Donskov hired; Napier to resign; meet the Cleveland Monsters (Puck Headlines)


• The Lake Erie Monsters are now the Cleveland Monsters. Based on the uniforms, they are apparently the new affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers. [@MonstersHockey]

• Misha Donskov has been hired as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Las Vegas franchise. [Vegas Is Hockey]

• Embattled executive director of the NHL Alumni Association Mark Napier will resign at the end of the year. Many former players were critical of Napier and his dealings with the NHL as it pertains to the current concussion lawsuit against the league. [TSN]

• Bill Belisle, Craig Janney, and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. [USA Hockey]

• Paul Maurice added Todd Woodcroft to his coaching staff. Woodcroft previously served as the video coach for the Minnesota Wild. [Winnipeg Free Press]

• “Taylor Folds, 23, had spent years battling addiction. The former defenseman for the [North Olmsted High School] Eagles was a few months sober after a years-long addiction to heroin. He told his mother a few days earlier that he was doing well.” Folds’ never made it to his high school’s alumni game after losing his war with addiction. His mother tells his story. []

• Shawn Thornton has one more year left with the Florida Panthers. It appears he has a job lined up with the organization once his playing days are over, but he’d like to come back to Boston if possible. [CBS Boston]

• San Jose Sharks forward Nick Spaling is close to signing a contract with Genève-Servette HC. [Swiss Hockey News]

• Is it time for Washington Capitals fans to be concerned that Dmitry Orlov hasn’t signed a new contract yet? [Stars and Sticks]

• Based on the World Cup of Hockey rosters, there are several hockey hotbeds feeding today’s top talent. [ESPN]

• Almost unbelievably the Arizona Coyotes are entering their 20th season in the NHL. Few franchises have been through as much turmoil in their short existence and still find a way to grow the game beyond expectations. [Arizona Sports]

• Might goaltending prospect Connor Hellebuyck be able to make the jump to the NHL for the Winnipeg Jets this upcoming season? [Jets Nation]

• What Gustav Nyquist needs to do this season to be successful for the Detroit Red Wings. [M Live]

• After tweaking their blueline this offseason, the Chicago Blackhawks are hoping to recapture the dominance of the group last seen in 2010. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Meet the star studded 2016 rookies of the NWHL. [Victory Press]

• Fantasy hockey: Best right wings in the Western Conference. [Dobber]

• Exactly 28 years ago today, Wayne Gretzky held an emotional press conference after his trade to the Los Angeles Kings from the Edmonton Oilers. The move still haunts some Oilers fans to this day. [NHL]