Seattle Kraken foes Avalanche MacKinnon, Flyers Hart

Kraken NHL Monday; Assault Case Presser, Plus Game On!

Withdrawals anyone? Despite no Kraken action for almost another week, there are actually two NHL games on Monday evening.

The Colorado Avalanche visit the New York Rangers while the New York Islanders hit Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs.

One would think Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar of the Avalanche and a handful of Maple Leafs including Auston Matthews might be a bit fatigued after the long All-Star weekend, one that saw MacKinnon and Matthews as captains of their respective teams.

It’s right back down to business. We’ll see if there’s an All-Star Game hangover of sorts.

— ICYMI – Kraken: Simmer’s Sunday 9; Trades, Scratches, and Streaks —

The Kraken fire things back up in Philly against the Flyers in five nights. It’s two weeks before Kraken fans get to welcome their club home to the Climate Pledge Arena.

Some NHL News

The London Police Services hierarchy in Ontario held a press conference on Monday afternoon to discuss the investigation involving five Team Canada junior hockey players and a sexual assault allegation from 2018.

Dillon Dube of the Flames, Carter Hart of the Flyers, Cal Foote of the Devils, Michael McLeod also of New Jersey, and former Ottawa Senator Alex Formenton, now on a roster in Switzerland, are all on leave of absence from their respective clubs after receiving formal charges.

They won’t be playing again anytime soon.

The police weren’t really able to say much given the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation and case.

Controversy surrounds the fact that the case was shut down for a lengthy period of time before it resurfaced two years ago. Hockey Canada was completely reorganized in 2022 after it was learned they tried to suppress the investigation and had paid millions of dollars out to previous sexual assault victims.

The NHL had remained extremely quiet regarding the case until confronted with questions during All-Star weekend.

The Kraken All-Star Collection:

— Kraken Ollie’s All-Star Wrap; Final Journal From T.O.

1-on-1 Postgame With Kraken NHL All-Star Oliver Bjorkstrand

— Kraken Bjorkstrand’s Great Performance In A 4-3 Loss

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