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Evander Kane Signs With The Edmonton Oilers

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TSN Insiders Tonight

With the NHL concluding their investigation into Evander Kane's COVID-19 protocol breach and determining no further discipline is required, the veteran forward will now be headed to Edmonton on a one-year deal. The TSN Hockey insiders wrap up how that all came together, as well as discuss J.T. Miller's future in Vancouver, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang's future in Pittsburgh and more.

Watch at TSN

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Evening Line- Henrik Lundqvist

“I mean, I loved Torts, you should say hello [on Friday]. I’ll never forget the first time he walked into the locker room, you’d heard a lot about him and how things went in Tampa and how he was pretty tough on goalies at times, so there was so much respect there.

“You respected him and feared him at the same time. You had to be on your toes. But I loved that. He was so good at motivating the team at critical moments and that’s something I really appreciated, too. I was ready to run through a brick wall every time I walked out from the locker room. He was very good at getting everyone to that mindset, where you were preparing for a kind of war. I loved playing for him.”

-Henrik Lundqvist to Larry Brooks who has an article on Lundqvist's career in New York.

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The NHL Concludes Investigation Of Evander Kane

NEW YORK (Jan. 27, 2022) – The National Hockey League announced today that it has concluded its investigation into the circumstances pursuant to which Evander Kane travelled cross-border during the Holiday Period.

The report prepared in connection with the investigation, which was conducted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, concluded that there was insufficient evidence to “conclusively find that Mr. Kane knowingly made misrepresentations regarding his COVID-19 status or test results in connection with his international travel.”

As a result, the League has determined not to pursue any additional League-imposed discipline against Kane at the current time.

Kane remains an Unrestricted Free Agent and is currently eligible to sign and to play for any NHL Club without restriction.

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Drew Doughty Will Hit 1000 Games Played Tonight

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 27, 2022) – LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will play in his 1,000th regular-season game tonight at UBS Arena against the New York Islanders. He will become the 359th player in NHL history to reach the league-recognized milestone.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion, Doughty will be the 12th player to skate in at least 1,000 games with one franchise and miss fewer than 40 games from his first to his 1,000th. He will be just the fifth player in franchise history to appear in 1,000 NHL games with the team and the 24th player to accomplish the feat in a Kings uniform. He also will be the 58th player to have played for the Kings to reach the milestone.

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Arizona Coyotes Exploring Options For Temporary Home

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Video- Saves Of The Week

4 1/2 minutes long.

 

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On The Hit To Nathan MacKinnon

via Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,

Nathan MacKinnon was injured for the Colorado Avalanche after being hit by Boston Bruins forward Taylor Hall early in the first period of a 4-3 overtime win at Ball Arena on Wednesday.

The center was down on the ice for about a minute and was bleeding from his face before being helped to the locker room by a trainer at 2:22. Hall hit him six seconds earlier while MacKinnon was carrying the puck near the Colorado blue line.

"It's unfortunate the way it happened," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "I feel a little responsible for giving him a soft play up the middle, but stuff happens and it happens quick. Unfortunately, Nate's hurt now and we don't know for how long, just hope he's OK."

Hall was initially called for a major penalty, but following a video review it was reduced to a minor for interference after it was determined that MacKinnon was hit with his own stick.

"Not good enough to return to the game, so we'll see what tomorrow presents," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "I had a chance to review it and the way he catches him, Nate's stick was up, so I believe they probably made the right call, but it's the type of hit the League's trying to get rid of."

If you missed the hit, watch it below.

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NHL Short Notes

* The Flames established a new single-game franchise record (regular season or playoffs) with 62 shots on goal – the highest total by any team since March 21, 1991.   
 
* A game-tying goal with 37 seconds remaining in regulation from Gabriel Landeskog and the overtime winner from Cale Makar helped the Avalanche extend their home win streak to 17 games – the fifth-longest run in NHL history. 
 
* Drew Doughty is set to skate in his 1,000th NHL game when the Kings visit the Islanders on a 10-game Thursday. 

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Video- Nathan MacKinnon Bloodied By His Own Stick

added 10:51pm, longer version of the video is below.

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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