Hockey fans, you’ve all been feeling it. Football has started and right after that comes our glorious renewal of life that is hockey season. It’s like Christmas, but better!
Adam McQuaid traded from Boston Bruins to New York Rangers
Let’s start with McQuaid. He was a strong, smart and seasoned 31-year-old defenseman. He had been a part of the 2011 Bruins Stanley Cup and had an emotional pull on his teammates and the fans to an extent. The trade was last minute and mostly being used to clear $2+ million in salary cap space. He was being paid a lot to be in the third pair.
But he’s out and in comes Steve Kampfer from the Rangers and two draft picks, a fourth-round and conditional seventh-round. To be honest, I think that the Rangers stand to gain a little more in this trade. They have a hole in the defense that McQuaid can actually fill. He’s a big physical player who has been playing second fiddle to youthful star Charlie McAvoy. Kampfer will likely play less than 30 games for the Bruins this season and end up in the minors.
The Rangers have always thrived on the kind of toughness McQuaid is known for. He’sbeen in the league for a long time and proved his ability to fit in a system but also step up and drop gloves when necessary, something younger players are less likely to do. I think he’ll thrive in NY. And they need a
Boston will see another strong season, but no stronger with Kampfer. But the following year, their salary cap space will be the talk of the town.
Steve Yzerman steps down as General M
anager of Tampa Bay Lightning
Now onto a shocking drama: Steve Yzerman built the Tampa Bay Lightning into a powerhouse only to leave with one year left in his extension contract. He’s leaving a team that is a strongly talked about Stanley Cup contender every single season due to his hard work. He’s built a stacked roster of young talent who have become sought after seasoned vets. I honestly feel like he’s more commonly praised than head coach Jon Cooper.
There isn’t much else to sort out here. He didn’t have a falling out with the team. He even is planning on staying on in an advisory capacity, a mostly ceremonial position but the relationship remains. His assistant Julien Brisebois is taking over immediately. The team isn’t changing plans despite the change
The big question is: what will Yzerman do next? I am in the minority. I think Yzerman is just gonna take a season or two off. I don’t see him taking over the office of Detroit GM Ken Holland. I do think he’ll take over in a few years but not soon. I could be wrong. But after over three decades in the league, I think he’s taking a break and setting himself up to take that
Erik Karlsson traded from Ottawa Senators to San Jose Sharks
This has been the talk of the week!!! The Ottawa Senators dumped their captain and all around
Karlsson could be debated in the top offensive defensemen in the league. Some would say he’s the best. I have opinions but no time in this article for the
Four ok players and some trades do not add up to one great player. It doesn’t work that way. And to be honest, even reading it, the contingencies and what-ifs of how they get those draft picks are so convoluted, I’d be shocked if the Senators really benefit off of either of those picks. And never forget, Henrik Zetterberg, the man we have been mourning the retirement of the last few days, was drafted in the 200s overall. The round of the draft is never a guarantee ofreturn.
They have acquired two roster players in Chris Tierney, a serviceable left winger, and Dylan DeMelo, a high penalty minute, physical but overall not
The common word is “could”. All of this could pay off but it could also be a wash completely. Meanwhile, San Jose gets a cheap year of a superstar, sees if he fits and can reassess next year. Ottawa lost this by a lot. Many are calling to fire members of management. But
Max Pacioretty traded from Montreal Canadians to Vegas Golden Knights
This is more a reminder than anything else. To trade a captain of such a traditional team is a little shocking but ultimately Pacioretty is going to be at home with an old Montreal coach in Vegas. Both teams stand to gain a little and it putsPacioretty on a real team contender for a Stanley Cup. That’s probably 90% of the trade. But Montreal lost a leader and we’ll see how
And more importantly: who is gonna be the new leader for Montreal?
Henrik Zetterberg retires from the Detroit Red Wings
This one is purely emotional. Any Detroit fan should have seen the writing on the wall that Zetterberg was almost done. His
It won’t affect much, but it will make us all very sad. My fellow Turf writer, Katie Pierce, wrote an amazing tribute. You can find it here.
Quieter News New and Old to Keep in Mind
- Mike Babcock took the formerly last-place Toronto Maple Leafs to the playoffs last year. He’s released big scoring but consistently injured Joffrey Lupul and brought back hometown boy and star forward John Tavares. Can he make sweeping progress again this year?
- Barry Trotz is the head coach of the New York Islanders after winning a franchise-first Stanley Cup with Washington Capitals. All I can say is, hoping for big things from the Islanders just cause and I would not want Todd
Reirdan’sjob in Washington.
- John Tortorella signed another two-year agreement with the Columbus Blue Jackets. This is now his second longest tenure with a team, only outpaced by his eight-year stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Top Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt has been suspended for twenty games for Performance Enhancing Drugs. There has been a great deal of controversy around it and ultimately, I don’t see it hurting the team long term but it is something to remember in the early part of the season.
- Nashville Predators Austin Watson has been suspended without pay for the pre-season and first 27 games from domestic abuse. Nashville has publicly stood by the decision and encouraged the time to be used as healing and growth for his family.
- Prospects, rookies, power scores: so another bunch of articles…get excited.
Happy Hockey! And a Stanley Cup for all!
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