Going deep enough into the playoffs to win the Stanley Cup often comes with the cost of stacking up injuries, and the Pittsburgh Penguins paid the price. As the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and others report, Phil Kessel (wrist) and others aren’t guaranteed to be healthy to start the 2016-17 regular season. “All the injured guys are tracking in the right direction,” GM Jim Rutherford said. “Until they all get here, we won’t know 100 percent where they’re at, but it sounds like all the guys should be ready for camp.” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review runs down a significant list of players who likely accrued bumps and bruises that may carry over: Defenseman Trevor Daley, for instance, suffered a broken
This is part of Sharks day at PHT… There’s only one Brent Burns, that much is clear. Both on and off the ice, there’s no one like him. So, what do you pay a guy that’s always imitated, never duplicated? That’s the dilemma the San Jose Sharks will be faced with in the coming weeks/months. If you were impressed with Bruns’ 17 goals and 60 points in 2014-15, then his 27 goals and 75 points in 2015-16 was out of this world. Over the last three seasons, not many forwards have produced as much as Burns, let alone defensemen. Since being acquired by San Jose in 2011, Burns has hit double digit goals in all but one year (he scored nine in 30 games in 2012-13). “You know how we feel about Brent. Phenomenal
Folks, the calendar tells me that it is late August, which means we are just a few short weeks away from the opening of NHL training camps and the beginning of the preseason slate. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to do a series running down each of the Hurricanes’ rivals in the Metropolitan division, what they did last season, what they did this off-season, and why they’ll be good (or in some cases, not good) this coming season. Familiarity breeds contempt, after all, and for a team like the Hurricanes that doesn’t really have any true rivals, familiarizing the fan base with the teams that we’re not supposed to like is something that I think may do some good to change that.