September 24 2016 11:09PM
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Canada vs. Russia on a Saturday night. Can anything top that? Well, one could argue that a lot of things could in 2016. While the two giants comprised what used to be hockey's greatest international rivalry, today's game didn't carry that vibe. In fact, it didn't really carry much of a vibe; while the lead had a changeover that gave the illusion of competitiveness, Canada maintained a staggeringly lopsided level of control in a 5-3 win that felt even bigger.
September 24 2016 06:13PM
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba has requested a trade from the organization and will not be attending training camp, as per multiple reports.
September 24 2016 11:45AM
If we are honest, the idea of North America versus Canada had so much appeal that it took a day to get behind the idea of Canada versus Russia. Fortunately, the two nations have a lot of history on the ice that allows both sides to build up a good lather. Add to that the built-in Sidney Crosby—Alex Ovechkin rivalry, the fact Mike Babcock will want to announce his presence with authority to Russian coach Oleg Znarok (seriously, that is his name) and assistant Harijs Vitolins (really). It's tuques versus ushankas for the right to play Sweden or the Seven Nation Army.
September 23 2016 10:20AM
If I were a betting man, I would be putting down some money on the Jets making the playoffs this season.
The Jets aren't just good enough to get in and then be swept like what occurred in 2014-2015. This team is much better equipped than they were two years ago and could maybe even win a series or two and make a playoff run. Quite the vibe surrounded Winnipeg over the Jets playoff run back in 2014-2015. The exciting season featured an impressive string of wins in the later parts of the season that got the hype train rolling in Winnipeg and skyrocketed expectations. The team was carried by the team's longtime first line which was comprised of Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little along with some late season heroics from goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.
It was a pivotal moment for the franchise on and off the ice.
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September 23 2016 05:00AM
Leafs win prospects tournament, Lupul hurt again, Sedin era in Vancouver coming to an end, Flames need to fix their salary cap issues, Jesse Puljujarvi ready to ruin plans, get your Oilers karma right heading into season, a classic goalie scrap, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.