Twitter madness

Canes GM hints at impending Jeff Skinner contract extension… Via Twitter (Update)


It’s not the typical way to leak news, but Carolina GM Jim Rutherford took to Twitter to say there will be news on Jeff Skinner soon.

Rutherford tweeted out saying: “It looks like we are going to be able to get Jeff Skinner tied up for a number of years. Exciting news for our franchise.”


The Hurricanes have already made huge waves this offseason by trading for Jordan Staal and giving him a huge contract extension while signing Alexander Semin as a free agent.

Carolina has five players locked up through 2015-16 (Eric Staal, Tuomo Ruutu, Tim Gleason, Jay Harrison, and Cam Ward) with Jordan Staal signed through 2022-23. Adding Skinner to that list (assuming he gets a long-term deal) gives them a solid core of players to build around through the years with the Staal brothers and Skinner being premiere forwards.

Skinner isn’t set to become a restricted free agent until next summer and locking him up now is a good plan for him so he can get locked in under the current CBA.

UPDATE (11:05 p.m. ET): TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweets Skinner’s deal will be a six-year extension worth $5.725 million per year. That’s good for a total of $34.35 million. That’s a lot of scratch.

Must-click link: The Twitter interview that may or may not be with Roberto Luongo


Twitter is especially huge for NHL players these days but one Twitter user in particular has captured everyone’s attention. A user that goes by @strombone1 has many in Vancouver believing he’s actually Roberto Luongo. After all, why would all the Canucks players on Twitter follow this one random dude whose avatar shows a guy with his head in a urinal?

Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province says it’s Luongo and blog Pass It To Bulis assembled the evidence (check the bottom of the post). Now Harrison Mooney of PITB shares his Twitter interview with the guy who may or may not be Luongo and it’s today’s link that you absolutely must click.

I’ll say this: If it is Luongo on the other side of the urinal avatar, there’s a whole lot of personality we haven’t been privy to there. Let it shine, Lu.

The Kings’ Twitter got to have more fun at the Canucks’ expense again


After the uproar caused by the Los Angeles Kings’ official Twitter account with their celebratory Game 1 tweet, seeing the Kings take Game 2 thanks to Jonathan Quick’s monster night in goal and Dustin Brown’s three-point night made us all curious what they’d do for an encore.

The Kings social media gurus decided to take things in a bit of a different direction this time around and played off the “controversy” they fired up after Game 1.


Chances are that if you’re offended by this tweet, you’re part of the problem and might need to sit the next one out. Cool off with a lemonade perhaps.

Facts being what they are still managed to disturb and upset the most unhinged Canucks fans on Twitter, but for the most part, this one’s a lot more fun and playful and one that ensures those who were outraged before can just sit there and seethe this time around. Appealing to a team’s fans is never a bad thing.

Linus Omark wants out of Edmonton – just check Twitter


If anything, the Edmonton Oilers might generally be guilty of rushing young players into action too soon. (Just ask Tyler Dellow.) Still, not every whipper snapper is on the fast track and Copper & Blue points out that Linus Omark isn’t especially happy about his relationship with the team’s management.

When a fan gave him a boost on Twitter and simultaneously pumped up Omark in his quest to prove the Oilers wrong, the young Swede provided a surprisingly frank response. (Forgive the Twitter shorthand, as this is an exact quote.)

“I live to show that the ‘two’ are wrong. But I really hope edm let me have a chance in another nhl team.”

It’s not abundantly clear who exactly the “two” are. My guess it’s head coach Tom Renney and general manager Steve Tambellini, but it could be other front office members or perhaps Renney and another coach. Either way, it’s a sign that Omark might be a little bit disgruntled.

After playing in 51 games (five goals, 27 points, -16 rating) last season, Omark only played in 14 this season, registering three goals and zero helpers with a -5 rating. At 25 years old, he’ll be a restricted free agent, so he’d need a trade or for the Oilers to let him walk in order to get away from the “two.” Taking to social media certainly would rank as an interesting (and unusual) way to make that happen.

Yes, the All-Stars will be tweeting during the Skills Competition

You’ll get plenty of coverage of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition tonight on NBCSN (7:00 p.m. ET) but if you want more, you’ll have to get on Twitter to do it.

There will be 16 All-Stars live-tweeting their experiences and thoughts and insults/praise to teammates via Twitter. Yes, things are going that deep online. As for who you can follow along with (if you’re not doing it already) here’s the hit list you need:

Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins  (@tylerseguin92)

Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres  (@LukeJAdam)

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (@88pKane)

Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets (@RyanJohansen19)

Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars (@jamiebenn14)

Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers (@ebs_14)

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (@JonathanQuick32)

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (@HLundqvist30)

Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers (@MGaborik10)

Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia Flyers (@hartsy19)

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers (@28CGiroux)

James Neal, Pittsburgh Penguins (@Jneal_18)

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins (@Malkin71_)

Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks (@Logancouture)

Steve Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning (@RealStamkos91)

Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs (@JLupul)

If seeing it all playing out on TV isn’t enough for you, by all means, get hooked up online already.