Rautakorpi’s replacement is Jussi Ahokas, who boasts some impressive credentials. The Canadian Press notes that he was the head coach of Finland’s under-18 team for the past three years, bringing home gold in 2016.
There’s a “What have you done for me lately?” feel to this move, even by the fickle standards of sports. That’s especially true when you realize that this version of the Finnish team lacks some of the high-end talent they had last year, most notably Patrik Laine.
New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore was taken off the ice on a stretcher Saturday afternoon following a hit by Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson.
On the bright side, it looks like Moore was able to move his arms and legs after what was an awkward fall. MSG’s Deb Kaufman Placey reports that Moore was speaking with team doctors and trainers after the hit as well.
Wilson didn’t receive a penalty for the check. Video isn’t available just yet, but SBNation shared this GIF of the hit:
The bounces haven’t been going Corey Perry‘s way very often so far in 2016-17.
You can back up this statement in plenty of ways.
Despite firing 110 shots on goal (tied for 19th-most in the NHL), Perry has just seven goals, giving him a 6.4 shooting percentage. That isn’t even half as good as his career average of 13.3 percent.
He’s been especially snake-bitten lately, managing two assists but zero goals despite firing eight shots on goal in his past two games. Perry’s normally a virtual lock for 30+ goals in any non-lockout-season, but he’ll really need some bounces and a blistering finish to flirt with his usual goal production this year.
If you’d rather not dive into those numbers, maybe you merely need to tell the story of the season for the Anaheim Ducks’ power forward by playing Ryan Miller‘s glove save (and Perry’s reaction) on an endless loop.
Check it out in the video above, or if you prefer, this GIF:
The New York Islanders announced that embattled goalie Jaroslav Halak cleared waivers on Saturday, so he’ll report to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
One would assume that the league’s other 29 teams simply believed that Halak isn’t worth the risk considering his pricey cap hit ($4.5 million), especially since that deal won’t expire until after the 2017-18 season.
Meanwhile, this likely comes as a relief for the Islanders, even if it’s far from a pretty situation.
Halak’s agent made noise about the awkward three-goalie rotation that the Islanders have been employing for some time, a measure that reportedly prompted GM Garth Snow to send out an email fielding trade offers for the veteran goalie.
Snow either received no takers or wasn’t happy with the offers, as the Islanders risked losing him to a waiver claim.
Instead, Halak is bound for Bridgeport while the Islanders are down to two goalies (Thomas Greiss and Jean-Francois Berube). They’ll also save a decent chunk of change: