We are officially in the final month of the year without hockey. Boy, that sounds good to say, doesn’t it? With camps just about five weeks away, players, coaches and managers are enjoying the final few weeks at the lake, as the dog days of summer begin to draw to a close.
As you look to kill a little company time on this Thursday, join us on our journey around the hockey world with today’s Puck Wire!
- The Edmonton Oilers haven’t retired a number since Glenn Anderson in 2009. It’s time they change that by retiring Kevin Lowe’s number 4 and Ryan Smyth’s number 94 to the rafters at Rogers Place in Edmonton. I took a deeper dive into that over at The Oilers Rig.
- We still haven’t seen an Erik Karlsson trade, but odds are one will still happen before the start of the season in October. Although Karlsson reportedly would be open to a deal, here’s a look at eight times where a star player was traded against his will, via Sportsnet’s Sean McIndoe.
- The St. Louis Blues missed the playoffs last spring, but after a number of major off-season moves, the club believes they are poised for big things. Defender Joel Edmundson took it a step further, telling NHL.com that he believes the additions make them a “top five club”.
- Who will hit 100 points in 2018-19? We won’t know for sure until April, but ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski takes a stab at predicting which teams will hit the century mark this season.
- Sports gambling is becoming legal in multiple states around the country. If the NHL is going to get involved, they are going to want a piece of the action according to Commissioner Gary Bettman.
- The Key Arena renovation project in Seattle is apparently going to cost more than the initial projections indicated.