The St. Louis Blues are in a transitional period right now. Current owner Dave Checketts is openly shopping the team, and while the team tends to be a solid box office hit, they have struggled to make the playoffs in recent years. (Their only recent run was in 2009, when they were summarily swept by the Vancouver Canucks.)
St. Louis Game Time points out that Davidson’s expiring contract was a five-year, $10 million deal. He took over the helm in 2006. In that time, the team made the playoffs once and fired two coaches. It seems like St. Louis has some potential considering its young, talented (and often gritty) forwards, but it hasn’t been a home run just yet.
This move reminds me a bit of the Buffalo Sabres’ decision to retain GM Darcy Regier while the team was still on sale. We’ll see how both of those situations work out during the next few years.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.