Josh Elliott is a stay-at-home web editor for Post-to-Post on weekends and a contributor to The Hockey News magazine. From drafts to contracts to trades, he loves the business of hockey and plays nothing but Dynasty Mode in EA’s NHL video games. He’s a Western Journalism grad, a hockey addict and a closet comic book junkie.
He terrorized enemy shooters for years in Buffalo with his wild acrobatics and nigh-unbeatable glove, and now, former Sabre Dominik Hasek’s number will take a permanent place in the rafters of First Niagara Center in Western New York.
The Sabres will retire Hasek’s No. 39 jersey at a ceremony in Buffalo on Jan. 13 before a game against the Detroit Red Wings. It’s yet another honour for the award-winning ‘Dominator,’ who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in June.
Big and slow, with too many miles on his 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame.
Those were the knocks on Rick Nash in the latter half of the 2013-14 regular season and into the playoffs, as the big man from Brampton, Ont. slumped his way through his second consecutive post-season letdown.
Sure, his New York Rangers made it all the way to the Stanley Cup final, but Nash was more passenger than driver in that journey. Nash tied Benoit Pouliot for eighth in Rangers’ forward scoring in the 2014 playoffs with 10 points, despite averaging the fourth-highest ice time among that group.
But boy, what a difference a summer makes.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators are less than 10 games into the regular season, but the early returns are pretty clear: both sides came out winners from their big off-season swap.
The Predators acquired snarly goal scorer James Neal from Pittsburgh in the summer for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling in a rare value-for-value trade that both sides can be happy with.
For a nation that identifies itself strongly with hockey, it seemed only fitting that Canadians should gather in their rinks and at their TVs to share a healing moment before puck drop Saturday.
The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs staged a touching simultaneous tribute Saturday night to two soldiers killed in separate, unprovoked attacks in Canada earlier this week. Ottawa took center stage in the tribute, as Senators players stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the visiting New Jersey Devils for a stirring renditions of the Star Spangled Banner and O Canada from anthem singer Lyndon Slewidge.
Fans in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto sang the anthem in a simultaneous blend of English and French, while projectors lit up all three rinks with Canadian flags. Read more
What does Chewbacca look like with a buzzcut?
We may never know, but we’ll soon see the next best thing: wild man Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, sans hair.
Frederik Andersen is tearing it up this young season as the newly-anointed starting goaltender for the Anaheim Ducks. His stellar play has banished all thoughts of the departed Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth, and he’s stabilized the Anaheim net enough to ease the expectations placed on goalie of the future John Gibson.
The 25-year-old Dane is rocking it in every statistical category there is right now. Andersen has won all six games he’s played this season, posting a mighty .951 save percentage and a 1.32 goals-against average. He also has a shutout this season against the St. Louis Blues.
But that performance should come as little surprise after his strong rookie campaign last year, as Andersen’s 2013-14 numbers put him among some of the best rookie goalies of the salary cap era.
After spending last year in junior and missing the start of this season with a broken thumb, former Tampa Bay Lightning third overall pick Jonathan Drouin has his first NHL goal in just his third game.
With Nikita Kucherov holding the puck behind the Winnipeg Jets’ net, Drouin took a hit along the boards and peeled away from defender to go for the slot. Kucherov dished the puck out to Drouin for a one-timer and Drouin buried it over Ondrej Pavelec’s shoulder to give his Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 lead.
It’s Thanksgiving in Canada today, so in honour of that, here’s a look at what each team can be thankful for from the off-season.