The dump and chase mentality of the Minnesota Wild may have been fruitful in the past, but it’s time for the team to work on their offense in earnest.
The Avalanche and Bednar have been laying the groundwork for having a successful season, which will hopefully bear more fruit than previous seasons under the tutelage of Patrick Roy, who departed from the team in August.
Before getting hurt on November 25, Price was the top goalie in the NHL. He posted two shutouts in winning nine of his first eleven starts for the Canadiens last fall. He was 10-2-0 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a 0.934 save percentage. Though he was initially predicted to be out for only six weeks, his absence stretched into six months.
The 20-year-old (19 when he began playing for the Red Wings in 2015) from Waterford, Michigan gave fans of the Red Wings something to cheer about all season. He became the first Red Wings teenager since Steve Yzerman in 1983 to score in his first NHL game. He was named Rookie of the Month in November 2015, leading all rookies with 7 goals. He was the third rookie from the Red Wings chosen to play in the NHL All-Star Game, setting a record for the fastest skater with a time of 13.172 seconds, breaking Mike Gartner‘s record set twenty years earlier.
World Cup of Hockey action is underway with exhibition games, the writers here at Puck Prose weigh in on their odds on the favorite team to win the tournament, and the player that they think will be the biggest impact player in the tournament.
In a move that surprised many, Patrick Roy stepped down as head coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche on August 11. A former goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens and the Avalanche, Roy cited a lack of input in personnel decisions as his reason for ending his three-year stint behind the bench.