- Minnesota Wild 2020 second-rounder Marat Khusnutdinov has been able to shine in his recent performances on Team Russia in the World Juniors. He is just incredible. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Michael Russo explores what the new season’s layout means for the Wild from an economic point of view. Business being what it is and how limited their potential gate revenue can be, can bring up some issues. [The Athletic]
Off the trail...
- Boston Bruins legend and very tall man, Zdeno Chara has signed a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals for basically nothing. You have to wonder why the Bruins would let their captain walk into a division rival — the two teams will play each other eight times this season — and contend for the Stanley Cup right beside them. It’s curious. [Japers’ Rink]
On Instagram, Zdeno Chara confirms he is leaving BOS pic.twitter.com/sY5Yz8WIeB— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 30, 2020
- Locked away north of the border, the Winnipeg Jets believe they will keep Patrik Laine around and force his game into the next level. [NHL dot com]
- The AHL season is going to be starting on Feb. 5, or that’s at least what they hope.
- New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier will miss the start of training camp with a minor leg injury. [ProHockeyTalk]
- The Columbus Blue Jackets have always been on the outside looking in, but year by year, they stretch a little bit further into the group of elite teams. How far do they still have to go? [ProHockeyTalk]