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from Lois Weiss of the New York Post,
The National Hockey League, which will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2017, has scored a crucial win: moving to One Manhattan West around 2020, depending on when the building is completed.
The victory included a trifecta: offices, a retail store and an NHL-branded public skating rink, all under a 20-year lease with two, five-year options. No financial terms were released.
For offices, the league will have 160,000 square feet on five floors in the 2.1 million square-foot office tower now under construction at Ninth Avenue and W. 33rd Street.
“Of course it will have lots of branding,” said Craig Harnett, the NHL’s senior executive vice president and financial officer of both the offices and store.
Taylor Hall hit...
via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
Watch as Travis Zajac can’t protect himself and crashes face first into boards after a push from Michael Chaput.
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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
It’s not often, if ever, that your trusty correspondent disagrees with one of the brightest, most progressive voices in hockey. But when it comes to the notion of holding a wildcard play-in game to give one more team per conference a chance to make the playoffs, that’s where I have to draw the line with one Ken Holland.
Speaking to Gary Lawless of tsn.ca, the Detroit Red Wings GM and the man who brought us 3-on-3 overtime opined that he would like to see the playoff pool expanded to essentially have three wildcard teams instead of two. The wildcard team with the best regular-season record of the three would be guaranteed a playoff berth, while the next two would hold a one-game, winner-take-all event to decide the second wildcard team.
There hasn’t been much of an appetite for this sort of thing among the game's power brokers, thank goodness, but there wasn’t much of an appetite for 3-on-3 overtime at one time, either. Holland can be very persuasive. Not sure if he hypnotizes his fellow GMs by swinging one of his four Stanley Cup rings on a string in front of their eyes, but he has a way of getting them to come around his way of thinking. Here’s hoping they resist the temptation this time.
Here’s why. Because any excitement the wildcard race would create in the markets that are involved would be mitigated by the notion that the league is once again rewarding mediocrity.
from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,
As Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz promised following a 3-2 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, he sat down with captain Alex Ovechkin prior to practice Tuesday to discuss his recent spate of penalties.
Ovechkin has taken five minors over the past three games and a team-leading 11 this season, "unacceptable," according to Trotz.
"Actually, it went well," Trotz said of his talk with Ovechkin. "You know and I know that we have a very straightforward relationship. Alex doesn't hide from anything. He mans up, all that. So it was good. He understands the best way to help the team is to not be in the penalty box. Especially some of the stick penalties and stuff, he can get those out of his game. He knows that. We need him on the ice. He knows that we need him on the ice. That's where he's going to be most productive.
"So he knows as a leader of our team he can't be putting us down in terms of being a man short as often as he has lately. I know he'll clean it up. He always responds very, very well."
NEW YORK (Dec. 6, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price and forwards Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers are the top vote-getters by division in the first week of voting in the 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™.
The ballot page at NHL.com/vote includes a leaderboard of the top vote-getters, which will be updated every Tuesday.
See below for the top vote-getters by division through week one.
from Chris Lomon of NHLPA.com,
Amid a season showcasing some serious NHL rookie talent, first-year defenceman Zach Werenski looks right at home amongst his peers.
With big-name rookies – like Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, the New York Rangers’ Jimmy Vesey, along with Winnipeg’s Patrick Laine – turning heads with their play, it might be easy to get lost in the shuffle.
Not the case when it comes to Werenski.
Selected eighth overall by Columbus last year, the 19-year-old was given a shot to make his mark with the Blue Jackets in 2016-17.
It’s safe to say he hasn’t wasted the opportunity.
In 24 games, Werenski has six goals and 11 assists. He’s also consistently earned lofty praise from teammates and coaches.
from Travis Yost of TSN,
It’s not often that we talk about a player changing the way we think about how a position should be played.
But, it’s not often that players like Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson come along.
Burns’ emergence might be the result of a perfect storm in San Jose: A talented player finding the right guys to play with, a perfectly timed transition from winger to blueliner and an offence that plays an exceptional brand of inside/out hockey in the offensive zone. Whatever it is, Burns and the Sharks are a match made in heaven.
He’s become as much a staple of their attack as Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. For as much as we have talked (rightfully) about Karlsson revolutionizing the position, it’s worth pointing out that Burns has had a similar career arc.
from Damein Cox of the Toronto Star,
Perhaps somewhere along the way somebody should have sent a scout to Denmark.
Maybe that would have shortened the process of looking for a replacement for Ed Belfour in the net of your Toronto Maple Leafs.
As it was, it’s taken 11 seasons (!!!), five general managers, six coaches and 17 goaltending candidates to find someone capable of doing something approximating the job Belfour did for three seasons in the waning years of his stellar career.
But, it appears, the Leafs finally have located such a netminder.
Frederik Andersen has managed to erase those ugly first impressions he made in October, ones that made many wonder if he was just a rerun of Vesa Toskala or Jonathan Bernier, and in so doing likely set himself up for a lengthy run in the Toronto net as the club’s No. 1 goalie.
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