Alexei Melnichuk‘s new mask is subtle but striking! The San Jose Sharks prospect shows his national pride too — if you look closely, you can see the eagle from the Russian flag. Another winner from DaveArt!
Two other goalies recently debuted new lids — Philipp Grubauer of the Seattle Kraken and Craig Anderson of the Buffalo Sabres.
Considering this is Seattle’s first-ever mask, Grubauer’s design looks a little…plain? I’m sure it’ll look great with the Kraken jersey, but something maybe more memorable would’ve been cool considering the historical significance of this mask. But it’s only one blurry angle.
Meanwhile, Anderson’s is simple but effective. That’s going to look great with the classic Sabres jersey. Not entirely sure what’s going on with the strips though, are they tire tracks? The Sabres are Anderson’s sixth team and third in three years!
At San Jose Hockey Now…
Are Evander Kane’s issues the San Jose Sharks really irreparable?
Long-time hockey journalists Kevin Allen and Bob Duff also join us to talk about how teams in the past have won with locker room discord.
In other San Jose Sharks news…
The San Jose Barracuda are changing their schedule:
— San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda) September 9, 2021
Around the NHL…
A Chicago Tribune review of public records found police and employers had documented allegations of a sexual nature from four teenagers and five men versus Brad Aldrich after his time with the Chicago Blackhawks. (Chicago Tribune)
Is there life after Marc-Andre Fleury for the Vegas Golden Knights? There better be, says Steve Carp — welcome Steve to the National Hockey Now team!
Are the New York Islanders still interested in Vladimir Tarasenko?
Matt Tkachuk posts an outstanding tribute to the retiring David Backes.
Is this a “show me” year for the aging Pittsburgh Penguins core?
The Boston Bruins are preparing for big changes this season, according to Joe Haggerty.
The Kirill Kaprizov negotiations have gone south (again). (The Athletic)
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— luke prokop (@lukeprokop_6) September 8, 2021
Star prospect Anton Lundell is ready for his first Florida Panthers camp.
Where does Thatcher Demko of the Vancouver Canucks rank among Pacific Division goalies? Is he the best?
Kyle Dubas says that every Maple Leaf will be fully vaccinated for the 2021-22 season. (The Bob McCown Podcast)
Paul Holmgren is elected to the US Hockey Hall of Fame; is the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame next?
The Michigan Hall of Fame will honor the Detroit Red Wings‘ Grind Line in October.
Long-time Colorado Avalanche TV color man, Peter McNab, is inducted in the USA Hockey Hall of Fame.
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