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June 20th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news developing around as many as 11 players testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. What does that mean for camps and why has one person’s name apparently been released? Could the Vancouver Canucks get Micheal Ferland back? And, in some fun Oilers news, a Connor McDavid rookie card sold for over $100K USD this weekend. NHL and Maple Leafs Won't Confirm Auston Matthews Rumors Earlier Friday, reports surfaced that a number of players from around the NHL were testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. By the time tests had finished coming through, the total number of players reached 11 out of 200 players at Phase 2 camps. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Among them, Steve Simmons of the Toronto...
June 20th, 2020
Blues History

June 20 has only ever seen one game played on it, but it provided a memorable goal from the underdogs. There were also two National Hockey League Entry Drafts on this date with the same team picking first in both of them. Devils Steal Another One The only game played on this date saw the Detroit Red Wings host the New Jersey Devils, on June 20, 1995, for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Devils proved that their Game 1 upset of the favored Red Wings was no fluke by taking a 2-0 series lead with a 4-2 win. After a scoreless opening frame, Vyacheslav Kozlov put the Red Wings up 1-0 with a power-play goal in the second period. John MacLean answered just over two minutes later to even up the score heading into the third period. Sergei Federov gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead...
June 19th, 2020
Blues History

The 2014 Draft began a string of very successful drafts for general manager Doug Armstrong and his St. Louis Blues. Though 2013 had been one of his worst efforts, the 2014 Draft provided the Blues with many NHL-caliber players and some prospects who are still highly valued in their system. (To review the 2013 Draft or others in our series, look below). 2010: Two stars arrive2011: Second round success2012: A diamond in the rough2013: A year to forget2014: Success after success2015: Dunn and done2016: A lot of promise2017: Stanley Cup foundation With the 2014 Draft, the Blues' current roster found a number of significant depth pieces and strong prospects. Without further ado, let's start at the top. First Round Robby Fabbri, F (Guelph Storm, OHL), #21 Unlike the previous...
June 17th, 2020
St Louis Blues

As we get closer to a hopeful return of the 2020 NHL playoffs, we have time to sit down and answer some St. Louis Blues questions from everyone around the hockey world. Prospect talk to playoff talk and a whole lot more featured in this mailbag article. What are your thoughts on Scott Perunovich? Is he ready for the big club? (@JoshuaBellTHW on Twitter) I think that Scott Perunovich is one of the best offensively gifted defensemen in the Blues' system in a long time. You look at what he did at Minnesota-Duluth, winning titles and the Hobey Baker in 2019-20, he's a special player. Scott Perunovich, St. Louis Blues, 2018 NHL Entry Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) He scored 20 goals in three seasons for Minnesota-Duluth and added 85 assists - elite numbers for a...
June 16th, 2020
Vegas Golden Knights

In today's NHL rumor rundown, as the Buffalo Sabres announced the firing of GM Jason Botterill and then the hiring of Kevyn Adams as his replacement, the question being asked is, 'Why hire a new GM so quickly?' The Vegas Golden Knights have extended Ryan Reaves but why did he take such a big pay cut? Will Vancouver Canucks' Loui Eriksson retire? And, is there any chance Tyler Bozak returns to the Toronto Maple Leafs? Sabres Clean House, More Changes Coming One month after announcing his job was safe, then announcing the release of the GM and both assistant GM's, it became clear the Buffalo Sabres were cleaning house. What changed ownership's mind and why the rush to hire another GM so quickly? It seems hurried considering Botterill's name was still on press releases for signings by...
June 16th, 2020
Blues History

There was only one game played on June 16 and it brought the Stanley Cup back to Motown for the second straight year. This date in National Hockey League also saw a very memorable draft as well as more honors for two of the most decorated defensemen to ever play in the league. Back-to-Back Sweeps for Red Wings The Detroit Red Wings won their second straight championship, on June 16, 1998, by beating the Washington Capitals 4-1, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. It marked the second straight four-game sweep of the Final by the Red Wings, who beat the Philadelphia Flyers in four games the previous season. They became the first team since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992 to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. The remained the only team to do so until the Penguins repeated as...