Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms on a three-year, two-way contract with forward Martin Reway.
“A young forward with tremendous offensive skills, Martin has the potential to become a very good player,” said GM Marc Bergevin in a release. “He enjoyed success during his two seasons in North America with the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques before turning professional in Europe and playing in the Czech Republic and Switzerland the past two years. Our scouting personnel had the opportunity to see him play several times, including at the international level during the World Juniors and the World Hockey Championships, and we are glad to have him join a group of young prospects who will be competing for a spot with our team at training camp in September.”
Reway, 21, impressed Canadiens fans at the 2015 World Juniors in Montreal when he scored a hat trick for Slovakia in a game against Germany.
“I want my next hat trick at the Bell Centre to be in a Canadiens jersey,” he told reporters afterwards.
Reway was drafted 116th overall in 2013 by the Habs.
For all the talk about the Sharks’ power play — a unit that rebounded nicely in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final — it’s worth noting that their penalty killing was equally effective last night in St. Louis.
The Sharks uncharacteristically put themselves shorthanded six times — the most for them in these playoffs — but they didn’t allow a goal.
“I thought we did a great job with the kill tonight,” said goalie Martin Jones, who made 12 shorthanded saves. “We blocked shots. The shots we did give up were from areas of the ice that we’re okay with.”
We mentioned the other day that the last time the Sharks made the conference final, in 2011, their penalty killing let them down against the Canucks, who scored nine power-play goals in just five games.
“We kept marching to the box, they kept scoring,” then-coach Todd McLellan said after one loss.
San Jose’s PK is now running at 83.3 percent in these playoffs. Combine that with a power play that’s converting at 30 percent and it’s no wonder the Sharks are feeling good about themselves. Because on top of special teams, they’re not too shabby when it’s five-on-five.
With the series shifting back to the Shark Tank for Games 3 and 4, the Blues know they’re facing a significant challenge.
“They were much better than us probably in every aspect, especially on special teams,” said coach Ken Hitchcock.
“They got their A game going right now. It’s our job to catch up.”
NEW YORK (AP) The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s victory over the Soviet Union is forever remembered as the “Miracle on Ice.”
Now, the goaltender of that gold medal-winning team, Jim Craig, is parting with his most prized items from one of the greatest sporting moments of the 20th century.
Estimated to bring between $5 million and $7 million, the 17 items are being offered through the online auction house Lelands.com.
The sale went live Tuesday and ends June 17.
Items include Craig’s gold medal, with a pre-sale estimate of $1.5 million to $2 million.
Other highlights are the jersey he wore during the Soviet game, and the American flag that was draped over his shoulders after the team’s victory at Lake Placid. Both carry estimates of $1 million to $1.5 million.
The items are being sold individually after Lelands was unable to sell the entire collection last year.
Hey, remember back in November when the Sharks were so desperate for bottom-six depth that they signed 37-year-old Dainius Zubrus?
How times have changed since then.
Now the Sharks’ forward depth is seen as a strength, thanks in large part to the growth of youngsters like Joonas Donskoi, Chris Tierney, and Melker Karlsson.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys we’ve asked to do a lot, put in big roles, big responsibilities,” coach Pete DeBoer said prior to Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. “They’ve all shown up and played hard and answered the bell, and I think answered a lot of questions regarding our depth.”
In that way, the Sharks are a lot like the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team they could possibly meet in the Stanley Cup Final. The Penguins had major depth concerns as well; they’ve been buoyed by the likes of Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust, and Tom Kuhnhackl.
One youngster the Sharks won’t have tonight is forward Matt Nieto. He’s still out with an undisclosed injury.
“The fact he’s on the ice every day, he’s getting better,” said DeBoer. “He’ll be day-to-day.”
But Donskoi, Tierney, and Karlsson will be in there. And if not for them, their coach doesn’t think the Sharks would still be playing.
“I think they’ve been exceptional,” said DeBoer. “I think we wouldn’t be here without all those guys.”
Just because the Arizona Coyotes have embraced analytics doesn’t mean they’re ignoring the good ol’ power of the dollar.
If the Coyotes are going to win a Stanley Cup one day, they understand it won’t come cheap.
“The management staff has faith that the current ownership group is going to do whatever it takes to have an all-around better team on the ice,” the club’s new director of hockey ops, Gary Drummond (also a co-owner), told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
“As that evolves we’re well aware that our spending needs to rise to, realistically, the midpoint (of the NHL) or higher. There’s absolutely no way, long-term, that you can be competitive at the low end of the payroll. It doesn’t work.”
And that’s why the Coyotes need to strike an arena deal that works for them. Whether it’s moving back downtown, or somewhere else in the East Valley, the one thing their new home has to do is increase revenues.
Drummond called a new arena a “definite cornerstone of our long-term plan,” and added that “we are extremely optimistic such will happen.”
The Coyotes have said they’d be “shocked” if they don’t make an arena announcement sometime before the draft on June 24, and that they have “every intention of leaving Glendale as soon as practicable.”
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