Vancouver Canucks fans make the best of it after learning goalie Roberto Luongo had been traded, as they stand up with a makeshift sign during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Canucks 1-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
The biggest trade has probably already happened with the Roberto Luongo deal, but there could still be plenty of action ahead. Follow all the latest news with the National Post’s live coverage of the NHL trade deadline.
They are the fifth-best team in a watered-down Eastern Conference. They score a lot of goals, but still give up too many shots. They struggle to protect leads. They rely too much on their top line and goaltenders and special teams. They might be a playoff team, but they are not a Stanley Cup contender.
And, barring a last-minute development, that is not about to change.
The roster that turned in a lackluster effort in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night will likely be the same roster you see after the March 5 trade deadline. Yes, Dave Bolland will be activated off long-term injury at some point. But, according to vice-president of hockey operations Dave Poulin, the Leafs are not in the rental market. (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)
The Vancouver Canucks head coach said he gets what has gone on in this community with goaltenders the last few years. He gets the popularity Roberto Luongo has earned by handling it all — the demotion to No. 2, the reincarnation, the contract, the Cory Schneider trade — with rare aplomb.
He gets the angst it was certain to cause when he named NHL rookie Eddie Lack to make a third consecutive start after the Olympic break — and not in just any hockey game, but in the Heritage Classic — while the franchise goaltender sat in his toque on the end of the bench, opening and closing the door and trying to keep a neutral expression on his face for the TV closeups.
Tortorella turned an easy, no-fuss, no-muss choice that would never be second-guessed into an unnecessary kick in the private parts, an unpopular decision that had many in the crowd of 54,194 at B.C. Place Stadium booing Lack when his picture was flashed on the massive video board, and chanting “We want Lou!” when the Ottawa Senators’ winning goal went past Lack at 10:11 of the second period.
Click through to read Cam Cole’s full column and see more photos from Sunday’s Heritage Classic. (Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Playing in a winter wonderland, Jonathan Toews showed his two-way game is perfect for any conditions.
Toews had two goals and an assist at a picturesque Soldier Field, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Saturday night in the finale of the NHL Stadium Series. (Photo: Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald/The Associated Press)
That fire hydrant sure came out of nowhere: A combination photo shows Toronto mayor Rob Ford holding his groin after running into a fire hydrant while celebrating at Maple Leaf Square in Toronto after the Canadian men’s hockey team won the Olympic gold medal. (Photos: Darren Calabrese/National Post)
Across the country, flags were waving and horns were honking Sunday morning after Canada defeated Sweden in the Sochi final.
It was still early in the morning in the west, but that didn’t stop Canadians from coming out in droves to celebrate Sunday’s win.
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In 2010, Crosby capped a towering pyre of emotion and terror and excitement with a goal every Canadian will remember. In 2014, Crosby scored in the gold-medal final, too. So did Jonathan Toews. And instead of a ride, it was a bloodless, dominant, crushing affair. Canada won its second straight Olympic gold medal to close the Sochi Olympics, defeating Sweden 3-0. It wasn’t that close.
“There were numerous complaints that we didn’t score,” said Canadian head coach Mike Babcock. “I thought we were dominant. I thought we played great today. (Photo: Jean Levac/Postmedia News)
Outdoor hockey… in California: The Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night in the NHL’s first warm-weather outdoor game.
The league threw a California carnival for the event, filling left field with a beach volleyball court and right field with a fireworks-laden stage where Kiss performed. People in shorts and tank tops played Frisbee and practised yoga between periods while skateboarders rolled past a ball hockey court featuring youth teams.
Although the temperature was 63 degrees with significant humidity when Wayne Gretzky dropped the first puck, the ice held up fairly well in the night air. The Ducks’ outstanding season also remained solid in their 21st victory in 24 games, while the Kings lost their fifth straight game.
The Kings hosted the first official outdoor game west of the Rocky Mountains in recognition of the NHL’s near half-century in Los Angeles and their rivalry with the Ducks, who joined the league two decades ago. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)
The women’s hockey star, who will carry the Maple Leaf into the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics, says the idea that she and her teammates could be under any more pressure is absurd.
After all, they play a sport that many in Canada consider religion. So any sort of cosmic jinx pales in comparison to the weight of an entire country’s expectations for the women’s team to win a fourth straight gold medal in Sochi.
“I think there’s just too much emphasis to put on that,” Wickenheiser said Thursday via conference call from Austria. “The pressure that we feel is the pressure that always comes with playing hockey as a Canadian hockey player, whether you’re male or female.
“The country expects a gold medal. Whether I carry the flag or not, I’m pretty sure our team doesn’t feel any extra added incentive that there’s more pressure to perform, because we already feel that already.” (Photo: Ronald Zak/The Associated Press)
The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames engaged in a wild first-period brawl Saturday night which later carried over to Canucks coach John Tortorella being involved in an altercation in the hallway outside of the Flames’ dressing room.
The opening minutes of the NHL game, which the Canucks won 3-2 in a shootout, was like a scene from the movie Slapshot. It brought back memories of when teams like the Broad Street Bullies and Big Bad Boston Bruins waged wars on the ice.
“I don’t think anybody expected that,” said Flames defenceman Chris Butler, one of eight players ejected from the game. (Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)