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from Irene Thomaidis of the Toronton Sun,
According to exclusive data obtained by the Toronto Sun, the Oilers were the most talked-about Canadian team during the opening week of the NHL season according to mentions on the social-networking service. That despite an 0-3-1 start.
"There's a few things at play there," Chris Doyle, director of media partnerships at Twitter Canada, said. "The 1983-84 team reunited in Edmonton at the beginning of the season. Those tweets combined with excitement of the new season led to a lot buzz."
Former captain Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's leading all-time scorer, was among those at a public reunion at Rexall Place sharing stories with fans, including, of course, the 1984 Stanley Cup win.
While homegrown talent like the Rangers' Rick Nash and Pens captain Sidney Crosby were first and second for Twitter mentions respectively, the Leafs' Nazem Kadri was the most tweeted about Canadian-based NHL player.
In Canada, tweets may speak louder than coaches -- of the six most mentioned teams on Twitter, five were Canadian-based. The only exception was Stanley Cup champs L.A. Kings.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
According to a source, the Flyers reached out to defenseman Ryan Whitney's camp yesterday to gauge interest.
No deal had been reached yesterday, but one could be brokered soon, depending on how Gostisbehere plays and whether the Flyers can get eyes on Whitney's physical condition.
Whitney, 31, arrived in Sochi, Russia, only yesterday after signing with the KHL's HC Sochi. His deal with HC Sochi is a 1-year deal and he has an "out clause" to return to North America at any point. HC Sochi plays next tomorrow.
A text message delivered to Whitney's cellphone by the Daily News in Russia went unreturned. His agent, Paul Krepelka, neither confirmed nor denied the Flyers' interest.
"Ryan is signed with a KHL team as of now," Krepelka said. "I don't want to comment any further than that - I'll leave that up to Ronnie ."
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
The Leafs will host the Boston Bruins on Hockey Night in Canada, the first gathering of the nation’s hockey congregation after a week in which Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed in a targeted hit-and-run attack in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Quebec and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered on the steps of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the shadow of Parliament. Both deaths are considered acts of terrorism with Canadian soldiers as targets.
The three Canadian NHL teams playing in the early games – Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa — are planning a joint tribute pre-game to Cirillo, the 24-year-old reservist from Hamilton who was part of the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders of Hamilton and Vincent, an airmen.
It will no doubt be moving. It represents a rare opportunity for millions of Canadians to reflect on a pair of excruciating events, in particular Wednesday’s shooting which resonates both for its powerful symbolism and the smallest details – in Cirillo’s case a six-year-old boy who will be growing up without his big, rugged Dad; a picture of two very sad pups now without a loving owner; while Vincent leaves a sister without her twin.
All the action in under three minutes...
Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers and Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored last night.
Below, Droun's first NHL goal...
You would think the goal would not be allowed but truthfully I don't know the rule on this.
The NHL Situation Room only ruled on this and no mention of a hand pass....
Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Dallas net. Video review showed that the net was displaced after the puck crossed the Stars goal line. According to Rule 78.4 "The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice". Good goal New Jersey.
Watch the goal below...
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson has a nasty slice running across his right eyelid and down his cheek, yet he was counting his blessings after a 4-1 loss to Anaheim on Friday in Honda Center.
At 10:34 of the third peirod, Atkinson was inadvertantly kicked in the face by the right skate blade of Ducks center Ryan Kesler, when Kesler's leg kicked up behind him as he reached ahead of him for the puck.
Atkinson dropped to the ice, and a small pool of flood formed before Blue Jackets' trainer Mike Vogt could reach with with a towel. He walked quickly to the dressing room under his own power and was immediately seen by Ducks medical personel.
About 30 minutes after the game, Atkinson emerged from the trainer's room with two loose bandages and a bag of ice over his right eye.
"I can see," Atkinson said. "Thank God I can see.
"It went right across my eyelid. If it goes through my eyelid ... "
Videos below of the incident...
added 2:21pm, Atkinson tweeted a selfie, pic is below the videos...
Part of the reason the team has been getting a positive amount of attention this year is due to the fact the Islanders now have a good mix in their lineup. When healthy, this year the Islanders have center Mikhail Grabovski as well as his former Toronto Maple Leaf teammate Nikolay Kulemin, along with proven scorers John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner, Frans Nielsen, and Brock Nelson. And, of course, there’s a new goaltender to: Jaroslav Halak.
It helps, too, that the team’s captain, 24 year-old John Tavares is 100% healthy. You probably recall he missed the important stretch run last season after suffering a debilitating knee injury while playing for the Canadian team in the Sochi Winter Olympics when Latvian defenseman Arturs Kulda pinned him against the boards and Travers wound up tearing his left knee’s medial collateral ligament. After several months of recovery, Travers is confident that he can lead his team like the captain he is.
via Hometown Hockey,
Even superstars have a hometown. For Mr. Hockey, it’s Saskatoon, a city that showered him with accolades on Gordie Howe Day in 1966. What makes him uniquely special to Saskatonians is… he is theirs.
Hometown Hockey will be in Saskatoon this Sunday.
Here is a trailer...
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
The Panthers were counting on substantial production from four players who likely would financially benefit from putting up big stats.
Through the first six games, only one of Florida's pending free agents has done so.
Sean Bergenheim is tied for the team lead with two goals. Scottie Upshall has just one assist while Tomas Kopecky and Tomas Fleischmann have yet to register a point.
All four signed four-year deals with the Panthers in 2011 that expire after this season.
"There is no concern from me because I think they are playing well,'' coach Gerard Gallant said. "To me, it doesn't matter who scores the goals but what's important is who competes and plays hard every night. These guys are working hard. I know they want to score goals but when you win, that takes care of everything else.''
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