Josh Ho-Sang Calls Out His General Manager

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When Josh Ho-Sang was drafted in 2014 he was considered one of the most skilled players in the draft, but fell far in the rankings because of his terrible attitude. The Islanders took a chance on him still, drafting him 28th overall pick. Since then Ho-Sang has gotten into 43 NHL games with the Islanders scoring 6 goals and 22 points.

When a player with an attitude problem calls out a general manager, that does not bode well. To get called up to the NHL you need to show you deserve it, and we all know Lou Lamoriello’s strictness, do you think being called out is going to make him bring Ho-Sang to the big leagues? Absolutely not. And if you really want to do this, you need to make sure you have the numbers to back it up, and since leaving junior, Ho-Sang has played in 109 AHL games, scoring 18 goals and 71 points. This season he has currently played 9 games, has 4 assists and is a -8 +/-. Does that sound like someone who has the numbers to back up his words? Absolutely not.

Ho-Sang needs to close his mouth and begin focussing on improving his game, and be ready when that chance eventually comes. Your playing professional hockey, be happy.

NHLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of Jake Dotchin

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As shown above, the NHLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of Jake Dotchin against the Tampa Bay Lightning for wrongful termination.

Dotchin is 24 years old, he was a 2012 6th round pick.

While this was a poor act by the defencemen who had not broken into the NHL on a full time basis yet, in my personal opinion it should not be a reason to terminate someones contract.

If someone shows up out of shape, he should be benched until he is at the point where he should be, or suspended by the team without pay not completely terminated.

But in a way, if you showed up to a normal job unable to do your duties you are most likely to be fired.

Canucks Rookie Elias Pettersson To Miss Minimum 7-10 Days

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Elias Pettersson, drafted 5th overall in 2017, bursted into the league this year with 5 goals and 8 points in 5 games. The 6’2 175 pound forward is currently leading the Canucks and all rookies in points.

Yesterday it was announced that Pettersson would miss a minimum of 7-10 days with a concussion. This will now be the second year in a row that a Canucks rookie was leading the way in rookie scoring just to go down with injury. And since Brock Boeser’s injury he has not quite been the same dynamic player yet this season.

Let’s hope that the injury to this young forward does not affect his abilities, and he is able to heal fully and quickly.

Concussions are a serious injury and we know how it affected superstar Sidney Crosby for years, lets hope this isnt the start of many for Pettersson.

Rest up!

Matt Murray Out Indefinitely With A Concussion!

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This is a tough blow for the Penguins. Murray has had a history of concussions before, and the more they continue the worst they will get. What is it with the Penguins and concussions?

Murray started the season off to a bad, 5.47 GAA and .831 save percentage. So hopefully when he returns from this injury he will be back to his former self. We wish Murray a safe and healthy recovery.

While Murray is out, Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith will need to carry the load. Both goaltenders having a combined 41 games experience. Let’s hope they are ready for the opportunity/challenge!

Rick Nash Announces His Retirement

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Rick Nash was the definition of a power forward. He was a big body, drove the net and fought hard in the corners. But not only did he have the grittiness to his game, but he also had finesse. He was a great stick handler, and to this day still has one of my favourite goals of all time as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets (see video below).

Nash while he never got the chance to hoist Lord Stanley, he came very close as a member of the New York Rangers. But he did have a very accomplished career. Nash won the Rocket Richard trophy in 03-04, and won back to back gold medals in 2010 & 2014.

While this is a very sad day that Rick Nash is announcing his retirement at the young age of 34, the positive we can take from this is, he is doing it at his own choice. It is fully his decision to take care of his health and leave the game in which he loves.

Best of luck in your future Rick,

Sincerely,

Wheel House Hockey!

BREAKING NEWS: Hurricanes Contact Leafs About Nylander

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With the season starting so soon, the contract negotiations between Nylander and the Leafs are getting a little scary. With so much hope for the Leafs going into this season with the signing of Tavares, they are now in tears with the thought of potentially losing Nylander. Nylander is apparently asking for 8+ million per season, and in today’s NHL he is worth it. Back to back 61 point seasons at the age of 22, he has more than proved he is a valuable asset to the team and with great chemistry with the teams superstar Auston Matthews, it would affect his play as well losing Nylander.

Unless the Hurricanes are offering newly drafted Andrei Svechnikov i dont see any valuable returns for Nylander. But this may be the chance for the Leafs to acquire the top 2 right handed defencemen in Justin Faulk, which would be very positive for the leafs, but at the expense of Nylander I still believe fans would be rather upset!

*NEWS* Bobby Ryan Another Hand Injury?

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If you read the text above, Bobby Ryan blocked a shot last night and hurt his hand. But luckily he stayed in the game! But we all know hockey players, they die on the bench and ask to be put back in.

With all drama this team has had this offseason, its tough to keep writing about the Senators but topics just keep appearing and I doubt this will be the last.

While Ryan hasn’t been the star player he was meant to be when brought in from Anaheim, he does still play a significant role on the team. With all the subtractions on the team this year, Bobby Ryan will most likely be seeing more ice time playing a larger role with the team.

Over the past few years, it seems like Ryan’s finger has never healed. I do not know if its the same finger constantly, but every year it seems as though he has a broken finger and is either unable to play because of the pain, or his game is seriously affected by it. So lets hope that this isn’t already one of those issues and it was just something that he had to, as many coaches say “walk it off”.

Karlsson Has History With His Defence Partner

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San Jose Sharks newest acquired defencemen Erik Karlsson has some previous history with his new defence partner. Back in 2016 Vlasic spears Karlsson in the corner causing an uproar during the game! Think they can put this behind them? Will it always linger in the back of their mind?

See the below by Sportsnet

Kyle Turris stepped up for his captain, chasing down Marc-Edouard Vlasic after the Sharks defenceman got into it in the corner with Erik Karlsson.

NEWS: Islanders Make Roster Cuts

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Islanders fans must be very disappointed seeing some of the names of this list. Dal Colle and Ho Sang from the 2014 entry draft were supposed to be elite talents by now, especially with names like, Pastrnak, Ehlers, Larkin, Arvidsson, Nylander, Point being selected AFTER Michael Dal Colle.

Then seeing Kieffer Bellows another first round pick from the 2016 draft who fans had high hopes for this season, after seeing him score 41 goals in juniors last season.

Noah Dobson is not much of a surprise, as he was not expected to play this season and sending him back to junior would be best for his development.

In a season where Islanders fans took a shot to the heart losing their captain John Tavares, they were hoping for some of their young talent to step up this season. Looks like they will need to wait a bit longer.

Kovalchuk Returns With Intensity!

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One of the major signings this offseason was the Russian superstar returning from the KHL Ilya Kovalchuk to the L.A Kings. There was a lot of speculation around Kovalchuk if he would still be able to compete at an elite level. Perhaps his time in the KHL, a league not quite at the level in the NHL has affected his game. Perhaps he is now to old to play in the National Hockey League. Well, i believe those questions have been answered. Please click the link below to see a goal he scored last night, vintage Kovalchuk taking it end to end just like he is still 20 years old!

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I will admit that I personally was one of the people thinking that he would not be able to come back over to the NHL and compete like he once did. He did lead the KHL in points in multiple seasons, but the KHL is not the NHL and he was always known as a goal scorer, and he did not exactly light the lamp in the KHL like he has done in past years in the NHL.

But if he can bring that level of talent he showed last night into the season and hopefully the playoffs, I will happily admit that I was wrong.

Welcome back Kovalchuk!

Panarin Wants To Hit Open Market

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As seen in the photo, Artemi Panarin has told the Columbus Blue Jackets that he will be hitting the free agent marketing next summer, and that Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen has no intentions on trading Panarin.

First off, if a player says he wants to hit the open market that almost guarantees that he will not be resigning with the team. Panarin was photographed in Tampa Bay this summer with Kucherov and Vasilevsky playing Volleyball and with a quote that they are attempting to convince him to play in Tampa Bay. Is this where Panarin is intending in signing next off season? Can you imagine a top line of Panarin - Stamkos - Kucherov? Yikes.

So why would Kekalainen refuse to trade him? Does he think this is the year that Columbus is going all the way? If so then I guess risking the loss of Panarin is worth it, and people would need to think of him as nothing but a “rental” this season. Personally i dont feel like this year is the year of the Blue Jackets, yes they have a very young talented team, but I just dont think they have the calibre level to compete with Tampa Bay.

We saw this past offseason how the Islanders waited for Tavares to make up his mind, and lost him for absolutely nothing, and you would think that this would have taught Kekalainen that something is better than nothing. Panarin has been in the NHL for 3 seasons now, 2 with Chicago and 1 with Columbus, and in this time he has averaged 78 points per season, and is coming off a career high in points with 82 which in this days game is really damn good. Tarasenko told his General Manager years ago before he came to the NHL that Panarin was going to be a great addition for the team and I bet he is kicking himself now that he did not listen.

Trading Panarin even as a rental would bring back quite a bit of value, which would certainly help fill the hole in the lineup he will leave.

Don’t make the same mistake Garth Snow did Kekalainen, trade Panarin.

Ondřej Pavelec Has Announced His Retirement

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Ondrej Pavelec announcing his retirement is a little upsetting. In his early days he was projected to be a very good goalie. Whether just being on bad Atlanta teams and underperforming Winnipeg teams (except for his final season there) Pavelec just could just find his game. He had one very good season in the 2014-15 season where he posted a .920 save percentage, but other than that he was always slightly below average.

Perhaps we will see him in the future in management or as a goalie coach!

Best of luck in your future Ondrej!

Max Domi To Have Player Safety Meeting

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Last night in a preseason game against the Florida Panthers received a match penalty for sucker punching Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad. While Max’s father Tie was known for moves such as this, Max was always known as more of a skilled player with a bit of grit to his game. Whether this was a move to make himself more known to the Montreal fans or just something out of pure anger, it is not something we need in the game. While i am fully supportive of fighting in hockey and I hope its never removed from the game, sucker punching an unsuspecting player is something i want removed. Ekblad has a history of concussions, and moves like this can seriously hurt a players life and career. I would expect Domi to be suspended minimum 3 games.

Sam Reinhart Signs Two-Year Deal

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Sam Reinhart was drafted second overall in the 2014 NHL draft right behind Aaron Ekblad. People have been saying Reinhart has been a bust because he hasn’t quite lived up to the hype of being picked second overall, and the fact that Draisaitl who was picked right after him has put up multiple 70+ point seasons. But the fact is for the 22 year old is, he has put up 3 straight 40+ point seasons, and last season setting career highs in goals with 25 and points with 50. I think those are some pretty decent numbers for a 22 year old, and if you look, his point totals have been increasing every season; 42, 47, 50. And its not a risk to say that he will even beat 50 points this season!

Now as per his recent extension, that is a great price to sign him to for a bridge deal. If you look at another person in his draft year, William Nylander, who’s season totals have been 13, 61, 61 and is reportedly looking for 7+ million per year, which contract do you think looks better? Personally I would prefer Reinhart at 3.65.

This is a great signing for the Sabres and I look forward to seeing him light the lamp this season!

Has Mark Stone Requested A Trade Out Of Ottawa?

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Stone recently signed a one tear contract which makes him an Unrestricted Free Agent at the end of next season. If this statement by Louis Jean is true then the Senators need to trade Stone as soon as possible to get the most value for him. A full season of Stone will bring in more value than a trade deadline trade. And while im sure Ottawa would like to still attempt to resign Stone, Tavares has set a standard for all UFA’s now, and has put the fear into teams who have expiring UFA’s.

Darnell Nurse Signs 2 Year Contract

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Edmonton Oilers Defenceman has signed a 2 year contract worth an AAV of 3.2million per season. This is a great team friendly deal for the 23 year old defender who played an average of 22 minutes a game for the Oilers last season.

Nurse was drafted 7th overall in 2013, and he is finally starting to be that top pairing defender he was projected to be.

See below Nurse’s career stats presented by Eliteprospects

Domi To Start At Center

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So here is another experiment by the Montreal Canadiens and their staff. In the offseason the team traded CENTER Alex Galchenyuk to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for WINGER Max Domi.

Now it looks like after attempting to make Drouin a center last season, they are once again trying to turn a traded for winger into a center. Let’s hope this goes better than it did for Drouin last season!

Which begs the question for me … WHY NOT TRADE FOR AN ACTUAL CENTER?

Barkov named the new Captain of the Florida Panthers

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Aleksander Barkov is now the 10th Captain in Franchise history. The 23 year old is replacing Derek MacKenzie who served as captain the previous 2 years.

Barkov was selected 2nd overall in the 2013 draft, which featured, Nathan Mackinnon, Johnathan Drouin, Seth Jones and many more stars. Barkov currently ranks 3rd in his draft class for total points with 249.

He is going to be one of the best players in the league and we congratulate him on his new captaincy.

Zetterberg's Career Officially Over

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This is a sad day for Hockey fans and Detroit Red Wings fans. Zetterberg who has been a career Red Wings is officially hanging up the skates because of his back condition.

Zetterberg retires with a very respectable 960 points in 1082 games. Please see his full stats below, courtesy of Eliteprospects.com



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We will have a full article summarizing Zetterberg’s career and what this means for the future of the Red Wings coming very shortly!



Stay tuned!

Did Ottawa win or lose the Karlsson Trade?

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Erik Karlsson the captain of the Ottawa Senators has been traded!

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Senators will receive:

  • Chris Tierney

  • Dylan DeMelo

  • Josh Norris

  • Rudolfs Balcers

  • 2019 2nd RD pick *higher of two SJ own

  • 2020 1st RD pick *conditional

  • 2021 2nd RD pick *conditional

Do you think this is fair value for the leagues best defencemen? Tell us what you think!

They received prospects, picks and roster players… but was it enough?