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from Dave Hodge of TSN,
My thumb is up to the best one-two scoring punch in the NHL, those two dazzling forwards who play on a certain team in the state of Pennsylvania.
In the past, and maybe again in the future, I would be talking about Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But, of course, you know that I am referring to the NHL’s leading scorer, Jakub Voracek and his Philadelphia Flyers teammate Claude Giroux. Watching them have their way against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night made you wonder why the Flyers aren’t higher in the standings.
Unless there’s a big turnaround coming that began in Toronto, the Flyers have to be described as a team with a bunch of holes and two of the league’s best players, either of whom could win the Hart Trophy if Philly could only find a way to fill the holes.
As you watched the Flyers and Leafs score six times in the game’s first 12 minutes, you probably thought this was the NHL’s version of Halley’s Comet. You just never see a scoring spree like that anymore, and so….my thumb is down to a lack of scoring in the NHL.
Though he declines credit, he played a lead role in changing the course of the game. Now he faces a task that, by scale, seems reasonably within reach: reversing the direction of a franchise with hockey weather but not much else in its favour lately. He will forever talk about “team” and “staff,” but ultimately this will be a summit of one and lonelier than that moment on the ice in Nagano.
The self-education of Brendan Shanahan: to be continued.
-Gare Joyce of Sportsnet on Brendan Shanahan. Read much more from Joyce on Shanahan.
via the Situation Room Blog,
At 8:49 of the third period in the Chicago Blackhawks/Columbus Blue Jackets game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Columbus net. Video review determined that the puck deflected off the stick of Blackhawks forward Ben Smith and into the net in a legal fashion after it was kicked by his teammate Marcus Kruger. According to Rule 49.2 (ii) "A kicked puck that deflects off the stick of any player (excluding the goalkeeper's stick) shall be ruled a good goal." Good goal Chicago.
Watch the goal below and my only question is, what about goalie interference?
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle would be good Bruins. They are 23 and 24 years old, respectively.
Hall is under contract through 2020 and Eberle is locked up until 2019, both at $6 million annually. They can score, which is a talent that is eluding the Bruins.
Yet the Bruins are missing two critical elements: tradable assets and cap space. Edmonton needs an ace goalie, centers, and defensemen. The Bruins aren’t dealing Tuukka Rask, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci are here for good. Zdeno Chara has a no-move clause. That leaves Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg as the two players that would interest the Oilers for either of their top-line forwards.
There’s no match in salary. And the Bruins would be moving a pace-pushing, two-way defenseman who projects to develop into Chara’s replacement. Translation: It ain’t happening.
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added 8:30am, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on the Oilers...
First the good goal by Alex Ovechkin...
The bad goal goes to the Calgary Flames, watch it below...
Evgeni Malkin was shamed not once but twice in the Penguins’ game against the Panthers, being called for embellishment and diving.
6 /12 minutes of highlights to recap the games from last night.
The NHL's roster freeze may be in effect until December 27th, but the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch brings trade rumor gifts to the hockey holiday tree via his Sunday column.
First, Garrioch discusses Nick Foligno's future with the Columbus Blue Jackets given his point-per-game form...
Making $3.08 million in the final year of his contract, some wonder if a five-year, $25-million deal would get it done for Foligno. Probably not — the thinking is he’d be able to eclipse that number on the lucrative free-agent market.
You have to think Foligno is looking at the seven-year, $36.75-million deal that David Clarkson signed with the Leafs at $5.25 million per season in 2013-14 as a benchmark. The Jackets aren’t sure if Nathan Horton will ever return from his back issues, so they want to keep Foligno badly.
These quips aren't surprising...
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The Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger penned a column containing "six things to watch in the NHL" during/going into 2015, and #5 involves a "rumbling" that's become something of a roar:
5. THE GREAT OUTDOORS
With the cash cow known as the Winter Classic continuing to pad the pocketbooks of the NHL, the Capitals and Blackhawks will face off in Washington on New Year’s Day, followed by an outdoor clash between the Sharks and Kings at Levi’s Stadium, home of the 49ers.
Just two games in the great outdoors this season? Is this a sign that these events are becoming a passing fad?
In reality, the league is suspected to be looking at four outdoor contests in 2015-16, with the Winnipeg Jets playing host to one and Denver, Minneapolis and Boston in line to do the same. There is talk the Bruins would host the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, a game that undoubtedly would attract plenty of attention north of the border.
Expect the league to make an announcement regarding details in the coming weeks.
NHL.com's Kevin Woodley needs to explain this before you see it:
Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen left the game after collapsing briefly on the bench shortly after taking a hit early in the second period against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
Hansen was conscious and on his feet moments later but had to be helped to the locker room by medical staff.
CBC reported that Hansen was being observed in the Canucks dressing room and was not taken to a hospital. It later said he was walking to the Canucks' workout room.
Hansen took a hit from Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman in the corner and was hunched over as he skated straight off. He remained hunched over as he sat on the bench while play continued, then slumped forward, his body appearing to go limp as teammates caught him and banged their sticks on the boards to get the attention of referees, who stopped play while medical staff rushed out from behind the Canucks net.
Hockey Night in Canada's Scott Oake was the one who reported that Hansen was walking on his own, but, via Yahoo Sports' Josh Cooper, that's pretty damn amazing:
I can only make a speculative and educated guess here: if Hansen was concussed or otherwise "had his bell rung" by the Wideman hit, it could've taken some time for his body to process that reaction and wooziness to hit.
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