Yesterday’s News Today
In case you missed it, here’s what’s new this week on Canes Country.
- Metropolitan Division 2019-2020 Season Roundup Part One: Looking back on the season that was.
- 2020 Draft Profile: Yaroslav Askarov
- Hurricanes’ Michael Smith reflects on bubble life
- 2020 Draft Profile: Kaiden Guhle
- As free agency looms, Wolves need to pursue veteran players
Stanley Cup Final
The long-awaited return of Steven Stamkos was worth it. After having core muscle surgery in March, and sustaining a second injury during Phase 2 of Return-to-Play, the Tampa Bay Lightning captain made his limited 2:46 time on the ice count in Game 3 on Wednesday night. His first shot found the back of the net, giving the Lightning a 2-0 lead in an eventual 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars to take a 2-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
The series heads into back-to-back games this weekend, with NBC airing Game 4 tonight and Game 5 on Saturday night, both at 8:00 pm.
Please check in with our SB Nation affiliate sites Raw Charge and Defending Big D for their most excellent game coverage and analysis.
Reading, Watching and Listening Assignments
- Nine NHL players anonymously spilled the beans on living inside the playoff bubbles — what they liked, what they hated. Sex, drugs and the “prison yard.” [ESPN]
- What should the Hurricanes do with their No, 13 pick? Sara Civian and other experts weigh in with their choices. [The Athletic $]
- Congratulations are in order for the Hurricanes PR staff — Mike Sundheim, Page Sagester, and Mike Brown — who have been announced the Eastern Conference winners of the PHWA’s Dick Dillman Award for outstanding NHL public relations. [PWHA]
- Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour is the headliner for the Virtual Hockey Summit, an annual hockey coaches technical conference that will move online this year. [The Coaches Site]
- Canes defenseman Jake Gardiner joined the Let’s Go Hockey podcast to talk youth hockey, his current training regimen, praise for Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce, and having John-Michael Liles as a mentor. [Instagram Link and Link to podcast]
- Ready for another round of “Willy or Won’t He?” Justin Williams’ agent says not to expect a decision anytime soon. Plus general manager Don Waddell says he’s not opposed to taking a goalie at No. 13, and the organization will qualify restricted free agents Haydn Fleury and Warren Foegele and will discuss longer term deals. [N&O]
- It’s essentially a done deal, and once it’s made official, Mike Maniscalco will be the new Hurricanes play-by-play announcer, and the door will be closed for the potential return of John Forslund. [N&O]
- Speaking of the indefatigable Forslund, he joined the OG with Joe Ovies and Joe Giglio yesterday from the bubble to talk playoffs and what’s next for him (Sept. 24 episode, 26-minute mark). [WRAL Sports]
- This dropped late last night (in other words I haven’t had a chance to listen yet), Tom Dundon joined Adam Gold for a full hour of discussion on the Canes Corner podcast (Sept. 24 episode). [WRAL Sports]
- Kevin Weekes made a repeat appearance this week to dig in with Tripp Tracy.
Thanks so much to my awesome friend @TrippTracy for allowing me to join him on his @digintripp .— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) September 1, 2020
It was one the deepest interviews I’ve been a part of. We talk Hockey, life, race, communities, and the positive path forward. @NHL https://t.co/0m5HWnokRT
- Earlier this week we reported that the Black Girl Hockey Club had found its way to the pages of the New York Times with its message of diversity and acceptance. Their experience at a Hurricanes game in February was prominently featured in their story. They have now begun an advocacy campaign. See how you can disrupt racism on and off the ice by taking the #GetUncomfortable Pledge (I did).
Today, #BGHC is launching the our advocacy campaign! You can sign the Get Uncomfortable Pledge and check out campaign details on our website. Use the hashtag #getuncomfortable for a RT and share the pledge with your friends, family and hockey pals today! https://t.co/MoUMlp4m21— Black Girl Hockey Club (@BlackGirlHockey) September 23, 2020
- The Pittsburgh Penguins traded forward Patric Hornqvist to the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour. [Penguins] [Panthers] [Litter Box Cats] [Pensburgh]
- The Buffalo Sabres signed center and 2019-20 Masterton nominee Curtis Lazar to a two-year contract extension. [Sabres]
- “It’s an effective tactic,” one NHL player agent said, “the power of public sentiment.” Alex Pietrangelo’s preferred free-agent destination is no mystery, but if he and the St. Louis Blues can’t come to terms, there are a few obvious landing spots elsewhere. And is sign-and-trade an option? [ESPN] [TSN] [The Athletic $]
- There’s no shortage of trade bait discussion, and there’s a good chance that on any list, you’ll find a Canes player, or a player of interest to the Canes, or a player no longer of interest (as seems to be the case with Patrik Laine). Here are just a few. [TSN Trade Bait Board] [SI/The Hockey News Top 30] [newcomer JFresh is worth a look] [TSN Video on Patrik Laine]
- Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury insists he has NOT requested a trade. [The Athletic $]
- After wearing the interim tag for 37 games during the 2019-20 season, Bob Boughner has been named head coach for the San Jose Sharks. [Sharks]
- On making friends and finding connections in the bubble, and why Lightning head coach Jon Cooper wore a Monster Magnet t-shirt to the Game 2 press conference. [NHL.com]
- Playing through injury, sacrificing your body, blocking a shot, fighting to stand up for a teammate. Hockey players are praised for their courage and willingness to withstand pain, and doing whatever it takes to win no matter the cost. Here is the TSN Original: The Problem of Pain. [TSN Video]
- There are many reasons why you shouldn’t yell “Shoot!” during a power play, but this one should probably rank near the top. [Tampa Bay Times]