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Hockey Talk And China

from Nathan  VanDerklippe and Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Chinese companies and entrepreneurs have poured billions of dollars into buying soccer clubs across Europe. Now, those companies are turning to the sport that is sometimes referred to in China as “soccer on ice,” at a moment the NHL is readying a major new push into the world’s most populous country.

Groups of Chinese buyers have begun talks with advisers in Beijing and elsewhere, discussing NHL clubs that might accept an initial investment. Though such investments can take time to assemble, at least one buying group has got close enough to discuss financial terms for a potential purchase.

“They’re very much in the market, and trying to complete a transaction,” said Alexander Jarvis, chief executive of Blackbridge Cross Borders, a company known for its deal-making expertise, and which has connected Chinese money with European soccer clubs. In recent months, he has also spoken with several groups about investing in the NHL.

There is interest on both sides of the Pacific to create closer ties as the NHL tries to expand its footprint beyond North America and Chinese authorities look to the NHL for its expertise in helping them develop a hockey culture and trying to popularize the sport in China ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.


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Video- They Got The Cup

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

Former NHL players relive the moment they reached the pinnacle of the sport, hoisting the Stanley Cup trophy and etching their names in history.


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Injuries A Problem For The Vancouver Canucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Chris Tanev hasn’t been healthy for more than five games this season.

Markus Granlund and Erik Gudbranson tore wrist ligaments before the National Hockey League season was two weeks old.

Anton Rodin got into three games before his season ended in surgery. Derek Dorsett only played a month. The Canucks were ravaged by mumps, flu viruses and food poisoning.

Poor Joseph Cramarossa. He was picked up off waivers at the start of the month. Ahead of him, he had the best opportunity to play in his career. Three weeks later, he’s hurt and out.

Nikolay Goldobin got into three games before catching one of the worst viruses of his life. He lost more than 15 pounds and missed more than two weeks.

Such is the story of the Vancouver Canucks. It was the same last season and many of the seasons before that. Even in their oft-cited run in 2011, the injuries were unrelenting, one after another.


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Video- Rasmus Ristolainen Suspended Three Games


Player safety in another tweet said video will be released later today.

added 7:06pm, Explanation video is below...

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Donald Fehr On The Olympics

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo, "assume we are not going" to next year's Winter Olympics. Many read that as an inference that the league wants the players to give something back so they can participate.

"I don't know what it can be from the players' perspective,'' Fehr told ESPN in a phone interview Thursday. "Obviously the players are not about to engage in collective bargaining in return for getting an opportunity to go to the Olympics for which they aren't being paid, where very valuable things would go elsewhere in return for that....

The bottom line, Fehr said, is the next two Olympics are a great opportunity for hockey.

"We do want to grow the game internationally, and I think the NHL shares that view," Fehr said. "I think they believe as we do that we have some advantages and we have an opportunity; and when you're doing that, you have to take advantage of opportunities when they come your way.

"Having two Olympic Games in Asia within a span of five years is not your ordinary kettle of fish. I don't know if it's unique, but I can't think of anything else which is close to it in terms of the potential exposure it would give.''


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The Best Defensive Pair In The NHL

from Travis Yost of TSN,

What has been the best blueline pairing in hockey this year? Well, that’s easy.

It’s Dougie Hamilton and Mark Giordano.

I have raved about the Calgary Flames quite a bit this year. One of the reasons I’ve been sold on this group as a playoff team is how talented they are on the blueline.

There is significant value in having a pairing that can absolutely obliterate the competition for 20 minutes or so a night at 5-on-5. The Flames have that in spades with the Hamilton/Giordano pairing. Add in the very talented T.J. Brodie picking up minutes down the lineup and you have a blueline that’s getting the job done.

The data on the Hamilton/Giordano pairing is remarkable. They’ve already racked up 800 minutes together, which is impressive when you consider the fact that this pairing wasn’t always a thing. To start the year, head coach Glen Gulutzan deployed Hamilton with young Finn Jokipakka, while Giordano saw minutes with the likes of Brodie and Wideman.


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Jakob Chychrun Returns Home To South Florida

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Coming home for the first time to play in front of family and friends is a rite of passage most NHL players born in North America get to enjoy.

That first game on ‘home’ ice usually isn’t in sunny South Florida, however.

For Arizona Coyotes rookie defenseman Jakob Chychrun, Thursday’s game at BB&T Center was indeed a chance to come home and play the team he grew up cheering for as his family watched from their season seats in Section 102.

Chychrun, who grew up in Boca Raton playing, in part, for the Jr. Panthers in Coral Springs, says he asked for 50 visitors passes and expects many more to be in the stands for his South Florida NHL debut.

“It’s awesome, this is the rink I grew up coming to games at and I have a lot of great memories here,” said Chychrun, whose teammate Connor Murphy also played for the Jr. Panthers when his father Gord played in South Florida.

“We had season tickets for many years so it’s real cool to be on the other side of it. It’s going to be hard to not look up there, we have so many good memories here.

“I grew up a Panthers fan; to play against them will be pretty cool.”


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Video- Roman Polak Suspended Two Games

For boarding, here is the explanation from the NHL.


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The Playoff Battle In The Eastern Conference

from Rob Vollman at NHL.com,

There's a fierce battle for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Boston Bruins hold the second wild card with 82 points, followed by the New York Islanders, who have 80 points and a game in hand. Each team trails the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are third in the Atlantic Division with 83 points with 10 games remaining.

If the standings remain this way, Toronto will make the playoffs for the second time since 2003-04, Boston will end a two-season absence, and New York will miss the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

The Bruins and Maple Leafs have an edge in the standings and in most statistical categories, but neither team is out of the woods yet. The Islanders have been one of the NHL's best offensive teams since Doug Weight replaced Jack Capuano as coach Jan. 17, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are five behind the Bruins with 77 points, are one of several teams within striking distance if some should fade down the stretch.

Let's break down the numbers behind each team's key advantage.


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NCAA Hockey Championship Odds

via Bovada,

Odds to win 2017 Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey Championship

Denver                                      4/1
Minnesota-Duluth                      7/1
Harvard                                     15/2
UMass-Lowell                            9/1
North Dakota                            10/1
Western Michigan                      10/1
Boston University                      11/1
Minnesota U                              11/1
Penn State                                11/1
Air Force                                   12/1
Union College                           12/1
Cornell                                      14/1
Notre Dame                              14/1
Providence                               15/1
Ohio State Buckeyes                 18/1
Michigan Tech Huskies              40/1

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