The NHL confirmed something we assumed when they canceled the All-Star Game but went further and scrapped the upcoming Winter Classic for Jan. 1, too. The San Jose Sharks are wooing former Pittsburgh Penguins winger Conor Sheary, the Florida Panthers signed another familiar name, Connor Brown got paid in Ottawa, and women’s hockey took a big step forward.
Today is THE final day to enter the PHN 2nd Annual GM for a Day contest. What would you do with the Pittsburgh Penguins? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The submissions are down this year because we waited until after the free-agent frenzy (lesson for next year), but have some fun, use the online tools, and go crazy. We do judge for realism but see if you can outwit the pros.
The San Jose Sharks are talking to Conor Sheary (San Jose Hockey Now)
We’ll slip this in, too. Next week there is another veteran scribe joining the Hockey Now fam, and we’re set to make a Seattle announcement, too.
The NHL has scrapped the All-Star Game in Florida AND the Winter Classic (NHL.com)
The NHL is still targeting Jan. 1 as a return date. If and when that Pfizer or Moderna vaccine comes through–giddyup!
On this date in NHL history, Marc-Andre Fleury became the 7th all-time winningest goalie in league history (Vegas Hockey Now)
The Florida Panthers dished a two-way contract to another small winger Penguins fans will remember from the Stanley Cup wins — Scott Wilson (Florida Hockey Now)
Wilson was traded for Riley Sheahan and later found his way to Buffalo. It really shows how confidence and opportunity can shape the career of a talented player.
The Ottawa Senators are splashing CASH. Connor Brown was next up (TSN)
Todd Bertuzzi apologized to Vancouver media, kind of, for “being a douche” (Canucks Army)
If you’re into players’ lives and beach photos with bikini-clad famous girlfriends, P.K. Subban and Lindsey Vaughn are having a time (NY Post)
Finally, there is a new format and lots of money coming to women’s hockey. There will be six tournaments next season, and Secret is paying $1 million (Sportsnet)
Tournaments just get the intensity up more than a regular-season game.