By Gemma Karstens-Smith The Canadian Press Fri., Feb. 8, 2019 VANCOUVER—An annual celebration of everything hockey will have extra implications for many Canadian NHL teams this year. Six of the country’s seven squads are still in the hunt for playoff spots, making each of this year’s Hockey Day in Canada matchups an opportunity to collect crucial points. This year’s event is based in Swift Current, Sask., but the highlight takes place in Montreal, where the Canadiens host the Toronto Maple Leafs in a battle that could foreshadow a first-round playoff series. Here’s a look at all four of Saturday’s Hockey Day in Canada contests: Winnipeg Jets (34-17-3) at Ottawa Senators (20-29-5) Article Continued Below Hockey Day in Canada has long been a big deal for Senators right-winger Mark Stone. “I still remember when it was in Winnipeg and I was like seven or eight-years-old and my dad was one of the guys who got to go on … [Read more...] about Hockey Day in Canada showcases key games for country’s NHL teams
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Kevin Cheveldayoff has always been around winners. From his first assistant coaching gig in the now-defunct IHL to running the Chicago Wolves for 12 seasons as general manager to his short stint as assistant GM with the Blackhawks, the 48-year-old Canadian has enjoyed overwhelming success at every level. related advertisement Scouting report Scouting reportBlackhawks vs. San Jose, 6 p.m. at United CenterTV: WGN • Radio: WGN 720-AMThe skinny: The Sharks (17-11-5) have won five of six and are battling with Calgary, Anaheim, Edmonton and Vegas in a tightly-packed Pacific Division. ... Joel Pavelski and Timo Meier are the leading goal-scorers with 20 and 18, respectively. Defenseman Erik Karlsson, who was traded to the Sharks by Ottawa in September, has 2 goals, 19 assists and a minus-5 rating. He averaged 18.5 goals for the Sens from 2013-17, but has scored just 11 times in his last 104 games. ... San Jose went through a six-week stretch earlier this season where the power … [Read more...] about Former Wolves GM Cheveldayoff has built Winnipeg into top NHL team
By Isabelle Khurshudyan The Washington Post Thu., Nov. 29, 2018 Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C’ on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them, Vancouver general manager Jim Benning just didn’t think his young, rebuilding team was completely ready to replace them, and he didn’t feel it was right to make one player the public voice of the locker room just yet. Rather than award one player a ‘C’ so soon after the Sedins’ retirement, four players — Alex Edler, Bo Horvat, Brandon Sutter and Chris Tanev — wear an ‘A’ as assistant captains, sharing a leadership responsibility that can often be too heavy for one player alone. “Being a Canadian team in a Canadian marketplace, I feel that there’s a lot … [Read more...] about No captain, my captain — tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’
Steve Kournianos Contributor @TheDraftAnalyst Updated at 9:59 p.m. ET Updated at 9:59 p.m. ET Watch NHLNHL with fuboTV In an era in which teams appear far more inclined to afford younger players the immediate opportunity to develop in the NHL rather than the minors or junior hockey, the attention paid to draft prospects seems to intensify much earlier in the season now. No 2019 draft-eligible hopeful has had the spotlight shine on him for as long as speedy Team USA center Jack Hughes, who some feel is a virtual lock to be the first player selected when the draft convenes in Vancouver in June. But what the last few months have shown us is that it’s time to make a little room on the stage for other prospects, some who even as early as October have distinguished themselves as candidates to challenge Hughes for first overall. Yes, … [Read more...] about 2019 NHL Entry Draft Top 31: Is Jack Hughes’ position as the projected first-overall pick safe?
By Gregory Strong The Canadian Press Fri., Nov. 9, 2018 The Ottawa Senators appeared to fire another salvo in their ongoing battle with the Ottawa Citizen on Friday, with the newspaper saying one of its sports reporters was denied access to the team’s charter. The development came two days after the newspaper said it would not take down a secretly recorded video of several Senators players from an Uber vehicle in Arizona despite a legal notice insisting that leaving it online violates provincial privacy laws. Hockey writer Ken Warren was expecting to take the team charter to cover the Senators’ game at Tampa Bay on Saturday but was denied access to the flight, Ottawa Citizen editor-in-chief Michelle Richardson said. “I can confirm it happened this morning,” Richardson said. “For us, it doesn’t really change our fundamentals. We’re still committed to covering the Senators, both the good and the bad. Our coverage is important … [Read more...] about Sens Salvo: Ottawa Citizen says NHL team refused to let reporter on charter