Report: NHLPA might hold February outdoor game if season is canceled


If the 2012-13 season is completely canceled, the NHLPA might attempt to replace some of the magic lost from the aborted 2013 Winter Classic.

Sportsnet’s Daren Millard reported on Thursday that the union is planning an outdoor game in February at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada if the remainder of this season’s schedule is dashed.

Millard also describes how the seating arrangements would shake out:

The NHLPA and individual players opted not to comment about Millard’s report when contacted by the Calgary Sun’s Randy Sportak.

Sportak does paint a pretty picture of what the game might look like, though:

Talk about Canadiana at its best.

Imagine a hockey game … featuring NHL players … on Lake Louise.

Picture the mountain backdrop while the likes of big name stars such as Jarome Iginla, Sidney Crosby and Henrik and Daniel Sedin skate on the natural ice.

That sounds almost as cool as those players skating in NHL arenas and playing in regular season and playoff games, doesn’t it?

Caps release Derek Roy from PTO

Derek Roy, Jeremy Smith, Chris Kelly
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Close, but no cigar for Derek Roy.

Roy, who lasted throughout Washington’s entire training camp and preseason on a professional tryout, was released on Monday along with five other players: Aaron Ness, Liam O'Brien, Justin Peters, Ryan Stanton and Chandler Stephenson.

Roy is the most notable transaction. Some thought the 32-year-old center might earn a contract given the health of No. 1 pivot Nicklas Backstrom, who’s likely to miss the start of the year after hip surgery.

Roy had two points in four exhibition games for the Caps, and had been in the running for the club’s third-line center position. It was assumed Evgeny Kuznetsov would ascend to No. 1 duties in Backstrom’s absence, while Andre Burakovsky would (potentially) shoulder second-line responsibilities.

Now, it looks as though Jay Beagle will assume those duties.

It’s also worth noting that by passing on Roy, the Caps are potentially saving cap space for an in-season acquisition, perhaps at the trade deadline.

As for today’s other moves, three of the players released — Ness, Peters and Stanton — will require waivers before getting assigned to AHL Hershey.

This essentially sets Washington’s opening night roster (assuming Backstrom opens on IR, and there isn’t one more cut coming.) Youngsters Stanislav Galiev and Chris Brown (also a candidate to start on IR) are in the mix, along with veteran AHLers Sean Collins — a 26-year-old forward that spent the last five seasons in the Columbus organization — and d-man Taylor Chorney, who was with Pittsburgh/AHL Wilkes-Barre in ’14-15.

Memorial Cup champion goalie Appleby signs with Devils

Ken Appleby
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Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.

Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.

Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.

Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.