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The Hockey Writers

Islanders Lack Defensive Depth After Boychuk Loss

After already trading away one of their key defenders this offseason, the New York Islanders have lost another regular to a career-ending injury. The team announced that veteran Johnny Boychuk’s career is over following complications related to an eye injury he suffered last season. With Boychuk and Devon Toews both out of the picture, there […] The post Islanders Lack Defensive Depth After Boychuk Loss appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

The Hockey Writers

Canadiens Need Byron to Bounce Back After Injury Riddled 2019-20

It is difficult to predict the long-term status of Paul Byron with the Montreal Canadiens. The 31-year-old veteran winger has been a versatile and effective player during his tenure with the Habs, bringing speed, leadership and defensive and offensive consistency, including two 20-goal seasons.  However, after being plagued by injuries for the last two seasons (knee and concussion for […] The post Canadiens Need Byron to Bounce Back After Injury Riddled 2019-20 appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

Sportsnet.ca

Hockey Central (Nov. 26)

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Eyes On The Prize

2020 Canadiens Top 25 Under 25: #12 Noah Juulsen

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/ The injury-plagued defenceman drops two spots in this year’s ranking. For the last two years, if Noah Juulsen didn’t have bad luck he’d have no luck at all. Freak injuries and subsequent migraines from the resulting nerve issues kept him off the ice more than he was on it. Elite Prospects He will never be confused for an offensive defenceman. His 52-point season in his second year in the WHL seems like the anomaly (although on a per-game pace his 2016-17 season comes close). As a professional, he has three goals...

Last Word on Hockey

Johnny Boychuk Forced To Retire Due To Injury

New York Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk has been forced to retire due to an eye injury suffered during the 2019-20 NHL season. #Isles News: After numerous and extensive medical exams, New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk’s career has come to an end, due to an eye injury suffered during the 2019-20 regular season.https://t.co/HqUt4e0Se0 — New York […] The post Johnny Boychuk Forced To Retire Due To Injury appeared first on Last Word on Hockey.

Sportsnet.ca

Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk retires due to eye injury suffered last season

Veteran New York Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk has been forced to retire due to an eye injury he suffered during the 2019-20 season, the team announced Wednesday. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Stanley Cup of Chowder

Former Bruin Johnny Boychuk calls it a career at 36

Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via An eye injury has prevented him from continuing. A tough break for a beloved former Bruin today: Johnny Boychuk has decided to hang ‘em up at the age of 36. #Isles News: After numerous and extensive medical exams, New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk’s career has come to an end, due to an eye injury suffered during the 2019-20 regular season.https://t.co/HqUt4e0Se0— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 25, 2020 Boychuk was injured back in early March, just a few days before hockey shut down due to...

Hockey Wilderness

Top 25 Under 25: Alexander Khovanov hangs in there at #8

Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via The up-and-down Russian prospect is currently in the minor league of the KHL, but if he can keep his temper in check, he should still impress in the pros. While he may not be the Minnesota Wild’s number one Russian prospect, Alexander Khovanov has shown flashes of being a true blue-chip. But that doesn’t mean that he looks to be a home-run pick after being selected in the 3rd round. After another year marred by injuries, illness and consistency issues, Khovanov is truly a roller coaster of a prospect. When the Wild selected...

Causeway Crowd

Former Boston Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk retires

Former Boston Bruins Stanley Cup champion defensemen Johnny Boychuk retired Wednesday. A key member of the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup championship team retired on Wednesday. The New York Islanders announced that defensemen Johnny Boychuk called it a career due to an eye injury he suffered during the 2019-20 regular season. Boychuk was injured against the […] Former Boston Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk retires - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Winnipeg Sun

Jets prospect Samberg uninjured after being involved in accident that sent four people to hospital with life-threatening injuries

Winnipeg Jets prospect Dylan Samberg was involved in a serious multi-vehicle car accident in his home state of Minnesota on Monday. The 21-year-old defenceman, who was drafted in the second round by the Jets in 2017, did not suffer any significant injuries, but four pedestrians who were hit by one of the vehicles in the crash are in hospital with life-threatening injuries. The Jets confirmed Tuesday that...

Toronto Sun

Leafs prospect Abruzzese on the mend following surgery, looks forward to next season

Nick Abruzzese was enduring through another week of recovery from hip surgery when the news came from the Ivy League on Nov. 12. There wouldn’t be hockey in 2020-21 for the Harvard forward and Maple Leafs prospect, or his Crimson teammates, once he came all the way back from an operation to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The coronavirus pandemic caused the Ivy League to cancel winter sports,...

Chicago Tribune

Former Chicago Blackhawks enforcer Daniel Carcillo says psychedelic drugs helped him battle post-concussion effects on HBO’s ‘Real Sports’

Retired Chicago Blackhawks enforcer Daniel Carcillo says the hallucinogen ayahuasca helped save his brain — and his life. “It was the most amazing experience,” Carcillo says on the latest edition of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” set to debut Tuesday night on HBO.

Ottawa Sun

GARRIOCH: Sens pick Tim Stuetzle on the road to recovery in time for world juniors

The video of Tim Stuetzle posted on Adler Mannheim’s Instagram account Tuesday morning indicated he had taken another step in the right direction. Skating at the club’s training facility under the watchful eye of former San Jose Sharks centre Marcel Goc, who works as a skills development coach for Mannheim since retiring from the Eagles as a player, the 18-year-old Stuetzle is closing on a return from surgery to repair a broken hand last month. ...

The Hockey Writers

Andrei Svechnikov Set Up to Have a Great 2020-21 Season

When we last saw Andrei Svechnikov it was Game 3 versus the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2020 Playoffs. He was being assisted off the ice by Dougie Hamilton and Hurricanes’ head athletic trainer Doug Bennett with an injury that ended up being a high ankle sprain. Svechnikov had been jostling with […] The post Andrei Svechnikov Set Up to Have a Great 2020-21 Season appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

The Hockey Writers

NHL Rumors: Stars, Bruins, Sharks, Hoffman’s Status, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the injury status of Dallas Stars’ goaltender Anton Khudobin. Is the coach of the Boston Bruins hinting to the GM that he would like him to add a big piece on the blue line? Are the Bruins going to offer an extension to David Krejci? Finally, […] The post NHL Rumors: Stars, Bruins, Sharks, Hoffman’s Status, More appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

Editor In Leaf

Examining 4 Potential Toronto Maple Leafs Third-Line Combinations

The bottom-six of the Toronto Maple Leafs forward group has undergone a massive overhaul this offseason. In 2019-20, whenever possible (though because of injuries it rarely was) the Toronto Maple Leafs third and fourth lines looked as follows: Andreas Johnsson – Alex Kerfoot – Kasperi Kapanen Kyle Clifford – Pierre Engvall – Jason Spezza Gone […] Examining 4 Potential Toronto Maple Leafs Third-Line Combinations - Editor In Leaf - Editor In Leaf - A Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

On the Forecheck

Friday’s Dump & Chase: Collective Bargaining

When words like “escrow” and “salary deferments“ are in the mix, it puts the hockey season in jeopardy. Nashville Predators News Rinne, 365 Fund Make Annual Donation to Children's Hospital at VanderbiltThe 365 Fund is certainly missing the '6' of Shea Weber, but the '35' of Pekka Rinne certainly continues on with the good work. The lead picture that accompanies this article is also fun to look at in regards to the height comparison between Rinne and the Vanderbilt representatives. King of openings. Yegor Afanasyev's success story: News: Kontinental Hockey League...

The Hockey Writers

Red Wings Need a Bounceback Season from DeKeyser

This upcoming NHL season is important for many people, but one player to keep on your radar is Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser. The Western Michigan alum, like my colleague Devin Little, is ready to make a difference in 2020-21 after missing most of the 2019-20 season due to back surgery. What the expectations […] The post Red Wings Need a Bounceback Season from DeKeyser appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

The Canuck Way

Canucks: A healthy Micheal Ferland could boost team production

A concussion has stopped Micheal Ferland from being the player the Vancouver Canucks signed him to be, but he can be a solid bottom six contributor if healthy. Micheal Ferland‘s concussion history has been well documented over his time with the Vancouver Canucks. Just one month into the first year of his four-year deal and […] Canucks: A healthy Micheal Ferland could boost team production - The Canuck Way - The Canuck Way - A Vancouver Canucks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Hockey Writers

Potential Fits for Johnsson in Devils’ Lineup

The New Jersey Devils needed to give their offense a boost this offseason, and they did when they acquired Andreas Johnsson from the Toronto Maple Leafs in early October. Johnsson missed a good chunk of 2019-20 because of a knee injury, but he still produced at a 40-point pace. The season before, he finished with 20 goals […] The post Potential Fits for Johnsson in Devils’ Lineup appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

The Hockey Writers

Sharks Lack Center Depth Heading Into 2020-21

The San Jose Sharks are headlined by Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture, both great two-way centers. However, both had injury-riddled seasons in 2019-20, and the team was forced to utilize their young centers. Management also traded Barclay Goodrow at the deadline and lost Joe Thornton to free agency, making the Sharks’ lack of center depth […] The post Sharks Lack Center Depth Heading Into 2020-21 appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

Winging It In Motown

Quick Hits: The Berggren Breakout Edition

Photo by Ron Jenkins/ In Red Wings Land Detroit Red Wings prospect Jonatan Berggren enjoying excellent season Brimming with confidence and health, Detroit Red Wings prospect Jonatan Berggren is having quite a season in the Swedish Hockey League. Berggren, 20, is playing at better than a point-per-game, having crammed four goals and 15 assists into 17 games with Skellefteå AIK. He has already tallied two more goals and seven more points than he did last season in the SHL, when injuries limited him to 24 games. Berggren is looking awesome this season. I’m seeing...

Stanley Cup of Chowder

Morning Skate: Hello Hannu

Photo by Andy Marlin/ A former Bruin is returning to New England. It is Wednesday, my dudes. When I was younger, I was convinced Hannu Toivnen was the Next Guy in net for the Bruins. He had a decent rookie season, going 9-5-4 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.63 GAA on a terrible, terrible Bruins team. However, he suffered an ankle injury shortly thereafter, and was never the same. Fast forward to today: that same Hannu Toivonen has been named the goalies coach for North Yarmouth Academy in Maine! NYA plays in the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association. Jon...

Matchsticks and Gasoline

Flames Top 25 Under 25: #11- Matthew Phillips

Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Brutal kneecap injury derailed productive year #11- Matthew Phillips Position: Centre Age: 22 2019-20 Team: Stockton Heat (AHL) Drafted 6th round, 166th overall, 2016 2019 Ranking: #14 Phillips Votes MGMacGillivray: # Flashalytics: # MarkParkinson14: # MadelineCampbell: # Gordie.Taylor: # Readers: # A very impressive sophomore season, which included his first NHL call-up, was thoroughly spoiled for Matthew Phillips by a brutal injury. Phillips, who is the latest late round gem the Flames have grabbed thanks to the size bias, had 25 points through the first 22...

Stanley Cup of Chowder

Grade the Players: Connor Clifton continues to etch out his role

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Playing in 12 more games than 2018-19, Clifton searches for a consistent role on the Bruins blueline Grade: B- The man affectionately known as ‘Cliffy Hockey’ carved out a much larger role in his sophomore campaign. Unfortunately, he suffered an upper-body injury in a December 29 game versus the Buffalo Sabres, resulting in the New Jersey native only playing in 31 games during the regular season. He returned to play in eight postseason games, scoring a goal and contributing two assists. In fact, he scored one more point in the postseason than he did in...

CBC News

Unable to say final goodbye, wife of late Oiler Colby Cave urges Canadians to respect COVID-19 regulations

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave has died after suffering a brain bleed earlier this week. The 25-year-old native of Battleford, Sask., had been in a medically induced coma in a Toronto hospital.

The Hockey Writers

Marner Could be Moved if Maple Leafs Decide to Retool

It’s the offseason for who knows how much longer. When there are no games played, on-ice strategies to review, or player injuries to report, hockey writers move on to more expansive topics. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Matthews, Andersen, Marner, Brooks That’s exactly what happened on Friday when The Athletic’s Craig Custance published the […] The post Marner Could be Moved if Maple Leafs Decide to Retool appeared first on The Hockey Writers.       

Puck Prose

Mikko Koivu is the perfect replacement for Brandon Dubinsky

The Columbus Blue Jackets found the perfect replacement for Brandon Dubinsky. When news broke that Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky‘s career was likely over due to a chronic wrist injury, it was a pretty crushing blow. Sure, Dubinsky was no longer the player he once was – a player who averaged 40.8 points for […] Mikko Koivu is the perfect replacement for Brandon Dubinsky - Puck Prose - Puck Prose - NHL

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.