The Nashville Predators had to make a tough decision by trading star defenceman PK Subban to the New Jersey Devils earlier this summer.
Not only did the deal help create cap space to sign players such as Matt Duchene, but it also provides some of their younger, more inexperienced defenceman an opportunity to take their game to the next level with increased responsibility.
One of those players expected to make major improvements in 2019/2020 is 21-year old defenceman Dante Fabbro, who impressed upper management enough in limited time last season to convince them to explore a Subban trade in the first place.
“I probably would not have made the Subban trade if Dante Fabbro hadn’t signed with the Predators and hadn’t played at the end of the year and hadn’t played as well as he did,” said Nashville general manager David Poile late last month.
“That gave me good confidence that our defense, led by our captain Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis, and now with Fabbro being a really good young player, that we could still have a good defense and trade somebody like Subban.”
Fabbro joined the Predators on a three-year, entry-level contract in late March after an impressive three season stint at Boston University.
He compiled one assist in just four regular season games in 2018/2019, and also tallied one assist in six playoff games during their first round loss to the Dallas Stars. He may have not lit up the score sheet, but showed a lot of consistency in his role as a third-pairing defenceman and fit well alongside Dan Hamhuis.
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.