A Brooklyn teenager with testicular cancer had his “biggest wish” granted when he became an honorary New York Ranger — signing a five day contract with the NHL team and practicing with his hero Henrik Lundqvist. Moshe Illouz, 18, was diagnosed with the disease at 17 and spent the majority of his high school senior year in and out of hospitals. While most of his friends were playing hockey (his favorite sport) and applying for college, Moshe was undergoing chemotherapy and surgeries — fighting for his life.
With 12 games on the docket, playoff positioning on the line and the trade deadline messing with emotions, it’s not surprising that we got a few fights on Tuesday. It’s a little surprising to see Sean Couturier battle Gabriel Landeskog, though the two forwards certainly have some “sandpaper” to their games. Hockey Fights pegs this as Couturier’s fifth NHL bout while this Landeskog’s third of 2016-17 and ninth in the NHL. (You think Landeskog got mad about a possible trade joke?) The Flyers ended up easily beating the Avalanche 4-0. The other noteworthy fight of the night involved Milan Lucic dropping the gloves with Robert Bortuzzo. Seeing Lucic drop the gloves is worthwhile even in a more mundane
There’s plenty of Blackhawks chatter to talk about in advance of Wednesday’s trade deadline, and even some topics that aren’t necessarily related to the deadline. Let's get to it. Are the rookies growing fast enough to warrant not participating in the trade deadline? — @Rileyrsm I wouldn’t exactly use the term "not participating." The Hawks are feeling out offers and making calls, but I wouldn’t say they are going to be major players. General manager Stan Bowman has given every indication both publicly and in talks with other teams that he likes his current team — and what’s not to like after the February the Hawks have had? The Hawks could still add a piece or two before the deadline, but I