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TEAM USA WINS THRILLER IN COLUMBUS
Captain Joe Pavelski (1-1—2) scored the eventual game-winning goal at 15:54 of the second period and Jonathan Quick (32 SV) and Ben Bishop (9 SV) combined for 41 saves to lead Team USA past Team Canada at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The clubs will meet again tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa (7 p.m., ESPN3, SN, TVAS).
* “The atmosphere here was awesome. Columbus has been great for us this week. It’s nice to hear the cannon a few times tonight.” – Pavelski
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Patrick Kaleta’s dream of returning to the NHL remains strong. The upcoming birth of a son has also made leaving hockey behind a potential reality.
Kaleta, the 30-year-old Angola native who spent parts of nine seasons with Buffalo, is skating with former Sabres teammates with the goal of playing his first NHL game since April 2015. While most of his companions are assured of attending training camp this month, Kaleta is an unrestricted free agent looking for a team.
“Hopefully, I get a chance to play in the NHL,” he said in HarborCenter. “I definitely don’t think I’m washed up yet.”
Kaleta, whose rugged style has led to countless injuries through the years, is healthy and maintains he’s stronger than ever. The 6-foot-1 winger has added 12 pounds to get to 210, and he says he set personal records in upper- and lower-body workouts.
“Just walking around, you can see the extra weight that I have, and it’s good weight,” Kaleta said. “With the strength I have in my legs now with everything being healthy, just the weight alone is going to be beneficial for me.”
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
Team USA and Team Canada went at it as if it were a playoff game instead of an exhibition, and Team USA established enough of its identity in a 4-2 victory to show it could compete with its big rival and the heavy favorite at the World Cup, which begins in Toronto on Sept. 17.
It weathered an early storm thanks to great goaltending by Jonathan Quick, surged to take the lead and held on in the end, while throwing hit after hit and engaging in scrum after scrum.
Team USA defenseman Jack Johnson said he couldn't think of another exhibition that was even close. Forward David Backes said it was one of the quicker games he had ever played, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Olympics.
"It's a pretty good rivalry, U.S.-Canada," Tortorella said. "It kind of just lights itself up. It was a little bit different game than the games I watched last night on TV, and I think tomorrow night's game is going to be the same thing."
Team USA and Team Canada play again Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa (7 p.m. ET; ESPN3, SN, TVA Sports).
"Can you just imagine they got to play tomorrow?" Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said.
The guys from NHL tonight discuss the Team USA win, watch below...
Team USA vs. Team Canada in a pre-tournament game.
Puck drops just after 7:00pm ET and is on ESPNU, Sportsnet 360 & 1, TVAS.
Nothing else better to do on a Friday night, feel free to discuss the game in the comments.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
As the National Football League takes heat for how Cam Newton’s medical situation was handled during its opening game of the season Thursday night, news is leaking about changes to the National Hockey League’s own concussion protocol.
For the 2016-17 season, four independent trainers (called “Central Spotters”) will be monitoring all NHL games via television. If they see “visible signs” of a concussion, they will send word to the team that their affected player must be removed from the game.
According to one source, the league plans to release full details shortly before the start of the regular season. From what I understand, all four independent spotters have hockey backgrounds but none are currently affiliated with an NHL club.
There will still also be team-affiliated spotters in every building.
There is no question this move is in response to the fallout from the Dennis Wideman suspension. Wideman was punished for cross-checking linesman Don Henderson in January, less than 10 seconds after receiving a huge hit from Nashville’s Miikka Salomaki.
“So I don’t sense that (the trade market) is that heated right now. I think we need the year to start and see how things shake out first.”
-Pierre LeBrun. Chris Nichols of Slapshot has more from the radio spot LeBrun did on TSN1040 radio today.
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
Contract talks between Johnny Gaudreau and the Calgary Flames don’t seem to be going well.
In fact, according to Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun, there is a gap of $1.5 million annually between the team and player.
Francis reports Gaudreau’s agent, Lewis Gross, is seeking an annual average value of around $8 million for Gaudreau. In comparison, Sean Monahan signed a seven-year, $44.625-million contract ($6.375 million salary cap) last month and that’s more in the range of what the team is thinking.
Gaudreau, 23, is a restricted free agent coming off his entry-level deal that paid him an average of $925,00 per season.
I would have pointed to the Francis story directly, but all morning I am getting an error on the page.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Team Canada @ Team USA, 7 p.m., ESPNU, SN1, SN360, TVAS
TEAM CANADA, TEAM USA FACE OFF IN PRE-TOURNAMENT OPENER
Team Canada and Team USA meet in the lone pre-tournament game of the day when they face off at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
* Team Canada’s roster features players from 14 NHL clubs, led by four from the San Jose Sharks: Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Joe Thornton and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
* Team USA’s roster includes players from 16 NHL clubs, highlighted by a trio from the Washington Capitals: John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and T.J. Oshie.
via Financial Advisor,
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman discusses supplementing league exposure on social media, live streaming of games, and looking forward to the league's next media rights agreement.
Not good news...
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