31 Thoughts: Buyers, sellers emerging ahead of NHL Trade Deadline

• Senators arena deal enters new phase• Edmonton ‘looking everywhere’ for forwards• Cogliano trade just a warning shot for Ducks? Let’s start this week’s edition with an update on Ottawa’s downtown arena. Monday night, Ottawa’s National Capital Corporation extended the deadline for Eugene Melnyk and John Ruddy to sort out their issues until Feb. 28. But […]

31 Thoughts: Examining why a Nylander-Pietrangelo deal never materialized

• Can Ovechkin break Gretzky’s goals record?• Leafs doing due diligence on blueliners• Would Chicago, L.A. discussing moving Crawford, Quick? For years, David Amber’s been preaching to anyone who would listen that Alex Ovechkin will challenge Wayne Gretzky’s record of 894 goals. This is always met with derisive mocking, including, on one occasion, from Ovechkin […]

31 Thoughts: What Seattle means for future NHL expansion

• 2021–22 Seattle start ‘blessing in disguise’• Nothing imminent on 33rd NHL franchise• Some GMs unhappy with Nylander contract Ninety minutes before Gary Bettman stepped to the podium and made things official, several members of Seattle’s bid team were asked inside the Board of Governors’ meeting. Not that it was ever in doubt, but walking into […]

31 Thoughts: Senators’ Melnyk scrambling to save arena deal

• Flyers seek fresh perspective in GM search• Final week of Nylander saga• Bruins looking for help up front Let’s get this out of the way: the NHL and the Senators know Eugene Melnyk cannot win an Ottawa-area popularity contest against John Ruddy. With the LeBreton Flats downtown arena plan in serious jeopardy of collapse, it […]

31 Thoughts: The fallout from Senators’ Uber video

• Joel Quenneville’s stunning firing• Carolina wants in on Nylander• Avoiding an NHL lockout? What a wild 24 hours. My first reaction to the Ottawa Senators’ Uber video: there by the grace of God go I. How many times have you been frustrated with your boss, a co-worker, your partner, a friend, whoever and privately unloaded […]

31 Thoughts: The hidden benefits of NHL’s big gambling bet

• NHL pushing for player, puck tracking• Leafs, Nylander at a “deadlock”• 2019 UFA defenceman market thinning down After years of avoidance, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman threw on his wetsuit and dove head first into gambling waters. Here’s what we know: The league followed the NBA’s imprint of a non-exclusive deal with MGM, which allows for […]