The Hockey Nuts Podcast, Season 2, Episode 7 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 winding down, and teams are working hard at paring down their rosters as they prepare for opening night, which is less than a week away.  We’ll update you on their progress.  We also continue our team by team season previews this week, and this week, we’ll finish them with the Atlantic Division.  We’ll have the details of all this plus the minor league minute and our picks of the week


THN Season 2, Episode 5 (Episode 52) Show Notes 9/21-9/28

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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 a week away!
  • NHL Teams are in full roster cut mode, and most have reduced to around 30 players on their march to get down to 23 or less before opening night.
  • This week, we continue our preview of all 31 teams. We are looking at all the teams in the Atlantic division this week.
  • Last call for the Fantasy Hockey League, as we draft this Sunday! (if you are in to that)



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·         St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri is out for the season after reinjuring his surgically repaired left knee.  St. Louis practiced Saturday and Fabbri was not on the ice; he was expected to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Kraft Hockeyville USA game, but the Blues said the 21-year-old reinjured his knee and would be re-evaluated in 10 days.  Fabbri tore his left ACL on Feb. 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and missed the rest of last season. He had surgery Feb. 28 and was cleared to resume training July 31. The Blues felt Fabbri, who had 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 51 games last season, would be 100 percent this season and were experimenting with moving him back to center.  A first-round pick (No. 21) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Fabbri has 29 goals and 37 assists in 123 NHL games.  Jagr?

·         Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson skated with his teammates Saturday for the first time since having surgery to repair torn tendons in his left foot on June 14.  Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defenseman, wore a light blue non-contact jersey and did not take part in all the drills during the morning skate at Canadian Tire Centre before a preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens.  “It’s a positive thing, but we don’t want to get too excited. It’s a second step,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said. “The first step was to let the therapists tell us when it was adequate to put him on the ice, because you need to get the flexibility and the strength off the ice before we could put [him] on the ice. Yesterday they apparently put the skates on to see how it felt and [went] very lightly on the ice, and they felt he was able this morning [to] get dressed and be with the boys.  “Basically, this is the second step, but there’s quite a few steps before we get to him playing. We don’t want him to get too excited.”  Boucher said the plan is for Karlsson to take the next two days off and see how his ankle responds. There’s no timetable for his return. The Senators open the regular season against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 5.

·         Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will miss the start of the regular season with a non-displaced fracture of his jaw.  Krug was hit in the face with the puck in the defensive zone during the second period of the Bruins’ 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. The Bruins said Thursday he will be re-evaluated in three weeks.  Krug led Boston’s defensemen in scoring last season with 51 points (eight goals, 43 assists). He led the Bruins with 25 power-play points (six goals, 19 assists).


Other Interesting Stories:

  • The NHL announced three rule changes for the 2017-18 season. This video explains them as well as directions related to existing rules and equipment reminders. 1. No time out allowed after an icing.    Face-off location for High sticking puck during powerplay/shorthand situation used to be different than on 5 on 5. Now it will be the same regardless. 3. If a coaches challenge a goal due to off-side, and are wrong, delay of game is resule, and they will no longer lose their time out.  Coaches were using it to help rest players late in games.  They also addressed emphasis on several current rules:  1.  Slashing  2. Faceoff procedures (player position) 3. Equipment reminders:  Pants tuck, visors properly worn.  Link to 11+minute video:
  • NHL puts historical stats at your fingertips – Six-year project gives fans online access to data on every game, player since 1917.
  • Former NHL center Vincent Lecavalier will have his No. 4 retired by the Tampa Bay Lightning before the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Amalie Arena on Feb. 10. Lecavalier, selected by Tampa Bay with the No. 1 pick in the 1998 NHL Draft, had 949 points (421 goals, 528 assists) in 1,212 games with the Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers and Kings. The four-time All-Star won the Stanley Cup in 2004 and the Maurice Richard Trophy as the League’s top goal-scorer with 52 in 2006-07, when he set a Lightning record with 108 points. Lecavalier’s 383 goals are also a Tampa Bay record.   Lecavalier, 37, retired on June 21, 2016. He is the second player to have his jersey retired by the Lightning, joining forward Martin St. Louis (No. 26).
  • It may be the preseason, but the atmosphere certainly had the intensity of a Stanley Cup Playoff game when the St. Louis Blues defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in the third annual Kraft Hockeyville USA game at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Sunday. The Penguins, playing in front of 1,500 fans in their practice rink, were the home team after Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, topped the more than 1,300 entries to win the title. As a result, the Rostraver Ice Garden received $150,000 in renovations and the community had numerous festivities leading up to the game, including a visit from the Stanley Cup.
  • Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilsonhas been suspended for two preseason games for interference against St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas during NHL Preseason Game No. 46 in Washington on Friday, Sept. 22, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.  The incident occurred at 5:47 of the third period.
  • Forward Erik Cole announced his retirement from the NHL Last Wednesday.   Cole, who hasn’t played in the NHL since 2014-15, signed a one-day contract to retire with the Carolina Hurricanes. Following the announcement, Hurricanes president Don Waddell named Cole team ambassador.  Cole sustained a spinal contusion March 24, 2015, playing for the Detroit Red Wings against the Arizona Coyotes. That was his final NHL game.  “I spent my first summer when I got back here from Detroit trying to prove doctors wrong. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to this time around,” the 38-year-old said. “It wasn’t the first time in my career I’ve been told to retire. For the first year, I sulked a little too much about it. I was a little lost and frustrated about not being able to play. But eventually I started getting on the ice with my son and his hockey team and I started finding more important things to do.”  Cole had 363 points (168 goals, 195 assists) in 557 games in nine seasons with the Hurricanes. He scored 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 60 games in 2005-06 and played two Stanley Cup Playoff games during Carolina’s run to its only Stanley Cup championship.  Cole finished his NHL career with 532 points (265 goals, 267 assists) in 892 games in 13 seasons for the Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings.  Cole said he and Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis discussed him returning to play for Carolina but it did not work out.  “We had talked pretty openly about the fact that it was pretty disappointing to me, how I really wanted to come back here and do some one-year contracts as long as it worked for me and it worked for them,” Cole said. “[I wanted] to help out and teach what I’ve learned from so many great veterans that I played with here when I was young.”

Season Preview.  This week: Atlantic Division

·         Boston Bruins – Season Preview:    3 Questions:        Key Stats:      Top Prospects:

·         Buffalo Sabres – Season Preview:    3 Questions:        Key Stats:      Top Prospects:

·         Detroit Red Wings – Season Preview:    3 Questions:        Key Stats:     Top Prospects:

·         Florida Panthers – Season Preview:     3 Questions:        Key Stats:      Top Prospects:

·         Montreal Canadiens – Season Preview:     3 Questions:       Key Stats:   Top Prospects:

·         Ottawa Senators – Season Preview:     3 Questions:         Key Stats:     Top Prospects:

·         Tampa Bay Lightning – Season Preview:  3 Questions:      Key Stats:     Top Prospects:

·         Toronto Maple Leafs – Season Preview:   3 Questions:       Key Stats:     Top Prospects:


Minor League Hockey Minute

·         KHL is no longer the only league to have begun the 2017-2018 Season so far:

·         Steve: Dynamo Riga 0-12

·         Wayne:  AHL:  As NHL teams cut rosters, a good portion of the players are ending up in AHL camps.  The AHL Preseason is under way and their opening night is Friday, October 6.  AHL Preseason is much shorter, at 1-3 games.  ECHL Preseason goes from 10/5-10/9, and regular season starts 10/13.  SPHL preseason 10/13-10/15, and regular season begins 10/20.

·          Winston-Salem, NC – The Carolina Thunderbirds have announced they will be holding a Free Agent Camp beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 18th at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex, located at 414 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. The camp will feature an ice session on Wednesday at 7 PM, two ice sessions on Thursday at 11 AM and 7 PM, and one on Friday at 11 AM. Immediately following the Friday morning skate, the coaching staff will select 28 players and 4 goaltenders to advance.  The advancing skaters will continue to Training Camp on Friday, Oct. 20th at 7 PM and Saturday, Oct. 21st at 12 PM and 7 PM. Saturday night will feature an inter squad game.  Players who are interested must sign up, and the cost of the camp is $95. All players must report to the arena by 4:00 PM on Oct. 18th. We have arranged a rate at our host hotel, the Winston-Salem Hotel & Spa for just $70 a night. Several meals will also be provided during the camp. The camp is limited and players are encouraged to sign up early by contacting Director of Hockey Operations, Andre Niec at Any player attending camp must also provide proof of insurance.

·         College gets underway on 9/29!  (Tomorrow night)

Picks of the week:

  • Steve: Now that’s a cool honor.  Fans who bought season tickets for the inaugural season of the Vegas Golden Knights had their names embedded in the ice at T-Mobile Arena. They will be visible for all to see starting Tuesday when Vegas plays its first home preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings (10 p.m. ET; NHLN, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV).  The names were printed on to a long paper mat, laid in the neutral zone in the end the Golden Knights defend twice and then frozen into the playing surface. They are laid out in four rows from board to board.


·         Wayne:  College gets underway on 9/29!  (Tomorrow night) Maine 10/1, 4 PM)  Preseason poll:



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Topics for Next Show:

  • Now that we have previewed all 31 teams, next week, we will make our picks of who will win Divisions, Playoff Rounds, and The Stanley Cup. If we have time, we’ll even make our picks for individual awards.  Plus we will have our normal weekly coverage of news around the hockey world.

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