from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- Jonathan Toews, asked by Scott Oake on After Hours if he, like Alex Ovechkin, will play at the Olympics no matter what:
“I’m not going to sit here and make any bold statements right now. But I definitely think as players and the league as well that we should keep pushing the issue, that…we can find ways to work it out. The best players in the world should be representing their countries at the Olympics. It’s great not only for the Olympic Games, but for our sport as well.”
- American Thanksgiving is another critical point on the NHL calendar. Since the NHL expanded to 30 teams, 78 per cent of those in playoff positions as of that date reach the playoffs. As a result, teams have a better idea of what they are and what they need.
Some of the wishes are obvious. Colorado and Detroit are looking for defencemen that can make a difference, although it’s not as if you can grow them in Toews’ garden. (The Avalanche are looking for more than one, likely two.)
As mentioned, the Sabres are looking for speed. Calgary is open for business. Bruce Boudreau half-joked he had “four checking lines” on Monday, as Minnesota eyes a scorer.
- Florida’s Vincent Trocheck had a great line about teammate Jaromir Jagr. Trocheck’s first NHL goal was an empty-netter against the New Jersey Devils in March 2014. There is a photo of the future Hall-of-Famer chasing the young centre as he scores. When Trocheck told him that, he said Jagr replied, “What were you doing on the ice in a one-goal game?”
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