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Full List Of Home Opening Games For The 2017-18 NHL Season

NEW YORK (June 21, 2017) – The National Hockey League today announced the home openers for all 31 clubs for the 2017-18 regular season. The League’s complete 1,271-game schedule will be revealed tomorrow, Thursday, June 22, at 3 p.m. ET on NHL Network during the live, hour-long NHL Tonight: 2017-18 Schedule Release, where host Steve Mears and analysts E.J. Hradek and Stanley Cup champion John MacLean will announce the regular-season schedule and provide analysis.

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Here Is Your First Leak- Report, Erik Haula Signing With Golden Knights

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants at the StarTribune.

Erik Haula is Vegas-bound, as well as a prized Wild prospect.

Haula, a speedy former University of Minnesota center, will not only become the one Wild player lost to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights during tonight’s NHL Awards Show and expansion announcement, he’ll become the first – or one of the first – free-agent signings in Golden Knights history, multiple NHL sources say.

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Statements From Marian Hossa, Stan Bowman And Chicago Team Physician

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa:

Over the course of the last few years, under the supervision of the Blackhawks medical staff, I have been privately undergoing treatment for a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder. Due to the severe side effects associated with those medications, playing hockey is not possible for me during the upcoming 2017-18 season. While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice.

The Chicago Blackhawks organization, including Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough and Stan Bowman, and my agent, Ritch Winter, have been very supportive throughout this entire process. I would also like to thank my teammates and the amazing Blackhawks fans for their understanding. With respect to the privacy of my family, I will not be commenting any further on my health.

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks Senior Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman:

The Chicago Blackhawks are in full support of Marian Hossa as he addresses his medical issues. This is extremely difficult for us because we all know the incredible person and player that Marian Hossa is - competitive, loyal and humble. He has played a major role in the success our franchise has experienced in recent years, which makes his departure from our lineup a significant loss. His teammates and coaches know he battled through some very tough physical difficulties but never complained or missed games despite the challenges he faced. The organization will continue to provide him every resource he needs to maintain his health.

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry:

Marian has been dealing with the effects of a progressive skin disorder that is becoming more and more difficult to treat and control with conventional medications while he plays hockey. Because of the dramatic nature of the medications required and their decreasing effectiveness, we strongly support his decision not to play during the 2017-18 season. We feel in the most certain terms this is the appropriate approach for Marian in order to keep him functional and healthy in the short term and throughout his life.

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Morning Line- Bob McKenzie

Like Jeopardy, Bob McKenzie supplies the answer...

 

 

Now, make sure to read his last 30 tweets or so which were posted in the dead of night....

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Late Night Hockey Thoughts- Marian Hossa May Be Forced To Retire

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

According to several sources, there is a legitimate possibility Hossa has played his final NHL game. (He could not be reached for comment. Neither could his agent, Ritch Winter. The Blackhawks declined to comment.) Apparently, he suffers from a serious allergic reaction to the equipment he wears.

The sources who confirmed the allergy stressed not to make fun of it, with one saying, “It’s only funny to anyone who’s never had it.” Details are sketchy, because no one would give full information, but the medication necessary to combat the allergy is potent enough that doctors wanted his blood tested every few weeks to make sure there were no major side effects....

But it would not come without controversy. The Blackhawks signed him to a 12-year, $63.3-million deal in 2009, which carries an annual average value of $5.275 million. It is, however, a back-diving contract, a structure that was heavily penalized in the 2013 CBA.

Hossa is scheduled to be paid $1 million during each of the next four seasons, meaning almost 94 per cent of his contract is already paid. If he were to retire now, the Blackhawks would be hit with what are called “cap recapture” penalties — $3.675 million off their club’s cap number from next season until 2020-21. For a team already facing a crunch, that’s a massive blow.

Unless he doesn’t retire. He simply goes on long-term injured reserve....

more on Hossa and of course other topics too...

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Video- 31 Adidas Sweaters

One minute long.

 

 

added 10:07pm, Adidas press release is below...

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The VGN Sweater

 

 

Short video is below...

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Your Winners At The 2017 NHL Humanitarian Awards

LAS VEGAS (June 20, 2017) – Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno received the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, while New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic accepted the NHL Foundation Player Award Tuesday at the 2017 NHL Humanitarian Awards, a special event at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas honoring the League’s leaders both on and off the ice.

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George McPhee Feeling Pretty Good Before The Expansion Draft

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

George McPhee doesn't want to ruin the surprise. The Vegas Golden Knights' first roster and flurry of trades will be unveiled during the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

But you can hear it in the voice of the Vegas general manager and see it in his smile. He's confident, excited, like he's got a secret he can't wait to share.

Lots of secrets, actually.

"I guess we'll tally it all up at the end," McPhee said Tuesday, "and you guys can tell us how we did."

I guess he wouldn't say that if he didn't think the Golden Knights will have done darn well.

Some teases:

How good will this team be?

"I think it's going to be a pretty good team," McPhee said, smiling. "We're happy that we've got a lot of defensemen, we've got really good goaltending, we've got a lot of centers and we've got scoring on the wing. We should have good speed."

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NHL Hardware Odds

via Bovada,

Odds to win 2017 Hart Trophy

Connor McDavid (EDM)                         2/13

Sidney Crosby (PIT)                              4/1

Sergei Bobrovsky (CLB)                        11/1

 

Odds to win 2017 Norris Trophy

Brent Burns (SJ)                                    1/5

Erik Karlsson (OTT)                               5/2

Victor Hedman (TB)                               25/1

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