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from John Law of QMI AGENCY at the Toronto Sun,
When the cancer diagnosis came, Jeanneret was defiant. He wasn’t going to let this be how his career ended. It would be on his terms.
The first couple radiation treatments felt fine. Then the pain hit. And the pain medication followed, which Jeanneret was told was “20 times stronger than heroin.”
In all, there were 33 radiation treatments over seven weeks. He stopped eating solid foods Aug. 15 and just recently resumed. He lost 43 pounds.
“Even though they tell you what’s going to happen, it’s the unknown,” he says.
“I can tell you, there were some dark times. Anybody who’s been through it knows what I’m talking about. You’re sitting there wondering, ‘Is this working? Am I going through all this pain and everything only to be told at the end it didn’t work and you’re dying anyway?’ Whether you try to bar those thoughts from your mind, they’re there.”
“I’ve been through this in the past, everybody has. In the beginning, we were winning games and I wasn’t worried as much. Now we’re not winning as many games.
“I think everybody will tell you on the team that it’s really not about the personal production. As long as we’re winning games, it doesn’t really matter who gets it done. Yes, in order for us to win games, I realize that I’ve got to be the guy.”
-Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings. More on Kopitar, who has 1 goal in his last 13 games, from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Expectations are bound to be a challenge when William Nylander makes the transition to the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Just how much of a challenge could depend largely on how the next couple weeks unfold at the World Junior Championship. When Nylander stepped onto Canadian soil with the rest of his Swedish teammates Tuesday, he found himself in possession of a unique opportunity.
He is both the Leafs top prospect and Sweden’s top centre for a high-profile tournament being played at Air Canada Centre.
That means the spotlight from two continents will be pointed in his direction.
It will be the first time most hockey fans in Toronto see him compete against kids his own age. Having the opportunity to compare him to his peers should underscore why the 18-year-old was selected with the eighth overall pick in June.
original post was on 12/15/14 at 11:10am, bringing this to the top of page so all can see and perhaps play.
Another $50 to the winner of the BoltDraft/KK free fantasy game on Tuesday.
Rosters need to be set by 7:00pm ET Tuesday and you just pick one goalie, one defenseman and one forward and watch the games play out.
Quick to register and play and did I mention it is free? Use pass code "kukla10" if need be at the top of registration page.
Participation is growing which does make it a bit harder to win but the feel of victory should feel better plus recent feedback from those playing has been very positive.
Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.
More in the recent timeline of Damien Cox.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
It’s good to be Aaron Ekblad. It’s good to be around Aaron Ekblad and his combination of maturity and youth, poise and skill. He has five goals and 18 points in his first 28 games in the NHL – third among rookies, first among rookie defensemen – while averaging 21:56 of ice time and playing a top-four role. He’s a reason the Panthers are competing for a playoff spot.
“He doesn’t play like an 18-year-old,” said goaltender Roberto Luongo. “He plays like he’s been in the league 18 years.”
Nothing fazes him. His welcome-to-the-NHL moment came Dec. 2 when the Panthers played for the first time in Detroit. He grew up across the river in Windsor, Ont., going to games at Joe Louis Arena, rooting for the Red Wings, idolizing Nicklas Lidstrom. He had family and friends in the stands. When he lined up for the opening faceoff, he found himself across from Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg – the guys he used to watch. But listen to how he described it. No awe. No sense of accomplishment.
“Just a really special, surreal feeling,” Ekblad said. “Not an ‘I made it’ feeling or anything like that, but just more of a cool challenge. Just the realization that this is where I am and this is the kind of challenge that I’m going to face and I want to rise to the challenge.”
Dallas Eakins will be meeting with the media today at 12:00pm ET.
You can watch it below...
added 11:56am, The conference will also be on NHL Network US.
added 12:28pm, press conference is over.
PREMIERE OF ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC
Road to the NHL Winter Classic, a four-part series chronicling the Capitals and Blackhawks as they prepare for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, makes its television debut tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET in both the United States and Canada.
The series will air on EPIX in the U.S. and Sportsnet 360 in Canada. Viewers in the United States also can stream the show for free on NHL.com, the NHL app and the official websites for each participating team as well as on EPIX.com and the EPIX mobile and connected device apps.
Click on the following links for broadcast details in the United States and Canada.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Who knew Tuesday night's Ducks-Leafs game would bring together the two hottest teams in the NHL? Well, that the NHL-leading Ducks have won seven straight is no surprise at all, given that they were a popular preseason pick to contend after winning the Pacific Division in the regular season last year. But the Maple Leafs? They've gone 9-1-1 since being crushed 9-2 at home by Nashville back on Nov. 18.
They've had terrific special teams and solid goaltending, but what's really caught everyone's attention here is the depth of their balanced attack. That Joffrey Lupul is playing on the third line right now underscores that depth. The second line led by center Nazem Kadri, playing between Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli, has been sensational.
The Leafs are now right there with Tampa Bay, Detroit and Montreal in the fight for the Atlantic Division lead. Putting away points in the standings during this stretch might have saved their season, given that the Leafs depart for a seven-game road trip starting Sunday in Chicago as the world junior championships take over the Air Canada Centre.
read on for Burnside on the Lightning, Custance on the Oilers and Strang on Slava Voynov...
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