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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.
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“That’s the way we should play here at home: Don’t be afraid, and balls out. Sorry for the language, but I mean that’s when we’re one of the best teams in the league, when we play like that.”
-Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers after defeating the Minnesota Wild in come from behind fashion.
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News has the game recap and post-game reaction.
If you missed the game, watch the highlights below...
thanks to Shnarped for the pointer on the quote
from Michael Russo of Russo Rants,
Chris Kreider got booted after he sent Brodin flying face-first into the yellow dasher between the ice and the end boards. In the waning seconds of the first period, Brodin stopped short in front of Kreider at the goal line, but the big Rangers forward dangerously shoved Brodin on the top of the numbers and downward five feet from the end boards.
Brodin after the game said it was a hand injury and one of his fingers was wrapped and swollen.
more on the stunning loss to the Rangers...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with forward Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.
“We’re very excited to get Charlie Coyle signed through the 2019-20 season,” said Fletcher. “Charlie’s size, overall skill set, and character give him a chance to emerge as a top power forward in the game and we’re happy he will be doing that in the State of Hockey for years to come.”
The Wild lost today to the Kings 2-1. The Wild had 41 shots at Jonathan Quick while the Kings had only 16 on Niklas Backstrom.
But did get calle for tripping on the play.
He has returned to the game...
via Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
... at the end of the game, Ryan Kesler, being Ryan Kesler, took a gigantic long run at Mikael Granlund and creamed him along the boards. Parise immediately jumped to Granlund’s defense.
Kesler got a major for charging and Parise a major for cross-checking and a game misconduct. We’ll see if anything comes of that Saturday.
“Game’s over. It’s stupid,” Parise said of the Kesler cheap shot at Granlund.
from the Minnesota Wild,
At 19, Jonas Brodin burst onto the scene with the Minnesota Wild during the 2012-13 as the youngest defensemen in the National Hockey League and was named to the All-Rookie Team. Now, the blueliner will be in a Minnesota sweater through the 2020-21 season, as the Wild has signed him to a six-year contract extension.
“We are very excited to get Jonas Brodin signed through the 2020-21 season,” said Fletcher. “He is one of the premier young defensemen in the NHL and has played a huge role on our team since entering the league as a 19-year-old. We’re confident that his game will continue to evolve in all areas and he will be a valuable part of our core for years to come.”
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
But as one Wild player joked with me recently: “We need expansion here in the West. We could sure use a couple patsies.”
That’s because the Western Conference is beyond stacked. Unlike the old days when you could expect an easy game or a dozen easy ones a year, the stressful West is a nightly crusade just to squeak out two points.
Coach Mike Yeo isn’t trying to be dramatic when he honestly says, “I feel like we are a legitimate contender to win the Stanley Cup,” but follows up by saying in the next breath, “And I also am scared to death of missing the playoffs.”
It’s not only the Wild coach. Darryl Sutter coaches the Los Angeles Kings. He has guided his team to two Stanley Cups in three years. If any coach has the right to feel a little extra confident about the team he drives, it’s Sutter.
But when asked what kind of message he delivered the Kings about defending their title, the always blunt, truthful Sutter said, “It’s tough to defend it if you don’t make the playoffs.”
Such is life in the quagmire that is the West. It’s especially torturous in the Central Division, arguably the hardest in hockey.
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