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After Seven Weeks Of The NHL Season

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The New York Islanders are the best Big Apple-area team right now. When is the last time you could say that?

Pat Quinn and Viktor Tikhonov are gone. Jean Beliveau, Gordie Howe and Bryan Murray are ailing.

On some nights, it seems like there are more media members in scrums in Montreal and Toronto than there are fans in the stands in Florida.

These are just a few of the many storylines we've seen through the first six weeks of the season, both the good and the bad.

Keeping that in mind, here is our look at the 2014-15 NHL season at the quarter point.

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VIVA LAS VEGAS: The league keeps saying it is not ready for relocation and expansion. Yet this story just won't go away, especially when it seems a potential ownership group has been targeted and a possible future home that could house an NHL team is being built on the strip. It's a good bet that this situation is just a matter of "when," not "if."

continued, a good recap of what has happened through the first quarter of the season...

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Action Needed In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

It is time for general manager Jarmo Kekalainen to do something.

We all know the patient, long-term plan set forth by Kekalainen and his boss, John Davidson, the president of hockey operations. “Brick by Brick” T-shirts appeared last year. They have a core of young players they want to see grow within the system. We all get it.

“We are the 5th line” T-shirts appeared this year, and Alexander Wennberg should be wearing one. He has not proved he is an NHL-caliber player, and he is on the ice 15 minutes a night. This does no service to him or the team. He should be building his confidence with minor-league Springfield.

Maybe Wennberg goes the way of Nikita Filatov — or maybe he goes the way of Ryan Johansen, who, you might recall, did not have an illustrious rookie season and has turned out pretty well. The point here, though, is not about the rookie. He is not the problem; he is merely a symptom.

The Jackets are stagnant, and they need a stir.

read on

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The David Perron Trade Talk

via TSN,

The Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets, two of the worst teams in the league, are working together to make a trade happen to improve their fortunes.

TSN Hockey analyst Aaron Ward is reporting that Oilers winger David Perron and Blue Jackets centre Artem Anisimov are the players being discussed for a potential trade, but there could be more players involved.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger first reported over the weekend that the Oilers were looking to deal Perron and said general manager Craig MacTavish is looking for a top line centre in return for the 26-year-old. 

Perron has two goals and eight assists in 22 games this season with the Oilers, his second year with the team. The Sherbrooke, Quebec, native has two years left on his current contract.

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

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Video- Highlights From The NHL Games Last Night

3 1/2 minutes of highlights from the seven NHL games last night.

 

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Video- Viktor Fasth With The Bad Goal Of The Night

Edmonton lost to Dallas 3-2.

 

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Video- The Vancouver Canucks Remember Pat Quinn With A Moment Of Silence And A Song

Mark Donnelly with a version of "Danny Boy" in remembrance of Pat Quinn.

 

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Martin Hanzal’s elbow on Erik Johnson: is it a matter of player culpability?

One injury, two very differen takes. Again, via Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian, this time it's Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal hitting Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, and the Coyotes' announcers are more critical of the hit than the Avs' announcers:

Does Johnson leaning down on the follow-through of his shot = "Well Martin Hanzal is so strong..." and an unintentional elbow, well, shit happens?

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Garbutt knees Hall

During the Dallas Stars' 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers, as Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski noted, Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt...Oh hell, you know how this goes. Garbutt plus opposing player, this time Oilers forward Taylor Hall, equals knee-on-knee hit. Hall was okay, but still, this hit can be diagrammed with a s-u-s-p-e-n-s-i-o-n on the telestrator:

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Blues lose Elliott to ‘lower-body injury’

Via Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian, the St. Louis Blues lost an incredibly important contributor when Brian Elliot suffered a "lower-body injury" on this hit by Senators forward Erik Condra (and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tom Timmermann reports that the Blues are sticking with the "lower-body injury" line):


Ottawa won 3-2 in a shootout.

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Sportsnet tells the story of Alexander Mogilny’s defection, realities of late-Soviet Tikhonov hockey

Alexander Mogilny was one of the last (and only) Soviet-era players to defect from the USSR to play in the NHL (Sergei Fedorov, Mogilny and Pavel Bure were the young stars int he crown), and Sportsnet told his story. Former Buffalo Sabres GM Gerry Meehan narrates the tale, Sergei Fedorov makes several appearances in the 23-minute video, and thankfully, this feature was produced before Viktor Tikhonov's death, so it reminds us that Russian hockey has lost a legend--and a legendarily cruel dictator:

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