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Low Expectations May Be A Benefit For The New York Rangers

from Justin Terranova of the New York Post,

“I like the fact that nobody is talking about the Rangers,” MSG Network analyst Joe Micheletti said. “When they start talking about who is going to win the division, the Eastern Conference, the Stanley Cup, they are never mentioned.”

Micheletti’s confidence is higher than most and based on a few factors: the potential he saw from young forwards Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich in training camp and preseason, the potential for Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller to become stars this season and that Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Rick Nash simply just cannot be as mediocre as they were last season.

“Rick Nash had the worst statistical year of his career, Dan Girardi had an injury-plagued off-year, Marc Staal same thing,” Micheletti said. “And you had all these factors and they still earned 101 points, and I just think it’s a long shot to say that these players with what we’ve seen from them in recent history are anywhere near being finished …

“The core guys who have been here a number of years came in with the attitude that ‘We didn’t play like we should have last year or accomplish what we wanted to do as a team.’ When you look at those things and you throw them all together, it has led to an enthusiastic, upbeat training camp.”


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Remember, Most Offside Challenges Will Be Handled By The Situation Room In Toronto

via Michael Russo tweets,

NHL coach's challenge wrinkle this year: Toronto Situation Room will make MOST of the offside rulings to speed up process

Linesmen will assist on difficult offside reviews (possession, control/tag up. Refs still have final say on goalie interference

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Video- Back To Work For The Philadelphia Flyers

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Video- Auston Matthews’ Night

A very impressive debut.


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Morning Line- Sean McIndoe

Screw this league. Screw the watered-down product, and the boring games, and the dull players, and the terrible referees. Screw the lockouts and the nonstop merchandising and the outdoor games and the constant cash grabs. Screw the violence and/or lack of violence. Screw Gary Bettman and everyone who looks like him. You're done. You're out.

Note: You will never keep this promise.

-Sean McIndoe at Vice, where you can read more on The BS Guide To The NHL.

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Status Quo On The Jacob Trouba Front

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

Asked about the status of defenceman Jacob Trouba on the eve of Thursday’s season-opener and how he feels now that the situation has come to Trouba missing games that count, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff gave the status quo, no-comment answer.

“I’d really like to elaborate on different things like that,” he said. “But we’re not going to comment on the situation other than the fact we’ll deal with whatever we have to deal with and do whatever’s right for the organization.”

Once a cornerstone of the team’s future — the Jets drafted him in the first round in 2012 — Trouba wants out, a stark contrast to the recent eight-year commitment made by 2011 first-rounder Mark Scheifele.

Perhaps he doesn’t like the city. Perhaps it’s about the money. Perhaps it’s a combination.

Either way, the 22-year-old, restricted free agent sits and waits for a trade that might never happen, helping nobody — not even himself.

more on Trouba and the Jets...

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Montreal Canadiens Season Ticket Holder Takes Out An Ad In The Montreal Gazette

from CBC,

A disgruntled Montreal Canadiens season ticket holder says they will only be attending one game this season — when the Habs take on P.K. Subban's new team.

In a full page newspaper ad, which costs roughly $20,000, the self-described "lifelong fan" said the trade that sent Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber this summer has changed the way they feel about the team.

"Now, I feel anger, disappointment and embarrassment over the treatment of P.K. Subban by team management: the same sentiments that many felt after the Patrick Roy trade," reads the anonymous ad posted in Thursday's Montreal Gazette, signed by "Dr. CK and Family."


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One More Goal For Jamie Benn, A Stanley Cup

from Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News,

"I think he's just hitting the window of his best years right now," Stars general manager Jim Nill said.

Nill knows a little something about windows of greatness. He spent 19 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and watched 11 Hall of Famers -- Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Dominik Hasek, Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Luc Robitaille, Brett Hull, Igor Larionov, Larry Murphy and Viacheslav Fetisov -- help bring Stanley Cups to the Motor City.

"I think there's still a little bit more out there for Jamie," Nill said. "When he's on his game, he's one of the best two-way players in the league and I think he can improve on that. I was fortunate to have worked in Detroit and remember Steve Yzerman. He became a better player when he was 29, 30, 31 and 32. It's experience and learning to play different ways. There's still more there for Jamie."

And Benn knows exactly what that "more" is.

"There's a lot more to give to get something even bigger," Benn said. "You grow up with big dreams and big goals. I've had some pretty good years but it's just the beginning. Team success is the next step -- winning a Stanley Cup."


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Sportsnet With Their Opening Night Montage

Sportsnet did their annual opening night montage last night which you can watch here.

Just to make it clear, Sporstnet has removed the embed code to post videos and has also removed the ability to automatically tweet any video from the NHL video section.

A week ago I did contact Sportsnet about this change and their response was, "forwarded your note to our Digital Team and they are looking into this."

Nothing has changed at this point but hopefully it will.

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Videos- What You May Have Missed From Last Night’s NHL Action

via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Jonathan Quick suffered a lower-body injury during the Kings’ season opening 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday and did not return to the game. General Manager Dean Lombardi said in a text message with LA Kings Insider that it “could be a while” before the goaltender recovers.

Via a team spokesperson, Quick is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday.

On the timing of the injury, Darryl Sutter told NBCSN’s Brian Boucher that it occurred in the “last shift of the first period.” After the game, Sutter said that Quick got hurt “sliding.”

“I couldn’t tell if it was off a player,” Sutter said. “All the trainers said he did it sliding. It’s not that big a deal. We’ve got two or three goalies. Good ones.”


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