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Grossness

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Hockey can be great, and hockey can be, uh, gross.

Think of how germs can spread in school classrooms, college dormitories or everyday offices. Now think of how they can spread in NHL dressing rooms, bench areas or ice rinks.

These guys play in petri dishes filled with snot, spit, sweat and blood. Despite the best efforts of medical, training and equipment staffs – better manned, educated and equipped than ever before – they exchange bodily fluids easily and often.

A hockey sweater might as well be a motel comforter.

“Who knows what gets on you?” said New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck. “It’s pretty gross. It really is.”

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Kerry Fraser On The Clayton Stoner Hit On Max Pacioretty

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

After an internal review of Clayton Stoner’s hit on Max Pacioretty, the Player Safety Committee announced this morning that no subsequent action will be taken against the Ducks player. Even though there appeared to be no malice on the part of Stoner, it is my opinion that a formal hearing should have been convened based on the illegal cross-check which caused Pacioretty to launch face-first into the glass and resulted in injury. At the very least, Stoner should have been be fined for the careless act that warranted a cross-checking major and game misconduct in the game.

continued and watch the hit below if you missed it...

Also, Pacioretty did not practice today and is listed as day-to-day.

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Afternoon Line- Doug Armstrong

"I look at it a bit differently in the sense that we're a good team and I get a lot of phone calls because people want our players, and that's a positive. You're always nervous when you're a GM and your phone never rings because that means the opposition doesn't want your players, and that's not a good feeling.

"So, I'm excited about our team. I don't think we're going to be overly active. I like the way the guys are playing. When you look at the (Patrik) Berglund's and the (Alexander) Steen's and (T.J.) Oshie's and these guys, these guys are starting to find their rhythm.

"We're a team that was built in the summer, and with the caveat that if we can improve our team, we'll always look at doing it. But we can't control the rumors and things like that. It's just today's society, with cell phones and the digital age, it's easy to get some traction, but that's just the nature of the beast."

-Doug Armstrong, GM of the St. Louis Blues on trade talk.  More from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Video- Best Hits Of The Season

Sportsnet style...

 

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Cam Talbot Extension Announced By The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, December 19, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Cam Talbot on a contract extension.

Talbot, 27, has appeared in seven games with the Rangers this season, posting a 2-3-1 record, along with a 2.34 GAA, a .921 SV%, and two shutouts. He is tied for ninth in the NHL in shutouts in 2014-15, and he is the only NHL goaltender with six or fewer starts to post two shutouts this season. Talbot recorded shutouts in back-to-back starts on November 19 vs. Philadelphia and November 28 at Philadelphia, and he has posted the fourth-longest shutout streak in the NHL this season (159:48 from November 8 at Toronto to December 6 at Detroit).

 

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Happy Holidays From The Pittsburgh Penguins

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Steve Mason Needed Help Off The Ice At Practice Today

via Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

A routine Flyers practice trickled to a halt on Friday afternoon when goaltender Steve Mason went down with an apparently significant injury.

About 30 minutes after the team entered the ice, the net was immediately moved out the way as concerned teammates and coaches huddled around Mason.

It was not apparent what caused the injury or exactly what was ailing Mason.

He originally laid flat on his back in the crease. Eventually, he sat up with the help of trainer Jim McCrossin, before being helped off the ice.

Craib Berube was just on TSN Radio and said no idea what happened nor what the problem is at this point.

added 5:09pm,

Flyers GM Ron Hextall updated the media following the team’s flight to Toronto on the status of goaltender Steve Mason, who left practice with an injury.

“Steve Mason has an upper-body injury and is out for the weekend. We will have an update on Monday.”

The Flyers play back-to-back games over the weekend, taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday before traveling to Winnipeg to take on the Jets on Sunday night.

Mason stopped 31 of 32 shots and four of six players in the shootout to take a 2-1 loss in the Flyers-Panthers game on Thursday.

He has started three straight and 11 of the Flyers’ last 13 games while posting an overall record of 6-10-5 to go along with a 2.49 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 22 appearances this year.

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Mike Emrick Named Media Person Of The Year By Sports Illustrated

from Richard Deistsch of Sports Illustrated,

THE PICK: Mike Emrick (NBC Sports)

Emrick has been praised often in this space over the years. The rare sports broadcaster exalted both by fans and critics, he had another exceptional year in 2014 including calling the Olympic hockey tournament and the Stanley Cup playoffs. The latter was exhausting: Emrick called one overtime game in the opening round (Game 4 between the Bruins and Red Wings), one overtime game in the second round (Game 1, Rangers-Penguins), two overtime games in the conference finals (Games 3 and 4 between the Rangers-Canadians) and two overtime games in Stanley Cup Finals (Games 2 and the clinching Game 5 between the Rangers-Kings).

What struck me most this year about Emrick during the playoffs was when he chose silence. He stopped talking for 1 minute and 50 seconds following his call of Alec Martinez's Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Kings. Viewers heard crowd horns blaring, Kings players' whooping it up on the ice, and the winning goal announcement from the public address announcer. What they did not hear was Emrick, which was perfect. During games, he is part wordsmith, part historian, but most of all, he is the consummate professional.

more on the numerous awards and nice to see Tim Thompson getting a mention too...

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Should The Boston Bruins Trade Milan Lucic?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

There have been whispers of the Bruins and Blues circling each other for weeks now, but the initial scuttlebutt suggested something smaller was in the works—maybe a deal for the rights to malcontent center (and former Bruin) Vladimir Sobotka, who is currently plying his trade in the faltering KHL. But as the two teams struggle to meet preseason expectations, it's thought that the pot has gotten a little richer and could well include a swap of top-six wingers.

The appeal of Lucic to the Blues is obvious. If they hope to get past the Blackhawks, Ducks and Kings they need to be heavier up front. And Lucic, when he's on his game, is as heavy as they come.

Boston, meanwhile, needs someone that can help them set a higher pace. A bit of an edge would be nice, but speed and scoring touch are paramount. Oshie is struggling this season, but is coming off a 21-goal, 60-point campaign highlighted by his stunning performance in the Olympics for Team USA. He has the wheels and the tools to fill that hole.

more plus other NHL topics...

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Olli Maatta Has The Mumps

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Defenseman Olli Maatta has tested positive for the mumps and remains in isolation, Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford announced today.

Goaltender Thomas Greiss and defenseman Robert Bortuzzo have tested negative.

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