Posts Tagged ‘Gabriel Landeskog’

Top Line: Jarome Iginla tops 30, Maple Leafs trapped in glass case of emotion

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Jarome Iginla's recent surge represents is welcome news for the Bruins. (Mark Goldman/Icon SMI)

Jarome Iginla’s recent scoring surge represents is welcome news for the Bruins. (Mark Goldman/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Jarome Iginla reached the 30-goal benchmark in yesterday’s win over the Caps. His scorching hot March proves he’s not just a valuable part of the present. He can be a big part of the future, too…if the Bruins can figure out how to work him in under that cap.

• While Iggy’s been on a roll, the hands of another Boston scorer have turned to stone. And that might necessitate a shake-up in the team’s top six.

• As Toronto’s epic swing swoon reaches eight games, Chris Johnson points to an upside: the organization can no longer ignore the sizable cracks in the team’s foundation. That probably doesn’t bode well for the future of Randy Carlyle, right?

• Mike Zeisberger offers his take on the big changes coming in Hogtown.

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  • Published On Mar 30, 2014
  • With Gabriel Landeskog’s ad, You Can Play has supporters on all 30 NHL teams

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    By Michael Blinn

    Gabriel Landeskog is no stranger to making history in the NHL: When he was named captain of the Colorado Avalanche last season, the Swede became the youngest in league history to hold the title.

    Today, he’s helped to make even more history, and possibly on a grander, more transcendent scale, with his :52 ad, according to the You Can Play Project:

    It’s more than a cool captain and some cooler kids representing a new era of equality in sports. It’s also the day that every team in the National Hockey League has now been represented by a player who has spoken on behalf of LGBT athletes, team staff, coaches and fans. Think about that. Every team in the NHL.

    It might not be much of a surprise that all 30 teams have given their support to the cause, as longtime scout and current Director of Player Safety for the NHL Patrick Burke (son of Calgary Flames president and Team USA GM Brian Burke) started the organization, which is “dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.” YCP, which goes by the simple credo of “If you can play, you can play,” was created to honor Burke’s younger brother, Brendan, who was killed in a car crash shortly after he made headlines by coming out while a student manager for the Miami (OH) RedHawks hockey team.

    EXTRA MUSTARD: Q&A with You Can Play’s director

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  • Published On Jan 08, 2014
  • Opening win a glimpse of future for Patrick Roy’s Colorado Avalanche

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    Coach Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche had a confrontation in his NHL debut.

    Coach Patrick Roy’s Avs may have the NHL’s best core of young talent. Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It might be hard to believe after last night’s epic debut that there’ll be a bigger story in Colorado this season than head coach Patrick Roy.

    Over the course of 60 minutes, the Hall of Famer managed to inject fire and passion into the Avalanche in a way that predecessor Joe Sacco never quite could during his four-year tenure. Just by stepping behind the bench, he gifted the Avs with more than a hint of his own legendary swagger, and his late-game confrontation with Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau earned him a $10,000 fine while setting a tone that suggests the Avs will be a team to reckon with this season.

    Or maybe they won’t.

    It was one game, after all. One magical game that recalled the best of this team’s glorious past, when Roy was manning the pipes and Joe Sakic, now the team’s GM, was a dagger with the puck . . . but one game nonetheless.

    And even taking a rough start into consideration, what we saw in last night’s 6-1 win over the Ducks may indicate a level of play this team can’t consistently achieve just yet.

    But it’s certainly a preview of coming attractions.

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  • Published On Oct 03, 2013
  • Top Line: Claude Giroux’s freak injury; Alfredsson tale gets messy; more links

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    Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers

    Unlucky linkster Claude Giroux should be back in action in about five to six weeks. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Philly captain Claude Giroux required emergency surgery yesterday after slicing several tendons in what’s being called a freak golfing accident. Giroux says his club shattered during a swing, sending fragments into his finger. Sure, the story sounds reasonable, but you’d think with all the time he’s had to practice his golf the past couple summers . . .

    • You don’t have to remind Erik Johnson or that golf is the world’s most dangerous game.

    • It was really kind of sad to watch Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators trade shots yesterday. First, Alfie said the team reneged on an agreement to take care of him for his cheapie $1 million season in 2012-13, leading GM Bryan Murray to say that version of events was untrue. Ultimately, as Don Brennan points out, all sides deserve their share of criticism for the ugly way things ended.

    • And just to be clear, the NHL won’t pursue an investigation into cap circumvention after Alfredsson admitted that’s exactly what he and the Sens had in mind with his last contract.

    • Adam Proteau writes that Alfredsson did the Sens a favor by bolting for Detroit. He’s calling for a standing O when Alfie returns to the Canadian Tire Center (still not used to typing that) on Dec. 1. With three months for the wounds to heal, he might get it.

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  • Published On Aug 16, 2013
  • Avalanche sign captain Gabriel Landeskog to seven-year extension

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    Despite missing much of last season with a concussion, Gabriel Landeskog signed a deal that will make him one of the central pieces of the Avs' future.

    Gabriel Landeskog signed a deal that will make him one of the central pieces of the Avs’ future. (Getty Images)

    Like Whitney Houston, Colorado GM Joe Sakic believes the children are our future. Only instead of singing about ‘em, he’s throwing a lot of Stan Kroenke’s cash their way.

    A month after signing Matt Duchene to a five-year, $30 million extension, Sakic locked up Colorado’s 20-year-old captain, Gabriel Landeskog, with a massive seven-year, $39 million deal. That’s a $5.57 million average annual value against the cap when it kicks in for the 2014-15 season.

    It’s a significant vote of trust for a player who is coming off a 17-point season, but the value should kick in down the road when the big pivot hits his stride, especially since it buys his first three years of free agency.

    That’s key, but so is the understanding of what kind of player Landeskog can be.

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  • Published On Aug 15, 2013


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