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from the CP at the National Post,

The Ottawa Senators appeared to fire another salvo in their ongoing battle with the Ottawa Citizen on Friday, with the newspaper saying one of its sports reporters was denied access to the team’s charter.

The development came two days after the newspaper said it would not take down a secretly recorded video of several Senators players from an Uber vehicle in Arizona despite a legal notice insisting that leaving it online violates provincial privacy laws.

Hockey writer Ken Warren was expecting to take the team charter to cover the Senators’ game at Tampa Bay on Saturday but was denied access to the flight, Ottawa Citizen editor-in-chief Michelle Richardson said.

“I can confirm it happened this morning,” Richardson said. “For us, it doesn’t really change our fundamentals. We’re still committed to covering the Senators, both the good and the bad. Our coverage is important to our readers and to their fans and that’s not going to change.”


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Video- The Talk After The Morning Skate

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Jimmy Howard, Danny DeKeyser, Michael Rasmussen and Jeff Blashill, all in under three minutes.


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Afternoon Line- Don Cherry

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Oh, absolutely, I belong in the Hall of Fame. I was coach of the year everywhere I went, in the American league. I coached Team Canada and the whole deal. Of course I deserve to be in.

-Don Cherry in a Q & A with Sean Fitz-Gerald of The Athletic.  Read more ($$$) question and answers.

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Video- Plays Of The Week

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Sportsnet style, four minutes to watch.


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Jeff Blashill On Andreas Athanasiou’s Play This Season

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Athanasiou has scored four goals in his past six games.

"I think he's done a good job from day one of training camp playing at a consistent level and being engaged in the game at a consistent level, and when he's engaged and skating and stopping on pucks and competing he's a really good player," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think he's done a really good job of that through the course of the first part of the year and then obviously got hurt and that's the way life goes. I hope he can come back and play at that level."

more, after today's skate...

added 1:18pm, Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com with the game day notes below.

Continue Reading »

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Did You Know There Are 16 Future Hall Of Fame Players In The NHL Right Now?

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from Josh Beneteau of Sportsnet,

The list is shorter than you’d think.

In all, we settled on 16 players worthy of induction. There are certainly more than 15 active players who will one day get into the Hall, so some honourable mentions are included for players who likely will get in once they’ve played out their full careers.

But this group of 16 has shown enough already to earn recognition....

Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington Capitals
Games Played: 829 | Goals: 212 | Assists: 604 | Points: 816

Backstrom is a talented playmaker and has been among the assist leaders every year since he joined the league. His 604 assists are the most by any player since 2007, and his 816 points are fifth. He has five seasons in which he recorded more than 60 assists, a mark matched only by Henrik Sedin and Joe Thornton over the same time period.

Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks
Games Played: 928 | Goals: 249 | Assists: 636 | Points: 885

A power forward who also has slick hands as an elite playmaker, Getzlaf can do it all. He has three seasons with more than 80 points in his career and ranks sixth in total points since 2005. In the playoffs, he’s been equally dominant, and trails only Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Patrick Kane in post-season points over his career. The Ducks have made the playoffs in 11 of the 13 seasons Getzlaf has played, winning the Cup once in 2007.

14 more players...

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Tuukka Rask Granted A Leave Of Absence By The Boston Bruins

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BOSTON - Effective today, Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of absence relating to a personal matter.

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Tomas Plekanec Going On Unconditional Waivers Today

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MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that Tomas Plekanec will be placed on unconditional waivers at 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, for the purpose of terminating his contract.

Tomas Plekanec has played a total of 1,001 career regular season games in the NHL, including 984 games in a Canadiens uniform. The Kladno, Czech Republic native has 608 career points (233 goals, 375 assists). Plekanec also played in 94 career playoff games, and registered 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists).

On October 15, Plekanec suited up for his 1,000th NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings, scoring his lone goal of the season.

Tomas Plekanec was selected in the third round by the Canadiens (71st overall) at the 2001 NHL Draft. He had been acting as an assistant captain from the 2010-11 season through the 2017-18 campaign.

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An Optional Morning Skate For Detroit

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per Dana Wakiji tweets, an optional morning skate.

Jimmy Howard in starter net and Larkin on the ice.

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Video- A New Buzz At The LCA?

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Are you feeling it?


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