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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

During Coach’s Corner, Ron & Don spoke about how Mike Smith is a key reason to the early success of the Edmonton Oilers. They also spoke touched on Bo Horvat’s parents and how his father remembered hearing his son’s name for the first time on the show.

 

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Video- Ryan O’Reilly Loves The Game Again

via Sportsnet,

In the spring of 2018, Ryan O'Reilly had come off the most disappointing season of his career. One years, two months, and three days later, he won the Stanley Cup. This story looks at how O'Reilly rediscovered his love of the game.

 

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Hockey Topics

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun at Canoe,

- I’m not buying the early season Carolina Hurricanes. I can’t believe in a team that has Petr Mrazek and James Reimer in goal.

- With Evgeny Malkin out, with Phil Kessel in Arizona and Alexander Galchenyuk banged up, the Pittsburgh Penguins second line has Jared McCann centring Dominik Kahun and Patric Hornqvist. Sidney Crosby will deserve the Hart Trophy if this team makes the playoffs.

- After all these years, why can’t nhl.com get positions right on their website: Every year they list players who don’t play centre, as centres. Among them this year: William Nylander, Jake Guentzel, Jonathan Huberdeau, Brad Marchand, Mike Hoffman and Artemi Panarin are all listed as centres when you go looking for stats. Can’t somebody get this right?

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John Hynes On The Hot Seat

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

When ownership becomes involved in hockey personnel decisions and its prime acquisition is presented as a social-media marketing vehicle, there is little time and little patience for slow starts.

This is the case in New Jersey, where the Josh Harris-David Blitzer combination at the top of the directory enthusiastically encouraged — how’s that for a euphemism? — general manager Ray Shero to pull off the deal for the Spirit of 76, who arrived with a boatload of charisma and as one half of a sports celebrity power couple with fiancée Lindsey Vonn.

There is PK Subban, there is first-overall draft selection Jack Hughes, and there is Taylor Hall, one of the league’s elite players who is a pending free agent and who certainly isn’t going to sign up for a program that doesn’t produce results.

Hall has been in the playoffs once since entering the NHL with the Oilers in 2010. The Devils have been to the playoffs once since 2012. Coach John Hynes has taken the team to the postseason once since taking over to start the 2015-16 season.

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NHL Plans To Continue Growing The Game Of Hockey In China

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

While the NBA grapples with its newly tense relations with its Chinese sports and business partners, the NHL remains on track with its strategy of strengthening its presence in China and encouraging the development of hockey there.

“Nothing about the current situation has changed our views on the importance of continuing efforts to grow the sport of hockey in China, or on any of the plans that we have in process,” the NHL’s deputy commissioner, Bill Daly, said via email.

Like the NBA, the NHL salivates over the potentially vast market of fans, viewers and merchandise sales in China. But unlike the NBA, the NHL hasn’t been put in the position of weighing money against morals.

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Video- Kaapo Kakko With His First NHL Goal

A beauty from the #2 pick in this year's NHL Draft.

 

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James Neal Trade Looking Good For Edmonton

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

We’re a long way from the vote tallying, but Ken Holland is the early leader for NHL executive of the year on the strength of his July 19 deal that brought James Neal to Edmonton — a swap for Milan Lucic that looks like it may have triggered a turnaround for the moribund Oilers franchise.

Holland was named Oilers general manager in May, successor to the fired Peter Chiarelli, after the Red Wings finalized the coronation of Steve Yzerman as the new mayor of Hockeytown. Two months later, Holland swapped ex-Bruin Lucic for Neal, whose hands inexplicably turned to stone during his one-season stay in Calgary after signing there following his year in Vegas (acquired there in the expansion draft).

Not an easy deal to make, for either side. Both veteran forwards carried pricey, long-term tickets. Worse was the accompanying stigma that their careers were somewhere between a standstill and a dead end. With Lucic appearing to be the greater liability of the two 30-somethings, Holland was forced to retain $3 million of the big winger’s deal (a $750,000 charge for each of the remaining four years on his $6 million-a-year contract).

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Seat Squeeze In Boston

from Dugan Arnett of the Boston Globe,

An avid fan, the 25-year-old Brighton resident has sat through plenty of games, but this time something felt . . . different. He shifted in his seat. He shifted again. He tried — unsuccessfully — to get comfortable.

“I couldn’t exactly put my finger on it,” said Russo, who stands 5 feet 9 inches tall “on a good day.” “And then my buddy next to me goes, ‘These seats are way tighter, don’t you think?’ ”

As the 3-1 Bruins return to TD Garden for Saturday night’s home opener against the New Jersey Devils — the team’s first regular season game in the venue since last year’s Stanley Cup Finals — a normally joyous occasion has been overshadowed by a roiling controversy concerning fans and their fannies.

The replacement earlier this year of seats throughout the arena — as well as the addition of 500 new spots — has left many fuming over the suddenly cramped quarters. In recent days, countless fans have voiced their seat-size-related frustrations, filling social media with complaints about discomfort and nonexistent legroom and, in some cases, threatening to boycott the Garden altogether.

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Morning Line- Mike Chambers

Both the Bruins’ and Avs’ goals were erased because of a coach’s challenge for offside. But why are we worrying about what happens an inch on both sides of the blue line when it has nothing to do with what happens 70-feet away at the net?

In a game that has never been so fast, linesmen should be forgiven for missing a close call and the game should go on. The coach’s challenge for offside is a waste of time because, again, it’s not a direct result of what ultimately happens. In basketball, sure, take away a 3-point shot if the shooter’s foot is on the line. And take away that touchdown if an NFL receiver doesn’t have both feet inbounds.

-Mike Chambers of the Denver Post where you can read more on this topic.

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Has Mike Babcock Been Set Up To Fail?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

If Mike Babcock’s job is on the line this season, you’ve really got to start wondering whether he’s got a fighting chance.

At this point, it appears more like his boss, Kyle Dubas, has tasked Babcock with the unenviable job of getting better results out of a roster that is no better than last year’s, and quite possibly weaker.

Coming off a collapse against Montreal, a tight one-goal defeat to the Stanley Cup champions from St. Louis and a walloping at the hands of talented Tampa on Thursday, the Maple Leafs are certainly looking a bit wobbly in the second week of the NHL season.

Against the Bolts, the same vulnerabilities that were there last spring when the Leafs went out in the first round of the playoffs against Boston remained. That’s not surprising, given that the major surgery done by Dubas this summer on the Leaf roster — the five players who started the game on Thursday weren’t in the opening night lineup a year ago — wasn’t about improving the team’s weakest areas.

Dubas didn’t set out to fix problems. He was necessarily and completely focused on controlling costs.

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