It’s plausible – yet not guaranteed – that Derick Brassard will be better next season than the player he was traded for, Mika Zibanejad. Plenty of New York Rangers fans are justified in being excited about the long-term impact of the move, and not merely because of the second-round pick they received in the swap. Zibanejad is a lot younger than Brassard. Even if Brassard ages well at 29, his Swedish trade counterpart is merely 23. The Rangers, quite reasonably, wonder if Zibanejad’s best days are still ahead of him. “He’s a younger player that our scouting staff and our management all felt he was on the upswing,” Vigneault said to the Rangers’ website. “The speed is there. The skill is there.
SEPTEMBER 25: Tomas Tatar #21 of Team Europe is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the game winning goal in overtime against Team Sweden at the semifinal game during the World Cup of Hockey tournament at Air Canada Centre on September 25, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. Team Europe defeated Team Sweden 3-2. TORONTO – Canada vs. Team Europe isn’t your traditional international hockey tournament final, nor is it the matchup that nearly every hockey fan, writer and talking head thought we’d see before the World Cup of Hockey began earlier this month.
The Ottawa Senators were already trying to take a relatively safe approach with Clarke MacArthur, yet he suffered a concussion thanks to a Patrick Sieloff hit during a scrimmage. It’s too early to say that MacArthur will be forced to retire after this latest injury. At the moment, the Senators were merely happy to see him at the rink receiving treatment, as Guy Boucher told reporters. “At this point in time, it’s not about Clarke MacArthur the hockey player. It’s about Clarke MacArthur the person,” Mark Borowiecki said, according to the Ottawa Citizen’s Ken Warren. It’s a thought echoed by Senators GM Pierre Dorion shortly after the check, noting that they’re most focused on MacArthur as a “human