When the World Cup began earlier this month, Team Europe, a collection of players from eight European countries that did not have their own team in the tournament, was thought to be the weakest team in the field. Not necessarily a bad team, but one that seemed like it would have trouble keeping up with the hockey superpowers that made up the remainder of the field. That thinking seemed to be confirmed in the pre-tournament games when the North American young stars team skated them out of the building in what the European team admitted was a wakeup call. All of that is why they still have to actually play the games, and in a short tournament like this anything can happen. In this case, anything
With their former captain now a member of the Boston Bruins and their coach on year-to-year deals, it’s appropriate to say that the St. Louis Blues are in a period of transitions. It’s also a convenient choice of words, as it sounds like the Blues are going to change the way they transition on the ice. That’s the indication given by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and players like Chris Porter approve. “The play in the neutral zone will fit this team great with the speed and the size that they already have in place,” Porter said. “I don’t think it’s a huge adjustment for the guys, I think it’s just a little tweak here or there.” Perhaps hiring Mike Yeo had something to do with taking a more modern
Rough news for the Ottawa Senators on Sunday: forward Clarke MacArthur needed help off the ice following a big hit during a team scrimmage. The hit was delivered by Patrick Sieloff, prompting an immediate response from Bobby Ryan, according to The Hockey News’ Murray Pam. MacArthur has been hoping to return to NHL action after some serious concussion issues, so this is a troubling situation. wonder if this might end his career. Update: Here’s a GIF of the hit.