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Hockey Notes As The Regular Season Gets Closer

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- So who would win a playoff series, San Jose with Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on defence or Nashville with P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm on defence? Winnipeg’s road to the Stanley Cup just got a whole lot more complicated.

- Every time I hear about a rookie struggling in training camp I think of Al MacInnis. He was dreadful in his first camp in Calgary. He looked slow and tentative and uncomfortable and out of shape. Some thought he’d never play in the NHL. All he did was make the Hall of Fame.

- At first glance and at second glance, there is so much to like about John Tavares as a Maple Leaf. You don’t ever really know a player until you see him up close, watch him daily, see his habits, interpret his skills.

Tavares is going to help the Leafs in many more ways than scoring goals. He will win key faceoffs. He will kill some penalties. And his ability to operate in tight spaces — watching him through training camp, practices and his two pre-season games to date — is absolutely elite....

more on Tavares and a few more hockey notes...

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Goaltending Issues For The Philadelphia Flyers?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Death. Taxes. Goalie woes in Philadelphia.

The Bruins will be in Philly to face the Flyers on Monday night (with a return match at the Garden on Saturday), and once again the distant sons of the Broad Street Bullies don’t know if they have a legit workhorse for the net this season. A cage is a horrible thing to waste.

An already clouded picture grew a few shades grayer on Thursday when the Flyers learned ex-Yale stopper Alex Lyon will need at least four weeks to recover from a lower-body injury suffered earlier in the week.

Lyon, 4-2-1 with the varsity last season, entered camp at No. 3 on the depth chart. Normally, that would make his month (or more) on the sidelines a trifle. We’d barely mention it here if, say, Zane McIntyre, the No. 3 on the Bruins behind Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, were to miss half a season or more.

But again, we’re talking Philly, where the Flyers’ three best other goaltenders are all working their way back from surgery....

a bit more on the Flyers plus other hocke topics...

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Who Said It?

"There was a big resentment back in the day. The last few years I played, we used to have to chip in, the players, to get the shampoo and stuff like that for after the game. Players really didn't like management. It was that simple. Now, it's a bond and everybody's working together."

Who said it or what NHL team is he talking about?

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Max Domi Meant No Harm

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

“I didn’t mean to hurt him.”

Those words are spoken by just about every NHL player who is suspended for injuring an opponent and the Canadiens’ Max Domi is no exception.

“It’s a real tough situation, obviously, for everyone involved,” Domi said after practice Friday in Brossard about being suspended by the NHL for five pre-season games after sucker-punching Florida defenceman Aaron Ekblad in the face during a 5-2 loss to the Panthers Wednesday night at the Bell Centre. “I feel bad about it. It’s not the way I wanted to handle that. It’s an emotional game. Obviously, I’m an emotional player. I’ve known Aaron for a long time. Grew up playing against each other. We always play hard, always battle, whether it was in minor hockey, junior, the national level and now the NHL, too. By no means did I want to hurt him.”

There it is.

Of course Domi wanted to hurt Ekblad … that’s the idea behind punching someone in the face. Maybe he wasn’t planning to break the defenceman’s nose and leave him on the ice in a pool of blood, but that’s what happened.

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Nathan MacKinnon Is A Bargain For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Name the NHL’s five-best players and Nathan MacKinnon, based on — if nothing else — what he accomplished last season, makes the list. The electrifying Avalanche center had a 39-goal, 97-point season and finished second in Hart Trophy voting as the league’s MVP.

Name the NHL’s most underpaid superstars and MacKinnon, 23, is again among the top five. He has the 61st-highest cap hit in the league ($6.3 million), which means he is grossly underpaid based on market value.

MacKinnon will have the same cap hit — a player’s annual average based on lump sum and years — for this season and the next four, through 2022-23, which is a great deal for the Avs. In July 2016, he signed a seven-year contract worth $44.1 million. He made $5.75 million last season and will make $6.75 million this winter. He was thrilled at the time he signed the contract, and based on his poor 2016-17 season (16 goals and 53 points) he had no room to complain.

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Evening Line- Joe Thornton

“I think if you ask anybody around here, we need a Cup around here, that’s the bottom line. It was a good run (in 2016), but we didn’t win. This year, if we do things right, we have a chance.”

-Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.  Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun has more.

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The Time Eric Duhatschek Attended The Training Camp Of The Calgary Flames

from Erich Duhatschek of The Athletic,

I devoured Paper Lion as a kid, which is probably why, when the idea was first pitched to me — of mimicking the Plimpton experience and trying out for the Calgary Flames in their inaugural 1980-81 season — I didn’t dismiss it completely out of hand. I was young, new to the job and not confident enough to turn down a very intimidating editor.

Accordingly, when the formal offer came, on Flames’ letterhead, signed by general manager, Cliff Fletcher, I said yes. Fletcher was pals with Mark Mulvoy, dating back to Mulvoy’s days as Sports Illustrated’s hockey writer and Plimpton originally wrote Paper Lion as a two-part series for SI – so Cliff was familiar with the schtick. Apparently, the year before, someone in Atlanta – a novice skater – tried to do something similar. In the days before I started, everyone in the organization gleefully told me how Willie Plett had unceremoniously tripped him at every opportunity because of how out of place he looked. I figured I could do a little better than that.

much more (paid) plus other topics including the fitness of players coming to camp...

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The Edmonton Oilers Looking Good In Early Preseason Games

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

It’s taken forever for Edmonton Oilers expectations to begin to rise again following the large letdown from the big buildup the year before. But it seems to finally be happening now.

While the degree of difficulty has been minimal in their first three pre-season games, they’ve all been wins and the players the organization and the fan base have been looking to impress have done so.

It’s the seeing that’s the believing and some fans are beginning to think they’re seeing why GM Peter Chiarelli decided to bet on bounce back seasons and go with the developing young players.

The cry all off-season was to find a right-winger.

Thursday Ty Rattie scored two goal and three assists and now has four goals and three assists in two pre-season games. He’s definitely going to open the season with Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Sweden.

Meanwhile, Jesse Puljujarvi, who scored the Oilers’ first goal last night, his second of the pre-season, looks like he’s matured by a bunch.

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Video- Max Domi Suspended For The Remaining Preseason Games

NEW YORK (Sept. 20, 2018) – Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason for roughing Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad during NHL Preseason Game No. 29 in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safetyannounced today.

The incident occurred at 0:56 of the third period. Domi was assessed a match penalty as well as a minor penalty for roughing.

The explanation.

 

 

 

 

Below, two former NHL players with their opinion.

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Names Disappearing From The Stanley Cup

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Four of the greatest players in NHL history are among those who are about to have their names forever removed from the Stanley Cup. And Ted Lindsay, Glenn Hall, Alex Delvecchio and Bobby Hull are entirely fine with that. They are honored to have been on the trophy for more than a half-century, carrying with them indelible memories of their teams and titles, and happy to make room for future champions.

The retirement of the top band of the Stanley Cup to the vault in the Hockey Hall of Fame later this month will remove 12 Cup-winning teams from 1953-54 to 1964-65, champions coming off to make room for a fresh bottom band that begins with the 2017-18 Washington Capitals. Beginning Friday, each day through Oct. 2, NHL.com will look at one of the teams leaving hockey's most coveted trophy.

The removal of the band also means 16 Hall of Fame players, winners of a combined 63 championships, are leaving the barrel of the trophy.

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