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Discussing The Next Contracts For William Nylander And Mitch Marner

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Nylander will need a new contract after this season, and based on last season, it wasn’t hard to imagine he might have been eying something approaching the eight-year, $68-million contract signed by Leon Draisaitl in the summer. Certainly something north of $7 million per season.

Instead, Nylander may have to accept considerably less on a long-term arrangement, or even a bridge deal to get him through the next couple of seasons.

That alone would be very helpful to the Leafs given some of the choices they’ll have on their plate the next two summers. If they imagine taking a shot at John Tavares or Drew Doughty, they’ll need all the room they can get.

Marner, meanwhile, has one more season left on his entry-level deal, and more time to get his numbers in shape for his next negotiation. He has seen the riches bestowed on Connor McDavid (eight years, $100 million) and Jack Eichel (eight years, $80 million), the first and second picks of the 2015 NHL draft in which Marner was the fourth selection. McDavid’s contract would be out of reach, but based on Eichel’s play and numbers, he might be an easier comparable for Marner. That’s if Marner’s stats improve.


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A Much More Confident Pavel Buchnevich

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrate,

Brushing aside some shin guards from the adjacent stall at the New York Rangers’ training facility, Pavel Buchnevich waves a visitor over. 

Welcome. Sit downAn interview? With pleasure.

He hadn’t always felt so comfortable. Seventeen months ago, Buchnevich leapt into an unknown land knowing only his agents, lugging just a small bag of skates and workout clothes, carrying no command of the local tongue. “Zero English, zero understand,” he says. “When I’m kid, at school, parents tell me you need English. I think, ‘What the f---? I never go U.S.”

But look at him now. For the next 15 minutes following a recent practice, Buchnevich winds through subjects ranging from European soccer to Russian saunas, superhero movies to video games. He pauses every so often, recalling certain words, but plows through without apology, adapting on the fly like always. Moving to the Big Apple at 21 years old? “Little scary.” Spending half of his rookie season shelved with an injured back? “Big problem.” Addressing fellow Rangers at the start? “Tough communication.” Talking to teammates today? “More confidence. Very easy.”


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From Bad To Good, Winning Streak Hits Five For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

Call them Team Yo-Yo.

With their tight-checking 2-1 win Thursday night over Buffalo at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers are the NHL’s most up-and-down team in the last 12 years.

They became the first team to register five straight wins immediately after losing 10 consecutive games since San Jose in 2005....

If they sweep the last three games in the homestand  — after facing the Stars, they host Los Angeles and Detroit  — they would become the first team in NHL history to win eight in a row right after it lost 10 straight, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Video- Virtual Tour Of The Rink Build At Lansdowne Park In Ottawa

The 2017 Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic will be held at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa with the Montreal Canadiens playing the Ottawa Senators.

The game starts just after 7:00pm ET this Saturday and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN and TVAS.

Click away on the virtual tour of the rink build.


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41 Shots, No Goals In Edmonton’s 4-0 Loss To Nashville

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

They outshot the Predators 46-23, but couldn’t beat backup Juuse Saros even once. Kind of like the other night in Toronto, where they walked the Maple Leafs all night long and watched backup Curtis McElhinney stop all 41 shots they fired in a 1-0 loss.

“I’ve been around the game for a long time now, and it’s a weird, weird game,” began Maroon, in a post-game address that had a scent of Phil Esposito back in ‘72. “You’re going to go through times where you shouldn’t win, but you do. And you’re going to go through times when you should have won by a lot and don’t win.

“Let’s put it this way: They had eight shots on net,” and a 3-0 lead late in the second period, Maroon said. “They didn’t have a chance, five-on-five. I couldn’t even tell you to a time where they spent time in our zone, till right at the end of the game.”

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Game highlights of Nashville's 4-0 win over Edmonton can be watched below.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Lose 2-1 To The Vegas Golden Knights And Marc-Andre Fleury

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins’ past five games have all been decided by one goal.

They’ve won one of them and have lost their past three.

Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena was probably especially tough to take because ex-Penguin Marc-Andre Fleury was terrific against his former team, but there are bigger issues at hand with the Penguins these days.

“When it’s going like this, it seems like you’re finding ways to lose instead of win,” Sidney Crosby said. “We have to find a way to win a game in a close one like we’ve had here in the last couple, try to find a way to get some momentum.”...

General manager Jim Rutherford essentially called out his players on Wednesday, saying he was disappointed in the recent 2-3-0 homestand and something needed to change, otherwise he would seek a shakeup.

Tough to imagine Rutherford like what he saw in this one.

The Penguins are playing well enough to be competitive, but they seem to lack any discernible oomph — or “juice” as Sullivan might say.


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Video- Highlights From The NHL Games Played Last Night

The NHL's recap of the games played on Thursday night.


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NHL Short Notes

Home Team in Caps

Washington 5, BOSTON 3
COLUMBUS 6, NY Islanders 4
MONTREAL 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)
Anaheim 3, ST. LOUIS 1
MINNESOTA 2, Toronto 0
Chicago 5, WINNIPEG 1
COLORADO 2, Florida 1
San Jose 3, CALGARY 2
Nashville 4, EDMONTON 0
Tampa Bay 4, ARIZONA 1
VEGAS 2, Pittsburgh 1

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Video- Long Distance Goals

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Inspired by Subban's goal from centre on Anders Nilsson check out some of the best ever goalie gaffes on long distance shots.


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Video- Brad Marchand Spends Some Time With Cabbie

via TSN's YouTube channel,

Brad Marchand sheds his “little ball of hate” persona becoming a gentler, kinder and more likeable elite NHL scorer. Rehabilitating his image from agitator to friendly competitor, Brad Marchand explains showing love to Toronto's Auston Matthews via twitter and Leo Komarov with a good-natured kiss. Social media wise, there are dozens of fake Brad Marchand instagram accounts out there, but when he’s ready Cabbie provides a t-shirt for his first official post. Lastly, in order to ignite sales for his website, Marchand gets a handful of merchandise ideas including headbands, t-shirts and baked muffins.


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