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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed 2013 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky to a four-year contract extension through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Bobrovsky, 26, has gone 68-41-13 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 123 games with Columbus since the 2012-13 season. He is 110-64-23 with a 2.50 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 206 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers.
“A common thread of every successful team in our league is outstanding goaltending and we believe we have one of the best at the position in the world in Sergei Bobrovsky,” said Kekalainen. “He is a tremendous person and a very talented player whose work ethic sets the tone for our team. We are very happy to have him signed for the next four years.”
“This is a very exciting day for me and I am very happy knowing that I will continue to be a Columbus Blue Jacket and be able to play with the guys in this room, to work to get better every day and help the team achieve our goals together,” said Bobrovsky.
NEW YORK (Jan. 9, 2015) -- Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators and Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings will serve as head coaches for the 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Columbus, the National Hockey League announced today.
Under the All-Star selection process, the head coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in the NHL through games of Saturday, Jan. 10 -- the halfway point of the regular season -- earns the right to lead one of the All-Star teams.
Daily Bracket is a new sports betting app claiming to give away up to $1,000 in free cash every day just for picking the winners of five sporting events. Like most savvy Internet users, I immediately thought it was a scam. After all, no one gives away free money. But after sitting down for a Q&A with Jay Flaherty, Daily Bracket’s Editor-in-Chief, I’m convinced that they are actually giving away money for free.
JF: You simply pick the winner of five sporting events each day, and if you get the highest number correct you move on to the next round. Keep going until you’re the last person standing and win the prize (anywhere from $600-$1,000 right now).
PK: And there’s no entry fee?
JF: Correct. Daily Bracket is completely free to play.
PK: Then how do you guys make money?
JF: We have a side game to Daily Bracket, called Daily Lineup, that actually lets you wager money against other users and friends. Just pick five players (one from each of the DB games) and you can enter into a tournament to win anywhere from $1 to more than $100 on any given night. We take a small percentage of the Daily Lineup prize pools as an administrative fee.
Toronto Maple Leafs team president Brendan Shanahan gave a mid-season state of the union Friday and the message was clear that the team’s performance hasn’t been good enough this season.
"Our assessment is that it hasn't been good enough," Shanahan said, adding, "we're going to learn a lot about our core in the coming weeks."
On his team’s leadership, Shanahan said credit and blame is directly related to wins and losses, but did acknowledge "it hasn't been where it needs to be.”
Below, Sportsnet breaks down what Shanahan said...
added 1:32pm, added video of the Shanahan conference below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Were the Colorado Avalanche written off by some too early?
Thursday night's 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators continued a potentially season-turning sequence for the Avs, who have now gone 8-3-2 since starting the season 9-13-6. Combined with Winnipeg's loss at Arizona, the Avalanche moved to within five points of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. If the Jets (47 points), a marvelous story this season, fade even just a bit, it's going to open up that last playoff spot for quite a second-half race along with Calgary (45 points), Dallas (43 points), Colorado (42 points) and Minnesota (41 points).
more topics including Burnside on the Rangers and Custance on the Blues...
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton Senators announced today they have agreed to a professional tryout agreement with forward Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi is scheduled to report to Binghamton on Monday, January 12.
Bertuzzi, 39, is a veteran of 1,159 National Hockey League regular season games having tallied 770 points (314 goals, 456 assists) over his 18 year professional career. Originally drafted in the first round (23rd overall) in 1993 by the New York Islanders, the native of Sudbury, ON, Bertuzzi last played for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2013-14 season recording nine goals and seven assists in 59 games.
RANGERS STAY HOT, EDGE KINGS IN FIRST MEETING SINCE FINAL
Down 2-0 midway through the first period, the Rangers scored four consecutive goals to defeat the Kings in their first meeting since the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.
* At 23-11-4 (50 points), the Rangers leapfrogged the Capitals (21-11-8, 50 points) – who lost in overtime on Thursday – for third place in the Metropolitan Division. They also moved within four points of the idle Penguins (24-10-6, 54 points) for first place in the division.
* The Rangers improved to 12-1-0 in their last 13 outings, marking the first time they have won at least 12 contests over a 13-game stretch since Jan. 7 – Feb. 10, 1973 (14-0-1).
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, who always bemoans the fact his club has no right-shooting defencemen, was probably watching Jeff Petry with a keen eye in Detroit’s win Tuesday.
And Petry, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and who was born in Ann Arbor, Mich, had a strong game, spilling Tomas Jurco into the Wings’ bench with one wallop.
If I’m the Oilers and unlikely to resign Petry, I’m all over acquiring Detroit’s farm team offensive defenceman Ryan Sproul, who has a bomb for a shot, in return.
If the Wings were to talk to Petry about signing there, the Oilers could maybe get someone like Jurco, too. ...
- Dustin Byfuglien has been phenomenal on the Winnipeg Jets blue-line since moving back from right wing with the team’s run of injuries to Jake Trouba, Toby Enstrom, Zach Bogosian and Mark Stuart. “He is the most unique player in the league,” said one NHL pro scout. “I don’t know what he weighs, 250 pounds? But he can move.” Paul Maurice had Big Buff up front because his mind wandered as a defender, but he’s been snarly and very responsible for weeks now.
- The Colorado Avalanche continue to sniff around for a high-end defenceman in exchange for forward Ryan O’Reilly. If I’m the Arizona Coyotes, I’m all over that and sending Keith Yandle to Denver, although Yandle’s defensive game isn’t anywhere near as strong as his puck-moving and power play work.
"There's some high-end players on our team that really have to pick it up, and there's also some role players that have to pick it up. We all have to grow as a group, and we have to get better in a lot of areas if we expect to compete against teams like St. Louis."
-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks, after a 7-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. More on the game from David Pollak of the Mercury News.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
"The next 20 games mean a lot,'' said R.J. Umberger, whose third-period goal tied a game that appeared to once again be slipping from the Flyers' shaky grasp. "We're not going to quit. We're going to take advantage of this stretch of home games and be a better road team down the stretch here. A lot can happen in the second half of the year.''
And a lot must. To have even half a chance to make the playoffs, the Flyers would need points in 30 of their remaining 41 games and would need to win 24 of them, according to SportsClubStats.com. Stated more starkly, a 23-14-4 record the rest of the way would give the Flyers just a 0.4 chance of making the postseason.
Can you say, "Snowball in H-E-Double-hockey-sticks?"
Berube preaches a one-game-at-a-time approach, but the locker-room vocabulary now regularly includes phrases like "streak," "run" and even "games." Beating Boston would shrink the margin between the teams to seven, losing would increase it to double digits, but this half-done, half-empty season is way more complicated than that. There are too many games and too many teams to play one-on-one, and so the focus remains an internal one....
Fire the coach, right? Instead, Hextall, amid threats that changes will be made if the team does not perform better, continually gives Berube a vote of confidence.
This does not mean he sees Berube as his coach in the future. Contrary to a popular outcry, the Flyers don't always try to solve their issues from within, as Ken Hitchcock and Peter Laviolette demonstrate. But they almost always try to fix them that way.
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