If the Tampa Bay Lightning are all in…they better be They made a resounding statement Monday when GM Steve Yzerman announced captain Steven Stamkos, hockey’s most talked-about free agent to be, would not be traded before the Feb. 29 deadline. Retaining ‘Stammer’ obviously buys the Bolts more time to... Read more
Before he was fired over the weekend, Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo had led his team to 13 points in 19 games since the calendar turned to 2016. In roughly the same time frame, the Montreal Canadiens extracted 14 points from 18 games. Roughly the same rate of success... Read more
Here’s a scary thought: the Washington Capitals, who are already dominating the Eastern Conference, could be getting better. Tuesday, the Capitals will be getting one of their top-four defenders back in the lineup just in time for the final post-season push. Washington’s Brooks Orpik will be back from a lower-body injury Tuesday after he spent... Read more
It’s a busy time of year for international tournaments, as I mentioned last week in this space. Five Nations tourneys in Finland (for under-18s, won by the home side) and Michigan (under-17s, hosted by the NTDP and won by the Russians) have wrapped up, while the Youth Olympic Games... Read more
The Minnesota Wild firing head coach Mike Yeo over the weekend gave rise to speculation over GM Chuck Fletcher’s future with the club. With the Wild dropping eight in a row and 12 of their last 13 games prior to Yeo’s firing, Fletcher faces increasing criticism over the current... Read more
The brother of a QMJHL player may be facing assault charges after throwing a beer can at a referee during a game last week. Francis Perron,who is the captain of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, had his family in attendance for a Feb. 11 game against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. With six... Read more
Bobby Ryan’s ‘puppy goal’ made headlines after the Ottawa Senators winger notched a goal to earn a young fan a furry friend during a Jan. 24 game against the New York Rangers, but the puppy craze for young fans didn’t end with Ryan. Two days later, nine-year-old Maddie Wright,... Read more
As the Blackhawks head down the home stretch, Scott Darling might get to see more action as Chicago gives Corey Crawford some rest with the post-season in sight. And even if that wasn’t the plan for coach Joel Quenneville, he might reconsider after Darling made one of the best... Read more
With six losses in their past seven games, the Arizona Coyotes have fallen out of the Pacific Division playoff race and they’ll be lucky if they can get back into a wild-card spot before the post-season begins. With that in mind, it might be hard to believe the Coyotes’... Read more
Florida’s Jaromir Jagr, as you may have heard, is celebrating his 44th birthday today, and to mark the occasion he’ll lace up his skates as the Panthers take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. When he suits up tonight, Jagr will become the fifth oldest skater to ever dress in an... Read more