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WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, February 2, President Obama will welcome the 2014 NHL Champion Los Angeles Kings and the 2014 MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy to honor the teams on winning their Championship titles. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.
WHEN: Monday, February 2, 2:00 PM EST
(Jan. 29, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that in conjunction with his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL), Martin Brodeur will remain with the Blues as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager.
Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement today at a press conference in St. Louis.
The conference is scheduled to begin at 11:30am ET and you can watch it below...
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The Islanders are the best team in the East, and how refreshing is that?
So in honour of teams, like Tavares’, trending upward, we find a suitable hashtag for all 30 clubs in this week’s NHL Power Rankings: #HashtagEdition.
1. Anaheim Ducks- The first team to hit 70 points, the Ducks shut out Vancouver Tuesday and recorded their third six-game winning streak of the season. #Getzlaf4MVP
2. Nashville Predators- Through 46 contests, the real-deal Predators have already matched the number of home wins (19) they had all last season. #Laviolettethedogsout *ducks, hides*
3. New York Islanders- Beasts of the East, the Islanders are winning games at a pace not seen since the late 1970s -- even without injured top-20 scorer Kyle Okposo. #KingsOfNewYork
KINGS RALLY (THREE TIMES) TO DEFEAT BLACKHAWKS
Trailing 3-2 with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin scored 2:34 apart to help the Kings snap a four-game skid (0-2-2) and pick up their first regular-season victory over the Blackhawks since March 25, 2013 (0-4-0).
* At 21-15-12 (54 points), the Kings moved within one point of the idle Flames (26-19-3, 55 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
* The Kings also rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits. Per Elias, the last time they overcame three or more one-goal deficits to earn a win was on Oct. 30, 2013, when they accomplished the same feat in a 4-3 overtime victory vs. SJS.
* Jeff Carter notched 2-1—3, marking his second multi-goal and third three-point performance of the season. The Kings improved to 10-0-0 when he records at least two points.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs are playing better under Peter Horachek and perhaps there will eventually be a payoff for their improved defensive play, but right now it's painful to watch.
The Maple Leafs lost their seventh consecutive game, this time 2-1 in the shootout to the New Jersey Devils. That's how bad it's has gotten: the Devils team that couldn't buy a shootout win last season beating the Leafs in shootouts.
Toronto team president Brendan Shanahan was in attendance and, if nothing else, he's learning a lot about his team during this stretch with the only reasonable conclusion that they are much worse than we originally thought.
read on for Burnside on Hawks/Kings, LeBrun on Spezza returning to Ottawa, Strang on the Capitals and Powers on the Blackhawks...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
What about Keith Yandle? He still has another season left on his deal next season and, at 28, could still be part of the reshaping of this roster.
But then again, there are contenders who view him as a great pickup, especially if they can get him for two playoffs, not just one.
"He's always a name that comes up," Maloney said. "Keith Yandle is a very important part on our team, and he's a good player. He's been a top offensive defenseman for the last five years in the league. I'm not actually out there shopping his name around at all, but people have talked to me about it. I'd like to build that base, not subtract from it. We don't have enough Keith Yandles. That's not to say if a deal comes along in the next week or the next month or at the draft ... but he's still a relatively young player that does something better than most players in the league."
Yandle just shrugged his shoulders Wednesday. He's been down this path before.
"It's one of those things where it seems like every year I hear my name," he said. "I'm immune to it now. I don't take any of it personally. I tell myself that it's a good thing other teams want you. It's been talked about for the last six years, and you just have to play it by year."
more on the Arizona Coyotes "reset"...
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Naturally, the 31-year-old centre was asked what kind of reception he expects from Ottawa fans known for their love-hate relationship with the former captain.
“Fans are passionate, so I hope I’m remembered for giving my all and having some success here, but I expect them to support their team, too,” Spezza said. “They’ve always supported the club, but hopefully they appreciate that I gave everything when I was here and did all I could to help us win.”
About that. If only the Senators had cashed in one of those years – in 2003, when Spezza was the kid on the rise, or 2006 when Dominik Hasek went down, or 2007 when Spezza-Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson were the NHL’s top offensive line.
“We were so close for a three, four-year period there (and we) had as good a team as anybody in the league,” Spezza said.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
They aren’t fast enough. They aren’t young enough. They don’t have enough mobility or scoring from the blue-line. And they don’t have enough snipers or size up front.
What they are is remarkably ordinary.
The good news is, other than goaltending, they can target just about any area in a trade — this side of a another defensive centre, bottom-six winger or washed-up veteran — and improve.
Size? Scorer? Power-play quarterback? Promising prospect?
Bring it all on.
The bad news is they are stuck in an awkward phase of rebuilding-on-the-fly and can’t afford to give up a draft pick, or any prospect who may be worth a damn in two or three years.
As currently constructed, the Canucks are good enough to beat down the destitute. And sometimes, if all goes right and their so-called battle level is cresting, they can appear comfortable hanging with the upper class.
more (no specific names mentioned)
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
TSN believes it took another shot to the chin from the NHL after failing to win the broadcast rights to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
No one is saying much publicly, but broadcast sources say George Cope, chief executive officer of BCE Inc., the parent company of the TSN and CTV networks, is not happy. TSN executives worried about the bidding process because Rogers Communications Inc. is in the first year of a 12-year, $5.2-billion contract for the NHL’s Canadian national broadcast rights. But TSN expected the competition for the World Cup, which is being operated by both the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association, to be a blind auction with the winner being the highest bidder.
The auction was held about 10 days ago and TSN’s bid was between $28-million and $32-million for the two-week tournament, which will be held for the first time in 12 years. TSN executives were sure they had the highest bid but were informed by the NHL that Rogers was the winner.
“We were told the rights were being awarded to Rogers,” Phil King, president, CTV, sports and entertainment programming, said Wednesday. “As far as we can tell, they [Rogers] seem to have a quasi right to match.”
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