December 23 2012 11:23AM
The roster for the United States' national team at the upcoming IIHF U-20 world championships was trimmed to 24 late last night, and to nobody's surprise, Toronto Maple Leafs' prospects Tyler Biggs and Garret Sparks both made the cut.
The US had some trouble in the pre-tournament games, as did Canada, dropping a 5-1 game to Finland for the last pre-tourney game and required overtime to defeat Sweden. The Americans still have one more cut to make, and they must do it before the tournament starts Wednesday, but it's likely Biggs and Sparks both make the team. Biggs was used often in the pre-tournament games, while Sparks should be the third goalie on a squad that's allowed to take three. We'll see if he gets any action.
December 23 2012 08:48AM
Lockout talks, an Evander Kane trade, a plan to rebuild the Calgary Flames, World Junior primers and a host of other topics were covered at the Nation Network this weeks - read past the jump to see more.
December 22 2012 06:17PM
I gotta go to a game in Minsk...
Anyway - HOCKEY!
December 21 2012 10:10PM
The momentum is growing. Every day the calls to decertify or otherwise disband the NHLPA are growing. And I don't mean from NHL players.
No, hockey fans and media alike are now so fed up with what passes for collective bargaining in the NHL that they want to blow up the entire system. We're not talking just decertifying for the purposes of forcing the NHL to actually make a deal under threat of anti-trust lawsuits, i.e. what the NHL is alleging and what the NHLPA surely intends to do.
No, there are now calls to permanently abolish the NHLPA and in so doing completely free up all restrictions to player movement, including the NHL draft.
Personally, I'm not so sure this is a great idea...
December 21 2012 06:31PM
Malkin drops the gloves and scores some goals, Ovechkin looking better and better, and if the NHL ever comes back, you better watch out for St. Louis Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko.