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Seattle City Council Approves Renovations To KeyArena

from Chris Daniels of K5News,

The Seattle City Council put an end to a debate spanning more than a decade by approving a $700 million makeover of the KeyArena.

It is part of what will - likely - be a more than $1.4 billion private investment in the city where an NHL team can call home.

The vote was unanimous.

It was expected, and completes a dramatic comeback for the much maligned building.

The effort had been bad mouthed since 2006, and bordered on “white elephant” status after the Sonics left in 2008. More than one developer or entrepreneur looked at the site and moved on.

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Afternoon Line- Pierre LeBrun

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Will You Be Watching The NHL On ESPN+?

via the NHL PR department,

The puck drops on the NHL® season next week, and hockey fans can watch live games all season long on ESPN+, the premium direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) and ESPN. The inaugural NHL on ESPN+ season begins Thursday, Oct. 4 and will include more than 180 live games, with up to nine games each week during the regular season (regularly including two games per day on Thursdays and Saturdays), all available to subscribers via the ESPN App.

The Stanley Cup® Champion Washington Capitals and captain Alex Ovechkin visit division rival Pittsburgh Penguins and captain Sidney Crosby on October 4th for the season opener on ESPN+. October’s schedule also includes a number of division rivalries, with multiple appearances by many teams including the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, and more. Highlights include:

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NBC Sports Group Announces Their Broadcasting Teams For The Upcoming NHL Season

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 24, 2018 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2018-19 NHL season will feature its largest commentary team to date, utilizing more than 40 game and studio commentators this season, highlighted by six-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who returns for his 14th season as NBC Sports’ lead NHL play-by-play commentator.

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A Very Tough Period Of Time For Kyle Okposo

from Tim Grahan of The Athletic,

Just over 18 months ago, Kyle suffered a concussion in a Buffalo Sabres workout, but the hit felt so ordinary he wouldn’t be diagnosed for days.

Even with that knowledge, medical experts from Buffalo General Hospital’s neurosurgical department, from the Sabres and from the NHL were unable to explain why Kyle had gone through a manic phase, why the lifelong introvert spent three days calling people from his past to tell them off, why he stayed awake for four days straight, why he stopped eating and dwindled to a teenage weight, why he told Danielle he was willing to harm himself simply so he could sleep again.

“Kyle Okposo could have jumped off a frigging building,” his agent, Pat Brisson, said. “He could have ended it.”

more (paid subsctiption)...

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Anthony Duclair Is On The Bubble In Columbus

from Mark Znidar of the Columbus Dispatch,

Fifteen minutes and 13 seconds isn’t even a lot of time to get taped and dressed for a hockey game, but that’s how long Anthony Duclair had to show his stuff to Blue Jackets coaches Sunday afternoon in a preseason game.

Duclair is the fleet left wing attempting to prove to a third franchise in three seasons that his 20 goals and 24 assists as a rookie with Arizona in 2015-16 were not an aberration.

With three preseason games remaining, the 23-year-old knows that he is on the clock. On Sunday, he took one shot, blocked a shot and was called for a two-minute slashing penalty in a 5-1 loss to St. Louis at Nationwide Arena.

“I come here every day and give it my all, whether it’s preseason or practice,” Duclair said. “I try to build chemistry with whoever I’m playing with that day. It’s still too early to tell (whether I make the team). I can only control what I can control, and that’s to work hard, and the coaching staff will figure it out.”

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A Four-Year Extension For Paul Byron In Montreal

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Sunday that the team has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with forward Paul Byron (until the end of the 2022-23 season). The deal has an average annual value of $3.4 million for the Canadiens.

"We are very happy to have signed Paul Byron to a contract extension. Paul is a fierce competitor, and an example of courage and will. With his speed, his play on both sides of the ice and his skills, he is a key element of our team," said Marc Bergevin.

Byron, 29, registered 35 points in 82 games with the Canadiens last season (20 goals, 15 assists). He ranked second on the team in goals. The 5-foot-9, 162-pound Ottawa native was one of four players to play in all 82 games with the Club in 2017-18. He was the recipient of the Jacques-Beauchamp-Molson Trophy in 2015-16 and in 2017-18 (player who had a dominant role with the team during the regular season, without obtaining any particular honor).

Selected in the sixth round, 179th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2007, Paul Byron was claimed off waivers by the Canadiens (from Calgary) on October 6, 2015.

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Morning Line- Derek Ryan

"Eleven or 12 years ago when it was my draft year and the NHL was starting to look at me as a young guy it was the complete opposite – they just wanted big guys who maybe didn’t have as much skill or hockey sense and they drafted him or chose him over myself just because were hoping they could turn him into a hockey player."

"Now, speed and skill are the direction of the new NHL. Your third and fourth lines aren’t filled with big guys trying to intimidate people. It’s guys who can score, are responsible defensively and can contribute all over the ice. The game has changed a lot and it’s continually evolving and that’s what GMs are trying to keep up with."

-Derek Ryan of the Calgary Flames.  Eric Francis of Sportsnet has more on the smaller player.

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Hockey Notes As The Regular Season Gets Closer

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- So who would win a playoff series, San Jose with Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on defence or Nashville with P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm on defence? Winnipeg’s road to the Stanley Cup just got a whole lot more complicated.

- Every time I hear about a rookie struggling in training camp I think of Al MacInnis. He was dreadful in his first camp in Calgary. He looked slow and tentative and uncomfortable and out of shape. Some thought he’d never play in the NHL. All he did was make the Hall of Fame.

- At first glance and at second glance, there is so much to like about John Tavares as a Maple Leaf. You don’t ever really know a player until you see him up close, watch him daily, see his habits, interpret his skills.

Tavares is going to help the Leafs in many more ways than scoring goals. He will win key faceoffs. He will kill some penalties. And his ability to operate in tight spaces — watching him through training camp, practices and his two pre-season games to date — is absolutely elite....

more on Tavares and a few more hockey notes...

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Goaltending Issues For The Philadelphia Flyers?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Death. Taxes. Goalie woes in Philadelphia.

The Bruins will be in Philly to face the Flyers on Monday night (with a return match at the Garden on Saturday), and once again the distant sons of the Broad Street Bullies don’t know if they have a legit workhorse for the net this season. A cage is a horrible thing to waste.

An already clouded picture grew a few shades grayer on Thursday when the Flyers learned ex-Yale stopper Alex Lyon will need at least four weeks to recover from a lower-body injury suffered earlier in the week.

Lyon, 4-2-1 with the varsity last season, entered camp at No. 3 on the depth chart. Normally, that would make his month (or more) on the sidelines a trifle. We’d barely mention it here if, say, Zane McIntyre, the No. 3 on the Bruins behind Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, were to miss half a season or more.

But again, we’re talking Philly, where the Flyers’ three best other goaltenders are all working their way back from surgery....

a bit more on the Flyers plus other hocke topics...

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