Today’s, tweets, stories and news in no particular order.
A tasty bit of someone else’s pain to start you off:
In 11 years at helm, this is the 5th time the Habs would have missed the playoffs, 3rd in a row and 4th in 5 years. While well-intentioned, the commitment to results and winning has fallen well short. It's too bad. Even my 6 year old son asked me why the Habs 'are always bad'. https://t.co/5A6HuK6ZX6— Eric Macramalla (@EricOnSportsLaw) June 11, 2020
It’s not just NHL teams that want border restrictions changed.
Canadian travel representatives call for reopening of Canada to international and interprovincial travel https://t.co/SAjiIlI5DO via @torontostar— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) June 12, 2020
But we’ll find out if this is true:
The three Canadian teams vying to become hub cities are expecting news on Friday that the federal government’s quarantine restrictions have been loosened.@SportsnetSpec reports ⤵️https://t.co/PzQnqYfTuT— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 11, 2020
Interesting that the Capitals filmed their on-ice workout and the Leafs are treating the bunker mentality very seriously:
What rust? #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/WFx31okSLB— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 11, 2020
Gotta watch this for the Mo-Flow:
Morgan Rielly: Toronto Maple Leafs eager 'to prove some people wrong' - TSN.ca
Want another tasty bit of someone else’s misfortune?
Pilut skips on Sabres by signing 2-year contract in Russia | National | oleantimesherald.com
BUFFALO, N.Y., (AP) — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut is forgoing a chance to continue his NHL career by signing a two-year contract with Russia’s Chelyabinsk Traktor.
I found that from one of those “who knows where this is clipped from” tweets that are all the rage (why are media companies laying people off and folding, it’s a mystery):
Lawrence Pilut's agent told the Sabres that he could look for a European deal and then the Sabres were surprised when he signed KHL contract lmfao pic.twitter.com/lXqEor6lKw— J (@Account4hockey) June 11, 2020
Okay, sorry, my mistake, they did film a little bit yesterday.
👀 The boys are back in town#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/E5RawZPpFt— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) June 11, 2020
Hockey Canada announced the 46 players on Thursday that were to attend 🇨🇦 Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, as well as the coaching staff for the camp and the now-cancelled 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup: https://t.co/qGG66UWmyY#TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/x51HNr5QXl— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) June 11, 2020
The inevitable back-channel backlash (whole thread):
Just had one of the most upsetting phone calls of my entire life. Someone called me and demanded to have an off the record conversation about my NHL columns because they thought I was pushing "the wrong narrative."— Hemal Jhaveri (@hemjhaveri) June 11, 2020
I missed (a lot, I was tabulating T25 votes) 31 Thoughts yesterday:
31 Thoughts: Hockey, NHL pushing forward on multiple fronts
It’s got a long bit about the new exec in Arizona, and word that Dallas is adding Jason Robertson to their AHL extras squad, and Toronto publicly said what we all know that brother Nicholas is going to be there, so that’s cool. (Ours is better.)
This is a thing I also missed, and I think it’s extremely dumb, wrong-headed and just plain asinine, the trades more than the other stuff, but the other stuff is dumb too:
10. Teams that are out of the playoffs can make trades with each other. Another idea being discussed is whether or not those clubs will be able to buy out players or give qualifying offers later this month. That would be the normal window, but this world is anything but normal right now.
And the really interesting bit of news is this:
18. Speaking of the AHL, five NHL GMs (Kyle Dubas, Ken Holland, David Poile, Don Sweeney and Steve Yzerman) will be part of group working together to plan the AHL’s process for the 2020–21 season.
Not just in who is really the power in the AHL (not the AHL), but also who Dubas will be hanging with on Zoom.
Everything we’ve done is on the front page, and you know where that is, so, I’ll leave with a Happy Friday! Ask me nice and I might hint at who came first in T25 voting and give it all away.