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The Surprising Calgary Flames

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Before the season, if you were to handicap the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, the Flames would have been right near the top of the favorites on that list along with the Buffalo Sabres. Well, somebody seems to have forgotten to alert the Flames that you need to lose a bunch of games to enhance your chances of picking No. 1 overall and getting McDavid. Calgary continues to play hard for coach Bob Hartley, who has more than earned a new contract. With T.J. Brodie's deal all but done, that should be the next item on GM Brad Treliving's to-do list. Calgary is now 4-3 on the season despite playing just one home game.

more on the Flames plus the Burnside, LeBrun and Strang with their weekend thoughts...

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Jeremy Roenick On The Concussion Issues He Has Had

from Aaron Taube of Business Insider.

Five years into his retirement, the nine-time NHL All-Star says that the brain damage inflicted by his hard-hitting career makes it so he can no longer remember many parts of his past — games he played in, trips he went on, and friends he spent time with.

"My wife will ask me 'Hey, remember we did this? Remember we did that?' And I totally don't remember any of it," Roenick says. "My short-term memory is good, but there's a lot of times I'm asked questions that I couldn't remember for the life of me."

Now an analyst with NBC Sports, Roenick says the concussions also hinder his speech. Sometimes on television he will have trouble finding the right word, even if it's one he knows and uses frequently.

He's worried that his brain will continue to deteriorate as he gets older, and he fears that he could one day suffer from dementia. 

"It's extremely frustrating, and I get mad because public speaking is part of my job," he says. "There are a lot of things that I know, but I can’t go in my brain and retrieve the word that I’m looking for and throw it out of my mouth."

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Keeping An Eye On Jonathan Drouin

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It's going to be fascinating to watch Drouin play for the Lightning, simply because he has elite level vision and puck skills that set him apart from, well, just about everybody. He won't like to hear it, but he's also a 19-year-old kid who's a lot better with the puck than without it and the challenge for any underage junior, and his team, is to find a way to embrace (offensive) assets while minimizing (defensive) deficiencies.

The fact the Lightning are a very good NHL team, with the look of a contender in the Eastern Conference, will require even more finesse in their handling of Drouin. Who comes out of the lineup for Drouin? Does he have to play in the top six? Or can he brought along more slowly on the third or fourth line? One suspects it will more likely be the latter.

Steven Stamkos is on fire and playing well with Ryan Callahan and Ondrej Palat on the top line. Valtteri Filpulla is between Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson on the second line.

The third and fourth lines are more or less interchangeable, depending upon circumstances: Brian Boyle between Brenden Morrow and Brett Connolly; and, rookie Vladislav Namestnikov between Nikita Kucherov and J.T. Brown.

The Lightning have to find a spot for Drouin somewhere, sometime.

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NHL Suspends Slava Voynov Pending Formal Investigation Of Domestic Violence

NEW YORK (October 20, 2014) – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been suspended indefinitely from all club activities pending a formal investigation by the National Hockey League of an arrest this morning on charges of domestic violence.

The suspension was imposed under Section 18-A.5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which provides that, during the pendency of a criminal investigation, “The League may suspend the Player pending the League’s formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League.”

Voynov, who will continue to be paid during the pendency of the investigation, was arrested for California Penal Code section 273.5, Domestic Violence.

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NHL Short Notes

ANDERSEN, DUCKS PICK UP FIFTH STRAIGHT VICTORY
Frederik Andersen made 28 saves to record his first career shutout and backstop the Ducks to their fifth consecutive victory.
 
* With the win, Andersen improved to 25-5-0 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 33 career regular-season appearances. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is just the second goaltender in NHL history to win 25 (or more) of his first 30 decisions. The other: Ross Brooks, who went 25-2-3 in his first 30 decisions with the Bruins from Oct. 25, 1972 – Feb. 28, 1974.
 
* Andersen also improved to 5-0-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and .950 save percentage in five appearances this season. His five-game winning streak is one shy of his career long, set Oct. 20 – Nov. 10, 2013 (6-0-0).

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Paul Stastny Listed As Week-To-Week With Shoulder Injury

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues forward Paul Stastny indeed sustained a shoulder injury in Saturday’s victory over Arizona and has been downgraded to week to week by the club.

Stastny remained in a sling Sunday, when the Blues closed out their three-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.

The injury occurred in the opening minute of Saturday’s game, when the Coyotes’ Martin Hanzal laid a hit along the boards on Stastny, who was in an awkward position.

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Watch the hit below...

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Follow Them On Twitter

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

It is as if Twitter was made for hockey debate and hockey jokes, breaking trades and goofy gifs.

Players, reporters, analysts, bloggers, fans, nerds (and, don’t kid yourself, there is crossover between all of these groups) thrive on the hockey head’s timeline.

We decided to help you round out your follows for the NHL’s 2014-15 season, a mix of newsbreakers, keen observers, jokers and guys who know what they’re talking about because — guess what, basement dweller? — they’ve actually played the game.

Surely you’re already following a few of these tweeters, but there are some on here you might want to give a whirl.

Note 1: We steered clear of beat writers. There are too many awesome ones to list. And if, say, you’re a Minnesota Wild fan not already following @Russostrib, you’re doing it wrong.

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Appreciate the mention!

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The Winnipeg Jets Are Not As Bad As It Seems

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Has it already gone sideways? Five games in? Maybe. It will now take a four-game winning streak to climb above .500 and it won't happen on this homestand. With Carolina, Tampa Bay and Colorado still to come before the Jets hit the road next, the best this group will be able to call itself is .500 when they climb on the charter for Long Island and the now-incredible Islanders.

"You're trying to get things going the right way. Looking at your record isn't really productive," said Jets captain Andrew Ladd, who has one assist on the season. "You want to start simplifying and doing the little things properly and that will lead to results."

Ladd insists the Jets are better than a 1-4 team.

"We know there's a lot more in here and this is a time to help each other out and build your teammates up. To try and stay positive. But that doesn't mean you can't be pissed off at the results," he said. "It's OK. People can ask (if we're a bad team.) That's part of playing in the market we're in. We're going to be under a lot of scrutiny. That's part of being a pro, blocking that out and sticking together and knowing what we have in here and having confidence in that."

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The CHL Lawsuit

from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

An unprecedented class action lawsuit striking at the economic foundations of junior hockey in Canada alleges the Canadian Hockey League and its teams “conspired” to force young players into signing contracts that breach minimum wage laws.

A statement of claim filed in a Toronto court Friday and obtained by the Star, seeks $180 million in outstanding wages, vacation, holiday and overtime pay and employer payroll contributions for thousands of young players given as little as $35 a week for practices, games, training and travelling that could add up to more than full-time hours.

The league and its teams “conspired and agreed together . . . to act in concert to demand or require that all players sign a contract which the defendants knew was unlawful,” the claim alleges. “Such conduct was high-handed, outrageous, reckless, wanton, deliberate, callous, disgraceful, wilful and in complete disregard for the rights of the (players).”

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The Habs/Bruins Rivalry

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

...more often than not, the Bruins play right into the hands of the Canadiens. They see that fluttering red cape with the CH logo, and they lower their heads and charge.

Why don’t they ever learn? Well, if there is such a thing as wanting to win too much, the Bruins do. They have decades of paranoia wired into their system. They have lost so many times, in so many ways, that they buy into all that Don Cherry “da game is rigged” nonsense, and they end up finding new and creative ways to lose.

Fans here will never buy into this, but Lucic is an intelligent, thoughtful, complex guy. But put a CH jersey in front of him and his Mexican combo platter is about a taco short. Claude Julien might do well to bench him next time out, because in his zeal to turn some unlucky Hab into roadkill on the highway of life, Lucic inevitably trips over his own skate laces and makes a fool of himself.

It’s all part of what has to be the greatest rivalry in North American sports at this juncture in history: the Habs vs. the Bruins.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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