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Oscar Lindbergh for NHL Calder & Hart......after 3 games.



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Well, if it were me, after 2 games I like Dylan Larkin for the Calder....but, hey, we'll see.:cool:

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If this is true then a total rebuild is on in Boston.



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St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri will be out of the lineup indefinitely with a concussion, the club announced Monday.

Farrbi suffered what the club called an upper-body injury during the first period of Saturday's game against Minnesota, on an elbow to the head behind the play delivered by Chris Porter.

"We’re going to miss Robby," said head coach Ken Hitchcock. "I was surprised on the concussion because he had three great shifts after the concussion. We’re going to miss his spunk, but (Scottie Upshall and Scott Gomez) will be excellent replacements."

The 19-year-old did not travel with the team to Calgary, where the Blues are set to kick off a season-long six-game road trip on Tuesday. No timetable has been set for his return to the lineup.

Drafted 21st overall in 2014, Fabbri scored his first regular-season goal in the Blues' opener last week.

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Dwight King underwent surgery to repair a broken bone on top of his foot and will be absent from the Los Angeles Kings' lineup from between 8-to-10 weeks, head coach Darryl Sutter told reporters Monday.

King has been on injured reserve since the start of the season. He was injured blocking a shot in a preseason game versus the Colorado Avalanche.

He chipped in with 13 goals and as many helpers in 81 games last year.

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With a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, the Boston Bruins fell to 0-3-0, marking the worst start to begin a regular season since 1999.

According to head coach Claude Julien, the record is indicative of a clear move away from what made the team so successful in recent years.

"We’ve got to be better defensively with the amount of goals," Julien said after Monday's loss, according to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe. "From the goaltender on out, defense, forwards coming back, we’ve just got to be better. It used to be our strength. Right now, it’s our weakness."

The numbers aren't pretty for the Bruins through three games. They've allowed 16 goals while only scoring seven, amounting to the worst goal differential league-wide, albeit in a very limited sample size.

Still, it's a level of mediocrity not seen in decades.

The Boston Bruins have allowed 16 goals through three games this season, the most they've allowed in their first 3 games in 50 years.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 12, 2015
With injuries to Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara - who made his season debut Monday - on the blue line, a measure of struggle for an otherwise inexperienced defense corps was expected in the beginning of the season.

But goalie Tuukka Rask, who's posted a save percentage of .846 to start the year, isn't pinning the goals allowed on anyone but himself.

"I’m pretty concerned with how many goals I’m letting in," he said. "That’s my concern."

Boston's leading scorer, however, was speechless in regards to how the team is playing in front of Rask.

"If you look at the big picture, 16 goals in three games, that’s not how we play," said David Krejci, who has scored two goals and five points. "I don’t even know what to say right now."

After dropping their first three games on home ice, the Bruins will now head west and hope to snap their skid on a mini two-game road trip to Colorado and Arizona.

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chrob61 wrote: Well, if it were me, after 2 games I like Dylan Larkin for the Calder....but, hey, we'll see.:cool:
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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: The National Hockey League Players' Association announced Friday that it has reached a settlement agreement with the league and Los Angeles Kings regarding the Standard Player Contract of Mike Richards.


Kings GM Dean Lombardi has some harsh parting words about Mike Richards.


from tsn.ca:

A day after reaching a settlement in a dispute over the termination of Mike Richards' contract, Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi spoke emotionally of  Richards' 'destructive spiral.'

In a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times on Friday, Lombardi called what happened to Richards "a tragedy."

"Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career," Lombardi said. "At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.

"Anyone close enough to me knows how much I loved Mike Richards. I believed that when I had acquired him, I had found my own Derek Jeter. But the fact is that he was never close to the player that he was after his best seasons in 2008-09 and 2009-10 in Philadelphia. His production dropped 50 per cent and the certain 'it' factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily. This is a player that in 2010 was instrumental in Canada's gold medal run and by 2014, while still in his prime, was not even in the conversation for making the team."

Friday's settlement finally ends Richards' tumultuous four seasons with the Kings, who acquired him from Philadelphia in 2011. Richards lost his job entirely in Los Angeles last season, getting sent to the AHL after his massive contract cleared NHL waivers. He returned late in the season, but did little while the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings missed the playoffs.

Richards was charged with possession of a controlled substance in Manitoba after he was stopped by Canadian border authorities four months ago. The Kings terminated his contract on June 29 for a "material breach of the requirements," and the NHLPA later filed a grievance on his behalf.

The Kings got Richards' debilitating contract off their salary cap, but they still will have an annual cap recapture penalty of $1.32 million for likely the next five years, along with a smaller additional cap hit for the length of the settlement.

"I tried everything with Mike - meeting with him constantly, sending him to concussion specialists, traveling in the off-season to visit with him at his summer home - and everything failed," Lombardi wrote. "I heard the rumours that Mike might have some off-ice issues, but I refused to believe that they were true despite some obvious signs.

"The reality is that I was 'played.' My only regret, though, is that I wish Mike had been able to come to me with his problem - and that was the last message I left for him on his cellphone when I learned of the incident and all the history leading up to the incident."





Mike Richards' settlement with the Los Angeles Kings apparently has other executives feeling, well, unsettled.

Rival general managers are "screaming bloody murder," privately, about the relief Los Angeles gained in slipping out from underneath the weighty contract, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman adds that some are threatening to bring up what they believe is a clear circumvention of the Collective Bargaining Agreement at the Board of Governors' meetings in December.

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi will save more than $4 million against his cap for the next five seasons with Richards no longer under contract. That figure will exceed $5 million in the seasons leading up to 2031, when the recapture payment is discontinued.
Friedman spoke to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who continued to defend the settlement reached.

"In our view, the Kings had a 'Bona Fide' opportunity to win this grievance. In that case, they would have no cap hit at all. This way, there's some penalty."

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JB5 wrote: chrob61 wrote: Well, if it were me, after 2 games I like Dylan Larkin for the Calder....but, hey, we'll see.:cool:
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Connor McDavid will have something to say about all of this.



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Connor McDavid is on the board.
The Edmonton Oilers' prized rookie recorded the first goal of his NHL career during Tuesday's game against the Dallas Stars, deftly tipping an Andrej Sekera point shot past Kari Lehtonen.


It may not be the fanciest goal he'll score, but it gives us a peek into the wide skill set that helped him record 97 goals and 188 assists in 166 OHL games.]

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After missing Tuesday night's game for what was originally deemed personal reasons, Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin confirmed Wednesday he was actually benched by head coach Barry Trotz.

The star sniper said he missed Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks because he overslept for the morning skate.

Ovechkin recorded one goal and one assist in his only game this season, and is expected to return to the lineup on Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Winless through the first three games of another rebuilding season, a pair of Toronto residents had the perfect solution to excite the disillusioned Maple Leafs fanbase.
Babsocks.
Integrity, character, leadership; Why not wear them on your foot? Roll up your Babsocks and support the#leafs pic.twitter.com/KHcEXy7gv8
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Adorned with a scowl from Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, the first order of 200 Babsocks disappeared instantly when the website launched Saturday.
"The reaction we got from fans was amazing," co-creator Jake Mednick told Sportsnet after debuting the socks outside the Air Canada Centre on Saturday. "Everyone wanted their picture taken with us. Everyone wanted a pair of socks. Unfortunately we had just sold out inventory.
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The NHL was reportedly advised not to study the long-term effects of concussions on retired players, and to instead "leave the dementia issues up to the NFL," reports TSN's Rick Westhead.

This statement was found in an email sent in November 2009 to commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly from NHL deputy general counsel Julie Grand regarding four "next steps" for the NHL-NHLPA Concussion Working Group.

Grand wrote that she wanted to "focus on the here and now" rather than study retired players who are "removed from the current issues we face." She was instead in favor of working with equipment makers and investigating recovery methods for head injuries.

"(I) don't intend to try the case in the media," Daly wrote to TSN. "Suffice to say, hard to perform an informed analysis on isolated emails with absolutely no contextual background or understanding."

The NHL is currently being sued by a number of ex-players who allege the league put profits ahead of player health and safety. The NFL recently settled a similar lawsuit filed by over 4,000 retired football players.

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Looks like the refs are already protecting McJesus. Check out his his hit from behind on Oduya right in front of one of the refs last night in Dallas which didn't even get him 2 minutes:





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LOL at Babsocks. That's hilarious. Love the scowl.

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