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Since the new NHL season starts Wednesday I thought it was time for a new thread. For all the NHL fans here maybe you can leave a post telling us how you think your team will do and your realistic expectations.






This is going to be an interesting year in Boston - they could be a surprise team in the East or they could completely bottom out and finish near the basement. There is still lots of talent there with Rask, Bergeron, Krejci, Chara ( when healthy ), Marchand, Pastrnak and Eriksson and let's not forget that Boston still had 96 points last season ( the most in NHL history by a non-Playoff team ) and only missed the Playoffs by 2 points. But will the new players that were brought in ( Belesky, Hayes, Irwin and C. Miller ) be enough to compensate for the off-season losses of Hamilton, Lucic and Soderberg ??? And as for Claude Julien - I think he's a good Head Coach ( maybe even a very good Head Coach ) but I don't think he's the right type of Head Coach for this team and the style of play they need to use to be successful.

Personally I'm torn - as much as I want them to make the Playoffs I would really like to add another couple of high draft picks. My way of thinking is that I either want my teams to be serious Championship contenders or be really bad and get some good high draft picks. That being said I don't want my teams to suck for more than a few years as I need to see some serious improvement after a few bad seasons - no Edmonton Oilers level of sucktitude here. The worst thing for a pro sports team is to be mediocre - look at what happened to the Boston Celtics last year. They put together some good stretches late in the season and squeaked into the Playoffs as the # 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. So they end up getting swept by Cleveland and end up with the # 16 pick in the Draft. But if they only had 5 less wins they would have missed the Playoffs but gotten the # 9 pick instead of the # 16 pick. 

Bottom line - even with Rask there I don't see Boston making much noise in the Playoffs ( if they even get there ) so I'm hoping for an off year for the Bruins this season. If Boston could somehow get 2 top 10 picks ( they have San Jose's 2016 1st round pick in the Martin Jones trade ) and add those picks to the 3 kids they picked in the first round in the 2015 Draft then I don't see a long rebuild at all. I would prefer a bad year this year to add some good future talent then squeak into the Playoffs only to get knocked out by one of the Eastern Conference's elite teams......especially if it ended up being Montreal. :tongue:

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Rangers eliminated before the finals this year if AV plays Girardi, Klein, Boyle and Yandle regularly without giving them rest.  And since they all have contracts that are too big for their performance, it kills our offense as we lost Hagelin and took on Etem (who blows). 

Dylan Mcilrath should be given a chance to play D every other night taking shifts for Girardi, Klein and Boyle for certain, as they play the right side and he can only play that side. That will keep those legs fresh and we might not have 3 defensemen with broken feet in next years playoffs.

Nash will score plenty in the regular season and suck in the playoffs. 

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McDavid mother fuckers!!!
Sky's the limit, and by sky, I mean better then last in the league.

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Detroit Red Wings- I am looking forward to another good year from my Wings. They have built up a nice nucleus of young players.

It remains to be seen how the players will take to new coach Jeff Blashill, but I feel confident since he was coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins (Wings minor league affiliate) he has already been coach to many.

I'll miss Babcock, but I got a feeling that towards the end his message was wearing thin. His stay in Detroit was long enough and no matter how good the coach I think a change of scenery is what he needed.

Goaltending should be good, I think Mrazek has supplanted Jimmy Howard as the starter.

One area lacking I feel is overall team toughness. Outside of Abdelkader, we need more mucker/grinder types.

I think we'll make the playoffs again, maybe advance one round, depending on the seeding.

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Leafs. No comment.

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The Hawks season will be told in the first 20 games. If Kane's investigation goes away and he can stay in the lineup, they should make the playoffs. If he has to miss any time, then they will be in a dogfight right to the end of the season to make it.
If they do make the playoffs, who knows? I didn't think they had the horses to do anything special in the last two years, and they made it to game 7 OT of the WCF two years ago and won the Cup last year. If they get in, the fact that they know what it takes to win may carry them through again...and two straight years of a LOT of hockey might doom them to an early exit.
It will be interesting to watch. Should have a good idea by between game 25 and 30 what is more likely to happen.

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In the Washington Capitals first season, they were 8-67-5 for 21 points.
The Leafs will come close to that mark of futility.

10-72 for 20 points. Thank God for the Raptors.

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The St. Louis Blues have signed Scott Gomez to a one-year, two-way contract.
He'll earn an NHL rate of $575,000 and $200,000 in the AHL in addition to potential bonuses, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Gomez's deal includes bonuses of $125,000 for number of regular-season games played and $100,000 for team playoff success. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) October 7, 2015
The 35-year-old forward notched 34 points in 58 games with the New Jersey Devils last season.
Gomez has 747 points in 1,045 career games with the Devils, New York RangersMontreal CanadiensSan Jose Sharks, and Florida Panthers.
The 15-year veteran won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2000, and won Stanley Cup championships with the Devils in 2000 and 2003.

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I'll start with a couple other teams.


Edmonton:Fuck off.  If you pathetic pricks finish in the lottery and get another number one pick I'll personally blow the city of Edmonton up.

Toronto.  They might surprise some people this season.  Babcock doesn't like losing, not for Auston Mathews, nor any other demi-god.  Regardless of the Shanaplan if Babcock is gonna play all those vets then they are gonna play till body parts fall off.

Montreal-Your 2015-16 Stanley cup champions, ladies.  Bow down in subservience, peons.  I like the off season moves they made with the exception of Kassian, even before his incident.

The first day of the regular season is always interesting as so many story lines begin to unfold.  As a hockey purist I am not a fan of 5 minute overtimes, 4 on 4 hockey for overtimes, 3 on 3(GTFO-getting dangerously close to pond hockey here).  I'd almost rather have the shootout.  If you really want to not have ties then teams play until their is a winner even in the regular season.  And the loser doesn't get any points, period.  It will never happen but baseball games tied after 9 innings aren't decided by a homerun derby or for the 10th both teams play with one less player each inning there is a tie.  Basketball goes till there is a winner in every game.  Football allows ties but they are so infrequent it doesn't matter and aren't decided by the opposing QB's alternating tosses at a tire on a rope till one of them gets to 5 or spells horse.

That's all for now and keep your heads bowed when listening to royalty speak you peasants. 

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Montreal: We'll be somewhere between 3-6 in the conference, and probably bowing out in the second round, unless Semin, Fleishmann and Galchenyuk can score 85-100 goals between them.

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Teuvo Teravainen is gonna be a superstar.

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Mike Babcock made history in his first game behind the Toronto Maple Leafs' bench.
During the second period of Wednesday's season opener against the Montreal Canadiens, defenseman Jeff Petry put the visiting club up 2-1 with a shot past Jonathan Bernier.
Although the goal was initially ruled good on the ice, Tomas Plekanecappeared to have interfered with Bernier, leading Babcock to issue the first coach's challenge in league history.
The referee ruled that Plekanec had indeed hit Bernier with his stick, impeding his ability to make the save on Petry's shot. The end result was a no-goal call and a successful challenge by Babcock.


With that, Babcock put himself in the record books in his first regular-season game in Toronto.
Make a note and tell your future grandchildren where you were when the first NHL challenge happened.#TMLtalk
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 8, 2015


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For Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the future is now.

The top two picks in June's NHL draft will make their respective regular-season debuts Thursday night, a fact that is finally sinking in with the exceptionally talented pair of prospects.

"When I woke up this morning, I guess that's kind of when it hit me that I'll be playing in my first NHL game." McDavid told ESPN's Craig Custance.

The first overall selection has been looking forward to making his NHL debut for years.

"It's something that you dream of for so long," McDavid told NHL.com's Derek Van Diest earlier this week.

"The draft is one thing, but to finally be in this situation is another, so I'm really excited. It's been a long road; it's been a lot of hard work. I think a lot of guys' stories are different in how they get here, but the one common theme is hard work and my story is not any different that way.

"I put in a lot of hours to be here and I'm looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to it for my family and for them to enjoy it. I know my dad and mom are going to be very proud and it's going to be a great experience."

The Edmonton Oilers forward will be in the lineup for the season opener against the St. Louis Blues, while the Buffalo Sabres' Eichel, the second overall pick, will play against the Ottawa Senators.

"I'm really excited about it," Eichel told NHL.com's Joe Yerdon.

"I have a lot of family and friends coming in so it's going to be a special moment for me. It's something I've dreamed of my whole life; stepping foot on that ice and making the NHL.

"I'm trying to soak it all in right now with everything that's going on in my life. I think it's all happened really quickly, but I'm trying to soak it all in. It's kind of been a whirlwind, but you're finally playing hockey for a living and everything you've done your whole life is to get to this point. It's pretty special."

McDavid has already been labeled a generational talent, and Eichel has also garnered his share of hype. McDavid notched five points in five preseason games, while Eichel ranked fifth in NHL preseason scoring with two goals and four assists in six exhibition contests.

For the dynamic duo atop the 2015 draft class, their respective NHL journeys officially begin Thursday night.

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Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will miss Thursday's season opener against the Winnipeg Jets due to his nagging upper-body injury, Bruins head coach Claude Julien confirmed after the morning skate.

Chara suffered the injury during a preseason game against the New York Rangers when he collided with forward Ryan Bourque. He was limited to one exhibition contest as a result.

The 38-year-old registered 20 points in 63 games last season.

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Los Angeles Kings forwards Milan Lucic and Dustin Brown won't face further discipline following separate incidents during Wednesday's season opener against the San Jose Sharks, according to Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com.

Lucic, playing in his Kings debut, was assessed a match penalty for attempting to injure Logan Couture, while Brown delivered a controversial hit to Couture earlier in the game that wasn't flagged by officials at the time.

Upon further review by the league, both players will be eligible to suit up for Friday's game against the Arizona Coyotes.

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lobo316 wrote: ... while Brown delivered a controversial hit to Couture earlier in the game that wasn't flagged by officials at the time.


Sure looked like a head butt to me:


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Dustin Brown is as dirty a piece of shit as anyone. How he's escaped major discipline over the years is beyond me.

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Robin Lehner was forced from his debut start with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, and may not be back in the crease any time soon.

Lehner left the arena in a walking boot on his right foot after suffering what the Sabres classified as a lower-body injury in the team's season-opening loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Lehner left FNC on crutches with a boot on his right foot. #Sabres pic.twitter.com/bemL5W5ozJ

— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) October 9, 2015
Lehner appeared to injure himself as he traveled back into his own crease and dropped into a butterfly. He was in considerable pain and needed to be assisted off the ice.

He made 11 saves on 12 shots before being relieved by Chad Johnson.

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Connor McDavid's feet are wet at last.

But as the most hyped-up prospect since Sidney Crosby peeled off his sweat-soaked gear for the first time, he did so having fallen short of revolutionizing the game or even reversing the enduring on-ice misfortunes of the Edmonton Oilers, for that matter.

And that's completely fine, because despite the weighty expectations - and Jack Eichel scoring a wonder goal in his debut for the Buffalo Sabres - Edmonton's hard-fought 3-1 loss to the Blues on Thursday night was only one game - one McDavid himself will be hard-pressed to even remember.

"It was just kind of all a blur," McDavid told reporters postgame.

The man charged with overseeing his development, Oilers head coach Todd McLellan, had a little more to offer but fell short of applauding his star pupil.

"He was fine," McLellan said. "At times I thought he was very dangerous, and at other times I didn't think that line had a lot going."

"We're talking 60 minutes into a 15, 20-year career. He's going to get a lot better as time goes on."

McDavid was scoreless, recording two shots in 22 shifts in nearly 18-and-a-half minutes played primarily alongside Taylor Hall and Anton Slepyshev.

As the game wore on, he started to look like the most dangerous player on the ice, using his blazing speed and showing command of the offensive zone. But he struggled in other important facets of the game, especially at the center-ice position, losing 10 of his 13 draws mainly contested against Blues strongman center David Backes.

McDavid will be back at it Saturday night when the Oilers host the Nashville Predators.

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Aaron Ward won't be on TSN for the forseeable future.


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Former NHL defenceman Aaron Ward has been arrested for assaulting a female, according to multiple reports.

Police reportedly were called by the 42-year-old's wife around 1:30 p.m. on Friday following a confrontation at their home in Cary, N.C.

Ward, who works for TSN as an in-studio analyst, also has been charged with interfering with emergency communication for taking away his wife's phone, according to the arrest warrant.

TSN told Yahoo Sports Ward will be suspended indefinitely.

"We can confirm he will not appear on-air until further notice," the TV station said in a statement.

Greg Wyshynski@wyshynski
TSN on Aaron Ward after arrest: "we can confirm he will not appear on-air until further notice."
2:11 PM - 9 Oct 2015

The three-time Stanley Cup champion joined TSN in 2011 after a 14-year NHL career.


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The National Hockey League Players' Association announced Friday that it has reached a settlement agreement with the league and Los Angeles Kings regarding the Standard Player Contract of Mike Richards.

Los Angeles will reportedly pay a fixed annual percentage of the settlement against the salary cap to go along with a $1.32 million cap recapture penalty, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

The settlement penalty could exist on Los Angeles' salary cap through 2031, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Richards is now an unrestricted free agent.

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The Anaheim Ducks could use a long run in the playoffs this season.

Not only is the club looking to make good on a string of regular-season success under head coach Bruce Boudreau, but the extra ticket revenue would be nice for owner Henri Samueli, who admitted the Ducks aren't exactly flying high financially.

"The only thing I'll say is our losses are in the double-digit millions," Samueli told Elliot Teaford of the Los Angeles Daily News.

"It would be nice to break even some day," added his wife, Susan.

Still, the Samuelis maintained their commitment to owning the franchise, which they've done for 10 years. On top of that, they said they're willing to give management enough to spend on player contracts in order to put the best possible product on the ice.

The Samuelis appear to support the belief that winning breeds increased passion among fans, so the pursuit of the Stanley Cup remains the top priority in Anaheim.

"In a market like this, you have to put a winning team on the ice to get a fan base," Samueli said. "We made it clear that from Day 1, that's going to be our mission in life, to put competitive teams on the ice. It's just a culture that's been built in the organization."

The Ducks ranked 20th in average home attendance last season and finished tied for the third most points in the NHL.

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Carolina Hurricanes defenseman James Wisniewski has a torn ACL and is expected to miss the next six months.

Wisniewski will have surgery on his left knee after being forced to the dressing room less than one minute into his Hurricanes debut Thursday night, a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Carolina acquired the 31-year-old from the Anaheim Ducks in a draft-day trade for goaltender Anton Khudobin on June 27.

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The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Simon Despres to a five-year contract extension.

The deal will pay him $18.5 million in total, for an average annual value of $3.7 million, TVA's Renaud Lavoie reports.

Despres notched 13 points in 32 games for the Ducks after arriving in a trade-deadline deal from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 24-year-old is now under contract through the 2020-21 season. He's in the final year of a contract that will pay him $900,000 in 2015-16.

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lobo316 wrote: The National Hockey League Players' Association announced Friday that it has reached a settlement agreement with the league and Los Angeles Kings regarding the Standard Player Contract of Mike Richards.


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


from tsn.ca:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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I remember when everyone panned the Flyers for trading Richards and everyone in the know like myself, knew he was a pill popper. The Flyers received Schenn & Simmonds for Richards. Deal straight up for Schenn would be great, but getting Simmonds on top of it.



 

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Oscar Lindberg is tearing it up through the first couple games. Man I hope he keeps it up.

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2 games into the season and I can honestly say that I absolutely despise Matt Irwin. :X

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CanadianHorseman wrote: 2 games into the season and I can honestly say that I absolutely despise Matt Irwin. :XIn all fairness your Bruins are in a tough spot.  Chara regardless of how old he is, is better on his worst day than many are on their best.  Hopefully he gets back soon.  Then you factor in Seidenberg and the whole Dougie Hamilton scenario fully half of Boston's d corps should be in the AHL.


The score could have been worse tonight but Rask kept them in it.  Marchand was his usual involved self and the kid, Davis "Pass The Snacks" had a great game.  

There was talking that Julien is on the hot seat but he's doing what he can with what he has.  The Beleskey signing I think was a mistake but that phag Rinaldo is absolutely useless.


This is likely to be a down season for the Bruins so Randell, Kemppainen,  should be in the lineup over the fossils Kelly and Talbot.  Those two are valuable when you are a happening team but now are completely useless.  Hell even Blidh and Vatrano outplayed Kelly and Talbot.

I like to rag on the Bruins all in good clean fun and the truth is I could watch Mpntreal -Boston 82 times a year because I know I'm going to be entertained.

Not like watching one of my favorite teams playing a team in a city where the fans don't know a puck from a beachball.

One other comment from the early games.  I saw highlights from Nashville-Edmonton and all I have to say is fuck off.   Nothing but McDavid highlights even though there really weren't any and an iso circle around him so we could follow every move Mcdavid makes.

Glow in the dark pucks, iso circles, 3 on 3,  when does the NHL decide to have games decided strictly on PlayStation or a WII. 

   

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The Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs settled things the old-fashioned way Saturday night.

Ottawa blew 3-0 and 4-3 leads, but defeated Toronto 5-4 in the shootout after another entertaining 3-on-3 overtime session. It's the first game decided in the shootout this season and Ottawa's first win in Toronto since 2012, ending a six-game slide.

Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, and Kyle Turris paced Ottawa. Karlsson had three assists while Stone and Turris each had a goal and an assist.

There were some positives for the Leafs:
    Toronto scored four goals, after tallying only one in its first two games.Joffrey Lupul's second-period goal was the first the Maple Leafs shot into the net, as James van Riemsdyk's power-play goal Wednesday deflected in off his skate. It was also the club's first goal while playing at even strength.The point Toronto earned in the shootout loss is its first of the season.Captain Dion Phaneuf had two assists, making this his first multi-point game since Dec. 9, 2014. New head coach Mike Babcock wants to get Phaneuf involved more offensively, and the defenseman has three assists in two games.Toronto outshot Ottawa 41-33, including 7-2 in overtime. The Maple Leafs finished with 78 shot attempts to the Senators' 63.
In the end, the Senators' power play was too much for the Maple Leafs. Ottawa finished 3-for-6 with the man advantage, while Toronto was 1-for-4.
Craig Anderson had a solid night, making 37 saves and earning his second win of the season.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: I remember when everyone panned the Flyers for trading Richards and everyone in the know like myself, knew he was a pill popper. The Flyers received Schenn & Simmonds for Richards. Deal straight up for Schenn would be great, but getting Simmonds on top of it. Jeff Carter was also in the discussion of a problem team mate which lead to him being traded at the same time. It was no secret they were both party boys and missing practices and team meetings. Some how Carter got his act together and Richards couldn't.

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Carter supposedly slept with Scott Hartnell's wife at the time (both denied it).

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Angelic Assassin wrote: There was talking that Julien is on the hot seat but he's doing what he can with what he has.  The Beleskey signing I think was a mistake but that phag Rinaldo is absolutely useless.
   

Great job by Julien tonight making sure the 4th line didn't miss their regular shift with about 4 minutes left and trailing by 2 goals. He's definitely going to be my 10 point pick in the S & W 2016 Fired Coaches, Managers and GMs Pool. 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: There was talking that Julien is on the hot seat but he's doing what he can with what he has.  The Beleskey signing I think was a mistake but that phag Rinaldo is absolutely useless.
   

Great job by Julien tonight making sure the 4th line didn't miss their regular shift with about 4 minutes left and trailing by 2 goals. He's definitely going to be my 10 point pick in the S & W 2016 Fired Coaches, Managers and GMs Pool. 
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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Carter supposedly slept with Scott Hartnell's wife at the time (both denied it).
This behavior is more common with NHL players than cocaine use.

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Phil Kessel's got his wings.
The sniper did what he does best Saturday night: skated down the right wing off the rush and snapped a bullet past Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, blocker side, from the top of the circle. It was his first goal of the season and first as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.


The goal was also the Penguins' first of the season, after the club was shut out in its opening game.
The Penguins break their goalless sequence to start the season (85:17). The 03-04 team still holds the franchise mark (90:14).
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Different coach, same awful start.

The Dave Hakstol era in Philadelphia has begun much like the previous regime's, with the Flyers failing to win either of their first two games for the fourth season in a row Saturday night.

But after a 7-1 thrashing from the Florida Panthers, the situation appears more dire as the Flyers apparently held a players-only meeting after the humiliating loss.

It doesn't have the makings of a mutiny, and in fact, it could be the opposite - perhaps a rallying point.

But it certainly isn't ideal.

Philadelphia will get another crack at the Panthers on Monday night.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: 2 games into the season and I can honestly say that I absolutely despise Matt Irwin. :X

from csnne.com:

Matt Irwin, who has struggled badly badly out of the gate, was placed on waivers. Irwin was a minus-2 in the loss to Montreal, and is a minus-5 on the season while appearing to be a big liability for a defense corps that needs all the help it can get.


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Not true, but another flyer at the time had a gf that prettymuch screwed the entire team.  

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Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand suffered a concussion in Saturday night's loss to the Montreal Canadiens, according to head coach Claude Julien.

Marchand left the game after receiving an elbow from Canadiens forward Dale Weise in the Bruins' eventual 4-2 loss.

Julien said there is no timetable for Marchand's return.

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Prior to the Ottawa Senators' home opener against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, team owner Eugene Melnyk walked onto the ice with his daughters and thanked the fans for their support after his liver transplant in May.

My daughters on the ice thanking everyone for helping me out. Best fans in the world! #BeADonor pic.twitter.com/hGOSJ9eZfA

— Eugene Melnyk (@MelnykEugene) October 11, 2015
Following a warm welcome from the Canadian Tire Centre crowd, Senators captain Erik Karlsson and Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty skated to the red carpet to shake the owner's hand.

After the team announced Melnyk was in urgent need of a liver transplant in May, hundreds applied. The 56-year-old found a match, and on May 19 he underwent the procedure.

Since Melnyk purchased the Senators and their home arena (then the Corel Centre) out of bankruptcy in 2003, the team has reached the postseason in eight of 11 seasons.

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lobo316 wrote: Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand suffered a concussion in Saturday night's loss to the Montreal Canadiens, according to head coach Claude Julien.

And instead of calling up somebody from Providence ( there is a kid down there has scored 5 goals in their first 2 games ) Claude Julien is going to move Chris Kelly ( a player with virtually no offense left in his game ) up to the 3rd line to replace Connolly who is taking Marchand's spot on the Bergeron line. Simply inexcusable Coaching strategy for a team that is starved for offense and I'm now firmly in the " Julien needs to go " camp.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand suffered a concussion in Saturday night's loss to the Montreal Canadiens, according to head coach Claude Julien.

And instead of calling up somebody from Providence ( there is a kid down there has scored 5 goals in their first 2 games ) Claude Julien is going to move Chris Kelly ( a player with virtually no offense left in his game ) up to the 3rd line to replace Connolly who is taking Marchand's spot on the Bergeron line. Simply inexcusable Coaching strategy for a team that is starved for offense and I'm now firmly in the " Julien needs to go " camp.
Plenty of Shouting for Vatrano to be called up.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: Plenty of Shouting for Vatrano to be called up.
That's his name - Frank Vatrano. He is small ( 5-10 and 216 lbs ) but Boston needs to replace Marchand's offense with somebody who actually has an offensive game. After spending all summer telling the Boston media that he would be able to adjust his coaching style to allow for a more offensive game it's taken Julien 2 games to fall back into his old habits. Max Talbot gets put on waivers last week yet still gets inserted into the lineup because Julien wasn't satisfied with the game that Joonas Kemppainen ( his first in the NHL ) had on opening night. And now he loses Marchand and moves Kelly up instead of giving some kid down in Providence a chance. I don't think Julien will make it to Christmas and I'm perfectly OK with that.

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Still couldn't believe the Bruins were stupid enough to trade Hamilton for picks only.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Winless through the first three games of another rebuilding season, a pair of Toronto residents had the perfect solution to excite the disillusioned Maple Leafs fanbase.
Babsocks.
Integrity, character, leadership; Why not wear them on your foot? Roll up your Babsocks and support the#leafs pic.twitter.com/KHcEXy7gv8
— Babsocks (@Babsocks) October 14, 2015
Adorned with a scowl from Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, the first order of 200 Babsocks disappeared instantly when the website launched Saturday.
"The reaction we got from fans was amazing," co-creator Jake Mednick told Sportsnet after debuting the socks outside the Air Canada Centre on Saturday. "Everyone wanted their picture taken with us. Everyone wanted a pair of socks. Unfortunately we had just sold out inventory.
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The NHL was reportedly advised not to study the long-term effects of concussions on retired players, and to instead "leave the dementia issues up to the NFL," reports TSN's Rick Westhead.

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

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

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

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

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



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The NHL Department of Player Safety slapped New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo with a $2,217.74 fine for his dangerous trip on Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones.

The incident took place at the 7:55 mark of the third period of Tuesday's game at Newark's Prudential Center. Tootoo was assessed a minor penalty for tripping on the play.

The fine is the maximum allowable under the CBA.

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Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is dealing with post-concussion-like symptoms and has been placed on the short-term injured reserve, according to general manager Ken Holland.

The 35-year-old was held out of Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning after the team reported Franzen wasn't at 100 percent.

Franzen appeared in just 33 games last season after battling concussion issues.

The team also confirmed forward Darren Helm will likely be out through the weekend, while forward Luke Glendening is questionable for Friday's game versus the Carolina Hurricanes with a lower-body injury.

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Check out the standings over at TSN - they've already given Montreal the President's Trophy. :tongue:

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

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Brian Burke's done with moving.

The Calgary Flames president of hockey operations was in Toronto on Thursday, speaking at the University of Toronto, and said his current gig is his last in hockey, writes the Toronto Star's Sean Fitz-Gerald.

"I'm not tired," Burke, 60, said. "I don't want to get out, I love what I'm doing. I hope that this run lasts for 10 years - but this will be my last job in hockey."

Burke's been with the Flames since September 2013. Being in Toronto, he of course talked about the Maple Leafs, the team he presided over as president and general manager for almost five years.

"The team I left here was a playoff team, people forget that," he said. "And the energy that went into that, and the abuse you take to get there, and the sleepless nights and the driving home after losses, it's enough."

Burke also addressed the current Maple Leafs - the front office, in particular.

"You've got Lou Lamoriello ... who's never taken an order from anybody, Mike Babcock - who's a great coach and a good guy - who doesn't think he should take an order from anybody, and you've got Brendan Shanahan in the middle, who's a very bright, stubborn Irishman.

"Now, how does this work? How many hands can you have on the wheel?"

Burke said should his time in Calgary end on the Flames' terms, and not on his own, he'll find work teaching or in the media.

"I won't ever go away from the game altogether," he said.

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The Florida Panthers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Thursday, and Roberto Luongo made some history in the process.

Luongo made 23 saves and tied legendary goaltender Grant Fuhr on the NHL's all-time win list with 403. Luongo's now only five wins from passing Glenn Hall for eighth.

Florida improved to 3-1 on the season, and the win was Luongo's 144th as a Panther.

Luongo wasn't the only one making history. Jaromir Jagr scored twice - the 725th and 726th goals of his remarkable career. The 43-year-old is on the verge of a couple of incredible goal-scoring milestones:

Jaromir Jagr is currently five goals shy of Marcel Dionne for fourth on the NHL's all-time list. He's 15 behind Brett Hull for No. 3.

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 16, 2015

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San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture suffered a broken fibula after going down in practice Thursday, according to general manager Doug Wilson.

"Logan was injured in practice on Thursday in New Jersey and suffered a fractured right fibula at the ankle," Wilson said. "He will be returning to San Jose to undergo surgery under the direction of Kaiser Permanente’s medical team. He is expected to miss four-six weeks."

The 26-year-old reportedly went down during a 5-on-5 drill towards the end of practice and was in considerable pain. He was seen leaving the ice under the assistance of teammates Brent Burns and Brenden Dillon, putting no weight on his leg and was later wearing a boot and sporting crutches

Couture played in all 82 games last season and has one assist through three games of the 2015-16 campaign.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Check out the standings over at TSN - they've already given Montreal the President's Trophy. :tongue:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/standings
Might as well get the obvious out of the way early!;)

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov has been suspended two games without pay for his hit from behind on Dallas Stars forward Curtis McKenzie on Thursday night.

Nesterov was given a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit, which sent McKenzie face-first into the boards in the second period of Dallas' 5-3 victory.

The Stars forward was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury Friday after spending Thursday night in hospital.

The Department of Player Safety cited McKenzie's injury and the fact that Nesterov had no history of supplemental discipline as factors in the decision.

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Tomas Plekanec will remain with the only team he's ever known.

The Montreal Canadiens and the center agreed to a two-year contract extension Friday, the club announced. The deal is worth $12 million, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie, with Plekanec earning $7 million in 2016-17 and $5 million in 2017-18.

Plekanec deal does NOT include a no-trade or a no-move, so straight up deal

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 16, 2015
Plekanec was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He's in the final season of a six-year, $30-million contract.

The 32-year-old had 26 goals and 34 assists in 82 games last season, and is a seven-time 20-goal scorer.

A reliable two-way player, Plekanec is off to a good start along with the Canadiens this season, with four goals in five games.

"I'm happy for Tomas. He's grown up in the organization. He's a real professional, and he's a good example for young players." - M. Therrien

— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) October 16, 2015
Plekanec was a third-round pick, 71st overall, by Montreal in 2001. He has 206 goals and 297 assists in 766 regular-season games, and 46 points in 81 playoff games.

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The New York Islanders placed former first-round pick Louis Leblanc on unconditional waivers Friday, according to multiple reports.

The move will likely result in the mutual termination of Leblanc's contract, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. According to TVA's Renaud Lavoie, the 24-year-old signed a contract with KHL club Bratislava.

Leblanc was drafted 18th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2009, but the selection didn't pan out. He scored only five goals and added five assists in 50 games over two seasons in Montreal.

He spent the 2014-15 season in the AHL, tallying 14 goals and 15 assists in 71 games.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: Check out the standings over at TSN - they've already given Montreal the President's Trophy. :tongue:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/standings
Might as well get the obvious out of the way early!;)


no sense playing out the rest of the season

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I'm not sure what the more surprising stat is so far this NHL season: that Anaheim has scored just 1 goal in their first 4 games ( including 3 at home ) or that Cindy Crosby doesn't have any points after 4 games. :?

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CanadianHorseman wrote: I'm not sure what the more surprising stat is so far this NHL season: that Anaheim has scored just 1 goal in their first 4 games ( including 3 at home ) or that Cindy Crosby doesn't have any points after 4 games. :?Cindy is overrated.  He's not the best player in the game.

Anaheim is going to bring the hurt on someone when they finally breakout.

Columbus 0-5 and looking terrible.

The top 3 teams in the Pacific were picked by a lot of people to be the bottom 3 when it's all said and done.   No surprise that Edmonton isn't doing much even with McJesus.

Habs 5-0 and Jets 4-1 make me very happy but it's still so early.

As far as Crosby and the Pens, just another example that prognostications mean sfa.Some creaky past their prime forwards, suspect D and Fleury do not a championship make.

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Edmonton won't do any better until they trade one or 2 of their young forwards for a stud defenseman. They should've drafted Seth Jones.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Edmonton won't do any better until they trade one or 2 of their young forwards for a stud defenseman. They should've drafted Seth Jones.
I'm 100% sure they would have, but he was already picked by the time Edmonton was up.
Connor McDavid is a fucking beast though.

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should've trade up to get that pick. Nashville got the steal of the decade when Jones slid to 4th.

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Might have been good enough to keep us from getting McDavid, the fucking guy is a magician, plus he's getting Yakupov going.

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Cory17 wrote: Might have been good enough to keep us from getting McDavid, the fucking guy is a magician, plus he's getting Yakupov going.

You're not gonna be one of those guys sucking McDavid's cock every time he touches the puck, are you? There's already too many of them on every TSN and Sportsnet hockey show.

Couldn't you take up for Taylor Hall and his he-only-looks-gay lips instead? Dude needs some love.

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khawk wrote: You're not gonna be one of those guys sucking McDavid's cock every time he touches the puck, are you? There's already too many of them on every TSN and Sportsnet hockey show.


As bad as they have been ( even Bob McKenzie looks like he wants to give him a big hug ) can you imagine the level of worship we would be seeing if he ended up getting drafted by Toronto ????  :tongue:

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I don't think anyone wants to think of how bad that would have been.

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This is still nothing compared to the Sidiot love of 2005/06.

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khawk wrote: I don't think anyone wants to think of how bad that would have been.

I love to think about it! :) 

He belongs here at home, where he wanted to be drafted.

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Even you would have been sick of the constant cumshots from all the TSN and Sportsnet hockey guys.

Seriously they say McDavid so often I suspect each has an electrode hooked to their junk to simulate the sensation of oral whenever they or anyone else says his name.

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khawk wrote: Cory17 wrote: Might have been good enough to keep us from getting McDavid, the fucking guy is a magician, plus he's getting Yakupov going.

You're not gonna be one of those guys sucking McDavid's cock every time he touches the puck, are you? There's already too many of them on every TSN and Sportsnet hockey show.

Couldn't you take up for Taylor Hall and his he-only-looks-gay lips instead? Dude needs some love.

When you've spent 9 years watching what is basically an AHL team, then yes I'm going to "suck McDavid's cock" when he makes an entire franchise watchable again.  At least he's not forcefully making people suck his cock, or beat up cab drivers, like some teams superstars. 

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Cory17 wrote: khawk wrote: Cory17 wrote: Might have been good enough to keep us from getting McDavid, the fucking guy is a magician, plus he's getting Yakupov going.

You're not gonna be one of those guys sucking McDavid's cock every time he touches the puck, are you? There's already too many of them on every TSN and Sportsnet hockey show.

Couldn't you take up for Taylor Hall and his he-only-looks-gay lips instead? Dude needs some love.

When you've spent 9 years watching what is basically an AHL team, then yes I'm going to "suck McDavid's cock" when he makes an entire franchise watchable again.  At least he's not forcefully making people suck his cock, or beat up cab drivers, like some teams superstars. 
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Sure, why not.

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Teams stumbling out of the gate have not approached the Toronto Maple Leafs in search of a new coach.

This according to Damien Cox of Sportsnet, who reports the club has not been asked for permission to speak with ex-head coach Randy Carlyle.

The suggestion that Carlyle might be in demand isn't a crazy one, as San Jose requested permission to speak with him prior to naming Peter DeBoer their new bench boss.

At present, Todd Richards in Columbus and Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim are taking heat for poor starts, while Don Sweeney claims Claude Julien is safe in Boston, for the time being at least.

Carlyle, who won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim back in 2007, coached Toronto to a record of 91-78-19 over four seasons.

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Former NHL forward Patrick O'Sullivan has opened up about his abusive childhood in a new memoir.

The 2003 second-round pick of the Minnesota Wild revealed the physical and emotional damage done by his father in "Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage and Triumph."

"There (are) a lot of people (who) don’t even know it goes on, it’s a very private thing, ‘it’s not my business anyways,'" O'Sullivan told The Canadian Press.

"A lot of people don’t want to know because it puts them in a tough spot. They think they saw something, they’re not sure, they don’t want to know anymore. That’s got to change."

In the book, O'Sullivan reportedly described being fed dinners of Spam and baked beans by his father, who forced his son to eat them even after O'Sullivan vomited them up.

He also documents being locked outside overnight and being forced to run behind his father's van after games.

"When I came off the ice after practice or a game, I never knew exactly what was next, but I knew it was going to be bad," the 30-year-old O'Sullivan wrote.

O'Sullivan played parts of six seasons in the NHL, with the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, the Wild, and the then-Phoenix Coyotes, scoring 58 goals and notching 161 points in 334 career games.

O'Sullivan, who last played for Helsinki in Finland in 2012-13, said he's still bothered by his past.

"If you push a kid really hard, and then they decide to stop playing, I think a lot of people think it’s over then, but it’s a life-long thing, and it’s day to day," he said.

"For me, each day, things happen and now I’m at the point where I can recognize the triggers. Kids that are abused, it doesn’t go away when they become adults."

O'Sullivan said he's starting to turn a corner.

"I’m just starting to feel like I’m getting my life back from the game of hockey.

"Taking control of my own happiness, that’s the biggest thing. Hockey doesn’t define me, and I didn’t realize that for most of my life because it was all I knew. It’s kind of like a new beginning for me and what I want to do next."

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The Boston Bruins have stumbled to a 2-3-0 start after missing the playoffs last season, giving up the second-most goals against (21) in the NHL to date.

Still, general manager Don Sweeney denies there's any talk of replacing head coach Claude Julien at this point.

During the NESN broadcast of Saturday's win in Arizona, rinkside reporter Nikki Reyes relayed Sweeney's message in regards to the notion that Julien's job may be in jeopardy.

"There is no such thing happening within the organization and these things are not happening internally," Sweeney confirmed.

The Bruins swept a mini road trip to Colorado and Arizona - outscoring the opposition 11-5 - and have a winning record with Zdeno Chara in the lineup.

After a bit of an overhaul during the offseason, Sweeney appears prepared to stay the course, for the time being at least.

- With h/t to Stanley Cup of Chowder

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lobo316 wrote: The Boston Bruins have stumbled to a 2-3-0 start after missing the playoffs last season, giving up the second-most goals against (21) in the NHL to date.

After a bit of an overhaul during the offseason, Sweeney appears prepared to stay the course, for the time being at least.

A bit of an overhaul ???? Losing Lucic ( # 1 LW ), Hamilton ( # 2 Defenseman ), Soderberg ( # 3 Center ) and Smith ( # 2 RW ) is more than " a bit " of a roster change. 

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I was pretty shocked at how poorly Dougie Hamilton played this past Saturday.

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Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith will be sidelined for four to six weeks after he had right knee surgery on Tuesday.

Keith, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, has two assists in six games this season. The team says he had a meniscal tear repaired.

The loss of Keith, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy last season for playoff MVP, is a huge blow for the Stanley Cup champions. They play in one of the NHL's toughest divisions, and every point could make a difference at the end of the year.

Keith is likely headed for long-term injured reserve, giving the Blackhawks some cap relief. Lubomir Visnovsky, a veteran defenceman who was with the team during training camp, could be brought back, or they could promote someone from the minors.

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Cory17 wrote: khawk wrote: Cory17 wrote: Might have been good enough to keep us from getting McDavid, the fucking guy is a magician, plus he's getting Yakupov going.

You're not gonna be one of those guys sucking McDavid's cock every time he touches the puck, are you? There's already too many of them on every TSN and Sportsnet hockey show.

Couldn't you take up for Taylor Hall and his he-only-looks-gay lips instead? Dude needs some love.

When you've spent 9 years watching what is basically an AHL team, then yes I'm going to "suck McDavid's cock" when he makes an entire franchise watchable again.  At least he's not forcefully making people suck his cock, or beat up cab drivers, like some teams superstars. 


Fair enough, although you have to give it a few seasons and at least one Stanley Cup before we're sure he won't beat up a cabbie for ten cents.

Anyway poor choice of words on my part describing what must be a glorious time to be an Oiler fan. I don't hate McDavid but the coverage is incredibly overbearing and the Sports networks in Canada really should be ashamed of themselves for kicking the hype machine into overdrive so early into his career.

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The curtain has come down on Curtis Glencross' nine-year NHL career.

The 32-year-old announced his retirement Tuesday, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

"We have weighed our options and with the young family I'm enjoying a lot of firsts with them," Glencross said.

Glencross has 2 daughters and an infant son and doesn't see either the KHL or Europe as a viable option.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 20, 2015
Glencross played 507 games over his career, scoring 134 goals and adding 141 assists. He was undrafted, and played his first full season at 25 in 2007-08, scoring 15 goals and finishing with 25 points for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers.

A two-time 20-goal scorer, Glencross enjoyed his most fruitful years with the Calgary Flames, scoring 114 of his 134 goals in red and yellow.

Glencross split last season with the Flames and Washington Capitals, putting up a respectable 35 points in 71 games. However, he was unable to find work this past summer as an unrestricted free agent, signing tryout deals with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche, neither resulting in a contract.

Glencross is clearly still an NHL level talent. Wonder if we get to point where older players devalued too much? pic.twitter.com/2u11IXKQQK

— James Mirtle (@mirtle) October 20, 2015
Glencross played in 16 playoff games over his career - 10 last season with the Capitals - and finished with a goal and three assists.

The Kindersley, Saskatchewan, native leaves the game with his head high, and will always be remembered as a Flame.

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Tyler Bozak's out of the Toronto Maple Leafs' lineup until he's not.

The center suffered a lower-body injury last week, missing Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins as a result, and head coach Mike Babcock was coy Tuesday about how long Bozak will be out.

"What day did day-to-day start?" Babcock asked, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. "I don't know. Day-to-day in this league usually means 10 days ... So they tell you day-to-day just so you're not upset and then the days keep going by. I don't know. The guy's going to play when he's ready to play and in the meantime someone else gets an opportunity."

In Toronto's first three games, Babcock relied heavily upon Bozak, who played about 19 minutes a night. The center has a goal and an assist in four games.

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khawk wrote: Cory17 wrote: khawk wrote: Cory17 wrote: Might have been good enough to keep us from getting McDavid, the fucking guy is a magician, plus he's getting Yakupov going.

You're not gonna be one of those guys sucking McDavid's cock every time he touches the puck, are you? There's already too many of them on every TSN and Sportsnet hockey show.

Couldn't you take up for Taylor Hall and his he-only-looks-gay lips instead? Dude needs some love.

When you've spent 9 years watching what is basically an AHL team, then yes I'm going to "suck McDavid's cock" when he makes an entire franchise watchable again.  At least he's not forcefully making people suck his cock, or beat up cab drivers, like some teams superstars. 


Fair enough, although you have to give it a few seasons and at least one Stanley Cup before we're sure he won't beat up a cabbie for ten cents.

Anyway poor choice of words on my part describing what must be a glorious time to be an Oiler fan. I don't hate McDavid but the coverage is incredibly overbearing and the Sports networks in Canada really should be ashamed of themselves for kicking the hype machine into overdrive so early into his career.

Oh, I know he's getting way to much coverage on the sports networks, and yes, if he was a Leaf, the world might have imploded from all the coverage from TSN/Sportsnet.
It's just hard to explain McDavid, he makes stealing the puck seem effortless, he's real fast, great vision.  He's way ahead of any forward on the Oilers.
I thought you of all people would have some sympathy, seeing as the Blackhawks were God awful from the late 90's, until Dollar Bill died.

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Oh he is excellent. There is no disputing that.

I hate that he's been so hyped by the media that the natural reaction to it will be to get a hate on for him unless you're an oiler fan. It's already started, and will grow...all talents hyped anywhere near the way he has been suffer the same fate.

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As to your Hawks point, the hype will never be comparable between a US hockey city and any Canadian one, when it comes to the hype factor. If McDavid had ended up in Arizona it would be far, far less.
The Hawks got good fast so the hype train was slowed until they were actually already a very good team in 2009. The decade(s) that the Hawks were bad also killed them in Chicago. Edmonton is different not only in the hockey culture but they have been drafting high so there has been an expectation that they would be better every year for 5 years or so.
I thought it was telling that when the Oilers got McDavid, their owner got serious and brought in some real hockey people to run things. Tells you they recognized that this kid could not be fucked up under the thumb of MacTavish, Lowe, and the rest of that crew.

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khawk wrote: As to your Hawks point, the hype will never be comparable between a US hockey city and any Canadian one, when it comes to the hype factor. If McDavid had ended up in Arizona it would be far, far less.
The Hawks got good fast so the hype train was slowed until they were actually already a very good team in 2009. The decade(s) that the Hawks were bad also killed them in Chicago. Edmonton is different not only in the hockey culture but they have been drafting high so there has been an expectation that they would be better every year for 5 years or so.
I thought it was telling that when the Oilers got McDavid, their owner got serious and brought in some real hockey people to run things. Tells you they recognized that this kid could not be fucked up under the thumb of MacTavish, Lowe, and the rest of that crew.

Yeah getting McDavid has finally turned the Oilers owner from a "I'm just happy that the Oilers make money." to "This kid is going to make me so much money, I better get the right structure behind him, to keep him an Oiler for a long time."  He's lucky, last year, the attendance was starting to fall, but not so much now.

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Speaking of the Oilers, did they get the funding for their new arena? I remember them talking about it on the Oil Change series.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Speaking of the Oilers, did they get the funding for their new arena? I remember them talking about it on the Oil Change series.
They sure did, at the expense of the taxpayers!  It opens next season.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogers_Place

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are shaking things up in a big way. The Blue Jackets reportedly fired head coach Todd Richards on Wednesday after a horrific 0-7-0 start to the season. They’ll replace him with veteran head coach John Tortorella, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported. The Blue Jays became the first team since the 1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks to start the season 0-7-0 after they were dismantled in a 4-0 shutout loss at home to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Columbus has now been outscored 34-13 this season, struggling in just about every facet of the game. Columbus will be Tortorella’s fourth stop. He most recently coached the Vancouver Canucks for the 2013-14 season, going 36-35-11 and missing the playoffs. Tortorella was fired after the season.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2015/10/report-blue-jackets-fire-todd-richards-john-tortorella-to-take-over/

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Another night, another impressive victory for the Montreal Canadiens.

Habs goalie Carey Price kept the red-hot Vladimir Tarasenko off the board, making a season-high 38 saves to lead the undefeated Canadiens to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

It's Price's second shutout of the season, and the 36th of his career. He now has an absolutely ridiculous .966 save percentage on the year.

Montreal improved to 7-0-0 behind goals from captain Max Pacioretty, Alexander Semin, and Torrey Mitchell en route to their longest winning streak since 2006. The Blues fell to 5-2-0, being shutout for the first time this season.

Pacioretty's first period marker, which tied him for the league lead with five, proved to be the eventual game-winner. Semin's tally was his first as a member of the Habs.

The Canadiens will take their perfect record on the road Friday to battle the Buffalo Sabres before returning home Saturday to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Former players Kevin Stevens, Krzysztof Oliwa, Deron Quint, and Rudy Poeschek have joined the lawsuit against the NHL that alleges the league failed to protect players from concussions, according to TSN's Rick Westhead.

The four join the suit - originally filed in November 2013 by roughly two dozen former NHLers - alleging the league failed to educate them about the possible short- and long-term effects and risks that players face, especially regarding concussions.

In his court filing, Oliwa detailed the injuries he suffered and the treatment he received:

Krysztof Oliwa says in claim he didn’t remember games moments after he played in them. From court filing today: pic.twitter.com/3tNMY9lCg7

— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) October 20, 2015
As of May, over 60 former players had joined the suit against the NHL.

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Talk about a quick trip from the Penthouse to the Outhouse - Karri Ramo has gone from Calgary's opening night starter to being put on waivers in less than 3 weeks.


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The Calgary Flames‘ crease is a little less crowded today.

Head coach Bob Hartley expressed his frustration with his club’s goaltending earlier this week, saying he was “sick and tired of the musical chairs,” with Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo. It appears Ramo has run out of opportunities to step up and grab the No. 1 job, as the Flames placed the 29-year-old on waivers Wednesday.

Ramo allowed four goals on 18 shots in the Flames’ 6-2 loss to the Washington Capitals Tuesday. The workload will now be split between Hiller and 24-year-old Joni Ortio.

Ramo was 0-3 with a 4.37 goals-against average and a .879 save percentage. Hiller hasn’t been much better with a 3.71 goals-against average and .867 save percentage to go along with a 1-2 record in four starts.

It's been a tough start to the season for the Flames, who sit last in the Pacific Division with a 1-5 record. They made a significant splash on the trade market this past off-season by acquiring defenceman Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins. They also added forward Michael Frolik through free agency.

The Flames were one of the league's biggest surprises last season, riding a high shooting percentage to the playoffs and upsetting the Vancouver Canucks in the opening round.

Ramo is earning $3.8 million this season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer

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Strong rumour floating around that New Jersey and Columbus are discussing a pretty big deal. The rumour has New Jersey sending D Adam Larsson to Columbus for RW Cam Atkinson and either C Brandon Dubinsky or a top prospect. Larsson is not flashy but I think the Devils should hold onto him or at least get a much better return if they do move him.

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New coach, same problems.

The Columbus Blue Jackets played well, but still dropped the first game of the John Tortorella era 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, to fall to 0-8-0 on the season.

Thomas Vanek's third goal of the season, a beautiful deflection that went top-shelf over Sergei Bobrovsky, proved to be the difference in the game.

Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves in the win, as the Wild improved to 4-1-1 on the season.

Bobrovsky struggled yet again for Columbus, allowing three goals on 23 shots for his sixth consecutive loss to start the year.

The Blue Jackets will now look to get their first win of the season on Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche.

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Roughly 100 Big Mac meals hardly constitutes McDonald's "for life."

But as it turns out, that's all Andrew Hammond will receive as a result of last year's "Hamburglar" craze, as the fast-food chain delivered (not quite) on its promise by forking over $1,000 worth of coupons to the Ottawa Senators goaltender this week.

He's not beaten up over the fast food chain's reneging, though.

"Hey, they didn't need to do anything," Hammond told Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun. "In fairness, (the art) was put on in all good fun ... if there was a copyright or trademark, I don't even know, but if they wanted to they could put up a big stink, and they've been great about it.

"They gave fans free McDonald's last year so what else can you ask for?"

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Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers has been suspended two gamesfor his elbow on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino on Thursday night.
Demers delivered the elbow while shielding the puck from a forechecking Bonino late in the third period of the Stars' 4-1 victory. The 27-year-old received a game misconduct for the hit, warranting a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Friday.


Penguins coach Mike Johnston told reporters that Bonino was cleared for full practice, and the forward said that although his face was sore, there was "no lingering stuff."
It is the first suspension of Demers' NHL career.




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The Toronto Maple Leafs have listed center Tyler Bozak and defenseman Jake Gardiner on injured reserved, according to the team's official website.

Bozak suffered an unspecified lower-body injury last Friday in Toronto's lone win this season, a 6-3 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Gardiner, meanwhile, has missed just one game with an undisclosed injury, but was ruled out well in advance of Saturday's season-opening rematch with the Montreal Canadiens.

The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Byron Froese.

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The Montreal Canadiens just made NHL history.

Carey Price made 49 saves to lead the undefeated Canadiens to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, improving their record to 9-0-0.

With the win, Montreal becomes the first-ever team to start a season with nine consecutive regulation wins, and could make history again next week.

.@CanadiensMTL now sit 1 victory shy of equaling NHL record of 10 consecutive wins to start a season (2006-07 Sabres & 1993-94 Maple Leafs).

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 25, 2015
P.K. Subban opened the scoring on the power play with a booming shot that beat Jonathan Bernier for his first goal of the season. Lars Eller, David Desharnais, and Brendan Gallagher also chipped in with goals.

Captain Max Pacioretty buried the eventual game-winner on the penalty kill with his league-leading seventh goal of the season.

The Maple Leafs, who fell to 1-4-2 on the season, threw everything they could at the Habs en route to becoming the first team to score three goals on Price this season.

Leo Komarov, James van Riemsdyk, and Morgan Rielly all scored, while Bernier made 22 saves in the loss.

Toronto will look to get back on track against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, while Montreal will have another shot at making history versus the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

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( SIGH ) I've got nothing to say about these monstrosities.







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CanadianHorseman wrote: ( SIGH ) I've got nothing to say about these monstrosities.







Should have gone with a picture of Clayton Stoner aiming a rifle at Zac Rinaldo :tongue: 

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Yeah I know it's early but wtf is going with Anaheim. Usually one of the better offensive teams in the league they have only scored 6 goals in their first 7 games and has already been shutout 4 times this season. After Saturday's games there are now 7 players with as many or more goals than Anaheim:


Anaheim ( 7 GP ) 6 Goals

Jamie Benn ( 8 GP ) 8 Goals
Max Pacioretty ( 9 GP ) 7 Goals
Zach Parise ( 7 GP ) 6 Goals
Tyler Toffoli ( 7 GP ) 6 Goals
Jaromir Jagr ( 8 GP ) 6 Goals
Adam Henrique ( 8 GP ) 6 Goals
James Neal ( 8 GP ) 6 Goals 


Frederik Anderson has a 1.86 GAA and a .938 Save Pct. and only has a 0-3-1 record.

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Too bad they didn't can Boudreau when Torts was still available. Torts seems like the perfect fit for the Ducks as he's just as abrasive as the Ducks need to be to be successful.
If they bring Carlyle back there (as is rumoured if Gabby gets canned), he fits to an extent in terms of his previous success there, but still...

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Yeah I know it's early but wtf is going with Anaheim. Usually one of the better offensive teams in the league they have only scored 6 goals in their first 7 games and has already been shutout 4 times this season. After Saturday's games there are now 7 players with as many or more goals than Anaheim:


Anaheim ( 7 GP ) 6 Goals

Jamie Benn ( 8 GP ) 8 Goals
Max Pacioretty ( 9 GP ) 7 Goals
Zach Parise ( 7 GP ) 6 Goals
Tyler Toffoli ( 7 GP ) 6 Goals
Jaromir Jagr ( 8 GP ) 6 Goals
Adam Henrique ( 8 GP ) 6 Goals
James Neal ( 8 GP ) 6 Goals 


Frederik Anderson has a 1.86 GAA and a .938 Save Pct. and only has a 0-3-1 record.
It's got to be an anomaly with a market correction imminent.  If so I wouldn't want to be the teams the Ducks face when the floodgates finally open..............unless,


the team wants Boudreau gone.  No talk of internal strife in the locker room but I am thoroughly convinced that if 20 guys want to band together and get a coach fired they can make it happen pretty quick.   Even quicker if the 20 are Toronto Maple Leafs.

I think Boudreau is probably gone if the Ducks don't win their next game-their  next game is on the road in CHI, followed by road games in Dallas and St. Louis before ending the month at home to Nashville.  It's easy to see them 1-9-1 for October based on that schedule.  OUCH!

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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane will miss four-to-six weeks with an MCL injury, head coach Dan Bylsma announced Monday.

Kane left Saturday's game against the New Jersey Devils after receiving a hit from David Schlemko.

Acquired last season from the Winnipeg Jets, Kane made his regular-season debut with the Sabres on Oct. 8 after missing the last few months of the 2014-15 campaign with a shoulder ailment.

Since entering the league in 2009, injuries have barred Kane from playing more than 74 games in a season.

He recorded a goal and two assists in eight games prior to suffering the setback.

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The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a six-year, $22.5-million contract extension, general manager David Poile announced Monday.

Selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft, Ekholm has developed into a high-end defenseman for the Predators, meshing well with partner Ryan Ellis, who is locked up until the end of 2018-19.

The 25-year-old scored seven goals and 11 assists in 80 games for Nashville last season, and is on pace to eclipse those totals with a goal and two assists through eight games, while averaging 18:12 of ice time per game.

Ekholm, who was in line to become a restricted free agent at season's end, will now carry a salary cap hit of $3.75 million through 2021-22.

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The Florida Panthers will be without Aleksander Barkov for an undetermined period of time after the young center suffered a fractured bone in his hand, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

The injury occurred when Barkov inadvertently blocked a shot with his wrist during a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 22.

The Panthers reportedly learned the severity of the injury Monday.

#FlaPanthers Sasha Barkov will NOT need surgery on broken bone on hand; expected to be out 2-4 weeks.

— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) October 26, 2015
The talented, two-way center recorded three goals, three assists, and 19 shots through seven games this season, continuing to find success on a line with Jaromir Jagr and Jonathan Huberdeau.

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The depth on the New Jersey Devils' forward group has taken a bit of a hit.

Devils forward Tuomo Ruutu is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks with a fracture in his right foot, according to multiple sources.

Ruutu hasn't played since Oct. 16 because of the ailment and has failed to record a point thus far this season. The veteran was seeing bottom-six minutes for the Devils, averaging just 11:26 per night.

The Finnish forward joined the Devils at the trade deadline two seasons ago when he was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes. Since arriving in New Jersey, Ruutu has totaled 10 goals and 11 assists.

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I think those Bruins sweaters look pretty good - seriously.

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the squared circle wrote: I think those Bruins sweaters look pretty good - seriously.
Apparently they look much much better in person. 

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Anaheim is shut out one more time Monday night in Chicago. After 8 games their leading scorers are Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell and Mike Santorelli who each have 1 goal and 1 assists. Getzlaf has only 1 assist and is a -5 while Perry also has only 1 assist and is a -2. Right or wrong Boudreau is probably getting fired sometime this week.

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With his team off to a perfect 9-0 start, reeling off a season where he took home Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay, and Vezina Trophy honors, it's hard to find a more dominating player in the NHL than Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price.

But could Price be the most dominant athlete in sports right now? His teammate Brendan Gallagher thinks he should be in the discussion.

"I might be a little biased," Gallagher said, according to Steve Ewen of The Province, "but he's in that category with guys like LeBron James in basketball, Josh Donaldson in baseball, and Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers in football."

His play certainly hasn't slowed down this season, posting a 1.29 goals-against average and a .961 percentage, while earning a spot in the three stars in each of his first seven starts.

The 28-year-old will hope to continue his strong play as the Habs head out on a three-game road trip in Western Canada, starting against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

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Jeremy Roenick has no concern for his safety.
Sports radio morning show host Rhea Hughes posted a video on Monday in which Roenick, a former NHLer, sneaks up on a live alligator and then attempts to dive on the animal, risking it all for the thrill.
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CanadianHorseman wrote: Anaheim is shut out one more time Monday night in Chicago. After 8 games their leading scorers are Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell and Mike Santorelli who each have 1 goal and 1 assists. Getzlaf has only 1 assist and is a -5 while Perry also has only 1 assist and is a -2. Right or wrong Boudreau is probably getting fired sometime this week.

To be fair to Boudreau, the team's performance in that game indicated they want to try and keep him around. They dominated for long stretches, outshot the Hawks big in the third, and probably should have won the game outright. Corey Crawford held the fort as well as he ever has.

I doubt Gabby gets canned because of that game...probably gave him another chance, for at least a game or two. The Ducks will start scoring and winning if they play like they did last night more regularly.

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The struggling Anaheim Ducks have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their tilt with one of the NHL's highest-scoring teams.

Ryan Getzlaf is out with appendicitis Tuesday against the Dallas Stars and is set for surgery that's expected to keep him out for 4-12 days.

The 30-year-old forward has 679 points in 718 career games, but has floundered early this season with just one assist in eight games.

The Ducks have scored only six goals in eight games, struggling out of the gate with a surprising 1-5-2 record after reaching the Western Conference Final last season.

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Sergei Gonchar is returning to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a coaching capacity.

The Penguins named the veteran a defensemen development coach Tuesday.

Gonchar will work with blue-liners at the NHL level and throughout the Penguins' system, in addition to scouting in Europe.

The Penguins released the 41-year-old from a professional tryout contract earlier this month. He spent five seasons with Pittsburgh from 2005-10.

Gonchar racked up 811 points in 1,301 games.

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lobo316 wrote: The struggling Anaheim Ducks have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their tilt with one of the NHL's highest-scoring teams.

Ryan Getzlaf is out with appendicitis Tuesday against the Dallas Stars and is set for surgery that's expected to keep him out for 4-12 days.

Obviously Getzlaf was the problem all along as Anaheim EXPOLODED for 3 goals in the first period tonight versus Dallas. ;)

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I'm getting sick of these " why did Dougie Hamilton really want out of Boston " rumours that keep popping up every few weeks. Here's the latest from Damien Cox over at Sportsnet:


Dougie Hamilton has been struggling in his first year in Calgary, and there’s a rumour about him and his departure from Boston that just won’t die.

The speculation is that among the issues Hamilton had with the Bruins was the fact he wanted them to acquire the rights to his brother, Freddie, and Boston either couldn’t or wouldn’t.

Dougie landed in Calgary at the draft, and this month the Flames acquired Freddie in a trade. GM Brad Treliving, when asked about the rumour, said the Flames actually tried to make a deal for Freddie at the March trade deadline, and said he’d never heard the rumour before.

Peter Chiarelli, who was GM of the Bruins before being fired in May, preferred not to comment.




I doubt this one is true since it only cost Calgary a conditional 7th round pick to pick up Freddie Hamilton from Colorado. If it would have kept Dougie happy and in Boston I'm pretty sure Don Sweeney would have sacrificed a 7th round pick for a guy that is likely never to play for the Bruins. Besides - where does it end ??? What if Boston did pick up Freddie and then Dougie Hamilton says that now he wants his brother to be called up on a permanent basis ???? Cox is an idiot and I'm calling BS on this rumour too. 

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CanadianHorseman wrote:

Obviously Getzlaf was the problem all along as Anaheim EXPOLODED for 3 goals in the first period tonight versus Dallas. ;)

...and then, the team stopped and said "Holy shit! We can't win without GETZLAF!!!" and blew the lead, losing 4-3.
If the Ducks bought Boudreau a game or two last night in Chicago, they gave it back tonight with that collapse. Light switch just turned off midway through the second.

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khawk wrote: If the Ducks bought Boudreau a game or two last night in Chicago, they gave it back tonight with that collapse. Light switch just turned off midway through the second. 
In my opinion this is Bruce Boudreau as far as his Coaching career in Anaheim:

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Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo passed Grant Fuhr for ninth on the NHL's all-time wins list Tuesday in his team's 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

The win was No. 404 of Luongo's career.

Luongo stopped 31-of-32 shots in the historic win and came just 57 seconds away from recording his 69th career shutout.

The 36-year-old will pass Glenn Hall for eighth all time with just four more wins.

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The Montreal Canadiens can be beat.

After starting the season 9-0-0, the Canadiens dropped their first game in blowout fashion, falling 5-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

Early on it looked as though it might not be the Canadiens' night, as the Canucks charged out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. For goaltender Carey Price, it marked the first time in 40 games he allowed a first-period goal.

The Canucks saw their offense spread throughout the lineup, with four different goal-scorers getting in on the action. Rookie Jared McCann led the way with two, while Luca Sbisa, Radim Vrbata, and Derek Dorsett also scored.

Torrey Mitchell had the lone marker for the Canadiens.

Ryan Miller turned aside 25-of-26 shots for the win, while Price had his worst outing of the season, allowing five goals on 28 shots.

With the loss, the Canadiens failed to become just the third team in NHL history to begin a season 10-0-0.

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The Anaheim Ducks appeared on the verge of shaking off some early season frustrations Tuesday in Dallas. And then it all fell apart.

Bruce Boudreau's club built a 3-0 first-period lead over the Stars, scoring half as many goals in those 20 minutes as they'd recorded in the previous eight games. The Stars chipped away at that lead and came out as victors, however, thanks to a late game-winner from Antoine Roussel.

Boudreau was understandably dejected by the result, as evidenced by his postgame comments.

"It's a 3-0 lead. You should not (lose) a game like that. We won't sugarcoat it - it's demoralizing," he told reporters, adding: "I'm at a loss right now. We fell asleep, lost composure. We can't say we ran out of gas."

With the loss, the Ducks - who will be without star center Ryan Getzlaf for the immediate future due to appendicitis - dropped to 1-6-2, with nine goals for and 25 against.

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At least there's one bit of good news for the Leafs; they get to hold onto their record. Interestingly, it was the Habs that dealt the Leafs their first loss in 1993.

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TORONTO — Richard Clune has signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, prompting the NHL team to place Mark Arcobello on waivers.

Clune had been playing on an AHL-only deal with the Marlies, scoring two goals and five points in eight games, and joined the Leafs at practice on Thursday morning.

The 28-year-old Toronto native is a veteran of 120 NHL games with Los Angeles and Nashville.

Arcobello is no stranger to the waiver wire. He was claimed twice last season while playing for four different teams: Edmonton, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Arizona.

He signed a $1.1-million, one-year deal with the Leafs over the summer and had no points in seven games.

There’s been quite a bit of roster shuffling in recent days for the 1-5-2 team, and coach Mike Babcock hinted that there’ll be more to come.

“Someone’s going to find a way to wear the uniform and be good every day,” he said Tuesday. “And some guys don’t, and so different guys come and go. Over time there’s going to be changes in our lineup — that’s just the reality of the situation and the growth we’re going to go through as a team.

“We’re going to find out how hard guys want to compete.”

The Leafs visit the New York Rangers on Friday and host Phil Kessel and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

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The Edmonton Oilers will be without defenseman Justin Schultz for two-to-four weeks as a result of a back injury, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Thursday.

Schultz left Sunday's game against Los Angeles after being hit into the glass by Nick Shore, and was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

The 25-year-old recorded one assist and 16 shots through the first nine games.

The Oilers' defense will line up as follows in his absence:

Talbot starts vs MTL. Looks like Fayne is out. So pairings vs MTL: Nurse-Sekera, Davidson-Klefbom, Ference-Gryba.

— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) October 29, 2015

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Leon Draisaitl played hero on a night where the Edmonton Oilers may have finally put it all together.

Draisaitl initiated and completed an improbable comeback win over the Montreal Canadiens in his first game of the season Thursday night, scoring once in the second period and again with 62 seconds left to play as the Oilers hung four unanswered goals on Carey Price.

Connor McDavid, of course, was in on the fun. He improved to fifth in league scoring and ran his point streak to seven games with a pair of assists - the second being an incredible play along the boards to send Benoit Pouliot on a breakaway.

As for the Canadiens, they're suddenly losers of two straight after starting the season 9-0.

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lobo316 wrote: As for the Canadiens, they're suddenly losers of two straight after starting the season 9-0.


Thankfully Montreal fans have yet another torch celebration to look forward too - this one is to celebrate the team going 9-0 to start the 2015-16 season:


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Connor McDavid is fucking awesome, that is all.

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Cory17 wrote: Connor McDavid is fucking awesome, that is all.
Good - fans of every other NHL team are sick of you guys getting a top pick every freaking year. :X

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Cory17 wrote: Connor McDavid is fucking awesome, that is all.
Good - fans of every other NHL team are sick of you guys getting a top pick every freaking year. :X

Don't worry, Oilers fans are sick of it too.

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Cory17 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: Cory17 wrote: Connor McDavid is fucking awesome, that is all.
Good - fans of every other NHL team are sick of you guys getting a top pick every freaking year. :X

Don't worry, Oilers fans are sick of it too.

What about Kevin Lowe's ultimate plan of putting out a complete NHL team made up of top 3 picks ????

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I don't know this "Kevin Lowe" you speak of.

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Cory17 wrote: I don't know this "Kevin Lowe" you speak of.
Apparently he is The Champion of all Champions.

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Oddly enough, Phil Kessel did his talking off the ice.

Aside from a smattering of boos, at times, when he touched the puck, it was a relatively noiseless return to Toronto for the polarizing Pittsburgh Penguins winger Saturday night.

The longtime Toronto trigger man was held off the scoresheet, and was limited to just a single shot on Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier, but was once again a winner on Air Canada Centre ice - a rarity last season - as the Penguins romped over Toronto 4-0.

Kessel was his typically indifferent, impervious self in conversation with reporters both before and after the game - a tone most prevalent when the volume scorer was asked about Toronto's decision to not acknowledge his return.

"I don't care, to tell you the truth. I could care less," he said, according to Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press.

Kessel, though, wasn't the only one to be silenced in this snoozer.

The Maple Leafs, as a team, were held to a season-low 21 shots, while Penguins captain Sidney Crosby failed to muster a single shot attempt, or register on the scoresheet for the ninth time in 11 games.

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Rich Clune was more than a little charged up for his home debut with theToronto Maple Leafs.
The Marlie-turned-Maple Leaf ran roughshod in his first four shifts Saturday night, but after surviving contentious runs at Ben Lovejoy, Clune eventually found himself in trouble when he caught Rob Scuderi through the numbers.


The hit sent Sidney Crosby Phil Kessel and the Penguins' power play onto the ice for five minutes, as Clune was assessed a boarding major.]

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Looks like Patrick Kane will not have to face any criminal charges. 


from buffalonews.com:


Patrick Kane has denied any wrongdoing.




Nearly three months after a local woman told police that Patrick Kane raped her in his Hamburg home, it appears no criminal charges will be filed against the Chicago Blackhawks hockey star, according to three sources closely familiar with the investigation.

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III declined to discuss his plans for the case, but other sources said doubts have emerged about the woman’s allegations and make criminal prosecution highly unlikely.

The three sources also said they do not believe the case will be presented to a grand jury.

“This case is going nowhere,” one knowledgeable source told The Buffalo News when asked about the possibility of criminal charges.

“I was told … the case will be administratively dismissed” without being presented to a grand jury, a second knowledgeable source added.

Sedita – who is expected to win a seat as a state judge in an election Tuesday when he faces no opposition – declined to say whether he will present the case to a grand jury, or whether he intends to file criminal charges against Kane.

“I am waiting for the investigation to be completed to my satisfaction,” Sedita said, “and to confer with the assigned prosecutor, who is on her vacation six time zones away, before announcing anything further.”

Paul J. Cambria, attorney for the 26-year-old Kane, declined to comment, except to say he has had “no substantive discussions with the District Attorney’s Office” in several weeks.

Cambria has stated repeatedly that the rape allegation against Kane is untrue.

Roland M. Cercone, attorney for the alleged victim, did not return a call from a News reporter seeking his comment.

Town of Hamburg Police Chief Gregory W. Wickett declined to comment.

Kane has denied any wrongdoing but has never publicly discussed details of the claim made against him.

The alleged victim, a young woman from the Buffalo area, went to Hamburg police on Aug. 2, alleging that Kane raped her in his lakefront home early that morning after meeting her in a downtown Buffalo bar and inviting her and a female friend to his home. Kane, the two women and a male associate of Kane were driven to the Hamburg home by an off-duty Buffalo police lieutenant who was working as Kane’s chauffeur.

The woman told police that Kane attacked and raped her while the two were alone in a room in Kane’s home, sources said.

While denying the rape allegation, neither Kane nor Cambria has related Kane’s version of what happened that early morning.

Police have refused to release any statements made by Kane or the young woman.

Doubts about the woman’s allegations began to arise Sept. 19, when The News reported that DNA evidence obtained during the investigation did not confirm the woman’s rape allegation. Sources close to the case disclosed that DNA tests taken from a “rape kit” conducted on the woman in a local hospital showed no trace of Kane’s DNA in her genital area or on her undergarments.

Three days after that report appeared in The News, Thomas J. Eoannou – a Buffalo attorney who then represented the woman – held a news conference and announced that someone had left a “rape kit evidence bag” at the home of the alleged victim’s mother. Eoannou cited the incident as proof that law enforcement authorities were mishandling evidence in the Kane investigation.

A day later, a visibly upset Eoannou held another news conference, this time to announce that he was withdrawing from the case because the alleged victim’s mother had given him false information involving the bag left at her home. An investigation into the incident conducted by Sedita’s office showed that the incident involving the bag was an “elaborate hoax” by the victim’s mother.

Sedita at that time said it was “unlikely” his office would press charges against the mother.

“If you lie to your lawyer, it’s not a crime,” Sedita said then.

The mother did not report the incident to police, nor did she make the statements under oath.

Sedita also said at the time that he did not know whether the alleged rape victim had anything to do with the hoax, but added that his investigators would make it a priority to find out.

The district attorney made clear on Sept. 26 that he was having some doubts about the validity of the case and was reconsidering an earlier decision to present the matter to a grand jury.

“The question in mind is not when this will go to the grand jury. The question in my mind is if this goes to a grand jury,” Sedita said that day.

Since that date, there has been no presentation of evidence of the alleged rape to a grand jury, and none is anticipated, two sources told The News on Friday.

Frank J. Clark, the former Erie County district attorney, has been following the case closely but has no direct knowledge of Sedita’s plans. He told The News he believes that Sedita has decided not to pursue charges against Kane.

Clark said he doubts that Sedita will make a public announcement of his plans for the case before Tuesday’s election, when voters will elect Sedita as a State Supreme Court judge. He said he believes Sedita will try to avoid controversy about the Kane case before the election.

“We all agree that he won’t do anything before the election,” Clark said, referring to his discussions about the case with other local attorneys. “Based on everything that has occurred with this investigation and what can be reasonably deduced, I think the outcome is going to be very favorable for Kane.”

Clark said that, in his view, the DNA evidence “causes all kinds of problems for the alleged victim, and her assertions about what happened.”

The hoax involving the bag purportedly left at the victim’s mother’s home also causes complications for any prosecutor, he said.

When asked about Clark’s statements, Sedita said: “Mr. Clark and I have never discussed this matter, and for him to assume that is, to be most charitable, pure speculation.”

Buffalo attorney Florina Altshiler, a former sex crimes prosecutor, said it is difficult to predict what Sedita will do with the Kane case because she does not know what Sedita knows.

“I would say that, if there is reason to believe that the victim fabricated, lied or participated in the hoax, there is no reason to put this case before a grand jury,” Altshiler said. “But if there is no evidence that she participated in the hoax, then I think it should be presented to a grand jury.”

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Interesting news coming out of Montreal.


from tsn.ca:

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will be out at least a week with a lower-body injury.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters that Price suffered the injury in Montreal's 4-3 loss in Edmonton on Thursday.

Rookie Mike Condon will make a second consecutive start in the Canadiens' home game tonight against Winnipeg.

The Habs have three more home games coming up. Ottawa is at Montreal Tuesday, followed by the New York Rangers on Thursday and archrival Boston on Saturday.

Price is 7-2 with a 2.01 goals-against average this season for Montreal.

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Also Alex Semin will be a healthy scratch tonight for the 2nd game in a row. :tongue:




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CanadianHorseman wrote: Interesting news coming out of Montreal.


from tsn.ca:

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will be out at least a week with a lower-body injury.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters that Price suffered the injury in Montreal's 4-3 loss in Edmonton on Thursday.

Rookie Mike Condon will make a second consecutive start in the Canadiens' home game tonight against Winnipeg.

The Habs have three more home games coming up. Ottawa is at Montreal Tuesday, followed by the New York Rangers on Thursday and archrival Boston on Saturday.

Price is 7-2 with a 2.01 goals-against average this season for Montreal.

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Also Alex Semin will be a healthy scratch tonight for the 2nd game in a row. :tongue:




3rd game in a row for sperm boy actually.  He's the scapegoat for everything it seems but there is speculation he is dealing with an injury and rather than announce it to opponents he's getting some games off.  Byron needed to start to play a little anyways.


In Price's case since the expectation would be that he would start nearly every game you can't exactly "healthy scratch " him without raising eyebrows.  He's looked off since the Leaf game and even in that game to a certain extent as there have been weird shots and bounces of the puck in his last couple of starts and he's made some saves where he's been contorted into interesting looking shapes.


Also wouldn't surprise me if teams aren't putting pucks in the freezer or something before games since the Habs have been playing on the road.  Teams need to use every underhanded method they can think of to beat the Habs.  Is there a team called the Boston Belicheats out there?:tongue:

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I have faith that Condon will cover things well in Price's absence.;)

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Angelic Assassin wrote: I have faith that Condon will cover things well in Price's absence.;)
Well I think he will break a little and a few pucks will trickle past him....likely through the five-hole. 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs' decision not to honor Phil Kessel with a video tribute upon his return to the Air Canada Centre was not lost on at least one of his new Pittsburgh Penguins teammates.


Following the Penguins' 4-0 win, defenseman Kris Letang took to Twitter to take a sarcastic dig at the Leafs in defense of Kessel.

Awesome tribute to a great player @PKessel81 in TO .... Crickets crickets

— Kristopher Letang (@Letang_58) November 1, 2015
For his part, Kessel, who was booed by the Toronto crowd during the game, said he didn't care about the club's decision not to acknowledge his return.

Kessel appeared in 446 games for the Maple Leafs, scoring 181 goals and leading the team in scoring during all six of his seasons in Toronto. In 11 games with the Penguins, he has scored four goals and added two assists.

He recorded only one shot on goal in Saturday's win.

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The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forward Marko Dano and assigned forward Bryan Bickell to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the team announced.

Bickell has had a rough start to the 2015-16 season, going pointless in seven games with a minus-3 rating. He was held out of Friday's contest against the Minnesota Wild and saw his ice time drop to just 8:15 Thursday versus the Winnipeg Jets.

His cap hit will be reduced from $4 million to $3.05 million in the minors, according to General Fanager.

Dano, meanwhile, gets his first shot with the Blackhawks this season after being acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Brandon Saad trade. He has racked up one goal and six assists in nine games for the IceHogs.

Chicago is in action Monday against the Los Angeles Kings, who are looking for their eighth straight win.

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After an 0-3-0 start to the season, everything is coming up Bruins.

Boston Bruins super-pest Brad Marchand was named the NHL's first star of the week Monday. Marchand tied for a league-best four goals last week and added two assists to help Boston collect three wins.

The Bruins now sit in third place in the Atlantic Division, just one point back of the Tampa Bay Lightning for second with three games in hand.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen took home second star honors after guiding his team to a perfect record in three games. Allen recorded a 0.98 goals-against average, 0.963 save percentage, and a shutout against the Lightning, helping the Blues remain just a point back of the Dallas Stars for first place in the Western Conference.

Finally, despite his team's 1-2-0 record on the week, Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall was able to snag third star honors after leading the NHL in scoring with two goals and seven points.

Hall had three multi-point games, including a one-goal, two-assist performance in the team's 5-4 loss to the Calgary Flames.

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lobo316 wrote: The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forward Marko Dano and assigned forward Bryan Bickell to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, the team announced.



Hey brodiescomics - I told you that you should have held onto Darko.


CanadianHorseman wrote: on October 2ndbrodiescomics wrote:CanadianHorseman wrote:lobo316 wrote:The Chicago Blackhawks assigned Marko Dano to their American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford on Friday, in a move that's taken many by surprise.

That is a surprise - he was picked in 2 out of the 3 Fantasy Drafts I've done so far.

Huge surprise. I thought I got a steal by taking him in the last round.

My advice - unless you really need to fill his spot hold onto him as he could be back up in Chicago soon if they can find a way to get rid of Bickell. 

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Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid has been named the NHL's rookie of the month for October.

McDavid leads all rookies with 12 points, is tied for the rookie lead with five goals, and ranks second among the rookie class with seven assists.

The No. 1 overall pick had a seven-game point streak come to an end Saturday in a 5-4 loss to the Calgary Flames.

McDavid sits second on the Oilers in points behind Taylor Hall, who has 13.

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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock will be behind the bench for Canada once again.

Babcock is expected to be named the head coach of Canada for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

The decision isn't a surprising one given Babcock coached Canada to a gold medal at the last two Olympic Games.

In addition, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville and Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien are expected to be named assistants.

An official announcement will be made Thursday.

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lobo316 wrote: Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid has been named the NHL's rookie of the month for October.


November looks like it won't be nearly as good for McDavid. He fell into the boards tonight versus Philadelphia and initial reports are saying he fractured his collarbone. 

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Not going to lie, I'm quite bummed.

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Cory17 wrote: Not going to lie, I'm quite bummed.I absolutely never cheer for a player to get hurt, not even some of the leagues scum buckets, many of whom thankfully are now actually out of work and i readily admit to being sick of hearing McDavid, McDavid, McDavid, 24 freaking hours a day but you most definitely don't want to see something like this happen.


For him of course, but for Edmonton. the league and fans in general and any new fans he may have brought to the game. 

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Cory17 wrote: Not going to lie, I'm quite bummed.
You should be.



Peter Chiarelli: And with the #1 pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft The Edmonton Oilers are proud to select......

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Hopefully this is not the way his NHL career ends.


from tsn.ca:





Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly suffered a left femur fracture against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night and will miss six-to-eight months.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said Kelly would undergo surgery on Wednesday at Mass General Hospital in Boston.

Kelly, 34, had scored two goals in 10 games this season.

The Bruins' alternate captain scored seven goals and added 21 assists in 80 games last season.

The veteran of 750 NHL games has scored 118 goals and 277 points in his career with the Bruins and Ottawa Senators. He will be a free agent after the 2015-16 season.


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CanadianHorseman wrote: Cory17 wrote: Not going to lie, I'm quite bummed.
You should be.



Peter Chiarelli: And with the #1 pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft The Edmonton Oilers are proud to select......
Phuck no!


I don't quite know what would happen if this came to pass.  Regardless of if it comes about as a result of McDavid being out and the oilers reverting back to being craptacular I think if they won the lottery again there would seriously be some kind of inquiry.


They be damn lucky the CBA isn't up for renegotiation.

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Nice to see Tyler Seguin go back into Boston and get the Hatty against his old team.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: Cory17 wrote: Not going to lie, I'm quite bummed.
You should be.



Peter Chiarelli: And with the #1 pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft The Edmonton Oilers are proud to select......
Phuck no!


Phuck no x 2 - the first overall should go to the Leafs (looks like for the next few years)
but you're right, Edm will probably finish fourth from the bottom and get the number one pick again.

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The system is different this year...you have to finish in the bottom 3 to have a shot at the #1 pick if I remember right.

Pat Kane had a fractured collarbone and missed what, 6-7 weeks last year? If he has the same thing he could be back before Christmas so all is not lost.

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Femur is his thigh. It's the hardest bone to break in the body. He's done for the year no question.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Nice to see Tyler Seguin go back into Boston and get the Hatty against his old team.

Oh yes- so nice. :X

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Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid will have surgery to repair a fractured left clavicle, general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters Wednesday.

The GM confirmed that McDavid's recovery timetable will be long term.

"He'll be out indefinitely, and not week to week," Chiarelli said. "We're talking about months. (I) don't have a particular time frame, but as I said, plural, months."

The No. 1 overall pick was admitted to hospital Tuesday night after suffering the injury in the Oilers' 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

"He's a strong kid, mentally and physically," the GM said. "He's still developing, so he'll come back probably even stronger."

McDavid was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month after leading the class with 12 points in October. His first calendar month as an NHL player included a seven-game point streak and three multi-point games.

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I'd love to get Auston Matthews, just to see you all cry.

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Cory17 wrote: I'd love to get Auston Matthews, just to see you all cry.
Jesus H. Christ - surely the Oiler braintrust would go for a Defenseman this time and trade down a few spots to pick up some other assets.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Cory17 wrote: I'd love to get Auston Matthews, just to see you all cry.
Jesus H. Christ - surely the Oiler braintrust would go for a Defenseman this time and trade down a few spots to pick up some other assets.

I imagine that is what would happen, it's just nice to see Leaf fans squirm.

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Sportsdesk on TSN at 6 pm yesterday played funeral music on the opening while they showed highlights of McDavid getting hurt, and then they brought a Doctor in studio to explain what a clavicle was (to all the poor dumb hockey fans I suppose.)
Stuff like that is why fans develop a hatred for a player when they are as good as he is. The sports TV media in Canada is acting like he died, literally.

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khawk wrote: Sportsdesk on TSN at 6 pm yesterday played funeral music on the opening while they showed highlights of McDavid getting hurt, and then they brought a Doctor in studio to explain what a clavicle was (to all the poor dumb hockey fans I suppose.)

I was killing myself laughing watching Geno Reda interview that Doctor. 

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/what-s-the-long-term-prognosis-for-mcdavid~742617

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finally, it's official



Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will not be charged following the conclusion of a sexual assault investigation, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said in a statement Thursday.

Sedita cited "material inconsistencies" between the complainant's accounts and those of other witnesses, DNA results, and the fact that both physical and forensic evidence contradict her claim.

The district attorney confirmed that the complainant, a 21-year-old woman, decided not to go forward with criminal prosecution. She signed a Non-Prosecution Affidavit indicating the following:

"That after fully discussing all the circumstances with my attorney, I have decided I do not wish to criminally prosecute the charges which stem out of this investigation. I do so of my own free will and without any promises or compensation.”

Sedita summarized the findings and decision by explaining why the case will not be presented to a grand jury.

"The totality of the credible evidence - the proof - does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant’s allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane and this so-called 'case' is rife with reasonable doubt."

The decision was made after a three-month investigation stemming from allegations in Hamburg, N.Y.

"We knew all along that Patrick didn't do anything wrong," Kane's agent, Pat Brisson, told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

"We are pleased with the results from the investigation," he added. "It's finally concluded."

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed goaltender Jonathan Bernier on the injured reserve with a lower-body injury, according to TSN's Mark Masters.

The move is retroactive to Nov. 1, and comes after the injury was originally classified as day to day. On Tuesday, the Maple Leafs recalled goaltender Antoine Bibeau from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

The move to place Bernier on the injured reserve means the netminder will miss at least the next two games. The club takes on the Detroit Red Wings Friday and the Washington Capitals Saturday.

The Maple Leafs also recalled defenseman Frank Corrado from the Marlies Thursday, according to ESPN's Corey Pronman. Corrado was on a conditioning stint with the AHL team, recording three assists in seven games.

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The NHL will reportedly delay voting on expansion until at least 2016.

"Given where we are in the process, it is clear that expansion will not be voted on in December," deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in an email Wednesday.

The league's executive committee is scheduled to meet at the Board of Governors meetings on Dec. 7 and 8 in Pebble Beach, Calif.

The committee has been studying the possibility of expansion and is expected to make recommendations to the board, but a vote isn't likely.

The next opportunity would be at the All-Star weekend in Nashville in late January.

Prospective Las Vegas team owner Bill Foley said last month that he anticipated an update on the status of his bid in December.

Groups from Las Vegas and Quebec City submitted formal expansion bids in July and met with the league to make formal presentations in late September.

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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock was officially introduced Thursday as the head coach of Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Babcock was announced by the team's general manager, Doug Armstrong, who also named Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz, and Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters as assistant coaches.

Babcock broke down assistant duties as such: Quenneville - Run defence Julien & Trotz - Special teams Peters - Pre-scouts

— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 5, 2015
“We’re happy to have Mike lead our World Cup coaching staff next September. His successes in creating a winning culture in a two-week tournament are well documented,” Armstrong said in a statement. “We are looking forward to representing Canada and making our country proud.”

The management group will meet Monday in Toronto where they'll compare their initial "ghost rosters." The team's first 16 players will have to be named by March 1 and the rest of the 23-man roster by June 1, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

Babcock coached Canada to gold medals at both the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games.

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The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Martin Havlat to a one-year contract.

Havlat agreed to a professional tryout with the Blues on Oct. 27 after going unsigned during the offseason.

Havlat's contract is a two-way: $600,000 in NHL, $200,000 in AHL. #stlblues

— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) November 6, 2015
The 34-year-old played 40 games with the New Jersey Devils last season, recording five goals and 14 points.

The team also released forward Dainius Zubrus from his tryout contract Friday. Zubrus was signed to the tryout at the same time as Havlat.

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Veteran forward Rich Clune has been placed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club confirmed Friday to TSN's Mark Masters

Head coach Mike Babcock said defenseman Scott Harrington will be activated, and Martin Marincin will sit out Friday against the Detroit Red Wings.

Clune was held without a point in two games with the Leafs this season, but he scored two goals and added three assists in eight games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

He'll remain on waivers until noon Saturday.

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Montreal revealed the jerseys they'll be wearing at the 2016 NHL Winter Classic:









Here's a reminder of what Boston will be wearing:







I'm fairly confident that watching this game will give me a massive headache. 

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Surprising absolutely no one, Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was named the NHL's first star of the week on Monday.

Kane led the league with five assists and nine points in four games. The 26-year-old capped the week with a four-point effort in a victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, extending his ridiculous scoring streak to 10 games.

Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin was named second star of the week with four goals and three assists over four games.

The 23-year-old has been nothing short of exceptional all season long, sitting tied with Kane for the league lead with 23 points for the red-hot 12-3-0 Stars.

Lastly, what appeared to initially be a terrible situation has turned into quite a story. Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon was named third star of the week after posting a 2-0-1 record, equipped with a 1.66 GAA and .934 save percentage in three starts last week.

Condon has kept the Canadiens atop the league standings at 13-2-1 despite being without Carey Price for seven games thus far. The 25-year-old is 6-0-1 on the season, with an outstanding 1.57 GAA and .940 save percentage.

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The Montreal Canadiens will be without star goalie Carey Price for another week.

Head coach Michel Therrien said Price is responding well to treatment for his lower-body injury, and the team's hopeful he'll be back on the ice soon. Therrien added Price won't require surgery.

The 28-year-old hasn't played since Oct. 29. He has a 7-2-0 record with a 2.01 GAA and .936 save percentage this season.

The Canadiens sit atop the NHL standings at 13-2-1, and will face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday before hosting the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

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I honestly would prefer just cancelling the game instead of seeing this crap.


from Darren Dreger at tsn.ca:

The NHL All-Star Game needs an overhaul and Nashville is as good a place as any to introduce change.

Sources tell The Dreger Report that 3-on-3 hockey is being discussed as a replacement to the traditional game which has historically been high scoring, but void of emotion, intensity, or any form of competitiveness. 
It's tired, it's old and on a special weekend largely designed to market its stars, needs a facelift. 

It's still somewhat unclear how the concept will be implemented, but a series of 3-on-3 games in a mini-tournament format is a likely scenario and should occupy centre stage on Jan. 31.

And for those who enjoy the NHL skills competition, fear not. Regardless of change to the actual game, this All-Star staple will remain a focal point of the weekend and will hold down its usual Saturday slot.

Discussions are ongoing with all involved - including the NHL Players' Association - who some say could endorse the changes as early as next week.





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The Toronto Maple Leafs sent third-stringer Antoine Bibeau back to the AHL's Toronto Marlies on Wednesday, meaning goaltender Jonathan Bernier is set to return from a lower-body injury.

Bernier's role, though, isn't as certain.

James Reimer has been excellent since Bernier went down on Halloween night, authoring a 2-1-2 record and .941 save percentage in his five straight starts.

He's now responsible for nine of the team's 10 points earned this season.

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey will undergo surgery on his injured right ankle this weekend, GM Ken Holland said, according to MLive's Ansar Khan.

He's expected to be sidelined for another six weeks.

Quincey was placed on injured reserve in late October after suffering a concussion.

The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder made 73 appearances for the Wings last season, amassing 18 points and 77 penalty minutes.

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After his team lost for the fourth time in its last six games Tuesday - to his former team, the Vancouver Canucks, no less - Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella couldn't hide his frustration.

"You have to win that game," he said, according to Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch. "Right now, we found a way to lose that game. That's not a good sign."

After admitting he didn't want to talk about individuals, he eventually mentioned captain Nick Foligno, who missed an open net early in the third with a chance to give the Blue Jackets the lead.

"We need a big play out of him," Tortorella said. "He had a couple of chances to score. We're going to say 'Nick, his game is coming' but to me, he needs to make a big play."

Foligno, who has just one goal and six points through 16 games after a breakout 31-goal, 73-point campaign last year, did concede that his play needs to improve.

"I need to be the guy helping (in scoring). Maybe we win the game if I score there and make it (3-2)," He admitted. "I can't beat myself up though. I'm getting chances. I definitely feel like it's coming."

The Blue Jackets fell to a league-worst 4-12-0, and their new coach knows the team needs to turn things around soon.

"We've got to stop these moral victories and find a way to grind that out," Tortorella said.

They'll have their next chance to return to the win column on Friday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Justin Abdelkader is going to be in the Motor City for a very long time.

The Detroit Red Wings have come to terms with Abdelkader on a seven-year contract extension worth a reported $29.75 million, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

Abdelkader, who was primed to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, has spent his entire career with the Red Wings.

The 28-year-old has 4 goals and 3 assists in 15 games this season, coming off a 2014-15 campaign that saw him score a career high 23 goals and 21 assists in 71 games.

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After back-to-back losses saw the Columbus Blue Jackets' record fall to 4-12-0, head coach John Tortorella decided to implement some unorthodox tactics to get his team going.

Tortorella made his players do pushups whenever a drill didn't go the way he planned during practice on Thursday.

John Tortorella had #CBJ players doing push ups at practice today if a drill didn't go according to plan: pic.twitter.com/WeoCIdx4RH

— NHL EXPERT PICKS (@NHLexpertpicks) November 12, 2015
Nobody was excused from the unusual punishment, as even the goalies were told to drop and give him 10.

Never change, Torts. Never change.

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The Calgary Flames acquired goaltender Kevin Poulin from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for future considerations on Thursday.

Poulin will report to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.

The 25-year-old has a record of 18-25-3 with a 3.07 goals-against average and .899 save percentage in 50 career NHL games, all of which came with the New York Islanders.

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The Bruins signed 3 of their 2015 Draft picks to entry level deals.

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The Bruins announced the signing of three more of their draft picks from the 2015 NHL Draft class to entry-level contracts on Thursday afternoon. The Bruins signed Jake DeBrusk, Zachary Senyshyn and Jeremy Lauzon and have now signed five of their top six picks from the summer with the earlier signings of D-men Jakub Zboril and Brandon Carlo.

DeBrusk, 19, has skated in 14 games for the Swift Current Broncos while posting six goals and 14 assists for 20 points. His six goals and 20 points are second on the Broncos, while his 14 assists are tied for first on the team, but the talented winger, and son of former NHL player Louie DeBrusk, is on the shelf indefinitely after a lower body injury sustained while blocking a shot in a Nov. 3 loss to Victoria.

Senyshyn, 18, has appeared in 18 games for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, scoring a team-leading 10 goals and four assists for 14 points this season. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Lauzon has played in 18 games for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the QMJHL this season, scoring three goals and piling up a team-high 22 assists for 25 points with a plus-17 rating this season. Lauzon was also among the players selected from the Quebec Major Junior League to play a select group from Team Russia earlier this season as well.

The only remaining Bruins draft pick from the first two rounds that hasn’t signed with the team yet is second rounder Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (45th overall), who has a goal and seven points in eight games in his freshman season at Boston University. All three young players will continue with their junior hockey careers this season, and their entry-level deals won’t kick in until they begin playing for a team within the Bruins organization. 

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Martin Havlat has been cut loose less than a week into his one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Havlat was placed on waivers Friday with the intent to terminate his contact after he apparently left the club to attend to personal matters, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie.

He scored the game-winning goal against his former team, the New Jersey Devils, in his first game for St. Louis, but was held off the scoresheet Thursday versus the New York Rangers.

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Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has been suspended two games for his illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand on Thursday, the NHL announced Friday.
Marchand, too, was sanctioned by the NHL's Department of Player Safety. He incurred a $5,000 fine for his response - a straight punch to the face of Landeskog after the whistle had blown.
The NHL explained that Landeskog was banned for delivering a hit to the head from Marchand's blind side, but ruled there was no issue with the timing of the collision.
Landeskog will miss games Saturday in Montreal, and Tuesday in Toronto.
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Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov suffered a lower-body injury Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning that knocked him from the game, the club announced.

Kulikov has three assists in 16 games, while averaging 19:24 a night.

He played eight minutes Saturday, recording a hit. He left the game after taking a hit along the boards during his first shift of the second period.

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Interesting interview with Milan Lucic. I had no idea that his Dad committed suicide this past April as I heard nothing about it here in the local media. Talk about a wide range of emotions from his Dad committing suicide, the birth of his 2nd daughter and then getting traded from Boston to LA all in the span of just 3 months. 


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The Rangers rolling along. 9 in a row. With the most brutal schedule I've ever seen. 17 back to backs. Lots of 3 games in 4 days. They've had 4-5 ofbthem so far. And Raanta has been great as Hank's backup.

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nyhack56 wrote: The Rangers rolling along. 9 in a row. 
Bernier was the Rangers MVP tonight. 

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He was playing against the Calgary Flames, but it was Patrick Kane who was on fire.

The Chicago Blackhawks star took over top spot in the league's goal-scoring race Sunday, depositing a backhand shot past Flames goaltender Karri Ramo to tie the game in the second period.

Kane picked up his 13th goal to pass Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn for the league lead. The Blackhawks winger has now scored a goal in seven consecutive games.

Per @EliasSports: @88PKane is 1st @NHLBlackhawks player to score in 7+ straight games since Joe Murphy (9 straight) from Mar. 3-Apr. 2, 1995

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 16, 2015
He added an assist on Artemi Panarin's insurance marker later in the period, moving past Stars center Tyler Seguin for the NHL points lead with 27.

The Blackhawks won 4-1, thanks to three goals in under two minutes in the second period. It was Chicago's second win of the weekend, and third in four games. Scott Darling earned the victory, making 25 saves. Calgary finished its road trip 1-3, and sits second-last in the Pacific Division with an NHL-worst minus-27 goal differential.

Duncan Keith, who returned Saturday after knee surgery, played 24 minutes after getting 27:34 of ice time against the St. Louis Blues.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are eager to earn a fourth straight win Sunday against the New York Rangers, but perhaps they're a little too eager.

Toronto was called for too many men on the ice in the first period:

It was the seventh bench minor assessed to the Maple Leafs, the most by an NHL team this season, and the officials appeared to miss another one later in the opening frame.

The Leafs have been called for three more bench infractions than the next closest teams - the Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, and San Jose Sharks - which have four.

The Rangers entered Sunday's game having drawn the fewest number of power-play opportunities in the league.

Nazem Kadri served the penalty for the Leafs, but the Rangers failed to capitalize, and Toronto's Peter Holland opened the scoring late in the first period.

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The Wings offense is WEAK!! We need some scoring punch!

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lobo316 wrote: He was playing against the Calgary Flames, but it was Patrick Kane who was on fire.

Wow - what a horribly cliche' sentence. I guess we can look forward to that writer using these in the future: 


- He was playing against the Winnipeg Jets / Philadelphia Flyers, but it was Patrick Kane who was flying around the ice.

- He was playing against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it was Patrick Kane who struck twice in the 1st period.

- He was playing against Minnesota, but it was Patrick Kane who ran wild last night. 

- He was playing against St. Louis, but it was Patrick Kane who made the opposing Goalies feel blue all night. 

- He was playing against Los Angeles, but it was Patrick Kane who was crowned the First Star after scoring 3 Goals.

- He was playing against the Edmonton Oilers, but it was Patrick Kane who struck for 2 Goals in the 1st period.

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reportedly earned more than $9.6 million in base salary and benefits in the season that followed the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, according to the Sports Business Journal.

Bettman's earnings represented an $800,000 raise from the previous year, in which he earned his full freight negotiating a new labor agreement with the NHLPA.

The Sports Business Journal's report indicates that most high-ranking officials in the NHL office saw increased compensation over that similar time period.

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Mike Fisher knocks out Kevin Bieksa's tooth during Tuesday night's game:





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To a bigger douchebag, it couldn't have happened to.

(Except maybe Ryan Kesler)

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The NHL is set to introduce a revamped look for the 2015-16 All-Star Game in Nashville.

The NHLPA has signed off on a new 3-on-3 mini-game format, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported in the "Insider Trading" segment on Tuesday.

"The fantasy draft will be dead. Instead, there will be four divisional teams, nine-ten skaters apiece, a couple of goaltenders for each team," McKenzie said. "The two divisions in the Eastern Conference would play a 20-minute mini-game, the two divisions in the Western Conference would play a 20-minute mini-game, and then you would have the two winners play in another 20-minute mini-game."

McKenzie added that there's expected to be a large cash incentive for the winning team, with a formal announcement coming as early as Wednesday.

More changes to the All-Star Game format could also be coming in the future.

TSN's Pierre LeBrun also reported during "Insider Trading" that a "Ryder Cup style" tournament could take place as early as 2018 or 2019 in London, England.

"It's very much at a concept stage," LeBrun said. "That would replace the All-Star Game. It's kind of a unique thing in this big picture international landscape the PA and the League keep pushing."

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With NHL teams having played anywhere from 16 to 20 games through Tuesday, there's enough of a sample size from which to argue that certain players are off to terribly disappointing starts.

Here's a look at four of the most notable names.

Penguins F Sidney Crosby

After failing to record a point in his 18th game of the season Tuesday, Sidney Crosby remains stuck on a single-digit point total (two goals, seven assists), slotting him behind no fewer than 154 players in the NHL's scoring race.

On top of that, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar center has produced in spurts, with three multi-point outings to date, meaning he's been held off the score sheet altogether in 13 games.

Sure, it's still early(ish), but the lack of output is especially baffling when you consider that Crosby entered the season as the league's top scorer, having averaged a league-high 1.09 points per game in 2014-15. For his career, he's averaging 0.47 goals and 0.87 assists per game, putting his current pace a full 0.84 points per game off his usual pace.

While his shooting percentage is down a full 10 percent from his career mark - allowing for a measure of bad luck to account for the funk - his shot rate is also down, giving him fewer chances to snap out of it.

Still, this is Crosby we're talking about here, and there's every reason to believe he'll get going soon. Having said that, he'll need to average 1.31 points per game through the remaining 64 contests in order to match last season's 84 points.

Bruins G Tuukka Rask

Following a 5-4 loss to San Jose, Tuukka Rask's save percentage dropped to a disastrous .890 - a severe drop-off from his career mark of .925.

He's also posted a losing record of 5-7-1, and has been outplayed by Jonas Gustavsson, who has gone 3-1-0 with a save percentage of .912.

The Boston Bruins are lending their goalies plenty of support offensively, ranking third in the NHL with 3.29 goals per game while converting on a league-high 35.2 percent of their power-play opportunities. It's in their own end that things have fallen off the rails, as they're allowing a 26th-ranked 3.18 goals against per game, with a penalty kill that sits dead last in the NHL.

Rask has to miss the likes of Johnny Boychuk, Dougie Hamilton, and Matt Bartkowski - all of whom have left town over the past 13 months. The failure to adequately replace that trio certainly can't be overlooked when assessing his performance to date.

The blue line is a big problem, and Rask's numbers are taking an even bigger hit. Milk crates beware.

Flyers F Jakub Voracek, Ducks F Ryan Getzlaf

For the sake of convenience, let's lump Jakub Voracek and Ryan Getzlaf together, if only based on the absurd fact that 322 players have scored more goals than each of these forwards, who sit on one apiece.

Getzlaf gets the edge on the disappointment spectrum by firing only 34 shots in 15 games, while Voracek is at least putting the puck on net with great frequency, averaging 3.4 shots per game for a total of 62 in 18 games.

In fairness, both players were expected to finish with somewhere between 20 and 25 goals, and with a little puck luck (meaning a return to normal shooting percentages) there's still time to go on a nice little run.

Compounding things, however, is a lack of helpers. Voracek, who recorded a career-high 59 assists last season, is on pace for only 36, while Getzlaf is set to finish with 31 after hitting 45 in 77 games a year ago.

Add it all up, and this seemingly prolific pair just isn't getting it done in the early going.

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Travis Hamonic wants to be moved to a team on the West Coast.


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Very quietly, the New York Islanders are trying a manoeuvre a difficult situation — the possibility of trading Travis Hamonic.

Hamonic, a talented 25-year-old defender who does tremendous things off the ice, is in play, although the exact reasons are private.

One rumour indicated it was because he was unhappy with the unusual Long Island–Brooklyn setup for the team’s players, but a few sources blew that rationale out of the water.

“Nothing to do with it,” one said.

“This was a possibility before games began this season,” said another.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow and Hamonic’s agent, Kevin Epp, declined comment. Hamonic himself could not be reached.

There’s a ton to like about this player. He’s a right-hand shot, top-pairing defenceman with four years remaining on a good-value contract. The average annual amount is $3.857 million, although the actual dollars will be $4.875 million beginning in 2016-17. Teams are scared by term these days, but there’s less worry about someone signed to a fair deal during his prime years.

And Hamonic does phenomenal things off the ice.

His father, Gerald, died when Travis was a young boy. As a result, he invites children who’ve been through similar pain to Islanders’ games as his guest. (This work was illustrated in a tremendous 2014 ESPN feature).

As a result, it’s not an easy deal for Islanders to make.

“The problem with them trading Travis Hamonic,” one exec said, “is they want… Travis Hamonic.”

Several sources indicate Snow is not interested in a picks or prospects type of return. He’s looking for equal-level replacement.

That’s reason No. 1 this hasn’t happened yet. There aren’t a lot of these players available.



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Credit to @FriedgeHNIC on Hamonic story.  He has family concerns in West Canada and requested a move before the season...
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Hamonic loves the Isles. This is personal.  Wpg, Edmtn, Cgy and Van all preferred. Might expand to other west cities. Tough on Isles....
1:43 PM - 18 Nov 2015

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Carey Price returned to practice Wednesday to a rousing ovation.

His Montreal Canadiens teammates apparently gave him a welcoming salute as he stepped onto the practice ice and eventually settled into the "starter's net" to begin the workout.

The skate marks the reigning Hart and Vezina Trophy winner's first official practice since suffering a lower-body injury in late October.

Price said afterward that he'll continue to skate with the team, but though he feels good, there's no target date established for his return.

Mike Condon will start when Montreal hosts the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta has been released from hospital Wednesday and is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with the upper-body injury he sustained Tuesday night.

Maatta remained in a local hospital overnight after being checked into the opening door of Minnesota's bench by Wild forward Nino Niederreiter in the second period of Tuesday's game.

The 21-year-old blue-liner appeared in all 18 games for the Penguins, scoring twice and adding two assists while averaging 16:25 in time-on-ice.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs love Mike Babcock.

Morgan Rielly and Nazem Kadri, two young players expected to help the rebuilding club when it's ready to compete, were singing the praises of their new head coach after practice this week.

After a nightmare end to last season, guys are looking forward to coming to the rink again. They're starting to believe.

"There's no question it's been different," Rielly said, according to the Toronto Sun's Rob Longley. "(Babcock) is doing something that all the guys are agreeing with. We all want to win for him and compete every night. The credit goes to him."

Toronto's playing its best hockey of the season, with Babcock's system taking hold after the first 19 games. The Maple Leafs - buoyed by goaltender James Reimer - have points in six of their last seven games, four of them wins.

One marked difference between last season's Maple Leafs and this season's is that the team has the puck more often. Toronto's 49.4 percent Corsi For rating is in the middle of the pack - 15th in the NHL - and has dropped since the season began, but it's a definite improvement over last season's 46.4 percent rating, which ranked 27th. And this is from a rag-tag group of players, with Phil Kessel traded, and the team's best prospects still in the minors.

Toronto got off to a decent start last season under Randy Carlyle, but even Kadri admitted that it was hard to buy in to how the team played night in and night out.

"The way we were winning was just like (exchanging) chance for chance," he said. "You knew that wasn't going to keep up. It was mentally exhausting."

"It was a huge mess," Kadri said of last season.

Babcock, meanwhile, couldn't care less about the rebuild. His team's three points out of a playoff spot, and he wants in.

"We believe we have a process that will take a long time, but we are confident that if we keep building every day, we can have success over the long haul," he said.

"We've got to keep building the group," Babcock added. "We'd like to be in a playoff spot."

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What a week - first we get this gawdawful 3 on 3 NHL All-Star Game announcement and now this.


from espn.go.com:

Everyone ready for an NFL-style bye week to come to the NHL? Because it’s coming next season.

Everything is always a negotiation between the NHL and NHL Players’ Association when it comes to many of their events, and the All-Star Game is certainly a great example.

It has been well publicized that as part of accepting the 3-on-3 format proposed by the NHL, the players wanted the Friday night player draft axed.

But another key item gained by the players in these negotiations was some extra time off in the grinding regular-season schedule, a source told ESPN.com.

The league and the NHLPA have committed to building a "five-day bye week" for each team into the schedule next season. The league will schedule one for each club between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season.

Players won’t have to report for practice until after 4 p.m. on the fifth day if they have a game on the sixth day, a source said. If the players don't have a game on the sixth day, they would have the entire fifth day off.

For the NHLPA, I think this was important on two fronts:

1. To get a break for their top players in a World Cup year, notably since some of those same players will also be participating in the All-Star Game. Besides, it’s not always easy to convince some of the star players to show up for All-Star weekend given the grind of the season, so getting a new break next season will help in that regard as well.

2. It’s just as desirable for the rest of the 700-plus players at large, too, even those who never play in All-Star Games. Take the Olympics for example. All players love Olympic participation because it allows those who don’t partake -- the vast majority of the membership -- to rest during that break. Hence the same philosophy here with this new, five-day bye week starting next season.

So there you go, the NHL is going NFL-style with a bye week in the second half next season, and players will be grateful to rest their weary bones during it.

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The wait is over.

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is now the highest-scoring Russian-born player in NHL history after notching his 484th career goal to move him past Sergei Fedorov.

The goal came in the third period Thursday night off a pretty give-and-go with Nicklas Backstrom to tie the game against the Dallas Stars at 2-2.

After tying Federov against the Toronto Maple Leafs back on Nov. 7, Ovechkin went four scoreless games before hitting the milestone.

"Sooner or later I knew it was going to go," Ovechkin said. "Of course you get a little frustrated when you have good chances go, especially in the second (period) when I hit the post … I think it was an important goal for us - put us back in the game - but I think we deserved more today, at least a point."

The goal was extra special for the Capitals captain as many members of his family were in attendance to see him make history.

"Obviously it was loud," Ovechkin said. "They cheered for me since day one so it was a great moment. (My dad is) always there. My mom (was) there, my brother, my fiancé and her parents, so that was a special moment for me.”

Backstrom assisted on Fedorov's record-breaking goal in 2008. Tonight, he did the same for Ovechkin.

— Katie Brown (@katiebhockey) November 20, 2015
The goal comes nearly seven years after the last time the Capitals defeated the Stars, a game that saw Fedorov score his 483rd goal to become the highest-scoring Russian at the time.

Quote from Fedorov on @ovi8 taking over the career goals record by a Russian @NHL player. #AllTimeGr8 #RockTheRed pic.twitter.com/8B4tCK6uIo

— Washington Capitals (@washcaps) November 20, 2015
Ovechkin's next big milestone should also come this season as he's now just 16 goals away from the 500 mark.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: The league and the NHLPA have committed to building a "five-day bye week" for each team into the schedule next season. The league will schedule one for each club between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season.

Players won’t have to report for practice until after 4 p.m. on the fifth day if they have a game on the sixth day, a source said. If the players don't have a game on the sixth day, they would have the entire fifth day off.


Ridiculous. Buncha pampered fagits.

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Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Cody Goloubef suffered a fractured jaw in Friday night's game against the Nashville Predators.
Goloubef left the contest and didn't return after taking a Colin Wilson shot to the face.


The blue-liner was taken to a local hospital for further treatment after exiting the contest in the first period.
The Blue Jackets were down to four defensemen after losing Goloubef andFedor Tyutin to injuries in the opening frame.






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San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau recorded his 1,000th career NHL point against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Marleau reached the milestone - picking up his sixth assist of the season - when Brent Burns beat Marc-Andre Fleury to open the scoring in the first period.

He is the 83rd player to hit the 1,000-point mark in league history.

Patrick Marleau (No. 2) joins Joe Thornton (No. 1) & Marian Hossa (No. 12) as only players from 1997 #NHLDraft to reach 1,000 career points.

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 22, 2015
Adding to his special night, Marleau accomplished the impressive feat in Pittsburgh, where he was drafted in 1997 as the Sharks selected him second overall.

The 36-year-old added another assist in the victory, and now has has 462 goals and 539 assists in 1,349 games.

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This was always how it was going to go down.

Lifelong Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin recorded the 900th point of his career Saturday night, after Henrik deposited his twin brother's brilliant cross-ice feed past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.

Daniel now has 334 goals and 566 assists in 1,082 games.

Daniel Sedin (334-566—900) has joined his brother Henrik (217-715—932) as only players to record 900 points with the @VanCanucks. #CHIvsVAN

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 22, 2015

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Dmitry Orlov with one of the wackiest goals I've seen in a long time. Watch how everybody on both teams ( except for Orlov ) stopped skating because they thought the Colorado Goalie had the puck.



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CanadianHorseman wrote: What a week - first we get this gawdawful 3 on 3 NHL All-Star Game announcement and now this.


from espn.go.com:

Everyone ready for an NFL-style bye week to come to the NHL? Because it’s coming next season.

Everything is always a negotiation between the NHL and NHL Players’ Association when it comes to many of their events, and the All-Star Game is certainly a great example.

It has been well publicized that as part of accepting the 3-on-3 format proposed by the NHL, the players wanted the Friday night player draft axed.

But another key item gained by the players in these negotiations was some extra time off in the grinding regular-season schedule, a source told ESPN.com.

The league and the NHLPA have committed to building a "five-day bye week" for each team into the schedule next season. The league will schedule one for each club between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season.

Players won’t have to report for practice until after 4 p.m. on the fifth day if they have a game on the sixth day, a source said. If the players don't have a game on the sixth day, they would have the entire fifth day off.

For the NHLPA, I think this was important on two fronts:

1. To get a break for their top players in a World Cup year, notably since some of those same players will also be participating in the All-Star Game. Besides, it’s not always easy to convince some of the star players to show up for All-Star weekend given the grind of the season, so getting a new break next season will help in that regard as well.

2. It’s just as desirable for the rest of the 700-plus players at large, too, even those who never play in All-Star Games. Take the Olympics for example. All players love Olympic participation because it allows those who don’t partake -- the vast majority of the membership -- to rest during that break. Hence the same philosophy here with this new, five-day bye week starting next season.

So there you go, the NHL is going NFL-style with a bye week in the second half next season, and players will be grateful to rest their weary bones during it.
I might actually live long enough to stop bothering to watch hockey if this crap continues, FFS!  Old time hockey players must be turning over in their graves.  Pretty soon all games will be decided by remote control from that "center of the hockey universe" in Toronto.

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Brendan Gallagher out indefinitely due to finger injury.








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Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher will have surgery on Monday  to repair two fractured fingers on his left hand, the team announced following their 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.

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Two broken fingers on left hand for Gallagher. Surgery tomorrow. He'll be out indefinitely.
7:04 PM - 22 Nov 2015

Gallagher left the game in the second period after blocking a Johnny Boychuk shot, heading directly to the team's locker room.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Brendan Gallagher out indefinitely due to finger injury.








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Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher will have surgery on Monday  to repair two fractured fingers on his left hand, the team announced following their 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.

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Two broken fingers on left hand for Gallagher. Surgery tomorrow. He'll be out indefinitely.
7:04 PM - 22 Nov 2015

Gallagher left the game in the second period after blocking a Johnny Boychuk shot, heading directly to the team's locker room.
4 to 6 weeks probably.  Really would prefer Montreal lose the game than lose Gallagher.  Arguably the guy that plays the hardest on this team on every single shift and his net front presence will be sorely missed.  Price is going to need to be MVP form for the next while as the offense is going to suffer.  A Bud Holloway or a Sven Andrighetto is not the answer.  Maybe if Alex Semin would shoot more instead of going limp when he's in the sweet spot he might be more successful at scoring.  

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Angelic Assassin wrote:  Maybe if Alex Semin would shoot more instead of going limp when he's in the sweet spot he might be more successful at scoring.  

That's what she said. 

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When it was announced Alex Anthopoulos would be vacating his role as general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, few expected he would be unemployed for long.

But a recent report suggests Sporting News' reigning MLB Executive of the Year may see his next job opportunity outside of baseball.

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun reported Saturday that the Arizona Coyotes have reached out to Anthopoulos hoping he would consider taking on a senior position or a consulting role with the hockey club.

The Coyotes' call came immediately after he left the Blue Jays, and apparently caught the 38-year-old "by complete surprise" as he has never been involved in hockey.

Anthopoulos knows current Coyotes assistant general manager John Chayka for his analytics work, according to Simmons. He has reportedly received calls from multiple other sports teams and media outlets regarding "future plans."

The Montreal native held the GM role in Toronto from 2009 to 2015 and was instrumental in assembling the team that brought playoff baseball back north of the border for the first time since 1993.

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Did you see that on icejerseys. com, they have old time hockey Edmonton t-shirts for Wayne Gretzky ?http://www.icejerseys.com/products/Old-Time-Hockey-12913/Players-15406/

The lady I have contact with at the old time hockey website told me that they are limited and sometime this week, they will appear on NHL.COM. I ordered my Blue Edmonton Gretzky the other day and they are already out of XXL & Small.

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James Reimer is hotter than he's ever been. And he's hotter than anyToronto Maple Leafs goalie ever was before him.

The National Post's David Alter crunched the numbers: Reimer's .953 save percentage over his last 10 games is the best 10-game run any Maple Leafs goalie has ever had since shots started being tracked.

Reimer slightly bettered the 2003 run Ed Belfour went on in the blue and white, when he posted a .952 save percentage in 10 games. They're the only two goalies in modern Maple Leafs history who have recorded a save percentage of .950 or higher over a 10-game span.

Here are the top 10, courtesy of Alter's excellent work:

GOALIE                     RANK     SAVE PERCENTAGE
James Reimer               1            .953
Ed Belfour                    2            .952
Curtis Joseph                3            .945
Felix Potvin                  4            .944
Vesa Toskala                5            .935
Jonathan Bernier           6           .934
Allan Bester                  7           .933
Ben Scrivens                 8           .931
Damian Rhodes             9           .927
Jean-Sebastian Aubin   10          .926

Reimer's consistency has propelled him to second in the league in save percentage. His .936 mark in 14 starts trails only the New York Rangers'Henrik Lundqvist, who happens to be arguably the best goalie on the planet.

Belfour had three shutouts during the stretch mentioned above. Reimer has yet to record a shutout this season, but has allowed only a goal in each of his last three games, and four of the last five. He's allowed two goals in four games, and three once in his last 10.
Reimer will unsurprisingly make another start for Toronto on Monday night, when they host the Boston Bruins in the second half of a home-and-home series. He has a .933 save percentage in 14 career games against the B's.

Check out Alter's piece for a graph depicting the 25 best save percentages posted by Maple Leafs goalies over 10-game stretches.

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Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher will have surgery on Monday  to repair two fractured fingers on his left hand, the team announced following their 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.

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Two broken fingers on left hand for Gallagher. Surgery tomorrow. He'll be out indefinitely.
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Gallagher left the game in the second period after blocking a Johnny Boychuk shot, heading directly to the team's locker room.




Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher will miss at least six weeks of action after undergoing surgery on his left hand Monday, the teamannounced.
The 23-year-old fractured two fingers after blocking a shot by New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk on Sunday.
Gallagher was off to a great start to the season with 19 points in 22 games.
The team also announced Tuesday that forward Torrey Mitchell would miss another 7-to-10 days with a lower-body injury suffered Thursday against theArizona Coyotes.

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The New York Rangers have played a lot of playoff hockey over the past four years, and while they don't have a Stanley Cup to show for it, they can hang their hat on this: The club is the NHL's most valuable franchise, according to Forbes Magazine.

The Rangers are valued at $1.2 billion, topping the list of the most valuable NHL teams for the first time since 2004. The magazine cites trips to the Stanley Cup Final and Eastern Conference finals over the past two years, as well as recent Madison Square Garden renovations worth $1 billion, as major sources of revenue for the club.

The Rangers brought in $229 million in revenue in 2014-15 - the most in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens moved up from third to second with a valuation of $1.18 billion - an 18 percent increase over last year, thanks in part to a new television deal.

The Toronto Maple Leafs dropped from first to third at $1.15 billion, down 12 percent. Three playoff wins in 10 years have hurt the franchise.

The average value of an NHL team has gone up three percent to $505 million.

Montreal is the only Canadian franchise to see an increase in value, as a falling Canadian dollar has hurt teams north of the border.

On the other end, if you've got $186 million lying around, you can buy the Florida Panthers.

Here's the full list of Forbes' valuations:

       TEAM                              VALUE
1 New York Rangers               $1.2B
2 Montreal Canadiens             $1.18B
3 Toronto Maple Leafs            $1.15B
4 Chicago Blackhawks            $925M
5 Boston Bruins                     $750M
6 Vancouver Canucks             $745M
7 Philadelphia Flyers              $660M
8 Detroit Red Wings               $600M
9 Los Angeles Kings               $580M
10 Washington Capitals          $565M
11 Pittsburgh Penguins          $560M
12 Edmonton Oilers               $455M
13 Dallas Stars                     $450M
14 San Jose Sharks               $445M
15 Calgary Flames                $435M
16 Anaheim Ducks                $400M
17 Minnesota Wild                $380M
18 Ottawa Senators              $370M
19 Colorado Avalanche         $360M
20 Winnipeg Jets                 $350M
21 New Jersey Devils           $330M
22 New York Islanders         $325M
23 Buffalo Sabres               $300M
24 St. Louis Blues               $270M
25 Tampa Bay Lightning      $260M
26 Nashville Predators        $255M
27 Columbus Blue Jackets   $255M
28 Carolina Hurricanes        $225M
29 Arizona Coyotes             $220M
30 Florida Panthers             $186M

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The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Nathan Gerbe on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, and he's expected to miss four-to-six weeks, general manager Ron Francis announced Tuesday.

Gerbe left Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Kings after taking a hard hit into the boards from Kyle Clifford during the first period.

The 28-year-old has just three points in 20 games this season.

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Chicago unveiled the jerseys they will be wearing for the 2016 Stadium Series game against Minnesota:







The Chicago jerseys are certainly a lot nicer looking then what Detroit will be wearing for their 2016 NHL Stadium Series game against Colorado:



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Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin knows his team is one of the best in the NHL. He wants to make it even better.

Multiple reports suggest Bergevin is diligently working the phones. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun writes that the former Habs defender has been in touch with almost every team in the league.

(Bergevin) is among the more active GMs in the league again this season in terms of reaching out to his fellow GMs around the league. And he does so in a very methodical way, every single week talking to a number of teams just to catch up and stay informed on where those teams are. He tries never to go more than three weeks without circling back to almost every team.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman wrote in Tuesday's "30 Thoughts" that "there is certainly a feeling (Bergevin's) going to add" to his club.

"It wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s looking at upgrades both at forward and on defence," Friedman added.

While the Canadiens don't have many holes in their lineup, they're a bit thin at right wing after losing Brendan Gallagher for at least six weeks after he underwent surgery to repair two broken fingers.

Devante Smith-Pelly skated on the first line in practice Tuesday, so look for him to take Gallagher's spot for the time being, joining Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty.

"Just get to the crease I guess, and smile every time I get hit in the head." Smith-Pelly on how to replace Gallagher

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The Canadiens are tied for first in the Eastern Conference with 34 points, with 16 wins in their first 22 games. Their plus-28 goal differential is tied with the New York Rangers for tops in the league.

The club's play is all the more impressive considering all-world goaltender Carey Price missed three weeks with a lower-body injury.

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The Montreal Canadiens will be in good hands for years to come.

General manager Marc Bergevin has signed a multi-year contract extension that will keep him with the organization until the end of the 2021-22 season, president Geoff Molson announced Wednesday.

"This new agreement brings added stability for our organization and particularly for our hockey operations," Molson said. "It enables us to continue our efforts in giving our fans a winning team.

"Marc is an excellent general manager who quickly made an impact in the league with his leadership skills and his ability to identify the needs and find the personnel to assemble a championship team. I am very pleased with his work and the results he has achieved since his appointment as general manager."

Bergevin took over GM duties on May 2, 2012 after a season in which Montreal failed to qualify for the playoffs. Under his watch, the club has posted a record of 141-68-25 - tied for third in the NHL for the number of wins over that span.

The Canadiens have also advanced to the postseason in each of the past three years, going all the way to the Eastern Conference finals in 2014.

Heading into Wednesday's tilt with the New York Rangers, Bergevin's Canadiens sit in a three-way tie atop the NHL standings, and are in a dead heat with the team from the Big Apple with a league-high plus-28 goal differential.

Next season would have been Bergevin's last under his original contract, reports Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.

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Former NHL legend and current Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux shot down a rumored "rift" with his superstar Sidney Crosby on Wednesday, saying, "It's absolutely not true. It's silly."

Earlier Wednesday, a report hit the web from Sirius XM and former NHLer Matthew Barnaby, who said on on air that there was "a big falling out" between Lemieux and Crosby.

Numerous outlets ran with the report, including Yahoo Sports' Puck Daddy and NBC Sports' Pro Hockey Talk, but the Penguins seemingly moved quickly to squash the rumor.

Barnaby appeared on Sportsnet's "Brady and Walker" show Wednesday afternoon, after Lemieux addressed the rumor, and stood by his initial report, saying it goes back to the end of the 2014 playoffs.

The Penguins finished the 2013-14 regular season with 51 wins and 109 points, but were eliminated in the second round by the New York Rangers in seven games, losing 2-1 in the deciding contest. Pittsburgh managed only 14 goals in the series.

It's been a rough two months in Pittsburgh, with the Penguins struggling to score - especially Crosby, who has three goals and 11 points in 20 games.

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The reigning Hart and Vezina Trophy winner won't play against the New Jersey Devils on Friday, but he wasn't scheduled to start that game, according to NHL.com's Dan Rosen.

Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien insisted Price wasn't rushed back from the injury that forced him to miss nine games prior to his return last week.

"The medical staff was really comfortable and Carey was really comfortable to come back," Therrien said.

"If we would have had any doubt, for sure we were never going to take that risk. That's all we could say about it. He tweaked it again tonight and that's why we don't want to take any chances. It's still early in the season, so it's important for us that when he plays he's got to make sure he's healthy."

Mike Condon stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period.

Price is 10-2-0 with a 2.06 GAA and .934 save percentage in 12 games.

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Ryan Strome is heading back to the New York Islanders.

The club recalled the 22-year-old forward Thursday following an eight-game stint with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Strome scored two goals and chipped in two assists after being loaned in early November.

He scored one goal and added four assists in 12 games with the Islanders prior to being sent to the AHL, missing a game due to illness and being made a healthy scratch for another.

The 2011 fifth-overall pick had 17 goals and 50 points last season.

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Connor McDavid's broken left clavicle is reportedly healing much faster than expected and could see him return to the Edmonton Oilers lineup weeks "ahead of schedule," according to Sportsnet's Mark Spector.

He speculates McDavid could be back by mid-to-late January, but concedes no one with the Oilers has offered a firm date.

McDavid scored five goals and 12 points in his first 13 games before suffering the injury Nov. 3 when he crashed into the boards after becoming entangled with two Philadelphia Flyers defensemen.

Edmonton has five points in the 10 games since McDavid went down.

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The Edmonton Oilers will be without the services of Nail Yakupov for two-to-four weeks due to an ankle sprain, the club announced.

Yakupov was hurt Wednesday after a linesman took him down accidentally on a faceoff at center ice early in the second period against the Carolina Hurricanes.

It doesn't get much more Oilers than that.

Yakupov - only 22 and in his fourth season - has two goals and 10 assists in 22 games. After a strong October, in which he posted two goals and eight assists in 12 games, November's been a struggle. The Russian has only two assists in 10 games this month and hasn't scored since Oct. 18 - a span of 16 games.

Goal No. 3 will have to wait until December, at the earliest.

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New York Rangers center Derek Stepan will be out indefinitely after breaking multiple ribs as a result of a late hit from Matt Beleskey in Friday's loss to the Boston Bruins, head coach Alain Vigneault announced.
Stepan was obviously shaken up after the hit, but continued to play through the second period before the team announced he would not return following the second intermission.
Beleskey was immediately confronted by Blueshirt defenseman Dylan McIlrath, who received a two-minute instigator penalty for starting the fight.




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Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will miss his fifth consecutive game Friday against the New York Rangers with what's been confirmed as a concussion.

The injury was suffered during a Nov. 17 game against the San Jose Sharks.

The 28-year-old has five points in 17 games in his third season with the Bruins.

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The New Jersey Devils signed veteran forward Tyler Kennedy to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Friday.

The deal is worth $600,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL. After spending training camp with the Devils, Kennedy was signed to a second pro tryout on Nov. 18.

He told reporters he is ready to play in Friday's game against the Montreal Canadiens, and was seen skating with the team's fourth line during practice.

To make room for Kennedy on the roster, forward Jiri Tlusty was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder issue.

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The Philadelphia Flyers' scoring woes aren't going away, so they will turn to their AHL affiliate's leading point-getter to boost the offense.

Nick Cousins was recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the team announced Friday. The 22-year-old forward is currently tied for seventh in the AHL with 18 points, and led the Phantoms last season with 56 points in 64 games.

The 2011 third-round pick made his NHL debut last season, but was held pointless in 11 games. The Flyers will hope he can spur some offense this time around, as they haven't scored an even-strength goal since Nov. 17 against the Los Angeles Kings.

In a corresponding move, forward Taylor Leier was reassigned to Lehigh Valley.

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lobo316 wrote: Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will miss his fifth consecutive game Friday against the New York Rangers with what's been confirmed as a concussion.

No coincidence that Boston has now won all 5 games in his absence.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will miss his fifth consecutive game Friday against the New York Rangers with what's been confirmed as a concussion.

No coincidence that Boston has now won all 5 games in his absence.
LOL

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Angelic Assassin wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller will miss his fifth consecutive game Friday against the New York Rangers with what's been confirmed as a concussion.

No coincidence that Boston has now won all 5 games in his absence.
LOL

He's not horrible it's just that he's usually playing in a role that he shouldn't be. Miller is at best a # 5 or # 6 Defenseman but since Julien loves those guys that aren't fancy and concentrate on solely defense he's been playing mostly as a # 3 or # 4 Defenseman for most of this season. I would actually prefer Joe Morrow played regularly instead of Trotman or K. Miller but Julien hasn't asked for my opinion. 

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Patrick Kane pushed his point streak to 18 games in dramatic fashion Friday night, setting up the second of two Chicago Blackhawks goals scored with the net empty to force overtime versus the Anaheim Ducks.

Though his primary assist (secured with 27 seconds left to play) may feel like a bit of a sidebar after Chicago completed the improbable comeback against one of its bitter rivals, it remains a tremendous accomplishment for the ultra-talented winger.

Kane now shares the longest point streak ever fashioned by an American-born player, matching Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel, and is currently riding the longest streak of its kind since the 2010-11 season.

He'll have a chance to eclipse Olczyk and Kessel, and improve on his league-leading 35 points, Saturday when the Blackhawks tangle with the Los Angeles Kings.

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Anaheim gave that game away. Geztlaf with a stupid penalty set up the comeback.

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Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has been giving his all this season. His coach, however, believes that he's been giving a little too much.

In addition to contributing on the scoreboard, the 27-year-old has recently taken on the role of standing up for his teammates, and mucking it up in the fisticuffs department.

Though toughness in hockey is often a pleasant sight, head coach Joel Quenneville admitted he would rather if his star refrained from taking part in such activities.

"I don’t know if he’s enjoying that or what," Quenneville told Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. "But it’s not what we want."

Toews has been willing to mix it up more this season, having already dropped the gloves twice this month - first against New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique, and then versus St. Louis Blues forward David Backes. He also came close to dropping the gloves with Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler Friday.

"I’m not sure what really happened there," Patrick Kane said of Toews' dust-up with Kesler. "It looked like a lot of slashing going on there to Jonny’s hands, and things like that. Jonny’s a competitive guy, and wants to stick up for himself."

Entering this season, Toews had only dropped the gloves three times during his eight years in the league.

Towes' newfound penchant for dropping the gloves hasn't hindered his offensive production this season. He sits third on the Blackhawks with eight goals, and is fifth on the team with 15 points in 23 games.

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The NHL suspended Brandon Dubinsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets one game for cross-checking Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, the department of player safety announced Saturday.
In the explanatory video, Dubinsky is deemed guilty of cross-checking, and while the incident was "not overly violent or forceful," it's ruled to have been an intentional strike to Crosby's head using the stick.
In the league's estimation, the head contact wasn't a result of Dubinsky's stick riding up the back or shoulder, nor a sudden movement by Crosby, thereby placing the onus fully on the perpetrator.
Dubinsky's cross-check delivered to the Penguins superstar's back after he fell to the ice was mentioned, but doesn't appear to factor into the supplementary discipline.
The Blue Jackets center's lack of suspension history - despite being fined twice in the past - and the fact Crosby didn't suffer an injury on the play were also considered.
Dubinsky won't appeal the suspension, so he'll miss Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch.






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Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was suspended for Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues after giving Sidney Crosby a cross-check to the head, and then another one to his back while he was down on the ice.

Dubinsky argued that his stick rode up on Crosby and that the Pittsburgh Penguins star put himself in a prone position. The NHL answered that argument in its suspension video, rather effectively.

The Blue Jackets could have used Dubinsky in a tightly-played game against the St. Louis Blues, which Columbus lost 3-1 on two Blues goals in the third period.

“He’s contagious. All the things you need to do against a club like this, Dubi brings that,” Coach John Tortorella said after the game. “We still have some guys that need to jump aboard, as far as what you have to do to win these games. But Dubi certainly would have helped.”

But he wasn’t, and Tortorella was asked after the loss if he felt the suspension was justified. And … well, he went the full Torts:

“You know what? It is, what it is. We’re not going to whine here. Pittsburgh can whine. Pittsburgh whines enough for the whole league, so there’s no room for any other team to whine. We’ll just go about our business. We missed him. But you can’t get involved in what happened in those types of situations.”

This is not the first time Tortorella has gone after Pittsburgh.

In 2012, when then-Penguin Brooks Orpik went knee-on-knee with Derek Stepan, then-Rangers coach Tortorella said:
“I wonder what would happen if we did that to their two whining stars over there. I wonder what would happen?” he said. “It’s one of the most arrogant organizations in the League. They whine about this stuff all the time, and look what happens. It’s ridiculous. But they’ll whine about something else over there, won’t they? Starting with their two [expletive] stars.”

The Blue Jackets visit the Penguins on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh.

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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will miss a minimum of six more weeks with his lower-body injury.

The reigning Hart and Vezina Trophy winner remains out with the ailment he reportedly suffered after stepping on a puck during the pregame warmup before a loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 29.

Price originally missed nine games, then returned for three contests, aggravating the injury during a win over the New York Rangers last week.

He is 10-2-0 with a 2.06 GAA, a save percentage of .934, and two shutouts in 12 games.

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Welcome to the big time, Garret Sparks.

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock has tabbed the 22-year-old as his starting goalie for Monday's game against the Edmonton Oilers. It marks a quick rise for the 2011 seventh-round pick (190th overall), who brings a grand total 34 games of AHL experience to the table.

Why Sparks tomorrow? Babcock: "Well, we got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors. Gets his opportunity."

— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 29, 2015
"There were two very good goalies ahead of me. I didn't imagine the opportunity to open up so quickly," Sparks added.

Babcock was forced to call on Sparks in light of a seemingly minor yet lingering injury affecting James Reimer, and the poor play of Jonathan Bernier, who remains winless through nine starts this season.

The latter, who allowed four goals on 23 shots against the Washington Capitals in his last start, declined to speak to reporters following practice Sunday, while Reimer hopes to be able to play as early as Wednesday.

Babcock on Bernier: "The way I look at it, when you get your opportunities you got to make good on them"

— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 29, 2015
In 11 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies this season, Sparks posted a record of 8-2-1 with a .938 save percentage. Last season, he appeared in 36 games for the Orlando Solar Bears, posting a record of 21-7-2 and leading the ECHL in save percentage (0.936).

The Oilers sit last in the NHL standings, one point behind Toronto, giving Sparks as good a chance as any to earn his first NHL win.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without winger Joffrey Lupul for at least one game due to an undisclosed injury, head coach Mike Babcock announced Sunday.

No details were given in regards to the nature of the issue, other than he's been bothered by a nagging injury that will keep him out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

The oft-injured 32-year-old has scored eight goals on 59 shots through 23 games.

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New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan will be out four-to-six weeks with broken ribs.

Stepan sustained the injury after taking a late hit from Boston Bruins forward Matt Beleskey last Friday.

The 25-year-old has six goals and six assists in 23 games this season.

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lobo316 wrote: Welcome to the big time, Garret Sparks.

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock has tabbed the 22-year-old as his starting goalie for Monday's game against the Edmonton Oilers. It marks a quick rise for the 2011 seventh-round pick (190th overall), who brings a grand total 34 games of AHL experience to the table.

Why Sparks tomorrow? Babcock: "Well, we got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors. Gets his opportunity."

— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 29, 2015
"There were two very good goalies ahead of me. I didn't imagine the opportunity to open up so quickly," Sparks added.

Babcock was forced to call on Sparks in light of a seemingly minor yet lingering injury affecting James Reimer, and the poor play of Jonathan Bernier, who remains winless through nine starts this season.

The latter, who allowed four goals on 23 shots against the Washington Capitals in his last start, declined to speak to reporters following practice Sunday, while Reimer hopes to be able to play as early as Wednesday.

Babcock on Bernier: "The way I look at it, when you get your opportunities you got to make good on them"

— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 29, 2015
In 11 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies this season, Sparks posted a record of 8-2-1 with a .938 save percentage. Last season, he appeared in 36 games for the Orlando Solar Bears, posting a record of 21-7-2 and leading the ECHL in save percentage (0.936).

The Oilers sit last in the NHL standings, one point behind Toronto, giving Sparks as good a chance as any to earn his first NHL win.

I just watched the last few minutes...was great to see him get choked up in his post game on ice interview. It seemed some of the panel discussing it after, seemed to get choked up too. Great story

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It was a memorable night for Garret Sparks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
With a 3-0 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers, the 22-year-old became the first goalie in franchise history to record a shutout in his National Hockey League debut, according to Elias Sports.
Sparks made 24 saves, was named the game's first star for his efforts, and became visibly emotional after being informed of the milestone.


Drafted 190th overall by the Maple Leafs in 2011 out of the OHL's Guelph Storm, Sparks' debut came sooner than expected, thanks to an injury toJames Reimer and the all-around poor play of Jonathan Bernier, who now trails the rookie in wins this season.
"It all went according to plan," Sparks joked after the game, courtesy ofDavid Alter of the National Post. "They've been playing hockey here for a long time, so I think (making team history) is pretty cool."
Before pointing to a late second-period save off a Leon Draisaitl rush as his save of the night, Sparks reflected on what it meant to make his NHL debut in this fashion after developing his game in the ECHL last season.
"If you commit to a goal and see it through and you don't take no for an answer, who knows what can happen?" he said.
He also showed some love for his parents, who were in the stands to witness their son's big night.
Garret Sparks fought back tears when asked about his parents: "I owe everything to them"pic.twitter.com/puMMDfnjbs
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Following the game, head coach Mike Babcock indicated Sparks will travel with the team to Winnipeg for Wednesday's game against the Jets, and that he will draw the start should Reimer still not be up to the task physically.






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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, and Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene have been named the NHL's three stars for the month of November.

Kane was named first star after leading the league with 23 points in 13 games. He now has 37 points in 24 contests this season, and is riding a 19-game point streak - a record for an American-born player - after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Holtby claimed second-star honors after going 9-2-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage, and one shutout in November, allowing two or fewer goals in eight of 11 appearances. He leads the NHL with 15 wins, and his 1.95 GAA is tops among qualified starters.

Duchene was tabbed as the third star for leading the league with 11 goals and tallying 20 points in 14 games for the month. The 24-year-old center has 22 points in 24 contests overall, and ranks fifth in the NHL with 12 goals.

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Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November.

Larkin led all rookies with seven goals while adding three assists in 13 games to edge Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin and Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi for the honor.

The 19-year-old sits third among rookies with 18 points this season.

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Vancouver Canucks rookie Jake Virtanen suffered an upper-body injury in Monday's loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Though he's not expected to be available for coach Willie Desjardins on Tuesday versus the Los Angeles Kings, early indications suggest that he will not miss significant time.

Virtanen appeared to suffer the knock on an open-ice collision with Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, which sent him tumbling down in discomfort.

The winger has four points on the season, but hasn't made a contribution to the scoresheet in seven games.

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Todd McLellan didn't mention any players by name, but after the Edmonton Oilers capped a five-game road trip with a shutout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night, the Oilers coach did send a message to several members of his team.


"When I look at this trip as a whole, we had some key, key people really underperform on the trip," McLellan told reporters, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli. "Significant minus numbers, not hitting the score sheet. It can’t always be (the top line) that provides that."

Edmonton's first unit has been very effective, but the second line has struggled lately. Jordan Eberle has three goals in 12 games since returning from injury, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a minus-8 with no goals and a pair of assists on the road trip.

Nugent-Hopkins has 17 points in 24 contests, but he failed to record a shot on goal against the Maple Leafs and has an even-strength Corsi For percentage under 50, according to War-On-Ice.

The Oilers went 1-3-1 on the trip, scoring a single goal combined against the Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes, who defeated Edmonton 4-1 in Raleigh last Wednesday.

"We're not where we need to be," McLellan said. "We've got work to do as a team, work to do as an organization to get bigger, stronger, harder, and physically win more battles than we lose."

It doesn't get any easier for the Oilers, who host the surging Boston Bruins on Wednesday and the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars on Friday.

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Patrick Kane remains the hottest player on ice.

The Chicago Blackhawks superstar extended his point streak to 20 games Tuesday night, scoring his 15th goal of the season past Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

Kane needs a point in his next game to tie Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull for the longest point streak in club history. Kane has 12 goals and 20 assists during his run. Hull had a remarkable 23 goals and 12 assists during his hot stretch in the 1971-72 season.

Earlier Tuesday, Kane was named the NHL's first star in November, with 23 points in 13 games. December's off to a fine start, too.

Kane's goal was the only one the Blackhawks managed, as the Wild took a 2-1 decision.

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Jonathan Bernier is desperately trying to find his game, but it appears he'll be heading to the American Hockey League to do so.

The Toronto Maple Leafs plan to send their former No. 1 goalie to the Marlies on a 10-day conditioning stint, where he's expected to make four of six starts, according to TSN's Jonas Siegel.

Bernier plan dependent on Reimer checking out physically post-skate. He's expected to start tomorrow.

— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 2, 2015
Bernier reportedly agreed to the assignment.

Jonathan Bernier had to agree to AHL conditioning stint and will be paid NHL salary. Here are the rules from CBA: pic.twitter.com/eVxOeCQkms

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 2, 2015
The 27-year-old's struggles have been well-documented this season. He remains winless in nine starts with a 3.28 GAA and an .888 save percentage.

Garret Sparks, coming off a historic shutout victory in his first NHL start, will get the nod Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets, while James Reimer is expected to return to the crease against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

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lobo316 wrote: Jonathan Bernier is desperately trying to find his game, but it appears he'll be heading to the American Hockey League to do so.

Have you noticed that you never see those Bernier and Damien Cox elevator commercials anymore on Sportsnet ???? :tongue:

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The Nashville Predators have placed forward Mike Fisher on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. He'll miss the next four games and be re-evaluated next week, according to Kevin Wilson, the team's manager of communications.

Fisher sustained the injury Tuesday after being hit into the boards by Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal. He left the game and did not return.

Here’s the hit on Mike Fisher. #ARIvsNSH pic.twitter.com/j48FYBc6Cl

— Thomas Willis (@TomAWillis) December 2, 2015
The 35-year-old has five goals and two assists in 24 games this season.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: Jonathan Bernier is desperately trying to find his game, but it appears he'll be heading to the American Hockey League to do so.

Have you noticed that you never see those Bernier and Damien Cox elevator commercials anymore on Sportsnet ???? :tongue:



for those who haven't seen it



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The Florida Panthers' future in Sunrise is set to come into focus.

Broward County Commission officials are expected to cast a vote Tuesday on the proposed $86-million-plus public fund bailout that, if passed, will keep the Panthers in Sunrise, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

Richards suggests the deal, which apparently entails the promise of an NHL All-Star weekend, will indeed be pushed through, but perhaps without an overwhelming majority.

The Panthers, believed to have lost upwards of $150 million since 1997-98, failed in their request to gain public money last year.

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Manny Malhotra is not ready to hang up his skates just yet.

The veteran of 991 NHL games signed a tryout contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, Thursday.

"Manny is a high-character player who has a lot of experience having played nearly 1,000 games over his 15-year NHL career," Blue Jackets assistant general manager Bill Zito said. "We are happy to have signed him to a tryout contract and believe he will provide great leadership and contribute to our club both on and off the ice."

Malhotra dressed in 58 games last season with the Montreal Canadiens, tallying one goal and three assists.

He is expected to join the Monsters for Thursday's game against the Iowa Wild.

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Both of Detroit's Goalies are getting into the holiday spirit by wearing Christmas themed masks.


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Detroit Red Wings goalies Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek are getting into the holiday spirt this month and will both be wearing new masks in December that have a festive theme to them.

The Red Wings' official Twitter account provided a close look at both designs on Thursday afternoon.

First, we have Howard, who is taking the idea of the ugly Christmas sweater (the NHL is actually selling ugly sweaters for every team) and turning it into a design for his mask, complete with trees, reindeer, Santa Claus, and a creepy looking gingerbread man hanging out on the left side of the mask. The Red Wings logo on the side even looks like it's knitted on.


Jimmy Howard will be wearing an ugly sweater mask in December.




Mrazek's mask goes in a different direction and will feature a giant Rudolph the red nosed reindeer on both sides.



Petr Mrazek's holiday mask features Rudolph the red nosed reindeer




Both masks were designed and painted by popular NHL goalie mask artist Dave Gunnarsson.

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Concussion awareness is not what it once was, which is a great step in the right direction.

Wayne Gretzky has spoken about concussions and how they were perceived during his playing days - or rather, the lack thereof - to the Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger.

"We probably didn’t know what a concussion was back in those days,” Gretzky said. "It was more a case of 'Take two aspirins and come back in the morning.'

"If you had a headache, maybe you practised, maybe you didn’t practise."

Gretzky was relatively healthy during his playing days, but a lawsuit is currently ongoing in which former players are suing the NHL for failing to notify them of the dangers of concussions.

Luckily, the days of concussion ignorance are in the past, and now are the days of concussion protocols and more scientific knowledge on the subject, which Gretzky recognizes.

"When we got hit in the 1970s and 80s, we didn’t really know what a concussion was. You’d just think you got your bell rung," Gretzky said. "So now, we’ve advanced so far with the technology, the trainers, the doctors, it’s a different game now. It’s a different era. These guys are bigger, they’re faster, they’re better athletes than we were. It’s not that we weren’t good athletes. But that’s progression.”

Gretzky understands why there's such a spotlight shone on concussions nowadays, and believes it's because of the way athletes are built.

"These guys are so big and so fast and so strong, if you are not in the right position, you are going to get hurt. Either a concussion or hurting your knee or hurting your shoulder.

"These guys are great players now. Simple as that."

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Bobby Hull now has impressive company.

Patrick Kane matched the Chicago Blackhawks' legend for the longest point streak in franchise history, collecting a point in 21 consecutive games with a power-play goal versus the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Though Kane extended his streak - the longest ever by an American-born player - with a goal, he was looking to facilitate first. He held the puck in a scoring position for several moments, waiting for the right pass before turning his blade toward the net and snapping a shot past Craig Anderson.

He's just the third player since the 1997-98 season to accumulate a point streak of more than 21 games, joining Dany Heatley and Sidney Crosby, who hit the scoresheet in 25 straight games in 2010.

Kane has collected two assists since his historic goal, setting up linemates Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov on separate occasions.

The NHL's greatest point streak was established by Wayne Gretzky in 1983-84. The Great One collected 153 points over a 51-game stretch, collecting at least one point in each.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed head coach Jon Cooper to a multi-year contract extension.

Cooper was in the final year of his deal and had been negotiating an extension since early in the season, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

He led the Lightning to a Stanley Cup Final appearance last season, as Tampa Bay reached the 50-win mark for the first time in club history and set a franchise record with 108 points while going 50-24-3.

They're 12-11-3 through 26 games this season, and 112-70-23 in 205 contests under Cooper since he was hired in March 2013.

He was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in 2014.

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NASHVILLE -- Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr believes the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game is a place for players younger than himself.

Jagr, 43, leads the Panthers with eight goals and 18 points in 22 games and is among the top vote-getters in early balloting for the game. But he said Thursday that other players should be considered in his place.

"That's what I write [on Twitter]. That's what I feel; 3-on-3 is too much for me," Jagr said after the morning skate in preparation for a game against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

On Wednesday, Jagr tweeted: "Fans - I appreciate your votes for All-Star game, but 3 on 3 would kill me and I don't want to die yet :) Thank you for understanding. Too old :)"

Fans-I appreciate your votes for All-Star game, but 3 on 3 would kill me,and i don't want to die yet:)Thank you for understanding. Too old:)

— Jaromir Jagr (@68Jagr) December 2, 2015
For the first time, the 2016 All-Star Game will be a 3-on-3, winner-take-all, division-based tournament. Each of the League's four divisions will be represented by an 11-player roster: six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. Each game will be 20 minutes. The Atlantic Division and Metropolitan Division will play in one semifinal, and the Central Division and Pacific Division will play in the other. The winners will play in the championship game.

The 2016 All-Star Game will be Jan. 31 (4 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports) at Bridgestone Arena.

The top vote-getting player from each division will be named the captain of his team. The other 40 players will be named by the NHL Hockey Operations Department.

While Jagr does not want to be part of the 3-on-3 format for the All-Star Game, he has been a big fan of the change to the tie-breaking procedure instituted this year. The NHL switched from a 4-on-4 overtime period followed by a shootout if the score remains tied to a 3-on-3 format before the shootout.

"It's good for the NHL, that's for sure," Jagr said. "You get a lot of scoring chances and that's what the fans wanted to see. I don't think they necessarily wanted to see the goals, but they want to see the chances to be able to score and that's what you get in 3-on-3. It's changed a little bit in the first few games because guys learn a lot. They learn that the possession of the puck is more important than making hope plays. But still a lot of scoring chances out there."

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Daniel Sedin doesn't want to alarm you, but he believes it's time for the Vancouver Canucks to enter "panic mode."

Tied for fourth in the NHL in scoring with 35 points, Sedin spoke to the media after practice Friday, hours after his team dropped its fourth in a row, a 4-2 decision to the Dallas Stars.

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The Canucks now sit at 9-10-8, fourth in the Pacific and out of playoff position.

"We're below .500 and we should be in panic mode for sure," Sedin said. "(Saturday) is a big test; we need to get going."

Vancouver hosts a hot Boston team Saturday night. The Bruins are 7-2-1 in their last 10. And the key for the Canucks in getting back in the win column will be secondary scoring. The problem is, they're not getting any.

aside from the sedin line, no one has scored a even strength goal for the canucks in 8 games

— Jason Botchford (@botchford) December 4, 2015
After Daniel and Henrik Sedin, the production drops off considerably. Jannik Hansen is third on the team in scoring with eight goals and eight assists in 27 games. Radim Vrbata has six goals, but only three in his last 14 games. Alex Burrows has five goals, but has only found the back of the net twice in his last 15 games. Nineteen-year-old rookie Jared McCann has six goals, but only one since November began.

As great as the Sedins have played, they need some help.

Ryan Miller lost his third straight decision Thursday night, and he's struggled after a hot start to the season. He's 0-9-6 in 15 losses with a .892 save percentage. When he's bad, the Canucks don't have a chance.

One way or another, Vancouver needs to get going.

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After stopping 27 of 28 shots in a 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced goalie James Reimer is listed day to day with an injury. To replace him, the team recalled goalie Antoine Bibeau from the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

Reimer just returned from a three-game absence due to an undisclosed injury. It is unknown if this setback is related.

Reimer noted last night that he felt "aches and pains...but I was able to get through the game and felt like I could do most everything."

— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 4, 2015
The Maple Leafs will now roll with a Marlies goalie tandem of Bibeau and Garret Sparks, as Jonathan Bernier is set to make the first start of his minor-league conditioning stint Friday.

The Maple Leafs also announced forward Rich Clune was reassigned to the AHL.

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Shea Weber's out there making history.

The Nashville Predators' captain became the first defenseman in franchise history to record a hat trick, with the milestone markers coming against Petr Mrazek of the Detroit Red Wings courtesy of (what else?) slap shots.

The hat trick, Weber's first, is a rare feat among defensmen in recent years.

Shea Weber just the 7th defensemen with a hat trick since 2009. Suter, Subban, Visnovsky, Lidstrom, Chara, Jovanovski the others.

— Adam Gretz (@AGretz) December 6, 2015
Weber now has nine goals on the season, drawing him even with Brent Burns for top spot among all blue-liners.

Unfortunately, he won't be able to enjoy it, after his Predators lost the game in overtime.

Shea Weber on he feels about his first hat trick: "Not good right now, to tell you the truth. It's a tough loss."

— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) December 6, 2015

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Regardless of what you think of Marchand this chicken shit move by Prust on Saturday night has to get at least 1 or 2 games.


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So Prust only gets a $5,000 fine for spearing Marchand in the Danger Zone. I'm sure that will certainly hurt a guy that's pulling in $ 2.5 million this season. :X


EDIT: Prust certainly sounds remorseful. Nice job NHL - that fine sure put him in his place. 






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CanadianHorseman wrote: So Prust only gets a $5,000 fine for spearing Marchand in the Danger Zone. I'm sure that will certainly hurt a guy that's pulling in $ 2.5 million this season. :X


EDIT: Prust certainly sounds remorseful. Nice job NHL - that fine sure put him in his place. 






Got my stick active.  Yeah it's not like a POS like you could actually use it for scoring.  It is going to take someone dying on the ice to get rid of the wastes of flesh that aren't actually hockey players.
I'll be sure and watch if and when these two teams meet again.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: I'll be sure and watch if and when these two teams meet again.
Thursday January 21st in Boston. I'm betting Prust will suddenly get sick the day before. 

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With a desperation swat, Patrick Kane established a Chicago Blackhawks franchise record Sunday in a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, collecting at least one point in 22 consecutive games.

That's some kinda record-breaking assist for @88PKane. https://t.co/ivLIpyPeUT

— NHL (@NHL) December 7, 2015
It was dramatic and unconventional, but with Artemi Panarin's floater into an empty net from center ice, Kane surpassed Bobby Hull - the franchise great he equaled with three points Thursday versus the Ottawa Senators - for the greatest run in club history.

"Not your typical fashion assist but you take it anyway you can get it," Kane said on the ice afterwards. "I think most importantly, it's exciting to do it here at home in front of all you guys. Just getting chills on the bench after you hear the announcement with the assist and hearing you guys cheer. It was awesome."

.@88PKane set new @NHLBlackhawks point streak record 44 years & 1 day after Bobby Hull started his run (21-game streak began Dec 5, 1971)

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 7, 2015
Kane has 13 goals and 23 assists during his record-setting ride, which has also seen him establish the longest streak in NHL history by an American-born player.

He also matched Dany Heatley's 22-game run in 2005, equaling the second-longest point streak since the 1992-93 season.

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Well this was destined to fail right from the start.


from tsn.ca:





The Montreal Canadiens have placed forward Alexander Semin on waivers, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

The 31-year-old Russian has just one goal and three assists over 15 games with the Habs this season, his first in Montreal.

Semin signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Canadiens this summer after the Carolina Hurricanes bought out the final three years of his five-year, $35 million deal. 

Semin, who once scored 40 goals in the 2009-10 season with the Washington Capitals, has been a healthy scratch for a handful of games for the first-place Habs. 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Well this was destined to fail right from the start.


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The Montreal Canadiens have placed forward Alexander Semin on waivers, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

The 31-year-old Russian has just one goal and three assists over 15 games with the Habs this season, his first in Montreal.

Semin signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Canadiens this summer after the Carolina Hurricanes bought out the final three years of his five-year, $35 million deal. 

Semin, who once scored 40 goals in the 2009-10 season with the Washington Capitals, has been a healthy scratch for a handful of games for the first-place Habs. 
That's what happens when a GM signs a player he has to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that his coach is not going to like.


I'm not surprised really but Jakub Voracek making a ton more money has 1 goal as well this season.  A decent list of high paid superstars doing SFA so far this season as well.

He played every game early in the season when the habs were winning and then Vancouver clubbed them 5-1 and Semin for all intents and purposes was done with the team then as he was made the scapegoat and sent to the press box.  Not sure more than two Habs played very well in that game.  After his first banishment he barely got 4th line minutes and was playing well in the game he was hurt in.


Don't know that he'd get claimed unless some team out there is really banged up and doubt he'd report to the minors, but if I'm not mistaken he is still on IR so if he is not claimed they can't send him down anyways.   This one might be as much to see if someone does claim him as they may need the roster spot in a hurry.  Mitchell might be ready and then there still is the matter of that fag Kassian to deal with. 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Regardless of what you think of Marchand this chicken shit move by Prust on Saturday night has to get at least 1 or 2 games.




LOL

He "Lucic'ed" him.

If I was Marchand's bottom I would be very upset right now.

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Referee Tim Peel and James Neal both have reputations, but the former got the better of the latter in hilarious fashion Monday night.

The longtime official used a double dose of vulgarity while calling out theNashville Predators forward for what Peel deemed to be embellishment against the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins capitalized on the ensuing power play, but lost the game 3-2.


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The family of former NHLer Steve Montador filed a lawsuit against the league Tuesday, claiming the NHL failed "to provide him with the most up-to-date medical information on ... the increased risk of long-term brain damage," according to TSN's Rick Westhead.

Steve's father Paul filed the lawsuit on behalf of Steve's son Morrison and other family members.

From the statement of claim:

During regular season NHL games, preseason NHL games, NHL practices and morning skates prior to NHL games, Steven Montador sustained thousands of sub-concussive brain traumas and multiple concussions, many of which were undiagnosed and/or undocumented. The league induced him into continuing to play, and fight, in NHL games and practices. ...

The NHL has long known that its players were susceptible to developing CTE and other neurodegenerative brain diseases as a result of the fist-fighting it allowed and promoted, the hard hits it encouraged and marketed, and/or the blows to the head that it steadfastly refused to eliminate from its game.

It also argues that the NHL failed to remove fighting from the rules despite understanding the impact of the resulting head trauma on players.

Montador was found dead at his Mississauga, Ontario home in February. Years before his death, he'd decided to donate his brain to the Canadian Sports Concussion Project, and researchers subsequently diagnosed Montador with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The league has yet to file a defense in the case.

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The NHL board of governors meetings picked up Tuesday with the biggest issue on the plate being the current rule that sees a team awarded draft picks in the event it loses a coach or executive who remains under contract, but signs with another club.

The NHL intends to eliminate draft pick compensation for executives and coaches, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

What had sparked displeasure around the league was that the rule applied to those who had been fired from their clubs but remained under contract.

For example, the Pittsburgh Penguins received a third-round pick from Buffalo when the Sabres made Dan Bylsma their new head coach.

Despite being fired from the club, Bylsma remained under contract with the Penguins at the time of his hiring by Buffalo.

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Vincent Lecavalier didn't skate at Philadelphia Flyers practice Tuesday, which got the rumor mill churning.

As it turns out, he's injured:

The update from #Flyers tomorrow is that Vinny Lecavalier is dealing with a back injury. He isn't retiring or anything close to the sort.

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) December 8, 2015
The 35-year-old's played in only seven games, recording one assist, leading to speculation that his career could be approaching the finish line.

The Flyers announced they'll update his condition Wednesday.

Lecavalier's signed through 2017-18 at a $4.5-million cap hit.

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Sam Gagner suffered more than just a cut near his eye during a Nov. 23 contest against the Carolina Hurricanes.

After sitting out the team's last six games with an upper-body injury, the 26-year-old told reporters Monday that the incident in question not only left him with a cut, but also with his his first concussion in the NHL.

Gagner's face hit the ice after he was checked into the boards by an opposing forward.

Gagner's been placed on injured reserve in order to open up a roster spot for defenseman Andrew MacDonald, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He continues to skate with the team and is hopeful that he will return to game action next week. Gagner has two goals and five points in 18 games.

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Pittsburgh Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis’s career is over because of a medical condition related to blood clots, the team announced Tuesday.

Dupuis returned from injury and blood clots this year to play 18 games, but has experienced several recent medical conditions possibly related to his condition, the most recent December 1 against San Jose, the Pens announced.

“Despite playing on a medical protocol that has worked for other players in the NHL, we feel that the risk of Pascal playing with his condition and the side effects of the tests to monitor him are just not in the best interest of his long-term health,” Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician, said in a team release.

“It was very difficult for me to make this decision to have to step away from the game,” Dupuis said in the team release. “My wife and four children have always been my first priority, and playing with my condition has become a constant worry for all of us. I want to thank my teammates and the Penguins organization for their unwavering support during this difficult time.”

“I feel very badly for Pascal,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said in the team release. “I’ve never seen a man more determined to play and more determined to help his team. Unfortunately, we’ve reached the point where it’s not in the best interest of his health to allow him to do that anymore.”

Dupuis will finish with 190 goals and 409 points in 871 career games split between the Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Rangers, and Minnesota Wild.

The Penguins will place Dupuis on long-term injured reserve.


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The Edmonton Oilers placed defenseman Mark Fayne on waivers Wednesday for the purpose of assigning him to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors.

Fayne has struggled throughout his two seasons with the Oilers. He has just one assist and a minus-8 rating in 24 games this season, while seeing his ice time drop to 8:09 minutes in his last game on Dec. 4.

The 28-year-old has two years remaining on his contract after this year with an annual cap hit of $3.625 million.

EDM w/$8.525M in AAV buried with Fayne, Nikitin, Scrivens, and another $3.25 paid to Ference, who's played 6 games. @generalfanager

— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) December 9, 2015

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Keith Ballard has hung up the blades.

The 10-year NHL defenseman has retired from professional hockey, an announcement made official one year after suffering his last concussion.

Ballard is still seeing specialists and suffers from symptoms "here and there," as he told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. But he's returned to the University of Minnesota to finish his degree and is moving along in the next chapter of his life.

The former Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, and Minnesota Wild defenseman played 600 games. He scored 38 goals, collected 137 assists, and racked up 612 penalty minutes.

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He may have been unwanted in the NHL, but it didn't take long for Alex Semin to find a suitor in the KHL.

Semin has agreed to a deal with Magnitogorsk Metallurg, according to Igor Eronko of sport-express.ru.

The contract is for the remainder of the 2015-16 season pending waivers, Semin's agent Todd Diamond told TSN's Frank Seravalli.

The deal comes just one day after Semin and the Montreal Canadiens agreed to terminate his one-year, $1.1-million contract after the club placed the 31-year-old on unconditional waivers.

Semin last suited up in the KHL for part of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season and scored seven goals and 17 points in 20 games with Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo.

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri joined the growing list of professional athletes to criticize Donald Trump for the presidential candidate's anti-Muslim stance.

"I think he’s hurting his own campaign, to be honest," Kadri, a Canadian Muslim, told Sean Fitz-Gerald of the Toronto Star on Wednesday. "I mean, I think he’s pretty delusional. But his opinion’s his opinion."

Trump suggested earlier in the week that Muslims should not be allowed to enter the United States, and he responded to a comment by President Barack Obama about Muslim sports heroes by asking who they are while accusing the president of profiling.

Two days later, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, eviscerated Trump in an op-ed for TIME Magazine, and boxing legend Muhammad Ali released a statement condemning Trump's plan.

"It's unfortunate that this is what it's come to," Kadri said. "But I mean, that being said, I’m lucky to live in a country like Canada, where people of political stature don’t say those kinds of things to make people feel out of place."

Kadri's teammate, U.S.-born goaltender Garret Sparks, agreed.

“Not a good idea. Not a good look," he said. "It’s 2015. I think, just morally, you can’t say stuff like that.”

Kadri, born to Lebanese parents in London, Ontario, said his family obviously doesn't support Trump's rhetoric, but conceded that the presidential candidate is allowed to believe it.

"We obviously don’t agree with what he’s saying," Kadri said. "But, I mean, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion."

- With h/t to Kukla's Korner

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The Vancouver Canucks have announced that defenseman Dan Hamhuis suffered a facial fracture after being hit with a puck Wednesday against the New York Rangers, and is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday.

A timeline for his recovery will be announced upon completion of the procedure.

Hamhuis, who was injured late in the third period, spent the night in hospital as a result of the incident.

Hamhuis has four assists in 26 games while averaging close to 20 minutes.

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Glen Sather is getting all the love from Edmonton.

A day ahead of the Edmonton Oilers' banner-raising ceremony at Rexall Place, Edmonton mayor Don Iveson proclaimed Dec. 11 will be known as Glen Sather Day in the city.

In addition, the Oilers Foundation and Katz Family made a generous donation of $1 million to community programming in the new Edmonton downtown community arena in Sather's name to honor the club's former president, general manager, and coach.

"In my wildest dreams, I never expected to do this ... To have (my name) go to the rafters was pretty shocking," Sather said in a press conference. "For my name to be there is unusual and a great honor."

Sather helped the Oilers capture all five of their Stanley Cups and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

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lobo316 wrote: The Vancouver Canucks have announced that defenseman Dan Hamhuis suffered a facial fracture after being hit with a puck Wednesday against the New York Rangers, and is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday.


Is was really a strange play. First Hamhuis stumbles and fumbles the puck away and then takes a puck to the face just a few seconds later.



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Kane, meet Sid.

Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane extended his franchise-record point streak to 25 games Friday versus the Winnipeg Jets, burying a return feed from Teuvo Teravainen on the power play.

Kane's 25-game run matches Sidney Crosby for the longest streak of its kind since the 2004-05 lockout, and the 11th-longest streak in the NHL history.

He has 16 goals and 23 assists during his record ride, and leads the NHL in scoring with 19 goals and 45 points.

Crosby had a whopping 26 goals and 50 points during his 25-game run in 2010. But Kane can now leave him behind, and inch closer to the likes of Steve Yzerman, Paul Coffey, and Guy Lafleur, who each recorded 28-game point streaks in their Hall of Fame careers.

Kane will look to extend his streak on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks.

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After the Pittsburgh Penguins fired head coach Mike Johnston on Saturday, the club received an update on defenseman Kris Letang's injury status.

Letang avoided a concussion, but will be out of the lineup for roughly two weeks, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

The two-time All-Star suffered an upper-body injury in Wednesday's contest against the Colorado Avalanche after missing the previous two games with an undisclosed injury.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired head coach Mike Johnston and assistant coach Gary Agnew, the team announced Saturday.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan will take over at the parent club, general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed.

The Penguins find themselves outside a playoff spot despite a roster that was expected to fill nets with a vengeance.

"I felt it was time for a coaching change because our team has underachieved," Rutherford said. “Our expectations are much higher with this group of players.

"Mike Sullivan has been a head coach and an assistant coach in the NHL and we've been very fortunate to have him with our AHL club this season. He's done an outstanding job in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and he's ready to step in."

In his first season with the Penguins' AHL affiliate, Sullivan coached the club to an impressive 18-5-0 record, good enough for top spot in the Atlantic Division.

The Penguins sit 27th in the league in scoring (2.36 goals per game), while their stacked power play sits in the same spot, connecting on just 15.6 percent of its chances.

Captain Sidney Crosby continues to have the most disappointing season of his career with just 19 points through the first 28 games, while forward Evgeni Malkin stands alone as the only Penguin to tally double-digit goals this season.

Sullivan will be accompanied by Rick Tocchet and Jacques Martin behind the bench in his debut with the club Monday against the Washington Capitals.

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I know that the season isn't even at the halfway point yet but as a Bruins fan I'm certainly enjoying the annual San Jose Sharks freefall. Right now they are 22nd overall but only 4 points better then the team ( Columbus ) that is in last place. If Boston can somehow get a 2016 top 5 pick from the Sharks then the trades with LA ( Lucic for a 2015 1st round pick, Colin Miller and Martin Jones ) and then San Jose ( a 2016 1st round pick and Sean Kuraly for Martin Jones ) will look even better. 

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lobo316 wrote: The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired head coach Mike Johnston and assistant coach Gary Agnew, the team announced Saturday.

Kessel strikes again.

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Pittsburgh and Chicago swap depth Defensemen.


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The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired defenceman Trevor Daley from the Chicago Blackhawks for defenceman Rob Scuderi Monday night.






Daley, 32, has six assists over 29 games this season with Chicago. He will become a free-agent at the end of the 2016-17 season and has a cap hit of $3.3 million for this season and next.

Pittsburgh will retain 33 per cent of Scuderi's salary in the trade.

Scuderi, 36, has four assists over 25 games this season with the Pens. The 12-year veteran has eight goals and 96 assists over 745 career games with the Penguins and Los Angeles Kings.

This was Daly's first season with the Blackhawks after spending his first 11 years in the NHL with the Dallas Stars. The Toronto native put up career number in goals (16), assists (22) and points (38) last year.

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This is not a drill people, the Edmonton Oilers hold a playoff spot, in the middle of December. What a time to be alive.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired head coach Mike Johnston and assistant coach Gary Agnew, the team announced Saturday.

Kessel strikes again.



The Kessel curse.

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Jonathan Bernier will not wait long for his first start back with the Toronto Maple Leafs, as he's slated to start against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old is returning from a four-game conditioning stint with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, where he recorded three consecutive shutouts before giving up five goals in an overtime loss Sunday.

Bernier is still searching for his first win at the NHL level this season, sporting an 0-8-1 record with an .888 save percentage, and 3.28 goals against average.

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Three's a crowd.

The Anaheim Ducks have placed goaltender Anton Khudobin on waivers, TSN's Ryan Rishaug reports.

The move comes in response to Frederik Andersen's return to health and John Gibson having locked down a roster spot with his impressive performances of late.

Khudobin's name (and a $2.25-million cap hit that's more than Gibson's and Andersen's combined) had been floated out in the trade market, apparently to little avail.

He can be assigned to San Diego of the American Hockey League should he clear.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are about to see what life's like without their top goalie.

Marc-Andre Fleury will be out of the lineup for at least one-to-two weeks with a concussion, general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed to Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I haven't talked to the doctor yet. I don't have any further information other than he was examined, and it was determined he was concussed," said Rutherford. "At a minimum one-to-two weeks. You can't put a timeline on these things though."

The tests were conducted at Fleury's request, head coach Mike Sullivan revealed earlier Tuesday.

"(Fleury) came to us last night and said he wasn't feeling right. He's being tested but there's a possibility it's a concussion," Sullivan said.

Fleury allowed four goals on 30 shots while playing the entirety of Monday's loss to Washington.

"I don't think it was in the game (Monday), but (Fleury) didn't indicate when," Sullivan added in terms of when the injury occurred. "Certainly when he brought it to our attention, we addressed it."

In 25 appearances this season, he's posted a record of 13-10-2 with a save percentage of .925, providing a sense of stability for a club whose offense has struggled mightily.

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The Arizona Coyotes announced goaltender Mike Smith underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury Tuesday, and will miss 8-to-10 weeks.

Smith was placed on injured reserve Saturday with what was then described as a lower-body injury. The 33-year-old has had another inconsistent season, sporting a 10-9-1 record with a 3.16 goals against average and a .901 save percentage this season.

"We expect him back, 100 percent healthy, hopefully before the end of the season," general manager Don Maloney said. "It had been lingering for a little while and it got to the point where he couldn't play anymore."

Despite Smith's up-and-down play, this news comes as a huge blow to the Coyotes' playoff chances as the team is currently tied with the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks for second in the Pacific, with the last-place Anaheim Ducks only three points behind.

Maloney said Anders Lindback - whose numbers are similar to Smith's - will step into the starter's role but noted the team will be looking at options to bolster the position, according to Coyotes reporter Sarah McLellan.

The team surprisingly passed on claiming Ducks goalie Anton Khudobin, whom successfully cleared waivers earlier Tuesday.

Louis Domingue, 23, will serve as the backup for now after being recalled from the AHL's Portland Pirates. He has appeared in seven NHL games, all coming last season.

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The Minnesota Wild claimed Jarret Stoll off waivers from the New York Rangers, the club announced Tuesday.

Stoll, who signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Blueshirts this past summer, recorded a goal and two assists in 29 games this season.

"It's the right time to add a player. Losing some of the guys we lost last summer, we lost some veteran depth," said general manager Chuck Fletcher. "We're very comfortable with where Jarret is as a player and as a person."

Fletcher on Stoll: Very good penalty killer...shoots the puck really well. [Expecting him to] come in and play a checking, PK role. #mnwild

— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) December 15, 2015
The 33-year-old brings 821 regular season games of experience to Minnesota, as well as three trips to the Stanley Cup Final and two championship rings. Prior to signing with the Rangers, Stoll had a felony drug charge dismissed and was sentenced to community service.

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Zack Kassian of the Montreal Canadiens has been returned to available status and entered the follow-up phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, the NHL and its Players' Association announced Tuesday.

Kassian, 24, was admitted to Stage 2 of the program and suspended without pay prior to the start of the regular season after being involved in a car crash as a passenger that left him with a fractured left foot and a broken nose.

Shortly after the league made the announcement, Kassian was reportedly placed on waivers by the Canadiens, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

Drafted 13th overall by Buffalo in 2009, Kassian was acquired by the Canadiens from Vancouver this past summer. In 198 career games, he's recorded 35 goals, 31 assists, and 307 penalty minutes.

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The Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Christian Thomas to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Lucas Lessio.

The two players were teammates for the OHL Oshawa Generals for two seasons from 2010-12.

The 22-year-old Lessio has seven goals and five assists in 24 games for the AHL Springfield Falcons this season. He played in 26 NHL games for the Coyotes last year and had two goals and three assists.

Thomas, 23, skated in five games with the Canadiens this season and had two assists. The son of former NHLer Steve Thomas has seven goals and seven assists in 18 games for the AHL St. John's IceCaps.

Thomas has three points in 26 career NHL contests with Montreal and the New York Rangers. He was a second-round pick of the Rangers in 2010.

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Patrick Kane's historic point streak has finally come to an end.

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Tuesday, halting Kane's streak at 26 games, the longest among all active NHL players.

It's the longest point streak ever by an American player, and it was the longest single-season stretch since Mats Sundin's 30-game point streak in 1992-93.

You’re welcome, Mats Sundin.

— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) December 16, 2015
Kane's impressive streak spanned over a two-month period, starting on Oct. 17 when he scored a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He scored 16 goals and 24 assists during his run, while the Blackhawks went 15-7-4 over the 26 games.

The 27-year-old sits atop the league with 19 goals and 27 assists in 32 games.

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The NHL is a different can of worms.

After going nearly perfect in the American Hockey League, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier had a rude awakening in his return to the big club, dropping a 5-4 overtime contest to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Bernier entered the start after a productive 10-game conditioning stint with the Toronto Marlies, where he went 3-0-1 with three shutouts.

Jonathan Bernier drops to 0-8-2 this season. More than eight months since last win.

— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 16, 2015
The Maple Leafs looked to be in control of the game leading 3-2 heading into the third, but Mike Blunden and Jonathan Marchessault tallied twice in 36 seconds to put Tampa on top. Daniel Winnik knotted the game at four to force overtime.

Just over two minutes into the extra period, Vladislav Namestnikov whipped a sizzling wrist shot over the blocking glove of Bernier for the win.

Mike Babcock says he'll need to review game-tape before determining if Jonathan Bernier will start again on Thursday.

— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 16, 2015
After making headlines before the game, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos went pointless in the win and saw his goalless streak hit 10 games - the longest drought since his rookie season.

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The speculation about Tampa Bay Lighting forward Steven Stamkos possibly becoming a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs may have gone too far.

A local Toronto radio station printed and distributed signs to fans prior to Tuesday's game between the Lightning and Maple Leafs that read "Sign Stamkos."

These cards will handed out tonight by a local radio station tonight #Stammergeddon2015 pic.twitter.com/esvlWSm5ci

— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) December 15, 2015
The signs clearly suggest that the Maple Leafs sign the 25-year-old, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

The problem is the radio station in question is owned by Canadian telecommunications company Bell, a part-owner of the Maple Leafs. NHL clubs are prohibited from making pitches towards players who remain under contract with other clubs, and doing so is considered tampering.

As the game drew closer, the Maple Leafs and security at Air Canada Centre began to refuse entry to fans holding the signs, claiming they are unauthorized sponsors, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

"Sign Stamkos" signs being handed out outside ACC. But security won't let them in building. Guard says "no 3rd party signs allowed" #leafs

— Mike Zeisberger (@Zeisberger) December 16, 2015
Despite what might be said in Toronto, Stamkos remains a member of the Lightning.

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The Edmonton Oilers' longest win streak in over four years has come to an end on Broadway.

Rick Nash scored his 10th goal of the season and Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Oilers on Tuesday.

Nash buried a power-play goal late in the second period, which proved to be the eventual game-winner. Mats Zuccarello scored for the 14th time this season, Dylan McIlrath notched his first career NHL goal, and Jesper Fast added an empty-netter in the Rangers' victory.

Taylor Hall continued his impressive play for the Oilers, burying his team-leading 15th goal of the season, while Jordan Eberle stayed hot with a pretty breakaway goal. Eberle now has five goals in his last six games.

Anders Nilsson gave up three goals on 20 shots in the loss for the Oilers, who fall to 14-16-2 on the season.

Edmonton will look to start a new winning streak against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, while New York will look to improve on its 19-9-4 record when they visit the Minnesota Wild.

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With his Columbus Blue Jackets down three to the Dallas Stars late in the second period Tuesday, head coach John Tortorella decided if there was any hope of a comeback, they'd do it without Ryan Johansen.

For the second time since Tortorella's hiring Oct. 21, Johansen was benched, not appearing in the final 3:38 of the second period before riding the pine for the entire final frame.

"That was coach's decision. No explanation. I just didn't play him," Tortorella said following the team's eventual 5-1 loss. Johansen was on the ice for a pair of Dallas goals and went without a shot on goal in just over 11 minutes of ice time.

The 23-year-old forward also sat for the final six minutes of Tortorella's debut as coach for not being in shape. He missed the team's next game due to illness.

It's a surprising rift between the coach and - arguably - the team's most important player, who's having another strong season with 22 points in 31 games, following a pair of 60-plus point campaigns.

Rumors have surfaced that general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has listened to trade interest for the center, but for the Blue Jackets' sake, let's hope all parties can work out their differences to somewhat salvage yet another disappointing year at Nationwide Arena.

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It's P.K. Subban at P.K. Subban's request. But some folks would like to see the mega-star for the Montreal Canadiens go by a different pronunciation.

ASULF, a French-language group in Quebec, has requested that local language broadcasters pronounce it "Pay-Kah," not "Pee-Kay."

P.K. Subban, being P.K. Subban, has handled the situation perfectly, saying that the French delivery is "kinda sexy, actually."

He added: "Since we're changing the pronunciation of my names and stuff, just start calling me Denzel. Can we throw that one in?"

Don't change a thing, Pee-Kay.

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With a combined three assists and minus-1 rating for the month of December, the normally dominant defensive pairing of P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov has been split at Montreal Canadiens practice on Wednesday.

Subban skated with Nathan Beaulieu while Markov was paired with Tom Gilbert. Their shut-down duo of Jeff Petry and Alexei Emelin remained intact.

The pair were a combined minus-5 in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks with a failed Subban pinch leading to the first goal allowed before giveaways from the duo led to the next two.

The first two months of the season saw incredible production from the pairing, with the 36-year-old Markov recording 18 points through November and Subban recording 20. The Canadiens will hope the shake-up can help them escape the team's recent dip of form, where they've lost six of their last eight.

They will host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday before embarking on an eight-game road trip during the World Junior Hockey Championship.

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lobo316 wrote: It's P.K. Subban at P.K. Subban's request. But some folks would like to see the mega-star for the Montreal Canadiens go by a different pronunciation.

ASULF, a French-language group in Quebec, has requested that local language broadcasters pronounce it "Pay-Kah," not "Pee-Kay."


It's crap like this that makes me glad I moved out of that Province 20+ years ago.  :)

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After Jonathan Bernier allowed five in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, head coach Mike Babcock announced that Garret Sparks will start Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.

Sparks, 22, has three wins in four starts since being called up by the Maple Leafs in light of Bernier's struggles and injury trouble for James Reimer. Following Tuesday's outing - Bernier's first since returning from a conditioning stint in the AHL - the 27-year-old is now winless in 10 appearances.

"I just think that the puck's going in so Sparks will start," Babcock said, regarding Bernier, on Wednesday. "I thought we had a real good plan in sending him down. ... Unfortunately it didn't go the way he wanted when he arrived back."

The Maple Leafs bench boss went on to note that Bernier is in a "tough spot," while the team has been able to pick up points with Sparks between the pipes.

Reimer, meanwhile, skated briefly Tuesday for the first time since aggravating his groin injury. It's unknown when he'll return.

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The John Tortorella-Ryan Johansen saga may be approaching a fiery climax.

The talented, embattled Blue Jackets center will be a healthy scratch Thursday versus the Arizona Coyotes, according to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch.

The possibility of a scratch was raised earlier in the day by TSN's Darren Dreger.

"He's an important guy to our organization. This is a reset for him, in understanding what we're looking for, not just in the points but in the play," Tortorella said, per Portzline. "You can't look at it as a punishment; it's part of the process for him."

#CBJ GM Jarmo Kekalainen said he fully supports Tortorella's decision to make a healthy scratch of Ryan Johansen.

— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) December 17, 2015
Johansen was benched for the third period of Tuesday's 5-1 thumping at the hands of the Dallas Stars. Portzline - who covers the team more extensively than most - called Johansen's performance throughout the first two periods "lethargic."

He was reduced to a season-low 11:03 in the contest.

Blue Jackets players held a brief meeting following the loss, their eighth in nine December games.

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Garret Sparks' start Thursday was a short one.

Sparks was replaced by Jonathan Bernier after playing 11:32 against the San Jose Sharks. After allowing his second goal, he left the crease due to a reported lower-body injury, and didn't return, according to TSN's Jonas Siegel.

Sparks was flexing his left leg after the goal.

— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 18, 2015
After Thursday's game, which Toronto lost 5-4 in overtime, head coach Mike Babcock said Sparks and Nick Spaling will be out for a while.

#Leafs head coach Mike Babcock confirms that Nick Spaling (upper body) and Garret Sparks (lower body) will be out long-term. #TMLtalk

— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 18, 2015
Spaling was hurt early in the first period Thursday, leaving after his first shift with an upper-body injury.

Sparks was making his fifth career start. He came into Thursday's game with a 3-1 record and a .921 save percentage.

Toronto's already without James Reimer, who is recovering from a groin injury, and the team doesn't have much faith in Bernier after his struggles so far this season - but he's the man in the Leafs' crease, for now. He'll start Saturday against Los Angeles.

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It's going from bad to worse in Anaheim.

After losing 5-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 11, the Ducks had almost a full week to practice for their next game. It didn't help. The club was shut out 3-0 by the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, and remains in last place in the Western Conference.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau sounds like he's had about enough. He called out his big guns after another disappointing loss.

"We need our best players to be our best players on a consistent basis," Boudreau said. "That's not happening right now."

No Duck has 20 points this season. Corey Perry leads the team with 19 points (10 goals), while Ryan Getzlaf has 18 points, his only goal an empty-netter. Ryan Kesler's been a disaster, with only three goals and eight assists.

Getzlaf, asked about ANA's struggle to score: I have 1 goal. So it starts with me.

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 18, 2015
"It's frustrating," said defenseman Hampus Lindholm. "You feel like you have so many chances but nothing connects and nothing goes in the net."

The Ducks fired 44 shots the Sabres' way Thursday, but Chad Johnson stopped them all.

"We just have to keep working and playing simple," Lindholm added. "It's frustrating when nothing goes the way you want."

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So it was a " good day and bad day " scenario for John Scott today. The good news is that he is still leading the voting for this year's All-Star game......let that sink in for a minute. The bad news is that Arizona put him on waivers today. 



Free All-Star ......Get Yer Free All-Star !!!!!!

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It's Jonathan Bernier's time in Toronto, for better or worse.

The winless goalie will be pressed into action Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings after it was determined that Garret Sparks will be out until after Christmas with a lower-body injury suffered Thursday.

With James Reimer progressing but not ready to return from his own injury, and Antoine Bibeau the only backup, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock has no choice but to start the struggling netminder.

Babcock says "There's no decision." Bernier starts vs #LAKings because every other #Leafs goalie is hurt.

— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) December 18, 2015
In 11 appearances this season, Bernier has posted a record of 0-8-3 with a woeful .883 save percentage.

Forward Nick Spaling, who also suffered an injury Thursday, is on the same recovery timeline as Sparks.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs organization is giving Ray Emery a shot.

The 33-year-old goaltender signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL's Toronto Marlies on Friday.

Maple Leafs goaltenders James Reimer and Garret Sparks are both dealing with injuries, leaving the club with only four healthy netminders in their entire system.

Emery was released from a tryout with the Los Angeles Kings' AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, earlier this month. He went 1-1-1 with the Reign, and allowed 10 goals in three games.

He had a KHL deal fall through this week due to immigration delays, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.

Emery posted a 3.06 GAA and .894 save percentage in 31 games as the Philadelphia Flyers' backup goalie last season.

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It's been a long time coming but Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier finally has his first win of the season.

The Maple Leafs netminder - who has come under heavy fire lately - turned away all 26 shots thrown his way as Toronto trounced the Los Angeles Kings 5-0 Saturday.

Related: VIDEO: Bernier takes away sure thing from Gaborik

First Leafs shutout of the Kings since 1978.

— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 20, 2015
The win was Bernier's first since April 10, and his first shutout in nearly a year dating back to Dec. 23, 2014.

Facing his former club, @MapleLeafs goalie Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves to post his 10th career shutout. #LAKvsTOR pic.twitter.com/qgUwqYTXPs

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 20, 2015
Forwards Michael Grabner and Leo Komarov led the way offensively for the Maple Leafs. Grabner matched his entire season's output by notching two goals and two helpers. Meanwhile, Komarov collected two goals to push his team lead in the category to three with his 12th and 13th, also adding an assist on Grabner's second of the game.

First 2-goal game for Michael Grabner since Feb. 27, 2014 vs. the Leafs.

— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 20, 2015
Rookie forward Byron Froese collected the first goal of his career with just over 2:30 left in regulation, cleaning up a Brad Boyes rebound.

Jhonas Enroth had a forgettable night, allowing five goals on 34 shots. The Kings have now dropped three of their past four, while the Maple Leafs improve to 3-0-2 in their past five.

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From the outside looking in, there seems to be a crinkle between Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, but the man himself says otherwise.

After various reports from a number of media outlets suggested that the Lightning captain is likely to take his talents outside of Tampa, the 25-year-old broke his silence Saturday to clear the air.

"Like I've always said, I envision myself winning a championship here and want to do that," Stamkos told Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. "Obviously we got close last year, and I'm the captain of this team and I want to be that leader."

Liking tweets that have suggested a move to the Toronto Maple Leafs and a dragged out contract negotiation with the Lightning have helped fuel the rumor mills this season.

However, Stamkos remains adamant there is no truth to reports that he has already made the decision to move on from the only NHL organization he has ever played for.

"Absolutely not," Stamkos said. "Not even close. That's why people say, 'I've got a feeling. I think, speculate.' There's so much information out there that's probably false. Like the ones about my parents moving to Tampa (which Stamkos said is not true). That just comes with the territory."

Speculation in recent seasons has also suggested the narrative that the club's star forward and head coach Jon Cooper have had a falling out, largely seen in Stamkos' move from center to the wing. Once again, Stamkos refuted those claims.

"That's false, too," Stamkos said. "That's the thing. There's been so many different articles written about Coop and I. How do they know what's going on in the room? A lot of it is speculation, a lot of it is a story that needs something to make it seem legit, there needs to be a reason (he's still unsigned). Why no one has had any concrete stuff is because there hasn't been anything to talk about.

"I think obviously the people who know me and are close to the situation know what's true and what's not true."

The fact remains, however, that Stamkos and the Lightning remain without a contract extension past this season. And while the team's captain might refute claims that suggest he is on his way out, only a new contract will silence the masses.

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Sorry AA but this is funny: 


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CanadianHorseman wrote: Sorry AA but this is funny: 


LOL!  It's cool, it is funny.  It will be really sad if in 2095 the Habs are still at 24 Cups but even if they are I predict  they'll still have the most cups of any NHL team. 

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Laugh all you want at this but I'm sure in 2095 Leaf fans will sill be bitching about Kerry Fraser not calling Wayne Gretzky's high stick on Doug Gilmour from the 1993 playoffs.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without star center Sidney Crosby for Monday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed.

Crosby missed practice Sunday and was listed as day to day with a lower-body injury.

The game against Columbus marks the Penguins' last prior to the holiday break, giving the captain a few extra days to recuperate ahead of a possible return on Dec. 26, when Pittsburgh hosts Minnesota.

Sullivan on Crosby: "I don't believe it is a long term thing. The hope with the break coming up is that he will have time to recover."

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 21, 2015
The injury and any time missed won't help Crosby improve upon his uncharacteristically poor performance to date. Through 32 games, he's recorded only six goals and 16 assists, putting him on pace for the worst statistical season of his career by a wide margin.

Meanwhile, the Penguins will be looking to give Sullivan his first win as head coach without Crosby, Kris Letang, and Marc-Andre Fleury.

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Boston Bruins forward Max Talbot was slapped with a two-game suspensionby the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Monday for interference onNew Jersey Devils forward Jiri Tlusty.
The incident occurred during the second period of Sunday's contest between the two clubs. No penalty was assessed on the play, and Tlusty remained in the game.


The NHL cites "extreme lateness and the predatory nature of the hit" towards an unsuspecting player as the primary reason for supplemental discipline.
This is the first time Talbot has been suspended in his 11-year career. He'll be eligible to return to the lineup on Dec. 27 against the Ottawa Senators.






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lobo316 wrote: Boston Bruins forward Max Talbot was slapped with a two-game suspension by the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Monday for interference on New Jersey Devils forward Jiri Tlusty.

Gee - I sure hope the Bruins can keep this hot streak going without the contributions of Max " I'm still here even though I've been put on waivers 3 times this season " Talbot for the next 2 games.  :tongue:

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lobo316 wrote: The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without star center Sidney Crosby for Monday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed.

Crosby missed practice Sunday and was listed as day to day with a lower-body injury.

The game against Columbus marks the Penguins' last prior to the holiday break, giving the captain a few extra days to recuperate ahead of a possible return on Dec. 26, when Pittsburgh hosts Minnesota.

Sullivan on Crosby: "I don't believe it is a long term thing. The hope with the break coming up is that he will have time to recover."

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 21, 2015
The injury and any time missed won't help Crosby improve upon his uncharacteristically poor performance to date. Through 32 games, he's recorded only six goals and 16 assists, putting him on pace for the worst statistical season of his career by a wide margin.

Meanwhile, the Penguins will be looking to give Sullivan his first win as head coach without Crosby, Kris Letang, and Marc-Andre Fleury.

This just shows you how stupid the Maple Leafs really are. They trade their best player after he has a down year to a team with both Sidney Crosby an Evgeni Malkin and get a lottery protected first round pick for him The Penguins right now sit 12th in the eastern conference and are without their best player. That means that if they miss the playoffs, Toronto won't receive the first round pick they acquired from the Pens in the Phil Kessel trade. To make the Leafs seem even dumber, the first round pick the Pens sent to the Oilers last season for Dave Perron was not lottery protected. Way to go Shanny and Co.

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Mysterious wrote: This just shows you how stupid the Maple Leafs really are. They trade their best player after he has a down year to a team with both Sidney Crosby an Evgeni Malkin and get a lottery protected first round pick for him The Penguins right now sit 12th in the eastern conference and are without their best player. That means that if they miss the playoffs, Toronto won't receive the first round pick they acquired from the Pens in the Phil Kessel trade. To make the Leafs seem even dumber, the first round pick the Pens sent to the Oilers last season for Dave Perron was not lottery protected. Way to go Shanny and Co.

Not that I want to defend the Leafs ( I kind of enjoy their mediocrity ) but nobody thought Pittsburgh would struggle so much this season and be a bubble team in a Playoff hunt. And remember this - despite their struggles so far this season Pittsburgh is still only 4 points out of the Eastern Conference's 2nd Wild Card spot. But let's say that Pittsburgh doesn't make the Playoffs - this is how it will affect the Kessel deal:


- Pittsburgh will retain their 2016 1st round pick ( Toronto can still get Pittsburgh's 2017 1st round pick if Pittsburgh makes the 2017 Playoffs otherwise Toronto will get Pittsburgh's 2017 2nd round pick if Pittsburgh does not qualify for the 2017 Playoffs )

- Toronto will retain their 2016 2nd round pick ( Pittsburgh can still get Toronto's 2017 2nd round pick if Pittsburgh makes the 2017 Playoffs )

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Mysterious wrote: This just shows you how stupid the Maple Leafs really are. They trade their best player after he has a down year to a team with both Sidney Crosby an Evgeni Malkin and get a lottery protected first round pick for him The Penguins right now sit 12th in the eastern conference and are without their best player. That means that if they miss the playoffs, Toronto won't receive the first round pick they acquired from the Pens in the Phil Kessel trade. To make the Leafs seem even dumber, the first round pick the Pens sent to the Oilers last season for Dave Perron was not lottery protected. Way to go Shanny and Co.

Not that I want to defend the Leafs ( I kind of enjoy their mediocrity ) but nobody thought Pittsburgh would struggle so much this season and be a bubble team in a Playoff hunt. And remember this - despite their struggles so far this season Pittsburgh is still only 4 points out of the Eastern Conference's 2nd Wild Card spot. But let's say that Pittsburgh doesn't make the Playoffs - this is how it will affect the Kessel deal:


- Pittsburgh will retain their 2016 1st round pick ( Toronto can still get Pittsburgh's 2017 1st round pick if Pittsburgh makes the 2017 Playoffs otherwise Toronto will get Pittsburgh's 2017 2nd round pick if Pittsburgh does not qualify for the 2017 Playoffs )

- Toronto will retain their 2016 2nd round pick ( Pittsburgh can still get Toronto's 2017 2nd round pick if Pittsburgh makes the 2017 Playoffs )

So what you're saying is they pretty much will get shit either way. It has nothing to do with how Pittsburgh is playing. They didn't make the right trade and only traded Kessel because the new regime hated him. They pretty much let Pittsburgh cover their ass either way. The only way Toronto gets that pick is if the Pens make the playoffs this year or next which means either way the pick will be 16th overall or lower. The Toronto Raptors got a first round pick from the New York Knicks in the 2016 draft for Andrea Bargnani and it's not lottery protected. There's a good chance the raptors can get a top 10 pick even if they make the playoffs this year.

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Mysterious wrote: So what you're saying is they pretty much will get shit either way. It has nothing to do with how Pittsburgh is playing. They didn't make the right trade and only traded Kessel because the new regime hated him. They pretty much let Pittsburgh cover their ass either way. The only way Toronto gets that pick is if the Pens make the playoffs this year or next which means either way the pick will be 16th overall or lower. The Toronto Raptors got a first round pick from the New York Knicks in the 2016 draft for Andrea Bargnani and it's not lottery protected. There's a good chance the raptors can get a top 10 pick even if they make the playoffs this year.

OK - a couple of things and then I'll just let you vent:

- at least the Leafs picked up Kasperi Kapanen in the Kessel deal. He could turn out to be a pretty good player down the road.

- as for the Raptors deal there is one very important stipulation. Due to an earlier trade ( the Carmelo Anthony deal ) Denver actually has the option of flipping 2016 1st round picks with the Knicks. So Toronto will end up getting either the Knicks or the Nuggets 2016 1st round pick whichever one is worse.

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Well this is just wrong on so many levels.


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Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt holds a special place in the hearts of Boston faithful. His exuberance after singing The Star-Spangled Banner has made him a fan favorite and a mascot of sorts. But Bruins fans hoping to hear Rancourt and watch his furious fist pumps before the Winter Classic are going to be sorely disappointed.

The NHL announced the lineup for the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Winter Classic and it turns out Rancourt won’t be singing the anthem before the game begins. Instead, the honor will go to Jordan Smith, the vocalist who won season nine of NBC’s singing competition ‘The Voice.’

Smith’s performance of the anthem will be accompanied by the Boston Pops, the famed orchestra. The 22-year-old Kentucky native will follow American Authors, who will serve as pre-game entertainment for the contest. Nate Ruess, of fun. fame, will perform during the first intermission.

Rancourt, 76, has been a mainstay with the Bruins and has sung the anthem regularly since 1976 — he celebrated 40 years as the Bruins’ anthem singer this season. In an interview before the season, Rancourt talked about his career, and also told The Boston Globe’s Thomas Farragher about the fist pumps. Rancourt said they were part of his routine because it helps give him a boost.

“That’s why the pump is so important,” Rancourt told Farragher. “Because the pump is for me. I’ve never admitted that before to another human being, not even my wife. The pump is for me because when you get to my age, I don’t care who you are, you’re going to need help. You can only kid yourself so much.’’

Rancourt is such a beloved part of the organization that when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, he received his own ring.

Smith’s presence on the game appears to be an attempt at cross promotion as the Winter Classic will be broadcast in the Untied States on NBCSN. The Winter Classic takes place Jan. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., which is the home of the New England Patriots.

It’s hard to say how Bruins fans will react to a Rancourt-less anthem at the Winter Classic, but if Smith throws out a few fist pumps, he might be able to win over some of those in attendance wearing the spoked ‘B.’


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Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau was in a foul mood following Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers.


Despite his team tying the game late in regulation and earning a point on the road, Boudreau was flummoxed by the kind of play that allowed the Blueshirts to take an early third-period lead in the first place.

"The mistakes we're making, this is the NHL, this isn't the Junior B at 14 years old when you expect that," Boudreau said, according to Dan Rosen of NHL.com. "This is the National Hockey League. Those guys gotta make better plays coming out of our zone."

Boudreau was likely referring to this errant pass by Jiri Sekac on what should have been a standard zone exit for the Ducks. Instead, the puck ended up in the back of Anaheim's net.

The loss dropped the Ducks to 12-15-6 on the season, good for last place in the Pacific Division. With only two goals for in the contest, the Ducks are stuck on an average of 1.85 per game.

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Peace on earth and goodwill to all, but only after the gloves have been dropped.
Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards was in the holiday spirit Tuesday, taking advantage of a fight between Tyler Randell and Ryan Reaves of the St. Louis Blues to break into a rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."




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CanadianHorseman wrote: Mysterious wrote: So what you're saying is they pretty much will get shit either way. It has nothing to do with how Pittsburgh is playing. They didn't make the right trade and only traded Kessel because the new regime hated him. They pretty much let Pittsburgh cover their ass either way. The only way Toronto gets that pick is if the Pens make the playoffs this year or next which means either way the pick will be 16th overall or lower. The Toronto Raptors got a first round pick from the New York Knicks in the 2016 draft for Andrea Bargnani and it's not lottery protected. There's a good chance the raptors can get a top 10 pick even if they make the playoffs this year.

OK - a couple of things and then I'll just let you vent:

- at least the Leafs picked up Kasperi Kapanen in the Kessel deal. He could turn out to be a pretty good player down the road.

- as for the Raptors deal there is one very important stipulation. Due to an earlier trade ( the Carmelo Anthony deal ) Denver actually has the option of flipping 2016 1st round picks with the Knicks. So Toronto will end up getting either the Knicks or the Nuggets 2016 1st round pick whichever one is worse.

Okay here's me venting. In the NBA it's very common for teams to include lottery protection when trading first round picks. Not so common in the NHL. Yes it's true that Denver has the option to flip the picks with the Knicks based on which one is a higher pick, but both teams as of today are out of a playoff spot. Could that change in the second half, maybe, but if both miss the playoffs this year then the Raptors are gonna have a lottery pick. When you consider that both teams weren't that good when the Raptors sent the banana to the Knicks it really looks like a great trade for Toronto even if the draft pick never pans out or they could trade the pick for something else. They win either way.

Now on to the Kessel trade. The one thing that bothers me about Maple Leafs management is that they contradict everything they say. The point of trading Kessel was to be bad so they can get higher draft picks yet they hire a coach that is used to winning and I'm not complaining about the hiring of Babcock. They are playing better under his guidance. But like I've said before. They traded him after an off year when his value was low. He's still in his prime and they never wanted to see what he can do under Babcock. It's like Shanahan just wanted to get rid of him ASAP. The only player they got in the trade with any upside was Kasperi Kapanen and it's not like he has Nylander type of talent. He was a late first rounder but I will be patient before I judge him. The other two players were just throw ins with little to no upside. So why is it that they traded their best player to a team with two of the worlds best players for pretty much a prospect and a non lottery draft pick that could end up being a second rounder. I just feel that they could've done better had they just played this season with Kessel just to give him a chance to rebound.

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Mysterious wrote: I just feel that they could've done better had they just played this season with Kessel just to give him a chance to rebound.

I'm not disagreeing with you that the return could have been ( and probably should have been ) better but I think Shanahan was determined to get rid of Kessel for 2 reasons - to give the kids more important playing time and by not replacing Kessel's offense having a better chance at getting a top pick in the 2016 NHL draft.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Mysterious wrote: I just feel that they could've done better had they just played this season with Kessel just to give him a chance to rebound.

I'm not disagreeing with you that the return could have been ( and probably should have been ) better but I think Shanahan was determined to get rid of Kessel for 2 reasons - to give the kids more important playing time and by not replacing Kessel's offense having a better chance at getting a top pick in the 2016 NHL draft.

So why hire a coach that's making the team better. I'm not saying it's a bad thing because he's teaching young players how to win which is important for them to learn early in their careers but you could've just paid a lot less for an average coach for a couple of years and tank while trading veteran for assets. And I don't see how Kessel was taking away playing time for young players especially since their top prospects are either  playing for the Marlies, or are back in junior.  It's not like Kessel plays 40 minutes a night.

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No wonder they suck. The players are running the asylum.






It wasn't supposed to be this way in Orange County, Calif.

Thirty-three games into the season, the Anaheim Ducks sit last in the Western Conference - and 29th in the NHL - with 30 points. Their minus-23 goal differential is also last in the West and 29th in the league. More shockingly, the team - which boasts the likes of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry - has scored just 62 goals (averaging 1.8 per game) this season.

And general manager Bob Murray has had about enough. While he takes responsibility as the architect of the team, as the man who made a handful of changes during the offseason, Murray put his players on blast in a piece by the Orange County Register's Eric Stephens.

Gone are Francois Beauchemin, Matt Beleskey, Emerson Etem, Kyle Palmieri, and Devante Smith-Pelly. In their stead came Kevin Bieksa, Carl Hagelin, Mike Santorelli, Jiri Sekac, and Chris Stewart. Murray knows the moves haven't panned out, but he's most disappointed with the Ducks' old guard rather than the team's new blood.

"Let's be clear on one thing, putting all the blame on the incoming players would be totally unfair," Murray said. "We had far too many returning players who decided training camp for this season was optional, thus a poor start.

"After succeeding during the past few regular seasons, suddenly we are underachieving and having to handle adversity, and some are not physically prepared to work through the challenge."

Getzlaf has one goal - an empty-netter. Perry's the only Ducks player to score 10 or more goals, but 11 for him after 33 games is below the standard he's set. Ryan Kesler has four goals and eight assists. Andrew Cogliano and Jakob Silfverberg have three goals each - or one fewer than Santorelli, and as many as Hagelin. It's ugly.

"The greatest fear when so many people have changed is the chemistry of the group on and off the ice," Murray added. "So far there is no cohesion - we do not seem to be thinking and competing on the same page."

The Ducks are coming off a trip to the Western Conference finals in the spring. They lost game seven to the Chicago Blackhawks. They were up 3-2 in the series, a win away from the Stanley Cup Final twice, but couldn't get it done. This after back-to-back 50-win seasons. And now head coach Bruce Boudreau's fighting for his job every night. A stunning collapse, in other words. And Anaheim's running out of time to fix what is wrong.

Problem is, Murray feels like he can't do much. And about the only thing that's gone right has been in goal, where Frederik Andersen and John Gibson have given the team a chance - if only it could score.

"There's only a few times a year you can make significant changes to your team - the draft/free-agency time period and the trade deadline. There's been only one trade this year for a reason.

"In saying that, at this point I don't think any player could be surprised or shocked if he were to be traded."

The trade deadline is Feb. 29. It's coming. And so is the reality of a lost season, with Getzlaf and Perry set to turn 31 in the spring. The Ducks are officially on notice.

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Montreal has told Zack Kassian not to report to their AHL team. One rumour has Montreal and Philadelphia discussing a Kassian for Lecavalier deal. 

from sportsnet.ca:

The Montreal Canadiens have asked forward Zack Kassian not to report to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League.

Kassian, who was reinstated by the NHL and NHLPA on December 15 after 74 days spent in Phase 2 of their substance abuse program, will cooperate with the Canadiens’ request.
Kassian was suspended without pay after being involved in a car accident in October. He was not the driver of the car.

Upon reinstatement, Kassian was placed on waivers. He cleared and was then sent to the IceCaps.

The Canadiens cannot trade Kassian, nor can they buy him out or get him to agree to terminate his contract until the NHL’s roster freeze is lifted at 12:01am on December 28.


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It was a homecoming Jack Eichel won't soon forget.

The Massachusetts native recorded the first four-point game of his NHL career to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Eichel tied the game with his 10th goal of the season. He then sealed the win with an empty-netter, as the Sabres overcame a two-goal deficit by scoring five goals in the third period.

The 19-year-old rookie added a pair of assists, giving him 20 points in 35 games this season.

Jamie McGinn scored his eighth goal of the season, which proved to be the eventual game-winner. Ryan O'Reilly added his team-leading 13th and 14th goals, while Evander Kane also scored for the Sabres.

Buffalo - who improves to 15-16-4 - will look to move to .500 on the season with a victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday.

Matt Beleskey, Patrick Bergeron, and David Krejci scored for the Bruins, who fall to 19-11-4 after dropping back-to-back games. They'll aim to get back on track against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs welcomed James Reimer back to the ice Saturday.

Reimer, who last played Dec. 3, practiced for the first time since aggravating his groin injury, and is fit to return, but he'll be on the bench Sunday in Brooklyn when Toronto faces the New York Islanders.

Mike Babcock says Jonathan Bernier will start again tomorrow. Leafs being extra cautious with Reimer.

— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) December 26, 2015
Toronto sent goaltender Antoine Bibeau to the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies on Saturday, signalling Reimer's return. Forward Rich Clune was also reassigned to the Marlies.

Jonathan Bernier's gone 2-1-2 In five games and four starts since returning from an AHL conditioning stint, with an .890 save percentage. He's 2-9-3 on the season, with an .889 save percentage.

Reimer's posted All-Star numbers when healthy. He has a .935 save percentage and 2.01 goals-against average in 16 games and 15 starts, along with seven wins.

After Sunday's game, Toronto faces the Islanders at home on Tuesday, and it's safe to assume Reimer will return to action that night.

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Evander Kane might have pulled a Patrick Kane early this Sunday morning. Full details here: http://sportsandwrestling.mywowbb.com/forum3/26680-23.html

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Outspoken Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has no problem pointing the finger in his dressing room.

His club is in the midst of a 2-5-2 run in their last nine games and he boldly believes the cause for this poor stretch has been the play of his veterans.

"Let's call a spade a spade. It's embarrassing, and that's what we are," Tortorella told Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch. "I'm not going to tiptoe around here. That's how we play right now and I think I'm going to need to depend on the kids to get us out of this because I'm not getting squat from the top players as far as that stuff."

It's no real surprise Tortorella has been less than impressed with the play of his more experienced skaters, as he has proven as much having scratched the club's two leading scorers Scott Hartnell and Ryan Johansen at times this season.

"It's very frustrating," Tortorella said of Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. "I watched how we played the first period and right on into the second. And I see weakness. I think we're weak mentally, and it's not the kids. I worry about the kids getting into bad habits by watching other people. That's frightening to me. That has to change."

If there is one thing to be optimistic about it is that Tortorella has been impressed by the play of second-year forward Alexander Wennberg.

"Really, for a number of games, (Wennberg) has been our best player, both offensively and defensively," Tortorella said. "And that's great for him. That worries me for the team."

Tortorella insists it might be time for the club's adolescence to show the veterans a thing or two.

"But again, I think some of our veteran guys can learn from our younger guys. That's promising, as you look to the future, but right now it can't be that way. It has to be reversed with us teaching those guys. You've played the game. You understand the leadership part of it. We have nothing there. Nothing."

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Evander Kane just seems like trouble. Has been his whole career.

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Zack Kassian on the move again.


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The Montreal Canadiens acquired goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Edmonton Oilers on Monday in exchange for forward Zack Kassian.

Mike Condon and Dustin Tokarski, who was sent to the Canadiens AHL affilaite in St. John's, have been unable to stop the Canadiens' current slide of 10 losses in their last 11 games which has seen them drop to third place in the Atlantic Division.

The 29-year-old Scrivens, who is expected to back up Condon tonight when the Canadiens visit the Lightning in Tampa Bay, is 2-6-1 in 10 games with the Oilers' AHL affiliate in Bakersfield this season with a goals-against-average of 3.47.

In Kassian, the Oilers pick up a rough and tumble forward who is looking to turn his career around as he deals with off-ice issues.

The 24-year-old was placed in the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health Program in October after suffering a broken nose and a broken foot in a car accident in Montreal.

Upon reinstatement in mid-December, Kassian was placed on waivers but asked not to report to St. John's.

Kassian will report to Bakersfield while the Oilers will retain 24 per cent of Scrivens' salary.

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Philadelphia Flyers forward Sam Gagner and St. Louis Blues forward Scott Gomez have been placed on waivers Tuesday.

Gagner has not played since suffering a concussion on Nov. 23, despite feeling "ready to go" earlier in December.

Sam Gagner on waivers would seem to clear salary cap hurdles for #Flyers to keep Shayne Gostisbehere (and Mark Streit) on the roster.

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) December 29, 2015
The 26-year-old has two goals and three assists in 18 games this season.

Gomez has been in and out of the lineup for the Blues this season, seeing his ice time dip to under nine minutes in his last game on Sunday.

The 36-year-old has one goal and seven assists in 21 games this season.

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David Krejci has officially been placed on injured reserve with what's being classified as an upper-body injury, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney announced Tuesday.

Tied for the team scoring lead with 33 points, Krejci is believed to be week to week with an injury suffered Dec. 27 against the Ottawa Senators.

Forward Seth Griffith has been recalled from the AHL's Providence Bruins to fill Krejci's roster spot. He has 10 goals and 17 assists in 24 games for the minor-league Bruins this season.

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The St. Louis Blues placed forward Scott Gomez on unconditional waivers Wednesday to grant his release from the team.

Gomez cleared waivers earlier in the day, which would have allowed the Blues to assign him to the AHL. Both sides agreed unconditional waivers would be the best option.

The 36-year-old had one goal and seven assists in 21 games this season.

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Jonathan Bernier will have one more unexpected chance to close out 2015 on a high.

Bernier will start in place of James Reimer versus the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, the Maple Leafs announced.

Believed to be on the mend, Reimer replaced Bernier in Tuesday's 6-3 whipping from the New York Islanders. But after experiencing what the team is calling "tightness" after 20 minutes of work, he'll be held out for the final game of the calendar season.

Antoine Bibeau has been called up on an emergency basis to serve as backup to Bernier, who's fashioned a woeful 9-30-7 record with an .898 save percentage and 3.16 goals-against average in 2015.

Meanwhile, the decision to introduce Reimer into a meaningless period following a long-term injury without a proper warmup has proven to be a contentious decision.

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Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has been suspended three games for clipping Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.
The incident occurred Tuesday in Boston, and didn't result in a penalty. But, as per the explanatory video, the NHL deemed the hit to be both late and low, as Marchand dipped his shoulder and cut sharply into Borowiecki's legs, which is defined as clipping.
The onus, then, is on Marchand to avoid making contact with Borowiecki, who was deemed ineligible to be checked and therefore unprepared to receive contact.
The league cited Marchand's three previous incidents involving opponent's lower bodies, most recently in January 2015, making him a repeat offender. At the same time, that Borowiecki wasn't injured also factored into the decision.
Since Brad Marchand is considered a repeat offender, he forfeits $164,634.15 in salary for his three-game suspension.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 31, 2015


Marchand will now miss the Winter Classic on Jan. 1, and is eligible to return Jan. 9 against Borowiecki and the Senators.




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It was a lamentable 12 months for Jonathan Bernier, but the embattled Toronto Maple Leafs netminder will actually carry a little momentum into 2016.

Bernier, thrust into goal in place of the injured James Reimer, stopped 39 shots, plus another two in the shootout, leading the Maple Leafs to 3-2 extra-time win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

The win, just his fourth of the season, was also his first on the second half of back-to-back starts in his career. He was previously 0-6 with a goals-against average just short of five.

His counterpart, Matt Murray, was almost equally as stout in his ongoing bid to unseat Jeff Zatkoff as the Penguins' backup. He made 34 saves and denied Maple Leaf shooters on three breakaway opportunities.

With the win, the Maple Leafs rise from the bottom of the Atlantic Division standings, jumping the Buffalo Sabres with 14 points in December.

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lobo316 wrote: Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has been suspended three games for clipping Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.



I love Marchand and his style of play but he did cross the line here. I thought he would get 2 games so I'm OK with 3 games. It's too bad he'll miss Friday's Winter Classic game but maybe this will help stop him from making these types of plays. 

And here's a late a late Christmas gift for all you Marchand haters out there:

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3 days left to vote and freaking John Scott is still the leader in All Star voting. :X

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Marchand is a little fagit in the vein of Ken Linesman. It would be nice if someone beat the shit out of him one day but in the new softer NHL that won't happen.

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The Montreal Canadiens went into Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Friday and did what very few teams have done: dominate the home team.

The Canadiens - led by winger Brendan Gallagher, who returned from two broken fingers - soundly defeated the Boston Bruins 5-1 in the 2016 Winter Classic. It's the largest margin of victory in the outdoor game's history.


The reunited top line of the Canadiens - and Paul Byron - did the damage. Gallagher had a goal and assist, as did captain Max Pacioretty, while Tomas Plekanec finished with two helpers.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask did what he could, keeping the game close, but the Canadiens were too much for Boston to open 2016.

Here's what else you need to know about the annual Jan. 1 NHL showcase.

The Bruins came out with zero intensity, surprising considering they were playing at "home." Boston was extremely flat, and Montreal jumped all over the Bruins, outshooting them 14-3 after 20 minutes. The shot attempts after the first period were 27-4 Montreal.
Rask was very good through 40 minutes, keeping Boston in the game. He made a couple of 10-bell saves in the second period to keep the Bruins within striking distance. However, he drops to 4-15-3 in his career against Montreal with the loss. The Canadiens have his number.
Tuukka Rask has allowed 5+ goals an NHL-high six times this season, twice as many as in any other season in his career #WinterClassic

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 1, 2016
"I'd say embarrassing more than disappointing," Rask said. "Embarrassing loss."
Goaltender and local boy Mike Condon, playing in front of friends and family, was quietly excellent for the Canadiens, stopping 25 shots in the second and third periods. He's allowed only four goals on 67 shots in two starts since Montreal traded for Ben Scrivens.
By all accounts, ice conditions were excellent. Pacioretty called them "perfect" after the first period, and the Winter Classic has arguably never been played at a higher quality than it was Friday.
Gallagher played nine minutes in the first half of the game, and his impact was felt immediately. He was back in front of the net, taken down heavily by Zdeno Chara in the first period after searching for a rebound that wasn't there.
The Bruins clearly missed suspended Brad Marchand and injured David Krejci. They struggled to create many quality scoring chances, especially through the game's first 30 minutes.
Julien: "We just had a tough night. ...Probably our worst game at the worst time."

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 1, 2016
Attendance was 67,246.
Canadiens forward Dale Weise was forced from the game with an upper-body injury.
Byron scored twice for Montreal, and was credited with the game-winning goal.
Bruins forward Max Talbot was minus-4 in his fourth Winter Classic.
Montreal moves back into first place in the Atlantic Division with the win.

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Nice to see the Habs whip the Bruins Asses at the Winter Classic.

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So the Captains for this year's All-Star Game were selected based on fan voting totals: 

Alex Ovechkin - Metropolitan Division
Jaromir Jagr - Atlantic Division
Patrick Kane - Central Division
John Scott - Pacific Division


Yeah - one of these things really doesn't belong.

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This John Scott deal reminds me of baseball fans who would vote for Sal Fasano in the All-Star voting.

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Arizona Coyotes enforcer John Scott was named the captain of the Pacific Division team at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, and the 33-year-old told reporters Saturday that he will not turn down the invitation to Nashville.

"Surprised, shocked, kind of excited but, you know, I kind of expected it so it wasn't that shocking," Scott told reporters when asked how he reacted to the news before going into how he came to terms with the reality of the situation.

"It was just one of those things where at first I thought it was a joke, and this and that, but now it happened and I kinda gotta go with it and have some fun with it and try to do my best out there."

In eight NHL seasons, Scott has accumulated just 11 points, while racking up 542 penalty minutes over 285 career games with six NHL teams. He has one assist in 11 games and has already been waived three times this season, his first campaign with the Coyotes.

With this year's All-Star Game featuring a brand new format in a four-team, 3-on-3 tournament, Scott was asked how the wide-open style would suit his game.

"I've never played (3-on-3), so we'll see," he cracked.

Meanwhile, Scott was a healthy scratch for his team's game Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.

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lobo316 wrote: Arizona Coyotes enforcer John Scott was named the captain of the Pacific Division team at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, and the 33-year-old told reporters Saturday that he will not turn down the invitation to Nashville.

"Surprised, shocked, kind of excited but, you know, I kind of expected it so it wasn't that shocking," Scott told reporters when asked how he reacted to the news before going into how he came to terms with the reality of the situation.

"It was just one of those things where at first I thought it was a joke, and this and that, but now it happened and I kinda gotta go with it and have some fun with it and try to do my best out there."

In eight NHL seasons, Scott has accumulated just 11 points, while racking up 542 penalty minutes over 285 career games with six NHL teams. He has one assist in 11 games and has already been waived three times this season, his first campaign with the Coyotes.

With this year's All-Star Game featuring a brand new format in a four-team, 3-on-3 tournament, Scott was asked how the wide-open style would suit his game.

"I've never played (3-on-3), so we'll see," he cracked.

Meanwhile, Scott was a healthy scratch for his team's game Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.

You're basement dwelling money losing team doesn't believe you're good enough to play for them yet the fans think you're worthy of playing with the NHL's elite.

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Mysterious wrote: lobo316 wrote: Arizona Coyotes enforcer John Scott was named the captain of the Pacific Division team at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, and the 33-year-old told reporters Saturday that he will not turn down the invitation to Nashville.

You're basement dwelling money losing team doesn't believe you're good enough to play for them yet the fans think you're worthy of playing with the NHL's elite.

It wasn't just the Arizona fans that voted him in. What this big goof doesn't realize is that this is the NHL version of the popular kids in High School making sure the least popular girl gets voted in as Prom Queen. The NHL fans that voted for him are laughing at John Scott not with him. As if the 3 on 3 thing isn't bad enough now this. :X

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At least having Scott in the all star game would actually have me interested in even watching that sideshow gimmick.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: At least having Scott in the all star game would actually have me interested in even watching that sideshow gimmick.
I'm not sure having the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders taking on Victoria's Secret models would make me watch a 3 on 3 game. 

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A pair of minor leaguers were swapped in a trade announced Sunday, as the Chicago Blackhawks acquired forward Richard Panik from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Jeremy Morin.

Morin was selected seven spots before Panik in the 2nd round of the 2009 #NHLDraft

— Dhiren Mahiban (@dcmahiban) January 4, 2016
Panik, 24, has spent the entirety of this season with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, recording nine goals and 16 assists including an overtime winner Sunday against the Syracuse Crunch. He played 76 games with the Maple Leafs a year ago, putting up 11 points.

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said Panik will not remain in the minors but will be reporting to the NHL club, per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Morin, also 24, has spent the 2015-16 campaign with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He has 22 points in 82 career NHL games split between the Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets from 2010-14. He will immediately join the Marlies, who next play Thursday against the Manitoba Moose.

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Columbus Blue Jackets 2013 first-round pick Kerby Rychel asked for a trade before the season began, The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports.

Selected 19th overall, Rychel's played 16 games over the past two seasons for the Blue Jackets, and is still searching for his first NHL goal. He had three assists in five games last season, and has three assists in 11 games in 2015-16.

According to Portzline, Rychel's agent and his father met with the Blue Jackets at development camp this fall to ask why Rychel was so low on Columbus' depth chart. It's assumed that's when the trade request was made. However, the Blue Jackets aren't interested in trading the 21-year-old, Portzline adds.

Rychel's spent most of this season with the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters, where he has five goals and 12 assists in 19 games, along with 43 penalty minutes

Portzline lists a number of teams reportedly interested in acquiring the son of former NHLer Warren Rychel:

Anaheim Ducks
Boston Bruins
Calgary Flames
Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs


Rychel has 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists) in 70 career AHL games.

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Allan Walsh - the agent of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin - shook up the hockey world Sunday by admitting he requested his client be traded back in November.


The news came just one day after the 20-year-old was assigned to the AHL, and later Sunday, general manager Steve Yzerman released a statement regarding the situation with the 2013 third overall pick:

"We acknowledge, via communication from his agent, Jonathan Drouin's request to be traded. Moving forward, my sole intention is to act in the best interest of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey club."

Yzerman goes on to say that Drouin is expected to report to practice with his AHL teammates Tuesday morning. The forward is not in the Syracuse Crunch lineup for Sunday's game against the Toronto Marlies.

Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler tells @Sportsnet that he hopes Jonathan Drouin shows up motivated: "I expect him to play on Friday."

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 3, 2016
Drouin has eight points in 19 games with the Lightning this season.

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lobo316 wrote: Allan Walsh - the agent of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin - shook up the hockey world Sunday by admitting he requested his client be traded back in November.


The news came just one day after the 20-year-old was assigned to the AHL, and later Sunday, general manager Steve Yzerman released a statement regarding the situation with the 2013 third overall pick:

"We acknowledge, via communication from his agent, Jonathan Drouin's request to be traded. Moving forward, my sole intention is to act in the best interest of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey club."

Yzerman goes on to say that Drouin is expected to report to practice with his AHL teammates Tuesday morning. The forward is not in the Syracuse Crunch lineup for Sunday's game against the Toronto Marlies.

Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler tells @Sportsnet that he hopes Jonathan Drouin shows up motivated: "I expect him to play on Friday."

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 3, 2016
Drouin has eight points in 19 games with the Lightning this season.

I knew it was a mistake for them to pass on Seth Jones and take Drouin. I can see why Yzerman did because he wanted to replace Martin. St.Louis but I think a back end of Jones and Hedman would've been lethal.  I still think Drouin will have a great career but right now Yzerman doesn't look like a smart GM.

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Tough way to start the year.

The New York Islanders will be without Johnny Boychuk for four-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury, the club announced. The defender suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury on New Year's Eve, when he crashed heavily into the boards.

Boychuk has three goals and 11 assists in 38 games, while averaging 21:33 in ice time.

The loss of the reliable defender, who's under contract through 2019-20 at a cap hit of $6 million, means Travis Hamonic, who requested a trade out of Brooklyn for personal reasons, is unlikely to be dealt.

The Islanders are quietly one of the Eastern Conference's better teams, sitting second in the Metropolitan Division with 49 points, at 22-13-5. The club's plus-14 goal differential is tied for fourth-best in the East.

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Johnny Gaudreau, Braden Holtby, and Patrick Kane each received a late Christmas present Monday.

The trio was named the three stars of the month to close out 2015.

Calgary Flames forward Gaudreau was named the first star after finishing first among all skaters with 12 goals, including two hat tricks. Gaudreau's stellar play helped his club go 9-4-0 in December which set a franchise record 11 consecutive wins on home ice.

"It’s exciting. It’s a real honour." - Johnny Gaudreau on his First Star of the Month nod ~ https://t.co/DHwIcNdvk1 pic.twitter.com/VABSGdFdwr

— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 4, 2016
Holtby was named second star after going the entire month without a loss in regulation, compiling a 9-0-1 record with a 1.69 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage, and one shutout. The 26-year-old has helped the Washington Capitals attain top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Holtby has not lost in regulation since Nov. 10 against the Detroit Red Wings.


Kane was named third star after a month that saw him set a Chicago Blackhawks record as well as a record among U.S. born players for the longest point streak, which hit 26 games on Dec. 13.

Kane lead all skaters with 19 points during December and continues to lead the league in scoring with 23 goals and 57 points.

This marks the second straight month that both Holtby and Kane have been named stars of the month.

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Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla reached a major milestone Monday, scoring the 600th goal of his NHL career against the Los Angeles Kings.
The 38-year-old banked in the historic goal off the skate of Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin during a third-period power play. His teammates quickly filed out onto the ice to congratulate him, while the fans gave him a standing ovation.


Iginla is only the 19th player in NHL league history to score 600 goals, with the marker counting as his 11th of 2015-16 and 40th since joining the Avalanche last season. Tyson Barrie picked up his fourth point of the night with the primary assist, while Blake Comeau picked up his second helper of the contest on the play.
After setting the Calgary Flames' records in goals (525) and points (1095) over 16 seasons, the veteran had short stints with the Pittsburgh Penguinsand Boston Bruins.






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The NHL and NHLPA will meet with all 30 NHL teams to help educate players about domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

The program will be administered by external professionals.

The NHL and NHLPA have been working on getting such a program in place since last season and previously hired the same professionals to speak to rookie players, according to Dreger.

Multiple NHL players have been connected to incidents of sexual assault and domestic violence over the past year, including allegations of sexual assault against Patrick Kane and Slava Voynov's domestic violence conviction.

The program launched Monday in Buffalo and is expected to run until late February.

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Sweden appeared completely deflated Tuesday as the United States scored early and often for a dominant 8-3 win in the bronze medal game at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

The United States heads home with its first medal since claiming gold in 2013. It was another disappointing tournament for Sweden, finishing fourth for the second consecutive year after going undefeated in the preliminary round.

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Sweden made a surprising goaltending change for the game, going with Felix Sandstrom in place of Linus Soderstrom, who made five of six starts in the tournament.
The decision proved costly as Sandstrom struggled, allowing eight goals on 29 shots.
On the other end, Alex Nedeljkovic concluded his impressive WJHC with 35 saves for the United States. The Carolina Hurricanes second-round pick finished the tournament with a 1.66 GAA and .943 save percentage.
Sweden's William Lagesson and Carl Grundstrom scored back-to-back goals in under a minute to tie the game before the end of the first period, but the Americans went on to score six unanswered goals.
Auston Matthews did not register a point for the second consecutive game, finishing the tournament with 11 points in seven games.
Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals and an assist to tie Matthews for the team lead in points. He matches his father Keith, who also won a bronze medal for the United States in 1992.
Ryan Donato and Anders Bjork - who was named player of the game thanks to an impressive tally - also scored a pair of goals each.
The United States has now won six medals since 2004.

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Kasperi Kapanen's second goal of the world juniors turned out golden.

Kapanen sent the partisan Helsinki crowd into a frenzy with a wrap-around goal 93 seconds into overtime in Tuesday's final, helping Finland defend home ice and capture gold at the World Junior Hockey Championship with a 4-3 win.

Finland's triumph is its second over the last three winters, and the first at home since 1998.

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Quarterfinal hero and Russia leading goal-scorer Vladislav Kamenev blasted Russia to a 1-0 lead with a powdered one-time shot from the top of the right circle on a power play less than five minutes in.
Russia was hemmed in for almost the entire second, being held to two shots in the frame and going more than 12 minutes without testing Kaapo Kahkonen. But its top-ranked penalty kill dug in, and was able to kill off multiple opportunities from Finland's tournament-best power play.
Patrik Laine equaled the score 24 seconds into the third period, accepting a drop pass from Sebastian Aho and snapping it upstairs on Alexander Georgiev. But 77 seconds later, Andrei Svetlakov powered Russia back in front, pouncing on an Olli Juolevi giveaway and throwing a dart over the glove of Kahkonen.
Laine was involved again just past the midway portion of the third, slipping Alexander Mikulovich's check and sending the defenseman crashing face-first into the boards. Jesse Puljujarvi then collected the puck and steered around the fallen Mikulovich before spotting Aho with a cross-crease pass.
It wouldn't determine a winner, but Mikko Rantanen ensured Finland would have at least a power-play goal in each tournament game. The captain deflected a point shot with one tick left on the power play and 129 seconds left in the game to give Finland its first lead.
But with 6.9 seconds left, Ivan Provorov targeted a desperation shot at goal that nicked Svetlakov's shin pad and sent the game to overtime.
Between the late goals, Russian captain Kamenev was kicked out of the game with multiple unsportsmanlike penalties.
Finland's Laine-Aho-Puljujarvi line received much of the attention, but it was its veteran line that starred late. With Kapanen's wrap-around winner, that line produced both the game-tying and game-winning goals in both the semifinal and final game.
Puljujarvi was named tournament MVP, and became the youngest player to capture the honor. The draft-eligible winger scored five goals and 12 assists. Laine was also named to the tournament team.
Russia has won a medal in 11 of the last 12 tournaments, but has just one gold.

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Tuesday's game between the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets was seemingly wrapped up after Zach Parise's hat trick-clinching empty-netter gave the Wild a 3-1 lead, but the two teams put on an entertaining display in the final seconds.

Nick Foligno scored to put his team within one goal with 16 seconds remaining, and the Blue Jackets opted to keep the net empty for the impending faceoff. The result: Mikael Granlund slapping the puck into the open goal from center ice with just 1.7 seconds coming off the clock.

.@BlueJacketsNHL (19:44) & @mnwild (19:46) scored 0:02 apart to tie the NHL record for fastest 2 goals by both teams https://t.co/dT7FHwO5Td

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 6, 2016
Since fractions of seconds aren't kept in the NHL's record book, as Star Tribune writer Michael Russo notes, the Wild and Blue Jackets tied the NHL record for fastest goals by two teams, rather than breaking it.

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The Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly traded Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn to the Los Angeles Kings, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly traded Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn to the Los Angeles Kings, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The Flyers will receive Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Philadelphia will retain 50 percent of both Lecavalier's and Schenn's salaries, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Lecavalier, a healthy scratch for most of the season, has two years left on his contract at a cap hit of $4.5 million. He's owed $6 million in salary. The former first overall pick has an assist in seven games. He told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday that he and the Flyers were ready to move on from each other, and that he simply wanted another chance to play, no matter the role.

Schenn has two goals and three assists in 29 games, averaging 17:35 in ice time. He's 26, earning $3.35 million, with a cap hit of $3.6 million. He'll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Weal, 23, was drafted 70th overall in 2010, and has spent most of his career in the American Hockey League. He had 20 goals and 49 assists in 73 games for the Manchester Monarchs last season, and added 10 goals and 12 assists in 19 postseason games. This season, he played 10 games with the Kings, failing to record a point.

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lobo316 wrote: The Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly traded Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn to the Los Angeles Kings, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The Flyers will receive Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

It's official - I can't believe Philly got somebody to take on Lecavalier's contract although now I see that Philly is retaining 50 % of both contracts. Schenn ( $ 1.675 million with a $ 1.8 million Cap Hit ) is a UFA after this season but Lecavalier has this season ( ( $ 4.5 million salary with the same Cap Hit ) and then 2 more seasons ( $ 3 million salary with a $ 4.5 million Cap Hit ) which is way too much for a 4th liner especially since the Kings are really up against the Salary Cap. As for Weal he looks like a tweener - he was LA's 3rd round pick ( 70th overall ) in the 2010 NHL Draft and has averaged over 70 points the last 2 seasons in the AHL but is pointless in 10 games this season with LA.

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One rumour floating around is that LA pulled the trigger on this deal only after getting a guarantee from Lecavalier that he will retire after this season. 

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from tsn.ca:




The Washington Capitals announced they've come to terms with the veteran centre to a one-year, $1 million pro-rated contract.

Richards met with the league earlier today and was given approval to sign with a team.

Richards hasn't played in the NHL since last year with the Kings. The Kings terminated Richards' contract for "material breach" after the veteran centre was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance last June.

Richards had five years and $22 million left on his massive 12-year, $69 million contract he signed while with the Flyers.

The 30-year-old former first-round pick has 179 goals and 482 points in 710 career games. Richards struggled in his last year with Los Angeles however and was sent down to their AHL affiliate during the 2014-15 season.

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Hextall is a god. Getting rid of washed up Vinnie's deal and Schenn frees up a ton of cap space.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets traded center Ryan Johansen to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Seth Jones on Wednesday.

Johansen, 23, has six goals and 20 assists in 38 games this season. A first-round pick (No. 4) in the 2010 NHL Draft, Johansen has 79 goals and 114 assists.

Jones, 21, was Nashville's first-round pick (No. 4) at the 2013 NHL Draft. He has one goal and 10 assists this season. In 199 games, Jones has 15 goals and 43 assists.

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lobo316 wrote: The Columbus Blue Jackets traded center Ryan Johansen to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Seth Jones on Wednesday.

One of those trades that should work out well for both teams as they both filled a big need. Now let's hope Tortorella doesn't screw up Jones like he did with Johansen. 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: The Columbus Blue Jackets traded center Ryan Johansen to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Seth Jones on Wednesday.

One of those trades that should work out well for both teams as they both filled a big need. Now let's hope Tortorella doesn't screw up Jones like he did with Johansen.

Tortorella is this generations Mike Keenan. Let's hope he really doesn't screw up what could possibly be a great career for Seth Jones.

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Another NHL trade today but nowhere as big as yesterday's deals.

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The Montreal Canadiens have traded goaltender Dustin Tokarski to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Max Friberg.

Friberg will report to the St. John's IceCaps of the AHL, the Canadiens announced.

Tokarski appeared in six games with the Canadiens this season, posting a 1-3 record with a 3.19 goals against average and a .878 save percentage.

The Canadiens acquired 26-year-old netminder from the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013. He owns a 10-12-5 record across his NHL career with a .904 save percentage and a 2.85 goals against average.

Friberg, 23, has appeared in six career NHL games with the Ducks, logging two penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating. He has five goals and 12 assists in 25 games with the AHL's San Diego Gulls this season.

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The New Jersey Devils will have to do without their offensive catalyst for the time being.

Forward Mike Cammalleri has been placed on the injured reserve, retroactive to Dec. 30. On Monday, the team confirmed Cammalleri would visit with a doctor after being described as day to day with an upper-body injury.

Cammalleri is leading the Devils in both goals and points this season, with 14 and 35 respectively.

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Tokarski was the number 4 goaltender in our system, 5 if you count Zach Fucale. Still should have traded him a couple years back when he had some value.

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broke wrote: Tokarski was the number 4 goaltender in our system, 5 if you count Zach Fucale. Still should have traded him a couple years back when he had some value.
Our system ????? Oh God - not another Habs fan. :X

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These Cats continue to feast on the opposition.

The Florida Panthers defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Thursday, extending their winning streak to 11 games, with all but two of them coming in regulation.

It took some time for the Panthers to get going in this one, though, as Ottawa held Florida without a shot on goal through the first 12 minutes.

Florida gained some momentum, scoring two goals on their first two shots just eight seconds apart, with the eventual game-winner coming courtesy of one of the best lines in hockey: Aleksander Barkov from Jaromir Jagr and Jonathan Huberdeau.

Overall, the Panthers were outshot heavily, with a measure of luck and another strong performance by Roberto Luongo (30 saves) working in their favor.

Luongo's win was his ninth straight, setting a new franchise record.

The Panthers - who now lead the Atlantic Division by five points over the idle Montreal Canadiens - will attempt to extend the streak further Sunday in Edmonton.

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The fruits of Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill's labor are about to pay off.

The club will reportedly announce a five-year extension with the executive that will keep him under contract through 2022-23, the Dallas Morning News' Mike Heika reports.

The Stars are the NHL's second-best team, with 29 wins and 62 points. In fact, no Stars team has ever been better through 43 games. Paced by offensive dynamos Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, the Stars lead the league with 148 goals. No other team's scored 130.

Nill joined the Stars in April 2013, and immediately put his stamp on the team. He brought in Lindy Ruff behind the bench, and has pulled off a massive trade in each of the last three summers, turning the Stars into the offensive juggernaut they are today.

Nill's currently in year three of five of his current deal, Heika writes, and according to his math, the additional five years will be tacked on after the 2017-18 season, taking him through 2023.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: broke wrote: Tokarski was the number 4 goaltender in our system, 5 if you count Zach Fucale. Still should have traded him a couple years back when he had some value.
Our system ????? Oh God - not another Habs fan. :X
LOLZ.   Hopefully Friberg can turn into something.  Have to wonder what Anaheim is doing though.  Got to figure one of Andersen or Khudobin will have a new address by the trade deadline.

Which is already shaping up like another dull affair as teams are being smart and getting their shit sorted well before the deadline.

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The Wings are tied with the Habs for second place, and I can't wait to put a whooping on those cats from Florida!

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Los Angeles Kings bench boss Darryl Sutter can be a tough person to please.

However, in their debut with their new club, forward Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn appeared to have made a good first impression in their 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Both gave us quality minutes," Sutter told Greg Beacham of the Associated Press. "I'm sure it's not easy. Give them credit. We wanted quality shifts out of them, and we got it."

Lecavalier and Schenn were acquired by the Kings on Wednesday and early on both players seem to have a new sense of purpose after both had become regular scratches with the Flyers.

"It means a lot to get that opportunity at the end," Schenn said. "I'm really honored to have that trust from the coaches."

Lecavalier, who collected an assist on Jake Muzzin's third-period tally, echoed his teammate, adding it will be imperative now to get a handle on what it takes to play under the team's systems.

"It's just about learning the systems. But for a first game, I felt good," Lecavalier told Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider. "I was afraid I'd be - my legs wouldn't get going because the traveling and the lack of sleep the last few days, but I felt really good."

For now, the two can once again feel like an integral part of a team, one expected to be a contender and one who early on seems to have confidence in them.

"He (Sutter) just said 'Good job tonight,'" said Schenn. "It was a long day of travel, so he told me and Vinny 'Good job tonight.' Back to work tomorrow and we'll try and pick up and learn a few more things in how they want us to play."

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The Montreal Canadiens' crease will remain the property of Mike Condon and Ben Scrivens.

Goaltender Carey Price - out of action since Nov. 25 with a lower-body injury - will not return until after the All-Star break, head coach Michel Therrien announced on Friday.

Price was originally scheduled to miss six weeks of action, which would have set him up for a return around Jan. 11. He's obviously behind schedule. The NHL pauses for All-Star festivities from Jan. 28 through Feb. 1.

Montreal's been in a free fall since Price left its game on Nov. 25, a 5-1 win against the New York Rangers. The Canadiens are 6-12-1 in the 19 games Price has missed since aggravating his injury.

Montreal recently made a couple of minor trades in order to shore up its goaltending situation. Scrivens was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers for Zack Kassian, leading to Thursday's trade of Dustin Tokarski to the Anaheim Ducks for Max Friberg.

Price was having another excellent season before the injury He's 10-2 with a .934 save percentage and two shutouts. But he'll remain a cheerleader for at least the next three weeks, and the Canadiens will have to do their best to stay afloat in the Atlantic Division without him. Montreal's tied for second with the Detroit Red Wings at 49 points, but the Boston Bruins are only five points behind with four games in hand.

#Habs play eight games between today and Feb 1. #Price

— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) January 8, 2016
Condon has a .908 save percentage and has struggled over the past two months. He had a .906 save percentage in November, and followed that up with an abysmal .888 in December. January's been good so far - he's 2-0 with a .958 save percentage. Montreal's going to need more of that.

Scrivens hasn't gotten off to a good start with his new team. He's 0-2 with a nasty .885 save percentage.

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Emerson Etem is on the move after all.

The New York Rangers have dealt the young forward to the Vancouver Canucks for Nicklas Jensen and a sixth-round pick in 2017, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

Etem, a first-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks back in 2010, appeared in only 19 games for the Rangers after being sent from California this past summer, with three assists to his credit.

Earlier Friday, it appeared he was heading to the AHL on a conditioning stint amid a bevy of trade rumors that, as it turns out, had some legs.

Jensen was chosen by the Canucks in the same spot as Etem in the draft (29th) a year later, and has recorded three goals and three assists in 24 NHL games to his credit.

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Zack Kassian's stint with the Montreal Canadiens was, simply put, a disaster.

After being an offseason free-agent acquisition, Kassian's tenure with the club finished before it even began after the 24-year-old broke his nose and foot in an early morning car accident in October. Kassian was under the influence.

"Where I was before all this happened wasn’t in a good place,” Kassian told Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun. "It was tough emotionally, mentally and even physically. It was draining. And I say that not looking for any sympathy for anyone. I put in a lot of work the last three months. I really think I’m leaving there as a different person."

Kassian spent 90 days completing the NHL's substance abuse and behavioral health program before a Dec 28 trade sent him to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Ben Scrivens.

"As you not only go through the program but also do it during the first half of a hockey season, you have a lot of alone time," said Kassian. "That’s when you realize what you love to do, what makes you happy. Once I got some clarity it was first family and then hockey. When you have something taken from you for a period of time and you don’t know if you’re going to get it back, it’s scary. It’s very scary.

"It really hits home. It really digs deep and makes you realize that you are the problem. You can point the fingers anywhere you want but that going forward it’s going to be your actions, not words, that are going to speak louder than anything else.

In a new environment with a fresh start - playing with the AHL's Bakersfield Condors - Kassian is hoping to he can make his stay in Edmonton permanent.

"I really want to turn my life around and I really want to make this home," said Kassian. "I really want to prove a lot of people wrong. But most of all I want to prove to myself that I can do this - that I can change around."

Kassian is doing well to live up to that, with one goal in two games as a Condor.

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lobo316 wrote: Zack Kassian's stint with the Montreal Canadiens was, simply put, a disaster.

After being an offseason free-agent acquisition, Kassian's tenure with the club finished before it even began after the 24-year-old broke his nose and foot in an early morning car accident in October. Kassian was under the influence.

Ummm.....no. Kassian was traded to Montreal from Vancouver for Brandon Prust and a 2016 5th round pick. 

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Lobo316 wrote:
Emerson Etem is on the move after all.

The New York Rangers have dealt the young forward to the Vancouver Canucks for Nicklas Jensen and a sixth-round pick in 2017, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.

Etem, a first-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks back in 2010, appeared in only 19 games for the Rangers after being sent from California this past summer, with three assists to his credit.

Earlier Friday, it appeared he was heading to the AHL on a conditioning stint amid a bevy of trade rumors that, as it turns out, had some legs.

Jensen was chosen by the Canucks in the same spot as Etem in the draft (29th) a year later, and has recorded three goals and three assists in 24 NHL games to his credit.

The Rangers are clearing up cap space.

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Connor McDavid might not be ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair a fractured clavicle after all.

The rookie phenom will not be back in the Edmonton Oilers' lineup before the All-Star Game on Jan. 31, head coach Todd McLellan confirmed Saturday.

"We've determined Connor is not physically ready to play between now and then." Coach McLellan on @cmcdavid97's rehab progress

— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 9, 2016
McDavid has missed 29 games since crashing awkwardly into the boards against the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 3. He resumed practicing with the team on New Year's Day.

"You want to play as soon as possible, but at the end of the day you've gotta play when it's safe," McDavid said. "To give myself a couple of extra days is gonna be important and probably help in the long run."

The 18-year-old recorded five goals and seven assists in 13 games before going down with the injury.

The Oilers are 12-14-3 in his absence.

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P.K. Subban couldn't hold it in any longer.

After the Canadiens' 3-1 loss at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night -- a game in which Subban scored Montreal's only goal -- the former Norris Trophy winner let loose, according to Sportsnet's Eric Engels.

"I couldn't give a s--- about my f------ first goal in however long. It doesn't f------ matter," Engels quoted Subban as saying.

"I'm not a goal scorer. It's not my job to score goals."

When asked what his team was missing against the Pens, Subban said it was consistency.

"I think we weren't good enough coming out of our zone. We didn't have enough support in our zone. As a group we just didn't support each other well enough. We're chipping the puck to nobody, we're not moving our feet; that's where it started. At times it was like Harlem Globetrotters out there..." Subban said.

About 30 minues after his tirade, the Habs' star defenceman had cooled off, but stopped short of retracting any statements.

"I was just frustrated. It's normal after a game like that," he was quoted as saying.

Subban's frustration could stem from the fact that the Habs are now just 5-13-0 since Dec. 1 and have scored more than three goals only twice over that 18-game span.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs suffered their worst defeat in the Mike Babcock era Saturday night, being embarrassed 7-0 by the San Jose Sharks in the final stop of their California road trip.

Though the state typically takes its casualties, the loss did present a rare opportunity (at least of late) for Babcock to tear into his team.

But he refrained, even being complimentary.

"I actually thought we started great. I thought we were doing lots of good things. When we gave up the shorthanded goal, we stayed on the ice too long, we had a bad change. Everyone thought to that point we had played good," the typically prickly Babcock said, according to James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.

"We hung (Jonathan Bernier) out to dry tonight," he added. " He's been playing really good and we hung him out to dry. They had quality chances. So we've got to get home, get freshened up, and get back at 'er because that's not good enough."

The Maple Leafs will return home with a sour taste in their mouths, but they did play very well on the first two stops. Bernier shut out the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday before a late rally behind a strong effort from James Reimer came up narrowly short versus the Los Angeles Kings.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without one of their best players for a large part of the remainder of the season.

Winger James van Riemsdyk will be out six-to-eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left foot, the club announced Monday. It marks the first significant injury during his tenure with the club.


In a corresponding move, Josh Leivo has been recalled from the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

Van Riemsdyk ranks second on the team in goals (14), and leads the Maple Leafs in points (29) through 40 games this season.

A six-week absence would mean he would miss 17 of Toronto's remaining 42 games.

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lobo316 wrote: The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without one of their best players for a large part of the remainder of the season.

Winger James van Riemsdyk will be out six-to-eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left foot, the club announced Monday. It marks the first significant injury during his tenure with the club.


In a corresponding move, Josh Leivo has been recalled from the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

Van Riemsdyk ranks second on the team in goals (14), and leads the Maple Leafs in points (29) through 40 games this season.

A six-week absence would mean he would miss 17 of Toronto's remaining 42 games.
The Maple Laugh's now officially in tank mode.

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Robyn Regehr has officially called it quits right where it all began.

The veteran defenseman announced his retirement as a member of the Calgary Flames after signing a symbolic deal with the team on Monday.

Signing to officially retire as a Flame! #ThankYouReggie pic.twitter.com/nYD0Ou6wcP

— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 11, 2016
"I always felt I was a Calgary Flame and when I look back on my career, it's the team I identify the most with," he said after putting on the jersey one last time.

"This means a tremendous amount. It's the best. It's hard to explain."

Drafted 19th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 1998, Regehr made his NHL debut with Calgary - where he would stay for 11 years - during the 1999-2000 season.

Altogether, he appeared in 1,088 career games split between the Flames, Los Angeles Kings, and Buffalo Sabres, recording 36 goals, 163 assists, and 970 penalty minutes.

A member of the Kings' 2014 Stanley Cup-winning team, Regehr was a more instrumental member of the 2004 Flames club that pushed the Tampa Bay Lightning to seven games in the Final.

Regehr had announced his intention to retire at the end of last season.

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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek, and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie were named the NHL's three stars of the week Monday.

Ovechkin had a week to remember, scoring five times over four Capitals wins, and capped it off by becoming the fifth-fastest player in history to score 500 career goals with his first of two on Sunday. The Russian winger also captured the league lead with 26 goals, as his team sits comfortably atop the Eastern Conference.

Highest Goals Per Game - Minimum 800 Career Games Mario Lemieux 0.75 Alex Ovechkin 0.63 Wayne Gretzky 0.60

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 11, 2016
The Red Wings are undefeated so far on their six-game road trip, and they have Mrazek - who went 3-0-0 with an 0.67 goals against average and a .978 save percentage for the week - to thank for that. The 23-year-old looks like a clear No. 1 goalie as his play has vaulted Detroit into second place in the Atlantic.

Barrie, named the third star, led all blue-liners with six points, highlighted by a four-point outburst against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 4. The 24-year-old also scored scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season Friday against the Nashville Predators.

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For a second consecutive season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled through injuries to a number of key players, and they now find themselves at the bottom of the league standings, nine points behind their nearest division opponent. That position now has their head coach looking to the future.

"Honestly, we need the kids in the lineup," head coach John Tortorella said, according to Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch. "I think that's very important with where we are at as an organization right now."

With former Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky now sidelined for over a month, the team has had extended looks at young goalies Anton Forsberg and Joonas Korpisalo.

Meanwhile, a pair of 21-year-olds will get extended opportunities to impress up front, as Kerby Rychel and Josh Anderson will fill spots vacated by Wednesday's Ryan Johansen trade, and captain Nick Foligno being placed on the injured reserve Saturday.

"Those are two guys that compete really hard," said linemate Brandon Dubinsky, who assisted on Anderson's first NHL goal Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes. "We've been excited about those guys for a few years now."

Losers of their last three contests, it appears the veterans will remain on thin ice as the season wears on, as Tortorella and general manager Jarmo Kekalainen continue to evaluate which players remain in their long-term plans.

"Quite honestly, I hope the kids take other people's jobs," Tortorella admitted. "That's how you become better as a team, when there is a push from your youth. I'm hoping some of these guys can stay and help us find our way."

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Alex Ovechkin has completed another checkpoint on his path to becoming arguably the greatest pure goal scorer in NHL history.
The Washington Capitals captain became the first Russian in league history to score 500 goals Sunday night, beating Ottawa Senators netminderAndrew Hammond
(for the first time) with a labeled wrist shot that was fittingly fired on the power play.
Ovechkin is the 43rd player, and the fifth-fastest, to reach the plateau. Only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy, and Brett Hull needed fewer games than the Capitals' sniper, who achieved the milestone in his 801st career game.
And importantly, on home ice.

"It's great to do it in front of our fans," Ovechkin said after the game, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post. "The celebration, all jumping up. It was a very special moment. I'm very sure everybody will remember that.












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The Florida Panthers' win streak is over at 12 games.

The Vancouver Canucks ended it, erasing a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime. Rookie Jake Virtanen scored the tying goal at 17:22 of the third period, and Daniel Sedin won it in overtime on the power play, with Jaromir Jagr in the penalty box.


Sedin's goal was his second of the game, and it was a big one - he tied Canucks legend Markus Naslund for the most goals in franchise history, at 346.

Roberto Luongo was the goalie most everyone was talking about before the game, as he's always a story when he comes back to Vancouver, but Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom was instrumental in ending the Panthers' run, stopping 26 of 28 shots to earn the win.

But what a run it was for Florida:

That's 13 straight games with at least a point for the #FlaPanthers ... 12-0-1 past 13; now 18-3-1 in past 22 games. Not too shabby...

— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) January 12, 2016
The game didn't end after Sedin's OT winner. There were fireworks - and not because he tied Naslund's mark. While Vancouver was celebrating the victory at center ice, Derek Dorsett skated over to the Panthers' bench and exchanged words with backup goalie Al Montoya. Then everyone got involved. Some of the Panthers even began making their way back to the bench after heading down the tunnel.

What decade are we in? pic.twitter.com/SH7mGisudX

— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) January 12, 2016
Words were allegedly exchanged before Dorsett and Montoya got into it:

Hearing it was Thornton who was having words from Florida bench which may have started things. #Canucks #panthers.

— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) January 12, 2016
Henrik says it was one person who said something they know who they are. Said they hear a lot of things...this time they crossed the line.

— Irfaan Gaffar (@sportsnetirf) January 12, 2016
Watch video and read more about the scuffle here.

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Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon offered his team's perspective on what led to a scuffle between the benches after the Vancouver Canucks' overtime winner Monday.

Daniel Sedin scored the winner while Jaromir Jagr was in the penalty box for hooking, and Tallon said the team is tired of calls not going their way in recent games.

I just asked #Panthers Dale Tallon what was issue @end of game "everyone's pissed of that's why, we've had 1 fucking PP in 2 games" #Canucks

— Stu Walters (@StuWaltersmedia) January 12, 2016
Vancouver held a four to one power play advantage in the contest, and the Panthers didn't gain the man advantage once in their previous game against the Edmonton Oilers, despite Matt Hendricks' hit on Aaron Ekblad that was worthy of a three-game suspension.

For their part, the Canucks maintain the scrum ensued as a result of comments made by a Panthers player earlier in the game that demanded a response.

At any rate, the Panthers 12-game win streak came to an end, although they have now picked up at least a point in 13 straight.

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The Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers developed some serious animosity towards each other Monday night.
A postgame melee involving players and coaches erupted between the teams' benches after Daniel Sedin won the game 3-2 for Vancouver in overtime, ending Florida's 12-game winning streak.


According to Daniel and Henrik Sedin, a comment was made earlier in the game that needed responding to after the deciding goal.
Henrik says it was one person who said something they know who they are. Said they hear a lot of things...this time they crossed the line.
— Irfaan Gaffar (@sportsnetirf) January 12, 2016
DSedin on scrum: "Things were said by one of their players on the bench to some of our players (before OT). There should be more respect. "
— Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) January 12, 2016
The Sedins had choice words at the end of the game for the person who "crossed the line," though they didn't identify him, according to NBC's Jason Brough.
"No, it was nothing towards their team," Henrik said after the game, acknowledging that words were exchanged after the game-winner. "We have a lot respect toward them. It was towards one guy and he knows who he is and he acted very inappropriate and that's something we hear a lot of every game but that was crossing the line."
While the Sedins were content to skate off the ice after apparently saying what they needed to say, teammate Derek Dorsett made his way to the Panthers' bench and exchanged words - and shoves - with Florida backup goaltender Al Montoya. That didn't sit well with Roberto Luongo:
Luongo on Derek Dorsett punching Montoya: Had 60 minutes to fight anyone willing and able; wanted to do it after the game. #FlaPanthers
— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) January 12, 2016
Dorsett said Montoya took a swing at him, that's why he swung back. Said if Gallant knew what was said he wouldn't have reacted like he did.
— Irfaan Gaffar (@sportsnetirf) January 12, 2016
Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant let his feelings be known during the scrum, and he didn't look pleased:
there's Gallant getting involved..pic.twitter.com/a9mZBeJ3Z8
— Stephanie (@myregularface) January 12, 2016
Gallant wasn't available to the media after the game, and it was announced he's headed to Prince Edward Island to attend his mother's funeral. Assistant coach Mike Kelly will serve as head coach in Gallant's place Wednesday in Calgary.




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The Chicago Blackhawks have announced a three-year contract extension for head coach Joel Quenneville, which will run through the 2019-20 NHL season.

@NHLBlackhawks 3 yr Quenneville ext included bump on his last year of old deal Sources say new #NHL deal in ballpark of 18m over the 3 yrs.

— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) January 12, 2016
Quenneville is in his eighth season with the club, coaching the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cups (2010, 2013, 2015) since taking over as bench boss in 2008.

Over the course of his 580 regular-season games behind the bench, Chicago has a record of 343-168-69, adding up to a points percentage of .651, the best in franchise history.

The Blackhawks also won the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy as the regular-season points leader, as well as the 2013 and 2015 Jennings Trophies as the team with the fewest regular-season goals allowed.

Altogether, Quenneville boasts 19 years of NHL head coaching experience, having previously worked with the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche.

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It appears as though the Seth Jones deal will cost Kevin Connauton a roster spot in Columbus.

The Blue Jackets placed the defenseman on waivers Tuesday.

With plenty of teams starving for help on defense, Connauton, 25, will most certainly garner a few looks. He's offensively capable, with 11 goals and 37 points in 125 games, and has decent possession numbers, but has had a difficult time fitting into John Tortorella's lineup.

He costs a little more than $683,000 against the cap, and will be a restricted free agent at season's end.

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One of the game's most impressive careers appears to be nearing its end.

New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias will be out indefinitely after undergoing a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, the team announced Tuesday.

There is currently no timetable for his return.

In a statement, Devils GM Ray Shero said "We are optimistic that Patrik will return this season"

— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 12, 2016
Elias, who turns 40 in April, is in the final year of a 3-year, $16.5-million contract. Although the Devils are optimistic that he can return this season, the injury raises doubts regarding the future of his career.

The 39-year-old forward has struggled this season, recording one goal and four assists in 13 games. He has talied 1,022 points in 1,237 career games, all of which have come with the Devils.

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Connor McDavid turns 19 today, though that's hardly cause for celebration.

Sure, he might be fitted for a playful headlock from Luke Gazdic, or perhaps receive a broken English greeting from Nail Yakupov that will bring rise to the room. But it will only serve as a brief distraction for the Edmonton Oilers, on the road in California, from their current state.

Somewhere between self-pity and surrender.

The Oilers were 4-3 overtime losers to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, failing to net two points for the 10th time in their last 13 games.

They still rank dead last in the Western Conference, and despite being six points back of the Pacific's final postseason slot, three teams stand between them and third-place San Jose.

McDavid will miss a minimum of 37 games before he, the medical team, and coaching staff agree his left clavicle - broken in his 13th game and before he could truly introduce his talent - is strong enough to withstand the hazards associated with competing at the highest level.

Unfortunately by then, this season will be a lost cause.

For a while, McDavid's team was doing its part. The Oilers won six straight games to open December, and provided every indication they could at least close over the wound, and just hang around long enough for the rookie phenom's return.

Bleeding, though, has since prevailed. Edmonton has managed 12 wins in 31 games since its latest No.1 overall selection was cancelled by two Philadelphia Flyers' defensemen. And the road map to McDavid's return will only become more cumbersome to navigate.

The Oilers meet the Sharks and Flames to close out the week before embarking on a three-game road trip with stops in Florida, Tampa Bay, and Dallas. Then they return home to face the Predators before an extended nine-game break around the All-Star Game.

Projections are, as we know, bunk. Because for all we know, the Oilers could run the table and be in postseason seeding when McDavid returns.

But even if they split the next six, which would be generous considering the quality of their opponents, the Oilers will head into the break totaling 20 wins in 50 games.

So, based on the 95-point standard for postseason-bound rosters, the Oilers, with McDavid, would have to win approximately 80 percent of their games down the stretch to snap the club's nine-year postseason drought.

You'd have to prefer their chances at winning another lottery.

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Seth Jones is getting a chance to shine with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It may not be translating on the score sheet and in the standings quite yet, but head coach John Tortorella is clearly leaning on the young defenseman early in his tenure with the club, as Jones is averaging well over 20 minutes of ice time since being acquired from the Nashville Predators.

On top of that, Jones' deployment in Columbus brings far more responsibility than what he's used to.

According to War On Ice, Jones' offensive zone starts are down from 58.15 percent in Nashville to 47.06 with the Blue Jackets, while his power play time is up to 3.43 per game, from 2.36.

Sure, his possession numbers at even strength have taken a hit as a result of fewer offensive zone starts, but the power play time balances it out, meaning his Corsi rating in all situations has dipped only marginally, from 57.51 with the Predators to 55.3 in Columbus.

Add it all up, and the Blue Jackets are wasting no time in asserting Jones as a top-pair defenseman who will be relied upon for years to come.

Trading away a first-line center like Ryan Johansen is never easy to swallow, but the early returns suggest the Blue Jackets will have few regrets about adding a defenseman of Jones' ilk.

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Cody Hodgson's career has hit another big bump in the road after the 25-year-old was placed on waivers by the Nashville Predators

Signed to a one-year, $1.05-million contract in the offseason, Hodgson appeared in 39 games, recording three goals and eight assists.

He joined the Predators after his six-year, $25.5-million deal was bought out by the Buffalo Sabres.

Hodgson became expendable following the acquisition of Ryan Johansen, which further solidified the team's center ranks.

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Sam Bennett will remember Jan. 13, 2016.

The rookie lit up the Florida Panthers, scoring four goals, and etched his name in the Calgary Flames' record book. At 19 years and 207 days old, Bennett's the youngest Flames player to ever record a hat trick, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Bennett's fourth goal - as pretty as they come - put him in the NHL record books. He's the third-youngest player in league history to find the back of the net four times in a single game.

After going 18 games without a goal from Nov. 27 through Jan. 7, Bennett's luck has turned. He scored his four goals Wednesday on only five shots and has five goals over his last two games.

"I'm happy for him to get that ketchup out of the Heinz bottle," said teammate Mikael Backlund, perfectly.

"Right from the start of the game, he was flying out there," head coach Bob Hartley said. "Very happy for him, a great performance, he played well. Here's a young kid that was working so hard, it's nice to see that he's getting rewarded."

Bennett was drafted fourth overall by the Flames in 2014. He has 10 goals and nine assists in 41 games and is a big part of the club's future. If Wednesday was any indication, the future, with Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau, is bright.

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Braden Holtby's first-half dominance could amount to a historic season.

Through 42 games of the Washington Capitals season, Holtby has made 34 starts, posting a 27-4-2 record with a .932 save percentage and two shutouts.

Should he continue at this pace, he'll have a great shot at breaking Martin Brodeur's record of 48 wins set in 2006-07.

Here's a look at how Holtby's projected pace holds up against Brodeur's benchmark season:



PLAYER              SEASON   GP   RECORD    SAVES   SAVE %


Martin Brodeur   2006-07  78    48-23-7      2011    .922


Braden Holtby   2015-16   74    59-9-4       1939     .932


While it's quite possible Holtby will appear in that many games after playing 72 last season, keeping up the win and save rates is another matter entirely.

The Capitals, however, appear to be the class of the NHL, ranking first in points, goals allowed, and goal differential.

If anyone's ever going to challenge Brodeur's win total, the man between the pipes in Washington is as good a bet as any.

Either way, Holtby's the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy, and could even get some consideration for NHL MVP.

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Glen Sather has ruined the NYR with his move for Yandle and MSL (giving up draft picks when they weren't needed in either situation!) and albatross contracts to Girardi (who sucks), Staal and Nash.  If they can deal any of the latter 3 for nothing to lose the contracts their new GM Jeff Gorton should do it.  Yandle is going to be dealt for a bag of pucks when we sacrificed Duclair and a #1. 

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HBF wrote: Glen Sather has ruined the NYR with his move for Yandle and MSL (giving up draft picks when they weren't needed in either situation!) and albatross contracts to Girardi (who sucks), Staal and Nash.  If they can deal any of the latter 3 for nothing to lose the contracts their new GM Jeff Gorton should do it.  Yandle is going to be dealt for a bag of pucks when we sacrificed Duclair and a #1. 

Some Boston fans over at HFBoards want the Bruins to trade Loui Erisson or Torey Krug for Keith Yandle. Not me - I think Yandle is horrible in his own end and not worth either of those 2 guys. To be honest - I don't even want Boston to sign Yandle once he becomes a Free Agent after this season.

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Yandle sucks donkey balls. Absolutely hate the guy and despise Sather for bringing him to the team.

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HBF wrote: Glen Sather has ruined the NYR with his move for Yandle and MSL (giving up draft picks when they weren't needed in either situation!) and albatross contracts to Girardi (who sucks), Staal and Nash.  If they can deal any of the latter 3 for nothing to lose the contracts their new GM Jeff Gorton should do it.  Yandle is going to be dealt for a bag of pucks when we sacrificed Duclair and a #1. 
It's interesting that for all the grief Dan Boyle was getting earlier in the season he's no longer the one getting scratched; it's basically anybody but him.  For all the names on that Rags D they aren't very good.   I'm a fan of McDonagh and along with Boyle and surprisingly Klein those 3 have been the better D on this team so far.  Girardi does in fact suck and Staal isn't what he once was.  McIlrath has some promise but a ways to go.

If the Rangers don't turn it around soon they are going to drop out of a playoff spot soon as all but Columbus in their division are close on their heels. 

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lobo316 wrote: Connor McDavid turns 19 today, though that's hardly cause for celebration.


Some parts of Canada 19 is the legal age to drink and purchase tobacco. The average 19 year old's make a big deal of it.

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As of today, the Oilers are only 4 points from being last in the league. Imagine if they somehow end up with Mathews?

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Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford turned away 39 shots helping head coach Joel Quenneville move to No. 2 on the league's all-time wins list with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Quenneville collected his 783rd career win, moving ahead of long-time New York Islanders head coach Al Arbour. The 57-year-old remains 461 wins shy of Scotty Bowman who sits first on the list with 1,244 career victories.

"He got there pretty quick. We have a lot of respect for Q... He knows how to treat his players." --Crow

— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 15, 2016
Both teams took part in a good old-fashioned goalie duel with both netminders refusing to break. Mike Condon ultimately conceded two goals on 33 shots in a losing effort.

The @NHLBlackhawks’ 9-game winning streak is their longest since Feb. 15–March 6, 2013, when they posted 11 straight victories. @EliasSports

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All of the game's scoring came in the first period within a 4:30 span. Blackhawks captain Joanthan Toews opened the scoring for his club with his 17th goal of the season, extending his point streak to four games.

The Canadiens' lone goal came off the skate of Paul Byron, while forward Ryan Garbutt's second tally of the season stood up as the game-winner.

The win gives the Blackhawks 62 points and a share of first place in the Western Conference with the Dallas Stars.

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The NHL has joined other professional leagues in mandating domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment training for all of its players.

The program, developed by the NHL and NHL Players' Association, involves all 30 teams going through hour-long educational sessions with outside professionals. It began last week, and teams will complete the seminar over a two-month span.

The NFL and Major League Baseball instituted similar programs in the aftermath of situations involving football players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.

Hockey has had its own high-profile cases.

A former defenseman with the Los Angeles Kings, Slava Voynov, was sentenced to three months in prison when he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence against his wife. Patrick Kane of the Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks was investigated following an alleged rape near Buffalo, New York, but prosecutors declined to file charges because of a lack of credible evidence.

Last month, Buffalo police said Sabres forward Evander Kane was being investigated following an alleged sex crime. No charges have been filed and Kane said he looked forward to having his name cleared.

Commissioner Gary Bettman and other league officials have maintained that the vast majority of NHL players are exemplary citizens. The league and union decided to implement this training so players have useful resources on the topics.

''We've tried to take steps before the league makes it mandatory, to take those steps and educate ourselves and players around the league of certain steps we can take to help each other out, help our families out and help our teammates out, and just to be there for support,'' said Mike Weber, the Buffalo Sabres' player representative.

The Sabres were the first team to complete the program, which had been in the works for more than six months and was unveiled by league officials to owners at their December meeting. The NHL already had this type of training in place for its rookie symposium and adjusted the content so it would be more applicable for veterans.

Rachael Smith Fals, senior vice president of public engagement and corporate relations for Futures Without Violence, has consulted with various leagues on education for players. Futures Without Violence is an organization that provides programs designed to end violence against women and children. It is not the organization the NHL chose for this program, but Smith Fals said it is a step in the right direction.

''Any dedicated education and focus on these topics, from even defining the issues to discussing strategies for how to support a fellow player or how to seek help if you're in need of help - any of that dedication is more than what was being done before,'' Smith Fals said in a phone interview. ''It's really important and it's positive.''

The goal was to make the sessions interactive and encourage questions and conversation.

''There was a lot of discussion and a lot of open-forum talking,'' Weber said. ''It was basically a lot of education, more the domestic side of it, guys with partners, girlfriends, wives, that side of it, and obviously, touching on the sexual abuse and that aspect of it, without going into too much detail.''

An NHLPA representative is allowed to be there for each team's session, which is only for players and not coaches or executives.

Smith Fals recommends to sports leagues that every member of an organization go through such training.

''If the stuff continues to get swept under the rug and people look the other way when these things happen, it sends a message,'' Smith Fals said. ''On the other hand, what's happening now with the incidents being addressed and penalties being evoked and more importantly preventative education being implemented, that also sends a message. That's an important message that we want certainly this generation to see and hear from their role models.

"It will, if done well, have a ripple effect and last for many generations behind it and ultimately change the culture.''

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Angelic Assassin wrote: HBF wrote: Glen Sather has ruined the NYR with his move for Yandle and MSL (giving up draft picks when they weren't needed in either situation!) and albatross contracts to Girardi (who sucks), Staal and Nash.  If they can deal any of the latter 3 for nothing to lose the contracts their new GM Jeff Gorton should do it.  Yandle is going to be dealt for a bag of pucks when we sacrificed Duclair and a #1. 
It's interesting that for all the grief Dan Boyle was getting earlier in the season he's no longer the one getting scratched; it's basically anybody but him.  For all the names on that Rags D they aren't very good.   I'm a fan of McDonagh and along with Boyle and surprisingly Klein those 3 have been the better D on this team so far.  Girardi does in fact suck and Staal isn't what he once was.  McIlrath has some promise but a ways to go.

If the Rangers don't turn it around soon they are going to drop out of a playoff spot soon as all but Columbus in their division are close on their heels.
All good points.  Boyle is likely to retire after this year and McDonagh is a keeper, so Skeij, Klein and McIlrath will all be here next year, hopefully minus Staal and Girardi.  Yandle is already gone as far as I'm concerned.

Of course, Slats can give "advice" and we'll deal Kreider, Hayes and Lindbergh for somebody like Stamkos.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: It's interesting that for all the grief Dan Boyle was getting earlier in the season he's no longer the one getting scratched; it's basically anybody but him.  

Shopping him for a deadline deal perhaps?

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khawk wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: It's interesting that for all the grief Dan Boyle was getting earlier in the season he's no longer the one getting scratched; it's basically anybody but him.  

Shopping him for a deadline deal perhaps?
I hope so as they have nothing in the system other than Skeij and McIlrath.  They need to move Girardi and/or Staal as top priority. Yandle will definitely be dealt this spring.

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A three-way trade was completed Friday between the Arizona Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, and Nashville Predators - and an All-Star is headed for Quebec.

It was originally reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie that the Coyotes traded forward - and All-Star tournament captain - John Scott and defenseman Stefan Elliott to the Canadiens for defenseman Jarred Tinordi, with Montreal then flipping Elliott to the Predators for defenseman Victor Bartley.

But instead of two separate moves, the deal is now being reported as a three-team trade:

Believe sequence of events is Nashville first trading Bartley to Arizona for Elliott. Then it's the Coyotes who flip Bartley/Scott to Habs

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 15, 2016
The Canadiens announced the trade Friday afternoon, officially acquiring Scott and Bartley for Tinordi and forward Stefan Fournier. Scott and Bartley will report to Montreal's AHL affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps. The Predators announced the Elliott-for-Bartley swap on their website.

Scott, who is supposed to represent the Pacific Division in Nashville at the All-Star Game, was recalled by the Coyotes from the AHL earlier Friday afternoon. He has one assist in 11 games, is averaging only 6:18 in ice time, and is set for unrestricted free agency.

Tinordi has only suited up three times for the Canadiens this season, going pointless. He's 23, and was a first-round pick by Montreal in 2010, 22nd overall. He'll be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. In 46 games with Montreal over four seasons, he managed six assists. He was used sparingly, never averaging more than 14:32 a game.

Tinordi will be on #Coyotes roster, Maloney said, giving team eight defenseman.

— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) January 15, 2016
Elliott, a right-handed shooting defenseman, will turn 25 in late January. He has two goals and four assists in 19 games this season and will also be a restricted free agent at season's end.

I've always though Elliott might be able to crack a top six -- even as he keeps passing through waivers. 24 pts in 82 gp, +3.3% CorsiRel.

— Scott Cullen (@tsnscottcullen) January 15, 2016
Bartley, 27, has played only one game for Nashville this season. He has a goal and 22 assists in 112 career NHL games. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and will join the team in St. Louis.

Fournier, 23, has never played a game in the NHL. He has five goals and two assists in 24 games in the AHL this season. Montreal originally signed Fournier as a free agent in July 2013. He'll report to the Coyotes' farm team.

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lobo316 wrote: A three-way trade was completed Friday between the Arizona Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens, and Nashville Predators - and an All-Star is headed for Quebec.

It was originally reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie that the Coyotes traded forward - and All-Star tournament captain - John Scott and defenseman Stefan Elliott to the Canadiens for defenseman Jarred Tinordi, with Montreal then flipping Elliott to the Predators for defenseman Victor Bartley.

But instead of two separate moves, the deal is now being reported as a three-team trade:

Believe sequence of events is Nashville first trading Bartley to Arizona for Elliott. Then it's the Coyotes who flip Bartley/Scott to Habs

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 15, 2016
The Canadiens announced the trade Friday afternoon, officially acquiring Scott and Bartley for Tinordi and forward Stefan Fournier. Scott and Bartley will report to Montreal's AHL affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps. The Predators announced the Elliott-for-Bartley swap on their website.

Scott, who is supposed to represent the Pacific Division in Nashville at the All-Star Game, was recalled by the Coyotes from the AHL earlier Friday afternoon. He has one assist in 11 games, is averaging only 6:18 in ice time, and is set for unrestricted free agency.

Tinordi has only suited up three times for the Canadiens this season, going pointless. He's 23, and was a first-round pick by Montreal in 2010, 22nd overall. He'll be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. In 46 games with Montreal over four seasons, he managed six assists. He was used sparingly, never averaging more than 14:32 a game.

Tinordi will be on #Coyotes roster, Maloney said, giving team eight defenseman.

— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) January 15, 2016
Elliott, a right-handed shooting defenseman, will turn 25 in late January. He has two goals and four assists in 19 games this season and will also be a restricted free agent at season's end.

I've always though Elliott might be able to crack a top six -- even as he keeps passing through waivers. 24 pts in 82 gp, +3.3% CorsiRel.

— Scott Cullen (@tsnscottcullen) January 15, 2016
Bartley, 27, has played only one game for Nashville this season. He has a goal and 22 assists in 112 career NHL games. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and will join the team in St. Louis.

Fournier, 23, has never played a game in the NHL. He has five goals and two assists in 24 games in the AHL this season. Montreal originally signed Fournier as a free agent in July 2013. He'll report to the Coyotes' farm team.
I get up from an old man afternoon nap to find this!  All I have to say is Montreal, what the fuck are you doing.   John Scott and Victor Bartley are going to get you out of your slump?  You guys can't score right now and psst, neither can either one of those two pieces of shit.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: As of today, the Oilers are only 4 points from being last in the league. Imagine if they somehow end up with Mathews?

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CanadianHorseman wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: As of today, the Oilers are only 4 points from being last in the league. Imagine if they somehow end up with Mathews?


Can someone please explain to me the purpose of the draft lottery and what it's suppose to prevent teams from doing.

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Pffft, the Oilers are not going to win another lottery.  :tongue:

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Mysterious wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: As of today, the Oilers are only 4 points from being last in the league. Imagine if they somehow end up with Mathews?


Can someone please explain to me the purpose of the draft lottery and what it's suppose to prevent teams from doing.
The draft lottery is essentially a way of trying to prevent teams from tanking to get the number 1 pick in the draft.


In the old days draft order was simply the reverse of the final standings but the concern of course was that teams might intentionally lose games to ensure than number one pick.


it wouldn't surprise me in the least that the draft lottery could still be rigged so that a specific team gets the number one overall pick.   I can see the NHL tall foreheads not wanting a Connor McDavid to wind up in Arizona or some other wasteland, him being the most highly anticipated rookie of the last couple decades.


I think if Edmonton regardless of where they finish luck into Auston Matthews there may be some kind of palace revolt  as the odds that they get yet another number one pick would seem to be astronomical.   I don't know what the answer is but the NHL may already be in need of finding another way of determining draft order.  I know there is a change for 2016 if I'm not mistaken but seeing the same piece of shit organization get high draft pick year after year is starting to get tiring.

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Carl Hagelin traded to Pittsburgh, with Pitt fans pissed about the cap hit $4mm for offense when their D sucks.

Here's an idea: Make a deal with the NYR and you can have your choice of Mark Staal for Hagelin or Girardi/Yandle for Hagelin/ 1st round pick. 

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HBF wrote: Carl Hagelin traded to Pittsburgh, with Pitt fans pissed about the cap hit $4mm for offense when their D sucks.

Gee - that Etem for Hagelin deal between the Rangers and Anaheim deal didn't work out as expected. 

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CanadianHorseman wrote: HBF wrote: Carl Hagelin traded to Pittsburgh, with Pitt fans pissed about the cap hit $4mm for offense when their D sucks.

Gee - that Etem for Hagelin deal between the Rangers and Anaheim deal didn't work out as expected.
We knew that was a bad deal from the beginning for us, but didn't think it would be bad for Hags.  We'll take him back in a heartbeat for that salary and would gladly ditch Girardi and/or (preferably both of them) Staal.  If Ranger fans had their way, there would be 4 guys under contract next year on D (McDonagh, Klein, McIlrath, Skeij) and Nash would be in another jersey.  Yandle is as good as gone and Boyle's going to retire. The Blueshirts are a fucking mess.  I'd deal everyone I could (Boyle, Dominic Moore, Glass (a hated player if any), Nash, Staal, Girardi, Yandle) and start with younger, and BIGGER players on the front 6.  The midget brigade is ridiculous and AV is bad for Kreider, Hayes, Lindbergh and McIlrath (basically, all the young guys).  I'd have him change his lack of accountability (benching only youngsters) and commit to the younger guys but doubt he'd do it.  We can even trade Hank as we have two stud goalies in the minors, but not sure if that would be worth it. Hank's worth about 10 games a year to us and is that good.

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The Los Angeles Kings and Anze Kopitar have finally brought pen to paper on their eight-year pact worth a reported $80 million.

Count it! That’s eight more years for Anze Kopitar in a #LAKings uniform. OFFICIAL >> https://t.co/0OgNxt93ag pic.twitter.com/nvRPFwUH02

— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 16, 2016
Kopitar's megadeal will kick in next season and stands to pay the premier two-way center the third-highest annual salary league wide behind only Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane's dueling $10.5-million contracts.

Terms were apparently agreed upon Wednesday, but the taxing negotiation process was stretched out a little further to iron out no-movement conditions.

Kopitar is protected immediately and throughout the first half of his frontloaded extension, which will see him earn $50 million across four seasons. In the latter portion of his contract, his protection is reduced to a limited no-trade clause, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

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The Chicago Blackhawks have exposed forward Bryan Bickell to waivers for the second time this season.

The beleaguered forward had a 12-game stint with the Rockford IceHogs earlier this season and should he clear, he'll likely be sent down to rejoin the American Hockey League outfit.

Bickell, who earns $4.5 million against the cap, is without a goal in 23 appearances for the big club.

The Blackhawks free up more than $3 million in cap space when Bickell's in the minors, per generalfanager.com.

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Talking about a players value going down quickly. David Perron was traded from Edmonton to the Penguins on Jan 2nd 2015 for a 2015 1st rounder and a bottom 6 type player. A bit over 1 year later, the Pens have to add a bottom 6 player to get rid of him for an overrated speed demon who can't finish.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: I get up from an old man afternoon nap to find this!  All I have to say is Montreal, what the fuck are you doing.   John Scott and Victor Bartley are going to get you out of your slump?  You guys can't score right now and psst, neither can either one of those two pieces of shit.
It was done so they didn't lose Tinordi for nothing if they tried to send him down, which they certainly would have. Bartley is someone that could play if they got a lot of injuries on the D corps.
Tinordi would have been sent down a long time ago, instead they had to keep him on the team and he never played. I imagine they've been shopping him for a long time.

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khawk wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: I get up from an old man afternoon nap to find this!  All I have to say is Montreal, what the fuck are you doing.   John Scott and Victor Bartley are going to get you out of your slump?  You guys can't score right now and psst, neither can either one of those two pieces of shit.
It was done so they didn't lose Tinordi for nothing if they tried to send him down, which they certainly would have. Bartley is someone that could play if they got a lot of injuries on the D corps.
Tinordi would have been sent down a long time ago, instead they had to keep him on the team and he never played. I imagine they've been shopping him for a long time.
If Bartley had been picked up when he was on waivers previously and put Tinordi on waivers it would have amounted to the same thing without the horrible optics of that fucker John Scott being a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization, regardless of if he ever players a game for them or in the AHL.  Not to mention the shadow cast on his ASG nomination(no matter how much of a stupid publicity stunt that whole fiasco was) and the parts the NHL, Arizona and Montreal may have played in virtually ensuring he doesn't get to take part in the game.   He doesn't deserve to but the NHL's sham of a voting process allows for this kind of crap to happen because fans(used loosely in a case like this) can ensure virtually any totally undeserving scumbag gets voted in.  But coming up with this joke of a trade is a black mark on the league if there was collusion involved regarding the inclusion of John Scott as I would think any GM worth his salt would have had Arizona include a low draft pick as part of the deal for taking Scott,



The whole thing just smells of ass.  I'm able to say that even as a Habs fan.  The whole thing is a disgrace.
 

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The fact that Arizona just put Steve Downie on waivers makes the who John Scott fiasco look even worse.  Why not offer Downie to the Habs?  It's not like Arizona didn't know they would be putting him on waivers as well.  Downie is still a bum but in comparison to Scott he's a high class bum and can actually play to a certain extent. 

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The Edmonton Oilers have locked up a goalie.

Cam Talbot has agreed to a three-year, $12.5-million contract extension, the club announced Sunday.

Talbot 3 yr extension with Oilers. $12.5 million over term.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 17, 2016
The 28-year-old was one of Peter Chiarelli's first big acquisitions after being hired as the club's general manager last April, with a view towards parlaying Talbot's strong performance - albeit in a small sample size - with the New York Rangers into a starting gig for the perennially rebuilding Oilers.

In 26 appearances with the Oilers, Talbot's record of 8-13-3 isn't all that impressive, but he has posted a save percentage of .914, which is no small feat for a goalie playing behind a suspect defense.

He's been especially good of late, stopping 359 of 383 shots in 13 starts since Dec. 14, good for a save percentage of .937.

Talbot was set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, and his current deal carries a cap hit of $1.45 million.

Fellow goaltender Anders Nilsson, who has also played well at times for the Oilers, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer.

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The Vancouver Canucks aren't expecting to have their captain back until at least early February.

Henrik Sedin likely won't play until after the All-Star break, the club announced Monday. Head coach Willie Desjardins said Sedin is expected to be sent home from New York, where the Canucks will play the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Sedin was hit from behind by Mikhail Grabovski in Sunday's win over the New York Islanders.


The Canucks forward left the game and didn't return after the hit, for which Grabovski is reportedly not expected to face discipline.

Vancouver has three games remaining on its six-game road trip - against the Rangers, Boston Bruins, and Pittsburgh Penguins - before wrapping up its pre-All-Star schedule at home against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 26.

The Canucks host the Columbus Blue Jackets upon returning from the break on Feb. 4.

Henrik's brother, Daniel, will represent Vancouver on the Pacific Division squad.

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The Oilers just took a big step in securing another top pick in the next NHL Draft.


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Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan announced centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would be out long-term after injuring his hand in Monday's 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

Nugent-Hopkins left Monday's game early in the second period after blocking a shot from Panthers defenceman Dimitri Kulikov.

The former first overall draft pick has eight goals and 30 points in 46 games for the Oilers this season.

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There were rumors that the Flyers were looking at RHN. I guess we don't have to worry about overpaying for him now.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: There were rumors that the Flyers were looking at RHN. I guess we don't have to worry about overpaying for him now.
RNH has been in a lot of trade rumours the last few weeks - to TB for Drouin, to St. Louis for Shattenkirk and to the Islanders for Hamonic.

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That was a good signing by the Oilers locking up Talbot- I think he has tremendous upside.

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Longtime NHL goon Brian McGrattan got his ass handed to him last night in the AHL. I'm not sure which hurt more - the knockout punch or hitting the ice face first ????


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The Chicago Blackhawks set a franchise record with their 12th straight win Tuesday night, pounding the Nashville Predators 4-1.

It's over! #Blackhawks win 12 in a row! That's a new franchise record! #ONEGOAL pic.twitter.com/QI5NmqYxtL

— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 20, 2016
In an all too familiar sight, forward Patrick Kane was the difference-maker. The 27-year-old collected a goal and an assist, giving him 30 goals and 71 points in 49 games on the season.

Related: VIDEO: Kane converts 30th goal with breakaway backhand

Newly acquired forward Richard Panik notched the game-winning goal early in the second period. It was his second tally of the season and second in as many games.

Rookie sensation Artemi Panarin extended his point streak to three games, delivering two assists. He now has 45 points on the season, the most among all rookies and 10 more than captain Jonathan Toews for second on the Blackhawks.



Goaltender Corey Crawford turned away 38 of 39 shots, as he pushed his record to 27-10-2 and set a new personal best with his ninth straight win.

Corey Crawford is 2nd goalie in @NHLBlackhawks franchise history to win 9 straight personal appearances (Hall: 9-0-0, 1966-67) @EliasSports

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 20, 2016
The Blackhawks' streak matches them with the Florida Panthers for the longest in the league this season. The club now has a five-point hold on the top record in the Western Conference.

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Once upon a time, the Montreal Canadiens boasted a 9-0-0 record.

Those days are now a distant memory, after a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, combined with the New Jersey Devils' victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, dropped the team from the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

"We just really have to get better at putting the puck in the net, but I think the process has been there," Max Pacioretty said, according to NHL.com's Arpon Basu. "At this point, it's just a little bit of a mindset. If you don't have confidence you're not going to score goals."

This is the 10th time in their past 19 games the Habs have scored one goal or fewer.

— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) January 20, 2016
The Canadiens now find themselves a point behind the Devils for the final playoff position - a position they haven't been in at any time this season.


The team has now lost five straight games and 17 of its last 22 since Dec. 1, but despite the slump, head coach Michel Therrien feels the team is playing well enough to win.

"We're not looking for moral victories, we're not looking to win the game on the shot clock," Therrien said. "A lot of these games we've stuck to the process and we've done a lot of good things. If you sit down and watch the game it's really, really hard to say we're playing poor hockey for a lot of this stretch. We've just got to be a little bit better, and we've got to execute."

Hard not to get the impression something severe is coming for Habs if (when?) they lose this. Don't know what exactly, but something.

— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) January 20, 2016
With the victory over the Flames, the Devils extended their winning streak to two games. As for the Canadiens, the team will be back in action Saturday when they take on the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Sharks have come a long way from their days at the rundown Cow Palace when their signature teal jerseys seemed to be a bigger attraction than the product on the ice.

The Sharks have grown in their 25 years into one of the more successful non-traditional NHL market franchises by becoming a consistent winner on the ice and developing the game at the grassroots level.

As they celebrated their 25th anniversary Tuesday night with current players, alumni and fans, there was only one glaring thing missing.

''It's a long time, great time, great memories,'' owner Hasso Plattner said. ''No Stanley Cup yet.''

The Sharks have come close to the ultimate prize, with three trips to the conference finals and 10 straight playoff berths before missing the postseason last year.

After a few shaky stretches, San Jose is currently tied for second place in the Pacific Division - with strong hopes of making it back to the playoffs this season.

''The team is playing relatively well,'' Plattner said. ''We're hanging in in the position. They have to show it now in the remaining 40 games. I think we have all the abilities, and they have to do it.''

The on-ice product took a back seat temporarily Tuesday night to the extravaganza that featured players in tuxedos walking in on a teal carpet, highlights of the team's first quarter-century and a celebration of hockey's success in the Bay Area.

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Vincent Lecavalier scored a power-play goal for the third consecutive game as the Los Angeles Kings won a key Western Conference matchup against the Dallas Stars 3-2.

"You can tell he's having fun again," said teammate Milan Lucic, according to Greg Beacham of the Associated Press. "The coaches have put him in position to succeed, and that's something he's earned."

The 35-year-old is becoming an increasingly fascinating story in Los Angeles as he is now thriving with top-six minutes and power-play time after spending much of his stint with the Philadelphia Flyers as a healthy scratch.

Lecavalier has 3 goals in 6 games with Kings. He had 3 in his final 34 with Philly, dating to last season.

— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) January 20, 2016
The Kings acquired the former first-overall pick along with defenseman Luke Schenn in a deal that was largely seen as move for future cap relief with Lecavalier agreeing to retire at season's end, after one more shot at the Stanley Cup.

While the added veteran presence was always seen as a benefit of the deal, his production is coming as a pleasant surprise. This final swan song, as long as he's a man of his word, is definitely becoming an intriguing one.

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Once upon a time, the Montreal Canadiens boasted a 9-0-0 record.

Those days are now a distant memory, after a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, combined with the New Jersey Devils' victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, dropped the team from the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.




As a sports fan there is nothing better than seeing your most bitter rival struggle for an extended period. I would be thrilled to see Montreal continually finish in last place every season except that they would eventually get their next superstar by picking 1st in every Draft. Anyway - last night's result made me very happy.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote: for Horsey



Once upon a time, the Montreal Canadiens boasted a 9-0-0 record.

Those days are now a distant memory, after a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, combined with the New Jersey Devils' victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, dropped the team from the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.




As a sports fan there is nothing better than seeing your most bitter rival struggle for an extended period. I would be thrilled to see Montreal continually finish in last place every season except that they would eventually get their next superstar by picking 1st in every Draft. Anyway - last night's result made me very happy.

The Habs are definitely head scratchers these days.  Personnel moves that simply don't make sense, except in the context of the never ending love for grinders, but if some of the scorers like Carr and Andrighetto had been kept up with the big club as opposed to scoring and then immediately being banished to the 4th line or back to the AHL we might have won some of the games we lost.


Carey Price, healthy and in net would have won us some more of those games on his own.  The Gallagher injury was a big blow as he is clearly one of the top net front presences in the league.

Relying on Dale Weise to be a goal scorer, or Tomas Fleishman, or Devante Smith-Fatty is a recipe for failure.  Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell are ok on a team having success and some solid scoring from the other lines but on a struggling team they need to be shot and pissed on.  Galchenyuk can't play C to save his life, being as defensively responsible as a torn condom.  For all the flak Desharnais gets he's been better than Galchenyuk but a lot of guys are being misused and while Semin may not have been what they expected before they released him  it's pretty tough to get into any kind of rhythm when you are in and out of the lineup and playing six minutes.


The defense well that's a whole other story.  Markov has absolutely sucked and for how good Subban is he constantly is out of position, makes bonehead plays on D and like many of the Habs take penalties at inopportune times.   And Victor barley, such an important acquisition gets sent to the minors today.

Offensively the Habs are snakebit like the Ducks were or have been for most of the season.  Even with Price's return it would not surprise me(sigh) to see them continue to slip out of the playoff race and we could have a playoff season with no Canadian team participation.  Not going to claim to have the answers but I would say that based on what I've seen over the last month and how little heart the team plays with most nights Montreal is a team wanting to get their coach and or GM fired.

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Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion, general manager Ron Francis announced Wednesday.

Concurrently, the team has recalled Daniel Altshuller from the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.

Ward last appeared in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 16, stopping 19 of 22 shots while playing all 63:25.

Canes GM Ron Francis says team not sure when Ward suffered concussion. Said he complained of dizziness Tuesday, was diagnosed today.

— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) January 20, 2016
The lion's share of the starts will now presumably fall on the shoulders of Eddie Lack, who's posted a record of 6-8-3 with a .891 save percentage for a Hurricanes team that sits three points out of a wild-card spot.

Ward's set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end.

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The San Jose Sharks didn't need to shed a body to reintroduce Raffi Torres, but they're in the process of clearing a spot anyway.

Ben Smith was placed on waivers Wednesday with the expectation he'll be assigned to the club's AHL affiliate.

He's had a tough season: He's without a point in six appearances, missing time with a concussion.

Torres, who served his 41-game suspension for a preseason headshot on Jakob Slifverberg, was recently called up after two appearances for the San Jose Barracuda.

Smith's demotion will also free up cap space.

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San Jose Sharks players may be more concerned with their woeful 8-12-1 home-ice record, but it's the home-ice attendance that has the owner truly miffed.

"I'm really concerned about the situation," Hasso Plattner said, according to CSN's Kevin Kurz. "If you don't have enough demand, the season ticket holders can't sell the tickets if they are not available to go. So that has a double-negative effect. And obviously for everybody to be in an arena that shows a surplus of empty seats is not very encouraging, even for the playoffs.

"So this is not good, but there's only so much you can do."

For years, the "Shark Tank" was one of the fullest, loudest barns in the NHL, selling out almost exclusively. But this season, they're averaging 2,000 fewer fans per game, dropping to 21st in total attendance, according to ESPN.com.

"The Sharks were the new kid on the block 25 years ago," Plattner said. "I remember days when I couldn't get a scalped ticket because we were more than sold out."

Plattner says the team will soon unveil plans aimed at remedying the situation, including efforts to target the younger demographic.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Longtime NHL goon Brian McGrattan got his ass handed to him last night in the AHL. I'm not sure which hurt more - the knockout punch or hitting the ice face first ????





After being knocked unconscious in a harrowing scene on AHL ice Tuesday night, long-time pro hockey fighter Brian McGrattan is already looking forward to his return.
Thanks for all the msgs. Everything is fine i am not dead and will be back shortly!! Been around a long time and know the risks!!
— brian mcgrattan (@bigern10) January 20, 2016
McGrattan, with his bearings in tact, was available for interview less than 24 hours after the incident, telling TSN 1050 that the CT scans and X-rays performed turned out "all clear."
He continued, saying it's "just part of fighting," and that "there's a couple spots there on your chin, if you get tagged, you're going down. That's the way it is."
McGrattan also defended fighting's place in the minor leagues, though heacknowledged that fisticuffs can "take away" from the NHL game.
The 34-year-old has fought 245 times in a career spanning three decades.
He opened up about his struggles with sobriety in an interview with theCalgary Flames' official website earlier this season.

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The Jonathan Drouin saga has just taken yet another interesting turn of events.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have suspended Drouin indefinitely without pay for failing to show up to Wednesday's AHL game between the Syracuse Crunch and the Toronto Marlies.

The Lightning has suspended Jonathan Drouin. Like sands through the hourglass.. pic.twitter.com/ygXNOUJQi0

— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) January 21, 2016
Drouin took part in the morning skate, but was not present for the pre-game warm up.

The 20-year-old forward has been front and center in trade speculation since agent Allan Walsh went public with a trade request following his clients demotion to the AHL.

He has recorded just three points in seven games for the Crunch after collecting two goals and six assists in 19 games for the Lightning earlier this season.

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Drouin is acting like an entitled spoiled fucking brat. Like most kids his age.

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Though he has to agree to whatever his agent wants to try and do...his agent is Alan Walsh. Guy is a dickbag and has employed similar tactics for his clients previous to this.

The player, as noted, is not absolved from agreeing to let Walsh do this stuff, but most agents would be far, far less over the top and public with their demands for trades or whatever else. Walsh loves to throw this sort of shit out into the media.

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The last two teams standing in the Western Conference last year aren't adverse to doing business.

On Thursday, the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks swapped depth forwards, with Jiri Sekac landing with the defending Stanley Cup champions and Ryan Garbutt flying south.

Sekac has now been traded twice since signing a free-agent contract with the Montreal Canadiens last season after three in the KHL. He has three points in 22 games.

Garbutt, 30, was the last remaining piece the Blackhawks acquired in the Patrick Sharp trade. He spent much of the season on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, but proved ineffective with just six points in 43 games.

This is the second time Ducks general manager Bob Murray has offloaded a speedy forward who was recently acquired through trade. He sent Carl Hagelin to the Pittsburgh Penguins over the weekend after a disappointing 43-game stint.

Sekac earns less in dollars, but will cost more on the cap with the Dallas Stars fronting half of Garbutt's $1.8-million salary.

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CM Punk and a cadre of UFC notables took some time away from the cage to hit the ice with the New Jersey Devils.

Alongside Corey Anderson, Chris Wade, Jessica Eye, and former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, Punk and his fellow Octagon warriors made the rounds at the Prudential Center in Newark.

In a series of images posted to Twitter, the former WWE heavyweight champion can be seen wearing a custom #13 "CM Punk" Devils jersey, chumming it up with the NJ Devil, and facing off with Griffin.

"Do I have everybody's attention now?" - @CMPunk pic.twitter.com/MrvjDqLoEc

— Devils Insiders (@DevilsInsiders) January 20, 2016
.@BaileyLAKings, We coming for you! pic.twitter.com/TznoPpL2O4

— Coach (@CMPunk) January 20, 2016
Cool moment today having @ForrestGriffin drop the puck for @CMPunk and myself. Great meeting you guys! pic.twitter.com/cf9HecVq4j

— Damon Severson (@dseves7) January 20, 2016
A Chicago native, Punk is a diehard fan of the Blackhawks, so let's hope this doesn't rub them the wrong way.

The Prudential Center plays host to the upcoming UFC on FOX 18 card on Jan. 30, headlined by Anthony "Rumble" Johnson versus Ryan Bader.

- With h/t to FOXSports.com

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Andrew Ference's season is finished.

The Edmonton Oilers announced Thursday the veteran defenseman is to undergo hip surgery and will miss the remainder of their playing schedule.

In truth, Ference's season ended before it started. Between injuries and healthy scratches, Ference, stripped of his captaincy over the summer, has been limited to six games all year.

The Oilers are on the hook for one more season with Ference, who will take another $3.25 million from the pie next year.

With a dastardly 40.3 percent Goals For rate and 44.2 Corsi For percentage, Ference has been a colossal disappointment since coming over from the Boston Bruins in free agency.

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Toronto Maple Leafs greats Dave Keon, Turk Broda, and Tim Horton will be honored with statues outside Air Canada Centre as part of the team's centennial anniversary next season.

"There have been hundreds of great players who have worn the Maple Leaf sweater during the team's 99 seasons, but you would have a difficult time finding three players who are more loved, or better represent the greatness of this franchise and its history, than Dave Keon, Turk Broda and Tim Horton," said team president Brendan Shanahan.

"Legends Row is a tribute to the men who helped make the Toronto Maple Leafs one of the most iconic clubs in sports, but it's also an opportunity to build a strong connection between fans of all ages with that tradition. Adding the names Keon, Broda, and Horton to the monument is a thrill for everyone in the organization and generations of Leaf fans."

The addition of Keon to Legends Row is especially significant as he and the Maple Leafs have been relatively estranged since then-owner Harold Ballard refused to re-sign the center to what was viewed as a fair contract prior to the 1974-75 season. This after Keon was a key member of the club's four Stanley Cup teams in the 1960s, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1967.

Keon and representatives from the Horton and Broda families will be honoured in a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

"I am very happy to have been selected with Turk Broda and Tim Horton to Legends Row," Keon said. "I'm looking forward to the ceremonies on Saturday."

The unveiling of the statues is scheduled for October.

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lobo316 wrote: The Oilers are on the hook for one more season with Ference, who will take another $3.25 million from the pie next year.

I love what Ference brought to the Bruins and he was an important part of the Cup winning team in 2011 but did the Bruins ever dodge a big bullet when he left and signed with Edmonton. 

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lobo316 wrote: CM Punk and a cadre of UFC notables took some time away from the cage to hit the ice with the New Jersey Devils.

Looks like the writer of this story got a Thesaurus for Christmas. 

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First the John Scott fiasco and now we get a bunch of C & W singers as " Celebrity Coaches ". I've never even heard of three of these yokels.


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NHL announces celebrity coaches for 2016 ASG

NEW YORK – NHL fans and country music stars Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Charles Kelley and Chris Young will serve as celebrity coaches for the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday, Jan. 31, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game will broadcast live at 5 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. CT on NBCSN, CBC and TVA Sports.

Bentley, Gill, Kelley and Young will join NHL head coaches Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars, Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals behind the bench.

As part of the new format for the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game, the All-Stars will take part in a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, and featuring teams representing each NHL division.

The 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star celebration marks the first time the city of Nashville and the Predators have hosted the NHL All-Star festivities. NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities. Follow the NHL on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat ('nhl') and join the conversation via the official hashtags #NHLAllStar and #NHLFanFair.Dierks Bentley

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CanadianHorseman wrote: First the John Scott fiasco and now we get a bunch of C & W singers as " Celebrity Coaches ". I've never even heard of three of these yokels.


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NHL announces celebrity coaches for 2016 ASG

NEW YORK – NHL fans and country music stars Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Charles Kelley and Chris Young will serve as celebrity coaches for the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday, Jan. 31, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game will broadcast live at 5 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. CT on NBCSN, CBC and TVA Sports.

Bentley, Gill, Kelley and Young will join NHL head coaches Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars, Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals behind the bench.

As part of the new format for the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game, the All-Stars will take part in a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, and featuring teams representing each NHL division.

The 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star celebration marks the first time the city of Nashville and the Predators have hosted the NHL All-Star festivities. NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities. Follow the NHL on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat ('nhl') and join the conversation via the official hashtags #NHLAllStar and #NHLFanFair.Dierks Bentley



Being a Letterman fan, I've heard of Vince Gill, but only because Larry Bud Melman appeared in on of Gill's video.




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If this isn't adding insult to injury, we don't know what is.
Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spooner hit Vancouver Canucks defensemanChris Tanev into the boards Thursday, and the boards were showing absolutely no remorse.


Making the situation even worse, the Bruins went on to score on the play.
Tanev returned to the game for the third period, and undoubtedly had a few words for the boards.




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The Arizona Coyotes paid tribute to one of their all-time greats Thursday, honoring Shane Doan for his franchise record-breaking 380th career goal.

The longtime Coyotes captain was presented with a painting to honor the record, along with a few other gifts from his teammates.

Don Maloney presented this painting by @darrigoart to Shane Doan in honor of his goals scored record. #Doan380 pic.twitter.com/xShLAHXEyA

— #Doan380 (@ArizonaCoyotes) January 22, 2016
The Coyotes also thanked Doan for his passion for growing hockey in Arizona, providing a $100,000 donation to the newly-created "Shane Doan Arizona Youth Hockey Fund."

Coyotes President/CEO Anthony LeBlanc presented Shane with a check for $100,000 as the initial donation. #Doan380 pic.twitter.com/FRsDxCh3VY

— #Doan380 (@ArizonaCoyotes) January 22, 2016
Even Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald recognized the Coyotes star:

Great recognizes great. #Doan380 A message from @LarryFitzgerald during the #NFCChampionship week: https://t.co/avCvNgRu75

— #Doan380 (@ArizonaCoyotes) January 22, 2016
Doan surpassed Dale Hawerchuk for the franchise lead by scoring his 380th goal against the Winnipeg Jets on New Year's Eve.

The 39-year-old has 922 points in 1,430 career NHL games.

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Daniel Sedin made Vancouver Canucks history against the Boston Bruins on Thursday, overtaking Markus Naslund for most goals in franchise history with his 347th career marker.

The third-period tally was Sedin's 20th of the campaign, and stood up as the game-winner.

Daniel Sedin also joins Markus Naslund as the only players in #Cancuks history to score 20+ goals in 10 seasons.

— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) January 22, 2016
Sedin wasn't done there, adding an empty-netter to give him a team-leading 43 points in 48 games this season.

Burrows on Daniel: "It's just amazing the player he is. I'm sure he's more happy about the win than his two goals." pic.twitter.com/7LzeyIXRBH

— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 22, 2016
The 35-year-old will now set his sights on the 1000-point milestone, with 922 points in 1,108 career NHL games.

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If James Reimer's numbers have you taken aback now, wait until you see his next contract.

In his recent conversations with those in the know, TSN's Darren Dreger deduced that there's a belief among some executives that the Toronto Maple Leafs' soon-to-be free-agent goalie - who's absolutely at the height of his career right now - has done enough to fetch a substantial long-term contract.

"Asked to predict the term and dollar Reimer might command to extend his time with the Maple Leafs, the collective average educated guess of a few NHL management types outside of Toronto is five to seven years at $4.5- to $5.5-million per season," Dreger wrote in his latest Dreger Report.

Dreger adds that both Reimer and the Leafs have mutual interest in getting a deal done. But with the netminder's value skyrocketing, he acknowledges the very real possibility of either party taking advantage of new-found leverage.

"Are those numbers good enough to convince the Leafs to invest in him for the long term? Are they more ammo to lure in potential trade suitors? It’s too soon to say," Dreger wrote.

With a dazzling .937 clip, Reimer is the current league leader in save percentage, and, as Dreger noted, leads in a variety of advanced goaltending metrics as well.

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Cold conditions were unexpectedly made frigid for John Tortorella as he ran an outdoor practice Friday at Winter Park in Columbus.

The Blue Jackets coach was flattened, and left sprawled on the ice, after what Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch described as a "nasty collision" with winger Rene Bourque.

Tortorella gets nailed at @BlueJacketsNHL outdoor practice. #LostEdge #OldTimeHockey pic.twitter.com/auYEY0MBLK

— Shane Cartmill (@scartmill) January 22, 2016
Bourque apparently hit a rut on the ice before crashing into Tortorella, who was attended to by the medical staff before being helped off the ice.

The Blue Jackets' update read that Tortorella was "banged up pretty good," and that he was still expected to make the trip to Boston. However, the coach has been taken to hospital and as a result likely missed the team's charter.

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Steve Yzerman's got a lot of work to do in Tampa Bay, but he knows his priorities.

The Lightning general manager recently made a contract offer to pending unrestricted free agent Steven Stamkos that averaged $8.5 million per season, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, speaking on Saturday's "Headlines" segment on "Hockey Night in Canada."

Friedman said the offer was made "some time in the last few weeks."

Earlier this week, Friedman addressed the contract offer in his "30 Thoughts" column:


Obviously, it was not accepted, but it would be wrong to use the word "rejected." My sense is it's a negotiation point, an attempt to see where everyone stands.

The Lightning have shot up the Eastern Conference standings thanks to a seven-game winning streak (which was snapped Saturday), and Stamkos has had a solid January. He has four goals and five assists in 10 games this month.






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If I was Yzerman, I would deal Stamkos & Drouin now. Stamkos would get a ton of picks and high prospects and Drouin just needs to go, since he's an entitled spoiled brat.

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Trade Stamkos to anywhere but Toronto, they seem to think they are entitled to him.

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Cory17 wrote: Trade Stamkos to anywhere but Toronto, they seem to think they are entitled to him.
I disagree. Trade him to Toronto. Toronto will send their best prospects and picks for him and sign him to a ten million dollar deal.
Stamkos is not worth 10 mil anymore. Hasn't been anywhere near the same player since his broken leg. 
That contract will look terrible within a year or two, and the Loafs will have doomed themselves to staying in the shitter for many more years to come.
Better they should trade for and sign 2 or three good players to fill some of their holes in the lineup a bit more evenly...but they will be all in on Stamkos, no doubt. 
I hope they get him, and if you're a fan of any other team that might be looking at trying to get him and sign him for big bucks, you should hope the same thing.

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Los Angeles Kings forward Milan Lucic has been suspended one game for his punch to the head of Arizona Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton on Saturday night.
The NHL's Department of Player Safety described the incident as a "punch to an unsuspecting opponent" in its announcement Sunday.
Lucic retaliated after Connauton slashed him in the third period of Saturday's 3-2 Coyotes victory.


Connauton was given a minor penalty for slashing, and Lucic was assessed a roughing minor and a game misconduct.
Lucic criticized referee Brad Meier after game.
"I mean, if I don't react, I don't think he even calls a penalty," Lucic said Saturday night.
He served the suspension Sunday against the San Jose Sharks.
The 27-year-old winger was suspended for one game in 2009, and another in 2011.






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With the trade deadline just five weeks away, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello is busy working the phones with a number of players available for draft picks and young players - and not just rentals.

James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports Jonathan Bernier, who has one year remaining on his current contract, has been made available by the Maple Leafs despite fellow goalie James Reimer remaining unsigned heading into next season.

Bernier will be owed $4.15 million next season, which may seem like a steep price for a man who needed 12 starts to pick up his first win of the year, especially when there are only a few teams in need of an immediate upgrade between the pipes.

Reimer, meanwhile, looks to be in line for a lucrative contract that could earn him around $5 million per year as he continues to lead the NHL with a .937 save percentage, though there is no guarantee Toronto will be willing to foot that bill.

Mirtle adds that Lamoriello is also gauging interest on forward Daniel Winnik, who like Bernier has one year remaining on his contract, as well as potential rental players Roman Polak, P.A. Parenteau, and Shawn Matthias.

While the team continues to slide further out of the playoff race with just three wins in their last 10 games, it will be very interesting to see how the 73-year-old GM puts his stamp on the team in the coming weeks.

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Andrew Ladd's future may not be with the Winnipeg Jets, after all.

The captain's agents have broken off talks with the club and Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was recently seen meeting with the representative for defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, reports TSN's Gary Lawless.

The Jets haven't held meaningful discussions with Ladd for some time and are shifting their focus to re-signing Byfuglien, according to the report. Both players are pending unrestricted free agents.

Ladd is earning $4.4 million in the final year of his contract, while Byfuglien is making $5.2 million in the last season of his deal.

Last month, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported the Jets and Ladd's camp had agreed on a six-year term, but the two sides were still apart on salary by less than $1 million.

The 30-year-old posted a career-high 62 points in 81 games last season, but has struggled to maintain that pace this time around, with 27 points in 48 contests.

The Jets have lost three games in a row and seven of their last 10, slipping ever closer to the NHL's basement at 21-24-3. Only the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, and Columbus Blue Jackets have worse records than Winnipeg, with 35 days remaining until the trade deadline.

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Head coach John Tortorella suffered two broken ribs in a collision at practice last week, which kept him out of Saturday's game. The injury will cost him at least two more games.

#CBJ coach John Tortorella (broken ribs) definitely out tonight and Tuesday vs. #Canadiens. Club hopes he's ready after All-Star Game break.

— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) January 25, 2016
Assistant coach Craig Hartsburg will continue to man the bench in Tortorella's absence.

"(Tortorella's) still hurting," Hartsburg said. "I talked to him a couple of times yesterday and, obviously, it’s tough. He’s sore all over and really can’t be mobile at this point, so we’re hoping every day he gets better, but up until now he hasn’t. It’s a significant injury."

The Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens begin a home-and-home series Monday in Columbus. They'll be in Montreal on Tuesday, and then hit the All-Star break.

Columbus is 17-20-5 since Tortorella took over behind the bench in October, but the hole the club dug itself was far too deep to get out of. The Blue Jackets have a league-low 39 points, and have the draft lottery - and potentially Auston Matthews - to look forward to.

"Torts is our leader," Hartsburgh added. "He’s the guy that we look up to as assistant coaches and, as players, he’s their leader. We’re just trying to do our jobs to help the team, help him so when he’s back, hopefully the team’s better. That’s our goal is when he comes back, we’ve made some progress and we’re playing better as a group.

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Today, Aleksander Barkov has a little more in common with Anze Kopitar.

The second coming of Kopitar signed a lucrative long-term contract extension with the Florida Panthers on Monday, announcing a six-year pact that'll reportedly pay him $35.4 million, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

@KevinSpacey thanks 4 the good luck I'm in for 6 more years noon presser tomorrow @LKomarov your invited...Thanks @FlaPanthers @Dougielarge

— Aleksander Barkov (@Barkovsasha95) January 25, 2016
The Panthers likely could've likely retained Barkov for a lower price during his restricted seasons, but the contract has to be viewed as a coup for the club. The 20-year-old, who's emerged as a true and often dominant top-line center in the league, will play out his prime years at a discount of $5.9 million through 2022.

Barkov has an understated individual stat line, having accrued just 12 goals, and is six points shy of his career best with 30 points. Like the recently re-signed Kings superstar, however, Barkov's incalculable contributions are at the nub of what makes the Panthers the first-place team in the Atlantic Division.

Barkov at 20 vs. Kopitar at 20, since that comparison is in vogue and seems very apt: pic.twitter.com/epDutKmtdg

— Rhys Jessop (@Thats_Offside) January 26, 2016
Though his primary focus after locking up the future of the center-ice position in Florida will be on augmenting his roster for a postseason run, Panthers GM Dale Tallon has plenty of in-house work to tidy up before the start of next season.

Jaromir Jagr, Brian Campbell, Willie Mitchell, Erik Gudbranson, Vincent Trocheck, and Brandon Pirri are among 11 players who need new contracts for next season.

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Madison Square Garden has fired about half a dozen employees after discovering that ticket sales executives were reselling face-value tickets to New York Knicks and New York Rangers games at marked-up prices, according to the New York Post's Josh Kosman.

"It was uncovered through an internal investigation that a small handful of employees were breaking company policies and, as a result, they were relieved of their responsibilities," an MSG spokesman told The Post.

Kosman reports that several executives, including the senior vice president of ticket sales and corporate hospitality, were caught flipping tickets on secondary market sites like StubHub for higher than face value.

ESPN's Ian Begley added that the average resale price for Knicks tickets this season is $260.71, while Rangers tickets tend to go for $247.97 after the markup.

This isn't the first time MSG has had to dismiss staff members due to such scalping scandals. In 1996, the company fired five ticket office employees for reselling tickets.

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Rick Nash will get some extra time to rest his knee.

On Monday, the New York Rangers forward underwent an MRI, which revealed a bone bruise, according to head coach Alain Vigneault. While he's expected to be good to go following the All-Star break, the left winger will be held out of Monday's contest against the Buffalo Sabres.

Nash, who also missed Sunday's loss in Ottawa with the ailment, sits second in the Rangers' scoring with 12 goals and 21 assists in 45 games.

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Horcoff suspended for 20 games.


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Anaheim Ducks centre Shawn Horcoff has been suspended 20 games by the National Hockey League for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

The NHL made the announcement Tuesday.

As mandated by the collective bargaining agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

Based on his average annual salary, Horcoff will forfeit $357,526.88.

The NHL said it would have no further comment on the matter.

“This morning we were made aware of the situation regarding Shawn Horcoff. The Anaheim Ducks organization fully supports the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program," stated Bob Murray, the Ducks executive vice president and general manager. "We will also continue to support Shawn as a player and person throughout this process. We will have no further comment at this time.”

In 45 games with the Ducks this season, the 37-year-old Horcoff has six goals, four assists and 30 penalty minutes.

Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 1998, the native of Trail, B.C., needs just six more appearances to reach 1,000 games played over his 16-year NHL career.

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The Colorado Avalanche are planning to play the final two games prior to the All-Star break without Semyon Varlamov.

With the club set to take to the ice in San Jose and Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday, the goaltender remained in Denver to appear at a district court civil case filed against him by his former girlfriend.

Varlamov was arrested on kidnapping and assault charges back in October 2013, but they were dropped two months later due to a lack of definitive evidence. A civil suit was launched in October 2014, claiming Varlamov had beaten his former girlfriend for years prior to the arrest.

According to Tom McGhee of The Denver Post, the former girlfriend testified before a jury Tuesday that Varlamov, after kicking and dragging her, said, "If we were not in America, I could have killed you."

As the Avalanche prepared for a game against the Sharks, head coach Patrick Roy said Varlamov will definitely not join the team for the remainder of the road trip, thereby effectively ruling him out Wednesday.

Roy declined to comment on Varlamov's situation. "Everybody knows what it is and there's not much I can say," he said, according to Terry Frei of The Denver Post.

Chet Pickard is expected to start in his stead, although he was dealing with an illness that kept him away from the morning skate.

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The Chicago Blackhawks signed senior vice president and general manager Stan Bowman to a three-year contract extension Tuesday.

Bowman has two years remaining on his current contract. With his extension, he'll remain with the club through the 2020-21 season.

"I am proud of how much Stan and his staff have accomplished and have great confidence in his leadership as our organization continues to strive for consistent excellence," Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "Under Stan’s guidance, our Hockey Operations Department is strong across all levels, including scouting, player evaluation and development, and salary cap management. He has created a sound structure that Blackhawks fans can be excited about for many years to come."

Bowman has been with the Blackhawks organization for 15 years, and has served as general manager for the past six seasons. He has helped the Blackhawks collect three Stanley Cups during his tenure (2010, 2013, 2015), becoming the first GM to win three championships in the NHL's salary cap era.

The Blackhawks sit atop the Western Conference with 70 points, and are just three points back of the Washington Capitals for first place overall.

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The curtain has come down on Craig Adams' 14-year career.

Adams - who has not played in a game this season - announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday.

Two-time Cup champ Craig Adams officially retires after 951 games. He's already begun his post-hockey career as financial advisor in Mass.

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) January 26, 2016
The 38-year-old forward finished his career with 55 goals, 105 assists, and 683 penalty minutes across 951 games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I consider myself very lucky to have been able to live out my dreams of playing in the NHL," Adams said. "I would like to thank all the management and coaches who took a chance on me and gave me an opportunity to play a role for their teams."

"The opportunity to compete with and against the best players in the world every day was an honor that I never took for granted," he continued.

Adams also played in 106 playoff games, highlighted by winning Stanley Cup championships with the Hurricanes in 2005-06, and Penguins in 2008-09.

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The Montreal Canadiens' death spiral continues.

The club lost a second straight 5-2 decision to the NHL-worst Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, saw its captain Max Pacioretty go down to injury, and the hometown fans weren't happy about, well, any of it.

Down 3-1 in the second period and on another lifeless power play, defenseman P.K. Subban was booed as he carried the puck from behind his net and up the ice. Subban, who will represent the Canadiens and Atlantic Division at the All-Star Game in Nashville on the weekend, had a game to forget, making two costly turnovers that led to goals. And he took out Pacioretty with a slap shot.

The last time the Canadiens lost consecutive games to the team with the fewest points in the league was Feb 1985 against the Leafs.

— Chantal Desjardins (@ChantalOnAir) January 27, 2016
Subban faced the music after the game. He knows the only thing that can stop the Canadiens from losing another game - for now, at least - is the schedule. Montreal doesn't play again until Feb. 2. The break couldn't come at a better time - the Canadiens need to breathe.

"I deserved a couple of boos," Subban said, according to NHL.com's Arpon Basu. "They should have booed louder, to be honest with you. I didn't play well.

"Listen, I'd probably boo too if I was sitting up there watching me do what I was doing tonight. At the end of the day it doesn't matter if they boo me. Obviously I want to play better. I guess the correct answer would be I'm understanding when they boo. I don't want to say it doesn't bother me, but I understand when you make those types of mistakes that cost your team ... I gave (Columbus) two goals, basically two points tonight."

Outscored and embarrassed 10-4 in two games against the bottom-feeders of the league, the Canadiens are struggling immensely. Their 52 points are now good for 11th in the Eastern Conference - the Carolina Hurricanes passed them Tuesday night. And all this only a few days after general manager Marc Bergevin came out and publicly supported his head coach, Michel Therrien.

Bergevin and all the Canadiens have much to think about over the break. Let's be honest: It can - and may - get a lot worse than some booing.

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"Jumbo Joe" reached a rather large milestone Tuesday night.

Joe Thornton, the veteran San Jose Sharks center, recorded the 1,300th point of his career exactly how you'd expect: with a perfect feed.

With a perfect cross-ice pass, Joe Thornton earns career point number 1,300. https://t.co/muuCoVkGNR

— NHL (@NHL) January 27, 2016
You're welcome, Joe Pavelski.

The helper was Thornton's second of the game and he becomes only the 32nd player in NHL history to record 1,300 or more points. A whopping 933 have come on assists.

Via @EliasSports: Joe Thornton (@SanJoseSharks) has 215 career multi-assist games, second among active players behind Jaromir Jagr (255).

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 27, 2016
The Sharks destroyed the Colorado Avalanche 6-1, and are on an impressive run heading into the All-Star break: they're 8-0-2 in their last 10 games.

Thornton, meanwhile, will continue his way up the all-time points ladder:

RANK    PLAYER                  POINTS
25       Brendan Shanahan   1354


26       Guy Lafleur             1353


27       Mats Sundin           1349


28      Dave Andreychuk    1338


29      Denis Savard          1338


30      Mike Gartner           1335


31     Pierre Turgeon         1327


32    Gilbert Perreault       1326


33    Joe Thornton           1300



You are nothing but the company you keep. Mr. Thornton is grouped among some of hockey's best, where he surely belongs.

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Some good points about the Rangers deadline dilemma. http://nypost.com/2016/01/26/rangers-deadline-strategy-hinges-on-one-dominant-issue/


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Adam Clendening is headed to his fifth organization in just under a year after the Edmonton Oilers claimed him off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Clendening, who was acquired with David Perron from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Carl Hagelin on Jan. 16, didn't play a game for Anaheim. He was placed on waivers Tuesday.

The 23-year-old defenseman has one goal and four assists in 30 career NHL games.

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Erik Karlsson took a not-so-veiled dig at his fellow Ottawa Senators after a 3-2 loss to former teammate Robin Lehner and the Buffalo Sabres.

"We're a budget team," the Senators' captain said, according to TSN 1200's Graham Creech. "We don't have the players here that most high-skill teams do. We're successful when we play a grinding game."

Ottawa out-shot the Sabres 36-22, including a staggering 22-2 edge in the third period, but Jack Eichel's goal early in the frame - his second of the contest - held up as the game-winner.

"We're not going to win games that are high-skilled," Karlsson reiterated, according to Murray Pam of The Hockey News. "We're not going to win games scoring fancy goals. We're a grinding team."

The Senators have a solid core of offensively gifted players - including Mike Hoffman, Bobby Ryan, 2015 Calder Trophy nominee Mark Stone, and Karlsson himself - and they rank ninth in the NHL as a team with 2.7 goals per game.

As far as the club's budget goes, General Fanager projects Ottawa to finish about $6 million under the salary cap, barring any moves before the end of the season.

They shut out the New York Rangers 3-0 on Sunday, but have now lost three of their last four contests.

The Senators slipped further down the Eastern Conference ladder when the Carolina Hurricanes thumped the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Ottawa is only three points back of the second wild-card spot, but they need to leapfrog the Montreal Canadiens, the Hurricanes, the New Jersey Devils, and the Pittsburgh Penguins to get there.

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All-Star antics will have to come from someone else.

The Washington Capitals have announced that Alex Ovechkin, the voted-in Metropolitan Division All-Star captain and the NHL's most prolific goal-scorer, will miss the All-Star Game with a lower-body injury.

"We made this difficult decision after taking into consideration what we felt was best for Alex and our organization," Capitals GM Brian MacLellan wrote in a press release. "Alex has been an incredible ambassador for our team and the league, but we believe it is better if he uses this time to heal and ideally be completely healthy for the duration of the season."

By rule, Ovechkin must miss the first game back from the All-Star break - Feb. 2 versus the Florida Panthers. Last season, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins made a similar decision and suffered the same penalty.

It'll be just the second man-game lost this season for Ovechkin, who's one of the league's more durable superstars. The absence came in early October when he was scratched for arriving late to the arena.

There's no word on who will replace Ovechkin on the roster, or as captain.

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Milan Lucic is back from his one-game suspension for sucker-punchingKevin Connauton, but he's still sluggin'.
The monstrous Los Angeles Kings winger accidentally popped a linesman in the mouth during a scrum, and immediately sought forgiveness.






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It'll be hot water, not a hot beach for Dennis Wideman over the All-Star break after the Calgary Flames defender brazenly plowed through Don Henderson, an unsuspecting linesman who skated into his path, on the way to the bench Wednesday night.
Wideman appears to drop the linesman with intent, but just prior to incident, the Flames defenseman looked to be staggered by a hit from Miikka Salomaki.
Regardless, Wideman should expect a response from the NHL.
Wideman made himself available to media after the game, explaining what he saw.
"I was just trying to get off the ice. I was kind of keeled over and at the last second, I looked up and saw him. I couldn't avoid it," he said. "I don't know where to go or how to get out of the way of him."
"I think I have treated every official with the utmost respect, and I would never intentionally try and hit a linesman, or a (referee)," he added. "It was completely unintentional and I already apologized to him."






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The Wideman hit did not look accidental at all to me. He was hurt, pissed off, and maybe didn't recognize that the guy right at the Predators bench wasn't a player, but that's really not an excuse.

Plus if his head was foggy after that should he not have been subject to "concussion protocol", such as it is?

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Wideman suspended indefinitely.


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Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Thursday for his contact with linesman Don Henderson during Wednesday night’s game in Calgary.

A disciplinary hearing will likely be held for Wideman on Tuesday following the NHL’s All-Star break to determine the next course of action, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

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Indefinite suspension for Wideman pending post All Star hearing.
12:42 PM - 28 Jan 2016


Wideman knocked Henderson to the ice with an arms-extended hit to Henderson’s back while returning to the Calgary bench in the second period.

Wideman, 32, called the contact “completely unintentional” post-game and said he “looked up … at the last second” and “couldn’t avoid it.” He skated over and apologized to Henderson during the next stoppage. There was no penalty called on the play. Wideman appeared to be woozy following a hit from Nashville Predators forward Miikka Salomaki a few seconds early I the shift.

According to the Calgary Sun, Henderson went to a Calgary-area hospital post-game and was treated until the early morning hours for neck pain and nausea and also underwent concussion testing.

Even if it was unintentional, Wideman is facing a possible 10-game minimum suspension for “Physical Abuse of Officials,” according to NHL Rule 40. Any hearing with the possibility for a suspension lasting longer than five games would give Wideman the right to attend the hearing in-person as opposed to over the phone.

According to Rule 40, the NHL has the option to suspend Wideman for a minimum of 10 or 20 games, but not fewer than 10. The difference between the two suspensions is “intent to injure.”

A 20-game ban shall be handed down automatically for a Category I violation when “any player who deliberately strikes an official and causes injury or who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an official with intent to injure,” according to the rulebook.

For the purpose of that rule, “intent to injure” shall mean “any physical force which a player who knew or should have known could reasonably be expected to cause injury.”

The lesser penalty, a minimum 10-game Category II suspension, is for “any player who deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner (excluding Category I), which physical enforce is applied without intent to injure.”

Dan Carcillo, then of the New York Rangers, is the only player suspended for physical abuse of an official in the last six seasons. He was handed a 10-game ban on May 23, 2014 for using physical force against a linesman while being escorted to the penalty box during a playoff game.

Carcillo’s suspension was appealed and later reduced to six games. Ten other players have been suspended under the same Rule 40 since 2000, though Chicago Blackhawks’ centre Tom Lysiak is one of the few to be suspended for 20 games (Oct. 31, 1983).

The NHL officials working Wednesday’s game along with Henderson may have opted to file a report with the league, even though a game misconduct penalty was not called. The other three officials on the ice may have missed it since the collision happened behind the play.

The NHL Officials’ Association expressed their concerns about the hit to the league on Thursday, according to sources.

Wideman said Wednesday he would be “surprised” if the play resulted in discipline. He is a veteran of 755 NHL games.

“If it happens, all I can do is tell my side and tell what happened and hope for the best,” Wideman said. “In my view it was obviously unintentional. Throughout my career, and I’ve been around for a few years, I think I’ve treated every official with the utmost respect and I would never intentionally try to hit a linesman or a ref or anything like that.”

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John Scott confirmed Thursday that the NHL and the Arizona Coyotes repeatedly asked him not to take part in the All-Star Game, and he's not happy about how the entire situation was handled.

The veteran pugilist told his side of the story in a first-hand account published Thursday on The Players' Tribune.

"So when someone from the NHL calls me and says, 'Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?' That’s when they lost me," Scott wrote.

"That was it, right there. That was the moment. Because, while I may not deserve to be an NHL All-Star, I know I deserve to be the judge of what my kids will - and won't - be proud of me for."

The 33-year-old forward says the league requested a public statement from him in a clear attempt to manipulate the vote.

"So when they asked me to make a statement - nudging the fan vote in another direction and denouncing the John Scott 'movement' - I did it without hesitation. I told the fans, 'Listen. I don't deserve this. Vote for my teammates.' And I was telling the truth."

Scott was voted into the All-Star tournament as Pacific Division captain before being traded by the Coyotes to the Montreal Canadiens, who immediately sent him to the AHL's St. John's IceCaps.

He was eventually allowed to take part in the game, but he's still not pleased with how the NHL dealt with him.

"But while I don't deserve to be an All-Star, I also don't think I deserve to be treated like I’ve been by the league throughout this saga. I'm an NHL player - and, whatever my set of skills may be, that I'm an NHL player is no accident. I genuinely believe that when I'm on the ice, or even just the bench, I make my teammates feel safe to do what they do best."

Related: John Scott guarantees he'll impress players, spectators at All-Star Game

Scott added that someone from the league initially contacted him and told him, "This is not a game for you, John."

This candid account of the affair confirms TSN's Bob McKenzie's post-trade report that both the Coyotes and the NHL asked Scott to bow out of the All-Star events, and that Scott refused.

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The NHL announced Thursday that Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews will miss the All-Star Game. Toews will be suspended one game for not participating.

The 27-year-old will not be heading to Nashville as he continues to battle an illness that forced him to miss the third period of Tuesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"(Toews) was pulled from Tuesday night's third period because of an illness and remains symptomatic today," said team physician Michael Terry, per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. "At this time, rest over the break is most important for him to properly recover and be fully healthy heading into the rest of the regular season."

Nashville Predators forward James Neal has been named Toews' replacement on the Central Division team, and will be the fourth Predators player to suit up at All-Star Weekend along with defensemen Shea Weber and Roman Josi and goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will also be suspended one game by the NHL after withdrawing from All-Star festivities due to a lower-body injury. He will be replaced by teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov.

NHL has suspended Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews for missing the all-star game. pic.twitter.com/vw4enTdIel

— James Mirtle (@mirtle) January 28, 2016

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John Scott's All-Star inclusion is proving profitable.

The NHL's online store was plum out of $30 John Scott All-Star "shirseys" by Thursday morning, running out of stock before the event officially kicks off in Nashville this weekend.

Patrick Kane, John Tavares, and Jaromir Jagr T-shirts are still available in multiple sizes, if you're willing to settle on just some other captain.

It's the NHL, obviously, who stands to earn with his inclusion despite its efforts to have him bow out. Scott detailed the saga, painting a pretty bad picture for the NHL in an article published in The Players' Tribune on Thursday.

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