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Ron Hextall Not A Happy General Manager After Flyers Lose To The Rangers

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The door slammed, opened, and slammed again.

Inside the changing room, a sanctuary for players that is usually kept at an arms-length from team management, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was peeling the paint off the walls with words that would make a stevedore blush.

"Are you [bleeping] kidding me?" Hextall screamed, loud enough for the media waiting next door in the locker room to hear. "That's [bleeping] embarrassing! Jesus [bleeping] Christ!"

The door slammed, one final time, but not until it sounded as if a wastebasket bounced off the wall deep inside the bowels of Madison Square Garden - where the Flyers have now lost nine consecutive regular-season games.


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Jack Johnson Files For Bankruptcy After Numerous Financial Issues

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

On the morning of Oct. 7, two days before the Blue Jackets opened the 2014-15 season, Jack Johnson left his Ferrari parked in the garage of his Dublin apartment and drove his BMW to a federal courthouse Downtown to file for bankruptcy.

Johnson has earned more than $18 million during his nine-year NHL career, not including the $5 million he will be paid this season by the Blue Jackets.

Almost all of the money is gone, and some of his future earnings have already been promised — which is why Johnson, surrounded by a new team of financial advisers and an attorney, signed his financial surrender.

The scene was nearly four years in the making, after a string of risky loans at high interest rates; defaults on those loans, resulting in huge fees and even higher interest rates; and three lawsuits against Johnson, two of which have been settled and one that’s pending.

“I’d say I picked the wrong people who led me down the wrong path,” Johnson, a 27-year-old defenseman, told The Dispatch last week. “I’ve got people in place who are going to fix everything now. It’s something I should have done a long time ago.”...

But sources close to Johnson have told The Dispatch that his own parents — Jack Sr. and Tina Johnson — are among the “wrong people” who, as Johnson put it, led him astray financially.

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Video- Yeah Baby

I apologize for not posting this earlier today, just been a very busy last few days.

Last night the Calgary Flames celebrated the broadcasting career of Peter Maher who was the voice of the Calgary Flames for thirty-three years..

Here is a short highlight video of Maher and below is the ceremony from last night.


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Video- Dave Nonis Talked With The Toronto Media Today

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

It doesn’t sound like any massive change is coming any time soon to the Maple Leafs, despite the team’s three-game losing streak.

Leafs GM Dave Nonis addressed the media, saying coach Randy Carlyle’s job is safe and no trades are in the offing.

“No one was here after the Boston game when we were 6-1-1 asking about his job security,” said Nonis. “We’ve got some things to work on. We just need to get back to where we were a week ago.”

Nonis said he was frustrated and embarrassed at the Leafs’ 9-2 loss to Nashville on Tuesday night.

continued and you can watch Nonis meeting with the media below...

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Refs Keeping An Eye On Brendan Gallagher

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

If there is an internal published list of players for the officials to watch for, it's a well-guarded secret at this point. Directives sent to the referees and linesmen originate from the desk of Stephen Walkom - V.P. of Officiating or his counterpart in Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. 

Regardless of whether a directive has been sent or not, based on what I have observed and previously commented on, Brendan Gallagher has earned a rightful place on the Referee's "Ten Most Wanted" list.
Even after committing the holding infraction against Braydon Coburn, Gallagher completed a theatrical dive with both skates into the net in an attempt to fool the referee(s) and as the puck went past Ray Emery. Good for referee Dan O'Rourke for being dialed in from the neutral zone to make the correct call. I can assure you it was no accident or lucky catch by O'Rouke. A refs' list of known offenders is nothing new and Gallagher is not the only Habs player to be drawing special attention from the ref's this season. No one likes to be embarrassed—Diving/embellishment is near the top every ref's list!

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Adam McQuaid Out 6-8 Weeks With A Broken Thumb

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager announced today, November 19, that defenseman Adam McQuaid will be out six to eight weeks with a broken thumb.

The injury was sustained on November 18, during the Bruins/Blues game at TD Garden.

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Pascal Dupuis Out For At Least Six Months For Treatment Of Blood Clot In His Lung

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung and will be out of the lineup for at least six months while undergoing treatment with blood thinners.

The clot was identified during testing Monday, after Dupuis had complained of discomfort in his chest.

“Pascal had a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “In medical terms, that is a deep vein thrombosis resulting in a pulmonary embolism. This is the second such incident that we know of for Pascal. The treatment is at least six months of blood thinners, during which time he will not be able to play hockey. Other than that, his condition is stable.”

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The Montreal Canadiens Having Trouble Winning The ‘Big’ Games

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

The Canadiens have but six losses this year, including one overtime setback versus the Vancouver Canucks. But in four of their five regulation-time defeats, Montreal got absolutely waxed. The teams that did the slaying are the Tampa Bay Lighting, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and, most recently, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Three of those outfits, as of Wednesday morning, were top-six clubs in the standings. The fourth, Chicago, could get the last playoff berth in the West and still win the Stanley Cup.

The combined score of those four losses was Other Teams 22 Canadiens 3. In other words, just the kind of crazy discrepancy required to pick on a squad that has more points than any other in the NHL.

If the Habs want to prove they truly belong with the big boys, they won’t have to wait long for an opportunity. The skilled, surly St. Louis Blues (8-2-0 in their past ten) visit the Bell Centre Thursday night.

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All About The EPIX Broadcast Series

New York, NY, November 19, 2014EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Winter Classic™ and EPIX Presents Road To The NHL Stadium Series™, a two-part original series from premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League, will bring U.S. viewers onto the ice and behind-the-scenes with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they prepare to compete in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on their road to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.  

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NHL Short Notes

Down 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Flames scored three third-period goals en route to a 4-3 shootout win over the Ducks. With the victory, Calgary (12-6-2, 26 points) moved one within one point of Anaheim (11-4-5, 27 points) for the top spot in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.
* Facing his former club for the first time, Jonas Hiller made 24 saves – and denied two of three shootout attempts – to improve to 9-4-1 with a 2.33 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and one shutout in 14 GP.
* Dennis Wideman (2-0—2) matched a career high for goals in one game; his only other multi-goal effort came Dec. 9, 2011 vs. TOR (2-2—4 w/ WSH).
* Per Elias, Wideman became the first Flames defenseman to record a multi-goal game since Feb. 19, 2008, when Dion Phaneuf found the back of the net twice in a 4-1 victory at PHX.
* Sean Monahan netted the decisive goal in the tiebreaker. He now is 6-for-10 (60.0%), with five game-deciding goals, in his shootout career; Monahan’s 60.0% efficiency leads all active players with a minimum of 10 attempts.
* The Flames improved to 5-2-0 in their last seven meetings with the Ducks at Scotiabank Saddledome (dating to Jan. 12, 2012).

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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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