Ron Francis

Best and worst sweaters of all-time: Carolina Hurricanes


When you talk about the Carolina Hurricanes and their history of sweaters, there’s really not a whole lot of change they’ve done since they’ve been in North Carolina. Don’t think we’re going to ignore the whale in the room when it comes to their departure from Hartford, however.

Best: The original road red sweaters the Hurricanes busted out with is the one I identify best with when it comes to what they’ve had over time. It was a simple design and while the logo leaves a lot to be desired, the storm flags design that goes around the bottom of the sweater with the simple stripes make it stand out well. The piping that came in later on after the lockout and the addition of the RBK Edge designs dumbed the whole thing down. The Hurricanes got it right the first time around without the needless piping.

Worst: When the Hurricanes introduced a third sweater that was going to take advantage of their secondary logo, I was excited to see what they would pull off. After all, their secondary logo is ingenious using a hockey stick as a flag pole with the, ahem, tropical storm warning flag atop it being blown by the wind. Instead, they went full on with the black color scheme dulling everything out, including the storm flag stripes at the bottom. They had a real chance to do something cool and came up with something that was hip for the moment. For shame.

Long Live the Whalers: Give me your tired, your weary, your Pucky the Whale (although not like this). Give me your green and blue, your navy blue and gray, and your Brass Bonanza. Give me the Hartford Whalers sweaters in every iteration they’ve ever donned in their history. The Hurricanes bolted Hartford and left behind a legacy of looks that tug at every hockey fan’s heartstrings. If you can’t appreciate the looks the Whalers brought to the ice, I don’t want to even know who you are.

“Iconic” doesn’t even begin to describe what the Whalers are and were to hockey fans… If only as many people loved the Whalers then as they do now perhaps Peter Karmanos wouldn’t have run screaming for North Carolina.

Assessment: Listen, nothing is ever going to live up to the bar that the Whalers set beforehand and the Hurricanes have been fighting that retroactive Whalers fandom since they moved to North Carolina so that’s not fair. All things considered, the Hurricanes have an OK look right now. The logo is tough to love but they have a great color scheme and the sweaters are nicely designed enough. Hey, if it’s good enough for the “Justin Bieber of hockey” it’s good enough for me. It’ll just never be as nice as something that once originated out of Hartford.

Bad news for Boedker: Coyotes won’t face Sens again in 2015-16

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Sorry Mikkel Boedker, you won’t get to face the Ottawa Senators again this season.

OK, it could happen if the speedster is traded from the Arizona Coyotes. He could also face the Senators in the unlikely instance that the two teams fight it out in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

Beyond those two possibilities, Saturday night was it, and Boedker must have been licking his chops much like an actual coyote.

For the second straight game, Boedker managed a hat trick against the Senators, helping Arizona beat Ottawa 4-3 last night. His third tally stood as the game-winner in a 4-3 victory.

You can watch all three goals in the video above.

It’s oddly fitting that Boedker has three goals this season … against teams not named the Ottawa Senators.

Hey, Tortorella called the Penguins whiners again

John Tortorella

Don’t forget, the Blue Jackets – Penguins rivalry isn’t just about the bitterness between Sidney Crosby and Brandon Dubinsky; John Tortorella can fuel the fire, too.

Torts must not have been happy about the one-game suspension that Dubinsky received for cross-checking Crosby, as he channeled his vintage self in essentially calling the Penguins a bunch of whiners.

You can see from this glorious Sportsnet video, Tortorella said: “Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league.”

(He also said the Blue Jackets weren’t going to whine by … whining. Good stuff.)

As Puck Daddy notes, this isn’t the first time Torts claimed that the Penguins are whiners.

Both the Blue Jackets and Penguins lost their games on Saturday, but clearly some eyes and ears were still focused on their last confrontation.

In case you’re wondering, the two teams next face off in Pittsburgh on Dec. 21.


Scary moment: Carlo Colaiacovo hospitalized with ‘dented trachea’


Buffalo Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has experienced plenty of bad injury luck in his winding career, but Saturday presented one of his worst scares.

As you can see from the video above, Colaiacovo received a scary cross-check from Viktor Arvidsson of the Nashville Predators, who received a major penalty and game misconduct.

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said that Colaiacovo was hospitalized with a “dented trachea” yet is OK, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl reports.

Frightening stuff from an eventual 4-1 Sabres win.

PHT will keep an eye out for additional updates regarding Colaiacovo’s health (and a possible suspension for Arvidsson).

Comeback Kings: Gaborik pulls L.A. past Kane, Blackhawks

Jake Muzzin, Scott Darling

Patrick Kane set an American scoring record, and added another assist to make it more impressive, but the Los Angeles Kings just wouldn’t be denied.

In the end, Marian Gaborik‘s big night meant more than Kane’s; he scored the tying and then overtime game-winner, both assisted by Anze Kopitar, for a rousing 4-3 overtime Kings win.

Gaborik’s first goal:

And here’s video of the OT-GWG:

Noticing a theme tonight? Yeah, it’s been an evening in which it’s dangerous to assume a lead would stand.

With that, the Kings stick to the No. 1 spot in the Pacific Division, but Chicago shouldn’t feel all bad. The Blackhawks were able to piece together a decent run during their dreaded “circus trip.”