* Both the Blackhawks and Lightning slow waltz from the starting gate should not cause alarm. Both Joel Quenneville and Jon Cooper understand the Punch Imlach Theory: that is, the real NHL season doesn’t start until January.
* Whether it was a trip or a toe-pick on Connor McDavid, it’s senseless to suggest that there was any hint of a deliberate attempt to injure the whizkid. The tragedy of it all comes down to this — pardon the bromide — A Hockey Play Gone Bad. That said, the Oilers have to hope that Leon Draisaitl has the goods to at least adequately replace McDavid.
Hall of Fame blueliner Bobby Orr’s career as a Boston Bruin ended in a Nov. 26, 1975 contest in which Orr registered one goal and one assist on a bad left knee. Orr had surgery to repair the knee on Nov. 29, and would never again suit up for the Bruins. Following the 1975 season, his contract was up and Orr wound up signing with the Chicago Blackhawks in the off-season.
But that final game in Boston was the real end of Orr’s career. Over the next two seasons, he would play just 26 games, scoring six goals and 27 points for the Blackhawks. All of Orr’s greatest games, save his play in the 1976 Canada Cup, came in Boston’s black and gold.
Now, through an auction running until Friday evening, fans wanting to get their hands on the final Bruins jersey worn by Orr can do so if they can put together a serious amount of dough. The current bid on the jersey, which is being auctioned off through Heritage Auctions, is $44,000. Those looking to outbid the current highest bidder for the game-worn threads are going to have to pony up $46,000 for a shot to own Orr’s jersey. Read more
When the Boston shipped Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames, the Bruins received in return a package that included a 2015 first-round pick, which was the 15th overall selection.
The Bruins used the pick to select Zach Senyshyn from the OHL, and while the return for Hamilton won’t help Boston quite yet, fans in Beantown might have a reason to get excited. Wednesday night, Senyshyn, who is currently playing for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, scored an absolutely stunning goal on the Saginaw Spirit thanks to a one-man effort that needs to be seen.
After picking up the puck in his own end, Senyshyn went end-to-end and used his strength to ward off one defender before cutting back against the grain with a half-spinning deke. Senyshyn then waited out the goaltender, picked his spot and fired the puck home, via Weekend At Bergys: Read more
If there’s anyone that hockey fans should be feeling worse for than Connor McDavid this morning, it’s Boston’s Chris Kelly.
In Tuesday’s game, Kelly went down with a freak injury, which the Bruins said is a fractured left femur, an injury that will keep the left winger sidelined anywhere for six to eight months.
The injury happened less than two minutes into the game when Kelly fell after making a play to strip Dallas Stars right winger Colton Sceviour of the puck. While Kelly was falling to the ice, his left ankle bent awkwardly underneath the weight of his body and he immediately grabbed at his left knee: Read more
It seemed no player in any arena in any game Tuesday night was safe from a questionable hit. Alex Ovechkin, Zac Rinaldo and Anze Kopitar all found themselves on the receiving ends.
First, the Washington Capitals’ Ovie took a spear to the groin from New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal:
Mike Babcock’s already stellar trophy case might be even more impressive by next October.
The Toronto Maple Leafs bench boss will be announced Thursday as the coach of Team Canada for the 2016 World Cup, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. Babcock, 52, is currently the only coach to enter the Triple Gold Club, having won a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold and World Championship gold. But behind a group of top-tier Canadian stars at the World Cup, Babcock may be able to add another championship to his list of accolades.
Babcock won’t be the only member named to the coaching staff, however, as Dreger reported that Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien will join the coaching staff as assistants. Read more
It’s been a controversial week in the prospect world, as the CHL-NCAA talent war reached DEFCON 1. First, Toronto pick Jeremy Bracco departed Boston College for OHL Kitchener, then days later Carolina prospect Warren Foegele jetted from New Hampshire for OHL Kingston. This didn’t sit well with social media’s college boosters, but in the end it’s up to the players. As for Kingston, the Frontenacs just traded for Maple Leafs pick Stephen Desrocher, who won a Memorial Cup with Oshawa last year. He’ll add size and a big shot to the blueline of a team clearly going for it all. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about the world of prospects right now.
* Now’s the time for the Penguins to trade Sidney Crosby. The No-Longer-Kid is on the downside of his peak and won’t achieve his heroics of yesteryear. Still time for the Pens to cash in on a return. Who’d be realistic trade partners? How about the Canadiens, Maple Leafs or Kings?
* Anyone who says the Penguins never would deal their captain has forgotten that icons Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier once said au revoir to Edmonton. Only Edmontonians were unhappy.
* When the Rangers waived Tanner Glass, the move told the rest of the NHL that the Blueshirts could win without a certified tough guy. The trend continues. That, however, could change if Alain Vigneault decides to give Dylan McIlrath a regular turn on defense. Right now, Dan Boyle is in Dylan’s way.
* If The Hockey News ever publishes another wonderful “Jersey Issue,” I would include the star-spangled uniform worn by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters (1942-44) in the thrilling, old Eastern Amateur Hockey League.