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Canucks’ Virtanen Needs to Put It All Together in 2019-20

Did everyone somehow forget that Jake Virtanen is by far the fastest skater on the Vancouver Canucks? Did fans forget the 15 goals he scored last year despite missing over ten games due to injury? The fact of the matter is, he has a lot of doubters still, meaning he needs to (and will) put […] The post Canucks’ Virtanen Needs to Put It All Together in 2019-20 appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Fear The Fin

Pacific Peeks: Anaheim Ducks

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports A bounce back is all but certain, but to what end? While the Anaheim Ducks had a bad 2018-19, it seems unlikely that they don’t improve in 2019-20, even if by pure regression upwards. Beset by injury, miserable puck luck, a streak of 19 losses in 21 games and a strangely long leash on historically ineffective head coach Randy Carlyle, the Ducks’ misfortunes last season were numerable, and resulted in a swift trip to the basement of the weakest division in the NHL. This season, don’t expect the Ducks to challenge for the Cup or dominate the NHL or...


Oliver Ekman-Larsson's cryptic injury is latest in string of bad luck for Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes, who lost more value from injuries than any NHL team last season, cannot afford to repeat that trend in 2019-20.        

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Maple Leafs Dark Horse Contributors for 2019-20

We know the superstars. Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, Morgan Rielly, Tyson Barrie and Frederik Andersen will do much of the heavy lifting this season. As the leaders of the team, the 2019-20 Toronto Maple Leafs will only go as far as they take them. However, with injuries and lineup changes a […] The post Maple Leafs Dark Horse Contributors for 2019-20 appeared first on The Hockey Writers.


The intangible Scottie Upshall and the secret of surviving a PTO

Scottie Upshall was at Oilers training camp on a PTO last year, but an injury wiped out his entire season. Now, he’s back on another PTO with the Stars, ready to prove his worth all over again. He shares his road back to this point and the key to finding success from a tryout. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Calgary Sun

Kylington out to prove people wrong in competition on Flames blueline

When the topic of the Calgary Flames blueline arose this off-season, where did the conversation go? The (‘Young and fresh’) reigning Norris Trophy winner? The solid second pairing of Noah Hanifin and Travis Hamonic? The emergence of Rasmus Andersson? The up-and-coming Juuso Valimaki and his unfortunate summertime knee injury? If you didn’t, however, mention the […]

Last Word on Hockey

Chicago Blackhawks Calvin de Haan Out Among Other Injuries

The Chicago Blackhawks training camp has not started in the desired way. Three players are reporting with injuries. Defenceman Calvin de Haan, whom the Blackhawks acquired in the summer, will be out at least two to three weeks with a groin strain. He also recovers from shoulder surgery. Kirby Dach is out indefinitely with a concussion and forward Philipp Kurashev is day-to-day with the left knee and a shoulder contusion. Injury updates from Blackhawks; Kirby Dach is out (concussion protocol). Calvin de Haan is expected to be out 2-3 weeks (groin strain/shoulder surgery recovery). Forward...

New York Daily News

Rob Gronkowski claims his brain is fully healed after 20 concussions

Rob Gronkowski, who by his own admission had one of the most physically taxing careers in NFL history, says he’d let his hypothetical son play football because all injuries, even concussions, are “fixable.” “I went through it, had nine surgeries, probably had like 20 concussions in my life...I...

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Golden Knights’ Theodore Says He Was Treated for Cancer

LAS VEGAS — Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Shea Theodore says he underwent surgery for testicular cancer during the off-season and is expected to make a full recovery. Theodore revealed his cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment in an essay Thursda... The post Golden Knights’ Theodore Says He Was Treated for Cancer appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

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Blackhawks’ de Haan Ruled Out for Start of Camp

CHICAGO — Blackhawks defenceman Calvin de Haan has been ruled out for the start of training camp with his new team and he is expected to miss two to three weeks. The 28-year-old de Haan is coming back from right shoulder surgery. He also is dealing wit... The post Blackhawks’ de Haan Ruled Out for Start of Camp appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Vancouver Courier

How good and consistent wingers could have a big impact on Bo Horvat this season

Bo Horvat had a fantastic 2018-19 season. He set career highs in goals (27), assists (34), and, by deduction, points (61). That’s despite having to take on more defensive responsibility when Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle were out with injuries. Most impressively, Horvat’s career year came while playing with a rotating cast of linemates.

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Canucks Add Depth, Raise Expectations with New Players

VANCOUVER — After spending a season with a rotating cast of wingers, Vancouver Canucks centre Bo Horvat is looking forward to a little consistency. "Last year, with injuries and stuff, playing with pretty much everybody and every combination you can th... The post Canucks Add Depth, Raise Expectations with New Players appeared first on The Hockey Writers.


Expectation for Oilers remains high among players, McDavid updates his health

Several Oilers players are setting the bar high for the upcoming season and Connor McDavid gives an update on his injury. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

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How Stone Signing Affects Flames

The Calgary Flames added a familiar face Wednesday when Michael Stone signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with his old club. The steady veteran defenseman just had his 2019-20 contract bought out by the Flames on Aug. 1, so reacquainting himself with his old surroundings shouldn’t take long. Valimaki Injury Leaves Flames Blue Line Shorthanded Flames […] The post How Stone Signing Affects Flames appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

On the Forecheck

2018-2019 Player Reviews: BONUS: Colin Blackwell

Blackwell taking a faceoff vs. Arizona; or What you do when you hear that Juvenile song come on at the club | Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports The young center should begin 2019 as the Admirals’ 1C, but can that translate to the NHL? Colin Blackwell should, by all accounts, begin the year in Milwaukee as the first line center. In limited AHL time last season due to injury and NHL call-ups, Blackwell had 14 goals—seven of which were on the power play. One would hope that the ability to score with the man advantage would lead to some opportunities in Nashville, but the...

Silver Seven

Wolanin Out With Torn Labrum

Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via The injury is expected to keep him sidelined for at least four months The pre-camp injury bug bites again. Last year it came for Pageau, and this time it’s taking a chunk out of Christian Wolanin’s season. After he was spotted with his arm in a sling, the details of his injury were confirmed this morning by DJ Smith. The injury happened during an informal skate earlier this week when Wolanin fell, tearing the labrum in his left shoulder in the process. The recovery time is at least four months. This is a big setback for the young blue liner. Smith...


Golden Knights’ Shea Theodore opens up about cancer diagnosis

In an emotional article published in The Players’ Tribune on Thursday, Theodore revealed that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer this summer. Three months later, the 24-year-old is cancer-free and has made a full recovery following surgery — and now he’s telling his story in hopes of spreading awareness to other young men. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

CBC News

Golden Knights defenceman Shea Theodore treated for testicular cancer

Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Shea Theodore says he underwent surgery for testicular cancer during the off-season and is expected to make a full recovery.

Last Word on Hockey

Vegas Golden Knights Shea Theodore Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

In an article published in the Players Tribune, Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Shea Theodore revealed he was diagnosed with testicular cancer of the summer. He learned about the diagnosis after being drug tested at the recent IIHF World Championships. The 24-year-old had successful surgery remove the mass. He says he made a full recovery and is on the team's training camp roster. https://twitter.com/PlayersTribune/status/1172163740625756160 Shea Theodore Diagnosed with Cancer Theodore was playing with Team Canada when he was alerted he tested positive for hCG. That hormone appears in...

Last Word on Hockey

Ottawa Senators Christian Wolanin Out 4 Months

The Ottawa Senators are not off to a good start for training camp. Head Coach DJ Smith announced that defenceman Christian Wolanin will be out for 4 months with a torn labrum. Wolanin sustained this injury Monday and was seen in a sling today. Smith also mentioned Wolanin was slotted for a spot out of camp. #sens D Christian Wolanin out minimum 4 months with a torn labrum. He sustained the injury on Monday. — Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) September 12, 2019 Christian Wolanin Out For 4 Months Wolanin This is a tough blow for both Ottawa and Wolanin. Christian Wolanin has been around the edge...


Senators welcome drama-free camp, but already dealt injury blow

The weeks and months prior to Thursday’s Ottawa Senators camp opening, with physical testing and promotional photos, could not be more different than a year ago. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Eyes On The Prize

Links: Brett Kulak motivated by his contract extension

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ Here are your daily links, including Brett Kulak’s new motivation, Liam Hawel on joining training camp, and more. Montreal Canadiens news and notes Brett Kulak is ready for the challenges of a new season and motivated to win after his recent contract extension. [TSN 690] After an impressive rookie camp, Liam Hawel has earned a spot at Habs training camp. [Canadiens] The window is narrowing for Carey Price to be part of a Cup-winning team in Montreal. [Montreal Gazette] Cam Hillis faced tough times and heartbreaking injuries after being drafted by the...


Why the Winnipeg Jets need Josh Morrissey now more than ever

Josh Morrissey is coming off a career-best season on offence despite being limited to 59 games due to injury and was rewarded with an eight-year extension that will keep him in Winnipeg through 2027-28. Perfect timing, because after a summer of roster turnover, the Jets need the 24-year-old blue liner now more than ever. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Eyes On The Prize

Habsent Minded: Rookie camp recap & training camp preview

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ As the season approaches, we look at some of the storylines surrounding the Canadiens. Jared Book is joined by Scott Matla and Julian McKenzie as they discuss the Rookie Showcase in Belleville and the two games the Montreal Canadiens played there. Only one junior-aged player (Gianni Fairbrother) made the training camp roster, but even that is likely due to him sustaining an injury at rookie camp. A lot of people have liked what they have seen, but for others he has been unremarkable. They also discuss the team’s golf tournament and a couple of interesting...

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All Eyes on McDavid’s Left Knee as Oilers Begin Camp

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers opened training camp Thursday with all eyes on, well, Connor McDavid's left knee. The Oilers' star centre has been skating strong and, based on recent pre-camp practices, injury-free. But he is waiting on the final w... The post All Eyes on McDavid’s Left Knee as Oilers Begin Camp appeared first on The Hockey Writers.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Zachary Lauzon, a second-round Penguins pick in 2017, retires due to health issues

Lauzon told TVA Sports that symptoms of post-concussion syndrome returned in August.

Matchsticks and Gasoline

Michael Stone Is Back With The Calgary Flames

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Fuzzy math and Juuso Valimaki’s injury have brought the veteran defenceman back to Calgary. Flames Sign Michael Stone A few months ago (August to be exact) Calgary bought out the remaining two years left on Michael Stone’s contract and set the 29 year old defenceman free. Fast forward one Juuso Valimaki injury later and guess who’s back in Calgary? You guessed it, Michael Stone. The Flames inked the veteran defender to a one year, $700k contract Wednesday night. Now you may be asking yourself “Hey. M&G, didn’t the Flames buy him out and pay him...

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2018-2019 Player Reviews: Zac Rinaldo

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports He didn't end anyone's career, so that was a plus! Today we take a look at one of the most controversial enforcers in the NHL: Zac Rinaldo. Known for cheap shots landing him fines and suspensions, the former Philadelphia Flyer was re-united with now-Predators head coach Peter Laviolette this last season. Unfortunately for Rinaldo, he was sidelined the second half of the season with an upper-body injury and only played 23 games for the Predators. With the Predators not opting to bring him back for this upcoming season, Rinaldo signed a PTO with the Calgary...

NISSAN Morning Drive: Don Sweeney And Bruce Cassidy On Pastrnak Injury

NESN.com's Courtney Cox recaps Bruins GM Don Sweeney and Head Coach Bruce Cassidy adjusting to David Pastrnak's thumb injury that will leave him out for at least two weeks in the Nissan Morning Drive. For More: http://nesn.com/?p=917652

Ford F-150 Final Five Facts: Bruins Drop To Rangers At Home

NESN.com's Michaela Vernava breaks down the Bruins 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday Night where Tuukka Rask left the game early with a concussion.  Here are the Ford F-150 Final Five Facts from the game: http://nesn.com/?p=910526.

Rick Nash announces retirement from Hockey

NHL winger Rick Nash who played from the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Bruins announced Friday morning that he will be retiring due to unresolved issues with a concussion. NESN.com's Michaela Vernava has more.