The Buffalo Sabres traded star goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night for a package including goalie Jaroslav Halak and forward Chris Stewart.
The Americans plan to start Jonathan Quick — not Ryan Miller — on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Games. They’ll play either the Czech Republic or Slovakia.
Phil Kessel scored two of his three goals in the opening 4:33 and became the first U.S. player with an Olympic hat trick in more than a decade.
It will be crucial for the U.S. to get off to a flying start in their opening game against Slovakia, as the top four teams at the end of the preliminary round will automatically advance to the quarterfinals.
Quick is getting the nod instead of Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard. Miller helped the Americans win silver and was the Most Valuable Player of the hockey tournament at the 2010 Olympics when Quick was their No. 3 goalie.
The hockey competition was stellar in Vancouver in 2010, and it should be the same this time around. It’s the depth of talent that makes this tournament so watchable.
USA Hockey will bring a tremendously experienced and deep squad to Sochi in hopes of capturing the gold medal.
Boosted by their 2010 experience, Team USA Hockey thinks winning the Gold medal is possible at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Garth Snow was a goalie, one that experienced some success in the NHL. So he has to know the status quo will not be acceptable for his Islanders next season. If Evgeni Nabokov is the starter again, there will be hell to pay.
The Isles will assess and look to see what they can improve on this summer. However, the shopping list that has excited fans on Twitter, message boards and in regular conversation is simply unrealistic.
The Islanders closed out their regular season by losing to the Sabres in a shootout.
Patrik Elias holds nearly every record in Devils history, and he hasn’t suffered any decline in his game as his 37th birthday approaches.
The Sabres and the New York Islanders both agreed that Ryan Miller stole two points for Buffalo.
With the lockout lingering into another week, the NHL labor talks are set to resume on Tuesday with owners and players scheduled to meet while a couple of key figures remain on the sidelines of the negotiations.
With only two days left to avoid another damaging NHL lockout, players and owners huddled in separate circles to discuss what now seems inevitable.