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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Simply making the playoffs may not be the goal for players inside the Panthers dressing room, but Peter Luukko doesn’t shy away from how important it would be for business at the end of a season where seemingly everything has fallen into place.
“It would be huge,” Luukko told Sportsnet during a 7-4 win over Buffalo. “I mean one of the issues as new ownership that we’ve had to deal with is the fact that the team was only in [the post-season] once in the last 15 years.
“So we had lost, as an organization, our relevancy.”
That has changed in a major way during a memorable 2015-16 season.
There is something special going on in South Florida, where Jaromir Jagr is closing in on two major NHL milestones and Roberto Luongo is sipping from the fountain of youth with a .928 save percentage. They have two burgeoning franchise cornerstones in Aaron Ekblad and Aleksander Barkov, and have signed an $86-million deal with Broward County in December that should quell any relocation talk for good.
from Tech Dirt,
In addition to the surprise blackouts suddenly rearing their ugly heads, it appears that NHL.tv is having trouble working across certain devices for whatever reason. Chromebooks in particular appear to be affected, but other devices render the stream into a pixelated hell-scape. This is particularly problematic for a sport that relies so heavily on high-res viewing in order to follow the puck and the action in an arena where color differentiation is much more limited than with other sports.
But adding insult to injury is the all-caps threat clause the NHL slid into the update.
IF YOU CIRCUMVENT OR ATTEMPT TO CIRCUMVENT ANY BLACKOUT RESTRICTION OR OTHER USE RESTRICTION: YOUR SUBSCRIPTION WILL BE SUBJECT TO IMMEDIATE TERMINATION AND A CHARGE OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00) FOR EARLY TERMINATION WILL BE APPLIED TO YOUR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD; YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO LEGAL ACTION; AND THE NHL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REPORT SUCH MISCONDUCT TO APPROPRIATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.
HFBoards on the topic, starting on the newest page...
A lot of action at NHL.TV twitter account.
The Boston Bruins played this tribute to Lucic last night.
The LA Kings defeated the Bruins 9-2.
And here comes the throat-slash...
Mark Giordano felt Nazem Kadri’s gesture wasn’t the smartest, Mike Babcock said his forward needs better control and Bob Hartley feels the NHL will make it known how they feel about such behaviour.
What do you think, goal or not?
Joel Quenneville tells you how he feels, watch below and the video is autoplay...
Recap of the 12 NHL games played Tuesday night.
via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,
While the Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing their first game since trading captain Dion Phaneuf on Tuesday night, the Calgary Flames are expected to be missing stars of their own.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Flames forwards Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma are expected to be out against the Leafs for disciplinary reasons.
According to the Calgary Herald, Flames head coach Bob Hartley called practice after just 25 minutes on Monday, the morning after the players were given Super Bowl Sunday off.
The Herald also reports “a couple of regulars” in the Flames lineup showed up shortly before the start of practice, but did not name the players, and Hartley declined to comment when asked, stating he wasn't "going to clean his laundry in public."
Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun break down what the Dion Phaneuf trade means for the Senators and Maple Leafs, and discuss what could be next for Toronto GM Lou Lamoriello, as well as how the move affects the trade market for defencemen.
watch here, no IP limitations...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
A year ago, rental players such as Antoine Vermette and Andrej Sekera netted first-round picks to their respective selling teams, while a pile of other pending unrestricted free agents went for second-round picks.
The question this year is whether the rental market has gone down a notch, as is the prevailing wisdom three weeks away from the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
"There's no chance you're seeing first-round picks go out for rental players this year," one Western Conference hockey executive said Tuesday. "Those days are over."
Well, we've heard that before, so maybe it's just wishful thinking from the buyers.
Having said that, the premise has some merit.
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