Connect with us

Hockey

Leafs trade Kasperi Kapanen to Penguins

Published

on

The Toronto Maple Leafs roster overhaul is officially underway.

The team made a splash, trading young forward Kasperi Kapanen and his $3.2 million cap hit to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Here’s the full breakdown of the trade:

Pittsburgh gets: RW Kasperi Kapanen, D Jesper Lindgren, and LW Pontus Aberg

Toronto gets: 2020 first round pick (15th overall), LW Evan Rodrigues, C Filip Hallander, and D David Warsofsky.

Kapanen rejoins a Penguins team that drafted him 22nd overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. He had been traded to Toronto in the deal involving Phil Kessel back in July 2015.

The 24-year old amassed 41 goals and 49 assists over a span of 202 games during his Leafs tenure.


Hockey

Mikko Koivu’s days with the Minnesota Wild are numbered

Published

on

It’s the end of an era in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Wild announced on Friday that they will not be bringing back captain Mikko Koivu for the 2020/2021 campaign.

“His hard work, dedication and team-first mentality will be extremely difficult to replace in our lineup. Off the ice, Mikko’s impact in the State of Hockey was immeasurable as he went out of his way to make a positive impact on so many people in our community, including his charitable contributions to Children’s Minnesota.” said Wild GM Bill Guerin.

“We thank Mikko for everything he has done for our organization and wish him and his family the best in the future.”

The 37-year old has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the franchise. During his tenure in Minnesota, he posted 205 goals, 504 assists and a plus-70 rating in 1028 games. Koivu, who was been the Wild captain since 2009, is the franchise leader in games played, assists and points.

Rumors have suggested that the veteran will continue his playing career in his native Finland. He is not interested in playing for any NHL franchises other than the Minnesota Wild.

Continue Reading

Hockey

Geoff Ward becomes 20th head coach in Flames history

Published

on

The Calgary Flames have decided that Geoff Ward is their guy moving forward.

The team officially removed the interim tag from the 58-year old, making him the full-time head coach heading into the 2020/2021 season. He has officially become the 20th head coach in franchise history.

Ward, who replaced Bill Peters behind the bench in November due to his racism scandal, led the Flames to a 25-15-3 record this past season.

The Flames ended up beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, but fell short in the first round of the playoffs against the Dallas Stars.

Continue Reading

Hockey

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy named 2020 Jack Adams Award winner

Published

on

The Boston Bruins may have seen their playoff run end in disappointing fashion, but that shouldn’t take away from their incredible season. They were the only team to reach 100 points prior to the league’s shutdown do the coronavirus pandemic, and as a result had the NHL’s best record in 2019/2020.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has been rewarded for his contributions to the team’s success this past season. It was announced on Wednesday night that he has taken home this year’s Jack Adams Award, a trophy given to the NHL’s coach of the Year recipient.

“You think about your family. It’s been a long road,” said Cassidy while reflecting on winning the award during a Zoom press conference.

“Started at the bottom in Providence. Thankful for the opportunity. Fortunate to get the chance in Boston.”

The 55-year old, who took over as Bruins bench boss in February 2017, has posted a 161-66-34 record in his three-plus season tenure with the franchise. During that span, they have reached the playoffs every season, and came within a game of winning the Stanley Cup back in 2019.

He signed a multi-year extension with the Bruins prior to the season back in September 2019.

Continue Reading

Trending - Popular