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Josh Ho-Sang Ready To Impress

from John Matisz at the Toronto Sun,

Keep one eye glued on Josh Ho-Sang this coming season. He may be the sport’s most fascinating figure without a guaranteed job in the NHL.

The 2014 New York Islanders first-rounder will likely land on the farm in Bridgeport, Conn., after four years of junior. A colourful youngster with an enviable skill set on the wing, Ho-Sang is primed to get a chance to impress at the AHL level.

Among the 20-year-old’s various exploits: two years ago Ho-Sang publicly chastised Hockey Canada for not dispensing the respect he feels he deserves; and last fall he slept through Day 1 of the Isles’ main camp.

The Thornhill, Ont. product’s brash personality rubs some people the wrong way. Unfortunately for them, Ho-Sang doesn’t seem to care what other people think of him — which is admirable. On the ice, he is a supremely gifted passer and stickhandler with 337 points in 288 career Ontario Hockey League games.

Through a spokesperson, Ho-Sang on Wednesday declined multiple interview requests at BioSteel Camp. Perhaps his headline-making days are over?

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Jay Bouwmeester Named To Team Canada World Cup Roster For Injured Duncan Keith

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Aug. 24, 2016) – Hockey Canada announced today that St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been added to its 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. He replaces injured Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. Bouwmeester, 32, will be entering his 14th NHL season in 2016-17. He has registered 81 goals and 376 points in 990 career NHL games and was a member of Team Canada’s 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship squad.

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Positive Points For All The NHL Teams

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

For the most part, off-season moves are finished, prospects are a year closer to impact and hypothetical rosters begin to take shape. Not every fan base will have Stanley Cup on the mind, but everyone is hopeful for something good this year. What is that? We take a look at all 30 NHL teams and provide a point of optimism for each.

ANAHEIM Whether or not you believe in the impact of a coach “lighting a fire” under his players, the Ducks hired Randy Carlyle to do just that. By the end of Bruce Boudreau’s tenure, the former Ducks coach seemed frustrated with his team and their lack of discipline in the playoffs. There will be no lolly-gagging under Carlyle.

ARIZONA Numbers! Stats! Analytics! The right way of thinking!

The youngest GM in the NHL, 27-year-old John Chayka, promises to present the latest interesting test case in the Fancy Stats vs. Eye Test debate. And earlier this summer he was quoted as saying “defence isn’t about defending” and went on to talk about the importance of moving the puck. This could be fun.

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All About Sportsnet’s National NHL Broadcasts

TORONTO (August 24, 2016) Sportsnet today announced its 2016-17 NHL national broadcast schedule, featuring more than 300 national games and three main marquee national nights –Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays, Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sundays, and Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey on Wednesdays. (See below for full broadcast schedule).

Sportsnet’s 2016-17 schedule delivers premium Canadian match-ups chock full of NHL star power. Two outdoor games in Canada headline Sportsnet’s lineup: the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg on October 23 and the first-ever NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto on New Year’s Day, which also kicks off the NHL’s yearlong centennial celebration. Two other marquee outdoor games on the 2016-17 schedule include the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

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Roberto Luongo On Recovering From Hip Surgery

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

After a month on crutches, Luongo began his rehabilitation and returned to the ice Aug. 5 -- and hasn't come off since.

Although Luongo said if the season started Thursday, he probably wouldn't be able to start, he says he is feeling good and plans to be in net when the Panthers actually do open their season Oct. 13 at BB&T Center against the Devils.

"I'm excited, hopeful to be where I want to be when everything gets going," Luongo said after an informal workout Wednesday morning at the IceDen in Coral Springs.

"I started skating Aug. 5 and there has been slow progression but we've ramped it up here the past week or so and it has been good.

"I'm not 100 percent; it's a five month rehab. But I'm feeling better than I thought I would. I thought it would be a slower progression, especially on the ice. It has gone fairly quickly and I'm happy about that. If the season were to start tomorrow, I probably wouldn't be able to go. But I feel good where I'm at and I'm excited about it."

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All Donald Fehr

from the CP at Sportsnet,

In advance of the World Cup, the 68-year-old sat down with The Canadian Press to discuss next month’s tournament and other issues in the game, including fighting, future lockouts and European expansion....

CP: How does the cycle of lockouts get broken?

Fehr: The general sense I've had is that for a very long time now in all the salary-cap sports, every single one of them, there is a lockout in every single negotiation. The NFL even locked out its referees for God's sake. I mean, give me a break. Why do they do that? Because the way the agreements are structured (the owners) basically think they've got a free shot at the players. How do you break that? You hope you end up in a circumstance in which everybody is persuaded that an agreement, mutually acceptable, acceptable to both sides, can be reached without having to go through that. Baseball is not a cap sport. It's the only one which does not have, over the last 20 years, a history of stoppages by lockout or by strike. It took the battle royale, 94/95 (MLB players strike during which Fehr was head of the union), to persuade the owners that they didn't fight over those issues anymore ... My advice to the players is given the history, when you go into negotiation, what you do is you hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

CP: So is the answer to stopping the cycle no cap? And is that something you would ever push to get back?

Fehr: The answer is the players make those decisions as you get there. And we're a long way from there. And people talk about what the decision is -- Is it cap or no cap? Is it this or is it that or something else? -- that's not the decision you make.

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Jiri Hudler Headed To Dallas

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Suing Over A Sweater

from Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press,

The London Knights are being sued for fraud over a Mitch Marner jersey.

Scott Galbraith, a Londoner and die-hard fan of the reigning Memorial Cup champs, alleges the black No. 93 sweater he paid nearly $4,000 for after winning a Canadian Hockey League-run online auction in May is a fake and not the one the Maple Leafs first-round draft pick donned during the 2015-16 season, as promised, in a statement of claim filed Tuesday.

The Knights, the CHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame — which received Marner’s Memorial Cup game-worn jersey as an artifact after the final game — are named as defendants in the $100,00 claim, $80,000 of which is for aggravated and punitive damages.

Galbraith is a longtime collector who has owned more than 250 game-worn hockey jerseys ranging in value from $250 to $10,000. There is plenty of fraud in his hobby, so he has learned over the years what to look for in identifying genuine articles.

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Jamie Benn’s Top Priority Is The Dallas Stars

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Given the choice, Jamie Benn has decided to focus on silver and not gold right now.

The Stars captain has decided to the skip possibility of a gold medal at the prestigious World Cup of Hockey tournament in order to completely heal from summer surgery so that he can be 100 percent healthy for the start of the Stars season -- a campaign in which Benn and his teammates are fully focused on the shiny silver Stanley Cup.

"Giving everything I have to this organization is my main job, and I want to be ready to go when the season starts," Benn said. "I'm 100 percent committed to the Stars. That's why we made the decision."

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Tales Of NHL Referee Frank Udvari

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

For his poise in the heat of action, Udvari was assigned by Voss to many of the NHL's toughest games between the League's fiercest rivals, powder-keg contests that were in constant danger of explosion.

"Guys in the game today have no idea how tough players were in those days, like Rocket Richard and Lindsay," Udvari told Irvin. "In the warmup, Lindsay would tell guys on the other team he was going to cut their (expletive) head off. I mean, he was mad already, and the game hadn't even started. The ferociousness and the way they focused on the game was unbelievable."

There were light moments -- sort of. Udvari recalled once giving the Red Wings five consecutive penalties and having the great Howe skate over to sneer at the No. 1 on his referee's back, saying that Udvari still was only second-best. Asked who was best, Mr. Hockey replied, "Everybody else is tied."

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