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Time for a mini-break tonight.
Only four games tonight with three of them starting at 9pm ET and beyond.
If anything major pops up, I will post but other than that, see you in the morning.
from CBS Miami,
Florida Panthers President and CEO, Matthew Caldwell joined the Big O Show with Zach Krantz on 560 WQAM to discuss Florida’s back to back losses in Buffalo and Toronto, some of the upcoming events at the BB&T Center during Panthers games and the team’s search for a new head coach.
On the season so far- “Last year it felt like everything was going right for us and now this year it felt like everything went wrong.”
On tweaking the roster- “The fans are smart so you have to really look inside and make sure you’re making the right moves. With locking up the young guys, we tried our hardest to make this team competitive. It’s just about winning now. We want people to have a good experience. This season, it’s been tough. We’ve had flashes of brilliance this season.”
On the coaching search- “We said Tom Rowe would be the coach until the end of the season. We’ve had a lot of noise in the season this year. We want to get through the last six of games but rest assure we’ll make all announcements at the end of the year.”
listen to the thirteen minute interview...
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
Break out the Jay Onrait clips. Bobrovsky is neither off the case nor a disgrace to the department. To the contrary, he should win the Hart Memorial Trophy for his work this season.
The fine print says the Hart is awarded to the player judged to be most valuable to his team. But just as much that, in reality, this is an award for the best player in the NHL in any given season. This year, that’s Sergei Bobrovsky.
No other player has been as important to his team and its results as Bobrovsky has to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Take Bobrovsky off the C-bus and it’s not necessarily in the ditch but it isn’t nipping at the Capitals for the league lead. John Tortorella is having a fine season behind the Blue Jackets’ bench, but his greatest act of coaching every night is filling out the lineup card with Bobrovsky as his starter. Torts should bronze the pen he’s been using this season.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship begins Friday (March 31) at USA Hockey Arena in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Michigan, with athletes from the top eight nations in the world competing for the gold medal.
Just short of three minutes long.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its deadline was the same. Overnight Tuesday, IOC spokesman Mark Adams replied by email:
“We know that the players definitely want to play and the fans want to watch the best players in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. These Games give the greatest worldwide exposure to the sport of ice hockey. The offer for the two Olympic Winter Games 2018 and 2022 remains on the table and we are still hopeful there will be an agreement in the interests of all.
“Because of the interest of the Olympic Movement to see the NHL players in the Olympic Games, the IIHF has ensured that the travel and insurance cost of the NHL players will be fully covered, as was the case in previous Olympic Games.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Four thousand and two days.
But who’s counting, eh?
Well, how about the entire city of Edmonton and surrounding areas since the last time fans could stand up and shout to the rooftops “Hey, the Oilers are in the playoffs. Next stop, the Stanley Cup.”
OK, maybe not the second part of that. A Canadian team hasn’t won a Cup since 1993.
But at least the city can exhale now. The Oilers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Fan Appreciation Night at Rogers Centre, where they gave away patio sets and spin cycles as prizes, but the biggest prize was a post-season berth.
“You saw the excitement in the building. This means a lot, the fans have gone through probably one of the worst stretches you could imagine,” said Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who scored on a pass to Patrick Maroon that pin-balled off the skate of Derek Forbort and past L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick.
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