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In his hometown against Montreal, Bob Cole with the call.
via Hometown Hockey,
PJ Stock tells the story of his brother Dean, who was recently diagnosed with ALS. PJ and Dean want to bring the fight against ALS back into the forefront, much like it was this summer, and help raise awareness for this disease.
The Blues announced he would not return today, lower-body injury.
added 2:52pm, video of the hit below...
via Hometown Hockey,
This Stephen Brunt essay recognizes the life and career of Dick Irvin.
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
... another worthy center in Arizona whom the Rangers should target: Martin Hanzal. The 27-year-old Czech has the goods: He's 6-5, 230 pounds, has eight goals in 37 games this season, has posted between 11 and 16 goals in five of the seven previous seasons, and carries a very reasonable salary-cap charge of $3.1 million through the 2016-17 season.
With the Rangers too dependent on their top two lines and needing more size to battle heavier squads in the East and West, Hanzal would be quite valuable -- and importantly, not a rental. An offer of Miller, defenseman John Moore and a midround draft pick might be tempting enough for the Coyotes to bite.
Acquiring a two-way center remains a top priority, and if Moore, an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent is traded, the Blueshirts will need a reliable, low-cost replacement as a sixth/seventh defenseman.
One player whose name has surfaced numerous times this season, after the Rangers auditioned Henrik Tallinder and Tomas Kaberle in Hartford while Ryan McDonagh and Dan Boyle were injured, was Jan Hejda, another unrestricted-free-agent-to-be. Currently with Colorado, The 6-4 Hejda, 36, another former Blue Jacket, is believed to be an option.
more trade options...
I believe it was Elliotte Friedman last night who said the Coyotes are receiving more calls on Hanzal than any other player on the Arizona roster.
Elliotte Friedman sat down with newly-retired goalie Martin Brodeur and asked what he would change about the NHL in its current state.
HOME SWEET HOME
Home teams combined for a 10-1 record on Saturday, outscoring their opponents by a 34-14 margin. Overall this season, home teams are 416-233-89.
ATLANTIC DIVISION’S BEST WIN BIG
The top four teams in the Atlantic Division: Tampa Bay Lightning (32-15-4, 68 points), Montreal Canadiens (32-13-3, 67 points), Detroit Red Wings (29-12-9, 67 points) and Boston Bruins (27-16-7, 61 points) all recorded victories against non-divisional opponents on Saturday to keep pace in the race for the division lead. They also represent four of the top six teams in the Eastern Conference, including holding down the top three spots.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
So now the NHL has a standings system in which 22 of the 30 teams had more "W's" than "L's" going into Saturday's games. It's an optical illusion. It's false and misleading propaganda.
I realize it's futile to propose a "solution" to a problem the NHL isn't just tolerating, but gladly perpetuating, but one of two things should be done. Either every game is three points — three for regulation win, two for an overtime or shootout win, one for an overtime or shootout loss — or shootouts are expanded to a five rounds, emphasizing they're important in determining two points, and you either get two points for a win and nothing for a loss.
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.
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