As expected, veteran NHL forward Paul Gaustad has retired from professional hockey. He made the announcement on his Instagram page Thursday afternoon.
In his social media post, he thanked his wife, family and friends for their support throughout the course of his career.
“After 14 years as a professional hockey player, I have decided to move on to the next chapter of my life and career. It has been an honor and a privilege to play in the AHL and NHL, and I am forever grateful for the amazing friendships and memories I’ve made during this journey,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Thank you to my talented teammates and coaches for helping me throughout the years. I will always remember and cherish our time together. And, of course, I want to express my appreciation to the incredible organizations I played for, as well as the fans in Rochester, Buffalo and Nashville that supported us.”
Gaustad, originally selected 220th overall in the 2000 draft, entered the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres during the 2002-03 season.
He joined the Nashville Predators in the midst of the 2011-12 season and finished his career with 727 regular season games played. He scored 89 career goals and 231 points.
Czech Republic forward Vladimir Sobotka has reportedly been hospitalized with a clavicle injury, perhaps even a fracture, according to Sergey Demidov, an NHL.com correspondent based out of Russia.
The injury is said to have occurred during Thursday’s World Cup exhibition game between the Czech Republic and Russia.
There has been no further injury update provided as of right now.
Sobotka has spent the last two seasons in the KHL, with Omsk Avangard. However, there has been talk this summer that Sobotka could perhaps return to the NHL and the St. Louis Blues.
Sobotka joined the Blues in 2010, after beginning his NHL career with the Boston Bruins.
Updated: As per Tom Gulitti of NHL.com, Czech head coach Josef Jandac said the injury to Sobotka is not serious, and he might play in Saturday’s pre-tournament game versus Russia.
The city of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Blades will pay tribute to the legendary Gordie Howe with ‘Thank You, Mr. Hockey Day’ on Sept. 25.
Howe, who was born in Floral, Sask., which is just southeast of Saskatoon, passed away on June 10 at the age of 88. Tributes quickly poured in from all areas of the hockey and sports world for the man also known simply as Mr. Hockey.
From the Blades:
The City of Saskatoon has officially proclaimed September 25th, 2016, as Thank You, Mr. Hockey Day. The day will begin at 9:30am at Sasktel Centre where a private ceremony will take place for the Howe family to have Gordie and Colleen’s ashes interred at the Gordie Howe Statue. The Blades will then escort the Howe family to the newly christened Gordie Howe Bridge on Circle Drive South.
The Blades, later that afternoon, will then take on the Swift Current Broncos in their second game of the WHL regular season. Earlier this week, the Blades unveiled a special tribute jersey for the occasion.
Manny Malhotra won 56 per cent of the faceoffs he took during his NHL career, and he’ll now bring that expertise back to the Vancouver Canucks, this time in a coach’s role.
The Canucks have announced that Malhotra has rejoined the organization as a development coach. His responsibilities will include working with players in the faceoff circle, an area the club struggled in last season. In fact, the Canucks, had the worst faceoff winning percentage in the entire league.
“A lot of my role has to do with the development of the young centermen,” Malhotra told Canucks.com.
“Obviously statistically we weren’t that good in the circle last year, so that number has to come up if we want to improve in the standings. Working with the young guys, working with the centermen, teaching them systems and just trying to help out in any way possible is what my role will be.”
Malhotra signed with the Canucks prior to the 2010-11 season, when they went all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. But his season — and ultimately his playing career — was interrupted by a devastating eye injury after he was hit in the face by a puck late in the campaign.
After an incredible comeback, he did make it back into the lineup during the Stanley Cup Final, and played 78 games the following year for the Canucks. But during the lockout-shortened 2013 season, the Canucks put Malhotra on the injured reserve list, ending his season, with Mike Gillis, the team’s GM at the time, saying the decision was for the long-term health of the popular forward.
Malhotra eventually went on to play in Carolina and Montreal, finishing his NHL career with 991 regular season games played.
The Nashville Predators are expected to begin a new era Thursday, by naming Mike Fisher as the club’s next captain, according to a report from The Tennessean on Wednesday.
Fisher, who has played more than 1,000 NHL regular season games, is 36 years old and has played in Nashville since the 2010-11 season.
Last season, he scored 13 goals and 23 points in 70 games, but had five goals and seven points in 14 post-season games, as the Predators made it to Game 7 of the second round.
Shea Weber had the ‘C’ from 2010 until June 29, 2016, when he was traded from the Predators to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for P.K. Subban.
It’s been more than two months since that blockbuster deal went down during what turned into one of the most chaotic, memorable and controversial days of the offseason.
In a recent piece for Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman revisited the deal with Predators GM David Poile.
As the Predators are reported to be moving on with a new captain, Poile made sure in Friedman’s piece to express his appreciation for what Weber did for the franchise in Nashville: “Some day, I don’t know if it’s going to be this year or whenever, I’m going to have another conversation with Shea so he understands how much he meant to us. It’s important he recognizes that. When a player hears he’s been traded, he doesn’t hear anything else you have to say.”