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Morning Line- Jack Hughes

 

Through 6 games, Hughes is without a point.

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Backup Goalie Talk In Toronto

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The journeyman was hardly the only culprit in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals, but he did get burned for three goals in a 78-second span after Toronto had built him a first-period lead. This is a difficult, often thankless job. Even if Hutchinson was never really put in a position to succeed, he still had to own part of the defeat.

“You’re never happy when you lose a game or let in four goals,” he said. “But they made some good plays.”...

The Leafs brought veteran Michal Neuvirth to training camp on a professional tryout agreement to challenge Hutchinson for the backup job this fall, but he struggled to stay healthy and was released.

Should they end up looking for another option in-season, they’ll be inhibited by their salary cap squeeze. It would basically have to be a money-in, money-out proposition.

The most appealing scenario for the organization is seeing things work out with Hutchinson. He’s got internal support from both Andersen and goalie coach Steve Briere, among others.

But he also has to deliver on the occasional junk-mail assignment.

“You gotta find a way each and every night and you need different people to do it each and every night,” said Babcock. “You can’t give up as many goals on the back-to-back. That’s 10 goals in two games back-to-back.

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Video- Complaining About The Refs Is Not Limited To The NHL

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Videos- NHL Action From Last Night

3 goals for Evander Kane.

 

 

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NHL Short Notes

McDavid joins elite company with 17 points through seven games; Carlson continues historic start with Capitals; Kane shines with first-period hat trick.

NHL MORNING SKATE

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Video- Sonny Milano With The Goal Of The Night

Nice!

 

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Video- Linesman Michel Cormier Takes A Hard Fall Along The Boards

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Video- Gary Bettman On China, Social Media And More

from Jabari Young of CNBC,

The National Hockey League is relying on the “good judgment” of its players as it expands overseas, particularly in China, and positions itself in the U.S. to profit from the newly legalized gambling here,  Commissioner Gary Bettman said on CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Wednesday.

The feud between the NBA and China hasn’t had any blow back on the NHL so far. NBA players can’t seem to avoid offending fans or politicians, no matter what they say...

Bettman was asked if it was a good idea to continue expanding in China, given the fragile relationship with the U.S. right now. Selecting his words carefully, the commissioner responded: “When you’re dealing in foreign countries, geopolitical issues can impact your business, and you have to be mindful of that.

“We probably have the most international player base of any of the sports,” Bettman added. “And to the extent we can do business internationally, we do it, and when there are impediments to it, we either pivot or choose another course. There are no hard and fast rules in terms of how you do it.”

He said the NHL hasn’t has adopted a social media policy for its executives and players in light of the NBA’s plight in China, saying the NHL hasn’t issued a “memoranda” on the matter.

“We rely on the good judgment of all of our on-ice and off-ice personnel to do what they think is sensible and responsible,” Bettman said, adding the league is “overwhelmingly proud” of the way players conduct themselves.

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Afternoon Line- Ken Campbell

added 3:10pm, Wayne Scanlan of Sportsnet has more on attendance in Ottawa...

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Video- Zack Kassian Has Turned His Life Around

via TSN's YouTube page,

TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli explains how hitting rock bottom in 2015 in Montreal triggered Zack Kassian to turn his life around, and paved the way to Kassian getting off to the best start of his NHL career this season. Seravalli also discusses how important Kassian is to the Oilers' success.

 

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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.

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