The Tampa Bay Lightning announced Monday morning that they have sent forward Alex Volkov to the Syracuse Crunch. Volkov played in four games (primarily on the Steven Stamkos line), scored no points, and had three shots. When he was on the ice at 5v5, the Bolts posted a 47% shot share, and got 40% of the expected goals. The Lightning currently have 12 forwards, eight defensemen, and two goalies on their roster for 22 total. Possible call-ups from the Crunch include Cory Conacher, Gemel Smith, and Danick Martel. [NHL dot com]
The Moscow, Russia native has played in three games with Syracuse this season, notching three assists. Volkov has skated in 152 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past three seasons, posting 46 goals and 96 points. Volkov ranked fourth on the Crunch for goals (23) and fifth for points (48) during the 2018-19 season. Volkov was originally drafted by the Lightning in the second round, 48th overall, at the 2017 NHL Draft.
Alex Killorn and Ryan McDonagh are preparing to host a fundraiser called “Kancer Jam” to raise money and support for Hockey Fights Cancer. It’s an amazing initiative that I hope everyone finds a way to support locally. [Kancer Jam]
Cancer affects all of us, including the Tampa Bay Lightning family. Tom Miracle lost his battle to brain cancer on Monday. He will always be in our hearts.
Heartbroken to share that we’ve lost one of our own and a truly beautiful soul in Tom Miracle.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 11, 2019
He kept our ice perfect, loved this team fiercely, and we will miss him dearly.
Please send some love to his family and friends today, #Bolts fans. pic.twitter.com/mC7rCZfUjh
Monday was Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day around the world. Our very own Matthew Esteves is a US Navy vet and we would not only like to thank Matt for his service but also provide a megaphone to the awareness he is trying to spread on Twitter. We all love Matt, and we support him. And we know you all will, too. Reach out.
Folks, it’s Veteran’s Day. What is also important is that there are 22 vets a day who commit suicide. Last night, I lost an old friend from high school who also served. If you suspect any veteran might be struggling, please, I implore you, reach out. You might just save a life.— Matthew Esteves (@mattestevesSBN) November 11, 2019
It was an humbling moment to honor and recognize 46 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients at home last month, and we honor them again on this #VeteransDay along with all of the brave military members who have served and sacrificed for us.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 12, 2019
Thank you endlessly. pic.twitter.com/YuhAtt6UBq
Jesse Puljujarvi will not be leaving Finland this season, even if he gets traded. The Oilers are willing to hang this prospect out after he made it clear he will never play for the franchise that ruined his development.
Jesse Puljujärvi has confirmed that he's staying the whole year in Finland (Liiga - @OulunKarpatFi )— Sports Archivist (@ArchivistSports) November 11, 2019
JP is not returning to the NHL this season even if he gets traded which is very unlikely. https://t.co/S0914zySx8
The ECHL has gotten their first team dog! The Rapid City Rush just adopted this service dog in training!
Meet Rush — he is a golden lab puppy that will be trained by the team until he is ready to begin training as a service dog. https://t.co/oiDap7EaRS— KNBN-TV Rapid City (@NewsCenter1) November 11, 2019
This extension for Chayka is a clear sign of approval from the organization’s new majority owner, Alex Meruelo, with the Coyotes (9-6-2) finally starting to move towards being a playoff-quality team for the first time since 2012.
This is an interesting story on goalies and the punishment their bodies take playing the position. Hip surgery at that age? Ouch.
Why are young goalies undergoing hip surgery? Athletes and surgeons explain the cause, how the procedure corrects the issue and possible preventive measures.— Lance Lysowski (@LLysowski) November 11, 2019
“That’s the [terrible] part of the position ...”https://t.co/lLf5ltwzyC
The Toronto Maple Leafs have waived their backup goalie Michael Hutchinson today. They expect to call up AHL starter Kasimir Kaskisuo today. Hutchinson was 47th in Evolving-Hockey.com’s Goals Saved Above Expected stat. ie. Solidly an average backup goalie. [Pension Plan Puppets]
Kaskisuo, signed by the Leafs out of the NCAA as an undrafted free agent, has spent some time in the NHL, but has never appeared in a game outside of preseason. While he has a nice-looking all-situations save percentage right now after eight games in the AHL (.928), his previous season high was a .914 he managed in 28 games with the Chicago Wolves. He had a .896 last year in 30 games, but a .927 in 12 playoff games. While Garret Sparks was on the roster in the AHL, Kaskisuo was always clearly his backup.
Leafs waive Michael Hutchinson.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) November 11, 2019
Also in Canada, Rogers Sportsnet fired Don Cherry after his divisive and xenophobic statements on Saturday night’s Coach’s Corner. The 85-year-old has been a gatekeeper for immigrants and people of color from the sport for years. See my Twitter for more. [Pension Plan Puppets]
But none of this at all should have surprised anyone. Cherry has been walking a line between entertaining bombast and promotion of intolerance for years. With this final straw, he attacked a central core value of Canadian small-L liberalism, that is the idea the multiculturalism is intrinsically Canadian. By picking the performance of patriotism as the weapon the try to stir up hatred of non-white Canadians — there’s no other possible, plausible interpretation of his “small cities” vs Mississauga comments — he hit on something no one would tolerate.
The Royal Canadian Legion statement: 'Mr. Cherry's personal opinion was hurtful, divisive and in no way condoned by the Legion. We do remain appreciative of his passionate support for Veterans.'— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) November 11, 2019
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