Category: Sochi 2014

Team USA announced with some surprising omissions

David Backes, Team USA.

With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, only five weeks away, the Americans were first to announce their final roster. Yesterday, immediately following the Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, USA Hockey named its…

Ottawa Senators: no Team USA for Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators.

This has not been the best season for Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson. Following an incredible .941 save percentage and 1.69 GAA in 2012-13 is a task the Sens netminder has struggled to duplicate. His numbers this season are significantly…

Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos is “up and moving around”

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

The hockey world gasped in horror when Steven Stamkos crashed into his own goal post and could not stand up afterward. We watched him get wheeled off the ice on a stretcher, and thought, “oh no.” Regardless of which team…

Colorado Avalanche: was the Semyon Varlamov arrest part of a plot to weaken the Russian Olympic team?

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov turned himself in to Denver police on October 30, 2013, following accusations of domestic violence. Upon arrest the Russian netminder was criminally charged with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault. Varlamov is accused of perpetrating the…

Pittsburgh Penguins: Teemu Selanne says Olli Maatta belongs on Finland’s Olympic Ice Hockey team at Sochi 2014

Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins

He is a legend making his final round through NHL buildings he has electrified for the better part of two decades. Teemu Selanne played what is likely his last NHL game in Pittsburgh last night as his Anaheim Ducks lost…

Pittsburgh Penguins: does Marc-Andre Fleury have a spot on Team Canada?

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

Four years ago Team Canada won Olympic gold with Marc-Andre Fleury serving as third-string goalie behind Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur. The Flower never dressed in any elimination games at Vancouver 2010 but he was on the team. Will he…

Social Media allowed at Sochi 2014, Winter Olympics in Russia

Contrary to many reports that circulated throughout the day (including this one, this one and this one), journalists are in fact allowed to utilize social media at Sochi 2014 in Russia. The original story out of Russia intimated that members…

Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos broken tibia confirmed

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning realized their worst fears today when star centre Steven Stamkos slid violently into his own goal post against the Boston Bruins. The Bolts’ star was unable to stand on his own power – he left the…

NHL leading scorer Steven Stamkos leaves ice on a stretcher

Steven Stamkos, Team Canada

The overwhelming response from hockey fans and media all over North America is as follows: hopefully it’s not as bad as it looks. In today’s Veterans Day matinee between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, Bolts star Steven Stamkos…

Colorado Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov controversy not slowing down the Avs

Semyon Varlamov as a member of the Washington Capitals at the Winter Classic. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

On October 30th, the hockey world was shocked upon hearing that Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov would be spending the night in a Denver jail facing assault and kidnapping charges. The following morning, the Avs goaltender was released on bail,…