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The Calgary Flames are in a familiar position: at the bottom of the table, having allowed the most goals in the NHL.

It's been 14 games, and with only five wins to show for them, president Brian Burke is running out of patience. Especially after a 1-3 road trip.

Burke explained what's dogging his team Monday on Sportsnet960 The Fan, and, after bringing up turnovers and special teams (Calgary ranks 28th on the power play and 29th on the penalty kill), he went in on Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan - two players who recently signed massive extensions.

"Our top players aren't getting it done," Burke said. "I'm not one for calling players out or naming names, but our top guys are not playing up to their level - it's that simple."

Gaudreau has two goals and six assists in 14 games, and while his eight points are second on the team, he's a team-worst minus-11. Monahan's got four goals and one assist in 14 games, and checks in at minus-10.

Brian Elliott's struggled in goal, too, with an .887 save percentage in nine games, but Burke refuses to blame his goalies, who are battling in the crease but getting no help.

He made a point of saying that what ails the Flames isn't a lack of effort. He's been around the block, and knows the mental hurdles that come with big-money extensions for young players.

"We believe in these guys," Burke said. But he's tired of the excuses.

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Skating in the dark #Leafs pic.twitter.com/Jr5cbOmqrV

— David Alter (@dalter) November 9, 2016
It's always news when a Toronto Maple Leafs team is put through its paces after an embarrassing outing. But for circumstances out of his control, the punishing workout Mike Babcock conducted Wednesday afternoon took on added surveillance.

When the power went out at the arena during the sweat, the Maple Leafs coach continued sprinting his skaters up and down the ice to atone for the 7-0 beatdown they were handed from the Los Angeles Kings the previous night.

so spooky pic.twitter.com/3xm0wKxO1a

— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) November 9, 2016
After catching his breath in the locker room, Jake Gardiner admitted he thought the power outage had brought the Maple Leafs reprieve.

"I was thinking, thank goodness we're getting off the ice," he said, according to TSN's Kristen Shilton.

"Babs had different ideas."

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Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis will be out several weeks after undergoing groin surgery, the team announced.

Ennis reportedly suffered the injury during Monday's contest against the Boston Bruins, and John Vogl of BuffaloNews.com said he could miss two-to-three weeks

The 27-year-old has struggled out of the gate this season, posting just one goal and one assist through the team's first 12 games.

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The Arizona Coyotes are keeping rookie forward Lawson Crouse around for the balance of the regular season and will pay a premium for it.

Head coach Dave Tippett has confirmed Crouse will remain with the team past the nine-game trial period afforded to junior-eligible players, according to Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports.

The implications of this decision are two-fold.

The first year of Crouse's entry-level contract will officially come into effect.
Once Crouse appears in his 10th game, the conditional draft pick sent to the Florida Panthers will become a second-rounder in 2018.
Crouse was selected 11th overall by the Panthers in 2015, and was traded to the Coyotes along with Dave Bolland for a pair of draft picks, including a third-round selection in 2017.

In nine games with the Coyotes, Crouse has recorded one goal on 11 shots in an average of 10:41 a night.

Crouse joins Jacob Chychrun as a junior-eligible player sticking with the club, while a decision on Dylan Strome has yet to be made.

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The Vancouver Canucks announced Thursday that Jannik Hansen will be sidelined for the next four to six weeks with a fractured rib.

The injury stems from a devastating hit by Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly in a heated Saturday night contest.

Following the hit, Hansen jumped Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri for a blindside hit on Canucks forward Daniel Sedin.

Hansen has six points in 12 games, good for fourth among Canucks players.

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NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Steven Kampfer and a conditional draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Dylan McIlrath, the teams announced Tuesday.

Kampfer, 28, has 134 games of NHL experience and will add depth to the Rangers' defensive core. He played 47 games for the Panthers last season but only one this season.

McIlrath, 24, played 38 games for the Rangers over parts of four seasons. He scored two goals and added two assists for four points. He has had 84 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-5, 236-pounder was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round (10th overall) in the 2010 NHL entry draft.

"He's a great kid. He's a guy that deserves a chance to play in the league," Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said of McIlrath. "[Florida] has been calling me for a while about him and it's a fresh start for him. At the same time, we've had Kampfer before and we like his speed, we like his skill level and we think he's someone who can help us along the way here."

Kampfer will report to the Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. It hasn't been announced yet whether McIlrath will report to the Panthers or the AHL.

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Ryan Getzlaf now sits alone atop the Anaheim Ducks record books.

With a helper on Ryan Kesler's empty net goal versus the Carolina Hurricanes, the captain moved into first place on the all-time Ducks assist list, passing Teemu Selanne.

MILESTONE: With an assist on Kesler's goal, Ryan Getzlaf (532) is now the franchise leader in assists! pic.twitter.com/2XzUjD0aeH

— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) November 11, 2016
The playmaking pivot now has 12 assists on the season.

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The Montreal Canadiens are the NHL's hottest team, and now they're etching their names in the record books.

Thursday night's 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings was significant for several reasons.

The Canadiens improved to 12-1-1, winning 12 of their first 14 games to start a season for the first time in their 99-year history.

They also equaled a franchise record with their ninth consecutive home victory to begin a season, accomplishing the feat for the first time since 1953-54, according to TSN.

Carey Price improved to 9-0-0 in 2016-17, and he now boasts a 1.56 GAA and a .953 save percentage.

Carey Price is 19-2-0 the last two seasons. 24-2-0 if you count the World Cup.

— Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) November 11, 2016
It's still very early, but the 2015 Hart and Vezina Trophy winner might be putting himself in position to add some more hardware.

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The Carolina Hurricanes announced Friday that forward Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Bickell released this statement via the team's official website.

Since the 2015 playoffs, I've been struggling to understand what was going on with my body. Again during the past few weeks, it felt like something wasn't right. Obviously this is a bit of shock for my family and me, but I am hopeful I will be able to return to the ice and continue playing the game that I love.

Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis and Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough also sent along their best wishes in statements of their own.

Francis requested privacy for the Bickell family as the 30-year-old focuses on his long-term health, and McDonough emphasized how many lasting friendships Bickell has made in Chicago.

Bickell won three Stanley Cups as a member of the Blackhawks after being drafted by the organization 41st overall in 2004. He was dealt to Carolina prior to the start of this season and has appeared in seven games.

Near the end of Bickell's tenure with Chicago, it was reported he was dealing with vertigo. Bickell's agent later dispelled that notion, saying his client was suffering from the effects of an ocular issue.

Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system. It can cause inflammation of the protective sheath of nerves, resulting in fatigue and weakness, as well as disruption of coordination, sensation, and cognition.

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The four-member 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame class was given its due Friday night in Toronto.

Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon, and the family of the late Pat Quinn were honored before the Toronto Maple Leafs' game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Air Canada Centre.

Ed Belfour, Lanny McDonald, and other Hall of Famers with ties to the Leafs were on hand for the ceremony.

The 2016 class will be inducted Monday night.

Pregame festivities also included a tribute to military veterans, a Remembrance Day tradition in Toronto.

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lobo316 wrote: The four-member 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame class was given its due Friday night in Toronto.

Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon, and the family of the late Pat Quinn were honored before the Toronto Maple Leafs' game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Air Canada Centre.

Ed Belfour, Lanny McDonald, and other Hall of Famers with ties to the Leafs were on hand for the ceremony.

The 2016 class will be inducted Monday night.

Pregame festivities also included a tribute to military veterans, a Remembrance Day tradition in Toronto.

2 former Flyers in the Hall. It took WAY too long for the Big E to get in.



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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson settled with six of his eight creditors in bankruptcy court Friday, according to Aaron Portzline of Columbus Dispatch.

The agreement will reportedly see Johnson liquidate two homes and a Ferrari, and forfeit nearly all of his earnings over this season and next - a total of $10 million minus a sum of $246,000 per season for "living expenses." As one creditor noted, according to Portzline, the deal will make Johnson "the lowest-paid player in the NHL for the next two seasons."

After his seven-year, $30.5-million contract expires at the end of the 2017-18 season, he'll be allowed to keep $277,050.50 of any contract he signs until his debts are paid off.

The two remaining creditors - owed a combined $2 million - have still not reached an agreement with Johnson.

The 29-year-old applied for bankruptcy protection two years ago after learning that his parents, Jack Sr. and Tina, who had control of his finances, took out nearly 20 high-interest loans in his name, and defaulted on some - all allegedly without Johnson's knowledge.

According to Portzline, his debts were believed to total $10 million when he first filed for bankruptcy protection, while others close to him suggest that number may be higher.

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The Florida Panthers have claimed Seth Griffith on waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

Griffth was placed on the waivers with Josh Leivo and Matt Hunwick due to return from conditioning loan and injured reserve, respectively.

The right-shot forward, who arrived in Toronto earlier this season via waivers from the Boston Bruins, was pointless in three games for the Maple Leafs.

He should find a greater opportunity to contribute with the Panthers, who have dealt with a variety of injuries so far this season.

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TORONTO - Eric Lindros had just received his Hockey Hall of Fame ring and was feeling particularly buoyant.

''Check it out!'' he said, raising his left hand and shiny new ring to show to the television camera. ''Check it out!''

Lindros' long Hall of Fame wait is over.

Passed over six times for entry into the shrine, the now 43-year-old will finally get his plaque, honored along with Rogie Vachon, Sergei Makarov and the late Pat Quinn.

''It's just an honor,'' Lindros said Friday. ''Look at the names on the plaques. Just being in here. Jeez, it's the cream of the crop. It's a real honor to be part of this.''

Living in the Toronto area with his wife and three kids, Lindros said he'd driven by the Hall numerous times and visited occasionally for charity events. But he'd yet to take a serious walk through the place. He will now, and what he'll see is his face right there among the greats.

For years after his career ended in 2007, the argument against Lindros entering the Hall was two-fold. For one, he played only 760 regular- season games in a career cut short from concussions. He also failed to win a Stanley Cup, swept in the 1997 final by the Detroit Red Wings while still a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

When healthy he was a truly dominant force, a rare combination of size, skill, and power. He was the kind of player the game had never seen and probably hasn't since. Lindros finished with 372 goals and 865 points, tucked inside the top 20 in points per-game (1.14). He also was a six-time All-Star and won the Hart Trophy as league MVP as a 22-year-old in 1995 after posting 29 goals and 70 points in 46 games.

Lindros was the No. 1 overall pick of the Quebec Nordiques in 1991, but refused to play there. He was eventually dealt to the Flyers in a swap that included another future Hall of Famer, Peter Forsberg.

Lindros said he was well aware of the Hall of Fame's annual summer selection date for inductees, each year passing by without entry. Earlier this past summer he heard from a former New York Rangers staffer who wondered whether he'd heard anything yet from the Hall about the class of 2016.

''No,'' Lindros replied.

He did get the call from Hall chairman Lanny McDonald a short while later while driving north on Highway 11 in Ontario with his family.

''It truly is an honor,'' he said.

It also took a while for Vachon, Makarov, and Quinn to take their places in the Hall.

A three-time Cup-winning goalie with the Montreal Canadiens who later starred for Los Angeles, Vachon last played in the NHL in 1982. Makarov's last NHL game came with the San Jose Sharks in 1997. He enjoyed his best years in Russia, leading the Soviet league in scoring for nine seasons.

Quinn, who died two years ago, last coached in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers in 2010, one of his five stints as an NHL head coach. Perhaps his most notable hockey achievement came outside the league, guiding Canada's men's hockey team in 2002 to their first Olympic gold medal in 50 years.

When McDonald called Vachon to tell him was finally in this past summer, Vachon replied: ''I'm in what?''

''It doesn't get any better than this,'' Vachon said Friday.

The long wait was over for all.

''Take whatever path you want,'' Lindros said. ''We're here forever. All of us.''

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The Montreal Canadiens' assault on the record books continued unabated Saturday night.

Montreal achieved a trio of notable feats in a 5-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings:

The Canadiens won their 10th straight home game to start a season for the first time in their 99-year NHL history.
Montreal is the third team in league history to win its first 10 home games in a season, joining the 1925-26 Ottawa Senators (10-0-0) and the 1963-64 Chicago Black Hawks (11-0-0).
Carey Price became the first goaltender in NHL history to win each of his first 10 games to begin a campaign.
Michel Therrien said it's getting difficult to come up with new ways to explain Price's dominance.

"It's hard to describe his performances because we're constantly repeating ourselves," the Canadiens head coach told reporters postgame, according to NHL.com's Arpon Basu.

Carey Price wins his 13th straight NHL start, is 23-2-0 in his past 25 NHL regular season starts, 28-2-0 including World Cup.

— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 13, 2016
The Canadiens won their fourth consecutive game and improved to 13-1-1 with the shutout win.

Montreal matched the franchise record for consecutive home wins to start a season in Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

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