Links, News, and Notes: Fighting and Igniting Fires

After a stellar weekend of Sens hockey, we've got all of your news from around the NHL and beyond!

Links, News, and Notes: Fighting and Igniting Fires
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The NHL season is in full swing, the Sens won both games this weekend, and we've got everything you need to know to start off the week:

  • The Sens revealed the behind-the-scenes story of how they got an official Ottawa Firefighter helmet for the player-of-the-game prize
  • The opposite of fighting fires, more gasoline was thrown on the Pinto fire with the news he's moved home. It should be nothing—he said it was so he could train outside the spotlight—but nobody ever reacts that calmly.
  • Shane Pinto has NOT requested a trade—and also, Josh Norris is still expected to play any day now. The team promises. Just wait.
  • All we've been told about Daniel Alfredsson's role with the team is that it's part-coach, part-player development, but it's definitely a great feeling to see him with the team officially
  • Ian Mendes also dives into the Alfie news
  • Tim Baines with a super fun look at how opening afternoon went down, from Lyndon Slewidge to the We Want Pinto chants
  • CIBC being the Sens' jersey sponsor actually fits into the bigger story of healing with a new owner, with returning CEO Cyril Leeder spearheading the initiative
  • From before the weekend, The Hockey Writers looked at 5 stories facing the Sens this season. The idea of two reliable goalies is tantalizing, but I think it'll take 20 games for me to decide if I believe it.
  • Claude Giroux was touched that he could celebrate getting to 1000 career points with the Flyers as the visiting team in town
  • The new owners' primary goal—unsurprisingly—is winning the Stanley Cup
  • Moving to the league as a whole, the Oilers starting 0-2 isn't cause to panic. Yet.
  • The Hockey News looks at some new faces making waves so far this season, including rookie Connor Bedard in Chicago, free agent signing Evan Rodrigues looking good in Florida, and trade acquisition {{{{NAME REDACTED}}}} scoring in Detroit
  • The makers of Pride Tape say sales have been up since the NHL ban
  • From the rumour mill, Conor Garland may be on the move. Seems like the kind of guy the Sens would've been linked to if they hadn't acquired Tarasenko in the offseason.
  • Future location for an international NHL game... Mexico City? Apparently it's not that far-fetched a suggestion
  • Jesse Puljujarvi is eyeing a November return to the NHL after offseason double-hip surgery
  • The NHL is reportedly considering going to an NFL-style draft, where teams aren't present. I personally hate this idea. The visuals of the teams all on the floor together are a great part of draft day.
  • Latvian defenceman Uvis Balinskis nearly gave up on pro hockey, and now he's playing in the NHL
  • Could the Oilers try to get one of Boston's goalies? It would be hard, but they may decide they need to do something, and soon
  • There's a lot of work going into the PWHL's inaugural season, but things seem on track, including unveiling the team names
  • Ian Kennedy makes five predictions for the PWHL season, including that non-national team players will score more since depth and endurance matter more outside of tournament play

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