Benning on Sutter; meet new partner MLBAM; time to end NHL blackouts (Puck Headlines)


• The NHWL’s Buffalo Beauts and Connecticut Whale logos are a changin’. [@NWHL_]

• Why did the NHL pick MLBAM as their new digital partner? Great background story on the evolution of the media monolith. [The Verge]

• Canucks GM Jim Benning talks about the contract signed with Brandon Sutter. [The Province]

• Chicago signed defenseman Viktor Svedberg to a one-year contract. (No word as to if he’s being paid in monopoly money.) [Blackhawks]

• The Coyotes and Arizona State – only D1 hockey program in the west – to announce a partnership. [ABC15]

• Andre Savard and Claude Noel have been added to the Devils ranks as pro-scouts. [Fire & Ice]

• John Weisbrod named Assistant to the General Manager in Vancouver, along with other front office movements. [Canucks]

• Tickets for the Wild vs. Blackhawks outdoor game border on astronomical. [Star Tribune]

• Time for the NHL to end blackouts “because it really should not be this damn hard to watch a hockey game.” [Broadstreet Hockey]

• Joshua Ho-Sang should demand his extradition to the US immediately. He’s not in trouble or anything. He’s being suffocated by the Canadian media. [Lighthouse Hockey]

• Expectations for Patric Hornqvist’s ‘ceiling’ this season depend on his health and who his center is. The latter is complicated with the acquisition of Phil Kessel. [Today’s Slapshot]

• With Alex Galchenyuk in place for the next two years, how to the Canadiens forwards shape up coming into this season? [All Habs]

• Mike Hoffman harbors no ill will towards the Senators after his first arbitration ruling. Also, Ottawa cannot buy out Colin Greening due to his low salary. [Ottawa Citizen

• Ryan Spooner says listening to Claude Julien’s direction made him better. (Was he the only one listening? Asking for a friend…) [Causeway Crowd]

• Good question and great pun: “Is the New York Rangers Cup run-eth over?” [Along The Boards]

• If the NHL realigns the way it is proposing, the Dallas Stars could benefit by not having to spend as much time in a plane traveling to their next location. [The Hockey Writers]

• Fanatasy hockey mastermind Dobber gives his take on recent off-season action. [Dobber Hockey]

• Want even more offense in the NHL? Make the nets bigger. [Arctic Ice Hockey]

• Fancy stats: Using “netshots post-faceoff” to judge the effectiveness of a center beyond just winning the faceoff. []

• The pan-European Champions Hockey League is set to drop the puck on their sophomore season. After a successful first year, the league made changes to improve the experience for both fans and players; however, adding KHL teams to the mix isn’t one of them. [Ice Nation UK]

• The first Division 1 hockey team out west, Arizona State, is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to make its debut. Coach Greg Powers talks about the process of getting the program rolling. [College Hockey]

• Finally, dying for some live hockey? Here’s a little KHL preseason with an incredible goalie save to tide you over.