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
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..
Introducing the Bolts Blue Crew! ⚡️— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) August 23, 2019
We’re looking for enthusiastic and energetic individuals to be brand ambassadors for us during #Bolts games and our events in the community.
More info: https://t.co/QNWsZuQ1G8 pic.twitter.com/vFwDX9UvNd
The team also announced dates for the Lightning Launch Weekend.
The new season is coming closer.
It’s starting— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) August 23, 2019
BIG shoutout and thank you to our friends at International Ship Repair for their support! pic.twitter.com/g5jPsQno4p
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.
I chatted with @SyracuseCrunch head coach Ben Groulx on #CrunchTime to discuss his summer, what the new #SyrCrunch assistant coaches bring to the organization and what motivates him as a coach. Plus who he'll be keeping an eye on at rookie camp in Tampa. https://t.co/CrNQzAuSfI— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) August 22, 2019
Cody Donaghey will spend another season with the Orlando Solar Bears!
BREAKING: Cody Donaghey is coming back for another season with the Solar Bears! https://t.co/Fis3ST46aw— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) August 23, 2019
Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog expressed his support for the Swedish national women’s hockey team.
Gabriel Landeskog adds his support for Swedish women’s national team https://t.co/JWRbWOIujY— Mile High Hockey (@MileHighHockey) August 23, 2019
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.
Statement from NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on Evgeny Kuznetsov pic.twitter.com/e9MTrKb17I— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) August 23, 2019
Bill Guerin made his first trade as the Minnesota Wild general manager.