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Sunday Notes: Graves says MacKinnon stuff exaggerated, Virtanen denies allegations as agent blasts media



Ryan Graves

Good Sunday to all. Hope your lungs are OK, with all this smoke around. Denver had the worst air quality in the world yesterday, according to some story I read yesterday. Lovely. On to some hockey links, including an interview Ryan Graves gave the other day, where he talked some about Nathan MacKinnon and that Zadorov thing.

  • Graves went on John Scott’s podcast, and was asked about those comments Nikita Zadorov made about Nathan MacKinnon. You know, the “chickpea pasta” stuff, etc. Graves essentially said a lot of it was exaggerated, though he also said MacKinnon “totally changed the culture” of the team (YouTube)
  • Vancouver Hockey Now: Jake Virtanen is under investigation for sexual assault from an incident four years ago. The court ordered information sealed, but it has leaked to the press. Police have not charged Virtanen with a crime. His agent blasted the process and media leaks, too. 
  • Detroit: Steve Yzerman is doing a pretty good job and a stealthy job as the Detroit Red Wings GM. Kevin Allen ranked his moves as Wings boss, with a couple of interesting choices. 
  • The top remaining UFAs (
  • Get your Colorado Eagles season tickets now! Prices as low as $19 per game (Colorado Eagles)
  • The latest Stanley Cup odds, where a certain team might be the favorites or whatever (SuperBook Colorado)
  • Pittsburgh: Can some who just turned 34 still be nicknamed Sid The Kid? A look back at Sidney Crosby’s Top 5 moments as he celebrates another birthday.
  • Movie recommendation: the new Val Kilmer documentary, I believe available on Amazon Prime, is really good.
  • Alex Ovechkin is launching his own NFT collection (Washington Hockey Now)
  • Former Norris winner Mark Giordano is looking forward to life in Seattle with an expansion team (TSN)
  • Some uncomfortable questions coming for Chicago Blackhawks brass (TSN)

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