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Questioning The Core Of The Toronto Maple Leafs

from Jonas Siegel of TSN,

The microscope may indeed focus on Randy Carlyle as Toronto stumbles out of the gate with many of the same troubles as last season, but Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan should also be in the process of taking a long, hard look at what makes up the core of his roster.

Now is the time for him to not only evaluate Carlyle and his fit as the club's head coach, but those cornerstone pieces and whether they'll be good enough one day not just to sneak into the playoffs or win a round, but to win four and an eventual Stanley Cup.

Hired in April, Shanahan took the summer months to refurbish parts of the coaching staff and parts of the front office while tinkering with a slew of short-term roster buys in free agency. But he didn't touch the core at the end of another late season collapse.

No, he left those front-end pieces like Kessel, like Dion Phaneuf and Joffrey Lupul, like David Clarkson and Tyler Bozak, he left those pieces in place, presumably to evaluate them firsthand, get a real sense for the players and personalities from the inside.


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Video- The Boston Bruins At Boston Children’s Hospital Dressed Up For Halloween

The Boston Bruins visited Boston Children's Hospital today.


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Paul Bissonnette Signs PTO With The Portland Pirates

from the Portland Pirates,

The Portland Pirates today announced the signing of forward Paul Bissonnette to an AHL Professional Tryout Contract. The six-year NHL veteran will join the team later this week.

Bissonnette, a 6-foot-3, 220 pound left wing from Welland, Ontario, joins the Pirates after spending the last five seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. While with the Coyotes, Bissonnette played 187 games, recording seven goals, 14 assists, 21 points and totaling 318 penalty minutes. He’s also appeared in four playoff games with the Coyotes, collecting 15 minutes in penalties.


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Olli Maatta On How He Feels After Announcing Surgery To Remove A Tumor

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

“Importantly for Olli, we don't expect this to affect his health in the long term,” Dr. Vyas said. “Secondarily, we expect him to do well from a hockey standpoint.”

Maatta spoke at the press conference and said he doesn't feel much different since learning of the mass during training camp physicals.

“I don't feel any different,” Maatta said. “Feel the same as I did before I found out. I don't think right now I feel any different than I did a year ago or anything. I feel healthy, and I feel fine.

“Only thing is different is now maybe I know I have cancer. You know what? It's tough news, but I don't think it has affected me much.”

He said there's about an 85 percent chance the mass is cancerous.

An ultrasound, DNA testing and a biopsy were all performed, Dr. Vyas said.

If there's something additional that Maatta needs to have done, that will come at the end of the season, Dr. Vyas said.


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Afternoon Line - Pierre LeBrun

Begin the regular season no latter than Sept. 20, which would ensure the Stanley Cup finals to be over no later than May 31. The kids are back in school in September, vacation is over, let's drop the puck already. And who likes hockey games in June? Just silly. There would be resistance to this for sure, heck, one southern team governor once pondered at an owners' meeting the merits of starting the NHL season in late November so as to not conflict with the baseball playoffs and the start of the NFL season. I'm sorry, but you're either a hockey fan or you're not. Drop the puck Sept. 20 and don't worry about what the other sports are doing. No games in June!

-Pierre LeBrun of ESN on what he would do if in charge of the NHL.  Read on for more ideas...

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Video- It’s A Slow Motion Monday, Last Week’s Action Slowed Down

Almost four minutes of slow motion action from week 3 of the NHL season.



There once was a time you could only listen to the NHL.  With that in mind, the best radio calls from week 3, listen below...

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Olli Maatta Will Have Surgery To Remove A Tumor On His Neck

via a Pittsburgh Penguins release.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is scheduled to undergo surgery next week to remove a tumor from his neck that could be a low-grade thyroid cancer.

“Olli will have surgery to remove the tumor,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “Even if it is found to be cancerous, we do not expect that he will need radiation or chemotherapy, and we anticipate a complete recovery. In all likelihood, Olli will go on to live a healthy life and this should not affect his ability to play hockey long-term.”

Maatta, 20, has been cleared to play until the time of the surgery.

Vyas said he will likely be able to return to the lineup within four weeks.

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Ranking The NHL Sports Agencies

from Jason Belzer of Forbes,

The ever increasing popularity of hockey in both the United States and Canada has fueled the explosive growth of NHL player salaries over the last decade. No agency has capitalized on this more than Newport Sports Management. Based in Ontario, Newport has negotiated an estimated $1.26 billion in NHL contracts, bringing in almost $50 million in commissions.

Spearheaded by agent Don Meehan, Newport’s single sport practice has helped the agency to tie for  #6 on Forbes’ list of  overall most valuable sports agencies in the world. Newport represents clients include: Minnesota Wild wing Zach Parise, New York Rangersgoalie Henrik Lundqvist, as well as  defensive players Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings , Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, Henrik Tallinder of the  Buffalo Sabres and Dion Paneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Moving up to the #2 spot on this year’s list is veteran agency Octagon, with approximately $880 million in contracts under management. 


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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Oct. 27, 2014) – Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens and New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 26.

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Morning Line- On The Cost Of The NHL Expansion Fee

Don’t look now, but the cost of an NHL expansion franchise likely just soared.

It’s been rumored for years the NHL might defy conventional wisdom by demanding sky-high expansion fees upwards of $400 million per franchise, even in this country where teams generally lag those in Canada in value. And despite the disbelief usually accompanying such rumors, recent sales involving the New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes just supplied the NHL some fresh justification for commanding such sums.

-Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times where you can read more on this topic.

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