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Nazem Kadri says the Toronto Maple Leafs will use Lars Eller‘s remarks about them as motivation going forward.

“Bulletin board material,” Kadri said Monday when asked about Eller’s postgame assessment following a 4-2 victory by Toronto over the Washington Capitals on Saturday, according to’s Dave McCarthy.

“I don’t know how he can be serious with that comment,” the Leafs center added. “I understand they’re coming off hanging a (championship) banner, but you’ve got to give teams respect that have earned it, and I certainly think we’ve earned it.”

Eller told reporters Saturday night that he wouldn’t put the Leafs on the same level as the Pittsburgh Penguins, and then elaborated on that.

“Nothing special, really. We’re used to playing against (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin. Everything kind of drops from there, so it’s not that special, to be honest. It’s a good team, like a lot of others. They’ll probably be a (playoff) team, I’d think.”

The Leafs and Capitals will meet again Jan. 23 in Toronto.


Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray has been diagnosed with a concussion, the team announced Tuesday.

Murray suffered the injury during practice on Monday and there is no timeline for his return, head coach Mike Sullivan said.

The goaltender suffered a concussion in practice last February, which forced him to miss nine games.

He has played the entirety of the Penguins’ first two games this season, going 1-1-0 while conceding 11 goals on 65 shots.

It appears as though Sidney Crosby won’t be getting a street named after him in his home province of Nova Scotia anytime soon.

The city of Halifax had discussed renaming Dartmouth’s Forest Hills Parkway to Sidney Crosby Parkway, but the staff is now advising against it. Crosby does not yet meet the existing criteria for commemorative naming because he’s not retired, according to the Canadian Press’ Alex Cooke.

A report states that while staff acknowledges “the broad range of positive impacts that Sidney Crosby’s athletic achievements have on the local community,” renaming the street after him would conflict with municipal policies, Cooke adds.

Exceptions cannot be made, even for a player like Crosby, who has won three Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals.

Other ideas are being floated around in order to commemorate his impact on the community, including the declaration of “Sidney Crosby Day,” installing a public art project in his honor, and naming an existing Cole Harbour park after him.

The Cole Harbour native is not only one of the greatest hockey players ever, but he’s arguably the most notable person born and raised in Nova Scotia.

Despite back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, losing to the rival Washington Capitals in the second round of the 2018 playoffs – and watching them eventually hoist the trophy – left Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby with a bitter feeling.

“I think that’ll definitely light a fire for us,” Crosby told’s Nick Cotsonika. “That’s on your mind when you play that team again. It’s just the way it is. That’s the way it is when you lose. You’ve always kind of got that feeling of something to prove.”

The Penguins-Capitals rivalry featuring Crosby and Alex Ovechkin has been one of the best in sports over the last decade or so, and it was only amplified by Washington’s Stanley Cup victory this past spring.

Even though Crosby doesn’t have much left to prove to anyone, his competitive spirit and work ethic have made him one of the best to ever play the game.

Crosby went on a European vacation this summer, but couldn’t stop himself from bringing his hockey gear.

“Yeah I brought it,” he said with a smile. “I figured I’d want to get on at some point.”

A motivated Crosby is a dangerous proposition for opponents, and Ovechkin and the Caps will find out firsthand as the two teams square off in the season opener Oct. 4 in Pittsburgh.

Nearly two months after irking John Tortorella with a comment he made after signing with the Pittsburgh PenguinsJack Johnson claims he was simply praising his new club.

“I was paying a compliment to Pittsburgh,” the Penguins defenseman, and former Columbus Blue Jackets blue-liner, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey on Wednesday. “They’ve won two Stanley (Cup championships) in the past three years. It is a winning organization. I was expressing how excited I am to be here. Nothing more.”

Johnson, who spent six-plus seasons with the Blue Jackets, said the following to reporters after agreeing to a five-year, $16.25-million contract with the Penguins on July 1.

“I’ve been really wanting to be a part of a winning culture and a place where the expectations to win are as high as they can be. I don’t think I could have asked for a better opportunity here.”

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford also drew the ire of Tortorella when he said he knew why Johnson wasn’t playing at the end of the season, and that it wasn’t due to his play.

Neither utterance sat well with the Columbus head coach, who took both as shots at him and the organization as a whole.

“All I know is, this organization, from the lawyers, the front office, (president of hockey operations John Davidson), the managers, the coaches, players … has done nothing but try to help Jack,” the Blue Jackets bench boss told The Athletic’s Aaron Porzline at the time. “And for (Johnson) to backhand slap us like this is utter bullshit, and he should know better.

“No one wishes anything bad to happen to him and his family,” Tortorella continued. “We wish him the best. But for him to put it the way he put it today is bullshit. And to have a general manager question our decision-making from three hours away, he must be a fucking magician.”

Johnson posted 11 points in 77 games while ranking fourth on the Blue Jackets in average ice time at 19:33 last season.

The Calgary Flames will host a press conference on July 30 when former captain Jarome Iginla will retire from the NHL, the team announced on Wednesday.

“In a sense, I grew up there,” Iginla told George Johnson of “I started playing for the Flames at 19 but even in minor hockey I remember traveling to Calgary for tournaments, from St. Albert, and I imagined playing in the Saddledome.

“It’s been a fun adventure, for my family and I. Some great cities, great people. To be back in Alberta, though, will feel like home.”

The 41-year-old was drafted 11th overall in 1995 by the Dallas Stars. But then he was traded to the Flames in a deal that sent Joe Nieuwendyk to Texas before Iginla ever stepped on the ice for the Stars.

Iginla went on to play 16 seasons with the Flames, finishing his time in Calgary as the franchise’s leader in games (1,219), goals (525), points (1,095), power-play goals (161), game-winning goals (83), and more.

The two-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner spent the final six seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh PenguinsBoston BruinsColorado Avalanche, and Los Angeles Kings.

Iginla finishes his career ranked 15th all-time in goals with 625, and he sits 34th on the all-time points list with 1,300.

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford says he wasn’t taking an intentional shot at the Columbus Blue Jackets when he made an assessment about Jack Johnson‘s usage that didn’t sit well with John Tortorella.

“I have nothing but respect for the Columbus Blue Jackets,” Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey. “They’ve got a good city, a good franchise, a great owner, and (president of hockey operations) John Davidson to run the franchise. I feel bad that it either (came) out the way it did or it upset people; that certainly wasn’t my intent. They have a very good franchise there, and it’s very well run.”

After the Penguins made the signing of Johnson to a five-year, $16.25-million deal official on the first day of free agency, Rutherford told reporters the following about the veteran defenseman, according to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline:

“I don’t think he had a bad year. He was a healthy scratch at the end of the season. I know the reason why. It wasn’t because of how he was playing.”

When asked Thursday to clarify what he meant by the latter remark, Rutherford declined to elaborate.

“I don’t think that’s going to do anybody any good at this point,” he told Mackey. “We feel comfortable with the homework that we did on this player.”

Rutherford’s initial comments, along with Johnson telling reporters on July 1 that, “I’ve been really wanting to be a part of a winning culture and a place where the expectations to win are as high as they can be,” clearly irked Tortorella at the time.

The always forthright Blue Jackets head coach issued an expletive-laden response in which he said that for Rutherford “to question our decision-making from three hours away, he must be a fucking magician,” later adding that the Penguins GM should “shut the fuck up,” and that Johnson’s statement was “utter bullshit.”

Johnson was scratched in all six of the Blue Jackets’ playoff games this spring and he collected only 11 points in 77 regular-season contests in 2017-18.