Panthers' Barkov on NHL's return: 'When everything is fine, we'll get hockey back'
Aleksander Barkov has spent the past few weeks like most in South Florida.The Florida Panthers’ captain and 24-year-old center is staying at his Boca Raton home (his mom is there, too), playing video games (primarily Call of Duty) and waiting for the coronavirus pandemic to slow down enough to continue his normal life.Barkov doesn’t know when hockey will resume — the National Hockey League paused its season on March 12 and has since targeted a mid-May return — but he is looking forward to the day he can get back on the ice with his teammates.“Not the best situation right now with all this happ...
The double-nickel! 25 years later, Michael Jordan's 55-point masterpiece at Madison Square Garden is still remembered as the true 'I'm back' moment.
“Every New Yorker was there when Bobby Thomson hit his home run to win the pennant, when Bill Buckner let the ball go through his legs in Game 6, when Roger Maris got No. 61, when the Rangers finally got the Stanley Cup. So they’ll say. And now they’ll say they were there the night Michael went for double nickels in the Garden. And Jordan isn’t even theirs, though he is everyone’s, really. If his comeback has meant anything, it is that.” — Chicago Tribune columnist Bernie Lincicome (March 29, 1995)———Barely two breaths after the final buzzer, TNT’s Craig Sager swept in to intercept him. Near m...
Panthers owner Vincent Viola will continue paying full-time employees throughout COVID-19 shutdown
MIAMI — The NHL remains on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Florida Panthers’ full-time employees will continue to be paid.Vincent Viola is committed to continue paying Panthers full-time employees throughout the shutdown, a team spokesperson confirmed Friday. The owner told employees about his plan Friday, Bloomberg reported. The Panthers employ about 230 people.“The specific directive from ownership was that no employee of the Florida Panthers will suffer economically from the coronavirus,” president Matthew Caldwell told Bloomberg.The Panthers haven’t played si...
Blues push ahead with draft preparations amid postponement of NHL events
The coronavirus pandemic continues to take a bite out of the NHL calendar. The league announced Wednesday afternoon that it is postponing the NHL draft, the scouting combine, the draft lottery and the NHL awards show.The 2020 draft had been scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal; the scouting combine was scheduled for June 1-6 in Buffalo; and the awards show for June 18 in Las Vegas. The draft lottery, which determines the selection order for the 15 teams that don’t make the playoffs, was scheduled for April 9.“The location, timing and format of the 2020 NHL Draft (and draft lottery) will be ann...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sharks say they have no plans to slash staff, ask for pay cuts
Sharks Sports & Entertainment has no plans as of now to reduce staff or ask employees to take a pay cut while the NHL remains on hiatus, a team source confirmed.Earlier this month, the Sharks announced that part-time employees who were scheduled to work Sharks and Barracuda games at SAP Center in March would still be compensated.The Sharks were previously scheduled to play at home against the Montreal Canadiens on March 19, the Boston Bruins on March 21 and the Arizona Coyotes on March 29. Sharks home games April 2 against the Dallas Stars and April 4 against the Anaheim Ducks will also not be...
The Mercury News
Minnesota United supporters group blasts team for telling idled workers to find other jobs
MINNEAPOLIS — One of Minnesota United’s four supporters groups has criticized the team for an email it sent Monday to some of its part-time game-day workers that advised they file for unemployment compensation while the MLS season is suspended and named three corporate partners that are hiring.On Twitter, the supporters group Red Loons posted, “Sad to report @MNUFC has the WORST response to the COVID-19 crisis in MLS.”Many NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball teams and some of their biggest stars have pledged to pay or provide financial assistance to arena or stadium workers who are now out of w...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Benjamin Hochman: What I miss today about sports — Blues goalie Jordan Binnington
He does this thing.He’s in the goal crease, his face hidden inside his mask, and after a close call or a big save or even just a stoppage in play, Blues goalie Jordan Binnington will quickly stick his neck forward and pull it back. Perhaps it could be classified it as a neck “turtle?” It happens really fast, maybe it’s a calming mechanism after some on-ice chaos? Or just an old habit. But for Blues fans, it’s also a signal — it’s Binnington motioning: “I got this.”Perhaps I’ll ask him about it next time I see him, but of course not sure when that’ll be and, furthermore, Binnington isn’t the mo...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
76ers and Devils managing partners walk back decision to reduce salaries for employees
PHILADELPHIA — It turns out that 76ers and New Jersey Devils at-will workers will keep their current salaries.After a lot of bad publicity, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which owns the teams, has decided not to recoup some of its lost revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of the NBA and NHL’s suspended seasons.“After listening to our staff and players, it’s clear that was the wrong decision,” HBSE founder Josh Harris said Tuesday in a statement. “We have reversed and will be paying these employees their full salaries.”But on Monday, the Sixers’ and Devils’ at...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Red Wings' Jeff Blashill relives the 'weird day' when the NHL season paused
DETROIT — A week has passed since a surreal day left the Detroit Red Wings making last-minute plans.On March 12, the Wings woke up in their hotel rooms in Washington, where they were supposed to face the Capitals in an evening game at Capital One Arena. Coach Jeff Blashill and his staff went to the arena hours before a scheduled 11:30 a.m. morning skate. They already were wondering what the day would be like, having watched events unfold the previous evening as the world responded to the coronavirus epidemic.“Wednesday we got into D.C. and what we normally do as a coaching staff is we got to d...
Detroit Free Press
Jeff Gordon: Playoffs or no playoffs, Blues will remain solid
The Blues reign as defending Stanley Cup champions.They would still reign as defending champions next fall if the NHL can’t finish the 2019-2020 season. They are set up to contend for years to come, since their competitive window remains wide open.And if hockey is somehow able to resume in mid-May, the Blues would be rested and ready to defend their crown as one of the top Western Conference playoff seeds.So the diehard Bluesiers are feeling less sports angst these days than some rival fan bases. That’s small consolation during these incredibly trying times for our community, but it’s one ray ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch