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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.
This Saturday, Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman got six minutes' worth of time to discuss hockey headlines, and they stated that:
- Boston University forward and top 2015 draft prospect Jack Eichel may or may not bolt from NCAA hockey to join a Canadian Hockey League team, with the Saint John Sea Dogs owning his rights. Cox points out that Charlie Coyle, Adam Tambellini and Sonny Milano have all committed to NCAA teams and then joined CHL teams instead, so it is possible that Eichel may be on the move after he plays for Team USA at the World Junior Championships--and BC goalie Thatcher Demko might also exit stage CHL;
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The three main topics Don Cherry and Ron MacLean disusseed were the mumps, sort of, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- If I’m MacTavish, I don’t hire a coach so quickly. I wait to see what happens in St. Louis or San Jose come playoff time. Both Ken Hitchcock and Todd McLellan, if available, would be fascinating candidates for the Oilers job.
- Of the 16 defencemen drafted before P.K. Subban in 2007, the list includes: Alex Plante, Nick Ross, Nick Petrecki, Taylor Ellington, Tommy Cross, Josh Godfrey and Kevin Marshall. Combined NHL games played: 21. Combined NHL points: Two.
- More than one NHL GM laughs about all the hot news about hockey analytics. “We’ve been doing a lot of this stuff since the mid-’80s,” said a GM. “So have most teams. I don’t know what everyone is so excited about.”
Oliver Ekman-Larsson with a big hit on Marian Gaborik.
Then Kings scored on the play to make it 4-2 late in the game.
Gaborik did not miss a shift but in my opinion he should not have come back at that point with LA up by two goals.
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