Before we get to the ex-Leafs, the big news from yesterday was the surprise announcement from the Bruins that Tuuka Rask has decided to opt-out of continuing to play, effective immediately. There’s all kinds of takes on this, but, really, there’s no need for any. He made a decision he believed was in his best interests, and that’s all that we need to know about it.
Tuukka Rask opts out of Stanley Cup Playoffs
The Bruins still won their game, yesterday, but not with help from ex-Leafs player Par Lindholm. The Bruins have turned him into a goon!
Meanwhile, another ex-Leaf played in his first ever NHL playoff game, and made a big contribution. Carter Verhaeghe drew in to the Bolts lineup and setup Victor Hedman like a seasoned pro.
Great play and poise by Carter Verhaeghe - in his first playoff game - finding a streaking Victor Hedman up middle for a 3-1 lead late in second period. #TBLightning pic.twitter.com/hjp3ppJQKk— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) August 16, 2020
Capitals @ Islanders — Islanders lead series 2-0
12 pm ET, NBCSWA, SN360, TVAS, USA, MSG
Stars @ Flames — COL lead 2-0
2 pm ET, CBC, CNBC, FS-SW+
Golden Knights @ Blackhawks — Series tied 1-1
6:30 pm ET, SN1, SN360, NBCSN, NBCSCH, ATTSN-RM
Flyers @ Stinky Team
8 pm ET, CBC, SN, NBC, TVAS
Sportsnet highlighted the story of the first Black team physician in the NHL.
We’re deep into blunder highlights season for the playoffs now, and this one stands out above any others in recent memory. It’s one of the biggest goofs of the year.
Questionable times lead to Growlers’ snipers heading overseas - The Chronicle Herald
Three players left the pound to head overseas in the past week.
Sabres Make Player Development Hires in Appert Ellis - Die By The Blade
Former USNTDP coach, Seth Appert has been named the head coach of the Rochester Amerks while former-Sabre Matt Ellis has been hired as director of player development.
Hilary Knight talks her women’s hockey journey on Just Women’s Sports - The Ice Garden
The US star talked with Kelley O’Hara.