VIDEO: THN Puck Panel - Can the Chicago Blackhawks repeat?
By: Hockey News
Sep 30, 2010
In the most recent issue of THN the magazine we look at if the gutted Chicago Blackhawks lineup can repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
So, with the start of the season just around the corner, Puck Panel host Ryan Dixon is joined by writers Ken Campbell and Adam Proteau to discuss the chances the Blackhawks return to glory and capture their second straight Stanley Cup.
Las Vegas logo '95 percent' finished as unveiling quickly approaches
By: Jared Clinton
Oct 19, 2016
The hockey world is still waiting to know the identity and look of the NHL’s newest franchise, and Las Vegas expansion team owner Bill Foley said the process is nearing completion.
Las Vegas expansion franchise owner Bill Foley’s initial goal was to have the team’s name, logo and colors ready for the Frozen Fury exhibition series at T-Mobile Arena ahead of the regular season. That would have allowed hockey fans to see, purchase and wear gear from the NHL’s newest club as the 2016-17 season began.
Getting prepared ahead of the exhibition games didn’t give Foley and Co. quite enough time to find exactly what they were looking for, though, so the unveiling got pushed back until Nov. 19, and has since been moved back further, this time to Nov. 22. As of right now, that’s the date the hockey world will know the official identity and look of the Las Vegas franchise.
According to Prewitt, Foley and his staff have been settled on the name — which contains Knights — since August and Foley estimated the logo is ’95 percent’ of the way to the finished product. The same goes for the jerseys. That said, there’s one important step left in finalizing the jerseys, and Foley’s not afraid to throw out the possibility of another delay.
“We’re actually going to see the fabric and see the color schemes on fabric, as opposed to looking at them [online],” Foley told Prewitt. “If I have to delay again, I’ll delay, but I want to make sure we do it right, that we have a color scheme that people can identify with that will pop, that they can really see, when you go to that arena, it’s a sea of a color that resonates throughout the whole arena.”
According to Prewitt, the hold up with the jerseys sounds like it’s coming from the home uniform. The away jerseys are done, Prewitt reported, but the sweaters to be worn at T-Mobile Arena aren’t offering Foley exactly what he’s looking for. When Foley mentions pop, he seems to mean he’s looking for a color that really draws the eye in, and he said the base color of the uniforms was “recessive” the first two times he saw it.
What exactly the base color is supposed to be is unknown at this point, but that doesn’t mean Foley has kept fans completely in the dark when it comes to the look of the team.
He has dropped some hints as to what fans should be expecting on the jerseys and told Sportsbook Radio’s Brian Blessing in October that the jerseys would feature some colors that play off of the environment in Nevada, with “red rocks” being mentioned as one such color fans might be able to expect. Foley has also mentioned a mesh-type look for the jersey, a clear play on the Knights name.
The wait is almost over, though, and the name, logo and jerseys appear to be on target for a late-November reveal — that is unless Foley decides there needs to be another delay.
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Penguins put Pouliot on injured reserve, expected to be out for ‘a while’
By: Jared Clinton
Oct 21, 2016
Derrick Pouliot has struggled to find solid footing in the NHL, and the 22-year-old hit another bump in the road when he fell injured in his season debut Thursday.
The hope in Pittsburgh was that this would be the season that 2012 first-round pick Derrick Pouliot found his way into a full-time role and made an impact on the Penguins’ blueline. If that’s going to be the case, though, it’s going to have to come after Pouliot returns from injury.
Pouliot got his first crack at the lineup Thursday against the San Jose Sharks, and after playing 12:29 and registering one shot on goal through the first two periods of the contest, Pouliot was forced out of the remainder of the game with an undisclosed injury. Post-game, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he had no information about the injury to Pouliot, and the outlook doesn’t look good for the young rearguard.
It was announced Friday that Pouliot has been placed on injured reserve, and Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said he expects the 22-year-old to be sidelined for more than just a game or two.
Pouliot falling injured so early in this campaign makes for another bump in the road for the youngster, who has had big expectations surrounding him since being drafted eighth overall by the Penguins in 2012.
It took until the 2014-15 campaign for Pouliot to make his debut in the league, but he has found himself bouncing back and forth between the NHL and AHL for much of the past two seasons. In fact, Pouliot has seen a near equal split of time between Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scrantion, the home of the Penguins’ AHL affiliate, but he hasn’t been able to translate his minor league performance to the big club.
In 57 NHL games, Pouliot has just two goals and 14 points and hasn’t been given a role as much more than a third-pairing or seventh defenseman, averaging less than 15:30 of ice time during the 2015-16 season. In the AHL, Pouliot has been much more successful, notching 14 goals and 47 points in 68 games while steadily skating top-four minutes.
With Pouliot sidelined, the Penguins have brought 26-year-old David Warsofsky up from the AHL. Warsofsky skated in 12 games with Pittsburgh in 2015-16, scoring one goal and averaging 17:45.
Stars’ Sharp sidelined after suffering ‘concussion-like symptoms’ following huge hit
By: Jared Clinton
Oct 21, 2016
The Stars don't know exactly when they can expect Sharp’s return, which means yet another player has been added to Dallas’ growing injury list.
The Dallas Stars are going to be without Patrick Sharp, but they don’t know just how long the veteran winger will be on the shelf.
Sharp, 34, was forced to leave Thursday’s game against the Kings during the second period after being walloped along the boards by Los Angeles blueliner Brayden McNabb. Early in the frame, with Dallas on a power play, Sharp took a pass from Devin Shore and stepped over the blueline with Jeff Carter giving chase. In order to sidestep Carter, Sharp moved along the right wing boards where he was met with a solid jolt from McNabb.
No penalty was called on the play, and the replay shows that McNabb caught Sharp about as square on the shoulder as possible.
Regardless of how clean the hit may have been, though, Sharp immediately grabbed his head and was slow to get to his feet. He remained out on the power play for another 20 seconds before leaving the ice, but after heading to the bench, Sharp left the game. The Stars later announced he wouldn’t return due to “concussion-like symptoms,” and Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Sharp’s absence will go beyond Thursday’s game.
“Sharp will be out,” Ruff said, according to Mark Stepneski. “He missed the rest of the game on the hit but I don’t know what the time frame is.”
And even if Sharp is diagnosed with a concussion, that won’t make his timeframe for return any more clear. Unlike other injuries where it’s easier to gauge recovery times, a concussion can sideline a player for a few games or for months at a time.
The good news for Sharp, though, is that he doesn’t have a long history of serious head injures. In October 2010, Sharp, then with the Chicago Blackhawks, was forced out of the lineup with what was at the time called a “slight concussion,” but he returned after missing just one game and hasn’t missed any time with head injuries since.
The timing of the injury is brutal for Dallas, especially after an off-season in which seemingly none of their key top-six players could stay healthy. Already, the Stars are without Jiri Hudler (flu), Ales Hemsky (groin), Cody Eakin (knee), Mattias Janmark (knee) and Jason Dickinson (hip), so losing Sharp — and possibly Patrick Eaves, who also left the contest Thursday after a blocked shot — would be another serious blow to the dynamic Dallas offense.
Through four games this season, Sharp had mustered just one assist but had put 10 shots on goal.
Capitals winger Daniel Winnik went into Thursday’s game with two ears but didn’t leave with both intact. A shot block in the third period “chewed up” a piece of Winnik’s right ear.
If blocking shots is an art, Washington Capitals winger Daniel Winnik put his body on the line to deliver the van Gogh of shot blocks in the Capitals’ 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
Midway through the third period, with the Panthers on the power play and Winnik out on the penalty kill, the puck found Florida winger Reilly Smith’s tape. Smith worked his way to the middle of the ice to unleash a shot as Winnik dropped to the ice to block the attempt.
Smith’s shot stayed low and went right at Winnik’s head, and though the veteran winger was able to turn in time to avoid any serious damage to his face, the side of his head took the impact. After blocking the shot, Winnik stayed down for a short while before climbing to his feet and leaving the ice, but he was able to return before the end of the contest. Only problem was that when he returned he was missing part of his ear.
Yes, you read that right: Winnik went into the game with two whole ears, and left the contest with one and a bit. To hear Barry Trotz tell the story, one would be led to believe this is a completely normal occurrence.
Given that things could have ended much worse for Winnik had he not turned his head in time, he’ll probably be thankful that a small piece of his ear was the only casualty of the shot block. And no one can ever say he’s not willing to pay a physical price to win a game.