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A Few Tough Years For Paul Stewart

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Of the 12 names that were added to the NHL’s concussion lawsuit yesterday, the one that stands out the most is that of Paul Stewart, the first American in history to make it to the NHL as both a player and a referee. According the lawsuit, one of the more gregarious and easy-going personalities in the game, Stewart now suffers from depressive and anxiety disorders, anger, impulse and temper control issues and a loss of memory.

And more importantly, Stewart also has had a brain tumor. Last April, Stewart had a golf-ball sized benign tumor removed from his brain at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He had spent much of the previous three seasons in Russia as a judicial and discipline consultant to the KHL. “When I got home from Russia, I promise you, things were not pleasant,” says Stewart, who turns 62 next month. “At first I thought it was because I was gone so long. I’m better since the surgery, but every day I really have to work at it.”

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Dennis Wideman On Being Suspended

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Herald,

Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman broke his silence Thursday, issuing a public apology to linesman Don Henderson and saying he is “disappointed” with the 20-game suspension he was handed by the NHL after his ugly collision with the official last week.

Reading from notes, Wideman addressed the media after practising with his Flames teammates at the Saddledome, his first skate since the incident.

With the NHLPA currently appealing the suspension on his behalf, the 32-year-old did not answer questions.

“Firstly, I want to apologize to Donnie Henderson,” Wideman said. “I feel awful about what happened. Hopefully, he’s recovering and he’s going to be back on the ice soon, but I feel really bad about the whole situation. The last seven days have been tough.

“Never in my career have I ever disrespected or done anything like this to an official. I think I’ve prided myself on having a great working relationship with the officials, and I hope to continue that when I get out there. But again, I just want to apologize to Donnie. I feel awful about what happened.

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added 3:37pm, Watch Wideman's statement below via Sportsnet.

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Jared Cowen On A Possible Trade

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

With the Feb. 29 NHL trade deadline fast approaching, Cowen's name has been mentioned more than anyone on the Senators as a player who may be shipped off by general manager Bryan Murray. The defenceman admitted that being a healthy scratch Thursday could make a trade this month a reality. 

“I'm aware of it, obviously, so if it happens, it happens. I'm not playing today, so obviously it makes it more realistic,” Cowen told TSN.ca. “I don't know, so we'll see.”

Cowen has tried his best to ignore any of the external talk surrounding his play. He says he hasn't read a single article or listened to the talk radio rumours about his future in Ottawa.  

“I don't have to block it out because I don't listen to or read that stuff. If it's happening, I'm not paying attention to it,” he said. 

While he hasn't paid attention to any of the rumours, Cowen was asked directly on Thursday about the theory that perhaps he needs a fresh start in a different city. There are many Senators fans who believe the ninth-overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft will never develop into an elite shutdown defenceman in this market because of the constant negativity swirling around him. 

So would a fresh start with a new team be beneficial to Cowen?

“Maybe, I don't know. My job is to stay here and be as good as I can be for Ottawa,” Cowen said. “Who knows if they're right or wrong, because I don't know either. I've never been traded in my life, so we'll see.”

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Alexander Burmistrov Fined For Diving/Embellishment

NEW YORK (Feb. 4, 2016) – Winnipeg Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties.

Burmistrov was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 131 against Los Angeles on Oct. 27. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 7:45 of the third period during NHL Game No. 737 against Arizona on Jan. 26. Burmistrov drew a tripping penalty to Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone on the play.

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Evgeni Malkin Out With Lower-Body Injury

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Morning Line- Travis Yost

As it stands right now, Canada’s seven teams sit in the following place in the NHL standings: 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 28th, and 29th. Just about every one of those teams has earned their rightful spot as a contender — for Auston Matthews.

-Travis Yost of TSN.  Read more on the Canadian based teams in the NHL.

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NHL Short Notes

LIGHTNING EDGE RED WINGS, MOVE AHEAD IN ATLANTIC
Ben Bishop made 24 saves to lead the Lightning to their ninth victory in their past 10 games overall as well as their seventh straight win at home.
 
* At 28-18-4 (60 points), the Lightning moved two points ahead of the Red Wings (25-17-8, 58 points) and idle Bruins (26-18-6-, 58 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division. They also climbed within five points of the idle Panthers (30-15-5, 65 points) for first place.
 
* The Lightning’s seven-game home winning streak is three shy of equaling the franchise record, set last season (Dec. 11, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015: 10-0-0). Tampa Bay boasts a 16-8-2 record at Amalie Arena in 2015-16; their 34 home points share seventh place in the NHL.
 
* Bishop reached the 20-win milestone for the third time in his career – and third consecutive season. He ranks second in the NHL with a 1.99 goals-against average and 10th with a .927 save percentage.
 
* Bishop also became the first goaltender in Lightning history to record 100 victories with the team (100-45-16, 2.24 GAA, .921 SV%, 12 SO). Nikolai Khabibulin ranks second with 83.

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Video- Carey Price Doesn’t Look Close To Returning

via Sportsnet,

The footage was shocking to see for the Hockey Central panel. Watching Carey Price skating around so gingerly has set off alarm bells for many and has some wondering if the Canadiens may end up having to shut him down for the season.

 

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Losing Numbers For The Montreal Canadiens

After a 4-2 home loss by the Habs to the Buffalo Sabres,

from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,

Numbers don’t matter – unless you’re calculating how many of their remaining games the Canadiens have to lose in order to be eliminated from playoff contention.

Let’s look at it this way: Assuming 92 points punches a ticket to the postseason dance, the Canadiens need 40 points in their last 30 games.

That translates to 20 wins over the next two months – for a team that won three games in December and another three in January.

Oh, and they’re winless in February.

And this: The Canadiens were 19-4-3 in their first 26 games, tied for first in NHL. In their next 26: 5-20-1. Dead last.

More depressing numbers: The Canadiens haven’t won on home ice since edging mighty New Jersey 2-1 on Jan.  6. When they face Edmonton on Saturday afternoon, the Canadiens will have gone A FULL MONTH without winning a game on home ice.

It’s brutal.

Embarrassing.

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Below, watch Michel Therrrien and a few Montreal players post-game...

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Video- Only Three NHL Games Were Played Last Night

Just over 2 1/2 minutes of higlights from those games.

 

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