Some concerning news coming out of the hockey world.
The Toronto Maple Leafs announce that defensive prospect Rodion Amirov has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
“Rodion is in good spirits and is determined to return back to professional hockey. Supported by two first-class organizations, we will do everything we can to help Rodion and his family during this difficult time.” said Amirov’s agent Dan Milstein.
The 20-year old, who was selected 15th overall by the Leafs in the 2020 NHL Draft, his considered to be one of the team’s top prospects. He was signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Leafs over the summer, and is currently playing in the KHL with Salavat Yulaev Ufa.
Despite being away from the organization overseas, the Leafs are working closely alongside the medical staff in Russia to ensure he is able to fully recover and resume his career.
“Our medical staff has been involved throughout the process alongside Ufa’s and we are in direct contact with the facility on an ongoing basis to monitor his treatment and care,” said Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas.
“Rodion has the complete support of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and we will continue to ensure he receives the best care possible throughout this process.”
Amirov is currently undergoing treatment in Germany, and is skating three times a week to keep himself in shape.
Should Cale Makar’s goal have counted? A closer look at the controversial rule that allowed it to happen
In case you missed it, the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers exploded for 14 goals in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final last night.
Colorado ended up winning the game 8-6 and taking a 1-0 series lead, but it didn’t happen without controversy.
One of the goals still being talked about was Cale Makar’s late first period goal that appeared to be an easy offside goal but was surprisingly not overturned after being reviewed by the head office in New York.
A lot of fans were left wondering why it was a good goal when another attacking player CLEARLY crossed the blue line before the puck. In most scenarios this would be the case, but according to rule 83.3, this was one of the exceptions. The video below explains it:
Do you agree with the call? If you do, do you think the league should make changes to this controversial rule? Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Canadiens officially name Martin St. Louis the 32nd head coach in franchise history, sign him to three-year extension
The Montreal Canadiens believe in Martin St. Louis’ ability behind the bench, and are keeping him there for the foreseeable future.
The team has officially removed the interim tag from his role, and named him the 32nd head coach in franchise history. The two sides have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will run through the 2024/25 campaign
“We are happy to officially appoint Martin as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens,” said Montreal general manager Kent Hughes.
“Martin is a proven leader, a great communicator with a deep understanding of and passion for the game of hockey. His arrival brought a renewed energy to our group, and we look forward to him returning behind the bench to continue guiding our team for the foreseeable future.”
The 45-year old, who played in 1134 NHL games as a player from 1998-2015, took over as Habs’ bench boss after replacing Dominique Ducharme on February 9.
During his tenure last season, he led the last place Canadiens to a combined 14-19-4 record to finish off the 2021/22 campaign. Prior to that, the Canadiens were an abysmal 8-30-7.
WATCH: Lightning score in final seconds of regulation to take 2-0 series lead
The Tampa Bay Lightning are unstoppable.
Fresh off a come-from-behind series win in round 1, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off in the second round against the Florida Panthers.
They cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1, and appeared to be headed to overtime as the clock was running down in Game 2, but Lightning forward Ross Colton had other plans!
After corralling a beautiful no-look pass from behind-the-net by Nikita Kucherov, Colton fired it past Sergei Bobrovsky with 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.
The Lightning will head back home to Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.