The Stanley Cup playoffs have been shortened to just four series, and the start of the offseason is still a long way off, but that doesn’t mean the hockey news cycle is slowing down. There have been quite a few notable announcements on Saturday, including one involving one of those few remaining active teams. After receiving a tough but clean check from the New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck , Boston Bruins defense Brandon carlo he was ejected from Game 3 on Thursday with an apparent head injury. Carlo has a history of concussions, including lost time earlier this season, and after his head hit the boards, the great defender struggled to get up and had to be helped off the ice. The expectation, of course, was that Carlo could lose considerable time as a result of the control; however, initial reports suggested that Carlo was feeling fine after the game. Well the Bruins will sit Carlo down for at least Game 4, the team has Announced, maybe just as a precaution. The hope is that Carlo can return sooner rather than later, especially with his teammates on the blue line. Kevan miller other Jakub Zboril also injured and Steven Kampfer out for the year. In the meantime, Jeremy lauzon will be elevated to Carlo’s place in the second pair and Jarred tinordi will move up the lineup.
- It appears that the NHL is using the ongoing IIHF World Championships to work with the international governing body on a deal for the upcoming Olympics. TSN’s Gord Miller relays word from IIHF officials that “significant progress” has been made in terms of NHL participation in the 2022 Winter Games. The two sides have been discussing the issue in person for the first time in Riga, Latvia this week and seem to be on the right track. Olympic participation in Beijing, China in 2022 and Milan, Italy in 2026 was negotiated as part of the extension of last year’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, but was also pending an agreement between the NHL and the IIHF. It looks like that deal is getting closer now.
- OHL concluded its two-day Priority Selection Draft on Saturday. The draft opening made headlines on Friday, with American Quentin musty being selected first overall and the Oakville Rangers U16 program contributed five of the next 10 selections. However, it was pick No. 267 on Saturday that stole the show. Sarnia sting selected Goalkeeper Taya Currie with the national team, making her the first player to be drafted into the OHL. It’s a great honor for Currie, but now she faces the difficult decision to commit to the men’s youth game or, instead, reserve her NCAA eligibility to play the women’s game at the next level.