After what has been a turbulent period for the Toronto Maple Leaf’s, they have finally won their first game after losing six consecutive games. This win comes after the arrival of the new Head Coach Sheldon Keefe. After the first win, the Toronto Maple Leaf’s could be heard hollering in the dressing room. John Tavares, Captain of the Leaf’s, provided Keefe with the winning puck for bringing them a victory after only a few days of being Head Coach. Keefe noted that they have all been accepting and that he couldn’t ask for a better team to start his NHL Coaching Career.
Sheldon Keefe brought the Toronto Maple Leaf’s a victory after being announced as the new head coach only two days prior. They won with three points to one against the Arizona Coyotes. Playing at the Gila River Arena, one of their most memorable wins in history wasn’t even held at the Rogers Centre. Regardless, fans of the Maple Leaf’s have begun expressing their joy over social media for this significant win.
Sheldon Keefe has a long history of coaching professional hockey. His first stint in a professional setting was with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League. He coached them for five seasons and brought them a championship title for the Calder Cup in 2018. Sheldon uses his secret recipe for success, which includes pushing his players to become better with offensive players and developing their speed over time. His method made the Marlies one of the best teams in the AML. It appears that tactic has already begun to benefit the Toronto Maple Leaf’s as well.
Sheldon Keefe hasn’t had the chance to coach his players, taking the role only a few days before the next titles match. However, he made sure to hold a meeting with every player and emphasize that his leadership will be considerably more free-flowing. Cleary this put players into a more relaxed state for the game, showing Mike Babcock that his presence as Head Coach won’t be missed. The evidence of his free-flowing system came when Tyson Barrie took an opportunity to score on the net, giving Toronto their first goal of the evening. This marked the first time the team had acquired the first goal of the evening in eleven games. It will be interesting to see if the Toronto Maple Leaf’s can continue their winning streak with Sheldon Keefe at the helm.
The Calgary Flames aren’t even halfway through the 2019 – 2020 season and a significant injury has faced the team. Recently at a private practice, the most traumatic day in 25 years occurred or the Flames. Early into the two-hour-long practice one of their defencemen fell to the ground. TJ Brodie was standing idly during a blue line drill when he dropped to the ice and began convulsing similarly to seizures. Immediately, several players and the head coach rushed to Brodie’s side. They offered what support they could, securely holding his head and limiting the convulsions to the best of their abilities.
The assistant coaching staff and media reporters on the scene called 911 for an immediate ambulance, with medical staff and additional help assisting with the scenario until paramedics arrived on the scene. Before paramedics arrived, Brodie became conscious and uttered a few words to those around him. Afterwards, plenty of room was provided for the medical staff and for the anticipation of the paramedic’s arrival.
Fire officials and paramedics with Calgary arrived minutes after the call, who by that time had the general manager join the scene as well. Brad Treliving and Head Coach Bill Peters stood by his side while paramedics reviewed his condition. Bill Peters would remain at the hospital until Brodie’s release later on. Before being taken to the hospital, Brodie became fully aware of his surroundings and could sit up without the assistance of others. His fellow teammates skated to his side and tapped him gently, showing their support for Brodie. Eventually, he was lifted onto a stretcher and taken to Calgary’s downtown hospital.
The Calgary Flames, without their head coach and main defencemen, chose to cancel the practice. It didn’t take long for the general manager to tweet out a brief explanation of the experience. He noted that Brodie had an episode during the noon practice but was responsive, alert and being transported to the local emergency room for evaluation. Brad Treliving finished his tweet by letting fans know that there would be an update in the coming hours.
After four hours, the general manager sent out another tweet just before six at night. Brad issued out another tweet that mentioned multiple tests had been conducted on Brodie. The tweet let fans know that Brodie had been discharged from the hospital and will spend recovery time with his family for an undetermined amount of time. Brad Treliving iterated that an update would be provided on Brodie’s prolonged duration from the team on November 15th at the Calgary Saddledome.
During this week, the Predators made sure that Captain Roman Josi stays in Nashville for another eight years when they signed this multi-year contract with the captain to the value of $74.472 million. This will indeed mean that Josi will be on the receiving side of $9.059 million per season.
This week David Poile, president of hockey operations as well as general manager to the Nashville Predators, announced that they signed with Josi until the 2027-2028 season. He stated that Josi is one of the best defensemen in the entire National Hockey League and also being their team leader, they didn’t want to risk losing him to any other team.
Furthermore, it was stated that Josi is now in the prime of his career, and they want him to continue to develop and showcase his brilliant skills on the ice in Smashville. His contribution to the team is also considered to be invaluable in their efforts to claim their ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup.
Josi’s Season Thus Far
Josi had a brilliant start to this season. He managed to accumulate 13 points during his first 11 contests, making this the best performance he has had thus far in his NHL career of nine seasons. He is also part of a small group of six defensemen in the NHL who average 1 point per game. Recently also being named as the NHL Second Star of the Week, another first in his career, it is clear that Josi’s profession is indeed experiencing its all-time high.
Josi was drafted in 2008 during the second round. He became the captain of the team in September 2017. During the past eight years, his performance at the Predators has been nothing short of excellent. He already appeared for the team in 71 Stanley Cup Playoffs; this has him at a tie position as the most in the history of the organization. A record which he will most definitely exceed by far now after the extension of his contract. Another achievement linked to his name is the 32 postseason point which he has earned. This is the third-most in the club’s record books and the best achieved by a defenseman.
Josi, a native from Bern, Switzerland, has been playing extensively for his country. He made an appearance at the World Championship during last May. This was also his eighth appearance in the World Championship. During both 2013 and 2018, he made a valuable contribution to his country’s success in achieving the silver medal, and that also earned him the award as the Most Valuable Player. He also represented his home country in the 2014 Olympic Games and three World Junior Championships from 2007-09. Another silver medal was earned when he was playing for Team Europe in 2016 at the World Cup of Hockey.
When the experts of ESPN NHL sat down and discussed who they thought were the players to stand out in the 2019-2020 NHL season, they took past performance in consideration, but mostly judged according to potential greatness within these players. With 26 teams having at least one player on the list and Tampa Bay Lighting showing off with five names, this surely is going to be a high season to watch.
Connor McDavid – The 22-year-old playing for the Oilers delivered on 324 points which the highest in the NHL throughout the past three seasons. McDavid has the skill to create a full speed offence and is without a doubt one of the fastest on the ice in the entire NHL. With time this young man is only getting better and better.
Nikita Kucherov – Kucherov, 26 years old is the reigning MVP and recently set a new record in his salary cap with 128 points. He is considered to be the best right-winger in the NHL, and one of his greatest attributes is that he is always playing with motivation, continually improving his performance.
Nathan MacKinnon – Over the past two seasons, the 24-year-old playing for Avalanche has gotten onto the next level. MacKinnon moved from an average of 0.69 points per game to roughly doubling it to 1.26 points. The last two seasons have brought him 18 game-winning goals, and this young man surely has plenty more where that came from.
Sidney Crosby – The oldest player in the top five is with no doubt the Penguins’ Crosby at the age of 32. Over time Crosby has managed to gather great awe in the league for is brilliant performance again and again, to such a degree that many do consider him to be the best player in the entire league. During the previous season, Crosby managed his sixth 100-point campaign. This is a record for the period in which he has been playing since he debuted in the 2005-06 season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy – Vasilevskiy was the winner of Vezina during the previous. The 25-year-old player is also at Tampa Bay Lightning and is being considered as the best goalie in the league, and with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .925 save average, we can understand why.
Alex Ovechkin – Playing for the Capitals, there was some gossip a year or two ago about the game getting to fast for the 34-year-old to keep up. Yet he won his first Stanley Cup and came back with a 51-goal season the next year. Ovechkin is not yet ready to leave the league and still being contracted for another two years. It might be safe to say that there is still quite a bit of impressive play left in him.
Victor Hedman – Also playing for Lightning, the 28-year-old is the winner of one Norris and went to Vegas three consecutive years as a finalist. The best way to describe Hedman is as an offensive force and add to that; he is probably the best shutdown defenseman in the NHL.