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 Posted: Thu Jun 8th, 2017 08:39 pm
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lobo316 wrote: Brian Burke went there.

The Calgary Flames president of hockey operations brought up the possibility of relocation Wednesday while speaking to the public at the Canadian Club of Calgary, according to CTV's Chris Epp.

Ok. Brian Burke just said the thing that the Flames said they wouldn't say. Told season ticket holder the Flames could leave w/o new rink.

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Burke added that he believes the Flames would be able to find a city to move to, should that be necessary, and said he was surprised the city didn't "say thank you" when the Flames proposed the CalgaryNEXT project.

The club's $890-million proposal for a new multi-sport arena complex was essentially put on life support by city council after being deemed "dead" by Mayor Naheed Nenshi in late March.

Flames president and CEO Ken King made similar remarks in April, hinting that the team needs a new facility to stay in Alberta.

"There would be no threat to move," King said at the time. "We would just move and it would be over. If people smarter than us, in more powerful positions than ours, don't feel that we're a critical piece of the social, economic, and cultural part of our city, than who are we to argue with that?"

Other than the renovated Madison Square Garden, and now that the Detroit Red Wings have bid farewell to Joe Louis Arena, Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome is the oldest building in the NHL, having been built in 1983.



Naheed Nenshi wants Brian Burke to stop riling people up.
"Don't try to make headlines," Calgary's mayor told the Calgary Sun's Rick Bellwhen asked if he had any advice for the Flames president of hockey operations Thursday. "Don't try to inflame people.”
Nenshi was critical of several comments the Flames' president of hockey operations made at a public speaking engagement Wednesday, including Burke's soft threat of relocation if the hockey club doesn't get a new facility and the executive's comparison of the Flames' plight to the Edmonton Oilers' arena situation.
The mayor says he saw right through what he believes Burke was trying to do.
"Seriously, it's the script," Nenshi said. "We've seen this movie before. The point is we need a different ending here in Calgary.”
The Oilers moved into their new arena, Rogers Place, last fall, and that building was constructed with more public money than Nenshi wants used on any future Flames facility.
"I want it to end in something that doesn't look like Edmonton, that is a deal where any public money is very clear and it absolutely leads to public benefit," the mayor said.
He added, "(The Oilers) had a very different situation. They had a derelict part of their city. They hadn't had a skyscraper built in the downtown in who knows how long. They needed to try and really revitalize their downtown. We are a completely different environment. To ask for that deal in a completely different environment isn't going to fly with taxpayers. It can't just be, 'Give us the deal the guys up the road got.'"
Flames president and CEO Ken King was quick to engage in damage controlWednesday, addressing Burke's comments with a brief statement insisting Burke "is not our spokesperson regarding a new events center for our city."
Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome is the oldest arena in the NHL that hasn't undergone extensive renovations, having opened in 1983.

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If Mike Smith is going to be traded this summer, the Arizona Coyotes now know from whom to take inquiries.

Smith, who has two years remaining on a deal that carries a cap hit of $5,666,667, has submitted a list of eight teams he is against being dealt to in accordance with his modified no-trade clause, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.


Meanwhile, LeBrun adds, John Chayka is in "listening mode" only, which falls in line with the general manager's recent assertion that while Smith is the team's rock, his standing isn't so firm as to render him untradeable.

"His value is extremely high but if someone wants to pay an even higher value for him, that's the industry," Chayka said.

Smith, 35, posted a record of 19-26-9 with a .914 save percentage in 55 appearances with the Coyotes this past season.

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The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

The deal is reportedly worth $27 million over six years, averaging out to a $4.5-million salary cap hit, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

The 24-year-old completed his second full season with the Flyers last year, finishing with seven goals and 32 assists in 76 games.

Philadelphia selected Gostisbehere in the third round of the 2012 draft.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Pekka Rinne's struggles in Pittsburgh have his Nashville Predators on the brink of elimination.

The Penguins overwhelmed Rinne and the Predators again, sending Nashville's star goaltender to the bench in Pittsburgh for a second straight game in the Stanley Cup Final. He was pulled after the first period by coach Peter Laviolette after surrendering half the goals in a 6-0 rout by the Penguins in Game 5 on Thursday night.

The Predators are in a 3-2 hole with Game 6 coming up Sunday night in Nashville.

''It wasn't good,'' Laviolette said. ''It's not the first period that we were looking for and it didn't really get much better after that. Definitely things we could've done better defensively.''

Nashville rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the best-of-seven series and the home team has won all five games. Nashville is also a comfortable 9-1 in the playoffs at home, and teams that lost Game 5 of a tied Final have won the Stanley Cup four of the last eight times, including Pittsburgh in 2009.

But the Predators had little to enjoy from this one.

Phil Kessel scored his eighth of the playoffs and added two assists, while Sidney Crosby tallied three assists. Evgeni Malkin scored his 10th and had an assist, while Ron Hainsey also had a goal and an assist. Justin Schultz, Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary also scored for the Penguins, who have outscored Nashville 15-4 in Pittsburgh.

Rinne made six saves on nine shots, while Juuse Saros, making his second career playoff appearance, stopped 12 shots.

It was a familiar showing for Rinne: The three-time Vezina Trophy finalist allowed eight goals on just 36 shots during the first two games in Pittsburgh.

Rinne, the playoff leader in wins and goals-against average, rebounded in a big way for Games 3 and 4 in Nashville, limiting Pittsburgh to a just two goals on 52 shots as the Predators evened the series.

But Rinne struggled again Thursday in Pittsburgh, a place where he's never started and won in six career games. He gave up two goals in the first 6:43 of the game and it never got better.

Rinne now owns a career 5.15 goals-against average and .822 save percentage in Pittsburgh. He has allowed 11 goals on 45 shots in seven periods of play during the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh.

''We've got to be better in front of him. ... I don't think that necessarily they were bad goals,'' Laviolette said. ''Our guys have a tremendous amount of confidence him. We just have to do a better job in front of him.''

Crosby started the first-period surge for Pittsburgh when he split Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis on the opening shift of the game and hit the post. That shift led to a Predators' penalty and the game's first goal on Pittsburgh's ensuing power play, as Schultz beat Rinne with a point shot that went between his pads.

Rust beat Rinne to the glove side with a backhander a little more than five minutes later and Malkin made it 3-0 with 10.2 seconds left in the first period.

Saros relieved Rinne to start the second, but Pittsburgh upped its lead to 4-0 just 1:19 into the period on Sheary's goal from Crosby. Kessel scored his first in six games, making it 5-0 later in the period, while Hainsey capped Pittsburgh's second three-goal period of the game.

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Repeat.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.

Sidney Crosby and Co. defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Sunday's Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup Final 4-2. Patric Hornqvist scored the winning goal at 18:25 of the third period, and Carl Hagelin sealed the deal with an empty-net goal. Matt Murray was spectacular in the crease, stopping 27 shots to earn his second straight shutout.


It's the fifth Stanley Cup in Penguins history, each won on the road, and the third in the Crosby and Evgeni Malkin era.

The game was filled with controversy, after an early second-period goal by Colton Sissons was ruled no-goal after referee Kevin Pollack blew the play dead early having lost sight of the puck.

The referees did their best to try and make it up to Nashville, the Predators going on four power plays to Pittsburgh's none, but Peter Laviolette's crew couldn't find the back of the net.

Pittsburgh is the first team to repeat as Cup champs in the salary cap era, and the first since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

Crosby was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, earning the nod for the second straight year. He finished the playoffs with eight goals and 19 assists.

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It's not news that hockey players are tough.

But fighting through a broken tibia? That was the case with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino, who confessed the ailment to Hockey Night in Canada following the Penguins' Stanley Cup championship on Sunday.

Bonino wrapped up the playoffs with seven points in 21 games, with his last appearance coming in Game 2 against the Nashville Predators.

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Evgeni Malkin isn't satisfied. He probably never will be.

The Pittsburgh Penguins center won his third Stanley Cup on Sunday night, and he celebrated by letting everyone know that he'd like to make it three in a row and four overall.

"We're still young," Malkin said. "We're still hungry. We want more."

The man known as "Geno" was a force in the playoffs, finishing with a league-leading 28 points (10 goals and 18 assists). While Sidney Crosby took home the Conn Smythe Trophy for the second straight year, the Pens don't win the Cup without Malkin - it's as simple as that.

Malkin, 30, was drafted second overall in 2004, with Crosby selected first overall in 2005. It was, clearly, the start of something very special.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, meanwhile, is still upset about Malkin not being included in the NHL's list of its top 100 players, unveiled earlier this season. He even spoke about it Sunday night.

"You'd think that Geno could get into the top 100, wouldn't ya?" Rutherford said, according to Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski. "Maybe we can vote again and get him in the top 101 this year. I mean ... wow. I'll just leave that alone for now. That was so disappointing for me, but that's a whole 'nother story."

Rutherford's right: He should leave it alone. He's a Stanley Cup champion again, and that's probably all that matters to Malkin, too.

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You just can't make this stuff up.

Patric Hornqvist was playing with a broken finger when he scored with less than two minutes left in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

The Pittsburgh Penguins forward banked the puck off Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne with 1:35 remaining to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead, and Pittsburgh held on for a 2-0 victory to clinch its second consecutive championship.

Hornqvist missed six of the Penguins' 25 playoff games this spring, but still managed to notch five goals and nine points in the postseason.

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The players weren't the only ones building legacies Sunday night.

Mike Sullivan became the first American-born head coach in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup more than once when his Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their second straight championship with a Game 6 victory over the Nashville Predators.

The 2017 Stanley Cup Final featured two American-born head coaches for the first time ever, and Predators bench boss Peter Laviolette became only the fourth NHL head coach in history to take three different teams to the championship round.

Sullivan, who hails from Marshfield, Mass., was hired by the Penguins to replace the fired Mike Johnston in December 2015.

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You have to pay the price to win the Stanley Cup. Ask the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In the aftermath of the black and gold being crowned champs in back-to-back seasons, we're learning how beat up the squad that dispatched the Nashville Predators in six games truly was.

Defenseman Ian Cole, a key member of the unheralded Pittsburgh defense, played most of the postseason hurt.

Ian Cole played with a broken hand and broken ribs since early in the Washington series.

— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) June 12, 2017
Hockey players, right?

Cole played 17:43 in Sunday's deciding game, including 3:50 shorthanded. Dude's a gamer, clearly. He finished the playoffs with nine assists in 25 games, averaging 18:50 in ice time.

The Penguins played a lot of hockey this spring, needed seven games in rounds two and three to advance to the Cup Final.

That awesome NHL commercial is right, in other words: Every letter is earned on the Stanley Cup. Including "C-o-l-e."

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The Buffalo Sabres have hired Nashville Predators assistant Phil Housley as their new head coach, the team announced Thursday. Housley replaces Dan Bylsma, who was fired in April after an underwhelming 2016-17 season.



This is the first NHL head coaching opportunity for Housley, who has spent four years as an assistant with the Predators. He’s also served as head coach for the Team USA juniors team, which won gold at the 2013 World Juniors tournament under his watch.

The hiring reunites Housley, 53, with one of the teams from his playing days. The Sabres drafted him as a defenseman with the No. 6 overall pick in the 1982 NHL entry draft. He would go on to be an immediate contributor in Buffalo, including top-five Norris Trophy finishes in 1984 and 1990.

Eventually, the Sabres traded him in 1990 to acquire Dale Hawerchuk. Housley bounced around for the remainder of his career, playing for the Jets, Blues, Flames, Devils, Capitals, Blackhawks, and Maple Leafs. He retired in 2003, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.



Now Housley will get the opportunity to make an impact in the NHL as a head coach. He’s taking on a young, intriguing team with Jack Eichel as the cornerstone. The Sabres stumbled to a 33-37-12 record last season, but Eichel missed 21 games and the defense was often an issue.

If Housley can get a healthy Eichel and help make some improvements to the defense, the Sabres could take a step forward next season. Housley is one of the great American hockey players of his generation — now he’ll get to team up with Eichel to get the Sabres back on track

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Good luck to Housley with a team that has little talent and no farm system to speak of.

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Jack Eichel will bolt that team as soon has he's an UFA.

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Principal_Raditch wrote: Jack Eichel will bolt that team as soon has he's an UFA.
He's getting himself a nice reputation as a whiner

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LAF wrote: Principal_Raditch wrote: Jack Eichel will bolt that team as soon has he's an UFA.
He's getting himself a nice reputation as a whiner

He'll fit in perfectly as a Washington Capital. 

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