Just to prove that Cristobal Huet was actually in net last night, and not one of those cardboard cutouts you put in net for street hockey when no one wanted to play goalie
Kansas City is going to host another NHL exhibition game.
The St. Louis Blues announced today that they’ll take on the Washington Capitals on Oct. 5 at Sprint Center. Both Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Ovechkin will be there, at least according to the press release.
A market once considered a candidate for expansion or relocation — particularly after Sprint Center opened in 2007 — the NHL-to-Kansas City buzz has since died down. Last year, there was no interest from Kansas City when the league called for expansion applications.
Sensing an opportunity to make their team a favorite of all Missourians, not just the ones in St. Louis, the Blues have said they’d like to cultivate their fan base across the state in Kansas City.
Don’t expect many updates on Marc-Andre Fleury‘s health over the next little while.
Well — don’t expect them to come from Fleury, anyway.
A translation of Renaud Lavioe’s piece for TVA, per PHT’s Joey Alfieri:
Fleury practiced with his teammates this morning at the Verizon Center.
What I can tell you is he’s feeling better, but the Penguins have decided not to make Fleury available to the media because he says too much.
The next time Fleury talks to the media, it’s because he’ll be ready to return.
Not to be mean, but Matt Murray has given up three goals or more in back-to-back games.
Earlier this week, Fleury told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that — despite participating in on-ice workouts — he’s still dealing with concussion symptoms.
“It’s one of the toughest things I’ve been through,” he explained. “Some good days, when you think you’re back, and some bad days, when you think it’s never going to get fixed.”
The Fleury situation seems to have rankled some within the Penguins organization — like head coach Mike Sullivan, who took issue with questions about the club’s handling of Fleury.
Here’s a related series of tweets from DKonPittsburghSports’ Josh Yohe:
Game 2 of the Pens-Caps series goes tomorrow from Verizon at 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN). Matt Murray, who allowed four goals on 35 shots in the Game 1 loss, is expected to start in goal.
Keaton Thompson, Troy Stecher and now, Paul LaDue.
On Friday, the Kings announced that LaDue — the junior d-man that helped North Dakota win the Frozen Four — agreed to a one-year, entry-level deal, forgoing his senior season in the process.
So yeah, bit of an exodus.
Thankfully for North Dakota, freshman scoring sensation Brock Boeser has already committed to returning for his sophomore campaign, while junior defenseman Gage Ausmus — a San Jose draftee — vowed to go back to school as well.
As for Frozen Four MOP Drake Caggiula — a senior that was already leaving school — he’s already begun his tour of interested NHL suitors.
Per TSN, Caggiula has shortlisted six clubs: Philadelphia, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Chicago and Buffalo.
No suspension for Capitals forward Tom Wilson. Only a fine.
The fine of $2,403.67 is the maximum allowable under the CBA, and, at the very least, it puts Wilson on official notice.
Wilson was not penalized on the play, and Sheary was able to leave the ice under his own power and remain in the game.
“We’re just going to play hockey, and the refs are going to call it the way they see it,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told reporters afterwards. “Our guys are going to play.”
This morning, Capitals coach Barry Trotz reportedly said of the play, “It was OK, but it wasn’t I would say necessary.”