So here we are, on the 25th day of February and getting ready to start the 2nd second half of the National Hockey League season following the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics over in Russia.
With most of the NHL squads getting back into practicing, some taking it a bit further than others (Calgary Flames-two guys started a scuffle during practice, but all is cool now!). I think most teams are in the process of welcoming back each of their players who are returning from the Olympic Winter Games; two of those guys returning are named Phil Kessel and best buddy James van Riemsdyk, with no disrespect at all to their Toronto linemate Tyler Bozak, the two Olympians who represented their country, the United States of America, and did it very well, the two guys are in the process of getting themselves re-adjusted to life back home in North America.
Here is Randy Carlyle’s take on what Leaf camp has been looking like. I love watching these!
Randy Carlyle Presser
I would love to say right now: welcome back JVR and Phil, and congratulations on an Olympic tournament where you made Maple Leafs fans very very proud.
Now, it’s back to business.
On Thursday night, it’s off to Nassau Coliseum in New York, where the Islanders have a whole different set of problems, not the least of which include John Tavares. Apparently he will not need surgery, which is good, but he will likely miss the rest of the season, missing 8-12 weeks.
SABREs vs HURRICANES
Oh and for anyone who cares, Buffalo won in the first game back after the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, topping Carolina 3-2 in regulation time. Forward Christian Ehrhoff scored twice, the second goal coming with 44 seconds left.