Kovalchuk has been playing in the Kontinental Hockey League, and is on the roster for the KHL All-Star Game set to take place on Sunday in Chelyabinsk. And therein lies the confusion.
Instead of merely bean-counting, the NHL’s caretakers should be looking for ways to bring the game back from the muck it’s become.
“I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday to The Associated Press.
A large part of Bettman’s role as commissioner is to successfully market the game, avoid labor unrest and protect the health of the league. He’s failed spectacularly in each of these areas throughout his tenure.
Some of the NHL’s biggest stars are rushing to Europe with no end to the lockout in sight.
In the same day, Adam Oates was named Head Coach of the Washington Capitals and inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame.
The Rangers’ mental toughness was the difference between winning and losing Game 7.
The Rangers advanced in a thrilling Game 7 and will face the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Washington is good enough to play for the Eastern Conference Championship. If the Rangers come with anything less than their best effort, that’s just what the Capitals will end up doing.
It makes perfect sense that the Rangers and Washington Capitals are heading to a Game 7. In many ways, these teams are mirror images of each other.
Alex Ovechkin rebounded from a rare zero-shot performance by scoring after 88 seconds Wednesday night, Braden Holtby made 30 saves, and the Washington Capitals forced a Game 7 with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.
Frustration was the word of the day at the Rangers’ complex Sunday. The Blueshirts were adamant: they won’t be frazzled by the Capitals’ tough defense.
The Rangers have lost momentum in their series with the Captials as the series is now evened 2-2 and are beginning to make excuses.
Based on what I’ve seen, as long as the Rangers can find a way to consistently score (the $50,000 question), there seems to be no way they lose this series to the Capitals.
To John Tortorella, there’s the wrong way — and then there’s his way.