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  1. Shekky

    Vancouver Titans

    I Follow Overwatch League and am super stoked for the upcoming season how many of you follow the Overwatch League? I am really happy they secured the best team outside of Overwatch league Another Overwatch League has unveiled its new branding and colors. Vancouver Titans is the official name for the Canadian Overwatch League team, the organization announced today. Owned by Aquilini Group, the ownership group for the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Titans is the second Canadian team in the league. Roster details were announced during the second intermission of Vancouver Canucks’ NHL match against Dallas Stars. Kim “Haksal” Hyo-jong, Lee “Hooreg” Dong-eun, Lee “Stitch” Choong-hui, Park “Bumper” Sang-beom, Choi “JJANU” Hyeon-woo, Lee “Twilight” Ju-seok, Kim “SLIME” Sung-jun, and Seo Min-soo all joined Vancouver Titans from Overwatch Contenders Korea team RunAway. Former Element Mystic flex support Kim “Rapel” Jung rounds out the roster at nine players. Screengrab via Vancouver Titans will share colors with the Canucks, wearing the iconic blue and green color scheme. The logo draws inspiration from the Pacific Northwest’s mythic monster, Bigfoot. Former San Francisco Shock analyst Harsha Bandi will also join Vancouver Titans for the Overwatch League’s 2019 season. The former RunAway roster earned first place in Overwatch Contenders Korea’s second 2018 season and placed second twice in OGN Overwatch Apex in 2017. The players in Vancouver’s Overwatch League expansion team are widely considered some of the best in Overwatch right now. Eight new expansion teams will join the Overwatch League when it begins on Feb. 14. Other expansion team branding already revealed includes Atlanta Reign, Toronto Defiant, Paris Eternal, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, and Chengdu Hunters. One team remains unannounced, though logos and team names were leaked in a Nov. 7 Reddit post. Washington, D.C. is the last team needed to reveal its branding. The eight new teams will join the 12 founding teams from the 2018 season.
  2. Ex Canucks flavour to this years team. I look forward to seeing Kevin out there. Good luck Juice.
  3. Rimouski Oceanic star Alexis Lafreniere was among the 34 players Hockey Canada named to its selection camp roster on Monday in preparation for the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver and Victoria. Lafreniere, who is considered to be the frontrunner to be the first-overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft, is the lone 2001-born player on the list. The Oceanic forward has 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 28 games this season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He would be the first 17-year-old since Connor McDavid to make the World Juniors team. There are 33 other players vying for the 23 final roster spots, which include two members of Canada’s gold-medal winning 2018 team in forwards Maxime Comtois and Alex Formenton. The selection camp will take place from Dec. 10-14 in Victoria, B.C. Prospects representing Canada’s NHL teams are goaltenders Michael DiPietro (VAN) and Ian Scott (TOR), defencemen Jacob Bernard-Docker (OTT), Evan Bouchard (EDM) and Josh Brook (MTL) along with forwards Formenton (OTT) and Nick Suzuki (MTL). Notably, Los Angeles Kings prospect Gabriel Vilardi who is on a conditioning stint in the AHL, is being loaned to Team Canada's selection camp. There are 16 NHL first-round picks on the preliminary roster. The roster also includes two 2019 draft-eligible players. Prince Albert Raiders forward Brett Leason has gone undrafted the last two years and is currently leading the WHL in scoring with 60 points in 27 games. Raphael Lavoie of the Halifax Mooseheads is also eligible for 2019 and has 29 points in 26 games in the QMJHL this season. Notable exclusions from the list include forwards Robert Thomas and Michael Rasmussen, who are currently playing in the NHL with St. Louis and Detroit, respectively. Other omissions include two 2018 second-round picks in Oilers prospect Ryan McLeod and Panthers prospect Serron Noel, who were left off the list after participating in the World Junior Summer Showcase. The final roster is expected to be named on Dec. 14. Team Canada will play three preliminary games from Dec. 19-23, and then begin its gold-medal defence against Denmark on Dec. 26 in Vancouver. Here is the full roster: TEAM CANADA SELECTION CAMP ROSTER 2019 World Juniors GOALTENDERS Name Team Catches Age HT WT DRAFT Michael DiPietro Windsor (OHL) L 19 6’0” 205 VAN 2017 Ian Scott Prince Albert (WHL) L 19 6’3” 183 TOR 2017 Matthew Villalta Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) L 19 6’4” 186 LAK 2017 DEFENCE Name Team Shoots Age HT WT DRAFT Calen Addison Lethbridge (WHL) R 18 5’10” 180 PIT 2018 Nicolas Beaudin Drummondville (QMJHL) L 19 5’11” 176 CHI 2018 Jacob Bernard-Docker North Dakota (NCHC) R 18 6’0” 185 OTT 2018 Evan Bouchard London (OHL) R 19 6’2” 198 EDM 2018 Josh Brook Moose Jaw (WHL) R 19 6’1” 192 MTL 2017 Cameron Crotty Boston University (HE) R 19 6’2” 188 ARI 2017 Noah Dobson Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) R 18 6’3” 185 NYI 2018 Pierre-Olivier Joseph Charlottetown (QMJHL) L 19 6’2” 168 ARI 2017 Jared McIsaac Halifax (QMJHL) L 18 6’1” 191 DET 2018 Ian Mitchell Denver (NCHC) R 19 5’11” 175 CHI 2017 Markus Phillips Owen Sound (OHL) L 19 6’0” 194 LAK 2017 Ty Smith Spokane (WHL) L 18 5’11” 177 NJD 2018 FORWARDS Name Team Shoots Age HT WT DRAFT Jaret Anderson-Dolan Spokane (WHL) L 19 5’11” 195 LAK 2017 Shane Bowers Boston University (HE) R 19 6’2” 188 OTT 2017 Maxime Comtois Drummondville (QMJHL) L 19 6’2” 211 ANA 2017 Ty Dellandrea Flint (OHL) R 18 6’1” 190 DAL 2018 MacKenzie Entwistle Hamilton (OHL) R 19 6’3” 181 ARI 2017 Alex Formenton London (OHL) L 19 6’2” 185 OTT 2017 Liam Foudy London (OHL) L 18 6’1” 182 CBJ 2018 Morgan Frost Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) L 19 6’0” 185 PHI 2017 Cody Glass Portland (WHL) R 19 6’2” 185 VGK 2017 Barrett Hayton Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) L 18 6’1” 191 ARI 2018 Alexis Lafrenière Rimouski (QMJHL) L 17 6’1” 192 2020 Raphaël Lavoie Halifax (QMJHL) R 18 6’4” 198 2019 Brett Leason Prince Albert (WHL) R 19 6’4” 199 2019 Isaac Ratcliffe Guelph (OHL) L 19 6’6” 204 PHI 2017 Jack Studnicka Oshawa (OHL) R 19 6’2” 179 BOS 2017 Nick Suzuki Owen Sound (OHL) R 19 5’11” 183 VGK 2017 Owen Tippett Mississauga (OHL) R 19 6’2” 204 FLA 2017 Joe Veleno Drummondville (QMJHL) L 18 6’1” 195 DET 2018 Gabe Vilardi Los Angeles (NHL) R 19 6’3” 207 LAK 2017
  4. November 1: Jake Virtanen tricks and treats in a 4-2 win over the Blackhawks
  5. Totally milking it too seem like Linden with the title and picture... Hockey, Sports Prospective Seattle NHL team hires former Canucks executive Rob WilliamsNov 05, 2018 5:43 pm7,237 Vancouver Canucks / YouTube Seattle’s future NHL team continues to take shape. Though they don’t officially have a franchise yet, NHL owners unanimously recommended a Seattle expansion team in October. The NHL Board of Governors are expected to approve Seattle as the league’s 32nd team in early December, with a new team likely beginning play in 2020. So it’s basically all systems go for the prospective NHL team, who announced a key hiring on Monday. Former Vancouver Canucks executive Victor de Bonis has been hired as OVG-Seattle’s Chief Operating Officer. As COO, de Bonis will work closely with CEO Tod Leiweke – another former Canucks exec – on the business operations side. “Victor has been a key player in the Vancouver Canucks’ operational success and is a longtime sports industry veteran,” said Leiweke in a media release. “I’m excited to bring on individuals that I’ve personally worked with and have seen their successes firsthand. I know they will keep the astounding momentum going as we continue on a path to make the case for Seattle to be awarded an NHL franchise.” With 32,000 season ticket deposits secured and $700 million in renovations upcoming to KeyArena, Seattle has the demand and the venue for an NHL team. “I am excited to be coming into Seattle Hockey Partners on the ground floor and to get the chance to work with Tod again,” said de Bonis. “There’s nothing like bringing a franchise to a new city, and having a second chance to do so is an honour, including being a part of the team.” De Bonis spent 23 years in the Canucks’ front office, including nine years as COO from 2007 to 2016, before leaving the Aquilini Group last year. This will surely further fuel rumours that former Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis is destined for the Emerald City. “If [the new Seattle NHL team] flattered me enough by asking if I’d be interested in talking with them, I’d be most definitely interested,” Gillis said on Vancouver radio last month, before admitting that he’s known Leiweke for years. Gillis and de Bonis worked together and enjoyed great success during their time in Vancouver, which included a multi-year sellout streak and an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.
  6. Didn’t see this posted anywhere so thought I’d open up the discussion of where he could land if he does end up coming back to the NHL this season or next Season. Former Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov has applied for reinstatement, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Thursday. “Voynov, 28, had his contract terminated by the Kings in the fall of 2014 when he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour charge of corporal injury to his spouse stemming from an arrest on domestic violence charges. Following two months in prison, he returned to his native Russia voluntarily rather than face a potential deportation hearing with United States Immigration.” “Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported Thursday that if Voynov is reinstated, he will still face a suspension upon his return to the league.” “Bill Daly commenting makes it relevant today. What we know is that the NHL is heavily involved in the fact-checking and investigating of the case," Dreger said on Insider Trading. "There’s no timeline as to when the league is going to conclude the investigation, nor is there a timeline as to when commissioner Gary Bettman will determine the length of discipline, other than the expectation is it will be extreme." “One team that apparently won't be pursuing Voynov at any time, is the Arizona Coyotes. Craig Morgan of The Athletic tweeted on Thursday that the Coyotes have "no interest" in Voynov.” Since his return to Russia, Voynov has spent the last three seasons with Kontinental Hockey League club SKA St. Petersburg and represented the Olympic Athletes from Russia at February's PyeongChang Olympics, winning a gold medal. He has not played this season. He appeared in 190 games over four seasons with the Kings, scoring 18 goals and adding 63 assists. Voynov was a member of the Kings' Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2012 and 2014. FULL STORY:
  7. Please do not buy this book Parents of Humboldt Broncos players involved in bus crash urge people not to buy new book about the team By Blake LoughDigital Journalist Global News 2WS: HUMBOLDT BRONCOS AND SASKATOON BLADES RAISE AWARENESS FOR BLOOD DONATIONX ABOVE: New book about the Humboldt Broncos hockey team is facing criticism from some of the victims' families. - A A + Listen Family members of players involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash are harshly criticizing a new book about the hockey team and are urging people not to buy it. “The story of our family members is ours to tell, either individually or collectively, as we choose,” read a post on Toby Boulet’s Facebook account on Monday. Boulet’s son, Logan, was one of the players killed in the crash involving the Broncos’ team bus and a semi-truck. The crash on April 6 claimed 16 lives and injured over a dozen others. On Sept. 5, Barry Heath, a former Saskatchewan coroner and veterinarian, published his book titled Humble Beginnings of the Humboldt Broncos and the 2017-2018 Team. It is listed on the Indigo-Chapters website and is shown to be available at multiple locations in Saskatoon. “Please do not purchase this book,” Boulet wrote. “Dr. Heath asked families for input and not one family agreed to provide input. He was told that the families were not ready to tell the collective story about the tragic day in April.” The mother of Ryan Straschnitzki, one of the Broncos who survived the crash but was left paralyzed from the chest down, tweeted her displeasure with the author on Monday as well. Twitter Ads info and privacy “Do not buy the book,” she tweeted. “It was in no way supported or endorsed by the 29 families! It is not Dr. Heath’s story to tell.” “A man by the name Barry Heath has written a book about the tragedy and nightmare we have all been living,” Christina George-Haugan, the widow of former Broncos coach Darcy Haugan who was killed in the April crash, posted on Facebook on Monday. “He has done this without the support and endorsement of any family involved in this. In fact he was specifically asked not to do this at this time as none of us felt ready for something like that. “Would you please do me a favour and not purchase this book and support him and share this so others don’t as well? I would appreciate that!” WATCH: Humboldt Broncos player Layne Matechuk leaves hospital after 6 month stay According to Boulet, Heath first sent letters to family members four to five weeks after the crash to pitch the book. In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Heath said he “followed the proper channels” by also contacting former Broncos president Kevin Garinger and sending him chapters of the book before publishing. He admitted that Garinger did not provide feedback. Barry Heath Facebook comment. Facebook Because the families did not agree to participate in the writing of the book, Heath relied on details and interviews already published in various media outlets. Before the post was deleted and his account made private, many commenters criticized him for trying to profit off the tragedy. Toby Boulet post on Facebook. Facebook “Some may think I wrote the book for profit,” Heath wrote. “All the proceeds of the book go to the Humboldt Broncos Alumni Association, which was accepted by the Broncos as an umbrella group under them. One of the activities of the HBAA is to support hockey players by using funds for bursaries for young players. This is what I have agreed to do. $10 of each $20 book is going to the HBAA.” Barry Heath comment on Facebook. Facebook “Ask yourselves – have the newspapers and TV and radio stations given support to the families from the profits of the additional papers or advertising they sold? Or did they just keep hounding them for more interviews?” Heath wrote. Barry Heath comment on Facebook. Facebook According to the author, the book also focuses on the early history of the team, but the table of contents shows at least 16 of the 28 chapters are dedicated to the bus crash and its aftermath. Heath said the book took approximately 500 hours to complete and is his tribute to the team – adding that he believes he has “done justice to the emergency responders and the memories [of] the families of those lost and injured.”
  8. stanleysteamersmyl

    The TooToo Train

    Jordin Tootoo - a 5'9 hockey player from a small town in Nunavut to playing in the NHL for 13 years. Tootoo happy to share ups and downs from 13 seasons in NHL Hopes to use journey from Nunavut to League to motivate others by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer 7:51 AM Jordin Tootoo vividly remembers his first NHL shift. It was Oct. 9, 2003 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Tootoo, a 20-year-old Nashville Predators rookie forward at the time, thought he was going to have a great chance to score his first NHL goal. "I was right in the slot, and as the puck was coming to me I was like, 'OK, this is my shot,'" Tootoo said. "And as I went to shoot the puck it fumbled over my stick. It must have hit a rut in the ice and I didn't get a piece of it." Fanning on his first NHL shot attempt isn't the only thing Tootoo remembers from that night in Nashville 15 years ago. "I think the biggest thing for me was when I jumped over the boards I could hear kind of a roar in the crowd," he said. "I probably had over 300 people from Nunavut there and the flags were flying and all that. So it was a pretty special moment." Tootoo, now 35, said it took him a while to appreciate the significance of that moment -- a 5-foot-9 forward from Rankin Inlet, an Inuit hamlet in Nunavut, Canada with a population of fewer than 3,000, making it to the NHL -- and the impact he could have as a role model. He went on to play 13 seasons in the NHL with the Predators, Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks, and had 161 points (65 goals, 96 assists) in 723 games. "Still to this day, it was kind of an unbelievable experience and I'm hoping that I can pave the way for future indigenous, aboriginal kids coming up," he said. [RELATED: Read more Hockey is for Everyone stories] Tootoo understands the importance of sharing his story and how it fits into the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative. As an Inuk growing up in Rankin Inlet, 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Tootoo didn't know if playing in the NHL was a realistic dream until the 2000-01 season with Brandon in the Western Hockey League, when had 48 points (20 goals, 28 assists) in 60 games as a 17-year-old. "The biggest thing for me is reaching out to a lot of these isolated communities where not a lot of kids have opportunities to leave home and pursue their dreams," said Tootoo, who was selected by Nashville in the fourth round (No. 98) of the 2001 NHL Draft. "I've been touring the north for the last 15 years visiting a lot of these communities and I see a lot of great talent. I try to educate these kids on getting out and seeing the world. "Because home is always going to be home, and in order for you to achieve your goals in whatever profession you want to go into at some point you're going to have to leave home to pursue it." There's more to Tootoo's story than hockey. He also openly talks about the suicide of his older brother, Terence, in 2002, mental health issues and his battle with alcoholism. He credits Predators general manager David Poile and former Predators coach Barry Trotz (now with the New York Islanders) with pushing him to get help and enter the NHL/NHL Players' Association Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program on Dec. 27, 2010. "Sometimes you have to let your guard down and ask for help," Tootoo said. "Sometimes that's part of growing up. As a professional we all fight a fight no one knows about. When you're comfortable and content in your own skin you're not afraid to speak up, and I think that's what really exemplifies a true man, showing emotion, asking for help, communication." Tootoo remains dedicated to sharing his story, but hasn't given up on playing yet. After sitting out last season -- he began it on long-term injured reserve with an upper-body injury and did not play after Chicago assigned him to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Nov. 30 -- he's hoping for a chance to play in Europe this season. He's been skating with a WHL team in Kelowna, British Columbia, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters, while waiting. If no opportunity comes, he's grateful for the career he's had. "I look back and I reflect on my hockey career and what it's given me opportunity-wise away from the game," Tootoo said. "Personally I didn't think it would go this far. But I'm grateful for everything that's put in front of me. It's been a tremendous ride."
  9. rekker

    Shanaplan update Looks to be an official update on Shanaplan. So he wants the youngsters to take discounts for the greater good similar to the Red Wings of old. Thing is there was no salary cap when the Wings were winning Cups Shanny. The Detroit model of old spent among the top teams in the NHL at the time. Also, you bring in a new guy at 11 million for 8 years and then expect others to discount. Nice plan Shanny and typical of TO arrogance.
  10. September 2: will Elias Pettersson have a better rookie season than Brock Boeser?
  11. IBatch

    Sens join Tornado Relief

    Watching the local OTT CTV news tonight I was pleased to see the support of the Sens players of the tornado’s last night. Just curious if anyone else out there on the CDC was close or affected by the storm, locally here in Kemptville the odd tree was down and some power outages, but today the small town was bustling with activity as people drove the half hour to get gas to avoid line-ups that weren’t 60 plus cars deep and to gather supplies. It’s a bit surreal the damage, both in Ottawa and across the river in Gatineau. Wishing all those displaced Canuck fans that work and live in or near the nations capital and an the Sens fans the best, it’s a miracle that we are all ok after that. Was anyone here in the heart of the 30km catagory 3/4 storm or the smaller one?
  12. Rob_Zepp

    CBA Discussions - Update You will need a subscription to read entire article but not more to it than what I have placed here. Two big issues for sure - I wonder if they are willing (the players and their reps) to die on either of these hills. Owners will be very reluctant to give in on either and I would be surprised if they gave in on both. Thoughts? LeBrun: Players focused on two big-ticket items in next CBA discussions — escrow and Olympic particiaption By Pierre LeBrun 1h ago 14 Escrow. No Olympics. If you want to make an NHL player make a lemon face, mention either, or if you’re looking for maximum effect, slide in both in one sentence. In the second part of our look at the NHL-NHLPA CBA question, which looms a year from now with the decision on re-opening for 2020, we take a look at the players’ two biggest bugaboos.
  13. Leaked a day before unveiling. Confirmed by Icethetics. Rumour that the design and colour may have been influenced by their game in Finland against the Panthers.
  14. Are Canadians Really Going to Allow This? Found this on World News. Hard to fathom people in Canada supporting this. That money could be so much better used for everything from health care to actual environmental programs let alone just allowing people to get along with their lives. I can see why some have labeled Env Minster with the "Climate" adjective. TRUSTED 6:00 / 09.07.2018NATIONAL POST Ottawa hides its carbon tax math while Saskatchewan crunches the numbers By Todd MacKay If Canada were a classroom, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be the kid who forgot his carbon tax homework and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe would be the keener working for extra credit. Ottawa is telling every province to impose a carbon tax. If any province fails to follow the edict, the federal government will impose its own tax that will increase incrementally until it hits $50 per tonne of carbon (11 cents per litre on gasoline) by 2022. It doesn’t matter what other environmental policies a province implements — the price at the pump must go up. Prudently, Saskatchewan asked what impact the tax would have on the province, and the University of Regina recently released the results of a comprehensive analysis. The conclusions are striking: Ottawa’s carbon tax could cost the Saskatchewan economy $1.8 billion per year, according to the research. That knock is equivalent to 2.4 per cent of GDP. Saskatchewan also cited a recent University of Calgary study that puts the carbon tax in more personal terms and estimates it could cost each household about $1,000. Those are the costs, but what about the benefits of Ottawa’s carbon-tax scheme? Ottawa’s carbon tax would reduce Saskatchewan’s emissions by 1.25 per cent, according to the study. In a global context, that’s not very much. Canada produces 1.6 per cent of global emissions. Saskatchewan is responsible for about a tenth of Canada’s emissions. That means that Ottawa’s carbon tax will reduce Saskatchewan’s share of global emissions from about 0.173 per cent to 0.171 per cent. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, seen on March 9, 2018, is taking the federal government to court in an attempt to block the carbon tax. Michael Bell/CP Predictably, Premier Moe is unwilling to ask Saskatchewanians to sacrifice thousands of jobs in their economy and thousands of dollars in their family budgets without any realistic prospect of impacting what is a global challenge. In fact, Premier Moe is taking Ottawa to court to block the scheme. The University of Regina’s research will clearly form the cornerstone of Saskatchewan’s arguments in court. But what if Saskatchewan’s numbers are wrong? Maybe a carbon tax won’t deliver a blow to the provincial economy’s fragile recovery. Maybe it will deliver world-changing results. Maybe Ottawa has better numbers. Unfortunately, the proverbial dog ate the prime minister’s homework, or, more literally, the censor’s black marker blotted it out. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation submitted access-to-information requests for federal analysis of a carbon tax’s impact on Saskatchewan. The government heavily redacted virtually every page and completely withheld many pages. It gets worse. The Office of the Information Commissioner took a look at the documents. That prompted the government to raise the veil of secrecy a fraction of an inch. A second set of documents included the word “pricing” in email subject lines (where it had been studiously blacked out in the first edition) and gave a few other glimpses into the government’s inner workings. While Ottawa did its damnedest to paper over any transparency, one fascinating chart squeezed through. When fully implememented, the federal carbon tax would cost 11 cents per litre of gas. Graham Hughes/CP The provinces all charge fuel taxes to fund roadwork and general government spending. By federal logic, a fuel tax of any kind should work as a carbon tax, with a higher tax having a greater impact. The fugitive chart shows Manitoba’s effective carbon tax is currently $59.80 per tonne on gasoline, while it’s $70.50 per tonne in Newfoundland and Labrador. This would be critically important information if Ottawa has pinpointed the price necessary to reduce emissions. But the current price matters not and Ottawa’s demand remains uniform for all provinces: the price must rise. Canadians deserve to know the numbers behind a carbon tax. They deserve to know whether it will help the environment. And they deserve to know how much a carbon tax will cost. Saskatchewan has turned in its homework and Ottawa needs to do the same.
  15. Sekera Injury Cripples Oilers - Leaves Defencemen's Future in Doubt Sekera injury cripples Oilers, leaves defenceman’s future in doubt Edmonton Oilers will be without Sekera after surgery Andrej Sekera is limping towards the finish line of his career. Literally. After losing most of the 2017-18 season recuperating from anterior cruciate ligament surgery, a tear that happened in Round 2 of the 2017 playoffs, the Edmonton Oilersannounced late Tuesday afternoon that Sekera had torn an Achilles tendon “in an off-season training session” and would be out indefinitely. He had surgery to repair the tear on Tuesday, the team said. GM Peter Chiarelli could not be reached for comment. The indefinite time frame on the injury infers that he could return this season, but even if he does, history tells us that this marks another lost season for the 32-year-old. As was the case with the ACL tear last season, Sekera may return after Christmas, but players traditionally require a full 12 months to regain form after an injury of this severity. From a team perspective, the loss of a second-pairing, veteran defenceman is crippling. Chiarelli will no doubt test the market but the market is all but closed at this time of year. More from Sportsnet Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera out indefinitely with torn Achilles CANADIAN PRESS All that is left in a picked-over unrestricted free agent market are names like Toby Enstrom, Alexei Emelin and Jason Garrison, while teams with tradable assets have been trying unsuccessfully to move those players since before the June draft. More likely, the Oilers will have to make up Sekera’s minutes from within. Sekera often saw time atop the second power-play unit, and it should be noted that in his absence last season the Oilers power play floundered. Of course there were many reasons for that, but this season younger pros like Matthew Benning, the un-signed RFA Darnell Nurse, second-year pro Ethan Bear and perhaps even Evan Bouchard, drafted 10th overall by the Oilers in June, will all have to pitch in. As for Sekera, with three seasons left on his deal at $5.5 million per, he’ll have to be able to prove he can pass a medical after two seasons now lost to very severe injuries. In a game that gets faster each and every season, 32-year-old defencemen able to survive back-to-back lost seasons are rare. He played just 36 games last season, returning to the lineup on Dec. 21. But he had just eight assists (no goals) and was a minus-15, unable to find the pace of the game after ACL surgery. He played seven games at the world championships for Slovakia however, and appeared as if he would be back up to speed and ready to contribute on the Oilers blue line this fall. Now, who knows what lies ahead for Andrej Sekera?
  16. July 1: Canucks sign Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel, and Tim Schaller
  17. My condolences to EK and his wife on this tragic news. No one should have to bury their child. My thoughts are with them on this sad day.
  18. Rick Nash Done? May be a good move for a guy who has made a ton of $$ but also had a few concussions. I wonder if we will be seeing more of this with players now that more about head injuries is learned. Free agent Rick Nash unsure if he’ll return to NHL next season Play Video Play Mute Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% -1:59 ShareFullscreen Rick Nash to skip free agency, NHL return in question HC at Noon reacts to the developing news that Rick Nash is unsure whether to return to the NHL, needs time to figure things out, and will not engage with teams when free agency starts. Chris Johnston@reporterchrisJune 28, 2018, 12:13 PM Free-agent winger Rick Nash is unsure if he’ll return to the NHL next season, agent Joe Resnick told Sportsnet on Thursday. The 34-year-old needs time to consider his options and won’t engage with teams when free agency opens on Sunday. “He’s not ready to make a decision and teams need answers for personnel decisions,” said Resnick of Top Shelf Sports Management Inc. “He wants to be fair to the teams.” Nash finished last season with the Boston Bruins and suffered a concussion after coming over in a deadline day trade from the New York Rangers. The former first overall pick is believed to have received multiple offers for significant dollars since the free-agent interview period opened on Sunday. Nash has a young family and is expecting another child.
  19. Bo Horvat is signing autographs and taking pictures today at the Rogers store upper floor of metrotown next to bell! Ends at 1pm so hurry down there!
  20. A good move for a Canuck division rival. Hakan is a smart dude and follows a lot of hockey outside of North America. Expect to see the Flames even use some of his smarts in the late rounds as that is all they have this year. Also he may be a big part of some SHL veterans signing UFA contracts too. Calgary Flames Hire Hakan Loob As Head European Scout JUNE 18, 2018 AT 11:19 AM CDT | BY GAVIN LEE The Flames are bringing a familiar face back into the organization. Today the team announced that they’ve hired Hakan Loob as their head European scout, giving the IIHF Hall of Fame player another opportunity to contribute to the NHL. Loob had been serving as either General Manager or President of Farjestads in the SHL since 1996, but retired from his position with the team in 2017. GM Brad Treliving released a statement on the hiring: It’s not just in Europe that Loob should be well respected. Selected in the ninth round by the Flames in 1980, he would become the first Swedish-born player to score 50 goals in an NHL season and was a huge part of the team’s 1989 Stanley Cup victory. After an incredible 429 points in 450 NHL games, he returned to Sweden and continued his career as one of the best players the country has ever seen. After retirement from his playing career, he quickly moved into management and has brought an unparalleled level of success to the franchise. The Flames have no picks in the first three rounds of the draft this season, but it will be interesting to see if Loob can have any impact on some of their later selections right away. His greatest impact could be felt just in convincing young players to head to North America, allowing Calgary to spend late-round picks on players who might otherwise stay in Europe.