June 30 2016 07:00AM
Though the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft was must-see TV in the Toronto area and much of North America, Boris Dorozhenko didn’t see it live.
On Friday, June 24, at approximately 7:18 p.m. EST, Auston Matthews was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the first overall pick in the draft.
Dorozhenko, instructor at Next Generation Hockey schools, primarily based in Arizona, is the self-proclaimed creator of “Most unique & effective hockey player development system in the world”. He has been a coach of Matthews’ in one way or another since 2005.
But while Matthews was trying on his new sweater, taking photos and being interviewed by just about every reporter that could find their way to Buffalo, Dorozhenko spent his Friday afternoon in a Phoenix Arizona rink teaching a regularly scheduled clinic.
“Someone has to be working,” Dorozhenko said.
June 29 2016 05:54PM
He was coming home to Toronto, that much was certain.
But then actually he was going to where he would be the undisputed number one center, in Detroit.
For real though, he was actually going to play with Buffalo's young stars for astrological amounts of cash.
Instead he stayed put, as Bob McKenzie announced today that Steven Stamkos had re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Stamkos's deal with TB is expected to come in at eight years, with an AAV of $8.5M.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2016
June 29 2016 05:41PM
Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS
Before we get into this topic, let's make a few things clear. Firstly, Steven Stamkos isn't a traitor for choosing to stay with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was under no obligation to sign in Toronto; ultimately, the choice was his, and he went with what he thought was best for him. Secondarily, this isn't the time to go "oh, well, the Leafs were better off without him anyway". Because that probably isn't true either.
June 29 2016 01:26PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Wait... let me compose myself. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! *faints* The Oilers have reportedly traded Taylor Hall to New Jersey straight across for Adam Larsson.
June 29 2016 10:59AM
In a perfect world, every team in the NHL would like Steven Stamkos on their roster.
But in reality, there's only going to be one team that ends up with him when he hits free agency on July 1st.
Where it is is anybody's best guess. There's been rumours of front-runners and dark horses emerging, but until his deal is finalized, there will be theories swirling everywhere about where Stamkos is going, how much he'll sign for, and why.
From the wonderful world of hockey Twitter, here's a take from each fanbase on why Stamkos should go to their city.