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Imagine Being A Fan Of The Vegas Golden Knights

All they do is skate, pressure, skate pressure, team defense, team offense.

Hockey betting experts had them at 50/1 to win the western Conference a week and a half before the start of the season.

Timely saves, play as a unit, no elite players, no pressure, just keep winning.

That's all they do. And a lot of it.

There is no time and space with this team, they only go in one direction right to the net.

The experts had it all wrong.

Hockey fans in Las Vegas probably think this is easy, little do they know how jealous other fan bases may be.

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Video- NHL Contract Negotiations And Salary Disclosures

via the YouTube page of the NHLPA,

As we revisit the birth of salary disclosure for NHL players, we look back on how it shaped the landscape for contract negotiations and player compensation in professional hockey. Former players Eric Lindros, Mike Gartner and Mike Liut, along with NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr and former Executive Director Bob Goodenow weighed in.


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Rest In Peace Red Fisher


Below, a story on Red Fisher with numerous links.

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Afternoon Line- Ray Ferraro

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It’s A Fine Kind Of Day For Dustin Brown And Evgeni Malkin



Watch both videos here.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Out 5-6 Weeks With Cracked Ribs

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Kevin Shattenkirk Out With A Torn Meniscus

Not good news for the Rangers.


added 11:45am,

NEW YORK, January 19, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has a meniscus tear in his knee and will undergo surgery. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at Hospital for Special Surgery. Shattenkirk will be sidelined indefinitely.

Shattenkirk has skated in 46 games with the Rangers this season, registering five goals and 18 assists for 23 points.

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Forget The Defense Chicago, Get Some Offense

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

...generating offense remains the best thing the Hawks do and it might be the right and surprising move to make their strength stronger by trading for several scorers or snipers or anybody who can put the puck in the net the way they did with the Anthony Duclair trade. More of that. It might be the right play to try to outscore their roster of backup goalies and third-pair defensemen. Play pond hockey. It might kill coach Joel Quenneville, but it feels as if the Hawks already are there.

Wise up, nobody’s going to trade the Hawks an Erik Karlsson. Sorry, the Norris Trophies R Us store is closed. There likely will be a handful of good defensemen available, but only a handful, and that’ll jump up the bidding.

However, the Hawks might be able to rent right wing Thomas Vanek, who has 13 goals with Vancouver, or left wing Pat Maroon, who has 11 goals with Edmonton. Or both. Or players like them. That would seem to be the cheapest route, which figures to be the choice for a franchise that is at the crossroads whether it wants to admit it or not.

Then again, try this: The idea of trading for Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty is something that might appeal to Hawks GM Stan Bowman, who isn’t afraid to be bold or wrong, and has been both recently in the last year.


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Video- Morgan Rielly Injured In Loss To The Flyers

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Morgan Rielly suffered an undisclosed injury during Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers and the team was awaiting word on the severity after travelling to Ottawa following the game.

Rielly saw an imaging technician at Wells Fargo Center following the 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers. He looked to be in discomfort while walking to the bus.

The Leafs’ top defenceman was injured late in the second period after getting tangled up with Jake Voracek and falling awkwardly to the ice. His right arm appeared to take the brunt of the impact.

Rielly hunched over while gliding back to the bench and headed straight to the dressing room. Even though he returned for the third period, the Leafs limited his playing time...

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Watch the injury below...

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Losing Streak Hits Five For The Los Angeles Kings

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

It was one fell swoop, er, one illegal hit against the one team they couldn’t put on the power play that doomed them Thursday. Dustin Brown’s hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz resulted in a five-minute boarding major that the Penguins used to put the game away 3-1 and send the Kings to a season-high fifth straight loss in front of 18,230 fans at Staples Center.

The reverberations were felt in the standings, too, because the Kings fell to ninth in the Western Conference, or out of the playoff picture for the first time this season. That’s based on a game in hand by the Colorado Avalanche, but it’s a minor detail in a bigger picture that is slipping from the Kings’ hands.

“It’s been tough,” Brown said. “It’s frustrating to lose five straight, especially in the situation we were in … it’s one of those things where you have to realize where you are. It’s been hard. It’s been brutal here for us, frustrating. But … we’re still fighting for a spot.”

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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