Hockey News: Draft Lottery Changes; Thornton Out as Captain

BREAKING: Despite his claims to the contrary, MLSE President Tim Leiweke is planning to leave his position. [CBC]

The NHL made some changes to their draft lottery system, which means the Buffalo Sabres will have to at least try to be good this season. [Puck Daddy]

The Erie Otters will be playing a game at First Niagara Center, so the fans in Buffalo will be able to see Connor McDavid in their home area at least once. [Sabre Noise]

Raffi Torres might miss a chunk of the season with a knee injury. [Mercury News]

(Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
(Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

After stripping Patrick Marleau of his captaincy several seasons ago, the Sharks have done the same to Joe Thornton. It’s the best way to shake up your leadership core without actually trading anybody. [NESN]

Alex Kovalev doesn’t like P.K Subban’s contract or his style of play. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

The New York Rangers signed Kevin Hayes, the latest best undrafted prospect. [Fan Rag]

There has been some confusion regarding the case between Steve Moore and Todd Bertuzzi. [Globe and Mail]

The Ottawa Senators will be paying Clarke MacArthur a lot of money. [The Hockey News]

Clarke MacArthur
Clarke MacArthur (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

It looks as though Charles Wang is finally selling the Islanders. [Lighthouse Hockey]

The Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen are still far apart in contract talks. [Columbus Dispatch]

This season may be Marc-Andre Fleury’s last chance. [Along the Boards]

What does the change in the draft system mean for Edmonton? [Oilers Nation]

And finally, the NHL has released it’s full preseason schedule. [SB Nation]