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NEW YORK (Dec. 9, 2016) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the Los Angeles Kings have introduced a rendering of the NHL® Centennial-themed float that will make its debut in the renowned 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda in Pasadena on Jan. 2. Titled “A Century of Greatness (1917-2017),” the float will serve as one of the key elements celebrating the official launch of the NHL’s year-long Centennial festivities, which will commence on New Year’s Day.
from the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders announced today that Cal Clutterbuck has agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.
Clutterbuck, 29, has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 25 games with the Islanders this season. The Welland, ON, native was named an alternate captain at the start of this season, his fourth with the Islanders and ninth in the National Hockey League.
Last season, Clutterbuck scored 15 goals with eight assists in 77 games with the Islanders. He added three points (two goals, one assist) in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Islanders advance to the second round.
from Jed Ortmeyer at The Players' Tribune,
I sat up in the exam room at the hospital and stretched my arms, trying to get my brain to relax. It was only chest pains. Our team trainer had told me the night before that they were probably being caused by dehydration or a pulled muscle, and I told myself over and over again that he was probably right.
I was fine … right?
I mean, I played in the NHL. I was a New York Ranger. Injuries are part of the game. No matter how I was feeling inside, I was going to be cool. The nurses ran their tests, and I was sure that soon they’d be back to tell me that everything was going to be fine.
Except I couldn’t stop thinking about the blood.
The day before, I had woken up from a long nap and started coughing up blood in the sink.
So I did what everybody does when they’re scared. I called my mom.
“Jed,” she said. “Call your trainer right now.”
“I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal. It’s past midnight.”
“I don’t care what time it is. Call your trainer. Right now.”
from Pat Hickey of the Montrteal Gazette,
The Canadiens’ all-world goaltender started throwing punches with his blocker after the Devils’ Kyle Palmieri crashed into him in the dying seconds of the first period.
“I got run on the first goal and I wasn’t going to take another one,” Price said after the Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils. “I got fired up, I guess. I’m going to stick up for myself now.”...
Price said running the goaltender has become common because the referees aren’t handing out penalties.
“It seems to be the nature of the league, to go hard to the net, run the goalie and score the goal,” said Price. “You have to stick up for yourself once in a while.”
Here is the goal where Price says he was run...
If you missed Price throwing some punches, watch here.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
When McDavid scored on a power play in the middle frame to make it 2-0, he skated towards Manning after a fist-pump celebration and the two exchanged some more words. After the game, McDavid let fly that the words he heard from Manning inferred that he’d smacked him into the boards on purpose last season....
“I did all I could defending him last year in the media. Everyone wanted to make a big deal saying he did it on purpose, and they wanted me to to say some comments today (morning) about what went on last year,” said McDavid, who shrugged it off after the morning skate as yesterday’s news.
But it was today’s news Thursday when they came together in the first period and words were coughed up.
“I thought it was one of the (most) classless things I’ve ever seen on the ice. He said some things. I guess we can put the whole if he did it on purpose thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that. Shows what kind of guy he is the way he doesn’t step up and fight some of our guys,” said McDavid, who had the power-play goal and helped set up Andrej Sekera’ shortie with some great board work in the second.
Manning was taken aback by McDavid’s not-so-friendly fire at him after the Oilers’ loss.
He firmly said last year’s violent crash with McDavid and himself was a hard play, gone wrong.
No malice intended.
“One hundred percent not. Anyone who’s seen the clip sees him catch an edge. I would never intentionally hurt someone. Anybody who knows me, knows I play a hard game, that’s the reason I’m in the NHL. I think I play an honest game,” said Manning.
Below, watch McDavid post-game, the Manning talk starts at the 1:00 mark...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• The Avs have a crushing need for two or three D-men—Erik Johnson is out about two months but a busted leg after Tyler Seguin nailed him with a shot— but goalie Semyon Varlamov at $6 million isn’t helping matters, being outplayed by backup Calvin Pickard, They could easily get a D man for Gabe Landeskog or Duchene but they’re not that deep at forward either. They’re definitely in the hunt for the No. 1 pick in the June draft.
• Sam Gagner is the best bargain in the NHL these days: He signed for $650,000 this summer in Columbus and has 10 goals. No tag-days for Gagner though. He’s made about $27 million in his career since signing at 18 with Oilers. The Hawks were sniffing around Gagner, too. Old memories die hard: they obviously remembered that eight-point game Gagner had against them.
• When somebody mentioned good-looking, clothes-horse NHL players, the talk went to Henrik Lundqvist, of course. He’s been on the cover of several mags. “He told me that during the lockout shortened season (2012-2013), he had a different suit for every game (48),” laughed Cam Talbot, his former backup in New York.
more hockey talk...
Home Team in Caps
Colorado 4, BOSTON 2
NY ISLANDERS 3, St. Louis 2
PHILADELPHIA 6, Edmonton 5
MONTREAL 5, New Jersey 2
Vancouver 5, TAMPA BAY 1
Pittsburgh 5, FLORIDA 1
NY Rangers 2, WINNIPEG 1
DALLAS 5, Nashville 2
Calgary 2, ARIZONA 1 (OT)
Carolina 3, LOS ANGELES 1
GIROUX, VORACEK HELP FLYERS EMERGE FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT WIN
Claude Giroux (2-1—3) tied the game and Jakub Voracek (1-3—4) assisted on the go-ahead goal with 1:29 remaining in regulation to help Philadelphia secure its seventh consecutive victory, matching their longest win streak since an equal run from Dec. 2 – 15, 2011.
* The Flyers tied the game on two separate occasions, overcoming deficits of 2-0 and 5-3. Elias notes that Philadelphia won a game in which they erased two multi-goal deficits for the first time in franchise history.
* Down 2-0 in the second period, the Flyers scored three times in a span of 72 seconds to take the lead. Elias notes that it was the fastest trio of goals by Philadelphia since Feb. 14, 2009 when the club scored three times in a span of 67 seconds during the third period of a 5-1 win vs. NYI.
* Voracek (10-18—28) and Giroux (9-19—28) share the team lead – and fourth in the NHL – with 28 points in 29 games this season.
from Josh Cooper of PuckDaddy,
Several governors noted that another shot at the Olympics may not be in the NHL’s best interest.
“I can only speak from myself and from the status of Arizona. First off, I understand the players’ desire to want to be a part of it but from running a business perspective it’s a difficult thing for us,” Arizona Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc said. “Shutting down for two and a half weeks and for any franchise it’s difficult but it’s even more difficult for us because of the fact, it’s no secret that our prime time so to speak is January onward. Shutting down for close to three weeks and what is arguably our busiest month from a tourism perspective is very, very difficult for us.”
Said Los Angeles Kings president of business operations, Luc Robitaille, “Well, you know, it’s always great to promote the game to go outside, but at the end of the day it’s a lot of the same guys going over and over again and it’s taxing. Sidney Crosby has done a lot for the league and for his country and by the time the next Olympics come he’ll be 31 or 32 and you want to make sure we get the best out of these players for the fans that pay season seats and watch the games on TV in North America. I know it’s not there yet. I know there are going to be a lot of negotiations the next few months but we’ll see what happens.”
Kyle Palmieri gets two for goaltender interference, Price four for roughing.
from the CP at Sportsnet,
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says owners aren’t keen on returning to a sixth consecutive Olympics.
Following the first day of the NHL’s board of governors meetings on Thursday afternoon, Bettman said there was “strong negative sentiment” among the league’s owners on NHL players attending the PyeongChang Games in 2018.
Bettman said the belief among some owners was that the Olympics had run their course for the league and hadn’t provided a big picture boost to the league in non-North American locales.
That, along with the brief season shutdown, injury risk and compressed schedule made it unappealing to the league, more so if the IOC refused to cover out-of-pocket expenses as had been suggested by president Thomas Bach.
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