Blueshirt Banter: 2019 Men's World Championship: Recapping the Playoff Round Matchups
The playoff round for the 2019 Men's World Championship has concluded, and we finally have our gold medal matchup set between Canada and Finland. After an impressive run by Russia, they were knocked back to the bronze medal game after being shutout by Finland in the semifinal round.
The New York Rangers sent six players to the World Championship, and after the dust has settled, only Alexandar Georgiev and Filip Chytil will have a chance at a medal.<strong>Quarterfinals</strong>
The first matchup of the quarterfinals certainly set the stage with Canada and Switzerland going right down to the wire.
Habs Eyes On The Prize: 2019 NHL Draft prospect profile: Nathan Legare is a goal-scorer
Pure goal-scorers are hard to come by. This is what makes Nathan Legare's value potentially high in this draft. After scoring only 10 goals in the 2017-18 season, Legare's production exploded in his draft year, reaching 45 markers over the full 68 games, and 87 points.
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date of birth: January 11, 2001
Weight: 201 lbs.
Team: Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Legare is on the heavy side. He may only be 6'0'' but plays above 200 pounds.
Fansided: Dallas Stars News: Radek Faksa, Czechs Shift To Bronze Medal Game
Only one Dallas Stars player is still in action at the 2019 IIHF World Championship with just one day remaining. And while Radek Faksa and the Czech Republic may not have a shot at landing a gold medal anymore, there is still a medal in play.
After defeating Germany in the quarterfinals on a dominant 5-1 note, the Czechs fell behind early in the semifinals and couldn't rally against Canada. They ended up falling 5-1 as Mark Stone, Darnell Nurse, Pierre Luc-Dubois, Kyle Turris, and Thomas Chabot all tallied goals for the Canadians to build a 5-0 lead before Tomas Zohorna scored the lone goal for the Czechs.
Denver Post: Chambers: The Stanley Cup might cometh to Colorado this summer -- just not for the Avalanche
There's an excellent chance the Stanley Cup will return to Colorado this summer.
Too many direct or indirect Mile High bloodlines and familiar names are playing in the upcoming Cup Final for Lord Stanley's Cup not to make a visit to the Centennial State in the coming months.
The list begins with Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, who is from Colorado Springs. Carlo, 22, played youth hockey in the Springs before commuting north to Littleton to join the midget triple-A Colorado Thunderbirds. If the Bruins defeat the St. Louis Blues in the Final -- Game 1 is Monday night in Boston -- the Cup will certainly spend a day or two in the Springs.
Cardiac Cane: Carolina Hurricanes: One Successful Season Earns More STM's
What makes a successful sports franchise? Is it on the players to produce results? Is it a mesmerizing game day experience? Or is it maybe a grounded fan base who pour their hearts (and wallets) out in the name of their team to show support? Unsurprisingly, it's a mixture of all of these.
In the 2012-2013 season, the Hurricanes averaged 17,560 in attendance per game. However over the course of the next two seasons, the base began to see no light at the end of the tunnel and attendance plummeted down to 12,204 per contest, good for lowest in the entire league and the lowest in franchise history.
FlamesNation: Czechs lose in semis, will face Russia for bronze at Worlds
The momentum for the Czech Republic came crashing to a halt on Saturday at the 2019 World Hockey Championship. In their semi-final game, they hit a roadblock in the form of Team Canada.
The Czechs lost 5-1 to Canada. They trailed for the entire game, off Canadian goals from Mark Stone, Darnell Nurse, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turrus and Thomas Chabot. The Czech Republic's Tomas Zohorna scored to break the Canada shutout bid midway through the third.
Calgary Flames forward Michael Frolik was held off the score-sheet. He led the Czechs with six shots on goal and was minus-two.
Boston.com: Bruins notebook: David Krejci misses practice with illness
Bruins center David Krejci was absent from practice Saturday morning, two days after he the team's intrasquad scrimmage.
According to coach Bruce Cassidy, Krejci is battling an illness and is expected to return Sunday. The team is scheduled to practice at 11 a.m.
"I suspect we'll see him [Sunday],'' Cassidy said. "That is the plan. If he's not out there [Sunday], now there's a little bit of a worry there. But right now, I believe he'll be practicing [Sunday].''
Cassidy did not seem overly concerned about Krejci's status and called the absence "precautionary.'' Although the 33-year-old center is missing ice time, most notably with his power-play group, Cassidy said compensating for the physicality is more important than getting him up to speed on strategy.
azcentral.com: Analysis: Arizona Coyotes prospects are young, promising
Here is a comprehensive look at how the top Coyotes prospects -- professional or amateur -- performed during the 2018-19 season and what could be next in their respective developments.Barrett Hayton, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
Vitals: 6-foot-1, 192 pounds, 18 years; center, left shot; 2018 first round (No. 5 overall).
2018-19 stats: 26 goals and 66 points in 39 games (six goals and 16 points in 11 playoff games).
Review: Returning to the Greyhounds after the Coyotes selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft, Hayton battled through a charlie horse injury and still managed to exceed his previous year's point total despite playing in almost half as many games.
Fansided: Toronto Maple Leafs Deserve a More Optimistic Fanbase
The Toronto Maple Leafs lost in the first round to the Bruins, and judging from the fans I interact with, the Leafs are going nowhere fast.
The Leafs suck, and are completely on the wrong track. They've screwed up the rebuild and will never win anything.
Oh do we simultaneously have about five of the best players in franchise history on our favorite team? Doesn't matter if they don't do every last thing I think they should do.
The Leafs been eliminated three years in a row in the first round.
Fansided: Rumors: Philadelphia Flyers Doing "Due Diligence" On Kevin Hayes
Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher stated his interest in adding a two-way centerman to the team this offseason, and it looks like he's already scouting one of the top names available. Prominent NHL analyst Elliotte Friedman wrote in his 31 Thoughts article on Saturday morning that the Flyers are one of three teams doing their "due diligence" on upcoming Winnipeg Jets Free Agent Kevin Hayes, along with the Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks.
I've mentioned my personal desire of Fletcher bringing Hayes to Philadelphia in previous articles and think he'd be a solid candidate from the free agent market to fill the second line center role as long as the price isn't too steep.
NY Post: Bruins and Blues have shattered idea of Stanley Cup blueprint
And to think that in early January the Rangers' interest was piqued indeed by chatter out of St. Louis that Vladimir Tarasenko would become available if the Blues were to put out their own version of The Letter and proceed with a facelift.
Two weeks into 2019, the Rangers were ahead of St. Louis in the overall standings and, somewhat off topic, so much for the canard that games in October, November and December are critical in the playoff race. Let's just put that one away forever, can we please?
But before Blues general manager Doug Armstrong could line up his veterans the way Blueshirts general manager Jeff Gorton had a year earlier, St.
Fansided: Montreal Canadiens Need To Find A Reliable Backup Goaltender
Carey Price returned to form last season for the Montreal Canadiens. After posting the worst numbers of his career in 2017-18, Price came a lot closer to his lofty expectations in 2018-19. The only problem was, the 31-year-old nearly set a career high for games played as well.
HIs 35-24-6 record was extremely close to leading the Canadiens to an unexpected playoff berth. He put up a 2.49 goals against average, and a .918 save percentage to go with his four shutouts. He did this while suiting up in 66 games, second only to Minnesota Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk.
Fansided: Florida Panthers: What To Do With Goaltender James Reimer?
After the Columbus Blue Jackets were knocked out of the playoffs by the Boston Bruins in six games, Sergei Bobrovsky put his condo up for sale and posted a picture of him and fellow teammate Artemi Panarin in Miami on social media.
It seems like all indicators point to both Panarin and Bobrovsky coming to the Florida Panthers this summer. If they were to sign, many are wondering what the Panthers will do with their goaltending.
Sam Montembeault had a great cameo this past season, proving he can compete and win at the NHL level.
Abel to Yzerman: Would The Wings Have Any Interest In Kyle Turris?
The reason I ask is Anthony Mantha and Turris have created a nice playing relationship in the World Championship.
On a side note, it sure looks like Mantha has taken his game to another lever. Yes, the competition is not the same, but he has dominated the play in many situations during the World Championship.
from Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean,
The curious case of Kyle Turris continued during the 2018-19 season, leaving the summer of 2019 with more questions than answers.
Will the 29-year-old center rediscover his game next season?
Will it be with the Predators?
Fansided: Dallas Stars Could Move Towards Younger Lineup In 2019 Offseason
When you compare where the Dallas Stars were at the beginning of the 2018-19 season to where they finished, there's quite a shocking contrast.
As the Stars entered the season, no one quite knew what to think of them. They had a rookie head coach in Jim Montgomery that had never coached in any NHL capacity, didn't make any significant signings or trades during the 2018 offseason (besides extending Tyler Seguin), and had a two-year playoff drought following them.
With all of that coming together, many assumed it would be another tough year for Dallas.
FlamesNation: Report: Flames were interested in KHLer Sergei Andronov (who's staying in Russia)
The latest edition of Elliotte Friedman's 31 Thoughts has been published by our friends at Sportsnet. This edition has shed light on a signing that almost came to pass involving the Calgary Flames and yet another Russian import, forward Sergei Andronov.
18. Sergei Andronov, a 29-year-old winger who played at KHL CSKA Moscow, informed interested NHL teams on Friday that he will stay in Russia. A 2009 St. Louis draft pick who spent two years in the AHL, Andronov got a better offer overseas. Calgary, Columbus and Toronto were among interested parties.
Andronov has spent virtually his entire professional career in the Kontinental Hockey League - he's played with Lada Togliatti and CSKA Moscow - aside from two decent seasons in the AHL.
Boston.com: Bruce Cassidy and Craig Berube take different paths to Stanley Cup Final
Bruce Cassidy has come a long way from writing his first NHL practice plan on a napkin.
Craig Berube hasn't changed a bit from the moment he was fired from his first NHL head coaching job.
Two roads diverged in a crazy world of hockey and brought them to this Stanley Cup Final. Cassidy has guided the Boston Bruins to this point a decade and a half after a disastrous tenure in Washington. Berube took the St. Louis Blues from worst to their first final since 1970 several years after a short stint in Philadelphia.
One of them will become the sixth coach in 12 years to lift the Cup in his second stop as NHL head coach and reward an organization and countless people for giving him another chance.
Fansided: After Short Stint, Will the Washington Capitals Move on from Dmitrij Jaskin?
Washington Capitals right-winger Dmitrij Jaskin is a restricted free agent this offseason, after just one season.
The Capitals signed Dmitrij Jaskin off waivers on October 2 to add depth while Tom Wilson sat out with a lengthy suspension. Jaskin had been a member of the St. Louis Blues for six seasons before coming to DC.
During that six-year span with the St. Louis Blues, he recorded 25 goals and 36 assists. He was also coming off a 2017-18 season where he played 76 games, his highest season total to date, and recorded 17 points, one point shy of his highest regular season total.
Maple Leafs News and Views: Prospect Watch - Gordeev, Guelph Storm, eliminated at Memorial Cup
HALIFAX - The magical post-season run of the Guelph Storm came to a halt on Friday night at the hands of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Guelph dropped a 6-4 decision in the Memorial Cup semi-final game, setting up a rematch of the QMJHL final for Sunday's championship matchup between the Huskies and the host Halifax Mooseheads.
Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe scored a pair of goals for Guelph. The game was deadlocked at 3-3 heading into the final period before Rouyn-Noranda forward Felix Bibeau stunned the Storm with a pair of goals.
With Storm goalie Anthony Popovich on the bench for a sixth skater late in regulation, Ratcliffe finished a tic-tac-toe scoring play involving teammates Mackenzie Entwistle (Chicago) and Nick Suzuki (Montreal).
CSN Bay Area: NHL free agency: Will Erik Karlsson's health affect Sharks signing him?
SAN JOSE - Ever since arriving in San Jose last September, Erik Karlsson's tenure as a Shark has been riddled with questions.
Questions as to when he would get on the scoreboard when he started off the season pointless. Questions as to why he was participating in the NHL All-Star Game when he was too hurt to pencil into his team's roster on a nightly basis. Questions as to whether the Sharks would sign him to a deal that would keep him in teal past the 2019 season - which became even more of a mystery when he tweeted out a message to Sharks fans, thanking them for the season.