We’ll be trying a new feature on BB this season to keep you
abreast of the latest developments around the National Hockey League.
Here’s a look at what’s making headlines today:
- Ex-Ranger Jody Shelley crushed Darryl Boyce of the Toronto Maple Leafs
last night with a
blatant hit from behind. It’s the
first of many dangerous hits that new NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will
have to deal with this year.
- Coincidentally, Shanahan sent this video to
NHL players and clubs on his new role and expectations for player safety this
- Mike Modano, 41, retired
after 21 years in the NHL.
- Fifth-overall pick Ryan Strome probably won’t
make the Islanders’ NHL club this season. Strome could be a victim of the numbers game, but the Isles will still
be introducing some dazzling young talents including Swiss winger Nino
- The Islanders announced that defenseman Mark
Streit will be their new captain and the first Swiss captain in NHL history. Streit missed much of last season with an
injury, but he’s one of the few accomplished veterans on the team. John Tavares was thought to be another
possible option, but he’ll have to be satisfied with his new
six-year, $33 million contract.
- Washington has been held back in recent years by inconsistent
goaltending, but the Capitals may have solved that problem by signing Tomas
Vokoun this summer. Vokoun has been
among the NHL’s elite netminders in recent years despite playing for the woeful
Florida Panthers. Vokoun is taking his
new job very seriously, which could be bad news for the rest of the Eastern
Conference. Check out this quote,
"I’m here not to go see history or walk around or what kind of restaurants
are in town. I’m here to play hockey"
- Calgary businessman Max Chambers made a $167 million offer
to buy the St. Louis Blues, but
was rejected. Blues’ ownership is
reportedly seeking $190 million.
- The Hockey News lists its top-10
contenders for the Calder Trophy. 2011 second-overall pick Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche is
the leading contender, but Rangers’ defenseman Tim Erixon comes in at No. 8.
- Max Pacioretty suited
up last night for the Montreal Canadiens for the first time since suffering
broken vertebrae and a severe concussion resulting from a Zdeno Chara hit last
- So much for those “Alexei Yashin is returning” rumors. Yashin is expected to
sign with CKSA of the KHL today.
- The Carolina Hurricanes gave President and General Manager
Jim Rutherford a
four-year contract extension today. Rutherford is entering his 18th season as GM. The Hurricanes have made it to the Eastern
Conference finals in three of the last nine seasons and won the Stanley Cup in
Past editions of the Bulletin Board:
9/21/11 - 2011 First-Round Draft Picks Shine In Preseason Action >
9/22/11 - Jody Shelley Delivers First Controversial Hit of 2011 Season >
here for our full Summer 2011 Archive >
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