NHL OPENING NIGHT TAKEAWAYS WSH 7 – BOS 0 (F) TOR 3 – MTL 2 (OT) VAN 5 – CGY 2 (F) ANA 5 – SJ 2 (F) The celebration continues in Washington At least for one night, no Stanley Cup hangover in Washington. Alex Ovechkin and the defending Champs raised their Stanley Cup banner and roared to a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins. Washington scored 24 seconds into the game on a T.J. Oshie goal and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a 1:23 later as the Capitals led 2-0 just a 1:47 into the game. They never took the gas off the pedal. Kuznetsov had 2 goals in the win and Nicklas Backstrom added 3 assists to lead the way for Washington. The obvious storylines for the Capitals entering the season is what type of Stanley Cup hangover if any they will habe and the loss of Tom Wilson. NeitherRead More »
The NHL Department of Player Safety on Wednesday suspended Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson for 20 games. The League had given Wilson chance after chance to chance and it reached the point where they had to deliver a significant suspension and they sure did. This is now four suspensions in his last 105 games and just the 16th game since Wilson was suspended for an illegal in the second round of the 2018 playoffs when he broke Zach Aston-Reese’s jaw. The NHLDPS called Wilson’s constant suspensions an “unprecedented frequency” of suspensions in the history of the NHL Player Department of Safety.
With dicey contract situations looming on star forward Artemi Panarin and Vezina trophy winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets have gone the stability route with their front office and coaching staff. On heels of new extensions for the General Manager and Team President, the Blue Jackets today announced a 2-year extension for head coach John Tortorella. CBJ have signed Head Coach John Tortorella to a 2-year extension. → https://t.co/jX8B8DjuaQ pic.twitter.com/qK6YU2OZLd — Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) September 12, 2018
Latest NHL Buzz: Fallout of the Max Pacioretty trade The Max Pacioretty saga was only heading towards one direction, a trade, and the Montreal Canadiens sent their captain packing Monday morning in trading Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights. In return for Pacioretty, Montreal acquired forward Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki, and a 2nd round pick in 2019 from the Vegas Golden Knights (Columbus’ pick previously acquired by Vegas). Tatar who carries a $5.3 million cap hit through the 2020-2021 season, was a total disaster in Vegas, struggling mightily in the Knights fast-paced system. In Claude Julien’s slower paced system, Tatar may bring some value to a Canadiens team depleted at center. The key to the deal for Montreal is clearly Nick Suzuki, the 13th overall pick in 2017. He’s a versatile forward that can play all three positions and scouts think his ceiling will be 20 goal, 50 pointRead More »
TIOPS Daily 5 *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. As Le’Veon Bell remains MIA, the situation now turns to Saturday. Does he finally report by 4:00 p.m. Saturday to collect his week 1 check and force the Steelers hand to pay him or not. This will be fascinating to watch if Bell actually reports before Sunday. The Steelers look weak if they cave in and don’t apply the 2-week roster exemption to Bell. With how vocal that locker room has been this week towards Bell, the organization has the perfect situation to make a statement and make Bell lose two paychecks. Here’s guessing if Bell shows up Saturday, though, Pittsburgh will pay him. As frustrated as the organization is, its easy to see them wanting to turn the page and not alienate Bell. 2. The San Francisco 49ers lost their No. 1 running and have over $35 million in cap space.Read More »
The Winnipeg Jets today signed captain Blake Wheeler to a 5 year, $41.25 million contract extension. For a franchise that is financially cautious, this is a big commitment to the 32 year old Wheeler as Wheeler will carry a $8.25 million cap hit through age 33-37. Wheeler is coming off a monster season with 23 goals and 68 assists. With Patrik Laine entering the final year of his contract and in line for a $9-$10 million pay day, the Jets are in keeping this core together for a Stanley Cup run the next 2-3 years.
Jeff Skinner a top trade target of the Penguins leading into the 2018 entry draft, has been dealt to the Buffalo Sabres. In the deal Carolina receives Cliff Pu from Buffalo along with a second-round pick in the 2019, a third-round pick in the 2020 and a sixth-round pick in the 2020. Pittsburgh was among three finalists for Skinner during draft weekend but trade discussions between the Penguins and Hurricanes became scarce after July 1.
Tavares Heading Home Welcome home, @91Tavares. pic.twitter.com/14Weo1ANlS — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 1, 2018 The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the John Tavares sweepstakes with the star center agreeing to a 7 year, $77 million contract. The longer this kept going on with Tavares not committing to the Islanders, it seemed to have Toronto written all over it. Toronto will now boast a 1-3 punch down the middle in Matthews/Tavares/Kadri that few if any teams can rival.
Capitals Clear Cap Space to resign Carlson TRADE COL Receives G Philipp Grubauer WSH Receives: 2018 2nd RD Pick The Washington Capitals took a necessary step towards resigning John Carlson in unloading Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche. Washington was able to take advantage of a hot trade market for backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer in being able to attach a big contract in the deal. The Capitals now have over $21 million in cap space to work with. Orpik with one season left on his contract carries a $5.5 million cap hit. Grubauer a pending RFA was due a $1.5 million qualifying, so the Capitals save at least $7 million with the trade. Orpik who turns 38 in September spent the last four seasons in Washington and played a major factor in changing their room/culture. There was a reason he was handed the Cup third in the celebration. The AvalancheRead More »
Bylsma lands with Red Wings Former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has been hired as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings. UPDATE: Detroit #RedWings EVP and GM Ken Holland announced today that the team has hired Dan Bylsma as an assistant coach. Details: https://t.co/To8H1x4OPZ pic.twitter.com/ZMUFoq8Ppr — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 22, 2018 Bylsma had also talked with the Washington Capitals this week about joining their staff in some role but has been far along with the Red Wings for a couple weeks now. This is a good move for Bylsma. His best chance to get back into the game as a head coach has been going the assistant route or the AHL head coach route, try to reestablish his value a bit. Detroit is also an interesting situation. They’re a club that isn’t trying to go into a full rebuild and Jeff Blashill isn’t on strongRead More »