Boris Katchouk had a solid rookie season with the Syracuse Crunch, but he’s still probably two years away from making the NHL [Raw Charge]
I will take off my Katchouk-colored glasses for a moment and admit there are some things he needs to do better in the upcoming season. While it’s all well and good to play a 200-foot, defensively sound game, it would be nice to see his offense come around in year two. There are plenty of highlights scattered around the internet from his days in the Soo and with Team Canada that show he has the offensive skill and ingenuity to be a goal scorer and it would be nice to see that translate to the pro level. Perhaps he reigned it in a bit in his first year and focused more on preventing mistakes and turnovers as opposed to driving offense
Curtis McElhinney joined the team this offseason, he will be the Lightning backup goalie next season [NHL.com]
Through the chaos, the season turned out to be the best of McElhinney’s career. He posted season highs for games (33), starts (33) and wins (20), and his successful goalie partnership with Mrazek – Darling was waived at the end of November and eventually bought out by the Hurricanes following the season – was a key component in the Canes unexpected run to the Eastern Conference Final. McElhinney made his first career playoff start at age 35 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Islanders and competed in five postseason games total with Carolina, compiling a 3-2 record, 2.01 GAA and .930 save percentage.
Mikhail Sergachev is a potential breakout star according to NHL Network
The Tampa Bay Lightning are looking for people to join the Bolts Blue Crew..
The team also announced dates for the Lightning Launch Weekend.
The new season is coming closer.
Pups and trucks, what could be better?
The head coach of the Syracuse Crunch Ben Groulx has been invited to the Crunch Time podcast by Lukas Favale.
Cody Donaghey will spend another season with the Orlando Solar Bears!
Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog expressed his support for the Swedish national women’s hockey team.
Evgeny Kuznetsov has been banned for four years by the IIHF after a positive test for a banned substance at the 2019 World Championships.
Russian forward Yevgeni Kuznetsov has received a 4-year suspension from the IIHF after testing positive for a banned substance at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. https://t.co/qLpqHGKlbT
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) August 23, 2019
According to the NHL statement, Kuznetsov will meet with Commissioner Gary Bettman before the start of the season. The NHL refused to comment on any possible actions regarding Russian forward until after that meeting takes place.
Bill Guerin made his first trade as the Minnesota Wild general manager.