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.

Petr Cech had a tremendously successful career as a goalkeeper for both Chelsea and Arsenal. He is currently the performance and technical director at Chelsea, a position which he took on when he hung his boots for good. Even though he had such a long and successful career in the field, his first love has always been ice hockey. This is a love which he is now pursuing with great success. Recently not only helping his team win during his first game on ice but also delivering such an excellent performance that he was announced as man of the match.

Pursuing His First Love

Cech jumped at the first opportunity, which came his way, and when he had the chance to pursue his first love, he took it. He got signed by Guildford Phoenix as a goalkeeper for their team. Guildford Phoenix plays in the fourth tier of the British ice hockey league. At the age of 37 years, he had the opportunity this Sunday in Guildford, to show off his skills and sharpness on the ice. He managed two penalty saves which included the very crucial last one during the shootout which ensured Guildford’s victory over the Swindon Wildcats. Afterwards, he commented that he badly wanted to win and that he is glad that they did.

Experiencing the Game

For the game, Cech was dressed in a jersey which was half that of Chelsea and half that of Arsenal. He also had a custom made a helmet. Cech stated that he couldn’t believe that he wasn’t more nervous during the game. He was also impressed with the speed at which his body switched into, what the refers to as, matchday mode. The team is the development team for the top-flight club Guildford Flames. Even though this one performance has given Cech a tremendous amount of satisfaction in pursuing this long-standing dream, he will be playing as much as that he possible can fit in with Chelsea commitments still on his program as well.

A Successful Career in Football

Many consider Cech to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of European soccer. During his 15-year career playing goalkeeper on the soccer field, Cech had much success with 13 trophies earned from 11 seasons of playing for Chelsea. He also won four Premier League titles there. At Arsenal, he helped them into the 2015 FA Cup and contributed to sealing their victory in 2017. For himself, he was also the winner of many personal accolades during his career. Even though he now has swopped the grass which used to be beneath his feet for ice, it seems that the skill which he brings to play is no less and that Cech will soon be a recognized name within the sport of ice hockey too. For his magnificent contribution to the game against the Swindon Wildcats, Cech was named man of the match.


Joel Quenneville was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks on November 2018 and have managed to go 3-11-2 once Jeremy Colliton took over. While the blistering cold of the winter starts setting in, let’s take a look at a few reasons to stay positive going forward if you consider yourself a Chicago Blackhawks fan.

Reasons To Stay Positive

The best hope that Blackhawk fans can look forward to is in the coaches, both past and present. Jeremy Colliton, the current bench boss, is considered a thankless situation. The team is currently getting roasted when it comes to 5-on-5, with a percentage for goals at 43.85, while suffering with the worst power play of 11.6% along with a 74.4% penalty kill which is the fourth-worst in the league. This is essentially a problem with construction as oppose to coaching and one can only hope that Stan Bowman, the general manager of the team, gives Colliton a greater tool chest to reconstruct the squad.

As for the past coach, the hope is that Joel Quenneville is hired sooner rather than later. Once that occurs, it should assist the true problem that is plaguing the franchise at the moment, the no-movement clauses. What they actually need is the exact same thing Dale Tallon provided when Brian Campbell settled to waive the no-trade clause.

It already seems like a lost season for Chicago. Blackhawks fans should consider this feasible plan: a playoff run against the Bears as a winter distraction, then a rival for Chicago next October. Chicago is currently stuck in neutral as they are currently constructed. Stan Bowman can make a few immediate changes, such as the Dylan Strome and Brandan Perlini swap over Nick Schmaltz. However, a complete overhaul is quite impossible when you consider 6 out of the 7 players that have the highest annual salaries have a no-trade clause. Therefore, the current season will only have a few small tweaks which means the changes that take place next year will be far more significant.

With the projected cap to be around $83 million during the 2019/20 season, it leaves the Blackhawks with around $20 million which they can spend. The Blackhawks had money to spend during the summer last time, but unfortunately, the market was quite limited. This time, there’s a possibility that Jacob Trouba, Mark Stone, Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner, Wayne Simmonds, Joe Pavelski, Artemi Panarin, Anders Lee, Erik Karlsson, Kevin Hayes, Jake Gardiner, Jordan Eberle, and Matt Duchene will be available this time around. The best way forward is to utilize one of these players and complement the blue line with an immediate flush prospect tool.

There are still several signs of development when it comes to the Blackhawks. Chicago gave 1,395 minutes to its rookies which is the fourth highest in the league and it seems like each of the rookies that have been given a chance is providing the goods. Perhaps this is something they will need to continue going forward?

The Career of Jonathon Toews

Jonathon Toews is one of the many Canadians who have become household names in the NHL over the past decade and he continues to play at a consistent level for the Blackhawks. With almost 800 NHL games under his belt, the 30-year old knows what it takes to perform day in-day out at this elite level.

Born in Manitoba, Toews began playing at an early age and is believed to have been just three years old when taking to the ice for the very first time. He skated on a daily basis which helped hone his talents and after impressing at high school, he represented the University of North Dakota where he amassed 85 points in 76 appearances and regularly caught the eye.

Life at the Chicago Blackhawks

It was the Blackhawks who decided to take a chance on this rising star and he was third overall in the 2006 Entry Draft. The Chicago side were blooding youngsters at the time and trying to reduce the average age of their side and Toews was one of a number of youthful additions to the squad.

He made an instant impact for the Blackhawks, scoring in his first appearance in October 2007 and continued his hot streak by claiming at least a point in each of his first ten games. A run which also consisted of five assists. He finished as the second highest team scorer that season and was runner-up in the Calder Memorial Trophy with teammate Patrick Kane taking top honours.

He was made assistant captain in just his second season in Chicago with his leadership qualities clearly impressing the coaching staff. At just 20-years old, he was installed as captain becoming the third youngest in the history of the NHL.

Leading by example, he was a firm fans favourite and was rewarded with a new six-year contract at the end of 2009.

Stanley Cup Success

Toews’ eye for goal helped his side reach the Stanley Cup Play-Offs for the first time since 2002 but despite a decent start, they were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in 2009 post-season showdown.

He completed a second career hat-trick during the 2010 Stanley Cup Play-Offs and his fine form continued as he helped the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup success since 1961. It took just six games to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers with Toews following in the footsteps of fellow-Canadian Sidney Crosby to become just the second youngest captain to lift the prestigious trophy.

Another Stanley Cup victory was achieved in 2015 with Toews guiding his side to a victory over Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a third Stanley Cup triumph in six years for the Franchise and Toews had been a major figure in each of those successes.

In 2017, he was named amongst the NHL’s 100 greatest players.

International Career

He made his International debut in 2007 at the World Championships after playing just two years of college hockey and he was still on the verge of turning professional at this point. No other Canadian had been victorious in both the World Championship and World Junior Championship up until this point.

He has also enjoyed success at the 2014 Winter Olympics, picking up a gold medal and he also represented Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He scored just a single goal during their success at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver but did clock up eight points throughout the competition which was more than any of his team-mates.

The Glittering Career of Sidney Crosby

There are a plethora of NHL stars who have hailed from Canada over the last twenty years but very few can match the achievements of Sidney Crosby. Born in Nova Scotia, Crosby was always destined to be a star of the game after impressing at junior level and he also hailed from a sports-mad family. His father was a goaltender for Montreal Canadiens and following a modest career, he was seemingly keen for his son to go one step further. During his junior career, he excelled and became the youngest ever player to score in the World Junior Championships. He was making a name for himself and attracting admiring glances from a number of NHL teams.

He was picked up in the 2005 draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, selected as their first overall choice. They put their faith in a youngster from Canada and it paid dividends.

Early Life at the Pittsburgh Penguins

His debut season saw him amass 102 points despite being given limited time on the ice and he was also dubbed one of the league’s best young players by a number of media outlets.

He continued to excel and during his second season in Pittsburgh he managed to secure the Art Ross Trophy following an impressive haul of 120 points during the regular season. The silverware kept on coming with the Hart Memorial Trophy also secured. He was also deemed the MVP which completed a truly remarkable breakthrough season for the Canadian.

Captaincy

In May 2007, Crosby was installed as captain after playing just 165 games for his side. He initially rejected the offer four months earlier as he didn’t believe he was ready for the responsibility. He was just 19 years and 297 days old when he finally accepted the role, making him the youngest ever NHL captain, beating the previous record by 27 days.

Despite missing a handful of games due to injury, he led his side to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals where they were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings. A 2-1 defeat at the Mellon Arena was a significant blow and they weren’t able to recover in time for game six.

Crosby finally got his hands on the Stanley Cup just twelve months later when guiding his side to success during the 2009 season. They avenged last year’s defeat by beating the Red Wings in seven games with Crosby becoming the youngest captain in the history of the NHL to lift the trophy. He scored 51 goals during the course of the season and added yet more silverware to his ever-increasing collection.

Injury Problems

It hasn’t all been plain sailing for Crosby who has suffered a number of injuries during the subsequent seasons. Concussion left him side-lined for the start of the 2011-12 campaign after he had previously missed out on the 2010-11 play-offs following a blow to the head.

Despite missing a large chunk of the campaign, he still finished as the team’s leading scorer, amassing 66 points during his 41 appearances.

International Career

As well as embarking on a hugely successful club career, Crosby has also represented his country on numerous occasions. He played a major role in Canada’s 2010 success at the Winter Olympics which were held in Vancouver. He netted a game-winning goal during a shoot-out with Switzerland to help catapult his side through to the next round and he also netted the decisive goal during overtime in the gold-medal winning game against the United States.

This is still regarded as one of Canada’s greatest sporting achievements.

In 2015, he captained Canada to success in the World Championships and helped his side bounce back from eight barren years in this competition. He scored four goals during the event and also claimed seven assists.