Good morning hockey fans! It was a quiet night in the NHL last night with only three games played, but there’s a bigger slate on tap tonight and Team USA’s men’s National Team will open their Olympic schedule up tomorrow morning at 6:30 am. Things are about to pick up again!
Not to mention, we are just 13 days away from the NHL’s annual trade deadline, coming up on the 26th of this month. As we await tonight’s action and the latest rumors, let’s take our daily spin around the hockey world.
Top Hockey News Of The Day – February 13
Today, we’ll look at what may happen for some Team USA Olympians after the tournament, who the favorite is in South Korea, what could happen in the tight Metro division prior to the deadline and more.
– Could Team USA captain and long-time NHL’er Brian Gionta be heading back to the NHL after the Winter Olympics in South Korea? What about longtime defender James Wisniewski? Both players are reportedly generating interest as late-season free agent adds, and there will be a window after the tournament for both to sign and be eligible for the postseason. Sports Illustrated has more on the possibility.
– With the NHL not participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the landscape of the hockey tournament has changed. Team Canada is no longer the favorite, while a potential dark horse American team simply wasn’t meant to be. With non-NHL’ers taking center stage, who is the favorite for the men’s tournament? The answer may not surprise you. Patrick Reevell of the New York Times has your answer.
– The Metro is arguably the toughest and most competitive division in all of hockey right now. So, as we approach the NHL’s trade deadline, the question must be asked. What will the eight teams in the Metro do in the next 13 days. Who are the buyers and who, if any, will be selling? ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski dives into that issue.
– As the Tampa Bay Lightning embark on their annual father’s trip, a pretty cool story has emerged centered around one of the club’s young forward. Matt Peca, who has emerged has a legit NHL option for the Bolts this season, owes his dad quite a bit for his current success. Why is that the case? Joe Smith of the Tampa Times tells the tale.