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“I’ve been at this 21 years. As I’ve told you before, I’ve been on the other side of the ledger for a long time. And this is a lot of fun, being where we are now. Management, coaches, the kids, like I said, they are delivering what we want Toronto Maple Leafs hockey to be.
“We all know what the goal is — a Stanley Cup. And soon. Could you imagine?”
-Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of MLSE. Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun has much more from Tanenbaum on the Leafs.
The St, Louis Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in front of 46,556 fans today.
Game notes supplied by the NHL are below...
NEW YORK (Jan. 2, 2017) – Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 1.
MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday a two-year contract extension for goaltender Al Montoya (2017-18 and 2018-19).
In 11 games with the Canadiens in 2016-17, Montoya has a 4-4-2 record, with one shutout. The 6'02'' and 209 lbs goaltender boasts a 2.74 goals-against average, and has stopped 290 of the 319 shots he has faced for a .909 save percentage.
Montoya, 31, has a 59-44-20 record in 147 career regular-season games. He has a 2.61 career goals-against average, with a .909 save percentage and six shutouts. Montoya suited up for the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers since his NHL debut in 2008-09.
A native of Chicago, Montoya was selected in the first round, sixth overall by the New York Rangers at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He first joined the Canadiens as a free agent on July 1, 2016.
from Scott Stinson of the National Post,
There is always something that sounds a little off when Gary Bettman discusses NHL participation at the Olympics with what amounts to a giant verbal shrug.
But it is all the more incongruous when the commissioner does it at an event that is a showcase event for hockey.
On Sunday afternoon, the collision between the NHL trying to grow the sport and yet not trying too hard was on full display at the pre-game festivities for the Centennial Classic. Bettman sat at a podium next to the sport’s most famous player and outlined all the things that the NHL is doing in its 100th year to highlight its past and look to its future: a touring exhibition that will visit every NHL market this season, another series of outdoor games, an All-Star Game in Los Angeles that will make good use of Wayne Gretzky and remind everyone that of the impact he had on the NHL’s southern outposts, and the much-ballyhooed 100 Greatest Players list, 33 of whom were unveiled on Sunday with the rest to come on All-Star weekend.
All of it was of a piece with the league wanting to put its best self on display.
But when talk turned to the Olympics, and the as-yet-unresolved stalemate that has the players very much interested in going to Pyeongchang in 2018 and the league’s owners either not particularly interested in the same or very much interested in bluffing about it, Bettman stayed on his recent course, which was to sound entirely unenthused about the whole deal.
ST. LOUIS, MO. (January 2, 2017) – The National Hockey League announced today that the start time of the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Busch Stadium between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks will remain at Noon CT. The decision was made after consulting with meteorologists regarding the latest weather reports, which while the weather forecast is unpredictable, the original start time should provide the best opportunity to play the game.
The following are the weather-related GAME procedure contingencies for the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®:
LEAGUE BEGINS REVEAL OF 100 GREATEST NHL PLAYERS . . .
The NHL launched its year-long Centennial Celebration on Sunday by revealing the names of 33 legends, predominantly from the League’s first 50 years (1917-1966), who have been voted among the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.
The 33 players were honored prior to the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings. The remaining 67 players will be recognized on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles as part of a special event at the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.
A Blue Ribbon Panel, comprised of 58 individuals representing more than 1,800 years of experience in the game, chose the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian. Every member of the panel voted for 100 players, with each vote worth one point. Voting was conducted last July and August and the results were tabulated by the accounting firm of EY.
* Click here to learn the names of the first 33 legends voted to the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.
* Click here to visit NHL.com/100, the League’s microsite that will chronicle its year-long Centennial Celebration with daily stories, video and images.
NEW YORK (Jan. 1, 2017) – Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo has been suspended for three games, without pay, for violating Rule 40.4 (Physical Abuse of Officials) during NHL Game No. 556 in Calgary on Saturday, Dec. 31, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred at 20:00 of the second period. DeAngelo was assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, DeAngelo will forfeit $14,388.90. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (Jan. 1, 2017) – A quick look at the history of the NHL as the League begins its Centennial Celebration:
31 Number of goaltenders who have won 300 or more games (in the regular season), including active players Roberto Luongo (447), Henrik Lundqvist (390), Marc-Andre Fleury (369) and Ryan Miller (349).
44 Number of skaters who have scored 500 or more goals (in the regular season), including active players Jaromir Jagr (756), Jarome Iginla (616), Alex Ovechkin (542) and Marian Hossa (515).
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