Good afternoon hockey world! As we inch closer to the holidays, news in the hockey world is grinding to a stop. The NHL’s holiday roster freeze is now in effect through December 28, while there are only three more days of games to go before the holiday break. A full slate awaits us tonight, so let’s take a spin around the hockey world.
Today, we’ll look at a familiar face rejoining the Washington Capitals, a look at some of the most underrated players in the game, an interesting trend with the Carolina Hurricanes and more!
Top Hockey News Of The Day – December 21
– The Edmonton Oilers claimed forward Nathan Walker off waivers a few short weeks ago. After playing in only two games, Walker was waived by Edmonton on Tuesday to make room for defender Andrej Sekera. To the surprise of no one, Walker was claimed off waivers once again, this time by his former team, the Capitals. More from Fox Sports.
– Who are the most underrated players in the NHL? Everyone has their opinions, including the players themselves. Emily Kaplan of ESPN.com does an excellent job getting anonymous player response to who they believe is the most underrated player in the game. Some of the answers will surprise you, while others are to be expected.
– The Carolina Hurricanes took part in the odd Tuesday afternoon game in Toronto earlier this week that marked the NHL’s 100th anniversary. It isn’t the first time that the Canes were part of NHL history, and it certainly won’t be the last. Daniel Goffenberg takes a look at four times the Hurricanes got in the way of NHL history for Sportsnet.
– Of course, the major news of the week has taken place in New York, as the Islanders officially won the Belmont Park bid yesterday for a new arena. For more information on this massive moment for the franchise, which is finally heading home, swing on over to NHL.com.
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