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STAMFORD, Conn. – January 24, 2017 – With the movie capital of the world hosting the NHL’s biggest stars, NBC Sports is rolling out its biggest NHL All-Star Game engagement plan ever with “Hockey Goes Hollywood.” The multi-platform campaign weaves together this year’s NHL All-Stars with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood moviemaking, and many of Los Angeles’ world famous landmarks.
The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday, January 29, at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Originally scheduled to be televised on NBCSN, this year’s contest will be the first network-television broadcast of the NHL All-Star Game since 2004.
SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired right wings Buddy Robinson and Zack Stortini, and a 2017 seventh-round draft selection from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Tommy Wingels (@tommywingels57).
"Tommy has been a valuable member of our franchise for many years, a phenomenal teammate and a true role model on and off the ice for our organization and the NHL," said Wilson. "As a team evolves and younger players push for roster spots, unfortunately tough decisions have to be made. We wish Tommy and his wife, Molly, nothing but success in the future.
"We also want to welcome Buddy and Zach to our organization. They add size and depth to our reserve list and we look forward to having them in San Jose."
Wingels, 28, recorded 122 points (51 goals, 71 assists) and 197 penalty minutes in 337 career NHL games, all with San Jose. The Evanston, IL, native was originally drafted by San Jose in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
From the NHL's Department of Player Safety:
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News did a recent online chat...
Do you get the sense that the team's frustrations are reaching a tipping point this year?
Heika: Yes, definitely. As much as we can keep saying they are close to a playoff spot, the math gets tougher in February. Plus, they have a vicious March schedule and have to make some big decisions at the trade deadline, so there is a lot of pressure on this team, coaches and management included.
Lindy Ruff's contract is up at the end of the season, several players are UFAs at the end of the season, the expansion draft is in the summer. There's a lot going on here.
Everything was easy last year because of the fast start. Everything is hard this year. That makes it so easy to see how much the mental state of the team has changed. They're not in a good place right now.
Do you and all the media finally realize what nonsense Nill spews when he talks about the "overripe" young talent he has mismanaged and/or under-developed at the NHL level?
from Mick Kern of SiriusMM.
The very nature of a Best of List mandates that it be exclusive, not inclusive. There is no way a Top 100 list of anything (albums, films, great restaurants) will not end up offending someone somewhere.
What measuring stick is applied? How does one compare eras, particularly regarding players most of us never saw play? The short answer is, you don’t. Yet we sally forth, determined to measure the unmeasurable.
How much weight is given to individual accomplishments versus team accomplishments? Did a player make his team better, or did he benefit from being part of a strong squad. Or both? And is longevity key?
And, yes, being a part of a Stanley Cup winning team matters in the rankings.
The general rule-of-thumb is this…how much of an impact did said player have on the era he played in? Was he at, or near, the top of his position for at least half a decade? When it comes to comparing players from different eras, it is a thankless task. The best manner in which to proceed with this vainglorious exercise is to determine which player made a bigger splash in their respective eras....
Here now, for your perusal, ridicule, and hopefully engaging enjoyment, is the Sirius XM NHL Network Radio final list of The Top 100 NHL Players from the First 100 Years of the National Hockey League:
5. Mark Messier
6. Martin Brodeur – goalie
7. Jean Beliveau***
8. Doug Harvey – D***
9. Patrick Roy – goalie
10. Nicklas Lidstrom – D
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets' search for a backup goaltender to Sergei Bobrovsky could best be described as ...; ongoing.
If a whirlwind 7-6 overtime win Sunday at the Ottawa Senators showed anything, it's that Joonas Korpisalo's grip on the position is hardly firm. Korpisalo stopped 28 of 34 shots, fighting the puck all game and allowing two, maybe three, tough goals.
Coach John Tortorella didn't see it that way, however.
"You have to be really careful when you evaluate Korpisalo in this game here," Tortorella said. "They had some grade-A chances and he made some great saves. There are a couple I'm sure he would like back; he got unlucky on a couple. You have to be really careful how you grade him, though."...
Since the Blue Jackets lost veteran Curtis McElhinney on waivers to Toronto on Jan. 10, Korpisalo and Anton Forsberg - currently with minor-league Cleveland - have combined to go 2-2-0 with an .880 save percentage and 3.78 goals-against average. The Blue Jackets have 15 games to sort out the position before the NHL trade deadline March 1.
more on the Blue Jackets...
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
Patrick Marleau is the owner of just about every career record for goal scoring in Sharks franchise history. But he’s never had a game like Monday’s against the Colorado Avalanche.
With his team needing a spark, Marleau came through with one of the most memorable games of his 19-year NHL career, scoring four third period goals in the Sharks’ 5-2 win over the Avalanche.
Marleau scored at 2:53, 5:57 and the 10:35 marks of the third period, then finished his electrifying night with a breakaway goal with 3:37 to go as the Sharks picked up their season-high fifth straight win.
“Tonight was a lot of fun,” said Marleau, who is now at 497 goals for his NHL career.
Watch the four goals below...
Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 3, Los Angeles 2
WASHINGTON 6, Carolina 1
TORONTO 4, Calgary 0
Anaheim 3, WINNIPEG 2
San Jose 5, COLORADO 2
ARIZONA 3, Florida 2 (OT)
MARLEAU MATCHES NHL RECORD WITH FOUR GOALS IN A PERIOD
Patrick Marleau scored four times in the third period – including his first three in span of 7:42 – to tie the NHL record for goals in a period and propel the Sharks to their fifth consecutive victory.
* Marleau became the 12th player in League history to score four times in a single period and the first to do so since Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux on Jan. 26, 1997 at MTL.
* Marleau became the third player this season to score four goals in a game, joining Auston Matthews (Oct. 12 at OTT: 4-0—4) and Max Pacioretty (Dec. 10 vs. COL: 4-1—5). Only two others in Sharks history have accomplished the feat: Owen Nolan (Dec. 19, 1995 at ANA: 4-1—5) and Tomas Hertl (Oct. 8, 2013 vs. NYR: 4-0—4).
* Marleau, who scored his fifth career regular-season hat trick and first since Nov. 20, 2011 (also at COL), moved within three goals of 500 in his NHL career (497-563—1,060 in 1,459 GP).
* Marleau scored his 96th career game-winning goal to move into a tie with Mats Sundin for 10th place in NHL history. Only two active players have more such goals: Jaromir Jagr (134) and Jarome Iginla (97).
No penalty on the play and Gaudreau is back after going to the room.
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