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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic

“We’re a young energetic group that’s playing hard every night. We’re going through some growing pains, like every team, and we hit the wall in the homestand, but I like the way they’re handling it. I know we lost in Tampa (5-2 to the Lightning on Thursday), but we played pretty hard. We played better in Tampa than in our homestand, and these last two games have been pretty good. So, we’re reacting well, working hard, sticking together. I like what’s going on with the group.”

-Joe Sakic, GM of the Colorado Avalanche.  Mike Chambers of the Denver Post has more from Sakic.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Are The Top NHL Team At Forbes’ SportsMoney Index

from Chris Smith of Forbes,

The Forbes SportsMoney Index is the definitive ranking of the sports business world's most influential teams, athletes, brands and agencies, and it updates throughout the year to account for the latest financial data. So when we published our updated NHL team valuations last week, revealing that the average NHL team is now worth nearly $600 million, good for a 15% year-over-year increase, it was sure to have an impact on the SMI. And sure enough, those surging values are pushing hockey's top teams up the ranks.

The Blackhawks remain the top NHL team, now at No. 130 in the SMI. They're hockey's fourth-most valuable team at $1 billion, up 8% over last year, and employ two of the sport's highest-paid players in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

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Video- Report- Brandon Dubinsky Has A Fractured Orbital Bone



added 12:55pm, Blue Jackets confirm, see below.

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Let The Bidding Begin

Still searching for the perfect holiday gift for a sports fan?  Or maybe you are looking to add to your memorabilia collection?  Whatever the reason, I am here to tell you all about The Fan Auction's (scroll down to view some of the recent lost sold).

I am going to go out on a limb here and assume most if not all of you are hockey fans and The Fan Auction's will have that special, authentic piece you just may be looking for. Jerseys, sticks, helmets, masks, gloves and photographs make up some of he items available to bid on.  They also have memorabilia from the other sports too so get at it and take a look around.

The Fan Auction's is a great bidding site so what are you waiting for, head to it now and take a look at what they have to offer this week.

Regarding bidding:  Every auction runs nine days and each bidder will be notified via email if they are outbid on a lot and you can always check there 'watch' list to keep updated on your bid.

The auction is now live so take a look around and let the bidding begin.

You will be bidding on-

- authentic sports and entertainment memorabilia

- they have the best vendor partners in the business. AJ’s Sports World, Steiner, JAG Sports Marketing, Frozen Pond, Sport Authentix, Frameworth Sports Marketing, Original Six, PHG Sports and more

- no buyers fees

- 700 to 1000 lots per auction with a minimum of 100 starting at a dollar

- all bidding in Canadian funds. which means great savings for US customers

- certificate of authenticity from all vendor partners or PSA DNA, JSA, Beckett, REAL and Frank Caizzo

- auction run 9 days starting every Tuesday at 9PM ET

-The Fan Auctions offers a 100% money back lifetime guarantee of authenticity for every item sold. If any item sold is found not authentic by an agreed expert The Fan will refund the purchase price to the buyer

Start your bidding!

Check our their Facebook page too.

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Video- Taylor Hall Injured Last Night

Last night the Devils said they should know more about the condition of Hall sometime today.


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Video- Concussion Talk Surrounds Auston Matthews

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Take Mike Babcock’s word that Auston Matthews is really on this three-game trip with the Maple Leafs.

But the head coach is not saying much else about the absent Matthews, his suspected head injury and when he might play again.

The leading scorer wasn’t available here Tuesday against the Flyers, the second game he’s missed after a collision with teammate Morgan Rielly on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Babcock, the only coach in the organization allowed to talk about Matthews’ condition, danced around the sensitive topic Tuesday morning when asked if Matthews will make it back Thursday in Minnesota or Friday in Detroit.

“I think he’s playing (soon), he’s day-to-day,” Babcock began. “So I think he’s playing every day. Day-to-day is normally 10 days (often the case when the team medical staff overrules the coach’s enthusiasm for fast-tracking injuries), but we’ll go day-to-day.


Below, watch Elliotte Friedman say no with a clip of the collision Matthews had...

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Remembering Zarley Zalapski

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

Thirty years ago in Moscow, Dave King remembers being gobsmacked by a beyond-his-years performance by teenage blueliner Zarley Zalapski at the 1987 Izvestia Cup.

Back in Russia to prepare for the latest instalment of what is now known as the Channel One Cup, King was reminiscing about that feat Tuesday after hearing the tragic news of Zalapski’s death.

Zalapski skated for Canada at the 1988 Winter Olympics, returned to the Saddledome for a five-season stint with the NHL’s Flames and called Calgary home after his playing days.

He was 49 when he died.

According to a Globalnews.ca report, the family has stated Zalapski died Sunday after suffering complications from a viral infection.


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Buffalo Sabres Win, Ottawa Senators Lose

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

We've reached the Chicken vs. the Egg portion of the program when it comes to Sabres games in KeyBank Center.

The fans make no noise, numbed to silence by the abhorrent cold in the downtown arena and the lack of excitement on the ice. The players get no push from the crowd to help them get off to a rousing start or through rough patches of a game.

You can't blame the paying customers anymore. They're in complete prove-it mode here after too many years of empty promises.

Then a funny thing happened in the second period Tuesday night against Ottawa: The Sabres started making plays and the fans started making noise.

Amazing how that works.

Just when we've all become obssessed with NFL wild-card tiebreakers, the Sabres have quietly put together a 2-0-2 stretch that's their best of the season after Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Senators.


Below, Bruce Garrioch on the Senators and watch the game highlights....

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Morning Line- Kent Wilson On The Calgary Flames

Enter Houston.

Eric Francis' recent article on the Flames' potential flight to Houston is a study in leverage seeking. It presents the relocation threat as not merely credible but inevitable and throws in a variety of common rhetorical flourishes for good measure.

Selling and moving the Flames would be far from easy. Calgary is a top-10 NHL market, with a long history of grassroots support, a high concentration of corporate offices, and a large GDP. The Flames have made it past the second round twice in the last two decades but currently sit eighth in average NHL attendance this year.  It would require a vote from the NHL Board of Governors to move a team out of one of the strongest markets in the league in favour of somewhere relatively unknown (and instead of one of the many other franchises that are currently struggling).

-Kent Wilson of The Athletic, read more (paid subscription).

thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Videos- Bad Goal Of The Night, Ouch Deflection And A Stuck Door

Vegas lost in a shootout.



Below, puck off the post, hits ref in the head and someone open the darn door.

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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