Cogliano seemed disappointed that his consecutive games

Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano was suspended two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday, ending the fourth longest consecutive games played streak in NHL history.

Cogliano had the longest active Nick Ritchie Jersey consecutive games played streak in the NHL at 830. He was 54 games behind Steve Larmer for the third longest streak ever. Former Montreal Canadiens center Doug Jarvis has the NHL record for consecutive games played with 964, between Oct. 1975 through his retirement in 1987.

Cogliano seemed disappointed that his consecutive games streak came to an end.

It s something that I don t really talk about too much as I ve been going through it because you are in the process of it, Cogliano told reporters on Monday. It s a tough pill to swallow , I m not going to lie. I ve played hard and I ve battled. I m a professional in that I ve played a long time and I ve now missed a game.

Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle now has the NHL s longest active consecutive games streak, at 676 straight games.

Cogliano was suspended for an interference penalty against Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe on Saturday night, during a 4 2 Anaheim victory. At 3 37 of the first period , he delivered a late hit to the head of Kempe a full second after he had released the puck. In addition to the lateness of the hit, what elevates this check to merit supplemental discipline is the substantial head contact and the significant force, said the NHL in its suspension explanation video.

It was the first suspension of Cogliano s NHL career a career that saw him play every regular season game from his debut in 2007 through Saturday night s game, during stints with the Edmonton Oilers and the Ducks. Cogliano will forfeit 32,258.06 to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund. He has five goals and 13 assists in 44 games for the Ducks this season.

Seattle doesn’t even have a franchise yet

The Hawks are falling behind in the wild card race, but their roster isn t easy to tear down. So what can Chicago do to improve for the future?

The Chicago Blackhawks enter their bye break on an obvious down note. In the immediacy, you had a 4 0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, currently the sort of low end team we’ve been accustomed to Chicago beating in recent years. But there’s also the mysterious injury to starting netminder Corey Crawford that has weighed the team down and another injured regular in Artem Anisimov.
Crawford in particular hurts the Hawks, since he has been their best player this season. These aren’t the Stanley Cup era Blackhawks, blessed with a deep defense corps – this is a new iteration that really needed Crawford’s heroics to get them past on a lot of nights. Amongst starting goalies right now, only Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy has a better even strength save percentage, with a .937 mark to Crawford’s .934.
And we don’t know when the veteran Hawks keeper will be back. Which is a long way of saying that Chicago appears to be in real trouble this season.
Toss in the recent healthy scratching of Brent Seabrook and the waiving of Cody Franson and I suppose this is obvious. But a look at the standings will tell you that the chances of Chicago missing the post season altogether, for the first time in a decade, is very real. With five days off, the Hawks find themselves out of a wild card spot in the Western Conference. Colorado will probably leap frog them during that span, while San Jose can build more of a cushion ahead of them. Both teams have several games in hand on the Hawks.
So what do you if you’re GM Stan Bowman? The steward over three Cups since 2010 is not used to being a seller, but it seems only prudent to consider that path.
But there is a structural problem in Chicago that will make that difficult. Simply put Michal Rozsival Jersey, the Hawks don’t have a lot of guys that will be easy to move.
One player who seems like the ultimate rental is Patrick Sharp. The veteran left winger has tons of championship experience and his 800,000 stipend would be easy to absorb by a team at the deadline. If only they could all be like ‘Sharpie.’
Seabrook, the owner of three rings himself, seems to be reaching the end of his effectiveness. But on top of his no move clause, the big veteran also owns one of the most untradeable contracts in the NHL right now. Even if you did convince Seabrook to waive the clause, you’d have to find a trade partner willing to take on a 32 year old defenseman with a ton of mileage on him who is also owed a cap hit of nearly 7 million a season until 2023 24. Seattle doesn’t even have a franchise yet and I can see Chicago offering them a first rounder to take on Seabrook when they do join the league.
I suppose you could trade Brandon Saad again he does carry a hefty 6 million cap hit , but at 25, he’s not exactly over the hill and he’s the type of player you prefer to hang on to – no sense making trades just for the sake of. Lance Bouma is, like Sharp, a pending unrestricted free agent on a cheap contract 1 million and maybe you could get a fifth rounder for him. Sharp could fetch a second rounder, I’d bet; third rounder if the market is stiff.
So let’s pretend Chicago gets two picks in exchange for Sharp and Bouma. It’s not much, but also remember that the Blackhawks have a very good scouting staff. This is the organization that snapped up Alex DeBrincat in the second round, Dylan Sikura with the 178th pick overall and Tim Soderlund in the fourth round. Troops are coming, they just need time.
It’s not exactly a sexy solution to say “just wait,” but based on the architecture of the Hawks right now, it may be the only option at their disposal.

regular season campaign in Detroit against the Tigers

With the Steelers forgetting to finish business with the Jacksonville Jaguars, losing badly 45 42 to abruptly end their season, let s look to what s ahead on the Pittsburgh sports landscape the Penguins are fighting for a playoffs spot, the Pirates are trying to piece together something resembling a major league team, and the Winter Olympics are happening soon.


In one of the biggest return of Pittsburgh sports hero, fan favorite and three time Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc Andre Fleury comes back to Pittsburgh on Feb. 6 to face his old team.

He ll lead the Las Vegas Golden Knights into town in a rematch of a December game in Vegas that sent the Pens packing with a 2 1 loss , where Fleury made 24 saves. The Golden Knights are leading the Pacific Division in the West and are eyeing the playoffs in their first season.


Speaking of the playoffs Brian Dumoulin Jersey, the chase for Lord Stanley s Cup starts on April 12.

The Penguins are on a four game winning streak , which is helping right the team which has had a roller coaster season. Sitting in the middle of the Metro Division, the Pens are on the bubble for the playoffs. But a few more wins and they could punch their way into the post season where they get a clean slate to make a run at a three peat.

But before the playoffs start, the NHL All Star Game is happening on Jan. 28 at at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Next month the Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from Feb. 9 thru 25. NHL players will not be taking part, but the men s and women s hockey tournaments should be good viewing as both have medal aspirations. NBC is broadcasting the games live and on tape delay across their network of channels.


The Buccos sent Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros in exchange for four players, so spring training should be filled with questions about the starting rotation and what type of year it will be for the team. The Pirates finished fourth in the NL Central last year in another lackluster season.

Pitchers and catchers report to Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida, on Feb. 12, while the rest of the team reports on Feb. 18, with their first game later that week. The Pirates open the regular season campaign in Detroit against the Tigers on Thursday, March 29. The home opener is Monday, April 2 against the Minnesota Twins.

This warm weather the last few days has us thinking about spring. ☀️ ⚾️Spring Training tickets go on sale next week! See you in Florida.

And if you still need a football fix the Super Bowl — if you are going to watch — is Feb. 4, while the Pro Bowl is a week earlier on Jan. 28 in Orlando. The NFL Scouting Combine starts on Feb. 27 in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The NFL Draft begins on April 26 — the Steelers have the 28th pick in the first round.

And the Steelers OTA s organized team activity and minicamp will likely happen in May and June with training camp opening in late July.

American Hockey League cousin don’t always get the recognition

There are so many great highlights from the National Hockey League that, often, the ones from its American Hockey League cousin don’t always get the recognition they deserve.

Not today.

Nic Petan Dustin Byfuglien Jersey, a Winnipeg Jets prospect who’s spent some time in the NHL over the past few seasons, made quite the dandy play in the game between the Jets’ minor league affiliate Manitoba Moose and the Iowa Wild Minnesota Wild in Winnipeg on Saturday.

As you will see in the video below, Petan, 22, appears to not have a snowball’s chance in hell to make a play on centering pass after he’s hauled to the ice by a Wild defenseman.

Not so fast, however.

Petan manages to get his stick out in front of him as he’s sliding along the ice and re directs Buddy Robinson’s what a great name pass up and over the Wild’s netminder.

You can only explain such beauty so much. Take a look
We’re 13 days into 2018 and we already  have what could be the re direction of the year in pro hockey.