The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 6 is live!

Coming up on this episode of the Hockey Nuts, Steve and I get you caught up with all of the news of the week around the hockey world. The NHL preseason schedule is under way, and teams are working hard at paring down their rosters as they prepare for opening night, which is less than 2 weeks away.  We’ll update you on their progress.  We also continue our team by team season previews this week, and this week, we’ll move east into the Metropoilitan Division.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the minor league minute and our picks of the week, coming up next!


THN Season 2, Episode 5 (Episode 51) Show Notes 9/13-9/20

Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com

Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.

 

Opening Tease:

  • Preseason games have begun and we couldn’t be happier. Opening night is less than 2 weeks away!
  • NHL Teams are already beginning to narrow down their rosters, as they need to get down to 23 before opening night.
  • This week, we continue our preview of all 31 teams. We are looking at all the teams in the Metro division this week.
  • Stay tuned to end of the show for more details on our Fantasy Hockey League (if you are in to that)
  • Opening thoughts on preseason action? Penalties?

 

Break:

Where we are:

 

How to get in touch with us:

 

 

Standings:

https://www.nhl.com/standings

 

 

NHL Transactions:

 

  • Defenseman Jason Demerswas traded by the Florida Panthers to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Jamie McGinn on Sunday.  Demers, 29, has four years remaining on a five-year, $22.5 million contract he signed with the Panthers on July 2, 2016, according to CapFriendly.com.  In 81 games last season, Demers had 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists), 53 penalty minutes and a minus-14 rating, his worst plus/minus in eight NHL seasons. He has 171 points (37 goals, 134 assists) in 504 games for the Panthers, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks.  Demers and McGinn, who were teammates with the Sharks from 2009-12, talked on FaceTime after the trade.  “He was excited that he was coming here so he could play with me,” McGinn told the newspaper. “I let him know that I was the one going the other way, so he didn’t know.”  McGinn, 29, has two years remaining on a three-year, $10 million contract he signed with the Coyotes on July 1, 2016.  McGinn had 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 72 games for Arizona last season and has 184 points (100 goals, 84 assists) in 522 games during nine NHL seasons with the Coyotes, Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche.
  • Signings: https://www.capfriendly.com/signings  (start with 9/14)
  • PTOs: https://www.capfriendly.com/professional-tryouts  

·         Current UFAs:  https://www.capfriendly.com/browse/free-agents/2018/points/all/all/ufa  

·         Goalie Zehao Sun 21, was signed to an amateur tryout contract by the Canucks on Monday. The Canucks want him to watch and learn and get on the ice here this week to work with goaltending coach Dan Cloutier. He has represented China at the international level, recently coming to the Canucks’ attention via the recommendation of Barry Beck, the defenseman who played 10 seasons in the NHL. Beck played for the Colorado Rockies in the 1970s, spent most of his NHL career with the New York Rangers and came out of retirement to finish his career in Los Angeles, playing 52 games with the Kings in 1989-90. He has been based in Hong Kong and runs the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey, and told Canucks executive Stan Smyl about Sun. Beck said Sun helped assist the academy when it held a youth tournament in Beijing, praising his work ethic and ability. For the Canucks, the move to include Sun worked on multiple levels. The 2017 China Games are about promoting the sport, and Sun’s addition to the roster for this week did that with national media on hand. It also helped the Canucks manage their roster more efficiently.  “We’re kind of taking it day by day,” Canucks coach Travis Green said. “We went back and forth with bringing a third goalie with us. It’s a long way for someone to come and not play and only two practices. We’ll probably get him on the ice tomorrow.  “No, he will not be playing in games,” Green said. “This is an experience for him and, like I said, we contemplated bringing a third goalie over. Even if we brought a third goalie over, he was not going to play in games. We wanted our two regular goalies to play in the games. If someone got hurt, he would definitely back up.”  Sun thanked Beck, and others, for helping him get the opportunity of a lifetime. He also recognized the larger implications of this week for his country.  “Now the good news is that NHL is coming to China already and bringing a very brilliant game to China, for the Chinese people to know the top players in the world,” Sun said. “Also, it can help to increase the atmosphere in China, to help people know more about ice hockey.”  Followup:  https://www.nhl.com/news/zehao-sun-makes-saves-in-net-against-sedins/c-291200728

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Injuries:

·         New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.  “I feel very fortunate and very blessed,” Boyle said Tuesday. “We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of prayers, and if there’s anything I can ask it’s that that continues. That is something that I’ve seen firsthand heal cancers and heal situations that are said to be untreatable. For us, we’re in a good spot. We think we have a good plan of attack here and I’m looking forward to getting on the ice and playing.  The disease, known as CML, is a type of cancer of the bone marrow that is largely treatable with medication. Dr. Michael Farber said Boyle is in the early stages of the disease, which was revealed by blood tests taken Thursday during Boyle’s training camp physical.  “We are awaiting further test results that will help guide management and any possible return to play,” Farber said.  Boyle, 32, signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Devils on July 1. He had 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 75 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs last season (the Maple Leafs acquired Boyle in a trade with the Lightning on Feb. 27).  He has 169 points (93 goals, 76 assists) in 624 games for the Maple Leafs, Lightning, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, and 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists) in 106 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 10 NHL seasons. https://www.nhl.com/news/new-jersey-devils-brian-boyle-has-leukemia/c-291181794

·         St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will be re-evaluated in three weeks because of a fractured left ankle. He was injured during a scrimmage Sunday.  Bouwmeester, 33, had 15 points (one goal, 14 assists), was plus-6, and averaged 22:24 of ice time in 81 games last season. His ice time rose to 24:15 during 11 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  In 14 NHL seasons with the Blues, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames, Bouwmeester has 391 points (82 goals, 309 assists) in 1,071 games. Since coming into the NHL in 2002-03, no defenseman has played more games.  The Blues also announced forward Zach Sanford will have surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder and will be out 5-6 months. He was injured during the first day of training camp.  Sanford, 22, had five points (two goals, three assists) in 13 games with the Blues after being acquired as part of the trade that sent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the Washington Capitals on Feb. 27.

·         Ottawa Senators forward Colin White will miss the start of the regular season with a broken left wrist, general manager Pierre Dorion said Tuesday.  White is expected to need 6-8 weeks to recover. He was injured blocking a shot during the third period of a 6-2 preseason win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.  The No. 21 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft had an opportunity to start the season in the NHL with center Derick Brassard recovering from shoulder surgery on June 6.

·         Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler is out indefinitely after having offseason hip surgery.  “As of right now, there is no timeline whatsoever,” general manager Bob Murray told the Ducks website Friday. “He couldn’t skate [during the second half of the season]. No push-off on his right leg. He has to rebuild his glutes and quads. That’s what we’re in the process of doing right now. I’m hopeful to have him back before Christmas, but that’s all I’m going to say right now.”  Kesler, 33, had surgery in Colorado on June 8 to remove several pieces of floating hip capsule, an ailment that limited his mobility and goal-scoring during the second half of last season.  He had 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists) in 82 games last season, and had eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Ducks advanced to the Western Conference Final before losing to the Nashville Predators in six games.  The Ducks also will begin the season without defensemen Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm, who each had offseason surgery to fix a torn labrum. Murray said he’s hopeful they will be able to return by Nov. 1.  Lindholm, 23, took a step back from his first three seasons with the Ducks. He had NHL career lows in points (20), shots on goal (94) and games (66), and had five power-play points after finishing with 15 in 2015-16.  Vatanen regressed to 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) in 71 games after having at least 37 points in back-to-back seasons. He also had a 2.6 shooting percent on 117 SOG; his NHL average is 7.0.

Other Interesting Stories:

  • Forwards Brady Tkachuk and Oliver Wahlstrom, each a projected first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, will lead opposing teams at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at KeyBank Center on Thursday. The sixth annual game features 42 of the top United States-born players chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting.  “The game has an interesting mix of draft-eligible prospects from all levels of hockey and from all areas of the country,” said Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting. “These players bring quite a cross section of talent and they have been identified at this early stage of the season as some of the top prospects from the United States. It will give NHL scouts a good sneak preview of the 2018 NHL Draft class.”  Tkachuk (6-foot-2, 194 pounds), who will play for Team Brian Leetch, is a freshman at Boston University and is considered a candidate to be a top-five pick. He had 54 points (25 goals, 29 assists) in 61 games for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program under-18 team last season. He is the son of United States Hockey Hall of Fame member Keith Tkachuk and brother of Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk.  Oliver Wahlstrom (6-1, 205) will lead Team Chris Chelios. He’ll play this season for NTDP U-18 after he had 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) in 43 games for the NTDP U-17 team and 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 20 games for NTDP U-18 last season. He’s committed to Harvard University in 2018-19.  Wahlstrom is known most for this viral Youtube vid:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TxGVSw6Ayw No word on TV/streaming coverage.  tv?
  • CCM/USA HOCKEY ALL-AMERICAN PROSPECTS GAME ROSTERS
  • TEAM BRIAN LEETCH
  • GOALIES:Jacob Kucharski, Des Moines, USHL; Jon Mor, USA U-18, USHL
  • DEFENSEMEN:Stanislav Demin, Wenatchee, BCHL; Jordan Harris, Kimball Union, HIGH-NH; Quinton Hughes, University of Michigan, BIG10; Christian Krygier, Lincoln, USHL; Adam Samuelsson, USA U-18, USHL; Spencer Stastney, USA U-18, USHL; Bode Wilde, USA U-18, USHL
  • FORWARDS: Braden Costello, Des Moines, USHL; Jake Gricius, Portland, WHL; Curtis Hall, Youngstown, USHL; Blake McLaughlin, Chicago, USHL; Jaxon Nelson, Sioux Falls, USHL; Jacob Pivonka, USA U-18, USHL; Noah Prokop, Green Bay, USHL; Jack Randl, Omaha, USHL; Ryan Savage, Fargo, USHL; Colin Schmidt, Wayzata, HIGH-MN; Brady Tkachuk, Boston University, H-EAST; Jake Wise, USA U-18, USHL
  • TEAM CHRIS CHELIOS
  • GOALIES:Drew DeRidder, USA U-18, USHL; Ben Kraws, Buffalo Jr. Sabres U18, USMAAAE
  • DEFENSEMEN: Michael Callahan, Bloomington, USHL; Ty Emberson, USA U-18, USHL; Cole Krygier, Lincoln, USHL; K’Andre Miller, USA U-18, USHL; Alec Regula, Chicago, USHL; Mattias Samuelsson, USA U-18, USHL; Jacob Semik, Dubuque, USHL
  • FORWARDS: Paul Cotter, Lincoln, USHL; Jack Drury, Waterloo, USHL; Joel Farabee, USA U-18, USHL; Jonathan Gruden, USA U-18, USHL; Gavin Hain, USA U-18, USHL; Jack Jensen, Eden Prairie, HIGH-MN; Philippe Lapointe, Lincoln, USHL; Jay O’Brien, Thayer Academy, HIGH-MA; Ryan O’Reilly, Madison, USHL; Jackson Perbix, Elk River, HIGH-MN; Oliver Wahlstrom, USA U-18, USHL; Tyler Weiss, USA U-18, USHL

 

  • Upcoming key dates: https://www.nhl.com/news/key-dates-special-events-in-2017-2018/c-289988046
  • Ovechkin releases statement regarding Olympics: “I wanted to make this statement so that my words are clear and nobody misunderstands what I am saying. The Olympics are in my blood and everybody knows how much I love my country. Ever since I was a kid and all the time I have played in the NHL, NHL players have played in the Olympic Games. We never have to make choice between our team and our country my whole career. I love the Capitals and my teammates here as much as I love my country and I know all the other NHL players feel the same for their teams. We should not have to be in position to make this choice.  My mom was a two-time Olympic champion and when I start to play hockey I dream that if I have chance to play for my country I will do it every time they ask me. Ever since I was teenager I have played for Junior Russia National team whenever they ask me to. Ever since I was good enough to play on Men’s National Team, whenever they ask me I play. When they ask me to be part of Olympics Closing Ceremony in Vancouver before Sochi get the Olympic Games I said ok let’s do it. When they ask me to be Ambassador for Sochi Olympic Games I did it. When they ask me to go to Greece and be first Russian to carry Olympic flame on way to Sochi I do it. When they ask me to play in World Cup I do it. I am proud that we win on Junior team and for the National team in World Championships but we do not win the most important thing yet. Olympic Gold Medal.  I see the news this week and I am very disappointed that IOC, IIHF and NHL put me and all NHL players in this position when some of the best players in world do not have chance to play in the Olympic Games. This is not just about me but all the NHL players who want to play and have a chance to win Gold for their country. Our countries are now not allowed to ask us to play in the Olympics. Me, my teammates and all players who want to go all lose. So do all the fans of hockey with this decision that we are not allowed to be invited. NHL players in the Olympics is good for hockey and good for Olympics. It sucks that will we not be there to play!!  I said every time I was asked since last Olympics that nobody is going to tell me I can’t play because my country was going to be allowed to ask me. Now the IIHF and NHL say my country is not allowed to ask anybody in the NHL to play and there is nothing to talk about anymore. I talk to Ted about this last year and he support me and have my back and understand what I want to do if I was allowed to be asked to go. Me and my family thank him for his support.  There is nothing like Olympic Games. It is still my dream to win an Olympic Gold medal for my country. I hope things will change and all of us will have a chance to go again in 2022. What’s most important to remember is kids have lots of dreams. My focus as it always is this time of year is on my other dream as a kid, to try to win the Stanley Cup. I am excited training camp has started in Washington and the time for talking is done. We just have to go out and do it and I will try my hardest to help my teammates win like I do every year since I came to the NHL.”

 

Season Preview.  This week: Pacific Division

https://www.nhl.com/news/t-290471364

·         Carolina Hurricanes – Season Preview: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-carolina-hurricanes-season-preview/c-290564118?tid=290471364    3 Questions:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-hurricanes-breakdown-key-factors/c-290563862?tid=290471364       Key Stats:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-hurricanes-numbers-stats-analysis/c-290599032?tid=290471364    Top Prospects: https://www.nhl.com/news/carolina-hurricanes-prospect-watch/c-290561994?tid=290471364

·         Columbus Blue Jackets – Season Preview: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-columbus-blue-jackets-season-preview/c-290604070?tid=290471364    3 Questions:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-blue-jackets-breakdown-key-factors/c-290604052?tid=290471364       Key Stats:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-blue-jackets-numbers-stats-analysis/c-290609358?tid=290471364    Top Prospects:  https://www.nhl.com/news/columbus-blue-jackets-prospect-watch/c-290604074?tid=290471364

·         New Jersey Devils – Season Preview: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-new-jersey-devils-season-preview/c-290655246?tid=290471364    3 Questions:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-devils-breakdown-key-factors/c-290654752?tid=290471364       Key Stats:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-devils-numbers-stats-analysis/c-290656176?tid=290471364    Top Prospects:  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-jersey-devils-prospect-watch/c-290653064?tid=290471364

·         New York Islanders – Season Preview:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-new-york-islanders-season-preview/c-290666666?tid=290471364   3 Questions:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-islanders-breakdown-key-facts/c-290660290?tid=290471364       Key Stats:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-islanders-numbers-stats-analysis/c-290656752?tid=290471364    Top Prospects:  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-islanders-prospect-watch/c-290660494?tid=290471364

·         New York Rangers – Season Preview:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-new-york-rangers-season-preview/c-290692048?tid=290471364   3 Questions:   https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-rangers-breakdown-key-factors/c-290692690?tid=290471364      Key Stats:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-rangers-numbers-stats-analysis/c-290667588?tid=290471364    Top Prospects:  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-prospect-watch/c-290692932?tid=290471364

·         Philadelphia Flyers – Season Preview:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-philadelphia-flyers-season-preview/c-290666492?tid=290471364   3 Questions:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-flyers-breakdown-key-factors/c-290666458?tid=290471364       Key Stats:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-philadelphia-flyers-stats-analysis/c-290685298?tid=290471364    Top Prospects:  https://www.nhl.com/news/philadelphia-flyers-prospect-watch/c-290661816?tid=290471364

·         Pittsburgh Penguins – Season Preview:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-pittsburgh-penguins-season-preview/c-290711132?tid=290471364   3 Questions: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-penguins-breakdown-key-factors/c-290711128?tid=290471364      Key Stats:  https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-penguins-numbers-stats-analysis/c-290685286?tid=290471364    Top Prospects: https://www.nhl.com/news/pittsburgh-penguins-prospect-watch/c-290711122?tid=290471364

·         Washington Capitals – Season Preview: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-washington-capitals-season-preview/c-290772754?tid=290471364    3 Questions: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-capitals-breakdown-key-factors/c-290773714?tid=290471364        Key Stats: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-capitals-numbers-stats-analysis/c-290724246?tid=290471364     Top Prospects: https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-prospect-watch/c-290773448?tid=290471364

 

Minor League Hockey Minute

·         KHL is no longer the only league to have begun the 2017-2018 Season so far:  http://www.hockeydb.com/scoreboard/

·         Steve:

·         Wayne:  St Petersburg still undefeated through 12 games.  Eric Perrin still playing in Finland.  http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=18068

Picks of the week:

·         Steve:  New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.  “I feel very fortunate and very blessed,” Boyle said Tuesday. “We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of prayers, and if there’s anything I can ask it’s that that continues. That is something that I’ve seen firsthand heal cancers and heal situations that are said to be untreatable. For us, we’re in a good spot. We think we have a good plan of attack here and I’m looking forward to getting on the ice and playing.  The disease, known as CML, is a type of cancer of the bone marrow that is largely treatable with medication. Dr. Michael Farber said Boyle is in the early stages of the disease, which was revealed by blood tests taken Thursday during Boyle’s training camp physical.  “We are awaiting further test results that will help guide management and any possible return to play,” Farber said.  Boyle, 32, signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Devils on July 1. He had 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 75 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs last season (the Maple Leafs acquired Boyle in a trade with the Lightning on Feb. 27).  He has 169 points (93 goals, 76 assists) in 624 games for the Maple Leafs, Lightning, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, and 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists) in 106 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 10 NHL seasons. https://www.nhl.com/news/new-jersey-devils-brian-boyle-has-leukemia/c-291181794

·         Wayne:  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-jersey-devils-los-angeles-kings-hold-emergency-goalie-tryouts/c-291066504   honorable mention:  https://www.nhl.com/news/new-jersey-devils-fan-gets-free-season-tickets/c-291035676

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  • Other news
  • Metro Division Preview

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