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The TSN Insiders Tonight

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via TSN,

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the latest on the teams interested in Matt Duchene, NHL options for Jaromir Jagr, the league's crackdown on faceoffs, a possible extension for Jack Eichel, what the Golden Knights plan to do with their extra defencemen and more.

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Sort Of An Open Post For Tonight’s Preseason Game

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

No TV, no radio and no streaming of tonight's game in Boston with puck drop just after 7:00pm ET.

George is relaxing, I don't really follow preseason games so this post is yours.

I am sure beat writers and teams will be tweeting in-game, so that would be the recommended way to update.

This post belongs to you if you wish.

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The Ottawa Senators Have Interest In Matt Duchene

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators have done more than kick tires on disgruntled Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene.

Sources say Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has been aggressive in his pursuit of the 26-year-old Duchene, who begrudgingly reported to training camp last week while he continues to wait for a trade.

But that doesn’t mean anybody in Ottawa should go out and purchase a jersey with his name on the back. At this point, it’s believed the two sides aren’t close to a deal.

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Thoughts For Brian Boyle

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Boyle has not skated in camp.

 

 

 

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Wings’s First Round Pick On Playing Tonight In Boston

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"It's exciting," Rasmussen said after the morning skate at Little Caesars Arena. "Good morning skate there. 'm just excited. It's something I've been working for for a while, so it's good."

Rasmussen will center a line with Martin Frk and Turner Elson.

Coach Jeff Blashill said Rasmussen would play in at least one preseason game. He is expected to be reassigned to his junior club, Tri City (WHL), before the season.

Rasmussen said of his first NHL camp: "I think just the level you've got to be at every day, the pace and the strength of these guys is just a daily thing and it's something that I work hard to one day have."

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The Players Will Have To Adapt To The Rule Changes

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

During Monday night’s seven preseason games with available statistics, 41 minor penalties for slashing were whistled, for an average of nearly six per game.

Though it is not a direct comparison, since last year’s preseason data is not available, there were 791 slashing minor penalties called last regular season, for an average of just 0.6 slashing calls per game.

That is a nearly 10-fold jump, sure to snap players to attention to the NHL’s new zero-tolerance policy. There were four slashing infractions in the first period alone of the Rangers-Islanders exhibition at Madison Square Garden on Monday. No preseason game so far has featured fewer than four slashing calls.

The idea is to police slashing more stringently from the outset of the preseason to allow players seven or eight games to adapt before the regular season when the same standard will be in place....

Not only will referees be more focused on slashing, incoming NHL senior vice-president of player safety George Parros said recently that egregious slashes will be met with supplemental discipline.

“We’ll be looking at them more,” Parros said on Sept. 7. “If they seem to be more intentful or directed towards the fingers and hands with greater force, we’re going to be looking to do something: fines, suspensions, whatever it might be.

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As always, consistency will be the key.

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Rick Nash Is Playing For A Contract

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

"I don't have a contract for next season," the New York Rangers forward said Monday, "so that's what I'm playing for."

Nash has never gone into an NHL season without the security of being signed for the next one. He has never been an unrestricted free agent. He might be July 1 because he is going into the last season on the eight-year, $62.4 million contract he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 3, 2009, when he had one year remaining on a five-year contract.

Nash is 33 years old and fully expects he'll have to take a pay cut after this season because that's just how it works in the NHL now for players in their mid-30s who need a new contract.

The way he sees it, the size of the cut, how big or small, is on him and how he plays this season.

"The ball is in my court," Nash said. "It's no secret, it's a huge season for me personally."

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The Team On The LCA Practice Rink

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Awesome arena," goaltender Petr Mrazek said. "The practice rink is amazing. We had a chance to have a couple practices before the camp so we saw the dressing room, we saw all the different stuff. It's very cool.

"You have the big arena and the practice facility next to each other, big fitness room where all the trainers are. It's something different from Joe Louis but very nice. Everything is great. Start with the hot tub, cold tub, the treadmill underwater, the gym, the dressing room. Everything is new and exciting."

Coach Jeff Blashill said having a practice rink inside the building is "awesome." In the past the team would need to dress and drive to places like Liggett High School in Grosse Pointe Woods and the Taylor Sportsplex when another event was at the Joe.

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Roman Josi Is The New Captain Of The Nashville Predators

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Nashville, Tenn. (September 19, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that defenseman Roman Josi has been named the eighth captain in franchise history. Additionally, defenseman Ryan Ellis was announced as associate captain and Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg as alternate captains.

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Injury News From The St. Louis Blues

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(Sept. 19, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Zach Sanford will undergo surgery after dislocating his left shoulder during training camp.  He is expected to miss five to six months.  In addition, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will be re-evaluated in three weeks after suffering a left ankle fracture.

Sanford, 22, joined the Blues via trade from Washington on Feb. 27, last season.  The 6’4, 203-pound forward went on to make 13 regular season appearances for the Blues, posting five points (two goals, three assists).  The Salem, Massachusetts, native also dressed in four 2017 postseason games.

Bouwmeester, 33, is entering his sixth season with the Blues.  In 2016-17, the 6’4, 212-pound defenseman logged 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in 81 regular season games.  The Edmonton, Alberta, native also played in 11 2017 postseason games, serving four penalty minutes.

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