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Video- Matt Beleskey Hit On Derek Stepan

You may not agree, but there is no reason for this type of hit.  Sure take him out of the play if you wish, but this?

via Sportsnet,

Check this out, as Matt Beleskey catches Derek Stepan admiring his pass, than has to answer to Rangers tough guy Dylan McIlrath.



added 4:19pm, Not good news for the Rangers...

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Contract Talk In Nashville, The Islanders, And The Patrick Kane Case

from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report,

- Nashville's David Poile has had a number of discussions with CAA Sports, Pat Brisson and JP Barry about extending the contracts of defenceman Seth Jones and forward Filip Forsberg.  Poile initiated talks last summer in an effort to get an early jump in the process and properly gauge how both players will impact his payroll in the years ahead.

- In Brooklyn, Islanders GM Garth Snow isn't as motivated to sign Kyle Okposo. The 27-year-old sits second in team scoring behind John Tavares, but there doesn't appear to be any urgency to keep the veteran winger who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. It seems more and more likely that Okposo will join teammate Travis Hamonic on the trade market.

- No news is good news. The NHL won't comment on where it is in terms of reviewing the details associated with Patrick Kane's sexual assault allegations, which were dismissed earlier this month when prosecutors declined to file charges based on a lack of evidence.

Most believe the league will also find no fault and will announce as much when ready, but sources say the NHL isn't there yet. So from an league's perspective, it's not 'case closed' just yet.

read on for some Leafs and Oilers talk...

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GIF- Challenge Or Not

Did Alain Vigneault miss an opportunity to challenge this Patrice Bergeron goal today?



added 2:47pm, Video is below...

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Do You Want An Outdoor NHL Game On Thanksgiving Day?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

It was probably around halftime of Thursday’s 45-14 rout of the Philadelphia Eagles by the Detroit Lions that America started asking itself, “I wonder what else is on TV?”

There was a Bogie movie, a dog show and some Simpsons re-runs. All solid alternatives to that NFL clown show. But the one thing many of us would have preferred wasn't one of the options.

A hockey game.

There’s a pervasive sense that the NFL owns the holiday, that its games are as much a part of the festivities as an overcooked bird and squabbling relatives. Going head-to-head with pigskin? Ratings suicide.

But not every family holds to the same traditions. There are plenty of households that would choose hockey over football if given the choice. And considering how successfully the NHL has carved out a niche for itself on another football-dominated holiday with the New Year’s Day Winter Classic, there’s no reason why it couldn't establish a beachhead on Turkey Day as well.


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If In Need Of NHL Tickets, Check Out RUKKUS

Please help me welcome Rukkus as a KK partner for the 2015-16 NHL season.

Here are a few points about Rukkus and their services.

- Rukkus is a secondary ticket marketplace with inventory from over 1,000 brokers ensures customers get the best tickets available.

- Tickets at the best prices to all 30 hockey teams as well as other sporting events, concerts, and theater.

- Mobile app allows for two tap checkout and paperless ticketing at available venues.

- Proprietary seating chart technology and seat views for every team so you can see the action before buying.

They also have from time to time great infographics and also offer tickets for other sporting and musical events.

So when searching for tickets, please make sure to check out Rukkus for all of your ticket needs.

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NHL Short Notes

All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Boston, 1:00 p.m., NBC, SN
Nashville @ Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., SN, FS-TN, CSN-PH
Winnipeg @ Minnesota, 4:00 p.m., TSN3, FS-N, FS-WI
Chicago @ Anaheim, 5:00 p.m., NBCSN, WGN
Tampa Bay @ Washington, 5:00 p.m., SUN, CSN-DC
Carolina @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., FS-CR, MSG-B, BELL TV
Montreal @ New Jersey, 7:00 p.m., RDS, SNE, MSG+
Pittsburgh @ Columbus, 7:00 p.m., SNO, ROOT, FS-O
Edmonton @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, SNW, FS-D+
NY Islanders @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., MSG+2, FS-F
Vancouver @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., NHLN-US, SNP, FS-SW
Calgary @ Arizona, 9:00 p.m., SNF, FS-A PLUS
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The Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers at the TD Garden in a matchup of Original Six teams. Boston has won four in a row, matching its longest winning streak of the season. New York has posted a 13-2-2 record in its last 17 games, including an 11-2-0 record in its last 13 games. Since Mar. 24, 2007, 22 of the 30 meetings between the Rangers and Bruins have been decided by one goal, and eight of those contests have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.

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The Next Move For The Arizona Coyotes

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

With the City of Glendale backing out of the long-term agreement with the team to run the arena, the ownership group has been forced to look elsewhere in the Greater Phoenix area to build an arena.

Stories are certainly circulating about potential opportunities in downtown Phoenix (across from the baseball stadium), in Scottsdale and near the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.

There is little doubt that a new downtown arena appears to be the front-runner, but don’t rule out competing bids from the university as a second choice. There are some even suggesting that there is a fourth potential site for the Coyotes to play within five years. Suffice it to say — barring any last-minute philosophical changes by local government in Glendale — that the 2016-17 season could be the final year of hockey at Gila River Arena.

In the interim, as planning and construction of a new rink occurs, the Coyotes might contemplate a return downtown and play a season or two (even three?) as a tenant of the NBA's Phoenix Suns in Talking Stick Casino Arena with its many hockey obstructed seats. It wouldn’t be ideal, but given the rather acrimonious relationship between the team and Glendale, it might be a viable option — and the only option.

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Have You Seen These Cards?


Let’s face it—a fair amount of our readers spend most of the season decked-out in Wings gear. Nothing wrong with that! But there’s actually another way that you can Go Wings every day—even when your jersey is getting laundered.

A hometown bank, Flagstar, now has a whole line of Red Wings-branded checking accounts. And best of all, you get to choose from one of three exclusive Red Wings debit card designs. (My favorite features the iconic Winged Wheel, very sharp!) This way, you can show you’re a Wings fan everywhere you go—even when vacationing in enemy territory.

Stop by flagstar.com/gowings to check them out.

Member FDIC.

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Visors Becoming More And More Prevalent In The NHL

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Soon there will only be a handful of players skating around NHL rinks with unprotected eyes. Eventually, the visor-less NHLer will be as rare as a 9-7 game.


The league’s decision to grandfather mandatory use for all rookies starting two years ago has had a profound effect on how the issue of eye protection is viewed inside dressing rooms. It’s removed a stigma and prompted several veteran players to don a visor, even a few of those known to agitate or fight.

Just 77 of the 715 skaters who have played a game this season have done so without a visor, according to numbers compiled by Sportsnet with the help of each NHL team.

That means 89.23 per cent are now wearing a shield – a dramatic increase which can't be entirely accounted for by player turnover since the new rule was adopted.


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Many Priorities For The Winnipeg Jets

from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Talks have been held with Ladd and his representatives, but more than a quarter of the way through the season, nothing is believed imminent.

Byfuglien’s camp has been reported recently as saying negotiations had not even begun.

Those two veterans, who could become unrestricted free agents on July 1, 2016, likely top the priority list.

But the Jets have four other regular, young players who will be restricted free agents next summer. Jacob Trouba, Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry are all coming to the end of their entry-level deals and goalie Michael Hutchinson is also in the last year of his contract.

Given the roles they have, Trouba, the team’s 2012 first-rounder, and Scheifele, the team’s 2011 first pick, will at some point become priorities.

For all of these potential free agents, Cheveldayoff has at least manoeuvred himself into a decent position — he has the most available cap space among the league’s 30 teams, said to be more than US$12 million by nhlnumbers.com.


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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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