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Ramblings: Updates on Toffoli and Ferland; Notes on Dach, Kotkaniemi, and Keller; JOFA line – August 6

By |2020-08-05T23:06:02-04:00August 6th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

Jesse Puljujarvi is heading back to Finland for next year. He has signed a one-year deal with Karpat of the Finnish Elite League. According to the press release, there is an out clause for the NHL, but who knows when the next NHL regular season will be. They’re hoping for December. Pulju had 53 points [...]

Ramblings: Round Robin and Play-In games, Day 3 – August 4

By |2020-08-04T10:39:56-04:00August 4th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

These are my first Ramblings since the NHL officially returned, meaning post-exhibition games. I just want to pass along some thoughts on the weekend games before reviewing what happened in Monday’s contests. First, it sure seems to me there’s a difference in intensity between the round robin games and the play-in games. That should have [...]

Ramblings: Recapping the exhibition games with notes on Carlson, Tarasenko, Burakovsky, Vatanen, Pulock, and more – July 30

By |2020-07-29T23:05:41-04:00July 30th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

This is largely going to be a recap of the exhibition games from the last couple nights. Granted, there isn’t a ton we can glean from the first game back after nearly five months away – during the middle of the summer, no less. All the same, we’ve been waiting a long time to watch [...]

Ramblings: Updates on Dumba, McAvoy, Hamilton, and Toews; the Seattle Kraken; Theodore; playoff viewership – July 24

By |2020-07-23T14:51:21-04:00July 24th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

The big news on Thursday was the announcement of the Seattle franchise’s new name and logo. There had been hope they’d be released earlier, but, you know, *gestures broadly*. Anyway, that announcement came and the team has settled on the Seattle Kraken. It was a name that got a lot of traction on social media, [...]

Ramblings: Penguins returning; Norris and Selke finalists; notes from around the league – July 21

By |2020-07-20T15:54:08-04:00July 21st, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

The NHL announced the finalists for the Norris Trophy (top defenceman) and Selke Trophy (best defensive forward). The Norris finalists are John Carlson, Victor Hedman, and Roman Josi. My personal ballot was Carlson, Josi, and Alex Pietrangelo. I have no problem with Hedman; Pietrangelo will probably finish in the top-5. When writing about this a [...]