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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
While the National Hockey League said Friday it will continue to keep an eye on a federal illegal gambling and money laundering case in Rochester, N.Y., that Thomas Vanek has testified in as the government’s prime witness, the Wild forward likely won’t face league discipline unless he faces criminal charges or bet on hockey.
Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett, told the Star Tribune Friday that “Thomas is not in any way, shape or form involved in any illegal activities or in trouble here.”
Vanek bet on football and was paying off a gambling debt, according to Bartlett.
Vanek’s in the news again because a defense attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to illegal gambling and conspiracy to launder money Thursday alluded to the fact that the check his client helped launder came from Vanek while he played for the New York Islanders.
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This from a KK member who participated in the last game.
Had fun in your game last night - had Kucherov as my forward when I noticed he had been put on the 2nd line with Palat and Johnson at practice - chickened out and swapped him for Stamkos - shouldn't have second guessed myself
If I would kept Kucherov I still wouldn't have won, only finished 2nd - Subban was the lame link but it was fun.
I did use Kucherov in the other free game they had but again Subban killed it, Senators' Karlesson? smoked everybody on D
Told you he was the sleeper this year.
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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Jarmo Kekalainen sits in a suite high above Nationwide Arena and manages a smile when his Blue Jackets make it through a practice without adding another player to the walking wounded.
That’s just how it is right now in Columbus: You have to take your victories where you can get them.
The star-crossed team has been on an unparalleled run of bad luck. In the last week alone, it has seen forward Nick Foligno stretchered off the ice after a freak collision with a linesman, franchise goalie Sergei Bobrovsky suffer a fractured finger during practice and defenceman James Wisniewski suffer the exact same injury in a game.
If that was the extent of the issues, a team could cope.
But then you remember that there are serious questions about Nathan Horton even playing this season because of back issues and that Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Mark Letestu and Matt Calvert are also on the shelf.
from Mike Shackil,
Since 1930, the Ice Hockey World Championships have been held as an individual event to determine the top hockey team in the world. In that inaugural year, only 12 countries participated, but now the tournament features a minimum of 40 teams in at least three different groupings. With such massive global participation, Ice Hockey World Championship tickets are demanded all over the world on the secondary market.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that Grand Forks, North Dakota, has been selected to host the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship. The 10-team event, which features the top players in the world under the age of 18, will be staged in April 2016, with final dates to be announced in the near future. Ralph Engelstad Arena, on the University of North Dakota campus, will be the main venue for the championship, with Purpur Arena, a municipal facility in the city, serving as the secondary venue.
“We're thrilled to be bringing another world championship to Grand Forks," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Jody Hodgson and his group at Ralph Engelstad Arena put together an outstanding plan and with the support of the city and state and the great hockey fans of the Red River Valley, we look forward to an exceptional event."
BUFFALO, N.Y. (October 31, 2014) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Sam Reinhart to the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Remember those halcyon days of mid-October when the New York Islanders were everyone's darlings? Seems like only yesterday. After a 4-0 start that had everyone raving and talking playoffs the Islanders have landed with a thud, and it's the same old issues that plague the Isles. They were beaten 5-0 Thursday night by the Avalanche, putting them at 2-4 in their last six games having allowed 24 goals in that stretch.
Jaroslav Halak, the big offseason acquisition in goal, hasn't been very good and has lost three in a row, and backup Chad Johnson hasn't been much better. It's not all the goaltending (or team defense), either.
The Islanders are 3-for-27 on the power play in their last six games. And here's where it gets interesting: Thursday's loss in Denver was the first game in a stretch during which they will play seven of eight on the road. Oh, and their next three stops are San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. A trip like that has the potential to make those recent glory days seem like a hundred years ago.
read on for notes on the Blues by Custance, the Avalanche from LeBrun and more...
I tell people when I was selected winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award to make it into the writers wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame, that Gordie Howe came to the luncheon to hear me make my speech.
He was there all right. But that was the year Mark was inducted into the Hall of Fame. And Gordie was there to honour Mickey Redmond, the former Red Wing who was the inductee as winner of the Foster Hewitt Award as broadcaster and was the other guy making his speech at the luncheon.
At the hotel Gordie talked with my son and would walk up to my wife, who had found herself briefly standing alone again, and start up a conversation.
Wayne Gretzky always maintained Gordie Howe was the greatest player in the history of hockey. He may have been the greatest guy.
Before he goes, we all should let him know.
-Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun on Gordie Howe. Read more from Jones on Gordie Howe.
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
Canes coach Bill Peters shut down Semin’s ice time soon after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the forward. After Thursday’s practice, Peters talked more about Semin, whose slow start – no goals, two assists, a minus-seven rating in eight games – mirrors that of the Canes and is a factor in it.
“He’s not moving his feet, not playing with the pace the league is at,” Peters said. “The league is at a very good pace, there’s guys with trap pressure, there’s no time and space, so if you’re not moving your feet you’re going to get caught from behind. If you’re going to make a slow-developing play, guys who were open are going to be covered eventually and everything closes off. So you have to play quicker.”
Asked why Semin had not gotten up to speed, Peters said he wasn’t sure and said he and Semin had discussed the issue.
“We’ve talked. We’ve talked a lot. We’ll see,” he said.
more on the Canes...
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