Thursday, September 29, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Gaborik was a key player for Team Europe, scoring two goals in four games to help the squad reach the final against all odds. Gaborik scored the game-winning goal in Team Europe's opening-night win over Team U.S.A. and registered 13 shots and a plus-2 in four games.
Marian Gaborik just left the ACC on crutches and his right foot was in a cast.#WCOH2016— Matt Brown (@brown__matt) September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Coyotes' GM John Chayka had the following to say, according to Sarah McLellan of AZCentral Sports. “It’s disappointing,” he said. “He’s a big part of our team, and we like him a lot. We feel like we’ve made him some real considerable long-term offers that are right on par with the longest offers we’ve ever made in this organization. We want him to be here and get engaged with his teammates and join the club. But it’s business, too. He’s not the first guy to go through this and probably won’t be the last.” Rieder had career-best numbers in 2015-16 for the Coyotes. He scored 14 goals to go with 23 assists and had eight points on the power play. The German has a goal and is a plus-1 in four games for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey.“We’ve made them a fair offer at two years at $2.5 million a year, and they’re unwilling to do it,” Ferris said. “Tobi brings a lot of intangibles to that team. I know he’s a fan favorite. He loves Arizona, but it’s disappointing that they’re unwilling to compensate this kid fairly. But at the end of the day, we’re not far apart but they’re not willing to do it at all. I would doubt at this point that I could say that anything’s imminent in getting done.”
“Our client, Jacob Trouba, will not be attending the Winnipeg Jets NHL training camp. Since May, we have been working with the Jets management in an effort to facilitate a trade of Jacob’s rights. Both parties continue to work on this matter. There has been no negotiation regarding the terms of a contract between our client and the Jets over the course of the last several months. The situation is not about money; it is solely about our client having the opportunity to realize his potential as a right shot NHL defenseman. To the Jets credit, the club has two outstanding right shot veteran defensemen and our client simply wants the opportunity to have a greater role. As a consequence of the Jets depth on the right side, we believe it is in both parties’ best interest to facilitate a mutually advantageous trade."Trouba has played 211 NHL games for Winnipeg. In 2015-16, he was 6-15-21 and a plus-10 for the Jets. The 6', 200-lb Michigan native played two games for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey, registering two shots in 40 shifts. He is reportedly planning to skate near his home in Michigan while his agent and the Jets try to work out a deal for his rights.
The Jets are said to be seeking a left-handed defenseman of similar age to do a deal.
#NHLJets RFA D Jacob Trouba told me tonight he plans to train and skate in Detroit until the matter is resolved— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) September 25, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
Backlund had a career-high 21 goals and 26 assists for the Flames in his eighth season with the club.
Brad Treliving has confirmed Mikael Backlund suffered a concussion at the #WCH2016. Treliving is hopeful he will start skating shortly.— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) September 22, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Here's some of the praise for this incredible 4:11 of 3-on-3 hockey:
Gibson save on Sedin pic.twitter.com/Ip5ZpT84on— Stephanie (@myregularface) September 21, 2016
Outrageously entertaining game between North America and Sweden. 4-3 OT win for NA. pic.twitter.com/ko7rUdA2Fw— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 21, 2016
That OT was %^%&^*%* unreal— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 21, 2016
Was that OT real life? I honestly don't know.— Brandon Bollig (@Bollig87) September 21, 2016
The game of hockey is in good hands.....wow!! #WCH2016— Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) September 21, 2016
Kessel, who won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in June, and is coming off his best run as a pro, apparently didn't enjoy feeling helpless at home while American hockey got a big kick in the jaw from big, bad Canada. Kessel did have surgery on his hand in early July, so it's not clear if he would have been ready in time to go for the World Cup. But his tweet reads more like the frustration of a player who wasn't happy that he wasn't given an invitation to Team U.S.A. before his injury. Kessel wasn't the only one critical of Team U.S.A.'s personell decisions for this year's World Cup. But head coach John Tortorella stuck by his team in a press conference after Tuesday's game in Toronto:
Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn't put my finger on it.— Phil Kessel (@PKessel81) September 21, 2016
Q. In hindsight, do you think maybe you would change the makeup of this roster at all? JOHN TORTORELLA: No. Q. If it isn't the roster, as critics like to say, what was the problem, or what should you have done differently? JOHN TORTORELLA: Well, I'm still looking for us to generate offense. I think we have some good offensive players on that roster. I think we have some jam in that roster. I think we can play a lot of different ways. We have not played well offensively. We have not made enough offensive plays as a group. There's no one particular person, but as a group I just don't think we have been consistent enough, when really quite honestly, I think there were some plays to be made. I said it after Game 1, and I see it tonight. We have some chances to make plays, and we just did not complete that. Hit some posts. I don't think we got a whole bunch of puck luck, but we didn't play well enough. We didn't play well enough. But you guys can beat up the roster all you want. You look at some of those players on our roster, there are some pretty good skill players, and we just simply did not do enough offensively. And we self‑inflicted quite a bit in the two games. We gave some easy goals, and you just can't do that in a short tournament.Kessel wasn't the only snubbed player that was critical about Team U.S.A. Bobby Ryan, after some prodding on Twitter, made the following snide remarks (Ryan was also left off the 2014 Olympic team after being criticized for his lack of intensity, so there's sure to be some frustration on his side):
@dipduncs nah..kill USA hockey with kindness and maybe they'll let me play over 35 adult worlds if I'm not a defensive liability by then.— Bobby Ryan (@b_ryan9) September 21, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
I think our forwards are doing a great job of sticking to the game plan. Sooner or later I think we created some great scoring opportunities in both games here. So it's just a matter of time for some of the forwards to produce. Same thing in the power play. Obviously we need to step it up a little bit there for sure. But they're working hard and sticking to the plan, and we keep telling our team to be patient and things are just going to happen, and I think we're playing as a patient team, and that obviously turned out well the first two games.More important than the offense is the status of Sweden's goalie Henrik Lundqvist. After allowing five goals on 22 shots in an exhibition against Team Europe on September 14th, illness forced Lundqvist to miss Sweden's first game against Russia. Lundqvist was back in top form on Tuesday, and he said his teams discpline and structure made it a lot easier for him to ease into the competition. "I felt like in the first period I was a little bit all over the place, but it helped having really good structure in front of me. With the way our D are playing and the forwards coming back, it helps you to build your game," he said. "If I compare this game to my last game I played, it was more open game, more open chances. That's a lot tougher game to play. Today I felt like we were in a lot of structure and really good position to help me." Lundqvist says he feels good physically and wants to get the start on Wednesday against the darling of the tournament, Team North America. "I haven't talked to the coach yet," he said. "But I want to go, and it's an important game, we're not in yet, but he makes the call."
Monday, September 19, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Bobrovsky has gone 1-0-1 for Team Russia with a .925 save percentage in two games, and he was the team's best player during last night's overtime loss, one that was thoroughly dominated by the Canadians for the first half of the game. Canada had 48 shots on goal including many chances from in close. The Russian also produced this bit of wizardry during the Russia's 4-3 win over the Czechs on September 8.
Coach Oleg Znarok says Sergei Bobrovsky will start Team Russia's opener and then see how it goes.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) September 15, 2016