The Winnipeg Jets have been red hot since making their coaching change. Paul Maurice improved to 6-1 in his seven games since taking over the team after a 3-1 victory over the mighty Blackhawks Sunday night.
The NHL played two outdoor games this past weekend and the two could have been any different. Saturday night saw the first ever regular season NHL game in a warm climate as the Anaheim Ducks took on the Los Andgeles Kings at Dodgers Stadium. With green grass and palm trees as the back drop, the NHL played to the LA crowd with everything from Kiss performances to The Great One dropping the opening faceoff. The players had fun, the ice was good and by all accounts the outdoor game in Southern California was a hit.
While many would think winter New York City would be a place much more conducive setting for an outdoor hockey game, Sunday afternoon’s game was significantly more challenging. With a much more ‘hockey’ feel to the day, the sunny/cold sky delayed the game and led to some harsh words from the players involved. Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur chief among them. The Rangers ended up winning the game that due to freezing temperatures and the sun reflecting off the ice, became sloppy at best.
The rumor mill has been kicked into high gear lately as we quickly approach the Olympic trade freeze. One name that won’t go away is Jake Gardiner of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gardiner is a young talented offensive defenseman who’s name keep popping up due to his contract situation as well as the belief that he doesn’t fit in well with Randy Carlyle’s system. The Leafs are looking to improve their roster and moving a valuable piece like Gardiner is one of the only ways that they can add something impactful.