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Former Vancouver Canucks goalie Kirk McLean made a cameo appearance in a video protesting against open-net salmon farming.

McLean politely pleads in the video that “Open-pen farms should really reconsider their practices.”

 

A befuddled William Shatner simply responds, “What the f***, Kirk McLean? Come on, man, you’re a hockey player!” This prompts McLean to change his stance slightly, saying instead: “Sorry. Your s***ty unnatural practices f***ing suck!”

The ad campaign was made in response to the federal government’s new plan for phasing out the controversial practice of open-net salmon farming. It was originally targeted to be in 2025 but has now been pushed to 2029, which has left neither side fully happy with the compromise, with the supporters saying it will be impossible logistically, while critics feel the timeline is not aggressive enough to help save the wildlife.

Pacific Wild, the makers of this ad, obviously fall into the latter category and recruited Shatner to star in the spot. No matter how you feel about open-net salmon farming, it is hard to deny that the commercial is quite funny and seeing McLean let loose is an enjoyable sight.

Originally acquired in 1987 via a trade with the Devils, McLean spent over a decade as a member of the Canucks where he rode the highs and lows of the franchise throughout his tenure. He was best known for his stellar performance in the 1994 playoffs where he backstopped Vancouver all the way to Game 7 of the Stanely Cup Final before ultimately falling to the Rangers. He went 15-9 that spring and posted a .928 SV% along with a 2.28 GAA.

By the time he was traded to the Hurricanes during the 1997-98 campaign, McLean had complied a record of 211-228-62, a .887 SV% and a 3.28 across 516 games played. Although he is far from their winningest goalie in team history (that distinction belongs to Roberto Luongo), McLean remains the franchise leader in games played for a goalie.

Across a 16-year career where he also played for the Panthers and Rangers, he posted a record of 245-262-72, a .887 SV%, and a 3.26 GAA. He also got in seven playoff appearances (all with the Canucks) where he went 34-34 registering a .907 SV% and a 2.84 GAA.

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For the third game in a row, the Florida Panthers have the Stanley Cup within their reach.

They won the first two games of the Finals in Florida and then took a commanding 3-0 series lead when the series shifted back to Edmonton. Since then, though, the Oilers have won back-to-back games and are now a home victory in Game 6 away from knotting the series at 3-3.

Paul Maurice has coached a lot of games in the National Hockey League — 1,849 in the regular season and 135 in the playoffs, to be exact — but this is his first time trying to close out a team in the Stanley Cup. His Panthers lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in five games last summer and his Carolina Hurricanes were dropped in five by the Detroit Red Wings back in 2002.

What has he learned throughout the uncharted territory of seeing the Oilers slowly claw their way back into the series? To continue taking things one game at a time.

“Order the emotions and get your priorities correct,” Maurice said when speaking to the media ahead of Game 6 on Friday. “I thought we played a heck of a game in Game 5. That was structutrally as close to our game as we’ve played, it’ll be training camp video. Put the game first.”

The Oilers have been in Game 7 mode since the Panthers rolled into Edmonton and picked up a 4-3 victory in Game 3. That’s nothing new for a team that started off the season with a 2-9-1 record and sat in the basement of the league’s standings after one month of play, but for the Panthers, the goal is to keep things consistent each game.

“First I would need to know how I would treat the Game 7 differently than a Game 6 or a Game 5,” Maurice said when asked if the team was treating Friday like it was Game 7. “I don’t feel I would bring something different into the room that we need to play two games tonight. The conversation prior to puck drop is strictly hockey.”

For the last two games, the pressure has all been on Florida. They’re the team one win away from earning their first Stanley Cup in team history, while just about everyone counted the Oilers out after the Panthers won Game 3. But now that the series is at 3-2 and the Oilers are on home ice, Maurice said that the pressure has started to equalize for both sides.

“The pressure is leveling based on what one team has to lose and what one team has to gain,” Maurice said. “There are different emotions for both teams but they’re equally strong. It’ll be a loud building tonight, probably louder than the first two games, but we’ve been in loud buildings.”

The Panthers clinched their series victories this year over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, and New York Rangers on home ice but they were road warriors during last season’s playoff run. They took down the Bruins in Game 7 in Boston and then finished off the Maple Leafs in Toronto in Game 5 in the second round.

“There’s no day dreaming,” Maurice said. “It’s all about getting the team prepared properly.”

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One by one, the list of available goaltending options is dwindling for Brad Treliving and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

At this point, barring something out of left field, it’s becoming increasingly likely that the Leafs will end up addressing their crease needs in free agency.

On Wednesday, two marquee names – at least trade wise – dropped off the board as Jacob Markstrom was dealt to New Jersey and Darcy Kuemper was sent to Los Angeles.

Next up is Linus Ullmark, who by all accounts, is highly likely to be on the move from Boston over the next few weeks. That said, if you were hoping for the Leafs to scoop up the 2022-23 Vezina Trophy winner, don’t hold your breath. According to sources close to TheLeafsNation, Toronto’s on Ullmark’s 14-team no-trade list. Furthermore, he has no immediate plans to change his mind on that front either.

Translation: Linus Ullmark will not be coming to Toronto.

And so, the search will continue to find someone serviceable to pair with Joseph Woll next season.

From a trade perspective, Minnesota’s Filip Gustavsson is still firmly out there. So is Anaheim’s John Gibson. Meantime, with the NHL Draft now just a week away, there hasn’t been much conversation about Juuse Saros’ potential availability out of Nashville. In addition to those three prolific names, there’s no telling who else could be available.

Luckily, the Leafs possess one of the most active general managers in the league. So, rest assured, if someone’s out there, Brad Treliving will be all around it.

Any way you slice it though, Toronto needs to act swiftly, or they could end up with another Ilya Samsonov situation on their hands. For an organization feeling the pressure and under the gun to win next season, that’s far from an ideal situation. Yes, the position is as volatile as it’s ever been, but there’s no way they can enter the 2024-25 campaign with more question marks surrounding the crease than they broke for summer with.

If they can’t find a good solution, next season could be doomed before it even starts.

The pressure is on as the game of musical chairs in between the pipes continues. When the music stops, it’s imperative that the Leafs have somewhere to sit.

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Back in early February, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils had engaged in “legit” conversations about a trade involving netminder Jacob Markstrom. On Wednesday, four and a half months after the initial reports emerged, Markstrom finally became a Devil.

Speaking to FlamesNation on Friday, a couple days after the trade was executed, Flames general manager Craig Conroy acknowledged the speculation about earlier trade talks and Markstrom’s frustrations, but indicated the deal was more about improving the Flames going forward.

“You know, there was lots of speculation earlier at the trade deadline and obviously there was no deal at the time,” said Conroy. “And then, as we moved forward, with where we’re at and obviously with it being back out in the public… and I think everyone knew Markstrom was a little upset at the trade deadline, but I think you’re trying to improve your team and make it better, and look to the future.”

Since the off-season began, the media rumour mill has picked up regarding goaltenders as various clubs reportedly began looking at improving at that position. As the NHL Draft approached, the trade market seemed to heat up and – combined with the Flames’ desire to bolster their youth movement – it led to the trade coming to fruition.

“When you look at Markstrom being 34, and then where we’re at,” said Conroy. “We’re trying to continue to win, get younger, and bring in pieces that are going to help us moving forward, to bring in Kevin Bahl and possibly a first-round pick in ’25 or ’26, just made sense. And I do think there were other goalies out in the market and it did start to pick up, and we just thought this was the right time to move forward with the trade.”

In 2019, the Flames drafted Dustin Wolf in the seventh round of the NHL Draft. Since then, Wolf has been named the goaltender of the year in his league for four of the past five seasons, and he split last season between the Flames and the AHL’s Wranglers, which undoubtedly hurt his chances at winning a fifth such award. While Markstrom’s departure alone won’t result in Wolf being anointed as the club’s next top netminder, Conroy noted it will create opportunities for both Wolf and incumbent backup Dan Vladar.

“I think it helps both Vladdy and Wolfie,” said Conroy. “Like anything, it’s always a competition, but it does give him an opportunity to come in and earn a job. I think with Markstrom here, he was the starter, he was the number-one guy, and it does give more flexibility moving forward at the goalie position for sure, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Meanwhile, the Flames also add big-bodied blueliner Kevin Bahl, who boasts both size and what the Flames feel is a lot of untapped potential.

“First, you love the size,” said Conroy. “He’s a big man, but it’s not just about size. I think over the time since he’s turned pro, and even how well he played in junior in Ottawa, I think we’ve been tracking him, watching him. I kind of compared him to a Zadorov type player. I think when you’ve lost players like that they’re hard to find, and when you can get a 23-year-old, 6’6”, 230 pound defenceman, and still, his game’s maturing though, I think he’s still working on his game and we expect a lot of good things coming his way. And he’s only getting better every year he’s been pro.”

Ultimately, the Flames divested themselves of a 34-year-old goaltender, adding a pair of younger assets and allowing themselves the opportunity to give larger roles to both of their incumbent younger goaltenders (Wolf and Vladar). For a team that’s working through a retooling process, it seems like a prudent piece of asset management.

Next up for the Flames? A trip to scenic Las Vegas for the 2024 NHL Draft, unfolding June 28 & 29 from the Sphere.

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Former Vancouver Canucks goalie Kirk McLean made a cameo appearance in a video protesting against open-net salmon farming.

McLean politely pleads in the video that “Open-pen farms should really reconsider their practices.”

 

A befuddled William Shatner simply responds, “What the f***, Kirk McLean? Come on, man, you’re a hockey player!” This prompts McLean to change his stance slightly, saying instead: “Sorry. Your s***ty unnatural practices f***ing suck!”

The ad campaign was made in response to the federal government’s new plan for phasing out the controversial practice of open-net salmon farming. It was originally targeted to be in 2025 but has now been pushed to 2029, which has left neither side fully happy with the compromise, with the supporters saying it will be impossible logistically, while critics feel the timeline is not aggressive enough to help save the wildlife.

Pacific Wild, the makers of this ad, obviously fall into the latter category and recruited Shatner to star in the spot. No matter how you feel about open-net salmon farming, it is hard to deny that the commercial is quite funny and seeing McLean let loose is an enjoyable sight.

Originally acquired in 1987 via a trade with the Devils, McLean spent over a decade as a member of the Canucks where he rode the highs and lows of the franchise throughout his tenure. He was best known for his stellar performance in the 1994 playoffs where he backstopped Vancouver all the way to Game 7 of the Stanely Cup Final before ultimately falling to the Rangers. He went 15-9 that spring and posted a .928 SV% along with a 2.28 GAA.

By the time he was traded to the Hurricanes during the 1997-98 campaign, McLean had complied a record of 211-228-62, a .887 SV% and a 3.28 across 516 games played. Although he is far from their winningest goalie in team history (that distinction belongs to Roberto Luongo), McLean remains the franchise leader in games played for a goalie.

Across a 16-year career where he also played for the Panthers and Rangers, he posted a record of 245-262-72, a .887 SV%, and a 3.26 GAA. He also got in seven playoff appearances (all with the Canucks) where he went 34-34 registering a .907 SV% and a 2.84 GAA.

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For the third game in a row, the Florida Panthers have the Stanley Cup within their reach.

They won the first two games of the Finals in Florida and then took a commanding 3-0 series lead when the series shifted back to Edmonton. Since then, though, the Oilers have won back-to-back games and are now a home victory in Game 6 away from knotting the series at 3-3.

Paul Maurice has coached a lot of games in the National Hockey League — 1,849 in the regular season and 135 in the playoffs, to be exact — but this is his first time trying to close out a team in the Stanley Cup. His Panthers lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in five games last summer and his Carolina Hurricanes were dropped in five by the Detroit Red Wings back in 2002.

What has he learned throughout the uncharted territory of seeing the Oilers slowly claw their way back into the series? To continue taking things one game at a time.

“Order the emotions and get your priorities correct,” Maurice said when speaking to the media ahead of Game 6 on Friday. “I thought we played a heck of a game in Game 5. That was structutrally as close to our game as we’ve played, it’ll be training camp video. Put the game first.”

The Oilers have been in Game 7 mode since the Panthers rolled into Edmonton and picked up a 4-3 victory in Game 3. That’s nothing new for a team that started off the season with a 2-9-1 record and sat in the basement of the league’s standings after one month of play, but for the Panthers, the goal is to keep things consistent each game.

“First I would need to know how I would treat the Game 7 differently than a Game 6 or a Game 5,” Maurice said when asked if the team was treating Friday like it was Game 7. “I don’t feel I would bring something different into the room that we need to play two games tonight. The conversation prior to puck drop is strictly hockey.”

For the last two games, the pressure has all been on Florida. They’re the team one win away from earning their first Stanley Cup in team history, while just about everyone counted the Oilers out after the Panthers won Game 3. But now that the series is at 3-2 and the Oilers are on home ice, Maurice said that the pressure has started to equalize for both sides.

“The pressure is leveling based on what one team has to lose and what one team has to gain,” Maurice said. “There are different emotions for both teams but they’re equally strong. It’ll be a loud building tonight, probably louder than the first two games, but we’ve been in loud buildings.”

The Panthers clinched their series victories this year over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, and New York Rangers on home ice but they were road warriors during last season’s playoff run. They took down the Bruins in Game 7 in Boston and then finished off the Maple Leafs in Toronto in Game 5 in the second round.

“There’s no day dreaming,” Maurice said. “It’s all about getting the team prepared properly.”

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One by one, the list of available goaltending options is dwindling for Brad Treliving and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

At this point, barring something out of left field, it’s becoming increasingly likely that the Leafs will end up addressing their crease needs in free agency.

On Wednesday, two marquee names – at least trade wise – dropped off the board as Jacob Markstrom was dealt to New Jersey and Darcy Kuemper was sent to Los Angeles.

Next up is Linus Ullmark, who by all accounts, is highly likely to be on the move from Boston over the next few weeks. That said, if you were hoping for the Leafs to scoop up the 2022-23 Vezina Trophy winner, don’t hold your breath. According to sources close to TheLeafsNation, Toronto’s on Ullmark’s 14-team no-trade list. Furthermore, he has no immediate plans to change his mind on that front either.

Translation: Linus Ullmark will not be coming to Toronto.

And so, the search will continue to find someone serviceable to pair with Joseph Woll next season.

From a trade perspective, Minnesota’s Filip Gustavsson is still firmly out there. So is Anaheim’s John Gibson. Meantime, with the NHL Draft now just a week away, there hasn’t been much conversation about Juuse Saros’ potential availability out of Nashville. In addition to those three prolific names, there’s no telling who else could be available.

Luckily, the Leafs possess one of the most active general managers in the league. So, rest assured, if someone’s out there, Brad Treliving will be all around it.

Any way you slice it though, Toronto needs to act swiftly, or they could end up with another Ilya Samsonov situation on their hands. For an organization feeling the pressure and under the gun to win next season, that’s far from an ideal situation. Yes, the position is as volatile as it’s ever been, but there’s no way they can enter the 2024-25 campaign with more question marks surrounding the crease than they broke for summer with.

If they can’t find a good solution, next season could be doomed before it even starts.

The pressure is on as the game of musical chairs in between the pipes continues. When the music stops, it’s imperative that the Leafs have somewhere to sit.

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Date: 06/21/2024
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Back in early February, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils had engaged in “legit” conversations about a trade involving netminder Jacob Markstrom. On Wednesday, four and a half months after the initial reports emerged, Markstrom finally became a Devil.

Speaking to FlamesNation on Friday, a couple days after the trade was executed, Flames general manager Craig Conroy acknowledged the speculation about earlier trade talks and Markstrom’s frustrations, but indicated the deal was more about improving the Flames going forward.

“You know, there was lots of speculation earlier at the trade deadline and obviously there was no deal at the time,” said Conroy. “And then, as we moved forward, with where we’re at and obviously with it being back out in the public… and I think everyone knew Markstrom was a little upset at the trade deadline, but I think you’re trying to improve your team and make it better, and look to the future.”

Since the off-season began, the media rumour mill has picked up regarding goaltenders as various clubs reportedly began looking at improving at that position. As the NHL Draft approached, the trade market seemed to heat up and – combined with the Flames’ desire to bolster their youth movement – it led to the trade coming to fruition.

“When you look at Markstrom being 34, and then where we’re at,” said Conroy. “We’re trying to continue to win, get younger, and bring in pieces that are going to help us moving forward, to bring in Kevin Bahl and possibly a first-round pick in ’25 or ’26, just made sense. And I do think there were other goalies out in the market and it did start to pick up, and we just thought this was the right time to move forward with the trade.”

In 2019, the Flames drafted Dustin Wolf in the seventh round of the NHL Draft. Since then, Wolf has been named the goaltender of the year in his league for four of the past five seasons, and he split last season between the Flames and the AHL’s Wranglers, which undoubtedly hurt his chances at winning a fifth such award. While Markstrom’s departure alone won’t result in Wolf being anointed as the club’s next top netminder, Conroy noted it will create opportunities for both Wolf and incumbent backup Dan Vladar.

“I think it helps both Vladdy and Wolfie,” said Conroy. “Like anything, it’s always a competition, but it does give him an opportunity to come in and earn a job. I think with Markstrom here, he was the starter, he was the number-one guy, and it does give more flexibility moving forward at the goalie position for sure, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Meanwhile, the Flames also add big-bodied blueliner Kevin Bahl, who boasts both size and what the Flames feel is a lot of untapped potential.

“First, you love the size,” said Conroy. “He’s a big man, but it’s not just about size. I think over the time since he’s turned pro, and even how well he played in junior in Ottawa, I think we’ve been tracking him, watching him. I kind of compared him to a Zadorov type player. I think when you’ve lost players like that they’re hard to find, and when you can get a 23-year-old, 6’6”, 230 pound defenceman, and still, his game’s maturing though, I think he’s still working on his game and we expect a lot of good things coming his way. And he’s only getting better every year he’s been pro.”

Ultimately, the Flames divested themselves of a 34-year-old goaltender, adding a pair of younger assets and allowing themselves the opportunity to give larger roles to both of their incumbent younger goaltenders (Wolf and Vladar). For a team that’s working through a retooling process, it seems like a prudent piece of asset management.

Next up for the Flames? A trip to scenic Las Vegas for the 2024 NHL Draft, unfolding June 28 & 29 from the Sphere.