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Bill Foley Says Las Vegas Is “In Good Shape” Regarding Expansion
from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
Bill Foley knows he's playing a waiting game with the NHL in his attempt to bring an expansion franchise to Las Vegas. But with the news coming out of Seattle about two possible arena proposals...
John Collins Is Leaving The NHL To Pursue A New Business Opportunity
New York (Nov. 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced that Chief Operating Officer John Collins is departing the League to pursue a new business opportunity. Collins, who joined the NHL in November 2006, had been COO si...
The NHL Network And The World Junior Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The NHL Network will provide exclusive live broadcasts of all U.S. games at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship and up to 25 games total. The tournament is set for Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 ...
A One-Year Contract For Dainius Zubrus In San Jose
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two way contract.
Zubrus, 37, recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 74 games w...
John Tortorella After Thirty Days In Columbus
from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
Tortorella was asked to assess his first 30 days, personally and professionally, this afternoon. The Jackets are 8-7 since he replaced Todd Richards on Oct. 21.
Forget the personal part.
Afternoon Line- Randy Carlyle
"I’ve been to a few Ducks games in Anaheim, although I stayed away when it was a little ugly for a while, I didn’t think it was right to go in that building when things weren’t going well and your name is floating around. So I st...
It Is Sweater Day- Minnesota Wild Stadium Series Sweater
#mnwild’s #StadiumSeries jersey is here. Available for purchase at @SOH_Store beginning Nov. 25. pic.twitter.com/4SiopYylK2
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) November 24, 2015
Hockey Thoughts On A Tuesday Afternoon
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- After the Detroit Red Wings lost Landon Ferraro to Boston, I looked through the roster. Barring a trade, it looks like they had two waiver choices: Ferraro or Teemu Pulkkinen. Not surprised the Red Wings...
Nathan Gerbe Out 4-6 Weeks
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will place forward Nathan Gerbe on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 22. Gerb...
Numbers From Last Night
Holtby shuts down the Oilers, Lundqvist, Giroux, Marchand, Varlamov, fantasy and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
Braden Holtby – Stopped all 33 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers. In...
The Chicago Blackhawks Introduce Their Stadium Series Sweater
Here it is! Our #StadiumSeries sweater! pic.twitter.com/rvwQ10jNb4
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) November 24, 2015
The Value Of NHL Teams
from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,
Combine lots of playoff hockey and a cash-rich arena with the National Hockey League’s biggest market and you get the sport’s most valuable franchise.
For the first time since 2004 the New York Ran...
NHL Short Notes
LUNDQVIST, HOLTBY FLAWLESSLY GUIDE TEAMS TO VICTORIES
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) and Braden Holtby (WSH) both posted shutouts on Monday to keep pace atop the NHL with 12 wins apiece:
* Lundqvist stopped all 31 shots he faced t...
Talking Sabres And Oilers
from Scott Burnside of ESPN.
Some frustrating times for the Buffalo Sabres, who are trying to hang with the playoff kids in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres dropped another close on Monday night, 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues, a game that was ...
Video- If You Missed Some Of the Action From The Seven NHL Games Played On Monday
Here are the highlights...
The Anaheim Ducks Remain Positive
from Janis Carr of the OC Register,
“Our group is going to stay together no matter what’s going on. ... We’re trying to,” Ryan Getzlaf said. “There’s no point in yelling at other people. There’s no on...
Video- Mark And Marty Howe On Their Father, Gordie Howe
A year ago, Gordie Howe was in terrible shape, today he is much better.
Videos- Plays You May Have Missed From Last Night
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
Al Montoya, making his first start in almost three weeks, left Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Kings after apparently being hit in the head while trying to stop Nick Shore from scoring.
The Nashville Predators Have Been Shutout In Three Consecutive Games
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
For the first time in franchise history, the Predators were shut out for the third consecutive game, this time in a 3-0 loss to the Rangers on Monday at Madison Square Garden.
Flyers honor Brind’Amour
The Philadelphia Flyers honored Rod Brind'Amour on Monday evening, prior to the team's 3-2 OT win over Carolina, and the Flyers held an on-ice ceremony to honor Brind'Amour's contributions to the organization. The Flyers posted a video thereof, an...
Islanders On Notice
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Everyone is on notice. The Islanders will make an ownership transition in July, with Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin taking the majority reins from Charles Wang. The team's partner/landlord at Barclays Center wants...
Dougie Hamilton For Travis Hamonic- Nope
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
As a team shopping perhaps the most desirable trade bait in the NHL, it’s no surprise the New York Islanders asked the Calgary Flames for T.J. Brodie in exchange for Travis Hamonic.
Is Shot Blocking Worth It?
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
What value do blocked shots actually provide?
Which is different than asking the value of having players willing to block shots. It’s a dangerous game and having more players on your roster prepared...
Video- Real Sports HBO Feature On ‘Doc’ Emrick
Andrea Kremer joins Emrick on opening night, visits his home in Michigan and gets his thoughts on some of hockey’s most pressing issues.
Patrick Roy On The Current State Of The Colorado Avalanche
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
"We're certainly not happy about the way we've been playing all year," Roy said, despite the fact the Avs began their seven-game road trip 3-0. "We're not happy to be dead-last in the NHL. This is someth...
Sometimes Goalies Use Incidental Contact To Their Advantage
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
We received a number of questions on this play. I attended the game at the Barclays Center and was sitting in the press box just over Carey Price’s right shoulder when the goal was scored. I observed the contac...
Short Hockey Topics
from Stan Fischler at The Hockey News,
DENY THIS IF YOU CAN:
1. The Hockey News pre-season annual listed Carey Price, Jonathan Toews, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Duncan Keith as its best five NHLers. My update is: Patrick Kane, Tyler...
Ondrej Pavelec Out With Significant Knee Sprain
Maurice: Pavelec has a significant knee sprain. He's not playing in December. Hoping for January/February.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) November 23, 2015
Below, watch how the injury happened.
The Latest On Travis Hamonic
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
The Islanders host the Flyers on Wednesday, and you sure have to wonder if steady Travis Hamonic will be on the Long Island/Brooklyn blue-line for that one.
Two losses in two games since Hamonic’s reque...
Stars Of The Week
NEW YORK (Nov. 23, 2015) – San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin and St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 22.
NHL Short Notes
2015-16 SEASON REACHES THE QUARTER MARK
The 2015-16 regular season passes the quarter mark today, with 307 of 1,230 games (24.96%) in the books as of Sunday. A look at some of the highlights thus far (with the assistance of the Elias Sports Burea...
The Hot San Jose Sharks
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Apparently, all the Sharks needed in order to right the ship was a little internal chaos. Maybe they're one of those teams that can only operate in a state of disharmony. Whatever it is -- the threat of a Patrick ...
“Just A Kid From Saskatchewan”
from Bryan Trottier at the Players' Tribune,
Kid, I’m from the future. I’m you, 50 years from now. You’re looking at me like, “You? The guy with the mustache and all the scars? What the heck happened to me?”
Video- It’s A Fast Paced Thanksgiving Week
So let's slow it down a bit...
The Biggest Early Season Disappointment Is Sidney Crosby
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
For six consecutive years, Sidney Crosby has been ranked the No. 1 NHL player on TSN’s Top 50 list, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star is not even among the NHL’s Top 125 scorers through the fi...
Video- Hometown Hockey Feature On John Tavares And P.K. Subban
Hometown Hockey was in Corner Brook, Newfoundland this weekend and had some great video features.
Here is one on John Tavares and P.K. Subban and please check out all the rest of the videos.
P.K. Subban and John Tavares are two of the NHL&r...
Czech’s To Teach The Chinese About Ice Hockey
from the Prague Post,
Chinese sports officials have asked their Czech counterparts to teach Chinese ice hockey and biathlon for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, daily Mladá fronta Dnes (MfD) writes today.
“Chinese are a nati...
Is the NHL Waiting On A Seattle Vote Before Moving Forward With Expansion?
from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,
A funny thing happened on the way to rubber-stamping those two expansion applications the National Hockey League received in July from Quebec City and Las Vegas.
In short, nothing got approved. And t...
The Columbus Blue Jackets Cannot Afford To Lose Games Like This
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets had come to believe that this kind of performance – this type of monumental collapse – was behind them, like a distant, awful memory of their fragile start to th...
A Quarter Of The Way Through The NHL Season
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Predictions are great for clicks on a website and debates pretty much everywhere hockey fans gather, online or in person, but in reality they're meaningless because nobody making them has a crystal ball to see into ...
Video- Game Highlights From The Four NHL Games Played On Sunday
Almost four minutes of action from the NHL games played yesterday.
Canadiens lose Gallagher to broken hand
This is very bad news for the Montreal Canadiens, via Sportsnet:
Two broken fingers on left hand for Gallagher. Surgery tomorrow. He'll be out indefinitely.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) November 23, 2015
The Hockey Career Of Gerry Cheevers
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The original mask, the only mask Gerry Cheevers ever wore in games, hangs these days on a wall in his grandson’s bedroom. It’s the white mask with the telltale faux stitches, from an era...
Classic Darryl Sutter Post-Game
After a 4-3 road loss to the Carolina Hurricanes today,
from Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider,
On whether goals off faceoffs are a symptom of a decreased percentage, or something else:
Yeah, both. You know the percentages. You get the same sta...
Former NHL Player Ian White Charged With Weapon-Related Offenses
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
Former NHL defenceman Ian White was arrested on Friday in Winnipeg and charged with a number of weapons-related offences, Winnipeg police said.
White was remanded into custody after his arrest and was scheduled ...
What Should The Calgary Flames Do With Kris Russell?
from Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet,
He’s enjoyed the two best offensive seasons of his career in Southern Alberta, and he’s been employed not just as a depth piece but as a minute-munching mainstay on Calgary’s blue line.
NHL Short Notes
MARLEAU REACHES 1,000-POINT MILESTONE IN SHARKS’ WIN
Patrick Marleau collected a pair of assists to eclipse 1,000 NHL points (462-539—1,001 in 1,349 GP) and help the Sharks improve to 5-0-0 on their season-high, six-game road tri...
Video- A Fine Feature On Shane Doan
Elliotte Friedman feature on Shane Doan.
Stan Bowman On Patrick Kane
from Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune,
Since August, when Patrick Kane came under investigation for an alleged sexual assault, there were some reports and indications the Blackhawks had grown tired of Kane's off-ice behavior and could try to...
Who To Trade For Travis Hamonic?
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
If there were a simple move to be made, it would have been made by now. But we're talking about the Islanders' best defenseman on arguably the most cap-friendly contract (four years remaining after this one at a...
The Philadelphia Flyers Can’t Score
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
The numbers are stupefying.
The Flyers, who dropped a 4-0 decision to Ottawa on Saturday, have scored just 34 goals, their lowest 20-game start in franchise history.
Blanked in their last two ou...
Morning Line- Bruce Boudreau
After a 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning,
(on the bad loss at the end of the trip …)
“I can’t use any excuses. We can’t let everybody off the hook. We played horrible. I thought our first period was good. And t...
Videos- You May Have Missed These
Where's the puck?
Much more below...
The Situation Room Should Review Goalie Interference/Coach’s Challenge
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk thinks the Toronto Situation Room should make all goalie interference coach’s challenge decisions, not the refs. “Does every referee understand it the same way?&rdqu...
Video- Coach’s Corner From Saturday Night
Ron and Don talk about everything from Josh Donaldson winning MVP after a great season with the Blue Jays to James Reimer’s amazing performances in net for the Maple Leafs.
Plus more topics including Taylor Hall, the C...
Teaching The Goalies
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Chuck Fletcher is a Harvard graduate. Part of his hockey education took place at the side of father Cliff Fletcher, a Hockey Hall of Famer. The Minnesota Wild general manager once worked as an agent fo...
Hockey Notes On A Sunday Morning
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Jamie Benn led the NHL in scoring last season with 87 points. Patrick Kane, without controversy, is now leading and scoring at a 127-point pace.
- A Sidney Crosby update: He now has 10 points this ...
You Want Rumors?
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- The Winnipeg Jets have been shopping Toby Enstrom for a while. He is making $5.75 million per-season through 2016-17 and if the Jets are to stand any chance of keeping Dustin Byfuglien from becoming a ...
About The New ASG Format
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Seriously. The only reason three-on-three overtime works is the frenetic, exhausting pace at which it is played for up to five minutes.
Now, somehow, the bright minds of hockey are trying to sell th...
Video- Time To Play Catch Up On The NHL Games From Saturday Night
It will take you a little under three minutes to do so.
Saturday Headlines: finding a home for Hamonic
Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox issued the usual cornucopia of scoops during their Saturday Headlines segment, and this note about Travis Hamonic's trade status, from Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons, is intriguing: