Good news out of Sacramento for hockey fans in Quebec City. Which sounds weird, but makes sense.
The Sacramento Bee is reporting that the city and the Kings (NBA) have “reached the framework of a deal” to build a new arena that would keep the team in town.
So, what does this have to do with the NHL?
Well, the Kings were the top relocation target for an investor hoping to build an arena and bring a basketball team to Seattle. And if Seattle can’t snag an NBA team, the new arena won’t be built that could potentially house an NHL team.
Seattle could still wrangle the Hornets out of New Orleans (or another team), but the Kings appear to be off the list.
The NHL team that’s been linked to Seattle is the league-owned Phoenix Coyotes, who are still without a new owner despite reports that a deal with Greg Jamison is close. If the Coyotes are forced to move and Seattle is out of the picture, Quebec City is likely the favorite to get them.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger