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Rochester gambling ring leader reaches plea bargain, pays w/ check from Thomas Vanek’s Isles salary

From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's Mark Craig, as a follow-up to Craig's Tweets about Thomas Vanek possibly being involved with the gambling ring ran out of a restaurant he was an investor in:

A bookmaker pleaded guilty Thursday to laundering a $230,000 gambling debt — a payment his attorney said was made with a New York Islanders check.

That payment — apparently a salary check that was endorsed and handed over to cover wagers — was made at the same time hockey superstar Thomas Vanek played for the Islanders, said local attorney James Wolford.

Wolford declined to say whether the payment came from Vanek, who has been linked to the alleged Rochester-based gambling ring. Vanek has acknowledged testifying before a grand jury and sources say his name turned up in records seized from the alleged bookmakers.

Still, Wolford said he was surprised that Vanek's agent said in an interview that Vanek was not involved in any wrongdoing.

And it gets worse from there:

Wolford said after the plea that the $230,000 was a small portion of the overall debt owed by the gambler who paid with an Islanders check. The total of the debt was more than $1 million, he said.

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TSN Insiders Discuss No-Goal Against The Wings, Scott Stevens May Join DoPS And More

The TSN Insiders discussed the no-goal in the Wings/Capitals game last night and also mentioned Scott Stevens may join the Department of Player Safety.

Also discussed was the cap issue with the Kings and NHL Safety meeting with NHL teams.

Watch it here...

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Teams Showing Interest In Chris Stewart

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It’s not a matter of if, but rather when the Buffalo Sabres flip pending UFA Chris Stewart.

There’s nothing imminent as far as we can tell. We reported earlier that the Boston Bruins have him as one of their targets and another Atlantic Division team the Ottawa Senators had talks earlier this month with the Sabres. The Senators tried to trade for him before the trade deadline last spring. They spoke again to Buffalo a few weeks back but nothing came of it for now.

The Bruins, meanwhile, have been hammered on defense by injuries, so perhaps their need would be best served there, but a source said Thursday that Boston’s plan right now is to ride this out, knowing that within a month or so most of their injured blueliners will be healthy. No panic trade in store. 

more hockey topics including the Kings' salary cap issues and the Carolina Hurricanes...

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Report- Thomas Vanek’s Name Linked To Alleged Gambling Ring

via tweets of Gary Craig, a reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle,

Thomas Vanek has been linked to gambling with alleged Rochester ring.

Over next few Tweets I'll detail gambling allegations that could point to hockey superstar Thomas Vanek.

Records seized from alleged bookmakers show payments from Vanek, sources have said. He testified before grand jury in Rochester.

Read more from Craig's recent timeline...

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It’s All About Patience For The Colorado Avalanche

from Ryan Boulding of the Avs website,

The Colorado Avalanche is 1-0-3 in the last four games, and while the wins haven’t been coming in, the club is still picking up valuable points along the way. That doesn’t mean the team is satisfied....

Although things are trending in the right direction, the Avs are still looking to string together some wins. According to head coach Patrick Roy, that will come with patience. As long as the team can relax, do the work required of them and respect the process, good things will come.

“Whether it’s bad luck or just not being sharp enough or whatever it is, for some reason we can’t finish the job in those overtime games and shootout games,” said Matt Duchene. “It’s frustrating, but I think you’ve just got to find the fun and enjoyment of the game back. Just come to the rink everyday a little bit lighter on your feet and try to enjoy it a bit more.”

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More Las Vegas/NHL Talk

from Howard Stutz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

In an interview following MGM Resorts third-quarter earnings conference call, company CFO Dan D’Arrigo said preliminary discussions had taken place with a group interested in housing an NHL team at the MGM-AEG arena, which will have 20,000 seats, along with luxury boxes and other amenities.

D’Arrigo didn’t go into details on the talks and whether the group was looking to move an existing NHL team to Las Vegas or seeking an expansion franchise.

“We would be supportive of an NHL team coming to our arena,” D’Arrigo said. “We’re highly interested and we have been in discussions with a group.”

National media outlets have reported in recent months that an NHL team would land at the new arena, which began construction earlier this year and is expected to open in 2016. The NHL has denied the reports, the most recent of which came last week in the New York Post.

more plus in the comment section, some people believe an NBA team would be a better option...

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Advanced Stats- The Early Z-Score Adjusted FF%

from Stephen Burtch of Sportsnet,

First, we account for the league-wide spread in shot attempt differentials in each game state – rarer game states will show a wider spread in results. We then determine a weighted average for every NHL player’s percentage of shot attempts, weighting their results in different situations by the amount of TOI they have played at 5v5 in each game score state (trailing by 2+, trailing by 1, tied, leading by 1, leading by 2+).

The resulting statistic, Z-Score Adjusted Fenwick For Percentage (Z-Score Adj. FF%), gives us a reasonable tool for comparing the results of individual NHL skaters relatively early in the season. When we combine this with individual skater PDO (Sum of On-Ice SH% and SV% at 5v5) we can form a clearer picture of who is driving the successes and failures around the NHL so far this season.

Some of the more interesting highlights for Z-Score Adjusted FF% so far would be as follows:

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Kevin Westgarth Signs With The Belfast Giants

If you don't have the Shnarped app, get it here and communicate directly with numerous players throughout the hockey leagues.

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Kerry Fraser On “The Blown Call” In The Detroit/Washington Game

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

You weren't the only confused fans when this potential game-changing decision was made by trailing referee Ghislain Hebert to disallow Drew Miller's legitimate goal. Instead of the Wings being credited with scoring the first goal of the game they went on the penalty kill when a phantom goalkeeper interference penalty was assessed to Luke Glendening.

There is no way to sugar-coat this blown call. I'm certain the referee would be the first to admit the play did not happen the way that he thought it did from his position in the neutral zone. There is no value in beating him up over it as mistakes happen. What I want to focus our attention on is the breakdown in the two-referee system that took place in hopes it won't happen again; along with options that might have been available to alter this decision on the ice. Video review is presently unable to provide information or confirmation to referees on penalty infractions so there was no option for them to get involved on this play once the penalty was assessed.   

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added 2:39pm, Babcock says just get it right, watch below...

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Around The Ten Game Mark

The San Jose Sharks have played 11 games, a handful of teams have played 10 and the rest are either at 8 or 9 games played.

Yes I know it is early but my early surprise teams are Nashville, Vancouver, New York Islanders and Calgary on the plus side.

My surprises on the other end have to be St. Louis, Columbus and Colorado.

By far, the Flames are way above my expectations while Colorado has yet to play up to their potential.

How about you?  Full NHL standings are below for you to review.

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