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Josh Harding Goes On IR
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has placed goaltender Josh Harding on Injured Reserve and recalled goaltender Johan Gustafsson from the Iowa Wild of the ...
Is The Game Just Too Fast?
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
The speed of the game has changed everything, to the point where it is becoming time to ask the question: Has the game become TOO fast? If Gretzky-like magnificence is rendered moot by the speed and size of che...
Paul Bissonnette, Version 3.0
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Fighting is a touchy subject in hockey, Paul Bissonnette was saying, resting an arm on an equipment cart after a light practice with the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.
“It’s one of th...
Blues Sign Alexander Steen To A Three-Year Extension
ST. LOUIS - Blues forward Alexander Steen has agreed to a three-year, $17.4 million contract extension.
Steen leads the Blues in goals (22) and points (36) this season. He is tied for second among all NHL players with 22 goals.
I Guess You Can Call This A Cross-Promotion
fromEliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com,
It probably isn't the ticket offer most Sixers fans were expecting to get when they checked their inbox.
The Sixers sent an email recently to their season ticket holders, asking if they wanted to buy New J...
NHL Network US And NHL.com Announce 2014 WJC Broadcast Schedule
NHL Network-U.S. and NHL.com will offer fans in the United States the opportunity to watch live competition from the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5 from Malmo, Sweden. The IIHF...
Rangers Still Trying To Move Del Zotto
from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report,
Meanwhile, New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather continues to shop defenceman Michael Del Zotto.
Toronto is among the teams with some interest, but the expected return o...
“Still, it amazes me that’s what they call it – the penalty box. Like, what is that, the ‘penalty box?’ They should take the penalty box out, because you think about how much time there actually is sitting in the pena...
Engelland Suspended For Five Games
The DOPS explains the suspension.
Tom Wilson Has A Hearing Tomorrow With DOPS
WSH's Tom Wilson has a noon ET hearing tomorrow with NHL for his hit last night on PHI's Brayden Schenn.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 18, 2013
Here is the hit if you missed it and Schenn says he does not have a concussion ...
NHL Short Notes
RED WINGS SET TO PRACTICE AT COMERICA PARK
The Red Wings will hold an open practice today at Comerica Park. The practice begins at noon and is free to the public.
“You just get so excited when you’re out there and you’re play...
Blackhawks Continue To Roll
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Not sure if it's because we've all become so used to them winning -- twice being Stanley Cup champions since 2010 -- but has a first-place team ever gone without less fanfare than the Chicago Blackhawks?
Tortorella Not Happy With Hit On Stanton By Konopka
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
John Tortorella didn’t want to talk much about the injury to rookie defenceman Ryan Stanton, but he had something to say about the call made on the play.
Wild heavyweight Zenon Konopka received...
Islanders Have A Problem Holding A Third Period Lead
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Nine times in 35 games.
That’s 25.7 percent of the Islanders’ season, over a quarter of the time they hit the ice -- that’s how often they have blown a third-period lead.
Four of those ...
On the Tom Wilson hit on Brayden Schenn last night...
McPhee thought it was a "great hit." Oates thought it was "clean." Ovechkin thought it wasn't dirty. Have these guys read the charging rule?
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsoni...
With Gaborik Out Of The Lineup, The Blue Jackets Have Played A More North/South Game
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
“Our game has taken a more direct rout,” Richards said. “I don’t know if it’s been because (Marian’s) been out. We’ve done a lot of growing, I think, as a team, an...
Leafs May Soon Be In Crisis Mode
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The word "crisis" is now being attached to the Toronto Maple Leafs and after just seven wins in the last 22 games it really isn’t much of a stretch.
There has been an unmistakable fragility to this ...
Video- Tom Wilson Hit On Brayden Schenn
via Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
Brayden Schenn’s night ended more than a period early after a hit threw him head first into the boards.
Washington’s Tom Wilson hit Schenn, who had the puck and turned to the boards, with 4:...
Hockey Insiders Talk Team Canada, Expansion And More
TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed included bubble players for Team Canada, NHL expansion,Morgan Rielly's status for the World Juni...
Video- Quincey Hit On Getzlaf Tonight
Qiuncey received five for boarding and a game, Getzlaf not on the ice yet for the 2nd period. Word was he was getting stitched up.
Video- Geez, Glad To See Mike Smith Is OK
Max Pacioretty received two for tripping. I would have liked to see Smith get two for embellishing.
Talking Loser Point And NHLPA
Craig Custance of ESPN held an online chat eariler today...
When will they get rid of a point for an OT or shootout loss? Looking at the standings there are teams in playoff contention almost solely on their OT losses.
Craig Custance ...
Jared Boll Out 3-4 Months After Ankle Surgery
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll will be sidelined three to four months following surgery to repair a torn tendon in his ankle, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Gr...
David Clarkson May Become The Next Larry Murphy In Toronto
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
We’re starting to wonder whether David Clarkson is destined to get the Larry Murphy treatment.
This town can be tough on its so-called saviours, which Clarkson is starting to see first-hand.
Clark Park Kids Can Now Skate On A Clean Sheet Of Ice
from William Douglas of The Color Of Hockey,
Anthony Benavides never knew what to expect on most mornings when he’d go to crank up the 40-year-old, hand-me-down Zamboni at Detroit’s Clark Park ice rink.
Sometimes it would fire...
The Jets In The West
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
When the Winnipeg Jets moved from the Eastern Conference to the West, they were big winners in the schedule game. Their total travel miles were still above the league average, but the number of back-to-back game...
Murray Musings- News & Views
By Tom Murray,
News: The Boston Bruins Shawn Thornton gets a 15-game suspension for attacking the Pittsburgh Penguins Brooks Orpik.
Views: Good for Brendan Shanahan. In the days leading up to Friday’s hearing and Saturday’s decisio...
A Heartwarming Story On Paul Henderson
from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,
“The tumour in my stomach was the size of a grapefruit,” said Henderson, who was at the Toronto Sun’s downtown offices for an appearance on Michael Coren’s Sun News Network show,...
Video- Jonathan Bernier Sends Jayson Megna Flying
No penalty on the play but did Bernier go out of his way to make contact?
Pretty entertaining type of play, but the one below is still one of my favorites...
The Stable NHL
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
After almost 21 years on the job, Gary Bettman's daily calendar must look different than it ever has.
Certainly less littered with red flags.
For the first time since he assumed control of the NHL, there a...
Another day, another checking to the head penalty
You know your team's becoming familiar with the NHL's Department of Player Safety when it receives an, "It's okay, guys" Tweet:
In looking at Bortuzzo/D'Amigo, we see unavoidable head contact on an otherwise full body hit. Will not be pur...
St. Louis Blues lose David Backes to an ‘upper-body injury’
Via NHL.com's Sean Farrell, Darren Pang isn't kidding when he says, "That's not good." St. Louis Blues captain David Backes took a high but very legal hit and left St. Louis' 3-2 OT loss to Ottawa with, well, this:
St. Louis Blues capt...
Video- No Goal Columbus. Should It Have Been?
via the Situation Blog at NHL.com,
At 19:14 of the first period in the Jets/Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review because the puck entered the Winnipeg net. The referee informed the Situation Room that Columbus forwar...
Video- Corey Potter Suspended Two Games For Hit On Nick Bonino
DOPS with the suspension explanation.
"We intend on being in the free-agent market in a significant way. We're here to build a winner. … We want to patiently win now. I don't know if we can resolve the two logically, but that's how I would say it."
"Dale Tallon will teach m...
NHL.Network, NHL.com Plans For The Winter Classic And Festival
NEW YORK / TORONTO (Dec. 16, 2013) – NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social’s programming plans for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 will include special content ...
Shawn Thornton Will Appeal His Suspension
Shawn Thornton's agent Anton Thun confirms his client will appeal his 15-game suspension
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) December 16, 2013
So Shawn Thornton is appealing his 15-game suspension. First appeal is to Bet...
Video- Would You Have Called A Penalty On This Reilly Smith Goal?
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
There is no question that Reilly Smith was guilty of charging when he crashed into Roberto Luongo after the puck entered the net. The goal would stand since the puck crossed th...
Video- Vincent Lecavalier With A Health Status Update
Lecavalier said still no return date, just trying to increase his on-ice workouts at this point in time and move forward.
Lucic On The Incident In Vancouver
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The Vancouver native called the incident “an unprovoked attack” and said that he’s following up on with the authorities in his hometown. He also expressed exasperation at the treatment he’s ...
Stars Of The Week
NEW YORK (Dec. 16, 2013) – Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones and Nashville Predators goaltender Carter Hutton have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending...
NHL Short Notes
THEY SAID IT
“Follow the NHL’s lead – it’s more streamlined – and they’ll get it right.” — NFL on FOX analyst Howie Long, on centralizing the NFL’s instant replay system (“FOX NFL Sunday...
Fan Takes Puck To Head
During the Philadelphia Flyers vs Washington Capitals game yesterday a female fan took a puck to the head.
I took 5 stitches for the team and they won. It's worth it. #Caps @washcaps pic.twitter.com/fSO5Vnzans
Video- Johan Franzen Going Through The Concussion Protocol After Hit From Radko Gudas
According to the Detroit Red Wings, Johan Franzen will miss Tuesday's game with Anaheim while going through the concussion protocol for this hit yesterday from Tampa Bay's Radko Gudas.
Franzen received and unsportsmanlike penalty on the pl...
Monday Morning Hockey Talk
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- With Marc Savard’s and Patrice Bergeron’s concussion history always present with the Boston Bruins, there are worries that Loui Eriksson’s two concussions in the last 45 days may ...
Milan Lucic Caught On Tape After Apparent Bar Fight
via CTV British Columbia,
A video has surfaced of Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic apparently involved in a scuffle outside of a downtown Vancouver nightclub.
In the video (warning: foul language), which was reportedly filmed Saturday, L...
Video- Corey Potter With A Checking From Behind Hit
Potter received a major for checking from behind and a game, Bonino appears to be ok.