Tag:Quebec Nordiques
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:18 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 2:20 pm

Owen Nolan to announce retirement on Tuesday

By Brian Stubits

A news conference is slated for today in San Jose and it's going to feature Owen Nolan. Those were the details that were released.

It doesn't take any kind of scientist, let alone one who specializes in rockets, to see where this is heading. But in case you need the jump from A to B drawn for you, check out the NHL Network update video.

Yes, Nolan is going to hang up the ol' skates, proverbially speaking. Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques (remember them?) first overall in the 1990 draft, Nolan played 18 seasons in the NHL totaling 422 career goals and 463 assists. He played most recently for the Wild in 2009-10.

Nolan is most recognized for his time spent with the Sharks -- hence the announcement coming in San Jose -- where he spent seven and a half seasons in his prime. Traded from the Avalanche after their relocation from Quebec to San Jose for Sandis Ozolinsh in 1995, Nolan helped the Sharks reach the playoffs five times. His best season came in 1999-00 when he had 44 goals with 40 assists for the Sharks.

Oddly enough, Nolan might best be remembered for what he did in a game that matter. In the 1997 All-Star Game, he had the joy of being the hometown hero in San Jose, recording a hat trick. Most famously, he called his shot a la the Babe and beat Dominik Hasek high glove side.

Born in Belfast, Ireland, Nolan's family moved to Canada when he was still young to escape the violence. That worked out for the best, huh?

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnHockey and @BrianStubitsNHL on Twitter.

Posted on: August 31, 2011 6:10 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 11:35 pm

Wade Belak found dead


By: Adam Gretz

What has been an incredibly sad offseason in the NHL continued to get worse with the news that recently retired defenseman Wade Belak was found dead in a Toronto condo on Wednesday afternoon according to the Toronto Sun. He was 35 years old.

Belak, selected 12th overall in the 1994 Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques, spent 14 seasons in the NHL as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and, most recently, the Nashville Predators. In 549 career games he scored eight goals and tallied over 1,263 penalty minutes.

He announced his retirement back in March.

On Wednesday evening the Predators organization released the following statement:
“The entire Nashville Predators organization and family is shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely passing of Wade Belak. Wade was a beloved member of the organization, a terrific teammate and wonderful father and husband. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Jennifer and children Andie and Alex. We offer our full support to them at this very difficult time.”
Belak's name was in the news earlier this month when it was announced that he was going to appear in CBC's Battle of the Blades, which is basically Canada's on ice version of Dancing With The Stars

His primary role in the NHL was as an enforcer and fighter, which will make it easy for everyone to immediately connect his death to the recent passings of Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien, both of whom were also fighters. Whether there's any connection or not, it's been a very disturbing couple of months.

According to Hockeyfights.com Belak was involved in over 125 fights during his NHL career.

I never met Belak or had an opportunity to speak with him, but just about every person that did meet him and work with him throughout his 15-year NHL career has shared pretty much the same opinion on Wednesday night: He was an amazing person to be around and always -- always -- a fantastic player to interview.

You can find plenty of examples of his personality on YouTube, including just about every episode of the "Wade a Minute" segment that was filmed during his tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are a couple of examples:

Photo: Getty Images

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnHockey and @agretz on Twitter.

Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:55 am

Daily Skate: B's Nathan Horton 'back to normal'

By Brian Stubits

HORTON NO LONGER HURTIN': In just his first postseason of his career, Nathan Horton seemed to be building a reputation as a playoff performer before he went down on a huge hit from Aaron Rome in the Stanley Cup Final that led to a concussion. But now Horton is feeling significantly better and says he's symptom free (from ESPN Boston). "I feel pretty good. I don't have any headaches. I'm back to normal and I'm excited to start playing again," Horton said. "It just takes some time and we had a little time to take off and I just feel like myself. I can't really tell you the timetable but it was really quick and I feel good."

FINE WITH FACEOFFS: The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't been the best team in the NHL over the years, but one area where they have been good is in the faceoff circle. They have a host of guys who are better than 50 percent on the draw. The Jackets Cannon blog talks about what that can do for the team beyond puck possession.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: The Predatorial blog had some extra time on its hands so it decided to take a look at how teams fared on Saturday nights last season. Surprisingly, the worst record in the league (of teams that made the playoffs) was the Bruins, who won just 33 percent of their games. The best record of non-playoff teams? The Panthers, with a nice 58.8 winning percentage. Take a look at all the numbers for yourself.

NAME GAME: The San Jose Sharks have a new member on the blue line in Brent Burns, so naturally it's time to come up with some names for the defensive pairings. The Battle of California blog took its stab at names. The best of the bunch is for the pairing of Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic: Picklesnake.

ARIZONA STATE HOCKEY: Who says the Coyotes haven't made an impact in the desert? The Arizona State University Sun Devils are ramping up for another season of hockey as they chase a national championship (note: it is not a varsity sport, so the competition isn't the the heavyweights of college hockey).

QUEBEC COMEBACK: The push to get hockey to return to Quebec City continues. Now that Winnipeg has the Jets back, Nordiques fans are still hoping for the same. Here's a video making their case (and eyeing the Coyotes franchise as the prey).

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnHockey and @BrianStubitsNHL on Twitter.

Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:05 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 11:31 am

Daily Skate: Winnipeg ticket prices, RFA offers

COSTLY RETURN: Would you like to go see the Winnipeg Jets make their return to the NHL for the home opener in the 'Peg? Do you have $1,645 handy? A search of ticketcenteronline.com shows only two choices available for any tickets to the game against the Canadiens, and the other price is $1,839. I'd say they have the concept of supply and demand down pretty well.

MAKE IT EIGHT: With news coming out Monday that Matthew Hulsizer has withdrawn his bid to buy the Coyotes, speculation immediately began that that could have been the straw that broke the camel's back and the Coyotes' hopes of staying in the desert might have dried up. There's certainly hope in Canada that it means the Nordiques will be coming back to Quebec City. You might remember when Jim Balsillie was trying to buy the Coyotes that a site makeit7.ca was launched? Now, there's a makeit8.ca with as simple a web page as you'll ever see.

OVER-QUALIFIED: Want to know which restricted free agents were given qualifying offers and which, like Dan Carcillo, let go? Check the list here courtesy of Pro Hockey Talk. Keep in mind that any player who was not given an offer is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent when the market opens July 1.

MR. KENNEDY, JAGR WATCH: One restricted free agent who wasn't offered is Pittsburgh's Tyler Kennedy. But that doesn't mean he won't be back in the black and gold next season. Penguins GM Ray Shero says Kennedy wants to come back and he wants Kennedy back; it's just that arbitration or a qualifying offer wasn't the best option. What's more? The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Jaromir Jagr and the Penguins have a handshake that he will return to the first franchise he called home.

SHARK THINK TANK: When the Sharks sent Devin Setoguchi and more to the Wild for All-Star defenseman Brent Burns, they undoubtedly upgraded the blue line. But they lost a top-line winger in the process. So fearthefin.com takes the task of figuring out who should take the spot next to Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. There is no shortage of names in the mix, from Dany Heatley to Ryan Vesce.

Flyers ARE FINE: Worried that changes the Flyers just made might damage their chances of winning the Stanley Cup? Senior vice president Bobby Clarke doesn't think you should be. It comes as no surprise, but Clarke believes the Flyers did exactly what they needed to do to get better and explains exactly why Philadelphia is in a better position now than at this time last week.

-- Brian Stubits

For more hockey news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnhl on Twitter or @BrianStubitsNHL

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com