*Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. The NHL as expected extended their self-quarantine recommendation through April 30 for the players. It had previously been through April 15th. Update on @NHL Self-Quarantine Recommendation. pic.twitter.com/STgNBTf4bv — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 14, 2020 Nothing has changed for the National Hockey League from a few weeks ago. Top league officials continue to be willing to wait things out for another couple months to see if there’s any chance to finish the 2019-2020 season. The league is going to wait until at least Mid-June before a decision is made, sources say. As reported a little while ago here, the best case scenario the league currently see’s is a July return for players in a training camp setting, a message the NHLPA also gave to players in a recent conference call, followed by August-October completion of the 2019-2020 season and the start of the 2020-2021 season inRead More »
INSIDE THE METROPOLITAN DIVISION *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* Washington Capitals, 77 pts, 1st in Metro | A hat trick for Alex Ovechkin Tuesday night gives him 40 goals in 53 games as he now sits at 698 career goals…….. Some will make a huge deal of the $9.2 million cap hit, (it’s just 11% of the cap), but Capital fans should love the Nicklas Backstrom extension signed last month because of the term. Washington will be paying for ages 33-37. Backstrom is such a cerebral player, Washington should get at least three good to very good seasons out of Backstrom……. The most significant development for the Capitals this season is the emergence of Ilya Samsonov. On a rookie deal for one more season, it’s a huge turn of events in extending their window as there’s every reason at seasons end to say thanks to Braden Holtby for all your contributions toRead More »
TIOPS NHL INSIDE BUZZ *Shero Sought to Slow Play Things *Will Fitzgerald get a legit shot? *Marty Brodeur Factor Despite being in the midst of missing the playoffs in four of five seasons, the New Jersey Devils firing Sunday night of General Manager Ray Shero was shocking to many and caught the league by surprise. When the Devils fired John Hynes, the message Devils ownership was sending around the league was that they were all-in on Shero for the present and future. Signed through the 2022-2023 season, that was all the more reason of a belief Shero was going to have a long enough leash to try to turn things around where he would get through at least next season. So what changed in the weeks leading up to the firing? For one, voices from those under Shero started carrying a lot of weight with ownership that a change wasRead More »
The New Jersey Devils and General Manager Ray Shero have agreed to part ways, effective immediately, the New Jersey Devils announced tonight. Devils owner Josh Harris says in a statement “Ray is a talented hockey executive and I am confident he will have great success in the future. However, Ray and I are in agreement that the Devils need to move in a new direction and that this change is in the best interest of the team.” Former Pens assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald has been named interim GM.
A stunner in the National Hockey League this morning as the Dallas Stars have fired head coach Jim Montgomery due to “unprofessional conduct.” The Stars are 16-4-2 in their last 22 games and Montgomery was in his second season as head coach. The organization says in a statement: “The Dallas Stars expect all of our employees to act with integrity and exhibit professional behavior while working for and representing our organization. This decision was made due to unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League.”
Few excuses for the Penguins not to have a bounce back game tonight at home vs the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Penguins while rested, get a weakened CBJ team that played last night and will start Elvis Merzlikins in goal. It will be Merzlikins first career NHL start after spending the last six seasons in the Swiss-A league.