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Ruining The Game?

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

One week into training camp and so far all the talk has been about how the referees are ruining the game of hockey.

Boston’s Brad Marchand called the NHL’s crackdown on cheating in the faceoff circle “an absolute joke.” Toronto’s Leo Komarov is upset that if he chooses to wear a visor, it must actually be low enough to protect his eyes. And there have been so many slashing penalties called that Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock joked he hasn’t been able to evaluate anything other than the power play and penalty kill.

The hockey might be sloppy for this time of year. But when it comes to criticizing the men in stripes, everyone seems to be in mid-season form.

Do they have a point? Well, kind of.

Prior to Wednesday night’s games, there were 91 slashing minors and 16 faceoff violations called in the 19 exhibition games in which off-ice officials kept real-time statistics. It seems excessive. And yet, this is the time to be excessive.


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Erik Cole Signs Ceremonial Contract With Carolina, Named Team Ambassador

RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed left wing Erik Cole to a ceremonial contract. Cole subsequently announced his retirement from his playing career in hockey.

Following Cole's announcement, Hurricanes President Don Waddell named him as team ambassador. 

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Training Camp Talk

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

With training camps in full swing in 31 different markets, and two teams preparing for the season 9,000 kilometres away in China, a lot is happening in the NHL at once.

Luckily for you, we have 10 important training camp developments:

The Coyotes have...

…one of the NHL’s better defence corps? That definitely isn’t a sentence you would have read at any point in the last handful of years. GM John Chayka has nicely rebuilt Arizona, whose backend includes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Alex Goligoski, Jakob Chychrun, Luke Schenn and now Jason Demers after last week’s trade for forward Jamie McGinn. That is going to make new netminder Antti Raanta’s transition to the desert smoother, plus shows Ekman-Larsson the team is serious about improvement, as OEL can sign an extension beginning next July 1.

9 more developments...

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The China Games

Game times in ET are- 9/21/17 at 7:30am and 9/23/17 at 3:30am.

HANGHAI (Sept. 19) – The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks are set to face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China in the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging. On Sept. 21, the Kings will play host to the Canucks in Shanghai at Mercedes-Benz Arena at 7:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Shanghai will be broadcast on NBCSN in the United States, Sportsnet in Canada and CCTV in China. The clubs will travel to Beijing to play the second preseason contest at Wukesong Arena on Sept. 23, where the Canucks will play host to the Kings at 3:30 p.m. (China Standard Time). The game in Beijing will be broadcast on Sportsnet in Canada, NHL Network™ in the United States and CCTV in China. 

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Over/Under Numbers

via Bovada,

Over/Under Point Totals (Alphabetically)
Anaheim Ducks - 2017-2018 Regular Season Points   
Over/Under                   106

Arizona Coyotes - 2017-2018 Regular Season Points  
Over/Under                   75

Boston Bruins - 2017-2018 Regular Season Points     
Over/Under                   92½

Buffalo Sabres - 2017-2018 Regular Season Points     
Over/Under                   88

Calgary Flames - 2017-2018 Regular Season Points    
Over/Under                   95

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So You Are Now On An Expansion Team

from Ray Ferraro of TSN,

You don’t have the luxury of being picky when you’re an almost 35-year-old hockey player coming off multiple knee surgeries. If you want to keep playing you have to be willing to go wherever there’s an opportunity. Every team is on your radar. That’s how I ended up in Georgia for the inaugural season of Atlanta Thrashers hockey.

Free agency came and went for me in the summer of 1999 after four years with the Kings. I knew no one was going to sign me the first week, and my agent was still talking to a bunch of teams into early August. Despite my knee issues, I knew I wanted to keep going. I trained that summer as if I was going to play. Atlanta ended up offering a two-year deal, which was good for me. I felt like I was going to need part of the first year just to get healthy again.

Usually there were 40-45 guys at the start of training camp. We had about 75. It was an enormous camp and none of us had any idea what to expect. We just showed up in Orlando. You might think a blank slate like that makes it easy to build your own team chemistry, rules and culture, but the problem was the roster was so transient. I couldn’t even tell you how many different guys were on the team at some point that first year. Guys that I’d never even heard of were showing up at morning skates. It was a complete mishmash from start to finish.


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Alexander Steen Out After Hand Injury

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Alexander Steen will miss the remainder of training camp after suffering a left hand injury in the Blues' first preseason game Tuesday in Dallas.

Steen will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

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Training Camp In China For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

It is the end of Day 2 in the Vancouver Canucks great Chinese adventure and Travis Green has been asked a number of questions about the charms of Shanghai without once being asked about the chances of Brock Boeser or Jake Virtanen making his team.

For Green, there are some benefits to holding a training camp on the other side of the world. This might be his favourite.

“I haven’t missed that,” says the Canucks’ head coach with a rueful smile.

As for the downside, well, there are any number of things which take on a different dimension in this, er, non-traditional hockey market. Little things like trying to find practise time for the Canucks’ new third-string goalie, Taylor Sun. And bigger things like the push and pull of trying to sell hockey to a city and country which isn’t vitally invested in the game but is of vital importance to the league and its players.

All this is asked of a coach who’s also trying to turn around a Canucks team coming off 29th- and 28th-place finishes in the NHL over the last two seasons and for whom a quick start to their season is essential to their survival in 2017-18.


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Your New Analysts And Host At NHL Network

September 20, 2017 – NHL Network today announced that 2009 Stanley Cup-winning head coach Dan Bylsma, three-time Stanley Cup champion Ken Daneyko, 14-year NHL veteran Stu Grimson, and former Sportsnet anchor Jackie Redmond have joined its roster of on-air talent appearing across its studio programming. Bylsma, Daneyko and Grimson will contribute as studio analysts, and Redmond will serve as a studio host and reporter.  

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Morning Line- Andrew Cogliano On Calling Slashing Penalties

“Hopefully they don’t call penalties when you’re getting guys’ sticks. I think that’s the only thing I don’t want to see happen because a lot of times, that’s what turns over pucks. That’s what makes a forechecker effective. He’s on guys and he’s disrupting their stick.

“So hopefully there’s a big difference between slashing a guy’s stick than slashing a guy on his hands or his wrists. I agree with that. Because a lot of times you can be trouble if you take one of those slashes.”

-Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks.  Eric Stephens of the OC Register has more on this topic.

added 8:38am, Jon Cooper...

"The game is no fun, it's not fun to watch. There's 30 minutes of special teams. I don't think that's what the league intended for our game to be a game of special teams. I don't think that's what the league intended for our game to be a game of special teams. I guess what's tough is nobody knows what the standard is and all of a sudden, you come into the first exhibition game and now they've got to completely change anything that's gone on in faceoffs, which I didn't know that was a big issue in the game, but apparently it was.

-Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has more from Jon Cooper.

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