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Olympics A No Go
For the past two years, “Are they going?”, has been the headline around the NHL. Just a quick recap, the Winter Olympics will be in South Korea next year. There has been an ongoing participation on whether the NHL will allow their players to participate. The cost to go was an issue as the International Olympic Committee did not want to play for the travel cost or insurance of the players. Additionally, the risk of injury was another hesitation by NHL owners who did not want to lose their players by sending them overseas. Well, it’s all settled now. Chairman Gary Bettman said, “As things stand now people should assume we are not going”, which literally means we are not going. It’s not entirely shocking to hear this as the likelihood of NHL participation was decreasing as time went on. To sum it up in one word, it’s disappointing.
Bracco on Board
Although Leafs fans are waiting to hear the signing of Carl Grundström, they have something else to celebrate. The Leafs announced this afternoon that they have signed Jeremy Bracco to an entry level contract. There should be no surprise here, most were waiting for this to happen with the success he’s been having in the OHL this season. The 2015 2nd round pick has 83 points in 57 games split between the Kitchener Rangers and the Windsor Spitfires. He was also part of the gold medal winning Team USA at the IIHF World U20 Championship. With the Leafs jam packed on the wing, Bracco will most likely be with the Marlies full time next year. The Leaf class of 2015 is looking better and better as three of them are in the AHL and one is with the big club. Maybe Mark Hunter should get a statue as well.
A First for Everything
For a rookie like Matthew Tkachuk, you would expect a lot of firsts this year. First game, first goal, and first fight are a few you’d like to have. First suspension is something players in the NHL try to avoid. The Flames rookie received a two-game suspension yesterday for his elbow on Drew Doughty on Sunday. Tkachuk moved from behind the net to retrieve the puck that was just shot back into the Kings’ zone. Doughty was on the ice in front of the net and when approaching Tkachuk from behind was delt a mighty elbow to the face. The force of the elbow and the fact that it was Doughty didn’t help young Matthew’s case either. Tkachuk has been carving a nice reputation for himself around the league with his aggressive and sometimes dirty play. This elbow will not make it any better.