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Tales Of NHL Referee Frank Udvari

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

For his poise in the heat of action, Udvari was assigned by Voss to many of the NHL's toughest games between the League's fiercest rivals, powder-keg contests that were in constant danger of explosion.

"Guys in the game today have no idea how tough players were in those days, like Rocket Richard and Lindsay," Udvari told Irvin. "In the warmup, Lindsay would tell guys on the other team he was going to cut their (expletive) head off. I mean, he was mad already, and the game hadn't even started. The ferociousness and the way they focused on the game was unbelievable."

There were light moments -- sort of. Udvari recalled once giving the Red Wings five consecutive penalties and having the great Howe skate over to sneer at the No. 1 on his referee's back, saying that Udvari still was only second-best. Asked who was best, Mr. Hockey replied, "Everybody else is tied."

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Afternoon Line- Raffi Torres

“It’s kind of up in the air right now. I’ve just been training, pretty much for 4-5 months, getting my body to where I need to be. I’m feeling good.”

“To be honest, I’ve never been one for Plan B’s. I’ve been telling everybody (who asks about my future), it’s probably going to be The Show or no.”

-UFA Raffi Torres.  John Matisz of the Vancouver Province has more.

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Cody Ceci And The Ottawa Senators Agree To a Two-Year Contract

OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenceman Cody Ceci to a two-year contract which will run through the end of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. The average annual value of the contract is $2.8 million ($2.25M, $3.35M).

Ceci, 22, established new NHL career highs in goals (10), points (26) and penalty minutes (18) while matching his career high for assists (16) over 75 games with the Senators during the 2015-16 season. Upon the conclusion of the season, he also skated with Team Canada at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Moscow/St. Petersburg, Russia. In 10 games with Team Canada, he scored one goal and earned five assists while helping the team to a gold medal.

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Numerous Factors In Play When Deciding If The NHL Will Participate In The Winter Olympics

from Jonas Siegel of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

A new wrinkle in advance of the next Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, centres around out-of-pocket payments the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation have covered, a practice the IOC has suggested stopping under president Thomas Bach.

Adding additional costs is viewed as a potential bridge too far for both the league and the union.

“It’s not good to shut down, the question is whether or not it’s worth it to go to the Olympics,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told The Canadian Press in a recent interview. “You need to satisfy yourself that it’s worth it.”

Bettman said a variety of factors had to be taken into account, from the players’ desire to attend to the location of the Olympics to the “opportunities that come from it.”

NHLPA president Donald Fehr reiterated in a separate interview that the players want to continue attending the Olympics, depending on the circumstances.

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The NHL Hires A Firm To Keep An Eye On Game Integrity

from Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg,

As it prepares to inaugurate a team in Las Vegas, the National Hockey League has hired a monitor to watch for suspicious gambling activity, which can be an early warning of cheating in the sport.

Financial terms of the contract with sports data company Sportradar AG weren’t disclosed.

It’s the latest U.S. sports deal for Sportradar, which is part owned by the National Football League. The Swiss company is also close to a six-year, $250 million contract with the National Basketball Association that would provide the league’s data to global betting houses. When that deal is complete, Sportradar will be in business with three of the four major U.S. sports leagues.

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Questions Facing The Los Angeles Kings

from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,

Are they covered on defense?

The Kings signed unrestricted free agent defensemen Tom Gilbert and Zach Trotman to help fill out the defense, but the Kings would be in a difficult spot if an injury were to occur.

The Kings still have Doughty, Muzzin and Alec Martinez, but beyond that, the skill level drops off. Matt Greene, Brayden McNabb and Rob Scuderi are on the roster, and prospects Derek Forbort and Kevin Gravel could push for NHL spots. Scuderi is 37, and Greene last played Oct. 13 and cleared buyout waivers in June. Luke Schenn, who had been acquired along with Lecavalier in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers last season, signed with the Arizona Coyotes as an unrestricted free agent.

Can Dustin Brown rebound?

During the past 10 months, Brown was dropped to the third and at times fourth line, and lost his captaincy, a role he had since 2008....

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The Coaching Candidates For The Colorado Avalanche

from Terry Frei and Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

NHL assistant coaches Bob Boughner of the San Jose Sharks and Kevin Dineen of the Chicago Blackhawks have emerged as major candidates in the Avalanche’s search for a head coach to succeed Patrick Roy.

Boughner is a former Colorado defenseman. Dineen is a former University of Denver standout and a former head coach of the Florida Panthers. The Avalanche wouldn’t comment on either Boughner or Dineen, or any other candidates, saying only that the team’s preliminary phase of the interview process continued....

The other candidates in the evolving field to succeed Roy are Jared Bednar, head coach of the Cleveland (formerly Lake Erie) Monsters, who recently won the AHL’s Calder Cup; fellow AHL head coach Travis Green of the Utica Comets; Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert; and New York Rangers associate head coach Scott Arniel.

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AHL Regular Season Schedule Released

from the AHL,

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2016-17 season, the league’s 81st year of operation. The season, comprising 1,116 games, begins on Fri., Oct. 14 and concludes on Sat., Apr. 15.

Teams will play 76 games each (38 at home, 38 on the road) with the exception of Pacific Division members Bakersfield, Ontario, San Diego, San Jose, Stockton and Tucson; those six teams will play 68 games each (34 home, 34 road).

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Afternoon Line- Alexander Radulov

"I'm happy to finally be here, I'm excited to be back in the NHL.

"To be part of Montreal is huge. It's a hockey town and they always want to go on a run for the Cup and that's the main reason I chose Montreal."

-Alexander Radulove of the Montreal Canadiens.  The CP at TSN has a bit more.

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Jhonas Enroth Signs With The Toronto Maple Leafs

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the hockey club has signed free agent goaltender Jhonas Enroth to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

Enroth, 28, appeared in 16 regular season games with the Los Angeles Kings, posting a record of 7-5-1 with a .922 save percentage and a 2.17 goals against average. In 147 career regular season NHL games, Enroth has amassed a record of 50-66-15 with a .911 save percentage and a 2.80 goals against average. The Stockholm, Sweden native was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (46th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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