• Toffoli receive a reward for Canuck's hard work
• Coleman, Greene returns and raises the bar
• Keefe wants more from Leafs & # 39; Top Six
I get this from the Canucks.
As far as I know, they made it clear that two perspectives don't go anywhere: Nils Hoglander and Vasily Podkolzin. And I think they were worried Sunday night that they'd lost Tyler Toffoli just to start talking Monday again.
There is no vacation time for doctors in Vancouver. We won't see Micheal Ferland until next season. (Take your time, young man. Take the time you need.) Brock Boeser is out for at least the rest of the regular season. Fears are that Josh's absence is similar.
It is logical to say: "Yes, it is not the time for a rental."
But sport is about emotions. As Jerry Seinfeld once said: We're looking for clothes. These clothes torture us. They make us happy, they make us cry, they make us absolutely crazy, they cause people to tweet comments that they would never say face to face. That is what sport does to us.
All fans ask that the people who wear the clothes take care of them as much as they do.
When Jim Benning sits behind the microphone and says: "Our players have worked hard, our coaches have worked hard, so we want to do something to help them." I totally understand that 100 percent.
The same applies to Winnipeg. The jets hang despite a series of hits. You go out and get Dylan Demelo. Your room appreciates the help.
Players use their performance to determine whether a GM should add something or not. The Pacific Division is not the group of death, but all you can try is to land as high as possible. The Canucks are in the race, they competed hard. They have their faults, but they are profound and have young, elite talents. Benning knew the reaction when he let the deadline pass without Boeser / Ferland / Leivo and without fresh meat on the grill.
You can't sell that. It is a white flag. They say to the players: "We are done."
You have a goalkeeper who is playing at a Hart Trophy level. If you bring him back, you have to do gymnastics at Simone Biles level. Due to their cap crisis, other key players from Chris Tanev to Troy Stecher may also have disappeared. There is no guarantee that they will look the same. Now there are some in the Canucks organization who feel that their window only opens around Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson. They feel these two are scratching the surface of what they will be, which is scary for the rest of the league.
Good. But if you can't see the future, you only know what you have now. In his media conference, Benning described the organization as "the black hole where you have to fight and scratch yourself to be a playoff team again".
I understand that too. The Canucks have missed the playoffs four years in a row and have won three postseason games since 2011. Columbus was here last season. It may not be logical, but you look where you are, your contract situation, feel that your loyal fans need to be rewarded, and say, "I'm jumping off that cliff."
I think the Canucks would still consider adding Wayne Simmonds, but it's more difficult without a 2020 first or second round.
"I do not foresee that we will trade more picks," said Benning, adding that he would consider something with different perspectives. However, what the Toffoli train tells us is that it will try.
1. No question, the trades of Blake Coleman and Andy Greene have raised the bar for returns. Los Angeles could get an extra piece for Alec Martinez since he has another year. I'm still not convinced that Montreal will move Tomas Tatar, but if this type of return is available to him, will Marc Bergevin make him think a little bit more? San Jose wanted two seconds for Brenden Dillon (GM Doug Wilson got it for Douglas Murray in 2013); They got a second and a third from Washington. In the meantime, New Jersey has a second plus in mind for Sami Vatanen that needs to get well.
I think the kings canceled a trade for Martinez that did not include futures, possibly with Carolina.
2. Tampa outbid Boston for Coleman, but Edmonton gave a real boost. A few teams said they heard he was the type the Oilers would give up for.
3. If the Coleman trade has shown anything to the rest of the NHL, the Devils may not really want to part with Kyle Palmieri – but if you make the right offer, they will. You also have to think that trading hasn't affected Tom Fitzgerald's long-term position in Jersey.
4. This is good news for the Rangers, who continue to negotiate with Chris Kreider and generate the market for it. I think teams are interested: Boston, Colorado, New York Islanders and St. Louis (of course there could be more).
I think Washington GM Brian MacLellan took a stealth step to see if he could get into Kreider, but Dillon trade is likely to take him out.
5. It could be due to Nolan Patrick's health, but I think Philadelphia is considering Jeff Carter.
6. Colorado tries to make "hockey deals" to add up front and on the blue line. But all the injuries – Philipp Grubauer, Nazem Kadri, Mikko Rantanen – brought them to the market at a cheaper price. The only thing about the Avalanche is that they don't have large, long-term renewal contracts for Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, and Cale Makar. (Remember: you made an enormous short-term pitch for Artemi Panarin, which didn't affect her long-term situation.) This eliminates all Carey Price fantasies. Apart from that, this avalanche / blitz game on Monday evening was dynamite.
7. I think Colorado checked Corey Crawford. However, Robin Lehner's future depends on the Chicago decision. Lehner's performance during Chicago's 5-3 loss to Edmonton raised his eyebrows. Not because he was bad or something, but because he was "calm". Lehner plays a "loud" game, both in terms of his voice and in terms of his activity. The Blackhawks and its representatives are trying to find a match, but the word is going to be a hurdle. Lehner said he deserves to be paid "fairly" and it was so unusual to see him so calm that people wondered if he was bothered by a lack of progress. He was back in goal in Saturday's 8-4 win in Calgary, where he made a big save to preserve Chicago's advantage when the game was still in doubt.
Carolina was now very interested in Lehner and has this additional first-round player.
Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman talk to a lot of people around the hockey world and tell the audience everything about what they heard and what they think about it.
8. Ottawa will wait until after the season to sign a contract with Anthony Duclair. Now that Dylan DeMelo is going to Winnipeg, don't be surprised that Vladislav Namestnikov is leaving early.
The senators are careful in all negotiations, including DeMelo and Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
9. Big Question This Week: When Will Josh Anderson Be Healthy?
10. It is rare for top 6 centers to become available, but Vincent Trocheck from Florida is getting attention. Teams can handle it at age 26, two more years under $ 5 million. It won't be cheap. Trocheck hurried back as soon as possible after an ankle injury last season, and there is debate about how much mobility it could have cost him. But here, too, people like him are not often available.
11 . The morning before the Toronto / Pittsburgh game on Tuesday, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe pulled aside the strikers who made up his bottom six. The message: we need more. I don't even feel like it was insulting – just winning shifts and driving games. Even with Toronto’s ideal location for travel, there’s a risk that they’ll wear their top down.
12. I heard the same rumors about Shea Weber's injury – that it was serious and would cost him at least the rest of the season. So I spent some time last week trying to figure out how things were going. Here's what I put together: Weber was injured against New Jersey on Tuesday, February 4, but played the rest of the game. The blocked shot has received a lot of attention, but since the injury turns out to be a sprain, this instance doesn't seem to be the root cause of the problem. He may have caught his skate in a rut, but I can't hold it.
The next day, he informed the team that he was in pain, but an MRI had to wait until the weekend because the swelling was so severe. This imaging was inconclusive as the swelling had not decreased enough and everyone involved decided to wait for another one. Then someone realized that the better way could be to Weber to Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the operation on his foot in March 2018. (Anderson, who works for the Green Bay Packers, is an ankle / foot specialist. He also operated on Ryan Suter.)
Weber saw Anderson last Wednesday and informed the club about 1:00 p.m. That day, the diagnosis was not as bad as feared. The Canadians have bothered to deal with it, but it is hard to blame them for it. They repeatedly stated that they would wait to know for sure and did not receive any conclusive information for eight days. In addition, Weber is notoriously private and doesn't want an update from beat to beat.
13. There were many rumors about Max Domi, but I had a source that she called "Fake News". (The source was not Donald Trump.)
14. Trying to imagine what happens when Commissioner Gary Bettman describes the Stanley Cup as a “piece of metal”. (See Rob Manfred.) He wouldn't even make it back to his office.
15. Claude Julien was fined $ 10,000 for breaking out after Montreal lost 4: 3 overtime to Dallas on Saturday. (The Canadiens did not receive any power games that night.) The NHL is still considering further punishment for Evander Kane, who has ended the additional disciplining process after his three-game ban over Neal Pionk's elbow. It is clear that players are encouraged to speak up because so many do. Is this a slip or the beginning of a trend?
16. Carolina's outdoor game will continue the trend toward places no one would have thought of years ago. Arizona is pushing for a game in Mexico City. Years ago I asked Bettman if he was going to host a game in Florida and he said he would like to do it, but humidity was a big problem. I think they'll see if they can do it. Edmonton is out of control for the next Canadian game in the fall of 2021.
17. Dallas and New Jersey were opportunities for China exhibition games in the next season, but that's now doubtful.
18. Bruce Boudreau loves to train and you know that he will take advantage of the opportunities that come with him. His time in Minnesota was a roller coaster ride, and Paul Fenton and Bill Guerin have considered removing him several times in the past two seasons. (One of the biggest hurdles was owner Craig Leipold, who didn't want to owe a lot of money for the contract.) I don't think it was always harmonious among the coaches, and Wild's headstrong veterans collided with the coach. Despite everything, the young players under him improved and he had them despite a brutal start on the sidelines of the playoffs. Didn't Minnesota have to extend it when they made it?
19. Speaking to people about Boudreau's dismissal, some addressed the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2017 and how things might have gone if it hadn't been for Jake Allen. The Blues goalkeeper was ridiculous in a 4-1 win in the St. Louis series – with a saving of 0.956 percent and just eight goals. That was a 106-point team from Minnesota, fifth in the NHL.
20. NHL teams received a message last week that Alexey Marchenko is interested in returning to North America. The right-shot blueliner played 121 games for Detroit and Toronto before moving to KHL CSKA Moscow in the past three seasons. He's looking for something in the $ 1.5 million range.
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21. This may be the worst kiss of death ever, but congratulations to Norwich College NCAA Division III goalkeeper Tom Aubrun, who has six consecutive failures for the cadets. Aubrun, a 24-year-old from Chamonix, France (host of the first Winter Olympics in 1924), is trained by Cam Ellsworth. If this name appears familiar, it's because Ellsworth recruited Connor Hellebuyck to his previous stop (UMass-Lowell) and helped him develop into a Vezina-caliber goalkeeper. There were also some NHL teams checking out Aubrun.
22. Last weekend Milan Lucic announced with Scott Oake and Louie DeBrusk that he wanted to retire after an early season.
“When we played St. Louis for the first time in a hockey night in Canada, I was put on a bench in the third period. Nobody said anything to me. I wasn't really happy about it and even started asking if I should hang it up because I just wasn't enjoying it anymore. It had nothing to do with James Neal's success – I just think it was just very difficult for me, especially when you were sitting on a bench and nobody said anything to you. "(That was November 9th)
I heard a story that a certain player told Lucic – on the ice – that he would not fight, not because he was afraid, but because he or his team did not benefit from doing so. That has never happened before. It cannot be a coincidence that Lucic plays angrily since he was criticized for being overly docile when the Battle of Alberta resumed.
23. Edmonton's power game is 29.5 percent. According to NHL.com, the record in the regular season is held by the New York Islanders 1979-80 with 29.3 percent. It's quite a run with 59 games.
24. Julien Gauthier is exactly the type of player the New York Rangers want to take a risk with: a young striker who needs an NHL shot. As fourth in the AHL in Toren (26), Gauthier was unable to crack Carolina's group and longed for a better opportunity. He'll get it in Manhattan.
25. When Ryan Lindgren gets Brad Marchand's attention, he does something right.
26. When the Toronto Marlies came off the ice against Binghamton on Monday before the Family Day game, some players exchanged fists with a little boy who was there to watch. They didn't wait for him to show his hand, they initiated. It was nice to see.
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27. At the All-Star game 2018 in Tampa Bay, the host Lightning has included something in its fan show that has caught the attention of the NHL: Adoptions for puppies.
"It was not a core activity the league had planned, but the team took responsibility," said Dave McCarthy, NHL vice president of consumer goods, on Tuesday morning. "We saw the reaction and thought:" Maybe we can borrow this idea. "
The league shows the lifestyle of its products on the Instagram page @everydayNHL and organizes a showroom at the Fan Fair. The showroom contains outdoor items, kitchen utensils, and things you would use to decorate your fan den.
"It's more than what you wear, it's how you decorate your home, what you put in your car," he said. “We wanted to try something with pets. Puppies and kittens for adoption. We could find them at home and advertise our licensed products. “(The puppies wore blues blankets, headscarves, pullovers, linen and collars.)
Enter CARE STL.
28. Last August, Delaware was the first "no-kill" state in the United States (on the CNN website: "For a state to be classified as a" no-kill "must be A savings rate of at least 90 percent will be achieved for all cats and dogs St. Louis teamed up with CARE STL on January 1, 2019 to create such a hideaway for his city. One of the first employees was Valerie Strobo, the director of development and marketing.
"Animals create a more compassionate and empathetic community," she says as we near the end of our conversation.
The blues are not afraid to promote it. When David Backes led the team, he and his wife founded Kelly Athletes for Animals, and the club hosts an annual adoption event titled “Barking with the Blues”.
Goalkeeper Jake Allen and wife Shannon have adopted in the past.
"(Shannon) told me," There has to be a way we can get involved, "and got in touch with @everydayNHL," said Strobo, thanking NHL e-commerce coordinator Lauren Marinaro. "They said to us:" We love your mission and we would like to work with you. "It was really exciting. We weren't expecting puppies in a private jet."
29. The private jet passenger was mistletoe:
Mistletoe was born in the basement of an abandoned house and adopted by Nashville's captain Roman Josi and his wife Ellie. Agent Kurt Overhardt adopted a brother and a sister:
Strobo sent photos of puppies, kittens and rabbits in blues gear. Some of them have hockey-related names, including Harlie Binnington, Harry Pastrnak and Pudge Pietrangelo:
Here is a free recording of Connor Hellebuyck with one:
Above all, it was a success for the shelter.
"Our adoption application numbers tripled over the weekend," said Strobo.
McCarthy added: "We will do it again, and at other events we encourage member clubs to do it."
Here is a link to the CARE STL website.
30. This is a bit long, but I wanted to share it. It is a text that a small hockey coach sent out a few weeks ago. Here's & # 39; s:
Hello team, now that the regular season is over and we've been going for the past few weeks, I wanted to take a few minutes to share some thoughts with you. First of all I want to say how honored I am to be one of your children's trainers. We have a great group of kids who like to play and we have a lot of fun together. We are also very happy to have a team that wins more times than not. One of the challenges this brings as a trainer is that it can limit some good coaching opportunities because I believe that some of the best coaching moments come from adversity and losing yes. I hate to lose and I hope that nobody gets used to it, but adversity and loss offer great teaching moments and show character not only with the players but also with us as coaches and parents. For me, your child's character development is far more important than any pass, goal scored or championship won.
Hockey and all sports can be a great teacher if you let them. As a coach, I want to challenge all of us as parents to look for the lessons in the game. If you spend more time worrying and complaining about missed passes, how much ice age your child gets, who should be first on the ice, how fast or slow kids are, or complaining that someone isn't good enough to play with your child you miss the whole point. Think about the opportunity to develop your child's natural persistence, determination, discipline, commitment, resilience, work ethic, heart, leadership skills, connection and respect for others, not only in competition, but also in life! I was once asked by a coach what the difference between a good player and a great player was. He said good players are only good players, but a great player has the ability to make everyone around him better. I would ask each of us, do we encourage our children to be just good or great? How can your child get to the ice rink and build them around and make everyone else better? Are you as important as a parent when you model positive behavior and show respect for other children in the team? I've played in great teams with average players and in average teams with great players. The point is that it takes a “team” to win, and the stronger the bond, the greater your chances.
Hockey will end for our children, whether it is a year after high school or college, or if they win the lottery and play in the NHL, it will end. If so, I hope that all of our children have learned and developed the character traits that will help them succeed at this point. I was blessed to play a lot of hockey in my life, beyond little hockey. I played Division I on a full scholarship and signed with the Detroit Red Wings when they had 15 Hall of Fame players on the team. I signed six NHL contracts over 10 years and ended up playing more than 600 professional games in the AHL, NHL and Europe.
Many of you probably don't know that you have a veteran rule in the AHL. Once you've played 360 Pro games, you're considered a veteran and each team can only carry five of these guys. It is very difficult for a player to continue playing after 360 games. The biggest reason I could do that was the character. In the ten years I've played, I've been named team captain. I'm not boastful about it, but hoping you understand that there's so much more going on in the game.
It is a very difficult process to return from ice hockey to the real world after 10 years, but all the things I mentioned above enabled me – and ended up working for a Fortune 500 company, The leadership takes over coaching and development for their sales staff. Another advantage of the long game of hockey was that I could see and experience many different coaches and coaching styles. From the most demanding in Mike Babcock to the ultimate player coach in Guy Gadowsky, from some of the best communicators and teachers (Bruce Boudreau) to coaches who had nothing to do with developing a child or athlete (these) boys are the reason why I exercise because I see them every time I go to an arena or when I hear them on the benches next to us and I would never want them near my or your child.
I don't include myself when I say that, but I hope you all realize how happy your kids are to have the character and experience your kids get at that level. Coaching is not an exact science, especially if you have 20 different personalities who need to be trained and motivated a little differently. I think there is a fine line in "10-under Travel" because we have to remember that these children are only 10 years old. They are not superstars who make every game every time! They also play travel, which means they have to make demands on them to learn accountability, to be challenged and to be trainable. As a coach and parent, I would hope that these are the things that are reinforced at home, no matter which team you are on. I would love it if these guys had the experience of winning another championship, and everything I've talked about contributes in its own little or big way.
I hope I offered a slightly different perspective on the game and behind the bench. I would like to say again how honored I am to have the opportunity to coach your children. I don't take it lightly because I know how much more is at stake than the Ice Age, how many goals you score or win a hockey game. Billy Graham said, "A coach will meet more people in a year than the average person in a lifetime," and I agree!
31. When you grew up with the original Blue Jays, one of your first favorites was the 1979 American League co-rookie, Alfredo Griffin. His reckless running in the grassroots (which would lead to serious fainting spells on social media today) made him a lot of fans.
I remember being shocked and horrified when I read that a glowing prospect would take Griffin's job. His series of 392 games in a row ended on May 27, 1984 when he appeared as a pinch runner at the far end of a double header. Although he won the winning run in a 6: 5 win over Cleveland, pinch running does not extend these stripes according to baseball rules. I remember the Toronto Star photo the next day – Griffin looks angry even though the Jays won. The guy who started shortstop that day was Tony Fernandez.
Griffin was traded to Oakland the following winter, and Fernandez began a multi-hour love party with fans of Blue Jays. We mimicked his unique swing (well, his and Garth Iorgs) and tried to do the same unbalanced long-range flip throws from shortstop to first. (A friend broke a coffee table in someone else's backyard with a failed attempt.)
I was lucky enough to cover him when he returned to Toronto in 1998 and 1999. One day one of our producers (Brian Spear) played in a coach wearing a microphone. When he checked the tape, he started laughing at an exchange between the trainer and Fernandez, who was based. Fernandez took a great lead and the coach asked what he was doing.
"I'm working on my jump," was the answer.
It has been politely suggested that he may be working on a location where he will not be picked up.
There was another game in which he was kicked out for miles and tried to turn a double into a triple. A few of us asked him about it. He didn't say much, but a teammate said, "Tony loves triple. He always goes for her." (Fernandez led the 1990 American League at 17)
But my favorite was a game in which he raced and celebrated as if he had won the World Series. The reason? Someone spent money on the person who did it. He had a smile big enough to drive an 18-wheeler. Gone too early.