Good afternoon hockey fans! As we approach another weekend, it’s time to kill some company time and take a spin around the hockey world by taking a look at today’s top news. Even though a number of teams are currently on their bye weeks, there is still plenty going on.
Today, we’ll take a look at the Canadian Olympic Hockey team officially being named, the NHL All-Star rosters, who is real and who isn’t in the NHL, and much more.
Top Hockey News Of The Day: January 11
– For the first time since 1994, the Winter Olympics will take place without NHL’ers patrolling the ice. The rosters won’t be nearly as sexy, but the games will still be quite interesting as younger players and former NHL’ers get the chance of a lifetime to represent their country. Earlier today, Team Canada revealed their roster that includes a number of former NHL’ers. The Toronto Star has the roster covered.
– Speaking of rosters being announced, the NHL announced their full All-Star game rosters last night. As you all know, Connor McDavid, PK Subban, Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin will captain their respective divisions, while all 31 teams will be represented at the event. The official press release from the NHL is here.
– Who is a contender and who is a pretender in the NHL as we approach the All-Star break? That’s a pretty good question, as once again parity reigns supreme in the NHL. Sportsnet’s Dmitri Filipovic tries to determine who is for real and who is simply a paper tiger as we gear up for playoff races.
– As the aforementioned playoff races heat up, some teams will be left out in the cold. Those teams will undergo changes between now and next season to make up for their poor 2017-18 campaign. Some of those teams may even change their GM between now and June’s entry draft. ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski takes a look at seven different GM’s that could be on the hot seat at this point in time.