HOCKEY IS BACK!!!!!!!!!! And breathe. Yes, the NHL 2016/17 regular season sees the first round of games tonight. Prepare to feast your eyes on Toronto vs Ottawa; St Louis vs Chicago; Calgary vs Edmonton and Los Angeles vs San Jose. I want every one of those eight teams to lose.
There is so much happening around the league - let's take a look at the top stories:
- The final roster has been announced: Etem did not make the team as this link states, as he was waived and sent to Utica to allow Jack Skille to sign a one-year deal. [NHL]
- More on Skille here; he worked hard, played well, and took his chance. PTOs are still worth handing out. [Province]
- Brock Boeser is already killing it in his sophomore season with UND. [UND Sports]
- Jason Botchford being his typical, fence-sitting self. He clearly wants to lay into this team. [Province]
- Every year the Down Goes Brown team writes a piece for the Guardian newspaper in the UK. They REALLY don't like the Canucks. As I stopped reading their work two years ago when they stopped being funny, I guess we can call this quits. [Guardian]
- So many injuries! Carey Price is missing game 1 with flu. [Montreal Gazette]
- Jack Eichel will miss 4-6 weeks after this:
- Patrice Bergeron misses Game 1 as well. Surely a true Selke candidate plays 82 games, right?
Claude Julien didn't rule out Patrice Bergeron joining the team after missing the game vs Columbus: "Not a major injury...its a minor one"— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) 12 October 2016
- And last, but by no means least, Sidney Crosby misses Game 1 - but could well be back after that. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
- Brandon Prust was cut by the Leafs. No surprise there. [The Score]
- NEW PIPE DREAM: Let's offer sheet Hampus Lindholm! He doesn't look like he's signing any time soon. [OC Register]
- Life is hard, kids:
Life in the AHL has done unusual things to Duncan Siemens (23). pic.twitter.com/sT94Jcivkt— Noah Love (@noahlove) 11 October 2016
- Ending on a good note: Nick Foligno and his wife Janelle have donated $1m to the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. Their daughter Milana spent a lot of time there, and the Folignos have decided to give something back. And not in a PK Subban way. This is their own money. [Columbus Dispatch]
Question of the day: Who scores the Canucks' first goal of the season?