buzzing the Net]

• Finally, Tyler Seguin surprises Stars season ticket holders with signed copies of his ESPN Body Issue… and the now infamous rubber ducky.