Penguins add Petri, Rota and Smith to the core collection

After the NHL draft, free agency and other off-season moves, is considering where each team stands in preparation for the 2022-23 regular season, which begins October 7. Today, Pittsburgh Penguins:

2021-22 season: 46-25-11, third in the capital division; Lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs

Main arrivals

Jeff PetriDr: The 34-year-old was acquired in a commercial deal with Montreal Canadiens on July 16 for defenseman Mike Matheson and a fourth-round pick in the NHL Draft 2023. Petrie scored 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 68 games last season, 11 (2 goals, 9 assists) in his last 11 games after returning from a lower body injury. … Ryan BoehlingF: The 23-year-old arrived at Petrie after collecting 17 points (nine goals and eight assists) in 57 NHL games last season and provides the depth needed for the bottom six. … Jean RutaDr: The 32-year-old signed a three-year contract on July 13. The two-time Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning (2020, 2021) scored 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in 76 NHL games. Last season. … Ty SmithDr: The 22-year-old was obtained by a third-round pick in the 2023 draft of the New Jersey Devils for man of defense. John Marino On July 16. After scoring 20 points (five goals and 15 assists) in 66 games last season, Smith was able to take on Pierre-Olivier Joseph for last place on the left side.

Video: Brian Burke in a bad season for the Penguins

Main departures

Mike MathesonDr: He scored in the National Hockey League 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 74 games last season, second in the Penguins' defense behind him. Chris Letang (68 points; 10 goals, 58 assists). Matheson led Pittsburgh in center with six points (one goal, five assists) in seven Stanley Cup games. … John MarinoDr: He scored 25 points (1 goal, 24 assists) in 81 games last season. Marino has scored four goals in 133 games in the past two seasons, but there was harmony in an ordinary duo Marcus Peterson. … Brian BoyleF: He earned 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 66 games last season after signing a professional test contract on September 3, 2021, and not playing in 2020-21. The 37-year-old remains an unrestricted free agent.

On the edge

Pierre-Olivier Joseph, d: The 23-year-old, who was selected by the Arizona Wolf in the first round (#23) of the 2017 NHL Draft, has five points (one goal, four assists) in 20 games for the Penguins. Joseph could remain at the level of the NHL this season, tasked in part with replacing the lost production of Matheson. … Casper Bjorkvist, Ph: The 25-year-old, selected in the second round (#61) of the 2016 NHL Draft, made his National Hockey League debut last season, scoring one goal in six games, and having 12 points (eight goals, four assists). ) in 54 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton NHL games during his first full professional season. … Valtteri Puustinen, F: The 23-year-old, a seventh-round pick (#203) in the 2019 NHL Draft, earned an assist in his NHL debut against the Vegas Golden Knights on March 11. He had 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 73 AHL games last season.

They still need

The Penguins are content to return a similar set, leaving few possible moves after the signing of Letang and the attackers Yevgeny MalkinAnd the Brian RustAnd the Ricard RaquelAnd the Casperi Cabanen And the Danton Heinen for new decades. They will need to reduce their salaries to come into line with the NHL’s salary cap, perhaps by making another deal.

they said that

When my agent mentioned [Pittsburgh] For me, my eyes got kind of big because you look at what they’ve done in the past and the list they have, just talking to some people, it’s a great organization, a great team. Their desire to win is very clear. That’s the most exciting thing for me to be in a team that’s ready and eager to win." Defender Jeff Petrie

imaginative focus

Letang had a career NHL lead in points and was tied for sixth in the NHL among defenders. He also had the seventh most shots on target in position (214) and tied with him Noah Dobson The New York Islanders are eighth in strengths (22). Letang should be considered a top 60 fantasy player overall and a top 10 defense choice after re-signing with the Penguins to maintain his three-time Stanley Cup championship with him and the elite positions. Sidney Crosby And the owners are healthy. He could also benefit from having more support around him after Petrie was acquired by Pittsburgh, which renewed his imaginative appeal. Petrie had four consecutive 40-point seasons for the Canadians from 2017-18 to 2020-21. – Anna Dua

Expected lineup

Jake Goentzel – Sidney Crosby – Brian Rust

Jason Zucker – Evgeny Malkin – Ricardo Raquel

Danton Heinen – Jeff Carter – Casperi Cabanen

Ryan Boehling – Teddy BloggerBrooke McGinn

Brian Dumoulin – Chris Letang

Marcus Peterson – Jeff Petrie

Ty Smith – Jean Ruta

Tristan Garry

Casey Desmith

The injured: Drake Kajuula



The pilots bring in Tortorella after a disappointing season

After the NHL draft, free agency and other off-season moves, is checking where each team stands before the 2022-23 regular season, which begins October 7. Today, Philadelphia Flyers:

2021-22 season: 25-46-11, eighth in the division of the capital; Did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs

Main arrivals

Tony D’AngeloDr: The 26-year-old was acquired in a commercial deal with Carolina Hurricanes on July 8 for three draft picks and signed a two-year contract three days later. DeAngelo, born in Sewell, New Jersey, had 51 points, including 41 assists in the National Hockey League, in 64 regular season games and 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 14 Stanley Cup games last season. . … Nicolas DesloriersF: The 31-year-old signed a four-year contract on July 13. Desloriers had 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 81 games with the Anaheim Ducks and the Minnesota Wild last season, including three goals in 20 games after being substituted. Wild on March 19… Justin BrownDr: The 35-year-old, who signed a one-year contract to return to Philadelphia on July 13, had 18 points, including six goals in the NHL, in 69 games with the Flyers and New York Rangers last season. Acquired by New York in a deal on March 21, he earned two points (one goal, one assist) in eight regular season games and one assist in 19 playoff games. … Troy Grosnickg: The 32-year-old signed a one-year contract on July 13 after going 16-6-4 and leading the NHL with a 2.00 goal-to-0.933 save percentage in 30 games with Providence last season. Although Grosenick has only started four times in the NHL, because he signed a one-way contract, he’s likely to be the backup for Carter Hart this chapter. … John Tortorella, coach: The 64-year-old was appointed on June 17 to replace Mike Yu, who took over after Alain Vinault was dismissed on December 6. Tortorella is 14th in NHL history with 673 wins in 20 seasons as a coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Columbus Blue Jackets. He also won the Stanley Cup with Lightning in 2004 and the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year twice (2004, 2017).

Main departures

Oscar Lindblom, Ph: Lindblom signed a two-year contract with San Jose Sharks on July 13, a day after he purchased the Flyers for the final season of his three-year contract. He had 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 79 games last season. … Martin Jonesg: Jones signed a two-year contract with the Seattle Kraken on July 13. He was 12-18-3 with 3.42 GAA and 0.900 savings in 35 games (33 starts) last season. … Nate Thompson, Ph: Thompson, who remains an unrestricted free agent, scored three points (one goal, two assists) in 33 games last season.

On the edge

cam yorkDr: The 21-year-old, who was named with the 14th selection in the 2019 NHL Draft, had 10 points (three goals and seven assists) and averaged an icy time of 19:05 in 30 games last season. Yorke also scored 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in 34 games for AHL’s Lehigh Valley. … Allison Wade, P: The 24-year-old, a second-round pick (#52) in the 2016 NHL Draft, picked up a knee injury in his only NHL game last season that caused him to be out for seven weeks. Alisson scored 17 points (10 goals and seven assists) in 28 AHL games. … Bobby BrinkF: The 21-year-old, who underwent surgery for a cleft rupture this off-season and is expected to miss several months, had four assists in 10 games last season after signing a three-year entry contract on April 10. Round selection (No. 34) in the 2019 draft, Brink also led the NCAA with 57 points (14 goals, 43 assists) in 41 games to help the University of Denver win the National Championship. … Noah KeatsF: The 23-year-old, who was selected in the fifth round (#137) of the 2017 NHL Draft, has nine points (five goals, four assists) in 16 games after signing a two-year contract at entry level. March 27: Kitts also scores 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 37 games at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Video: PHI @ NYR: York is getting flyers on the board early

They still need

to stay healthy. defenseman Ryan Ellis He played just four games last season, his first in Philadelphia after he landed a deal with the Nashville Predators, due to what he called a "multi-layer" injury to the lower body. He said in May that he expects to be in good health for the training camp along with the centers Sean Couturier (back surgery) and Kevin Hayes (abdominal/hip surgery), who each missed a big time last season. straight ahead Joel Farabi He may miss the start of the season after he underwent surgery to replace the disc in the cervical region on June 24.

they said that

"We’re going to be a much better team. We’re going to be a competitive team. A lot of the things we really struggled with last year, I feel like we have a chance to be dramatically better, whether it’s our goals against, or structural, our kill penalty, and our strength plays in particular." General Manager Chuck Fletcher

imaginative focus

DeAngelo could have a sneaky fantasy appeal if he fell into the drafts after moving from the Stanley Cup contender in the Hurricanes to the Flyers, who missed the playoffs in successive seasons. DeAngelo should play the center stage in his first PU with Couturier and right winger Cam Atkinson, who has had great success under Tortorella in the past (the NHL scored 41 goals with the Blue Jackets in 2018-19). DeAngelo should be considered the top 30 marginal defender and top 150 after finishing 11th in points per game (0.80; minimum 20 games) in his position last season. – Anna Dua

Video: MTL @PHI: Atkinson scores accurate results from Farabee’s feed

Expected lineup

Scott Lawton – Sean Couturier – Cam Atkinson

James Van Rimsdijk – Kevin Hayes – Travis Konechnie

Noah Keats – Morgan FrostOwen Tibet

Nicolas Desloriers – Patrick Brown – Taner Laczynski

Ivan Provorov – Tony D’Angelo

Travis SanheimRasmus Restollinen

Cam York – Justin Brown

Carter Hart

Troy Grosnick

The injured: Ryan Ellis (lower body), Joel Farabi (upper body)



Senators improve front group by adding Giroux, DeBrincat

After the NHL draft, free agency and other off-season moves, is considering where each team stands in preparation for the 2022-23 regular season, which begins October 7 today, Ottawa Senators:

2021-22 season: 33-42-7; Seventh in the Atlantic Division. Did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs

Main arrivals

Alex DeBrinkatF: The 24-year-old was sourced from the Chicago Blackhawks on July 7 for Ottawa’s first- and second-round picks in the 2022 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. He had 78 points in 82 games last season, including 41 goals, and instantly cemented the Senator’s top six in the group and solid playing unit. … Cam Talbotg: The 35-year-old was acquired by Minnesota Wild for the goalkeeper Philip Gustafson On July 12, he becomes the No. 1 goalkeeper in the Senate. Talbot was 32-12-4 with 2.77 goals-to-average, .911 save percentages and three lockouts in 49 regular season games last season (48 games) and 0-1 in one Stanley Cup game. … Claude GiroudF: The 34-year-old, who grew up in Ottawa, signed a three-year contract on July 13. He had 65 points (21 goals, 44 assists) in 75 games with the Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers last season, including 23 points. (Three goals, 20 assists) in 18 games after being acquired in a deal with Flyers on March 19. Giroud scored eight points (three goals, five assists) in 10 post-season games.

Main departures

Matt Murrayg: It was traded at the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 11 with a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and a seventh-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft for future considerations. Murray was 5-12-2 with a 3.05 GAA and .906 savings percentage in 20 games last season. He was 15-25-3 in 47 games over two seasons with the Senators. … Colin WhiteF: He signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on July 13 after taking the last three seasons of his six-year contract purchased on July 6. He had 10 points (three goals and seven assists) in 24 games last season… Conor BrownF: He was traded to the Washington Capitals on July 13 for a 2024 draft second-round pick after scoring 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) in 64 games last season. … Philip Gustafson, Ph: It was 5-12-1 with 3.55 GAA and .892 savings in 18 games (16 starts) last season. … Michael Del ZottoDr: He signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on July 17 after scoring 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 26 games last season… Tyler EnnisF: The unfettered free man scored 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 57 games last season. … Victor MitteDr: He signed a one-year contract with Maple Leafs on July 14 after collecting seven assists in 37 games last season… Chris TierneyF: He signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Panthers on July 19 after collecting 18 points (six goals and 12 assists) in 70 games last season.

On the edge

Shin BentoF: The 21-year-old, who was the 32nd selection in the 2019 NHL Draft, missed the majority of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery in November and was limited to one pass in five games. Pinto, who reached the 2021 Hobey Baker Award Finalist as the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Player after scoring 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) with the University of North Dakota, is expected to capture third-line minutes and time on unit Turn on the second power… Jake SandersonDr: The 20-year-old, who was the No. 5 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, said he hopes his nagging right hand injury will fully heal for training camp in September after he was unable to participate in snowboard sessions during the developmental camp. From 11-14 July. He has had two surgeries on his hand this year. Sanderson scored 26 points (eight goals and 18 assists) in 23 games with the University of North Dakota last season. Health permitting, he will be given every chance to start the season in the NHL.

They still need

The Senators brought in Talbot’s #1 goalkeeper and have a top six with Giroud, Diebrunkat, Brady TkachukTim Stutzel, Josh Norris and Drake Patterson. Where they are missing is the blue line. Thomas Chabot He proves to be the #1 man of defense, but then falls back Travis HammonicAnd the Eric Branstrom And the Artem Zub. Sanderson has a bright future, but Ottawa needs help with this position.

they said that

"Are we going to win the cup next year? Maybe not. I’m not saying we won’t, but maybe not. But it’s something we have a whole year to build on, work on, build an identity. And I think when we do that, we’re going to start taking the risk. Don’t get On the identity of 10 games a season. But when you start to have one and you know how to play and what kind of team you want, that’s when you start winning hockey games.” – Claude Giroud

imaginative focus

Norris is gaining major fantasy appeal after the restricted free agent signed an eight-year contract with Ottawa, and is arguably the most improved team of the season. Norris, who led the Senators in goals (35; T-25 in the NHL) and made seven multiple games (T-14) last season, should benefit from the additions of DeBrincat and Giroux. Norris, who tied for third in the NHL in Power-play goals (16) last season, should play his first Power game with one or both of his new teammates and looks set to join the higher echelon of his fantasy position. season. – Anna Dua

Expected lineup

Brady Tkachuk, Josh Norris, Drake Paterson

Alex Debrenkat – Tim Stutzel – Claude Giroud

Alex Formenton – Shin Pinto – Matthew Joseph

Parker KellyDylan GambrellAustin Watson

Thomas Chabot – Travis Hammonic

Eric Branstrom – Artem Zup

Jake Sanderson – Nikita Zaitsev

Cam Talbot

Anton Forsberg



NHL Off-season: St. Louis Blues


This is the latest file in’s ongoing analysis of each NHL team’s off-season moves. Today, we’re unpacking the St. Louis Blues.

2021-22 record: 11-22-49
Finishing in the central division: Third
Available salary cap space (according to CapFri $625,000
Unrestricted Free Agents: Tyler Bosak, F.; James Neal, p



One of the best Sabers ever has become the provider of the NHL front desk

Play Thomas Vanek 1029 NHL Games over 14 seasons with eight organizations.

Along the way, Vanek’s classmates praised his sharp hockey mind. When he started his career in 2005-06, Buffalo CyberThe dressing room spoke his language and formulated his point of view.

"The conversations we’ve had about hockey with a lot of these guys, we’d say 'Yeah, I understand exactly what you mean' and we go out and do it," Vanek said.

At first, Vanek thought this was just the case in the NHL, where the best skaters, the best competitors, and the best thinkers congregate at the top of the hockey world.

Eventually learn otherwise.

"Later in my career, I might try to explain the same concept and you could tell them they didn’t understand it or see it the way I saw it," Vanek said.

"This Sabers had a very high IQ and a high hockey IQ."

Many consider 2005-06 to be the greatest team in Cypress history. They shot out of the lock a fast, seemingly relentless fireball headed for the tournament before inflicting their own hateful injuries. One tough period shy of the Stanley Cup Final.

Buffalo’s skill set and personality were clear, but what we discover nearly two decades later is just how much mental strength is amassed inside the locker room.

The San Jose Sharks This month appointed Mike Greer general manager, awarding the same power to 2005-06 Linemite Chris Drury with New York Rangers. The Philadelphia Flyers This year he appointed Daniel Brier as Special Assistant to General Motors. Last month , Chicago Blackhawks He promoted Brian Campbell to hockey operations advisor, a role that could increase further with the departure of senior advisor Scotty Bowman two weeks ago.

Last month, Jay McKee won the OHL Championship as head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Adam Mayer is the Director of Player Development at Sabers.

"This is the group we have," said Ryan Miller, the 2005-06 National Hockey League goalkeeper. “We were competitive, and we worked hard. We came to things honestly. That bubbles. You have to have knowledge of the many different aspects of hockey.

“They are connected in this way. All of these leaders have taken the next step in the evolution of hockey, which makes getting off the ice makes sense.”

Miller and more of these Sabers may also be on their way to the NHL front desks and seats. Former teammates consider Miller, Vanek, Jason Bominville and JP Dumont to be coaches or front office employees.

Dumont is the coach of the Nashville Junior Predators and director of hockey operations.

The other three want to wait until their kids are older before diving in. Miller attended the NHL draft as an advisor to longtime friend Kay Whitmore, the league’s chief operating officer of hockey. Bauminville coached the Montreal Junior Canadiens, including his son, for a championship at the prestigious Quebec International Pee-Wee Championship.

“It’s really fun to see a friend and ex-teammate all of these guys do so well,” said Vanek, who has been focusing on baseball and other sports like hockey for his three sons in Minnesota. "You want these guys in the game. That’s what’s great. It’s fresh blood, and it’s right blood."

With so many 2005-2006 Sabers already involved and more ready to jump in, those glory years will live on as his former teammates try to emulate what worked so well when overflowing fans stood outside the HSBC Arena to watch play-offs on screens.

Even with Drury and Campbell winning the Stanley Cup and Brier reaching the final over other clubs, Sibers' roster built for 2005-2006 should be in their minds as one to emulate.

They would also have seen themselves to avoid mistakes like GM’s Darcy Regier policy of not negotiating contracts during the season, which wiped out crucial influence and led to two heartbreaking departures, most notably Drury and Breyer of free agency in 2007.

"You don’t realize how important culture is until you lose it," Brier said. “We had guys who wanted to be together and play together. That goes a long way. And we had a lot of guys who always wanted to learn.

“That’s what was so cool about it. We all had our own ways of driving, but we were learning other ways as well.”

The appearance of the suit and tie for his Buffalo teammates is even more remarkable when considering that they have not branched from the tree of any particular coach or executive.

tens NFL Coaches and executives have been given opportunities across the league simply through working relationships with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich had a similar impact on NBA.

Cypress coach Lindy Raff’s influence doesn’t quite match, but is seen as a common denominator.

"With Lindy, I don’t think it has always been about winning and losing as much as it has been about doing all you can and leaving it all there," Mackie said. "When that becomes ingrained in you as a person, when you move on from playing, you don’t just stop it."

"I myself as a coach, and those guys that are now general manager, the all-it-takes mindset stays with you, whether it’s putting in extra time at work or getting ahead of everyone around you."

The 2005-2006 Cypress was marked by a large group of former and future captains. The number has been inflated somewhat by Ruff, who, in the previous season, converted a Buffalo captain every month.

But five players in the 2005-2006 locker room were permanent NHL captains at some point in their careers. Drury and Brier were co-leaders. Vanek and Bauminville will become captains at the start of the dry season that broke the second leg record in 11 seasons. Defenseman Teppo Numminen, who has reached over 1,200 matches, previously served two years as captain of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Cypress strikers Alice Kotalik and Jochen Hecht and defender Dmitriy Kalinin became leaders in their respective professional leagues. Defenders Rory Fitzpatrick and Nathan Peach were AHL captains. Dumont and quarterback Derek Roy led the junior clubs. Rookie striker Daniel Bale was the captain of Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships.

That’s a lot of Si, said Bauminville, "I didn’t know it until you said it.

“Everyone had a chance to lead in their own way. When the same person is always repeating things, sometimes it can get old. But it was always a different person, coming up with the right words at the right times.”

Cypress was so overwhelmed with driving that Mackie was never the captain (he injured half of Ruff’s monthly rotation season), but Mackie was the permanent replacement for Brier and Drury in 2005-06.

Greer never wore a letter in Buffalo and was never a captain anywhere else, though he was a replacement for sharks and Edmonton Oilers.

"We never had anyone think, 'I need to be the leader!'" Vanek said. “I saw eight or nine of these guys as leaders. It spread through the room that we were one; We were here together."

Lest we forget goalkeepers, who are not allowed to be captains or substitutes in the NHL.

Buffalo had a pair of base-caliber goalkeepers with integrated leadership personalities.

"Millie would knock every once in a while," said Bauminville, laughing. “He wasn’t afraid to say what he needed. He would get emotional.”

Then there was Martin Peron, the sparkling racer. When Flyers was traded for Peron in February 2007, he ranked third among all Cypress goalkeepers in games, winning by savings percentage.

Vanek said: “Of anyone on the team, Marty probably deserves the most recognition because he could have been the number one goalkeeper in the league for twenty other teams. But he put his ego away, he was never in a bad mood and he was a fun guy.”

"Although he was competitive, he was there for Ryan, supporting Ryan, and supporting us all."

Compared to other Vanek pit stops, he pointed out 2005-2006 Sabers didn’t have players to ignore defeat simply because they had a good stat streak that night, a common phenomenon across all sports.

Buffalo’s locker room almost generated its own gravitational force. Mackie explained that when an individual situation does not align with a team dynamic, that player will eventually either succumb to the group or need to trade.

“The leadership and culture of that group were off the charts, and we would have won everything without the injuries,” Mackie said.

Although the Cypresses reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1975 and 1999, many believe their best chance of winning it all was in 2006.

Good fearsome swords tore through the pilots and astounded them Ottawa The senators before misfortune were overtaken by their immense wisdom and talent.

Concussion center Tim Connolly, fracture of Kalinin’s left ankle, groin injury of Noumenin, broken arm of defender Henrik Talender, an arthritis of Mackie’s ankle.

"This is the team you always look at and think, 'Ah! "This is a team that didn’t win, but it was the best team I’ve ever played because of the players we have and the feeling of wanting to come to the rink and wanting to get better," said Vanek.

"This 05-06 team provides many examples of how to create the right culture."

The 2006-07 Cypress won the President’s Cup, but the Senators defeated them in the Eastern Conference Final. Briere and Drury were co-captains again, but anyone who’s played on both teams will say the chemistry wasn’t the same.

Greer, Dumont, Mackie, and Fitzpatrick were not brought back. Connolly was unable to come back from his concussion Until the penultimate game of the regular season. Talinder half year has been sidelined. On the trade deadline, Byron went to the Flyers for a second-round draft pick.

As the Sabers' final glory years fade into darkness, the competitive fires within these players—and their overall leadership evolve—continued over the years and into retirement.

"I knew we had a really good leadership group, but we didn’t know what it would take to be good CEOs," Brier said. “So I would be lying if I told you that I know we are going to have a lot of CEOs in the future.

We didn’t know what would happen in 20 years. It’s amazing to look back and see how special that room was."

(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)



Dave Elston, the Canadian National Hockey League cartoonist, was a 'gentleman in business'

Dave Elston is a semi-retired artist living in Calgary With his wife, Kaeda, their cat, Annie, and their 26-year-old horse, Pepe, who has been housed in a nearby stable, Elston prompts Elston to affectionately describe her as: "the most expensive ornamental plant in the world."

A wall in the basement of their home demonstrates how far his influence once expanded, not just to a stable across town, but across North America. For most of his career, Elston is best known for being the only full-time editorial sports cartoonist in Canada, and has a collection of autographs and framed memorabilia on display from the same NHL Characters who were once paid to skewer.

His work was featured in Canadian newspapers, as well as hockey news, and for a time, as an animated short on "Hockey Night in Canada" radio shows. He’s twice left art school, and his ability to tell a story in one frame still makes his work instantly recognizable to readers of a certain age.

"He’s a brilliant guy," said NHL executive Brian Burke.

"Fantastic," said retired striker Tim Hunter.

“It must be Canada Medal TSN host Jay Unret said.

Elston, aged 63, attended what was then Alberta College of Art with his dreams of becoming a commercial artist. Soon he felt out of place. The work that was judged to contain caricatures was criticized, rather than praised. And besides, he also loved sports.

In 1980, he reached out to his former high school football coach, who was an editor at the recently launched Calgary Sun. (Elston said he’s 5 feet 2 feet tall, and when he ran back, someone nicknamed him a "quick fire hydrant.")

The newspaper gave him $25 per carton.

Within a few years, Elston wanted to expand his reach by spreading his work throughout Canada. He sent bundles of his cartoons to small newspapers across the country. He had a package left after his mail spree, and in a lark he decided to send it to The Hockey News, in Toronto.

Bob Mackenzie was the editor-in-chief. He had only been in the business for two years when the package landed on his desk. He wanted to separate the publication from the notion that it was the editorial arm of the NHL — Ken Mackenzie (no relation) founded the newspaper in 1947 while working in the league — and felt that the editorial cartoonist would help the cause.

He hired Elston, and gave him the freedom to edit.

"He’s been gigantic in terms of the impact he’s had on The Hockey News," said McKenzie, now semi-retired from the NHL within TSN.

Dave Elston

Unpublished cartoon of Dave Elston by Conor MacDavid. (Courtesy of Dave Elston)

His favorite Elston cartoonist was Wayne Gretzky and the coach who misjudged his influence behind the bench. Robbie Vtoric was the coach of the team Los Angeles Kings In the late ’80s, Gretsky’s playing time was cut short, and he went even further The Great One Seat For part of a game in November 1988.

MacKenzie can still imagine the animation. Painted in frame as one of the Three Wise Men, Ftorek argues, staring at the manger: "I don’t know, it looks to me just like another child."

"It was pretty cool," said McKenzie. "It was one of the best cartoons I’ve ever seen."

Hunter, a longtime NHL striker, has also been a frequent inspiration. Now 61, he admitted that his "famous nose" made him an easy mark. But he was also his favorite Elston cartoon star.

He was playing for Canucks that season. In the frame, the Vancouver coach is looking at a box of right breathing nasal strips, which some players have used because they thought it boosted their performance on the ice. The coach noticed that the fresh box was empty and asked who had pulled out all the bandages.

"I have about 10 on my nose, and he’s holding an empty box," Hunter said with a laugh. "I mean, this is just a classic."

A few years later, while Hunter was wrapping up his NHL career playing with San Jose Sharks, Elston had a brief animated appearance on "Hockey Night in Canada" early in the season. With music from the movie "Jaws" playing in the background, the cartoon showed what appeared to be the fin of a shark swimming through a pool toward the Stanley Cup.

"This thing hits the Stanley Cup," Hunter said. "It appears to me: I was swimming on my back."

said Burke, who is now head of hockey operations with Pittsburgh penguins.

Burke said he sent Elston a handwritten letter of appreciation after seeing a cartoon in 1989, after a series of playoffs between Vancouver and Calgary. The Flames took the lead after an extra goal in Game 7 – eventually winning the Stanley Cup – but Elston’s tire showed how exhausted both teams were.

It was a sign of respect for the Canucks, with whom Burke was working.

“He was making fun of someone, but he was doing it in such a way that you can’t be angry with him,” Burke said. "He was really a gentleman in a company where you had to be a bit dumb."

Burke is now also a co-star on his own animated series. With host Jeff Marek, he appeared in Sportsnet’s animated short.Hey PorkyAvailable online. (Niels Pritz is the artist behind the series, with Emil Delek and Jason Harding as creative lead.)

"I can walk around in my stories," Burke said. “I can explain things. Elston had one shot.”

"It was more like an alternative comic, but in a mainstream publication," said Onrait, the TSN anchor. "You can’t pass one of his comics without stopping and paying attention to it because of this unique style."

Onrait has a personalized Elston cartoon framed in his office. He said it was a gift arranged by his wife. It shows a man pushing a stroller with a TSN sign below the text: "Baby Onrait says his first word."

The speech bubble coming from the carriage is Classic Onrait exclamation In bold letters: "Bobrovsky!!"

Onrett grew up in Edmonton at the height of the "Battle of Alberta" when he was oiled It appears that the Flames meet every spring to decide which team will advance to win the Stanley Cup. He said Elston was a major component of that era in Calgary.

"A very important artist in the history of that city," he said. "I don’t think it’s overrated. I don’t think I’m exaggerating it. I really think he was not only a great artist, but he was also very dated at the time – especially at that time in the ’80s, when the teams were so good."

If an NHL player reaches out to request a hard copy of his work, Elston said he usually sends two copies in the mail: one for the player, and one for the player to sign and send back. He said most of his subjects seemed to get the joke.

Most said, but not all.

He said, “I had the weird one where someone would come up to me and go: ‘Oh, you did a cartoon of me when I was playing football for the Stampeders.’” Then I would go: “Oh yeah?” and they would say, “I didn’t like it.”

He paused to laugh: "I’m kind of like," Well, are you hitting on me now? "

In 1991, Flames forward Doug Gilmour landed an Elston cartoon after being awarded $750,000 in judging in salary. It was just before the December holidays, and according to Vancouver County, the cartoon showed Gilmore asking for charity with a sign: "Young couple, one child, father earning lousy $750,000."

Gilmore was reportedly not happy with his portrayal, but he never communicated with the artist.

His wife did, Elston said. not happy. I’ll leave it at that."

He said he still paints now and then, mostly for his own amusement. He said he’s open to new projects, but otherwise he’s settling into the life of retirees. His wife, Kaeda, is also retired.

“I am grateful that I got to that beautiful spot where I was able to Make a career out of itAnd he stopped laughing again. "Or I think I’ll find out."

(Top image: Courtesy of Dave Elston)



Adds demons veteran Palat and Smith to complete the core of youth

After the NHL draft, free agency and other off-season moves, is considering where each team stands in preparation for the 2022-23 regular season, which begins October 7. Today, the New Jersey Devils:

2021-22 season: 27-46-9, seventh in the division of the capital; Did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs

Main arrivals

Ondrej BalatF: The 31-year-old signed a five-year contract on July 14. He had 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 77 games last season and 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 23 Stanley Cup games. . He won the Stanley Cup in 2020 and 2021… Vitik Vanishekg: The 26-year-old was acquired in a commercial deal with Washington Capitals on July 8 and will compete to play with him. Mackenzie Blackwood. Vanecek, who was a restricted free agent and signed a three-year contract on July 19, was 20-12-6 with 2.67 goals-to-average, 908 savings and four closes in 42 games (39 starts) last season and 1-1 with 4.21 GAA and .863 save percentage in two games after the season ends. … John MarinoDr: The 25-year-old was acquired in a commercial deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 16 in favor of the defensive man. Ty Smith And a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. Marino had 25 points (1 goal, 24 assists) in 81 regular season games last season and one assist in seven playoff games. … Eric HolaF: The 31-year-old was acquired in a commercial deal with the Boston Bruins on July 13 for striker Pavel Zacha. Hula scored 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 61 regular season games, and three points (one goal, two assists) in seven playoff games last season. … Brendan SmithDr: The 33-year-old signed a two-year contract on July 13. He had eight points (four goals, four assists), 73 hits, 40 rebounds in 45 regular season games, and four points (one goal, three assists). ) in 14 playoffs last season. … Andrew Brunet, Assistant Coach: The 48-year-old, who was appointed on July 15, is expected to run the power game. He placed second in the voting for the Jack Adams Award as Ice Hockey Coach of the Year after going 51-18-6 after a 7-0-0 start in the regular season having replaced Joel Quinville on October 29. Florida won the presidents. Last season’s cup for having the best record in the regular season (58-18-6).

Video: Ondrij Balat joins New Jersey

Main departures

Ty Smith, D: He had 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 66 games last season and has 43 points (seven goals, 36 assists) in 114 NHL games. …Pavel Zacha, F: He earned a NHL high of 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 70 games last season. … BK SubanDr: The unfettered Libero scored 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 77 games last season.

On the edge

Alexander HoltzFThe 20-year-old, who was the No. 7 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, had two assists in nine games with the Devils last season and 51 points (26 goals, 25 assists) in 52 games with the Utica American Hockey League. … Simon NemecDr: The 18-year-old, who was the second-choice in the 2022 NHL Championship, signed a three-year junior contract on July 14. Slovakia, he had 26 points (1 goal, 25 assists) in 39 regular season games and 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 19 playoffs. … Fabian ZetterlundF: The 22-year-old, who was 63 in the 2017 NHL Draft, will be challenging for a full-time roster after earning eight points (three goals and five assists) in 14 games for the Devils last season. He had 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) in 58 regular season games with Utica and eight points (two goals, six assists) in five playoff games. … Nolan FootF: The 21-year-old, who was No. 27 in the 2019 NHL Draft, has four points (three goals, one assist) in seven games with the Devils and tied for seventh place with 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 55 Match with Utica last season.

Video: New Jersey Devils Select D Simon Nemec No. 2

They still need

Depth in front and direction towards the target. Bales trade (6ft 194lbs) helps, but NJ may need to find another force forward to create space for positions Nico Hescher And the Jack Hughes. Vanecek provides depth behind Mackenzie Blackwood, but the Devils are mediocre at best in the position that hurt them last season (3.68 goal-for-average, 29th in the NHL).

they said that

"You can go back a few seasons when we talked about having some adults around our kids. We feel like we’re doing it because our kids are maturing and understanding the next steps in their careers. It’s just a very exciting time for the New Jersey Devils." – General Manager Tom Fitzgerald

imaginative focus

Vanecek is’s Top 25 Fantastic Goalkeeper of the Season as he moves on from a timeshare with Ilya Samsonov for a permanent playoff team at the Washington Capitals (eight games in a row post-season) to a potential start for the Rookie Devils. Since entering the NHL in 2020-21, Vanecek has been tied for 15th in wins (41 in 73 decisions), tied for 13th in closings (six) and tied for 24th in doubles power saves percentage (.915; 50 games minimum) , making him a fantastic sleeper before this season’s heavy workload. – Anna Dua

Expected lineup

Ondrej Balat – Nico Hescher – Jesper Pratt

Igor Sharangowicz – Jack Hughes – Dawson Mercer

Thomas Tatar – Eric Hola – Andreas Johnson

Jasper Buchvist Michael McLeodNathan Bastian

Jonas SignthalerDoji Hamilton

Ryan GravesDamon Severson

Brendan Smith – John Marino

Mackenzie Blackwood

Vitik Vanishek



NHL Free Agency – Seven Possible Destinations for Nazem Kadri

Nazim Qadri He is the Stanley Cup champion who earned 87 points in 71 games last season with the Colorado Avalanche. He had not scored more than 61 points in a previous season, turns 32 in October and is seeking big paychecks on a new contract.

A combination of these factors makes Kadri the center of a top-tier NHL free agent who has yet to find a home this summer. There has been all kinds of speculation about teams trying to empty space under the fixed salary cap (the nest) for the talented scorer, but nothing has emerged so far.

Qadri’s agent Darren Ferris said he is unable to comment on the status of the player’s contract talks at this time.

Where could my destiny end up? What is logical? Here are some possibilities based on what we’ve heard and what has been speculated:

Cover space: $111,185.037

The running joke in hockey circles is that GM Lou Lamoriello keeps things so closely guarded that islanders could have signed Kadri at the opening of a free agency and we wouldn’t find out until he skates in a blue and orange T-shirt at training camp.

He traces that up to Lamoreello, as well as his rapprochement with Kadri. When he was general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs race, he handed Lamoreello a six-year, $27 million contract that Kadri had just completed after an avalanche captured the Stanley Cup.

Lamoreello said in 2016: “I think Nas has shown that he can be put into any role, no matter what it might be. Something about him. He will accept any role that is given to him.”

Does he have a role in the islanders? It probably depends on whether one of their current positions will accept any role given to them. Qadri is focused and excels as such. The first three axes of the islanders are: Matthew Barzal – Who’s after a year of restricted free agency – Brooke Nelson And the Jean Gabriel Bagu.

There’s no good reason to take Bago out of the middle on their third streak. This leaves Nelson and Barzal likely to turn into Kadri’s winger. Transferring Nelson to the winger makes more sense, as he scored 37 goals last season and is generally the best final goal for Berzal. But there is also an argument to be made that placing Berzal on the wing will allow him more open ice to create in while better reducing his defensive shortcomings.

The Islanders are a winning team now and already have nine players over 30, so what else will turn 32 in October? After watching the other teams in the division brimming with talent this summer, Kadri will boost this squad and create more buzz in a shiny new building that it needs.

Cover space: $2,210,834

There was a lot of fanfare about Kadri to Kraken on the NHL Draft. The logic was twofold. First, Seattle was a team full of cover space that needed to create in Year 2 after a lukewarm opening season. But my destiny will also allow the younger positions of the team – Matty Penners Shane Wright – It’s time to move around while Kadri takes over at the center of the top line.

which was then. Now, Kraken has just over $2 million in space available after the addition Andrei Burakovsky $5.5 million annually as a free agent and trader Oliver Björkstrand (US$5.4 million AAV) after both signing Columbus Blue Jackets Johnny Goudreu And the Patrick Lin. They both play on the wing, which is where the kraken really gets loaded. In the middle, they’ll have Benners and Wright Yanni GordAnd the Alexander WeinbergAnd the Morgan Jake and possibly Jared McCann.

Salary cap terms can always change – it’s best if Kraken move one or two of their first-year strikers forward in the off-season – but the squad doesn’t really speak to Kadri’s need. Now, free defense agent John Klingberg on the other side …

Maximum space: $9.3 million

If last week has taught us anything, it’s that Flames are still in everything with this list.

After Gaudreau walked away to the Blue Jackets, Calgary was forced to trade Matthew Tkachuk After making it clear that he did not sign there for the long term. It was back from Florida Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau And the Mackenzie and jealous. Even if they march next summer as free agents, Flames has added an MVP-level winger (Huberdeau) and an elite defensive man (Weegar) to a Pacific Division rated roster that includes a Jack Adams-winning coach (Darryl Sutter) and a goalkeeper (Jacob Markstrom). ) which was so good for Calgary, he suddenly decided to attack instead.

They can use qadri. definitely. after, after Elias Lindholm And the Michael Backlund, they don’t have much in the center. Qadri will support that group immediately. He probably wouldn’t mind taking passes from Huberdeau for a season, too.

The challenge is money. The $9.3 million cap space is deceptive. Restricted Free Agent Andrew Mangyapan He needs a new contract after a season of 35 goals and is scheduled to referee. RFA Fellow Oliver Killington He played 74 games and was 34+. He won’t get the kind of reward that Mangiapane will get, but he will cut into that cover space.

Once again, the fit on the ice is undeniable, right down to the fact that Kadri could help fill in the thriller role that Tkachuk played so well. It would just be a matter of money and Kadri’s desire to join a team that, frankly, might have a one-year window to win it.

Cover space: $4,758,333

If we believe the idea that Kadri is waiting for a team to make way for his arrival, then the Bruins should stay on the radar as he will likely be focused and perfect Fit as a pain in the back.

Patrice BergeronHis return to the team would put him first. Bruins had discussions with David Krigsey About returning to the club, one season after he left to play in the Czech League. then there Charlie Coyle And the Pavel Zacha In the middle too, not to mention players like Jack Studenica Looking for ice time.

Finding a place for Kadri will be difficult if Krejci returns as expected. Heck, finding money for either of them still entails finding a taker for someone like Nick Foligno (US$3.8 million for one more season).

But Kadri adds a snarl and exaggeration that the outside Bruins lack Brad Marchand. As reliable as Krejci is as a points-producing hub – especially in the post-season – there are Kadri items that Boston can really use as a runner-up.

The elephant in the room, of course, that Kadri has a bit of history with the Bruins. While with the Maple Leafs, he was suspended for three matches for going forward Tommy Wings in the 2018 qualifiers and then put it back together with a four-game suspension to check Bruins forward Jake Debrosk in the 2019 qualifiers.

This date has made speculation about Kadri and the Bruins both weird and wonderful, depending on how fans react. But he’s a different person and player than he was during that round.

Cover space: $10,890,119

Based on what we’ve seen from Ottawa this season, we can assume he’ll be in the mix on Kadri. It has a flexible ceiling. He’s one of those Eastern Conference teams trying to rise up quickly with veteran acquisitions (Claude GiroudAnd the Alex DeBrinkat) Join their group of young talent.

To that end, Kadri could be a good fit here, though it might make sense for you to remain young. Tim Stutzel In the middle and spend the available cover space to upgrade in defense.

Cover space: $10,296,111

Does Qadri comply with the Yzer plan? Detroit General Motors Steve Userman He made some off-season financial moves, signing David Peron (US$4.75 million AAV), Andrew Cope (US$5.625 million AAV), Ben Shearot ($4.75 million), Dominic Kopalek (2.5 million USD) and Oli Matta ($2.25 million AAV) in the goalkeeper’s free and trade agency Phil Hoso. This is a complete starting lineup!

The Red Wings have still had the flexibility this season to bring in Kadri and then a group of players to come out of their hat in 2023-24. If they didn’t have to go long with Kadri, it would make a lot of sense. My potholes in the back Dylan Larkin as a No. 2 position. Copp could fill that role, move to the winger or go down to third – his versatility made him a dear trading deadline last season.

Byron brings a ring to Red Wings' dressing room. So is my destiny. This is important for a young team learning how to win. But that’s also part of the consideration for Kadri: Detroit is trying to turn around, but is it close enough to compete for Kadri?

Maximum space: $3.91 million

Can Nazim Qadri Going home again? Better question: Did avalanche really turn his bedroom into a yoga studio/storage space?

"We’ve asked Nas’s agent to keep us informed," said Chris MacFarland, newly promoted general manager of Avalanche, after the free agency opened. "He is clearly a high priority player, and he deserves it. [Plays in the] middle of the ice. That’s the best I can say about it."

The biggest priority for the avalanche at the moment is to ensure that next summer their roof is fine so that they can deliver Nathan McKinnon Its great extension before unrestricted free agency. If my destiny doesn’t fit with this financial planning… well, that’s why they took him to free agency. center JT Comfier She can even slide into the second line of a promising 21-year-old Alex Newhawk ready to secure it.

If there’s a way to bring Kadri back into a contract that made sense in terms of terms and against the cap – and that somehow wouldn’t necessitate trading the player he didn’t want to let go – why not bring him back with the squad that led Colorado to the Stanley Cup?

To make room for Kadri, moving Compher ($3.5 million) a year before unrestricted free agency might make sense. Avalanche won the cup without Sam Gerrard In the line-up, but Colorado is said to be not keen to trade the 24-year-old defensive man with a big cap figure ($5 million USD) until 2026-27.

It’s hard to imagine Kadri going to get an opponent in his hometown with the avalanche. He got a chance to score big points in this decade. But if he’s looking to play for a rival… why not the champions?

My destiny said after Avalanche won the Stanley Cup: "To be able to be in a position to succeed with my teammates… It’s hard to explain. You’ve been working your whole life for this, and now it’s here, it’s an incredible feeling." . .

What is the value of this feeling?



NHL Off-season: Pittsburgh Penguins


Welcome to the latest file on’s ongoing analysis of NHL teams' off-season movement. On this day, we examine the Penguins of Pittsburgh..

2021-22 record: 11-25-46
Completion in the division of the capital: Third
Available salary cap space (according to CapFri $0 ($480,175 over the maximum salary cap)