The NHL has declared February #HockeyisforEveryone month! However, a combination of terrible marketing and lackluster events has made the month barely register for Philadelphia Flyers fans. There's little denial that when it comes to inclusion, the 2016-2017 season has been an important step forward for the NHL. Having each team appoint a YouCanPlay ambassador is impressive. A direct contact from the team to LGBTQ fans! Or it would be impressive if the Flyers had ever mentioned it on any of their social media pages or on their website. Or if any Flyers/YouCanPlay events were lined up at all. So far, it seems like YouCanPlay ambassador is just another title for the Flyers' Claude Giroux. Scouring
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau had an interesting comparison to make when asked what made Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane so good on Tuesday. "He’s like whatever you call those — water bugs," Boudreau said. He meant it as a compliment. "He can stop on a dime, go either way, left or right," Boudreau said. "He can make plays and he can skate. Other than being not the biggest guy in the world, he does everything else well. I’d say he’s probably the top threat in the league when you look at individual players with the puck." Boudreau will have the task of stopping Kane and the Hawks, who are playing some of their best hockey of the season over the last few weeks. The Hawks have won six of seven. The
NHL teams are especially interested in trade talks with the Dallas Stars regarding Patrick Eaves, and it’s not because of his stellar beard-per-capita. Nope, it’s instead that he provides such excellent bang for the buck. You won’t find many players who already have 20+ goals and are making just $1 million, particularly outside of the artificial ceiling created by entry-level contracts. Eaves, 32, is enjoying arguably the year of his career, but it’s that bargain price that makes him the Stars’ best bargaining chip (and maybe one of the best in all of the league), according to Pierre LeBrun during the latest round of TSN’s Insider Trading. Interesting, Eaves could conceivably present a now vs.