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- Carolina C Jordan Staal broke his right leg during a game vs Buffalo on Tuesday night. No word yet on when he is expected back.

- NYR C Derek Stepan fractured his left fibula Tuesday during a conditioning drill Wednesday morning. Stepan is expected to miss the next 4 to 6 weeks.

- both major Vancouver papers are under fire for this photo caption which appeared on-line Tuesday night:



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An MRI on the shoulder of Detroit Red Wings centre Pavel Datsyuk has revealed a second-degree separation and the 36-year-old will be sidelined for four to five weeks.
Datsyuk was taken hard into the boards by Penguins defencemanRob Scuderi during the Red Wings' 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday.
"It's going to be around four weeks, give or take, depending on the healing process,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on Wednesday.
Holland is optimistic based on the timing of the injury. "The good news is, two weeks of the healing process is going to be during pre-season," he added. "So half his time will be during training camp. That's at least good."
This is the third major injury for Datsyuk in the the last year. He missed seven games last season with a concussion and 30 more with a right knee injury.
Datsyuk is heading into his 13th NHL season.

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TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin is out three to four weeks with a broken right thumb.
The team said in a statement that injury occurred Thursday after a collision in the corner during two-on-two work at rookie camp practice. X-rays confirmed the fracture on Monday.
The injury will likely keep the 19-year-old out of the entire pre-season and part of the regular season.
The Lightning start the 2014-15 season Oct. 9 on the road against Florida.
Drouin, from Ste-Agathe, Que., was selected third overall by the Lightning in the 2013 NHL draft.

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Lol at the Vancouver papers

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the squared circle wrote: Lol at the Vancouver papersMe too!


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CanadianHorseman wrote: - Carolina C Jordan Staal broke his right leg during a game vs Buffalo on Tuesday night. No word yet on when he is expected back.

TSN now reports that Staal will be out 3-4 months.

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Off topic but...

I am heading to my first hockey game of the season tomorrow. Corpus Christi Icerays vs. Lone Star Brahmas. If it all works out, I will be attending a college game (Texas Tech vs. Texas), several NAHL games (CC Icerays) an AHL game (Texas Stars vs. Rockford Icehogs) and an NHL game (Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks)this year.

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brodiescomics wrote: I am heading to my first hockey game of the season tomorrow. Corpus Christi Icerays vs. Lone Star Brahmas. If it all works out, I will be attending a college game (Texas Tech vs. Texas), several NAHL games (CC Icerays) an AHL game (Texas Stars vs. Rockford Icehogs) and an NHL game (Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks)this year.
You're going to have a great time at all the games. Hockey is great to watch on TV but is so much better in person. Interesting that your AHL game will feature future Stars vs future Blackhawks before you get to see the current Stars vs Blackhawks.

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The Maple Leafs got good news and bad news on the injury front Monday.

David Booth suffered a fractured foot after blocking a shot in Sunday’s game against the Sabres, and is out at least four weeks.

Cody Franson fell awkwardly in the same game and his knee will need further evaluation.

David Clarkson hopes to be back this Friday after suffering a broken orbital bone during a fight in last Friday’s game against Buffalo. There was concern that he’d miss a lot more time.

Clarkson left the game after a bruising fight with Cody McCormick.

“We were on the power play,” Clarkson said. “I know what he was trying to do and we’ve fought before. Just one of those things where it went wrong. But I was getting ready for the season and I’m still getting ready — I want to play that game one.”

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The Boston Bruins signed a couple of players that played important roles last season.


from csnne.com:




The Bruins resolved their last two question marks of training camp Monday when they signed Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to one-year bridge contracts worth $1.4 million apiece.

The signings end the only two "holdouts" of the Peter Chiarelli era, and bring back into the fold a pair of talented players who had little leverage going into negotiations as Group 2 entry level restricted free agents. The team-friendly deals for both players could presumably allow the Bruins to start the season without making a trade (thanks to Marc Savard being placed on LTI), but it's likely Chiarelli will want to make at least one move to clear some cap space.

Krug's deal especially is a bargain for the B's, considering that he made roughly $1.75 million in salary and bonus money last season -- which makes this agreement, in essence, a pay cut -- and that restricted free-agent defenseman like Danny DeKeyser, Justin Scultz and Ryan Ellis signed richer contracts in the offseason.

Krug led all rookie D-men with 40 points last season, and finished fourth in Calder Trophy voting. Smith topped 20 goals and 50 points and established himself as a top-6 forward during a breakout season.

Krug and Smith were presumably uncomfortable with players like David Warsofsky and Simon Gagne playing in their spots now that the exhibition season has started, and probably were itching to sign after missing so much camp. The Bruins had all the leverage in negotiations and used it to get the players signed on what we can assume was very close to their terms.

One would now expect both players to do the same next season, when the leverage shoe in negotiations begins moving to the other foot.

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Immediately after the signings the Bruins released Ville Leino from his professional tryout contract. 





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CanadianHorseman wrote: The Boston Bruins signed a couple of players that played important roles last season.


from csnne.com:




The Bruins resolved their last two question marks of training camp Monday when they signed Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to one-year bridge contracts worth $1.4 million apiece.

The signings end the only two "holdouts" of the Peter Chiarelli era, and bring back into the fold a pair of talented players who had little leverage going into negotiations as Group 2 entry level restricted free agents. The team-friendly deals for both players could presumably allow the Bruins to start the season without making a trade (thanks to Marc Savard being placed on LTI), but it's likely Chiarelli will want to make at least one move to clear some cap space.

Krug's deal especially is a bargain for the B's, considering that he made roughly $1.75 million in salary and bonus money last season -- which makes this agreement, in essence, a pay cut -- and that restricted free-agent defenseman like Danny DeKeyser, Justin Scultz and Ryan Ellis signed richer contracts in the offseason.

Krug led all rookie D-men with 40 points last season, and finished fourth in Calder Trophy voting. Smith topped 20 goals and 50 points and established himself as a top-6 forward during a breakout season.

Krug and Smith were presumably uncomfortable with players like David Warsofsky and Simon Gagne playing in their spots now that the exhibition season has started, and probably were itching to sign after missing so much camp. The Bruins had all the leverage in negotiations and used it to get the players signed on what we can assume was very close to their terms.

One would now expect both players to do the same next season, when the leverage shoe in negotiations begins moving to the other foot.

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Immediately after the signings the Bruins released Ville Leino from his professional tryout contract. 





So who else stays and who goes?
Campbell? Kelly?  Does Simon Gagne survive.  I think now that Leino has been released Gagne makes it.  Bartkowski, Boychuk, Miller.  Thinking 2 gotta move on.
Thinking Kelly, Bartkowski but where and for what?

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Angelic Assassin wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote:
The Bruins resolved their last two question marks of training camp Monday when they signed Torey Krug and Reilly Smith to one-year bridge contracts worth $1.4 million apiece.
So who else stays and who goes?
Campbell? Kelly?  Does Simon Gagne survive.  I think now that Leino has been released Gagne makes it.  Bartkowski, Boychuk, Miller.  Thinking 2 gotta move on.
Thinking Kelly, Bartkowski but where and for what?


I'm guessing McQuaid and either Kelly or Campbell. Trading away Bartkowski doesn't really save very much but he could still be on the move packaged up with somebody else. I would think trading away Johnny Rocket is the last thing Chiarelli wants to do. As for Gagne - I didn't think he was going to stick around anyway and now it's even less likely.

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- New Jersey released D Tomas Kaberle and W Ruslan Fedotenko from their professional tryout contracts on Tuesday. This comes one day after the Devils released D Mike Komisarek from his professional tryout contract.

- Edmonton signed training camp standout W Vladimir Tkachev to a 3-year contract worth $ 1.725 million. The 5'9" 141 lb Russian was not drafted in 2014 despite being the 60th ranked European by NHL Central Scouting Services. Tkachev had 10 goals and 20 assists in just 20 regular season games last year with Moncton in the QMJHL. He also had 7 goals and 2 assists in 6 QMJHL Playoff games.

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Here's TSN's list of players released by NHL teams or sent down to the minors/ jumior teams. Easy way to keep track on what your favourite NHL team has done:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

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CanadianHorseman wrote: - Edmonton signed training camp standout W Vladimir Tkachev to a 3-year contract worth $ 1.725 million. 
Or maybe not.


from tsn.ca:

Vladimir Tkachev's entry level contract signed with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday has been ruled ineligible by the National Hockey League.

According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, Tkachev wasn't qualified to sign a contract as he is still eligible for June's NHL Entry Draft.

Players who go undrafted are eligible to sign only if they played a full year in North America. While waiting for his transfer, Tkachev played two games with Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League and spent the remainder of the season with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Tkachev will go back into the draft after this season.

The 18-year-old appeared in three preseason games with the Oilers, posting three assists and a plus three rating.

The native of Omsk, Russia also played in the 2013 Subway Super Series for Team Russia, marking the second straight year he has represented Russia in the Super Series. Tkachev appeared in six games tallying four points (2G, 2A), a plus one rating and two penalty minutes.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Here's TSN's list of players released by NHL teams or sent down to the minors/ jumior teams. Easy way to keep track on what your favourite NHL team has done:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions

Off topic, but I fucking hate what TSN did to their website.

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Agree 100% khawk. I very rarely went on their site anymore, as I just get updates on news on my phone fromThe Score. Even tsn mobile is garbage. I have a feeling tsn is going downhill now that they have lost hockey, with the exception of regional games.

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khawk wrote: Off topic, but I fucking hate what TSN did to their website.
It's freaking horrible now. I honestly don't think they could have made it any worse. Apparently the new layout is set up solely for smartphone / tablet users which makes little sense for the rest of their us. :X

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CanadianHorseman wrote: khawk wrote: Off topic, but I fucking hate what TSN did to their website.
It's freaking horrible now. I honestly don't think they could have made it any worse. Apparently the new layout is set up solely for smartphone / tablet users which makes little sense for the rest of their us. :X

They just mimicked SI crappy new website.

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Is Hot Stove still on HNIC?

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Is Hot Stove still on HNIC?
I certainly hope so. Rogers is now in charge of HNIC so it remains to be seen if there will be any major content changes.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Is Hot Stove still on HNIC?
I certainly hope so. Rogers is now in charge of HNIC so it remains to be seen if there will be any major content changes.

Probably a shittier panel...How does a panel of Doug McClean, Garry Valk, Gord Stellick and Damien Cox grab you? **vomits**

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khawk wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Is Hot Stove still on HNIC?
I certainly hope so. Rogers is now in charge of HNIC so it remains to be seen if there will be any major content changes.

Probably a shittier panel...How does a panel of Doug McClean, Garry Valk, Gord Stellick and Damien Cox grab you? **vomits**

Don't forget about this guy:





He once played for the Leafs so he must know what he's talking about.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: Does Simon Gagne survive.  I think now that Leino has been released Gagne makes it. 

It sure looks like you were right. Boston just sent Spooner, Khokhlachev and Florek down to their AHL team in Providence. I'm not sure how long it will last but Gagne will be with the Bruins when the season starts.

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Fuck, this preseason is dragging. I want to get the crushing failure of another season going already.

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Cory17 wrote: Fuck, this preseason is dragging. I want to get the crushing failure of another season going already.
Well the Tkachev fiasco was a good start. ;)

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  1. CanadianHorseman wrote:
Angelic Assassin wrote: Does Simon Gagne survive.  I think now that Leino has been released Gagne makes it. 

It sure looks like you were right. Boston just sent Spooner, Khokhlachev and Florek down to their AHL team in Providence. I'm not sure how long it will last but Gagne will be with the Bruins when the season starts.


It's too bad for Spooner.  Guy is talented but Julien flat out doesn't like him or his style of play.  Some of these could also be "paper' transactions until Savard can be put on LTIR.  Leino would of had to have been spectacular to stand a chance as he's pretty one dimensional.  Gagne can if need be play on any line and any position.  Spooner to really be effective needed to be no worse than 3rd line.  Even though he has more talent than Matt Fraser once he and Krug signed Fraser was going to be on the 3rd line probably with Soderberg and Gagne.
Not sure about the dollars but it's likely to be:


Lucic-Krecji-Eriksson
Marchand-Bergeron-Smith
Gagne-Soderberg-Fraser
Paille-Kelly-Caron
Robins


IR-Campbell
LTIR-Savard


In the mean time the trade Kelly talks will continue as Campbell easily slides into his spot when healthy.  If the Gagne experiment fails the Spooner, Florek, Kochlachev, et all are recalled to replace him.  Probably the only other forward maybe feeling nervous right now should be Caron.
IMO, of course.
PS: Hope this isn't a spoiler for anyone but the season starts for real in a week!

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Don't forget about this guy:





Lord help me, I was trying to forget him...

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Cory17 wrote: Fuck, this preseason is dragging. I want to get the crushing failure of another season going already.
Well the Tkachev fiasco was a good start. ;)

Edmonton loves to stock pile small forwards, no big loss there. 

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Peter Mueller on Waivers for the Blues. Too bad, had he been able to avoid injuries he'd probably be a fairly consistent 60 point player

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broke wrote: Peter Mueller on Waivers for the Blues. Too bad, had he been able to avoid injuries he'd probably be a fairly consistent 60 point playerHe was in tough with the Blues too.  That's one of the deepest forward groups I think I've ever seen.


Nobody really getting claimed on waivers even though some fairly talented players came available.


Injuries are going to hit inevitably so he may still have a shot.  In one of my dynasty leagues in Fantrax I currently have 10 red flag players(injured).

Many of those waivered players will find their way back for opening night even in a reserve status I'm sure.
 

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Fantrax has a nice set up.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Fantrax has a nice set up.Of all the different hosting sites I've been on over the years Fantrax is by far the best.


Fantasy pools have come a long way from the days of pen and paper and checking the sports section in the newspaper every morning and not having the late game stats.

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The Ottawa Senators have signed star forward Bobby Ryan to a seven-year $50.75 million contract extension.

And Erik Karlsson has been named the team’s eighth captain at the same time.

The announcements were made at a news conference at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Ryan deal is something of a surprise as the forward had said he wanted to wait to see how the season would unfold before contemplating a new contract. Just Tuesday the head coach of the team had announced a power play plan that would see Ryan on what would be the second unit.

“Bobby Ryan extension was down the list of probables when this day started. 7 yr deal expected to be announced. #sens

— Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner) October 2, 2014


Ryan, 27, is from New Jersey and was to be a free agent following the season. In 70 games last year, he scored 23 goals and 25 assists before injury forced him to the sidelines.

Ryan was acquired by the Senators in a deal with the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and Ottawa’s first round pick in the 2014 NHL draft.

The appointment of Karlsson comes after a lengthy debate in training camp about whether the C should go to a veteran like Chris Phillips or whether the young Swede was ready for the task.

Previous Senators captains:

Laurie Boschman, 1992-1993

Mark Lamb and Brad Shaw, 1993-1994 (co-captains)

Gord Dineen, 1994 (March­April)

Randy Cunneyworth, 1995-1998

Alexei Yashin, 1998-1999

Daniel Alfredsson, 1999-2013

Jason Spezza, 2013-2014

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CanadianHorseman wrote:
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Is Hot Stove still on HNIC?

I certainly hope so. Rogers is now in charge of HNIC so it remains to be seen if there will be any major content changes.

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Probably a shittier panel...How does a panel of Doug McClean, Garry Valk, Gord Stellick and Damien Cox grab you? **vomits**

Did Elliott Freidman make the transition to Rogers? To Me, He was the best part of the studio crew.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote:
freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
Is Hot Stove still on HNIC?

I certainly hope so. Rogers is now in charge of HNIC so it remains to be seen if there will be any major content changes.

khawk wrote:
Probably a shittier panel...How does a panel of Doug McClean, Garry Valk, Gord Stellick and Damien Cox grab you? **vomits**

Did Elliott Freidman make the transition to Rogers? To Me, He was the best part of the studio crew.

From his wiki - After Rogers Media secured a 12-year exclusive contract for NHL rights, under which Rogers' Sportsnet would produce game broadcasts for both Rogers channels and CBC, Friedman joined Sportsnet full-time and will participate in its hockey broadcasts

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Did Elliott Freidman make the transition to Rogers? To Me, He was the best part of the studio crew.
Yup - he's part of the new 45 person HNIC broadcast team. 

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It's going to be an interesting year trying to follow your favourite NHL team on Canadian TV. The Bruins home opener on October 8th is being shown on FX Canada. :? This year Rogers will be airing regular season games on regional Sportsnet channels, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet 360, CBC, City TV and FX Canada.




Here's a look at the new $ 4.5 million HNIC set:

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CanadianHorseman wrote: It's going to be an interesting year trying to follow your favourite NHL team on Canadian TV. The Bruins home opener on October 8th is being shown on FX Canada. :? This year Rogers will be airing regular season games on regional Sportsnet channels, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet 360, CBC, City TV and FX Canada.



The FX thing bugs me because having Bell I can't get that channel. I have no idea how that will translate in terms of whether the FX games will be available on Center Ice or not. I suspect not.

If it translates into me having to watch Hawks games on the computer when I'm specifically paying for Center Ice to make sure I get all their games, I'll be exceptionally pissed.

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khawk wrote: The FX thing bugs me because having Bell I can't get that channel. I have no idea how that will translate in terms of whether the FX games will be available on Center Ice or not. I suspect not.

If it translates into me having to watch Hawks games on the computer when I'm specifically paying for Center Ice to make sure I get all their games, I'll be exceptionally pissed.

All I can tell you is that that for the Bruins game on FX Canada ( it's actually on the 11th vs Washington ) it's not showing up anywhere on my Center Ice listings so you might be out of luck for any Chicago games airing on FX Canada.


EDIT - According to the TV schedule at NHL.com it looks like there is only 1 Chicago game airing on FX Canada:  http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebyseason.htm?team=CHI

October 25 - vs St. Louis




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Of all the players placed on waivers this past week this is the one guy claimed so far:


D-Nate Prosser



http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=732690


Minnesota Wild claim defenceman Nate Prosser off waivers from St. Louis BluesThursday, 10.02.2014 / 2:55 PM /


ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild have claimed defenceman Nate Prosser off waivers from St. Louis.
The Wild announced the move Thursday. Prosser became a free agent last summer and signed with St. Louis, only to be waived by the Blues this week.
Prosser scored two goals and had six assists and 58 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Wild last season. The 28-year-old from Elk River, Minnesota, has totalled 21 points — three goals and 18 assists — and 127 penalty minutes in 126 games during parts of five seasons with the Wild.
The 6-foot-2, 203-pound defenceman first signed as a free agent with Minnesota in 2010.

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CanadianHorseman wrote:

EDIT - According to the TV schedule at NHL.com it looks like there is only 1 Chicago game airing on FX Canada:  http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebyseason.htm?team=CHI

October 25 - vs St. Louis





that game will air on WGN so I'll have it.
Still a pisser for Bell subscribers if the FX games are exclusive to that channel and can't be seen on CI....even if you want to buy the channel to see them. :(

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NHL on FX?  How long before there's hockey on the Oprah Winfrey Network?

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Angelic Assassin wrote: NHL on FX?  How long before there's hockey on the Oprah Winfrey Network?


Shhhhhhh..........don't give Bettman any ideas. 

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I watched the Bruins vs Islanders pre-season game the other night... the B's looked scrappy, and I I think they are going to be decent this season... I can't wait til Wednesday night, and the season starts.

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Islanders get Boychuk from Boston.


from nhl.com:

The New York Islanders acquired defenseman Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins on Saturday for three draft picks.

The Bruins will receive second-round picks in 2015 and 2016, as well as a conditional third-round pick in 2015. They would acquire the conditional 2015 third-round choice if New York trades Boychuk during the 2014-15 season to an Eastern Conference team.

The 2015 second-round pick was acquired by the Islanders from the Philadelphia Flyers on March 4 for defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

Boychuk, 30, had five goals, 23 points, 45 penalty minutes and was plus-31 in 75 games for the Bruins last season. At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, he adds size to the Islanders' defensive corps.

He can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.

The trade gives Boston more salary-cap flexibility. Boychuk carries a salary-cap charge of $3,366,667 for this season, with an actual salary of $3,600,000. Before the trade, the Bruins were more than $3.6 million over the salary cap, according to CapGeek, though they can place center Marc Savard on the long-term injury list and remove his $4.027,143 salary from their cap.


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Chicago's Nick Leddy also to the Island, for prospects, not picks.

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khawk wrote: Chicago's Nick Leddy also to the Island, for prospects, not picks.
Wow - the Islanders really improved their blueline in the last couple of hours.

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Now I've got a bit of a dilema - I have both Boychuk and Leddy on one of my Fantasy Hockey teams. Do I keep one or both of them ????  They'll both probably get more PP time in NY but I generally don't like have 2 Defensemen from the same NHL team on my Fantasy teams.

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By the way - here are the 3 players that Chicago picked up from the Islanders for Leddy:


Ville Pokka ( Defense ) Islanders 2nd round pick ( 34th overall ) in 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Jumped from 12 points in 2012-13 to 27 points in 2013-14 while playing in Finland.

Anders Nilsson ( Goalie ) Islanders 3rd round pick ( 62nd overall ) in 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Currently playing in the KHL.

T.J. Brennan ( Defense ) Buffalo's 2nd round pick ( 31st overall ) in 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Nothing to see here - career AHLer now with his 6th NHL organization.

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If you're more worried about points, keep Leddy.

Boychuk likely rates higher in more categories, though, all I know is that Leddy was ok on the 2nd PP in Chicago and will likely get 1st PP minutes in New York.

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If you;re in the pools either guy is worth taking a flyer on.

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Fan of Ville Pokka. The Isles did really well and might actually be going for a playoff spot

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If Halak gives them solid goaltending they are going to the playoffs IMO.  Low seed, 7th maybe but still in.

Considering Brennan is a throw in and Nilsson may very well not come back from the KHL unless he's guaranteed an NHL job The Islanders did well here.  Pokka is skilled but unproven.

If Tavares is healthy and Kulemin/Grabovski click together like they have in the past and the young guys like Lee, Strome and Nelson produce this could be an interesting team to follow for the first time in awhile. 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Now I've got a bit of a dilema - I have both Boychuk and Leddy on one of my Fantasy Hockey teams. Do I keep one or both of them ????  They'll both probably get more PP time in NY but I generally don't like have 2 Defensemen from the same NHL team on my Fantasy teams.Ultimately it will depend on the categories used in your league.  Boychuk will excel in the secondary categories of hits and blocks and will provide you some offense.  That offensive total should actually rise with the Islanders.  The Bruins had a specific system with pretty specific roles with an emphasis on defensive responsibility first and offense second.
With Boston Boychuk was behind Chara and Krug in the offensive scheme of things.  Not to mention Hamilton forcing himself into that picture as well.

With the Islanders Boychuk will be competing with Hamonic, Leddy and the ever injured Visnovsky.
If you truly don't want to keep both Leddy may have the higher trade value based on his age as many GM's in fantasy are all about the babies.

You could put them both on the block and see which brings you the highest return.

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khawk wrote: Chicago's Nick Leddy also to the Island, for prospects, not picks.

Chicago included a Goalie prospect in the deal. Kent Simpson was Chicago's 2nd round pick ( 58th overall ) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He went 11-14 last season with Rockford ( AHL ) with a 3.64 GAA and an .891 Sv Pct. 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: khawk wrote: Chicago's Nick Leddy also to the Island, for prospects, not picks.

Chicago included a Goalie prospect in the deal. Kent Simpson was Chicago's 2nd round pick ( 58th overall ) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He went 11-14 last season with Rockford ( AHL ) with a 3.64 GAA and an .891 Sv Pct. 
I think the fact that Scott Darling did so well in pre season made Simpson expendable.  Darling in Leighton will be in Rockford and Mac Carruth a once highly thought of prospect in the Chicago system ticketed for the ECHL. 

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Montreal traded G Peter Budaj to Winnipeg.


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The Winnipeg Jets acquired goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Patrick Holland from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Eric Tangradi on Sunday.

Budaj is a veteran of nine NHL seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and Canadiens. He played in 296 NHL games between the two clubs, compiling a 124-107-36 record with a 2.76 goals against average, .903 save percentage, and 11 career shutouts. His most recent season in Montreal saw him collect a 10-8-3 record with a 2.51 goals against average and .909 save percentage.

The 32-year-old was originally drafted by the Avalanche in the second round, 63rd overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Holland is entering his third pro season after spending his previous two with the Canadiens' AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Lethbridge, AB, native made his NHL debut on Oct. 22, 2013 in Montreal versus the Edmonton Oilers. He has yet to record a point through five career NHL games.

Holland was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the seventh round, 193rd overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Tangradi was placed on waivers by the Jets on Friday. He had three goals and six points in 55 games last season, and has five goals and 15 points in 136 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jets.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, the 25-year-old was selected in the second round, 42nd overall, by the Anaheim Ducks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to joining the Jets, he suited up with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Forward Ryan Johansen has signed a $12-million, three-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets after missing all of training camp without a contract.

Johansen will make $3-million in each of the next two seasons and then $6-million in 2016-17, according to agent Kurt Overhardt. The cap hit of the contract is $4-million a year.

Forward Ryan Johansen has signed a $12-million, three-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets after missing all of training camp without a contract.

Johansen will make $3-million in each of the next two seasons and then $6-million in 2016-17, according to agent Kurt Overhardt. The cap hit of the contract is $4-million a year.
 

The 22-year-old will be a restricted free agent at the end of this contract, and the $6-million salary in the final year sets up his next deal favourably.

Johansen, the fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft, broke out with 33 goals and 30 assists last season.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Islanders get Boychuk from Boston.


It's not exactly like seeing Orr in a Chicago jersey or Bourque in a Colorado jersey but as a Bruins fan this just doesn't seem right to me:

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The gloves are staying on.

For the first time since Randy Carlyle took over as the head coach two years ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs will not enter the season with a so-called enforcer.

On Monday, the team placed Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren on waivers with the purpose of assigning them to the minors. Instead, the Leafs decided to keep forwards Carter Ashton, Josh Leivo and Brandon Kozun, but also placed Korbinian Holzer on waivers and is still deciding to re-assign William Nylander to either Sweden or the Toronto Marlies.

The team is now down to 25 players — David Booth is injured and Viktor Loov is in the process of joining the Marlies — ahead of Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline for submitting a final 23-man roster.

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Maybe one of the mods can rename this thread to NHL 2014-2015 Season thread, now that the season has started tonight. Claw used to do this.

Anyone watching any of the games tonight ?
I'm listening to the Leafs / Canadiens game.
The score is 1-1 in the 1st period. Max Pacioretty scored for the Habs & then the Leafs tied it up. The Leafs goal was awarded to Kadri, but the radio announcers insist he never touched the puck.

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lobo316 wrote: Maybe one of the mods can rename this thread to NHL 2014-2015 Season thread, now that the season has started tonight. Claw used to do this.

Anyone watching any of the games tonight ?
I'm listening to the Leafs / Canadiens game.
The score is 1-1 in the 1st period. Max Pacioretty scored for the Habs & then the Leafs tied it up. The Leafs goal was awarded to Kadri, but the radio announcers insist he never touched the puck.

2-1 Leafs after the 1st period. Bozak scored a power play goal.

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: Maybe one of the mods can rename this thread to NHL 2014-2015 Season thread, now that the season has started tonight. Claw used to do this.

Anyone watching any of the games tonight ?
I'm listening to the Leafs / Canadiens game.
The score is 1-1 in the 1st period. Max Pacioretty scored for the Habs & then the Leafs tied it up. The Leafs goal was awarded to Kadri, but the radio announcers insist he never touched the puck.

2-1 Leafs after the 1st period. Bozak scored a power play goal.


 

Plekanec ties it for the Habs in the 2nd period.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have claimed Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik off waivers.

The 23-year-old scored three goals and 10 assists in 50 games with the Lignthing in 2013-14.

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For the Bell users in Canada, the two FX channels previously unavailable on Bell have appeared as of today, so the NHL games on FX will be available to you.

The channels are in free preview until mid-November and I don't know if there will be a separate cost involved in keeping them.

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Yeah yeah - it's a few days late so just deal with it. :tongue:

Anyway - this is an interesting year for Canadian NHL fans as Rogers has taken over the NHL coverage and I have to admit that their schedule looks great especially for fans of an NHL team which is not their local home team. As a Bruins fan living in Vancouver it looks like I will be able to see almost half of the Bruin games this season on various Rogers channels. I upgraded to a new PVR and was seriously thinking about getting Center Ice but now since I can get so many Bruin games for free I'll just find somewhere else to spend that $ 200.

http://assets2.sportsnet.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/nhl-broadcast-schedule.pdf

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I hate the Rogers coverage so far. What's Ron Maclean's job now?

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: What's Ron Maclean's job now?
Hopefully being less of a pompous ass. 

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: I hate the Rogers coverage so far.
Me too. Maybe it'll get better when the commentators and analysts stop fellating themselves about how wonderful Rogers is and stop giving off the vibe that their coverage is saving hockey.
Unfortunately the "everything that the Leafs do is front page news!!!" will never go away, only get worse.

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The only thing I like about the Roger's coverage thus far, is a ton of games on tons of channels.  I'm going crazy switching between like 6 games.

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Watched HNIC pre-game on Sat night and I thought it sucked. Should've had Ron Maclean as the host. P.J. Stock gets His own segment=bad. Elliott Freidman is the best thing about that show. Also, was there a Hot Stove segment at all?

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I just found this to make the hunt for which game is on which Rogers channel less confusing. Just put in your Postal Code and then your cable provider and voila:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/schedule/

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The Boston Bruins have signed veteran winger Simon Gagne to a one-year deal worth $600,000, the team said Tuesday.

Gagne attended training camp with the Bruins (1-3-0) on a tryout. He improved as camp progressed, so general manager Peter Chiarelli asked him to remain with the team as a non-roster player.

Gagne's presence on and off the ice will add another veteran dynamic, similar to the one former Bruin Mark Recchi provided.

The former Philadelphia Flyers star missed all of last season, unable to catch on with an NHL team. The 34-year-old had five goals and six assists in 27 games in 2012-13.

His addition to the Bruins' lineup should add immediate contributions, especially on the power play. During recent offseasons, Gagne played summer hockey with Bruins forward and fellow Quebec native Patrice Bergeron. The two spoke this summer and Bergeron called Chiarelli, who agreed it would be a good idea to invite Gagne to camp.

The Bruins waived forward Bobby Robins for purpose of assignment to Providence, and also assigned forward Jordan Caron to the AHL club.

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Could someone merge the 2 threads ?

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( SIGH ) Nice job NBC.


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Milan Lucic  will be forced to pay up $5,000 after the Bruins forward was fined by the league Friday for making an obscene gesture at fans in Montreal near the end of the Canadiens' 6-4 victory Thursday.

The Boston Bruins forward taunted the crowd and then mimicked raising the Stanley Cup while entering the penalty box.

Lucic, who had been roundly booed throughout the game by Habs fans, was upset with a penalty he received for boarding Montreal Canadiens' defenceman Alexei Emelin, who turned his back against the left boards just before Lucic hurtled him into the boards.


Emelin was not injured on the play but the penalty eliminated a chance for the Bruins to notch a tying goal as they were forced to defend on a penalty kill with under two minutes left to play.

Lucic did not speak to the media after the game.

Lucic has not been well-liked in Montreal since last year's playoffs, when he threatened Dale Weise in the handshake line after the Canadiens eliminated the Bruins in seven games.

He picked up a boarding penalty with 80 seconds left in Thursday night's game, then was given a misconduct for complaining to the officials. He also flexed his muscles to the Bell Centre crowd from the penalty box.



Montreal Coach Michel Therrien applauded the decision.

“I didn’t see the gesture but I heard about it. The league did what it had to do. As a professional athlete you have to respect the fans and the sport. Respect and humility are very important.”

He said that such behaviour would not be tolerated on the Canadiens.

“It has never happened and Ihope it never happens. If it occurs we’ll have a long talk with the party involved,” he said.

Habs defenceman P.K. Subban also said that he didn’t see gesture.

“Regardless of whether I saw it or not, there are 50 cameras in the building that will capture everything that happens. We as players are responsible for our actions. Whatever you do is going to be a reflection of yourself and your organization, players are going to be held accountable for their actions, you have got to know that," he said.



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Milan Lucic  will be forced to pay up $5,000 after the Bruins forward was fined by the league Friday for making an obscene gesture at fans in Montreal near the end of the Canadiens' 6-4 victory Thursday.


It was a BS call with less than 90 seconds to go in a 1 goal game but Lucic still has to control his emotions better then that. By the way - it really pisses me off that Boston plays Montreal 4 times this season and each time Boston plays the night before while Montreal gets at least 2 days rest before 3 of those 4 games. 


Game 1 - Boston at Montreal ( Thursday October 16th )
- Boston played the night before in Detroit
- Montreal played 3 days earlier in Tampa Bay


Game 2 - Boston at Montreal ( Thursday November 13th )
- Boston plays the night before at Toronto
- Montreal plays Tuesday ( Nov. 11th ) at home vs Winnipeg


Game 3 - Montreal at Boston ( Saturday November 22nd )
- Boston plays the night before in Columbus
- Montreal Thursday ( Nov. 20th ) at St. Louis


Game 4 - Montreal at Boston ( Sunday February 8 )
- Boston plays the night before at home vs NY Islanders
- Montreal plays the night before at home vs New Jersey

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For some sort of supposed tough guy, he really acts like a little bitch.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: For some sort of supposed tough guy, he really acts like a little bitch.The NHL's version of Seth Rollins.  Talks a lot of shit when his posse is around but get him by himself and he's a fucking pussy.  That being said I think he's a fantasy must own player. 

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Angelic Assassin wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: For some sort of supposed tough guy, he really acts like a little bitch.The NHL's version of Seth Rollins.  Talks a lot of shit when his posse is around but get him by himself and he's a fucking pussy.  That being said I think he's a fantasy must own player. 
I know both of you guys know the game of hockey so I'm going to assume that you are both just f*cking around here because you can't seriously be questioning Lucic's toughness. You can question his on ice composure, his skating or even his offensive abilities but questioning his toughness is moronic. You'd be better off questioning Chara's height. 

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I know both of you guys know the game of hockey so I'm going to assume that you are both just f*cking around here because you can't seriously be questioning Lucic's toughness. You can question his on ice composure, his skating or even his offensive abilities but questioning his toughness is moronic. You'd be better off questioning Chara's height. 

It's so cute how mad you get when someone says something critical of a Bruin.
 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: For some sort of supposed tough guy, he really acts like a little bitch.The NHL's version of Seth Rollins.  Talks a lot of shit when his posse is around but get him by himself and he's a fucking pussy.  That being said I think he's a fantasy must own player. 
I know both of you guys know the game of hockey so I'm going to assume that you are both just f*cking around here because you can't seriously be questioning Lucic's toughness. You can question his on ice composure, his skating or even his offensive abilities but questioning his toughness is moronic. You'd be better off questioning Chara's height. 
It's always fun to on a Bruin, especially being a Habs fan.  I can't stand Lucic but in fantasy if I can pick him I do as i did in Brodie's league.  Even as a Habs fan I think Subban is a showboat punk who's poor defense is constantly being exposed.  I stumbled across the following when I was doing some reading on Lucic in the last 24 hours that I didn't see when it first came out.  I find it hilarious;


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Saturday, 19 April 2014He did this.

Irked at having been cleanly bodychecked by Danny Dekeyser, he responded in a dirty, underhanded way, spearing him from behind in the groin.  Which is shocking, but not really surprising, seeing as he already pulled the same dirty deed on Alexei Emelin a couple weeks prior to this.  And, in the grand tradition of the Bruins, or Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara and Claude Julien, lied about it afterwards, denying he'd speared Alexei.  No way no how.

Like when he ran 170 lbs. Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, then lied how he only had time "to brace himself" before contact, pretending he didn't take two extra steps to deliberately knock him out of the game. 

Some analysts will slurp Milan Lucic, about how tough he is and what a good player he is, but that's just the twisted narrative of the NHL, where great transgressions are glossed over, and Zdeno Chara is a 'leader'.  Tough is one thing.  Tough is Jarome Iginla, or Scott Stevens, or Larry Robinson.  Tough is Chris Chelios, playing hard in every rink, against every opponent, all the time.

Milan Lucic fakes being tough.  He's mean, he's nasty, he's big and strong, but he's not tough.  He's a bully.  He cheapshots, he picks his targets, but he doesn't play tough.

Milan Lucic will run away from Georges Laraque, claiming that his coach told him not to fight with him.  So Milan scrupulously follows his coach's instructions.  When it means not having to take on someone at least as big or strong as he is.

Which leads us to believe that Claude Julien never specifically told him not to crosscheck Dominic Moore in the face.  He was free to do that.  Go for it Milan.  Don't mind the fact that you outweigh him by fifty pounds.  All's fair and all that jive.  You don't want to mess with a fourth-liner like Georges Laraque, don't waste your time, but go ahead, mess up a fourth-liner Dominic, fill your boots.  Eric Brewer, size him up, make sure you're not taking on someone you can't handle, but if it's to your advantage, make juvenile mouthpiece Jack Edwards so happy he wets his pants.

But when you bite off more than you can chew, when Zdeno Chara isn't around to save your bacon, and you have your hands full, as when you foolishly took on Colton Orr and it wasn't to your liking, by all means, run away from him, and hide behind the referee.

I've had it with the faux-tough Bruins, who beat on Jaroslav Spacek and Raphaël Diaz, but are wittle purring kitty-cats when they're up against George Parros, Douglas Murray, Brandon Prust, Ryan White and Travis Moen.  They're opportunists who gang up on hockey teams who want to play hockey, but cower when they're facing Chris Neil and Matt Kassian, or Colton Orr and Mark Fraser and Frazer McLaren.  Don't think we didn't notice how well-behaved you were against the truculent Leafs during the playoffs last year, Milan.

Again, I'll call on the NHL to scrupulously enforce its own rules.  Spearing another player in the groin should be something that isn't tolerated, in terms of defending its image, in terms of player safety, and in terms of fair play.  Milan Lucic is a repeat offender, with no valid defence for his actions.  Just because the referees didn't call a penalty shouldn't whitewash his actions.  It's time the NHL entered the 21st century, made use of the video evidence, and threw the book at one of its most egregious cheaters.Posted by Normand Harvey at 00:42 

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That's hilarious. I forgot he did the cock-spear.

There was an epidemic of spearing the groin around that time as I recall, with Lucic leading the charge...like there were maybe 3 or 4 in a month.

"That's Nuts!" you might say...

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Sorry Bob, but Lucic does act like a whiny bitch.

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Toronto vs Ottawa game has been rescheduled for Sunday November 9th.

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from today's sportsnet.ca:


Elliotte Friedman's NHL News and Notes 


Spending the last few days researching TJ Brodie’s now-completed contract extension leads to one inevitable conclusion: if you’ve got a good, young blueliner on your roster, hold on to him like he’s a Sparkling Elsa doll during the upcoming Christmas rush. (Ask your daughter.) Difference makers on defence will be very hard to find.

Before the Flames signed Brodie, he was scheduled to hit the market as a 27-year-old on July 1, 2017. Spend a little while on capgeek and see how many other established defenders are scheduled to be 27-year-old (or younger) unrestricted free agents in the next five years when their current contracts expire.

I counted seven: Cody Franson, Alec Martinez and Jeff Petry (all 27 and UFAs next July 1); Luke Schenn (26 in 2016); Victor Hedman and Dmitri Kulikov (both 26 in 2017); and Cam Fowler (26 in 2018). That’s not much, and there’s no guarantee all of them — especially Hedman — go up for bid.

Who would you take over Brodie in that group? Hedman? Sure. You can debate Fowler. Anyone else? He compares very favourably.

Let’s expand the list to those who would be under 30 in the next five free-agent classes, assuming they do not sign in advance.

2015: Marc Staal (28), Mike Green and Andrej Sekera (29)
2016: Erik Johnson (28), Keith Yandle (29)
2017: Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk (28)
2018: John Carlson (28)
2019: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ryan Ellis and Jake Gardiner (28), Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson and Tyler Myers (29)

We’re not even at one per team.

What this list doesn’t take into account are younger players who still must play through restricted free agency. For example, Detroit’s Danny DeKeyser and Vancouver’s Chris Tanev both have three more years of team control. The former will be 27 and the latter 28 when UFA status hits on July 1, 2017. The Red Wings and Canucks have ample time to extend through their prime years.

Brodie’s agent, Anton Thun, and Calgary GM Brad Treliving began talking in August. It was important to the Flames that the defenceman’s salary not eclipse the $4 million Mark Giordano makes in 2015-16, the final season of his current contract. That’s why Brodie’s actual salary next year will be $3.9 million. (If everyone here had a real sense of humour, it would have been $3,999,999.99.)

As the season began with Brodie averaging a point per game in more than 25 minutes of ice-time a night, the Flames undoubtedly realized $4.65 million per was great AAV. As the Canadiens learned with P.K. Subban, as the player’s leverage rises, so does the cost.

If you took Grade 10 economics, you know it’s all about supply and demand. Defencemen who can move the puck are in demand. The supply? Very limited.




30 THOUGHTS

1. Another part of the conversation about free-agent defenders: is Subban poised for a long run as the NHL’s highest-paid blueliner? Doughty, Karlsson and Ekman-Larsson are signed through 2019. Alex Pietrangelo is tied up until 2020, Duncan Keith to 2023, Ryan Suter to 2025 and Shea Weber to 2026. Brent Seabrook is unsigned after next season, and should do very well, but he will be 31. The one guy who stands out is Hedman. Respect for his game is growing exponentially. If he wins a Norris Trophy, how close does he get?

2. Wednesday night, The Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman reported district attorneys requested additional follow-up from police in the case involving Los Angeles defenceman Slava Voynov. They have until Dec. 1 to decide whether or not to lay charges, as the player’s attorney, Craig Renetzky, was widely quoted as saying there was no crime. Could Voynov remain suspended for five weeks if nothing happens before then? The only answer I could get was, “Don’t assume anything.”

3. At this time, Voynov is suspended with pay, staying on the Kings’ cap. There is a chance Los Angeles receives salary relief if this takes time, as the NHL has “reserved the right” to re-visit the situation.

4. Depending on how this goes, we could see the first test of a new power given to Commissioner Gary Bettman in the 2013 CBA. The section “Discipline for Off-Ice Conduct” reads as follows: “Whenever the Commissioner determines that a Player has violated a League Rule applicable to Players (other than Rules subjecting the Player to potential on-ice discipline), or has been guilty of conduct (whether during or outside the playing season) that is detrimental to or against the welfare of the League or the game of hockey, he may discipline such Player in any or all of the following respects: a) by expelling or suspending such Player for a definite or indefinite period; b) by cancelling any SPC that such Player has with any Member Club.” In a worst-case scenario, Bettman could void Voynov’s contract, which has almost $22 million remaining. There is an appeal process.

5. Boston and Buffalo did talk quite seriously about Chris Stewart, but it doesn’t appear at this time to be a match. According to other teams, the Sabres want two young players (or a young player and a draft pick) for the winger and couldn’t reach an agreement with the Bruins. Buffalo won’t make the move early unless it gets what it wants.

6. Those same teams believe Buffalo’s asking price for Tyler Myers is so high because of a worry he’ll go to a better team and make them look silly for trading him.

7. Jim Rutherford came right out and said he wants to keep Marc-Andre Fleury as his goaltender, and there’ve been some early talks to see where everyone stands. Things aren’t that far along, yet, but the goalie will be 30 when his current deal concludes. If the Penguins don’t want to extend him through the end of his career, the term that makes most sense is four years. That way, he could get another contract before the penalties that come with those who sign after age 35.

8. Team Canada asked Martin Brodeur if he had interest in playing for his country’s Deutschland Cup team next month in November. He declined. Apparently, the invitation was also extended for December’s Spengler Cup, so we’ll see where everything sits at that time.

9. One exec on the Oilers: “They are making (fewer) trade calls than you would think.”

10. When Viktor Fasth went down with a groin injury, Edmonton felt it would be a two or three week timeline and decided against adding another goalie. Ilya Bryzgalov would have been a simple add, since he’s been there and appeared in Minnesota’s camp. Ben Scrivens is validating that decision. In his last three games, he’s stopped 82 of 87 shots (.943), two of them very impressive victories.

11. You can see why Vancouver wanted Martin Marincin as part of the package when the Canucks and Oilers talked Cory Schneider two years ago. To protect a one-goal lead on the final shift against Tampa Bay, Dallas Eakins put him out there with Mark Fayne, Boyd Gordon, Matt Hendricks and Jesse Joensuu as Edmonton held on.

12. Like Edmonton, the Avalanche were confident they wouldn’t need to sign another goaltender since the injuries to Reto Berra and Semyon Varlamov weren’t serious. Another reason not to go that route? They are at 49 contracts. The max is 50. You don’t want to go there unless absolutely necessary.

13. It didn’t register much at the time, but Patrick Roy’s open disappointment during training camp with 2013 second-rounder Chris Bigras and 2014 top selection Conner Bleackley was foreshadowing. The Avalanche fired Rick Pracey last week, their director of amateur scouting, who pre-dated Roy. Tension began when Roy arrived, since Colorado didn’t have Nathan MacKinnon atop their 2013 draft list. Roy made it very clear MacKinnon would be the pick. Can’t argue with that one.

14. Like any scout, Pracey had hits and misses, but did make some great calls. There were plenty of options at No. 2 in 2012 and the Avalanche chose wisely with Gabriel Landeskog. Ryan O’Reilly and Tyson Barrie were big hits in 2009. Calvin Pickard got the start in Montreal when both regulars were hurt, but word is goalie coach Francois Allaire really likes 22-year-old Sami Aittokallio’s technical game. We’ll see how that plays out. Other teams are free to hire Pracey now.

15. MacKinnon beat three-time Olympic short-track speed-skating gold medallist Charles Hamelin in a quick race set up by CCM. How much burst does Colorado’s tremendous forward have? A company called PowerScout hockey is starting to track both top speed and acceleration through a computer program that uses three cameras set up around a rink.

16. The sample size is small (one-to-six times per player), but growing, and PowerScout (for business reasons) won’t allow its videos to be posted. The data I did see was compelling. MacKinnon was not one of the quickest accelerators (Alexander Ovechkin was first among those tracked, followed by Erik Karlsson, Ryan Kesler and Taylor Hall), but only Carl Hagelin had a faster highest speed, at slightly above 37 kilometres per hour. MacKinnon was tied for second, with Phil Kessel. (You can see some of that information here)

17. Not yet public is tracking indicating how much a player skates at a pace above 20 kilometres per hour. I saw a little bit of that information. Only three men stayed at that speed more than 40 percent of the time with at least 10 minutes of five-on-five play. They were Hagelin (44.2 per cent of 13:36), Sidney Crosby (42.4 of 19:19) and Joe Colborne (41.7 of 12:29).

18. The big surprise? Ovechkin was at 20 km/h just 25.4 per cent of the time. And, maybe it shouldn’t be so unexpected, but most defencemen stay in the teens.

19. Chuck Fletcher took care of two important pieces of business, extensions for Jonas Brodin (six years) and Charlie Coyle (five). Still to come is Mikael Granlund, one of the NHL’s rapidly improving players. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo reported Granlund prefers a bridge deal, and it sure looks like, if something gets done, it will indeed be for two or three years. A longer contract was discussed, but seems unlikely.

20. By Oct. 23, 2013, there were already 13 suspensions for on-ice incidents, including pre-season. Oct. 23, 2011: 11. Oct. 23, 2010: 6. This year: none. To be honest, there’s hasn’t been much screaming about it, although Minnesota hated Kesler’s last-second hit on Granlund last Friday. They thought it was unnecessary, if not dirty. But, it does seem like a quieter start to the season.

21. When Steve Yzerman drafted Jonathan Drouin, one of the theories behind it was putting Drouin, a lefty, with right-handed Steven Stamkos, so they could feed off one another. They didn’t start on the same line in Edmonton, but eventually took a few shifts together and you could see the potential. The biggest concern about the rookie’s game after last season was that it was so easy for him to take the puck wherever he wanted to in junior that he’d try things in the NHL he shouldn’t. There was a little bit of that in his own zone against the Oilers, but, offensively, he’s ready for this.

22. Opposing player on Stamkos: “He was tentative coming back from his injury last year. He’s not worried about it anymore.”

23. Biggest adjustment for the Lightning with Hedman’s injury is he had more freedom than any other Tampa blueliner to carry the puck. Will anyone else get that rope in the interim?

24. Players and advanced stats, Chapter 3,628: According to a package put together by Bloomberg, Corey Crawford had the NHL’s second-best save percentage in 2012-13 on shots from farther than 30 feet (.975). Last year, it dropped to .950, the worst among all eligible goalies. He started perfectly this season, 14 for his first 14. Before last week’s Calgary/Chicago game, I asked Scott Oake to bring it up with Crawford, see if he knew about this, and if it was something he specifically worked on. Suffice it to say, the answer to those questions was a big, fat no. And Oake won’t be taking any more questions from me, either.

25. Chicago outshot Calgary 50-18 that night, but lost 2-1 in overtime. In 2013-14, there were four games where one team outshot another by at least 32. Washington by 33 over Buffalo on Dec. 29; the Blackhawks by 32 over Dallas on Dec. 3; San Jose by 32 over Edmonton on Jan. 29; and Carolina by 32 over the Sabres on March 13. Only the Hurricanes won their game.

26. Underrated aspect about Carey Price: he really knows the rules and is acutely aware of how to use them to his advantage. Tuesday night, Pavel Datsyuk’s beautiful spinning backhand goal was waved off, because Price leaned into Justin Abdelkader, whose skate was in the blue paint. He did the same thing in last year’s playoffs with Alex Killorn. Rule 69.3 says a goalie must be able to move in his crease as he feels necessary. If you’re in there, he’s going to “bump” you — and it’s your problem, not his.

27. Bad news for Mark Hunter, newly hired in Toronto: He might have to get voice mail on his phone now.

28. Nick Kypreos reported last week that Brendan Shanahan contacted the Red Wings last summer about Mike Babcock’s availability before the Maple Leafs extended Randy Carlyle, but were denied any contact. The highest-paid coach in the NHL is Joel Quenneville, with an average salary believed to be $2.9 million. (One qualifier: Patrick Roy’s exact compensation is unknown, but he has a Vice-President’s title.) Babcock is aiming for that, and beyond. The NHL does not have too many situations (if any) where the coach makes more than the GM. Are the Red Wings willing to do that? It’s common in the NBA and NFL, but not in puckville.

29. Detroit’s been a model of stability for a long time. In the words of one exec, it’s “weird” to see an issue playing out so publicly for them.

30. My first Hockey Night in Canada broadcast was Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003 in Ottawa. That morning, Harry Neale told me to jump in the front seat of our hotel-to-rink shuttle because he and Bob Cole liked to sit in the back and talk about the game. Bob stepped out of the lobby, stopped, glared at me, opened the door and said, “Young man, I sit in the front seat here,” as Harry howled in laughter. I was so nervous. Preparing to interview GM John Muckler two minutes into the show, I said, “This must be the first time the interviewer is more scared than you are.” He replied, “I doubt it.” That made me laugh and broke the ice. I ruined a suit (and one of Brian Williams’ ties) covering a CFL game at Lansdowne because we couldn’t use our metal umbrellas during a lightning storm. I’m going there for a charity event in two weeks, and those great memories are what I will always link to Ottawa. What happened Wednesday will never change that.

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Chara out for at least a month.


from tsn.ca:

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara left the team's game against the New York Islanders on Thursday night with a knee injury.

Chara has a suspected left knee ligament injury. The veteran defenceman is expected to be out 4-6 weeks, at which time Boston will evaluate whether Chara needs surgery or not.

Chara had a collision with Islanders captain John Tavares midway through the first, then played one more shift that ended with 8:04 remaining in the period. There was no outward indication of an injury at that time.

The 6-foot-9 Slovakian, a third-round pick of the Islanders in 1996, is Boston's No. 1 defenceman and spends more time on the ice than any other Bruins player. He has two goals and an assist in nine games this season.

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Elliotte Friedman's NHL News and Notes

One day last summer, I ran into an NHL player. During a brief gossip session, he asked, “Why didn’t Toronto fire Randy Carlyle? Why just the assistants?”

My thoughts were that Toronto was not committing to anything until it knew Mike Babcock’s future. So, firing Carlyle, hiring someone else, and (possibly) getting Babcock would make three coaches in three years. No sane organization wants that.
“Makes sense,” he said.

It was impossible not to think of that conversation while watching an exasperated Carlyle after last Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Boston. The coach, who came to Toronto with a grouchy reputation, works hard to answer everything as politely as possible.

Last weekend, his sighs were a dead giveaway. He didn’t have the answers. But, he’s not the one who should be giving them.

Talk to the former NHLers on our shows — Glenn Healy, Kelly Hrudey, Mike Johnson, Nick Kypreos, etc. They know. They know when a coach is in a tough spot, when a husband starts making googly-eyes at that blonde 15 years younger than his wife.

If the players aren’t reading Twitter or watching television bloviation, they’re being told by their friends, their parents, their agents. You’d have to be hermetically sealed in plastic not be aware of what’s going on.

But it’s a terrible, unacceptable excuse.

Really, is it any different than what’s going on in Calgary? Over the past 13 months, Bob Hartley’s seen the man who hired him replaced by two levels of authority — Brian Burke and Brad Treliving. Hartley is in the final year of his contract; there is no guarantee he’s back.

Despite that, he always looks in control. Hartley benches Dennis Wideman and what happens? Upon returning, Wideman has a chance to tie a record for most consecutive games with a goal by a Calgary defenceman.

Whatever the individual Flames may think, they play hard. Very hard. I’m not sure who’d win a seven-game series between Calgary and Toronto, but I do know this: on Day 2 of the season, the Flames began a 7,000 kilometre, six-game road trip through Edmonton, St. Louis, Nashville, Chicago, Columbus and Winnipeg. They won four of those games.

Any team would take that.

Goaltending? Absolutely. But they compete, and their best players (especially on defence) tend to be their best players.

Would Babcock even take Toronto’s money if he doesn’t think he can win there? There’s this fantasy in the Ontario capital that the Maple Leafs will change coaches and all problems magically disappear. It’s the most egregious example, but nothing Carlyle draws up on the smart-board can correct Jake Gardiner’s fly-by on the 4-0 goal in the Boston game.

It’s not a big deal if players don’t like their coach. We all hate our bosses at times. But if players don’t demand the best of themselves, no coach looks good.




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1. Who knew? The NHL has an “Infectious Disease Committee.” Last week, as a mysterious flu/virus overwhelmed Minnesota and St. Louis after a trip to southern California, this group sent out a memo reminding what precautions should be taken to avoid unnecessary exposure to infectious viruses. At one game, cars apparently were being disinfected. Crazy stuff.

2. The Blues are in an interesting spot. A contender going through some transition. The new setup in goal is well-documented. The defence is reasonably set. What’s getting less attention are the changes up front. Jaden Schwarz is establishing himself as a top scorer. Vladimir Tarasenko is growing from a 15-minute player to a 17-minute player. Once he gets healthy, Paul Stastny will be a major piece. Depending on how this evolves, will Doug Armstrong quietly gauge the market on some of his incumbent forwards?

3. Calgary had a serious presence at a couple of the Blues’ early games, but it doesn’t seem like anything is going on.

4. Before Montreal lost in Edmonton Monday night, one scout was asked why the Canadiens started 7-1. “You mean besides Carey Price?” Well, yes, that. “They force you to play at a pace faster than most teams want.”

5. Two years ago, when Marc Bergevin took the Canadiens’ job, he said he got plenty of calls about Lars Eller. Not sure that’s changed. Now that Alex Galchenyuk is moving towards being a full-time centre, other teams are wondering what Bergevin’s plan is.

6. Nail Yakupov scored his second of the season in that win. There’ve been a lot of rumours about his future, but I confess I haven’t heard anything substantial. After a week of looking into it, here’s my best guess: he’s not untouchable, but the Oilers asked him to show more commitment in the off-season and on the ice. So far, he has delivered. It sounds like Edmonton wants to reward that. Dallas Eakins is trusting him in late-game one-goal leads, something that never would have happened a year ago.

7. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game winner against Tampa Bay and the game-tier versus Washington in back-to-back games. He’s got a much-improved shot. He’s stronger and made it a summer project. “Shot 100 pucks four times a week,” he said. “Shooting as hard as I can…High blocker, high glove, low glove, around the horn.” Didn’t think he could beat Ben Bishop from where he did, but Nugent-Hopkins said, “If I shot up high, the chances of beating him from that spot were pretty low….Besides, I like going low blocker or (low) glove.”

8. Nugent-Hopkins had an obvious goal for 2014-15: make the playoffs. His personal desire, however, is to become a 50-50 face-off man. Career numbers are 37.5 percent (2011-12), 41 percent (2012-13), 42.4 (2013-14) and 47.4 so far this season.

9. Finally, he had a good line about the Kings, who he called the toughest to play against: “You get past one, and it always seems like another guy is on top of you.”

10. When Mark Letestu scored at 19:04 of the second period Sunday, it was the first time this season any member of That 70s Line (Jeff Carter, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli) was on the ice for a goal against (eight games). Carter’s total is 17 for, one against. Toffoli is 16-1. Pearson is the real slacker of this group at 14-1.

11. Thought Boston and/or Philadelphia, both short defencemen, might look at Buffalo’s Andrej Meszaros. He’s on a one-year deal and has played in both cities, but it doesn’t sound as if either looked at it. He’s at $4.125 million, which may explain the problem for a pair of cap-tight clubs.

12. Edmonton’s Jeff Petry’s comes a little more than $1M lower, and the Flyers can’t do that right now for cap reasons, even though they like him. Between the Flyers, Red Wings, possibly the Ducks and anyone else I’m missing, there seems to be a nice little market for him.

13. Eric Staal returns to action Tuesday in Vancouver, and in a phone conversation last Friday you could tell it was killing him not to play. “It’s kind of embarrassing,” he said. “We have a new coach, we’re trying to get him a win and we haven’t got it yet.”

14. The toughest thing for Carolina is there are guys on the roster who will be players, but aren’t ready yet. After the Hurricanes lost 5-0 in Calgary, Staal said Bill Peters made sure to show video of them doing good things in previous games to try and keep their confidence up. “Our foundation needs to be better,” the captain added. “Trust in your teammates, worry about your ability to do your job. Once you start doing other people’s jobs, you’re looking disorganized. Stay where you are supposed to be.”

15. As for his future, Staal made it very clear his preference is to stay. “I had a good meeting with Ronnie (Francis) in the summer…Ron’s going to be a very good GM. We all know this is a business and things can change at any time. For me, as a player, I want to be where I am…I believe in this team and this organization. I want to see it turn around and believe it will. We’re not throwing in the towel after seven games.”

16. He did have one qualifier, though: a change of ownership. Peter Karmanos is open about his desire to take on a partner or sell outright. “Where all that goes, we’ll have to see.”

17. Finally, I asked Eric if he’d spoken to brother Jordan about leaving, considering Jordan still has eight years left on his contract. Eric said that topic has never been discussed between them.

18. Predators assistant coach Kevin McCarthy on Shea Weber: “It is amazing how the best can adapt. He knows everyone else’s position. A great resource.” Nashville plays a 1-3-1 under Peter Laviolette. “The right D gaps up a lot more than traditional defencemen…He nodded and said, ‘We did that in the Olympics.’ We can explain why we are doing something and he just understands.”

19. During the 2010 playoffs, McCarthy helped us with a piece on Chris Pronger. I reached out to him to compare them. “Neither one skates like (Drew) Doughty or (Duncan) Keith, they don’t have that effortless stride,” the coach said. “Chris used his stick, got guys in certain areas and made them pay a price. Shea finishes a check and goes through people. A lot of people hit, but don’t follow through. He hits to put them down.”

20. Weber’s partner, Roman Josi, does have that smooth stride. The two look good together and Laviolette is getting ownership its money’s worth, with the two ranking second and third behind (who else?) Ryan Suter in ice-time per night. “One penalty kill they played about 1:45, and what amazes me is not only did they kill the penalty, but came back two shifts later and played at the same level.” A similarity between Pronger and Weber? “Like Pronger, he’s not even breathing hard,” McCarthy said.

21. Weber, Josi, Seth Jones, Ryan Ellis. That defence can move the puck. “Don’t forget (Mattias) Ekholm,” an opposing coach said. “He can do it, too.”

22. Before the season, a few Eastern teams thought the combination of Barry Trotz, Todd Reirden, Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik would have the biggest influence of any off-season moves in that conference. Can’t argue that so far. It took eight games before Washington allowed 30 shots, and it’s no coincidence the Capitals’ worst game was a 6-1 preseason loss in Buffalo. Niskanen and Orpik didn’t dress for that one.

23. From one-to-five on the blueline, their minutes are very even, running from 23:14 (Niskanen) to 19:42 (Karl Alzner). Among returnees, Nate Schmidt (number six) is down 4:15 per game, John Carlson is down 1:21 and Alzner 0:50. Also down significantly: Mike Green (2:53). Green, who is unrestricted after this season, is being watched by other teams, as they wait to see how Brian MacLellan handles things.

24. The early reviews are positive. One scout: “Green is trying. He (used to be) sloppy in coverage, bad stick, not finishing checks. Now, he’s staying on the right side of the puck.” MacLellan sees a difference, too. “When other teams played us, the plan was to hit him— finish your checks. It took its toll. Now, we have other options. It eases the pressure on him.”

25. The Capitals have yet to discuss an extension with Green. “We’ll leave that for later in the season,” the GM said. “Let’s see how this shakes out.”

26. Another Eastern Conference coach on the Nicklas Backstrom/Eric Fehr/Alexander Ovechkin line: “They still cheat, but not as much. I suspect that’s by design they’re allowed to…you still want opponents to be scared of them. The (Jason) Chimera/(Joel) Ward line, for example, plays differently.”

27. Finally on Washington: MacLellan said new goalie boss Mitch Korn worked with Braden Holtby “to get his arms and legs more aligned with his body.” Sounds important for everyday life, not just hockey.

28. As Johnny Gaudreau works to establish himself in the NHL, there is a bit of a clone working his way up through the NCAA. He is Petawawa, ON’s Matthew Peca, playing at Quinnipiac. Listed as 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, he has 35 goals and 107 points in 118 games entering his senior season. Peca was taken 201st overall in 2011 by Tampa Bay, and the Lightning are being patient with him. His numbers are not as gaudy as Gaudreau’s were, but Peca’s seen as more of a north-south player. Something to watch for.

29. Olli Maatta, five points in seven games, 20 minutes a night, while wondering if a tumour in his neck was thyroid cancer. He’s something special. Most importantly, the prognosis is excellent.

30. On the morning of the gold medal hockey game at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, I walked into the IHOP next to the rink. Out came Steve Nash. I said, “Don’t you have practice today?” He didn’t break a smile. “I told (coach Don Nelson) to fine me.” A year or two later, he was preparing to play for Canada as a number of other NBAers were being told to sit. I asked him about it. “(Nelson) said, ‘I don’t want to see you playing for Canada this summer.’ I told him he better not turn on his TV,” Nash replied. When Jason Kidd was traded to Phoenix, Canadian reporters worried for his career. He simply said, “Everything will be okay.” Boy, was it ever. What a spectacular career.

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Best wishes to Gordie Howe after suffering a serious stroke the other day. Hope the living legend gets well soon!

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Best wishes to Gordie Howe after suffering a serious stroke the other day. Hope the living legend gets well soon!
2nd that!


The real Mr. Hockey  Not that cheap Walmart knock off Khawk!;)

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Angelic Assassin wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Best wishes to Gordie Howe after suffering a serious stroke the other day. Hope the living legend gets well soon!
2nd that!


The real Mr. Hockey  Not that cheap Walmart knock off Khawk!;)

The next jersey I purchase will be a Hartford Howe sweater... top 5 player all time IMO

Last edited on Wed Oct 29th, 2014 07:50 am by stone2k

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stone2k wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Best wishes to Gordie Howe after suffering a serious stroke the other day. Hope the living legend gets well soon!
2nd that!


The real Mr. Hockey  Not that cheap Walmart knock off Khawk!;)

The next jersey I purchase will be a Hartford Howe sweater... top 5 player all time IMO
  1. Wayne Gretzky
  2. Bobby Orr
  3. Mario Lemieux
  4. Gordie Howe
  5. Maurice Richard

Howe could easily be number 3 and deservedly so.  Each of these guys revolutionized the game when they played.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: stone2k wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Best wishes to Gordie Howe after suffering a serious stroke the other day. Hope the living legend gets well soon!
2nd that!


The real Mr. Hockey  Not that cheap Walmart knock off Khawk!;)

The next jersey I purchase will be a Hartford Howe sweater... top 5 player all time IMO
  1. Wayne Gretzky
  2. Bobby Orr
  3. Mario Lemieux
  4. Gordie Howe
  5. Maurice Richard

Howe could easily be number 3 and deservedly so.  Each of these guys revolutionized the game when they played.

I can't fault this list... I respect your players in it.

...except, of course, Orr is god, and hence is #1

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stone2k wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: stone2k wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Best wishes to Gordie Howe after suffering a serious stroke the other day. Hope the living legend gets well soon!
2nd that!


The real Mr. Hockey  Not that cheap Walmart knock off Khawk!;)

The next jersey I purchase will be a Hartford Howe sweater... top 5 player all time IMO
  1. Wayne Gretzky
  2. Bobby Orr
  3. Mario Lemieux
  4. Gordie Howe
  5. Maurice Richard

Howe could easily be number 3 and deservedly so.  Each of these guys revolutionized the game when they played.

I can't fault this list... I respect your players in it.

...except, of course, Orr is god, and hence is #1
If the medical advances of today existed in his day as well as the better equipment etc he would have been number one even though I am a diehard Habs fan and saying anything good about a Bruin is anathema to me I bow down to how good he was despite being younger and less analytical then.

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I would put Orr #1 also.

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Bruins lose another Defenseman to injury.


from nesn.com:

The Boston Bruins’ blue line can’t catch a break. 

B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday that defenseman Torey Krug will miss two to three weeks with a broken finger. Krug was slashed during the third period of Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. His last shift ended at 18:16 of the third period. Boston already is without captain and No. 1 defenseman Zdeno Chara, who suffered a PCL tear in his left knee last Thursday. 

In the mix to replace Krug are defensemen Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky, who have been recalled from the AHL’s Providence Bruins and will join the team for Wednesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. 

Morrow is an offensive defenseman who could play a role similar to Krug’s. The former first-round draft pick has good playmaking skills, can quarterback a power play and is an excellent skater. He has never appeared in an NHL game, but he has been one of Providence’s best defensemen this season. 

Warsofsky and/or Morrow also could play if the Bruins decide to bench Matt Bartkowski. He has struggled mightily this season with poor puck management and failures in defensive zone coverage, and he was on the ice for three of Minnesota’s four goals Tuesday night.

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Fuck, this guy is brittle. He fell.......in practice.


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without left wing Joffrey Lupul, who broke a bone in his right hand in a fall at practice Thursday.

The team announced the injury shortly before the start of Friday night's game at Columbus.

Lupul, who has two goals and an assist in nine games this season, is out indefinitely, according to a post on the team's Twitter account.

Lupul, 31, has 186 goals and 202 assists in 609 games. He was third on the Maple Leafs last season with 22 goals.

To take his roster spot, the Leafs have recalled center Sam Carrick from their American Hockey League affiliate. Carrick could make his NHL debut Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 22-year-old fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft had an impressive training camp before being assigned to the minors.

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NEW YORK -- Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows has been suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for his late, illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin.

Burrows slammed into Emelin at 8:23 of the second period of the Canucks' 3-2 overtime victory over the Canadiens on Thursday night. Emelin left after the hit, but returned later in the game.

Under the terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Burrows will forfeit $72,580.65. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will miss two to three weeks after he suffered a broken finger during Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden.

As a result, the Bruins have recalled defensemen Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky from Providence of the AHL, and both will practice with the team Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena.

The Bruins are already without defensemen Zdeno Chara (knee) and Kevan Miller (shoulder). Morrow was recalled to Boston last Friday, was a healthy scratch for one game and assigned to Providence on Sunday. He's played in seven games for the P-Bruins, with one goal and one assist.

This is the first recall of the season for Warsofsky. He's played in seven games for the P-Bruins this season. He played in six games for the Bruins last season.

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New York Rangers defenseman John Moore has been suspended five games for his hit on Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula on Monday night, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced.

Moore received a match penalty after a vicious elbow to the head that forced Haula from the game (Haula did not play Tuesday, either). Moore was tossed from the Rangers' 5-4 win Monday with a match penalty at 7:12 into the second period.

Moore had an in-person hearing, which allows the league's disciplinary arm to dish out a punishment of six games or more. Since he only received five, the suspension is not subject to appeal by a neutral arbitrator.

The 23-year-old defenseman is a repeat offender -- he was banned two games following a hit on Dale Weise in the Eastern Conference finals against the Montreal Canadiens last spring -- and will forfeit $51,859.75, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Moore's teammate Chris Kreider also was ejected from Monday's stunning comeback win against the Wild following a dangerous hit against Jonas Brodin, but he avoided any supplementary discipline.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a four-year, $23 million contract extension.

The deal - which includes a no-movement clause and a limited no-trade clause - begins next season and runs through the 2018-19 campaign with an average annual value of $5.75 million.

"I believe in Marc-Andre Fleury, as the team does," said Penguins GM Jim Rutherford in a statement. "He's won before and he will win again. We're very pleased to have him signed long term."

Fleury, 29, has a 7-2 record, 1.89 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and a league-leading three shutouts in nine starts this season.

A 2009 Stanley Cup champion, he is the Penguins all-time regular-season leader in wins (295), games played (540) and shutouts (31). His 52 postseason wins are second only to Tom Barrasso (56) in club history, while his eight playoff shutouts are a record. His 52 playoff wins are the most among active NHL goalies.

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lobo316 wrote: The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a four-year, $23 million contract extension.

Now that he's signed his new deal Fleury will return to being an average NHL Goalie who is helped greatly by playing behind one of the league's best offensive teams.

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Goaltending has been kind of sketchy this year in the sense that many of the goaltenders who were expected to maybe struggle are at the top and the goaltenders who were expected to expel are kind of all over the place.

The top 10 GAA
  1. Jake Allen 1.00
  2. Corey Crawford 1.53
  3. Frederik Andersen 1.60
  4. Niklas Svedberg 1.67
  5. Darcy Keumper 1.77
  6. Pekka Rinne 1.88
  7. Marc-Andre Fleury 1.89
  8. Jonas Hiller 1.96
  9. Jimmy Howard 1.96
  10. Ondrej Pavelec 2.01

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Angelic Assassin wrote: Goaltending has been kind of sketchy this year in the sense that many of the goaltenders who were expected to maybe struggle are at the top and the goaltenders who were expected to expel are kind of all over the place.

The top 10 GAA
  1. Jake Allen 1.00
  2. Corey Crawford 1.53
  3. Frederik Andersen 1.60
  4. Niklas Svedberg 1.67
  5. Darcy Keumper 1.77
  6. Pekka Rinne 1.88
  7. Marc-Andre Fleury 1.89
  8. Jonas Hiller 1.96
  9. Jimmy Howard 1.96
  10. Ondrej Pavelec 2.01

Then you've got these guys:
11. Jonathan Quick 2.0322. Tukka Rask 2.5327. Cory Schneider 2.6829. Semyon Varlamov 2.7530. Sergei Bobrovsky 2.8132. Henrik Lundquist 2.8533. Kari Lehtonen 2.9334. Carey Price 2.9438. Steve Mason 3.1744. Mike Smith 3.63

Some of these will straighten out over time but it's food for thought.  

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The Chicago Blackhawks steamrolled over the Montreal Canadiens, 5-0, on Tuesday night thanks to a pair of goals from Kris Versteeg and a shutout from starting goalie Corey Crawford. The win was also a costly one due to the injury suffered by forward Patrick Sharp, and it's one that could keep him sidelined for a while.

Sharp had to leave the game mid-way through the third period after he was hit along the boards by Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin and was pinched against the boards, suffering an apparent leg injury.

After the game Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Sharp will be "out for a bit," while Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports that he could miss "weeks" rather than days.

Sharp is one of the most consistent and productive players in the league and has scored at least 33 goals in three of the past four seasons. The only year he fell short of that mark was the lockout shortened 2012-13 season when he was limited to just six goals in 28 games.

So far this season he has three goals and five assists in eight games.

The Blackhawks had been a bit of a goal-scoring drought heading into Tuesday with only 12 goals over their past seven games, but finally broke through against the Canadiens.

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton has been suspended 20 games for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing substance policy.

"The suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment," per an NHL release.

Ashton will forfeit $169,185 during the suspension.

The 23-year-old Ashton released a statement regarding the suspension, claiming he suffered an asthmatic spasm in late August during summer training and was given an inhaler by another player. Ashton kept the inhaler and used it a second time early in training camp after another asthma attack.

"Unfortunately, I incorrectly assumed that there were no problems associated with the use of this inhaler and I used it without checking to see whether its contents were permissible under the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program," Ashton said in his statement.

"I now recognize that I ingested Clenbuterol, a prohibited substance, through the inhaler. However, at no time was I seeking to gain an athletic advantage or to knowingly violate the terms of the program. I used the inhaler in response to exercise-induced asthma, a condition that my doctor with the Toronto Maple Leafs has since diagnosed and he has prescribed me with an inhaler."

Ashton has been held pointless in three games with the Maple Leafs this season, spending the majority of the season to-date in the Leafs' press box.

"As a professional hockey player, I recognize that I am responsible for what I put into my body, and I will not appeal my suspension. While I am extremely disappointed that I have let my teammates, our fans and the Maple Leafs organization down, I will work very hard during my suspension to stay in game shape so that I can help out the team when I am able to return.”

Team President Brendan Shanahan released a statement Thursday, backing the League's decision. He added that no further comments would be made out of respect for Ashton and the "process involved."

Acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2012 NHL trade deadline, Ashton has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Maple Leafs, registering three assists in 50 games. He was originally selected in the first round (29th overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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OTTAWA - Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise has a concussion that will keep him out indefinitely.

Parise did not travel with the Wild on their three-game road trip, starting Thursday in Ottawa. Coach Mike Yeo confirmed the diagnosis to reporters after the team's morning skate, calling the injury "obviously a big blow" to the Wild. Parise was hurt Tuesday during a 4-1 defeat by Pittsburgh. Yeo said the concussion came on during the course of the game.

Thomas Vanek will move up to the first line and play left wing in place of Parise, next to Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville.

Parise has four goals and six assists, a team-high 10 points in 11 games.

The Wild also travelled without left wing Matt Cooke (lower body) and defenceman Jared Spurgeon (upper body).

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from today's sportsnet.ca:


30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman


1. At the San Jose meetings, the NHL, NHLPA and teams looked at virtual reality technology from OTOY, a California-based company. Basically, OTOY tries to create 3D graphics and pictures in real time. The league may test this at the outdoor games, with the idea of providing a 360-degree HD view from the bench or the penalty box. Remember when ColecoVision was cool?

2. Had a funny conversation with a GM last weekend. Heard he was looking for a defenceman. He responded with, “Everyone is looking for a defenceman.” Montreal is checking to see what’s out there. The decimated Rangers are bringing in Tomas Kaberle, with no contract offer. Philadelphia’s search, before signing Carlo Colaiacovo, was exhaustive. “Name someone,” one agent said. “They considered him.” The same GM quoted above talked to a team with eight, one-way contracts on its blueline, only to be told none were available. “They wanted to keep all of them,” he said.

3. Heading into Wednesday’s game against Buffalo, it would not have been a surprise if Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin was thinking about moving one of his 14 forwards so Michael Bournival or Jiri Sekac could play more. Bournival was injured on a hard (but clean) Cody McCormick check, while Sekac might be right back in Michel Therrien’s doghouse after a third-period penalty. Can’t imagine the Canadiens want Sekac, in particular, sitting.

4. Therrien had an interesting quote after the listless 2-1 shootout win, telling reporters, “There’s not much I didn’t like about our team tonight…I thought we played a solid game.” That’s a light touch for the Canadiens coach; he undoubtedly realized he needed to take the foot off the gas following back-to-back ugly losses against Calgary and Chicago. You wonder if both the coach and the players are adjusting to the loss of Gerard Gallant on the bench. Gallant was an important conduit between Therrien and the dressing room. Therrien, who wields a hammer, needs that buffer.

5. My first real “beat” in the business was the inaugural Toronto Raptors (1995-96). Their head coach, Brendan Malone, waited almost 30 years for his NBA chance. It became very clear, very quickly that he wanted to win more than the team did. It led to an ugly public battle with GM Isiah Thomas, as the organization shut down Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire because it was worried Malone was overusing the player. They fired him after the season. Watching Ted Nolan publicly criticize his Sabres twice now reminds me of that situation. He’s competitive. He knows this could be his last chance. The team is comfortable with one more ugly year. Nolan isn’t. It’s not going to be easy.

6. The Rangers are one of several clubs waiting to see what the Hurricanes decide with Andrej Sekera. There’s no guarantee that comes quickly, especially now that Carolina is healthier and stabilized. Depending on what happens with Slava Voynov, opponents think Los Angeles could be interested, too. Also heard some talk about Zbynek Michalek, a different player than Sekera, but a right-hand shot. Coyotes GM Don Maloney wouldn’t bite on an inquiry about it.

7. Whenever Keith Yandle’s name surfaces in rumours, I go back to an old Maloney line about him: “If we trade him, you will (hear the deal) and understand why.” The only difference now is his contract, which only has one more year. Does that change the dynamic? The Coyotes know so much of their offence comes in transition from he and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. If they do it, can they replace what he brings now, or is that step one of a long-term build?

8. It sounds like there’s a lot of, “We better make sure we’re ready in case Team X decides to move someone we like.” Here’s another example: There is zero evidence Winnipeg is interested in anything involving either Dustin Byfuglien or Andrew Ladd, but opponents are watching (Like Yandle, both are free after next season). The Jets know Ladd’s trade list (15 clubs), but have to ask for five acceptable teams from Byfuglien should they ever decide to move him. Winnipeg just won three big games and you know they’re going for it. As long as they’re in the race, there’s no reason to expect change.

9. The Jets’ 1-0 win Sunday in Chicago was some of their best defensive play since they moved back to Canada, and not just because of the shutout. Shots in the third were 13-9 Blackhawks, but aside from a flurry in the first minute, the Jets did a fantastic job protecting that lead in a tough place to win. They consistently beat Chicago to rebounds, getting the puck out of the zone and into areas where they could change without getting into trouble. None of the shots came from Duncan Keith or Jonathan Toews. Patrick Kane had one; Marian Hossa none in the last 19 minutes. The Jets haven’t always paid attention to detail, but sure did that night.

10. Apparently, Ryan Whitney told teams he wanted to play a few KHL contests to get the blood flowing before considering a North American offer. He’s got three points in three games. The only problem with Whitney now is he has to clear waivers in the NHL. With all the lusting after defencemen, that may not be easy.

11. There were rumours last week that Dallas, with Anders Lindback struggling, might look at signing Martin Brodeur. GM Jim Nill denied that.

12. As the injuries mounted last week, Calgary called up Sven Baertschi from Adirondack. His numbers were ugly in the AHL, just three points (no goals) in 10 games. Even worse, a few teams that saw him were exceedingly unimpressed, with one suggesting he wouldn’t want Baertschi near his other prospects. The Flames defended the forward against accusations that his attitude was bad. “Was he unhappy to be there? Yes, initially he was, but we could understand that,” said GM Brad Treliving. “To say he was causing problems, that’s not fair.” Treliving added that there is room in Calgary for Baertschi’s skill-set. He is exempt from waivers for another year or so. That’s probably the real deadline for him in southern Alberta.

13. One exec whose team played the Hurricanes already this season said no player needed something good to happen more than second-year forward Elias Lindholm. The 19-year-old had an assist in the opener, then went pointless in seven. “He was trying, but nothing good was happening,” the exec said. “You could see how it effected him.” Lindholm had five points in Carolina’s three wins, breaking the schneid just as his team did.

14. Can’t help but wonder if there is a Kovalchuk-like solution to Carolina’s detente with Alexander Semin. No way this can last 317 more games, can it?

15. So, Radim Vrbata, what did you like best: the goggles, the bucket, or the skis?





“The skis,” he said. Why? “Because we won,” he laughed. Since the ski race was worth the most points of the three team-building tests, Vrbata’s group didn’t have to do extra skating following the next practice.

16. Vrbata said the Sedins really didn’t have many special instructions about fitting in with them. After a couple of exhibition games, the linemates made sure that whoever was in the middle on a rush made sure to drive the net. Other than that? “We decided we have to shoot more,” Vrbata said. Even Henrik? Vrbata paused, and you could hear the smile forming on his face over the phone. “When they said we have to shoot more, they were really saying I have to shoot more.”

17. Marc-Andre Fleury’s new contract includes a no-move clause to protect against waivers. He can be dealt, but is allowed to provide a 12-team no-trade list. A lot of bandwidth is already destroyed arguing this one, but it is clear the Penguins do believe their desire to hold the puck more will make Fleury a better goalie.

18. As Derek Stepan returns, the Rangers are excited about getting Martin St. Louis back to his regular routine. He took 92 face-offs in the first 10 games; only Derick Brassard and Dominic Moore had more. St. Louis had one goal and five assists. After last Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Winnipeg, New York eased his load. He took just two draws against the Blues and none versus Detroit, totalling three goals and one assist. As a centre, “he is always late on the rush, because we need him down low in the defensive zone,” associate coach Scott Arniel said. “Now he is free to lead the rush.”

19. Another centre experiment on hold for now — Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk. Word is they feel he’s not as instinctive in the middle, and don’t want him overthinking.

20. The last time Boston extended Claude Julien, it was July 2012. Look at the coaching contracts signed since then: Lindy Ruff, John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault (among others) broke the $2 million mark and Joel Quenneville is believed to reach $3 million in his new deal. Boston looked at the landscape and made the easy decision to put Julien in that class.

21. A lot of interesting reaction to Kris Versteeg’s goal in Chicago’s 5-4 win over Ottawa last week. Players on both teams were astonished when Erik Karlsson chased down Kris Versteeg on the breakaway. “We couldn’t believe he caught him,” Clarke Macarthur said. “He had this little smile on his face like he knew he was going to do it.” “I was like, ‘Holy Crap,’” Versteeg said. “How did he get here?”

22. After initially losing the puck, Versteeg got it back. He scored, making Karlsson look foolish on a fake. “Obviously, he thought I was going to shoot it,” the Chicago forward said. PJ Stock did a great segment last weekend, illustrating both the good and bad of Karlsson’s game. Stock showed how Karlsson gets into trouble in his own zone, because he “always looks for an offensive play out of a defensive situation.” One example was Karlsson taking himself out of position by protecting against a pass he thought he could intercept — a pass that never came. This is the next evolution for him.

23. MacArthur gave good insight into playing in front of Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner. The two goalies have slightly different requests of the defenders in front of them. Anderson wants shot blockers to go low, and leave the high heat for him. Lehner simply wants you to get out of his way so he can handle the shot. “And he does it in a booming Swedish voice,” MacArthur said.

24. Versteeg, by the way, remains interested in buying the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes. The news is all bad for the community-owned club, which has lost almost $2 million and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2009-10. At the team’s annual meeting in September, a motion was put forward to sell the team to private ownership, with a vote coming next fall. Born in the city, Versteeg played three seasons of junior hockey there.

25. Seventeen years ago, WHL Portland head coach Brent Peterson said he didn’t know what to expect when first-round NHL draft pick Marian Hossa showed up from Ottawa to join the Winterhawks. The team had two Slovak players, Hossa and Andrej Podkonicky, so it hired a Slovak coach, Julius Supler, to help — although there was an English-only rule around the team. “The first practice, you knew how good he was,” Peterson said last week, as Hossa hit the 1,000-point mark.

26. What stood out for Peterson was how much abuse Hossa took without complaint. Portland won the Memorial Cup that season without a true enforcer, as no one had more than 200 penalty minutes. “He was the target for every other team,” the coach said. “He just played through it.” Things haven’t changed. A Hall of Famer in my book, for sure.

27. One scout had a good line about Hossa and the Blackhawks: “They love being on the ice with him. They know he’ll backcheck hard and cover up their mistakes.”

28. Despite 152 games the last two seasons, including two late-spring finishes, Patrick Kane was back on the ice in June. Can’t find another player who was skating again so quickly.

29. There were some teams who did not like seeing the four officials get together to overturn a tripping penalty to Jarret Stoll last week in Pittsburgh (Brandon Sutter fell on his own before a collision with Stoll). “A slippery slope,” one GM said, although one referee responded, “There’s nothing in the rule book that says we can’t do it.” My sense is the league is willing to allow it, since it’s already an option on disputed goals. Why not? Don’t see a problem, especially if it leads to more correct calls.

30. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I track a certain post-season stat: teams more than four points out of the playoffs on Nov. 1 face a serious fight to get in. Since 2003-04, only five clubs out of 40 that far behind on that date made it. The challenge this season goes to Edmonton (five points back), Arizona and Buffalo (seven back), and Carolina (10). Winnipeg was five from the wild card, but just three in arrears of Minnesota for third in the Central. Therefore, upon further review, the Jets don’t count. The good news for this year’s qualifiers is that two teams did it last year, Dallas and Philadelphia.

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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Add David Warsofsky to the list of injured Bruins defensemen.

Warsofsky did not practice with the team Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena, and coach Claude Julien said he expects Warsofsky to be out "a while" with an undisclosed injury.

Warsofsky logged 15 minutes of ice time during Thursday's 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at TD Garden. Warsofsky joins Zdeno Chara (knee), Torey Krug (finger) and Kevan Miller (shoulder) as the team's injured blueliners. Krug practiced with the team Friday and said afterward he hopes to be back in the lineup soon.

"It's doing well," Krug said. "It's coming along nicely and made some good progress the last couple of days. It's great to be back on the ice with my teammates, and competing and everything like that. It's feeling better, that's for sure."

Miller was on the ice prior to the team's practice and is progressing.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Longtime Buffalo Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret said Friday night that he's free of the throat cancer he was diagnosed with during the summer.

On the television broadcast before the "Hockey Fights Cancer" game against the Edmonton Oilers, Jeanneret said he was told this week that the cancer was gone. The 72-year-old native of Ontario is missing the start of the season as he gets radiation treatment.

Jeanneret took part in a ceremonial puck drop with former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who was declared free of jaw cancer in September.

Jeanneret, who received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award two years ago for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster, started calling games for the Sabres in the 1971-72 season, the team's second in the NHL.

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MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens retired Guy Lapointe's No. 5, raising it to the Bell Centre rafters alongside those of fellow defensive standouts Larry Robinson and Serge Savard, prior to the Habs' 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

The Big Three starred for the Canadiens during the 1970s, and the trio was reunited before Saturday night's game. The 66-year-old Lapointe was in tears with his family and his defense mates at his side.

"I'm happy he's being honored while he's alive," said Yvan Cournoyer, one of several teammates, including Savard, Robinson, Rejean Houle, Pierre Bouchard, Pierre Mondou, Yvon Lambert and Mario Tremblay, who were expected to attend the ceremony.

"He was an exceptional player and a great person."

The No. 5 had already been taken out of service for Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, but the Canadiens have three numbers retired for more than one player.

When Lapointe cracked the NHL, he was able to play with boyhood idol Jean Beliveau. Lapointe says his best memory from his playing days is his very first game that 1970-71 season, a year that ended with him scoring 15 goals and earning the first of his six Stanley Cups.

"He had no weaknesses," Savard said Friday. "He was very good offensively, but also defensively."

Lapointe played 777 games with the Canadiens, scoring 166 goals and adding 406 assists for 572 points. In 14 seasons with Montreal, Lapointe was one of the NHL's premier puck-moving defensemen. In the 1974-75 season, he set the team record for goals by a defenseman with 29.

He also played for the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins before ending his stellar career in 1984. His final tally: 622 points, including 171 goals, in 894 games.

Lapointe also represented Canada in the riveting Summit Series against the Soviet Union in 1972 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993.

He also was known for his pranks, including cutting laces and underwear, putting shaving cream in skates, and slipping ketchup into shoes.

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Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn will miss approximately two weeks with an upper-body injury, the team said Sunday.

Schenn left Saturday's game against Colorado with what the team said was a left shoulder injury after being boarded by Nathan MacKinnon in the final minute of the first period.

The 25-year-old blueliner has one goal and one assist in 14 games this season.

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The Montreal Canadiens acquired veteran blueliner Sergei Gonchar from the Dallas Stars in exchange for winger Travis Moen on Tuesday.

Moen, 32, had zero points in 10 games with the Habs this season. The rugged checking forward has another left on his deal next year, which pays him $1.85 million.

"Travis is a proven forward that does all the gritty things needed to win," Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. "He brings leadership and experience to our forward group and will be an important part of our penalty kill."

Moen has 125 points (56 goals, 69 assists) in 690 regular-season games with the Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

Gonchar had to agree to waive his no-trade clause in order to allow the trade. According to a source, though, he has been looking for a change of scenery since the summer.

He had one assist in three games this season, missing the start of the season with a foot injury. He will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. He's earning $5 million this year although a source told ESPN.com that the Stars retained eight percent of that salary in the trade.

The 40-year-old defenseman has 798 points (219 goals, 579 assists) in 1,256 regular-season games since making his NHL debut in 1994-95.

He has also played for the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. Gonchar also represented Russia at four Olympic Games and won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right wing Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin have missed practice with the Ducks due to a viral gland infection.

Perry and Beauchemin are being kept away from their teammates with their contagious condition, the Ducks said Tuesday. Both veterans are undergoing further medical tests.

Perry has missed the Ducks' last three games after falling seriously ill and requiring intravenous fluids from a local hospital last week. The former NHL MVP is still tied for the league lead with 11 goals heading into Tuesday's games.

Beauchemin missed Sunday's game against Vancouver.

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf missed one game last week along with Perry, but returned from his bout with illness.

Anaheim (10-3-3) hosts the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday in the season's first Freeway Faceoff.

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CHICAGO -- Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya left Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third period after suffering a lower-body injury.

Oduya was struck in the right leg by a puck off a Lightning shot at 9:09 of the period. Oduya was slow to get up and only got off the ice when the Lightning scored at 9:53. He did not return to the game.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was unsure of the extent of the injury.

"We'll know more [Wednesday,]" Quenneville said. "We'll see. Hopefully he'll be all right."

Oduya broke his right foot when he took a shot off it last season in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings.

Oduya has one goal and one assist and is minus-1 in 16 games this season. He averages 20:16 of ice time.

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Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward Nathan Horton, who hasn’t played since April, could be facing career-ending back surgery.

According to a report in the Columbus Dispatch, Horton is in constant pain due to a degenerative back condition and the only alternative to dealing with the pain is back surgery that would put an end to his career.

“I can’t stand up like a normal person; I can’t bend over,” Horton told the Columbus Dispatch. “I can’t run. I can’t play with my kids. To get in and out of the car, I’m like a 75-year-old man … so slow and stiff. I can’t sleep at night. I try to lay down and my back seizes up and I can’t move, so sleeping is out. I’m like a zombie in the daytime.”

The procedure would be a three- or four-level spinal fusion with a titanium rod according to the report, and would end the 29-year-old’s career.

“I don’t want to have surgery, because of what that means,” Horton told the Columbus Dispatch. “I don’t want to live with this pain, but I don’t want to make that decision.

Horton signed a seven-year, $37.1 million deal with the Blue Jackets ahead of last season but only played in 35 games that year due to injury.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Anaheim Ducks veterans Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin have been diagnosed with mumps.

Ducks medical director Craig Milhouse announced their conditions on Wednesday night.

Beauchemin has been hospitalized to receive intravenous fluids, but he has improved, Milhouse says. Perry has been cleared of the disease and is free to resume working out Thursday.

Perry missed his fourth straight game, and Beauchemin sat out his second straight when the Ducks hosted the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

The Ducks don't know how the players contracted the disease, but the entire team will receive new vaccinations as a precaution. Perry and Beauchemin were vaccinated earlier in their lives, but adults' antibody levels decline with time, Milhouse says.

Perry was the NHL leader with 11 goals in 13 games before his illness.

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According to an article in the New York Post, the NHL has chosen William Foley, a billionaire businessman, and the Maloof family, former owners of the Sacramento Kings, to be the potential owners of a Las Vegas expansion team.

The NHL has made no formal commitments to expansion.

Bill Daly, NHL Deputy Commissioner, said Monday that he had met with a Las Vegas ownership group and liked the idea of expanding to the Nevada city. He did not give specifics as to whom he spoke to.

According to the Post's sources, the franchise fee would cost $400 million which would be significantly higher than the fee for both the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets back when the league last expanded in 2000.

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lobo316 wrote: Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward Nathan Horton, who hasn’t played since April, could be facing career-ending back surgery.

Looks like the end is near for the spiritual leader of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions.



from columbusdispatch.com:

Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton is stuck in a living hell and facing a torturous decision.

Horton, who hasn’t played since April, is in near constant pain — sometimes agony — because of a degenerative back injury that has derailed his NHL career.

“I can’t stand up like a normal person; I can’t bend over,” Horton said in his first public comments about his condition. “I can’t run. I can’t play with my kids. To get in and out of the car, I’m like a 75-year-old man … so slow and stiff. I can’t sleep at night. I try to lay down and my back seizes up and I can’t move, so sleeping is out. I’m like a zombie in the daytime.”

But the alternative to dealing with such misery is just as awful. Horton could have surgery to relieve the pain, but the procedure — likely a three- or four-level spinal fusion  with a titanium rod — would mean the end of his NHL career at only 29 years old.

“I don’t want to have surgery, because of what that means,” Horton said, his voice breaking behind a smile. “I don’t want to live with this pain, but I don’t want to make that decision. It’s hard for me to say that, at 29 years old, I’m done. I mean, really? Done at 29?”


Out of nowhere

Horton said he never had a history of back problems, nothing beyond what is considered normal in a sport where two-handed crosschecks and slamming into glass walls is routine. Before he signed a seven-year, $37.1million contract with the Blue Jackets in July 2013, Horton passed a routine physical with the exception of his injured shoulder.

The Boston Bruins, his former club, didn’t suspect anything, either. With full access to Horton’s medical history, the Bruins offered him a long-term deal that he rejected to sign with the Blue Jackets. But last fall, while he was rehabilitating his shoulder after surgery, Horton started noticing stiffness and discomfort in his back.

“It just hit me,” Horton said. “There I was working on my shoulder, while my back started getting worse and worse.”

Horton thought he could play through it, that maybe his back would loosen up when he started to play regularly. But after returning in January, his back only got worse.

“I couldn’t get my socks on,” Horton said. “I could barely tie my skates. But I’ve played through stuff my whole career. I kept going.”

By April, Horton’s back was hurting so bad that his skating stride changed to compensate. That led to a groin injury that required surgery and ended his season after only 36 games.

“After I rehabbed the groin, my back flared again, and it has not gone away,” Horton said. “I went back to Florida in the spring (May) to rehab it, and I went for an easy jog — just 25 minutes — to get back into it. The next couple of days, I couldn’t move. And here we are. I couldn’t jog right now if I wanted to.”

Horton flew with the Blue Jackets to the season-opening game at Buffalo, barely a 45-minute flight.

“I couldn’t move for two days,” he said.


The many remedies

Stem cells. Epidurals. Acupuncture. Chiropractors. Massage therapy. So many MRIs.

“I’ve tried everything,” Horton said. “I’ve seen so many doctors. So many people think they can fix me and they’re so optimistic, and then I get optimistic, but then … nothing changes. It’s so frustrating. I’ve heard from so many people with back issues, and it’s a different thing, the pain. It controls everything.”

The Blue Jackets and Horton have opted to wait and hope that — somehow, someway — his back pain fades over time. But nobody in the organization seems optimistic. Horton sighed and shook his head when asked how realistic the wait-and-see approach is.

“At some point soon, we’ve got to make the call,” he said, referring to surgery.

There are five vertebrae in the lumbar region. In Horton’s case, he said, he would need to have at least three, maybe four, fused with a titanium rod.The titanium provides stability and support and a relatively pain-free existence.

 “For an elite-level athlete, it can severely restrict mobility, flexibility and shock absorption,” said Dr. Safdar Khan, chief of the division of spine surgery at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.“We get our regular patients back to a point where they can swim and be active and live normal lives. But playing a competitive sport — especially one like hockey with the body checks and the hitting — that is not something that’s going to happen.”

Horton might join a list of prominent NHL players whose careers were cut short because of back injuries. Mike Bossy, considered one of the NHL’s all-time greats, retired in 1987 at only 30 years old. He averaged 113 points per season during a 10-year career.

More recently, Chicago Blackhawks forward Eric Daze retired at 31 in 2006, and Edmonton Oilers forward Craig Simpson retired in 1995 at age 28. 

Pittsburgh Penguins great Mario Lemieux couldn’t tie his own skates because of back problems at the end of his career.

“I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” Horton said.

Once or twice a week, Horton stops by Nationwide Arena. But he has no locker stall in the dressing room, no uniform hanging with his name on it, no new sticks being delivered or skates being sharpened.

“I’m a ghost,” he said with a laugh. “But I’m not giving up. I still feel young other than my back. As long as I can hold off the surgery, I feel like there’s a chance. A chance for something. A miracle. Something.”

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The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired veteran defenceman Jordan Leopold from the St. Louis Blues for a fifth round pick in 2016 on Saturday.

According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Blues will retain $500, 000 of Leopold's $2.25 million salary. The 34-year-old will become a free agent at season's end.

General manager Doug Armstrong says the deal clears $1.1 million in cap space for the central division-leading Blues.

“We want to thank Jordan for his hard work and dedication while in St. Louis,” said Armstrong. “Jordan is a true professional, and we wish him and his family the best of luck in the future.”

The Blues called up defenceman Chris Butler from the AHL after the trade.

A report from the Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch says Blue Jackets defenceman Fedor Tyutin will be out for four to six weeks with an injury which could be a reason for the move.

Leopold has yet to record a point in seven games with St. Louis this season. The American has scored 66 goals with 144 assists in 659 career games with the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres and Blues in his career.

He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round, 44th overall, of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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from today's sportsnet.ca:


30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman


1. If the NHL goes into Las Vegas, will it be an expansion team? There’s no need to answer that question now. With a couple years to wait, the league can decide if it will be expansion or if anyone needs to be moved.


2. Will the “dry scrape” survive the GM meetings? I personally don’t mind it, but there is concern about how many people are leaving.


3. With three-on-three overtime expected to be part of the discussion once again, an important thing to note is game length. Commissioner Gary Bettman has, in past meetings, indicated he does not want nights going longer. According to the American Hockey League, two more minutes of extra overtime has not increased game length in 2014-15. “Average time of game is up one minute so far this year, but in reality it’s down,” wrote AHL Vice-President, Communications Jason Chaimovitch in an email. “We do not include the shootout as part of game time, so last year the dry scrape (after OT) wouldn’t have counted, but this year (before OT) it does.”


4. Entering Thursday’s encounter with Boston, Montreal’s ice-time distribution on the power play was PK Subban (3:43 per game), Andrei Markov (3:29), Tom Gilbert (0:57) and Nathan Beaulieu (0:45). In Sergei Gonchar’s first game, Michel Therrien split up the Markov/Subban duo, going primarily with Gonchar/Markov and Gilbert/Subban. The ice-time went Subban (5:02), Gonchar (4:49), Markov (4:32) and Gilbert (3:55). Subban and Gilbert benefitted from a 2:11 shift, which boosted their total. Hard to imagine that cannon regularly being the third option.


5. In Montreal, there is debate now about Gilbert’s future. One thing about GM Marc Bergevin: he feels very strongly that you can never have too many defencemen, and, by adding Gonchar, he clearly believes Montreal didn’t have enough to begin with. The 40-year-old played 20 minutes in his debut, just his fourth game after missing the first 11 with an ankle injury. He’s been pretty durable (out just 17 games the past three years), but, at that age, can you afford to lean on him too heavily?


6. Gilbert, for the record, does not have no-trade protection. There was a lot of interest in him last summer in free agency. One of the pursuers was Detroit, although if Joan of Arc shot right, we’d be linking her to the Red Wings even though she died 600 years ago.


7. Bergevin made two roster changes (Travis Moen and Rene Bourque) almost immediately after word was he wanted to force Jiri Sekac into the lineup. This happens from time-to-time. Most GMs will tell you the coach deserves the right to set the individual game roster. A manager’s power is in creating that roster. (I’ve written before that one GM explained how, a few years ago, he traded two players so his coach would play younger guys. That duo is still together.) Besides, getting Sekac into a regular spot is working for everyone.


8. Watched Bergevin and Tampa Bay assistant GM Julien BriseBois on a panel last week at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business. Some good life advice from both. BriseBois talked about how he shuts off his phone for one hour each weekday night during dinner with his family. That’s not easy for some executives (and reporters). “If it’s really an emergency,” he said, “people know to call me at home.” Bergevin: “If you are in your job for the money or the benefits, you look forward to Friday afternoon. If you’re in it for the passion, you look forward to Monday morning.”


9. Bergevin also had a great goodbye line: “If you have the urge to call me…fight it.” So far, no problem.


10. One of the reasons Jim Nill moved quickly? In his Dallas appearances, Gonchar’s ice time was fifth, fifth and sixth (by one second) among defenders. He was, at best, Lindy Ruff’s fourth option on the power play, and John Klingberg, making his NHL debut Tuesday, got 1:36 with the man advantage. It took Gonchar three games to reach that total. He is one of the NHL’s nicest people, but wouldn’t be happy in that situation. Nill was smart to move before it turned bad for everyone.


11. The Stars are 2-0 since the trade, impressively holding the Kings to just five third-period shots in Thursday night’s win. That is a good first step in eliminating some bad habits. One opposing coach: “They love track meets…willing to trade chances…they do have skill and are always four in the rush. Smart/patient/grinding teams counter-punch them and make them defend.”


12. The Stars are in a bit of a tough spot. Owner Tom Gagliardi did his part, spending on the roster. They gave Anaheim all the Ducks could handle last April and were a trendy dark-horse pick for 2015. They’ve got one home win. (“If you’re going to stink,” Gord Stellick always says, “Stink on the the road.”) My sense is Nill sees they’re getting there, but aren’t as ready to contend as the organization would like, especially on the back end. That’s why, in a desperate search for right-handed defenders, Klingberg gets the first chance, not an external acquisition. Better to save your assets if you believe the solution could be in-house. Klingberg looked really good against the Kings.


13. As the Ducks navigate through mumps and injury, GM Bob Murray indicated he will try to get through this without making a short-term move — even in goal. John Gibson is out another month with groin trouble. That leaves the net to Frederik Andersen and Jason LaBarbera, who came off the bench to beat Los Angeles 6-5 in a terrific shootout Wednesday night.


14. Not sure Edmonton can afford to be as patient in net. Wondered about an Ilya Bryzgalov return, but that appears unlikely. They are looking to see what’s out there, but Oilers are being careful. There’s no point in a short-term move for long-term cost either in goal or at centre.


15. Do not be surprised if Buffalo is also looking for a goalie or two, but on a more long-term basis. Both Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth are free agents after this season. Is either the Sabres’ long-term solution?


16. Scouting appearance that raised eyebrows: Ottawa’s Pierre Dorion at St. Louis/Rangers and Edmonton/Buffalo last week. Dorion obviously has a scouting background, but isn’t always out there, which is why it was noted. It’s no secret the Senators and Sabres, in particular, have spoken several times.


17. Definitely time for a fresh start for Colin Greening, in the lineup just four times this season. The Senators could have traded him before his September 2013 contract extension— it’s believed the Rangers and St. Louis were among those interested — but decided to keep him. Now, that makes it tougher.


18. Former St. Louis goalie coach Corey Hirsch on Ryan Miller: “Rollie Melanson has got him playing a lot smarter. He’s playing a little deeper in his net and not attacking so much. Teams were starting to pass around him he was so aggressive…He’s a deep thinker for a goalie, you always have to explain why something will or won’t work for him. He’s still very talented, but I thought he was really behind in new goaltending techniques and saves.”


19. Can you give more detail on that? “Yes, his post work…. Rollie’s a big one-knee down on the post guy. (Miller) is using it at the proper times now. On net drives only. He used to use it everywhere.” Hirsch added that Miller also occasionally raised his knee in the butterfly, which opened his five-hole. Melanson has worked on that, too.


20. Ran that assessment by another goalie coach, who agreed with Hirsch, but added when Miller had a rare rough night against Los Angeles, he reverted to some old habits. So that’s the next challenge. This coach added: “How many practice days did Hirsch have with Miller once St. Louis got him?” It’s impossible to say for sure, but the Blues acquired Miller Feb. 28 and the regular season ended April 13. There were 21 non-game days, but some of those would have no practices. “It’s why I’m against trading for goalies late in the season,” the coach said. “If a guy needs to adjust to what you do, you’ve got no time.”


21. Chris Tanev, a restricted free agent next summer and unrestricted in 2017, hired Newport (Don Meehan) as his new agent this week.


22. Credit to David Amber for tipping me off to this one: Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau has some local endorsement interest, but agent Lewis Gross says he and Gaudreau are holding off. “Two-to-three weeks ago we weren’t certain he wasn’t going to be sent to the minors,” Gross said. “Once he gets himself more established, we’ll start thinking about it.” There’s a well-known story that Gaudreau needed to be bribed with Skittles when learning to skate. When it’s time, he’d love that connection.


23. After Connor McDavid’s injury, one of the questions that came up was: even if he’s ready for the World Juniors, should he rush back to play? First of all, good luck telling him he can’t go for gold when the tournament is in Canada. If you’ve ever broken your hand, you know that once it’s healed, it’s healed. If a doctor says he’s healthy, he’s going to play.


24. As the scrutiny on coach’s salaries continues, a couple of sources indicate Boston’s Claude Julien will eventually reach $3M per season in his new extension. That makes at least two to breach that barrier, Julien and Chicago’s Joel Quenneville. (Again: Patrick Roy is an unknown wild-card in all this.)


25. A lot of debate about the cap after The New York Post’s Larry Brooks reported it may not go up. The league usually gives a preliminary estimate at the December Board of Governors meeting. Right now, it depends who you talk to. Some teams are pessimistic, while others are cautiously optimistic they’ll end up in the low 70s.


26. The biggest variable is the Canadian dollar, but, there are teams saying that, for the first time, they are uncertain what the NHLPA will do. Only once (2006) has the union failed to use its annual option that raises the salary cap by five per cent. The CBA also allowed for the new Rogers TV money to be applied in advance, but the players decided only half could be used, putting the ceiling at $69M, not $70M. How many teams needed that extra million?


27. Why only half? The players feel they are losing too much to escrow. That’s also why the NHLPA refuses to budge on cap relief for Slava Voynov while he is being paid; it doesn’t want that replacement counting against its 50 per cent. The league wants nothing outside the system, hence the stalemate. So, if you’re a team, you’re wondering, “Are the players worried enough about escrow that they won’t use all options to raise the cap? I’m not sure right now, but I’d better have a plan in case the answer is yes.”


28. One clarification on Carter Ashton’s situation: In the last 10 days of his suspension, 60 per cent of his hit goes back on Toronto’s cap. Under the new CBA, that’s when he can return to team activities, so there is salary impact.


29. December 5, the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs host the Toronto Marlies on Military Appreciation Night. Two dollars from every ticket sold will go the Marcus Cirillo Trust. There will also be an auction of the special jerseys, helmets and pant shells to be worn. Marcus is the son of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who died in in the National War Memorial shooting on Oct. 22. You can also donate by going to a TD Bank branch and asking to give money to the “Marcus Cirillo Trust.”


30. One brave fighter, Bryan Murray, told another brave fighter, Michael Farber, that the message everyone should learn from him is, “Get a colonoscopy.” Please allow an add to this idea: I have diverticulitis. Doctors diagnosed my cousin with the same issue, only to discover it wasn’t diverticulitis, but cancer. I wasn’t worried, but my wife and parents certainly were. A colonoscopy erased everyone’s fears. If you’re not going to do it for yourself, do it for your family.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Best wishes to Gordie Howe after suffering a serious stroke the other day. Hope the living legend gets well soon!

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Gordie Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer "has taken a turn for the worse" after suffering another stroke recently.

Mark Howe said Sunday his father's most recent stroke occurred about a week ago in Lubbock, where the 86-year-old former Detroit Red Wings star is staying with his daughter. He was at her home last month when an initial stroke caused some impairment.

The younger Howe says chronic back pain, advanced stages of dementia and high blood pressure are taking a toll on his bedridden father.

He says the family is concentrating on making him as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed him in the record book.









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CHICAGO -- Trevor van Riemsdyk was ruled out of the rest of the Blackhawks' 6-2 win Sunday over the Dallas Stars after being struck in the left leg with a puck during the first period, an injury coach Joel Quenneville said would sideline the defenseman "for awhile."

"He's hurt pretty bad," said Quenneville, who couldn't give a more specific timetable. "We'll know more tomorrow."

Van Riemsdyk fell to the ice after being hit by a shot from Stars defenseman Trevor Daley at 6:18 of the first period. Van Riemsdyk appeared to struggle to put weight on his left foot, skated off the ice under his own power and shortly after went to the team's dressing.

The Blackhawks announced van Riemsdyk would not return to the game after the beginning of the second period.

Van Riemsdyk, who is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, has played in all 18 of the Blackhawks' games this season as a rookie. He has one assist, has a zero rating and has averaged 14:11 of ice time.

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The Minnesota Wild activated goaltender Josh Harding off injured reserve Monday, but subsequently placed the 30-year-old netminder on waivers.

The team announced the news via its official Twitter account Monday morning.

Harding has yet to play a game during the 2014-15 season after suffering a preseason injury that occurred when he kicked a wall and broke his right foot, according to a September report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Harding was suspended by the Wild after the incident, leaving 24-year-old Darcy Kuemper as the team's starting netminder. Kuemper is 8-5-0 this season with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.

Harding missed extended time last season while battling issues stemming from his multiple sclerosis.

He is in the last season of a three-year, $5.7 million contract, though Monday's development casts doubt on whether his NHL career will continue.

The Wild have won three straight games following Sunday's 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets.

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With a rash of injuries to their rearguard, Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed defenceman Kevin Connauton off waivers from the Dallas Stars.

Connauton, 24, has appeared in eight games this season for the Stars, tallying a pair of assists. A native of Edmonton, Connauton is in his second NHL season, after splitting time last year between the Stars and their AHL-affiliate Texas Stars.

All of defencemen Fedor Tyutin (lower body), Ryan Murray (knee) and Cody Goloubef (knee) are currently on injured reserve for the Blue Jackets.

In the second year of a three-year deal, Connauton is making $683,333 this season and is set to make the same in the final year of the deal before reaching restricted free agent status.

The Blue Jackets, seventh in the Metropolitan Division, host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

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Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke came to the defence of embattled Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel over his refusal to speak to the media after Saturday night's 6-2 blowout loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

"Why should Phil Kessel have to talk to these pukes every day?" Burke said, speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning at the Prime Time Sports Management Conference in Toronto.

Burke served as Maple Leafs' president and general manager from 2008 to 2013 and acquired Kessel from the Boston Bruins in 2009.

Following the Leafs' loss in Buffalo, TSN Radio 1050's Jonas Siegel approached Kessel for comment, but the 27-year-old brusquely refused.

The 59-year-old Burke had his own notoriously testy relationship with Toronto media and feels that Kessel is currently the target of undue scorn. Burke cited Anaheim Ducks defenceman Francois Beauchemin, a Leaf from 2009 to 2011, as a player who couldn't cope with the media crush in the city.

"It's a miracle some nights that these guys don't drill these guys," Burke said of the Leafs and the media. "There's a hailstorm after every loss and they don't care whether they get it right or not."

For his part, Kessel addressed the controversy on Monday.

"I think I've talked a decent amount," Kessel told reporters. "I'll come out sometimes to talk, but sometimes I don't. But I don't have too much to say about losses like that."

Kessel and his Maple Leafs return to action on Tuesday night when they play host to the Nashville Predators.

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Pavel Datsyuk is going through some serious groin pains.

The Detroit Red Wings center will miss Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after a flare up of the same injury that forced him out of the lineup for two games last week.

Datsyuk appeared in Detroit's past two games, recording one assist in over 18 minutes of ice time per contest. In 10 games, he has five goals and six assists.

A new timetable for his next return to the ice has not yet been made known.

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is day-to-day with a groin injury, the club announced Tuesday.

Prospect Calvin Pickard has been recalled from the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters to serve as backup to Reto Berra in Varlamov's absence.

Varlamov is coming coming off consecutive road wins over the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, and played in 10 of the Avalanche's past 13 contests. He did, however, miss three games earlier in the season with a similar injury.

The Vezina Trophy finalist is 4-5-4 with a .918 save percentage.

Berra, who will take over the lion's share of action in the Colorado net, is 2-1-1 with a .914 save percentage in six appearances.

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lobo316 wrote: "Why should Phil Kessel have to talk to these pukes every day?" Burke said, speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning at the Prime Time Sports Management Conference in Toronto.

 

LOL I miss Burkie for comments just like that. Players should speak to the media, but the pussy media shouldnt throw a hissy fit when a player refuses to speak to them. How many times can a  player say "we need to be better" "we didnt get our feet moving in the first" etc. Unless you are interviewing Brett Hull, or someone like him who will provide something worthy to say, ask your question and if they don't answer you, get over it.

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the squared circle wrote: lobo316 wrote: "Why should Phil Kessel have to talk to these pukes every day?" Burke said, speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning at the Prime Time Sports Management Conference in Toronto.

 

LOL I miss Burkie for comments just like that. Players should speak to the media, but the pussy media shouldnt throw a hissy fit when a player refuses to speak to them. How many times can a  player say "we need to be better" "we didnt get our feet moving in the first" etc. Unless you are interviewing Brett Hull, or someone like him who will provide something worthy to say, ask your question and if they don't answer you, get over it.


 

Yeah, things are boring here without Burke. My favorite Burke quotes are the ones about the Pittsburgh Penguin model for building a hockey team.

"Pittsburgh model my ass...........they won a god damn lottery."

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BOSTON -- David Krejci made his much-anticipated return to the Boston lineup Tuesday night, but the Bruins experienced further hits with injury setbacks to Brad Marchand and Adam McQuaid.

Marchand was scratched with an undisclosed injury he suffered during Saturday's game and defenseman Adam McQuaid left in the second period of Tuesday's 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues after receiving what appeared to be a right hand/arm injury.

Krejci missed the previous four games and nine of Boston's 20 games overall due to an ongoing, undisclosed injury. He saw his first game action since Nov. 6, logging 17-plus minutes of ice time and being reunited with linemates Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith.

After the game, Krejci declined to discuss his health status in detail.

"I felt good," Krejci said. "And you know what, I don't want to talk about injuries anymore. I don't like the word. It's been a long time so I just talk about the positives things and those negative words, I just don't want to hear about it."

McQuaid appeared to get injured after blocking a shot by the Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk early in the second period. He was stuck on the ice for another minute before he was able to leave the ice and head to the locker room. He did not return for the remainder of the game.

Afterward, Bruins coach Claude Julien did not have an update on McQuaid's status.

"They just told me he wasn't returning and I don't even bother asking at that point," Julien said. "I still have to see what it is, and even if I do go and see I don't think I'll get the total answer. These guys have to have a look at him first and assess the whole thing."

Staying on the ice has been a challenge for the injury-prone McQuaid in the past few seasons. He was limited to 30 games because of quad and ankle injuries last season. He got injured in a Jan. 19 game against the Chicago Blackhawks and, after numerous setbacks, he finally opted for surgery on his right ankle in May.

He arrived at training camp healthy and ready to produce this season. With so many injuries to the defensive core, McQuaid has played well and returned to form, but if his latest injury keeps him sidelined for an extended period of time, it will continue his recent run of back luck.

"Awful," Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. "He had a tough injury last year, and to get that this year is not fun. He's very disappointed. He's been playing well, playing hard and he's just unlucky."

Numerous members of Boston's blue line have already suffered injury setbacks this season, including Zdeno Chara (knee), Torey Krug (finger), Miller (shoulder) and David Warsofsky (groin).

Marchand did not practice with the team on Monday, but was on the ice for the start of Tuesday's morning skate. He exited quickly, however, and Julien said the forward was not doing well and would not be available to play.

Defenseman Kevan Miller was activated from IR earlier in the day, but was a healthy scratch. To make room, the Bruins sent defenseman Zach Trotman down Providence of the AHL.

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LOS ANGELES -- Rocco Grimaldi played two hockey games in two leagues about 1,350 miles and 11 hours apart Tuesday.

The Florida Panthers rookie forward was only disappointed he couldn't get two wins out of his personal doubleheader.

Grimaldi suited up for the AHL's San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday morning, recording three shots on goal. He and his mother then hopped on a plane to Los Angeles, where he suited up for the Panthers as an emergency replacement for Aleksander Barkov.

"I felt pretty good out there," Grimaldi said after logging 10:36 in the Panthers' 5-2 loss to the Kings. "I grew up playing two, three, four games a day. I know this is a little bit different, but you've just got to be mentally prepared. I knew if I prepared mentally that my body would follow along."

Grimaldi's feat recalled similar doubleheaders in sports history.

Joel Youngblood got a hit for two different teams on Aug. 4, 1982, when he was traded by the Mets to the Expos during New York's game at Wrigley Field. He arrived at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium after Montreal's night game had begun and singled against Steve Carlton in the seventh inning.

Grimaldi, 21, was able to do double duty because the Rampage had a game that started at 10:30 a.m. for schoolchildren. Grimaldi was pulled out in San Antonio before the third period of the Rampage's 4-3 shootout win when the Panthers realized Barkov was out with an illness.

"We were up 3-2 when I left, and I was just getting ready to go back on for the third," Grimaldi said. "We had a penalty that had carried over from the second, and was getting ready to go kill it. Then I got pulled aside and (they) said I wouldn't finish the game. I was a little upset, but I'm glad the boys were able to finish the win in a shootout."

"I wish we would have gotten wins in both," he added. "That would have been really cool."

Grimaldi is a native of Rossmoor, California, just south of Los Angeles, who grew up playing roller hockey before he moved to Michigan for his teenage years. A second-round pick by the Panthers in 2011, the forward starred for the University of North Dakota and played for the U.S. team at last year's world junior championships before turning pro this year.

He played four games for the Panthers earlier this season before returning to the minors.

"I flew straight into L.A., so that really helped," Grimaldi said. "My mom and dad and a lot of friends were here (at Staples Center) tonight. My mom was actually there in San Antonio this morning watching the game, and then she flew back here, too. So she did a doubleheader, too."

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Claude Giroux isn't fine after all.

The Philadelphia Flyers' captain will miss Wednesday's game against the New York Rangers, and could be held out of Thursday's tilt with the Minnesota Wild with what's believed to be an ankle injury, according to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly.

The injury is thought to have occurred Monday at practice, and while the initial prognosis was that Giroux wouldn't miss any time, he remained bothered by the issue Tuesday. This prompted a re-examination by team doctors and reports of the star forward using crutches while wearing a walking boot.

"(Giroux) was examined by a doctor (Monday) night, and everything, and obviously not going to give the details, but everything looked fine at that point," general manager Ron Hextall relayed to reporters. "And then between (Monday) night and (Tuesday) morning, it didn't react the way we hoped, and further examination, and that’s when the decision was made to shut him down for a short period of time.

"I can't give you a definitive timeline but we don't expect it will be a long time."

Giroux, a Hart Trophy finalist last season, has recorded five goals and 16 assists in 16 games for the Flyers this season.

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Pascal Dupuis out for at least 6 months.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Wednesday that left winger Pascal Dupuis will be out for at least six months with a blood clot in his lung.

Dupuis, 35, will undergo treatment with blood thinners.

“Pascal had a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung,” said Penguins' team doctor, Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, in a release. “In medical terms, that is a deep vein thrombosis resulting in a pulmonary embolism. This is the second such incident that we know of for Pascal. The treatment is at least six months of blood thinners, during which time he will not be able to play hockey. Other than that, his condition is stable.”

Dupuis had been diagnosed in January of this year with a blood clot and underwent similar treatment. 

In 16 games this season, Dupuis has six goals and five assists.

“Our focus at this point is on Pascal’s health and well-being,” said Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford in a release. “He will have all the support he needs from the Penguins organization and our medical staff.”

Dupuis is in his 14th NHL season and eighth with the Penguins. He is in the second season of a four-year deal worth $15 million.

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McQuaid appeared to get injured after blocking a shot by the Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk early in the second period. He was stuck on the ice for another minute before he was able to leave the ice and head to the locker room. He did not return for the remainder of the game.


Boston's blueline takes another hit as McQuaid is now out for 4-6 weeks.


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An already depleted Boston Bruins blue line has taken another hit.

The team announced on Wednesday that defenceman Adam McQuaid will be out six-to-eight weeks with a broken thumb. The injury occurred in Tuesday night's 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.

The Bruins are already without the services of defencemen Zdeno Chara (knee, injured reserve) and Kevan Miller (upper body, injured reserve), while rearguard Dougie Hamilton is day-to-day with flu-like symptoms.

In 20 games played this season, the 28-year-old Charlottetown, PEI native has a goal and an assist. In his sixth NHL season, all with the Bruins, McQuaid averages over 19 minutes of ice-time a night.

The Bruins, currently third in the Atlantic Division, are next in action on Friday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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NEW YORK – Ron Hextall was a model of calm seething.

The Philadelphia Flyers general manager watched his team drop a 2-0 decision at the New York Rangers, in an uninspired effort. There was no push, no momentum. The Flyers went quietly in a four-point game in the Metro Division, dropping to 7-8-2 on the season.

“Yeah, yeah, that bothered me a lot. I didn’t think … we didn’t come out hungry enough. We didn’t play well. We gotta be a lot better than that," said Hextall, his words measured.

This was a different Hextall than the one who entered the Flyers’ changing room after the game. While reporters huddled around goalie Steve Mason, who was by far the team’s best player on Wednesday night, Hextall could be heard bellowing at the players.

"ARE YOU F--KING KIDDING ME? THAT'S F--KING EMBARRASSING! JESUS F--KING CHRIST!" he said, before opening the door to the room, entering another room and slamming it shut emphatically. It was enough to make Mason whip his head around during his scrum.

It was the kind of fire Hextall used to exhibit during his playing days in Philly, as one of the most firey goalies in NHL history. Luckily, it appeared his players escaped without taking a trademark Hextall stick to the mouth.

Was this the first time Hextall had gone in to lecture his players after a loss this season?

“Went in where?” he responded serenely, about 10 minutes after his rant.

Into the changing room.

“Hollered at who?”

The players.

“I haven’t done it [this season]," he said, before being pressed. "I’m not gonna confirm or deny. I’ll just say I was very disappointed.”

And with that, the postgame conversation with the Flyers’ GM ended.

His evasion was understandable. No general manager wants it out there that he read the team the riot act in November, just like no prideful competitor like Hextall wants to confirm that his team laid an egg in Madison Square Garden against one of their chief rivals.

But they did, and Hextall had to.

“He’s probably not very happy with that performance. I don’t blame him,” said Coach Craig Berube.

Said forward Jakub Voracek: “The first two periods, we didn’t skate. Late on the puck everywhere, losing battles. You’re not going to win games like that."

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The Philadelphia Flyers dropped a 2-0 decision to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, and may have lost defenseman Michael Del Zotto in the process.

Del Zotto dropped to the ice in an attempt to break up a 2-on-1 rush early in the third period. He was seen skating gingerly to the bench afterwards, and did not return to the game.Del Zotto has been deemed questionable for Thursday's game against the Minnesota Wild with a lower-body injury.

Signed to a one-year deal by the Flyers this past summer, Del Zotto has scored two goals and added six assists while averaging 21 minutes in 17 games this season.

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson is reportedly bankrupt.

The veteran blue-liner filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 7 and has a hearing set for January, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

“I’d say I picked the wrong people who led me down the wrong path,” Johnson said last week. “I’ve got people in place who are going to fix everything now. It’s something I should have done a long time ago.”

Despite earning more than $20 million in his nine-year career with the Los Angeles Kings and Blue Jackets - not including the $5 million he'll earn this season - Johnson has reportedly been in financial trouble for nearly four years.

Just prior to inking a seven-year, $30.5-million contract with the Kings in 2011, and three years after he parted ways with agent Pat Brisson, Johnson signed a power of attorney that reportedly granted his mother full control of his finances.

According to the report, Johnson's mother took out nearly 20 high-interest loans in her son's name, leading to a series of defaults and three lawsuits against Johnson, one of which is still pending.

From the report:

Tina Johnson borrowed at least $15 million in her son’s name against his future earnings, sources told The Dispatch, taking out a series of high-interest loans - perhaps as many as 18 - from non-conventional lenders that resulted in a series of defaults.

Johnson has cut off contact with his family, a source told Portzline.

The third overall pick in 2005, Johnson spent five-plus seasons with the Kings and is in his fourth with the Blue Jackets.

He is scheduled to earn $5 million per season until 2017-18.

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Bob McKenzie ( who's usually pretty dry on TV ) really gets off a good one on Mike Milbury during yesterday's NBCSN telecast:




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Andrew Shaw has been ruled out of Thursday's game against Calgary Flames with an unspecified upper-body injury.

The injury is not expected to keep Shaw out of the lineup for an extended period of time.

#Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Andrew Shaw's upper-body injury: "It’s not serious but tough to say exactly what."

— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) November 20, 2014
Quenneville added Shaw practiced Wednesday and seemed fine at that time.

The 23-year-old recorded three goals, three assists and 19 penalty minutes in 18 games this season.

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Lindy Ruff is shaking up his blue line in an attempt to put the Stars on a better course.

With his club stuck in the basement of the Central Division, the Dallas head coach appears set to insert rookie Jyrki Jokipakka into the lineup in lieu of Jordie Benn for Thursday's game against the Arizona Coyotes.

Jokipakka - a seventh-round pick at the 2011 Draft - will be playing in his fourth game at the NHL level after scoring five goals and adding 16 assists in 68 games for the AHL's Texas Stars last season. Ruff likes his game and what he saw from the 22-year-old during training camp.

“[I liked] his defending, overall,” Ruff told the team's website. “He’s played against some pretty good lines, and his defending through those games and in the preseason was good."

Ruff's decision to bench Jordie Benn was reflective of his assessment of the team's defense as a whole: "I think he’s had some good games and maybe had some tough ones, but you can say that for a lot of our defensemen.”

The Stars have a 26th ranked goal differential of minus-14, and will need to make positive strides and quick if they have any hope of climbing back into playoff contention.

Whether Jokipakka is the answer or general manager Jim Nill has a trick up his sleeve remains to be seen.

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman has resumed skating after missing about a month with a finger injury, and head coach Jon Cooper said the team needs him now more than ever.

“I don’t want to throw numbers out but he’s a top-10-slash-top-five defenseman in the NHL,” Cooper told Ken Campbell of the Hockey News. “You pull the top defenseman from any team in this league and everybody would have issues. We’ve weathered this storm without him, but we can’t go much longer.”

Hedman has missed 15 games after having surgery to repair a fractured finger in late October. He was given a four-to-six-week timetable and remains on track for a return in early December.

The Lightning are 10-4-1 in games without Hedman since he suffered the injury, and they trail the first-place Montreal Canadiens by a single point in the Atlantic Division.

Hedman's injury has forced veteran blue-liners Anton Stralman, Matt Carle and Jason Garrison to play more than 20 minutes per game in his absence. Carle played nearly 26 minutes in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

“The line we use in Tampa is, ‘(Hedman is) a fortnight away,’" Cooper said. “That’s our new hockey term.”

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The NHL has postponed the Sabres' home game against the New York Rangers on Friday night due to a severe lake-effect storm hitting the Buffalo region.

The league made the announcement Thursday and said a makeup date has not yet been determined.

The decision comes while many communities south and east of downtown Buffalo have been blanked by a storm that has dumped 5 feet of snow since Monday. Another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by Friday.

Though downtown Buffalo, where the Sabres play, is mostly unaffected by the storm, there are numerous driving bans throughout the region which make it difficult for fans to get to the arena.

On Tuesday, an estimated crowd of 6,200 was able to attend Buffalo's 4-1 home win against San Jose.

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A couple of minor deals completed today.


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The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenceman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for left wing Rene Bourque.

Allen, 34, has appeared in six games with the Ducks this season, registering one assist.
In 716 career NHL games with the Ducks, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes, Allen has scored 29 goals and 106 assists.

He was originally selected fourth overall by the Canucks at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Allen is in the final year of a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

Bourque, 32, has appeared in 13 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15, registering two assists. He was placed on waivers and assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL on Nov. 10. He scored two goals and two assists in four games with the Bulldogs.

In 573 career NHL games with the Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames, Bourque has scored 142 goals and 136 assists.

Bourque is in the fifth year of a six-year, $20 million deal.

Neither team retained salary in the trade.

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The Edmonton Oilers have acquired centre Kellan Lain from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for centre Will Acton.

Lain, 25, has registered one assist in 10 games with the American Hockey league's Utica Comets this season.

In nine career NHL games with the Canucks, he has cored one goal and registered 21 penalty minutes.

Acton has seen three games with the Oilers this season, registering no points and five penalty minutes.

He has played 33 career games, all with the Oilers, scoring three goals and two assists.

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The NHL has postponed Friday's NHL game in Buffalo.

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Amid a storm that has already seen five-and-half feet of snow dumped on western New York and up to three feet more expected by Thursday night, the NHL announced that Friday's contest between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center has been postponed. A make-up date will be announced later.

"Hockey seems like a very small thing when a city is going through what we're going through right now," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said in a scrum on Thursday.

A sparse crowd attended Tuesday night's win over the San Jose Sharks with the massive storm ongoing.

The Buffalo Bills are scheduled to host the New York Jets on Sunday. An estimated 220,000 tonnes of snow needs to be removed from Ralph Wilson Stadium for that to be feasible.

On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that the game going on as scheduled would be "impractical."

"Everybody would love to see a Bills game go forward, but I think even more, everybody wants to make sure public safety comes first," Cuomo said in a news conference. "At this point in time, doing what we have to do with the driving ban and everything we just said -- staying off the roads -- would make a Bills game impractical."
 

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Eric Lindros & John LeClair get inducted into the Philadelphia Flyers HOF tonight. Hopefully the Big " E " will get His rightful due and finally get into the HHOF very soon.

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The Dallas Stars have signed center Jason Spezza to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

The deal is worth an average of $7.5 million per season and includes a no-trade clause, a source told ESPN.com on Friday.

"Jason is a world-class player and his commitment to the organization is a reflection of what we are building in Dallas," general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. "The professionalism and production he brings to our group is key for our success moving forward and we value the leadership he brings to our team."

Spezza, 31, was slated to be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Spezza is coming off a seven-year, $49 million deal he signed in Ottawa. The Senators met his trade demand request last summer and dealt him to the Stars.

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A pair of defencemen switched places on Friday afternoon when the Dallas Stars shipped Brenden Dillon to the San Jose Sharks for Jason Demers. The Stars will also receive a third-round draft pick in 2016.

Dillon, 24, is in his third NHL campaign. He has an assist in 20 games played and is averaging close to 21 minutes a night in ice-time. Dillon is making $1.25 million this season and will be a restricted free agent at year's end. The New Westminster, BC native was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds.

A sixth-year NHLer, Demers has three assists this season also in 20 games played. Demers is in the first year of a two-year deal worth $6.8 million. Demers, a native of Dorval, Quebec, played his junior hockey with Moncton of the QMJHL before being taken in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Sharks.

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Three weeks shy of his 42nd birthday, Daniel Alfredsson's comeback bid is about to end.

Sources tell The Dreger Report that Alfredsson has decided not to play this season and while the Red Wings have been informed he is likely done, they have not heard directly from Alfredsson.

Alfredsson has been plagued by an injured disc in his back over the past few years, a lingering problem that he is able to manage off ice, but is continually aggravated by the wear and tear of game action.

The veteran forward, regarded as one of the NHL's most respected leaders, earned his place among the game's top two-way forwards based on a relentless work ethic combined with a creativity that produced 444 goals and 713 assists for a total of 1,157 points in 1,246 NHL games.

Alfredsson, a sixth-round pick of the Ottawa Senators, spent 17 seasons in Ottawa, 14 as captain. He was a community leader, a tireless supporter of local charities and to many the identity of a Senators team that enjoyed many successful seasons, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.

Following a lengthy contract dispute, Alfredsson left the nation's capital in July of 2013 to join the Detroit Red Wings - an emotional decision that leaves some to question how his place in Ottawa Senators history will be recognized and when.

It seems fitting the Senators will play a key role in Alfredsson's announcement, as well as his future in the game.

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Dallas and San Jose have traded Defensemen.


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A pair of defencemen switched places on Friday afternoon when the Dallas Stars shipped Brenden Dillon to the San Jose Sharks for Jason Demers. The Stars will also receive a third-round draft pick in 2016.

Dillon, 24, is in his third NHL campaign. He has an assist in 20 games played and is averaging close to 21 minutes a night in ice-time. Dillon is making $1.25 million this season and will be a restricted free agent at year's end. The New Westminster, BC native was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds.

A sixth-year NHLer, Demers has three assists this season also in 20 games played. Demers is in the first year of a two-year deal worth $6.8 million. Demers, a native of Dorval, Quebec, played his junior hockey with Moncton of the QMJHL before being taken in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Sharks.

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I'm A fan of Brendan Dillon. Surprised that Dallas dealt Him.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: I'm A fan of Brendan Dillon. Surprised that Dallas dealt Him.

Dallas had to do something.  With all the moves they made they were expected to be one of the top teams in the NHL this season.   They have been mediocre at best and at times downright horrible.


I don't know that I would have made that trade were I in charge of the Stars  as I am a fan of Dillon's as well.   The recent trades of Gonchar and Dillon are likely a message that anyone could be traded if the ship isn't righted.

With the way teams such as Vancouver, Calgary and even Winnipeg have played the Stars need to turn it around fast as beyond a certain point in the season teams don't really alter their position that much.  5 points out of a playoff spot now could turn into double digits in the space of a week and then you'll see a bigger shakeup.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: I'm A fan of Brendan Dillon. Surprised that Dallas dealt Him.

Dallas had to do something.  

Both teams needed to do something. I still think San Jose will soon either trade a major player or fire their Coach.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: I'm A fan of Brendan Dillon. Surprised that Dallas dealt Him.

Dallas had to do something.  

Both teams needed to do something. I still think San Jose will soon either trade a major player or fire their Coach.

The coach will be fired first.  There's talk of trading Tyler Kennedy, who isn't a major player even when healthy.  Once Stalock is healthy Niemi might be gone.   Of the two I want Dallas to get better.  San Jose can fuck off and die.   Never really liked them.

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Speaking of trades there is a rumour floating around that Boston and Winnipeg are close to completing a 4 player trade. Apparently Boston would send LW/RW Loui Eriksson and D Torey Krug to Winnipeg in exchange for LW Evander Kane and a D prospect or draft pick.  

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Speaking of trades there is a rumour floating around that Boston and Winnipeg are close to completing a 4 player trade. Apparently Boston would send LW/RW Loui Eriksson and D Torey Krug to Winnipeg in exchange for LW Evander Kane and a D prospect or draft pick.  
So many Evander Kane trade rumours I can't keep track any more.  He's not one of my favorite players by a long shot but he is talented.  He can't hit the net with his shot unless the goal were to suddenly be made 9 feet high and he's a bit of a combination of hot head/whiner/punk.  Outside of Josh Morrissey I don't know that any other D prospect stand out and Chevaldayoff would be shot dead if he traded Morrissey.  As a Bruins fan what's your honest opinion of Eriksson because to me that's a step back for the Jets and I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?

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from sportsnet.ca:

30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman

1. When Alexander Ovechkin decided to leave an established agency and be represented by his parents, I worked on a story for Hockey Night In Canada about whether or not the salary cap would make this a trend. The piece was never completed, but it became very clear during the process some teams were incredibly wary of it. One of the reasons was exactly what Jack Johnson went through. Who would manage the money? There’s no guarantee, but there are many agents in hockey with good reputations for financial advice.

2. The other reason clubs didn’t like it? There was no objective buffer to speak to when a player went through tough times. Kelly Hrudey said there were occasions he wasn’t playing well, his team would call his agent to see if something was up and the agent would call him to check. He liked that. Loved ones can complicate the process. Glenn Healy talked about Ovechkin’s situation earlier this season, with some controversy. Glenn delivers his messages with a little less subtlety than Kelly, though.

3. Would the Oilers part with Martin Marincin if he could bring them someone who eases their issues down the middle?

4. Obviously, Edmonton has nothing to say about that, but here’s what I suspect the team may be thinking: Mark Fayne, Andrew Ference and Nikita Nikitin are signed for at least another season. They have a lot invested in Justin Schultz. Oscar Klefbom is ready for an extended look and Darnell Nurse could be there next year. They desperately need a centre and what they’ve offered so far isn’t getting a sniff. If Marincin could bring back value, there might be a match.

5. I’m a Marincin fan. I like what he’s done in short bursts. There are execs/scouts who disagree. One who was not a fan in his draft year said last week, “He has come a lot farther than I thought.” So, we’ll see.

6. Another team dangling young defenders is Pittsburgh. The Penguins were already interested in a winger, and that increases with Pascal Dupuis’s absence. Asked a few other teams about their prospects, and the one who stood out is Derrick Pouliot. Would Pittsburgh really do that? He’s 20, first year as a pro, with 11 points in 12 AHL games. Can’t imagine it would be cheap.

7. Another exec on a second Pittsburgh prospect, Scott Harrington: “He’s different than their other young defencemen. He’s more of a solid, stay-at-home player. I could see there being interest in him. But, you wonder how important they consider him because he’s different than the other ones they have.”

8. Once asked a Penguin why Dupuis fits in so well with Sidney Crosby. He said, “Duper is not worried about what he needs. He’s worried about what Sid needs.” Think that says a lot about him. Get healthy and get back, Pascal.

9. In a league where useful defencemen are a hot commodity, surprising no one claimed Arizona’s David Schlemko on waivers. Could be a cap issue. Curious to see if Vancouver is interested after Dan Hamhuis’s Thursday night injury. Two years ago, Schlemko was asked who had the biggest influence on his hockey career. Answer: Willie Desjardins.

10. Teams that make waiver claims but don’t get them are to be kept anonymous. Would be surprised, however, if the Coyotes did not take a run at Andrej Nestrasil.

11. Arizona’s going through an in-season philosophical change, trying to breathe new energy into its roster with some of its youth. Brandon Gormley is back after a rough exhibition start. Lucas Lessio and Tobias Rieder are getting looks, too. (That’s why Nestrasil made sense.) Other managers were wondering if that meant Don Maloney was in total sell mode, but after the GM meetings, word is not yet. Apparently, he told compatriots he wants to see how this goes and doesn’t think it’s smart to have a team full of 22-year-olds out there.

12. During an intense film session the morning after their 9-2 loss to Nashville, Toronto’s coaches deconstructed everything about the team’s forecheck. The Maple Leafs are supposed to play an aggressive 1-2-2 pursuit, but it was anything but that. “They showed us gliding to the puck,” one player said. “It was bad.” “We were slow getting there,” another added. “And when (the Predators) came out at us, they didn’t like how the defence reacted, either.”

13. It was a cacophony of craziness in Canada’s largest city after ugly losses to Buffalo and Nashville, but the guess here is there will be no quick-fix moves in that organization. Everything is being done with long-term in mind. Aside from Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis, there aren’t too many people who really know the personnel from an inside perspective. That’s critical. When it’s a gong show — which happens often in Toronto — you need to know who you can count on. Who can handle it? Who crumbles? You need time to figure out the answer when you have little first-hand experience with the individuals. You also have to wonder if Brendan Shanahan wants to give whoever he is planning to bring in next summer an opportunity to shape the franchise.

14. Does it matter if Phil Kessel talks to the media? The only time I’ve ever seen it become a problem is when teammates start to say, “Why do I have to answer for this and he doesn’t?”

15. It seems like James Neal is shooting more than ever, but the numbers don’t back up that assertion. His 82-game pace is 289 shots for this year, better than 2012-13 (279), but lower than 2011-12 (337) and last season (331). What he does say is the mentality is different. “When you’re playing with Crosby or (Evgeni) Malkin, it’s hard not to be looking for them. Now, I’m not thinking that way.”

16. He had a good line about his new centre, Mike Ribeiro, who he knows from Dallas. “We’re pretty honest with each other,” he laughed. “If he makes a bad pass, I’ll tell him. If I don’t take advantage of a good pass, he’ll tell me.”

17. When the Penguins played the Predators in October, Neal told Pittsburgh reporters he did not demand a trade. He repeated it, without prompting, last weekend. He wants this to be common knowledge.

18. Matt Cullen, 1,161 games into a real good career, admits he is thinking about the end. He’s going to wait until the season concludes, but says he will consider retirement if he drops below what he expects from himself. “I don’t want to be frustrated with who I am on the ice,” he said this week. So far, though, he feels pretty good.

19. Adam Lowry had a terrific story about lining up for a faceoff against Eric Nystrom. “He turned to me and said, ‘Are you (Dave’s) son?’” Lowry said. “I told him I was, and he said, ‘(Bleep), I’m old.’” Dave Lowry coached Nystrom in Calgary.

20. The Jets shook off a slow start to work their way back up. It was interesting to hear some of their players describe the turnaround. Captain Andrew Ladd said the team did a better job forcing opponents outside through the neutral zone. Both Zach Bogosian and Blake Wheeler used to the term “selfish” to describe early season play. As in, Winnipeg rid itself of some bad habits. What changed things? Wheeler said it was five points out of six in New Jersey, Manhattan and Chicago despite just two non-shootout goals. “That’s when we learned you didn’t have to worry only about offence to win.”

21. A week ago, Jets coach Paul Maurice removed TJ Galiardi from the lineup in order to help Michael Frolik get going. The idea was to give the pending UFA some penalty kill time, since he’s got history in that role. (Galiardi also does that job.) His minutes haven’t gone up, and he’s still not a top option when Winnipeg is down a man. Despite that, Frolik, a pretty useful player, rallied with four points in his last three games. Heard the two sides tried to get a deal done last summer, but could not get there. Something to watch.

22. Asked a couple of teams about the Jori Lehtera-Jaden Schwartz-Vladimir Tarasenko line, which is on an absolute tear. Schwartz draws a lot of comparisons to Brendan Gallagher, “but more talented,” as one coach said. “Lots of energy there. Plays big.” When Lehtera came over in the summer, a few scouts who’d seen him overseas wondered about his skating. Don’t think there are too many questions now. “A perfect fit on that team,” one of them said. He’s also “a load” in the face-off dot.

23. Tarasenko, who plays on his off-wing, “Loves to gain the blueline, then stop and get the defence to back off,” one coach said. “If you don’t get back pressure on him, he will get across the middle. Then you’re in trouble, because he can make plays or shoot from the slot.” Another exec: “Every time he gets it, he’s a threat. They probably want him to shoot more. He can put it between a defender’s legs or through a screen. And when he shoots, it’s hard for a goalie to stop the puck cleanly. It is tough to control.”

24. Darren Pang had a good story about Lehtera. Ville Siren, then a St. Louis scout, wanted to take him in the seventh round of the 2007 draft. But he wanted to speak to Lehtera before making the choice, so as not to waste it if the player didn’t want to come. They couldn’t reach him and decided against the risk. One year later, the Blues took him in the third round. Siren and Jarmo Kekalainen, now in Columbus, undoubtedly love re-alignment, since their draftees can only torture them twice a year.

25. If the NHL debates three-on-three overtime at the March GM meetings, will the format be slightly different? The AHL uses a seven-minute extra period. The switch from four-on-four comes at the first whistle after three minutes of play. It’s possible the NHL stays at five minutes, meaning the switch comes at the first whistle after 2:30.

26. Video review for goaltender interference is going to be a tough one. At last week’s get-together, eight disputed situations from this season were shown. After several angles, 28 GMs voted on whether it should be a goal or not. (The two teams involved were excluded.) I don’t have the final tallies, but some of them were extremely close and none were unanimous. The league understands it cannot allow any system that creates more problems than it solves.

27. Here are three examples you can try with your friends: Ryan Reaves, Oct. 25 (voted by GMs as no-goal); Brayden Schenn, Oct. 28 (voted as a good goal); and Corey Perry, Nov. 2 (voted no-goal).

28. There were reports a couple of weeks ago that the NHL was considering the return of the glowing puck. As far as I can tell, that’s not correct. I do believe the league is considering a chip inside the puck for tracking purposes, just as it is considering tracking players. Maybe that’s the confusion.

29. There are parallels between Slava Voynov’s legal case and Adrian Peterson’s. The NFL kept Peterson on a paid suspension until his situation was settled, then added additional penalties. Voynov was charged on Thursday, but the NHL did not alter its current position — a paid suspension. Will it also wait until the judicial system runs its course?

30. During CBC’s coverage of the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, I was heading into the crowd at Montreal’s Bell Centre to interview then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. I was so focused on that, I walked into a hilarious exchange. Someone saw a microphone-holding reporter and asked, “Who are you going to talk to?” “The Prime Minister,” I replied. “Are you a baseball fan?” he asked. (Absolutely.) “Well, Dodgers catcher Russell Martin is here and you should interview him.” “I’d love to,” I said. “Where is he?” Of course, the guy talking to me was Russell Martin. Shouldn’t have too much trouble recognizing him the next five years.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: As a Bruins fan what's your honest opinion of Eriksson because to me that's a step back for the Jets and I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
I like Loui a lot and was happy when he came over in the Seguin trade but I think the 25 to 30 goal and 65 to 70 point Eriksson is gone and will never to come back. I'm not sure if it's the different style they play in Boston or the 2 concussions he got last year but he is definitely not the same player Boston traded for. I like the makeup of the 3rd line in Boston ( Eriksson - Soderberg - Kelly ) but if Boston can upgrade their 1st line then I say go for it. I'm not a big Kane fan either ( way too much focus on off-ice stuff ) but if Boston gets him and puts him with Krejci and Lucic that would be one hell of a 1st line.


Angelic Assassin wrote:I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
Krug would definitely help out Winnipeg's PP. I could see Boston trading away Krug only if they feel Joe Morrow is ready for full-time NHL duty. Morrow is also an offensive blueliner although he hasn't shown much so far in the NHL. Boston's management also might be thinking Krug is going to ask for too much money after his current 1 year deal runs out. 




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CanadianHorseman wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: As a Bruins fan what's your honest opinion of Eriksson because to me that's a step back for the Jets and I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
I like Loui a lot and was happy when he came over in the Seguin trade but I think the 25 to 30 goal and 65 to 70 point Eriksson is gone and will never to come back. I'm not sure if it's the different style they play in Boston or the 2 concussions he got last year but he is definitely not the same player Boston traded for. I like the makeup of the 3rd line in Boston ( Eriksson - Soderberg - Kelly ) but if Boston can upgrade their 1st line then I say go for it. I'm not a big Kane fan either ( way too much focus on off-ice stuff ) but if Boston gets him and puts him with Krejci and Lucic that would be one hell of a 1st line.


Angelic Assassin wrote:I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
Krug would definitely help out Winnipeg's PP. I could see Boston trading away Krug only if they feel Joe Morrow is ready for full-time NHL duty. Morrow is also an offensive blueliner although he hasn't shown much so far in the NHL. Boston's management also might be thinking Krug is going to ask for too much money after his current 1 year deal runs out. 




Pretty much agree with everything there.  With the Habs having 20M tied up in 4 D men next year and Beaulieu and Tinordi both RFA's I don't see a fir for Krug never mind being able to pay him the 5M a year he's going to want.   That doesn't even include whatever the hell the Habs are going to do with Magnus Nygren and I'm willing to bet one of Gonchar, Allen or Weaver will be brought back next season or someone similar brought in.  Galchenyuk  and Gallagher will get decent coin up front so the Habs might find themselves a little short of cap space to take on something like Krug.  Cap might only go up a couple million which the way salaries are going will be no more than for a 4th line plug.
Bringing in Gonchar and Allen though makes it apparent that the Habs aren't ready to hand major minutes to Beaulieu or Tinordi.  I don't mind Gilbert or Weaver for what they are but bringing in Allen to me just makes the D older and slower.   Subban for the money he's making needs to be better and stop making all the bonehead plays he makes by trying to be too aggressive with the puck.

BTW I like to rag you about the Bruins  because well, I'm an ahole.  Seriously I'm an Original 6 guy and after the Habs and the Hawks the Bruins are my favorite teams not counting the necessary allegiance to the hometown Jets.  I don't want Eriksson in a Jets uniform but they could use a little improvement up front.  I would like to see Thorburn out of the lineup, not that I hate him I just cringe that as soon as we have an injury he's playing on the second line.   The Jets will stcik around for awhile and then Pavelec will remember who he is and we'll be swirling the drain in no time.  

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: As a Bruins fan what's your honest opinion of Eriksson because to me that's a step back for the Jets and I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
I like Loui a lot and was happy when he came over in the Seguin trade but I think the 25 to 30 goal and 65 to 70 point Eriksson is gone and will never to come back. I'm not sure if it's the different style they play in Boston or the 2 concussions he got last year but he is definitely not the same player Boston traded for. I like the makeup of the 3rd line in Boston ( Eriksson - Soderberg - Kelly ) but if Boston can upgrade their 1st line then I say go for it. I'm not a big Kane fan either ( way too much focus on off-ice stuff ) but if Boston gets him and puts him with Krejci and Lucic that would be one hell of a 1st line.


Angelic Assassin wrote:I don't think they really need Krug.  And with all the injuries on the blueline the B's would be wanting an NHL D back in any trade no?
Krug would definitely help out Winnipeg's PP. I could see Boston trading away Krug only if they feel Joe Morrow is ready for full-time NHL duty. Morrow is also an offensive blueliner although he hasn't shown much so far in the NHL. Boston's management also might be thinking Krug is going to ask for too much money after his current 1 year deal runs out. 




Pretty much agree with everything there.  With the Habs having 20M tied up in 4 D men next year and Beaulieu and Tinordi both RFA's I don't see a fir for Krug never mind being able to pay him the 5M a year he's going to want.   That doesn't even include whatever the hell the Habs are going to do with Magnus Nygren and I'm willing to bet one of Gonchar, Allen or Weaver will be brought back next season or someone similar brought in.  Galchenyuk  and Gallagher will get decent coin up front so the Habs might find themselves a little short of cap space to take on something like Krug.  Cap might only go up a couple million which the way salaries are going will be no more than for a 4th line plug.
Bringing in Gonchar and Allen though makes it apparent that the Habs aren't ready to hand major minutes to Beaulieu or Tinordi.  I don't mind Gilbert or Weaver for what they are but bringing in Allen to me just makes the D older and slower.   Subban for the money he's making needs to be better and stop making all the bonehead plays he makes by trying to be too aggressive with the puck.

BTW I like to rag you about the Bruins  because well, I'm an ahole.  Seriously I'm an Original 6 guy and after the Habs and the Hawks the Bruins are my favorite teams not counting the necessary allegiance to the hometown Jets.  I don't want Eriksson in a Jets uniform but they could use a little improvement up front.  I would like to see Thorburn out of the lineup, not that I hate him I just cringe that as soon as we have an injury he's playing on the second line.   The Jets will stcik around for awhile and then Pavelec will remember who he is and we'll be swirling the drain in no time.  

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Angelic Assassin wrote: BTW I like to rag you about the Bruins  because well, I'm an ahole.   
Nah - you're not an Ahole.....just a Habs fan. Bruin fans and Habs fans should rag on each other whenever possible. Part of the fun of being a sports fan is ragging on fans of your most hated rival. We're like cats and dogs - it might look like we're getting along OK but you know deep down that things could get ugly very quickly. 

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The NHL and the NHLPA have come to an agreement that will provide the Los Angeles Kings with immediate salary cap relief as it pertains to the contract of defenseman Slava Voynov.

Voynov has spent nearly the past month in legal limbo since his arrest on October 22 for suspicion of domestic violence. On Thursday the L.A. County District Attorney's office decided to charge Voynov with a felony count of spousal abuse.

Shortly after Voynov's arrest the NHL acted to suspend Voynov indefinitely with pay. Due to a reported disagreement between the NHL and NHLPA, Voynov has remained on the Kings books throughout this process, which has limited the club's flexibility and on multiple occasions over the past few weeks has resulted in the defending Stanley Cup champions playing a man short.

Apparently the two sides have reached a compromise, according to Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press:

"NHL & NHLPA have agreed to permit the Kings to replace Mr. Voynov’s salary & bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception"

— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) November 21, 2014
Voynov is signed to a contract with a $4.166 million cap hit that runs through the 2018-19 season. For the time being the Kings will receive cap-relief of the same amount as the average annual value of Voynov's deal.

The 24-year-old is due to appear in court on Dec. 1.

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Denver, CO - Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy announced Friday that forward Alex Tanguay has a facial fracture and won't play in Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Tanguay, who leads the team with seven goals, suffered the injury in Thursday's loss to Washington. There is no prognosis on how much time he will miss.

The Avalanche also placed forwards Dennis Everberg and Jamie McGinn and defenseman Brad Stuart on injured reserve.

Everberg, a 22-year-old rookie from Sweden, is out indefinitely after suffering a separated shoulder on a third-period hit by the Capitals' Tom Wilson.

McGinn missed Thursday's game with a back injury, while Stuart hasn't played since Nov. 4 because of a hamstring injury.

The Avalanche recalled forwards Andrew Agozzino, Ben Street and Tomas Vincour from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League to fill the roster spots.

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The NHL has announced the new date for tonight's postponed game in Buffalo.


from nhl.com:

The postponed game between the NY Rangers and Buffalo Sabres originally scheduled to be played tonight, has been rescheduled for Friday, February 20, 2015, at 7 p.m. ET at First Niagara Center, the National Hockey League announced today.

The game between the Sabres and Ottawa Senators, scheduled to be played that night in Buffalo, has been moved to Monday, December 15, at 7 p.m., ET.

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The Edmonton Oilers will be without key offseason free agent acquisition Benoit Pouliot for the foreseeable future.

The play driving ace left Friday's game between the Oilers and the New Jersey Devils mid-way through the second period after blocking a shot. He didn't return and it appears that he'll miss a good deal of time:

Benoit Pouliot (broken foot) will be sidelined indefinitely.

— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 22, 2014
Pouliot, 28, has managed to score three goals and record eight total points in 19 games with the Oilers so far this season.

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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis is likely to be out for the medium- to long-term as a result of a freak lower-body injury sustained Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

From Dhiren Mahiban of Pro Hockey Talk:

Told #Canucks Dan Hamhuis' injury is significant. Not a short term thing (months not weeks). Had MRI yesterday. Seeing doctors again today.

— Dhiren Mahiban (@dcmahiban) November 22, 2014
For now Hamhuis' injury - which is undisclosed - isn't expected to end the veteran defender's season, though he'll surely miss a good portion of time.

Officially there's no update on Hamhuis' status from the club at the time of this writing.

Though Hamhuis has struggled in the early going this season, he has been the Canucks' most consistent two-way defenseman since he joined the club in the summer of 2010. Hamhuis hasn't been playing a bona fide top pairing role at 5-on-5 for the Canucks this year, but he remains a key penalty-killer and logs time on the power play.

The absence of Hamhuis' all-around game will likely be keenly felt by a Canucks side that is off to a stellar 13-6-1 start to the year.

Expect Luca Sbisa - who is also banged up - and Ryan Stanton to log more minutes in Hamhuis' absence. It's probable that the Canucks' three remaining credible tough-minutes defensemen - Alex Edler, Chris Tanev and Kevin Bieksa - will also see their minutes burden spike while Hamhuis convalesces.

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" Tough Guy" Milan Lucic gets dropped with 1 punch. See what happens when Lucic goes with someone who can actually throw hands a bit.
http://www.phillysportsforums.com/forums/showthread.php?303295-Lucic-got-tagged-last-night

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: " Tough Guy" Milan Lucic gets dropped with 1 punch. See what happens when Lucic goes with someone who can actually throw hands a bit.


Don't let the fact that he never dropped his gloves ( although he did throw one later ) get in the way of a chance to get a shot in against Lucic.

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Lucic started the whole incident and when he realized that Prout wouldn't back down, He wouldn't drop the gloves. Prout beat Him in a fight last year also.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Lucic started the whole incident and when he realized that Prout wouldn't back down, He wouldn't drop the gloves. Prout beat Him in a fight last year also.
Fuck it - I give up. You're right and I'm wrong. Lucic started it, he's a wimp without Chara and he got knocked on his ass. 

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2 Coaching giants passed today as Pat Quinn and the great Russian coach Viktor Tikhonov. Quinn was 71 and Tikhonov was 84.

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The Edmonton Oilers are looking for a top center to bolster their top six, and a source tells TSN's Darren Dreger that no one on the team is immune from being dealt.

Word from eastern teams: MacTavish is very eager to land a center. Source says "no one is off limits." Normal procedure to get talks going.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 24, 2014
While Dreger calls it normal procedure, it's still notable that the Oilers are, at least initially, willing to consider dealing every player on the roster.

David Perron is one such player who is reportedly being dangled in talks.

The Oilers are in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Their latest defeat - a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday - ended with players being mercilessly booed off the ice.

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The Edmonton Oilers fired goaltending coach Freddie Chabot on Monday, two days after their 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, Dustin Schwartz is expected to take over as Chabot’s replacement.

"We feel that we've let Freddy down," coach Dallas Eakins said Monday, "but we came to the decision that we needed a new voice. We wish him well."

Oilers goaltenders Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth have a combined .888 save percentage and 3.36 goals against average through 21 games this season.

Scrivens allowed five goals on 13 shots in Saturday’s loss to the Blackhawks, while Fasth allowed two goals on 17 shots in relief.

The Oilers (6-13) have lost six straight games.

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Good job MacT and the Oiler "Braintrust"...team is horribly built and poorly coached? Fire the Goalie coach! THAT'LL Show 'em!

Plus I'm loling at the idea that David Perron will bring them back a top center. That's just delusional. I like the guy and he is a good player, but Perron for a "top center"? I'd like to see their definition of a top center (which might explain the whole problem with the braintrust in the first place).

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30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman

1. As ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun first reported a coaching change may come in San Jose, a couple of contacts said they heard Doug Wilson reached out to Dan Bylsma. Suffice it to say Wilson denied that as strongly as anyone can deny something. “Tell whoever you want to tell that’s not true,” he said.

2. If anything does happen to Todd McLellan, he’ll be unemployed for about as long as he wants to be. San Jose’s had some weird results. They’ve played more on the road than anyone (16 times), with wins at Los Angeles (the night the Stanley Cup banner was raised), Anaheim and Tampa Bay. Yet they lost to the Sabres twice. The last two seasons, they have two wins in 11 games against Buffalo, Carolina and Florida. One theory is this group knows only the playoffs matter to how they are judged. Thing is, it’s not so easy to get there out west.

3. Or, as one opponent pointed out: how deep is their roster, really? In their 13 losses, the Sharks have 26 goals. Nineteen are from Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton. Tough to blame them.

4. Wilson promised a rebuild on the fly, and he’s doing that. When the Sabres beat the Sharks in California, Buffalo had five available skaters with fewer than 82 career games. So did San Jose. Wilson wouldn’t discuss potential moves in our (very brief) conversation, but, as usual, he’s telling other teams he will not trade youth or high draft picks. The Sharks have a rare buyout on the balance sheet (Martin Havlat). They picked up 35 per cent of Jason Demers’ salary in the Brenden Dillon trade. That affects depth on a budget team.

5. Finally on San Jose: Hindsight is 20/20, especially the emotional way the Sharks lost in the playoffs last year, but you can’t help but wonder if the message to Marleau and Thornton should have been, “Look, we’re going to start turning over the roster. Come to camp, see what you think, and, if it doesn’t look good to you, would you consider giving us a list of places you’d be willing to go?”

6. You don’t look at many trades and say, “That one could be perfectly even.” Demers/Dillon could be an exception. The Stars needed a right-hand shot, the Sharks a lefty. San Jose needed a physical body on a finesse blueline, Dallas needed someone who could move the puck, not bounce it off the glass. Demers was a scratch, and Dillon was out there in trade rumblings. Fresh starts for two men in places they will get a chance to excel.

7. Is Jim Nill finished remodelling his defence? The sense is yes, unless he (like everyone else) can find that top dog who can play 25 minutes. Jamie Oleksiak gets a shot at Dillon’s role and John Klingberg is adjusting nicely.

8. Saturday night, word was Edmonton had no interest in dealing its core players. By Monday morning, it was very different, that “everyone” could be available. The key thing here is what available means. Does it mean their cornerstones are only getting traded for massive return, for pieces other teams won’t deal? If yes, then they are not really available (and I would suspect that’s probably the case for a Taylor Hall or a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins). It might simply be the team trying to say that no one should be comfortable. There was a lot of internal soul-searching on Sunday. They badly want to make a move, but when you’re drowning, you must be careful. Other GMs don’t throw lifejackets.

9. GM Craig MacTavish has made it very clear: he would rather make a trade than fire the coach. Part of it is that they’ve made a lot of coaching changes. Part of it is they know the Oilers are undermanned, especially at centre. That is not what he wants to do.

10. No confirmation from anyone, but I think Edmonton already looked at bringing back Kyle Brodziak. Could that be re-visited?

11. The Oilers’ biggest worry has to be their top players eventually wanting out. Last season, even when things went badly, David Perron talked positively, believing in the future. He liked a bigger role and career-high 28 goals. Friday night, he was furious. “We keep talking about how much better we are this year, but for me it is the same record now that we had last year. It is not better,” he said. Edmonton would move Perron, but what if Hall gets fed up enough to feel that way? That’s a problem. A big one.

12. The second-biggest worry must be Justin Schultz. Last summer, MacTavish saw Schultz as one of his cornerstone young defenders, with Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse. He’s regressing. You can see his confidence waning.

13. After MacTavish, the second-itchiest trigger finger in the NHL may belong to Ron Hextall. Here’s coach Craig Berube to reporters after Monday night’s 1-0 shootout loss to the Islanders: “We didn’t have enough guys that competed hard enough, that showed enough urgency throughout the game.” Not the first time we’ve heard that in Philadelphia.

14. When Toronto didn’t salute its fans after an important victory over Tampa Bay, I thought the controversy was ridiculous. Not so, argued one long-time NHL media relations person. He said his team felt similarly last season, but when he heard, he pressed them to do it because he knew it would create an inferno. He was right, obviously. Impressive victories over the Lightning and Red Wings were overshadowed.

15. There’s no doubt, after looking at the video, the decision was made on the ice. Cody Franson was skating to centre before being pulled off. If Dion Phaneuf or another member of the leadership group stood up after and said, “You know what, we were mad at the jersey tossers and all the nice things you tweeted at us. We lost our minds for a second. Bad call,” this probably goes away. But they didn’t.

16. The question now becomes: are there any long-term implications here? There were reports the team tried to tell the players what to say, but I’m not sure about that. It’s more likely they warned about the maelstrom and told them to decide their comments for themselves. In essence, the players passed the on-ice test but failed the off-ice one. Does that convince the organization to change its leadership group?

17. During a Saturday morning chat, Mike Babcock was asked about the top teams in the league. He grabbed the daily stat sheet and circled the five with the best goal differential — Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis. “There you go,” he said. Note to NHL: Babcock thinks that statistic should be on the front of the package. It’s on Page Two.

18. That’s bad news for Montreal. On Nov. 12, the Canadiens were minus-2. They were up to plus-9 before Sunday’s serious dent in Manhattan. Since 2005, only three teams have made the Conference Final with a goal differential in single digits or lower. Tampa (plus-7 in 2011), Montreal (minus-6 in 2010) and Edmonton (plus-5 in 2006). The Oilers went to Game 7 of the Final. History is against this type of situation, though.

19. Brendan Gallagher, asked last Thursday night by Chantal Desjardins if the referees have a different standard for him: “Yeah they do. I’m used to it by now. Even tonight, I was tripped behind the net. (One of the referees is) telling me that’s a penalty, but not on me.” Oy vey. Kelly Hrudey and Nick Kypreos didn’t like Gallagher revealing an on-ice conversation. As a media person, I’m not going to rip anyone for being honest. Every team has its divers. But it is pretty clear Montreal was the primary target in the embellishment crackdown.

20. The Rangers’ 5-0 win over Montreal saw Kevin Klein fight Brandon Prust for the second time this year coming to the defence of a teammate. Quietly, Klein is having a good year on a decimated blueline. He’s tied his career-high with four goals, two of them game-winners. Only Marc Staal starts less in the offensive zone than he does.

21. Had a good conversation with Luke Glendening, becoming a Babcock favourite. Asked to describe the centre, his coach used a compliment that cannot be put in a family blog. Glendening is a great story. He was getting ready to play Ivy League football when the University of Michigan offered him a spot as a hockey walk-on. He took it but admitted he didn’t think it would go anywhere. “My senior year, my agent (Alec Schall) told me he thought he could get me a pro contract,” Glendening said. “I thought he was joking.” The Red Wings were the only team to give him a one-way AHL deal, although he started in the ECHL. Less than two seasons later, he’s in Detroit.

22. Schall, by the way, also represents pending Los Angeles UFA Alec Martinez. He offered no update Monday other than the two sides touched base. The Kings aren’t saying anything, either, but other teams are under the impression Martinez will re-sign. One exec said he wouldn’t be surprised if the contract is similar to Jake Muzzin’s ($4 million average).

23. Mark Giordano leads all defencemen in scoring and stands 11th overall. You expect he’ll cool down at some point, but he’s averaging 1.05 points per game. No blueliner has accomplished that in 70 games since 1993-94. He’s also shooting 10.9 per cent. In the 21st century, only four defenders have played 82 games and done it: Tom Gilbert (13.3 in 2008), Drew Doughty (11.3 in 2010), Andrei Markov (11 in 2008) and Mattias Ohlund (10.9 in 2004).

24. Brenden Morrow was in the Dallas organization when it won the Stanley Cup in 1999, an NHL rookie as the Stars came within two wins of a repeat in 2000. That was a team of veterans. Are the young Lightning ready to win? He was honest: “I can’t answer that right now. I don’t know,” Morrow said, then added: “You need to understand adversity.” He pointed at Steven Stamkos’s stall. “He’s been through it, with the injury.” He pointed at Victor Hedman’s stall. “Him too. So they have some experience understanding it.”

25. Jon Cooper’s quote on Martin St. Louis is perfect. “People should remember what he did for the organization because he did great things. After that, he should be treated like a visiting opponent, just like everyone should.” St. Louis returns Wednesday and what we are all going to find out is how much time has healed these wounds — both his and Tampa’s.

26. St. Louis, the best player in franchise history, adamantly believes he did the right thing. Some Lightning players understood, but there were hard feelings among the fan base and inside the organization. His mural outside the arena was gone immediately after the trade to New York. Remember when Mats Sundin almost broke down on the bench in Toronto? If St. Louis gets a similar ovation, we’re going to see the exact same thing.

27. Patrice Bergeron had a great story about the poetry commercial he did for NHL 15. “I had agreed to do it, my flight was booked,” he said, not knowing the script until close to the filming date. Once he found out the plan? “I couldn’t back out,” he laughed. “They were smart not to tell me beforehand. But I trusted them. They knew what they were doing.” Yes, it’s terrific stuff.

28. When the Red Wings turned over their roster last season, some of the veterans — Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg — talked about how the younger players made their room noisier. It used to be very quiet, they said. For Boston, it’s the reverse. With Johnny Boychuk and Shawn Thornton elsewhere, it’s much quieter. In addition to everything else they are going through, there’s a personality adjustment for the Bruins.

29. Some of that comes from what’s happening with Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand. Lucic’s shown his anger — at Dalton Prout, at Dale Weise — but it is not translating on the ice. I don’t know if he’s still feeling the effects of his wrist injury, or he and Marchand are being instructed to tone it down and worry about playing between the whistles. They don’t have the same edge, and Lucic, in particular, drove the team with his.

30. Bergeron added the Bruins were trying to implement a more aggressive forecheck, something that’s been hampered by all of the injuries. It particularly affects the defencemen, who are expected to pressure harder in certain offensive-zone situations. So many of them have been hurt, it’s difficult to get used to it.

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The Vancouver Canucks made a trade Tuesday afternoon sending prospect center Alexandre Mallet and a third-round draft pick in 2016 to the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Andrey Pedan.

Mallet, 22, is playing for the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings, which will be great to name drop in a story for the grandkids one day. In 14 games he scored 11 points.

Pedan, 21, has played six games for the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, totaling three points. He previously played with the ECHL's Stockton Thunder for two games, scoring one point.

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Swedish Elite League club Modo is looking to fortify its roster after forward William Nylander suffered a head injury over the weekend.

The team announced Monday that former NHL pugilist Donald Brashear has been signed for the rest of the season.

The 42-year-old last played in the NHL in 2009-10, racking up 73 penalty minutes and one assist in 36 games for the New York Rangers.

He spent three seasons with Riviere-du-Loup in the North American Hockey League, playing his final game in 2013.

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According to Forbes, the NHL now boasts three teams valued at $1 billion or more.

For the ninth straight year, the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the list of most valuable franchises, with an estimated value of $1.3 billion. The New York Rangers ($1.1 billion) and Montreal Canadiens ($1 billion) also hit that mark as the magazine conducted its annual analysis of team finances.

The NHL's average team value rose 18.6 percent to $490 million, according to Forbes, which can be attributed to the monster television and broadcasting deal with Rogers Communications that begins this season. According to Forbes, the 12-year, $4.6 billion deal -- which provides Rogers the rights to all NHL games in Canada including the Stanley Cup playoffs -- is worth "2.6 times more annually than the league's previous Canadian deals."

The report states that 29 of 30 teams in the NHL saw their values rise, with the exception of the Florida Panthers, though Forbes said that the exception is because of an incorrectly reported selling price of the team. (An accurate selling price would have reflected a 19 percent rise for the Panthers.)

The three least-valuable teams are the Carolina Hurricanes ($220 million), Columbus Blue Jackets ($200 million) and Panthers ($190 million).

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lobo316 wrote: Swedish Elite League club Modo is looking to fortify its roster after forward William Nylander suffered a head injury over the weekend.

The team announced Monday that former NHL pugilist Donald Brashear has been signed for the rest of the season.

In what universe is Donald Brashear an adequate replacement for William Nylander ????

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The Devin Setoguchi experiment is over in Calgary.

The Flames placed the one-time 30-goal scorer on waivers Wednesday, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Setoguchi is on a one-year contract worth $750,000, and none of his salary will remain on the Flames' books in the likely event he clears waivers and is reassigned to Calgary's AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Flames.

The 27-year-old forward appeared in 12 games with Calgary this season, managing zero points and a team-worst minus-7 rating.

The move appeared inevitable considering Setoguchi failed to gain traction on a club that's battled through injuries to forwards Mikael Backlund, Mason Raymond, David Jones and Joe Colborne in the early going.

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Brian Elliott's injury might open the door for Martin Brodeur's return to the NHL.


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Martin Brodeur is taking a shot with the St. Louis Blues.

The team announced via Twitter on Wednesday that the former New Jersey Devils netminder will practice with the team on Friday.

"Marty has agreed to come in and practice through early next week," said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. "We will address the media at Friday’s practice at Scottrade.”

Blues starter Brian Elliott is currently out "week to week'' with a knee injury. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that Brodeur will arrive in St. Louis Thursday before hitting the ice on Friday. He will practice for a week or so, and then a decision will be made on a potential contract. Dreger added that Brodeur has not signed a professional tryout contract.

"The Blues called us about the possibility of me going in there and having a couple of days of practice and to kind of have a mutual feel for each other and see where that takes us,'' Brodeur told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun via phone from New Jersey. "In talking with my agent Pat (Brisson), the Blues were one of the teams near the top of my list, that if I could pick a team to go to, it would be the Blues. So for them to reach out and just invite me to come and practice and see where it goes, I'm pretty excited about it."

In 39 games with the New Jersey Devils in 2013-14, Brodeur posted a 19-14-6 record with a 2.51 goals against average and a .901 save percentage with three shutouts.

The 42-year-old is coming off a two-year contract worth an average annual value of $4.5 million. Over 1,259 career games in New Jersey, the Montreal native has a 688-394-49 record with a 2.24 GAA and a .912 save percentage with 124 shutouts.

"I've been skating a lot privately here in New Jersey with Scott Gomez while the Devils were on the road,'' Brodeur said. "I've been on the ice seven of the last eight days. I feel pretty good about that. I'm looking forward to going to real practice. Hopefully everything will work out but I'm just happy to have a chance to show what I can do. And I look forward to seeing what kind of organization the Blues are, they seem like a real credible one with the guys that not just in the lineup but also around the organization."

Brodeur is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion (1995, 2000, 2003), four-time Vezina Trophy winner (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008) and won the Calder Memorial Trophy in his rookie season (1994).  He’s also been named to play in nine All-Star Games and has won two Olympic gold medals (2002, 2010).

The holder of many NHL records, Brodeur is the all-time leader in regular season wins (688), regular season shutouts (124) and has the most games played by an NHL goaltender (1,259).

He was originally selected by New Jersey in the first round (20th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock has a history with Brodeur, having served on the coaching staffs of the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Canadian Olympic hockey teams as well as the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

"One of the things I looked at is that if I was going to go anywhere, I wanted to join a solid team with good structure," Brodeur said. "Definitely with Hitch, coaching against me for so many years and being around him at the international level, that made it an attractive place to go because of him, that's for sure."

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" Sister In Law Banger" Brodeur should've retired after last season.

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Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended two games for his knee-on-thigh hit to Edmonton Oilers star Taylor Hall, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Thursday.

Hall, who had just returned from a knee injury the previous week, was unharmed after taking the brunt of the collision off his thigh.

This marks the second instance in which Garbutt has been suspended by the NHL. He was banned five games last season for a hit to the head of former Anaheim Ducks forward Dustin Penner.

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Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins confirmed Thursday that power forward Zack Kassian will not join the club on its season-long, seven-game road trip as a result of a hand injury.

Coach Desjardins confirms Zack Kassian will not join #Canucks on this trip. "It's a finger thing, he'll be out a few weeks."

— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) November 27, 2014
Kassian's timeline to return is two-to-three weeks, Vancouver Province beat writer Jason Botchford reports.

The sizable forward left Vancouver's game on Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils midway through the third period after sustaining a slash on his right hand.

Kassian has five points in 17 games for the Canucks this season, emerging as a steady third-line presence capable of driving play against secondary competition.

Vancouver will likely require a callup from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League with Kassian out.

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Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry was suspended for boarding Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta in Wednesday's 2-1 victory in Buffalo. Lowry, who will forfeit $4,453.41, was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct on the play.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators are activating center Mike Fisher from injured reserve, and he is expected to be in the lineup Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Predators announced the move Thursday after Fisher skated with Derek Roy and Olli Jokinen in a line at the morning skate.

The 34-year-old Fisher ruptured his Achilles tendon in training this summer and had surgery July 3. But he was out of a walking boot by the time the Predators reported for training camp.

He was Nashville's alternate captain last season, with 20 goals and 29 assists in 75 games. He has 226 goals and 255 assists in 887 career regular-season games.

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On a day dedicated to packing on the pounds, Peter Chiarelli is interested in taking on weight in a far different sense.

The Boston Bruins' general manager told reporters Thursday that the team is looking to acquire some "heaviness," and he's actively pursuing players who can provide size and strength on the puck.

By design, the Bruins shed big bodies in the offseason, letting noted enforcer Shawn Thornton walk via free agency as the team shifted its emphasis toward speed and skill.

A name the Bruins may be interested in acquiring is 221-pound Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan, who is reportedly attracting interest from Eastern Conference teams looking to bulk up.

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The Anaheim Ducks have replaced recently-traded defenseman Bryan Allen.

In an unsexy depth trade, the Ducks announced the acquisition of veteran defender Eric Brewer from the Tampa Bay Lightning. In exchange, the Lightning will receive a 3rd-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

The trade became something of a necessity for the Ducks because of an injury to shutdown defender Francois Beauchemin. It was announced Friday that Beauchemin will miss four-to-six weeks of action with a broken finger.

It was also announced defenseman Clayton Stoner will go on injured reserve. The third-pairing penalty-killing specialist has been diagnosed with the mumps.

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Brewer is a good solid depth D man at this stage on His career.

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The St. Louis Blues will be without veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester for the weekend as he nurses a lower-body injury.

Bouwmeester is out tonight/tomorrow. Has skated past two days, will resume on Monday. #stlblues

— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) November 28, 2014
After breaking a 737-game ironman streak, Bouwmeester will have missed a total of three games by Monday.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: " Tough Guy" Milan Lucic gets dropped with 1 punch. See what happens when Lucic goes with someone who can actually throw hands a bit.
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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout will live forever. 

The 24-year-old sent Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic to the ice with one punch on Nov. 21, and Prout's been receiving thank you letters from across North America, shaking hands with strangers and kissing babies ever since. 

A night later in Philadelphia, Prout was spoken to by two men who never give him the time of day, and they're conversations he'll never forget, writes The Province's Jason Botchford.

"The refs never talk to me," Prout said. "I don't wear a letter. But before the game, a ref came up to me and said 'Good job, last night.' 

"Later," Prout added, "the shorter ref came up and said 'Nice right.'" 

The conversations confirmed what most people in hockey suspected: even the referees loathe Lucic. 

"I can't help but smile when I think about that game," Proud said. 

That makes all of us. 

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lobo, where did you pull that bit about Lucic from?

At this point a very violent fight between Lucic and Prout is almost a necessity for Milan now, to try and get his mojo back.

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khawk wrote: lobo, where did you pull that bit about Lucic from?

At this point a very violent fight between Lucic and Prout is almost a necessity for Milan now, to try and get his mojo back.


 

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Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin was fined just over $11,000 on Saturday for his hit to the head of former teammate Brian Gionta Friday night’s loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Emelin hit the former Habs captain at the 18:06 mark of the third period and was sent to the penalty box. The Sabres ended up scoring the game-winning goal on the power play due to a fortunate bounce to Matt Moulson.

The Sabres and Canadiens will play the back end of the home-and-home series tonight in Montreal.

Emelin has six assists over 22 games this season with Montreal.

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Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan suffered a fractured finger in Friday night's game against the Florida Panthers and there is no timetable for his return.

The injury came as a result of a slash in the Senators' 3-2 loss to the Panthers.

Ryan, 27, has five goals and eight assists in 21 games this season with the Senators.

Ottawa is in Tampa Bay on Saturday to play the Lightning.

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lobo316 wrote:

"The refs never talk to me," Prout said. "I don't wear a letter. But before the game, a ref came up to me and said 'Good job, last night.' 

"Later," Prout added, "the shorter ref came up and said 'Nice right.'" 

The conversations confirmed what most people in hockey suspected: even the referees loathe Lucic. 

I'm calling 100 % bullshit on this. There is no way the NHL would condone any official congratulating a player for winning a fight so I don't believe any of them would chance doing it. And since Columbus played Philadelphia the next night it wouldn't be very hard for the NHL to figure out just who did it. As for Lucic being universally hated by everybody that doesn't cheer for Boston - good. I want my team and players to be hated by fans and players from every other NHL franchise. As Bobby Orr once said - they don't boo you if you aren't hurting their team. By the way - it must drive you guys nuts that as much as you loathe Looch you would sell your soul to have him on your team. :tongue:

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Lucic is an overpaid douchebag. I know Bruin fans that wish Lucic would go away and He's playing like a sissy and acting like a spoiled child who doesn't get His way. Started after the Montreal playoff. At one time Lucic was useful, but not anymore, He's washed up.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Lucic is an overpaid douchebag. I know Bruin fans that wish Lucic would go away and He's playing like a sissy and acting like a spoiled child who doesn't get His way. Started after the Montreal playoff. At one time Lucic was useful, but not anymore, He's washed up.
If you truly believe this verbal diarrhea then you are an idiot. You cheer for the Flyers and one of your " Hockey Gods " is Bobby Clarke who was one of the biggest pussies to ever play the game so your opinion really doesn't mean much when it comes to slamming Lucic.

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The Montreal Canadiens signed forward Brendan Gallagher to a six-year contract extension worth a reported $22.5 million on Saturday. Gallagher has five goals and seven assists in 24 games with Montreal this season. In 149 regular-season games with the Canadiens, Gallagher has recorded 81 points (39 goals, 42 assists).

"He doesn't take a shift off, he never has," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said before Montreal's home game against the Buffalo Sabres. "The effort is always there, and his character is off the charts. He's always in the paint, he works hard, he gets loose pucks, and he's not afraid of anything. He competes night in and night out.

"The way Brendan performs on the ice, he's always around the net. Whether you're six-foot-eight, or six-foot-one, he plays the same way. His foot is always on the accelerator."

The 22-year-old Edmonton native was drafted by Montreal in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL draft -- 147th overall. He was named to the NHL all-rookie team in 2012-13.

"Brendan has shown from Day 1 that he loves Montreal, and he wants to be a Montreal Canadien," said Bergevin, who added the deal was roughly one month in the making. "He's proud, and he loves the city and its fans. That made it even easier."

The deal means Gallagher will don a Canadiens sweater until the end of the 2020-21 season. Bergevin, historically reticent to follow an entry-level deal with a long-term extension, said Gallagher's contract made a lot of sense for the organization.

"At the end of the day, we feel comfortable," said Bergevin. "It's always a risk going long-term with any player. We felt this time that the risk was worth it.

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You at Bob getting all acting like a 15 year old girl when someone doesn't care about a Boston Bruin. Bobby Clarke had more talent in His fingernail then Lucic could ever dream of having.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: You at Bob getting all acting like a 15 year old girl when someone doesn't care about a Boston Bruin. Bobby Clarke had more talent in His fingernail then Lucic could ever dream of having.
I'm really starting to wonder if English really is your first language because your reading comprehension sucks. I never said that Clarke was not talented but that he was a pussy on the ice and was a well known cheap shot artist that played behind the biggest group of goons ever assembled on one NHL team. Anyway - at this point I'm tired of your continued attempts to piss me off so keep posting and I'll just ignore those future posts.

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Bob, why are you getting so mad? You act like Lucic is this demi-god and when He shows that He's not, others ( not just Me) call you out on it and you act like someone told you that the tooth fairy isn't real. Actually, it's not just Lucic, but anytime someone says something about any Boston Bruin you act like that. I know that Lucic is a former Vancouver Giant and you live out there, but come on man.

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Gentlemen, stop fighting. We can all agree that the Oilers made Boston, and Philadelphia their bitches in the 4 cup finals they played.

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T. PAUL, Minn. -- Defenseman Marco Scandella agreed to a five-year extension with the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

The total worth of the deal is $20 million, a source told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

The 24-year-old Scandella has five goals and three assists in 20 games this season. His overtime goal Friday in Dallas was his third winner of the season. He is a plus-7 and has a team-leading 32 penalty minutes.

Scandella, a second-round pick in the 2008 draft, has 12 goals and 28 assists in 185 games during five seasons with the Wild.

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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have placed winger Jesse Joensuu on waivers and assigned defenceman Martin Marincin to the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.

Joensuu is expected to report to the Barons if he clears waivers. The native of Pori, Finland, has two goals, two assists and 14 penalty minutes in 20 games this season with Edmonton.

The six-foot-four, 210-pound winger signed a two-year contract with Edmonton before the 2013-14 season. He had three goals, two assists and 16 penalty minutes in 42 games last season.

Marincin has an assist in 12 games with the Oilers this year. The native of Kosice, Slovakia, played 44 games with the Oilers last season, putting up six assists and 16 penalty minutes. He added three goals and four assists in 24 games with the Barons.

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While projected top draft pick Connor McDavid remains off the ice with a broken right hand, the NHL's race to last place is going strong a quarter of the way through the season.

And it's not quite playing out as everyone expected.

The Buffalo Sabres went off-script as one of the hottest teams in the league, while a stunningly poor start has put the Columbus Blue Jackets in the driver's seat to get the best odds of landing the first-overall draft pick.

Columbus has been beset by injuries to goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, centre Brandon Dubinsky, forward Mark Letstu and defencemen Fedor Tyutin and Ryan Murray (among others) and has fallen to 6-15-2 with an NHL-worst 14 points. But as recently as the general managers meeting in mid-November, Jarmo Kekalainen said he didn't believe the season was lost.

"I hope the pace (of injuries) goes down a little bit," Kekalainen said. "Hopefully we can ramp it up here and get back healthy and playing the way we want to play."

Last in the league in goals-against per game, the Blue Jackets are far away from that. Behind Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski, their blue-line has become a mish-mash of defencemen like Tim Erixon, David Savard, Dalton Prout, Jordan Leopold and Kevin Connauton.

Mediocre defence is a common theme among the bottom five teams in the NHL standings. Along with the Blue Jackets, the Edmonton Oilers, Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers have all struggled in that department.

Edmonton has lost nine straight games (two of them in overtime) and look like a lock to pick in the top 10 for the seventh straight year.

"This is an extremely hard and tough situation for everybody in our organization, from the players to the coaches to the managers," embattled coach Dallas Eakins said after Friday's overtime loss in St. Louis. "It is hard and it is painful, and somewhere you have to believe that this is going to make you extremely resilient and tough down the road."

The Oilers already have three recent first-overall picks on their roster in Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov and at this point will have more than a few ping-pong balls to get a fourth in McDavid.

Inconsistent goaltending from Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth hasn't been helped by underachieving play from young defencemen Justin Schultz and Nikita Nikitin, who were counted on to play difficult, top-four minutes.

After starting the season 3-12-2, the Sabres have won five of their past six games including each side of a back-to-back against the Montreal Canadiens. Fans in Buffalo would welcome McDavid or Boston University centre Jack Eichel with rebuilding in full swing, but a little winning could go a long way for the Sabres' core.

"We need to keep building on those breaks and stay positive here," goaltender Jhonas Enroth said.

In Carolina, Jordan Staal replacement Riley Nash has been a pleasant surprise, but Alex Semin has been so much of a disappointment that the winger in the second season of a US$35-million, five-year contract has been a healthy scratch. Expectations were low in Raleigh just as they are in Buffalo, so first-year GM Ron Francis and rookie coach Bill Peters can spend this season trying to build a system and a culture.

The Flyers don't have such a luxury and have dug themselves a deep hole by losing eight of their past nine, seven of them in regulation.

"This is a better team than we're playing right now and that our record is showing," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said after Friday's home loss to the New York Rangers. "We have to get going, no doubt about it. I'm not happy with our record and our overall performance."

Absent top-liners Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek, who are having all-star seasons, Philadelphia has lacked offence and Michael Del Zotto has incredibly been the best piece of a defence missing Kimmo Timonen.

And it could get worse before it gets better with the Flyers out West to face the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings this week.

The NHL made changes to its lottery format that go into effect this season. The team with the fewest points will have a 20 per cent chance of picking first, down from 25. The team with the second-fewest points has a 13.5 per cent chance instead of 18.8 and the one with the third-fewest 11.5 per cent instead of 14.2.

Under the 2014-15 format, the highest-ranked team to miss the playoffs will have double the chance of getting the No. 1 pick, even though the odds are just 1 per cent.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Blue Jackets have placed Artem Anisimov on injured reserve as a result of a torn triceps muscle sustained Saturday at Nashville, an injury expected to sideline the center for two to three months.

Anisimov, who missed seven games this season due to an upper-body injury, has two goals and four assists for six points with four penalty minutes in 16 games for Columbus this season.

The Russian has 81 goals and 90 assists with 122 penalty minutes in 376 games with the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.

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The New Jersey Devils announced on Monday that they have signed centre Scott Gomez.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The 34-year-old attended Devils’ training camp on a tryout basis but did not make the team. He has been practicing with the squad without a contract.

Drafted by New Jersey in the first round of the 1998 Draft, Gomez played seven seasons for New Jersey before signing with the New York Rangers in 2007.

Gomez has most recently played for the Florida Panthers, totaling 12 points in 46 games with them last season.

The team is currently lacking depth up the middle with injuries to Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac.

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PITTSBURGH -- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss Tuesday night's game against New Jersey because of a lower-body injury.

Letang was hurt late in Friday night's loss to Carolina and was scratched from Saturday's game against the Hurricanes.

Coach Mike Johnston described Letang as day to day and didn't rule out having the defenseman return to the lineup this week. Letang has four goals and 14 assists in 22 games for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins.

Forward Marcel Goc could play against New Jersey. He did not play on Saturday night with what Johnston described as a bruise.

Forward Beau Bennett remains out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Paul Martin received several stitches after getting hit with a puck during practice on Monday but is not expected to miss any time.

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Nazem Kadri is one of very few who checks off all the boxes.

He's a homegrown, Ontario-born Toronto Maple Leaf who, when motivated, can effectively blend top-end skill with a mean spirit on the ice.

But in meeting Don Cherry's specific and somewhat dated criteria for what makes a winning hockey player, Kadri has drawn Grapes' wrath once again.

"Every time I look in the paper, he’s doing all his yapping," Cherry said in a radio appearance with Sportsnet 590 The Fan. "For five goals, for Christ sakes, he’s got more to say than anybody.

"Just shut your mouth and play hockey, that’s what I’d say."

The basis of Cherry's attack is somewhat unclear, but his words represent a stark contrast from two seasons ago, when he famously landed a kiss on Kadri's cheek after the young forward scored a hat trick against the Ottawa Senators.

That said, Kadri's offensive insufficiency has been screaming loud all season. He has just five goals in 23 games and was dropped from his power-play unit.

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lobo316 wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Best wishes to Gordie Howe after suffering a serious stroke the other day. Hope the living legend gets well soon!

 

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Gordie Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer "has taken a turn for the worse" after suffering another stroke recently.

Mark Howe said Sunday his father's most recent stroke occurred about a week ago in Lubbock, where the 86-year-old former Detroit Red Wings star is staying with his daughter. He was at her home last month when an initial stroke caused some impairment.

The younger Howe says chronic back pain, advanced stages of dementia and high blood pressure are taking a toll on his bedridden father.

He says the family is concentrating on making him as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed him in the record book.











 

 

The latest update on Gordie Howe is not one that the hockey world wants to hear.

His son, Mark Howe, has revealed that Mr. Hockey suffered a major stroke on Monday. The legendary forward is currently resting in the intensive care unit, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

The 86-year-old suffers from dementia and has experienced several strokes in recent weeks, including a minor one on Saturday

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He's baaaaack.


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The St. Louis Blues signed goaltender Martin Brodeur to a one-year, $700,000 contract on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old Brodeur joins the Blues after a 21-season run with the New Jersey Devils, the team that originally drafted him first overall in 1990. 

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong called Brodeur's agent last week after goalie Brian Elliott sustained a lower-body injury.

Elliott is now on injured-reserve and is week to week and Jake Allen is the starter in the immediate future. 

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The Los Angeles Kings have been fined $100,000 for violating the terms of defenseman Slava Voynov's suspension, the NHL announced Tuesday.

From the official release:

Voynov skated with teammates today during a Club practice. Such activity is in direct contravention of the terms of the suspension levied Oct. 20, which permit Mr. Voynov to use club facilities and work with team personnel but prohibit his participation in any team-related functions or activities.

Voynov recently pleaded not guilty to a domestic violence felony charge and is expected to appear in court on Dec. 1.

Head coach Darryl Sutter attenpted to explain why Voynov was on the ice, as reported by Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register:

It was an optional skate and everybody went. (Voynov) is supposed to come out after with the injured guys, right after practice. Everybody (skated) today. It was an optional skate, and normally he goes out with injured players after practice or by himself after practice. Today he was out there early.

The NHL wasted no time in making an announcement, as the fine came down two hours after Kings' practice had ended.

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30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman

1. I wrote last week that I thought it could be a matter of days before David Perron was traded from Edmonton. There’s no point in splitting hairs over how many “days” that gives me to be correct, as I clearly was premature.
That’s not to say the Oilers aren’t trying but there are a few things I learned in the aftermath of the original story. First, it is going to be very hard to trade any winger for a top-flight centre, unless that winger is an absolute game-breaking stud. Second, Perron’s been available longer than I realized. He certainly has value, but it’s going to be hard for the Oilers to get what they need with him as the centerpiece of a deal.

2. Are the Flyers trying to get creative with potential moves? Whatever they would like to do, there are a limited amount of players other teams like. What Philly has done in the past is say, “Okay, if you want that guy, you also have to take this contract we’d like to shed.”
This theory is very sensible on paper — and certainly worth a try — but, at a time when cap dollars are tight and there are questions about the future, it is tough to do. Some of those contracts have significant term remaining.

3. Ron Hextall recently pulled a trick out of Paul Holmgren’s playbook, scolding his players in-person in the hopes of stoking competitive fires. The Flyers went 39-21-10 after Holmgren ripped them during a 7-0 loss to Washington back on Nov. 1, 2013. Philadelphia is now 1-4-1 after Hextall did it two weeks ago.
Ed Snider ripped their (lack of) secondary scoring to The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi, but, if you ask opponents, the biggest surprise is the Flyers just don’t seem to be the Flyers. Win or lose, games against them were mean and physical. But not right now. It must be driving Hextall and Craig Berube nuts.

4. One executive on Philadelphia and Edmonton: “Their most valuable asset is their 2015 first-round pick. That will get them something big.” No way. Can’t see it.

5. Something to file away for the future: What will Ottawa do in goal? The answer appears to be, “Nothing, for now.” That’s the smart move as the Senators see how things play out over 82 games. But, I think there are other clubs (Buffalo and Edmonton among them) who will consider holding assets just in case.
The most interesting thing is Ottawa has the flexibility to deal with this on a team-by-team-basis. Does a potential trade partner prefer Craig Anderson, or Robin Lehner? Both are signed long-term, which helps their trade value. Again, anything happening this season is unlikely. But next summer? Keep an eye on it.

6. Sean Bergenheim still takes a regular shift for the Florida Panthers, but Tomas Fleischmann and Tomas Kopecky continue to see their minutes drop. Fleischmann has one game above 14:30 since Remembrance Day. The most minutes Kopecky’s played in the past four games is 13:46.
All three are impending UFAs and all three are available. Word is GM Dale Tallon is willing to be creative, possibly by keeping some salary if it improves the return. Wonder if someone needing power play help looks at Fleischmann? He’s got the highest cap-hit, so the Panthers would probably have to eat cash, like they did with Kris Versteeg.

7. Apparently, the forward generating the most interest is Brad Boyes. Pittsburgh is believed to have interest in him, needing a winger with a good number ($2.625 million). The problem is, Tallon may not want to trade him. Boyes is signed for one more year and playing in a prime offensive role.

8. What kind of winger is Pittsburgh looking for? Guys like Pascal Dupuis, Patric Hornqvist and Chris Kunitz; smart enough to recognize that playing with Crosby and Malkin means straight lines, simple plays and recognizing you need to go where they need you to be. Watch Blake Comeau’s first two goals last week against Toronto. He goes to the net and stays there. The problem is, “it’s not as easy as you’d think,” to find them, one exec said.

9. After Sidney Crosby got his stick/arms up on Riley Nash last Friday, I couldn’t help but think about an old conversation with an NHL coach. If they see a hit to the head coming, he tells players to get an elbow or stick up because he’d rather kill a penalty than see them get a concussion.
He did add you shouldn’t try to kill the other guy, but do it more defensively than offensively. Knowing Crosby’s history and seeing a potential collision, I wonder if he got the same advice (not that it’s any consolation to Nash).

10. This should make Montreal fans sick: one of the comparables used for Brendan Gallagher’s extension was Brad Marchand. The average annual value for Marchand is higher because Boston needed to buy more UFA years than the Canadiens did.

11. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has kept quiet about what’s going on with Alexander Galchenyuk’s next contract. Gallagher’s was pretty simple as these things go, and it was done in just a couple of weeks as a very happy player was willing to forego a bridge for some long-term security.
It’s not that Galchenyuk is unhappy, but his situation has different variables. His offensive ceiling is higher, and, at some point, he’s going to be a centre, a more valuable position. There hasn’t been a ton of talk between the two sides yet, either. That’s why the expectation is he will opt for shorter term, and the Canadiens probably won’t mind.

12. When Alexei Emelin was fined for his collision with Brian Gionta, he apparently was told that if he’s going to throw those hits, he’d better make sure contact comes to the body, and not the head.

13. I could see Montreal being one of those Eastern teams with interest in L.A.’s Jordan Nolan, Boston too. The Kings have options because some opponents would gladly consider Kyle Clifford or Dwight King if that’s what GM Dean Lombardi wanted to do. The Oilers have chased this kind of body for a while now.

14. Blue Jackets president John Davidson spoke to team majority owner John P. McConnell on Sunday. “He understands the situation,” Davidson said Monday. “When you’re not winning, people want you to sacrifice things to put on a Band-Aid. This is a full-fledged open wound, a Band-Aid doesn’t help.”
So, don’t expect Columbus to make silly, short-term moves. “There’s nothing you can do,” Davidson added. “The analogy I use is it’s like building a wall, one brick at a time. Now the wall is knocked over…is it doctors, trainers, conditioning, the coach? When you break down the injuries, none of these people are to blame. All of a sudden a tsunami hit us.”
They are on-pace for 550 man-games lost to injury.

15. If Davidson has one concern, it’s that the Blue Jackets “slipped with their work habits,” particularly in last Friday’s 5-0 loss to Vancouver. “We don’t want or like that. You could see how deflated we were when they made it 2-0. No matter where this goes, you have got to deal with it. You have to enjoy the battle.”
They did, gritting out a 2-1 home victory over Florida, a team that came in with only two regulation road losses.

16. Davidson had some great lines in this conversation. “We’re not in this position because we are a bad hockey club, but because everyone is hurt. We’ve been kicked right in the teeth. We’ll wait for them to heal, and then we’ll eat again.” I’m going to steal some of these.

17. Finally, on Columbus: when asked if anything was happening on the contract front, Davidson said, “That’s Jarmo’s department.” Mr. Kekalainen, the GM, said via e-mail that RFA-to-be Sergei Bobrovsky’s agent, Paul Theofanous, “told us he doesn’t want to negotiate during the season.”
So that’s that, for now. But the Blue Jackets have another key player who is unrestricted: 27-year-old Nick Foligno. He’s played very well with career-high ice-time. Word is they really want to keep him and Kekalainen wrote he’s contacted agent Pat Morris about a possible extension.

18. Interesting little storyline in the Toronto minor-midget ranks. The CHL and OHL have to decide if a talented young forward named David Levin is eligible for the regular OHL draft or the CHL import draft.
Levin, thriving for former London and Lethbridge head coach Lindsay Hofford with the Don Mills Flyers, was born in Israel to Russian parents. There is only one rink in Israel, and it is four hours from his home. He played a ton of roller hockey until he was 12. His father was his coach. Good coach? “He was pushing me every day, really tough on me,” Levin said, laughing. “Little bit scary, but yeah, good coach.”

19. At that age, his parents, Pavel and Lena, asked him if he wanted to move to Canada and live with relatives here to further his hockey interests. “The first year I came, I was not that good,” Levin said. “Inline hockey skating to ice skating is different. It took five-six months of working hard to improve. Israel was not like this. I feel very good now.”

20. If Levin is eligible for the OHL draft, he can be selected in 2015. The import draft means he must wait another year, and the possibility he goes elsewhere in Canada. “I’ll go anywhere,” he says, “although the London Knights are my dream. I like them, really good coach.”
Levin went to the same high school as 2015 NHL draft-eligible forward Mitch Marner. The extra year is an issue though, which makes the USHL and/or NCAA an option. What could help him is that his aunt and uncle have guardianship. Whatever the case, the CHL has a decision to make.

21. After the 2014 Calder Trophy voting was announced, one exec I regularly talk to was apoplectic (and no, he doesn’t work for Calgary, have unruly hair and refuse to tie his tie). “No problem with Nathan MacKinnon winning,” he said, “But how does a 19-year-old centre with 22 goals finish eighth?” Sean Monahan is on pace for 26 this season, but more impressively, he’s doing it without veteran support down the middle.
Asked if Monahan is part of the leadership group, GM Brad Treliving paused before answering, “Yes. You don’t just want your young players to be part of the team, you want them to feel they can be more than that.” As injuries ravaged their forward units, Treliving said Monahan was nudged even further. “He’s younger than some of the guys we called up, but he’s played more games. Could he show them how to prepare and what it takes?” It appears the answer is yes.

22. The Flames are the analytics target right now, with their underlying numbers worrying the pocket protectors. Treliving, who dabbles in this, says he’s not too concerned.
“If we were still winning games the way we were earlier in the season, that would be a problem.” He’s referring to nights like Oct. 15, when Calgary beat Chicago 2-1 despite being outshot 50-18.

23. Boston’s John Ferguson, discussing his father (John Sr.) and Daniel Alfredsson: “I think my father considered Pavol Demitra (227th overall in 1993) and Alfredsson (133rd in 1994) two of his best draft picks. He was very proud of the players more so than the picks; he always felt a real connection with them. In Daniel’s case, my father always took great pride in how good he was for that organization for so long. He did have a sense Daniel had some of that combination of skill, ability and character Thomas Steen had. (Steen played for John Sr. in Winnipeg) Alfredsson definitely outstripped any projections my father had for him as a pro.”

24. Something to watch during Capitals games: how much time players stay on the perimeter in the offensive zone.
“Everything (Barry Trotz) does with us is about what it takes to win in the playoffs,” Brooks Laich said Saturday.
Apparently, one of those items is video indicating whether or not the Capitals push toward the front of the net, or just lollygag on the outside.

25. Next week’s board of governors meeting could clear up some of the Coyotes’ roster future. Once Andrew Barroway is approved as owner, GM Don Maloney should have a better idea of what he can do with Antoine Vermette, for example.

26. If you’re a talented, young defender approaching free agency, the number is $20 million. Marco Scandella’s five-year contract at that figure is right in line with Jake Muzzin’s, while Jake Gardiner’s price was a teeny bit higher. Alec Martinez is expected to come in around there, too. Like Gallagher, there isn’t any no-trade protection in Scandella’s deal.

27. If Victor Hedman wasn’t injured, would Eric Brewer have a been a Duck sooner?

28. The Sabres found a football in their dressing-room area before their 6-2 win over Toronto on Nov. 15. They ditched pre-game soccer for pigskin and are 5-1 since. The moral of the story? When struggling, buy your team the Wilson Model F1100, aka “The Duke.”

29. Latvian pride may push Zemgus Girgensons up the All-Star voting results, but that doesn’t mean he’s undeserving of a spot. Last year, as a 19 and 20-year-old, only Tyler Ennis, Drew Stafford and Cody Hodgson played more at five-on-five among Sabres forwards.
This year, he’s right with Ennis atop the list. Here’s another one: two Buffalo front-liners with at least 10 games played have been on the ice for more five-on-five goals for than goals against. They are Girgensons (16-12) and Brian Flynn (5-4).

30. During my third-year of university—while getting into the late rounds of our annual playoff pool—one of the guys picked Jock Callander, a 31-year-old forward who had 112 points for Muskegon in the old International Hockey League.
We thought he was insane. He said he read somewhere the Penguins might use him, so why not take a chance? Callander was indeed called up, and he grabbed four points in 12 games as the Penguins retained the Stanley Cup. The guy who picked him won the pool (by two points, I think).
The rest of us swore about Callander for years, but he had a real good career, playing almost two decades. It was nice to finally meet him this past Sunday while he was working for Colorado’s AHL team (Lake Erie) in Toronto.

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Sad news tonight as hockey legend Jean Beliveau passed away at the age of 83.


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Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau has passed away at the age of 83.

Captain of the Canadiens from 1961 to 1971, Beliveau was regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

He was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972, just one year after finishing his playing career. He spent his entire NHL career with the Canadiens, scoring 507 goals and 712 assists in 1,125 games over parts of 20 seasons.

Beliveau was the first player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP, winning the award in the Canadiens’ 1965 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks. Beliveau would win 10 Stanley Cups with the Canadiens, second only to long-time teammate Henri Richard for most in NHL history by one player.

The Canadiens would retire his #4 in October of 1971, the beginning of the first season after his decision to walk away from playing the game. He retired as the Canadiens’ all-time leading point-scorer and second on the NHL’s all-time list behind only Gordie Howe. He currently ranks 39th in all-time NHL points. He also retired as the NHL’s all-time leader in playoff points, scoring 79 goals and 97 assists in 162 career post-season games.

His 10 years as Habs captain are also a club record, one he now shares with Saku Koivu.

According to his Hockey Hall of Fame biography, Beliveau had the following comments upon his retirement: "It's hard, but I will play no more. I only hope that I have made a contribution to a great game. Hockey has been my life since the day my father gave me a pair of skates when I was five years old."

“Le Gros Bill” has also been lauded on a number of occasions by his country, being named to the Order of Canada in 1998 as well as being selected as part of the Order of Hockey in Canada’s inaugural class. That honour was bestowed upon him in 2012 as he stood beside the likes of all-time greats Howe and Wayne Gretzky as well as women’s hockey great Cassie Campbell-Pascall and longtime Canadian hockey exec Gordie Renwick.

He was also offered the post of Governor General of Canada in 1994 but refused in order to spend more time with his family.

Gretzky was a vocal admirer of Beliveau’s going on record as saying that the Conn Smythe Trophy should be renamed in honour of the first man to win it.

"What I'd like to see is the Conn Smythe Trophy be renamed the Jean Beliveau Trophy, and have (Beliveau) come onto the ice with the commissioner to present the award to the MVP and then stay by the commissioner's side for the presentation of the Stanley Cup," Gretzky told the New York Post in 2012.
"When I was growing up and would see Jean Beliveau get the Cup from Clarence Campbell, or watch Denis Potvin be presented the Cup by Mr. (John) Ziegler, to me, that was what hockey and winning the Cup was about," Gretzky added.

Beliveau’s resume speaks to more than just winning championships, though. The big centre was twice awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP (in 1955-56 and 1963-64), winning the Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring champion to go along with it the first time around.

He led the NHL in goals twice, scoring 47 in 1955-56 and 45 in 1958-59. In 1968 he became just the second player in NHL history after Howe to reach the 1,000-point plateau and in 1971 became the fourth player in NHL history to score 500 goals.

Setting a high-standard for both on-ice prowess and off-ice citizenship, many viewed Beliveau as an ideal Canadian hero.

"Any parent could use Jean Beliveau as a pattern or role model. He provides hockey with a magnificent image,” former NHL President Clarence Campbell once said. “I couldn't speak more highly of anyone who has ever been associated with our game than I do of Jean."

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Rip.

My dad brought me up to despise the Habs, however he always had respect and admiration for Jean Beliveau.

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the squared circle wrote: Rip.

My dad brought me up to despise the Habs, however he always had respect and admiration for Jean Beliveau.


Ditto - Beliveau was the one Habs player I could never bring myself to dislike.

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Not only a sad day to be a Habs fan but no serious hockey fan can find a bad thing to say about one of the true legends of the game.

His name is on the Stanley Cup more times than anyone in the history of the NHL and though I got to see him play the last half dozen years of his career I almost wish I was older so I could have seen more.

Given that he was over a point per game in his career had he played as many games as the great Gordie Howe who I feel we are also going to lose shortly, Beliveau would have surpassed Howe's career point total if he maintained the same PPG pace.

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Not only a sad day to be a Habs fan but no serious hockey fan can find a bad thing to say about one of the true legends of the game.

His name is on the Stanley Cup more times than anyone in the history of the NHL and though I got to see him play the last half dozen years of his career I almost wish I was older so I could have seen more.

Given that he was over a point per game in his career had he played as many games as the great Gordie Howe who I feel we are also going to lose shortly, Beliveau would have surpassed Howe's career point total if he maintained the same PPG pace.

RIP  

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Corey Crawford is going to have a long December.

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville revealed Wednesday that his club's starting goalie will be out of the lineup for two-to-three weeks with a lower-body injury.

Crawford stopped 19 of 20 shots against during Chicago's 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, in which he played all 60 minutes.

The cause of the injury, however, was non-hockey related.

#Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford missed a step leaving a concert the other night and injured left foot. Wearing walking boot.

— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) December 3, 2014
“I was at a concert the other day and was on the way out and missed a step and I didn't think it was that bad,” Crawford told reporters. “I woke up the next day and it was worse than I thought.

"I'm pretty embarrassed about it, frustrated. Things were going really well. Right now I'm just thinking about trying to get back as quickly as possible and make sure I'm right back where I was (where) I left off.”

He was ruled out of Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Blues, and could now conceivably be sidelined until after the Christmas break due to the injury.

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The New York Islanders are riddled by injuries on the blue line and have called up reinforcements.

The club announced Wednesday that defenseman Griffin Reinhart has been recalled on an emergency basis from the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Subsequently, Johnny Boychuk has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 27 due to a lower-body issue.

A first-round pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Reinhart recorded two goals and six assists in 15 AHL games this season and appeared in three games for the Islanders earlier this season.

Lubomir Visnovsky was also placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: Not only a sad day to be a Habs fan but no serious hockey fan can find a bad thing to say about one of the true legends of the game.

His name is on the Stanley Cup more times than anyone in the history of the NHL and though I got to see him play the last half dozen years of his career I almost wish I was older so I could have seen more.

Given that he was over a point per game in his career had he played as many games as the great Gordie Howe who I feel we are also going to lose shortly, Beliveau would have surpassed Howe's career point total if he maintained the same PPG pace.

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An odd piece of trivia. Jean Belliveau once held the Canadiens team record for penalty minutes with 143. In his rookie season he had 22 minutes. In his 2nd year, he had 58 minutes. In year 3,  143 minutes, for the record.

When asked why the dramatic jump from 58 to 143 minutes, he responded (paraphrasing here), "In my first 2 years I took. In my 3rd year I gave back".
Years later, John Ferguson would establish a new Canadiens record with 156 minutes.

RIP Jean Belliveau.

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lobo316 wrote: An odd piece of trivia. Jean Belliveau once held the Canadiens team record for penalty minutes with 143. In his rookie season he had 22 minutes. In his 2nd year, he had 58 minutes. In year 3,  143 minutes, for the record.
That's honestly the most WTF pieces of sports trivia I've ever heard. 

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The Los Angeles Kings have locked up defenseman Alec Martinez to a long-term deal, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.

LAK and Alec Martinez have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension, believed to be AAV of $4M. Was to be UFA on July 1.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 3, 2014
The Kings official Twitter account retweeted the report.

Martinez returned for Tuesday's win over the Boston Bruins after missing two weeks with a finger injury.

He has two goals, five assists and an even-strength Corsi For percentage of 47.57 in 18 games this season, according to War-On-Ice.

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo has been suspended two games for his "predatory" hit on New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.

This is the first time the Penguins' blue-liner has received supplemental discipline in his NHL career.

He will forfeit more than $6,000 in salary as a result of the suspension.

Meanwhile, Jagr, who sat out practice Wednesday, is not expected to miss any more time, as per the NHL's video explanation.

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The Montreal Canadiens will pay tribute to the late Jean Beliveau on Wednesday when they face the Minnesota Wild in their first game since the Hall of Famer's passing Tuesday night.

The Canadiens will wear a sticker on their helmets with Beliveau's number 4.

Merci pour tout, M. Béliveau. / Thank you for everything, Mr Béliveau. pic.twitter.com/ApkSx2wV6S

— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 3, 2014
Every member of the Canadiens will pay tribute, according to Sportsnet's Arash Madani.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ducks defenseman Eric Brewer will be out four to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot, forcing another shuffle in Anaheim's injury-plagued lineup.

Brewer was injured while blocking a shot in just his second game with the Ducks, who acquired the 35-year-old veteran from Tampa Bay in a trade last Friday.

Brewer has four assists in 19 games for the Lightning and Ducks this season.

Although Brewer was out when the Ducks hosted Philadelphia on Wednesday night, defensemen Clayton Stoner and Mark Fistric were activated from injured reserve. Stoner was back in the lineup against the Flyers after missing five games with mumps.

The Ducks also are without defensemen Ben Lovejoy and Francois Beauchemin. Both veterans have broken fingers.

Anaheim also recalled forward Chris Wagner from the AHL.

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Marty Brodeur is scheduled to start tonight for St. Louis against Nashville. It'll be strange to see him wearing a Blues jersey. 

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The Winnipeg Jets are hurting on defence.

The team announced Thursday that they have lost defenceman Zach Bogosian for four to six weeks with a lower-body injury, Tobias Enstrom for the rest of December with an upper-body injury and Grant Clitsome for two weeks with an upper-body injury.

Bogosian suffered the injury Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oilers while Enstrom has missed the last four with his injury.

With the downed players, Dustin Byfuglien will be moved from forward to defence for Friday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish will hold a news conference on Friday to talk about the status of the struggling team.

A news release Thursday night said MacTavish will meet the media at the team's arena and "will address the Oilers performance through 26 games."

The Oilers (6-15-5) didn't say whether MacTavish would announce any personnel changes, but the club is mired in an 11-game losing streak. Coach Dallas Eakins is in his second season behind the bench for Edmonton, last in the Western Conference with 17 points.

As the team prepares for its next game Sunday against San Jose, members of the Oilers brass are engaging in organizational meetings to survey the situation. Edmonton hasn't won since beating the New York Rangers on Nov. 9. The Oilers have earned only four points since.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has been the latest player on the team to come down with the mumps.

Suter's streak of 153 straight games played plus 18 in the playoffs ended Wednesday with his absence against Montreal, his first since joining the Wild in 2012.

Suter was held out of practice Thursday, and coach Mike Yeo confirmed afterward to reporters that the NHL's leader in ice time for three straight seasons has been diagnosed with the virus.

Yeo, however, declined to rule out Suter for the game Friday against Anaheim.

Suter is the fifth Wild player, all defensemen, believed to have been stricken by the mumps this season. The virus has caused absences ranging from two to eight games for Keith Ballard, Jonas Brodin, Christian Folin and Marco Scandella.

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A NY bookie claims that former NY Islander Thomas Vanek ran up over $ 10 million in gambling debts.


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A New York bookie claims Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek had over $10 million in gambling debts.


A New York man pleaded guilty on Friday to illegal gambling, extortion and money laundering conspiracies that involved Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek.

Bookie Joseph Ruff admitted in court that he extorted a $230,000 payment from Vanek to pay off gambling debts that the NHL forward had built up. Vanek's name was not mentioned in court, but following the case Ruff's attorney, Matthew Parrniello, told the Democrat and Chronicle that Vanek was the target of the extortion, while adding that Vanek "wasn't very good" when it came to his wagers.

According to Parrinello, Vanek actually owed upward of $10 million in gambling debts, a claim that Vanek's agent, Steve Bartlett, told ESPN's Craig Custance is "absolute fantasy" and a "complete fabrication."

The extortion charge came from Ruff's admission that he lied to Vanek saying that Ruff would be hurt if he did not collect from Vanek.

From the Democrat and Chronicle:
Vanek was never threatened with any physical harm, Parrinello said. Instead, Ruff lied to Vanek and said that he — Ruff — would be hurt if he didn't collect some money toward what Vanek owed. "According to the law, was it extortion?" Parrinello said. "Yes."

Earlier this year it was reported that Vanek had made a $230,000 payment to the bookie by signing over one of his paychecks from the New York Islanders when he played for the team last season.

Vanek has ties to the area in New York having played for both the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans during his career. According to Vanek's attorney and Ruff's attorney, he placed no bets on hockey and mainly gambled on football and basketball.

Ruff is facing 41 months in prison under an agreement with the prosecuters if approved by a judge in March.

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TORONTO - Veteran forward George Parros announced his retirement Friday after nine NHL seasons.

Parros played for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens over his career. He had 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists) and 1,092 penalty minutes over 474 regular-season games.

"It's been an honour to play in the greatest league in the world," Parros said in a release issued by the NHL Players' Association. "Thanks to the organizations I've had the good fortune to play for, especially to the Samueli and Molson families. I've had the most amazing support from all of the fans who have supported my many endeavours throughout my career, for that I am eternally grateful.

"A final thank you to my parents Jim and Lynne, my wife Tiffany and my children who have made this dream of mine a reality."

Known for his trademark moustache and long hair, Parros became a fan favourite for his tough style of play and his ability to protect teammates on the ice. He made his biggest impact during his run of five-plus seasons with the Ducks and won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007.

The 34-year-old native of Washington, Pa., was drafted by the Kings in the eighth round (No. 222) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Rob Klinkhammer and a conditional draft pick from the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Philip Samuelsson on Friday.

Klinkhammer has three goals in 19 games this season for the Coyotes. He scored 11 goals and added nine assists in 72 games last year with Arizona and will give the Penguins needed depth up front.

Pittsburgh is without injured forwards Beau Bennett and Chris Kunitz. Veteran winger Pascal Dupuis is out for at least the rest of the regular season because of blood clots in his lungs.

Samuelsson, the 23-year-old son of longtime NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, played in five games for the Penguins last season. He was a second-round pick in the 2009 draft and was considered one of the organization's top prospects.

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EDMONTON - Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish, in a testy, defensive news conference Friday, tossed the boys under the bus and doubled down on head coach Dallas Eakins.

"The accountability of the players to execute has to improve," said MacTavish.

"Visually to me we're a better hockey team.

"(But) there isn't any tangible evidence of any of that improvement, and that's what's so difficult for everybody to swallow."

MacTavish has been feeling the heat from fans and media with the team at the bottom of the NHL standings (6-15-5) in the throes of an 11-game losing streak.

The Oilers have not been in the playoffs since 2006. Since then, fans have endured multiple coaching changes and failed rebuilding plans.

MacTavish said the team has not progressed as fast as he expected, but said he won't deviate from his long-term plan to draft and develop talent.

"As painful as this process is, we feel that it's a necessary step to get us to the next level," he said.

Asked if the plan is not just behind schedule, but the wrong plan or the right plan executed by the wrong people, MacTavish retored: "Is it time to punt out the core of these players at 23 and 24 years old as they're developing?"

"I've switched out 14 or 15 players in the 18 months that I've been on the job, and what I think I have now is a group that is capable of growth."

MacTavish said everyone is "under scrutiny" from the front office to the dressing room, but defended his first hire, second-year coach Dallas Eakins. He suggested Eakins isn't going anywhere.

"He's evolving," said MacTavish. "(But) we've changed assistant coaches. We've brought in co-coaches. We've brought in former head coaches. (We've had) four coaching changes (since 2009).

"Those coaches were all delivering the same message and we need a higher level of execution (by the players)."

Eakins has been criticized for giving some players too much rope, doing too much X's and O's analysis and not enough yelling.

The coach skated the players hard in Friday's practice but insisted it wasn't a punishment for poor performance, rather it was a pre-scheduled "conditioning day."

"The worst day is when my boss and the players' boss has to come in here and get pelted with bullets and questions about the team," Eakins said of MacTavish's news conference. "That responsibility falls on me, my staff and the players in that room. It's something I take personally and certainly all of the players should be taking it personally."

Eakins said his main concern was not whether he might lose his job but bridging the divide between the fans and the team.

"We're doing everything we can to repair that," he said.

MacTavish has been around the Oilers for much of the last, lost decade, as a coach or in another front office capacity, but lashed out when a reporter tried to tie him to it its failings.

"Don't lop me in to a situation of (previous) power and influence in the management level of this organization," said MacTavish. "I've been on the job for 18 months."

MacTavish has been criticized for leaving Eakins with little to work with at centre after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins while saddling him with subpar goalies in Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth.

MacTavish said it's not easy to trade when you have so few tradeable assets.

"There are four or five (Oilers) players that would bring us significant value, (but if you trade one) we solve one (problem) and we create another."

Captain Andrew Ference agreed with MacTavish that the players need to step up.

"As players, we all know that everybody has a role in what's be going on," he said. "All of us have different facets we have to work on and improve on which will collectively make us more successful."

But fan anger this year has shifted squarely to the front office given the Oilers have drafted few meaningful players outside the first round in recent years while some Oilers players traded away flourish under other coaches and systems.

Fans have also focused their vitriol on owner Daryl Katz, who came of age cheering for MacTavish, Oilers hockey operations president Kevin Lowe, and other players during the team's glory years in the 1980s.

Katz is too close to his old buddies and won't pull the trigger to fix the front office, say critics.

MacTavish said no one is more upset about the Oilers' plight than the man in charge.

"I would characterize the owner as upset. He's like a lot of our fans times 10," he said.

The Oilers next play the San Jose Sharks at home on Sunday.

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The Oilers are closing in on dubious history. Here is a look at record NHL and Oilers streaks:

Longest NHL winless streak: 30 games, 1980-81 Winnipeg Jets

Longest NHL losing streak: 17 games, 1974–75 Washington Capitals and 1992-93 San Jose Sharks

Longest Oilers winless streak: 14 games, 1993-94 team

Longest Oilers losing streak: 13 games, 2009-10

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MacTavish is an idiot who seems to have no clue on what's going on. I feel bad for Cory.

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Oh, has the hockey season started already?

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The mumps have struck down yet another professional NHL player, with Anaheim Ducks forward Emerson Etem the latest to be afflicted by the widespread hockey-specific outbreak.

Mumps update: Ducks say Emerson Etem has them. Will miss his third straight game for AHL Norfolk tonight. #yearofthemumps

— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) December 6, 2014
Etem was re-assigned to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League in late November.

The 22-year-old power forward, a first-round pick of the Ducks in 2010, has two goals and two assists in 21 NHL appearances this season.

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If Phil Kessel doesn't look himself, well, he's not feeling much like it either.

The Toronto Maple Leafs superstar sniper is currently dealing with a variety of injuries, according to Sportsnet's Damien Cox.

"He's battling multiple injuries say those people in the know - probably his back, maybe his hand or a wrist," Cox reported Saturday night.

"It's enough of a problem that there's some discussion within the organization - do they need to give Phil Kessel a few days off or more days off - something that Randy Carlyle doesn't like to give anybody."

Kessel has scored in back-to-back games, but has only four points in his last seven.

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The Edmonton Oilers earned their first win in nearly a month Sunday, defeating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 at Rexall Place to put an end to their 11-game losing skid.

Nail Yakupov and David Perron scored for the Oilers, while goaltender Ben Scrivens stopped 20 of 21 shots to earn the win.

It's the first victory for the Oilers since a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers on Nov. 9.

The Sharks managed two shots in the first period, and couldn't muster much offense the rest of the way, other than Tye McGinn's first goal of the season that tied the game midway through the second period.

The Oilers' social media team was in an all-caps mood after the final buzzer.

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The Toronto Raptors honored the late Nelson Mandela on Friday night at an event called “The Giant of Africa.”On the first anniversary of his death, the South African president and human rights icon was celebrated throughout their game against the Cavaliers, from the team wearing special warm-up gear to videos throughout the night.

Perhaps Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier caught a few of those vignettes on the Jumbotron. Perhaps he then thought, “Holy [crap], I guess Nelson Mandela wasn’t a star athlete after all…”

Bernier was interviewed at the event, wearing a nice suit and supporting … well, someone he thought was a tremendous athlete he watched growing up.

The video was on the Raptors’ YouTube on Saturday before it was removed; Reddit user TeroTheTerror on r/Hockey provides a transcript:

Reporter1 (SportsNet mic): Alright Jonathan, how important is, uh, the legacy of Nelson Mandela to you?

JB: Well obviously he’s been, uh, a tremendous, uh, athlete and you know obviously what, uh, he means to all the sports you know when you know the worl- the world can uh be changed by the sports it’s pretty amazing. And I think he’s definitely uh got a lot of respect in every sports and uh he’s definitely one of the athletes I watched growing up as well.

Reporter1’s mic disappears from frame

Reporter2: Why is it important for you to come show support tonight?

JB: Well I think any good cause is, uh, sorry (he’s apologizing to someone to the left of the screen, not sure who/why), it’s always, uh, you know I love supporting, uh, any kind of cause obviously it’s for the Afri-, in Africa it’s obviously it’s, uh, a great cause, and enjoying, I guess, the basketball game.

Reporter2: Thanks.

Now, it’s possible that Bernier brain-farted and thought that the question was about one of the star athletes attending the event, like Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley. Although the question clearly asked about Nelson Mandela.

And in fairness, Mandela was a tremendous athlete: an amateur boxer who ran two hours a day. And he did believe the world could change thanks to sports.

But, um, we’re pretty sure Bernier didn’t grow up watching Nelson Mandela play sports. Then again, he was only 70 years old when Bernier was born. And, like Jagr’s still playing, so anything’s possible.

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The Ottawa Senators have fired head coach Paul MacLean.

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The Ottawa Senators have dismissed head coach Paul MacLean, the club surprisingly announced on Monday.

Maclean, 56, has been the Senators head coach since the 2012 season and won a Jack Adams award for Coach of the Year in his first season with the club. He racked up a 114-90-35 win/loss record behind the Senators bench in three seasons.

The move comes as something of surprise, since it follows a Senators victory over the Canucks on Sunday night.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA suggests that this move has been in the works for a while:

Senators management had strong discussions about making a change behind the bench after last season. Its now a done deal.

— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) December 8, 2014
Current Senators assistant coach Dave Camerson is the leading candidate to be named interim head coach, reports Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. Presumably we'll learn more later this afternoon when Senators general manager Bryan Murray addresses the media.

A former Detroit Red Wings assistant, MacLean was known for coaching an uptempo style of hockey that eschewed shot-blocking to a nearly unprecedented degree. He was also known for his 'aw shucks' demeanor, and would frequently refer to himself in self-deprecating fashion as a 'simple fisherman from Nova Scotia'.

MacLean's style obviously wore out its welcome in Ottawa, but hockey fans in general will miss his showy mustache and the amusing mental games he played with opponents and the press.

From walking out on a press conference following a playoff loss in 2013, to torturing the Montreal Canadiens to the point that Brandon Prust referred to him as a "fat bug-eyed walrus," Maclean was an unforgettable character, even if the Senators decided on Monday that he's not the man to guide the club going forward.

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Montreal Canadiens defenceman Mike Weaver suffered a concussion in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars, the team announced Monday.

Weaver left the game early in the first period and didn't return after being hit into the boards by Stars winger Ryan Garbutt.

Garbutt already served a two-game suspension last month for his hit on Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall.

Weaver has four assists in 26 games with the Canadiens this season.

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As expected, no expansion bombshell came Monday at the NHL owners meetings in Florida.

Commissioner Gary Bettman did, however, tell reporters that prospective Las Vegas team owner William Foley has been given the go-ahead to start a season-ticket drive.

The move was approved by the board of governors, according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie.

Bettman said this doesn't bind NHL expansion exclusively to Las Vegas, but rather allows Foley to gauge the amount of support in the market.

"Please do not make more of it," Bettman added.

The commissioner's request won't be an easy one to fulfill, especially given this report from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.

Source told me yesterday that Vegas expansion team could "be announced before end of year." That's the scuttlebutt.

— James Mirtle (@mirtle) December 8, 2014

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Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane has been suspended two games for his hit on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner on Sunday.

Kane was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit, which ignited a scrum late in the second period of the Ducks' 4-3 win.

The suspension will take a hefty sum from Kane's wallet.

Evander Kane's two-game suspension will cost him $56,451.62 in salary.

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 8, 2014

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"Well I've had some tough days lately," began Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray, who was recently diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. "But this is one of them."

A former Senators coach himself, Murray has been in this spot before. As general manager of the Senators he's dispatched four different head coaches, actually five if you count the time he replaced himself with John Paddock.

On Monday, Murray met with the media once again to discuss his surprising decision to fire yet another head coach - this time Paul MacLean, a recent Jack Adams winner.

"Maybe I'm a tough judge of coaches, maybe in some cases I didn't pick the right guy," Murray admitted.

During the course of a roughly 25-minute media availability, Murray spoke candidly about the factors that cost MacLean his job.

In particular there were two major themes, or criticisms of MacLean, that Murray developed.

he Senators currently employ a one-man breakout machine on the back-end in captain Erik Karlsson. Other than Karlsson though, Ottawa's blue line personnel is limited.

Because veteran Marc Methot has been out of the lineup for much of the season, one can convincingly argue that the Senators don't have another top-four quality defender on the roster.

Murray indicated on Monday that in his view MacLean's systems - or his inability to get his players to buy in to his system - is what's largely been responsible for the Senators getting stuck in their own end so often.

"There's an obligation from a lot of people, the players also, to perform better," Murray said. "But the coach - as the leader of the pack - has to guide, has to assemble a group or a system that allows you to be good in your own end, good defensively.

"And it's not that we're bad defensively!" Murray said. "It's that we continue to turn the puck over before we get it out of our zone ..."

Murray went on to reject the notion that the club's issues moving the puck are personnel related.

"I think of our defenseman, (they're) not as bad as - I read articles, that kind of thing - (are not) that bad," Murray said.

"Positioning in their own end is a big issue. I've watched many nights our defense get the puck, whether it's Jared Cowen or Cody Ceci, and the forwards are at the opposing blue line ...

"Forwards can't disappear and not give defensemen options," Murray continued. "We talked about it, and nothing changed in that area. That's why I think our turnover numbers are so atrocious ..."

It would appear that Ottawa's inability to breakout, was a major reason the Senators' general manager decided to break up with the club's head coach.



Beyond the breakout, Murray suggested that MacLean wasn't getting along with his players - and his star players in particular.

"I would say that there was an uneasiness in our room, without a doubt," Murray admitted. "Some of the better players felt that they were singled out a little too often maybe.

"And they want to be corrected, coached, given chances to play, without being - I guess - the center-point of discussion in the room."

Murray told reporters that he met with players over the weekend. It doesn't sound like they gave their bench boss a ringing endorsement.

"I thought when (MacLean) came here that he was a guy who related very well to the players. He had been a player himself. He understood what it took to play in the NHL."

It seems that somewhere along the line, MacLean's ability to relate to and communicate with his players slipped in Murray's estimation.

"Maybe (it was) the pressure of the business," Murray said searchingly. "Maybe you guys are too tough on our people, but very definitely (MacLean) became more demanding of some of the players, very critical of some of the players.

"I actually had several meetings (with players) yesterday," Murray continued later in his availability. "And I found that what had happened - and this sometimes happens when there's pressure on people too - they're not as open to listening to people, taking ideas ...

"Players today more than ever want and need that," Murray concluded. "I think that hopefully that will happen now."

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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein recovered from a grisly ear gash to play the role of hero Monday night.

Klein took a high stick from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Zach Sill in the first period of the Rangers' 4-3 overtime win, a play for which Sill was given a four-minute minor penalty.The blue-liner stayed in the game and scored the overtime winner with 1:15 remaining in the extra frame, hitting a new career high with his sixth goal of the season.

Head coach Alain Vigneault said afterward that part of Klein's ear had to be reattached.

AV on Klein's ear: "He lost a piece of it and they sewed it back. Say what you want about hockey players, but they're tough SOBs boys."

— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) December 9, 2014
Kevin Klein and Evander Holyfield, forever linked.

- With h/t to CBS Eye on Hockey

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The NHL forecasts a slight rise in its salary cap for next season.

The league projected a $73-million cap for the 2015-16 season Monday at its board of governors meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. It is contingent on the Canadian dollar staying around its current evaluation of 88 cents U.S., according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

The projected cap would be $4 million more than the 2014-15 mark of $69 million.

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This Duck flies again.

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has officially signed a one-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks, the club announced Tuesday.

The contract is believed to be worth $2.88 million, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.

The 34-year-old was practicing with the team on a pro tryout offer and is heading to the AHL for at least one start before joining the Ducks' roster.

Bryzgalov will head to Norfolk for a conditioning assignment with the @NorfolkAdmirals (AHL).

— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) December 9, 2014
Bryzgalov, a second-round draft pick of the Ducks in 2000, has won 220 career games with a save percentage of .913.

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Islanders forward Anders Lee has been fined $2,286 by the NHL for elbowing St. Louis Blues defenceman Carl Gunnarsson last weekend.

The play came at 7:15 of the second period during Saturday's 6-4 victory by the visiting Blues. Lee didn't draw a penalty.

The league said Tuesday the fine was the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement. The money goes to the players' emergency assistance fund.

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Corey Perry has been grounded with a knee sprain.

The Anaheim Ducks forward will miss three-to-four weeks with the injury, the team announced Tuesday.

Perry, who missed time earlier this season with the mumps, has been out of the lineup since Dec. 5. He's recorded 14 goals and eight assists in 23 games.

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2.88 million for Bryz? LOL

I'd be recommending any pro athlete hire his agent after seeing that. Holy shit.

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2014 is becoming the NHL's year of the mumps.

The latest to fall prey to the virus are Travis Zajac and Adam Larsson of the New Jersey Devils, general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed Wednesday.

While Zajac is believed to have already recovered and has resumed skating with the team, Larsson is still recovering and in isolation, according to Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice.

"Travis had it, but he's over it," Lamoriello said. "This (the confirmation) only came about the last two days. Adam is on the recovery period right now from what the doctors said."

Zajac has been out of the lineup with a lower-body injury since Nov. 28 and then became ill. Larsson hasn’t played since Dec. 2 because of what was originally thought to be the flu.

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That Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout possesses commendable testicular fortitude is unquestioned. We are, after all, talking about the guy who once punched Milan Lucic.

Ballsy as Prout can be with his fists, nothing can prepare a man for the pain associated with blocking an NHL player's slap shot with his groin:

Y'ouch!

Though the shot felled Prout like a sack of potatoes - and he skated gingerly to the Blue jackets bench with the assistance of a referee - he remained in the game.

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Good practice for when Looch spears him in the junk the next time they play.

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Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella has been suspended two games for his illegal check to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson.

The NHL's Department of Player Safety announced the suspension with an explanation Wednesday night.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard has been released from the hospital, diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and a concussion after colliding with the boards.

The Wild announced Wednesday that Ballard will be out indefinitely.

Ballard was hurt Tuesday when he tried to turn away from Matt Martin as the New York Islanders left wing charged toward him. Ballard was driven face-forward into the dasher board, and his head bounced hard on the ice after he fell. At one point, Ballard appeared to be convulsing as medics hustled out a stretcher, but he was able to get up after a few minutes and walk slowly to the locker room with assistance.

The Wild recalled defenseman Justin Falk from their AHL affiliate in Iowa to fill in.

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The Montreal Canadiens said on Wednesday that forward Lars Eller will miss 1-2 weeks with an upper body injury.

Eller has missed Montreal's last two games and hasn't played since last Friday in Chicago.

The 25-year-old has seven goals and four assists in 28 games this season.

The Canadiens are next in action on Friday night when they host the Los Angeles Kings at the Bell Centre.

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Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for a slew-foot on Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien.

The incident happened in the Stars 5-2 loss to the Jets on Tuesday night.

The suspension is Garbutt's second of the season, he received a two-game ban on Nov. 25 for kneeing Edmonton's Taylor Hall.

There have been 13 suspensions in the NHL so far this season for on-ice incidents.

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

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    Crosby out for two games as precautionary measure due to illness


    Sidney Crosby , PensTV

    The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that captain Sidney Crosby will miss the next two games for precautionary reasons after he missed Thursday's practice due to illness and showed up on Friday with a noticeably swollen right cheek. The late-afternoon announcement means Crosby will not play tonight against the visiting Calgary Flames.

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    James Reimer has to be among the unluckiest goaltenders in hockey.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs backup starred in a game-stealing Maple Leafs victory on Wednesday night over the Detroit Red Wings, and seemed poised to start his second consecutive contest when he took the home net at Toronto's practice on Friday. Then he left the practice with groin soreness.

    Reimer, 26, has consistently overcome his technical and athletic deficiencies to stop shots at an above-average rate in his career. He has, however, struggled enormously with staying healthy.

    The groin tweak that Reimer sustained on Friday isn't believed to be serious, according to David Alter of MapleLeafs.com. Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle still hopes that he'll be able to split starts with Jonathan Bernier this weekend, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnson.

    Still, it's a characteristically tough bit of luck for a talented netminder who really can't seem to catch a break.

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    The surging Columbus Blue Jackets are down another man.

    Forward Scott Hartnell will miss two weeks with a broken finger suffered in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals, the team announced Friday.

    One of the few constants in the Blue Jackets' lineup this season, Hartnell has scored six goals and 17 points in 28 games.

    Columbus will go for their sixth-straight win Saturday versus the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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    Damien Brunner and the New Jersey Devils have agreed to part ways.

    The Swiss forward cleared unconditional waivers Friday, leaving Brunner and Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello free to terminate his contract with the club, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

    And that's exactly what has happened:

    BREAKING: Damien Brunner terminates contract with the New Jersey Devils and joins HC Lugano. #NJDevils #NLA (@OfficialHCL)

    — swisshockeynews.ch (@SwissHockeyNews) December 12, 2014
    Signed to a two-year, $5-million contract prior to the start of the 2013-14 campaign, Brunner appeared in 77 regular season games for the Devils. He totaled 13 goals and 19 assists.

    Brunner spent parts of seven seasons in the Swiss league prior to making the jump to the NHL in 2013.

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    The New York Islanders have placed underachieving, undersized forward Cory Conacher on waivers, the club announced Friday.

    After a hot start to his career as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Conacher has struggled mightily to make a permanent spot for himself in the NHL. It seems unlikely that he'll ever get out from under the shadow of the lopsided trade that brought Ben Bishop to Florida.

    Conacher was given a handful of prime opportunities with the Islanders this season, including an extended look on the club's first line with Kyle Okposo and John Tavares, and struggled to produce. The 24-year-old has just one goal and two assists in 15 games.

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    lobo316 wrote: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

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    Sidney Crosby , PensTV

    The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that captain Sidney Crosby will miss the next two games for precautionary reasons after he missed Thursday's practice due to illness and showed up on Friday with a noticeably swollen right cheek. The late-afternoon announcement means Crosby will not play tonight against the visiting Calgary Flames.
    The cheek isn't swollen.  He's got a big wad of Mario Lemieux up in there.

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    BOSTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara made his much-anticipated return to the lineup Thursday night during Boston's 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden.

    In his first game since tearing a ligament in his left knee on Oct. 23 -- a span of 19 games -- Chara understandably was a bit off with his timing, but he still logged 24:11 of ice time.

    "It was exciting to be playing a game, that's for sure," he said. "You know, there's no secret that I felt the absence of missing a good chunk of time. But again, I'm not going to make excuses. You have those games that you have to break in and I'm looking forward to the next game to be better."

    Chara was penalized twice in the game, once for hooking and another for delay of game. He was reunited with defensive partner Dougie Hamilton.

    Chara had been skating on his own the last couple of weeks and returned to full practice with the team earlier this week before he was cleared to play. He admitted his rust was noticeable, but he had never been sidelined for this long during his career.

    "You can practice as much as you want to but you will never replace the game situations or the way you're going to be reading plays and so on," he said.

    "So yeah, I mean early on it was just one of those things that I was trying to really focus to make simple plays. Overall I was just really trying to compete every shift, work hard every shift, and that was my goal."

    Even though Chara was not pleased with his performance, his teammates welcomed him back.

    "It means a lot. I thought he was great for a guy that missed close to 20 games," said Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron. "He was himself, I thought. He looked good and was definitely calming everything down in our zone and made things a lot easier."

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    DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL and put forward Justin Abdelkader on the injured list.

    Abdelkader's move on Thursday is retroactive to Nov. 30, when he left a game against Vancouver with a shoulder injury.

    The 21-year-old Ouellet has played five games with the Red Wings this season. He earned his first NHL point with an assist on Nov. 22 at Toronto, and scored his first goal Nov. 28 at New Jersey.

    Abdelkader has seven goals and eight assists in 24 games this season.

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    30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman

    1. Over the next few weeks, prospective Las Vegas owner William Foley will meet with the NHL to formulate a ticketing strategy. Recent examples: upon the NHL’s return to Winnipeg, Jets’ prices ranged from $39 to $129 per seat per game. Fans were asked to commit for three to five years. They sold out in less time than in will take you to read this.

    When Jim Balsillie tried to “Make it Seven” in Hamilton, he asked $500 per seat in the upper bowl, $1,000 per seat in the lower bowl, and $5,000 per suite. On Day 1 the lower bowl sold out, and the suites were oversold. The upper bowl needed almost two days. Balsillie did not ask for a term commitment.

    2. A fairer comparable would be the Las Vegas of the (south) east, Nashville. The city was given a conditional franchise in June 1997 and was told to sell 12,000 season tickets by April 1998. Seat prices started at $15, with the premium ones coming in at $75. Fans were given the option of putting down one-third of the cost (with a payment plan for the rest) or immediately paying in full.

    The team only offered full-season packages, although just a one-year term was required. The Predators reached their goal in March. I’ve got no problem with the NHL doing this. What’s better, finding out if the market is soft before or after you award the franchise?

    3. Brian Boyle is generally hailed as valedictorian of the Barbara Underhill skating school, but a new contender is emerging: Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey. The 26-year-old scored his 14th goal Wednesday night, tying him with Corey Perry for the team lead. His timing is perfect, as he’s about to be an unrestricted free agent. The Ducks have cap space and are going for it this season, so there is doubt he’ll be available. But if he hits the market there is going to be lots of interest.

    4. Unlike Martin Brodeur’s contract with St. Louis, Ilya Bryzgalov’s with Anaheim is all salary with no bonuses.

    5. Word last week was a couple of teams who asked Stan Bowman about Jeremy Morin were told he wasn’t available, but Bowman did not comment about it. Therefore, it’s hard to say for sure. GMs will rebuff teams if they don’t want to trade players there or if they feel there is no match.

    Chicago will need low-salaried offensive talents next season when the Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews extensions kick in, so others understand why Bowman would be reluctant. But, there is also a possibility Morin is being passed in the organization by Mark McNeill and Teuvo Teravainen.

    6. I don’t know what to make of the Andrew Barroway/Phoenix situation. The one thing I do believe is that the NHL thought it wouldn’t have another ownership issue there so quickly, and they aren’t thrilled by this development.

    7. The hardest thing for the Coyotes is it sounds like they would really like to make an offer to Antoine Vermette. Before the season, GM Don Maloney said he wanted to do it and was prepared to negotiate after the puck dropped – something he generally frowns upon. He wouldn’t talk numbers, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the first digit was a six. Since Vermette will be 33 in July, the tougher conversation would probably be term. Regardless, Maloney can’t do anything amidst all this uncertainty.

    8. A few notes about Ottawa’s coaching change. First, Bryan Murray did not offer the job to Luke Richardson before hiring Dave Cameron. “I found out after it happened,” Richardson said Monday. “A friend said to me, ‘Hey, did you hear about Ottawa?’”

    He did say that the two men do speak periodically about Richardson’s future, including an extended conversation last summer where Murray asked specific questions about his AHL coach’s long-term goals.

    9. “I do want to coach in the NHL someday, but my headspace is good where I am right now,” Richardson said. “I still have a lot to learn here.”
    His daughter, Morgan, has one more year of school not far from Binghamton, and that will be a major factor in any decision. He will sit down with his family after the season to see how everyone feels, but in talking to him you certainly get the sense that waiting another season for his chance won’t be a problem.

    10. Murray took heat for his rationale in making the change, but I do believe that he fought pretty hard for MacLean behind the scenes. Last April 4, after the Senators blew a 4-0 lead to Montreal by giving up seven goals in a row, I got a call saying, “This is it, a change is coming.” But, of course, it didn’t. MacLean and Jason Spezza waged a season-long struggle in 2013-14, and Murray hoped the trade and a pre-season meeting with the team’s leadership group would reset things.

    11. It’s not important for coaches and players to like each other. But, it is important they pull in the same direction and understand where each other is coming from. At his post-firing briefing MacLean said last weekend’s comment about being scared to death of who he was going to put on the ice against Pittsburgh was a joke that was badly misinterpreted.

    The fact he thought that way, while the organization and players felt opposite, shows how “off” the relationship became.

    12. There are a lot of crazy rumours coming out of this situation. One was the players knew MacLean was out before the 4-3 win over Vancouver on Sunday. I pursued it, but there’s a strong denial from the Senators camp.

    13. During the 2007 Stanley Cup Final I had a chance to chat with Cameron, who spent that season as coach of the AHL Senators. He was thrilled for the organization, but had a very frustrating year with a team that finished 25 games under .500.

    “My hardest year in coaching,” he said then. Eugene Melnyk liked him and hired him to coach the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors the following season. There was always a sense Melnyk wanted Cameron to get this chance.

    14. It’s no coincidence that news of Ottawa’s interest in a downtown arena broke as Mayor Jim Watson swore in a new council and finalized who sits on what committees. Melnyk, who saved the Senators from bankruptcy, was disappointed by two previous dealings with the city. The second, a lost casino opportunity, was particularly annoying because he felt a proposal he’d spent years putting together was wasted when the process changed late in the game.

    When the Foreign Affairs Minister, who oversees the commission handling this, told The Ottawa Citizen “I’ve travelled quite a bit and I’ve never seen a major sports arena in the middle of nowhere,” you’ve got to feel decently about your chances. With Edmonton’s new arena already under construction it means the Senators are about to be the only team in Canada not located in their city’s downtown. You could watch The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II driving to a game from east of the city.

    15. Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli and assistant GM Don Sweeney were on a lengthy power-forward viewing tour. (If he could skate, the Bruins might have pursued the Lakers’ Carlos Boozer.) Chiarelli did not want to discuss it, but word last weekend was the Bruins were not close on anything. With that being said, there was a feeling at the Board of Governors meeting that things have intensified on Sabres forward Chris Stewart.

    Right now Boston and Buffalo are like two high schoolers at the prom deciding whether or not to dance. Eventually, you’ve got to make your move, or go on to the next victim.

    16. When Bob Nicholson cancelled his appearance at Hockey Canada’s 100th anniversary last week it was taken as a sign that his influence in the Oilers’ organization is growing. He was part of the “forensic audit,” as the team’s brain trust assessed its disappointing performance. The unanswered question is: what will be Nicholson’s role when the dust settles? We might not learn until the spring.

    17. With Edmonton’s reported interest in Artem Anisimov, the Oilers did shoot much higher. They asked about Ryan Johansen, and from what I understand, were prepared to make a legit offer. My guess: if the Blue Jackets showed interest, Edmonton might have tried to get both centres. I don’t think it got very far, though. According to one GM, “everyone” has inquired about Johansen since his contract dispute with Columbus. “We’re being told he is not available.”

    18. Carolina is three games into a lengthy stretch that sees them play 15 straight against Eastern Conference opponents. It wouldn’t surprise me if this stretch determines Ron Francis’ roster decisions.

    19. Kyle Okposo on the change in the Islanders’ mentality: “We’ve gone from hoping to win to expecting to win. And, not just that, but expecting to put teams on their heels right away.”

    20. The Canucks were steaming when Anders Lee eventually got a hearing for elbowing Carl Gunnarsson, but Stephane Robidas didn’t for his shot to Shawn Matthias. The biggest complaint (and the Blues had it too) was that if a player is responsible for accidents with his stick, shouldn’t he also be responsible for accidents with his body parts? I’ve asked about this before, and the response is usually something along the lines of, “Then teams will complain there are too many suspensions.”

    21. Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said he learned a lot about Bo Horvat in Vancouver’s 5-1 loss to Los Angeles on Nov. 8. With a game the next night in Anaheim, Desjardins decided to use Horvat a little more against the likes of Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter.

    Talking to Horvat about it last weekend you could see how much he loved the opportunity. During a TV timeout he stood near Mike Richards and decided to tell the Kings’ centre that he was Horvat’s favourite player growing up. Did Richards come back with something like, “Geez, I’m getting old?” “No,” Horvat laughed. “I actually asked him if he kept in touch with a junior teammate who is from my hometown. Then I told him he was my favourite player. He was great about it.”

    22. You wonder if a coach changes over the years, especially from juniors to the AHL to the NHL. But Derek Dorsett says Desjardins is still the same guy who coached him from 2004-07 in Medicine Hat.

    “Hasn’t changed at all,” Dorsett said.

    And that was a compliment. “He still has the same sayings, too,” Dorsett continued. I made an error in writing this down, but one of them is something like, “We’re going to play hard, because playing hard is what we do.”

    23. Kevin Bieksa on Alex Edler’s resurgence: “Alex likes to play aggressively. You have to learn not to chase the hit, let it come to you. I have that same problem. He’s learning.”

    Desjardins on the Edler/Chris Tanev pairing: “Sometimes you put two guys together in hope of what they can be.” So far, they’re very good. Tanev may never get a ton of points but his coaches and teammates recognize how well he passes out of the zone.

    24. Bieksa was asked how good the Canucks are. He responded, “I think we’re still figuring that out.”

    That was last week, 36 hours after a 3-0 win in Pittsburgh. His face had a “wow” kind of expression at how well Vancouver played that night. The Canucks followed with one point out of six in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Yes, it was a long road trip, but Bieksa was referring to last season when Vancouver started well but collapsed. The returnees haven’t forgotten.

    25. Twitter superstar Eddie Lack changed his routine last summer. He asked his trainer to move in with him for a couple of weeks in Vancouver to co-ordinate his regimen with the Canucks.

    How many off-days after the season before he got to work? “About three,” Lack said. “After my hip surgery I constantly felt I was behind (in 2013-14).” Asked if he was worried about that happening again as his workload picks up, Lack replied that it won’t be an issue. “I feel much better this year. Not the same.”

    26. Hopeful Nordiques fans weren’t buying that Quebecor president and CEO Pierre Dion was visiting the board of governors meeting solely to talk television. Truth is the NHL does this with its broadcast partners all the time.

    Most of them are relaxed presentations — this is what we do, this is our look — although my former employer walked into a hornet’s nest at the 2012 All-Star Game. Dion understands the most important fact if he wants in, there is only one way to do it: the Bettman way.

    Quietly.

    27. Teams were told that an 88-cent Canadian dollar means a cap in the area of $73 million, but not to expect anything below $71 million. The same people predicting an 81-cent dollar now are the same people predicting a Toronto/Vancouver housing bubble burst for the last five years, so who knows? Expect teams to play conservatively, operating under the assumption the number will be lower while hoping for good news.

    28. One potential proposal from the IIHF to the NHL and NHLPA: to move the hockey competition of the 2018 Olympics from Pyeongchang to Seoul. That would mean easier travel and logistics (one less flight). Still unsure how much the Olympic issue has really been discussed, but it shows how much the IIHF and IOC want the NHL.

    29. Max Pacioretty on the moment of silence for Jean Beliveau: “It was so quiet. I could hear my own breath.”

    30. Intermission interviews outside the Canadiens dressing room are in a hallway where alumni would exit to visit the lounge between periods. Jean and Elise Beliveau would patiently wait for us to finish, while Dickie Moore would jokingly explode after it was over.

    Moore would say things like, “You made me wait for that?” or “I thought that would never end!” and everyone would start laughing.

    I missed those exchanges when moving into the studio and will miss them even more now.

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    Las Vegas-based billionaire William Foley has a name in mind for his prospective NHL franchise, should he be awarded one.

    Foley told Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman that he would like Black Knights as a nickname, citing its connection to Army's athletic program.

    "I love the name Black Knights, because I was a West Point guy, I went to Army," Foley said. "It's close to my heart. The black knight, many people don't know this, is actually the good knight. I think Black Knights would be a great name."

    The name will ultimately be up to the fans, as a name-the-team contest will be held if a franchise is granted, according to Friedman.

    Foley also revealed that Wayne Gretzky has been assisting him in his quest for a franchise.

    "Wayne is an advisor," Foley said. "He's an advisor today, and I'm sure he'll be very helpful to us as we go forward."

    Sportsnet's John Shannon confirmed this with Gretzky shortly after the segment aired.

    Foley was recently given the green light to begin a season-ticket drive to gauge interest in the market.

    The prospective owner told Friedman on Saturday that the price points for those tickets will be similar to the initial figures used by Winnipeg's ownership group before they were granted the Atlanta Thrashers franchise in 2011.

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    lobo316 wrote: Las Vegas-based billionaire William Foley has a name in mind for his prospective NHL franchise, should he be awarded one.

    Foley told Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman that he would like Black Knights as a nickname, citing its connection to Army's athletic program.

    Even though I don't want a team in Las Vegas ( at least not before Quebec City gets their team back ) I always thought the Las Vegas Blackjacks ( a couple of cards would make a great team logo ) or Las Vegas Gamblers would be good team names.

    EDIT - I just checked and there is already a team in the United States Australian Football League ( ???? ) called the Las Vegas Gamblers but I would think that if the NHL team really wanted the name that a deal could be worked out. I'm pretty sure that all 25 of their fans would understand if they had to change their team name.

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    Boston is the front-runner to host the 2016 Winter Classic outdoor game, a source told ESPN.com, which would make the Bruins the first repeat hosts of the NHL's marquee regular-season game.

    Negotiations are still ongoing to make this a reality and it's unclear where the game would be played or even when.

    The NHL moved the Winter Classic in 2012 from its traditional Jan. 1 date to Jan. 2, in part to avoid conflicting with the National Football League's schedule.

    All other Winter Classics have been held on Jan. 1.

    The Bruins hosted the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park against the Philadelphia Flyers.

    "We have told the league we would love to host another Winter Classic. As of today, I have not heard anything back regarding next year," Bruins team president and Hall of Famer Cam Neely told ESPN.com on Friday morning.

    Of the current Bruins players, only Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Tuukka Rask and Milan Lucic were on the team for the Winter Classic at Fenway in 2010. Rask served as the backup to Tim Thomas, and Lucic was sidelined with an injury. Both hope the Bruins host the Classic next season.

    "It would be great," Lucic said. "It's obviously something that's been a game guys get excited for and it is such a special event. Unfortunately, I missed the last one, and if we do get to host the next one hopefully I don't go through the same type of [injury-plagued] season and I can play in it."

    Would he prefer Fenway or Gillette Stadium?

    "Doesn't really matter I don't think," he said. "From a fan's point of view I think Gillette would be more suitable for the fans just because of the way the field is set up. It would just be nice to play in any of them."

    Added Rask: "Yeah, all new experiences are welcomed. It would be fun. I was part of it but didn't play. It would be great."

    The NHL is also believed to be looking at hosting three additional outdoor games next season as part of its Stadium Series of games and another in the Canadian-based Heritage Classic series.

    Sources have indicated that the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche are the lead candidates to host the Stadium Series games, likely in late January or February 2016, while Winnipeg has been tabbed as the potential host of the Heritage Classic in Canada.

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    from tsn.ca:

    The Chicago Blackhawks have sent forward Jeremy Morin to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenceman Tim Erixon.

    Morin has eight goals and eight assists in 54 career NHL games, as well as posing 15 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Blackhawks this season.

    "Jeremy is a young, strong forward with a very good shot, who has been a productive offensive player throughout his career," said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "Given our depth at defense, this was an opportunity for us to add a very good player with a lot of potential on the other end."

    Erixon has a goal and five assists in 19 games this year for the Blue Jackets.  The 23-year-old was drafted 23rd overall in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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    It turns out Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has mumps after all.

    Crosby will miss Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but team doctors are hopeful he won't be infectious by Tuesday.

    "Crosby will continue to be monitored daily, but specialists believe he should be through the infectious period by Monday," the Penguins said in a statement. "He will not play in Monday's home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning."

    The team initially denied that Crosby showed any indication of mumps despite photographic evidence to the contrary. Crosby becomes the 13th player in the NHL to contract mumps this season.

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    It's past time for the NHL to institute a moratorium on smooching.

    The league has been racked by an outbreak of the mumps this season, and on Sunday the virus claimed yet another victim: New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard.

    NYR Derek Brassard is the latest NHL player with the mumps. Being sent back to NYC.

    — John Shannon (@JSportsnet) December 14, 2014
    The club has confirmed Shannon's report, though for now they're just saying that Brassard has a "suspected case of the mumps".

    Brassard is the second Rangers player to contract the mumps this season, as Rangers fourth-liner Tanner Glass was diagnosed with it in November.

    The skilled 27-year-old pivot has been crucial in keeping the Rangers afloat, even as injuries mounted at center. Brassard has managed eight goals and 16 points in 27 games.

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    Long-time NHL goaltender Tomas Vokoun has reportedly called it a career.

    The 38-year-old is retiring, according to Zdenek Janda of iSport.cz.

    "I think I can be proud of the career I had," Vokoun told the Czech publication.

    He had been committed to playing in the NHL this season but declined a pair of offers in training camp.

    Vokoun played 15 seasons in the league with the Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

    The ninth-round pick in 1994 compiled a career goals-against average of 2.55 with a save percentage of .917 and a lifetime record of 300-288-78.

    Vokoun was a two-time NHL All-Star and won gold medals representing the Czech Republic at the world championships in 2005 and 2010. He won Olympic bronze in 2006 and another bronze at the World Cup in 2004.

    He is the Predators' all-time leader in goaltender appearances and saves.

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    Another night, another point, another notch on Jaromir Jagr's decorated belt.

    The New Jersey Devils forward collected his 1,063rd assist Saturday versus the Dallas Stars, matching Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman for seventh-most all-time.

    He is just 16 helpers away from moving up another rung and matching Adam Oates at 1,079 assists.

    In his 1,500th career game earlier this week, Jagr's 710th career goal pushed him ahead of Marcel Dionne for sole possession of fifth place on the all-time points lists.

    Take another bow, Jaromir

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    New Jersey Devils forward Mike Cammalleri left the game and did not return to Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars after suffering a lower-body injury, according to reports.

    He was not made available to the media and head coach Pete DeBoer did not elaborate on the ailment.

    Cammalleri leads the Devils with 11 goals.

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    Rumors are that Dallas Eakins has been fired by the Oilers

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    lobo316 wrote: Rumors are that Dallas Eakins has been fired by the Oilers

     

    From TSN

     


    The Edmonton Oilers have fired head coach Dallas Eakins.

    The Oilers are currently last in the Western Conference with 19 points.

    More details to come.

    http://www.tsn.ca/oilers-fire-head-coach-eakins-1.160396

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    Let there be doughnuts.

    The powers that be have finally swarmed in on Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins, who was fired from his post on Monday.

    General manager Craig MacTavish pulled the trigger and will step back behind the bench on an interim basis to replace the terminated head coach, according to various reports.

    The second-year boss, who was brought in partly due to his impressive resume with young talent, stumbled throughout his first NHL head coaching tenure and finished with a record of 36-62-14.

    MacTavish led the Oilers to the Stanley Cup final in 2006, but was fired after missing the playoffs in three straight seasons.

    Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos notes that Edmonton may already have a successor in mind. Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson is reportedly headed to meet team brass on the road in Arizona.

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    FUCKING PROBLEMS SOLVED! :X

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    Cory17 wrote: FUCKING PROBLEMS SOLVED! :X

    This guy agrees......and thinks now he's gonna ask for a raise.

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    Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett is suffering from symptoms of the mumps virus and currently in quarantine, the team announced Monday.

    Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was diagnosed with the contagious viral illness this past weekend.

    If Bennett does indeed have the virus, it will just be another bump in a long line of setbacks for the oft-injured Penguin. He has missed significant time each season since turning pro.

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    Jarkko Ruutu made like Tomas Vokoun on Monday and called it a career.

    Ruutu, 39, was an annoyance in parts of 12 NHL seasons, agitating opponents while playing for the Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks before heading back to his native Finland for three seasons.

    He played in the 2008 Stanley Cup final and won two Olympic medals with Finland.

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    CanadianHorseman wrote: Cory17 wrote: FUCKING PROBLEMS SOLVED! :X

    This guy agrees......and thinks now he's gonna ask for a raise.


    I just know Messier is going to be named head coach in the off season, my stomach is already turning.

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    Cory17 wrote:  I just know Messier is going to be named head coach in the off season, my stomach is already turning.
    Makes sense since Katz seems determined to hire every member of those 1980's Oiler teams as part of his management team. If he ran the rest of his business empire like he's running the Oilers he's be broke in a couple of years.

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    The Winnipeg Jets will be without defenceman Jacob Trouba until at least February.

    Jets head coach Paul Maurice announced on Tuesday that Trouba, who scored a goal and an assist against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, had suffered an upper-body injury that will sideline him until the new year.

    The 20-year-old has averaged 23:33 minutes of ice time per game this season. He has scored four goals and eight assists in 31 games with the Jets this season.

    Trouba was drafted in the first round – ninth overall – of the 2012 NHL Draft.

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    lobo316 wrote: Let there be doughnuts.

    The powers that be have finally swarmed in on Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins, who was fired from his post on Monday.

    General manager Craig MacTavish pulled the trigger and will step back behind the bench on an interim basis to replace the terminated head coach, according to various reports.

    The second-year boss, who was brought in partly due to his impressive resume with young talent, stumbled throughout his first NHL head coaching tenure and finished with a record of 36-62-14.

    MacTavish led the Oilers to the Stanley Cup final in 2006, but was fired after missing the playoffs in three straight seasons.

    Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos notes that Edmonton may already have a successor in mind. Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson is reportedly headed to meet team brass on the road in Arizona.


     

     


    EDMONTON - Dallas Eakins has a message for the fans in Edmonton: Be patient.

    Speaking at a news conference today, the outgoing Oilers coach says he understands the fans' frustration after many losing seasons.

    But he notes there are no easy fixes, adding that general manager Craig MacTavish needs more time to sort out the team's problems.

    Eakins was fired on Monday by MacTavish, who will take over on a transitional basis before handing the reins to interim coach Todd Nelson.

    Edmonton is in last place in the Western Conference standings.

    Entering tonight's game in Arizona, the Oilers have lost 15 of their last 16 games.

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Fedor Tyutin off injured reserve and assigned left wing Kerby Rychel to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    The 31-year-old Tyutin missed the past 13 games after he sprained his knee Nov. 14 at Philadelphia. He has two assists and six penalty minutes in 16 games this season, with 50 goals, 185 assists and 448 penalty minutes in 691 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.

    Rychel was the club's second first-round pick, 19th overall, in the 2013 draft. He made his NHL debut Nov. 29 at Nashville and picked up three assists and two penalty minutes in five games with the Blue Jackets.

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    The mumps may have blown into the Windy City.

    Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville announced that reigning Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith will miss Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Wild due to illness, prompting inevitable questions in regards to whether he has the mumps.

    “Not sure about that,” Quenneville told reporters. “I don’t know what’s wrong. He’s sick.

    “We’re doing everything we can to prevent it,” Quenneville said of the virus affecting his team. “We’ll see what happens.”

    Keith has six goals and 12 assists in 31 games.

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    Damnit, that's the Jets top three defensemen, and four of the top six on the shelf now.

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    In the wake of the baffling mumps outbreak that is wreaking havoc across the NHL, several teams have postponed their scheduled visits to local children's hospitals.

    The New York Islanders were slated to visit six hospitals Wednesday, but instead chose to err on the side of caution, a team spokesperson told ESPN.com.

    The Islanders do not have any players thus far who have exhibited symptoms of the disease -- the team was one of many that recently administered prophylactic vaccines -- but still felt it best to proceed with the utmost care.

    "We're extremely disappointed that the event has been postponed, but understand the circumstances," Islanders forward Kyle Okposo said in a team-issued news release. "This has always been one of our favorite events to take part in because seeing a child smile when we give them a gift or take a picture with them, is what the holiday season is all about. We're happy the children will still receive the gifts and look forward to visiting the local hospitals soon."

    The Calgary Flames also have decided to postpone their holiday visit to a children's hospital, a team spokesperson confirmed to ESPN.com, as have the Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild.

    The Flames, who were slated to visit Alberta Children's Hospital on Wednesday, received vaccinations two weeks ago, and none of their players have exhibited symptoms. However, the team consulted with the hospital and decided postponement would be best.

    Recently, the Pittsburgh Penguins visited the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and might have unwittingly exposed several kids to the virus. Pens forward Beau Bennett, who was one of the players to participate in the function, was diagnosed Tuesday with the league's 15th case of the mumps. A spokesperson for the hospital said all children who had not already received an age-appropriate dosage of the vaccine would be placed in isolation and monitored for any signs of symptoms.

    Those who had already received vaccinations were not considered to be at risk.

    The St. Louis Blues visited various hospitals this past Wednesday; every player took part with the exception of David Backes, who had a mouth injury at the time.

    The Anaheim Ducks postponed a visit last month.

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    SUNRISE, Fla. -- Nick Bjugstad took a deep breath before his second attempt in the longest shootout in NHL history.

    And when he finally exhaled and scored, the Florida Panthers had outlasted the Washington Capitals in a whopping 20 rounds.

    "I've never seen anything like that," Florida goalie Roberto Luongo said.

    Bjugstad scored the game-winning goal to give the Panthers a 2-1 victory Tuesday night, beating Braden Holtby on the right side with the 40th shot of the tiebreaker. The previous NHL shootout record was 15 rounds, when the New York Rangers beat Washington on Nov. 26, 2005.

    "I kind of relaxed, took a deep breath and tried going in there with confidence, and it worked out," Bjugstad said.

    Bjugstad, who missed in the second round of the shootout, held the puck, deked and then fired it past Holtby into the open net.

    The Panthers outscored the Capitals 6-5 in the tiebreaker; the six goals were the most ever in a shootout. Jussi Jokinen, Dave Bolland, Derek MacKenzie, Sean Bergenheim and Dylan Olsen also were successful for Florida.

    The Panthers were down to their last shot five times and answered with a goal each time.

    "The great thing is, I don't know how many times guys bailed me out where they had to score to keep it alive and they did every time. It was amazing," Luongo said.

    Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Joel Ward, John Carlson and Brooks Orpik had shootout goals for the Capitals.

    MacKenzie scored in regulation for Florida, and Luongo made 23 saves.

    Troy Brouwer scored in regulation for Washington, and Holtby stopped 28 shots. The Capitals have points in six straight games.

    "Even though we lost, it was very entertaining," Brouwer said. "We were having a little fun on the bench. We would have liked to come out on the other end of it. Anytime you go 20 shooters in a shootout, that's entertaining."

    The Capitals are 1-3 in shootouts this season.

    "At first you're (thinking), just get the shootout victory, but once it got to 15, 16, 17, actually it was quite fun," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "You just sort of lived in the moment and hope that you got the two points. Unfortunately, we didn't."

    But not everyone enjoyed the extended shootout, which lasted 17 minutes, 43 seconds.

    "It definitely wasn't fun to be a part of it," Holtby said. "Being on the end that I had to make a save numerous times when the game was on the line and I didn't; that's not a fun spot to be in."

    The Panthers are 4-0-1 in their past five home games. The win was only their second in their past 12 games against the Capitals. The Panthers lost Oct. 18 in a shootout at Washington.

    The previous record for the Panthers was 11 shootout rounds on Nov. 28, 2007, also against the Capitals.

    Florida is 3-4 in shootouts this season.

    "That was exciting. Everybody loved that, especially with the way it ended, winning a game like that with Bjugstad's goal," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said.

    With the score tied 1-all at 3:08 of the third, it appeared the Capitals took the lead when the puck slid by Luongo and into the net. The goal was overruled after a video review because it was determined that Laich kicked in the puck with his left skate.

    The Panthers took a 1-0 lead when MacKenzie one-timed a rebound at 9:36 of the first. The Capitals tried to clear from behind the net, and the puck went off the skate of Florida's Scottie Upshall and out in front, where MacKenzie beat Holtby on the glove side.

    The Capitals tied it on Brouwer's power-play goal in the second. Ovechkin passed from the left circle across to Brouwer in the slot. His wrist shot beat Luongo on the glove side at 14:35 for his ninth goal of the season.

    "I think we made some history tonight, and the chances of that happening again are one in a million," Trotz said.


    Game notes

    Holtby made his 13th consecutive start for the Capitals. ... Panthers defenseman Olsen played his 100th NHL game. ... Upshall and Aleksander Barkov returned to the Florida lineup after missing nine and six games, respectively.

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    The mumps virus is spreading throughout the NHL, and the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room currently appears to be at the center of it.

    On the heels of Sidney Crosby and Beau Bennett being diagnosed with the viral infection, three more Penguins players have taken ill including goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, and defenseman Olli Maatta.

    The three Penguins players are being tested for mumps as a precaution, the club announced Wednesday.

    The club also noted in a release that all three Penguins players were tested for the mumps earlier this month. Those tests returned with negative results.

    Of course, those tests presumably occurred before the club allowed a player with a severely swollen cheek to come to work in the midst of a workplace specific mumps outbreak.

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    lobo316 wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Best wishes to Gordie Howe after suffering a serious stroke the other day. Hope the living legend gets well soon!

     

    LUBBOCK, Texas -- Gordie Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer "has taken a turn for the worse" after suffering another stroke recently.

    Mark Howe said Sunday his father's most recent stroke occurred about a week ago in Lubbock, where the 86-year-old former Detroit Red Wings star is staying with his daughter. He was at her home last month when an initial stroke caused some impairment.

    The younger Howe says chronic back pain, advanced stages of dementia and high blood pressure are taking a toll on his bedridden father.

    He says the family is concentrating on making him as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

    The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed him in the record book.











     

     

    The latest update on Gordie Howe is very encouraging.

    Gordie's son, Marty, told John Fraser of the Saskatoon Media Groupthat his father is walking under his own power and is scheduled to attend the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner in Saskatoon, Sask., on Feb. 6th.

    Howe won't be the only hockey legend in the room that night, asWayne Gretzky will be the keynote speaker for what is expected to be Howe's final public appearance.

    Howe has been resting at his daughter's home in Texas after suffering a series of strokes.

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    The Calgary Flames signed head coach Bob Hartley to a multi-year contract extension on Wednesday.

    Hartley has been with the team since May 31, 2012.

    The Flames currently sit fifth in the Pacific division and ninth in the Western Conference with a 17-14-2 record for 36 points. However, the team is in the midst of a six-game losing skid.

    Calgary has a record of 71-79-13 under Hartley over the past three seasons.

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    in other hockey news the Carolina Hurricanes suck, are hard to watch and can't outdraw a matinee show of Disney on Ice in its own building. Alexander Semin is the worst excuse for a millionaire hockey player ever, I quit working there and my mini plan ended so I may not see another game this year unless I get some freebies (and Im a big hockey fan, your average North Carolina NSCAR/ACC basketball fan has long quit caring

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    Count Grog wrote: in other hockey news the Carolina Hurricanes suck, are hard to watch and can't outdraw a matinee show of Disney on Ice in its own building. Alexander Semin is the worst excuse for a millionaire hockey player ever, I quit working there and my mini plan ended so I may not see another game this year unless I get some freebies (and Im a big hockey fan, your average North Carolina NSCAR/ACC basketball fan has long quit caring
    I feel your pain.  I haven't seen meaningful NHL hockey since the 'Canes won the cup.

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    The New Jersey Devils have lost rookie defenseman Damon Severson for four-to-five weeks with a non-displaced hairline fracture in his left ankle, the club announced Thursday.

    The 20-year-old recorded four goals and eight assists in 32 games, good for second in total points among rookie defenseman behind Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers.

    Severson has been averaging more than 23 minutes per game on the Devils' blue line.

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    Nashville Predators forward James Neal is the first NHL player to be given a fine for diving.

    Neal has been fined $2,000 for an incident that took place in Saturday's loss to the San Jose Sharks, the league announced Wednesday.

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    The Winnipeg Jets have lost another defenceman to injury.

    Head coach Paul Maurice announced that Mark Stuart will be out until February with a lower-body injury.

    This is just the latest in a series of injuries to the Jets blueline. Tobias Enstrom, Zach Bogosian and Jacob Trouba are all slated to miss time for Winnipeg to due to various ailments.

    The 30-year-old has a goal and nine points this season. He has played in every game for the Jets.

    It is possible he suffered the injury in a fight during Winnipeg’s 5-1 win over Buffalo on Tuesday. Stuart did not participate in the Jets’ Skills Competition on Wednesday.

    Stuart signed a four-year, $10.5 million contract extension with Winnipeg in March.

    The hope for Enstrom is that he begins skating in early January, while Bogosian is hoping to be back by the middle of next month. Trouba is slated to return in February.

    Winnipeg currently sits in the first wild card spot in the Western Conference with 38 points.

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    I'm going to learn how to skate this week, the Jets need me on the blueline.

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    The Winnipeg Jets have acquired defenceman Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2015 sixth-round pick.

    The pick originally belonged to the Ottawa Senators, who traded it to the Jets last season.

    The trade was announced hours after the Jets said that defenceman Mark Stuart will be out until February with a lower-body injury.

    Harrison joins a depleted blue line, as Tobias Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, Jacob Trouba and Stuart are all slated to miss time for Winnipeg to due to various ailments.

    In 20 games this season, the 32-year-old has a goal and four points.

    He has two years remaining on a three-year, $4.5 million contract. Carolina will retain 30 per cent of Harrison's salary.

    Winnipeg currently sits in the first wild card spot in the Western Conference with 38 points.

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    cdewar19 wrote: I'm going to learn how to skate this week, the Jets need me on the blueline.Please hurry!  Jay "fucking" Harrison  
    Oh my gawd!

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    Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was taken to hospital as a precaution after leaving Thursday's game against the Anaheim Ducks following a hit from defenseman Clayton Stoner, the team announced.

    Pacioretty reportedly suffered an upper-body injury, according to John Lu of TSN.

    The Canadiens star left the game early in the third period and did not return.

    Stoner is unlikely to face supplementary discipline for the hit, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins have released the results of their latest round of testing for mumps.

    Defenseman Olli Maatta has tested positive for the virus and remains in isolation, general manager Jim Rutherford announced Friday.

    Goaltender Thomas Greiss and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo have tested negative.

    The 20-year-old defenseman - who recorded one goal and eight assists in 20 games - also underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his thyroid earlier this season.

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    from sportsnet.ca:


    30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman


    1. Equal time: Last week, this blog included a note indicating Vancouver’s anger with NHL Player Safety, as Stephane Robidas received no hearing for his elbow to Shawn Matthias. There was sympathy for Matthias’ injury, but the department felt the brunt of Robidas’s elbow was absorbed by the chest, which caused the Canuck winger’s head to snap forward. While the defender’s shoulder did eventually make contact with the head, it did not meet the criteria for an illegal check to it.


    2. With the Holiday Trade Freeze rapidly approaching, Boston and St. Louis are two interesting teams to watch, not just because they’ve been talking to each other. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is contacting teams with space, seeing what it will cost for them to take players off his roster, so he can free up room to do what he wants.

    Curious to see if those second-round selections he acquired for Johnny Boychuk are in his plans. For both Chiarelli and Blues’ compatriot Doug Armstrong, it’s not just about this year. Boston, in a tight spot, must deal with Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith in the summer. Armstrong knows the next two years mean extensions for Jake Allen, Jori Lehtera, Jaden Schwartz and breakout sensation Vladimir Tarasenko. With all of the cap uncertainty, you’ve got to be careful.


    3. That’s why you’re hearing a lot of Patrik Berglund and T.J. Oshie. Both have two more years, the former with a no-trade that kicks in next July 1. Logically, it makes sense for Armstrong to create flexibility.

    But, you wonder if adding either player fits the Bruins, because of the term commitment. For example, a near-cap match is Loui Eriksson. If you’re St. Louis, you’d probably do either one for him, because he has only one year remaining. But does it makes sense for Boston? I can see why the answer would be no.


    4. Here’s another Boston possibility, albeit on a smaller scale: Vancouver’s Zack Kassian. Kassian currently is injured, but I can see the Bruins taking a shot when he returns. Jim Benning knows Boston’s prospects, it probably doesn’t cost Chiarelli a ton and Kassian has the edge Boston is looking for, although he hasn’t shown enough of it yet.

    Late note: Boston may have cooled on this one.


    5. If your team is looking for defencemen, watch Anaheim. Ben Lovejoy’s return gives them eight blueliners, with Eric Brewer (expected to be back in January) making nine. That gives Bob Murray some flexibility. Winnipeg added Jay Harrison to stop the bleeding, and Minnesota is another team looking for depth there.


    6. Think Carolina was one of the teams interested in Jeremy Morin before he was traded from Chicago, but the two teams could not work out a deal. The Hurricanes, by the way, can only retain one more salary this season, as small chunks of Harrison and Tuomo Ruutu’s cash remain on the books.


    7. Taylor Hall? Craig MacTavish has been trying to make trades for almost two years. Can something as complex as a Hall deal really get done now? Part of me wonders if Hall’s name is out there to see how he responds. Does he get to a higher level, showing a desire to stay? Lots of other questions, such as: who is making this decision? We know there is a “forensic audit” of the organization being done, with Bob Nicholson playing a major role.

    If Craig MacTavish is in any trouble, does it make sense to do this now? Do you want to determine who your full-time coach is, so you can get his opinion? Are there enough teams with cap room to create the auction you need? Is it best to see what draft pick you get, and make your moves from there? Is there any way on Earth you’re dealing him in the Western Conference? And, most importantly, is it ever a good idea to trade a cornerstone player at such an emotional time?


    8. That said, if you’re hoping to get Ryan Johansen (the Blue Jackets already nixed that idea, to Edmonton and others), who do you think you’re giving up? If he does get dealt, it’s that kind of a high-impact return.


    9. The Oilers will continue to look for centres, defencemen and a goalie, and I asked around to see who might be a fit should they decide to try something significant. There were a lot of votes for Pittsburgh, with a plethora of young defenders. One exec said if he was Edmonton, he would target Brandon Sutter, although he added he thinks the Penguins hold on to Sutter until the salary cap makes it impossible for them to do so.

    But you know who got a couple of votes? Florida. It’s a good theory: cap room, a need for wingers and two promising defence prospects — 2012 first-rounder Michael Matheson and 2013 second-rounder Ian McCoshen, both at Boston College (McCoshen will be at the world juniors for Team USA). Anyway, worth watching.


    10. One AHL coach on what to expect from a Todd Nelson group: “Good cycle team that moves in the offensive zone with all five players, three (of them) high. Come through neutral zone with good structure, and try to pressure you before you set up in d-zone coverage. They have the (number two) power play in league, with quick puck movement, player movement and…outnumber you to the net for rebound goals.”

    That coach and another one both praised Nelson’s teams for their preparation, with the latter noting his up-tempo practices. It will be tough, though, for him to get a lot of practice time around Christmas.


    11. Best compliment paid to Nelson: “Oklahoma City was not that good last year. He willed them into the playoffs.”


    12. Some interesting ice times from MacTavish/Nelson’s first two games behind the bench, a 2-1 overtime loss to Arizona and a 4-3 defeat in San Jose. Jordan Eberle, averaging 19:03, played 17:49 against the Coyotes (in regulation), and 17:02 in Sharkland. Ted Purcell (average of 15:23) played 16:55 and 18:37. There were some pretty wild swings, too. Nail Yakupov went from 14:30 to 9:46 (with a penalty). Justin Schultz from 23:03 to 18:11. Mark Arcobello 18:58 to 10:37, as Boyd Gordon returned. Brad Hunt dropped from 22:19 to 15:59.


    13. There’s been a lot of debate about whether or not Dallas Eakins gets another head coaching position. Ron Lancaster: 4-28 in his first job. How many times was Pete Carroll fired? Eakins read a lot about John Wooden, who needed 18 years to win his first championship. It’s what you learn from your experiences, and, as he processes this over time, I’d bet he learned plenty.


    14. If there’s one thing Arizona needs, it’s young forwards who can score. That’s the key to Keith Yandle (A nice, high draft pick wouldn’t hurt, either). But Don Maloney is making it clear that he will not do anything with Yandle unless it provides a long-term solution. It’s also possible some teams who don’t desperately need a centre take a look at Antoine Vermette. He can play the wing, and versatility never hurts.


    15. Justin Williams doesn’t have a hard deadline to finish an extension with the Kings, but it sounds like he’d like to get it done by New Year’s or hold off until after the season. Don’t forget L.A.’s creativity in signing Marian Gaborik. They want to keep Williams and both sides are willing to work at it.


    16. It’s common knowledge Buffalo has two UFA goalies-to-be — Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth — but there is a the possibility of a third. Matt Hackett, who had reconstructive knee surgery last May, needs eight performances of at least 30 minutes or he will be a Group VI free agent, allowed to sign anywhere.

    He’s played 21 NHL games, three of which don’t count, because they were under the 30-minute threshold. Hackett will be 25 in March, and as a five-year pro of that age and an expiring contract, the Sabres must get him to 26 official appearances to change his status to restricted. He is practising now.


    17. You might ask, why must it be 30 minutes? Well, in 1996-97, the Devils were in the same situation with Mike Dunham. One game, they played him for 2.6 seconds, barely enough for Martin Brodeur to clip a toenail. Dunham took New Jersey to arbitration, but lost. In the next CBA, a higher bar was set.


    18. Let’s go back to Nov. 12, when the Kings blew 3-1 and 5-3 leads, losing 6-5 to the Ducks in a shootout. Darryl Sutter held an interesting scrum, saying, “I don’t think we let it get away, we never had a lead,” then, “I know you define it by goals having the lead, but we really never had the lead. Wasn’t for (Jonathan Quick), it wasn’t even close.”

    His brother Rich, who does some work for Sportsnet, explained a few weeks later that Darryl Sutter was solely concerned about big picture. Maybe the Kings were winning, but he couldn’t stand the way they were playing. He didn’t think they were good enough to win that night, no matter the score. I was reminded of that Wednesday, when Calgary extended Bob Hartley during a six-game losing streak. The Flames’ young players are improving. The team is in better shape than expected. He’s done much better than expected, despite recent fumbles.


    19. Forgot this one from two weeks ago, Brad Treliving on Josh Jooris: “He might be the first player to get a contract extension before his own place.” Good line, but the apartment came first.


    20. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly met this week with representatives of the potential Las Vegas team, although not prospective owner William Foley. No target total of season tickets is set, as of now. Foley said last week that part of his agreement with the NHL is that prices are set at the league average, just under $65.

    His model will be similar to Winnipeg’s, ranging from $39-$129, although he will offer some shorter commitments than the Jets’ three-to-five-year ask. A lot of research has been done into size of the market, wealth of the market and ideal game times — including Sunday afternoons and Tuesday nights, since casino workers tend to get a lot of those off. “We’re not going to have an NHL team without having locals there,” he said. Sunday afternoons? Good luck. Best line comes from one NHL media relations person: “That team will go 41-0 at home.”


    21. Foley, asked about the belief this is a done deal if ticket sales are successful: “Can’t say that. I wouldn’t want to put words in the NHL’s mouth or the commissioner’s mouth. If it works I believe we can convince them that we are deserving of a franchise…I’m confident we can get this done.”


    22. How did this begin? The Maloof family, former owners of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, approached him about buying, and relocating, the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Foley was not interested, because he has a home in Jacksonville, and did not want it “burned down.” He told the Maloofs moving an NFL team was very difficult, and the family’s messy divorce from the Kings made the NBA impossible.

    Foley was not interested in baseball, so hockey became the focus. His father, who worked in the Air Force, moved the family to Ottawa for three years when he was a child. He played hockey there, although he admits the game “left him for awhile” when they departed.


    23. There was surprise Foley did so many interviews. He said commissioner Gary Bettman dropped the gag order on Dec. 8. He will own approximately two-thirds of the team.


    24. Don’t know the exact moment Sidney Crosby got the mumps diagnosis, but do know this: after his photo started making the rounds last Friday, Francois Beauchemin immediately reached out to warn Crosby that’s indeed what he had. Beauchemin is a highly respected guy. Undoubtedly, “The Kid” listened.


    25. A buddy of mine is a family doctor north of Toronto since 1999. You know how many mumps cases he’s seen? Zero. He showed stats from the city of Toronto health department. Mumps cases from 2007-11? 21. In 2012? Five. Crazy stuff. By the way, the Rangers did humanity a solid by a) putting Derick Brassard on a charter instead of a public flight from Vancouver, and b) warning the company so the plane could be properly cleaned before any other teams needed to use it.


    26. As the KHL goes through a potential implosion due to the ruble’s collapse, remember one thing about anyone who has played a game there since the NHL season started — they have to clear waivers before playing here. Players based outside of Russia are luckier, as they are paid in Euros. One agent said that, if his Russian-based clients don’t need the money immediately, he’d advise them to consider putting it into a reputable Moscow bank, since they offer better interest rates than you can find here (Some apparently offer as much as 12-15 percent, but that can be a riskier play).


    27. Another agent suggested that, while it might be bad for his clients, it isn’t necessarily the worst thing for the KHL, since it has too many teams as it is. It’s not as if the league has a ton of revenue, instead surviving on the largesse of wealthy owners. If costs go down because the ruble is worth less, how much will they really complain?


    28. Whenever there are rumours of trouble in Russia, tweeters start asking about Ilya Kovalchuk. The general reaction is, “He will be the first guy to be taken care of. They aren’t letting go of their marquee player.” When he left, it was the NHL’s position that until Kovalchuk turns 35, he remains New Jersey property, as he signed his retirement papers. Another more relevant example might be Vladimir Sobotka. Doug Armstrong was at the Karjala Cup in Finland last month, where Sobotka was supposed to play but didn’t.

    The centre owes St. Louis one year before he can be an unrestricted free agent in the NHL, and there is a belief he will return to play it out. He’s a good player, and Armstrong had some trade conversations (believed to include Edmonton, Montreal and Tampa) but teams were scared off because his future was uncertain. Maybe he can even find a way to mend with the Blues.


    29. Sometimes I wonder if NHL teams take the heat for players who don’t want to go to the world juniors because they prefer to keep their big-league spot, or had a bad experience in previous year(s).


    30. Fran Rider isn’t a household name, but no one in the planet’s history has done more for women’s hockey than her. The Women’s World Championship and the sport’s place at the Olympics don’t exist without her. And, if you ever crossed her, you knew it. Tremendous of the IIHF to announce her as a Hall of Famer earlier this week. Excellent choice.

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    lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Best wishes to Gordie Howe after suffering a serious stroke the other day. Hope the living legend gets well soon!

     

    LUBBOCK, Texas -- Gordie Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer "has taken a turn for the worse" after suffering another stroke recently.

    Mark Howe said Sunday his father's most recent stroke occurred about a week ago in Lubbock, where the 86-year-old former Detroit Red Wings star is staying with his daughter. He was at her home last month when an initial stroke caused some impairment.

    The younger Howe says chronic back pain, advanced stages of dementia and high blood pressure are taking a toll on his bedridden father.

    He says the family is concentrating on making him as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

    The man known as "Mr. Hockey" set NHL marks with 801 goals and 1,850 points that held up until Wayne Gretzky surpassed him in the record book.











     

     

    The latest update on Gordie Howe is very encouraging.

    Gordie's son, Marty, told John Fraser of the Saskatoon Media Groupthat his father is walking under his own power and is scheduled to attend the Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner in Saskatoon, Sask., on Feb. 6th.

    Howe won't be the only hockey legend in the room that night, asWayne Gretzky will be the keynote speaker for what is expected to be Howe's final public appearance.

    Howe has been resting at his daughter's home in Texas after suffering a series of strokes.


     

     

    Gordie Howe's family says the NHL legend's improved health is due to an unexpected source.

    In a statement released Friday, Howe's family said Mr. Hockey was recently subject to a stem cell clinical trial at Novastem, a licensed distributor of Stemedica Cell Technologies based in Mexico.

    The company's CEO, Dr. Maynard Howe, and vice president, Dave McGuigan, contacted the Howe family in November after hearing of Gordie's deteriorating condition.

    Howe had a two-day, non surgical procedure done on Dec. 8. Here are more details, according to the release:

    The treatment included neural stem cells injected into the spinal canal on Day 1 and mesenchymal stem cells by intravenous infusion on Day 2. His response was truly miraculous. At the end of Day 1 he was walking with minimal effort for the first time since his stroke. By Day 2 he was conversing comfortably with family and staff at the clinic.

    On the third day, he walked to his seat on the plane under his own power. By Day 5 he was walking unaided and taking part in helping out with daily household chores. When tested, his ability to name items has gone from less than 25% before the procedure to 85% today. His physical therapists have been astonished. Although his short term memory, strength, endurance and coordination have plenty of room for improvement, we are hopeful that he will continue to improve in the months to come.

    Howe appeared to be in dire straits earlier this month, but reports of his improved condition coincide with the timeline outlined by Novastem.

    He remains on track to make his final public appearance with Wayne Gretzky in February.

    - with h/t to The Hockey News

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    The New York Rangers have reportedly secured the rights to their backup goaltender.

    The club has agreed to terms with Cam Talbot on a contract extension, believed to be for one year at $1.45 million through the 2015-16 season, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

    The undrafted 27-year-old has appeared in 28 career games for the Rangers, with a 14-9-2 record and a save percentage of .936.

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    The Calgary Flames managed to score on their own net from 200 feet away on Saturday night.

    It was a delayed penalty situation - Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller had gone to the bench when Flames defender Dennis Wideman sent an errant pass to Mason Raymond that went down the length of the rink and into Calgary's own net:

    Well, y'know, everything that Wideman touches this season seems to find the back of the net. Heyo!

    This is not something you see every day.

     


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    Nice story as 33 year old Goalie Rob Zepp made his NHL debut tonight and got the win as Philadelphia beat Winnipeg 4-3 in OT.


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    Flyers callup Rob Zepp, shown warming up before Saturday night's game against the Leafs, set for NHL debut.


    Rob Zepp, a 33-year-old journeyman goalie from Newmarket, made his NHL debut with the Philadelphia Flyers in a 4-3 overtime win over the Jets in Winnipeg on Sunday night.

    Zepp — who made 25 saves, including a sprawling toe stop to rob Mark Scheifele late in the second period — had been playing with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms when Flyer starter Steve Mason was injured in practice on Friday. Regular backup Ray Emery started Saturday night’s 7-4 win over the Leafs, with Zepp recalled and on the bench. And with Philly playing on back-to-back nights, Zepp faced the Jets.

    “It was a little overwhelming at first . . . but I couldn’t be more excited,” Zepp told the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call on the weekend.

    Zepp signed in the off-season after winning five German league titles with the Berlin Polar Bears, where he played with Flyers captain Claude Giroux during the last NHL lockout. The netminder had been starting for the Phantoms, racking up an 8-5-4 record with a 2.70 goals against average and .918 save mark. Last season he went 24-14-0/2.39/.931.

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    A trio of Pittsburgh Penguins are being sent home for the holidays ... and a round of mumps tests.

    Steve Downie, Brandon Sutter and Thomas Greiss are returning to Pittsburgh to be tested for the virus, general manager Jim Rutherford announced Monday.

    The Penguins are in Florida for a Monday game against the Panthers.

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    Pittsburgh Penguins forward Blake Comeau left Monday's game against the Florida Panthers midway through the third period with an apparent injury.

    Bryan Rust took Comeau's spot on the line with Evgeni Malkin and Nick Spaling.

    There is a chance the injury is serious, head coach Mike Johnston told reporters after the game. It may be a wrist issue, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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    Marcus Foligno is paying a hefty price for defending his captain.

    The Buffalo Sabres forward suffered a hand injury Saturday while fighting Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski after Bartkowski hit Brian Gionta. Sabres coach Ted Nolan suggested the damage to Foligno's hand was significant and classified the injury as month-to-month during his weekly radio appearance.

    Foligno has 59 points in 163 career games.

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    You can only slow a Staal for so long.

    The Carolina Hurricanes could be set to welcome center Jordan Staal back to the lineup before the calendar turns to 2015.

    Staal has been out of the lineup all season with a fractured fibula. However, head coach Bill Peters may be targeting a Dec. 29 contest against the Montreal Canadiens as a return date, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.

    Staal, an important contributor at both ends of the ice, recorded 15 goals and 25 assists in a full 82 games for the Hurricanes in 2013-14.

    His return would be a boon for a club stuck in 29th place in the NHL standings.

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    The NHL Department of Player Safety handed John Scott a big lump of coal for the holidays.

    The San Jose Sharks forward will miss four games for punchingAnaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman during Monday's game. He will be eligible to return to the lineup Jan. 6 when the Sharks visit theWinnipeg Jets.

    Scott is a repeat offender with multiple previous suspensions, including a seven-game ban for a hit to the head of Loui Eriksson in 2013 and a two-game suspension for executing an illegal line change so he could fight Jackman in a game against the Ducks earlier in the season.

     


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    It's really amazing how the Pens have been able to stay at the top of the standings when there's been times this month where they're basically putting their AHL team + Fleury on the ice for games.

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    And with that, the holiday season is over.

    General manager Lou Lamoriello and the New Jersey Devils fired head coach Pete DeBoer on Friday amid his fourth season at the helm, the team confirmed.

    Rumors of his demise were whispered as the team stumbled into the holiday break having lost seven of its last eight games, but players encompassing the veteran locker room vouched for the safety of their head coach.

    DeBoer guided the sixth-seeded Devils to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012 during his first season with the organization, but has failed to get the team back in the postseason since.

    He owns a career 217-200-77 coaching record in seven seasons, including going 114-93-41 in New Jersey. A DeBoer coached team has made the playoffs just once in his six-plus seasons as a head coach.

    Lamoriello is not prepared to name an immediate replacement, but former Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates's name has been linked to the vacancy.

    DeBoer becomes the third coach to be fired this season, joining Paul MacLean and Dallas Eakins.

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    The New Jersey Devils fired head coach Pete DeBoer on Friday, and they may be ready to name his replacement.

    An announcement involving former Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean could take place as early as this weekend, according to Rich Chere of NJ.com.

    From the report:

    With teams set to resume play after the NHL's Christmas break, speculation among Devils players is that Paul MacLean will be introduced Saturday morning as the team's new coach.

    The Devils need permission to speak with the former Senators coach, but sources told the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch that it hadn't been granted as of Thursday evening.

    MacLean won the Jack Adams Award as the league's top coach in 2013, but the Senators got off to a 11-11-5 start before he was fired on Dec. 8.

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    Not surprised that Lou would grab up MacLean. I think He got a raw deal in Ottawa.

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    lobo316 wrote:  With teams set to resume play after the NHL's Christmas break, speculation among Devils players is that Paul MacLean will be introduced Saturday morning as the team's new coach.


    Well it's not Paul MacLean. I don't think this arrangement will last very long and  I'm guessing that Oates will take over in a few weeks.


    from tsn.ca:

    The New Jersey Devils are replacing the fired Pete DeBoer with a three-headed coaching staff.

    Former Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates, ex-Devils assistant and star defenceman Scott Stevens and general manager Lou Lamoriello will split duties on the bench. Oates will handle the forwards and Stevens will oversee the defence, Lamoriello said at a news conference before Saturday's morning skate.

    "I'll go on the bench to make sure it works for now," Lamoriello said. "It's a unique way of approaching things."

    There will be no official head coach for the rest of the season. Lamoriello plans to remain on the bench "until I feel comfortable with the situation."

    DeBoer was fired Friday with the Devils languishing nine points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at 12-17-7. The three-headed coaching staff debuts Saturday night at the New York Rangers.

    "We're going to feed off each other," Oates said. "There's no reason why we can't work together. Everything happened pretty quickly. But when Lou calls, the answer is always 'Yes.' It didn't matter what my responsibility would be."

    Oates went 68-47-17 in two seasons with the Capitals and spent two years with the Devils as an assistant coach, helping them reach the Stanley Cup finals in 2012. He played 19 years in the NHL, including a stint with the St. Louis Blues, when he was teammates with Stevens. Oates had 341 goals and 1,079 assists in his career and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

    "We have tremendous respect for each other," Oates said. "We worked together here. We both played here and coached here, so it's an easy transition for us. It's kind of a collaboration right now. It's a team effort and we're all on the same page."

    Stevens spent 13 seasons with the Devils, much of it as captain. He had 196 goals and 712 assists during his career, leading the Devils to Stanley Cup championships in 1995, 2000 and 2003. He was an assistant coach with the team until the start of this season, when he had philosophical differences with DeBoer.

    "Adam and I are going to try to get this righted," Stevens said. "We have to get the Devil identity back. I'll make sure to work with the defence and Adam will work with the forwards. He's already been a head coach, so it will be a good transition. In my opinion, it will be a great challenge, but we both love great challenges."

    Lamoriello made his league-record 14th coaching change.

    "It's never easy in this league," Lamoriello said. "It's been a long 48 hours, but you have to do what you feel is right."

    Lamoriello said that it wasn't fair to ask another coach to take over a floundering team midway through a season.

    "That's why we didn't even consider anyone else," Lamoriello said.

    "Both of these individuals know our players, know the philosophy that we want," he added. "It makes sense. I know it's unique and different, but right now, it's our way of moving forward. I'm totally confident with the setup."



     

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    Holy shit the Devils are all different kinds of bad. Sucks for their fan base, all 11 of them.

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    The Derek Roy experiment did not go well for the Nashville Predators.

    The veteran center, signed to a one-year, $1-million contract this past summer, has been placed on the waivers, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    The 31-year-old - who is averaging 0.73 point per game over the course of his career - managed only one goal and nine assists in 26 games with the Predators, but could still provide some value for another club, if claimed.

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    The Boston Bruins have exposed a piece of the Tyler Seguin trade.

    The club has placed forward Matt Fraser on waivers, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    Fraser, 24, recorded five goals in 38 total games for the Bruins, and is required to pass through the waiver process before being eligible to be reassigned to the AHL.

    Whether he's claimed by another club by Monday's noon EST deadline is yet to be determined.

    Fraser is in the midst of a one-year, $625,000 contract with the Bruins.

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    The hits just keep coming for the Boston Bruins.

    Head coach Claude Julien announced Sunday that both Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic are day-to-day with undisclosed injuries. Both were absent from practice following Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    The forwards played in the loss to Columbus, although Bergeron missed the last 13 minutes and Lucic engaged in a rather spirited fight with Dalton Prout.

    Bergeron leads the club in total points with seven goals and 20 assists, while Lucic has struggled to the tune of six goals and 11 assists, slotting him sixth amongst Bruins forwards.

    With Boston sitting outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Bruins cannot afford to lose either player for a significant amount of time.

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    The Boston Bruins have exposed a piece of the Tyler Seguin trade.

    The club has placed forward Matt Fraser on waivers, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    Fraser, 24, recorded five goals in 38 total games for the Bruins, and is required to pass through the waiver process before being eligible to be reassigned to the AHL.

    Whether he's claimed by another club by Monday's noon EST deadline is yet to be determined.

    Fraser is in the midst of a one-year, $625,000 contract with the Bruins.

    The Bruins really got hosed on that deal. Seguin leading the league in goals.

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    The Edmonton Oilers have snagged some potential goal-scoring off the waiver wire.

    Forward Matt Fraser has been claimed after being exposed by the Boston Bruins, the Oilers announced Monday.

    Farser, acquired by the Bruins as part of the Tyler Seguin trade, managed only six goals in 51 career NHL games, but showed great promise with 37 and 33 goals seasons as a member of the AHL's Texas Stars from 2011-13.

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    The Dany Heatley experiment is over in Anaheim.

    The veteran winger has been placed on waivers by the Ducks, as first reported by Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    Signed to a one-year, $1-million contract by the club this past summer, the former 50-goal scorer was limited to six games due to various injuries, failing to register a point in that time.

    Despite Heatley's diminishing production, one can't help but wonder if a team will make a claim to add a proven goal-scorer on the cheap.

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    lobo316 wrote: The Derek Roy experiment did not go well for the Nashville Predators.

    The veteran center, signed to a one-year, $1-million contract this past summer, has been placed on the waivers, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.



    Nashville traded Roy to Edmonton.


    from tsn.ca:

    The Edmonton Oilers have acquired centre Derek Roy from the Nashville Predators in exchange for centre Mark Arcobello.

    Roy, 31, had 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 26 games for the Predators this season before being waived by the team on Sunday.

    The Ottawa, Ontario native has accumulated 502 points (178 goals, 324 assists) in 692 games over 11 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and Predators.

    Arcobello, 26, has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 36 games this season for the Oilers.

    Over three seasons with Edmonton, Arcobello has posted 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 78 games. 

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    Bad news for Winnipeg.


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    The Winnipeg Jets will be without Evander Kane until February as the forward recovers from a lower-body injury.

    Kane played on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild and registered two assists in Winnipeg's 4-3 overtime victory. He blocked a shot during the game and missed practice on Sunday.

    The 23-year-old has six goals and nine assists in 26 games this season for the Jets.

    The injury to Kane is the latest in a long line of roster hits that the Jets have been forced to deal with this season. Defenceman Jacob Trouba, Tobias Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, and Mark Stuart are all on injured reserve with various injuries.

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    Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund underwent surgery Monday to repair a fractured left wrist suffered in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, the team announced.

    Granlund is expected to miss approximately four weeks.

    He was placed on injured reserve Sunday, when the team also recalled forwards Tyler Graovac and Brett Sutter.

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    RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes have activated center Jordan Staal from injured reserve.

    The Hurricanes announced the move Monday and say they expect him to play later that night against Montreal.

    Staal missed the first 35 games after breaking a bone in his right leg during a preseason game at Buffalo on Sept. 23.

    Without him, the last-place Hurricanes went 10-21-4.

    He has career stats of 145 goals and 174 assists and is in his third season with Carolina, which acquired him from Pittsburgh in 2012.

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    St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur registered his 125th shutout in a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, the 691st of his career.

    Brodeur stopped 16 shots to earn his first shutout in more than a calendar year, and his first clean sheet as a member of the Blues.

    Some things never change. #stlblues #OurBlues pic.twitter.com/PLmSZRUxEv

    — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) December 30, 2014
    Brodeur's win and shutout totals are both NHL records. He now leads Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy by 140 wins on the all-time list, and is 22 shutouts clear of Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk.

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    Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is taking the whole "knucklehead" thing a little too literally.

    Kaleta made the blooper reel Monday night after landing a punch to his own head during a fight with Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen.
    Let's all watch Patrick Kaleta punch himself in the head!
    Whether it was intentional or accidental, it's the latest incident for the Sabres' pest, who has a history of questionable behavior.

     


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    New Jersey Devils center Stephen Gionta will be sidelined indefinitely after he suffered a broken hand against Pittsburgh on Monday night, coach Lou Lamoriello said.

    Gionta suffered the injury while blocking a shot by Kris Letang during the second period of the Devils' 3-1 victory against the Penguins.

    "He blocked a shot. Broken hand," Lamoriello told reporters after the game. "He'll see a specialist and then we'll determine what the results are. The X-rays showed a break."

    Gionta, in his fifth season with New Jersey, has three goals and three assists this season. He has 32 points in 165 career games.

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    from sportsnet.ca:


    30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman

    1. It’s not on the radar screen right now, but the 2015 World Championships may increase in importance because of the to-be-announced World Cup.

    The springtime event is used to determine qualification for the Olympics, such as automatic berths and hosts of secondary tournaments for those who don’t initially make it. Usually, the Worlds two years before an Olympics is the big one. In 2012, the top nine finishers received automatic entries, with the next three (Germany, Latvia and Denmark) awarded home-ice advantage in further qualifying, although only the Latvians made it.

    The International Olympic Committee wants to know the field by the start of 2017 and, with the World Cup coming in 2016, will the best available players beg out of the Championships four months earlier for extra rest? It would be understandable, which is why it is under discussion to use the 2015 event as the standard. If so, expect a major push from each country’s federation for attendance.


    2. Wednesday is an important day on the NHL calendar, and not just to see which players or coaches are first to break their New Year’s Resolutions.

    Come Jan. 1, any player signed to a one-year contract is eligible to be extended. There are some interesting cases to watch. It’s believed Boston did significant work with Torey Krug and Reilly Smith before signing them for this season, while I’ve mentioned before the idea Pittsburgh plans to commit longer to Christian Ehrhoff. I don’t know if anything should be expected immediately, but wouldn’t be surprised if the Penguins take a run at hammering out something with the defender over the next month.


    3. Other situations to keep an eye on: Blake Comeau (can see him as Pascal Dupuis, wanting to stay in a great personal situation), Brenden Dillon (a new team expected to commit), Cody Franson (tough call), Michael Frolik (talks expected), Mike Hoffman (no talks yet, restricted free agent making a step), Jeff Petry (would be a surprise), Mike Santorelli (not sure there are talks yet, although he’s been very good), Jiri Tlusty (talks started, expected to continue but prime trade bait if nothing gets done) and Mats Zuccarello (team is tight to cap, with several important decisions to make).


    4. There’s another name here worth mentioning: Devan Dubnyk, who led Arizona to a 4-2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night, his third straight victory. He stopped 91 of 95 shots in those games, a sterling .958 save percentage. Word is no discussions yet, which could be because the Coyotes’ ownership situation is yet to be cleared up, or because the team realizes it is “married” to Mike Smith, as GM Don Maloney put it last week to NBC’s ProHockey Talk.

    With Dubnyk re-emerging under Sean Burke, it will be interesting to see how his value is perceived around the league. It was at a low last summer, but you can see the improvement and growing confidence.


    5. The biggest holdup with some of these extensions will be term, especially with uncertainty the dropping dollar throws into cap estimates. “It’s the biggest problem trying to make trades now,” one GM said.


    6. Smith has four years remaining on his contract, at a cap hit of just under $5.7 million and an actual cash value of $24 million. Burke left Christmas Eve to join Team Canada at the World Juniors, but the goal now is to work with him in practice, which is why Dubnyk is getting additional run. There was a sense in the organization that Smith was regaining confidence heading into last week’s start in Vancouver, and he made a huge early save on Henrik Sedin that had everyone encouraged. But Kevin Bieksa beat him through the legs and the goalie unravelled, yanked after four goals on 11 shots in 22 minutes. Burke is determined, though, not to quit on Smith.


    7. Andrew Barroway attended Arizona’s win over Philadelphia, poised to become majority owner of the Coyotes on New Year’s Eve. His first public comments could come later this week, so we should get a clearer idea of what happens to the team’s roster. The NHL isn’t commenting on this, but a few sources indicated commissioner Gary Bettman would not approve the sale until more of the money from it was put back into the team, especially since the current owners are maintaining a minority position.


    8. This may not, however, affect Maloney’s immediate decision-making. The organization is realistic about where this season is going, so it doesn’t make a ton of sense to spend extra now.

    Other clubs believe the decision is already made to trade Antoine Vermette, as the team is unwilling to meet his asking price (in the $6-million range). There’s a lot of interest, obviously, with several of the usual suspects already mentioned, such as Boston, Detroit and St. Louis. Saw New Jersey mentioned, but does it really make sense for the Devils to give up the young assets/draft picks Arizona would want?


    9. This is guesswork, but two other teams who might make sense? Chicago and Montreal. The Blackhawks do have talented young players/prospects and Vermette would be a perfect fit, a versatile forward who could flit around the lineup. As for the Canadiens, it fits Marc Bergevin’s profile. Look at the UFAs he’s traded for: Bryan Allen, Sergei Gonchar, Michael Ryder, Thomas Vanek and Mike Weaver. He pursued Raffi Torres in 2013, but said no when he didn’t like the price.


    10. One under-the-radar name to watch out for on the trade market: Florida prospect Drew Shore, who turns 24 next month.

    Shore, who leads AHL San Antonio with 20 assists and 27 points, loses his waiver-free status with two more NHL games played, or, at the end of this season, whichever comes first (credit to CapGeek for a little help). Centres are hard to find, but when you’ve got Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad blocking your way, there’s not enough room for him in Florida.

    Shore’s being scouted more than normal.


    11. Brad Boyes, complimentary in comparing Barkov and Bjugstad on Hockey Central at Noon: “Barkov is definitely a guy who’s got the vision. I played with him last year… and I really enjoyed it. He’s a guy who is a passer and we actually meshed really well together… As far as Bjugstad, he’s a big kid, he’s going to go around, he’s going to shoot the puck. The guy’s got a a phenomenal shot. So he’s a different type of centreman.” Barkov’s battled some injury trouble.

    Boyes is hoping to re-discover that chemistry with him.


    12. Former Washington GM George McPhee is back at it, working part-time for the Islanders. His family moved to Michigan to be near son Graham, part of the USA National Team’s Development program, and he is scouting for New York in the region.


    13. Asked for some clarification, and it was received: even if Leon Draisaitl is returned to juniors, he will remain as one of Edmonton’s 50 allotted pro contracts because he played more than 11 NHL games. Jesse Joensuu stays on, too, even though he is overseas. That’s one of the reasons the Oilers traded for Derek Roy instead of claiming him on waivers.

    Grabbing Matt Fraser puts them at 47. Getting too close to 50 hurts flexibility, and the Oilers worked to drop a couple when they were right up against it a year ago.


    14. In December 2010, Roy was 27 years old, with 35 points in 35 games for Buffalo, his only NHL home. He suffered a torn quad tendon, missing all but one playoff game the rest of the season. He and Lindy Ruff were never sharing a malt with two straws, but, to that injury, he had 383 points in 469 games, 0.82 points per game. Since then, he’s got 119 in 223 for five teams, down to 0.53. He was a healthy scratch eight times in Nashville’s last 12 games, and averaged less than eight minutes per night in the ones he did dress for. He’s 31. This may be his last chance.


    15. One coach’s observation after two games of the unique structure behind New Jersey’s bench? Be committed to playing a defensive game.

    “They played patient and waited for chances,” he said. “Really clogged up the middle.” (This coach has not played the Devils yet.)

    There was also a slight change on the power play.

    Adam Oates loves the 1-3-1 setup he used in Washington, and Peter DeBoer did use that, too. But Jon Merrill was stationed on the left, even though he is a left shot. (Merrill scored from there against Dallas earlier this month.) That’s hard for one-timers, and when Travis Zajac scored on the man-advantage against Pittsburgh, Peter Harrold, a righty, was in that spot. Harrold is 17th among Devils in power-play ice-time per game this season. Only Marek Zidlicky saw more action up a man than he did Monday night. Oates demands one-timer options, Harrold is an early beneficiary.


    16. The Capitals and the NHL weren’t thrilled when New Jersey hired Oates before asking permission. Even though he was fired, he was still under contract for one year.

    Everything was settled on Saturday, and no one would comment on the resolution.

    My bet: Washington was annoyed at the protocol breach, but more concerned about the finances. Because Oates is not officially a head coach, there might still have been an obligation. You have to think the solution involved an elimination (or near-elimination) of that.


    17. After Monday’s shutout loss to St. Louis, Patrick Roy called out his non-producing forwards, led by Gabriel Landeskog, who has not scored in 10 games. He, Daniel Briere, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan O’Reilly combined for four goals in that span, two less than the duo of Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay.

    It is always hard to predict what Colorado will do. But, if you look at their call-ups, usually there is a player or two at the top of the class, and they do seem to like Dennis Everberg, a Swedish free agent signed last summer. But seven different AHL Lake Erie forwards were given a shot in the past five weeks. They are doing a thorough testing of their organization.


    18. Probably the least surprised person in the NHL with Johnny Gaudreau’s recent success is Los Angeles Kings associate head coach John Stevens, who has known the rookie since he was five. Gaudreau’s father, Guy, coached Stevens’ two boys (John and Nolan, now at NCAA Northeastern) for years.

    “Like great offensive players, he’s an inside edge skater,” Stevens said. “And he doesn’t just think a step ahead, he thinks two steps ahead… When we’re preparing our team for players they might not know well, I’ll give them another player as a similar example. For Johnny, I use Patrick Kane.”


    19. Stevens says Calgary’s system maximizes Gaudreau’s ability to get open because it creates space for him.

    “They have a huge gap, like to play the stretch game. Their ‘D’ can pass it out or skate it out, with the centre swinging back for another outlet.” Gaudreau is usually up ice, finding the open space. The Flames have several players who can make the pass, and he can control it.


    20. Entertaining home-and-home between Minnesota and Winnipeg, with both teams winning ugly on the road — the Jets in overtime, the Wild in regulation.

    Winnipeg is gutting it out through an injury meltdown of biblical proportions.

    “The one thing we want to know,” captain Andrew Ladd said Sunday, “is are we still competing even though we may not be sharp? If the passes are not on the tape or the shots not on net, can we will our way to a win? There’s a calmness on the bench, a sense of confidence that if we stick to the system, we can break things open and not worry about trying to win on one play.”


    21. Ladd added that when the blueliners started going down, coach Paul Maurice put it on the forwards to make sure team defence didn’t fall apart. In the offensive zone, Maurice demanded the forwards “reload” properly. Every team’s terminology is different, but the Jets like their defencemen to be aggressive in that area, so two forwards must be ready to cover.

    Out of their own zone, Maurice told them they get into the most trouble when they just chip it out. “Instead, he wants us to make a confident play,” Ladd said. “Not forcing anything, just a simple play that puts us in a good spot.”


    22. Ladd knows Dustin Byfuglien as well as anyone. Does he want to be a defenceman? “Yeah, I know he does,” the captain said with a laugh. “It works to what he does, jumping on pucks, jamming up the gap. He’s the best in the league at it. He’s been a little smarter in his decision-making, pinching. We want him to be aggressive, with the forwards helping him out… He likes being on the ice as much as possible. When he’s a forward, he’s not on the penalty-kill and when he’s sitting on the bench for long lengths of time, he’s not in the game. He feeds off being in the game.”


    23. Almost 24 hours after his ridiculous 28-second tour around Ottawa’s defensive zone, Gustav Nyqvist was too shy to glorify it. “It was a nice goal,” he said, a late contender for understatement of the year.

    More interesting, though, is how that play illustrates a change for him. Nyquist has 39 goals in his last 82 games. “I’ve scored more than I thought. I used to be a passer, but worked on the mentality of being a shooter. A lot of it is playing with ‘Z’ (Henrik Zetterberg). When you’re playing with him, you’re automatically more of a shooter. But it’s also the coaches. Mike Babcock still mentions it to me a lot. ‘Blash’ (AHL Grand Rapids coach Jeff Blashill) was another one who told me not to pass up a good shot opportunity.”


    24. Nyquist, asked if he plays “keep-away” against the legendarily good Pavel Datsyuk, laughed: “I won’t win, that’s for sure.”


    25. He was not selected the first year he was eligible to be drafted. Detroit took him a year later, 121st overall in 2008. Nyquist said the Red Wings were the only team ever to request an interview with him. That process is why he’s not comfortable saying he’s landed in the NHL for good. “I’ve taken a spot, but I never want to say I feel safe for a spot.”


    26. Tomas Plekanec on what he saw in facing Los Angeles and Anaheim six days apart: “They are so good at maintaining the game they want to play, always do the same things. They get it in deep constantly, put the puck at the net, always have guys at the net. And, they are able to do this for 60 minutes. That’s why they are so good, it’s what we need to learn. We can do it for 20 minutes, or 40 minutes, but not 60… Every time we get the puck deep in the offensive zone we are a good team. When we turn pucks over teams are coming at us and that’s where problems start.”


    27. Montreal’s centre situation changed during the season with Lars Eller’s injury and Alex Galchenyuk’s development. Bergevin wanted to see more of Galchenyuk at centre, but coach Michel Therrien resisted for awhile.

    Plekanec on Galchenyuk: “He looks really confident in the middle…he plays a really offensive centre, a dangerous guy with the puck on his stick. I don’t know how close he is (to playing there full-time), how the coach or the managers feel, but he looks really good.”

    I asked Plekanec if he offers Galchenyuk advice. The veteran paused, and as he spoke, was concerned how his words would be interpreted. So, as you read this, recognize it’s coming from someone whose mother tongue is not English. “If he feels he needs to ask, I will answer anything. These days, the young guys…It’s not that they don’t want to hear what you have to say, (but) they know how they want to play. They want to experience it themselves to find out what it’s like first.”


    28. Two more from Plekanec.

    First, he explained how Eller got the nickname “Larry.” “Someone called him ‘Larry,’ one of the coaches, and it stuck with him. He doesn’t like it, so it’s a good one.”

    And, what it was like to go through the Jean Beliveau tribute night and Saku Koivu ceremony nine days apart: “It is hard to describe the feelings. If you are lucky to be part of the Canadiens long enough, you realize what the real organization is about. Those were two unforgettable nights.”


    29. Two other contract situations: there were rumours Mike Fisher is going to retire, but he is readying to talk about a future with the Predators. Justin Williams wanted to table his extension discussions if not completed this week, but the Kings asked for more time. The request was granted.


    30. Have a Happy New Year everyone. Great success for all in 2015.

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    The Florida Panthers appear to have rewarded Nick Bjugstad for his breakout campaign with a six-year extension worth $4.1 million annually, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

    A restricted free agent at the end of this season, Bjugstad leads the Panthers in both goals (13) and points (21) while leading all forwards in ice per game.

    Florida is expected to formally announce the extension - which is said to have been finalized during the first intermission of Tuesday's shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens - on New Year's Eve.

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    Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter interrupted Tuesday's shootout versus the Edmonton Oilers to have Ben Scrivens cover the orange tape at the knob of his stick with mandatory white.

    His demand, albeit completely arbitrary, is within league rule, though it failed to faze the former Kings netminder, who was seen chuckling as an official hurried to shroud his orange tape.

    Scrivens answered with a stop on Anze Kopitar before turning aside two more tries to earn the victory, only the Oilers' second against Western Conference competition this season.

    From the NHL Rulebook:

    10.2 Goalkeeper's Stick - In the case of a goalkeeper's stick, there shall be a knob of white tape or some other protective material approved by the League. This knob must not be less than one-half inch (1/2") thick at the top of the shaft.

    Sutter had this to say after the game.

    Darryl, on whether he only noticed Scrivens' orange-colored tape in the shootout: "No. If you check the books, he played for us."

    — Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) December 31, 2014

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    WASHINGTON -- A beautiful, sunny New Year's Day in the nation's capital could cause a problem for the Winter Classic.

    The starting time of the NHL's annual outdoor showcase could be postponed, perhaps up to 90 minutes, because of a forecast that calls for lots of sun and few clouds.

    Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at Nationals Park for the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals.

    "It would be more of a player-safety issue," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Wednesday. "The glare, if you're having trouble picking up the puck, I think there'd be a concern."

    The temperature should be seasonably cool -- highs in low 40s -- but the direct sunlight would also deteriorate the ice. Capitals players, meanwhile, spoke of trying to find the right type of eye black to wear, a seemingly appropriate issue for an event taking place on a baseball field.


    This week, the shadows from the baseball stands have covered most of the rink by about 2:30 p.m., so that could be an alternative start time. Daly said a decision won't be made until "as close to the game" as possible on Thursday.

    "Any delay -- and hopefully there won't be one -- would be a minimal delay," Daly said.

    The NHL has more incentive than usual this year to get the game going on time. For the first time, the Classic is sharing New Year's Day with college football games that have national title implications. A long delay could put at least part of the Classic head-to-head against the College Football Playoff semifinal between Oregon and Florida State.

    "Nobody wants to delay the game," Daly said. "So if there's any way we can avoid delaying the game, we're going to avoid delaying the game."

    The Classic has had two weather delays since the inaugural game in 2008. The 2011 game in Pittsburgh, also involving the Capitals, was postponed until prime time because of rain, and the 2012 Classic in Philadelphia was delayed two hours because of sun.

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    Andrew Barroway has been handed the keys to Arizona Coyotes.

    The NHL announced Wednesday that the Board of Governors have approved IceArizona's 51% majority stake sale of the franchise to the Philadelphia-based hedge fund manager, the team announced.

    An agreement to buy the franchise was brokered back in October, and was believed to be jeopardy over the process of being approved.

    The deal is reportedly valued at $152.5 million.

    Arizona will formerly announce the sale and introduce Barroway at a press conference Friday.

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    lobo316 wrote: Andrew Barroway has been handed the keys to Arizona Coyotes.

    The NHL announced Wednesday that the Board of Governors have approved IceArizona's 51% majority stake sale of the franchise to the Philadelphia-based hedge fund manager, the team announced.

    An agreement to buy the franchise was brokered back in October, and was believed to be jeopardy over the process of being approved.

    The deal is reportedly valued at $152.5 million.

    Arizona will formerly announce the sale and introduce Barroway at a press conference Friday.

    Some people just like throwing money away, it fucking baffles me.

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Nick Foligno to a six-year, $33-million contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

    "Nick has been an important contributor to the growth of our team over the past two years and keeping him in the Blue Jackets family has been a priority," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a release. "The fact that we were able to get this deal done is a testament to Nick's commitment to our team and this community and we couldn't be more excited that he will be a Blue Jacket for many years to come."

    The 27-year-old, who is suiting up for his 500th career game Wednesday night, has recorded 17 goals and 14 assists in 33 games. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

    Nick Foligno received a partial no-move clause in his #CBJ extension. It doesn't last for the entire duration of the deal.

    — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 31, 2014
    The Blue Jackets acquired Foligno in a trade with the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Marc Methot in the summer of 2012.

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    Foligno was one of the guys ( along with Oshie, Stewart and Perron ) that Boston was rumored to be interested in.


    from tsn.ca:



    The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Nick Foligno to a six-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season.

    According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the deal is worth $33 million for an average annual value of $5.5 million.

    The 27-year-old Foligno has 17 goals and 14 assists in 33 games this season. He is tied for sixth in the NHL in goals, tied for 23rd in points, tied for first in power-play goals (9) and tied for second in power-play points (17).

    The deal was announced just before the start of the Wednesday night's home game against the Minnesota Wild — Foligno's 500th career NHL game.

    The Buffalo native came in with 102 goals and 135 assists with 443 penalty minutes with the Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators. He was acquired from Ottawa in exchange for defenceman Marc Methot on July 1, 2012.

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    Leafs lose Lupul again.

    from tsn.ca:

    Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul was placed on injured reserve Thursday after suffering a lower-body injury in a 4-3 shootout victory over Boston a day earlier.

    Lupul was hurt in the second period and will return to Toronto for further evaluation, the team said in a news release. The veteran left-winger has 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 26 games this season.

    Forward Peter Holland suffered an upper-body injury in the game and will also undergo further evaluation in Toronto. He has 16 points (8-8) in 38 games this season.

    The Maple Leafs also recalled forward Greg McKegg from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He has 15 points (7-8) in 23 AHL games this season.

    Toronto continues its seven-game road trip Friday night at Minnesota.

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    Kris Versteeg's status remains uncertain after the Chicago Blackhawks forward left Thursday's Winter Classic in the third period with a hand injury.

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didn't provide a diagnosis following the game, but he was less than optimistic when addressing Versteeg's condition.

    Coach Q on Versteeg's injury: "Know more tomorrow... Could be out for a bit."

    — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 1, 2015
    Versteeg missed the first three weeks of October due to a lower-body injury.

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    That looks like it's f*cking going to hurt !!!!!! Carolina Defenseman Michal Jordan suffered a nasty looking finger dislocation Wednesday night against Pittsburgh:









    Video is a bit jumpy so here's a clear picture of the injury:


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    Thursday's thrilling Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks drew a relatively indifferent response in the world of television ratings.

    The game posted a 2.3 overnight rating, which is a 77 percent increase over NBC's average regular-season ratings from last season. But it is also the lowest rating in Winter Classic history.

    YEAR  VIEWERS    RATING
    2008  3.8 million     2.6
    2009  4.4 million     2.9
    2010  3.7 million     2.6
    2011  4.57 million   2.8
    2012  3.74 million   2.4
    2014  4.40 million   2.9
    2015 -- -----------    2.3
    The ratings dip isn't likely to derail any plans for future outdoor games. Thursday's game attracted 42,832 to Nationals Park despite tickets being the most expensive in five years and Winter Classic jerseys continue to sell very well.

    But it does suggest outdoor hockey events are not the league-wide draw they once were. Fans could be experiencing outdoor game fatigue after watching last season's Stadium Series, or perhaps they're tired of seeing the same teams play multiple outdoor games. Washington faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2011 Winter Classic, while the Blackhawks have hosted the Winter Classic and the Stadium Series.

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    The Edmonton Oilers have traded left winger David Perron to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a first-round draft pick in 2015.
    Through 38 games this season, Perron has five goals and 14 assists.
    Acquired from the St. Louis Blues in July 2013 in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, the 26-year-old set a career high in goals with 28 in his first year in Edmonton.

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    lobo316 wrote: The Edmonton Oilers have traded left winger David Perron to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a first-round draft pick in 2015.
    Through 38 games this season, Perron has five goals and 14 assists.
    Acquired from the St. Louis Blues in July 2013 in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, the 26-year-old set a career high in goals with 28 in his first year in Edmonton.

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers on Friday in exchange for Rob Klinkhammer and a 2015 first-round draft pick.
    Perron recorded 76 points in 116 career games with Edmonton, but his production was waning (19 points in 38 games) after he scored a career-high 28 goals last season. His average ice-time fell to 16 minutes this season - his lowest average in five years.
    The 26-year-old forward is under contract through the end of next season at a cap hit just shy of $4 million. He should bolster Pittsburgh's scoring depth in the midst of an injury-plagued season for the Penguins.
    For the Oilers, trading Perron is the clearest sign another roster overhaul is underway. Edmonton has been stuck in a state of perpetual rebuilding for years and the team is in the midst of yet another losing season, prompting trade speculation that included players like Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall.
    Klinkhammer is a depth forward likely being moved due to roster size restrictions. Pittsburgh acquired him in a minor trade earlier in the season and he was a healthy scratch for two of his 12 games with the team.
    If the draft order were determined today, Pittsburgh's first-round pick would be 26th overall. Perron was drafted 26th overall by the St. Louis Blues in 2007.

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    Centre Ice will be on a free preview on most Canadian cable systems from January 2nd to January 8th.

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    The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without one of their most effective forwards for the first game of the new year.

    Nazem Kadri will miss Friday's game against the Minnesota Wild with an undisclosed injury, according to Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV.

    The 24-year-old has recorded 11 goals and 13 assists in 38 games for Toronto, and is coming off a month wherein he tallied 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 15 contests.

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    And then there were three.
    Friday's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins will continue with only three officials after referee Mike Leggo was forced to leave with an apparent illness during the first period.
    And by apparent, we mean very apparent.[size=The game was delayed for several minutes as Leggo made his way off the ice.]
    Get well soon, Mike. 2015 can only go up from here.




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    lobo316 wrote: The Edmonton Oilers have traded left winger David Perron to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a first-round draft pick in 2015.
    Through 38 games this season, Perron has five goals and 14 assists.
    Acquired from the St. Louis Blues in July 2013 in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, the 26-year-old set a career high in goals with 28 in his first year in Edmonton.

    The Oilers keep getting loser points, so they're trying to dismantle any unneeded offence.  I'm kind of indifferent, at this point, finishing last seems like the best option.  Getting a Connor McDavid, or Jack Eichel is a no brainer, they are both have been amazing t watch at the World Juniors.

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    Jaromir Jagr cannot and will not stop scoring goals.

    The 42-year-old New Jersey Devils forward recorded a hat trick in Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers, the 15th of his career and his first since March 22, 2006, according to the club.

    Two of the goals were scored in the first period on Ray Emery, while the third came in the middle frame at the expense of Steve Mason.The goal also inches Jagr higher up the NHL's all-time scoring list.

    With the hat trick, Jagr (714) moves within three goals of Phil Esposito for fifth on the all-time #NHL list.

    — NHLDevilsPR (@NHLDevilsPR) January 4, 2015
    He also become the oldest player in NHL history to record a hat trick, although he didn't appear to be thrilled with the distinction.

    Jagr: "I like to score hat trick, but I don't like (being) the oldest guy (to do it). I don't want to be the oldest guy, "

    — Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 4, 2015

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    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose center Joe Thornton had his streak of 319 consecutive games played snapped when he sat out the Sharks' game against St. Louis because of an upper-body injury.

    Thornton was scratched Saturday night and missed his first game since Nov. 11, 2010, when he served the second game of a suspension for an illegal hit. Thornton last missed a game because of injury on April 2, 2010. He missed three games late that season with a lower-body injury.

    Thornton was injured Wednesday night on a hit by Anaheim defenseman Clayton Stoner.

    Thornton has nine goals, 24 assists and a team-high 33 points this season.

    The Blues routed the Sharks 7-2 in Thornton's absence.

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    Carey Price made 30 saves in the second leg of back-to-back starts, and the Montreal Canadiens scored four times to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Saturday night.

    The regulation victory moved the Canadiens past the Penguins in the standings, leaving them in sole possession of 1st place in the Eastern Conference.

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    The Philadelphia Flyers were fined an undisclosed amount for violating the collective bargaining agreement by traveling during a holiday break, the NHL announced Sunday.

    Online flight records showed the Flyers took a flight from Philadelphia to Nashville the night of Dec. 26.

    Players are barred from traveling or practicing from Dec. 24-26 under the latest CBA. Part of that agreement was adding the extra day off over the holidays, which meant that some teams scheduled for games on Dec. 27 would have game-day travel.

    Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said the team accepted the fine.

    "The players came to me weeks ago. They wanted to travel the day before as opposed to the day of the game. I talked to them, they said everybody was on board," he said. "Once I went through the whole thought process -- we pay guys a lot of money, we're in the hunt for a playoff spot, we want to give our team every chance to win. If we're not giving them every chance, I'm not sure how fair we're being to the players. We decided to go and accept the consequences."

    The Flyers played in Nashville on Dec. 27, losing 4-1. The puck dropped at 8 p.m. ET.

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    lobo316 wrote:
    The Edmonton Oilers have traded left winger David Perron to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a first-round draft pick in 2015.
    Through 38 games this season, Perron has five goals and 14 assists.
    Acquired from the St. Louis Blues in July 2013 in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, the 26-year-old set a career high in goals with 28 in his first year in Edmonton.

    The Oilers keep getting loser points, so they're trying to dismantle any unneeded offence. I'm kind of indifferent, at this point, finishing last seems like the best option. Getting a Connor McDavid, or Jack Eichel is a no brainer, they are both have been amazing t watch at the World Juniors.

    The only thing that's wrong with that Cory is that the Oilers need Noah Hanifin more then McDavid or Eichel. Unless they can deal Hall or RNH at the draft for the 3rd overall.

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    Montreal Canadiens defenseman Bryan Allen did not attend practice Monday morning, and it turns out there's a pretty good reason.

    Allen will be placed on waivers at noon, the club announced.

    He was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks in a trade for winger Rene Bourque on Nov. 20.

    Allen recorded one assist in five games with the Canadiens after doing the same for the Ducks in six contests.

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    freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
    The only thing that's wrong with that Cory is that the Oilers need Noah Hanifin more then McDavid or Eichel. Unless they can deal Hall or RNH at the draft for the 3rd overall.

    If they're dealing RNH or Hall, they need to get immediate help on the blueline, among other places. They really can't afford to wait to improve the team at this point.

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    khawk wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
    The only thing that's wrong with that Cory is that the Oilers need Noah Hanifin more then McDavid or Eichel. Unless they can deal Hall or RNH at the draft for the 3rd overall.

    If they're dealing RNH or Hall, they need to get immediate help on the blueline, among other places. They really can't afford to wait to improve the team at this point.

    The Oilers blue has got some good prospects coming up, I would deal anything except Hall, RNH, Klefbom, or Nurse.  Either Eichel or McDavid are greatly needed, Center and Goaltending are the biggest weakness on the team.

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    CanadianHorseman wrote: A couple of minor deals completed today.


    from tsn.ca:

    The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenceman Bryan Allen from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for left wing Rene Bourque.

    Montreal waived Allen today. 

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    Peter Chiarelli's patience appears to be running thin.

    With his Boston Bruins having lost three games in a row and four of their past five, the team's general manager is believed to be actively seeking to improve the roster, describing their recent performance as "unacceptable", according to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.

    Chiarelli began tweaking his roster Monday, recalling talented rookie David Pastrnak from the AHL. He's also been rumored to be interested in acquiring the likes of Chris Stewart and Antoine Vermette, both of whom are available on the trade market, at the right price.

    The Bruins - the NHL's reigning President's Trophy winners - sit outside the Eastern Conference playoff race as the season's halfway point approaches, dropping from the third-ranked offensive team to 20th.

    After having already mortgaged a big part of the future in the Tyler Seguin trade, and with his roster already up near the league's salary cap, it remains to be seen whether Chiarelli will tweak the roster in the hopes of sparking his club, or make a bigger splash with a view to shaking the club at its core.

    The Bruins face a stiff test in their next game, with the Pittsburgh Penguins next up on the schedule.

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    Randy Carlyle has been relieved of his duties.

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    The Randy Carlyle era of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey is over.

    The veteran bench boss was relieved of his duties Tuesday, the club announced.

    "I want to thank Randy for all of his hard work and dedication," said Maple Leafs general manager Nonis. "It’s never an easy decision to make when changing your leadership but our team was not trending in the right direction and we felt an immediate change was necessary."

    Carlyle compiled a 91-78-19 record in 188 games as Toronto's head coach, but the club seemed to spend most of his tenure playing in their own end.

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    EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Oilers have sent center Leon Draisaitl back to the junior Canadian Hockey League.

    It was not immediately clear whether Draisaitl would return to the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League or be traded before reporting.

    Draisaitl, the third pick in last year's draft, was a healthy scratch Friday night at the Avalanche in what coach Todd Nelson called a "management decision."

    The 19-year-old had two goals, seven assists and a minus-17 rating in 37 games as a rookie.

    By sending Draisaitl back before he played his 40th game, the Oilers keep him from accruing a year toward free agency.

    Edmonton already burned the first year of his entry-level contract by keeping him around for more than nine games.

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    lobo316 wrote: The Randy Carlyle era of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey is over.

    The veteran bench boss was relieved of his duties Tuesday, the club announced.

    "I want to thank Randy for all of his hard work and dedication," said Maple Leafs general manager Nonis. "It’s never an easy decision to make when changing your leadership but our team was not trending in the right direction and we felt an immediate change was necessary."

    Carlyle compiled a 91-78-19 record in 188 games as Toronto's head coach, but the club seemed to spend most of his tenure playing in their own end.


     

     Assistant coaches Peter Horachek and Steve Spott will assume the coaching roles for the Maple Leafs in their next game Wednesday night against Washington Capitals.

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    Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis faced the press in the bowels of the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday morning to discuss the firing of head coach Randy Carlyle.

    Though Nonis isn't the man with his finger on the button in the Maple Leafs organization anymore, and though he inherited Carlyle from his predecessor Brian Burke, he was the man tasked with explaining the club's somewhat surprising - if arguably overdue - decision to fire a head coach bafflingly signed to a contract extension less than 12 months ago.

    "No, Randy deserved to come back," Nonis answered when asked if the club had regrets about extending Carlyle. "He had done enough to come back."

    But not enough to stay.In elaborating on the club's decision, which he admitted had been discussed by management for "a while," Nonis focused in on two key issues: inconsistency, and the way the the club's performance trended in recent weeks.

    "It's not that we have players who can't do it," Nonis began, in an answer to a question about consistent effort. "It's that our consistency hasn't been there, it's been trending downward for the last little while - where our consistency has been waning even more.

    "You can chalk that up to players not listening if you'd like," he continued, "but I don't think it's that they're not capable - because they are. And that's one of the reasons we're making this move."

    That quote sounds like a rather direct repudiation of some of Carlyle's comments about his roster over the weekend. With Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan in attendance for a road game in Winnipeg on Saturday - you know an executive means business when he heads to Winnipeg in January - Carlyle suggested his club's issues were personnel-related after a dispiriting 5-1 loss.

    "You don't always have the luxury to say that you'd like this player or that player or this type of player. That's not the way it works," Carlyle told Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star. "How it works is you have an organization that provides you with players, and our job, as we've said all along, is just to coach 'em up."

    No longer. Nonis even went so far as to suggest that jettisoning Carlyle might actually improve the club.

    "We did this to try and improve our group," he said. "This isn't throwing in the towel, we think this team has the ability to do good things and this is a step in that direction."

    As for what Carlyle's departure means for the Maple Leafs' offensively talented but deeply flawed "core" of players, Nonis insisted it doesn't change anything, but only because players are always movable, and always being evaluated.

    "You're always looking at the core," Nonis added. "I've said before, players are movable. None of them have full no-move (clauses).

    "This doesn't change anything. This wasn't about the core not listening to Randy or anything like that. We just felt we weren't going in the right direction."

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    On Tuesday, Dave Nonis appeared to repudiate Randy Carlyle's recent criticism of the Toronto Maple Leafs core at the press conference in which he explained the club's decision to fire Caryle.

    The man Caryle replaced, though, seems to have his back.

    Ron Wilson appeared on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto on Tuesday afternoon and laid into Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs core in spectacular fashion:

    Ron Wilson: "Some core players have failed under two or three coaches ... You’d have to surmise that some of them are uncoachable now."

    — Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) January 6, 2015
    Wilson also called out Kessel, who he admitted you can win with, for being emotional and unreliable:

    "Phil's problem is he's two weeks on two weeks off ...you can't rely on Phil ... That's the nature of the beast." -Ron Wilson on #Leafslunch

    — David William Naylor (@TSNDaveNaylor) January 6, 2015
    That cloud currently hovering over Toronto looks an awful lot like a mushroom, huh?

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    lobo316 wrote: The Randy Carlyle era of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey is over.

    The veteran bench boss was relieved of his duties Tuesday, the club announced.


    Phil Kessel doesn't think it's his fault that Carlyle got canned.



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    haha that was funny. Fuckin media in Toronto are such pain in the asses. Even though Phil is a lazy ass, whats he supposed to say?
    sigh, so tiring being a leaf fan, you guys have no idea!! :tongue:

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    the squared circle wrote: Fuckin media in Toronto are such pain in the asses. Even though Phil is a lazy ass, whats he supposed to say?

    In case you were wondering Dave Feschuk was on OTR today and identified himself as the person who asked Kessel that question. 

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    from sportsnet.ca:


    30 Thoughts from Elliotte Friedman


    1. So, who will be the long-term replacement in Toronto? Everyone’s horny for “Bab-watch”again, but I lean to him staying in Detroit. Todd McLellan would intrigue them, if available. Peter DeBoer has lots of connections here, and Clarkson scored 45 goals for him in 128 games with the Devils. My bet is they talk to Dale Hunter, too. Brother Mark is in the organization now, and Dale is an excellent coach. But if he didn’t enjoy dealing with the media in Washington, can’t imagine he’d love us Toronto sloths. (He declined an interview request on Tuesday.) We’ll see what shakes down the rest of the season.

    2. He may not be on Toronto’s radar, but I am curious to see what the Gold Medal victory does for Benoit Groulx. His previous pro experience was two years with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, and it was not a success. But, what does a person learn from that? His Gatineau team is having a rough year, but he’s won three Quebec championships in 10 seasons and word is his coaching at the World Juniors impressed some NHL execs. Could he be a mid-season replacement?

    3. Sometime before the season, there was a conversation with the Maple Leafs’ various captains, joined by Bernier and some of the newer veterans — Polak, Robidas and Winnik among them. Winnik didn’t want to get too deep into it, but did say that one of the topics was how to properly handle a white-hot market. “We wanted everyone to understand how it goes, that they love you when you play well, but it changes when things go badly. Negative stuff sells more.” Wendel Clark used to tell new arrivals, “You’re never as good as they say you are, but you’re also never as bad as they say you are.” Among the suggestions, he said, were that if you were going to watch highlights/commentary or read columns, do it at the rink and not at home. The idea is that if upset by what is said, you have someone to talk to about it instead of stewing alone. Useful advice now, no doubt.

    4. Nick Kypreos was the first to note increased chatter Sunday night that Boston was closing in on a deal with Arizona for Antoine Vermette. At the World Junior semifinals, execs from a few different NHL teams said they heard something similar. Via email, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli put the kibosh on that one.

    5. Chiarelli also tossed cold water on any Milan Lucic rumours. We did not go into deeper conversation, but I believe the Bruins are doing everything shy of hiring a shaman to find out why Lucic’s play has seemed less…inspired this season. At his best, Lucic is everything the Boston identity is supposed to be, a hard-edged, mean, but talented performer who can take over a game with a goal, a hit or a fight. He is very much the emotional centre of their group. Is it fatigue from long post-seasons, injuries from the toll of physical play, or just a slump enveloping the rest of the team as well?

    6. I think at least one team has specifically asked about Lucic (can’t prove it, so no guessing). What that tells Boston is other teams still see him as a difference-maker. Chiarelli and the Bruins have the advantage of time. Lucic is still only 26 and has another year under contract. The GM told reporters the winger is “part of the backbone of this franchise” last September. They want to keep him. Any decision to part with Lucic would not come without the most careful consideration.

    7. Charlie Jacobs, newly named CEO of his family’s Boston-area holdings, told reporters Tuesday it would be an “utter failure” if their Bruins missed the playoffs. His father, Jeremy, admitted to a long-rumoured story in an interview with George Stroumboulopoulos: that he and Charlie left before the team’s incredible 2013 Game 7 playoff comeback against Toronto, because they thought Boston was done. If the Bruins actually do miss the playoffs this season, instead of firing everyone, shouldn’t they just call it even?

    8. It’s rare, but not unheard of, for the IIHF best goaltender, defenceman or forward at the World Juniors to be undrafted, as Slovakian Denis Godla (goalie) and Russian Vladislav Gavrikov (blueliner) were this time. Many of those who did were highly thought-of, but not yet eligible — like Rick DiPietro, Drew Doughty, Marc-Andre Fleury, Darius Kasparaitis, Kari Lehtonen, Eric Lindros, Al Montoya, Jamie Storr, John Tavares and the late Alexei Cherepanov. Since 1990, there are 20 such cases and half were goalies. Do you remember Pauli Jaks for Switzerland in 1991, Yevgeni Tarasov for Russia in 1995, or another Swiss, Benjamin Conz, in 2010?

    9. Conz and Tarasov are the only ones who would never be drafted into the NHL. The others — Joe Corvo, Manny Legace, Sami Lepisto, Viktor Tikhonov and Czech goalie Tomas Duba — were eventually selected. Tikhonov was passed over twice before scoring five times in seven games during the 2008 event, which led to the Coyotes picking him in the first round that June. An unscientific poll of NHL execs indicated you can expect both Gavrikov and Godla to be taken later this year.

    10. Darnell Nurse and partner Shea Theodore played approximately half of the final 8:20 for Team Canada, including the last 1:10, which included three defensive-zone faceoffs (two of them from icings). Nurse was excellent, with unanimous praise of his play. The excitement will be off the charts in Edmonton, although he cannot return this season (unless under emergency conditions). After the compliments, another question was asked: how will the internal audit affect the Oilers’ development of him? Will the organization go slower with Nurse after what’s happened with some of the other young players?

    11. If you’re Winnipeg, you’re giddy about Josh Morrissey and Nic Petan. If you’re the Rangers and/or the Senators, you’re thrilled with how your loans of Anthony Duclair and Curtis Lazar worked out. But, if you’re the Coyotes and Sabres, you’ve got to be ecstatic with Max Domi and Sam Reinhart. In the last five minutes, there were two brief shifts where either the Domi/Duclair/Reinhart line or Lazar were not on the ice. (The captain was with Frederik Gauthier and either Lawson Crouse or Connor McDavid.) Domi was really hurt by his demotion to OHL London, but Arizona was determined not to make the same mistakes it did with Mikkel Boedker and Kyle Turris. Domi sucked it up, played very well for the Knights and, according to those in attendance, rose to a higher level in games against Canada’s toughest opponents — Finland, Russia and the United States.

    12. As for Reinhart, his last 2:10 was impressive. Coach Benoit Groulx left him on with Gauthier and Lazar to take a strong-side defensive-zone faceoff, which he won. He was back on the ice at about 1:15, outracing the Russian defence to invalidate a potential icing, which would have been Canada’s second in a row and left a tired group out there. After an icing at 0:38, he won a defensive-zone draw on his weak side. He lost one with 8.1 seconds left, which led to Russia’s last great chance. Groulx then left him out there to win the last draw and seal the win.

    13. McDavid wasn’t at the same level as Domi/Duclair/Lazar/Reinhart, but he impressed NHL eyes, especially as the tournament progressed. No one left with any doubts. Before the event, when rumours flew Jack Eichel would leave Boston University for QMJHL Saint John, Sea Dogs GM Darrell Young called those whispers unfair and unfounded. I’m not interested in cannonballing into the CHL vs NCAA debate, but I get the sense NHL teams wished Eichel did go. The USA’s quarterfinal loss left them wanting to see more of him on this type of stage. The Canada/USA round-robin game was, not surprisingly, a nasty affair, especially since no verbal slur gets lost to language. A few scouts felt Eichel looked like he was surprised by its intensity, which affected his play. Best compliment of him: One exec said, “Most players slow down when they skate with the puck. He seems to speed up.”

    14. That same exec on Dylan Larkin: “Some guys just fit perfectly with the identity of the team that drafts them. Larkin fits perfectly with the way Detroit plays…fast, skilled, not physical but very competitive.” Felt terrible when the goal that eliminated the Americans went off his stick. Larkin played great and deserved better.

    15. Another Canadian who did well for his draft position was Crouse. One team mentioned they would have liked to see him in more of an offensive role, but the winger showed he can have an impact. If there was disappointment, it was from wanting to see more out of those already drafted — Kasperi Kapanen (Finland/Pittsburgh), Mirco Mueller (Switzerland/San Jose) and Nick Ritchie (Canada/Anaheim).

    16. Before Edmonton sent Leon Draisaitl back to the WHL, a European team reached out about sending him there, a la William Nylander and Toronto. It appears that club was Adler Mannheim of the German Elite League. Draisaitl has a history in the city and the team is coached by Geoff Ward, who won a Stanley Cup as a Boston assistant in 2011. Might have been a nice fit, but obviously didn’t happen.
    17. Way, way off-the-radar free agent to look for: Massachusetts-born forward Steve Moses. Moses, who will be 26 in August, leads the KHL with 28 goals. He played at NCAA New Hampshire and was never drafted. His Wikipedia page (always 100 per cent accurate), lists him at 5-foot-8 and 172 pounds. Like any North American, he’d love another shot at the NHL. Hard to say how deep the interest is, but there is some.
    18. Nick Foligno’s new extension includes a no-move clause to prevent against waivers for all six years. There is a no-trade for the first four, and partial protection for the final two.

    19. He’s not Jim Rutherford’s Moby Dick, but the Penguins GM confirmed he did try to trade for David Perron in Carolina before St. Louis dealt him to Edmonton. Doesn’t sound like it really got far, but there was interest. Rutherford piloted this one, wanting to add a winger as Pittsburgh’s injuries mounted. Oilers fans desired one of the Penguins’ plethora of young defencemen, but that wasn’t happening. I would guess MacTavish contacted the other clubs who expressed interest and didn’t get a better offer. The big debate was probably, “Will we get more at the deadline?” Not sure many would have offered-up a first-rounder. Edmonton also saves $2 million.

    20. Weird stat: Minnesota is tied with Tampa Bay for allowing the fewest shots a night, at 27. Despite that, the Wild are 22nd in goals-against per game, 2.84. That rarely happens. Since the NHL opened up offence after the 2004-05 lockout, no team finishing first in fewest shots has been anywhere near that low in goals against. Only one other (Edmonton in 2005-06) was even out of the top 10, placing 12th. Four clubs — Detroit (2007-08), Chicago (2009-10), New Jersey (2010-11) and St. Louis (2011-12) — were best in both. In talking about it last week, you could sense Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher’s frustration, but he refused to say anything more biting than, “We need more saves.”

    21. Fletcher said the organization has faith in Darcy Kuemper’s ceiling, pointing out that for a soon-to-be 25-year-old with four years of pro experience, the goalie hasn’t played a ton of games. This is the closest he’s been to a full-time starter, with just 100 appearances the previous three seasons. Niklas Backstrom’s health will be a big part of this, as Josh Harding’s return is off-track. Fletcher would not comment, but, according to a couple of sources, word is Minnesota is not counting on him to play again this year.

    22. Fletcher and Buffalo GM Tim Murray are tight, but both denied there where any conversations about soon-to-be UFA Jhonas Enroth. I could see the logic, because he could help the Wild, but Fletcher is adamant there will be no costly short-term moves. Murray said there were no calls on either of his goalies, as Michal Neuvirth is also ticketed for freedom.

    23. Jonathan Drouin, from Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, 100 km north of Montreal, plays in his home province for the first time as an NHLer Tuesday night. You can tell he’s bursting to play more, but GM Steve Yzerman is making it very clear this will be a patient organization. “He’s got a tremendous attitude…adjusting, not getting the most ice time, but working his way up there…He has to learn things he hasn’t had to do in junior, but it is just a matter of time. I’m not going to make a projection. All players have to be responsible for us. Whether it takes a week, a month, or a year, keep plugging.” Yzerman compared Drouin to one of Tampa’s breakthrough players, Nikita Kucherov, who also had to grind his way into the lineup. “When we drafted him, he said, ‘Tell me what I need to do to play in the NHL.’ Smart player, smart kid, driven. Worked very hard.”

    24. Lightning coach Jon Cooper tried Kucherov, a left-hand shot, on the right side with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. Thus, “The Triplets” were born, three players who’ve combined for 112 points. The biggest revelation is the undrafted Johnson, entering Tuesday’s games tied for fourth in scoring with 43 points. Did Yzerman see this type of production? “When we signed him, (director of amateur scouting) Al Murray said he’s won and scored at every level…Would I have predicted this? No, but Al thought he had a good chance, because of his skating.”

    25. Yzerman, asked if there were any Tampa weaknesses he’s worried about: “I prefer not to point them out to you.” You could see the smile, even on the phone. He’s optimistic and believes his young players are going in the right direction, but “we still have lots of work to do.”

    26. Another coach on the Flyers: “In addition to everything else, Craig Berube is trying to change the style they’ve been used to playing.” Ron Hextall confirmed that is true. “We’re not trying to be safe, but we are trying to be responsible. Keep the third man high on offence…don’t always try long bombs out of our zone.”

    27. It hasn’t been easy for Philadelphia, but one of the best moments was Scott Laughton scoring his first NHL goal while his parents were in town to see it live. “Mark Streit’s father was sitting next to my mother and told Mark she was tearing up,” Laughton said. The family went out for a nice dinner after the game. Who paid? “I tried to buy, but my father wouldn’t let me,” he laughed.

    28. Meanwhile, Jakub Voracek had some great stuff on Claude Giroux and his own road roommate, Wayne Simmonds. He and Giroux faced each other in the 2008 QMJHL playoffs, Voracek in Halifax and Giroux for Gatineau. The Flyers captain had a ridiculous post-season, with 51 points in 19 games. “It was a joke,” Voracek said. “He was so good. They killed us.” Les Olympiques swept the Mooseheads in the semifinals. But it’s not over. “He brings it up all the time. I tell him it was seven years ago, but he won’t stop.”

    29. As for Simmonds, the two get along great, deciding to stay together even though the new CBA allows each player his own room. (Comcast will love that, it saves the Flyers a few bucks.) “We both go to bed at the same time,” Voracek said. Then he told a hilarious story about how neither allows themselves to miss a game with an injury, because it would cede control of the remote to the other. Seniority determines who gets it, and they are both at 488. For his part, Simmonds told David Amber that Voracek is a huge prankster and the guys love him, but is a “total slob.”

    30. Voracek, approaching 50 points, on his success: “When I was 16 years old in the Czech Republic, it seemed so far away. At 18, in my first (NHL) training camp, I could start to see it. Even two years ago, I thought, ‘I’ve got 20 per cent more to give.’ You can never be satisfied.”



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    the squared circle wrote: haha that was funny. Fuckin media in Toronto are such pain in the asses. Even though Phil is a lazy ass, whats he supposed to say?
    sigh, so tiring being a leaf fan, you guys have no idea!! :tongue:

    That clip was hilarious. Who knew Kessell was funny ?

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    The Toronto Maple Leafs have found their temporary replacement for Randy Carlyle.

    Peter Horachek has been named interim head coach, the club announced Wednesday.

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    Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette and Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter will be behind the benches at the NHL All-Star Game, the league announced Friday.

    Laviolette earned the spot by virtue of his club having the highest points percentage in the NHL through Saturday's games, according to the NHL release.

    Sutter led the Kings to a Stanley Cup championship last season.

    Each head coach will be accompanied by their assistants. It will be Laviolette's second career All-Star Game following his appearance alongside Alain Vigneault in 2011.

    Sutter's inclusion initially surfaced as a report on Wednesday.

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    Todd Bertuzzi is set to make his return to professional hockey next week, as the Binghampton Senators - the AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators - announced that they've signed the aging power forward to a profesional tryout.

    Bertuzzi, 39, managed nine goals and 16 points in 59 games with the Red Wings last season. He's due to report to Binghampton on Monday.

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a four-year contract extension worth $29.7 million, according to various reports.

    Though terms were not officially announced, Bobrovsky's anticipated $7.425-million average annual value makes him one of the highest-paid players in the league and in elite company at his position.

    He owns a 68-41-13 record with a sparkling .924 save percentage, 2.34 goals-against average and 10 shutouts in 123 appearances with the Blue Jackets.

    Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, his first with the organization.

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    Good to see " Bob" doing well in Columbus.

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    Jesus - these things are fugly.

    from sportsnet.ca:

    On Friday, the NHL revealed the jerseys it will use for the 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus. Hope you like neon!

    The two teams – which will be formed through a draft – will sport neon green colours when they hit the ice at Columbus’ Nationwide Arena.






     






    The first six all-stars, who were voted in by the fans, were revealed earlier this week and it was a list dominated by Chicago Blackhawks, plus Zemgus Girgensons, who was elevated by immense support from his native Latvia. On Saturday, the league will announce who the remaining all-stars will be.

    The WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings immediately pointed out the similarity between the NHL’s all-star jerseys, and the third jerseys they wore for 23 games last season and plan on wearing 13 times this season. They were an instant hit for the Oil Kings.







    The NHL All-Star Game is set to go Sunday, Jan. 25, with the skills competition happening Saturday, Jan. 24 and the draft will be held on Friday the 23rd.



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    William Nylander is coming.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs withdrew their top prospect on loan from Modo of the Swedish Hockey League, Modo announced on Monday.

    Nylander, 18, was selected by the Maple Leafs with the eighth overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. In 21 games with Modo this season, Nylander has managed eight goals and 20 points.

    The Maple Leafs have yet to confirm the news.

    Because Nylander was drafted out of the SHL, he's not subject to the terms of the NHL-CHL transfer agreement and is eligible to play in the American Hockey League. Multiple reports suggest that Nylander will join the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

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    Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman OIli Maatta is expected to miss the rest of the year with a shoulder injury, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    His season rests on the decision to undergo surgery, which appears to be the most favorable course of action at this time.

    Maatta has been out of the lineup since Dec. 6, and has battled a myriad of health issues in his sophomore season.

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    Simon Gagne's season is over.

    Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has announced that Gagne will not return from the indefinite absence he took in December to be with his ailing father, who has since passed away.

    Gagne issued a thankful farewell on the team's official website:

    The last month has been extremely difficult for me with my father being sick and his passing. To play in the NHL you have to be 100% mentally, emotionally and physically committed to the game. At this time I know that I cannot be close to those levels. The Bruins organization and my teammates have been great to my family and I during this time. When I decided not to return this season, I spoke to Peter and assured him that I did not want the organization or my teammates to be impacted. Together we made the decision that my status would be changed so that the team could have a full active roster. In addition, I would like to thank the fans and the NHL family for all of the support that they have given my family and I during this difficult time - it has truly meant a lot.

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    BUFFALO, N.Y. - Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says a groin injury will prevent starting goalie Jimmy Howard from playing in the NHL All-Star Game in two weeks.

    Babcock listed Howard week to week in providing the update after practice in Buffalo on Monday. Howard was hurt and carted off the ice during in a 3-1 win at Washington on Saturday. It was the same day he was one of five goalies named to play in the All-Star Game at Columbus on Jan. 25.

    Howard has a 16-7-7 record and 2.11 goals-against average, which ranks second among goalies with 20 or more games played.

    With Red Wings backup Jonas Gustavsson still nursing a shoulder injury, rookie Petr Mrazek will take over as the interim starter. Detroit plays at Buffalo on Tuesday.

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    lobo316 wrote: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman OIli Maatta is expected to miss the rest of the year with a shoulder injury, according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Dammit - he's on 3 of my 5 Fantasy teams. :X

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    Philadelphia's 4th goal tonight sounds like it came from a European soccer game:

    Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored with assists going to Chris VandeVelde and Michael Del Zotto. 



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    Simon Gagne's season is over.

    Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has announced that Gagne will not return from the indefinite absence he took in December to be with his ailing father, who has since passed away.

    Gagne issued a thankful farewell on the team's official website:

    The last month has been extremely difficult for me with my father being sick and his passing. To play in the NHL you have to be 100% mentally, emotionally and physically committed to the game. At this time I know that I cannot be close to those levels. The Bruins organization and my teammates have been great to my family and I during this time. When I decided not to return this season, I spoke to Peter and assured him that I did not want the organization or my teammates to be impacted. Together we made the decision that my status would be changed so that the team could have a full active roster. In addition, I would like to thank the fans and the NHL family for all of the support that they have given my family and I during this difficult time - it has truly meant a lot.

    Simon is a good dude. Use to see him in His Lamborghini a lot in South Jersey.

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    Alex Ovechkin's assault on the Washington Capitals' record book continues.

    Ovechkin scored the 74th game-winning goal of his career Monday in a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, passing Peter Bondra for the franchise's all-time mark.

    The second-period tally was Ovechkin's 22nd goal and league-leading 10th on the power play.

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    MONTREAL - Former Canadiens superstar Guy Lafleur is seeking more than $2 million from the Crown and Montreal police in legal proceedings that began today.

    Lafleur is arguing that an arrest warrant against him in 2008 was exaggerated and unjustified.

    He was found guilty in 2009 of giving contradictory testimony during a 2007 hearing against his son Mark, who was accused of sexual assault and assaulting a minor.

    The conviction was overturned on appeal in 2010.

    His lawyers asked Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Wery today to amend their case by adding a claim the Crown prosecutor omitted a crucial document that would have helped Lafleur's defence.

    The judge is expected to rule this afternoon on the proposed amendment.

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    Montreal Canadiens prospect Jarred Tinordi has been diagnosed with a concussion as a result of his fight with Utica Comets heavy Andrey Pedan this past weekend, according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie.

    Tinordi has appeared in nine games with the Canadiens this season.

     


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    Dominik Hasek used to set up a puck machine, aim it to fire just under the crossbar and lie down in the crease. With pucks coming as fast as they could fly, Hasek would kick one of his legs in the air with perfect timing and stop the shots.

    The hockey world is full of similar stories of Hasek’s unique training regimen, and there’s a seemingly unending highlight reel of show-stopping saves he made during his NHL career.

    Call him crazy, but also call him one of the best goaltenders in history.

    “There was definitely a method to all of his madness,” former NHL goaltender John Davidson said. “(He could) make saves you’re not supposed to make. He was quick, but he knew how to read plays and he could find a way to get it done by twisting his body and rolling over. Whatever it took, he got it done.”

    A six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the top goaltender and two-time Hart Trophy winner as league MVP, Hasek was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. On Tuesday night the Buffalo Sabres, with whom he had his best years, will retire his No. 39 before their game against the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he won the Stanley Cup.

    In reflecting on Hasek’s career, former coaches and goaltending analysts love to explain how “The Dominator” became an all-time great. Just about everything about his style was unconventional, but he stopped the puck better than almost anyone to ever play the position.

    Playing in an era alongside Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur, Hasek “stuck out like a sore thumb,” according to goaltending analyst Justin Goldman of the Goalie Guild. Goldman said Hasek’s “kinesthetic sense” of how to control his muscles and mind and body set him apart.

    “His ability to basically contort his body amidst the speed or the unpredictability of an NHL game at that time was at another level,” Goldman said. “He was able to be unconventional because he had the flexibility and he had the ability to contort and control his body in ways that no other goalie had at that time.”

    Hasek, a native of the Czech Republic, was able to grow into his own style of goaltending, Goldman said, because he wasn’t over-coached at a young age. Whereas most goalies follow a cookie-cutter approach, Hasek knew he could be himself by knowing his body, shooters’ tendencies and the flow of the game better than most.

    Even if his style looked complicated, his philosophy wasn’t.

    “I felt until the puck crosses the line, you still have the chance to do (something),” Hasek said before going into the Hall of Fame.

    After parts of two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he was stuck behind Ed Belfour, Hasek was traded to the Sabres and began to blossom in North America. It was there that he studied under the tutelage of goaltending coach Mitch Korn, who didn’t try to change Hasek’s unique, all-over-the-crease style.

    “Fortunately, I didn’t understand English at that time, so I had no idea what was written about me in the papers what the coach is saying,” Hasek said. “I had a very good goalie coach in Buffalo when I came there, Mitch Korn. He knew that my style is not bad. He said, ‘You just need to work on some other things to get you better.’ ”

    Korn said he and Hasek spent a lot of time improving skating and movement and handling the puck. Fundamentally, Korn worked on Hasek’s glove hand.

    “Dom never closed his glove at the beginning,” said Korn, who’s now goaltending coach of the Washington Capitals. “He used to just cradle the puck maybe a little bit like (Henrik) Lundqvist does today, and he learned how to close his glove and to catch a puck.”

    More than anything, Korn said during Hall of Fame weekend, Hasek learned to be patient and make shooters react first. With his mental speed, that put him way ahead of the competition.

    Of course Hasek very rarely looked in control, even if he was. Davidson, now president of the Columbus Blue Jackets and chairman of the Hall of Fame selection committee, was an analyst when Hasek broke into the league and at first couldn’t understand how he played.

    Over time, Davidson learned to appreciate how Hasek dropped his stick to pick up the puck with his blocker hand or how he barrel-rolled to get from post to post.

    “That style, people look at it and go, ‘Man that’s just kind of like water running all over the place,’ ” Davidson said. “It was not. Everything he did was by design. The more you studied him and watched him play, the more you saw that, you know what, he did that on purpose and for a reason, and it worked for how he played the game.”

    Goldman, the author of The Power Within: Discovering the Path to Elite Goaltending, believes Hasek was underrated in his athleticism and intelligence.

    “He literally was a genius,” Goldman said. “He loved to play chess, he was very, very competitive in chess. And if he wasn’t a hockey player, he probably would’ve been able to score high enough on an IQ test to be in Mensa . . . He was basically like a goalie genius.”

    Hasek didn’t have to understand “kinesthetic sense” to have it. By ingraining so many habits into his goaltending, he became a Hall of Famer without overthinking.

    “It becomes such a routine and such a daily part of life that it becomes an unconscious skill,” Goldman said. “It’s almost like a muscle memory.”

    Hasek made memories by backstopping the Sabres to the 1999 Cup final at the tail end of his prime, during which he led the NHL in save percentage six straight years. He finished his career with 389 victories, a goals-against average of 2.20 and save percentage of .926.

    By beating Canada in the 1998 Olympics and sitting atop the NHL, Hasek became an idol to many goaltenders in the Czech Republic and elsewhere. Czechs Michal Neuvirth of the Sabres and Petr Mrazek of the Red Wings, who will start in goal Tuesday night in Buffalo, are among those who looked up to him.

    But neither Neuvirth nor Mrazek plays like Hasek, who Davidson referred to as a “rubber man.” Certain aspects of Hasek’s goaltending can be followed, but Davidson and Goldman don’t believe anyone can mimic him completely.

    “It’s basically impossible to replicate that because his genetic biomechanics, his genetic framework or blueprint is completely unique to himself,” Goldman said. “No one else is ever going to have the ‘slinky for a spine’ or that genetic flexibility.”

    The closest goalie currently in the NHL may be Jonathan Quick, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Los Angeles Kings whose movements between the pipes aren’t like most of his contemporaries. But Hasek was one of a kind.

    “It’s almost spiritual in nature,” Goldman said. “To a goaltending guru, he was a work of art . . . You’re just not going to see another goaltender like that.”

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    Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo's job is reportedly safe. For now.

    It's perhaps something of a surprise when you consider that the Wild are massively - one might say wildly - under-performing expectations this season.

    Following a promising second round appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring, the Wild find themselves eight points out of a Wild Card spot and at the absolute bottom of the extremely tough Central Division with half of the season in the books.

    The club's possession game has fallen off of a cliff of late, something that occurred last season too, and the continued inability of goaltenders Darcy Kuemper or Niklas Backstrom to stop the puck makes getting back into the playoff race a significant uphill climb.

    With the wheels falling off in St. Paul, Minn., there's a lot of attention being paid to Wild head coach Mike Yeo, his job security and his future with the club. That attention intensified recently when Yeo laid into his players and ultimately walked out of a Wild practice.

    For now it would appear that Yeo still enjoys the confidence of general manager Chuck Fletcher, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

    "The sense from GM Chuck Fletcher, who must be answering this question every single day, is that he has no intention of firing MIke Yeo," LeBrun reported on Tuesday.

    "But (the speculation) is interesting, and the reason is this: The players have not responded well. They continue to play even worse; their body language says it all.

    "Meanwhile what will owner Craig Leipold say and do in all this? And that's a pressure point, perhaps, that Fletcher can't control," LeBrun continued. But right now, the GM has no intention of firing his coach."

    Yeo, 41, has served as the head coach of the Wild since 2011 and signed a three-year contract reportedly worth close to $3 million this past June. In Yeo's four seasons behind the bench he's amassed a 122-100-31 win/loss record.

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    St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock moved into a tie with the late Pat Quinn for the fifth most NHL coaching wins all-time on Tuesday, when the Blues defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2.

    Hitchcock has coached the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Blues, and his teams have always been known for playing tough, physical, effective defense.

    The 63-year-old bench boss has won a Stanley Cup and was part of the Team Canada coaching staff that guided the Canadian men's ice hockey team to gold medals at the 2002, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

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    Paul Maurice became the seventh active NHL coach to reach 500 career victories when the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

    Maurice, 47, entered the season with 478 career victories - 384 with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, 76 with the Toronto Maple Leafs and 18 with the Jets. He's guided Winnipeg to 22 wins 44 games into 2014-15 and was his usual nonchalant self after the latest victory.

    "I've been really fortunate." -Maurice on his 500th NHL win.

    — Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) January 14, 2015
    That quote sounds better if one imagines Maurice saying it while wearing a party hat to mark the occasion.

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    Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno will serve as captains in the NHL All-Star Game, the league announced.

    The teams will be known as Team Foligno and Team Toews. Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane have been named alternate captains for Team Foligno, while Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers winger Rick Nash will be alternate captains for Team Toews.

    Yes, that means Toews and Kane will be on opposing sides in the midseason exhibition that begins with the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft on Jan. 23 and concludes with the game Jan. 25.

    Kings head coach Darryl Sutter will lead Team Foligno and Nashville Predators bench boss Peter Laviolette will serve as head coach of Team Toews.

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    Toronto Marlies forward Brad Ross has been suspended 20 games for violating the AHL's substance abuse policy, the league announced Wednesday.

    "The Toronto Maple Leafs organization supports the AHL Substance Abuse Program and today's decision to suspend forward Brad Ross," Leafs general manager Dave Nonis said in a statement.

    Nonis added the following:

    Our organization is diligent in its work to only provide our athletes supplements approved by the Banned Substance Control Group, and we've stressed the importance of staying within these parameters to maintain the integrity of what goes into their bodies. We are disappointed with Brad and fully support today's suspension.

    Ross's suspension was first reported by Andrew Walker of Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Tuesday night. The Marlies declined to comment.

    This is the second drug-related suspension for a player in the organization this season. Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton was given a 20-game ban for violating the NHL's substance abuse policy in November.

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    The Minnesota Wild found their man.

    The club announced the acquisition of goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, in exchange for a third-round pick in 2015.

    A series of trades left Dubnyk toiling in the minors at the end of last season, but in strong support of Mike Smith in a backup capacity, the Edmonton Oilers' castoff is now breathing second life.

    Down the stretch, Dubnyk will get the opportunity to improve on Minnesota's league-worst save percentage at even strength while striving to preserve his viability at the NHL level.

    He authored a 9-5-2 record to go along with a 2.72 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 19 appearances with the Coyotes.

    Meanwhile, Arizona - intent on getting full value in the first and third round in June - has prevented Dubnyk from unseating the floundering Mike Smith, who is conceding at a rate greater than any of his peers.

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    Martin Brodeur is taking some time off to think about his future.

    The 42-year-old netminder has been granted a one-week leave of absence by the St. Louis Blues. His future with the team will be determined upon his return.

    Brodeur is 3-3-0 in seven appearances since signing with St. Louis in December, posting a 2.87 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. The Blues have a healthy Brian Elliott and Jake Allen as their goaltending duo, making Brodeur the odd man out.

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    Tyler Toffoli has been participating in brief skating sessions, but the Los Angeles Kings forward is expected to miss three to four weeks while he deals with the effects of mononucleosis.

    Toffoli told Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider he isn't feeling very sick due to the illness, which commonly causes fever, sore throat and fatigue. Symptoms of mono typically last for around a month.

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    Paul Maurice became the seventh active NHL coach to reach 500 career victories when the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

    Maurice, 47, entered the season with 478 career victories - 384 with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, 76 with the Toronto Maple Leafs and 18 with the Jets. He's guided Winnipeg to 22 wins 44 games into 2014-15 and was his usual nonchalant self after the latest victory.

    "I've been really fortunate." -Maurice on his 500th NHL win.

    — Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) January 14, 2015
    That quote sounds better if one imagines Maurice saying it while wearing a party hat to mark the occasion.

    With all the major injuries they have had, he should be in the running for the Jack Adams.

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    The NHL's Department of Player Safety has suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Steve Downie in the head Tuesday.

    Suter, who leads the league in time on ice with 29:34 per game, will be eligible to return to Minnesota's lineup for Monday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He will forfeit $81,058.72 in salary as a result of the suspension.

    The Department of Player Safety cited the lack of injury on the play and Suter's clean disciplinary history as factors in determining the length of the suspension.

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    Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne will miss the next three to five weeks with a sprained knee, the team announced.

    The Predators initially announced Rinne would miss the team's next three games as well as the Jan. 25 All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio, because of the injury but updated the time he would miss later Thursday after the Finnish goaltender met with the team doctor.

    The 32-year-old Finnish netminder has been spectacular in the first half of the season for the Central Division-leading Predators, putting together an impressive campaign that many feel has him set as the front-runner for the Vezina Trophy.

    Rinne, who was limited to 24 games last season because of injury, leads the league with 29 wins and ranks second in both save percentage (.931) and goals-against average (1.96). His stellar play has placed his name in the Hart Trophy conversation as league MVP, as well.

    He sustained the knee injury in Tuesday's 5-1 win over Vancouver after a third-period collision. Carter Hutton replaced Rinne in goal.

    Rinne's status means that the NHL will be forced to name two injury replacements at goaltender for the All-Star Game.

    Detroit's Jimmy Howard has also been ruled out of the All-Star Game with a "slight groin tear," according to Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. Howard was placed on injured reserve on Sunday.

    The Islanders' Jaroslav Halak and Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury will replace Rinne and Howard in Columbus next weekend.

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    Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been selected to replace injured Nashville Predators netminder Pekka Rinne in the NHL All-Star Game, the Penguins announced.

    Fleury is 22-7-4 with a goals-against average of 2.16 and a .926 save percentage in 34 games.

    Rinne will miss at least the next three contests and the All-Star festivities with a sprained knee.

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    New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak will replace injured Detroit Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard in the All-Star Game, the Islanders announced Thursday.

    Halak is 23-8-0 with a .917 save percentage, 2.22 goals-against average and four shutouts in 31 games.

    Howard will miss the next two to four weeks with a slight groin tear. He was 16-7-7 with a .920 save percentage and 2.11 GAA in 32 contests.

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    Colorado Avalanche veteran Jarome Iginla climbed another rung on the NHL's record books with a superfluous goal in Thursday's victory over the Florida Panthers.

    Iginla scored an empty-netter to tie Mike Bossy for 20th on the NHL's all-time goals list with 573. The 37-year-old has 13 goals and 30 points in 45 games since signing with Colorado in the offseason.

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    Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque has agreed to join Lokomotiv Fana of the Norwegian 2nd Division, according to a report from Norwegian newspaper Bergen Tidende.

    Laraque, 38, appeared in 695 NHL games in his career, racking up 53 goals and 1,126 penalty minutes. He last appeared in NHL action during the 2009-10 season with the Montreal Canadiens.

    During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Laraque played with Stockholm-based professional club AIK, where he met current Fana coach Henrik Sahlin, Bergen Tidende reports.

    Laraque will reportedly sign a one-week deal with Fana and is set to appear in a pair of games against the Prinsdalen Wheels in early March.

    Lokomotiv Fana isn't the only European club to give an ex-NHL enforcer a look this season. Donald Brashear recently signed a contract with Sweden Hockey League team MODO, and is averaging just a hair over 90 seconds of ice time in six games with the Ornskoldvik-based club.

    - with h/t to /r/hockey and Kmad

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    Good for him - hope he stays there.

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    Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended two games and will forfeit $43,387.10 in salary for his slew-foot on New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard, the NHL's department of player safety announced Friday.

    The league conducted a phone hearing with Marchand on Friday afternoon. Slew-footing is the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent's feet out from under him.

    During the second period of Boston's 3-0 win over the Rangers on Thursday night at TD Garden, both players were racing to the corner for the puck when Marchand slew-footed Brassard, who went crashing into the boards. Brassard was not injured on the play and remained in the game. There was no penalty assessed.

    After the league reviewed the play, it was determined that Marchand's actions could have caused injury to a defenseless opponent, and the risk was greater due to the proximity to the boards. The league also took into account Marchand's history.

    Marchand did not speak to the media after Friday's practice.

    After Thursday's game, Brassard made it known he was not happy with Marchand's actions.

    "You go to the corner with him and you go shoulder to shoulder, but he brings his leg in the back and I felt like I had a slew-foot there," Brassard said. "I don't want to find any excuses about it, I don't want to be crybaby or anything, but it could've been dangerous and it could be a game-changer. It could've been a 5-on-3 and probably could be back in the game, but the referees said it was a clean hit.

    "The way I fell on the ice, I maybe could've missed the rest of the season if I hurt my knee there . . . Marchand's a pretty good player, he's feisty, competes hard, but those kind of things, we don't want that in our game."

    In 2012, Marchand was suspended for five games for a dangerous hit on Sami Salo. In 2011, he was fined $2,600 for slew-footing Matt Niskanen.

    Marchand's current suspension comes at a bad time for the Bruins. The team is in the midst of a five-game winning streak and has been playing its best hockey of the season.

    Bruins coach Claude Julien finally had a healthy and consistent lineup with everyone contributing, and now the team will have to deal with Marchand's absence. Fortunately for the Bruins, forward Daniel Paille has played well lately in different roles, and he likely will take Marchand's place on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and right wing Reilly Smith.

    Bruins management and coaching staff accept Marchand's style of play because he's at his best when he's getting under the opponents' skin. He has tried to navigate that fine line during his career, and a few times he has crossed it.

    Julien does not accept dangerous plays in games, but he also knows how Marchand needs to play in order to be successful.

    The Bruins have resurrected their physical style of play during their winning streak.

    "Our identity is playing hard, and playing a north-south type of game, grinding it out," assistant captain Chris Kelly said. "It's one of our huge strengths, so we've got to try to use it as much as we can."

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    Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price is day-to-day with an upper-body, the team announced Friday.
    Joey MacDonald has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL to fill in.

    In 35 games this season, Price is 23-10-2 with a 2.19 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.

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    Longtime Boston Bruins announcer Bob Wilson passed away on Thursday from lung cancer. I remember as a kid growing up near Montreal fiddling with my radio antenna desperately trying to get WBZ in clear enough so I could hear him call a Bruins game. RIP Bob Wilson.


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    One of the legendary characters from the golden age of the Boston Bruins has passed away. Longtime radio play-by-play man Bob Wilson died earlier this week. He was 85. Wilson played the roles of both play-by-play man and color analyst for more than 20 years for the Bruins. He was the radio voice for the team in the Bobby Orr era, including the Stanley Cup winners in 1972.

    Wilson retired from the radio booth in 1994, but was back at TD Garden three years ago to watch as the home radio booth on the ninth floor press box was named in honor of him. Members of the media took to social media to mourn the loss of a Bruins media giant from their golden age. Bruins President Cam Neely released a statement on Wilson’s passing.

    "On behalf of the Boston Bruins organization, we are saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Wilson,” said Neely's statement. “For a generation of New England hockey fans, Bob's legendary voice was synonymous with the Bruins and he will always be a part of our club's history. Our thoughts are with Nancy and their children during this difficult time."

    Known for his booming baritone voice, Wilson was honored in 1987 with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, enshrining him in the broadcasters' wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Arlington, Mass., native was also inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcaster's Hall of Fame in 2007.

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    Cody Hodgson was limited to 5:57 time on ice in the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday as part of a message coach Ted Nolan is sending his players.

    Philip Varone (6:19) and Drew Stafford (9:05) were also limited as Buffalo lost its 10th straight game. For Nolan, the reason is simple: Players need to earn their ice time.

    "We have to lay a message to the guys that if you don't want to work you won't play," Nolan told reporters after the contest.

    Hodgson played a season-low 4:55 on Dec. 16 but saw his time on ice rise to around 16 minutes by January before trailing off again. He has not scored since Dec. 13 or recorded a point since Dec. 23.

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    LOS ANGELES -- Rob Blake stood under a spotlight Saturday night and recalled his NHL debut in 1990. He remembered pulling on his first Los Angeles Kings jersey and skating out onto the Forum ice, dreaming of hanging his name and number high overhead.

    "From day one, I wanted to be up there one day," Blake said.

    A quarter-century later, the bruising defenseman made it.

    The Kings retired Blake's No. 4 jersey in a warm pregame ceremony, raising a banner honoring the Hockey Hall of Famer who delivered huge hits and scored big goals on their blue line for parts of 14 seasons.

    The Kings recognized Blake during a ceremony before the defending Stanley Cup champions' game against the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center, which they lost 3-2 in a shootout. Roughly 40 former teammates and family members took the ice to recognize the versatile defenseman who served as Los Angeles' captain for six seasons.

    "In my wildest dreams, I didn't think it would feel this good," said Blake, now an assistant general manager for the franchise.

    Blake is the sixth player whose jersey has been retired by the Kings, a Second Six franchise that joined the NHL in 1967. Los Angeles also has retired the numbers of Marcel Dionne, Rogie Vachon, Dave Taylor, Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille.

    "I knew back then that we would stand here one day, from that first game I played with him," Robitaille said.

    The honor caused Blake to reflect on hockey's proliferation in Southern California in the past 25 years. The Kings and Ducks have combined to win three Stanley Cup titles in the past eight years, and youth hockey is positively booming in the Southland, sending numerous players to the game's highest levels.

    The Kings' recent success is particularly sweet to Blake -- and not just because he works for the team again.

    "The way the franchise has gone, believe me, with the team that's on the ice tonight with two Cups in the last three years, you're going to see a lot of those jerseys up there," Blake said.

    Blake leads the franchise in points, goals and assists by a defenseman, and he won the Kings' first Norris Trophy in 1998. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year.

    Not bad for a fourth-round pick from Simcoe, Ontario, who played at Bowling Green with slow-developing dreams of NHL stardom.

    Blake developed into an elite defenseman in the early 1990s during the Kings' best previous run of team success before the current club, which has won two Stanley Cup titles in the last three years. Current Kings captain Dustin Brown played alongside Blake before the defenseman notoriously left for San Jose for his final two NHL seasons.

    "We feel that you're finally back where you belong, where it all started, as a member of the L.A. Kings family," a visibly emotional Brown said during the ceremony. "You taught us what it was to be a pro, and you showed us what it really meant to be a teammate."

    The Kings reached the 1993 Stanley Cup finals and lost, but Blake treasured the chance to play alongside Gretzky, Taylor and Larry Robinson, his childhood idol.

    "I remember walking into the Forum for the first time and seeing him coming up and introducing himself to me, like, `Hi, I'm Larry," Blake said. "Well, I knew that for the past 15 years. So it was special, for sure."

    The seven-time NHL All-Star and Olympic gold medalist was a vicious hitter and an opportunistic scorer, leading the Kings through several mediocre seasons. When Staples Center opened in 1999, Blake bought a luxury suite for Kings games and donated the tickets to charities.

    "No person has meant more to me and my career than Rob, and no player benefited more from playing with Rob than me," said Mattias Norstrom, Blake's defense partner and successor as Kings captain.

    When the white banner was raised, Blake invited Norstrom to stand on his left side -- their familiar alignment for all those years on the ice.

    Blake won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001, highlighting a productive five-year tenure with the Avalanche. Blake returned to the Kings amid much fanfare in 2006, only to leave the struggling club again in 2008 to play his final two seasons with the Sharks.

    Many Kings fans expressed bitterness about Blake's two departures from Los Angeles, booing him regularly in his returns. But in July 2013, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi hired Blake as a vice president and assistant GM, bringing him back to the franchise.

    Blake realizes some Kings fans still haven't forgiven him, and that's fine with him.

    "The good thing about fans in general -- if you're not wearing their jersey, they're not going to be happy," Blake said. "And that's the way they should be. They back their team and look after it. I'm on their team now, but at least I'm out of shouting distance."

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    The New York Rangers have signed defenseman Marc Staal to a six-year contract extension, the club announced Sunday.

    The deal is worth a reported $34.2 million and was agreed to in principle on Friday afternoon.

    "Marc has been one of the cornerstones of our team since he arrived in New York," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said.

    "His commitment and perseverance to the Rangers, and the game of hockey, has been an inspiration for everyone in the organization, and he has become a role model for young players and veterans alike. We are excited that he will continue to provide that leadership in a Rangers uniform."

    Staal isn't known for his offensive production, but he leads the Rangers in even-strength ice time (19:21 per game) through 43 games.

    He has spent his entire eight-year NHL career with the Rangers after being drafted 12th overall in 2005.

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    Chicago Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo has been suspended six games for his hit on Winnipeg Jets center Mathieu Perreault, the leagueannounced Monday.

    The incident occurred during Friday's game.

    Carcillo originally accepted an in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety but reportedly had a change of heart, opting instead for a phone hearing.

    It is the veteran agitator's ninth suspension and the 12th time he has been issued supplemental discipline.

    The repeat offender has the right to appeal because the suspension is longer than five games, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

     


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    The 2016 Winter Classic will see familiar foe meet on uncommon ground.

    The Boston Bruins will host the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL's annual showcase at the home of the New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium, according to ESPN's Joe McDonald.

    The Bruins hosted the 2012 Winter Classic at Fenway Park.

    An official announcement is expected during All-Star weekend.

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    Carcillo is a punk. Hated him as a Flyer when he started to do his snapping the head back shit that they do in Pittsburgh.

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    Colin Greening's days as a member of the Ottawa Senators appear to be numbered.

    General manager Bryan Murray reiterated Monday that's he's actively shopping the 28-year-old forward and conceded that he'll likely place Greening on waivers failing a trade.

    "I told (Greening) I talked to a number of GMs and I tried to encourage them to give him an opportunity, through a trade or whatever vehicle it may be," Murray said on TSN1200, according to Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.

    "At this point there's nothing for him," Murray continued. "I told him that eventually, if we don't get something done, he's got to play hockey. And you can't play hockey as the 23rd or 24th guy on the roster here, so I'd have to put him on waivers at some point in time."

    Greening, who has one goal in 20 games to his credit, remains under contract at $2 million this season, $2.75 million next season and $3.2 million in 2016-17.

    As such, a waiver claim would seem unlikely, meaning he'd be relegated to the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

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    Arizona Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker underwent surgery to remove his spleen after injuring it in Sunday's loss to the Winnipeg Jets, the team announced.

    He was placed on injured reserve, and is expected to need four-to-six weeks to recover.

    In late December, Edmonton Oilers forward Tyler Pitlick had surgery to address a lacerated spleen in a collision with Calgary Flames forward Lance Bouma. He has yet to return to action.

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    It's been fun watching the Leafs collapse, but Scott Cullen has fucking lost his mind - the team is that bad: http://www.tsn.ca/statistically-speaking-it-s-really-not-that-bad-for-slumping-leafs-1.187409

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    No kidding. I was supposed to go see them play the Blues on Saturday, but I picked up a case of Bronchitis last thursday and have been layed up since, so I didn't make the drive across state. Good thing I skipped it, since they layed another fucking egg.

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    broke wrote: It's been fun watching the Leafs collapse, but Scott Cullen has fucking lost his mind 
    I used to like reading Scott Cullen's articles but he has become a joke the last couple of years.

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    Should the Edmonton Oilers win the draft lottery for the fourth time in six seasons, it could be of another team's benefit.

    General manager Craig MacTavish revealed Tuesday that he's willing to deal a to-be-determined 18-year-old prospect selected in June's draft in order to acquire a player further along in the process, the team announced via Twitter.

    Currently slotted second-to-last in the league standings, the Oilers will figure to have a top-five pick along with the Pittsburgh Penguins' first-rounder acquired in the David Perron deal.

    Of course, the Oilers are frustrated, having waited on prospects to develop to little avail for the better part of the last decade. But with the next anticipated generational talent up this time around, the urge to deal could result in yet another farce.

    Or a bounty.

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    Can Toronto's hockey fans stomach a long rebuilding process?

    That sort of long-term pain could be in the offing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

    "Management saw this (slide) coming maybe before it happened," LeBrun said during an Insider Trading segment on TSN Tuesday night. "and because of that they were not in a position where they were going to add a short-term piece to help them get in the playoffs. It was a decision made a while back that, if we're doing anything before March 2nd, it's got the long-term in mind.

    "Obviously people wondering about Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel - I think those type of deals are easier to get done in the offseason and I think that's probably how the Maple Leafs are looking at it as well, if they do in fact trade those guys, but it depends on what they get offered."

    Trading Phaneuf and Kessel might make the experts at the local watering hole happy, but it would still represent a significant step back for the Maple Leafs on the ice. At least in the short term.

    This isn't about the short term for Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan and his management team though. This is about building a durable contender.

    "The bottom line is this, and it does to drafting and development as well," Lebrun reported. "Brendan Shanahan - under his guise - everything from here on in has a long-term feel to it, in terms of changing this roster."

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    lobo316 wrote: Can Toronto's hockey fans stomach a long rebuilding process?

    Regardless of how bad things get ( and I think they are going to get a lot worse in the next few weeks ) Leaf fans had better keep those jerseys on.



    from sportsnet.ca:

    You can toss your hat on the ice to celebrate a hat trick, but don’t even think about throwing a jersey in protest of a team’s poor performance.

    Fans throwing jerseys on the ice has become an act all too familiar for the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs, who lost their fifth straight game on Monday night. Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment confirmed on Tuesday that charges have been laid in the latest occurrence of disgruntled fans littering the ice at the Air Canada Centre.

    Three men have been charged for their actions and also face lifetime bans from the Air Canada Centre.

    Maple Leafs players expressed their frustration with fans throwing jerseys on the ice. Of particular worry for the players is the fact that last night’s incident saw jerseys thrown onto the ice during play.

    So tossing jerseys on the ice to express one’s disgust with the home team’s performance is certainly dangerous, and now it’s grounds for a brush with the law. Keep those shirts on your backs, folks.

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    It's damn dangerous to throw a jersey on the ice during play and those fucktards should be banned from the building because of it.

    ...having said that, why not really punish those idiots and force them to attend every Leafs game until they get good, and THEN ban them?

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    With more jerseys being tossed on the ice than Maple Leafs goals being scored over the past five games, fans' frustrations have been made apparent to the players.

    What the Toronto Police dubbed “Jerseygate” hit the front pages in both hockey towns Wednesday in advance of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ trip to Ottawa for the rivals’ final game prior to the NHL all-star break.

    In the Ottawa Sun's lead story, Maple Leafs fan Alain Lind, who lives in Ottawa, said he is thinking about tossing his only Leafs sweater if the game becomes a blowout in the Senators’ favour.



    “I’m considering throwing it at the Leafs bench actually,” said Lind, who only buys tickets to Canadian Tire Center for the Battle of Ontario. “It’s a buildup of emotions and disappointment. I almost burnt all my Leafs stuff two years ago when they lost against the Bruins in Game 7.”
    The Senators told the Sun they are prepared to deal with jersey tossers, as Maple Leafs fans typically have a significant — and vocal — presence at Ottawa road games.

    “The Canadian Tire Centre’s policy is that any patron who would throw items onto the ice would be ejected from the CTC,” Brian Morris, the Senators’ senior director of communications, told the Sun.

    The Toronto Sun interviewed a jersey-throwing fan, Jerry Newton, who had snuck back in the Air Canada Center after being banned.

    Newton threw his white Leafs sweater onto the ice at the end of Toronto’s Jan. 7 beatdown by the Washington Capitals. He was dinged with a $65 trespassing fine for his actions and instructed to not enter any Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment properties for at least a year — the same punishment faced by the three men who threw sweaters Monday night.

    Newton says he attended the Carolina game and later entered MLSE’s Real Sports bar despite the ban.

    “It’s tough to enforce,” Newton, 40, told the Sun. “They didn’t take my picture or anything. They must have some log, but they didn’t search any computer system while I was down there [dealing with the paperwork], I don’t know if they have a very good system for it, because how would they know if I wasn’t banned previously?

    “If they kicked out every disgruntled fan from their properties, there would be no one.”

    Jerseygate was the talk of Toronto Tuesday, after three sweaters were launched onto the ice during the Maple Leafs’ 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

    One fan started an Indiegogo page to raise money for the tossers’ fines (total raised at time of writing: $0), and even the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, fired a chirp over Twitter:

    #jerseygate? About time. Most Canadians would rather be arrested than put on that jersey. cc @davedotca

    — Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) January 20, 2015
     

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    khawk wrote:

    ...having said that, why not really punish those idiots and force them to attend every Leafs game until they get good, and THEN ban them?

    That will never work. 50 more years of Leafs ineptitude & the tossers die before the Leafs
    "get good".

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    There's a new wrinkle in the latest jersey-tossing incident in Toronto.

    One of the three fans charged, fined and banned from Maple Leafs games for a year after throwing jerseys onto the Air Canada Centre ice Monday revealed that it wasn't his own sweater he discarded in protest - it was his wife's.

    Trevor (last name not disclosed) explained the rationale behind his actions to Jenny Yuen of the Toronto Sun:

    It was the worst Leafs game I've been at. I'm fed up with how management's doing things, fed up with how some guys are playing or not playing - they're just not showing any heart and soul, man. It was my wife's first game and I asked her for her jersey and that's what I threw. She gladly gave it to me. I wasn't about to throw my Wendel Clark jersey - that has been the heart and soul of the Leafs for years.

    I told the police when I was downstairs that I waited for the play to come out of their end, I wasn't trying to hit anyone with the jersey, I wanted to throw it where (players) weren't. They were going the other way and I purposefully waited for that. They gave me a fine and told me to not come back for a year, so that's fine by me.

    While center Nazem Kadri called out fans who toss jerseys on the ice, Trevor said he believes hard-working, ticket-buying fans have the right to express how they feel about the state of the club to management.

    "Maybe it's disrespectful of the players but management has got to see what the true fans are going through," he argued. "He has his opinion, I have mine. And I threw it on the ice."

    Now that Trevor will be spared the expense of purchasing tickets for at least a year, we certainly hope he'll use those savings to buy his wife a new jersey.

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    Darryl Sutter is hoping to help get his team on the right track before it's too late.

    The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings find themselves outside the playoff picture with one game remaining prior to the NHL's All-Star break.

    Call it a Cup hangover or chalk it up to playing 64 postseason games over the past three years, but the head coach is encouraging his players to put in the work required to succeed moving forward.

    "They have to keep understanding and listening to what I'm telling them about how tough it is," Sutter told Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times. "The train has got to be a work train, not the Stanley Cup train. The Stanley Cup train was last year and some guys just have to get off that train. There's no extra for it. You get nothing for it."

    Sutter acknowledges his team's success in recent years as a good problem to have, but sees a great danger in his players resting on their laurels, lest they miss out on this year's playoffs altogether.

    "It's the best problem to have - everybody in the league would love to have that problem for the last three seasons," Sutter said. "(But) at times you can see where players aren't as invested in the importance of that game as they should be. And that's probably cost us points."

    Despite their record, the Kings remain the best even-strength possession team in the league, and certainly have the talent and experience to make a late charge.

    The Kings visit the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, and sit one point back of their in-state rivals.

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    The Wizard is hanging them up.

    Ray Whitney, 42, announced his retirement as an NHL player Wednesday, capping a career in which he produced 1,064 points (385 goals, 679 assists) in 1,330 regular-season games.

    Whitney entered the league in 1991 with San Jose and also played for Edmonton, Florida, Columbus, Detroit, Carolina, Phoenix and Dallas.

    He put up consistent production thanks to soft hands, great passing and playmaking ability and great heart.

    "For the past 23 years, I have had the privilege of earning my living playing hockey in the National Hockey League," Whitney said in a statement released by his agency, CAA Sports. "Along the way, I have made countless memories and friendships, which I will always cherish. Every city I played in, the fans welcomed my family and me with open arms, and I couldn't be more thankful for that. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of my teammates and coaches, especially the 2006 Stanley Cup team in Carolina. I was lucky to have great agents at CAA Sports, who stood by me through the good times and the tough times. I want to say a special thank you to my parents, who gave me the chance to do what I loved. Finally, I want to thank my wife Brijet, and our three beautiful children, who have been incredibly supportive of me throughout my career. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to live my dream."

    Whitney stood out during his career also because he had something to say. He was a great interview who wasn't shy to speak his mind and provide insightful thoughts on the game.

    He also found success on the ice during the dead puck era despite his 5-foot-10, 180-pound frame, fighting through the clutching and grabbing to produce several seasons of 60-plus and 70-plus points before the rules were changed to open up the game in 2005.

    He then continued to thrive post-2005, putting up a career-high 83 points (32-51) with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006-07. He also had 77 points (24-53) in 2011-12 with the Phoenix Coyotes at age 39.

    "Terrific career," Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, who had Whitney in Carolina, told ESPN.com on Wednesday. "He was a key player on our Cup team in Carolina from his leadership to keeping the guys loose to scoring big goals for us. He was just a lot of fun to be around.

    "He knows the game and he worked really hard," Rutherford added. "He wasn't a big guy. To have the career he had is pretty special."

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    Arizona bankruptcy Judge Redfield T. Baum has ruled against the NHL in their pursuit of $145 million in damages from ex-Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes, according to David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail.

    While Baum's decision is just his recommendation, it's a decisive loss for the NHL:

    Judge Baum's decision just a recommendation but carries great weight with U.S. Court. Baum left opening for small recovery of damages.

    — David Shoalts (@dshoalts) January 21, 2015
    NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has indicated that the league will appeal the decision in full.

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    Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin will reportedly forgo participation in the NHL's All-Star festivities.

    Malkin will not appear at All-Star weekend in Columbus, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.

    The Penguins forward was a late scratch for Wednesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

    He left Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers with an undisclosed ailment.

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    Pittsburgh Penguins defender Kris Letang will be out indefinitely, according to a report from Sportsnet's John Shannon.

    Letang, 27, sustained his injuries – he reportedly experienced concussion symptoms on Tuesday night, and dealt with a stiff neck on Wednesday – when he was hit by Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo from behind on Tuesday night.

    The skilled defender, who has nine goals and 32 points this season, missed 26 games with a head injury during the 2011-12 season.

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    Check out Miss Canada at the Miss Universe contest. Looks like a pretty high scoring game too. ;)

     
       

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    The Bleacher Report looks at the top trade rumors heading into the All-Star break:


    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2337827-the-top-nhl-trade-rumors-at-the-2015-all-star-game-break



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    Toronto Maple Leafs fans continue to find new ways to express their displeasure with the team.

    An ad on Kijiji claiming to be from the club (but clearly from a disgruntled fan) is seeking players at every position.

    Here's a closer look at the listing:

    Hiring Forwards, Defensemen, and Goalies

    We have been shut out in 3 of the past 5 games and have scored only 2 goals in the 5 games total! We are currently looking for anyone who can physically put the puck in the net for us because our players aren't capable of doing that. FYI: you might get struck by a jersey during a game. Sincerely, Toronto Maple Leafs
    Fans were charged for tossing three jerseys on the ice during Monday's loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. A pair of patrons also wore paper bags over their heads with the words "Bums" and "Overpaid Uncoachables" inscribed.

    The ad was listed on Wednesday, the same day the Leafs dropped their sixth game in a row, a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators

    As of 5:15 p.m. ET on January 22, it has about 23,000 visits - 3,200 higher than the Air Canada Centre's capacity.

    - With h/t to blogTO

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    lobo316 wrote: Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin will reportedly forgo participation in the NHL's All-Star festivities.



    Pittsburgh just announced that Crosby will miss the game too.


    from sportsnet.ca:

    An all-star game without Sidney Crosby? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time.

    The Pittsburgh Penguins star has pulled out of this weekend’s All-Star festivities Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford revealed on Thursday evening, the result of a lower body injury that has been nagging at him for some time. As a result, Crosby will be forced to miss the Penguins first game back Tuesday versus the Winnipeg Jets, as per National Hockey League regulations.
    There will always be speculation, however, that a player like Crosby is simply seeking a few days in the sunshine rather than putting the gear on for three straights days in wintry Columbus. Especially in this case, when Crosby pulls out of all-star weekend but 24 hours after having played 23:06 in Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago. When exactly was he injured? In the shootout?

    If the league weren’t concerned about players simply faking an injury to get the weekend off, why the stipulation that they miss one further game? Questions abound, not the least if which is, would the Penguins value nearly a week off for Crosby over his participation in one game vs. Winnipeg?

    It was 2009 when Crosby pulled out of the all-star game, but attended the weekend and maintained his social and media duties. He was eligible to play the first game back after the all-star break that year. Detroit stars Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk missed the 2009 game in Montreal and were forced to sit out the Red Wings’ next game after the break.

    Crosby joins Evgeni Malkin, Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (injured Thursday night against the Jets), Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, and Los Angeles forward Tanner Pearson on the ever-growing injured list.

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    Add Cody Franson's name to the list of defenseman likely to be made available prior to the NHL's March 2 trade deadline.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs are unwilling to pay Franson what he's likely to command on the open market as an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

    If the defenseman appears likely to explore his options as a free agent in lieu of re-signing with the club, he's expected to be dealt. He could fetch a nice return considering the demand for right-handed defenseman.

    Franson, 27, leads the team in points by a defenseman with six goals and 23 assists in 46 games, contributing 14 points on the man advantage.

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    The Colorado Avalanche appear to have a specific wishlist for any trade involving Ryan O'Reilly.

    Speaking on the FAN590 in Toronto on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported the Avalanche want a defenseman with term in exchange for their talented, two-way center.

    The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs have previously been mentioned as teams interested in acquiring O'Reilly, bringing names like Tyler Myers and Jake Gardiner to mind, both of whom are under contract through the end of the 2017-18 season.

    There will certainly be no shortage of suitors for O'Reilly, with this apparent demand likely being the starting point in terms of actualizing a trade.

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    After having settled nicely in Dallas, Tyler Seguin is getting reflective about his tenure with his first NHL club.

    The Dallas Stars center recently penned an essay for The Player's Tribune in which he opines about his time with the Boston Bruins, which he believes was cut entirely too short.

    Despite all the success the Bruins and Seguin enjoyed together - a Stanley Cup, two Eastern Conference championships, leading the team in scoring during his second season - he contends that too much focus is placed on the circumstances surrounding his trade.

    Jettisoned at age 21, he says the Bruins simply pulled the trigger too soon.

    "Now that it’s all completely in the past, I can give you my honest answer," he writes. "Do I think the Bruins gave up on me too early? Yes, I 100 percent believe that. I had hoped to stay in Boston for a long time."

    Seguin added the following in regards to the many tales spun leading up to and recounted following the trade:

    When I got traded to the Stars after only three seasons in Boston, there were a lot of articles and rumors about how I was pushed off the Bruins because I was some kind of immature, unfocused party animal.

    Looking back, based on the way the Bruins were situated at the center position and the realities of a salary cap system, it’s clear that the business side of hockey played a big part in why the trade happened. But that doesn't make for a very interesting headline or Tweet.

    I admit that there were probably some decisions I could have made better, but I also highly doubt that anyone would endorse every choice they made in their late teens. It's part of growing up.

    Seguin continued by saying he believes his time in Boston was invaluable for the next phase of his career, giving him the confidence and structure to become a leader.

    Tied for the NHL lead in goals (28) and second in points (52) at the All-Star break, Seguin is certainly doing his part to turn the Stars into a contender.

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    A couple of young stars have been called upon to take the place of injured players at Sunday's NHL All-Star Game.

    Defensemen Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau have been promoted to the big game in the absence of Sidney Crosby and Erik Johnson, as first reported by Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

    Perhaps not the biggest names to enter the fray, the bump makes sense since the pair is already in Columbus as part of the young stars event, and many more established candidates have already taken to the skies on vacation.

    Ekblad, 18, becomes the youngest defenseman to appear in the All-Star Game, and has recorded six goals and 19 assists in 44 games. Gaudreau, 21, has scored 13 goals to go along with 22 assists in his first season for the Flames.

    They will join fellow youngster Filip Forsberg in Sunday's game, after he was promoted in the absence of Evgeni Malkin.

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    Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will not be participating in All-Star weekend, the club announced Thursday.

    Johnson is dealing with a lower-body injury according to the club.

    The 26-year-old Avalanche blue-liner has scored 12 goals and contributed 23 points in 47 games this season.

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    The St. Louis Blues will have a third representative at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game with Brian Elliott having been tabbed to replace injured Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

    Elliot has been limited to just 22 appearances this season, having missed a few weeks of action to a lower-body injury, but leads the league in goals-against average and owns a sparkling 13-5-2 record.

    He joins teammates Vladimir Tarasenko and Kevin Shattenkirk.

    Elliott receives the nod over Michael Hutchinson, Braden Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist, who are each having praiseworthy seasons in their own right.

    He is just the third goaltender in Blues history to appear in multiple All-Star Games. He earned his first selection in 2012.

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    The NHL made a few announcements today:

    - the 2016 NHL Winter Classic will have Boston hosting Montreal at Gillette Stadium on January 1 - 2016. 

    - there will be 2 Stadium Series Games next season. Minnesota will host Chicago at TCF Bank Stadium on February 21 - 2016 and Colorado will host Detroit at Coors Field on February 27 - 2016.

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    Anyone watch this football game ?


    John Tavares scored four goals and Jakub Voracek added three as Team Toews cruised to a record-breaking 17-12 victory over Team Foligno at the 2015 All-Star Game.

    Here's what you need to know from Sunday's action:

    The teams combined to break the record for most goals in an All-Star game with 29. The previous record was 26.

    Voracek finished with a game-high six points, while Patrice Bergeron and captain Jonathan Toews had one goal and four assists apiece and Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists.

    Vladimir Tarasenko and rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad each added four assists for Team Toews.

    Ryan Johansen led Team Foligno with two goals and two assists and was voted All-Star MVP by the Columbus Blue Jackets fans in attendance.

    Every player on Team Toews recorded at least one point. Anze Kopitar, Zemgus Girgensons and Phil Kessel were the only Team Foligno players held off the scoresheet.

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    lobo316 wrote: Anyone watch this football game ?


    John Tavares scored four goals and Jakub Voracek added three as Team Toews cruised to a record-breaking 17-12 victory over Team Foligno at the 2015 All-Star Game.

    Here's what you need to know from Sunday's action:

    The teams combined to break the record for most goals in an All-Star game with 29. The previous record was 26.

    Voracek finished with a game-high six points, while Patrice Bergeron and captain Jonathan Toews had one goal and four assists apiece and Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists.

    Vladimir Tarasenko and rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad each added four assists for Team Toews.

    Ryan Johansen led Team Foligno with two goals and two assists and was voted All-Star MVP by the Columbus Blue Jackets fans in attendance.

    Every player on Team Toews recorded at least one point. Anze Kopitar, Zemgus Girgensons and Phil Kessel were the only Team Foligno players held off the scoresheet.
    If I want to see that much scoring I watch porn!

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    Haven't watched the All Star game in 20+ years.

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    I thinking that he'll end up on the Rangers or Leafs.


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    The Los Angeles Kings have placed centre Mike Richards on waivers.

    The 29-year-old Richards is on course for a career-worst offensive output with only five goals and 10 assists in 47 games this year for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

    Acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers before the 2011-2012 season for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second-round draft pick, Richards is in his fourth season with the Kings.

    A member of Cup-winning teams with the Kings in both 2012 and last season, Richards is in the seventh year of a 12-year deal that comes with an annual cap hit of $5.75 million per season. He's being paid $7 million this season, with $6 million, $5.5 million, $4.5 million, $3 million and $3 million in each year.

    If Richards clears waivers and is sent to Manchester of the American Hockey League, $925,000 of his $5.75 million cap hit comes off the Kings' cap and Richards would represent $4.825 million of dead cap space.

    Richards twice was a 30-goal scorer with the Flyers in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.

    Teams have 24 hours to place a claim on Richards, an Olympic gold medalist with Canada in 2012. If unclaimed, Richards would be assigned to the Kings' AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.
     

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    Richards used to be so great, I loved the way he played - what happened to him?
    Yeah, I can see him on the Leafs since he's apparently washed up now. That's when we get em. :X

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    the squared circle wrote: Richards used to be so great, I loved the way he played - what happened to him?
    Yeah, I can see him on the Leafs since he's apparently washed up now. That's when we get em. :X

    There was reportedly some interest coming from Toronto a few weeks ago as the two teams were said to be discussing a multi-player deal involving Phaneuf and Richards.

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    lobo316 wrote: Anyone watch this football game ?


    John Tavares scored four goals and Jakub Voracek added three as Team Toews cruised to a record-breaking 17-12 victory over Team Foligno at the 2015 All-Star Game.

    Here's what you need to know from Sunday's action:

    The teams combined to break the record for most goals in an All-Star game with 29. The previous record was 26.

    Voracek finished with a game-high six points, while Patrice Bergeron and captain Jonathan Toews had one goal and four assists apiece and Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists.

    Vladimir Tarasenko and rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad each added four assists for Team Toews.

    Ryan Johansen led Team Foligno with two goals and two assists and was voted All-Star MVP by the Columbus Blue Jackets fans in attendance.

    Every player on Team Toews recorded at least one point. Anze Kopitar, Zemgus Girgensons and Phil Kessel were the only Team Foligno players held off the scoresheet.
    The All Star games of the 4 major sports hold little interest for me with the possible exception of baseball.
    Years and years ago where not every game was available in every market it made sense to watch as there might be guys you didn't get much of a chance to see.
    Now I can see these guys everyday and all the games are really free for all's that generally don't mean much in the end.

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    Angelic Assassin wrote: Years and years ago where not every game was available in every market it made sense to watch as there might be guys you didn't get much of a chance to see.
    Now I can see these guys everyday and all the games are really free for all's that generally don't mean much in the end.

    It pains me greatly to give a Montreal Canadiens fan any credit ;) but that is an excellent point. For me the NHL game ( heck - all the All-Star games at this point ) have become the " hey everybody - look at me !!!!!! ) farce that the NBA version became about 10 years ago. I used to love watching the MLB and NHL All-Star games but now I'll just watch the highlights that night to see how the guys from my favorite teams did. 

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    Things have escalated quickly on the New York Islanders injury front.

    Forward Kyle Okposo will miss six-to-eight weeks with an upper-body injury, the club announced.

    The winger scored five goals (including four in one game) and added two assists in the three games prior to the All-Star break for a team chasing the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

    He's recorded 14 goals and 30 assists in 46 games, good for a share of the eighth-highest point tot