Karl Alzner is reportedly under consideration by Boston as a UFA. (Ah-hahahahahahahahahaha! No! Seriously!)
CAT SCRATCH FEVER
In the past few years, Nashville’s team was ‘Predators’ in name only.
The sabre-toothed logo belied a club that made its mark with skill rather than scrape through games with edgy forwards and defencemen. While they’ve played determined hockey at playoff time through the years, their record in series is 1-3 since losing the 2017 Cup final to Pittsburgh.
Their philosophy is changing, however, as GM David Poile told The Athletic Nashville this week. The Preds added Matt Benning, Mark Borowiecki, Nick Cousins, Luke Kunin and Brad Richardson, none of whom will win any Art Ross Trophys, but bring other attributes.
“You can see the type of players that we have signed,” Poile said. “We are not the same team as last year. We have a different makeup. We certainly have a little bit more physicality, a little bit more grit.
“Maybe we’ve taken a little bit of a step back from the most skilful line up we’ve ever had (led by Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi, Matt Duchene and Ryan Ellis) to more of a balance between the will and the skill.”
When the Red Wings turn the corner in a couple of years as many hope, big Jan Bednar could be part of that in net.
Announcing Bednar’s name in the fourth round of the draft earlier this month seemed to trigger equal commendation and criticism from scouts, who couldn’t agree if the 6-foot-4 Czech deserved to go at that stage or much lower. He was the eighth goalie taken, right after Artur Akhtyamov went 106th overall to Toronto. The Wings only have veteran Jonathan Bernier as a proven starter right now.