The Philadelphia Flyers revealed their 50th anniversary jersey on Wednesday and the reaction from fans was that maybe they should go back to drawing board and come up with something different. Sometimes you’ll have a resounding positive response like when the Winnipeg Jets showed us all what they’ll be wearing during October’s Heritage Classic game against the Edmonton Oilers. Then you have the kind of feedback that these Flyers jerseys elicited when they were launched into the social media stratosphere.
The Carolina Hurricanes locked in a key part — arguably the most key part — of their rebuild on Tuesday, signing GM Rom Francis to a contract extension through the 2018-19 campaign. “Ron has rebuilt our organization the right way, stocking our team and system with young players who will help this franchise compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out,” club owner Peter Karmanos said in a release. “I’m thrilled that he will continue to see the job through. “The future is very bright for the Hurricanes in Carolina.” Francis, 53, has been on the job in Carolina for the past two years, and has done a terrific job of stockpiling young talent through the draft and via trade: Noah Hanifin, Teuvo
At a photo shoot for Upper Deck this week, we asked a handful of NHL rookie hopefuls to recall their first hockey hero. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C (drafted third overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2016): “Growing up, I liked Henrik Zetterberg. Matthew Tkachuk, LW (drafted sixth overall by the Calgary Flames in 2016): “Sidney Crosby.