31 Thoughts: FriedgeHNIC on why the Tyler Toffoli trade made sense for the Canucks, why the Blake Coleman and Andy Greene trades raised the bar for returns, and more. Plus – a happy ending for some puppies! Presented by GMCCanada.
The Canucks' trade for Tyler Toffoli was both about rewarding hard work and bringing the franchise out of the 'black hole.' More in the 31 Thoughts.
26.As the Toronto Marlies came off the ice prior to Monday’s Family Day game against Binghamton, a number of players exchanged fist-bumps with a small boy who was there to watch. They didn’t wait for him to show his hand, they initiated. It was nice to see.
Sign up for NHL newslettersGet the best of our NHL coverage and exclusives delivered directly to your inbox!NHL Newsletter*I understand that I may withdraw my consent at any time.27.At the 2018 All-Star Game in Tampa Bay, the host Lightning included something in its Fan Fair that caught the NHL’s eye: puppy adoptions.
“It wasn’t a core activity the league had planned, but the team took ownership,” Dave McCarthy, the NHL’s Vice-President of Consumer Products, said Tuesday morning. “We saw the reaction, and thought, ‘Maybe we can borrow this idea.’”The league showcases the lifestyle of its products on the
@everydayNHLInstagram page, and hosts a showroom at Fan Fair. The showroom includes outdoor items, kitchen items and things you’d use to decorate your fan-cave.“It’s more than what you wear, it’s how you decorate your home, what you put in your car,” he said. “We wanted to try something with pets. Puppies and kittens for adoption. We could find them homes and promote our licensed products.” (The pups were dressed in Blues’ blankets, bandannas, sweaters, leashes and collars.)
Enter CARE STL.28.Last August, Delaware became the first “no-kill” state in the U.S.A. (From CNN’s website: “For a state to be deemed ‘no-kill,’ it must achieve at least a 90 per cent save rate for all cats and dogs entering its shelters.”) On Jan. 1, 2019, St. Louis partnered with CARE STL to create such a shelter for its city. One of the first employees was Valerie Strobo, its Director of Development & Marketing.
“Animals create a more compassionate and empathetic community,” she says as we near the end of our conversation.The Blues aren’t afraid to promote that. When David Backes captained the team, he and wife Kelly founded Athletes for Animals, and the club holds an annual adoption event, “Barking with the Blues.”
GoalieJake Allenand wife Shannon have adopted in the past.“(Shannon) told me, ‘There has to be a way for us to get involved,’ and put me in contact with @everydayNHL,” Strobo said, thanking NHL e-commerce co-ordinator Lauren Marinaro. “They told us, ‘We love your mission and we’d love to work with you.’ It was really exciting. We weren’t expecting puppies on a private jet.”
29.The private jet passenger was Mistletoe:Born in the basement of an abandoned house, Mistletoe was adopted by Nashville captain Roman Josi and wife Ellie. Agent Kurt Overhardt adopted a brother and sister:Strobo sent photos of puppies, kittens and bunnies in Blues gear. Some of them have hockey-related names, including Harlie Binnington, Harry Pastrnak and Pudge Pietrangelo:
Here’s a gratuitous shot of Connor Hellebuyck holding one:Most importantly, it was a success for the shelter.“Our adoption-application numbers tripled on the weekend,” Strobo said.Added McCarthy, “We will do it again, and at other events, we are encouraging member clubs to do it.”
Here’s a link to the.30.This is a little long, but I wanted to share it. It’s a text a minor hockey coach sent out a couple of weeks ago. Here goes:Hello Team, now that the regular season is over and we head into the final weeks, I wanted to take a few minutes to share some thoughts with you. First of all I want to say how honoured I am to be one of your kids’ coaches. We have a great group of kids who love to play and we have a lot of fun together. We are also very fortunate to have a team that wins more often than not. One of the challenges this presents as a coach is that it can limit some good coaching opportunities because I believe that some of the best coaching moments come through facing adversity and yes, losing. I hate to lose and I hope that nobody ever gets used to it, but adversity and losing provide great teaching moments, and reveals character not only in the players, but also in us as coaches & parents. For me the character development of your child is far more important than any pass made, goal scored or championship won.
Hockey and all sports can be a great teacher, if you let it. As a coach, I want to challenge all of us as parents to look for the teaching moments in the game. If you’re spending more time worrying and complaining about missed passes, how much ice time your kid gets, who the first one on the ice should be, how fast or slow kids are, or complaining that someone isn’t good enough to play with your kid, you’re missing the whole point. Think about the opportunity to develop your child’s natural persistence, determination, discipline, dedication, resiliency, work ethic, heart, leadership skills, connection with and respect for others, not only in competition but in life! I had a coach once ask me what the difference between a good player and a great player was. He said good players are just good players, but a great player has the ability to make everyone around him better. I’d ask each of us, are we encouraging our kids to be just good, or great? How can your kid come to the rink and build up those around him and make everyone else better? Just as important, are you as a parent modelling positive behaviour and showing respect towards other kids on the team? I’ve played on great teams with average players, and average teams with great players. The point is that it takes a “team” to win, and the stronger that bond is, the better chance you have.
Hockey will end for our kids whether it be a year from now, after high school, college, or even if they win the lottery and play in the NHL, it will end. When it does, I hope that all of our kids will have learned and developed the character traits that will help them be successful when that time comes. I was blessed to play a lot of hockey in my life beyond minor hockey. I played Division I on a full scholarship, I signed with the Detroit Red Wings out of college at a time they had 15 Hall of Fame players on the team. I signed six NHL contracts over 10 years, and ended up playing more than 600 professional games in the AHL, NHL and Europe.
Many of you probably don’t know that they have a veteran rule in the AHL. Once you play 360 pro games you are considered a veteran and each team is only allowed to carry five of these guys. For a player to keep playing after 360 games is very difficult. The biggest reason I was able to do it was because of character. I was named a team captain eight out of the 10 years I played. I don’t say any of this boastfully, but in hopes that you will understand that there is so much more going on in the game.
It is a very difficult process transitioning out of hockey after 10 years and back into the real world, but it was all the things I mentioned above that enabled me to do it — and end up working for a Fortune 500 company leading the coaching and development for their sales force. Another benefit of playing hockey so long was that I got to see and experience a lot of different coaches and coaching styles. From the most demanding in Mike Babcock, to the ultimate players’ coach in Guy Gadowsky, from some of the best communicators and teachers (Bruce Boudreau), to coaches who had no business being in a position to develop a child or an athlete (these guys are the reason I coach because I see them every time I go to an arena, or I hear them on the benches next to ours, and I would never want them near my kid, or yours).
I don’t include myself when I say this, but I hope you all realize how fortunate your kids are to have the character and experience that your kids are getting at this level. Coaching is not an exact science, especially when you have 20 different personalities that need to be coached and motivated all a little differently. I believe there is a fine line at “10-under travel” because we have to remember that these kids are only 10. They’re not superstars who make every play, every time! They are also playing travel and that means they do need to have demands placed on them, to learn accountability, to be challenged, and to be coachable. As a coach and a parent, I would hope that these are the things being reinforced at home no matter what team you’re on. I’d love for these boys to have the experience of winning another league title, and everything I’ve talked about contributes in its own small or big way.
I hope I’ve provided a little different perspective on the game, and from behind the bench. I want to say again how honoured I am to have the opportunity to coach your kids. It’s not something I take lightly because I do realize how much more is at stake than ice time, how many goals you score, or winning a hockey game. Billy Graham said, “A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime”, and I agree!
31.If you grew up with the original Blue Jays, chances are that one of your first favourites was 1979 American League Co-Rookie of the Year Alfredo Griffin. His reckless base running (which would cause serous social-media fainting today) made him a ton of fans.
I remember being shocked and appalled upon reading that a red-hot prospect was going to take Griffin’s job. His consecutive-games streak of 392 ended on May 27, 1984, when he appeared as a pinch-runner in the back end of a doubleheader. Even though he scored the winning run in a 6-5 win over Cleveland, pinch-running does not extend these streaks as per baseball rules. I still remember the photo in the
Toronto Starthe next day — Griffin looks angry even though the Jays have won. The guy who started at shortstop that day was Tony Fernandez.Griffin was traded to Oakland the following winter, and Fernandez began a multi-stint lovefest with Blue Jays’ fans. We imitated his unique swing (well, his and Garth Iorg’s) and tried to make the same long-distance, off-balance flip throws from shortstop to first. (A friend smashed a coffee table in someone’s backyard with one errant attempt.)
I was lucky enough to cover him during his 1998 and 1999 returns to Toronto. One day, one of our producers (Brian Spear) was doing a feature on a coach, who was wearing a microphone. When he reviewed the tape, he started laughing at an exchange between the coach and Fernandez, who was on base. Fernandez took a huge lead and the coach asked what he was doing.
“I’m working on my jump,” was the answer.It was politely suggested that maybe he work on it in a spot where he wouldn’t get picked off.There was another game where he was thrown out by miles trying to stretch a double into a triple. A couple of us asked him about it. He didn’t say much, but a teammate piped up, “Tony loves triples. He always goes for them.” (Fernandez led the American League in 1990, with 17.)
But my favourite was one game where he drove in the game-winning run and celebrated like he’d won the World Series. The reason? Someone put up money for the person who did it. He had a smile big enough to drive an 18-wheeler through. Gone too soon. Read more: Sportsnet »
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Canucks acquire Tyler Toffoli from Kings for Tim Schaller, pick, prospect - Sportsnet.caThe Vancouver Canucks have acquired forward Tyler Toffoli from the Los Angeles Kings for forward Tim Schaller, a second-round pick and forward prospect Tyler Madden, Sportsnet can confirm. Who won this trade? Way to go Calgary, you waited too long Why are the Kings trading away their players? It appears to me they haven't upgraded their team by any of these trades. It looks like some sort of fire sale!
Watch Live: Canucks GM Benning talks Toffoli trade - Sportsnet.caWatch live at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET as Canucks general manager Jim Benning meets with the media to discuss the acquisition of Tyler Toffoli from the Kings. Canucks UPDATE: Canucks GM Jim Benning will speak to the media at 10:50am PT / 1:50pm ET. You can watch it live right here. ⬇️
Toffoli acquisition shows Canucks believe in mounting playoff run - Sportsnet.caBy landing Tyler Toffoli, the Vancouver Canucks have addressed their top-six needs. It also shows that the Canucks believe they can make the playoffs and go on a run. that’s a good joke imacSportsnet Pacific is wide open, fans haven't had much to cheer about so I like the move. Boeser missing 3 weeks worries me, but they shouldn't drop out. With the offense and goaltending they may be a D man away from getting thru a round or two. imacSportsnet The Canucks are only going as far as Markstrom can carry them on his back. Their defense is weak as a group.
Canucks' Brock Boeser to miss at least three weeks with rib injury - Sportsnet.caThe Vancouver Canucks announced that winger Brock Boeser suffered a rib cartilage fracture and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. The team also revealed that Micheal Ferland is being shut down for the season due to recurring concussion-like symptoms. This makes the Toffoli pickup a bit bigger... Bruised ribs. It’s...bruised ribs. Ah this explains this Toffoli trade Well when Brock gets back, they will have a pretty good Top 6 Right now, without Brock, they just have the same Top 6, just different names on the back
Canucks' Brock Boeser out at least eight weeks with rib injury - Sportsnet.caVancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser will be sidelined at least eight weeks due to a rib injury, general manager Jim Benning announced Tuesday. Canucks pfft boeser out until the end of the regular season, perfect Canucks Get Better BBoeser16 ...... long term health is so important!!! Canucks Canucks Watch him pull a Weber and be back tomorrow.
Trade Bait: Hat trick helps Los Angeles Kings F Tyler Toffoli climb the board - TSN.cafrank_seravalli Canucks should try and get this guy! Trade Stetcher, Gadjivich to LA for Toffoli and a 6th round pick