TSN 690 radio host Tony Marinaro made it clear in a recent interview with NBC Sports Boston he isn't a fan of the Montreal Canadiens being given new life with the NHL's play-in format.
Posted: May 30, 2020, 9:37 pm
The Bruins have played in some wild playoff games. But their victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Final was hockey in its purest form, writes Joe Haggerty.
Posted: May 30, 2020, 5:18 pm
Take a trip down memory lane that highlights Evgeny Kuznetsov's greatest games on Sunday.
Posted: May 30, 2020, 3:04 pm
Whatever the future may hold for Braden Holtby, he will forever be remembered for the miraculous save he pulled off in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against Alex Tuch.
Posted: May 30, 2020, 3:33 am
Kings defenseman Matt Roy said the team voted for the NHL plan to resume play even though it ended their season because it was best for the league.
Posted: May 30, 2020, 12:39 am
Massachusetts is home to some of the best players in NHL history. Joe Haggerty names the top-10 all-time players who hail from The Bay State.
Posted: May 30, 2020, 12:17 am
Flyers Talk podcast: Analyzing Flyers' odds in NHL's 24-team format, Bill Daly's insight on what's next
On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall analyze the orange and black's odds in the NHL's 24-team return-to-play plan.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 11:11 pm
Only one game in the history of the Boston Bruins has been played on May 29, and it's one that fans of the Black and Gold would like to forget.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 9:27 pm
The Ducks are still in full rebuilding mode after winning just 29 of their 71 games, including a Western Conference-worst 24 non-shootout victories.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 8:00 pm
The NHL has yet to formally enter Phase 2 of their Return To Play protocol, where players can take part in voluntary practices and workouts in small groups at team facilities, but with gradual reopenings across North America, players are slowly ramping up on-ice activities if rinks are allowing them to.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 7:03 pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract with Czech forward Matej Chalupa.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 6:57 pm
USA Hockey president Jim Smith is the subject of two investigations surrounding his tenure as the president of Amateur Hockey Association Illinois. USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer confirmed Friday that the organization has hired an independent investigator to look into Smithâ€™s business dealings with AHAI. Fischer also said the US Center for SafeSport is investigating allegations that Smith was aware of reported sexual misconduct by a coach and didnâ€™t take action against him during Smithâ€™s tenure with AHAI.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 6:24 pm
When the Caps head to their hub city for the playoffs, Connor McMichael may be going with them as a practice player.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 6:21 pm
Tony Abbott recounts the legendary rivalry between ... Mike Comrie and Ron Francis.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 4:54 pm
The last time the Anaheim Ducks missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, they went all the way to their franchise's first Stanley Cup Final just one year later. Not many observers expect the current Ducks to duplicate the feats of those beloved 2002-03 Mighty Ducks after they complete another long offseason made even longer by the coronavirus pandemic. The Ducks were in sixth place in the Pacific Division standings primarily on the sturdy strength of goalies John Gibson and Ryan Miller, who bailed out their teammates all winter long.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 4:41 pm
What's next for the NHL? Deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Friday discussed the 24-team plan, hub cities, testing and more. By Jordan Hall
Posted: May 29, 2020, 4:21 pm
When the NHL was coming off a lockout in 2013, the Bruins reached the Stanley Cup Final. As Joe Haggerty writes, B's president Cam Neely hopes that the B's veterans who went through that experience can duplicate that feat this time around.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 4:11 pm
David Quinn has a big choice to make ahead of their series against Carolina.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 3:30 pm
We pick the Qualifying Round series we're most excited to see and opine on this season's unique draft lottery in this week's Roundtable.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 3:10 pm
Chicago was named a finalist among the 10 cities being considered as a hub location by the NHL for it's 24-team playoff format on Tuesday. That's more than okay with Windy City mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 2:20 pm
The AHL Henderson Silver Knights will begin play in 2020-21.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 1:45 pm
On the latest Blackhawks Talk podcast, Sportsnet's Mark Spector discussed the pluses and minuses for the Oilers as they get ready to take on the Hawks under the NHL's 24-team playoff format to come out of the NHL pause.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 1:33 pm
Friday's collection of links.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 1:20 pm
Sportsnet's Mark Spector chatted with Blackhawks pre and postgame host Pat Boyle and former Hawk turned broadcaster Eddie Olczyk on the latest Blackhawks Talk podcast to help present an Edmonton side of the play-in series against the Blackhawks under the NHL's 24-team playoff format.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 12:54 pm
With the regular season officially over because of the coronavirus outbreak, the NHL recognized the winners of three season awards Thursday.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 12:09 am
NHL players have been self-isolating under the league's instruction since the time of the NHL pause on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic under its Phase 1 protocol.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 11:43 pm
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joins Bret Baier on 'Special Report.'
Posted: May 28, 2020, 10:45 pm
The NHL's return to play plan was a step in the right direction, but we are still a long way off from resuming the season.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 10:21 pm
The NHL will officially count stats accrued in the play-in round of the new 24-team postseason as playoff stats. Here's what that means for various specific Blackhawks.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 10:16 pm
The Carolina Hurricanes have reached a five-year lease extension to remain in PNC Arena through July 2029. Arena owner Centennial Authority and Hurricanes parent company Gale Force Sports and Entertainment announced the agreement Thursday. The News and Observer of Raleigh reported that deal provisions include an agreement by the Hurricanes not to relocate during the current lease, as well as eliminating rent payments following the 2020 fiscal year.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 10:13 pm
Sabres captain Jack Eichel kept his frustrations in check for the first 14 minutes of an end-of-season interview session with Buffalo-area reporters Thursday. It wasn't until he was asked to assess the future of a team that's not made the playoffs during his five-year tenure, when Eichel let loose. Where they've gone is essentially nowhere for the 23-year-old Eichel, who was celebrated as the franchise's key building block after being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 9:23 pm
Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman is sticking to his rebuilding plan, which includes not making a coaching change or attempting to pull off a splash in free agency. Yzerman is not interested in short-term fixes such as firing coach Jeff Blashill or outspending other NHL teams to add available veterans on the open market. Red Wings fans have heard that refrain often in recent years.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 9:23 pm
Ristolainen and others vented frustrations recently, too.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 9:15 pm
The NHL's new playoff format has the potential to severely negatively impact the Edmonton Oilers. But Connor McDavid acknowledged the league is doing what's best.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 8:49 pm
This weekâ€™s Hockey Happy HourÂ on NBCSN will feature four notable milestone and record performances.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 8:00 pm
The Devils aren't in a terrible spot with the NHL draft lottery and they're also reportedly eyeing former Flyers head coaches Peter Laviolette and John Stevens. By Jordan Hall
Posted: May 28, 2020, 7:54 pm
With the discussion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, it makes you wonder if no fans in attendance will affect games and the level of authenticity to them. By Brooke Destra
Posted: May 28, 2020, 7:44 pm
When Cam Neely was asked about the NHL's playoff format, he had termed it "disappointing" from the Bruins perspective, but Zdeno Chara wouldn't go there, instead saying he's just happy for the chance to play, writes Joe Haggerty.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 7:24 pm
The Kings haven't lost a game since Feb. 23, and their 10-3-1 surge prior to the pause suggests coach Todd McLellan's work was finally paying off.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 7:03 pm
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said fans' desire to finish the season was a more important factor than money in the league's plan to return to play.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 6:56 pm
Since the NHL is planning to go straight to the playoffs, it's handing out a handful of trophies for the regular season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. Play was halted March 12 with 189 regular-season games remaining. Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Boston's David Pastrnak share the Maurice ''Rocket'' Richard Trophy as the top-goal scorer after tying with 48.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 6:07 pm
Here's how a possible rule-tweak embedded into the NHL's new postseason format could allow the Blackhawks to beef up their defense for a matchup with the Oilers.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 5:58 pm
Here's a recap of the three end-of-the-season NHL awards officially won by the Boston Bruins.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 4:58 pm
USA Hockey president Jim Smith is being investigated for his handling of sexual abuse allegations in youth hockey.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 4:34 pm
The Bruins were leading the NHL standings when the season was put on hold, but does that make them favorites to win the Stanley Cup? Joe Haggerty stacks up the 24 teams still alive once the postseason kicks off.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 4:03 pm
Botterill is very much aware of the criticism heâ€™s attracted overseeing a team that extended its playoff drought to nine years.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 3:15 pm
Chris Thompson is an NFL running back. â€œIf I go practice or play and I come back home with the virus ... thatâ€™s my biggest worry,â€� said Thompson, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars this month after seven seasons with the Washington Redskins.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 2:38 pm
Seven of the 10 locations the NHL has zeroed in on to hold playoff games if it resumes are American cities not restricted by Canada's 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 2:30 pm
Thursday's collection of links.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 1:30 pm
The NHL will abandon the 2019-2020 regular season and resume with a 24-team playoff; former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes explains the format.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 12:39 pm
Gary Bettman has announced plans to complete the NHLâ€™s coronavirus-interrupted season with an expanded 24-team postseason, but one question persists: Why bother?Sites, dates and times are to be determined, but the National Hockey League is planning to complete its coronavirus-interrupted 2019-20 season at some point this summer with its best aspect by far, the Stanley Cup playoffs.OK, fine. So why is it even bothering?â€œWeâ€™re not planning this for the economics,â€� Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, said after making the announcement Tuesday on NBC, the NHLâ€™s broadcast partner. â€œThe economic consequence of whatâ€™s going on has for the most part already been sustained, and weâ€™re feeling the impact. Weâ€™re doing this because weâ€™re hearing from our fans overwhelmingly that theyâ€™d like us to conclude the season. Theyâ€™d like the game back. It represents a sense of normalcy.â€�Here is the thing: a sense of normalcy is more like a very faint whiff of normalcy. First, these playoffs will likely be in mid- to late-summer (not normal), in two â€œhubâ€� cities (not normal), before no fans (not normal). A whopping 24 of the leagueâ€™s 31 teams will be eligible for the Cup, not the normal 16.The format is not normal, either: As 16 of the 24 teams compete in best-of-five series (not normal) in a qualifying round, the eight teams that have earned byes will play a round-robin tournament (not normal) to determine seedings for series against the first-round winners (not normal).The conference finals and Stanley Cup final will be best-of-seven series, as normal, but the lengths of the first and second round have not been determined. It is possible that a team could need to win more playoff games for the Cup than the usual 16, which is not normal, either.Even though NBC lost thousands of hours of summer programming because of the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, this was the NHLâ€™s idea. It is clear from the solid ratings of early telecasts of live Nascar and golf events that people want to watch sports, even though they donâ€™t carry the same impact because there are no fans.Those events are not the Stanley Cup playoffs, though. They always say the Cup is the hardest to win in sports because each round is quite literally a two-week battle â€“ and there are four rounds. By the end, almost everyone is playing with some sort of injury. Each series, even the last one, ends with a noble handshake line of the two combatants, honoring each other.Teams have competed for the Cup for nearly 130 years through a simple playoff system free of gimmicks. There are no shootouts in the playoffs, and if six overtimes are needed for a tie-breaking goal (as in 1936), well, they play six overtimes. This get-up feels like a gimmick.To its credit, the NHL is approaching these amended playoffs with caution per the coronavirus, with NHL Playersâ€™ Association executive director Donald Fehr saying on NBC: â€œWe have done as best we can at this point to design appropriate health and safety protocols. If they need to be amended over time, we will amend them. This is a living document.â€�The playoffs wonâ€™t feel anything like a stirring crescendo, as usual. The season was suspended on 12 March, so the players will have been out of action for more than three months before they gather again for pre-tournament training camps. Eight teams could see their seasons end after going through a training camp, then losing three straight games.Those first-round â€œseedingâ€� games among the top eight teams, four per conference, wonâ€™t feel anything like playoff games â€“ or even regular-season games among the leagueâ€™s elite. Hockey players, much like basketball players, feed off the thunderous emotions of its fans (or feed off shutting up the other teamâ€™s fans). This will feel like watching a good practice. Meanwhile, the players will be sequestered in hotels.Bettman is not optimistic about, but has not ruled out, holding later rounds of the playoffs in cities in which the teams play, but that seems to bring up other logistical problems, even without fans in the seats â€“ like, those famous watching parties outside both teamsâ€™ arenas. These will pretty much exclusively be a watch-it-from-your-couch playoffs.Which is the way most people watch sports on TV, anyway, so it is not as if most people will be missing a lot. Iâ€™d bet the players will be trying their hardest. But the quality of play could be compromised by the long layoff, and the atmosphere will be lacking inside the arenas.It just feels so â€¦ forced. This is not like cancelling the NCAA basketball tournaments, which include teams that change entirely over four years. There was no Stanley Cup champion in 2005 because an unresolved labor dispute led the NHL to cancel the season. There was no World Series champion in 1994. It sucked, but both leagues got back to it next year.The 2020 Stanley Cup champion, if one is decided, wonâ€™t feel the same as the others. Teams did complete 85% of the regular season, and the season is expected to be concluded with the winnersâ€™ hoisting of the gleaming silver chalice. But it wonâ€™t come close to a sense of normal, even to the players, Iâ€™d bet.A pandemic is certainly a valid enough reason to cancel the crowning of a sports champion for one year. What has been derived for the NHL takes away some value of a beloved and cherished trophy that, in normal times, is the most difficult to win.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 9:00 am