A perfect hipcheck is a thing of beauty, isn’t it?
The Ottawa Senators’ Marc Methot had all the ingredients for a wicked and clean hipcheck when he took out Arizona’s Lucas Lessio on Saturday.
Methot went low and swept to the side directly into Lessio’s path at the Ottawa blueline, catching the Coyotes forward across the hips and sending him tumbling head-over-skates to the ice.
Lessio dusted himself off after the hit and got back into the play.
If there’s one player fans and players alike would like to see win a Stanley Cup before the end of his career, no player would be at the top of more lists than Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes. That’s not going to happen, though, because Doan is intent on playing his entire career with the Coyotes, a team that is getting further away from winning a Cup, not closer.
Doan said “you never say never,” but it doesn’t seem like there is any circumstance that would get him out of the desert. And the Coyotes don’t seem to be in a huge rush to trade him. Read more
Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse for Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the ghost of Vesa Toskala and the infamously abysmal goal he allowed in 2008 entered the Air Canada Centre Thursday and a new embarrassing Leafs netminding moment for the ages was born.
It took place at the beginning of the third period, with Toronto on the power play and leading Arizona 1-0. Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson grabbed the puck at his own blueline after the faceoff, and fired a harmless shot towards the Toronto zone. The next part should have its own horror music: Read more
If you don’t know by now the NHL’s points system is essentially a competitive funhouse mirror designed to give more teams the appearance they’ve got a shot at a playoff spot, you should. The league has, to the credit of its business acumen, recognized more teams can sell tickets to fans deeper into their regular-seasons if those fans see the teams are only four or five points out of a post-season berth; now, there’s very likely a very slim chance that team can leapfrog a bunch rivals playing each other down the stretch for one of the last playoff positions, but that’s not the point. It’s a mirage of sorts, and it works.
But the way things are shaping up in the Eastern Conference this year, not even the “loser point” looks like it’s going to create the illusion of competitiveness between the teams that make the post-season and the ones that don’t. Of course, most teams still have approximately 35 games to play, so you can’t be sure about anything just yet, but with the trade deadline set for March 2, it’s starting to look like the East’s eight non-playoff teams are going to serve as a feeder system for the much tighter West. Read more
In the salary cap era, trades before the All-Star break are becoming increasingly rare. But once the All-Star festivities come to an end and teams get back to business, the trade winds really start picking up.
There are several players that have been headlining trade talks from opening night, and with only five weeks remaining until the March 2 trade deadline, you can be expecting there will be a few significant moves made. These are five players you can expect to be traded following the break. Read more
The NHL was ultimately successful in its battle with former Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes over the location of the franchise – the former kept it in Arizona, while the latter was prepared to have it sold and relocated to Hamilton, Ont. – but a new legal ruling is a significant setback in the league’s efforts to collect more than $145 million in punitive damages from the trucking magnate.
Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney announced today the team would be without Mikkel Boedker for the next four to six weeks after the Danish winger had surgery to remove his spleen following Sunday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
There’s uncertainty about when Boedker sustained the injury, as following the game the only information available was that he would be sidelined by an upper body injury. It appears, however, the injury was a bit more serious than expected. Read more
It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you’re an NHL scout, as all-star games for draft hopefuls are in full swing. Last week, the United States League held its Top Prospects Game, while this week the CHL takes its turn. Though the USHL game was a bit lopsided (a 7-4 contest that was never close), many players stood out. And injuries in the CHL have given some previously overlooked players a second chance. Let’s take a look at some of those kids and more in our weekly wrap-up of players we’re excited to see in the NHL one day.
Timo Meier, RW – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
You could say that Meier has been lucky to line up beside two of the most dynamic teenagers in the world this year – Kevin Fiala on the Swiss world junior team and Nikolaj Ehlers with Halifax – but there’s a reason the talented right winger earned those plum assignments: He’s pretty good in his own right, as evidenced by the 25 goals and 56 points he has put up for the Mooseheads in 37 games.
“I had a good start to the season, it’s going pretty good,” Meier said. “We’re a young team and we’re improving every day. It’s been fun so far.”
The Swiss may have bombed out at the world juniors, but Meier showed a lot of great attributes and he’ll be back to defend his country’s honor next year as well. In the meantime, the late 1996 birthday is honing his skills in the Quebec League as he prepares for the NHL draft.
“It’s a fast league, with a lot of fast players,” he said. “It’s really intense. I can improve my game a lot in this league.” Read more