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Open Post- Gold Medal Game In Woman’s Hockey - USA/Canada

Late night game tonight, puck drops at 11:10pm ET.

Watch on NBCSN and CBC.

Feel free to comment on the game.

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Video- Trade Talk Heating Up

The Sportsnet crew with the latest trade talk.


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Trade Between The Arizona Coyotes And LA Kings

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired goaltender Darcy Kuemper from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Tobias Rieder and goaltender Scott Wedgewood.

The 27-year-old Kuemper has posted a 10-1-3 record with a 2.10 goals against average (GAA), .932 save percentage (SV%) and three shutouts in 19 games for the Kings this season. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound native of Saskatoon, SK has a career record of 51-35-17 with a 2.52 GAA, .913 SV% and 10 shutouts in 104 games with the Kings and Minnesota Wild.

"Darcy is a big, talented goaltender who is having an excellent year," said Chayka. "You need great goaltending in this league in order to be successful and with Antti and Darcy, we are confident that we have an excellent tandem for the future."

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Afternoon Line- Bob McKenzie

We should simply state what we now believe to be patently obvious: The Ottawa Senators are open to the idea of trading Erik Karlsson by Monday.

Let’s not get into the semantics of whether they’re “shopping” Karlsson or just “listening.” We kind of went down that forked road with P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens, didn’t we?

The reality is Ottawa Senators’ general manager Pierre Dorion has been, and still is, engaged in some level of trade dialogue for Karlsson with multiple NHL teams, certainly more than a half-dozen.

- Bob McKenzie of TSN where you can read more on this topic.

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Jeff Carter Cleared For Practice

from Josh Cooper of LA Kings Insider,

It’s unclear how much Carter’s expected return will impact the Kings at the NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline, but he should at least help give the team more scoring, which is generally a position of need around the NHL this time of year as groups try to bolster their rosters for playoff runs. The 33-year-old Carter is coming off a season where he had 66 points and made the All-Star Game from the Pacific Division....

“I think when you add a player of Jeff Carter, that we already know and we know where he fits into our lineup, it moves everybody around and into the right spots. We’ve had a lot of guys having to play out of position this year in the middle. It’s no secret,” Blake said.


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GM Talk As The Trade Deadline Approaches

from Sen McIndoe at Sportsnet,

Occasionally, a GM will offer up some real insight into their deadline approach, hinting at a broad strategy and process without giving too much away. But most of the time, we just get clichés and filler, and sometimes stuff that doesn’t even make sense. If you’re a fan hoping for actual insight, that can be annoying.

So today, let’s count down the 10 most annoying things a GM might say in the days leading up to the trade deadline. Feel free to print a copy and check them off as your team’s GM makes the media rounds.

No. 10: “We’re open for business.”

You hear this one fairly often this time of year, although it’s one of those points that’s often fed through the media rather than offered up directly. Either way, it’s always a strange one. When it comes to making trades, NHL front offices are supposed to be open for business. At this time of year, that’s kind of their whole job.

read on

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Need A Rental?

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

We’re days away from the 2018 NHL trade deadline, which we hope brings more significant moves than what we saw at this time last year. There are many impactful players potentially available, from Max Pacioretty to Mike Hoffman to, gasp, maybe even Erik Karlsson — each of whom would be huge factors for any acquiring team this season and ones to come.

But we’re going to focus on the top rental players who could be available. We’re setting our sights on guys who are on expiring contracts and due to become UFAs on July 1.

This is not a ranking of players — we’ll leave that up to you — but we look at what each guy is doing this season and what he may be able to add to a contender.

Evander Kane, Buffalo Sabres

At 26, Kane still has a chance to hit 30 goals for just the second time in his career, but he’ll need to heat up to hit that mark. Despite a strong start to the season, Kane has slowed with just three goals in his past 20 games and now has 19 in 60 games overall. The good thing is he generates all kinds of chances and is fifth in the league with 224 shots on goal. A whopping 60.2 per cent of his even strength starts come in the offensive zone, so if he’s moved on to a line with a different team that brings that number down, it could hurt his performance.


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The Semi-Finals Are Set For Men’s Olympic Hockey

Games will be on Friday, more at IIHF.com.

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Once Again, Canada vs, USA Tonight

from Rob Longley at the National Post,

How long can the pain of one crushing loss linger and how empowering can the result be for the winners of the greatest women’s hockey game ever played?

Four years after Canada ripped out the hearts of their archrival Americans in deliciously dramatic fashion, we’re about to find out.

Four years after that showdown in Sochi, the two superpowers of their sport will meet again for gold at the Gangneung Hockey Arena on Thursday afternoon (11:10 p.m. ET/8:10 p.m. PT on Wednesday in Canada).

Given a chance for full revenge only returns every 48 months in this sport, forgetting the robbery in Russia might be easier said than done for the Americans.

“They know how important it is to put that stuff in the past, to learn from experience and draw from it,” American coach Robb Stauber said of his players approach. “We’re not talking about it. We’re in South Korea and it’s 2018 and we want a different result.”


I will have an open post up for the game.

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Quite The Comeback For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

It was a wild, wild game to begin a three-game western Canadian road trip for the Avalanche.

All-star center Nathan MacKinnon, in his second game back from a eight-game injury absence, scored Colorado’s fifth power-play goal of the game in overtime for a 5-4 come-from-behind victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. MacKinnon finished with a four-point game, adding three assists....

Colorado finished a remarkable 5-of-6 on the power play; and seven of the game’s eight goals in regulation were scored in the second period....

The Avs climbed to three points within Minnesota for the last Western Conference playoff spot.


Game highlights are below...

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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.

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