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TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the latest on the teams interested in Matt Duchene, NHL options for Jaromir Jagr, the league's crackdown on faceoffs, a possible extension for Jack Eichel, what the Golden Knights plan to do with their extra defencemen and more.

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The Ottawa Senators Have Interest In Matt Duchene

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators have done more than kick tires on disgruntled Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene.

Sources say Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has been aggressive in his pursuit of the 26-year-old Duchene, who begrudgingly reported to training camp last week while he continues to wait for a trade.

But that doesn’t mean anybody in Ottawa should go out and purchase a jersey with his name on the back. At this point, it’s believed the two sides aren’t close to a deal.

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Thoughts For Brian Boyle

Boyle has not skated in camp.

 

 

 

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The Players Will Have To Adapt To The Rule Changes

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

During Monday night’s seven preseason games with available statistics, 41 minor penalties for slashing were whistled, for an average of nearly six per game.

Though it is not a direct comparison, since last year’s preseason data is not available, there were 791 slashing minor penalties called last regular season, for an average of just 0.6 slashing calls per game.

That is a nearly 10-fold jump, sure to snap players to attention to the NHL’s new zero-tolerance policy. There were four slashing infractions in the first period alone of the Rangers-Islanders exhibition at Madison Square Garden on Monday. No preseason game so far has featured fewer than four slashing calls.

The idea is to police slashing more stringently from the outset of the preseason to allow players seven or eight games to adapt before the regular season when the same standard will be in place....

Not only will referees be more focused on slashing, incoming NHL senior vice-president of player safety George Parros said recently that egregious slashes will be met with supplemental discipline.

“We’ll be looking at them more,” Parros said on Sept. 7. “If they seem to be more intentful or directed towards the fingers and hands with greater force, we’re going to be looking to do something: fines, suspensions, whatever it might be.

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As always, consistency will be the key.

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Rick Nash Is Playing For A Contract

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

"I don't have a contract for next season," the New York Rangers forward said Monday, "so that's what I'm playing for."

Nash has never gone into an NHL season without the security of being signed for the next one. He has never been an unrestricted free agent. He might be July 1 because he is going into the last season on the eight-year, $62.4 million contract he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 3, 2009, when he had one year remaining on a five-year contract.

Nash is 33 years old and fully expects he'll have to take a pay cut after this season because that's just how it works in the NHL now for players in their mid-30s who need a new contract.

The way he sees it, the size of the cut, how big or small, is on him and how he plays this season.

"The ball is in my court," Nash said. "It's no secret, it's a huge season for me personally."

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Roman Josi Is The New Captain Of The Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 19, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that defenseman Roman Josi has been named the eighth captain in franchise history. Additionally, defenseman Ryan Ellis was announced as associate captain and Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg as alternate captains.

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Injury News From The St. Louis Blues

(Sept. 19, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Zach Sanford will undergo surgery after dislocating his left shoulder during training camp.  He is expected to miss five to six months.  In addition, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will be re-evaluated in three weeks after suffering a left ankle fracture.

Sanford, 22, joined the Blues via trade from Washington on Feb. 27, last season.  The 6’4, 203-pound forward went on to make 13 regular season appearances for the Blues, posting five points (two goals, three assists).  The Salem, Massachusetts, native also dressed in four 2017 postseason games.

Bouwmeester, 33, is entering his sixth season with the Blues.  In 2016-17, the 6’4, 212-pound defenseman logged 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in 81 regular season games.  The Edmonton, Alberta, native also played in 11 2017 postseason games, serving four penalty minutes.

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All Scotty Bowman

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

This is your seventh decade of attending NHL training camps since your first with the Canadiens in the 1950s. What's been the biggest change you've seen during that time?

"The length of the camps, which were four to six weeks when I began coaching, and the first week of practice - let's use Montreal - that went from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. because they had so many guys. There was no time limit. They had four teams and they scrimmaged twice a day, each one for an hour and a half. Some guys would finish at 10:30 and come back and go again at 1, based on the schedule of the week. There were no preseason games. Chicago goalie Glenn Hall didn't want to practice for a month at camp, having guys like (Bobby) Hull and (Stan) Mikita shooting at him two or three hours a day. He'd always report two weeks late. He did the same thing with us in St. Louis."

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Andrew Shaw On Playing With A Concussion

from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,

He knew that the collision, which he described as a "bell ringer", should’ve prompted him to seek immediate medical attention. But as he acknowledged on Monday, he wouldn’t be the first hockey player not acting in his own best interest under the circumstances.

What’s hard to understand is how many more blows he took to the head in the games that followed—and what he went through as a result—before he finally spoke up.

"In Game 2, I took the puck to the net and Brendan Smith cross-checked me in the face," Shaw recalled. "That rung my bell again. But me being the player I am, I wanted to keep playing. It’s playoff hockey and I just figured I’d work through it. Then I took a couple of big hits from Dan Girardi in [Games 3 and 4] in New York and we came back to Montreal and I ended up getting into a fight [with Smith in Game 5].

"You get punched a few times in the head in a fight and I’m thinking, ‘This is just getting worse and worse.’"

But Shaw remained silent.

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About Those Contoured Chest Protectors For The Goalies

from Michael Traikos of the Toronto Sun,

When it comes to reducing the size of goaltending equipment, the NHL is still trying to get smaller. But the deadline for implementing any new gear is also shrinking by the day.

After introducing form-fitting pants in February, the league was hoping to roll out Phase 2 of its lululemon-like equipment line in time for this season with contoured chest protectors that were tailored to each individual goalie’s body type.

The problem? The chest protectors are still stuck on the assembly line and might not be ready for the start of the season.

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