In the last 48 hours, President Donald Trump made “sticking to sports” impossible, because he stuck it to sports. Or, more specifically, to athletes of color who dared protest police brutality through peaceful demonstration at NFL games, or decided not to be a human political commercial for a president
The NHL Department of Player Safety decided that Tom Wilson’s hit on St. Louis Blues rookie center Robert Thomas on Friday night was way late, and suspended him for two preseason games. “Over a full second after Thomas loses control of the puck, well after he’s eligible to be checked” is how the Department
The delightful Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals has a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Saturday, which is not only the first hearing from the 2017-18 preseason but the first under new Player Safety boss George Parros. Wilson then ensured that Thomas was further separated from
When it comes to players voicing their frustration with the NHL over its decision not to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, we’re not even at the tip of the iceberg. This week, two prominent Canadian players took to Twitter to poke the bear.
Sean Avery’s new book “Ice Capades: A Memoir Of Fast Living And Tough Hockey” was a must-read the moment it was announced, and it’s every bit the scathing, funny, frequently infuriating celebration of all things Sean Avery as anticipated. It follows his NHL journey from the Detroit Red Wings to the
Kris Versteeg wasn’t around the last time this happened in the NHL, when a tidal wave of penalty calls came crashing down on preseason games to emphasize whatever the League’s cause célèbre was that season.
Larry Robinson possesses one such hockey mind. Then it was off to San Jose where he was an associate coach and director of player development and … well, look at that, the Sharks made their first Stanley Cup Final with Larry Robinson in the organization. The other constant on those Devils teams was
The unfathomable absence of Jaromir Jagr from an NHL roster continues as the preseason rolls on. “The future of Jagr will be known in October, the day after NHL regular season begins, after which there will be where he will continue his career.” He noted that almost 100% of the rumors on Jagr’s next
Calgary Flames goalie Jon Gillies made one of those “through the benefit of replay” saves against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night: Those saves that look good in real time, and then are revealed to be flippin’ extraordinary when fans finally catch the Jumbotron replay.
Will the Pittsburgh Penguins three-peat? According to the latest Stanley Cup champions wagering odds, they’re the favorites to do so. The new 2018 Stanley Cup odds from Bovada reveal the Penguins at 7-to-1, their odds having dropped since the summer.
If it’s September, then it’s time another episode of “As The Pivot Turns,” the ongoing soap opera based on the Montreal Canadiens’ center position. Last time on “As The Pivot Turns”: Alex Galchenyuk was maybe possibly a solution at center. This week on “As The Pivot Turns”: Alex Galchenyuk is probably
Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday, the strongest Category 4 storm to hit the region in 57 years. The reaction starts with the Florida Panthers, who have turned the BB&T Center into a storage facility for emergency vehicles and a staging area for local first responders. Panthers
The goose bumps were raised on Dani Rylan’s arm. The founder and commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League was one of 17 executives assembled at a Manhattan steak house on Wednesday, in a show of solidarity for hockey’s “Declaration of Principles.” At the moment, she was listening to a young
The NHL announced on Wednesday that George Parros is the new Senior Vice President of Player Safety, taking the reins of the league’s on-ice supplemental discipline from Stephane Quintal. “George possesses one of the brightest and most innovative young minds in our game,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
The NHL Players Media Tour has rolled through New York City this week. It’s a chance for players to go one-on-one with reporters and answer goofy questions or, if they’re extraordinarily lucky, play ping-pong with Jeremy Roenick. Which is to say that the players can be laidback and exhibit some modicum
George Parros is known for many things. Now, he’ll be known as the NHL’s senior vice president of player safety. According to Pierre LeBrun and Elliotte Friedman, Parros is taking over for Stephane Quintal this season, with Quintal remaining with the department but expanding his duties to other projects
Brenda Andress, commissioner of the Canadian’s Women Hockey League, had steadfastly assured her players through the years that the league was on a path to paying them. “We’re right on target with our strategic plan,” said Andress to Sportsnet in March 2017. Perhaps Andress didn’t see this moment coming
Is God a hockey fan? It seemed like the obvious question to ask on a day when Pat Lafontaine, Hockey Hall of Famer and NHL vice president of hockey development, read a letter from Pope Francis endorsing “The Declaration of Principles,” an ambitious (if loosely defined) doctrine co-signed by 17 different
In an interview with Czech TV, Jagr made it clear that he wants to return to the NHL, and that remains the priority. “I love hockey in the NHL, so I’m able to wait, how many people would give everything to NHL at least one match?,” he said.
As of the end of summer, here are the Stanley Cup Contender Rankings for the 2017-18 season, in which we place all 31 teams in different tiers and let the deity of your choosing sort them out. The rest of these lists are going to be in alphabetical order, but this is what we’re feeling right now as
The Chicago Blackhawks’ logo is one of the most iconic in hockey, as an Original Six team. It’s also a point of increasing controversy, as Native American (and Indigenous Canadian) iconography used for sports teams has been decried and eliminated in the last decade – not to mention the continuing controversy
The calendar just flipped to September, and Matt Duchene isn’t preparing to play center for the Nashville Predators or the Montreal Canadiens or the Columbus Blue Jackets. No, he’s still a member of the Colorado Avalanche, despite being on the trading block for the entirety of the summer. An entire
The irony isn’t lost on Jay Baruchel. “Goon: Last of the Enforcers,” the sequel Baruchel co-wrote and directed, was released in the U.S. on Sept. 1. “It’s called ‘Last of the Enforcers’ for a reason,” said Baruchel.
With it came to winger David Pastrnak, a restricted free agent, Neely’s comp was Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg, who signed a six-year deal with $36 million last summer. As has been widely reported, the Bruins had had a deal on the table for Pastrnak for some time. The new comp is Leon
The fall of Ryan Malone was well-documented. Once a 50-point forward with the Pittsburgh Penguins, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008 and signed a considerable seven-year contract worth $31 million, with trade protection. Then, in 2014 when Malone was 34, GM Steve Yzerman announced the