The 2017 NHL regular season kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 4 with the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the St. Louis Blues. There will be four games on that first day of the season, including the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Winnipeg Jets, the Calgary Flames at the Edmonton Oilers and the Philadelphia Flyers at the San Jose Sharks. Opening week will also be highlighted by the NHL's newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, visiting the Dallas Stars on Oct. 6. The Golden Knights will play their first home game Oct. 10.The NHL preseason started this Saturday with a Vancouver Canucks win over the Los Angeles Kings. Some of the big moves of the offseason included Karl Alzner signing with the Montreal Canadiens, Ben Bishop signing with the Dallas Stars and Kevin Shattenkirk signing with the New York Rangers. The Tampa Bay Lightening added Mikhail Sergachev and the Canadiens got Jonathan Drouin in one of the biggest deals of the offseason. ? This year's Winter Classic will feature the Buffalo Sabers and Rangers facing off at Citi Field, marking the 10th year of the tradition. The regular season will conclude April 7, 2018.
Larry Robinson has joined the St. Louis Blues. Unfortunately for the Blues, the Hall of Famer can no longer play at age 66, but Robinson can surely still teach the team’s defencemen a thing or two about the game. The Blues announced Thursday that Robinson will have the title of Senior Consultant to Hockey Operations. Robinson will be working along with general manager Doug Armstrong, assistant GM Martin Brodeur and the coaching staff headed by Mike Yeo. “He’s been on the phone every day with these guys for a week, saying: ‘What about this? What about this guy and that guy?’” said Robinson’s longtime agent, Donnie Cape. “Larry said he hasn’t been so involved in three years.” Robinson spent the
Shortly after the Canadiens had been eliminated by the New York Rangers in the playoffs last season, the first two players out of the locker room at Madison Square Garden were Nathan Beaulieu and Torrey Mitchell. The media were still waiting outside the door when Beaulieu and Mitchell walked past wearing expensive suits and the look of disappointment and frustration on their faces. They had both been healthy scratches for the biggest — and last — game of the season. Five months later, Beaulieu is a Buffalo Sabre — traded by general manager Marc Bergevin on June 17 for a third-round draft pick — while Mitchell is fighting to keep his job with the Canadiens at training camp while heading into the