NHL / Sports

Pierre Karl Peladeau: Mr. Inconsistent

Mar 30 12:42am Not Your Average Hockey Blog.
If only Pierre Karl Peladeau had been true to Quebec Nordiques fans… As every die-hard Nordique fan who is longing to get the team back knows, the NHL loves the newly built Videotron arena, is more than happy with the Quebec City fan base and market which stretches half way to Montreal and all the […]...
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Coach Quinn talks the 2016-17 season, future

Mar 29 10:03pm The Boston Hockey Blog
On Wednesday afternoon at Agganis Arena, The Daily Free Press and WTBU Sports sat down with head coach David Quinn for about half an hour. In a far-reaching interview that covered everything from high and low moments of the 2016-17 season to thoughts on roster construction moving forward, Quinn did not hold back. In fact, ... Read more...
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Tuukka Rask Fighting Against His Critics

Mar 29 9:42pm Causeway Crowd
The Boston Bruins have found a way to stay in the playoff race thanks to a solid game from goaltender Tuukka Rask. Rask’s performance against the Predators should help his credibility with his critics. Tuukka Rask has had a rough stretch of late. The Boston Bruins number one goaltender has had to deal with four […] Tuukka Rask Fighting Against His Critics - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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KK- Break Time

Mar 29 7:40pm Kuklas Korner
Time for a mini-break tonight. Only four games tonight with three of them starting at 9pm ET and beyond. If anything major pops up, I will post but other than that, see you in the morning.
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You Will Be Able To Know Which Players Have Been Protected Or Not For The Expansion Draft

Mar 29 5:40pm Kuklas Korner
UPDATE: Protected & Available Lists for Expansion Draft will be made public simultaneously with their distribution to the Clubs. Date TBD. — NHL Public Relations (@PR\_NHL) March 29, 2017 added 5:12pm,   NHL has not finalized when Protected and Available Lists will be made public but likely June 18. — Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) March 29, 2017...
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Florida Panthers CEO And President On The Season

Mar 29 4:40pm Kuklas Korner
from CBS Miami, Florida Panthers President and CEO, Matthew Caldwell joined the Big O Show with Zach Krantz on 560 WQAM to discuss Florida’s back to back losses in Buffalo and Toronto, some of the upcoming events at the BB&T Center during Panthers games and the team’s search for a new head coach. On the season so far- “Last year it felt like everything was going right for us and now this year it felt like everything went wrong.” On tweaking the roster- “The fans are smart so you have to really look inside and make sure you’re making the right moves. With locking up the young guys, we tried our hardest to make this team competitive. It’s just about winning now. We want people to have a good experience. This season, it’s been tough. We’ve had flashes of brilliance this season.” On the coaching search- “We said Tom Rowe would be the coach until the end of the season. We’ve had a lot of noise in the season this year. We want to get through the last six of games but rest assure we’ll make all announcements at the end of the year.” listen to the thirteen minute interview...
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Philadelphia Flyers Jordan Weal: A Late Season Positive

Mar 29 3:37pm Broad Street Buzz
The Philadelphia Flyers’ Jordan Weal is a late season positive The Philadelphia Flyers called up Jordan Weal on February 10th in place of fellow rookie Travis Konecny, who had suffered a lower body injury. Weal has made the most of his called up, scoring 6 goals, along with 2 assists, and 6 penalty minutes in […] Philadelphia Flyers Jordan Weal: A Late Season Positive - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Give the Hart To Bob

Mar 29 2:40pm Kuklas Korner
from Gary Lawless of TSN, Break out the Jay Onrait clips. Bobrovsky is neither off the case nor a disgrace to the department. To the contrary, he should win the Hart Memorial Trophy for his work this season. The fine print says the Hart is awarded to the player judged to be most valuable to his team. But just as much that, in reality, this is an award for the best player in the NHL in any given season. This year, that’s Sergei Bobrovsky. No other player has been as important to his team and its results as Bobrovsky has to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Take Bobrovsky off the C-bus and it’s not necessarily in the ditch but it isn’t nipping at the Capitals for the league lead. John Tortorella is having a fine season behind the Blue Jackets’ bench, but his greatest act of coaching every night is filling out the lineup card with Bobrovsky as his starter. Torts should bronze the pen he’s been using this season.  continued...
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Wings hope to minimize their playoff absences

Mar 29 12:41pm Kuklas Korner
The Red Wings' current coach and players were asked to weigh in on the end of the Streak last night, and they offered blunt comments regarding the team's performance this past season--as well as takes on what needs to happen going forward: Our focus will continue to be on making sure this is a one-time deal, not an eight- and nine- and 10-time deal, [coach Jeff] Blashill said. You do that by making sure you maintain the culture that's allowed that streak to continue for a long time: work ethic, attention to detail, selflessness, competitiveness. We've got to make sure that's there every single night. You can't let it slip whatsoever. Once you let it slip it's hard to get back. There's a lot of organizations around the league that will attest to that. The Red Wings (31-33-12) are 15th in the 16-team Eastern Conference. Only five teams in the league have fewer points. But they believe they could have been better. Offense was a major issue. Several players didn't step up as expected and the power play was ranked last in the league much of the season. The defense struggled. Goaltender Petr Mrazek didn't perform to the level he did the first half of last season. The Red Wings, overall, were too inconsistent. That's probably the biggest reason, Zetterberg said. When we've been playing well, we're a good team. And then what we saw the next game is totally opposite. That's something that we have to improve on for next year. Khan continues...
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Charlie McAvoy signs ATO with Providence Bruins, turns pro

Mar 29 12:06pm The Boston Hockey Blog
The Charlie McAvoy era is over for the Boston University men’s hockey team. The 19-year-old defenseman has signed an amateur tryout (ATO) contract with the Providence Bruins, the AHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins. Across his Terrier career, Charlie McAvoy earned a Hockey East First-Team nod after his sophomore season and recorded 51 points in ... Read more...
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Boston Bruins Sign Charlie McAvoy to ATO

Mar 29 11:51am Causeway Crowd
Charlie McAvoy has Signed a Contract With the Boston Bruins It finally happened. The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Charlie McAvoy to an Amateur Tryout Offer (or an ATO). The 19-year-old defenseman has been a standout at Boston University with the Terriers and just concluded his season in the NCAA on Saturday. With that, he […] Boston Bruins Sign Charlie McAvoy to ATO - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Your predictable pre-Wings-Leafs inflammatory comment

Mar 29 11:41am Kuklas Korner
This is the kind of crap that gets dug up prior to a Wings-Maple Leafs game to cause more controversy than usual. Wings assistant coach Chris Chelios apparently made an off-the-cuff comment regarding Mike Babcock's influence upon free agents during the latter portion of his tenure as the Red Wings' head coach, and Sportsnet's Luke Fox not only produced the comment... Chris Chelios believes the Detroit Red Wings will have an easier time luring free agents now that Mike Babcock has moved to Toronto. “It’s going to help even more now that Babs is gone, because those free agents didn’t want to play for Babs,” the Red Wings legend said on-air Friday night during a mid-game interview with 97.1 The Ticket. Host Jeff Riger questioned the truth of that statement. Chelios holds a grudge against his last significant NHL head coach, for whom he played from 2005 through 2009. “It’s very accurate. Ryan Suter [who chose Minnesota over Detroit as a UFA in 2012] is a good friend of mine. It’s nothing personal, but he’s a tough guy to play for if you’re a veteran. If you’re a young guy, I think it’s great because of the accountability. If you don’t play [properly], you’re not going to play,” Chelios said. “I'm telling you: No veteran free agent is going to want to come in and play for Mike Babcock. But Fox also posted a rebuttal:...
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The Playoff Race In The East

Mar 29 10:39am Kuklas Korner
Latest Eastern Conference playoff picture. Rangers are in. Bruins one point behind Leafs for third in Atlantic Division pic.twitter.com/sn0qkAa5Dp — Jon Lane (@JonLaneNHL) March 29, 2017...
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The IOC On The NHL Participating In The Olympics

Mar 29 9:41am Kuklas Korner
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its deadline was the same. Overnight Tuesday, IOC spokesman Mark Adams replied by email: “We know that the players definitely want to play and the fans want to watch the best players in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. These Games give the greatest worldwide exposure to the sport of ice hockey. The offer for the two Olympic Winter Games 2018 and 2022 remains on the table and we are still hopeful there will be an agreement in the interests of all. “Because of the interest of the Olympic Movement to see the NHL players in the Olympic Games, the IIHF has ensured that the travel and insurance cost of the NHL players will be fully covered, as was the case in previous Olympic Games. continued...
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Red Wings End 25-Year Playoff Streak, While Oilers End a Drought

Mar 29 8:52am NYT > Hockey
The Wings had held the longest streak in hockey, and in major North American sports, while the Oilers had the longest streak outside the postseason — 10 seasons.
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The Edmonton Oilers Are In The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Mar 29 7:41am Kuklas Korner
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Four thousand and two days. But who’s counting, eh? Well, how about the entire city of Edmonton and surrounding areas since the last time fans could stand up and shout to the rooftops “Hey, the Oilers are in the playoffs. Next stop, the Stanley Cup.” OK, maybe not the second part of that. A Canadian team hasn’t won a Cup since 1993. But at least the city can exhale now. The Oilers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Fan Appreciation Night at Rogers Centre, where they gave away patio sets and spin cycles as prizes, but the biggest prize was a post-season berth. “You saw the excitement in the building. This means a lot, the fans have gone through probably one of the worst stretches you could imagine,” said Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who scored on a pass to Patrick Maroon that pin-balled off the skate of Derek Forbort and past L.A. goalie Jonathan Quick. continued...
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Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Shootout Victory, Weal comes up clutch

Mar 29 7:00am Broad Street Buzz
The Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators had an action packed first period of play Tuesday night. Philadelphia opened the game with two quick power plays. They were unable to capitalize, however, before Sean Couturier sat for a cross checking penalty. The Senators thought they had scored on the man advantage, but the goal was disallowed […] Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Shootout Victory, Weal comes up clutch - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Video- Post Or Else

Mar 29 6:39am Kuklas Korner
I better hurry up and post this or else... I received this email after 11:00pm ET last night. Post a link Care to make a post for the worst offside call all season?  I know it doesn't affect the red wings but come on...you were very quick to put up tom Wilson high stick but aren't all over this?  Put it up or just call your website a red wings fan site.  League VERY lucky the caps pulled this off in OT. Well we can't have that can we.  Watch below....
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CHN Coach of the Year: Jim Montgomery

Mar 29 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
In just four seasons as head coach at Denver, Jim Montgomery has led the team to four straight NCAA tournaments and two straight Frozen Fours. This season, the Pioneers have surpassed 30 wins for the first time since their last national championship season in 2005. When Denver decided not to bring back successful coach George Gwozdecky in 2013, the move was controversial in the eyes of many. But ...
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Foo Announces Intention to Turn Pro

Mar 29 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Union junior forward Spencer Foo has decided to forego his senior season, he announced today, though he has not yet signed a pro contract. For said it was a difficult decision, but best for his hockey career. During my time here, I have learned that the Union experience is the best in the NCAA, Foo said. From the students, faculty and alumni, the coaches, trainers and athletic staff, I have learned ...
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Hastings Negotiating 10-Year Deal With Minnesota State

Mar 29 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
Minnesota State made the unusual move today of announcing that it is in the process of re-negotiating a new 10-year agreement with coach Mike Hastings that would run through the 2027-28 season. The agreement would include increased pay, and guarantees of other improvements to the program, including implementing cost of attendance stipends, staffing commitments and enhancements to the travel and recruiting ...
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UND's Jost is One-and-Done

Mar 29 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
North Dakota freshman Tyson Jost has decided to leave after just one season, signing a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. He will join the team for the remainder of the 2016-17 season, it was announced on Wednesday evening by the Avalanche. Jost is the second freshman to sign an NHL deal, following Boston University's Clayton Keller. Jost was selected in the first ...
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Oh Ovechkin

Mar 29 3:05am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
The greatest goal scorer in the history of the NHL has made a massive push down the stretch to push many teams towards a fantasy championship. While his shot rate and goal rate have dropped this year, Alex Ovechkin is still a monster. He had his best game of the season scoring a hat trick and an assist with six shots in the 5-4 OT win over the Wild. That brings his totals to 33+33 on the season with a solid plus-minus and penalty minute contribution. Obviously it's disappointing his shot rate went from five per game to four per game but it's still outstanding. We discussed on the podcast where Ovechkin will rank for next season and while I don't think he's worthy of the top selection anymore, he's still a top five pick without hesitation. Here's to hoping he finally gets over the playoff hump and Ovechkin gets the accolades he deserves. Let's take a look at what else happened on Tuesday night:...
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New Jersey Devils Are Actually In A Very Good Position

Mar 29 1:40am Pucks and Pitchforks
The New Jersey Devils were eliminated from the playoffs for the fifth straight season. While things seem bleak, the team is in a great position to succeed in the future.   It was one of the most disappointing seasons in New Jersey Devils history. After a big offseason, there was actual hype surrounding the team. […] New Jersey Devils Are Actually In A Very Good Position - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Sharks 5, Rangers 4, overtime: Overtime Loss Is Enough for Rangers to Secure Playoff Spot

Mar 29 1:39am NYT > Hockey
The Rangers earned their seventh straight trip to the postseason despite giving up a late goal in regulation and falling to San Jose.
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New Jersey Devils Face an Interesting Decision with Mike Cammalleri

Mar 29 12:43am Pucks and Pitchforks
The New Jersey Devils signed Mike Cammalleri to bring goal scoring to a team that really needed it. That hasn’t been the case this season. With the expansion draft looming, the Devils face an interesting decision with Cammalleri. Mike Cammalleri is in the middle of a five-year, $25 million contract. According to CapFriendly, he has a No Trade […] New Jersey Devils Face an Interesting Decision with Mike Cammalleri - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Cotsonika on The Streak

Mar 28 11:40pm Kuklas Korner
From NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika: The streak is over. For the first time since 1989-90, the Detroit Red Wings have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And for everyone involved, it hurts. The Red Wings set a standard of excellence while making the playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons. No one wanted to fail to live up to it. Some don't quite know how to handle it because they have never missed the playoffs before. Right now it's hard to talk about it, said captain Henrik Zetterberg, who had made the playoffs each season since breaking into the NHL with the Red Wings in 2002-03, because you're a big reason why it's not continuing. Zetterberg has been anything but a big reason for it. He has had an excellent season individually. But he's beating himself up anyway. He's the leader, and as he emphasized all season, it wasn't about making the playoffs for the sake of the streak. It was about competing for the Cup. It [stinks] that there's not going to be playoff hockey, said assistant general manager Kris Draper, who made the playoffs each season when he played for the Red Wings from 1993-94 through 2010-11. I know when I was a player, March Madness, the Masters and Red Wings playoff hockey, that was the favorite, favorite time of year for me. Cotsonika continues...
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U.S. Womens Team Strikes a Deal With U.S.A. Hockey

Mar 28 10:55pm NYT > Hockey
The team had threatened to boycott the world championship, which begins this week, in pursuit of increased wages and support from the national governing body.
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Predicting Conor Shearys New Contract

Mar 28 10:49pm Pens Labyrinth
Conor Sheary has been performing impressively this season for the Pittsburgh Penguins and he’s due for a payday. Sheary’s two-year deal which was signed in 2015 with the Pittsburgh Penguins is set to expire at the end of the season. The big questions that are still looming in everyone’s minds are how valuable is he and how […] Pittsburgh Penguins: Predicting Conor Sheary’s New Contract - Pens Labyrinth - Pens Labyrinth - A Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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The Streak is officially over

Mar 28 10:39pm Kuklas Korner
BREAKING: 9,864 days & 2,061 regular-season games later, the #RedWings are eliminated from playoff contention — Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) March 29, 2017 Detroit's streak of 25 consecutive trips to the #StanleyCup Playoffs has officially ended; it ties the 3rd-longest such run in NHL history. — NHL Public Relations (@PR\_NHL) March 29, 2017 A historic playoff streak that lasted 25 seasons. Congrats to the @DetroitRedWings organization on an incredible run. pic.twitter.com/6JdVU4He8F — NHL (@NHL) March 29, 2017...
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Boston Bruins: Zdeno Chara Records 600th NHL Point

Mar 28 10:09pm Causeway Crowd
Boston Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara Records 600th NHL Point in Win Against Nashville Predators When you play hockey until you’re 40 years old, you’re bound to reach milestones. For Boston Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara, that was exactly the case when he recorded his 600th career NHL point in the Bruins’ win over the Nashville Predators […] Boston Bruins: Zdeno Chara Records 600th NHL Point - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Boston Bruins Forward Noel Acciari Scores First NHL Goal

Mar 28 9:48pm Causeway Crowd
Boston Bruins Forward Noel Acciari Scores First NHL Goal Against the Nashville Predators It took 45 games, but Noel Acciari has finally scored his first career NHL goal. Coming with just four minutes remaining in the Boston Bruins’ Tuesday night game against the Nashville Predators, Acciari picked a good time to pot his first goal, […] Boston Bruins Forward Noel Acciari Scores First NHL Goal - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Video- Tom Wilsons High Stick On Zach Parise

Mar 28 9:39pm Kuklas Korner
Four minutes for high sticking.  ...
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A Winnipeg (-Owned) WHL Team

Mar 28 9:00pm Hockey Blog In Canada
For years, I've held hope that someone in Winnipeg would bring a WHL franchise back to the city. The city has seen WHL history from yesteryear, but there hasn't been a team in the Manitoba capital in my lifetime. There have been teams for sale in recent years that would filled that void, but with the arrival of the AHL Manitoba Moose there was really no reason to hold out hope that True North Sports and Entertainment would entertain the idea. Tonight, however, there are two Winnipeg businessmen who have ventured into the WHL ranks as owners, but it seems they will keep the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook, BC.Kootenay Ice President and GM Dean Chynoweth announced on Tuesday that the Chynoweth family, who had owned the franchise since 1995, had agreed to sell the team to businessmen Greg Fettes and Matt Cockell. Fettes and Cockell are both Winnipeggers with customer service and hockey backgrounds as Fettes is the founder of 24-7 Intouch, a global customer service outsourcing company, while Cockell is the former Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for True North Sports and Entertainment among the many hockey titles he's held over his career.Cockell will be relocating his family to Cranbrook as he takes over as President and General Manager from Chynoweth, and will oversee all business and hockey operations of the Kootenay Ice. The former fifth-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 1997 played for four WHL teams in three seasons, was a coach with the Brandon Wheat Kings, and was part of the gold medal-winning Canadian Women's Hockey Team at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. His connection to Fettes came through 24-7 Intouch where Cockell served as Chief Customer Officer. He'll have a big job ahead of him in trying to get people come back to the rink as the team averaged under 1700 people per game and own one of the worst records in junior hockey over the last two seasons. Our family is looking forward to becoming an active community member, and we are excited to engage directly with some of the greatest fans in the entire Western Hockey League, Cockell said in a statement.The sale is conditional upon the WHL Board of Governors approving the deal at a special meeting on April 27 to review the new ownership application. The team has been up for sale since 2012, one season after they had claimed the WHL's Ed Chynoweth Cup as the WHL champions. They also won the...
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USA Hockey Reaches An Agreement With U.S. Womens National Team

Mar 28 8:39pm Kuklas Korner
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey and the U.S. Women’s National Team announced today that they’ve reached an agreement that will result in groundbreaking support for the U.S. Women’s National Team program over the course of the next four years.
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U.S. Womens Team Strikes Its Deal With U.S.A. Hockey

Mar 28 8:20pm NYT > Hockey
The team had threatened to boycott the world championship, which begins this week, in pursuit of increased wages and support from the national governing body.
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Third Times A Charm

Mar 28 7:39pm Kuklas Korner
Good things are supposed to happen in sets of three. So with that in mind, on this third game in three nights, I'm expecting a regulation win. And, the best thing about tonight's game will be our three shiny young players. Mantha, Athanasiou, and Larkin. Since the third time is the charm, I'm going for broke now and calling a hat trick, for any Wing's player on the ice tonight. Curly fries. It's a Live Blog! Bitches! Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!...
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Hockey Thoughts On A Tuesday

Mar 28 4:39pm Kuklas Korner
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, - One other thing about NFL and NHL “worlds colliding” in Las Vegas: the NHL’s research indicated Sunday games were the way to go. How much does football’s arrival alter that, especially in the first three months of the season? - The NHL’s top two scorers since Feb. 1 are Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov (36 points) and Buffalo’s Jack Eichel (34). Maybe that’s not a coincidence. “He is probably my favourite player in the league,” Eichel said of Kucherov during a conversation last Friday. “The subtle plays he makes. One thing he does really well is shoot through a screen. He can pick a small corner through both the screener and the goalie and put it there. That’s something I’d like to do, too.”... - Don’t know how things will shake down in Dallas and prefer not to guess. But I wonder if Ken Hitchcock will end up there in some role. Some connections remain. much more...
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Afternoon Line- Scott Burnside On Hockey In China

Mar 28 3:39pm Kuklas Korner
The NHL will have to commit resources to support that infrastructure in helping to coach the coaches and administrators who might oversee a fledgling hockey culture in China. It's the kind of grandiose plan that will need the support of business leaders in North America and China to make a reality. It is the kind of plan with a million moving parts, a million things that could once again leave NHL powerbrokers wondering if it was all worth it. But if it's done right, it does represent the kind of magic the NHL envisioned when it first sent its players to the Olympics in 1998 and which has, in many ways, eluded the league. -Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on this topic.
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Boston Bruins: Bs Swap Colin Miller For John-Michael Liles

Mar 28 3:13pm Causeway Crowd
The Boston Bruins take on the Nashville Predators tonight at the TD Garden. With two important points on the line, the B’s have made a change on their blueline. The Boston Bruins aren’t out of the woods. While they’re still holding on to the final wild card spot, they’ve got several teams nipping at their […] Boston Bruins: B’s Swap Colin Miller For John-Michael Liles - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Deal Close Between USA Hockey And U.S. Womens National Team

Mar 28 1:39pm Kuklas Korner
from Frank Seravalli of TSN, The United States’ women’s national team is close to ratifying an offer from USA Hockey which would put an end to 15 months of negotiation and their boycott of this week’s IIHF Women’s World Championship. The 23 members of the women’s national team began procedures to vote on the latest offer from USA Hockey just before noon ET on Tuesday, according to sources. The two sides left not a moment to spare, with the United States set to face Team Canada on Friday night in Plymouth, Mich., to open the tournament. While details of the latest offer from USA Hockey remain unclear at the moment, the women’s national team program is believed to have won an increase in compensation, including in non-Olympic years, as well as other important working condition benefits for which they have been fighting. continued I will update this post as needed.
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Podcast: I Can Get A Cigarette If Im A Rebel

Mar 28 11:55am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
It's finals week in fantasy hockey! Thankfully it doesn't come with the stress of finals week in school. Anyways, Reid and I are back bringing you the latest news around the league along with some forecasting for the future. Injuries are the original focus with Frederik Andersen and Eddie Lack garnering most of the attention. From there, we talk about the red hot Ducks, the cluster that is the Pacific Division and who will get the last two spots in the East before examining defensemen tiers for next season. A breakdown of Thursday's games along with our Three Point Challenge picks conclude our discussion. Be sure to make your pick in the comments section below. All of that and more in the latest edition of the Razzball Hockey Podcast brought to you by Harry's Razors, Seatgeek and Draft!...
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A New Start In Detroit

Mar 28 11:40am Kuklas Korner
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, The dawn of a new era here in Hockeytown earlier this month was not celebrated with champagne and ribbon-cutting ceremonies, but rather with men sloshing around in greyish goo wearing hard hats, galoshes and smiles. Just two weeks ago, a series of trucks took part in an all-day concrete pour for the rink floor of the under-construction Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. With their boots crusted in cement, crews meticulously encased the network of ice-cooling pipes in concrete in order to keep the future ice surface completely smooth. While the actual ice will not be installed until early summer, seeing the foundation of the playing surface being laid would no doubt have made the likes of Gordie Howe and Mike Ilitch proud. It was, after all, a significant moment in the rich history of the Red Wings and the city of Detroit, one that signalled the much-needed arrival of a brighter future. Truth be told, this proud franchise could use one, given the tumultuous 12 months it has endured. There will come a day, after the cranes have hoisted their final beam, when hockey fans from Canada will cross the state-of-the-art Gordie Howe International Bridge en route to a Red Wings game at the Little Caesars Arena, aka The House That Ilitch Built. continued...
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Detroit Recalls Ben Street

Mar 28 10:40am Kuklas Korner
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Ben Street from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions. Street has appeared in 60 games with the Griffins this season, ranking among team leaders with 25 goals (2nd), 29 assists (2nd), 54 points (1st), 10 power-play goals (2nd), two shorthanded goals (T1st) and 194 shots on goal (2nd). The 30-year-old also sits among AHL leaders in goals (T8th), points (T11th) and power-play goals (T9th). A 2014 AHL All-Star, Street has played 350 career AHL games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Abbotsford Heat, Lake Erie Monsters, San Antonio Rampage and Griffins, totaling 291 points (123-168-291), a plus-23 rating and 108 penalty minutes since 2010-11. Signed by Detroit as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2016, Street has also picked up two assists in 29 NHL games between the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche since making his NHL debut in 2012-13.
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No Morning Skate And Other Detroit Notes

Mar 28 9:41am Kuklas Korner
via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, They play for the third time in three days when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight (7, FS-Plus) at PNC Arena. If the Wings lose in regulation and Toronto gains at least one point and Boston wins in any fashion, it will eliminate the Wings from the 2017 playoff race and end a streak that lasted 25 seasons. Jimmy Howard is up in the goalie rotation. Forward Luke Glendening suffered a lower-body injury during Monday’s 4-3 overtime victory at Carolina, and coach Jeff Blashill said afterward that Glendening won't be back as soon as tonight. That leaves Tomas Nosek as an option, unless someone gets called up during the day. There is no morning skate today, as the Wings need to rest up for an unheard-of three games in three days (and four in five, taking into consideration that they play Thursday at Tampa Bay -- and five in seven when adding in last Friday’s game against the Lightning). The Wings are 5-1-1 their last seven games. If they gain a point tonight, they remain mathematically alive for another day. But the streak is about to end.
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Corsi Out The Window This Season

Mar 28 8:39am Kuklas Korner
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, The rise of analytics — in particular the statistic known as Corsi, which measures five-on-five shot attempts — owes a great deal to the fact that the best teams by that measure typically make the playoffs. The NHL even says so in the introduction to what it calls Enhanced Stats and Shot Attempts Percentage Close, another term for Corsi. But not this year. Some of the best Corsi teams are not making the playoffs, starting with the leader: the Los Angeles Kings, who sit at 54.24 per cent. That is to say the Kings, for every 100 shot attempts (including blocks and misses), typically outshoot opponents 54-46. In other words, they carry the play. continued...
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Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Building Momentum, Live Stream

Mar 28 7:00am Broad Street Buzz
Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Flyers Vs Senators. The Philadelphia Flyers enter Tuesday as game winners of three of their last five games and two of their last three games played. Following a .500 road trip, our Philadelphia Flyers are back at home at the Wells Fargo Center taking on a playoff-bound Senators’ team. Coach Dave Hakstol […] Philadelphia Flyers Daily: Building Momentum, Live Stream - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Where Everyone Knows Hockey: Tiny Clarkson Stands Tall Again

Mar 28 5:00am NYT > Hockey
The Golden Knights received an escort home and will have a day of their own after winning their second N.C.A.A. women’s championship in four seasons.
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Walman Leaves Providence After 3 Seasons

Mar 28 5:00am College Hockey News from CHN
The St. Louis Blues have signed Providence's Jake Walman to a three-year entry-level contract. Walman, a junior defenseman and preseason All-CHN selection, was a third-round pick of the Blues in the 2014 NHL Draft. Walman was a freshman on the Friars' national championship team in 2015. He was having a Hobey-like 2015-16 season when a severe leg injury cut his season short. He returned this year ...
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Boston Bruins: Fans Shouldnt Give Up On Tuukka Rask

Mar 28 3:58am Causeway Crowd
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask found himself in hot water with the media and the fans again. The B’s number one goaltender was out for yet another important game for Boston. Some people will never love Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. Even if he brings home a Stanley Cup as the B’s number one goaltender, […] Boston Bruins: Fans Shouldn’t Give Up On Tuukka Rask - Causeway Crowd - Causeway Crowd - A Boston Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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Schwartz Shines For St. Louis

Mar 28 3:05am Fantasy Hockey Blog at Razzball.com
As talked about repeatedly for the last couple weeks in this internet space, this week is the dream for Blues players. Getting three games against Arizona and Colorado is what you hope for. The top line for St. Louis ravished the Coyotes on Monday with all three of them getting at least three points. My focus is going to be on Jaden Schwartz. Schwartz scored two goals and an assist with three shots finishing +4 in the 4-1 win. That gives him 50 points (18+32) in 71 games. Two seasons ago, Schwartz finished with 28+35 in 75 games before last season was ruined with injuries. So which player is he going forward, the one on the verge of 30+40 or this season's 20+35? I would bet on him being closer to 2014-15 than 2016-17. He's still only 24 years old and should continue to play with one of the best players in the game. The shot rate is average and the penalty minutes aren't there but on the assumption he's back in the 60-65 point range, I'll have Schwartz right around the 100 overall mark. My guess it's just outside that number but he's a great target in the middle rounds because we've already seen the upside. Here's what else happened around the league on Monday night:...
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Penn State's Pedrie Signs With Rangers

Mar 28 2:33am College Hockey News from CHN
The New York Rangers have signed Penn State defenseman Vince Pedrie, according to Pedrie's own Twitter feed. Pedrie, 6-foot, 195 lbs., had 30 points in 39 games form the backline, most among defensemen, and his plus-27 was second-best on the team behind defense partner Erik Autio. He also led the team with 167 shots on net. It comes with a heavy heart that I announce I will not be returning to Penn ...
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New Jersey Devils National Anthem Odyssey

Mar 28 1:47am Pucks and Pitchforks
For years, the New Jersey Devils featured a fairly stable set of National Anthem performers, with Arlette of course the de facto “Official Anthem Singer”. The past few weeks have seen a significant departure from the club’s historical approach to honoring our nation. So, I think it is safe to say that to many hard […] New Jersey Devils’ National Anthem Odyssey - Pucks and Pitchforks - Pucks and Pitchforks - A New Jersey Devils Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...
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From Coast To Coast

Mar 27 11:00pm Hockey Blog In Canada
It's that time of the season where many college-aged players are being signed to contracts by NHL teams as they look to bolster their rosters with undrafted talent for the next few years. The one segment of the collegiate and university players that always seems to be overlooked is the Canadian university scene, yet there have been many players who have emerged from this group as successful and contributing members of the NHL fraternity. Guys like Mike Ridley, Stu Grimson, Joel Ward, Randy Gregg, Steve Rucchin, and Cory Cross are but some of the names who have attended Canadian universities en route to finding an NHL roster spot. We might be adding another name to the list soon as it was announced tonight that UNB Varsity Reds forward Philippe Maillet had signed a deal with the AHL's Ontario Reign!Maillet's path to UNB is like most other players currently toiling in USports men's hockey in that he was a former CHL undrafted player who used the opportunity once his junior eligibility was up to go back to school. Maillet was a high-scoring member of the QMJHL's Victoriaville Tigres before moving into university hockey in 2013-14. In three seasons with UNB, he's continued his torrid scoring pace in averaging nearly 1.5 points per game in three seasons. He was USports Player of the Year and he was the Tournament MVP this season. Clearly, the kid can score and he's good at what he does.Maillet helped UNB to another USports National Men's Hockey Championship this spring, and now the Reign are going to see if he can help them in their quest for a Calder Cup. Maillet shouldn't look out of step in the AHL, but the speed of the game might require some adjustments to his game. Maillet seemed to find the right places to be in the games I saw him in, so he has the vision needed to be a scoring threat at any level as long as he can adjust to the speed of the game.Let's go to his first practice and interview with the Reign! As Maillet stated, he needs to adjust to the speed of the AHL just as I did, but he's been a scoring star at every level so I suspect he'll adapt well in the AHL ranks. As Maillet stated, he'll use his speed and try to score some goals which he's also done at every level. Personally, this is a fantastic signing by the Reign, and it should pay off in spades as Maillet settles into his pro career.If there's a major segment of hockey players who the North...
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Video- Eddie Lack Taken Off The Ice On A Stretcher

Mar 27 10:40pm Kuklas Korner
Lack did give fans a thumbs up as he was taken off ice — Chip Alexander (@ice\_chip) March 28, 2017  ...
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No Resolution in Pay Dispute Involving U.S. Womens Hockey Team

Mar 27 8:48pm NYT > Hockey
Pressing U.S.A. Hockey for a better deal, players had not yet achieved their objectives on Monday night. But their support grew to include several United State senators.
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How a Team in Seattle, of All Places, Changed Hockey Forever

Mar 27 8:43pm NYT > Hockey
In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first United States team to win the Stanley Cup. But now, without an arena, or a team, few know of its past.
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Almost Home, But Two In Carolina FirstThanks Gary

Mar 27 6:39pm Kuklas Korner
And when I say home , I mean done.  That feels like home, sounds like home, beckons me like home.  Meanwhile, you guys talked goaltending today. ...
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Afternoon Line- Donald Fehr On The 2018 Winter Olympics

Mar 27 4:39pm Kuklas Korner
“I’ve been in this business too long to make predictions either on timing or anything else, I think at this point, we have to wait and see how it plays out. I think, however, if we end up not going, the reaction from the players’ side — across the board — is not going to be a good one. And my guess is it’s going to last for a very long time.” -Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA.  Michael Traikos of the National Post has more on this topic.
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