NHL News

Gerard Gallant    C  Golden Knights

 

 

The Vegas Golden Knights are working hard to build a strong fan base. "Obviously, we're trying to build a fan base," head coach Gerard Gallant said. "It's going to take a lot of work, and it's going to take a lot of work from all our staff, not just the players. It's going to be the coaching staff. It's going to be the management and our office staff. You reach out. You do the events you can do. I mean, we know what's important is winning games, and that's how you build your hockey team also. The people that are working for our club, it's going to be a fine line of what to do and what not to do."

NHL.com

Aug 20 - 5:47 PM

Patrick Marleau    W  Maple Leafs

 

 

It sounds like Connor Brown will give Patrick Marleau his no. 12. "We’ll be talking," said Brown. "It’s a matter of respect." The 23-year-old was seen wearing no. 28 during his on-ice workouts. Brown had 20 goals and 36 points in 82 games with the Maple Leafs last season.

Sportsnet.ca

Aug 20 - 3:50 PM

Jaromir Jagr    W  

 

 

The Los Angeles Kings don't seem to be interested in free agent Jaromir Jagr. "Obviously [Jagr] is a tremendous player, been a tremendous player for a number of years, a [future] Hall of Famer," said Kings GM Rob Blake. "We've looked at lot of different free agents in the summer and where it fits in in our projections. … There was also the equation of the salary cap and how things fit in. We didn't go in the direction of Jagr this year. But again, he's a tremendous player and I'm sure he'll surface somewhere."

NHL.com

Aug 20 - 1:56 PM

Alex Ovechkin    W  Capitals

 

 

Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in shots on goal over the last five seasons with 1712. Ovechkin has scored 32 (lockout) 51, 53, 50 and 33 goals during those five seasons. Tyler Seguin is second in shots on goal over the last five years, and he's hit the net 1314 times, which is almost 400 times less than Ovechkin. Max Pacioretty (1306), Phil Kessel (1249) and Brent Burns (1244) round out the top five.

Kevin Shattenkirk    D  Rangers

 

 

Kevin Shattenkirk knows it's not easy to play in New York, but he wants to build a successful legacy there. "If you can bring it home in New York, for me, it's something you can never replicate anywhere else," Shattenkirk said. "New York is New York, and as critical as the fan base is and the media, they're just as happy to see you win and your legacy will kind of live on forever." Expect him to a different dynamic to the Rangers' power play starting this season. He isn't the greatest in his own end, but he's capable of creating offense. Shattenkirk should be a safe bet to surpass the 40-point mark if he stays healthy. He had 56 points in 80 games with St. Louis and Washington in 2016-17.

NHL.com

Aug 20 - 10:25 AM

Josh Leivo    W  Maple Leafs

 

 

Josh Leivo is glad that he's still a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the Vegas expansion draft, Leivo wasn't sure if he was going to be on his way out of Toronto, but the Leafs decided to protect him. "Young guys are fighting for spots, but I feel it’s like that every year here," Leivo said. "As you get older, you realize what’s at stake and you want to make the most of the chance. We have a group who built a lot of chemistry last year. Even when I wasn’t playing, they were still great to me and when I got in, I felt like I hadn’t missed a game. Hopefully this season is even better. They knew I did well last year and I think Mike (Babcock) was excited to give me another shot." The 24-year-old put up 10 points in just 13 games last season.

Toronto Sun

Aug 20 - 9:38 AM

Craig Cunningham    C  Coyotes

 

 

The AHL's Tuscon Roadrunners will retire Craig Cunningham's number 14 on Oct. 27. Cunningham was playing for the Roadrunners when he went into cardiac arrest during a game in November. The 26-year-old played just 11 games with the farm team, so this is simply a nice gesture on their part. Cunningham is now serving as a pro scout with the Arizona Coyotes.

The Score

Aug 19 - 7:21 PM

Craig Cunningham    C  Coyotes

 

 

The AHL's Tucson Roadrunners will retire Craig Cunningham's number 14 on Oct. 27. Cunningham was playing for the Roadrunners when he went into cardiac arrest during a game in November. The 26-year-old played just 11 games with the farm team, so this is simply a nice gesture on their part. Cunningham is now serving as a pro scout with the Arizona Coyotes.

The Score

Aug 19 - 7:21 PM

John Tavares    C  Islanders

 

 

John Tavares opened up about undergoing thumb surgery back in April. "It’s something I’ve had for a few years," Tavares said. "I kind of did it, aggravated it the first time training a few years ago. It was never really that bad but something I always kept an eye on. Then I hurt it in Boston in January, I fell on it awkwardly late in the game and because of the previous time that I’d hurt it, it was a little bit weak and I tore a ligament in my thumb. I had to wear a brace the rest of the season. For only 2-3 weeks it was really annoying and then, with some good treatment and staying on top of it, I was able to do everything I could normally do on the ice. It didn’t hinder me in any way." It sounds like Tavares will be entering his contract year fully healthy. He had 28 goals and 66 points in 77 games last season.

New York Newsday

Aug 19 - 6:43 PM

Zach Hyman    W  Maple Leafs

 

 

Zach Hyman may not play with Auston Matthews as much as he did last year. Hyman spent the vast majority of the 2016-17 season playing on a line with Matthews and William Nylander, but the arrival of Patrick Marleau could change that. "Wherever you play, there is enough ice time for everybody," said Hyman. "It's good to have this problem, because it means you have a lot of good guys and a lot of depth." The 25-year-old had 10 goals and 28 points in 82 games last season. Hyman might be a candidate for a line with Nazem Kadri and Connor Brown if he doesn't stick with Matthews.

Toronto Sun

Aug 19 - 5:09 PM