Mitch Marner concluded an inferno month of ice hockey the NHL leader in points, goals, assists, and shots, earning him the First Star of the Month in the league for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Included in his leading nine goals, 14 assists, and 53 shots in only 12 games was his four-goal game against the Detroit Red Wings. And remember when Marner scored 10 goals in eight consecutive games? All but two of those games in that streak were in February. That’s pretty impressive.
Marner didn’t do it alone, as Auston Matthews arguably should’ve also been in the top three, scoring nine goals himself, 10 assists, lead the league in shot attempts, and finished second in scoring chances for the month. He also was the Star of the Week this past week ending on Sunday. Michael Bunting was the third Musketeer, scoring five points in the same Detroit game and being an overall excellent complimentary player with seven goals in the month. The Leafs first line was the number one line in the league in February, their combined 25 goals in 12 games was the most of any trio in the league this month.
Mitchell Marner (@MapleLeafs), Jacob Markstrom (@NHLFlames), Patrik Laine (@BlueJacketsNHL) named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of February.#NHLStats: https://t.co/7Bq2K8Cqvt pic.twitter.com/kIIlvwSyzZ— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 1, 2022
We’re going to get some AreTnas and Toronto St. Pats jerseys this month, along with possible a Black and Gold “Next Gen” jersey. the AreTnas jersey will be used for the outdoor game Toronto will play against Buffalo in Hamilton. The St. Pats jersey will likely be for St. Patrick’s Day this year in mid-March, and the Leafs Next Gen game doesn’t have a date set yet, but there are nine home games to choose from.
Hate me all you want but I actually like the St. Pats jersey. They’re different and green used to be my favourite colour, especially when Mats Sundin was wearing it.
We're flipping things up for March pic.twitter.com/SK7vOvs1HF— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 1, 2022
Cap Friendly with a friendly salary cap PSA. Teams are allowed to sign ELC contracts that start next season starting yesterday, so expect to see some of that business get done before the deadline. Signing rights for defenders Axel Rindell and Ryan O’Connell are expiring this spring/summer. Rindell is a shooting defender in the Liiga, while O’Connell is in his senior year in the NCAA. I would be a little shocked if they got contracts
Besides them, Roni Hirvonen, Topi Niemela, and Nick Abruzzese are on the radar, if they’re not traded at the deadline. If they’re in play, maybe a shiny new contract can be a boost for their value.
Today being March 1st, teams can now begin signing draft choices currently on their reserve lists, as well as draft related unrestricted free agents (undrafted UFA's), to NHL contracts that being next season (2022-23).— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) March 1, 2022
This window closes again on June 1st. pic.twitter.com/kBT7RHjRwR
This weekend on Sportsnet One, watch the rematch between Canada and the USA, hosted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Young Sarah Fillier might not be playing as she’s still in college and not allowed to be considered a pro. I guess I’ll have to fawn over Sarah Nurse instead!
Hall-of-Famer and @PWHPA Ops Consultant Jayna Hefford: "This rivalry is one of the most storied in all of sports. We’re thrilled that the Penguins have provided the opportunity for fans to watch these women battle it out, once again."— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 1, 2022
Get tickets : https://t.co/67IKQTBC68 pic.twitter.com/IZgaaoYSFq
Equipment giant CCM have stopped using Alex Ovechkin and other Russian players in their global marketing campaigns. This doesn’t say Ovechkin and other Russian players are dropped from the manufacturer, but they won’t be seen in campaigns for the foreseeable future.
In case you missed this quote, wow, from a former Winnipeg Free Press columnist. While most seem to point the finger right at Evander Kane, it’s clearly not just him. Paul Stastny is clearly one, but I’d be looking at the whole Jets (mediocre) leadership from Wheeler, Scheifele, and Hellebuyck at least. They’re the ones who are still there with Stastny.