August 07 2013 01:49PM
Ryan Smyth has played 1,198 regular season games, 95th most in NHL history. If he plays 50 games this year, he'll be in the top-80. If he plays 54 games, he'll pass Jari Kurri, and if he dresses for 57 games he'll pass Kevin Lowe. Smyth has had an outstanding career, that includes one Stanley Cup final appearance, two Olympics (won Gold in 2002) and he won the World Cup in 2004.
Smyth still has a passion for the game and he talked about what he's looking to accomplish this season.
July 30 2013 12:18PM
After winning the 2002 Olympic gold medal, Canada kept the same coaching staff for the 2006 Olympics, but they were unable to match their gold medal run in Turin. Was the 2002 team that much better? Did they play a different style, even though the ice surface in Provo, Salt Lake was Olympic size (200 feet x 100 feet) and the same as Turin, Italy?
Will Canada play a different style in Sochi than they did in Vancouver, 2010? Will they want different style of players?
July 29 2013 11:55AM
Ken Hitchcock has been a head coach in the NHL for 15 seasons, and he's earned a reputation of being a very demanding coach. Last year, Hitchcock told me he's changed his coaching style a bit. He isn't as demanding on non-game days as he was when he coached the Stars and Flyers, but on game days players still need to play the way he wants or they likely won't play.
Hitchcock gave me some insight into David Perron, and he also shed some light on how he plans to alter Magnus Paajarvi's game.
July 25 2013 12:48PM
Sam Gagner could have gone to arbitration, signed a one-year deal and next summer he could have been the youngest unrestricted free agent in NHL history.
"I’m not a guy who likes to run from his problems, I like to be a part of the solution," Gagner told me after signing a three-year extension with the Oilers less than an hour before the start of his arbitration hearing.
July 24 2013 11:03AM
The day is finally here. Shea Weber can officially be traded. OMG.