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Video- “A Little Whack” By Sidney Crosby

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Dual broadcasts.

 

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Hockey Talk And China

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Blashill to HSJ on the Wings’ playoff outlier status: ‘This isn’t okay’

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The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with the Red Wings' players and coach after practice today, and coach Blashill was blunt about the Wings' status...

The past several weeks have seen the Wings beat some of the best teams in the NHL (Washington, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Chicago, Nashville) but also lose to the likes of Colorado and New Jersey. Their inconsistency is among the reasons the Wings are headed for their first absence from the playoffs in 26 seasons.

“First of all, we have to know this isn’t OK,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “And if you don’t want to be here again, you better make sure that we continue to get better, and we better make sure that our approach is the right way so that the culture maintains. There are organizations where they have lost culture. They have missed the playoffs, and they miss it 10 straight years. We don’t want to be in this position again. This isn’t OK. That is the approach we are taking every day.”

And Justin Abdelkader told St. James that there's more than pride on the line for the players as well:

“Guys are playing for jobs next year and spots on the roster,” forward Justin Abdelkader said after today's practice at Joe Louis Arena. “There are young guys coming up fighting for positions. There is constantly a battle going on there. We are doing what we can to succeed. We are not worried about where we are going to draft. We need to finish this season feeling a little better about ourselves.”

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‘Down Goes Brown’ weighs in on the ‘Brawl in Hockeytown’

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"Down Goes Brown," a.k.a. Sean McIndoe, penned a very lengthy article regarding the "Brawl in Hockeytown":

March 26, 2017 marks the 20-year anniversary of one of the most beloved moments in recent hockey history, which is kind of awkward because that moment involves a lot of people punching each other.

Today’s fans aren’t supposed to like brawls, especially ones that involve blood, sucker punches and flying goaltenders. We’re supposed to be above that these days, with fighting on the decline and the days of true bad-blood rivalries all but over. The game has evolved, we’re told. This is a good thing, we’re expected to reply.

So you may experience some cognitive dissonance when your caveman brain tells you that [it] was just about the greatest thing ever

Yes, Sunday will mark two full decades since the infamous Red Wings/Avalanche brawl at Joe Louis Arena. The fight served as payback for Claude Lemieux’s hit from behind on Kris Draper the year before, and was the catalyst for what would go on to become quite possibly the greatest rivalry in hockey history.

McIndoe continues, and here's a Twitter video of the brawl below:

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