Today’s 5

Today’s 5 observations on current events in the National Hockey League and the world of hockey.

1. Friedman Talks Gardiner

In the latest edition of his incredible ongoing segment called “30 Thoughts,” CBC‘s Elliott Friedman wrote the following:

“14. There is definitely some level of conversation going on between other teams and Toronto involving Jake Gardiner. I despise the word “shopped,” as it’s more like a feeling-out process. If the Maple Leafs do decide to do it, it’s going to be for a young asset or assets. So, you have to look at teams with talented young players. This is PURELY my speculation, but if teams like Dallas, Florida or Minnesota would be interested, you could see a match.

15. The Gardiner talk surprised me, because he was so impressive against Boston in last year’s playoffs. There are scouts who still have questions, but most agree that he has a valuable skill — he can skate the puck out of trouble.” – Elliott Friedman, CBC Sports. Read full article here.

There are many elements to Friedman’s appeal – one of which is his unparalleled ability to convey his message sincerely and honestly. In other words, if Elliott’s saying it, it’s probably somewhat true.

The thing is, he isn’t saying much. He simply mentions that, there is definitely some level of conversation going on between other teams and Toronto involving Jake Gardiner.” He even takes it one step further, announcing the Gardiner stuff is “PURELY” speculation on his part.

Either way, Canadian media ran with the topic. Here are some Tweets regarding the Jake Gardiner rumours (or whatever they are):

 2. Oilers Put On A Show In Edmonton Last Night

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

The Edmonton Oilers came to life in the 3rd period of a home game last night against the New Jersey Devils. They were trailing 3-0, about to lose their 3rd straight game to open the season – then, offensive explosion!

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Andrew Ference, David Perron and Taylor Hall scored 4 unanswered to take the lead. The rout occurred in a span of 7:47 minutes.

The Devils tied the game, forcing overtime. The Oilers won the exciting affair in a shootout on a finishing tally by new addition, David Perron.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins played nearly half the game, clocking in at 28:12 TOI at the end of the sixty-five minute contest.

The Oilers still sit below 0.500%, but the win was inspirational – the type of victory that can turn a season around. The players who needed to take charge for the Oilers did, as they enjoyed a massive confidence boost in the come from behind epic.

3. Maple Leafs Start The Season 3-0 Without David Clarkson

When the Leafs’ high profile offseason acquisition received a 10 game suspension to begin the NHL campaign, many said, “oh my.” And others said, “what the @#$% was he thinking?” Generally, most people believed it was a selfish and costly play by the Toronto Maple Leafs rugged winger.

Don’t look now, but the Leafs are 3-0 without David Clarkson in the lineup.

4. Luongo & Schneider, Together Again

Big night in Vancouver, as Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider face off against each other for the first time. Bobby and Cory are buddies. They’ll chat in warmup, they’ll text each other during the day, and they may even have lunch together.

Lost in the hype – the New Jersey Devils are an angry team right now. They gave up a 3 goal lead in the 3rd period last night. They lost the game, too. The Devils come into this one with something to prove.

Canucks head coach John Tortorella and the New Jersey Devils have a history of rivalry. Torts is going to get his squad fired up to play against his old Atlantic Division foes. How fired up?

Imagine they brawl. What if tensions are high and a melee breaks out? Do Luongo and Schneider drop em’ at centre ice and pull a Bernier/Miller? That would certainly make this anticipated meeting a clash worth remembering. Reality is, the chances of that are slim to nil. But that would make for some great headlines tomorrow.

5. Team Canada’s New Jerseys

Toronto Maple Leafs writer for the Globe & Mail tweeted out images of Canada’s new shirts. They look good. What do you think? Take The Hockey Daily poll to voice your opinion on Team Canada’s new jerseys.