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Winnipeg Jets Acquire Jay Harrison From The Carolina Hurricanes
via a Winnipeg Jets release...
The Winnipeg Jets announced they have acquired defenceman Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Ottawa’s sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, previously acquired by Winnipeg at the 2014...
Video- Top 10 Shootout Moments
Ready For Another CBA Battle?
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
There are still another seven seasons remaining in the NHL’s current collective bargaining agreement and the league’s business is booming to the point of serious and public expansion discussio...
What’s Lou Lamoriello Trying To Say?
via Tom Gulitti tweets,
Lamoriello: "I have a lot of feelings about where we're at, but that's for another time."
Lamoriello: "I don't think anybody is happy with where we're at. but right now we have to deal with where we are today..."
Winnipeg Jets Announce Mark Stuart Out Until February With Lower-Body Injury
Paul Maurice announced defenseman Mark Stuart is out until February with a lower-body injury.
This via Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Stuart got into a fight Tuesday night late in the third period with Buffalo’s Nicolas Desla...
Shane Doan Not Even Thinking About Leaving the Arizona Coyotes
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes have failed to make the playoffs since that Cinderella run, and barring a midseason revival, the team seems poised for a third consecutive absence.
This trajectory has led many to w...
All Nick Foligno
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
STRANG: How different is it in the room these days than it was the first few months?
FOLIGNO: Oh, the confidence is there. You can see it. I think the younger guys have come along really nicely and we've had a l...
Do You Boo Your Home Team?
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Patrik Elias, back from a groin injury and desperate to help the Devils get back into the playoff picture, heard the boos from the Prudential Center crowd of 15,379.
Although the Devils lost their fifth straight...
Go Huskies Go
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
HOUGHTON, Mich. — Hockey rules this remote part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where it is played by everyone from children to those in their 70s and 80s. All through the long winter it is...
Will Viktor Stalberg Survive Waivers?
from the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has placed forward Viktor Stalberg on waivers with the intention of assigning him to the Amer...
Ray Ferraro On The Edmonton Oilers
from Bruce McCurday of The Cult of Hockey,
I daresay I’m not the only Edmonton Oilers fan who gets sick and tired of the team getting called out in the national media. Especially so when those critics are all too willing to throw in gra...
Your 2015 IIHF Hall Of Fame Class
The IIHF Hall of Fame Selection Committee has added seven new names to its pantheon of greats, and the newest members represent the pinnacle of the international game through a wide variety of contributions. In honour of the go...
via the NHL YouTube channel,
NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley discusses how goalie analytics can provide different measures for shot-stopping success.
NHL Short Notes
ERIKSSON LIFTS BRUINS IN OVERTIME
After surrendering the tying goal with 8:21 remaining in regulation, Loui Eriksson scored at 1:30 of overtime to help the Bruins snap a three-game skid and earn their second win in their past eight outings (2-4-2...
KK- Power Issue Today
Power outage for me this morning and phone battery low. Be back as soon as I can.
Evening Line- Gary Bettman
"The fact of the matter is, over the last two decades, the league, the game, the presence and prominence from our clubs has grown on every measurable platform, whether or not it's TV viewing, attendance, social media or revenues. The game, our fra...
Video- Giveaways As Gifts
via Sportnet YouTube channel,
The holidays bring out cheer, generosity and giving in people. The players in this video are a prime example, watch them give away pucks to bring cheer to an opposing team with an absolute gift of a goal.
James Neal Fined For Diving/Embellishment
added 5:34pm, video of the Neal dive is below...
NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2014) – Nashville Predators forward James Neal has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League annou...
Bob Hartley Gets A Contract Extension In Calgary
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed head coach Bob Hartley to a multi-year contract extension.
Hartley was originally named head coach of the Flames on May 31, 2012. He has guided the Flames to a 71-79-13...
Rick Nash Dominating Again
from Steve Silverman of CBSNewYork,
Whether it was a summer-time message from head coach Alain Vigneault or a good, long look in the mirror, Nash is not the player he was in his previous two seasons with the Rangers.
Instead, he is much b...
Columbus Blue Jackets Aiming For Their Eight Straight Win Tomorrow
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
On Thursday, the Blue Jackets host Metropolitan Division rival Washington in Nationwide Arena, the start of a five-game homestand. Columbus doesn't hit the road until next year.
With a win, the Blue Ja...
Vinny Lecavalier May Play For The Philadelphia Flyers Thursday Night
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Berube would not totally commit to the lineup change for Thursday night’s seemingly must-win game against Florida, but hinted at the possibility.
Lecavalier, 34, has not played si...
Is It Too Early To Worry About The Boston Bruins?
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers all earned two points on Tuesday night to pass by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. The more sobering realization: Each of those ...
Afternoon Line- George Johnson On The Calgary Flames
In startling the hockey world through the first 25 games, these Flames provided themselves enough cushion in the standings to at least partially withstand a tailspin of these dimensions and built up a tonne of good will.
But they need to end t...
Talking About The Winter Classic
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Fair or not, the perception around the hockey world is that there is a distinct lack of buzz surrounding the NHL's marquee regular-season game.
On social media, much of the early discussion surrounding the til...
Goaltending Issues Continue In Anaheim
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
The goaltending question has reared its uneasy head once again. It also has the looks of one that will be revisited throughout the year, one the Ducks will need to get straightened out before the playoff...
Pittsburgh Penguins Taking Precautions By Testing Three Players For Mumps
In case you missed my tweet on this earlier today...
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Sidney Crosby skated on his own before practice today at CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford said.
Crosby has passed ...
NHL Short Notes
WINTER CLASSIC WEBCAM NOW ONLINE
A live webcam of the rink build for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park is now available via NHL.com.
ICYMI: Click here for a recap of the first episode of Road to the NHL Winter Cla...
St. Louis Blues Win A Big One
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Before the season, St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said he was going to pay especially close attention to how his team performed against the league's elite teams. Putting up points during the regular season ha...
Video- Greatest Small Men In NHL History
via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
What they lack in stature, they more than make up for with heart, Ivanka Osmak and Ken Reid count down the top 25 greatest short players in NHL history.
Watch the 23 minute feature below...
Preventing ‘Fixing’ Of Games
from the IIHF,
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has today announced a landmark three-year partnership with integrity specialists Sportradar. Under the partnership, Sportradar will monitor a total of three flagship tournaments fr...
Praise For Dion Phaneuf
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
Perhaps it’s time to cut Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf some slack instead of cutting him up all the time, as the media and Leafs fans tend to do in abundance. Myself included.
The Winnipeg Jets Need A Defenseman
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Jets are now down three of their top defencemen; Toby Enstrom, Zach Bogosian and Jacob Trouba.
Cheveldayoff has proven effective in the patience game, but this may be the time for him to b...
Video- With Less Than A Second Left In OT, The Edmonton Oilers Lose To The Arizona Coyotes
from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,
“Point three seconds,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “I couldn’t believe it. I looked up, thinking it would be five seconds, 10 seconds. Of course, it has to be under a second left.&...
Morning Lines- Darryl Sutter And Milan Lucic
On St. Louis capitalizing on momentum:
I didn’t really see it like that. I think that we’ve got to get a save in there somewhere. It’s frustrating.
On the team having been strong at protecting leads:
It’s not the sa...
Video- Judges, What Score Would You Give Ryan Getzlaf For This Dive?
The Minnesota Wild Are Not Happy After Losing To The Chicago Blackhawks
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Well, the star got the call.
Many in the Wild dressing room was spitting mad after tonight’s 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wild rallied from 3-1 down in the third to tie the mighty Hawk...
Video- What Do You Think Of The LA Kings Stadium Sweater?
Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider has pictures and a fan poll too and at this point 39% of the voters strongly dislike the look.
Watch below as Luc Robitaille points out some of the finer details of the just released LA Kings Stadium Series sweater ...
Video- What Exactly Is Claude Giroux Doing?
Video- Just In Case You Missed The Eleven NHL Games Last Night
Here is a six minute recap of the action from Tuesday night.
This is not the greatest shootout in the world…This is just a tribute…
The Florida Panthers defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Tuesday night, and they did so by taking a 20-round shootout, with Nick Bjugstad scoring the game-winning, 6-shooters-to-5-shooters-scoring goal:
Panthers coach Gallant c...
Live Stream- Road To The Winter Classic, Episode 1
Follow the Chicago Blackhawks and Wasington Capitals through the regular season as they get ready to face off in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
Watch below and it is scheduled to start at 10:00pm ET.
Video- Why Recent Ryan Getzlaf Goal Should Have Been Waived Off
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
...Ryan Getzlaf's goal should have been disallowed once Tim Jackman initiated contact with Jets goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson inside his crease area. Even though Jackman's skates were outside the goal crease, his rig...
Video- Behind The Scenes With Glenn Healy
Sophia Jurksztowicz and the GAMEPLUS crew go behind-the-scenes and between-the-benches with Sportsnet analyst Glenn Healy at the Air Canada Centre.
The Mumps Outbreak In The NHL May Be On The Decline
from Reuters via TownHall.com,
The mumps outbreak that has spread through the National Hockey League over the past month and recently claimed the game's best player has likely reached its peak, experts said on Tuesday.
The eight day Festival of Lights begins at sundown tonight.
Blood Clots A Scary Issue For Kimmo Timonen And Other NHL Players
from Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated,
Still, his symptoms didn’t cause him much concern. Even when his friend diagnosed the blood clot in his calf, Timonen says he needed some persuading to undergo a chest scan. “I&r...
Rick Jeanneret’s Road To Recovery
from John Law of QMI AGENCY at the Toronto Sun,
When the cancer diagnosis came, Jeanneret was defiant. He wasn’t going to let this be how his career ended. It would be on his terms.
The first couple radiation treatments felt fine. T...
Afternoon Line- Anze Kopitar
“I’ve been through this in the past, everybody has. In the beginning, we were winning games and I wasn’t worried as much. Now we’re not winning as many games.
“I think everybody will tell you on the team that it&r...
The Spotlight Will Soon Be On William Nylander
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Expectations are bound to be a challenge when William Nylander makes the transition to the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Just how much of a challenge could depend largely on how the next couple weeks ...
Just Going To Leave This Here
If you're EDM, at draft do u offer No. 1 pick to MTL for Subban/Price package? Or to LA for Doughty/Quick? Gotta get creative, aggressive.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) December 16, 2014
More in the recent timeline of Damien Cox.
Bad New For The Winnipeg Jets, Jacob Trouba Out Until February
Jacob Trouba is out until February with an upper body injury according to Head Coach Paul Maurice.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) December 16, 2014
Another Look At Aaron Ekblad
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
It’s good to be Aaron Ekblad. It’s good to be around Aaron Ekblad and his combination of maturity and youth, poise and skill. He has five goals and 18 points in his first 28 games in the NHL &n...
Live Stream- Dallas Eakins Press Conference
Dallas Eakins will be meeting with the media today at 12:00pm ET.
You can watch it below...
added 11:56am, The conference will also be on NHL Network US.
added 12:28pm, press conference is over.
NHL Short Notes
PREMIERE OF ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC
Road to the NHL Winter Classic, a four-part series chronicling the Capitals and Blackhawks as they prepare for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, makes its television debut ...
Two Hot Teams Meet Tonight
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Who knew Tuesday night's Ducks-Leafs game would bring together the two hottest teams in the NHL? Well, that the NHL-leading Ducks have won seven straight is no surprise at all, given that they were a popular presea...
Morning Line- Eric Duhatschek On Craig MacTavish
Something needs to change, and if it isn’t a blockbuster trade, maybe it’ll be as simple as landing a highly regarded prospect such as Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in the 2015 NHL entry draft.
Fans may ponder the long-term benefit...
Video- Three NHL Games Last Night
Two minutes of highlights this morning.
Video- John Tavares Spears The Stomach Of Marek Zidlicky
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
The call? A slashing minor.
“Zid stepped up in the neutral zone on him with a clean hit,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “It looked from the bench like (Tavares) speared him. I don’t know...
McKenzie educates us about mumps; give the media booster shots, NHL!
Because TSN doesn't give us nearly enough Bob McKenzie thanks to the NHL's new TV deal with both Sportsnet and McKenzie's TSN = a whole hell of a lot of geo-blocking videos, here's 2:35 of McKenzie talking about the NHL's mumps outbreak with NBCSN...
Some of the same, some different as Road to the Winter Classic prepares to kick off
USA Today's Ted Berg spoke with the producers of Epix' version of The Road to the Winter Classic, and I guess this was inevitable...
In a small, dark room in lower Manhattan, Fritz Mitchell stares at a computer monitor as video editors tap aw...
Should the Oilers have simply ‘failed for McDavid’ instead?
The Edmonton press has always impressed me because it so exhaustively analyzes its team's performance (as you probably know, they were figuring out "fancy stats" a decade ago), and their passion seems to reflect the passion of the team's fan base....
Lightning’s Ben Bishop leaves Bolts-Pens game with ‘lower-body injury’
There's no video of it yet, but this is very worrisome news if you're a Tampa Bay Lightning fan, per the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith and via NHL.com:
The Lightning lost to the Penguins 4-2 on Monday night and has dropped four of its past five....