Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers doesn’t exactly have a spotless record when it comes to supplemental discipline and he could be meeting with the Department of Player Safety once again after a crosscheck to the neck of San Jose Sharks winger Tommy Wingels.
The incident occurred in the third period of Tuesday’s game when Wingels came in hard on the forecheck as Myers was attempting to find an outlet pass to start a zone exit. While Myers scanned his options, Wingels lined up Myers, who dished the puck down below the goal line before being walloped into the boards by Wingels. After the jolt, Myers retaliated with a crosscheck that caught Wingels in side of the neck: Read more
I’m back from Finland and things are not slowing down. The home team took gold at the world juniors in one of the best games I’ve ever seen live and the talent overall was incredible in Helsinki. But a whole slew of trades have gone down in the CHL since we last gathered, while the USHL Top Prospects Game runs tonight in Omaha. Names to watch in Nebraska include Cam Morrison (Notre Dame commit), William Knierim (Miami) and Matt Filipe (Northeastern). As for everything else prospect, let’s get to the list.
San Jose Sharks blueliner Brent Burns has consistently been one of the better offensive defensemen in the NHL over the past several seasons, and Saturday night the 30-year-old showed why he was a first-round draft pick as a forward in 2003.
Early in the second period, Sharks defenseman Paul Martin gave Burns a perfect tape-to-tape pass which he received and proceeded to tap through the legs of Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri. After embarrassing Kadri with the slick deke, Burns took the puck on his backhand and drove wide with a burst of speed around Dion Phaneuf. With Phaneuf in Burns’ rearview, the Sharks blueliner blocked a stick check with his hand before shovelling the puck past Toronto netminder Jonathan Bernier: Read more
On Dec. 29, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported “a couple of sources” claimed the San Jose Sharks could be eyeing unrestricted free agent center Mike Richards. The former King played his junior hockey for Sharks coaches Peter DeBoer and Steve Spott.
Richards, 30, is currently awaiting trial later this month for attempting to enter Canada last June allegedly in possession of Oxycodone, a controlled substance. CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz reports DeBoer admits he’s stayed in contact with Richards, but solely on a personal basis.
Despite the decline in Richards performance, he could attract some interest from clubs seeking depth at center once his legal issues are resolved. In addition to the Sharks, the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals also recently surfaced as possible suitors.
Mike Richards had a tumultuous off-season that saw him have his contract terminated by the Los Angeles Kings and fall into legal trouble stemming from allegedly attempting to cross the border in possession of a controlled substance. However, Richards has reportedly been working out in Kitchener and could be on the brink of an NHL return when his legal situation is cleared up.
According to John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor, there are a few teams that may be interested in signing Richards once his legal situation clears up, including the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals. But the most interesting report came from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman who wrote the San Jose Sharks could be kicking around the idea of bringing Richards back to the West Coast. Read more
Be it trade deadline deals or big off-season moves, 2015 wasn’t short on big names getting moved in the hockey world. Cap crunches and playoffs misses yielded the trades of core players, while some big name deals had the hockey world shocked at how quickly things can change.
Here are your top 10 trades of 2015: Read more
San Jose winger Raffi Torres has missed every single game of the Sharks’ season due to a 41-game suspension that he was hit with following a dangerous hit on Anaheim Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg in the pre-season. Torres’ suspension is nearly up, but the 34-year-old might not be in San Jose’s lineup come game 42.
According to CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz, Torres had a “procedure” on his right knee recently, and the Sharks are unsure whether or not he’ll be able to get back into the lineup when his suspension comes to a close on Jan. 14.
It could have been expected that Torres would need additional surgery, though. In early December, Kurz reported Torres would be welcomed back by the Sharks and coach Peter DeBoer when the 41-game suspension ended, but DeBoer mentioned a potential knee issue.
“The clock is running. We’re getting closer,” DeBoer told Kurz. “He has good days and bad days. He’s still dealing a little bit with his injury from before. I think that’s probably the best way I can put it.” Read more
This will be the final Prospect NTK for at least a week or two, as the holidays and my travelling to Finland for the world juniors conspire. Expect a lot of world junior stuff on the web site in the meantime, so with that in mind I’ll concentrate more on the World Jr. A Challenge right now, since that tourney is done. There was some nice talent there once again, culminating in a Canada West gold medal.
Elsewhere in the prospect world, trades and other movements are heating up in the Quebec League, one of which I cover off below. Let’s get to our weekly wrap.