Zdeno Chara felt the heartbreak of last June’s Game 7 defeat to the St. Louis Blues. Now, Chara’s focus is on being ready for opening night against the Dallas Stars. That isn’t a given at this point. The captain is dealing with injury issues as the Boston Bruins open training camp. Chara believes, however, that he’ll be ready for the Boston Bruins opener in October. Here are the top stories in hockey on September 14th.
Zdeno Chara believes he will be in the lineup when the Boston Bruins battle the Dallas Stars on October 3rd. Chara is dealing with an elbow injury. The captain told the media yesterday that he is optimistic that he’ll be ready for the opener in Texas. (Boston Hockey Now)
Zack Kassian has had enough of the cockiness that has surrounded the Edmonton Oilers in each of the last two seasons. The veteran forward claims that the club cannot process like their “sh** don’t stink” after two years outside of the playoffs. (The Oilers Rig)
Mitch Marner thinks he’s in love. The dynamic forward agreed to a six-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday evening, locking himself into a commitment with the club. And yes, that’s an Eddie Money reference. Rest easy Moneyman. (Pension Plan Puppets)
Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves won’t be helping the Anaheim Ducks this coming season. GM Bob MurRyanray announced that both veterans will miss the entire 2019-20 season on Friday. (NHL.com)
Todd McLellan got the Edmonton Oilers back to the playoffs after a decade. He’ll now be tasked with rebuilding the LA Kings. McLellan takes over his third post since 2008 after the Oilers let him go in November. He’s ready for the challenge. (Los Angeles Times)