Bryan Mcwilliam

Bryan Mcwilliam is a a freelance sports journalist and editor who currently writes and edits for The Hockey News. He interned at THN in the summer of 2012 and was a big fan of the Calgary Flames run to the Stanley Cup in 1989. The Toronto, Ont., native enjoys contact sports, eating everything in sight and his favorite film is Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Evander Kane jersey hits ice after Winnipeg Jets loss

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Winnipeg Jets v Calgary Flames

This week in the NHL will be remembered as Evander Kane week.

Kane began the week as a healthy scratch in his hometown of Vancouver as the Winnipeg Jets lost to the Canucks 3-2, then news surfaced that the forward broke the team’s dress code by wearing a tracksuit to a mid-day team meeting, which then turned into a much larger story involving an altercation with teammate Dustin Byfuglien, who tossed the tracksuit into the team’s showers.

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New Jersey Devils’ Patrik Elias reaches 400-goal milestone

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Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 Friday at the Prudential Center to extend the Leafs winless streak to 11 games.

On a night where the Leafs traded Carter Ashton and David Broll to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto didn’t show much on the ice, but Devils veteran forward Patrik Elias certainly did with his 400th career goal.

The 38-year-old native of the Czech Republic, who has never played in the NHL for anyone but the Devils, also has 605 assists and 1005 points across 1197 NHL games. He sits sixth amongst active NHL players in points behind Jaromir Jagr, Joe Thornton, Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa and Martin St. Louis.

Gordie Howe could make last public appearance Friday

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Detroit Red Wings v Philadelphia Flyers

Gordie Howe is expected to appear at a celebrity sports dinner Friday in Saskatoon, which will pay tribute to his life and career.

The legend who was born in Floral, Sask., will appear at the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in what is being billed by the dinner as his last public appearance.

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Sergei Bobrovsky signs contract extension with Blue Jackets

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Columbus Blue Jackets v Dallas Stars

The Columbus Blue Jackets and GM Jarmo Kekalainen announced Friday that the club have signed starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a four-year, $29.7 million contract extension that lasts through the 2018-19 season. This means the netminder will earn an annual salary of $7.425 million.

The 26-year-old Russian goaltender won the Vezina Trophy in 2013 and has gone 68-41-13 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 123 games with Columbus since the 2012-13 season.

For his career he is 110-64-23 with a 2.50 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 206 games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers.

Peter Horachek to remain interim head coach of Maple Leafs until season’s end

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Brendan Shanahan

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most dramatic teams in the NHL. There always seems to be something happening in ‘Leafs Land’ and this week was no different.

Head coach Randy Carlyle was fired late Tuesday, sending a message to a Leafs squad that is drastically under-performing.

The Leafs named Peter Horachek the interim head coach and in his first game on the bench the team was blown out of the Air Canada Centre by a hot Washington Capitals squad 6-2; the team’s third straight loss.

According to team president Brendan Shanahan the decision to fire Carlyle was made by GM Dave Nonis in consultation with assistant GM Kyle Dubas, assistant to the GM Brandon Pridham, director of player personnel Mark Hunter and Shanahan.

Shanahan met with the team for the first time since the firing Friday and had the following to say, “I felt it was a good time to remind them what expectations are, try to galvanize the group,” Shanahan told NHL.com. “We’re not at the end of the season, we’re at the midpoint of the season; they’re still in the hunt here. How they’re going to be defined is really up to them. I also wanted to make it very clear to them that we’re watching, we’re on it. They’re not getting by us. They’re not escaping us. We’re not going to be a group that is afraid to act if we feel we can make ourselves better.”

The message to the team was a pretty strong one and Shanahan followed up that statement with another bold move letting the media know that Horachek will remain as interim head coach of the Leafs for the remainder of the season and that a new head coach will be hired after the season ends, with Horachek in the running.

Horachek has held numerous coaching positions including gigs as an assistant in the NHL with the Nashville Predators, as well as head coach of the Florida Panthers in 2013-14, so experience isn’t an issue.

The move to keep Horachek around all season shows commitment and you can bet Leafs’ brass want a more consistent team approach from the players and Horachek, which should hopefully end the drama in Leafs land; at least for now.

The Leafs take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, winners of their last two games, Friday at the Air Canada Centre, so let’s see if anything changes or if the move was merely another that doesn’t pan out for the boys in white and blue.