Quick Strikes: Crunch win final preseason game and the NHL season starts today
The Crunch end their preseason with a 1-1 record.
The Syracuse Crunch played their last preseason game last night, a late afternoon tilt at Toronto. Syracuse won the game, finishing their abbreviated preseason with a 1-1-0-0 record. Five different Crunch players recorded a goal on route to Syracuse’s 5-4 victory.
Rookies @Raddy1998 and @roscoldash paced the team with a goal and an assist each in a 5-4 victory over the @TorontoMarlies in the preseason finale.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 2, 2018
📝: https://t.co/zYIjqsrwCE pic.twitter.com/YdGqYOXDOC
Alex Barré-Boulet knows his goals going into his first professional season:
“I got to work on my strength, my speed and my defensive play.”— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 2, 2018
Alex Barré-Boulet following his first two AHL games. #SYRvsTOR pic.twitter.com/Nx9p7Phob2
Crunch broadcaster Lukas Favale’s twitter kept fans updated and optimistic throughout the game.
The #SyrCrunch with three goals in the first nine minutes of the period. It may be preseason, but you can see there is a lot of offensive talent on this Crunch team. Once it finds its way, it could be explosive. https://t.co/YIqXfoPq2s— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) October 2, 2018
Five different goal scorers today for the #SyrCrunch. And while these goals in the preseason don't officially count, it has to be good for the rookies to see a puck go into the net. Raddysh (2x), Barre-Boulet and Colton have all scored in the preseason https://t.co/XaZnKtIiIN— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) October 2, 2018
Taylor Raddysh was the first star of the game:
Three Stars of the Game:— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 2, 2018
🌟🌟 Alex Volkov
⭐️⭐️⭐️ Pierre Engvall
Head Coach Ben Groulx had careful praise for his young team following the game.
“It would have been easy to, not quit, but be happy with keeping the score tight and not working our way back. We did work hard.”#SyrCrunch Ben Groulx comments on his team climbing back from a two-goal deficit in the preseason finale. #SYRvsTOR pic.twitter.com/QqIGHzLv97— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 2, 2018
(Rest up, coach, and get that cold taken care of!)
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Giradi wrapped up his training camp journal yesterday. Let’s get this season started! [Tampa Bay Lightning]
We’re very familiar with the team we’ll be facing Saturday, so should be prepared properly for that. We have a couple days without games after Opening Night, so everything’s focused on that first game to make sure we’re doing all the right things, make sure we’re not turning pucks over, playing good defensively, stuff we’ve been saying around here for a while. I think it’s going to be good to do that in practice in the next four days and then use it in a game.
Coach Jon Cooper took some time out to praise Anthony Cirelli:
On Cirelli: "He made some noise for us in the playoffs and played a significant role in that third-line center spot and killed penalties... He's kind of slotted himself in there and deservedly so. He's done a really good job for us."#BoltsCamp | Jon Cooper: pic.twitter.com/jZAIISjSPW— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) October 2, 2018
Speaking of Cooper: For God’s sake, guys, seal the wall!
"Note to the editors, take the first part of this conversation out." 😂— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) October 2, 2018
You've heard Coach Coop at practice, but we're taking you even closer: pic.twitter.com/GAMGL3KLEF
The Lightning squad seems to be getting healthy again. Only Tyler Johnson and Ryan Callahan were in red jerseys yesterday.
Tyler Johnson remains in a red no-contact jersey for practice today. Ryan Callahan too of course. #Bolts— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) October 2, 2018
THN lays it all on the line: “Anything less than the Stanley Cup will be considered a lost season for the Tampa Bay Lightning.” [The Hockey News]
Alan has a very important announcement about his existential crisis. [Raw Charge]
Being an extremely normal and healthy individual, I channeled this crisis energy into answering the dumbest question I’ve ever asked myself: Just how meaningless is preseason hockey? In most cases, this is where the author of this kind of article will say, “The answer might surprise you!” Except in this case, it won’t. It will only confirm your worst suspicion
There’s going to be new food at Amalie Arena this season!
We've got mouth-watering food updates ahead of the 2018-19 @TBLightning ⚡🍔 Checkout the new food menus for premium areas and concession stands (special shout-out to our vegetarian guests!): https://t.co/TLoDY4HcIv pic.twitter.com/w96DHxIbNE— Amalie Arena (@AmalieArena) October 2, 2018
Solar Bears News
The Orlando Solar Bears announced that forwards Chris LeBlanc and Brady Shaw have been returned to Orlando after their release from Syracuse Crunch training camp. Four other players from other AHL camps were also returned.
Our latest @pizzahut transaction report features six players making their way to Orlando from the AHL! https://t.co/Nv7qc8r4hj— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) October 2, 2018
The NHL season officially starts today. The Maple Leafs will host the Canadiens at 7:00 in a game that won’t be available on TV in the US. Instead, we get to watch the Bruins and Capitals on NBCSN at 7:30. The late games will feature Vancouver hosting Calgary and the Ducks visiting San Jose.
Montreal Canadiens forward Jacob de la Rose suffered what is being called a “cardiac episode” and was not cleared to travel with his team. He has been placed on injured reserve. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
The forward missed practice on Monday with what the team called a therapy day at the time. The severity of the injury is not said to be serious but anything that includes “cardiac episode” needs to be taken seriously and with extreme caution.
To be clear, Canadiens say De la Rose's condition is not serious, this is more precautionary in nature. The episode happened after the final preseason game in Ottawa and team medical staff didn't want to take any chances. He will be placed on IR.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) October 2, 2018
The Edmonton Oilers signed Jason Garrison to a one-year pact for $650k. [CopperNBlue]
Garrison looks like he’ll deputize on the bottom pairing every so often, while theoretically having a skill set that might see him playing spot duty on the second powerplay unit as well. There isn’t much risk (other than him being bad, which is very real), and all he cost the Oilers was money, so you can sort of understand their thinking here.
Brent Burns gets his beard shaved off in the kitchen, because of course he does. The comments to this particular post, especially those from his wife and others, are all gems.
End of an era ... start of something special! Lets get it going again 💪 pic.twitter.com/U4yJVxbqKh— Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) October 2, 2018
The Toronto organization suffered two big waiver losses yesterday. Ouch.
The #leafs lost both Calvin Pickard and Curtis McElhinney on waivers.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 2, 2018
When the Vancouver Canucks put Sam Gagner on waivers, they said they would try to get him close to his family if he wasn’t claimed. He cleared successfully, so they have loaned him to AHL Toronto.
The @TorontoMarlies have acquired forward Sam Gagner on loan from the Vancouver Canucks.— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 2, 2018
Gagner has 152 goals and 433 points in 770 career NHL games.
Details >> https://t.co/KFCtpLY0KP | #MarliesLive pic.twitter.com/OgqyAELhzZ
The Washington Capitals showed off their new bling yesterday. Ah, Jostens. Anyone else have an urge to go find their class ring? [Washington Capitals]
The ring is made of 14-karat white and yellow gold expertly set with diamonds, genuine rubies, and genuine blue sapphire. The ring features 230 round diamonds, as well as 22 princess cut diamonds, for a carat weight of 5.5. Increasing the stone count are 28 custom taper-cut rubies and seven custom-cut star-shaped rubies, totaling 4.6 carats. A star-shaped sapphire weighing .10 carats brings the precious stone weight to an astonishing 10.2 carats.
The New York Islanders saved a bit of money yesterday by sending forward Jan Kovar to the AHL.
The #Islanders sending forward Jan Kovar to the minors means that only $975K of his $2M AAV will count towards New Yorks salary cap for the duration of his loan.— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) October 2, 2018
It being a 1-way contract does mean that Kovar will continue to earn his entire $2M salary.https://t.co/Kv73KcV1JG https://t.co/cTjM7SZ2h0
The Athletic predicted a ton of stuff going into the 2018-19 NHL season. I can’t read it because I, like many of you, don’t have a subscription. But I’m sure it’s great. [The Athletic]
It was a bit foggy at in Chocolate Town yesterday. What a cool shot.
Overcoming the Tuesday morning fog at Hersheypark Arena #HBH pic.twitter.com/OP3P50Jm9C— Hershey Bears (@TheHersheyBears) October 2, 2018
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stated Tuesday that the board of governors’ executive committee has recommended proceeding with Seattle’s expansion application. [ESPN]
“The notion is have the board vote on expansion,” Bettman said. “And assuming, as I think everybody is, that it would be approved -- I don’t want to be presumptuous of the board’s prerogative -- but everything seems to be on track.”
Meanwhile, the readers of the Seattle Times have voted, and their choices for the new NHL team name has apparently been narrowed down to two choices. They’re...choices, all right.
🏒 It's down to TWO!— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) October 1, 2018
Sockeyes or Totems? The final round of voting in our tournament to name Seattle's future NHL team continues through Sunday 10/7.
🗳 VOTE: https://t.co/a2JWRnB2YA pic.twitter.com/4ha0S1029k
Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers new mascot, has been granted his own Upper Deck Young Guns NHL rookie card. [Upper Deck Blog]
Scott Moore has resigned as president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties.
Scott Moore has resigned as president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties. He was with Rogers for almost eight years and was the last of the three executives who landed the big NHL deal to leave the company.— David Shoalts (@dshoalts) October 2, 2018
The PHWA announced Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post winner the 2018 Red Fisher Award, which recognizes to the top overall beat reporter from the 2017-18 season. It was voted on by her peers.
The PHWA has named Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) of the Washington Post as winner of 2018 Red Fisher Award: https://t.co/2OYxJcusbQ— PHWA (@ThePHWA) October 2, 2018