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Evening Line- Drew Doughty

“Yeah, you know, obviously, people are still going to doubt us. There’s always going to be people who don’t believe in the success we’re having, but we’re not too worried about those other people. We believe in each other in here and we know that what we’ve done isn’t by mistake and it’s come through hard work and improving every single day.

“We’re just going out there trying to win every single hockey game we can.”

-Drew Doughty of the LA Kings.  Robert Morales of the LA Daily News has more on the Kings.

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A Good Time To Sell The Calgary Flames

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Don’t be fooled by the $430 million Forbes estimated the team to be worth last month – the Flames wouldn’t sell for a dime less than the newly-pegged cost of starting a franchise from scratch. (Minus sizeable NHL transfer fees, of course.)

After all, there’s far more value in acquiring a team with proven, marketable superstars like Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and backed by a solid team and front office that knows the business inside out.

Fact is, we’ll eventually reach the point in this dangerous game of chicken that the most logical solution may just be to sell.

It certainly is the easiest.

After all, it’s only worth the two-thirds of a billion dollars if you sell it.

It’s worth a fraction of that in Calgary, where the political and business climate is such that the reality may just be that the Calgary Flames have outgrown this town.


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A Heavier Workload For Brock Boeser

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Just when you think Brock Boeser can’t score all the goals, he goes out and does something and you can’t help but wonder.

Maybe he can.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to overestimate what Boeser can do this season. He is still only months into his NHL career and right now he is the Canucks’ most important player.

He is not only their best goal scorer, he represents their best hope to survive a lengthy stretch of games in which the Canucks will be without Bo Horvat, and, it now seems, Sven Baertschi.

Horvat, as everyone knows, is lost for six weeks with a foot fracture. The news is less clear on Baertschi, but he left the team and returned to Vancouver after taking a puck to the face Saturday night in Calgary. That doesn’t suggest good things and leaves the Canucks without their No. 2 and No. 3 goal scorers.

But No. 1 is still here, and what a No. 1 he is.


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Thoughts Of Hockey On A Monday

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- I can’t imagine Florida will wait too much longer to wade into the goalie pool, either. And I think they are looking for someone young-ish who might be their future.

- There have been rumours that Brendan Shanahan would like to “bring back the band” in Toronto. That is, keep everyone in the front office in the same positions for at least one more season. But there’s no confirmation and a real desire to keep this kind of information very quiet.

- The bigger debate between the NHL and the NHLPA might actually turn out to be sports science. Many teams use some form of tracking for this department. Calgary, Philadelphia and Toronto are among those who use Catapult. I follow that company on Twitter, and its work is very interesting. However, there are a couple of teams that don’t use it because they are concerned about inconsistencies when the radio technology is indoors. (Catapult built its reputation with Australian Rules Football and rugby, which are played outdoors.)

Others use Kinexon. There is a lot of terrific stuff that can be accomplished: including scheduling proper rest days and better understanding of injuries. The NHLPA has long worried that this will be used against players. For example, if player X is up for a contract extension, does his GM look at the data and say, “His knee is down to 75 per cent strength compared to last season. Do we really want to do this?” Over texts with a few players, there is a sense they trust some teams more than others. Pittsburgh scored well. (I know you will ask, but they weren’t comfortable sharing which teams don’t.)....


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Dustin Byfuglien Considered Week-to-Week

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Dec. 11, 2017) – St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 10.

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All Dave Tippett

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

LeBrun: It’s so strange not to see you behind an NHL bench after all those years in Dallas and Arizona. You must be like a fish out of water these days?

Tippett: Well, it’s been different, but I think the break has been good for me. The last three years in Arizona were really tough. It just came to a point where it was best for me to take a break and best for them to get a change. The break has been good, just to kind of rejuvenate and spend a lot of time watching other games and watching other teams. And going through the league in a way which you don’t when you’re coaching a team and you’re so focused on that group. It’s allowed me to focus on teams and players around the league. So it’s been good.

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Video- Another Slow Monday

A bit over four minutes of slow motion action from the past week in the NHL.


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Getting A Jolt With Smelling Salts

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

For many NHLers, it’s a long-accepted pre-game ritual: In the moments before puck drop at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night, it’s a good bet Maple Leafs teammates Mitch Marner and Matt Martin will indulge in an enthusiastic sniff of a freshly cracked ammonia capsule — commonly known as smelling salts. Marner and Martin, like legions of fellow pros, have both been hyping themselves up by inhaling the stuff for years.

“The first sniff, it clears up your nostrils a little bit,” Marner, 20, said in a recent interview. “The second one, it feels like it gives you a little more go power — adrenalin.”

Said Martin, 28: “It burns the hell out of your nostrils sometimes. But it gives you a bit of a wake-up. It’s like, ‘OK. Let’s do this.’ ”...

One NHL trainer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that, while the science is scant — and at least one study found no correlation between inhaling ammonia and improved athletic performance in weightlifting — there’s “power in the placebo effect.” In other words, if the players believe they’re getting more “go power,” to use Marner’s phrase, it’s conceivable they are.

The trainer added that it’s “widely accepted” that the occasional sniff of an ammonia capsule is “relatively harmless.” The exception surrounds players suffering the symptoms of a concussion. 


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Will Seattle Become A Hockey Market?

from Michael Traikos ot the National Post,

Seattle, with its cool and wet winters and location on the West Coast, is not exactly a natural hotbed for hockey.

“There’s none,” Seattle Thunderbirds GM Russ Farwell, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said of the city’s hockey culture. “You have to understand there’s none here. We have, like, seven ice rinks right from Everett to Tacoma. It’s a niche sport right now because of the lack of rinks. It’s the last place in the U.S. to turn onto hockey.”

That doesn’t mean it can’t grow into a hockey market.


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