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Mark Streit A Man Without A Country At The World Cup

from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,

According to reports, the NHL and NHLPA are expected to announce the details Friday for the return of the World Cup of Hockey. Among those details is a new team of European All-Stars that would comprise of players who aren't from the Czech Republic, Russia, Finland or Sweden.

If Streit were selected, he'd be suiting up with players like Slovakians Tomas Tatar and Zdeno Chara, Solvenian-born Anze Kopitar and Norwegian Mats Zuccarello.

"I don't like it at all. Not one thing about it," Streit said. "It's a nations tournament. You love playing for your country."

The format of the new World Cup, which hasn't been played since 2004, is to have the European All-Star team, a North American "Young Guns" team comprised of players under 23 years old, Canada, the U.S. and the four aforementioned European nations.

"It's supposed to be the top eight (countries)," said Streit, who represented Switzerland in 12 World Championships. "For players, you want to play for your team. That's the whole purpose of it. I don't know. I don't like it at all. There's supposed to be the top eight. Go with that. Whoever's in is in; whoever's not is not. This is…I don't know."

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Video- Top 5 NHL Goals Before The All-Star Break

Sportsnet style...

 

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What Games are at the NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition?

By Dave Z.,

Since this NHL season started in 2014 players have given their best to exceed each other, The NHL is the moment when the players can prove themselves in front of the world. The NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition will take place this weekend in Columbus and will feature an assortment of exciting competitions. These include events that will test the skills of some of the world's best hockey players.

Here's a look at the games that will be played at this special event. These are games that will pit players from teams captained by Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Columbus' Nick Foligno against one another. 

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Sidney Crosby Out Of The All-Star Game

via the NHL,

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game because of a lower-body injury, executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday.

Crosby has been playing with the injury and will need about a week to heal, the Penguins said.

As a result of missing the All-Star Game, Crosby will not be permitted to play in Pittsburgh's home game on Jan. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets.

added 7:04pm,

 

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All Bryan Murray

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

In a lengthy one-on-one interview in his office, while wearing a chemotherapy drip bag from his most recent treatment, Murray told the Citizen he is likely to step down as Senators GM after this season.

“I think I’ve got to take a look at it at the end of this year,” Murray says, flatly. “My wife would like me to take off. Geri’s been good, though. She says, ‘I know you have to have something to do.’

“I don’t know whether I can just put my feet up.”

Bryan and Geri have been married 47 years. Ever briefly, he will put his feet up during the all-star break this weekend, at the couple’s house in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

When he does step aside, likely to an advisory role, Murray will crown his own successor, as encouraged by Melnyk, the NHL club owner.

“All Eugene said to me was, ‘you’re going to pick the next guy, Bryan. Work with me on it, but you come up with when you’re going to transfer it over.’”

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The Time Has Come For The Columbus Blue Jackets To Think About The Future

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

Sergei Bobrovsky’s misfortune looks like the last straw for Columbus in 2014-15. He’d already missed time with a fractured finger and brief illness, and his lower-body injury Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets looked grim. The extent won’t be clear until his MRI results come in, but Bobrovsky had to be helped off the ice.

Now it’s time for GM Jarmo Kekalainen to swallow his pride and realize this season wasn’t meant to be. If Bobrovsky is seriously hurt, it’s obviously a knockout blow for a team 14 points out of a playoff spot. And if the injury is, say, a minor sprain, there’s no reason to rush back a precious commodity freshly signed to a four-year, $29.7-million contract extension. The Jackets are finished.

 

The important thing to realize: that’s totally OK. The future remains extremely bright. Columbus was simply dealt a bad hand this season. Kekalainen and John Davidson have built a well-rounded, gritty, improving team. Ryan Johansen continues to look like a star, and Nick Foligno has taken his game to a new stratosphere. Murray has shown flashes of a Ryan Suter-like upside at just 21 and has plenty of time to improve if he can stay healthy. This team has a lot of young help on the way, too. Alexander Wennberg, 20, hasn’t made waves as a rookie but is a dynamic young prospect, likened to Henrik Zetterberg. Guys like Kerby Rychel, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Marko Dano look good, too. There’s no denying flashy Sonny Milano has a sky-high ceiling, even if he was a risky first-round pick last June.

Kekalainen’s next move should be to assess what pieces of his roster are expendable and can be used to secure more long-term assets before the trade deadline.

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Seattle Mayor Met With Gary Bettman Earlier This Week

from Chris Daniels of King 5 News,

On Thursday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray acknowledged that he met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Murray said the meetings occurred Monday on his way to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. According to Murray, Silver said, "Seattle remains a very attractive city for an NBA franchise," but that "the league has no plans to expand at this time."

Murray added that he told Bettman, "We are very keen on bringing an NHL team here, and the commissioner recognizes the value we would bring as home to a future franchise. We will continue to work toward that shared vision."...

Murray is out of town and not available for further comment, according to his spokesman Jason Kelly.

Kelly stressed there were "no firm commitment" made by the NHL or NBA, but the NHL is "very interested in having Seattle host a franchise, that was very clear."

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Goalies Prepared For The Shooters

from Jamie McLellan of TSN,

Long gone are the days where before the game, a goaltender could focus simply on taping a stick, getting his skates to feel right as far as sharpness or how tight or loose he wanted his pads. These certainly are factors that go into getting ready, but with today's age of video, breakdowns and readily accessible information, there is so much more preparation that goes into the mindset of getting ready for a team. When I first started at the pro level, the research was done by word of mouth, asking around from other players about tendencies. Coaches shared info sometimes with each other but ultimately you would watch highlights from TV, that was pretty much it.

Now there are so many layers to the Pre Scout.

What got me thinking about it was watching Peter Mrazek make a save on Mikko Koivu in a shootout on Wednesday night between Detroit and Minnesota. If you watch his glove position as Koivu skates towards the net, you could clearly tell that Mrazek knew his move in the shootout which is a very quick forehand-to-backhand move that finishes with a top shelf shot. His glove was waiting for it, and he made it look easy.

The first thing that came to my mind was that guaranteed, the goalie coach had prepared him that if the game went to the shootout, Koivu would shoot and there would be a high probability that he would use that move.

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Your All-Star Fantasy Draft Format

NEW YORK (Jan. 22, 2015) – The National Hockey League announced today the format for the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft™ presented by DraftKings, which will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

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All About The Composite Hockey Stick

from Tom Spears of the Ottawa Citizen,

What makes a top-end hockey stick cost $300? We asked Dave Sauvé of Valiquette Source for Sports for some pointers.

• All modern sticks are a mix of carbon fibre and graphite, which is why they’re called “composite.” But the sticks that sell for less than $100 have more graphite and the expensive ones are proportionately more carbon.

• Carbon is lighter and “whippier” and the stick may weigh only 390 grams. “It responds better to shots, so when you’re flexing it, it snaps forward quicker. They do tend to break a little bit quicker at the higher end though”, Sauvé says.

“It gives you more of a snapshot bonus. It’s letting the stick do more of the work.”

Graphite is heavier and stiffer, so a stick weighs up to 500 grams. These sticks are cheaper but stronger.

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