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Josh Anderson Remains Unsigned

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

I’m a big believer in the Lou Lamoriello, “If you have time, use it,” philosophy, so, when it comes to unsigned players, the next pressure point is the start of the season. That said, I’m surprised that Josh Anderson remains without a deal. Columbus went the extra mile to keep the edgy, rapidly improving forward from Vegas, and others.

It is believed, for example, that Colorado asked for him in Matt Duchene talks, only to be rejected. Word is the Jackets want a three-year term to protect against Anderson’s upcoming salary arbitration eligibility, but the two sides are nowhere close on value. Another source indicated Anderson used Tom Wilson as a comparable. The Washington forward signed for two years and $4 million, but that did not bridge the gap, either. Anderson’s agent, Darren Ferris, declined comment. This is a huge year for the Blue Jackets, too.

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NHL Players On Fancy Stats

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

TSN polled 18 players over two days earlier this month in New York at the NHL/NHLPA Player Media Tour.

The question was simple: “Do you know what your Corsi percentage was last season?”

The answer: Not a single one of those players had even a vague idea.

“No,” Patrick Kane said. “I couldn’t even tell you what a good Corsi is. It’s not something our team really pays attention to.”

“No clue,” Tyler Seguin said. “I don’t really look at the Corsi stuff.”

“No idea,” T.J. Oshie said. “I don’t even know what Corsi is. I know it’s something about shots on net.”

“Nope,” Jordan Eberle said.

“I don’t know my Corsi,” Jack Eichel said. “I don’t pay attention at all. I’ve heard of it.”

The follow-up question: “Do you know what your plus/minus was last season?”

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Mike Lange Decides To Cut Back On Travel As Voice Of The Penguins

via Penguins release...

Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame radio announcer Mike Lange has decided to cut back on his travel schedule for the 2017-18 season.

The 69-year-old Lange will handle radio play-by-play for all 41 regular season home games and approximately 15 of the 41 road games.

Josh Getzoff of the Penguins Radio Network will do play-by-play for the other road games.

Lange will call all Penguins playoff games on radio.

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Larry Robinson Is Now A Senior Consultant To Hockey Operations For The St. Louis Blues

(Sept. 21, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named hall of famer and nine-time Stanley Cup champion Larry Robinson Senior Consultant to Hockey Operations.  Armstrong will be available to the media following Blues practice today at Scottrade Center, while Robinson will be available during the first intermission when the Blues host the Dallas Stars on Saturday, at 7 p.m., at Scottrade Center.

Robinson is a highly experienced and accomplished former NHL defenseman, coach, and executive.  During his illustrious career in hockey, he has won nine Stanley Cups and participated in 13 Stanley Cup Finals.
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Video- LA And Vancouver Mascots Explain Penalties To The People Of China

They forgot slashing and faceoff violation!

 

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The “First Step” In China

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The kids skated out in full uniform and lined up in the corners. Two days ago, they mobbed the Los Angeles Kings for autographs after practice and learned from some of their alumni at a hockey clinic. Now they greeted the Kings and Vancouver Canucks before the first NHL game ever played in their country.

They slapped gloves with the players as they came out, lined up on the blue lines with them for the Chinese national anthem, then took off their skates and helmets and headed up to the third level of Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Still in full uniform, waving rally towels, taking pictures with their smartphones, sitting on the edges of their seats, they watched the Kings' 5-2 preseason win Thursday in the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging. Until now, they had never seen an NHL game live, never experienced the skill, the speed, the size.

"They skate one step," said Marco Huo, 8, "and for me, I have to skate five steps."

This was a first step for the NHL.

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Premium Defensemen Are The Key

from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

Since so many of the league's most dynamic players now occupy spots on the blue line, every team is looking for an elite defenseman. Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Drew Doughty have established themselves as franchise players by becoming the engines that drive their respective teams' offense from the back end. Any defenseman capable of making a swift tape-to-tape pass out of his own zone might have a place in the NHL.

When it came to defensemen driving the attack, the Predators' fleet-footed quartet of Subban, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm proved crucial in Nashville's run to the Stanley Cup Final, in which it lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. When those four generated offense, the Predators won. In fact, the Preds went 5-0 in the postseason when they got goals from Josi, who was named on Sept. 19 to replace Mike Fisher as the team's captain.

"To have somebody that can help you get out of the zone, that's a big plus. A guy who has two guys coming at him and he still gets the puck out and on the tape -- not just distributing on the boards," said veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury...

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Jonathan Drouin’s Skills On Display

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

Canadiens coach Claude Julien recognizes the versatility this player possesses and why it will be a tremendous asset from the half-wall position.

“We’re not stuck just using the same plays because he has good vision and he can make those passes,” said Julien after Montreal’s 4-2 loss. “You can see that as a penalty killer, you don’t know if he’s going to throw it to the point right in the middle of the ice so that guy can get a great shot, such as [Shea Weber]. Or you don’t know if he’s going to pass it down low for Hemsky or make that pass like he did to [Pacioretty], or [Pacioretty] can also slide to the slot or down to the goal-line and back up for a quick release there, too.

“There’s a lot of different things, and if they watch a guy like Pacioretty, there’s always that cross pass to the D on the other side coming in closer to the backdoor. There’s a lot of things that I think Jonathan can see and do, and we’ll continue to work with that.”

They should.

It’s fair to say that the Canadiens haven’t had a player with the poise, vision, playmaking ability and the shot that Drouin owns since Alex Kovalev was running their power play from the same position.

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Torey Krug Out With Non-Displaced Fracture Of The Jaw

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How to Select the Best Casino Online to Level Up Your Game

By Mike,

 

 

Without a doubt, gambling is something that has already ingrained itself into our culture, and it’s here to stay. Who doesn’t like the feeling of winning a slots, poker, or

roulette game, after all? It’s the thrill of anticipation – and the actual pleasure of winning – that makes gambling such a popular activity for the young and old. Furthermore, most games are easy to understand and play, so most everyone can do it. Nowadays, you have more options when it comes to casino games – you don’t even have to visit an actual casino to enjoy a game or two! It can all be done online, and that makes it even more attractive to many. But if you’re thinking of trying out a few casino games online, the site you choose makes a big difference as well. Here’s how to select the best online casino to level up your game.

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