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Watch the inspiring story of how Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is being a role model to First Nations youth, particularly in his hometown of Anahim Lake, B.C.
Eliotte Friedman with the very inspiring feature...
After Jonathan Bernier was interfered with, Mike Babcock took advantage of the new coach’s challenge in the NHL and came out victorious.
from Alex Kinkopf of the Kings' website,
An old friend will be protecting the opposition’s net tonight as the Kings open their 2015-’16 season at STAPLES Center.
Martin Jones, who the Kings dealt to the Boston Bruins on June 26, was then shipped to San Jose three days later – popping him exactly where the Kings didn’t want him to be – the Western Conference, and the Pacific Division.
Now, Jones, at 25 years old, has a chance to shine in a starting role – something that likely wasn’t in the near future for him with Jonathan Quick’s lengthy contract in Los Angeles.
At Wednesday’s morning skate at STAPLES Center, Jones shared a few thoughts on his return to his former building, to face his former team:
“It’s going to be exciting,” Jones said of opening the season in Los Angeles. “Those are the fun games to play in. Obviously our goal is to go in there and get two points, but I’ll try and have a little bit of fun when I’m there, for sure.”
Well here we are again, ready to start another NHL regular season.
Who wins the Cup? I have no idea at this point but I do know it will be great to have our game back.
Nothing like watching the NHL, the speed, the skill and the unexpected is such a treat for us hockey fans.
Good luck to all teams and may the best team raise the Stanley Cup in June of 2016.
Hold on and get ready for the long ride.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
No one - not the Los Angeles Kings or Mike Richards and his representatives want to even acknowledge it due to the sensitivity of the subject matter – but there continues to be intense efforts to reach a negotiated settlement over their differences.
It sounds like talks are far enough along that it could possibly get wrapped up today, but that is by no means guaranteed.
It's a delicate and complicated case, to be sure. At least a couple of times in the last couple of weeks, settlement was believed to be getting closer, only to see it not nailed down. But the two parties have been working hard to get it done. It appears it's getting closer again. But as we so often say in difficult negotiations like these, it's not a done deal until it's signed, sealed and delivered and it's not there yet.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- A smaller system change in Boston, where the Bruins tweaked how they face an aggressive two-man forecheck. They basically moved one winger from a stationary position along the boards to a more aggressive sweep through the middle.
The biggest challenge for Boston will be that some of their defenders aren’t speed demons, and you’ve got to move quickly. That’s why opponents went from sending one attacker to two.
- The Sharks “now play a simple game” according to one opponent. “Up-and-down, and quickly. They will make you chase them.”
- It was a quiet summer for the Predators, with a couple of depth moves. That was by design.
“We were happy with the first three-quarters of the season,” said GM David Poile. “It was as good a year as you could hope for. Then, the last quarter, there was a drop-off.”
Losing in the first round can be a tough sell, but Nashville fell to the eventual Stanley Cup champions in a brutally hard series. Sometimes, it’s not when you lose, it’s who you lose to. As he thought about it, Poile looked back to 2011-2012, a season where he added Paul Gaustad, Hal Gill, Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov. “Too many moves,” he says now. “If I could do it over again, I’d know I went too far. Too much change.”
via the Edmonton Oilers,
The Oilers have named four alternate captains for the upcoming season:
- Andrew Ference
- Taylor Hall
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Jordan Eberle
Coach McLellan also stated that with Eberle's injury, Matt Hendricks will also rotate in with an 'A'.
Gary Bettman was on Sportsnet's Hockey Central today...
Part 2 is below...
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