Leafs ink defenceman Travis Dermott to 1-year contract extension

Nesterov, 5 foot 11 and 200 pounds, played 132 career NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens from 2014 to 2017. He amounted to 9 goals and 24 assists

, as well as a goal and 6 assists in 28 playoff video games. Nesterov was captain of the Russian group that won an Olympic gold medal in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

CHL leagues at mercy of pandemic, politics while formulating return-to-play plans

Date: League began play on Oct. 2, however Quebec-based groups stopped briefly about two weeks later after positive tests on 2 groups. Set up: The 18-team league is divided into two Quebec departments of 6 groups each plus 6 teams in a Maritimes department. 5 B.C. teams play in the B.C. Division. 4 United States teams will play in U.S. Division. Teams will only play within their division.

Knowing the Western Hockey League plans to start play once again on Jan. 8 has actually brought a sigh of relief from Zack Ostapchuk and some of the other gamers he’s training with in St. Albert, Alta.

“I believe everybody is quite delighted,” stated Ostapchuk, a 17-year-old forward with the Vancouver Giants. “We were all a little anxious that we weren’t ever going to start. Now that we’ve got a date, the energy on the ice and in the dressing space is entirely altered. Everybody’s positive now, however I simply want to get going.”

Ostapchuk’s interest might still be tempered by the truths dealt with by the people running Canada’s 3 significant junior hockey leagues as they deal with the concerns developed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We never ever know from day to day what the scenario is going to be,” stated Gilles Courteau, commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. “Every day there’s something brand-new.”

The 18-team QMJHL opened its season Oct. 2, however about 2 weeks later suspended play in both of its Quebec-based divisions since of favorable tests on two teams. Play continued for 5 of the 6 teams in the league’s Maritimes department.

The Ontario Hockey League hopes its 20 groups can start play in December however “there’s no particular date at this point,” commissioner David Branch stated.

The Canadian Hockey League announced March 12 it was cancelling the staying video games in the 2020 regular season due to COVID-19. A few weeks later the Memorial Cup, set up for Kelowna, B.C., was cancelled.

Players, group officials and executives across Canada were left wondering when junior hockey would return.

“My whole summer has actually been getting concerns I can’t address,” said Barclay Parneta, basic supervisor of the Vancouver Giants.

OHL commissioner David Branch, above, says the league is intending to begin play at some point in December but no specifics have actually been exposed.

(Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)The closed border between Canada and the United States develops problems for both the OHL and WHL which have U.S. based groups. Travel limitations within Canada, safeguarding gamers’health and increasing infection rates in some provinces have provided more hoops league authorities have actually tried to jump through.

“Without concern, it’s the most hard challenge I’ve ever dealt with both domestically and worldwide in hockey in 40 years,” stated Ron Robison, commissioner of the 22-team WHL.

“We never envisioned this. But we remain in this together and we need to find methods to deal with it under the circumstances.”

Leagues still aren’t sure precisely the number of video games each group will play. None have completed their playoff strategies and information for the Memorial Cup haven’t been revealed.

A lowered number of fans can participate in video games in some parts of the country however may not be permitted in other structures.

The QMJHL wants to resume using Oct. 28 however Courteau said talks are continuing with the Quebec federal government. Six of the 12 groups lie in red zones, where arranged sport is forbidden.

“It’s not determined yet, so I can not offer you a response,” he stated.

The league said Thursday that a player with the Drummondville Voltigeurs had actually tested positive for COVID-19.

Provincial participation

Politicians are also tossing a few bodychecks.

In Ontario, provincial sport minister Lisa MacLeod has actually suggested the OHL ought to get rid of bodychecking and physical contact if it desires to hold a safe season.

“There’s a great deal of things that we are discussing with the provincial government,” Branch said. “The entire package in regards to our return to play will end up being a vital piece. We’ll simply see where that ends up.”

In Quebec, Enrico Ciccone, a former NHL enforcer and now a Liberal Member of the National Assembly has actually presented an expense to prohibit fighting in sports for professional athletes younger than 18.

Courteau stated QMJHL authorities are studying the proposed expense.

Across the country, owners — who already lost profits from in 2015’s cancelled video games and playoffs — are now facing the possibility of losing more cash due to the fact that of no fans.

“The losses are extremely, very considerable,” Robison said. “It might threaten the ability for groups to be feasible progressing.”

Courteau stated the 12 Quebec-based groups in the QMJHL will receive $1 million each from the provincial government to balance out some of their losses.

The league’s six Maritimes teams have been enabling fans, ranging from 18 to 25 per cent of the structure capability.

QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau stated the league’s 12 Quebec-based groups will get $1 million each in provincial support. (Peter McCabe/The Canadian Press)

To assist develop its return the WHL appointed Dr. Dhiren Naidu as primary medical consultant. Naidu served as the NHL medical director for the Edmonton hub used throughout this summer’s NHL playoffs

The WHL has actually groups extended across four provinces and two U.S. states.

“There’s great deals of challenges connected with the various jurisdictions and the conditions [of] the level of cases and how that’s affected on the communities where we operate, and the facilities for that matter,” Robison said.

“We’re all familiar with the truth that we’re dealing with very distinct situations. We’re trying to do our finest to work our way through this.”

Ostapchuk said the gamers understand and value the efforts being made for them.

“We simply want to play,” he said.

CHL return-to-play plans

An appearance at how the three major junior hockey leagues wish to go back to play during COVID-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Date: League began play on Oct. 2, however Quebec-based groups stopped briefly about two weeks later on after favorable tests on 2 groups. Wants to resume Oct. 28

Set up: The 18-team league is divided into two Quebec departments of six groups each plus 6 teams in a Maritimes division. The teams wish to play a 60-game schedule within their own departments

Playoff Format: TBA:

Fans: Maritime Division teams have been enabling fans, varying from 18 to 25 per cent of the structure capacity.

Western Hockey League:

Date. Jan. 8.

Arrange: The 22-team league will be divided into four divisions. 7 groups from Saskatchewan and Manitoba will play in the East Division. 5 Alberta teams will play in the Central Division. Five B.C. groups play in the B.C. Division. Four United States teams will play in U.S. Division. Teams will only play within their division. Specific number of video games to be figured out however approximately 52 games possible.

Playoff Format: TBA.

Fans: Will depend on various jurisdictions.

Ontario Hockey League:

Date: Hopefully December however no particular date yet.

Set up: Still being developed for the 20-team league, with three U.S. franchises.

Playoff Format: TBA

Fans: To be determined.

Canucks Bo Horvat using adversity of 1st year as captain to improve as leader

“It’s been an insane year and definitely one I’ll never forget,” Horvat stated.”You come off such a high, you’re one win away from going to the conference finals,” he stated. You understand, have Gunnar’s very first Christmas here at house with all our family, which may be good to do,” Horvat stated. Horvat understands he isn’t alone in discovering the unforeseeable nature of the existing circumstance challenging.”I believe it’s helping out a lot of gamers and assisting other people come out and share what they have to state.

I remained in net for … The Forsberg:

In episode 1 of our new series, Rob Pizzo talks to Corey Hirsch who was in internet for Team Canada at the 1994 Olympics when a young Peter Forsberg made a move popular. 4:49

Uncertainty is something Horvat, like numerous others, has needed to get utilized to as the world copes with COVID-19.

It’s made being a brand-new parent a little tougher, he stated. Horvat and his spouse want to share all of the special firsts with family and friends, however have to put the health and safety of their boy above all else.

“You wish to be so careful. Whatever you do you think about your kid. He precedes,” Horvat said.

One potential upside of the uncertain hockey season is that the household might get to be around loved ones come completion of December.

“We may be home around the holidays which may be nice for a change. You understand, have Gunnar’s first Christmas here at home with all our family, which may be good to do,” Horvat said. “But again, all the unpredictability of it is challenging. The not understanding is the important things that bothers us the many. So ideally we get things figured out.”

Emphasis on mental health

Horvat understands he isn’t alone in discovering the unforeseeable nature of the existing circumstance challenging. To help others having a hard time throughout the pandemic, he’s partnered with Imperial Oil for the “Fuel What Matters” campaign.

The oil company is contributing $5 for every single download of its Speedpass+ app to mental-health groups throughout the country, approximately $140,000.

“Mental health is simply as important as physical health,” Horvat said, including that talking has actually been getting him and his household through the pandemic.

“I think speaking about it and sharing it and informing people that’You’re not alone through this’ is the biggest thing.”

Slowly, increasingly more professional athletes have actually started to speak out about their own psychological health, including Horvat’s Canucks colleague Tyler Motte, who has publicly talked about living with anxiety and depression.

Horvat said it’s great to see more individuals in the hockey world speaking about their experiences.

“Opening up is not a bad thing at all. If anything, it shows a great deal of guts,” he stated.

“I think it’s assisting out a great deal of players and assisting other people come out and share what they have to state. And I believe that’s huge, not just for the video game, but for other people in general who see that they’re not alone. People are going through the very same things all around the world and all around the hockey neighborhood.”

Montreal makeover has Canadiens coach Claude Julien energized for season

I remained in net for … The Forsberg:

In episode 1 of our brand-new series, Rob Pizzo talks to Corey Hirsch who remained in internet for Team Canada at the 1994 Olympics when a young Peter Forsberg made a relocation famous. 4:49

The 60-year-old Julien, who was rushed to healthcare facility in Toronto following Game 1 against the Flyers and consequently had a stent placed into among his coronary arteries, is feeling good and eagerly anticipating finding out where all the puzzle pieces fit on a lineup that all of unexpected has plenty depth.

“It’s going to be hard honestly, even for us as a coaching personnel, to state this is line No. 1, this is line No. 2, this is line No. 3,” he said. “At the end of the day, it will be whoever’s producing. Whoever’s playing the very best will be your best line on that particular night.”

One forward no longer in the mix is Max Domi, who was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Anderson. After the offer, Domi recommended there was a breakdown in interaction as he was benched to Montreal’s 4th line in the post-season.

Julien stated Thursday his door is constantly open, however it’s also difficult to please every player all the time. The coach added the introduction of Suzuki and Kotkaniemi indicated that Domi– the team’s leading scorer with 72 points in 2018-19 before slipping to 44 last season– became a trade prospect to deal with other needs.

“It’s not so much that it didn’t work out,” Julien said. “Max ended up being, I think, a bit expendable because we had those guys do so well. At the exact same time we’re able to get a big player that we actually needed on the wing in Josh Anderson in exchange for him, so Max was such an excellent player we had the ability to get a great gamer in return. That’s just hockey.

“Nothing to do with personal [concerns] or anything else more than trying to improve our group.”

Julien, who coached the hard, physical Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup triumph in 2011 before making the last once again in 2013, said Montreal’s general enhancements give him choices he didn’t have previously.

“That’s the appeal of it,” Julien stated. “I like the reality that I can move people around. And it’s not like one line is going to get much better and the other one’s going to get weaker. If I make a change, probably all lines will have a chance to improve.”

By getting better as a team and setting a minimum requirement for success, the temperature level in a hockey-mad market where he’s on his 2nd trip behind the bench is particular to rise dramatically.

“Pressure is what you make of it,” Julien stated. “I do not take a look at it as pressure, but as a chance. We need to suffice to make the playoffs.

“And we ought to flourish on the opportunity.”

“It’s quite interesting,” Julien said.”I expect us to make the playoffs, no doubt about it,” Julien stated. Julien said Thursday his door is always open, however it’s also difficult to please every gamer all the time.”It’s not so much that it didn’t work out,” Julien said.”Pressure is what you make of it,” Julien said.

Senators sign Connor Brown to 3-year deal, avoid arbitration

The Ottawa Senators have avoided arbitration with Connor Brown by signing the forward to a three-year, $10.8-million United States agreement.

The Senators and Brown were set up to have an arbitration hearing Thursday.Brown had 16 objectives and

27 assists over 71 video games for the Senators last season. His 27 helps and 43 points were profession highs. The 26-year-old from Toronto was chosen

by the Maple Leafs in the sixth round, 156th in general, at the 2012 NHL draft. He was acquired by Ottawa in addition to defenceman Nikita Zaitsev in a July 1, 2019 trade that sent defencemen Cody Ceci and Ben Harpur to Toronto. Brown has 142 points( 59 objectives, 83 helps )and 68 charge minutes over 324 career NHL video games with Toronto and Ottawa.”We’re very delighted to have Connor back under contract, “Senators basic manager Pierre Dorion

stated in a release.”He brings a veteran existence to our lineup and is a gamer who can play in different situations.” He’s long lasting, has a strong work principles with great practice habits and is considered as a leader

by his teammates.”

Milestone sponsorship keeps pro womens hockey associations goals in sight

The gamers refused to join the U.S.-based NWHL, which has actually broadened into Canada this season with the Toronto Six. PWHPA gamers took part in a series of display tournaments and exhibition video games in both Canada and the United States to promote their video game and their goals. The cash likewise helps the PWHPA continue

operations and market its players. PWHPA players are operating out of North American center cities Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Minneapolis and Hudson, N.H.”We have 38 Olympians in our five areas, we have over 60 national-team players, so this is where the finest gamers are playing,”Hefford said.

PWHPA gamers took part in a series of showcase tournaments and exhibition video games in both Canada and the United States to promote their video game and their aims. PWHPA gamers are running out of North American center cities Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Minneapolis and Hudson, N.H.”We have 38 Olympians in our 5 areas, we have over 60 national-team gamers, so this is where the best players are playing,”Hefford stated.

After positive reviews on Thornton, Leafs Marner excited for new-look team

“You’ve got people that desire to be a part of this group and want to win with this group, “Marner, 23, stated in an interview Tuesday with The Canadian Press.”They asked

me if I wanted to be part of it and raise awareness, “Marner stated.”When they speak, everyone’s going to listen, “Marner said.”It was cool to be part of that war space,” stated Marner, who revealed the team’s first-round choice. It’s a formula Marner stated his group needs to emulate and attempt.

“You’ve got people that want to be a part of this group and want to win with this group, “Marner, 23, stated in an interview Tuesday with The Canadian Press.”It was cool to be part of that war space,” said Marner, who revealed the group’s first-round selection. It’s a formula Marner stated his group needs to try and emulate.

Maple Leafs, Ilya Mikheyev avoid arbitration with 2-year contract

The 26-year-old Mikheyev had eight objectives and 23 points in 39 routine season video games in 2019-20– his very first season in the NHL. He was able to return and match up for 5 video games in Toronto’s certifying round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets in August. Toronto initially signed the winger in May 2019.

I was in net for…The Forsberg

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