Jared Clinton has been a regular contributor to The Hockey News since 2014, the same year he graduated from Humber College's journalism program. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he's heard every joke there has ever been about the city, but wouldn't have it any other way.
Alexander Radulov has spent the better part of the past decade as one of the KHL’s top stars and he’s heading back to the NHL this coming season having conquered the Russia-based league in just about every way possible. With that in mind, he has his sights set on one of the few major trophies he hasn’t won: the Stanley Cup.
Radulov, 30, met with media Monday for the first time as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, and the now-veteran winger said that the chance to chase the Stanley Cup is one of the major things that drew him to the Habs.
“It’s always a hockey town and they always want to go for a run and for a Cup,” Radulov said, via the Montreal Gazette’s Stu Cowan. “That’s the reason I chose Montreal because I want to play and I want to compete for a Cup. That’s the main thing.” Read more
Patrick Roy stepped down from his post as coach of the Avalanche nearly two weeks ago and two NHL assistants are reportedly the frontrunners to take over as bench boss in Colorado.
According to The Denver Post’s Terry Frei, Chicago Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen and San Jose Sharks assistant Bob Boughner are two ‘major candidates’ to assume the Avalanche’s top coaching job and both have ties to the city.
As Frei points out, Dineen spent two seasons at the University of Denver before making his jump to the NHL during the 1984-85 season with the Hartford Whalers, whereas Boughner spent the final two seasons of his NHL career with the Avalanche, playing a total of 52 games with the club across the 2003-04 and 2005-06 campaigns.
However, there’s another tie both coaches share. The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline made the connection between Dineen and Boughner, both former members of the Blue Jackets’ front office and coaching staff, and Avalanche assistant GM Chris McFarland, who held the same position in Columbus during the tenures of both Dineen and Boughner. Portzline added that also helps draw the link between Jared Bednar, coach of the Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, and the Avalanche. Read more
A core muscle injury that required mid-July surgery to repair put Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn’s status for the World Cup in question, and Tuesday came the news that Benn is officially out of the tournament.
Hockey Canada has announced that Benn, 27, will not be able to take part in the World Cup, despite the fact that his originally reported recovery timeline made it possible that he could have been healthy in time for the competition. Benn had previously said that his focus was to play in the World Cup, adding he believed the surgery would be slightly easier to come back from than the double hip surgery he had undergone during the previous off-season. The injury was said to need a six-week rehab process, but after re-evaluation, Benn will not be able to participate.
But fear not, Canadian hockey fans, as Benn, the NHL’s highest-scoring player over the past two seasons, has been replaced by the 2015-16 post-season’s leading point-getter, Logan Couture. Read more
The Thorold Blackhawks have been a part of the Ontario junior hockey scene for more than two decades, but that’s about to come to an end. The franchise itself will be sticking around, but the logo — and possibly the name — will have to be changed.
According to the St. Catharines Standard, Thorold mayor Ted Luciani has given the team a deadline of June 1, 2017 to change the team’s crest after roughly three years of debate surrounding the logo. That order extends to the Thorold Amateau Athletic Association, which also makes use of the logo. Luciani added that once the deadline comes and goes, the logo will not be allowed inside Thorold’s arenas in any form.
“The City of Thorold, as represented by Council, shares the belief that the logo is discriminatory in nature,” Luciani wrote. “The city also believes that its continued use is a form of harassment.” Read more
After one 28-goal, 57-point campaign in the OHL, Buffalo Sabres first-round, eighth-overall draft pick Alex Nylander is reportedly set to leave the Mississauga Steelheads for the AHL’s Rochester Americans.
According to OHLInsiders, Nylander, 18, could be set to head to the Sabres’ farm club as soon as the 2016-17 campaign, which would means the young winger is making use of a loophole that would allow him to go from major junior to North America’s top minor league before the normal age of eligibility.
Typically, a player drafted out of major junior has to wait until their age 20 season to become a full-time AHLer. But Nylander is the rare case of a player who had spent the entirety of the past season on a loan. So, in that sense, he’s not a major junior player, but a European player that is eligible for the AHL whenever the Sabres see fit. And it appears they could see fit this season. Read more
Carey Price’s last minute of NHL action came more than 270 days ago — nearly nine months — and he can’t wait for the World Cup to begin so he can finally put the MCL sprain that claimed nearly his entire 2015-16 campaign in the past.
In an interview with InGoal Magazine’s Kevin Woodley, Price admitted that he can’t help but think about the injury from time to time, but not because it’s impacting his ability to move about the crease. In fact, Price said he feels like his “old self on the ice,” but that the injury keeping him on the shelf for so long has crept into his mind.
“I don’t want to say I feel anxious but I just want to get started,” Price told Woodley. “I feel like the build-up has been six months of waiting for that first game and I still haven’t gotten there. I’ve been working towards a goal I haven’t gotten to yet.” Read more
Kayla Tutino has plied her trade with the NCAA’s Boston University Terriers for the past five seasons, and she’s staying put in Beantown to begin her professional career.
Tutino, 23, was taken first overall by the Boston Blades at the 2016 CWHL draft after an impressive season with the Terriers in 2015-16. Named the captain of the club ahead of the campaign, Tutino, a Montreal native, scored 11 goals and 30 points in 39 games to finish tied for 52nd in scoring. Over the course of her five-year stay with the Terriers, Tutino had notched 63 goals and 144 points in 164 games.
However, even with Tutino being taken first overall, she may not be the player who has the most immediate offensive impact.
Tutino’s 30 points were the third-most of players selected out of the NCAA, with Montreal’s first-round pick Sarah Lefort and Toronto third-round choice Michela Cava outproducing Tutino in 2015-16 with 35 and 38 points, respectively. The top scorer of the draft from the college ranks, though, was CIS standout Iya Gavrilova. Read more
Michal Neuvirth is going to have to have his work cut out for him when it comes to challenging for the starting gig in the Czech Republic goal at the World Cup, but if he’s hoping to stand out in the crease ahead of Petr Mrazek and Ondrej Pavelec, Neuvirth’s flashy mask should help.
David Gunnarsson of DaveArt has revealed Neuvirth’s mask for the competition and the design is eye-popping with some interesting details, including a nod to the netminder’s NHL club and his hometown, Usti nad Labem.
The crown of the mask is big and bold, featuring the Czech Republic flag in full, with the coat of arms scrawled into the red portion of the flag. The front blue panel is the only section of the flag without a design, as the white segment has a sketched design that shows off Strekov Castle, one of the most notable landmarks from Neuvirth’s home. Take a closer look: Read more