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• Canucks president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford on his team’s future: “This group of players worked hard to get back in the race. They deserve a lot of credit for showing a lot of character with what we’re dealing with, a lot of key players having dealt with [COVID-19] and things like that. And so we want to see where this team goes.” [NHL.com]
• Sarah Fillier had a big night for the Canadian women as they topped Switzerland 12-1 in the opening game of the Olympic tournament. [NBC Olympics]
• It was an embarrassing night for Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz. [PHT]
During the first intermission, the #NHLonTNT panel discussed Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz's refusal to discuss the steps the organization is taking after it mishandled sexual assault allegations in 2010.
Watch the segment in its entirety ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/HUy9y7k1l1
— NHLonTNT (@NHL_On_TNT) February 3, 2022
• Get familiar with the “power kill,” an offensive strategy while shorthanded. [NBC Sports Edge]
• Problems solved, says Oilers head coach Dave Tippett. [TSN]
• Navigating the salary cap has been one reason why Joe Sakic has built a Stanley Cup contender in Colorado. [Daily Faceoff]