While the votes are still being counted in a handful of key states, it’s looking more and more like a certified Philadelphia Flyers fan in Joe Biden could be the next President of the United States based on the mail-in votes still being tabulated that are overwhelmingly Democratic. That brings up a great question from an NHL perspective: Biden is a diehard Flyers fan that grew up in Pennsylvania and Delaware and will undoubtedly be loyal to Gritty and the Broad Street Bullies.
He might actually be the first serious hockey fan to occupy the White House, though Donald Trump was also seen at New York Rangers games on a fairly regular basis in the past.
“Philadelphia fans are the most persistent fans in the world,” said Biden to the Chicago Tribune in an interview when the Flyers and Blackhawks faced each other in the Stanley Cup final back in 2010. “My wife is counted among them. It’s a simple proposition. I root fervently for the Flyers, or I sleep alone on the couch.”
But is he going to have to show some love for the Washington Capitals while he’s living over on Pennsylvania Avenue? It’s a question worth asking and is the kind of normal, sane “controversy” we could be looking forward to seeing in DC for the next few years. Thank goodness for that.
*Great story about aspiring NHL agent Bayne Pettinger and his journey to come out as a gay man with the hockey world supporting him all the way. This is great to hear and continues to provide proof that the “You Can Play” movement has really worked within the hockey world. (The Athletic)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Down Goes Brown lists six teams that have him stumped at this point in the offseason with plenty still to be figured out. (The Athletic)
*Penguins D-man Kris Letang has been named one of the NHL’s top-10 defenseman right now by the NHL Network (directly ahead of Charlie McAvoy on the list) and our brethren over at PHN have the details. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*The Edmonton Sun has finished their “You Be the Boss” survey results and it shows that Oilers fans believe their hockey team is on the right path. It’s pretty difficult to argue that point. (Edmonton Sun)
*Anthony Mantha talked about his new contract with the NHL Network and his desire to be part of a Red Wings revival in HockeyTown.
.@antomantha8‘s answer for staying in Detroit is pretty simple.
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) November 5, 2020
*The New York Islanders are in a major crunch right now as they have less than $5 million in salary cap space and still have to figure out a way to sign dazzling center Mat Barzal to a second contract that’s going to give him a major bump in salary. Lou Lamoriello has some hard decisions coming with the Isles. (New York Post)
*For something completely different: No big deal, it’s just Jeff Bezos selling another $3 billion in Amazon stock. (New York Post)