September 21 2016 09:48PM
While both of tonight's World Cup of Hockey combatants entered their showdown with a spot in the semi-finals assured, there were high stakes at play for this clash between Canada's hockey establishment and the European conglomerate cobbled together for this tournament's sake.
A win tonight and the victor would avoid Team Sweden and wait out a match with Team North America or Team Russia -- opponents that seem favourable relative to the Tre Kronor.
With tonight's 4-1 victory, Canada now awaits either their time honoured cross-Atlantic rivals in Russia or some of their country's young in the semi-finals. And they made it look so, so easy. Without Shea Weber, Ryan Getzlaf and Carey Price, the Canadians dispatched Europe in short order, outshooting Europe 46-20 in the process.
September 21 2016 05:53PM
Canada and “Europe” are both bound for the playoff round of the World Cup, but that doesn’t make this final game of the preliminary round meaningless. The winner finishes the group segment with a perfect record; the loser draws Sweden in the semifinal. It’s a game worth winning.
September 21 2016 05:00PM
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Another Young Stars tournament is in the books, and once again Vancouver fans are clamouring for the Canucks to sign some of the young unaffiliated prospects that received invitations to the showcase. However, given the age of the invitees and that, by definition, none of them were drafted, that’s not always as easy as it appears.
Over the past couple of years, whenever some convoluted CBA rules come up, I’ve jumped in head first attempting to untangle the mumbo jumbo. This time, I’ll be sorting out the rules for the signing eligibility of the Canucks’ Young Stars invitees.
September 21 2016 03:00PM
When you're into this stage of the off-season, you're talking mostly about tryouts and free agency when it comes to roster construction. Generally that means older players on the fringe of the NHL for professional tryouts or the players that slipped through the cracks in free agency.
With the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton having just come to a close, that's not the case at this exact moment, though. The Canucks invited players were, for the most part, draft eligible. Those that weren't could sign a professional contract at any time -- though, depending on the timing, etc. so too could the draft eligible players.
Now, based on what you've heard and what you've seen from the weekend's events, who among the invites do you think is worthy of a contract or an invite to the Canucks main training camp? I'm particular to Kyle Maksimovich. And you?
September 21 2016 01:00PM
Just because he spent the summer working with Steven Stamkos’ shooting instructor doesn’t mean Chris Tanev will be launching rockets like the Tampa super sniper when the new National Hockey League season begins next month. Tanev does, however, believe that the time spent with Toronto area shooting instructor Mark Filippone is already producing a noticeable difference in the way he fires the puck.
In Vancouver to skate with his Canucks teammates ahead of training camp, Tanev feels he possesses a stronger shot and a better release than he did when he left town last spring. But he’s cautioning the headline writers to steer clear of any direct comparisons to Stamkos.