Happy New Year hockey fans! It’s 2021, hockey will be back next week officially, and things are looking up! So much has happened over the past week, especially with training camps starting up, that there is tons to dive into. Much of today’s fun will be Leafs-related, but there are some bits and pieces from around the league and greater hockey world to touch on, as well.
Let’s get started!
Camp is underway and that means new Leafs content every single day! I’m excited, are you excited? The players seem excited! Take a look at the training camp roster:
The squad 👊
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 3, 2021
We learned about this over the holidays thanks to Instagram, but William Nylander confirmed that some of the boys were getting to know New Dad Joe Thornton by quarantining together!!!!
Nylander says he, Thornton, Matthews, Sandin and Hollowell lived together for two weeks in a "quarantine house thing" in the lead-up to #Leafs camp.
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) January 4, 2021
Looks like there’s a bit of a clear-cut A and B squad at camp, which might give us an idea of what the lines will look like on opening night – there are some surprises here, for sure. It’s a bit chaotic, and we happen to adore chaos.
Group 2 @MapleLeafs practice lines and defensive pairings for January 4:
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 4, 2021
Of course, everyone loves a scrimmage, and with Alexander Kerfoot out with an injury already, we’ve got a peek at what today’s matchup is:
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 6, 2021
And to finish off the look at what’s happening in Leafs land, let’s hear from some of our new favourite guys on what donning the blue and white means to them:
New Leaf Joe Thornton on playing with Matthews and Marner and putting on that Leafs sweater for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Gwv93bo6KX
— 𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐝 𝐀𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐫 (@dalter) January 4, 2021
Wayne Simmonds: "I skated past the glass again today (to see his reflection) and I still look good in blue and white. It's been awesome since the day I signed. The talent in here is incredible".
— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) January 4, 2021
Big Boston News
Of course, we can’t look back at this past week in hockey without mentioning the big, big Boston news. As we speculated last week, Zdeno Chara has in fact moved on from the team he captained for so long. Chara is now a Washington Capital, and the reaction to this was emotional from Bruins fans, to say the least:
Boston has been lucky to have @zeechara33 leading the @NHLBruins for the past 14 years. He’s not only an unbelievable athlete, but a great role model, and a good man who has touched the lives of so many. We’re going to miss you, Captain! pic.twitter.com/RjKSBCdUYn
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) December 30, 2020
OFFICIAL! BIG Z TO DC!
The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with defenseman Zdeno Chara to a one-year, $795,000 contract.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) December 30, 2020
Big news for Big Z as he heads to DC.
Around the Hockey World
The Islanders continue to do Josh Ho-Sang dirty. Just set him free already!
Told that as of now #Isles are not inviting Josh Ho-Sang to training camp. Ho-Sang signed a one-year, two-way deal on Oct. 27. Could attend AHL camp later in January, but will likely not be with the group that starts main camp on Sunday.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) December 30, 2020
Drama brewing over in Columbus with Pierre-Luc Dubois:
Pierre-Luc Dubois is not in Columbus as camp approaches and remains unsigned. And now there are rumblings from a few teams around the league that Dubois may be looking for a change of scenery. Maybe wishful thinking on their part. But stay tuned on this one.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 31, 2020
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 3, 2021
A new captain over in Minnesota:
— NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) January 3, 2021
And, of course, the news from yesterday – congratulations to Team USA:
— NHL News (@PuckReportNHL) January 6, 2021
Divisional Drama and Helmet Hoopla
And finally, we end with two pieces of drama that are dividing hockey fans: the new division sponsorships and the ads on helmets that are meant to help the league make up lost revenue this season:
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 5, 2021
— Tim and Sid (@timandsid) January 4, 2021
What are your thoughts on these income-generating moves?
That’s all for this week, folks – check in next week in advance of opening night to see what’s happening around the hockey world! And check out our Twitter in the meantime.