Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Five

Report: NHL shoots down Vancouver selling broadcast rights to potential Stanley Cup parade


It’s always a bit of fun with Canucks fans. In the past they’ve been busted for planning a Stanley Cup parade while in the midst of the first or second round of the playoffs. That’s always good for a laugh when they would inevitably run into Chicago and get bounced out of the playoffs.

But what about planning on selling the broadcast rights to the Stanley Cup parade they’ve yet to clinch? As it turns out, that too is a bit of a no-no as Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe reports today.

According to a source, the Canucks were shopping around the rights to broadcast the potential celebration parade in Vancouver but the NHL stepped in saying that parade broadcast rights aren’t up for grabs like that. It’s a smart move for the league to shoot this down and let’s face it, if Vancouver does win it all those rights would likely go for a hefty amount. After all, who wouldn’t want to broadcast the most debaucherous and insane parade since Patrick Kane showed the world what a drunken championship bender looks like last summer in Chicago.

We’re sure some fans will look at this as a way for Vancouver to invite the bogeyman called “karma” into their lives and lead to an eventual Stanley Cup loss for the Canucks. If you’re in the business of believing that things that have absolutely nothing to do with what goes on on the ice have an effect on the game, then hey, good for you. In reality, this is just a team trying to be prepared for what would likely end up being the biggest party in the city’s history.

Yes, even bigger than Team Canada winning the gold medal last year in Vancouver.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?