TIOPS Breakaway Buzz: Thinking Ahead on a Successor to Jim Rutherford

 

Inside the East Division Rumblings, Musings, & Opinions PHI 3-1-1, 7 pts: Coaches around the league feel Kevin Hayes is one of the most underappreciated players in the NHL. 6 even strength points through 5 games, Hayes has been one of the most dominant two-way players to open the season. If the Rangers could go back, there might be a different decision made on whether to sign Chris Kreider long-term over Hayes ……..Intrigue with the Flyers is the upside with the forward group as the season grows, in particular getting full seasons from Nolan Patrick (1 Goal, 3 Assists) and Oskar Lindblom (2 Goals, 1 Assist)…… The Flyers chased Zdeno Chara in free agency. Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher remains in the market for a solidifying piece on the backend…… NYI 3-1-0, 6 pts: Goal Prevention? The Islanders are elite again in that critical area, allowing six goals through four games.Read More »

Capitals fined $100,000 for covid violations

 

Alex Ovechkin and three others have been placed on the covid-19 list as the the Washington Capitals have also been fined $100,000 for violating coronavirus protocol. pic.twitter.com/8RYGk9x2lu — Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 21, 2021

Breakaway Buzz: NHL/Economics, Penguins’ Ownership, Evaluating a potential lost season

 

*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 »

Capitals acquire Ilya Kovalchuk

 

WELCOME KOVY!!! Washington trades their 3rd Round selection in 2020 for Ilya Kovalchuk#ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/NO6iIj8DuW — Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 24, 2020

Inside the Metro: Ovechkin’s dominance, heavy Western Conference interest in Chris Kreider

 

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 »